Many Different Way Of Travelling To Disney

Based on where you live you have already figured out the best way for your family to get to Disney World, or DisneyLand.  I have been doing a lot of different research throughout the years and have many different views on this.

Originally when my wife was just my girlfriend we went to Florida with my parents.  All of us packed into my parents RV.  It was pretty nice being able to get up, and down whenever we chose.  Having a refrigerator was great too.  Once we decided we wanted to vacation at our own pace we didn’t really get to go away with them much anymore.

We used to drive to, and from New Jersey to Orlando, FL.  The costs of fuel wasn’t as bad back then.  One year we took my mom to the airport so she could go home.  Within 3 hours she called us and told us that she was home.  Well… We weren’t even halfway out of Florida due to traffic, and such.  After that we started looking into flights.  There are only a small handful of companies that actually transport between New Jersey and Orlando, FL. without stop offs.  Whenever we could we would book the travel, but we also learned something about the flights.  If you were selected from “volunteers” at the flight gate you were eligible to be “Bumped”.  This bump would get you a different flight later that day, or the next day.  In addition it would normally include hotel, and meal voucher.  The bad part about flying is that you either need to stay strictly on Disney grounds, or you need to rent a vehicle.  I routinely see specials on many of the airlines like Kuwait Airways flights, and Alitalia, but these are just not going to be something I can use.

The way we are travelling now is with Amtrak.  We take our car on the train and that allows us to have our own vehicle in Florida and also makes it so that we don’t have to rent a car.  A few years ago we found out about a credit card through chase that allows us to earn miles for each dollar spent.  Those miles can be redeemed towards travel.  We only get to travel one way because when we take our vacations it is usually a holiday time, and Amtrak has “Black Out” periods that make it so we can’t use our “Amtrak Guest Rewards” to get FREE travel one of the ways.  On the train we board around 3pm.  We are served dinner that night, and breakfast the next day.  There is a smoking car, electric for laptops, etc., and a car on the train that offers cookies, fruit, water  and more.

How do you travel to Florida?  Is it cost effective in your opinion?  Do you have any suggestions?

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Everyone Is Tracking Someone Something

rfidOver the past few years the use of the rfid (radio frequency identification) technology has grown.  Rfid technology is in credit cards, passports, and so much more.  More and more companies are using it to benefit them in some way.  This goes for Disney as well.  According to sources Disney has already sewn rfid tags into the employee costumes in Disneyland.

I guess Disney wants to know exactly where their employees are.  I just hope the employees realize that once this is done they better make sure they are where they belong otherwise they will not have any excuses.

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Character Difference

Have you ever noticed how many Disney characters are based around “Old & Evil” look?  Even though I am a well seasoned Disney veteran I don’t claim to know everything, but I do know a lot.  Disney has added many characters over the years.  Well, I wouldn’t have noticed it as much if it wasn’t for my little one asking me about those characters.  I tried explaining about what the “Old & Evil” ones stand for.

I explained to her that the “Old & Evil” looking ones are Villains, while the “Young & Innocent” ones are the opposite.  Without these characters there would be no conflict, which would in turn cause there to be no story.

After that I told her that all Disney has to do is put some wrinkle fillers on the “Old & Evil” ones, and they wouldn’t look any different than the others.  In the same respect the other characters just have to age, and they would look the same.  Oddly enough I don’t believe there have been many characters that have aged at all.

I just happened to be surfing around, and found a picture that sums this all up… This shouldn’t be offensive.

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Duffy Mickeys Bear Makes His Debut

Disney News

On October 14, 2010 at both the Epcot at Walt Disney World and Disney California Adventure park, our newest character, Duffy the Disney Bear will make his much anticipated debut. But who’s Duffy you might ask? He’s Mickey’s very own teddy bear….made with love by Minnie herself.

Duffy the Disney Bear

You see, awhile ago, Mickey was about to set sail on an adventure to visit friends around the world. Minnie made a special gift to keep Mickey company and she presented it to Mickey in a duffle bag. Mickey, delighted with his gift, pulled out the gift, a very special bear, and named him Duffy. Mickey and Duffy embarked on many special voyages and Duffy got to meet all of Mickey’s friends. Each time they returned home, Mickey and Duffy would share their stories and photos with Minnie. While on their travels, Duffy and Mickey landed at Tokyo Disney Sea where they have been meeting and greeting fans for the past few years.

Duffy is not just your typical stuffed bear – he’s Mickey’s bear and he resembles his owner. Duffy’s face is shaped like Mickey’s, he has Mickey heads on his paws, and he has a very unique birthmark on his hip. There is no question who he belongs to.

We are very excited to welcome Duffy here in October to join our character family.

Duffy the Disney Bear Costumes

Not only will guests get to meet Duffy and have their picture taken with him, but we will launch Duffy’s full line of costumes and souvenirs like key chains, magnets, zip pouches and even pre-dressed Duffys that will launch for special holidays like Christmas and Easter and occasions such as birthdays and graduations. The launch will also consist of some special treats like his crispy treat, chocolatey cake, moulded dessert cup, menu placemat with activities and coming later, Duffy’s very own moulded popcorn bucket. In addition, Epcot’s Kidcot mask program will be changing to a unique Duffy that Guests can take from country to country to color, decorate, and receive country specific Duffy stamps.

Duffy will be located at a newly created venue inside Epcot across from the Mexico boat ramp and at Disney California Adventure park on Paradise Pier.

I can’t wait for you to meet Duffy. He’s so loveable and huggable and I can’t wait to hear where you will take YOUR Duffy!!!!

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My Uncle Is Odd

What would you think of a guy that goes to Disney just for the coffee?  Well, I happen to be related to someone that used to do just that.  He enjoyed the coffee in DisneyLand so much that he would go there, and sit down for hours drinking coffee, and smoking cigars like Dutch Masters, and such.  This was in the French Quarter area.  He said that the coffee that they served was excellent.  I used to enjoy going to the same place in DisneyLand just to eat the soup in a bread bowl.  The amazing part is that DisneyLand was still a decent drive for him from his house.  I can’t even imagine how he did it unless he had a season pass.

I guess the Disney atmosphere just does it for some people.  It is a shame that we don’t live closer to Disney, as I would go for that soup once again.  I wonder if they actually serve soup in a bread bowl anywhere in Disney.

Does anyone know the answer to this?

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