InsidEARS Welcome Video!

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InsidEARS Welcome Video

You guys, I’m so excited to have been asked to be a Beta-Tester for the brand new InsidEARS program for Disney Parks! I’m really looking forward to working with Marissa and Kelly, the Community Managers for this exciting venture! I thought I’d share our welcome video with you all to give you a little taste of what’s new on the horizon!

The VERY FIRST Disney Parks Blog Tweet Up!

Back on September 20th, the Disney Parks Blog announced that they were throwing a party, actually, a Trick or Meet-Up! This private party would take place at the Magic Kingdom just after the park closed to the public. As you would expect, attendance was limited, so you would need to act quickly. I have been pretty busy the last few weeks but I was lucky enough to be home that morning and thanks to my expert twitter-stalking skills, I was able to get registered in time to make the cut!

We parked at Blizzard Beach that evening and were entertained by a DJ while we waited for our buses to arrive. Once we boarded, we were taken through a backstage area where the floats for various parades were stored…that was REALLY cool to see! We entered the park through a backstage entrance by Splash Mountain and were guided over to the Hall of Presidents where guests dressed in costumes posed for pictures before they went into the attraction. I was very excited that the photographer that evening was Gene Duncan! You can see some of his work here.

I was also excited to see Thomas Smith dressed as Indiana Jones as we walked in to the theater to sit down for the presentation, especially because he recognized JL and I! I’m always tickled when a famous Disney celebrity recognizes me! Inside, Leanne Jakubowski started off by welcoming us all and introducing the members of the Disney Parks Blog who were present, including Gary Buchanan [who was dressed as a giant turkey leg WITH Mickey Ears], Jenn Fickley-Baker, Laura Spencer, and Jennifer Wilkes. Next, Walt Disney Imagineer Jason Surrell talked to us about the history of the WDW Haunted Mansion. He took questions at the end of his talk and gave informative and quite a few entertaining answers!

We walked out of the Hall of Presidents to a fabulous dessert buffet of cheesecakes that looked like eyeballs and brownies that looked like little spiders. There were also rice krispie treats in the shape of Mickey heads along with bottled water and soda.

We made our way over to the Haunted Mansion attraction where Pete Carsillo and Eric Goodman were giving small tours of the new interactive line queue that I hadn’t seen yet! Really good stuff…this was such a treat! I loved listening to Miss Carlotta go on and on as we waited in line!

Miss Carlotta

She was so cool and I even had a dance with her later in the evening. There is a really funny pic of her and I over on the Disney Parks Blog costume page. What a kick!

I was over by the Diamond Horseshoe when a “special guest” was set to appear. I found Dr. Facilier lurking about and Donald and Daisy on the porch. I visited with them for just a little bit and a very nice Cast Member did his best to get a couple of pics for me. Sorry they’re a bit dark and blurry, but the memory is really fun! The one with Mickey and Minnie is too blurry to post, but fortunately I’ll be attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party later this month so I’ll have another chance.

Our special guest turned out to be the Headless Horseman trotting through Liberty Square which was so cool, especially on this eerie night in the Magic Kingdom! What a treat!

Thomas Smith put together a great recap of the event, including more pics and a video here. I want to thank everyone at the Disney Parks Blog who worked so hard to put on such a fantastic event and I’m really glad that I got to be a part of it!

Be sure to check out the new Disney Parks Blog Facebook Page as there are some more pictures of this fabulously fun event! Give them a “like” while you’re there!

Jamie Deen at EPCOT’s International Food & Wine Festival

The folks from the Disney Parks Blog were here in Savannah recently catching up with Jamie Deen at his mom Paula Deen’s famous restaurant, The Lady & Sons.

We have not had the opportunity to eat there since we moved here, but one of these days, I’m hoping to experience it! I hear that you have to get there to line up pretty early in order to secure a spot as they don’t accept reservations for parties under 8 most days of the year. Click here for more information on reservations. Maybe when the weather cools down again, we’ll give it a try!

If you’re traveling down to the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival down at Walt Disney World this fall, look for Jamie Deen’s culinary demo at 1pm and 3pm on Saturday, October 22nd in the Festival Welcome Center. The cost is $13 for the 45-minute session.

Disney Parks Announces a New Video Series

Samantha Brown sits down with President and Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney World Company Bob Iger to talk about the Disney Dream in their new video series ‘Destination: Disney’ which made its debut on Disney Online this week.

Disney Parks Announces a New Video Series

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