Monthly Archives: June 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge-“Create”

I’m loving the weekly photo challenges because they inspire me for blog topics.  Trying to incorporate that into a Disney theme is the bigger challenge.  This one was a bit easy because I am within viewing distance of my Disney scrapbook that I “created”, with a little help from a kit I bought at Archivers.  This book could easily be used to memorialize a single trip, but I’m using it more as a year over year chronicle.

My handmade Disney Scrapbook.

Because I have a plethora of pictures from Disney World, and I’m not in need of any more photos of the castle, or fountains, or gardens, or Spaceship Earth, I am now limiting my photo taking to either interesting stuff for the blog, or delegating the task for good pictures to the Disney Photographers.  Mr. T and I usually have several taken in various parks and then I choose the best one for inclusion in the new album.  Quality over quantity.  (and because those Disney Photo-Pass pictures are not cheap!)

2011 and 2012 photos

I have lots of space in the new album for future trips, and since we take only 1 (or 2 if we’re lucky) trips per year, this album should last awhile.

Empty spaces ready to fill with more memories!

Are you the photographer in your family? Do you scrapbook, or are you the “throw the pictures in a box” type?


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Getting the Boot

As I sit in my recliner chair, with limited mobility due to my new footwear, a lovely knee high velcro laced monstrosity of a boot (foot surgery yesterday), I thought I would look into handicap accessibility at Walt Disney World. Yesterday I rode an ECV for the first time at my local grocery store which was an eye opening experience. First, I’m not a great driver which could have been dangerous for the other patrons. Second, people are very kind when they see you in the vehicle. It’s either that or they’re afraid you’ll run them over! At any rate, see below from the Walt Disney World website which provides everything you need to know about getting around the Parks.


Guests with Mobility Disabilities | Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Resort is committed to making visits for Guests with mobility disabilities as carefree and convenient as possible. Read on to learn the details on attraction access, wheelchairs and electric convenience vehicles (ECVs).


Many of the transportation systems at the Walt Disney World Resort are accessible to Guests with disabilities.


All bus routes are serviced by buses which are equipped to accommodate various types of wheelchairs within the following guidelines:

The wheelchair must fit the wheelchair lift without being forced; the standard bus lift is 32 inches x 48 inches.
The wheelchair must be securely fastened in the wheelchair restraints.

Watercraft access varies depending on the type of watercraft and the existing water levels and conditions. Please contact a Disney Cast Member at the watercraft dock for information and assistance.


Guests may access the Monorail system by proceeding up the entrance ramps, or using the elevators provided at these locations:

Epcot Theme Park
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Wheelchair rentals at Walt Disney World Resort are available on a first-come, first-served basis at these locations:

Magic Kingdom theme park entrance
Epcot theme park entrance
Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park entrance
Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park entrance
Downtown Disney Area
Disney Resort Hotels (limited quantity)
For their convenience and comfort, Guests may bring their own wheelchairs. Rental wheelchairs may not be transferred from park to park, but personal wheelchairs, of course, can be transferred.

Transfers from Wheelchair

Most Walt Disney World attractions, restaurants, shops and shows are accessible to all our Guests. In some cases, however, Guests using wheelchairs may need to transfer from their wheelchairs onto an attraction vehicle. Disney Cast Members are not permitted to physically lift Guests from wheelchairs.

We therefore recommend that Guests plan to visit with someone who can physically assist them, when necessary. If traveling with a large party, Disney Resort Hotels have spacious rooms for 5 Guests or more.


Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) rentals are also available on a first-come, first-served basis at the same locations that rent wheelchairs. Quantities of these vehicles are limited; plan to arrive early. Guests must be 18 years of age or older to rent ECVs. ECVs are designed to be single-rider and not to hold more than one person.

ECVs are available only on a same-day basis and may only be used in the Park where they are rented. ECVs will be held if Guests wish to leave and return to the same Park.

Multi-park ECV Rentals
Guests planning to visit more than one Disney Park on the same day should retain their wheelchair deposit ticket from the first Disney Park they visit. This will enable them to obtain a replacement wheelchair or ECV on the same day, if available, at the next Park with no additional charge. Note: Wheelchairs or ECVs may not be available at the second Disney Park.


Walt Disney World Resort strives to provide mainstream access to attractions, entertainment, sports & recreations and special events whenever possible; that is, all Guests use the main entrance.

However, accessibility for Guests with mobility disabilities varies within Disney Parks and may include:

Auxiliary entrances for wheelchairs and Guests with service animals.
Designated viewing on parades routes and show areas.
The Guide for Guests with Disabilities and Park Guide maps use the following symbols to indicate boarding procedures for each attraction. In addition, Guests should contact a Disney Cast Member at each attraction before entering.

Boarding procedure categories and symbols include:

Wheelchair and ECV Accessible

In this category, Guests are allowed to remain in their wheelchair or Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV) during the experience. See all:

Attractions that are wheelchair and ECV accessible
Entertainment that is wheelchair and ECV accessible
Sports & Recreation that are wheelchair and ECV accessible
Tours & Experiences that are wheelchair and ECV accessible
Special Events that are wheelchair and ECV accessible
Transfer from Wheelchair or ECV

Some attractions require Guests to transfer from their wheelchair or Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV) to a ride vehicle by themselves or transferred with help from a member of their party.

Sometimes a transfer access vehicle (a unique vehicle to assist in the transfer) or a transfer device (a portable bench or similar device to assist in the transfer) is used.

See all:

Attractions that require direct transfer to a ride vehicle
Transfer from ECV to Wheelchair

Some attractions require Guests to transfer from their Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV) to an available wheelchair at the attraction. See all:

Attractions that require transfer from ECV to available wheelchair
Auxiliary Entrances

Some attractions at Walt Disney World Resort have auxiliary entrances for the convenience of Guests in wheelchairs or Guests with trained service animals.

Service animals are welcome in most locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort and are allowed to access attractions via the standard queue. However, all service animals must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times and, please note, Cast Members are not permitted to handle service animals.

Auxiliary entrances are not intended to bypass waiting lines. Guests with disabilities and up to 5 members of their party may enter through these entrances. Any remaining members of the party should use the main entrance.

Parade Route and Show Areas

For added comfort, all parade routes and some show areas have designated viewing places for Guests with disabilities. These places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis; arrive early, as space is limited and viewing spaces cannot be reserved or guaranteed.

Parties larger than 6 will be asked to separate and reunite afterwards. Guest Relations can provide information on show times and other special events on the day of each visit.


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Weekly Photo Challenge-“Close”

Looking to work this week’s theme into my Disney blog, and I remembered some of the pictures that I took at Disney World that were a close-up of everyday things.

Cupcake close-up

Fairy Tale Close-Up

Towel “ears”

Winning Score Close Up!

Relaxation Close-Up

Today let’s stop and enjoy the people, places and things that are close to us.  Happiness is in your own backyard!


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On the Dole

Dole Whip and Dole Whip float as served at Dis...

Dole Whip and Dole Whip float as served at Disney World (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I may probably be the only Disney aficionado who has not had a Dole Whip.  I might have had one many, many years ago, but my middle-age brain cannot recall it.  For lots of you, this is one of the MUST HAVE treats on your vacation.  I’m really going to put this on the agenda for the next trip so that I can see what all the fuss is about.   For those that cannot wait until your next trip, I happily discovered  this recipe you can make at home.


2 cans (20 oz. each) DOLE crushed pineapple

2 tbsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. lime juice

1/3 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped


Drain pineapple: reserve 2 tbsp. juice. Set aside.

Place pineapple, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar and reserved pineapple juice in blender. Cover and blend until smooth.

Pour into two 1-quart freezer zipped bags. Store bags flat in freezer. Freeze 1 1/2 hours or until slushy.

Stir pineapple slush gently into whipped cream until slightly blended in large bowl.

Return to freezer until completely frozen, about 1 hour and serve.

I’m going to try this one soon, but if any of you happen to make this, please post your reviews.  I scream, you scream, we all scream for Dole Whip!


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Weekly Photo Challenge “Today”- Beatniks

Today, I am trying to get through “The Portable Beat Reader” which chronicles the works of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, and also includes the West Coast Beats of Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyder, Lew Welch and others.  This is mandatory reading for my Advanced Creative Writing Class.

The Portable Beat Reader

Like many of you, I was first introduced to Beatniks via Dobie Gillis and Maynard G. Krebs.  Turns out this was already past the Beat Generation.  Dobie Gillis aired from 1959-1963 whereas the Beat writers popularity started around 1946 through the 1950’s.

Dobie Gillis and Maynard G. Krebs

This book was my first exposure to the anthem of this generation, “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac, which I found odd and compelling at the same time.  Brilliant writing but somewhere way out there in the stratosphere.  Same thing with Allen Ginsberg and “Howl”, oddly disturbing but like a train wreck, you have to keep reading.  The theme that I have taken away from reading the Beat writers is that first and foremost, they all wrote while on drugs, and secondly, they paved the way for the tumultuous decade to follow; the 1960’s.  With their long rambling prose poetry they railed against the status quo and questioned everything that came before them.  They protested war even before it was fashionable to do so, and also turned their backs on the exploding commercialism following World War II.  Bravo, Beat Writers!

Anyone like to chime in on this topic?


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Pop Century and Play Doh

Interesting combination, don’t you think?  During our recent stay at Pop Century, I was very impressed with the hotel theming.  Given that I am a baby boomer, there were lots of things to remind me about my childhood.  One of them was:

Play Doh!  I loved that stuff, especially when you could mix colors together and then roll it all into a long snake.  Not being very artistic, a snake was all I could manage. Interesting history of play doh; it was originally created after World War II by the soap manufacturer Kutol Products, at the request of Kroger companies who wanted a product that could clean coal residue from wallpaper.  The nephew of the inventor of the product, Joe McVicker discovered that pre-school  children were using the product to make Christmas ornaments.

Joe took the product to an education convention and it was subsequently marketed by a department store in Washington, DC.  The McVickers formed the Rainbow Crafts Company to make and sell Play Dough and packaged the product in 3 7oz cans.  The product was picked up by Macy’s and Marshall Fields and ads for the product were seen on TV shows, Captain Kangaroo, Romper Room and Ding Dong School ( which I remember).

Play Doh’s current manufacturer, Hasbro revealed that the composition of the dough is primarily of water, salt and flour.  (Sounds like a pretzel to me.)  Petroleum has also been added for the product’s smoothness, and borax to prevent mold.

So today, you have learned all you ever needed to know about Play Doh.  Any childhood memories that you’d like to share about Play Doh?

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