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Expedition Everest — Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

I’m taking over Tricia’s blog today while she has Returned to Disney, so let’s pop over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park for a wild adventure on one of my favorite attractions in all of Walt Disney World Resort. Expedition Everest—Legend of the Forbidden Mountain was added to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2006, bringing a second weinie to the Park and giving thrill seekers a reason to visit. It also helped reinforce the Park’s claim that it is most definitely “NotAZoo.” After all, what zoo features a 199-foot tall mountain range, a 50-mph train, and a real Yeti? Disney Parks weinies are the things that are symbolic of each park – Cinderella Castle, Tree of Life, Spaceship Earth are some others. The word is one of Walt’s own! He described those things/buildings/symbols as being as integral to a theme park as hot dogs (or as he called them, weinies). This...
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Picture Schedules

Disney Countdown Calendar

When I was growing up, I had an Advent Calendar every December. Every night before bedtime, I remember opening another window to see a Christmas scene or a verse of scripture or poetry. It was something that marked this time as different and special. It helped me count down the days until that magical night when we would go out in the middle of the night to the church, to celebrate light in the darkness. When I had kids of my own, I hoped to carry on the tradition, but there isn’t a large Catholic population where we live, and none of the stores carried them. This year, I’ve been thinking a lot about that simple tradition from my own childhood – perhaps because I’m looking forward to Christmas, then a few weeks later I’ll get another dose of magic in Walt Disney World. This week I decided I...
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Autism and ADHD

Review: Journey to the Magic

Overview Journey to the Magic is a really sweet introduction to the Walt Disney World Resort for children. It’s written in rhyming verse that young children or children with developmental delays including autism will appreciate. The verse is well-written, so Mom and Dad won’t mind reading it over…and over…and over! The first section of the book guides kids through the four theme parks of the Walt Disney World Resort, highlighting some of the attractions they will see in each park. It is filled with photographs to help kids visualize each area. The second section of the book gets the kids involved with dreaming and planning for their dream vacation to Walt Disney World Resort. There are write-in pages for them to make notes about particular attractions or shows they most want to see, and other things that are important to them. Next, the author has included a variety of...
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Disney’s Festival of the Masters 2013

Today through Sunday, November 10, Downtown Disney is being transformed into an open-air art festival known as Disney’s Festival of the Masters. This is an annual event that is right there with the Epcot Food and Wine Festival on my Disney bucket list. Throughout this 3-day event, you’ll be able to see and purchase work from more than 130 award-winning artists, as well as artwork from Disney Imagineering and the Yellow Shoes Creative Group. Going beyond the artwork itself, the artists and imagineers will be available for meet and greets and demonstrations throughout the weekend. The festival is not limited to visual arts – performance artists from La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil will demonstrate their skills as well. Several venues, including House of Blues, Bongos Cuban Café, Raglan Road, and Splitsville, have live bands scheduled to play. This event would be a blast for adults at Downtown Disney without kids,...
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Disney Magic

Riding the Rails: Trains at Walt Disney World

Welcome to those of you joining me from Can Do It Mom aka Mouse Fan Diane and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 8th stop on our Magical Blogorail. Riding the Rails: Trains at Walt Disney World For this special edition Magical Blogorail loop, we’re talking about all the ways you can get around the 47 square miles that comprise the Walt Disney World Resort. I jumped at that chance to share my favorite way to get around the Magic Kingdom: The Walt Disney World Railroad! Trains are kind of a big deal in our family. Not that every child on the autism spectrum is a train fanatic, but a lot of them are, including my two boys. If Walt Disney were still alive, he and my kids would get along quite well, I think! I love the Walt Disney World Railroad for two big reasons:...
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