The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Andy, since you asked about The Hidden Magic, it got me thinking. And it occurred to me there is a similarity in what you do here on the blog and what I’ve done in the book.

The Mousekingdom Blog presents the magic ‘as seen from different points of view’. The magic can also be seen from a different perspective, and that’s exactly what The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World (due out in June 2009) is all about: finding the wonderful hidden gems the Imagineers have scattered throughout the parks, hearing the back stories and the imaginative thought process as described by the people who helped create the parks and attractions, and, most importantly, opening your eyes to the World as you have never seen it before.

So much of the inspired genius that went into each of the four Walt Disney World theme parks goes unnoticed by most guests as they rush from attraction to attraction. But when guests slow down and let the magic catch up with them, they’ll see a world of imagination that brings the ‘real’ story into full and vibrant light.


Turn a City into Disneyland

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

EPCOT: Italy

Pick a city and write a proposal about turning it into a Disneyland park. If you do so you might win a 5000 euro prize (approximately $7066) from a famed academy.

It happened to British economist John Kay who proposed to turn Venice into Disneyland.

“Only one man can save Venice: Mickey Mouse, the city is already a theme park and should be handed over to Disney — they would do a better job of running it.” (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Istituto Veneto rejected the idea, but still thought is was briliant enough to give Kay a prize for his idea and proposal.

WDW live part 9

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

yesterday night I was watching Fantasmic,
As I waited for my beloved show to start I chatted with the family next to me and stated giving out advice for there next day (at Epcot).

I had a little 5 year old princess sitting next to me, gracing the world with big blue eyes, long blond hair, a mesmerizing smile and a beautiful name” Melody”!

Well melody started asking me what she was waiting for, and if Ariel was going to be there (she was dressed as the little mermaid, her favorite princess!”


Private DisneySea Visit

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

It would be a dream of many Disney fans; Having one of the Disney parks opened just for yourself (and you family). During the 25th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland one family was lucky enough to be picked out of 1609 families who all submitted applications to be able to visit the park privately. Not even Michael Jackson had the whole park to himself when he visited…

In 1987, when singer Michael Jackson visited the park, people were barred from entering some facilities. But the anniversary event was the first time that the entire facility at Tokyo DisneySea or Tokyo Disneyland was reserved for only one family or individual… (Yomiuri)

Jack Sparrow’s Life at Disneyland

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

As Disney fans we only (mostly) see the magic, as Disney Geeks we want to know how everything works, As a Disney employee you can get the real story. Those stories can make some interesting articles with some nice stuff, weird surprises and (unfortunately) sometimes bad stories too. One of those stories was pointed out to us by an associate editor of

If you’re a Disney (Theme Park) fan and love anything Pirates, especially Jack Sparrow, you wil have fun reading the article. Some guest might even recognize themselves (and to the girls and woman out there, if you do, that isn’t a good thing this time :-) )…


Impact on the Mouse

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Mickey Mouse has a big impact on American history, an impact that goes far beyond American boundaries. Just look at the theme parks around the world, the movies playing in thousand theaters and the millions of toys in the shops. Even if you don’t have a Disney holiday, most likely you will still encounter some sort of Disney on your trip (or near your home). You can also ask what cartoon character is the most known in the world; I am pretty confident that Mickey Mouse will make it on the top spot as most well known cartoon character. Mickey (and his friends) are everywhere, even making an impact on our daily lives.

But what about the impact on Mickey Mouse and Disney from the outside? It’s a question that popped up in my head, more specifically the impact of today and in the (near) future! Let’s have a look at some possible theories (I think) that has have impact on the mouse and that might form the future look of Disney. Let’s do so starting with the biggest influence at the moment; PIXAR!


Happy 15th.. oeps 16th Birthday Disneyland Resort Paris

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Michael Eisner announces, “Et maintenant je déclare Euro Disneyland officiellement ouvert”

And that’s 16 years ago, but with the whole 15th anniversary going on one would (almost) forget about it. So happy Birthday to my home park that I love, cherish and miss as it has been way to long since I visited it. (Can I say that with a February visit behind me when it’s only April)

Happy Birthday Disneyland Resort Paris.

Picture copyrights Disney

Side Glance 06-07-14…

Friday, July 14th, 2006

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Mickey Mouse is Looking for a Place in Spain

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

ManilvaDisney.jpgThe Times published an interesting article found by a member of the DLP.Info Community about Disney buying land in Spain; “Spanish resorts building up to a Costa del Disney”. The land is bought in Manilva in Spain, about 1200 miles (1934km) away from Disneyland Resort Paris.

For sure Disney will not build a new park but we might be looking at a new Disney Vacation Club location or maybe a tie in with a permanent Disney Cruise.


Mickey’s long lost twin brother

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

Double Mickey Can’t believe your eyes? Think you’re seeing double? Well have a good look! This is Mickey Mouse, greeting children at his trailer location at the Walt Disney Studios… with his twin brother. Camera’s where flashing, children where pointing there fingers, even parents where getting confused when they witnessed this strange spectacle. The one person that did not seem to notice is the girl next to one of the Mickey’s (unknown to us if she is holding the original Mickey or the twin brother). She greeted one of the Mickey’s and prepared to get her picture taken.

We don’t know how long both Mickey’s where available for pictures or if they will return together again in the future. However it is obvious that the appearance of the twin was not planned (at least not without a press conference). I wonder if Disneyland Resort Paris will have an explanation for this, or could it be that the spooky vibes coming from the new Tower of Terror has something to do with it?

PIXAR Stock Certificate becomes even more collectable

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Collecting Disney goodies can be a lot of fun. You can collect pins, posters, theme park items, Mickey Mouse collectables, snow globes… the list is endless. Another collectables on this list are shares. Not so much for what they are worth, but for what they look like.


One of those collectable shares are the once from PIXAR. When collecting share certificate the current price is not important. It is important what to find on them, and with characters portrait on the PIXAR shares it is very appealing for the collectors.


We Are Sailing………!

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Disney Cruise LineIt seems Disney’s European cruises are the worst-kept secret in the cruise business at the moment. Their official press conference to announce Disney’s Magic’s Mediterranean programme in 2007 is still not until March 21, yet many travel agents and cruise discussion forums are already stating the cruises as fact, even down to the departure dates (as Andy so rightly reports below).

And it is a BIG departure from the norm for Disney, from the tried-and-trusted ports of the Bahamas and Caribbean to a range of countries that all speak different languages.