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18 minutes | Sep 3, 2013
The WhimsiMagical Mousecast - Episode# 6 - Part 2 of the Story Of EPCOT and October Events in Walt Disney World
Florida in winter..no, no, no. Winter Florida, No that’s not it either. It’s Winter something or another and I know it has to do with Florida…Ahh, that’s it Project Winter which soon would come to be known as Project Future.. On our last episode of the WhimsiMagical Mousecast we left off with Walt Disney making the decision that Central Florida would become the home of his newest dream. But before the first children smiled, before the first ride was run, before the first of what would be millions of yards of dirt could be moved, before the 52 months of what would become in 1970 the largest private construction project in the United States and, of course before the very first Mickey Mouse Hat could be sold in the Magic Kingdom the land had to be acquired in a top secret manner befitting the CIA. Why all the secrecy, you may ask? Well, had anyone found out that it was Walt Disney and the Disney Company that was interested in buying land for what was to become, Walt Disney World the land prices would have skyrocketed so high, we would be trudging through swamps and watching cattle graze on the same land we now enjoy as “The Happiest Place on Earth”. There were secret trips researching the best place to build the City Of Tomorrow and The Magic Kingdom. Land deals taking place with multiple owners and companies such as Latin-American Development and Management Corporation, Reedy Creek Ranch, Inc., Bay Lake Properties, Ayefour Corporation and Tomahawk Properties, Inc. buying up massive quantities of land the acquisition of underground mineral rights, land successions, and many other legal challenges that had to be conquered to construct something, and believe me it wasn’t too long before the public and the local news organization were asking what? In a situation that surely had Disney executives pacing the floor reporters were complicating things by speculating on who was behind the acquisitions of the options and what would ultimately come of them. To quell the rumors, at least temporarily, Paul Helliwell, a Miami Lawyer who was instrumental in ultimately helping the Disney Company in acquiring the land, was sent to speak with Billy Dial, an Orlando Banker and businessman on the growing potential of information being leaked. Dial, in turn, suggested that he speak with Martin Anderson, who was then publisher of the Orlando Sentinel. Fortunately for Disney, Mr. Anderson made a critical decision to meet with and tell his reporters and editors not to publish the true identity of the owners of the “dummy” corporations that had been acquiring all of the lad options even if the discovered it. This was the break Disney needed to finish several major purchases before the news came out. Amazingly, by June of 1965 the Disney company, through it’s various “front or dummy” corporations had acquired the actual title or options to purchase twenty-seven thousand acres of land, that’s roughly forty-three square miles of land for a little more than five million dollars, in other words for an average of under two-hundred dollars per acre. Incredible! Although some other parcels of land were purchased after the news was released that it was indeed the Disney Company that was purchasing the land, they as expected had to pay premium prices for the remaining land. No with all of the cloak and dagger secrecy and manipulation of circumstances that were involved in actually obtaining the land, you would think that the hard part was over. But as everyone involved on the inside of the Disney Company knew since the beginning of this project, this was just the beginning of lots of planning, legislation to be created and adopted, hard work, millions of dollars in investment, sleepless nights and unforeseen challenges such as the loss of their visionary leader that had brought everyone to this point. Yes, this was just the beginning and even though many of them had gone through the similar challenge of the creation of Disneyland, this was something new, something fresh and something that would come to change the future of what a theme park was considered to be…More than a destination, more than an experience, and more than just a resort. Walt and Roy Disney and the other visionaries that followed them and worked with them had turned the Amusement Park industry on it’s ear in past years and set a standard that many other companies were still racing to catch up with and now just 10 years later they were at it again. This time creating something that the world had never seen. The future, here in the present, attractions that would astound generations of the young and young at heart. Creating a world where one could fully immerse themselves in a world of magic where anything was possible, where you could forget the cares of the outside world for at least a time, a world that has never stopped growing, expanding, enchanting us with what imagination, ingenuity, and innovation can accomplish. In the summer of 1965, the world was wide open for Disney and as they looked forward towards the coming years in anticipation of the fruition of Walt’s dream, magic was indeed in the air and despite the challenges that everyone knew would come, Walt’s words reflected the mood of those who would come to create the most magical place on earth…It’s Kinda Fun To Do The Impossible! Now with that we whish ourselves forward it time to the Modern Day World as we talk about what’s currently going on at Walt Disney World: We’ve felt the cold of winter in January and February, experienced spring in all of it’s blooming splendor, and a spectacular summer. We have now arrived here in August with the last days of summer winding down. Children are returning to school and we are trying to squeeze in as many beach weekends as we can before the cooler winds of autumn and changing color of the leaves sweep in to our lives and bring us ever closer to the holiday season. But…Santa Claus isn’t coming to town quite yet and Jack Skellington is just starting to get ready for his yearly run…. That’s right October, and for that matter Halloween is right around the corner. It has always also been my favorite time of the year to visit Walt Disney World. Now visiting the world while children are back in school can be a challenge, but if you are fortunate enough for your children to have a fall break in October (as we are here in Louisiana) and you can time it just right with the weekend previous to it, you can squeeze in a 4 to 5 day trip to the house of the mouse with your children missing very little or no school at all. Granted in takes planning, patience and persistence but it can also be a very rewarding time to visit in terms of lower attendance and crowds the earlier in the month that you can go. As far as it being “off season” well as any true Disney fan knows these days, there is no “off season”. There are just times that you may be able to navigate the parks with lower attendance that in the summer months or directly around holidays. That being said, October is still my favorite time to visit as it is a bit cooler in October and it still seems that things are not as “rushed” and move, at albeit, a little slower pace. It seems like you can take the time to enjoy a nice stroll, savor the view or just take in the atmosphere and environment in what I still consider a magical place. We also cannot forget for us foodies and kids at heart that it is also the time of year that you can enjoy my personal favorite the International Food and Wine Festival which is now in it’s 18th year with it’s Eat To The Beat Concert Series and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party during the same vacation. First things first, while I love the chance to sample cuisine and wines from around the world, I always relish the chance to not only watch my children enjoy Walt Disney World, but to only if for a time, be a kid again myself and what a better place to do it than to dress up in costume along with my family and enjoy the tricks and the treat of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Now it does require special tickets to attend this event and they are limited so you need to get them as soon as possible to ensure that they do not sell out on a night (or two) that you wish to attend. Now if you haven’t been to these special nights in years past you may question why you would want to pay for an additional ticket for each of your party to attend. Well much like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in late November and December, it gives you a chance to see the Magic Kingdom in a totally different light…literally! Each night of the party the Magic Kingdom is lit up in a delightfully “ghoulish” way and decorated to match the festivities. As I said earlier not only should you dress up but one of little pleasures of the night is seeing all of the great costumes that other guests are wearing. Disney does offer trick or treat candy stations around the Magic Kingdom for the little ones but this does take a bit of time to do when taking in to account for the line waiting times. So you may want to consider bring some candy with you for the younger ones and if you have older children or traveling without kids, you can spend the time enjoying the rides, activities, shows and parades going on throughout the evening. Time for a couple of tips – · On the night or nights that you will be attending MNSSHP, even though the party doesn’t officially start until 7:00PM you can arrive as early as 4:00PM to catch a couple of rides or enjoy something to eat until the festivities begin. · Bear in mind that the closer to Halloween night that the party starts seeing larger and larger crowds. If you can visit in the earlier part of October you will be able to take advantage of the lower attewndance levels to be able to see and do more while at the party. Typically week nights/school nights are even slower nights (typically in my experience, Tuesdays are best in terms of lighter crowds) and on some of these nights you can just about walk onto some of your favorite rides (although at this time of year the Haunted Mansion does see normal to higher levels of ride
34 minutes | Apr 1, 2012
The WhimsiMagical Mousecast - Episode 5 - The Story Of EPCOT - Part 1, The 2012 International Flower and Garden Festival, Pet Care at Walt Disney World and April 2012 Attraction Closure & Refurbishment Schedule
On this episode of The WhimsiMagical Mousecast we tell the first of what will be a four part series on the history of EPCOT. How it was meant to be the cornerstone of the modern day Walt Disney World and how it came to be not the EPCOT Walt envisioned but did become the theme park that we all know and love today. Would the original EPCOT idea made a difference in the Walt Disney World that we know today? Most certainly it would have. It may have even had an impact on the cities we live in today by it's example of innovative infrastructure, transportation, layout and efficiency. We'll also explore how the present day site was chosen and the creative way the Disney company approached purchasing the land at cost effective prices by retaining the secrecy of the company's involvement. With Ana joining us, we'll then journey back to the present and discuss the International Flower and Garden Festival that is currently happening in, of course, Epcot. We'll tell you about some of the events going on and why you should make a point of making a trip to experience this unique tribute to creativity and nature (with some great events and concerts thrown in to boot. In this episode we'll talk about the current pet care options inside of Walt Disney World and we'll also advise you of current and near future attraction closures and refurbishments. Please join us for this episode as we continue to explore the whimsical and magical place that is Walt Disney World. For the current operating hours and attraction closures & refurbishment schedules to WDW please visit this link: http://www.thewhimsimagicalmousecast.com/wdwcalendarapril2012 For current ticket pricing please visit the following link: http://www.thewhimsimagicalmousecast.com/wdwtickets To book your next trip to “The Happiest Place On Earth” please visit the following link: http://www.thewhimsimagicalmousecast.com/wdwvacationplanning To order the official Walt Disney World Vacation Planning DVD please visit the following link: http://www.thewhimsimagicalmousecast.com/wdwdvd
85 minutes | Jul 24, 2011
The WhimsiMagical Mousecast - Episode# 4 7/24/2010 - It's 1979 All Over Again! Our First Vacation To Walt Disney World!
Long before Eago hassled the birds, Jack Sparrow and Barbarosa pillaged the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, and you could find wild animals on Discovery Island instead of in a Kingdom. We made our first trip to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. In this episode Kenny and I (T. Mic) share the humorous and interesting story of our first trip to the house of the mouse. We’ll take you on a virtual walk around the Magic Kingdom at the time and discuss rides and attractions that are no longer there to be enjoyed as well as the ones that are. We will discuss the differences in the park as we travel between the past and present and our perspectives on experiencing the park through the eyes of the children we were then and those treasured memories that last to this very day. Long gone rides and attractions such as the Penny Arcade, the Mike Fink Keelboats & Canoes, the Magic Skyway, Mr. Toads Wild Ride and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea are just a few of the attractions and rides we’ll discuss. So slap on those groovy bell bottom jeans and your best silk shirt (don’t forget that flashy neck chain) and hop in the Hornet with us as our family drives from south Louisiana to Florida to experience Walt Disney World for the first time. It’s time to Disco down to Disney…
26 minutes | Apr 12, 2011
The WhimsiMagical Mousecast - Episode 003 4/10/2011 - Adventures In Adventureland
In our 3rd Episode of the WhimsiMagical Mousecast we explore Adventureland and the attractions that have made it famous. Come with us as we mount our expedition to the world famous Jungle Cruise, The Enchanted Tiki Room "Under New Management" and take in the view from 6 stories above the Magic Kingdom at the top of the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. After you've worked up an appetite we'll take you to several mechants offering there fare to soothe the hunger of even the most ravonous of explorers. We'll review some of the current news coming out of Walt Disney World and offer some tips and links to make your trip to Disney a liitle easier and even very affordable. Thank you for listening to this episode. We would love to hear from you! We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions on what you would feel would make our shows better for you. You can call our listener feedback line at: (206) 338-1478 or email us at email@example.com. Until next time...Never Forget, The Real Magic Happens When You Pursue Your Dreams...Godspeed
29 minutes | Dec 26, 2010
The WhimsiMagical Mousecast - 002 12/26/2010 - The Magic Of Disney, Origins Of The Pirates Of the Caribbean And More!
The WhimsiMagical Mousecast - 002 12/26/2010 - The Magic Of Disney, Origins Of The Pirates Of the Caribbean And More! Welcome To The Second Episode Of The WhimsiMagical Mousecast. In this episode we'll talk about the magic of Disney. We’ll also apprise you of the most current news on Walt Disney World, attraction refurbishment schedules, money saving tips for everyone, special military discounts at Walt Disney World and the origins of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction/ride.
8 minutes | Dec 5, 2010
The WhimsiMagical Mousecast - 001 12/5/2010 - Our Introductory Episode
The WhimsiMagical Mousecast - 001 12/5/2010 - Our Introductory Episode Welcome To The First Episode Of The WhimsiMagical Mousecast. This is an unofficial Disney podcast and is not associated, nor affiliated with the Disney Company in any way. This will be a bi-weekly podcast that will explore the history of the Walt Disney Company as well as the Brothers, Walt & Roy Disney. We will also feature current news on the theme parks, status of attractions, rumors, and interviews with a variety of people that have played important roles with the company, other Disney podcasters and experts on Disney. We will also provide reviews, money-saving tips and show you how you can make the most of your hard earned vacation to the "Happiest Place On Earth"
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