Overlooked Disney Characters

There are many overlooked Disney characters. I have made a list of 10, but will probably have another list. This isn’t necessarily the 10 most overlooked, just 10 that are overlooked Disney characters. The reason for the term overlooked is the feeling that they don’t get the recognition deserved for all they add to the movies. Imagine taking them out, and the movie suffers for it. So, with a little thinking and looking at the list of 54 Animated Disney movies, here is a list of 10 overlooked Disney characters.

  1. Roquefort– the mouse from ‘The Aristocats’ who… [For full post check out our new website: http://www.familytravelescapades.com/10-overlooked-disney-characters/]
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Overcoming Fear of Flying

Aerophobia is  commonly known as the fear of flying. It is the 9th most common fear and is said to affect approximately 25 million people. For many years I suffered with this so severely that I wouldn’t board a plane, no matter the circumstances. The following is my advice to you or a loved one for overcoming this fear. I will also go over the common clinical advice to cope with fear of flying.I hope this article will help you. By traveling more, you will most certainly increase your quality of life and expand your world. I speak from experience. I hope by cataloguing my experiences with this, I will help you.

My personal journey with aerophobia began immediately with my first bumpy flight. It was so rough that I was afraid we would never mak… [For full post, check out our new website: http://www.familytravelescapades.com/overcoming-fear-of-flying/]

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

Travel + Leisure magazine rated Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, the Best Family Hotel in the United States.  From our family’s experience there, we can see why.  Aulani is located in Ko Olina, Hawaii on the island of Oahu.  Our family visited Aulani around Christmas 2014.  We had a wonderful time and could not have been more impressed.  This article is an overview of Aulani.  There is too much to do to give an adequate review in one blog.  More detailed articles on Aulani specifics are coming later.

Mickey Mouse at Aulani

Aulani

First, Aulani is definitely a Disney resort, but like the Walt Disney World deluxe resorts and the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland, the Disney presence is somewhat subtle, not in… [For full post, check out out new and better site: http://www.familytravelescapades.com/aulani-a-disney-resort-and-spa/]

July 24, 2015: Disney Weekly News Roundup

  • Colortopia by Glidden will open this fall at Epcot Innoventions.  Guests will be lead through hands-on activities exploring color.
  • Hollywood Studios is testing assigned seating, as opposed to the first come first serve method currently employed for Fantasmic!.  Seats are assigned using the FastPass+ kiosks.
  • “Escape to Walt’s Wilderness” is a new tour offered at WDW.   The 5 hour tour begins at the Contempor… [For full post, go to out newer and better site: http://www.familytravelescapades.com/july-24-2015-disney-weekly-news-roundup]

Disney Vacation Club Resorts and Point Chart

In todays article we will cover a bit more about the Disney Vacation Club (DVC). I’m going to give an example to illustrate how this works, and tell you every property that is part of the Disney Vacation Club. Future articles will cover the many other aspects of the DVC.

First, there are 14 properties that are part of the Disney Vacation Club. Disney categorizes their properties into 4 groups: value, moderate, deluxe, and deluxe…. [For full post, check out our new and better website: http://www.familytravelescapades.com/disney-vacation-club-resorts-and-point-chart/

3-Day Disney Dream Cruise

This is an overview of the 3-day cruise on the Disney Dream. I am going to give you a bit of general information about the Dream, then give the 3-night itinerary, and the ports of call. I will also give an overview of the dining and entertainment on board the ship and finish with transportation options to get to the ship.

The Disney Dream was the 3rd ship Disney introduced into its fleet in 2011. There are 14 passenger decks onboard ship with a passenger capacity of 4,000 and a crew of 1,458. The ship is opulent with an art deco design. There are a total of 1,250 staterooms; with some having a veranda, some an ocean view, and some an inside “view” (Disney does provide a view of the ocean in the room with a state-of-the-art “magic porthole” .) To read more, click here and continue on our new website!http://www.familytravelescapades.com/overview-3-day-disney-dream-cruise/

Main Street USA Comparison Between Disneyland Vs. Disney World

Although Main Street U.S.A at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom may look an awful lot alike in pictures, after visiting both you will notice huge differences. I will compare the two Main Streets and explain why, to me, Disneyland Main Street U.S.A. is clearly the better.

The streets in both Disneyland and WDW are said to be modeled after Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri. Looking at pictures of Marceline, you can tell that Disneyland was made quite a bit more like the real street. The Main Street in WDW is, on most buildings, a floor taller. Be aware, that they are not all a full story tall. The floors get smaller as they go up. This is achieved by one of Disney’s favorite tricks: Forced Perspective. Something that I have heard from several people who have been to both Disneyland and WDW, is how much smaller everything is at Disneyland. This is not a negative, as they both fit into their settings. In Disneyland’s case, the smaller scale is a positive. Disneyland’s Main Street looks much less like an old neighborhood of rich, Victorian houses, and more like the Main Street of a small town.

The biggest difference between Main Street Disneyland and Main Street WDW is the general atmosphere. Main Street… [For full post, go to our new website: http://www.familytravelescapades.com/main-street-usa-disneyland-vs-magic-kingdom/]

 

Flagstaff, Arizona

Northern Arizona is a beautiful region of the U.S. that is filled with history and natural wonders. Flagstaff, Arizona sits in the middle of this wonderful region and serves as a perfect hub from which to explore. Flagstaff is a college town at around 7000 feet elevation. Set amidst pine forests at the base of the San Francisco Peaks your family will enjoy exploring the town and the surrounding area. Expect it to be sunny and dry in the summer, and cold and snowy in winter. Here are the top 8 family travel attractions within easy driving distance from Flagstaff divided into proximity for easy planning.

In and Around Town –

Historic Route 66 runs through the middle of downtown. There are themed restaurants, motels, and shops… (For complete post, check out our new site: http://www.familytravelescapades.com/flagstaff-arizona/)

Weekly News Roundup-July 10th

July 10, 2015: Disney Weekly News Roundup
* Disneyland has promised to invest $1 billion dollars on the California parks after the Anaheim City Council approved a 30 year extension of tax wavers.

* Registration for Disney Princess Half Marathon at WDW (February 21,2016) begins on July 14, 2015.

* WDW has removed a banner from the American Experience at Epcot displaying the Confederate battle flag.

* The Bill Cosby bronze bust in the Hall of Fame in front of The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was removed due to ongoing accusations from numerous women against him.

* 2015 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages can now be booked at 407-WDW-DINE or Disneworld.com/holidays.

* The Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort will close for refurbishments from August 23 – September 4.

* Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members will enjoy a free event at Typhoon Lagoon, “Neighborhood Beach Blast,” on 4 evenings this summer from 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.: Thursday, July 23 (register July 8-16); Tuesday, July 28 (register July 10 – 21); Tuesday, August 4 (register July 15 – 28); Tuesday, August 11 (register July 17 – August 4).

* Tea Traders Cafe’ by Joffrey’s is now open at WDW Downtown Disney/Disney Springs.

* Blaze Fast-Fire Pizza has announced it’s upcoming opening in WDW Disney Springs in May 2016.

* Disney Cruise Line has been named the #1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise for Families by Travel + Leisure readers for the 7th time.

* Disney Cruise Line was also named the Top Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line overall for the second straight year.

* A Hans Solo Movie spin-off from Star Wars has been confirmed by Disney.

* A live-action Prince Charming Movie is said to be in the works by Disney.

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