But I’m Indecent: Sewing the Carousel of Progress

In 2014 D23 held the second Destination D at Walt Disney World and included in the events was a look back at Alice Davis’ work on the costumes for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair attractions. I’ve long admired Mrs. Davis’ costuming for providing so much rich character detail for her auto-animatronic actors. You would be familiar with her work if you have ever ridden Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s a small world, or the Carousel of Progress. The latter of these has had a particular draw for me, and to honor her work I decided to recreate one of her iconic costumes. Continue reading “But I’m Indecent: Sewing the Carousel of Progress”

I’m Uncle Jesse: Epcot Seas Adventure Aqua VIP Tour

I try to do something new to me each trip to WDW, and after a few years of living as a local and working as a Cast Member that gets harder. Before leaving Florida I started exploring things to do on property that aren’t the parks, and found the Events and Tours. I’ve long been a fan of the classic Seas pavilion thanks very special episodes of shows like “Full House” and “Boy Meets World.” I once had a roommate SCUBA dive in the main tank, but without SCUBA certification I thought I was out of luck. Turns out there is a snorkel option, called the Epcot Seas Adventures Aqua tour. read all about it

Where’s my Popcorn: How to make Walt’s Ostrich Hat

For D23 Destination D in 2016 I knew I wanted to make something fun to wear that only deep fans of Disney history would get. For a few years I have been marveling over the odd phenomenon of the ever present ostrich feather fedora hat seen in tourist pictures and on Walt Disney himself from the 1960s – 1970s. Being a fairly easy craft I … Continue reading Where’s my Popcorn: How to make Walt’s Ostrich Hat

Future World Skirt: Made with Magic

As soon as Made with Magic (aka Glow with the Show) debuted I was excited about the prospect that the technology presented. The products being sold in the park left something on the table, mainly that the user who invested in the ear do not get to reap the benefits of the coordinated lights. Oddly, it is hard to see things on your head. The introduction of the glowing Mickey gloves solved that problem, but also was a bit too bright. The lights needed to be diffused more. My mind started working…

ABD Backstage Magic: Day 4 (part 1)

What a day! Opening and closing Disneyland on your first full day there is a bit much, both emotionally and physically taxing, and not for the faint of heart. This was close second for my favorite day, with so much pack in I think I might have to split it into three or four posts! This was one of the first times we had more free time so I’ll keep the focus on the Adventures By Disney tour, trust me there is more than plenty. Are you ready for a whole day at Disneyland? Allons-y. Continue reading “ABD Backstage Magic: Day 4 (part 1)”

ABD Backstage Magic: Day 3 (part 2)

I had to split this post in two because we physically shifted from Los Angeles to Anaheim and mentally shifted from Hollywood to Disney. Shocking as it may be this was only my second visit to Disneyland.  I don’t even count the first because it was so brief and miserable due to outside factors that I barely remember it. So, welcome to my first-ish trip to Disneyland! What better way to visit such a gorgeous park than with VIP tour guide.

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ABD Backstage Magic: Day 3 (part 1)

Hard to believe we have made it this far through the trip so fast, already it was time to pack our bags to leave Hollywood and move right along. This was a big day, making up for lost time in Los Angeles from the holiday and getting us to Disneyland for the evening. Our morning spunk was starting to defect us but we were still not yet pushing our meeting times so we were in the black. It was good that we still had energy as this would be a very busy day, my most favorite of the entire vacation.  Continue reading “ABD Backstage Magic: Day 3 (part 1)”