« March 2013 | Main | May 2013 »

April 2013 Archives

April 1, 2013

Disney Hodgepodge

jack-spence%27s-masthead4.jpg


Today's article will be a little different that my usual entries. Instead of one, lengthy topic, I'm going to be covering several, unrelated subjects including some nostalgia, a restaurant recommendation, an editorial, and a juicy rumor. Let's start with nostalgia.



NOSTALGIA

As a young man of 18, I had the good sense to save my first paystub from my job at Disneyland. I knew someday that I would find it of interest and it would rekindle memories. A few years ago, I went looking for it to include in one of my blogs. I opened box after box of my Disney paper-memorabilia collection, but my paystub could not be found. Discouraged, I gave up looking for it. A year later, I decided to look for it again, thinking I just missed it the first time around. But alas, it was nowhere to be found. I reasoned it had somehow been inadvertently thrown away.

Last month, I had movers arrive at my house to pack up most of my belongings for storage and move a selected few pieces of furniture to my apartment. One of these items was a chest of drawers. In preparation for the move, I emptied everything out of the drawers. And no, I didn't find the paystub in one of the drawers -- yet.

Later that night at the apartment, I started refilling my chest with clothes and other belongings. When opening one of the bottom drawers, I found my paystub. Apparently, when the movers upended the chest and placed it on their dolly, it dislodged the paystub from some hidden spot for me to find. Hurray.

I thought you might get a laugh at the dollar amounts. Although my hourly wage as a Miscellaneous Kitchen Helper would be $1.71 per hour, I was paid an astounding $2.15 per hour to attend Orientation (called Traditions today). I was also given a meal payment of $1.50 that bought a full lunch at the company cafeteria.

I've turned the paystub on its side so the check would be larger and you could see the amounts better. My, how things have changed in 42 years.


Disneyland Pay Stub



RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION

Because this is a "hodgepodge" blog, this will not be a full restaurant review, but rather a restaurant recommendation.

Splitsville is a new bowling alley that opened at Downtown Disney Westside last year. Even though I'm not a bowler, I had to check it out simply because it is on Disney property.


Splitsville


Splitsville is not your father's bowling alley. This is a sophisticated entertainment complex with one foot in the 1950's and the other in the 2010's. Here is what is offered:

" 30 Bowling Lanes
" Upscale Food, including 2 sushi bars
" Live Music
" Outdoor Patio Dining
" Billiards Tables
" Dancing

Even though I don't bowl, I still wanted to experience Splitsville, so I decided to have lunch with some friends one afternoon. When we arrived, we were asked if we wanted to sit indoors or out. Since it was somewhat cool, we opted for one of their very attractive indoor booths.


Booth


We were all impressed with the service. Our waiter arrived promptly and was attentive without being overbearing. He remembered who ordered what when bringing us our food - a major grading point for me when evaluating service.

We were all very impressed with the food. Along with traditional bowling alley fair such as pizza, burgers, nachos, and fries, gourmet selections such as Mahi Mahi with Voodoo Shrimp, California Roll, Seared Ahi Tuna Salad, and Steak Chimichurri are also on hand. To see the complete menu, click here.

I was impressed enough that I decided to return a week later. This time, the weather was remarkable. Because of this, I chose to sit on the second story balcony.


Balcony

Balcony

Bar


It's this balcony that I actually want to recommend in this article. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink and a good meal when it's nice outside. To me, food always tastes better alfresco. And take a look at the view. This is a wonderful place to surreptitiously people-watch. I've been back to the balcony several times since my first visit up here.


Balcony View

Balcony View


Even if you're not a bowler and you don't want to eat here, I strongly suggest dropping in next time you're visiting the Westside. This is a wonderful spot and worthy of Walt Disney World.

For more information about Splitsville, click here and here.



EDITORIAL

Two weeks ago, Disney announced that over the next three years, Downtown Disney would receive a major makeover and become "Disney Springs." Although the majority of the upgrades would be made to the current Pleasure Island section, the Westside and Marketplace would also receive enhancements. The overall project calls for the doubling of the number of shops and restaurants, revamping the parking lot and adding two parking structures, and a bridge that will cross a portion of Village Lake to ease pedestrian traffic.

I am absolutely thrilled with this announcement. Because Downtown Disney was built in stages over the years, there was no continuity between the Marketplace, Pleasure Island, and the Westside. And although these three areas will still remain as separate "neighborhoods," the plans call for a more cohesive and inclusive design that will help add unity to the area.

I am thrilled that Disney will be adding more shops. The plans state that the majority of these will be selling non-Disney merchandise. This is good. There are already more than enough "Disney" shops selling the same merchandise over and over again. It will be nice to have other goods and products to browse through when visiting here.

I am thrilled with the announcement that the parking lot will be redesigned and parking structures added. Currently there are not enough spaces near the Marketplace and the overall design of the parking lot is horrendous. It can be a nightmare trying to find a spot during busy periods.

I am thrilled that the bus stations will be consolidated. The current bus stop across from Pleasure Island is an embarrassment. It is not up to Disney standards and its location is ill-conceived.

I am thrilled that a pedestrian bridge will connect the two sides of the Marketplace. The walkways in this area are always congested and this new thoroughfare will greatly improve people flow.

However" I am not thrilled with the name "Disney Springs."

As we know, the Imagineers like to begin each project with a backstory. This helps bring continuity and interest to the finished product. So this tried-and-true practice was applied when planning began on the refurbishment of Downtown Disney. This is what they came up with.

"The story of Disney Springs begins at our new Town Center, which is oriented around a series of bubbling natural springs that first attracted settlers to the area. From there, the town grew to encompass three additional neighborhoods: The Landing, Marketplace and West Side - each with its own distinct charm and atmosphere."

Here are my problems with the name "Disney Springs."

The backstory is not original - not even to Disney. If you remember, they used this same backstory in the movie "Cars." Stanley Steamer discovered a spring in the middle of the desert and set up shop. The town of Radiator Springs grew around this spring.

There are already too many "springs" at WDW. We have two resorts containing this word: Coronado Springs and Saratoga Springs. Although I've never heard a backstory for either, wouldn't it be logical that their names were also derived from a nearby spring. And over at Blizzard Beach one of the water slides is called Teamboat Springs.

And finally, the name "Disney Springs" doesn't tell visitors what to expect. A first timer to WDW might just think it's another resort. The word "downtown" was far more descriptive. In most cities across the U.S., the word downtown is associated with the business district -- the area where you'll find restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Disney Springs conjures up none of this for me.

Two years ago, Disney announced "Hyperion Wharf," an earlier plan to refurbish Pleasure Island. But construction never began. Today, Disney freely admits that upon further thought, they realized they could do better and went back to the drawing board.

Now I don't expect the Imagineers to change the backstory they've come up with for the revitalized Downtown Disney, but I hope they realize that they could do better when it comes to a name. What's wrong with keeping the name Downtown Disney? People are already familiar with it and know what to expect.

So what do you think? Do you like the new name of Disney Springs or do you prefer Downtown Disney? Or do you have another name you'd like to see? Write a comment and let me know. Then check back every couple of days to see what others have posted.

On a related topic, I'd like to speak to the Disney copy writers in regards to the following sentence found in one of their press releases:

"Drawing inspiration from Florida's waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs will include four outdoor neighborhoods interconnected by a flowing spring and vibrant lakefront."

Springs don't flow. A spring is the spot where water bubbles up from beneath the earth. From there the spring becomes a brook, creek, or stream. Brooks, creeks, and streams flow, but not springs.



RUMOR

I don't usually report on rumors. They're just too unreliable. But in this case, I just have to. I have it on good authority that a pretty big announcement will be made in mid-April. I was even able to obtain some concept photos/art to share with you.

It seems that Disney has decided to build a dome over the Magic Kingdom. This has been on the drawing board for years, but it's only been in the last five years that technology has reached a point to make this possible.


Dome Over the MK

Dome Over the MK


Of course, the first advantage of a dome is climate control. Disney will be able to maintain a constant temperature throughout the year. Now, the tiring effects of humidity will be a thing of the past. And the sudden downpours of summer will no longer hamper your touring plans. This will help greatly now that Disney is implementing advance-FastPass and total-day touring plans.

The dome will also shield out ultraviolet light. No more sunburns.

The covering will also use a "transition" type material that will darken and lighten depending on the time of day and lighting conditions.

In case you're concerned, the fireworks will still be shot off from behind the Magic Kingdom (outside the dome), but still clearly visible from within. In fact, Disney has some surprises in store for us as they will use projections and fiber optics on the dome in conjunction with the firework display.

Construction will probably begin in September, after the summer crowds have gone home.

For more information on this, scroll down.


Hodgepodge-30.jpg


April fools!



April 2, 2013

New Disney Transport Look

Jack Spence Masthead


Yesterday while driving around Disney World, I glimpsed a bus design that I wasn't familiar with. Through the corner of my eye, I thought I saw the word "Disney" as the bus turned into Port Orleans. I made a quick U-turn and followed the bus into the resort. Eventually, I found it parked at a bus stop and sure enough, it was a Disney Transport bus. These are the buses that carry guests to all points around Disney World.

Although I can't substantiate this, I have to assume that this is the new design for the Disney Transport buses. And as new buses are purchased and others refurbished, I suspect we'll be seeing more of these.


Disney-Transport-New-Design.jpg


The paint is also reflective. This will make them more visible at night.


Disney-Transport-New-Design


Personally, I like this new design. Both the color scheme and retro look seem fresh and imaginative. I hope to see more of these buses around property in the days to come.



April 8, 2013

Port Orleans French Quarter Room Refurbishment

jack-spence%27s-masthead4.jpg

Back in July, 2010, I wrote an extensive article about Port Orleans French Quarter. Although a few items may have been tweaked over the last three years, nothing of significance has changed with the basic resort. However, the rooms were recently redecorated so I spent the night here a few weeks ago to find out what has changed. Here's what I found.

Overall, little has been altered. The basic layout of the room remains the same - two queen beds, a table and chairs, a chest of drawers, and a nightstand.

Here are the differences: Before and after.


The headboards are the same and have not changed. However, a new bedspread design is now used.


Headboard

Headboard

Bedspread

Bedspread


The nightstand has changed, but only slightly. The new drawer is deeper than the previous.


Nightstand

Nightstand


The artist concept drawing of Pirates of the Caribbean remains the same.


Artist concept drawing of Pirates of the Caribbean


The table and chairs are the same; however they have been reupholstered in a new fabric. The picture above the table has been replaced with a mirror.


Table and Chairs

Table and Chairs


The air conditioning unit received a major makeover. In the past, it was an ugly, modern air conditioner - thematically out of place in the room. Today it looks like a nice piece of furniture complete with a window seat. They also put a thermostat on the wall rather than controls on the unit. Also notice that the carpet and draperies have changed from a blue pattern to a golden design.


Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning


The biggest change in the room is the chest of drawers. This may present a storage problem for some of you. The old chest featured four large and two small drawers. The new chest only has three large drawers.


Chest of Drawers

Chest of Drawers


This extra space was taken up by housing the refrigerator into the chest rather than have it stored in a free standing cabinet.


Refrigerator

Refrigerator


The old tube TV was replaced by a flat screen unit.


Tube TV

Flat Screen TV


Like the table and chairs, the only change to the bench is the upholstery.


Bench

Bench


The old vanity area featured two pedestal sinks. This was thematically attractive, but offered too little counter space. The new vanity has one large counter with two sinks. The small hexagon floor tiles were replaced by large, brown tiles.


Vanity

Vanity


Over the shower we find a new curtain. And the dingy wall tiles have been replaced with a clean, white replacement. The shower head is also new and more stylish.


Shower Curtain

Shower Curtain

Shower Tile and Head

Shower Tile and Head


Disney is always in the process of updating their rooms. They know the importance of keeping things fresh. Most people will never notice these changes from one visit to the next. In fact, it took looking at my old pictures for me to be reminded of the differences.

To see a video of the new room design, check out the clip below.



I like Port Orleans French Quarter. In fact, I prefer it over the Mansion and Bayou rooms found in the Riverside section of the resort. Much of this has to do with the resort layout. It's far more compact and thus, easier to navigate. Also, there is only one bus stop. This makes transportation to and from the parks easier as you don't have to make multiple stops to pick up and drop off others.

If you're looking for a moderate resort at Walt Disney World, I highly recommend Port Orleans French Quarter. You will not be disappointed.

RELATED LINKS:
** Readers Rate and Review the French Quarter
** French Quarter FAQ
** Updated Resort Photo Gallery 1
** Updated Resort Photo Gallery 2
** New Resort Video Slide Show


April 15, 2013

Old Key West - Disney Vacation Club - Part One

Jack Spence Masthead


Today's article about Old Key West marks a mini-milestone in my blog history with AllEars. See if you can figure out what it is. The answer will be at the end of tomorrow's blog.

(This really is a MINI-milestone. Don't put too much gray matter into it.)



Old Key West Logo


Disney's Old Key West was the first Disney Vacation Club (DVC). It opened on December 20, 1991. In the beginning it was called "Disney's Vacation Club Resort" - hardly a romantic and alluring name. It was called this for several reasons. First, since it was the first vacation club, it didn't need a unique designation. But there was a more important reason for the moniker. Disney did not like the word "timeshare." They wanted the public to know that what they were offering in "vacation ownership" was different than everyone else's product. So they decided that by including the words "vacation club" in the resort's name, it would bring this point home.

On October 1, 1995, Disney's second DVC opened in Vero Beach, Florida and on March 6, 1996 their third on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. In addition, a fourth DVC was under construction at WDW which would become the Boardwalk Resort. It was now time to give the first DVC a unique identity to separate it from the rest. So in January, 1996, the name was officially changed to Disney's Old Key West Resort.


Vero Beach DVC

Hilton Head DVC

Boardwalk DVC

Old Key West DVC


Old Key West is located off of a small road that connects Bonnet Creek Parkway with Buena Vista Drive. For many years, this road was called Community Way, but it too received a name change. After the opening of Saratoga Springs in 2004, the road was renamed Disney Vacation Club Way.

Folks enter Old Key West on Peninsular Road. Like all Disney resorts, they are greeted by a guard who will acknowledge them with a friending "Welcome home."


Guard Shack

Street Sign


The first stop at Old Key West is Hospitality House located at Conch Flats (Conch rhymes with honk). Conch Flats is where guests will find most of the resort's facilities. Underneath the porte-cochère guests can arrange luggage handling with Bell Services.


Porte-cochère

Porte-cochère

Bell Services


Next to the porte-cochère is one of the resort's bus stops for transportation to the parks. More on this later.


Bus Stop

Bus Stop


The lobby and check-in can be found off of a charming breezeway.


Breezeway

Lobby Entrance


The lobby is very inviting. The floor uses dark woods that have been polished to a luster. A beautiful inlay can be found in the center of the room. The check-in desk is made up of lighter toned woods. The ceiling planks are white-washed. On the back wall, a watercolor featuring the architecture of Key West can be found. All of this combines to create a sophisticated yet welcoming atmosphere.


Old Key West Lobby

Old Key West Lobby

Old Key West Lobby

Old Key West Lobby


To help speed up the check-in process, Disney resorts have begun stationing one or two cast members out front of the check-in desks. In hand they carry an electronic tablet that is connected to the central reservation system. These helpful individuals have access to everything their behind-the-desk counterparts have. In essence, they can also check you into your room. Remember, the official check-in time for DVC units is 4pm.


Cast Member Assisted Check-in


Off of the lobby is one of my favorite spots in all of Walt Disney World. This sitting room is extremely comfortable and inviting. A fireplace, bookshelves, bric-a-brac, and overstuffed furniture combine to create a relaxing retreat. If ever the parks become too much for you, find a good book or magazine and snuggle up in this lovely lounge. A television can be found in the corner of the room, tuned to Disney cartoons for the little ones.


OKW Lobby Lounge

OKW Lobby Lounge

OKW Lobby Lounge

OKW Lobby Lounge


Across from the check-in lobby is Conch Flats General Store. Designed to resemble an old-time general store, the type that might be found on the island of Key West, this spot offers "cargo and provisions" for your stay. Open from 7am to 11pm, Conch Flats General Store sells a small selection of Disney souvenirs, magazines, DVC-branded merchandise, and foodstuff for your unit's kitchen.


Conch Flats General Store

Conch Flats General Store

Conch Flats General Store

Conch Flats General Store

Conch Flats General Store


Prior to your stay, DVC members may order "provisions" by faxing a Disney grocery list to the resort. After arrival, your items will be delivered to your room. There is a nominal fee for this service. For more information, check out the Vacation Planning module on the DVC Member Website.

Next to Conch Flats General Store is Olivia's, the resort's restaurant. The atmosphere here is relaxed and comfortable. In the main dining room, a row of booths line one wall, while wood-topped wrought-iron tables and painted wooden chairs make up the rest of the seating. Nautical and Key West memorabilia adorn the walls and an attention-grabbing fan turns overhead.

The backstory for Olivia's is rather simple. Olivia was a local resident of the island and a good cook. Friends and neighbors kept dropping by at mealtime for a bite to eat. Eventually, Olivia decided to hang a shingle out by the door and turn her generosity into a profit.


Olivia's

Olivia's

Olivia's

Olivia's


In the early years of the resort, it was the custom for members to present Olivia's with a framed photograph of their family. One by one, these pictures were added to the walls of the restaurant, eventually covering every square inch of space. However, when the dining room needed a fresh coat of paint a few years ago, most of these were removed and retired. Today, only the restaurant's lobby and secondary dining room sport these smiling faces.


Olivia's

Olivia's

Olivia's


Besides the two indoor dining rooms, Olivia's also offers outside seating. When the weather is nice, this is delightful place for a meal.


Olivia's Outdoor Seating

Olivia's Outdoor Seating


I like Olivia's very much. I eat here so often that many of the cast members know me by name and treat me like family. However, I've watched these same cast members interact with other guests and I realize that I'm not being treated any differently than anyone else - everyone is made to feel at home here.

I do have one negative comment about Olivia's. The noise level can get a bit loud when the restaurant fills up. This is because the flooring is tile and there is very little fabric to absorb the sound.

Here are the current hours:

Breakfast: 7:30am to 11am
Lunch: 11:30am to 5pm
Dinner: 5pm to 10pm

Note, lunch and dinner service use the same menu. To see what is offered at Olivia's, click here.

Beyond Olivia's is a promenade that runs the length of Conch Flats. Located along this walkway is where you'll find most of the resort's recreation facilities and services.


OKW Promenade

OKW Promenade


The first stop we come to is D.V.C. Ferry. This is where you can catch a water-taxi to Downtown Disney. The hours are 10am to 11pm and the boats run every 20 minutes. The boat makes no other stops along the way. Note, if you're thinking of taking the ferry as an excursion ride only, you may be required to disembark and reload if a line has formed at Downtown Disney.


D.V.C. Ferry

D.V.C. Ferry


Next to Olivia's is Gurgling Suitcase. This hole-in-the-wall spot serves hard and soft drinks along with a limited menu from Olivia's.

Although the name of this establishment might seem rather strange, it actually harkens back to the days of Prohibition. As Key West is just a stone's throw away from Cuba, rum was often smuggled into the United States through the Florida Keys in false-bottom luggage - thus, "Gurgling Suitcase."

The hours of this establishment are 11:30am to midnight.


Gurgling Suitcase

Gurgling Suitcase

Gurgling Suitcase


"On the way or coming back, Good's is best for meals or a snack."

This is the motto for Good's Food To Go, the quick-service establishment that satisfies the appetites of those poolside. There are also several picnic tables nearby for guests wishing to eat in a more "dignified" manner than reclining in a lounge chair. As you would expect, burgers, hotdogs, and the like are for sale here.

Good's is open for breakfast between 7am and 11:30am. Lunch and dinner is served between 11:30am to 10pm.

To see the complete menu, click here.


Goods

Table


As we proceed along the promenade we come to Electric Eel Gameroom. As the name implies, this is the spot for electronic game wizardry. Although a somewhat small facility, there is still a lot of fun to be had here.


Electric Eel Gameroom

Electric Eel Gameroom

Electric Eel Gameroom


R.E.S.T. is the acronym Old Key West uses to help guests remember what is offered at Conch Flats. It stands for Recreation, Exercise, Swimming, and Tennis. To that end, Hank's Rent 'N Return can help you out with the recreation end of things. This is the place to rent a bicycle, surrey bike, pontoon boat, and a Sea Racer. Shuffleboard, tennis, volleyball, and basketball equipment can also be secured here. All of the courts are conveniently located nearby. This is also the spot to rent DVDs to play in your room.


Hank's Rent 'N Return

Hank's Rent 'N Return

Tennis

Shuffleboard

Volleyball

Surrey Bikes

Ping Pong


Next to Hank's Rent 'N Return is Conch Flats Community Hall. Most DVC resorts have a Community Hall and they all offer similar diversions. Games, videos, and arts & crafts are available for the younger set. Pool (or other "table" games) is on hand for the older kids. Be sure to check the Community Hall schedule to see what activities are on hand each day.


Community Hall

Community Hall

Community Hall

Community Hall


The "Exercise" portion of R.E.S.T. can be taken care of in the Exercise Room. A number of cardio-workout machines are available as well as a limited number of weight training options. For jogging trail information, check with the Concierge Desk in the lobby of Hospitality House.


Exercise Room

Exercise Room

Exercise Room


In the shadow of a towering lighthouse is the resort's main pool. The theme here is "fun at the beach" as the pool's slide is hidden inside a giant castle of "sand." The nearby playground continues this theme with more sand structures and giant beach toys such as a plastic bucket and shovel.


Lighthouse

Main Swimming Pool

Sand Castle Slide

Sand Castle Playground

Plastic Bucket

Plastic Shovel


Inside the lighthouse is a sauna. To my knowledge, no other pool at Disney offers this amenity poolside.


Poolside Sauna

Poolside Sauna


Adjacent to the pool is a children's playground with slides and other energy-burning apparatuses. Further down a path is a lovely fire pit and benches.


Children's Slides

Fire Pit and Benches


Old Key West is large. Although there are sidewalks throughout the resort, the distance from your room to Conch Flats may be more than you'd like to traverse on foot. To help you out, Disney offers an internal bus that continually circles the various sections of Old Key West, pausing at each of the bus stops. These same stops are where you'll catch a bus for the theme parks.


Bus Stop


Old Key West wraps around the Buena Vista Golf course, affording many of the units a wonderful view of the greens. This layout necessitated that the various buildings be positioned along a number of "spur" roads rather than laying the property out in a circular pattern. This means that the buses must navigate in and out and around when traveling from one bus stop to the next. I am prone to motion sickness. For me, the bus ride through Old Key West is a little tough on my tummy. If you also suffer from motion sickness, I thought you'd like to know and plan accordingly.

Besides the main swimming pool, there are three other pools scattered around the resort. All of them are nice, but none have any particular theming.


Secondary Pools

Secondary Pools

Secondary Pools


The pool located between buildings 41 and 42 offers food and beverage service at Turtle Shack Snack Bar. This spot is operated seasonally, weather permitting.


Turtle Shack Snack Bar


One, two, and three bedroom units at Old Key West have their own washer and dryer. Studio units do not. For them, laundry facilities can be found near all four swimming pools.


Laundry Room

Laundry Room


That's it for the facilities and amenities offered at Old Key West. To see a film of the overall resort, check out the video below. Check back tomorrow when I'll discuss a studio and two-bedroom unit.




April 16, 2013

Old Key West - Disney Vacation Club - Part Two

Jack Spence Masthead


Old Key West Logo


Yesterday I discussed the basic services and recreation offered at Old Key West. Today I will be covering a one and two-bedroom unit.

The rooms at Old Key West are considerably larger than at any other Walt Disney World DVC. Considerably. In addition, the rooms have more character as the architects used angled walls rather than every corner being 90 degrees. This makes Old Key West a sought after property with those knowledgeable of these differences.

Just to give you an idea, here is a comparison of the basic room sizes between Old Key West and Saratoga Springs. You might not think it, but these differences are significant when you're actually in the rooms.

Old Key West

Studio: 390 square feet
One Bedroom: 942 square feet
Two Bedroom: 1,395 square feet
Three Bedroom: 2,375 square feet

Saratoga Springs

Studio: 355 square feet
One Bedroom: 714 square feet
Two Bedroom: 1,075 square feet
Three Bedroom: 2,113 square feet

Let's first take a look at a studio unit. Studio accommodations are similar to rooms found at one of Disney's deluxe resorts, with the addition of a small kitchenette. They are well-appointed and spacious enough to comfortably sleep four without feeling crowded. The rooms have two queen-sized beds, a nightstand, a table and two chairs, a chest of drawers, a flat screen TV, and a decent sized closet.


Studio Bedroom

Studio Bedroom

Studio Bedroom

Studio Bedroom

Studio Bedroom

Studio Bedroom

Studio Bedroom


The kitchenette is located in a hallway that separates the bedroom from the bathroom. The kitchenette is intended for light snacks and quick-preparation meals. It comes with a toaster, microwave, under-counter refrigerator, coffeemaker, and a small sink. Disposable cups, plates, and flatware are also provided.


Studio Kitchenette

Studio Kitchenette

Studio Kitchenette

Studio Kitchenette


In a second closet, guests will find a vacuum, small safe, playpen, and more hangers.


Studio Closet


The bathroom can easily accommodate two people, even though it only has one sink.
A hair dryer can be found on the wall and the countertop is big enough for an array of toiletries.


Studio Bathroom

Studio Bathroom


All studio units have a patio or balcony with two chairs and small a table. Studio units sleep four, plus one child under the age of 3 in a crib.


Studio Patio/Balcony


To see a short film of a studio unit, check out the video below.



Next I'm going to look at a two-bedroom unit. These offer a "great room" where a family can really spread out and feel at home. At all other Disney DVC's, I've never forgotten the fact that I'm in a "hotel" room. At Old Key West, I really feel like I'm staying in someone's vacation home. They are spacious beyond compare. I have friends who regularly spend Christmas in a two-bedroom unit and have parties during their stay. I've seen up to fourteen people in the kitchen/living room and not felt the least bit crowded.

In the living room you'll find a couch, love seat, chair, end table, and coffee table. The couch opens into a queen-sized sleeper and the chair into a single bed.


Two-Bedroom Living Room

Two-Bedroom Living Room

Two-Bedroom Living Room

Two-Bedroom Living Room


The living room is separated from the kitchen with an island that opens up to reveal a TV.


Island/TV

Island/TV


The kitchen is large - large enough for two cooks to both do their own thing without getting in each other's way.


Two-Bedroom Kitchen

Two-Bedroom Kitchen

Two-Bedroom Kitchen


These kitchens come fully stocked. Everything you would need to fix a complete Christmas dinner is provided (except the food). How do I know? I know because I have had a complete Christmas dinner with friends at Old Key West for the last five years. Here's what's provided: small appliances, wine glasses, mixing bowls, pots & pans, utensils, dishware, a full size refrigerator with icemaker, dishwasher, stove & oven, microwave, and a double sink with disposal.


Two-Bedroom Kitchen

Two-Bedroom Kitchen

Two-Bedroom Kitchen

Two-Bedroom Kitchen

Two-Bedroom Kitchen

Two-Bedroom Kitchen

Two-Bedroom Kitchen


Next to the kitchen is a large table that comfortably seats four. Behind it is a countertop bar with additional storage above and below.


Dining Table

Counter


Off of the dining area is a spacious patio with another table and chairs.


Patio/Balcony


A hallway leads to the master bedroom. Off of this hall is a real laundry room. Unlike the other Disney World DVC's that offer a stackable washer and dryer in a closet, this is a real laundry room with a side by side washer and dryer. The iron and board hang on the wall in this room.


Laundry Room

Laundry Room


The master bedroom is quite luxurious. It features a king bed, chair & ottoman, two nightstands, armoire with 32 inch flat screen TV, hope chest with storage, and a ceiling fan. The master bedroom also has its own door out to the patio/balcony.


Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom


Off of the bedroom is a two-room bath. In the first room you'll find a Jacuzzi-type tub large enough for two. A pedestal sink and an attractive shelving unit complete the room.


Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom


The second room of the bath houses the toilet, a shower, and a second sink with plenty of counter space.


Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom


Those staying in the second bedroom of a two-bedroom unit will not feel short changed. It is also well appointed and comfortable. With two queen beds, a nightstand, table and two chairs, and a chest of drawers with a TV, this room is spacious and comfortable.


Second Bedroom

Second Bedroom

Second Bedroom

Second Bedroom

Second Bedroom

Second Bedroom


Off of the bedroom is a hallway which contains a small vanity area and a decent-sized closet.


Vanity

Closet


The bathroom is large and has a sink with plenty of counter space, a toilet, and a tub/shower.


Secondary Bathroom

Secondary Bathroom

Secondary Bathroom


To see a movie of a two-bedroom unit, check out the video below.



For more information on these rooms along with the one and three bedroom units, check out the AllEars Fact Sheet for Old Key West by clicking here.

I like the rooms at Old Key West. And so do many others. Because of their larger size, these rooms book fast. DVC members who call Old Key West "home" can book rooms here eleven months in advance. DVC members of other Disney properties can book rooms here seven months in advance. Remember, non-members can also rent rooms at DVC properties, but Old Key West will be more of a challenge due to the resort's high demand.

That's it for my look at Old Key West. Although it is not located next to a theme park, it still has a lot to offer. There is a comfort level found at Old Key West that is hard to beat. When the cast members welcome you home to Old Key West, you really will feel like you're at your own private retreat.



Answer to yesterday's question:

My blog about Old Key West completes my reviews of all the Disney owned and operated properties at Walt Disney World (plus the Swan and Dolphin). Now Deb Wills wants me to start at the beginning and do it all over again. Whew. When will I ever get some rest? I know, while staying at all the resorts at Walt Disney World.

It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.



April 22, 2013

Disney Hodgepodge Two

Jack Spence Masthead


Today's article contains another collection of unrelated odds and ends. Enjoy.


So You Want to be an Imagineer


Over the years, I have received a number of letters from readers asking me for advice on how to become an Imagineer. First, I am not, nor have I ever been an Imagineer. Therefore, I cannot share any personal insight with you. But I do know several current and former Imagineers and I can impart some of what they've shared with me. So here goes.

First and foremost, STAY IN SCHOOL. Get a college degree. It would be helpful if the degree was in a field you'd like to pursue in life, but any degree is better than no degree. Without a college degree, your chances of becoming an Imagineer today are practically nil unless you have a VERY unique talent that Disney finds essential.

Computer skills are very helpful.

Imagineering is not a training ground. Everyone that is hired into these positions either has had some applicable prior experience elsewhere or comes with their own sought-after skill set.

Disney has its own unique business philosophy and its own way of doing things. This is not always compatible with everyone. Many become frustrated when they find Disney's philosophies not matching their own.

Disney likes to promote from within. The four Imagineers I know all worked at Disneyland with me in the 1970's. This put them in the right place at the right time. Epcot and Tokyo Disneyland were in the works and the Imagineering department was expanding. These individuals all had marketable skills and came into contact with people who could help them. Like so many jobs in the real world, it's who you know that gets you promoted. That's not to say that you must work at Disneyland or Walt Disney World to become an Imagineer, but it can't hurt either.

So how did these ordinary cast members prepare to be Imagineers? Joe (not his real name) took creative writing in school. He even wrote a book and had it published. My friend Jim (also not his real name) studied film and animation. For a class project, Jim created a one-minute, hand-drawn animated piece (this was long before computer animation). Joe and Jim were both able to graphically display their talents to their Disneyland supervisors and then at interviews to become Imagineers.

The vast majority of Imagineering positions are located in Southern California. Is this where you want to live?

Okay, this next part is VERY important.

Many of us have been to D23 conventions and seen Imagineers onstage, telling us all about their dream jobs. They laugh, joke, tell stories, and make us believe that every moment at work is magical. And I'm sure they have a lot of fun on the job. But they also work very hard and often, very long hours - sometimes in the middle of the night when testing a new ride, shop, or restaurant.

I would bet that most of you who dream of becoming an Imagineer imagine yourself as a show designer. You picture yourself planning the next, fantastic attraction slated to "wow" millions with your creativity. But this segment of the department is just a small part of the total team. Most Imagineers are unsung heroes. These include audio engineers, graphic designers, and lighting technicians just to name a few. One of my Imagineer friends was an Inventory Coordinator. He was charged with creating a tracking system that would handle and identify the shipping of all Disney-provided items and their movement from the West Coast to East Coast. Jessie (once again, not his real name) loved this job and excelled at it. But Jessie's Imagineering job was behind-the-scenes. You would never see an Inventory Manager at a D23 convention, laughing and joking with the audience.

I am in no way trying to discourage any of you from becoming an Imagineer. This is a fantastic dream - one worth working for. I just want to make sure you have realistic expectations. It's like those who want to be a professional actor. If you make it, you're on top of the world. But it's best to have a backup plan as well.

Best of luck to all of you.


Dirt & Water


Because of new "green" regulations, Disney cannot fill in (decrease in size) any portion of a lake, creek, or canal on their property without creating an equal area of new water someplace else. For example, construction of the new Grand Floridian DVC created the need to extend usable land out into Seven Seas Lagoon.


Grand Floridian DVC Construction


To compensate for this encroachment, engineers increased the size of Bay Lake in an area located between the Contemporary and Wilderness Lodge Resorts. Take a look.


Excavating Bay Lake


It's All in the Details


As we know, Disney Imagineers are the "Kings of Detailing." Storytelling is everything to them, right down to the tiniest element. But sometimes details pop up in the most unusual spots. Take for instance the construction wall that currently circles the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride found in Fantasyland.

An 8'x4' piece of plywood is pretty boring. So Disney spruces things up with some simple flourishes suitable to the surroundings. Now instead of calling this wall ugly, we can call it acceptable.


Construction Wall


Disney surprised me with the construction of this new attraction. Normally, they don't want the public to see any "behind the scenes" work when building a new ride or attraction. But in this case, they have created a couple of peek holes in the construction wall and given them a "Seven Dwarfs" theme. In the pictures below, we find ourselves at the entrance of a boarded-up mine. Between the slats we get a glimpse of what's taking place on the other side of this fence.


Peek Hole

Peek Hole

Construction


I think what I have to share next shows great creativity on the Imagineers' part.

Three large "billboards" have been placed along the construction wall, each near a Fantasyland attraction.


Billboard


The billboard near Dumbo features Sneezy about to sneeze. Dopey is aggravating the matter by holding Dumbo's magic feather beneath Sneezy's nose.


Sneezy about to sneeze


Across from the Mad Tea Party we see Happy and Grumpy painting the roses red.


Painting The Roses Red


And finally near The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh we find Sleepy and Dopey enjoying some hunny.


Enjoying Hunny


I love the amount of work that Disney went to just to make a temporary wall more attractive. My hat's off to you.


White Powder Alert


The following is not a joke. This is true.

We all love our vacations at Disney World and the other Disney resorts around the world. We treasure our time in the parks and hotels. And when our holiday comes to an end, we desperately wish we could stay a few days longer. The moment we get home, we start planning our next trip to these magical places.

Many of us secretly wish we could live at Walt Disney World if there was just some way to swing it. I know I've fantasized that I discover my parents had purchased land in Central Florida years before Disney began buying property here. And by some quirk of fate, Disney missed this parcel and now I'm the legal owner of the ground beneath Thunder Mountain or Spaceship Earth. This of course would give me great bargaining power. I could leverage this situation to my advantage. I could demand that Disney convert the suite in Cinderella Castle into my own, personal home. Or I could take up permanent residence in a suite at the Grand Floridian. It's a wonderful fantasy, but of course, this isn't going to happen. Sigh.

But wait, there is still the lottery. I could play Power Ball and win $200M. This would allow me to buy my way into permanent residency at WDW. But alas, Disney has this covered. Disney limits the amount of DVC points any one individual can buy. And even if you bought points for all your family members to cover a full year, Disney requires guests change rooms after several weeks. The same is true with a standard hotel room. Disney caps length of stays. They do this because they don't want the ultra-rich to take up permanent residency at one of their resorts. (I'm dismissing Golden Oak in my fantasy because technically, it has been de-annexed from Disney.)

So I guess my dream of living at WDW is never going to happen. But wait, there is another way -- and numerous individuals have already tried this - and here's how.

Warning, if you're queasy about the topic of death, stop reading now.

Many people, more than you would think, request that their loved ones bring their cremated ashes to WDW. Some ask to be sprinkled in the flowerbeds of their favorite resort, but a more popular final destination is Bay Lake. Family members rent a pontoon boat, sail to a quiet spot and hold a private memorial. After warm words are spoken, the loved one's remains are sprinkled over the water before a cast member riding in a Boston Whaler gets too near and puts a stop to the proceedings.

Of course, this is illegal. WDW is private property. You can't be depositing your loved one in Reedy Creek without Disney's consent - and they're not going to grant it. If you get caught, you're going to get in trouble.

The Haunted Mansion is a favorite attraction of many. It's a Disney classic. For most of us, it's a "must see" on every vacation. We never tire of the stretch room, the ballroom scene, and the singing busts.

The Haunted Mansion is also a favorite spot for those looking for a place to deposit their loved one's ashes. After all, the attraction is all about death and the afterlife. And if you pay attention, the Ghost Host practically begs you to come and stay here with the following lines:

"There are several prominent ghosts who have retired here from creepy old crypts all over the world. Actually, we have 999 happy haunts here, but there is room for a thousand. Any volunteers?

"White Powder Alert" is the term cast members use when it's discovered that someone has dumped their dear departed Uncle Hezekiah's ashes in the Haunted Mansion graveyard or some other location along the attraction's route. Guests figure there is already so much fake dust in the Haunted Mansion that no one will notice a little extra.

Remember folks, EVERY ride at WDW is monitored with cameras. Cast members are constantly watching you. You can't be misbehaving when riding on a Disney attraction. You especially can't be dumping your loved one over London on the Peter Pan attraction or in the burning of Rome scene in Spaceship Earth.

So what happens when a "White Powder Alert" is called? First, the attraction is evacuated of guests and closed. Then, cast members arrive dressed in protective clothing with vacuum cleaners and unceremoniously suck Uncle Hezekiah's ashes into a bag for later disposal. And even if you were able to conceal your activities from the cameras, all attractions are routinely cleaned. One way or another, Uncle Hezekiah is going to end up in a Hoover and eventually a landfill.

Of course, this is hardly what Uncle Hezekiah had in mind when he asked his family to scatter his ashes in the Haunted Mansion. But this is the reality of the situation. So folks, if it's your dream to spend eternity with Madam Leota and the gang, think again. It ain't gonna happen.



April 26, 2013

Boardwalk Bakery Reopens

Jack Spence Masthead


After an extensive refurbishment, the Boardwalk Bakery reopened today (April 26, 2013) - and I was impressed. But before I show you the great work the Imagineers did, I'll show you a few "before" pictures.

This first photo shows the old exterior. Notice there is only one door into this shop.


Old Boardwalk Bakery


This next picture shows the small display case featuring the Boardwalk Bakery's offerings.


Old Boardwalk Bakery Display Case


Here we see the pay station which sat directly next to the display case. This was a small and cramped area that did not accommodate more than a handful of people at any one time.


Old Boardwalk Bakery Pay Station


This final picture of the old Boardwalk Bakery is of the show-kitchen, which was relocated to make room for the upcoming improvements.


Old Boardwalk Bakery Kitchen


Now let's take a look at the new and improved Boardwalk Bakery. As you can see from these next pictures, a second door has been added to the left side of the shop.


Boardwalk Bakery Exterior

Boardwalk Bakery Exterior


Outside the Boardwalk Bakery are two sandwich board signs, one in front of the old door and one in front of the new entrance.


Sandwich Board

Sandwich Board


When entering the new door on the left side of the shop, guests are treated to the greatly improved Boardwalk Bakery. Gone is the small display case and cramped quarters in which to pay. These have been replaced by a store-length display case and a large queue to keep guests organized.


New Display Case

New Display Case

New Display Case


Take a look at some of the mouth-watering selections offered.


Boardwalk Bakery Offerings

Boardwalk Bakery Offerings

Boardwalk Bakery Offerings


The menu at the Boardwalk Bakery has also been revamped and improved. Besides the traditional breakfast rolls and muffins and the gooey desserts, upscale lunch and dinner options are now available. Take for instance, Quiche of the Day, Maine Lobster on a Roll, Oak Grilled Salmon, Herb Pork Loin, Spinach Salad, and Apple Mixed Greens just to name a few.

After making your selections, a spacious area with two cash registers is available for payment.


New Pay Station


Beyond the pay station are condiment areas and a fountain stand for drinks.


Condiment and Fountain Drinks

Condiment and Fountain Drinks

Condiment and Fountain Drinks


The original shop door located on the right of the Boardwalk Bakery takes guest directly into the condiment/fountain area. It is here that those with refillable mugs can get a refill while strolling the promenade.

There is no indoor seating at the Boardwalk Bakery, but plenty of tables can be found nearby outside.

Ask any cast member and they will tell you that it's a great honor to be on the opening crew of a new attraction, shop, or restaurant. Take a look at the smiling faces I encountered at the Boardwalk Bakery today.


Smiling Cast Members


The Boardwalk Bakery has always been a busy spot in the morning. Many resort guests rely on this shop for their morning sugar and caffeine. Because of this, the Boardwalk Bakery was often crowded beyond belief as guests were preparing to go to Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios. Although I was not there in the early hours today to witness the improved service now offered, it is obvious that these expanded quarters will greatly speed things along for those wishing to grab a quick bite.

Well done, Disney!



April 29, 2013

Quiz - Where Am I? - Questions

Jack Spence Masthead


Each Sunday, under the "Picture This" section of the AllEars Blog Central page, Erin Blackwell presents "Where In The World." Each week, she posts a close-up picture taken somewhere at Walt Disney World. It is up to you to figure what's in the picture. It's a great game that I play regularly. I can usually guess the location, but Erin is definitely capable of stumping me on occasion. If you haven't played this game, I recommend that you give it a try.

My quiz today is a takeoff of "Where In The World." However, the subject matter of my pictures will be extremely obvious. In fact, I'm going to label them for you. Your job will NOT be to figure out what the picture is, but rather to figure out where I was standing or sitting when I took the picture. Some will be easy, some more challenging. No pictures were taken from backstage.

Like all of my quizzes, no winners will be announced and no prizes awarded. The answer will appear in tomorrow's column. Good luck!



1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad



2. Chinese Theater and Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat


Chinese Theater and Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat



3. Mexico Pavilion


Mexico Pavilion



4. Bridge connecting Discovery Island and Asia in the Animal Kingdom


Bridge connecting Discovery Island and Asia in the Animal Kingdom



5. Contemporary Resort


Contemporary Resort



6. Native Americans at work in Frontierland


Native Americans at work in Frontierland



7. World Showcase Promenade


World Showcase Promenade



8. Expedition Everest


Expedition Everest



9. Walt Disney and Garco


Walt Disney and Garco



10. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror


Twilight Zone Tower of Terror



11. Spaceship Earth


Spaceship Earth



12. Space Mountain


Space Mountain



13. Living with the Land


Living with the Land



14. Walt Disney World Road Sign


Walt Disney World Road Sign



15. Cinderella Castle


Cinderella Castle



16. Walt Disney World Railroad


Walt Disney World Railroad



17. Chester and Hester Dinosaur


Chester and Hester Dinosaur<br />



18. Splash Mountain


Splash Mountain



19. Topiary Mickey Mouse


Topiary Mickey Mouse



20. Astro Orbiter


Astro Orbiter



21. Morocco Pavilion


Morocco Pavilion



22. Liberty Belle


Liberty Belle



23. Haunted Mansion


Haunted Mansion



April 30, 2013

Quiz - Where Am I? - Answers

Jack Spence Masthead


Yesterday I provided you with pictures of Disney icons. It was your job to figure out where I was standing or sitting when I took the pictures. Here are the answers.

Like all of my quizzes, no winners will be announced and no prizes awarded. Good luck!



1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad


This picture shows the backside of Thunder Mountain. It can only be seen from Tom Sawyer Island or the Liberty Belle. However, this picture has some elevation to it so it could only be taken from the third deck of the Liberty Belle.


Thunder Mountain

Deck of the Liberty Belle



2. Chinese Theater and Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat


Chinese Theater and Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat


Once again, we're looking at the back side of these icons. This picture was taken from the grandstand of the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.


Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show



3. Mexico Pavilion


Mexico Pavilion


Although the Mexico Pavilion can be seen from many vantage points around the World Showcase Lagoon, this picture was snapped from a higher elevation. This meant I was at the Japan Pavilion outside Tokyo Dining.


Japan Pavilion

Tokyo Dining



4. Bridge connecting Discovery Island and Asia in the Animal Kingdom


Bridge connecting Discovery Island and Asia in the Animal Kingdom


Unlike Quesiton 3 which was taken from a higher elevation, this picture was taken below the bridge near the water. This photo was snapped at Upcountry Landing.


Upcountry Landing

Upcountry Landing



5. Contemporary Resort


Contemporary Resort


This question should have been easy. The only place at WDW capable of giving you the elevation necessary for this picture is the Characters in Flight balloon located at Downtown Disney Westside. FYI: This balloon ascends to a hieght of 300 feet.


Contemporary Resort

Characters in Flight



6. Native Americans at work in Frontierland


Native Americans at work in Frontierland


Although you can see the Native American tribe from the Liberty Belle, this angle of a father teaching his children how to make fire can only be seen from the WDW Railroad.


Native Americans

Native Americans



7. World Showcase Promenade


World Showcase Promenade


Many years ago, there was an art gallery above the Librairie et Galerie in the France Pavilion at Epcot. Guests could go upstairs, browse through reproductions of French masters, and peek through the windows at the promenade below.


Art Gallery

Librairie et Galerie



8. Expedition Everest


Expedition Everest


This angle of Expedition Everest can only be seen when riding the Kali River Rapids. The clue for this picture's location was the burnt timbers in the foreground.


Kali River Rapids

Kali River Rapids



9. Walt Disney and Garco


Walt Disney and Garco


This picture is a clip from the 1957 Disneyland TV show "Mars and Beyond." It can be seen while dining at the Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


Sci-Fi Dine-In

Sci-Fi Dine-In



10. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror


Twilight Zone Tower of Terror


If you notice, we're looking at the backside of the Tower of Terror. This shot was captured from an upper story of the Dolphin Resort.


Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror

Dolphin Resort



11. Spaceship Earth


Spaceship Earth


Nope. I didn't take this picture from the Characters in Flight balloon. It was taken from the front seat of one of the trains that scales Expedition Everest.


Spaceship Earth

Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest



12. Space Mountain


Space Mountain


If you look at the picture carefully, you can see the PeopleMover in the lower right corner of the picture. This should have given you a clue that you were very high - perhaps riding in the old Skyway attraction as you traveled from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland.


Skyway

Skyway



13. Living with the Land


Living with the Land


Your clue here should have been the boat seen in the upper left side of the photograph. This tells you that you are not a passenger, but an observer. This picture was taken while on the "Behind the Seeds" tour.


Behind the Seeds

Behind the Seeds



14. Walt Disney World Road Sign


Walt Disney World Road Sign


There are no overpasses at WDW that would provide such an elevated view of a road sign. Think monorail shortly after leaving the Epcot Station.


Epcot Monorail



15. Cinderella Castle


Cinderella Castle


In this case, we're looking up at Cinderella Castle. This shot was captured on the path that wanders through the Rose Garden found in The Hub.


Rose Garden



16. Walt Disney World Railroad


Walt Disney World Railroad


This upclose view of the WDW Railroad can be seen from one of the windows found on the backside of the Tomorrowland Video Arcade.


Tomorrowland Video Arcade

Tomorrowland Video Arcade



17. Chester and Hester Dinosaur


Chester and Hester Dinosaur<br />


This view of the happy yellow dinosaur can be obtained while riding TriceraTop Spin.


TriceraTop Spin

TriceraTop Spin



18. Splash Mountain


Splash Mountain


Although a long way off, Splash Mountain can be seen from the boys' bedroom atop Swiss Family Treehouse.


Splash Mountain

Swiss Family Treehouse



19. Topiary Mickey Mouse


Topiary Mickey Mouse


This Mickey can be seen from the monorail station platform at the TTC. Notice the different angle when seen from ground level.


TTC

TTC

Mickey Mouse Topiary



20. Astro Orbiter


Astro Orbiter


Although this particular picture was taken from the observation deck of Top of the World atop Bay Lake Tower, similar views can be had from California Grill and many of the rooms at the Contemporary.


Astro Orbiter

Astro Orbiter

Bay Lake Tower



21. Morocco Pavilion


Morocco Pavilion


The Morocco Pavilion can be seen from many spots along World Showcase Lagoon. However, only the area near the Mexico bridge allows you to see the Tower of Terror in the background.


Mexico Bridge

Mexico Bridge



22. Liberty Belle


Liberty Belle


When eating at Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square, a second-story window affords guests this view of the Liberty Belle.


Liberty Belle

Where-Am-I-Standing-072.jpg

Where-Am-I-Standing-073.jpg



23. Haunted Mansion


Haunted Mansion


This picture was taken from near the Dumbo attraction in Fantasyland at Tokyo Disneyland.


Haunted Mansion


Now you might call this a trick question, but really, it isn't. Nowhere did I say these photographs were taken exclusively at WDW. In addition, there was a major architectural feature that should have clued you in that this picture was not taken at the Magic Kingdom. If you notice, there are two mythical birds guarding the entrance to the Mansion. No such creatures exist at the Magic Kingdom's version of this attraction.


Mythical Birds



I hope you enjoyed this quiz and did well. See ya next week.



Return to Blog Central

About April 2013

This page contains all entries posted to The “World” According to Jack in April 2013. They are listed from oldest to newest.

March 2013 is the previous archive.

May 2013 is the next archive.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.