Epcot, Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Epcot is the center of forward thinking and technology. (If it’s the center of technology for Walt Disney World, why do the monorail gates SLIDE, whereas the ones at the Transportation and Ticket Center open by the push of a button? Just asking). There is so much to do while in Epcot. You can explore the world in World Showcase, or test out some cool gizmos and gadgets in Innoventions, or possibly head over to Future World and join Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy as they learn about energy. There is even more to do in Future World, you can take a flight to Mars on Mission Space, or go back in time and learn about the progress of communication in Spaceship Earth, but my favorite ride in all of Future World in Test Track.
Test Track is a high-speed ride that lets you be the test dummy. Like in most thrill rides at Walt Disney World there are cameras that take your picture so you can either purchase it or add it to your PhotoPass card. Like many people who go to Disney often you like to find the cameras and make a goofy face! Above is my example of my goofy face! (left to right, my cousin Natalie Henley, her son, and Me). For those of you who have rode this ride countless times and wish you knew where the camera is, I can help. Right as you’re about to “collide” into the barrier in the barrier test, if you look to your right you will find it! It’s on the wall right before you get under all of the angle lights that you go under to go out the barrier door. That’s it. Next time you’re on the ride look the right and smile, or do something nuts!
As you know I have worked in Walt Disney World before and have been a guest several times. I love Disney World for so many reasons. I love that I know where everything is and how everything works. I love that feeling when you walk into Magic Kingdom and you feel at home. There are so many things that I have come to love about Disney World that I never thought I would go anywhere else.
As of this fall myself and two of my friends from working at Walt Disney World decided that we wanted to do something on Spring Break. Many ideas were thrown around and then it hit us, lets go to Disneyland! At first I was kinda like, “Yeah, okay, but really?” since Disneyland did seem fun but kind of a long shot for a vacation to three college kids. Well we discussed details such as hotel rates, plane tickets, park tickets (which I never knew sucked to buy, since I was used to getting in for FREE). Well as soon as we started finding out prices, this actually seemed doable. So all three of us saved up our money and we bought all of our tickets and March 11-19 I will be going to Las Vegas, LA/Burbank, Disneyland and driving to Utah with my two friends.
I never thought I would be going to Disneyland, EVER. I just never thought I would make it out there. Its crazy what you can do when you set your mind to it. I am super excited to see Disneyland, the place where it all started. This will be such a fun and exciting time and I cant wait to share it with all of you.
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If you have been to Disney World you know that there are tons of Cast Members who do so many incredible things for so many people each and every day. Each Cast Member has their own role whether it be operating Space Mountain or just simply selling Mickey Bars to a little princess. However there is one thing we all have in common, we all have a Name tag. Yes, I know what you’re saying, they are all different. This is true, almost no two name tags are alike since each name tag has either a College/University on it or a hometown. To the right is mine and I think it looks pretty snazzy…do you?
However have you ever seen someone wearing a blue name tag in Disney World? If so, what did you think at first? Did you think it was a fake worn by a guest? Well I did. I had to ask a leader what the blue name tags were about and I learned a lot and would love to share with you all today some of what I learned.
With most jobs being recognized for doing outstanding work is what makes working hard fun, well with the Disney Parks that too implies. Disney Parks have been recognizing Cast Members for years who are the truest to the Disney Spirit. For example in the past at Walt Disney World a Cast Member could win the, Partners in Excellence Award. If a Cast Member won this award they wold receive a pin to add to their name tag. A similar award was available to Disneyland Cast Members called, the Spirit of Disneyland award. Like the Partners in Excellence award they would receive a pin for their name tag. To this day you can still see white name tags in the parks with these pins on them, but most likely you will see Cast Members with only one pin on their name tag. This pin is a recognition of how long they have worked for the company, or a service pin. A pin is given to a Cast Member for 1, 5, 10, 15…years and so on, this pin is on the left when looking at a name tag, where as a recognition pin is always on the right when looking at a name tag. Phil Holmes, Vice President of the Magic Kingdom has a 40 year pin, one of the very select few to be with Disney World since opening day in 1971. Do you know what attraction he opened in 1971? Haunted Mansion!
Moving on to present day, the blue name tags. What are they? Why blue? The blue name tags are a result of a new recognition award in the Disney Parks around the world, The Legacy Award. Cast Members who receive the Legacy Award are selected by their leaders and fellow co-workers. These Cast Members always and constantly Dream, Create and Inspire, supporting the goals and objectives of the Disney Parks and Resorts around the world. Now, why blue? The names tags are blue with white lettering, the opposite of a traditional name tag. The point behind this is to stand out. With the old award systems the pins never stood out. With a name tag being blue it stands out very well and is a very easy conversation piece for a guest, it is also a great opportunity for a Cast Member to proudly brag for a few moments.
Well thats most of what I learnt and I hope the next time you go to a Disney Park you see a blue name tag, and if you do tell the Congratulations, they will really appreciate it and who know what you might get!
If you’re a Disney World fan, then I have a fun project that is easy and affordable – DIY Disney World Map Coasters. I was originally going to make map coasters with maps from a World Atlas. You may recall I used a map from an old World Atlas for aPersonalized Map Art project.
I’ve seen several do-it-yourself map coasters all around the internet. I wanted to change it up…be different…have some fun with it. Well, we are currently planning our next Disney vacation which is what inspired me to use Disney World Maps. I was excited to do another Disney-themed project. (My last one was a Disney Vacation Countdown.)
These coasters are so much fun! My kiddos were all smiles when I first showed them the coasters. They love putting their drinks on them and talking about the attractions on the maps.
The materials I used for this project were old coasters, Mod Podge, polyurethane sealant, foam brush, pencil, scissors and printed maps of the Disney World parks. If you don’t have any old coasters, I’ve seen others use tile.
Want to know how to make Disney World Map Coasters? Continue reading…it’s easy.
I first printed maps of Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. I also printed a Disney World map. You could use the maps you get at the parks. You could also print your own maps from the Disney World site. I printed mine fromwdwinfo.com.
I put the coaster on top of the map and positioned it to the part of the map I wanted on the coaster. I traced around the coaster using a pencil. I then cut out what I traced. I recommend cutting slightly smaller than what you traced. And, line up the cut out map on your coaster to see if you need to trim off any excess. I needed to do this.
I then applied Mod Podge on the back of the cut out map and also on the top of the coaster.
I placed the paper onto the coaster carefully and smoothed it out. I waited 15 minutes for it to dry.
I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge on the top of the paper and waited 15 minutes for it to dry. I then put another coat of Mod Podge.
I also applied three (3) coats of polyurethane sealant to make it more waterproof. I recommend this. I read somewhere Mod Podge alone isn’t enough to seal your coaster especially from wet glasses. Also Note: If you do not use a polyurethane sealant, then do NOT put anything hot on the coasters for a month. Mod Podge takes about one month to fully cure. If you do use a polyurethane sealant, then you could wait 1-7 days as directed on the sealant.
Take another look at the Disney World Map Coasters. Aren’t they fun?! Have you made any fun coasters?
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Welcome to those of you joining me from Return to Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
Hello everyone and welcome back to Magik Mouse for another Blogorail post. Todays topic is What makes Disney feel like home? Wow this is kind of a hard question for me to answer. Ive been a Cast Member for quite a long time that Disney has literally been my home. However if I was to think back to when I would come to the parks as a guest I would have to say that the happiness makes me feel the most at home.
Happiness? I know its kind of a dumb answer but when ever I think about Disney I instantly think of happiness. When I see all the smiling families taking pictures along Main Street and running to get FastPasses gives me that homely feeling. I can honestly say that when I see these people my heart beats faster and my face begins to s light up! I love this feeling that I get and this is what makes Disney feel like home to me!
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