Entries from The “World” According to Jack tagged with 'Magic Kingdom'

Landscaping the World - Magic Kingdom - Part Two

Yesterday, I provided you with some staggering statistics relating to the landscaping of Walt Disney World. Then I continued with a closer look at the Magic Kingdom's Main Street and Adventureland. Today I'll finish examining the growth at the...

Landscaping the World - Magic Kingdom - Part One

Over the past several years, I have taken a singular topic and discussed its theming from park to park and land to land. Some of these subjects have been lampposts, benches, water, and restrooms. Today I'm going to tackle...

Tomorrowland - Part Eight

Welcome back. Today will be my eighth and final article about Tomorrowland. In case you missed the previous parts: Part 1 - Tomorrowland An Overview - Flight to the Moon - Mission to Mars Part 2 - Circle-Vision movies...

Tomorrowland - Part Seven

Welcome back to Part Seven of my Tomorrowland series. In case you missed the previous parts: Part 1 - Tomorrowland An Overview - Flight to the Moon - Mission to Mars Part 2 - Circle-Vision movies - If You...

Tomorrowland - Part Six

Over the last five weeks, I've provided you with a history of the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland up until 1994. In case you missed the previous parts: Part 1 - Tomorrowland An Overview - Flight to the Moon - Mission...

Tomorrowland - Part Five

Thanks for joining me for Part Five of my Tomorrowland series. In case you missed the previous parts: Part 1 - Tomorrowland An Overview - Flight to the Moon - Mission to Mars Part 2 - Circle-Vision movies -...

Tomorrowland - Part Four

Welcome back to my Tomorrowland series. Today I'll cover Carousel of Progress. In case you missed the previous parts: Part 1 - Tomorrowland An Overview - Flight to the Moon - Mission to Mars Part 2 - Circle-Vision movies...

Tomorrowland - Part Three

Today I'll be looking at the Skyway, Star Jets, and the WEDWay PeopleMover. In case you missed the previous parts: Part 1 - Tomorrowland An Overview - Flight to the Moon - Mission to Mars Part 2 - Circle-Vision...

Tomorrowland - Part Two

Last week I told you how the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland was far from complete on opening day. I also discussed the Flight to the Moon and the Mission to Mars attractions. Today I will continue my tour of Tomorrowland...

Tomorrowland - Part One

I hope you all like Tomorrowland, because for the next eight weeks this will be the topic of my blogs. Why eight weeks? Because this land has seen more attractions and changes to its theming than any other area...

Water at Walt Disney World -- Part One

If you've ever flown over Florida, you can't help but notice we have a few lakes. If you've ever driven in Florida, you may have noticed that a great many of our major boulevards and avenues must twist and...

Magic Kingdom's Adventureland - Part One of Three

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Adventureland had been located on the east side of the Magic Kingdom? To walk the length of Main Street and then turn right if you wanted to ride on...

Shootin' Galleries

Shooting galleries have been a part of county fairs, carnivals, boardwalks, and amusement parks for over two hundred years, and Disneyland would be no exception to this tradition. The Happiest Place on Earth would eventually host four such attractions....

Restroom Evolution

We all know that much of Disneyland's success was due to its innovative theming and storytelling. No other amusement park before Disneyland featured the attention to detail that this new Anaheim park offered. But that was only part of...

Christmas Week at Walt Disney World

Jack Spence is on a leave of absence until 2014. This is a reprint of a blog that originally ran in January 2012 and was accurate at the time of publication. Now that the busy holiday season is over, I...

Magic Kingdom Skyway

Jack Spence is on a leave of absence until 2014. This is a reprint of a blog he wrote several years ago. This blog originally ran in 2009 and was accurate at the time of publication. The first Disney Skyway...

Magic Kingdom's Adventureland Trivia

Jack Spence is on a leave of absence until 2014. This is a reprint of a blog he wrote several years ago. This blog originally ran in 2008 and was accurate at the time of publication. Q: Do you know...

Nostalgia – Ticket Books and Transportation

Jack Spence is on a leave of absence until 2014. This is a reprint of a blog he wrote several years ago. This blog originally ran in 2009 and was accurate at the time of publication. I've had a number...

Main Street Train Station Bulletin Board

Jack Spence is on a leave of absence until 2014. This is a reprint of a blog he wrote several years ago. This blog originally ran in 2008 and was accurate at the time of publication. There is an "Arrival...

Where Does the Music Come From? (Repeat)

Today's article was first posted on August 17, 2009. This was a fun blog to research and was well received. If all goes well, next week's blog will be an original. Thank you for your patience as I get...

The Emporium - Magic Kingdom

In ancient Greece, the term "emporion" (plural "emporia") represented a portion of land set up by one nation, within the borders of another, to sell and trade their goods. The Greeks established numerous emporia in Egypt and other North...

Disney Common Bonds 2 - Answers

I've created a second "Common Bonds" quiz. Here is a reminder of how the game is played. I will be giving you three words or phrases that have something in common. It will be your job to figure out...

Tomorrowland Speedway - Magic Kingdom

Today's blog will discuss a favorite attraction of many a future driver, the Tomorrowland Speedway. What could be more exciting for a child living in a society that is dominated by automobiles than a chance to get behind the...

The Pinocchio Village Haus in the Magic Kingdom

Before I discuss The Pinocchio Village Haus, the counter-service restaurant found in the Magic Kingdom, let me give you a little background about the marionette this eatery honors. The original story of Pinocchio was written by Carlo Collodi of...

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station

Hey everyone, I have great news! "Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak" opened today (June 15, 2012) at Storybook Circus in the Magic Kingdom. As with the rest of this new area, everything looks fantastic! Casey Jr. has arrived from...

New Fantasyland Model

As reported last week in a blog under Disney and Central Florida News, a model of the new Fantasyland expansion is now on Display at Disney's Hollywood Studios in the One Man's Dream exhibit. Since I promised you that...

Update – Storybook Circus and Sunshine Tree Terrace

I promised that I would make regular trips to the Magic Kingdom to keep you informed of any new additions and updates to Storybook Circus. Well I visited a couple of days ago (April 23, 2012) and nothing new...

Slow Down and Smell the Roses

Where in the Magic Kingdom can you find a reference to former First Lady Barbara Bush? If you answered "Hall of Presidents," you'd be wrong. However, the title of this blog should have been a clue. You see, a...

Tea Cups at the Disney Theme Parks

You either love 'em or you hate 'em. There isn't much middle ground when it comes to the Tea Cups. I categorize this attraction as a "Spin & Puke" ride so you can guess what camp I'm in. Actually, I...

Magic Kingdom Parking Lot

The next time you park your car at the Magic Kingdom, you might notice a few differences - not physical differences, but naming conventions and tram operations. First, the parking lot has been divided into two sections. The western half...

Quiz - Who Sponsors Disney - Answers

Yesterday, I briefly discussed the importance of corporate sponsors in connection with Disney shops, restaurants, and attractions. Then I presented you with 20 questions to see if you could remember what company is connected with a given location. Here are...

Quiz - Who Sponsors Disney - Questions

When Walt was planning Disneyland, he knew he couldn't afford to build his magnificent park without outside financial help. So he and his brother Roy engaged the assistance of other companies to help pay the bills. In exchange for their...

The Enchanted Tiki Room - A look back

With the official reopening of the Tiki Room, I thought I'd use this opportunity to give you a history of this groundbreaking attraction. In many ways, "The Enchanted Tiki Room" opened the door to other Disney classics like "Great Moments...

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room

In January of this year, a small fire broke out in the attic of "Enchanted Tiki Room - Under New Management". The sprinkler system was activated and guests were evacuated. No one was hurt and the blaze was quickly brought...

Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre

Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre is located at the Contemporary Resort Marina. This is the spot at Walt Disney World where you can arrange to waterski, parasail, wakeboard, and a number of other activities. Recently, Deb Wills, Deb Koma, and I...

Letter Perfect - Magic Kingdom - Part 1

Without signs, we'd be lost. We need them to navigate through life. They give us directions. They label places and things. They educate. They are a necessity. We also take signs for granted. We use them all the time. However,...

Country Bear Jamboree - Part One

Our story about Country Bear Jamboree begins with the 1960 Winter Olympics held in Squaw Valley, California. Walt Disney had been selected as the Chairman of Pageantry and John Hench was chosen to design the Olympic Torch. This first picture...

Flag Retreat

I'm a patriotic sap. Whenever Old Glory passes by, I unapologetically tear up and get a lump in my throat. And I'm sure I'm not alone. Disney World plays on this emotion with several attractions. First, there is Hall of...

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2010

Hi all, Before I discuss Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, I need to let you know of a change in the way you will be posting comments. Because we have been getting a lot of junk email, we have...

Pecos Bill – Tall Tale Inn and Café

Hi all, Before I discuss Pecos Bill - Tall Tale Inn and Café, I need to let you know of a change in the way you will be posting comments. Because we have been getting a lot of junk email,...

New Space Mountain Sound System

Any of you who read my blogs on a regular basis know that I'm generally pretty positive when it comes to Disney. I have my occasional complaint, but overall, I'm generous with my praise. But today I cannot give Disney...

Tom Sawyer Island

I suspect that when most of you are planning your vacation to Walt Disney World, Tom Sawyer Island isn't high on your "must see" list. More likely, you're thinking about which resort to stay at, where to eat, character meet-and-greets,...

It's Disney Theme Parks Quiz Time -- Answers

Here are the answers to yesterday's quiz. I hope you got them all right. This first picture was taken at Hong Kong Disneyland. This fountain is outside of the park in a "crossroads" location. Guests arriving by bus, train, and...

It’s Disney Theme Park Quiz Time - Questions

It's time to pull out your thinking caps again. I have another Disney quiz for you. This time, you have to name at which of the eleven Disney Parks the picture was taken. Now I realize that most of you...

Splash Mountain Part Two

We all know that Song of the South and Splash Mountain were based on the characters of Joel Chandler Harris. But most of us don't know the background story that the Imagineers gave this fabled mountain. Legend has it that...

Splash Mountain Part One

As I so often do, I must start today's blog back at Disneyland. And to begin the story of Splash Mountain, I must first discuss the Carousel of Progress. By 1970, this transplant from the New York World's Fair was...

Main Street Trolley Show

I have to believe that the vast majority of you have seen the Main Street Trolley Show that is presented several times each morning in the Magic Kingdom. But for those of you who arrive at opening and dash off...

Main Street Electrical Parade - Walt Disney World

Tonight (June 6, 2010), Summer Nightastic! at the Magic Kingdom officially gets underway with an slightly updated version of the Main Street Electrical Parade. But last night Disney held a special sneak-peak for Annual Passholders (and anyone else who happened...

Castle Couture - Fantasyland - Magic Kingdom

A new shop has opened in Fantasyland. Replacing Tinker Bell's Treasures is Castle Couture. Located across the courtyard from Cinderella Castle, this new shop allows Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique guests to have their royal portrait taken in regal style. But the...

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Lately, my attraction blogs have been lengthy affairs about "E" ticket rides. These have been two-part articles that explore the history and details of some of our favorite attractions at Disney World. Today's blog will be no different, except...

Simple Pleasures at the Magic Kingdom

Okay. Here's the thing. You've been to the Magic Kingdom more times than you can count. You still love riding Space Mountain and the Haunted Mansion, the characters continue to charm you, and an ice cream cone tastes as yummy...

Windows On Main Street USA

Have you ever wondered about the names and advertisements that appear on the windows above Main Street? Have you ever wondered if they were/are real people, and if so, what did they do to have their names immortalized? If yes,...

Liberty Belle Riverboat - Part 2

Yesterday I discussed the history of The Liberty Belle Riverboat. Now it's time to take a ride on this wonderful vessel. It's okay if you have a large group as the boat holds 450 people. This is also the only...

Liberty Belle Riverboat - Part 1

There are no surprises to be had when riding the Liberty Belle Riverboat. What you see is what you get - a relaxing thirteen minute journey around Tom Sawyer Island as you ply the Rivers of America. Even on the...

Got A Light? - Part Three - Magic Kingdom

In this third installment of my Lamppost blog series I'm going to discuss the Magic Kingdom. This first of the Disney World parks has a lot of diversity with its many lands and adventures so let's get started. Out in...

Cinderella Castle Mosaic Murals

I'm going to make the assumption that all of you have at least noticed the five mosaic murals that line the wall along the corridor that passes through Cinderella Castle. These magnificent works of art were designed by Disney Legend...

Magic Kingdom -- Imagineering the Magic DVD

A new two-disk DVD set has started appearing on the store shelves at Walt Disney World. Titled "Magic Kingdom -- Imagineering the Magic" these disks tell the story of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and how many of...

Have a Seat in Walt Disney World - Part 1

Anyone who has ever visited a theme park knows that it doesn't take very long before your feet begin to hurt and your back begins to ache. Most of us just don't spend that much time walking -- and standing...

Space Mountain Reopens

On Sunday, November 22, Space Mountain reopened after a seven-month rehab -- just in time for the holidays. One of the first things you might notice is the old, adjacent Tomorrowland Skyway Terminal has been razed, save the restrooms. In...

Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise The Jungle Cruise has been a perennial favorite ever since it opened at Disneyland in 1955. Even though many of us have ridden this attraction so many times that we could probably skipper the boat ourselves, we still...

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - 2009

I know you're saying to yourself, "It's too early to be celebrating Christmas." And in most cases, I would agree with you. But partaking in this festive season at Disney World is something special. The parks and resorts take on...

Cinderella Wishing Well - Magic Kingdom

Like so many other articles I write, I can't talk about Disney World without first mentioning Disneyland. The first Disney wishing well appeared on March 27, 1961. As the story goes, Walt received an anonymous gift postmark from Italy. In...

Tiana's Showboat Jubilee

Today, October 26, 2009, Princess Tiana was formally welcomed into the Disney family. As with any royal ceremony, Disney pulled out all the stops to receive their ninth and newest princess. Many of our favorite characters were on hand at...

TTA – Tomorrowland Transit Authority - Update

Update: October 3, 2009 Yesterday, I rode the TTA. I was surprised to hear a new audio track had replaced the old narrative. A cast member told me this change took place on Thursday, October 2nd - the day I...

Magic Kingdom Skyway

After I published my blog about the demolition of the Tomorrowland Skyway Station, one of my readers wrote and asked me to write a blog about this defunct attraction. I don't usually take requests for articles, but I felt that...

Tomorrowland Skyway Station

On November 10, 1999, a favorite ride for many of us closed. The Skyway that once carried guests over Tomorrowland and Fantasyland stopped running. It was a sad day. The towers and cables were removed soon after, but both stations...

Where Does the Music Come From?

Most people pay very little attention to the music being played in the background while visiting a Disney theme park. Our eyes are much too busy taking in all of the sights to consciously pay any attention to the melodies...

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Hang on to them hats and glasses cuz this here's the wildest ride in the wilderness. In reality, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad isn't the most thrilling coaster in the world. In fact, it only reaches a top speed of somewhere...

Liberty Square Odds & Ends

Since I recently wrote a feature article and a blog about the Hall of Presidents, I thought I'd write a companion piece about a few of the other, less noticed sights in the area. Let's start with the porch to...

Pirates League

Avast ye mateys, Captain Jack Sparrow is on the lookout for additional crew members! It seems that while some of Captain Jack's men were on a plundering raid, they came across the warehouse of the East India Trading Company. Deciding...

Hall of Presidents Reopens

I was invited to a special preview of the new Hall of Presidents show today (June 28, 2009). The actual grand opening is July 4th. Here's what I experienced. The first thing you'll notice is that the name of the...

Magic Kingdom Opening Show

"Good morning. Good morning. It's great to stay up late. Good morning. Good morning to you, and you and you and you." Anyone who has made the effort to be at the Magic Kingdom before opening will have this song...

Magic Kingdom Odds & Ends

I have a few more bits of trivia to share with you, so sit back and enjoy. Let's start at City Hall. Inside this building are two paintings hanging on the wall behind the receptionist desk. (I only have a...

Stitch’s Supersonic Celebration

Ah, the sacrifices I make for you all. Today (May 6) was the official opening of a new Tomorrowland show in the Magic Kingdom called Stitch's Supersonic Celebration. It takes place in a new venue that was especially built for...

Fantasyland – Old and New

The information in this next blog has been presented before - some of it on this website, some of it on others. But since I've started blogging about Disney World trivia, I thought these tidbits were worth repeating. Often, when...

Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!

In keeping with this year's new "Celebrate Today" theme, the Magic Kingdom kicks off a new show/parade on February 13 titled "Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!" This high energy event starts near the Fire Station on Main Street...

Golden Oak Outpost and Button Cart

It pays to read the AllEars Newsletter. I was unaware that the Golden Oak Outpost, which replaced the McDonald's Fry Cart in Frontierland, had opened until I read Kitty Smith's blurb. I figured that I'd better get some pictures to...

Magic Kingdom - Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade

Today (January 23, 2009) a "new" parade kicked off at the Magic Kingdom. I was on hand to snap a few photos so I could share them with you. Since I rarely watch the daytime parades, I really can't tell...

Disneyland vs. Magic Kingdom Part 1

I just got back from vacation. A portion of my trip was spent visiting the Disneyland Resort in California. For those of you who have read my bio, you know that I grew up in Anaheim and visited Disneyland often...

Main Street Train Station Bulletin Board

There is an "Arrival and Departure" bulletin board on the ground floor of the Main Street Train Station. The locations depicted are not just random names, but have meaning. Here they are: Grizzle Bear Flats: The Grizzly Flats Railroad...

1972 Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World Pictures - Part 2

This is my last set of January, 1972 pictures. I do have others, but they are of things that have changed very little over the years, such as Main Street and portions of Fantasyland, and really aren't of any historical...

Adventureland - Magic Kingdom - History Lesson

Q: Do you know why Adventureland is located on the west side of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World? A: It's because Adventureland is located on the west side of Disneyland in Anaheim. When planning the Magic Kingdom, Imagineers...

Harper's Mill, Old Time Telephone, and Kingdom Tower - Walt Disney World

I recently wrote a blog about the bird's nest hidden in Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom. One of my readers, Chris, wrote to tell me that if you listen carefully, the creaking gears inside the...

Step Back in Time to 1972 - Back by popular demand

Last time I posted old pictures of WDW I received numerous emails requesting more. So here goes. Once again, all of these pictures were taken in January 1972, just a little more than three months after the "World" opened. These...

Old Walt Disney World Pictures

A couple of months ago, I published some old pictures I had taken at Walt Disney World. I received several letters asking that I publish more, so here goes. All of these were taken in January, 1972, just a little...

The Old Mill

In 1937, Walt Disney produced "The Old Mill," one of the Silly Symphonies. This was the first film to use the multiplane camera, a device that added depth of field to animation. This film also depicted realistic animal behavior, wind...

Liberty Tree Tavern Pagers

A very old tradition has died at the Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic Kingdom. In the past, when guests checked in at the podium, they were asked what state they were from. Then, when it was time to be...

Diamond Horseshoe

The Diamond Horseshoe in the Magic Kingdom is currently serving lunch from 11am to 4pm during the busy President's week. Premade sandwiches, a Caesar Salad, and drinks are available. I asked a cast member if this was a permanent arrangement...

Pirate Tutorial

The "Pirate Tutorial" show at the Magic Kingdom has been moved to a new location. Once performed in a make-shift area next to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction, the "Pirate Tutorial" show has now found a permanent, more substantial...

Step Back in Time - Magic Kingdom

I first visited Disney World in January 1972. Over the years, I took a number of pictures while vacationing here. Looking back, I wish I had taken more, but then I have to remind myself, film was expensive and having...

Main Street's City Hall Gets a Face Lift!

In order to keep Walt Disney World looking as good as it looks, attractions and buildings must be occasionally closed for refurbishment. In years past, plywood panels would be erected around the building so workmen could clean, repair, and paint...

Crystal Arts - Main Street Magic Kingdom

Earlier this year (or maybe even last year), the Bakery on Main Street needed to expand its seating area. To do this, Disney displaced the Arribas Brothers glass shop that shared this area. Shortly after the expansion was complete, the...

Exposition Hall in the Magic Kingdom

Where do you go at the Magic Kingdom when you're hot and tired and want to escape the unmanageable crowds and cool down? Try Exposition Hall located on the Plaza at the beginning of Main Street. The front half of...

Art of Disney store in Magic Kingdom

The Art of Disney, or as I like to call it, the "good" store, has opened in the Main Street Cinema building in the Magic Kingdom. This store sells upscale merchandise. Lenox, Armani, the Disney Classic Collection, and original and...

Monsters Inc., Laugh Floor

My good friend Anita Answer suggested I check out the changes made to the Monsters Inc., Laugh Floor attraction in the Magic Kingdom. First, the lobby, or initial waiting room, has been redone. When the Laugh Floor first opened, a...

Updates Around Walt Disney World

The day after Halloween, Disney went to work decorating for Christmas. The transformation takes weeks as Santa's Helpers move from park to park and resort to resort, stringing garland and decorating trees. I visited the Magic Kingdom and Main Street...

Haunted Mansion Comes Alive

All Ears® Team Member Jack Spence (accompanied by Anita Answer and friends) files this report: The good news: it's still the Haunted Mansion. It has been improved. Some changes are obvious, others would hardly be noticed. They come together to...

Magic Kingdom Decks out for Halloween

Jack Spence Reports..... Town Square in the Magic Kingdom is all decked out for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Here are a few of the scarecrows that welcome guests....

Patriot's Day Flag Retreat

A special Flag Retreat was held at Town Square in the Magic Kingdom Tuesday in honor of Patriots Day (9/11). The Voices of Liberty were on hand as well as the Disney Philharmonic. Several of the numbers performed were, Proud...

Pecos Bills - Magic Kingdom

Several years ago, the Pecos Bill Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom tested a couple of automated "ordering" stations where guests could place their meal order via touch-sensitive screens instead of interacting with a cast member. For whatever reason, these...

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