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Disney Classic: Pinocchio’s Daring Journey

I’ll tell you, Pinocchio doesn’t enjoy many screenings around our house. There so many elements of the film that frighten the kids and, frankly, creep me out as well (stranger abductions, children morphing into donkeys…). If the kids should find

Catch Mickey’s and Minnie’s 1928 debut in Steamboat Willie

We finally ended up popping into this rather obscure little attraction this past fall in order to escape throngs of families lining the streets for the evening parade. All we were searching for was a bare patch of ground to …

Snow White’s Scary Adventures lives on at Disneyland

Nothing personal, Fairest One, but your namesake attraction was never on the top of our list during visits to the Magic Kingdom. “Bordering on frightening” is written in one of the margins of a trip journal (yes, we had toddlers

Train with the Jedi Academy

Personally, I’m not a big Star Wars buff. But, I figured, how fun would it be to watch my kids train as young Padawans? If stage fright didn’t rear its head, I knew my son, Andy, would love to don …

Disney Classic: Storybook Land Canal Boats
Disney Classic: Storybook Land Canal Boats

Once you’ve navigated the belly of Monstro the whale, it’s smooth sailing on the Storybook Land Canal Boats. Eleven diminutive scenes lifted from classic Disney animated features make up a miniature gardener’s dream. Not having a green thumb myself,

Hit some targets at Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition

It’s not often I have a roll of quarters burning a hole in my pocket but I might just have to remember to bring one for Disneyland’s Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition. We never bothered to stop at its cousin in

Wishful Thinking: Dub thee “Ruler of the Realm” at Sword in the Stone Ceremony

There’s a great shot of my son (then 2 ½), in our Disney photo archives that shows him mugging as a young Arthur from The Sword in the Stone. We didn’t realize at the time that the sword he

Spot It: Lilly Belle Presidential Parlor Train Car

Walt Disney really knew how to make a woman feel special. He bestowed his wife’s moniker upon the beloved 1/8 scale steam locomotive he built to carry his own backyard stock of rail cars. The “Lilly Belle” name carried over

Take the wildest ride in the wilderness on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

The first time I rode the “wildest ride in the wilderness” as an adult, I was a newlywed and spending my honeymoon at Walt Disney World. It was mid-June and we were dazed both by the heat and the expanse