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WDWNT: The Magazine – Magical Memorium: Kitchen Kabaret & Food Rocks

WDWNT: The Magazine – Magical Memorium: Kitchen Kabaret & Food Rocks

Epcot Memorium: Kitchen Kabaret by Tom Corless The Kitchen Kabaret Revue was a 13-minute audio-animatronic show that was located inside The Land pavilion, premiering on October 1, 1982 with EPCOT Center. The host, Bonnie Appetite, introduced the various acts in a musical review and comedy format that advocated healthy eating and provided a basic primer on the four food groups: Meat, Dairy, Cereal, and Fruits/Vegetables. The entrance stood on the bottom floor, to the left side. The entrance used pastel colors like the remainder of Epcot, but looked like a Broadway theater with it’s marquee. The first waiting room had guests cross under another marquee, complete with a host of production posters along the walls. The final waiting are had [...]

Feb 16, 2013     3 Comments
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WDWNT: The Magazine – “20 Years Running”

WDWNT: The Magazine – “20 Years Running”

20 Years Running by Michael Truskowski When the Walt Disney World Marathon was first run in 1994, a few thousand runners took part. This year, for the 20th running of the race, over 20,000 took part in the 26.2 mile run. Not to mention the other 40,000 or so participants who participated in the weekend’s other activities, such as the Walt Disney World Half Marathon, the Disney Family 5K, and the Kid’s Races. As the sport of running has gone mainstream, the runDisney events have become some of the most popular on the Disney Parks calendar. My first Disney marathon (and my first marathon ever for that matter) was the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon. Last year I stepped it [...]

Feb 9, 2013     4 Comments
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WDWNT: The Magazine – “Have You Tried… Spending A Whole Day Resort Hopping?”

WDWNT: The Magazine – “Have You Tried… Spending A Whole Day Resort Hopping?”

Have you tried… Spending a whole day resort hopping? by Katey McGregor Many of us know exactly how to spend an entire day in the parks.  Some know how to do all four parks in one day and still hit all the best stuff.  You know where to eat, where to play, and exactly how to get there.  And, many of us have even resort hopped or at least spent a day at the resort instead of hitting a park.  But, with over twenty different resorts at Walt Disney World,how in the world  do you spent a whole day resort hopping without missing something?  Well, the truth is, you can’t, but here’s a guide to show you how to hit [...]

Feb 8, 2013     3 Comments
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WDWNT: The Magazine – “Marc Davis: Imagineering Master”

WDWNT: The Magazine – “Marc Davis: Imagineering Master”

Marc Davis: Imagineering Master By Daniel Butcher   Everyday guests of the Walt Disney World Resort enjoy the efforts of largely unknown and unnamed Imagineers.  Imagineer Marc Davis began to impact theme parks years before Walt Disney dreamed of Disneyland.  Davis was a late comer to attraction design, working in animation when Disneyland opened.  From animation to attraction design, Davis has left a mark on the Disney experience and his legacy continues today where it started, in film. Marc Fraser Davis was born March 30, 1913, in Bakersfield California.  But California is not where the Davis family stayed.  Davis’ father, Harry A. Davis, was a wandering jeweler and magician who attempted to strike it rich in the boomtowns of the [...]

Jan 27, 2013     No Comments
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WDWNT: The Magazine – The LucasFilm Acquisition’s Impact to the Parks

WDWNT: The Magazine – The LucasFilm Acquisition’s Impact to the Parks

LucasFilm Acquisition– The Impact to the Parks by Nathan Bradley Hello Humans! Wow have we hit the jackpot…It’s a match made in heaven: Disney and Star Wars…errr I mean LucasFilm (but mostly Star Wars).  Bob Iger, who is responsible for the acquisitions of Pixar, The Muppets, Marvel, and now Lucasfilm, is going to go down as one of the greatest company leaders.  Looking back at what WDI has done with Pixar in the parks and The Muppets to an extent, having Star Wars in WDI’s lineup almost becomes too much to imagine…but I’m going to try. The Star Wars franchise right now is a bit of a mixed bag.  On one hand, fans have a sour taste in their mouth because [...]

Jan 25, 2013     7 Comments
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WDWNT: The Magazine – “Escape from Casey Jr.” by Daniel Butcher

WDWNT: The Magazine – “Escape from Casey Jr.” by Daniel Butcher

Escape from Casey Jr. By Daniel Butcher You will probably find me strange.  It has been my dream to experience a significant evacuation from a Disney attraction.  I am convinced that it would be exciting and a cherished memory!  Seriously, how cool would it be to be walked off from Space Mountain with the lights on?  Would it not be great to see the Haunted Mansion from outside a Doom Buggy?  My daughter and I have both held our breaths as ours came to a halt in the graveyard scene.  Some may believe these sorts of incidents would lessen the magic, but for me it would only increase it! Sure I have had my near misses but nothing significant.  Several years [...]

Jan 23, 2013     8 Comments
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WDWNT: The Magazine – To Our Readers

WDWNT: The Magazine – To Our Readers

When issue 19 of the magazine was released, the Letter from the Editor included a note that the magazine staff was taking a short break, and would use the downtime to consider improvements to the magazine. During that time, the magazine team considered many different options. Now the break is over, and I’m thrilled to announce that we are significantly changing the way we publish our content. Instead of releasing a monthly PDF version of the magazine, we are going to fully integrate our content into the main wdwnewstoday.com website. Our magazine articles will be published as featured content of the site. The plan is to publish a couple of articles each weekend. The articles will be highlighted as magazine [...]

Jan 23, 2013     1 Comment
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WDWNT: The Magazine Issue 18 Released

WDWNT: The Magazine Issue 18 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of issue 18 of WDWNT: The Magazine.  It’s that time of year when the kids are returning to school, and the Orlando locals are returning to the parks.  At WDWNT: The Magazine, we like to spend this time of year reminiscing about the past and then thinking about the future. In this issue of the magazine we gaze through the hazy filter of yesteryear to look back at the Aladdin that never was, tales from a number of Jungle Cruise skippers, and the Hoop Dee Doo Revue.  Then it’s straight on to the future as we look at what is in the pipeline for Pixar, part 3 of our Aulani review, and the [...]

Oct 11, 2012     1 Comment
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WDWNT: The Magazine Issue 15 Released

WDWNT: The Magazine Issue 15 Released

  We’re happy to announce the release of issue 15 of WDWNT: The Magazine.  Summer is almost upon us, and we are now in what feels like a holding pattern waiting for all the great additions to the Parks to come to fruition.  While we anxiously wait, this issue takes the opportunity to look back at some of our memories from the Parks. This issue features articles looking back on Big Thunder Mountain, Life as a Cast Member, and Flight to the Moon / Mission to Mars.  Of course, we also can’t help but look forward to what will eventually replace Snow White’s Scary Adventures and the future of FASTpass.  And if children are our future, then how can we [...]

Jun 7, 2012     1 Comment
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WDWNT: The Magazine Issue 13 Released

WDWNT: The Magazine Issue 13 Released

There has never been a better time to be a Disney fan than right now.  In just the next few months, we are going to see major expansions open in both California and Florida.  A major new resort is opening in Walt Disney World.  Disney California Adventure is becoming a whole theme park, perhaps for the first time in its history.  A spectacular new nighttime show has just debuted in Paris.  An incredible new cruise ship has joined the Disney Cruise Line fleet.  And, oh yeah, there’s a completely new theme park being designed for Asia.  If you are a Disney fan, you can’t help but to be excited about the near future. At WDWNT: The Magazine, we try to [...]

Apr 10, 2012     1 Comment
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