Celebrate the future hand in hand: A throwback post

 

If you haven’t heard by now, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth will soon come to an end. As a result of illuminations ending, this got me thinking about the Tapestry of Nations parade. Illuminations and Tapestry of Nations were a part of the millennium celebration at Disney. They both debuted at EPCOT in October of 1999. Y2K anyone?

In the primitive year of 1999, I did not have a mobile phone or camera. Consequently, I scoured the internet for more information. I do believe I’ve spent more researching this than my English term paper back in 1999. lol

If you’ve seen Illuminations, undoubtedly you’ve heard some of my all-time favorite park music, the soundtrack for Tapestry of Nations. The music for Tapestry of Nations can be heard after the fireworks show, usually on when you’re headed back home for the night.

Above all, Tapestry of Nations was a celebration of all peoples and nations. The parade consisted of 120 puppets which were designed by Michael Curry. Interestingly enough, some of the puppets reached up to 18′ in height and width. Interestingly enough, Mr. Curry also designed the puppets for The Lion King on Broadway.

Due to the massive size of the puppets, the materials and fabrics had to be very light. Most importantly to make sure everything would hold up, the fabric and materials were tested in a special climate chamber with a lot of light exposure. Once again confirming the attention to detail at Disney is bar none. One of the many reasons I continue to be a frequent park guest!

You could see the parade from anywhere in the world showcase and it lasted around 30 minutes. The narrator of the parade was called “The Sage of Time”. While leading the procession, he was meant to represent all people at once. Interestingly enough, the Sage of Time reached an impressive 14′ tall.

There were 8 different types of other puppets. Among those were the aptly named bird man and hammer man.


One of my favorites was the reverse marionette. You can see just how larget these puppets were in the picture below.

In addition to the puppets, there were 15 rolling percussion “floats”. The percussion instruments on the floats were meant to be played by the performers.

The parade ran twice, once during the day and once in the evening. And finally, the Tapestry of Nations ended September 9, 2001. Illuminations: Reflections of earth is scheduled to end somewhere in the second half of 2019.… Read the rest

Saving for the Mouse.

Almost everyone who asks me about Disney trips wants to know how to save money. I’ve been fortunate through the years to stay at Disney World many times and also on many different budgets. Disney ain’t cheap but it’s totally doable on a budget and with all the new announcements at Disney, now is the time to book and trip and start saving.

In my experience, the biggest expenses for a Disney World vacation are likely to be a hotel, park tickets, and food. Transportation might also be a bit expensive depending on where you live.

For Hotel savings:

  1. Rent Vacation club points.
    • If you want to stay in a Deluxe Level Disney Hotel for Moderate Level prices you can rent DVC points. There are many websites out there and I recommend doing a google search but I’ve used DVC request before with no problems. I’ve also heard amazing things about DVC-Rental.com
  2. Stay off property.
    • I love staying on property, however, it can be huge savings for families over 6 who might otherwise need 2 rooms.
    • When staying off property keep in mind, parking every day at Disney World can range from $22-$50 a day depending on your car type. Make sure to add this fee to your off property daily rates.
  3. Hotel hop.
    • Split your stay, especially if you are getting in really late on your first day. Opt for a few nights off property or a value level Disney hotel for a few nights. When changing hotels, Disney World will even move your luggage, free of charge.
  4. Call Disney World for updated promos.
    • If you see a recent promo at Disney, make sure to call and see if you are eligible for the reduced rate. Hey, it can’t hurt to ask right?

Theme park tickets savings, is it possible? 

In the 33 years, I’ve been going to Disney, Disney World has not frequently offered steep discounts on theme park tickets. If you are a Florida resident be sure to log in to your Disney World account to view annual pass discounts and payment plans.

  1. Check with your employer. 
    • It may be the case that your company may have a national discount program offering savings on theme park tickets.
  2.  Wait to add park hopper.
    • Rather than adding park hopping at the time you purchase your tickets, I recommend waiting as it can save you around $80 per person.
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What happens when things go wrong at Disney World?

I have been meaning to post this to my blog for a month now but, life got in the way as it tends to do. Back at the end of September, I was fortunate enough to visit Disney World for short trip. I wanted to attend the Halloween Party and my High School Bff was going to be in town. It was kismet.

 

I secured a preferred room at All Star Movies and was able to request one of the renovated rooms. It’s darn well time they updated these rooms, if you ask me. I enjoyed the new renovations but, felt that now the vanity area feels a little more cramped. To me, the beds are way more comfortable now and it feels more like a moderate room. Overall, All Star Movies is my favorite of All Star Resort because of the theming. I included some photos of our recently renovated rooms below.

Jessica picked me up from MCO and we headed over to drop our bags off at All Star Movies. I checked in online, I always recommend checking in online. It’s overall a better and quicker experience.

We had plans to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party that evening, my favorite! I had placed our costumes in my checked bag. Of course, I used Magical Express for my checked luggage. Magical Express claims to deliver your bags 3 hours after you arrive at your hotel. I arrived at 12:15 so I figure, 3:30 by the latest.

This is confusing to me, because if check in isn’t until 3:00, or even 4:00 pm at some hotels, how is the 3 hour delivery time accurate? If I arrive at my hotel at 8:00 am, will I receive my bags in my room at 11 even though check in isn’t until 3? Am I the only crazy person over analyzing the Magical Express luggage delivery time?  Probably.

Hindsight, I should have went and got my bag myself. I was way too excited to see my friend and helloooo we are going to DISNEY! I wanted to get there like… yesterday. haha

As I’m sure you are assuming by now, I did NOT receive my bags at 3:30. We got the text our room was ready around 2:30 and waited until 3:30 to call. They had said, “your bag just arrived once they are scanned in, we will delivery them to your room”.… Read the rest