Walt Disney World & World Travels

Archive for October 2009

I will write more about this later, but for now check out the beautiful/awesome and really cool (all I’m gonna say is “AquaDuck”)  new Disney Dream!  Setting sail Jan 26, 2011.

Disney Cruise Line Events


This is a small sample of what you will see and hear around Disney World during the Holiday Season.   I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do! 

 Here are some pictures from my previous Disney Holiday Vacations with some of my favorite events & decorations including the gingerbread carousel at Disney’s Beach Club, the gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian, Osborne Family Lights, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and the Candlelight Processional with celebrity narrator Neil Patrick Harris.

For Los Angeles based Disney Fans, there is an exclusive screening offer for The Princess and the Frog.  Watch the video and then sign up on the Facebook Fan Page for the Princess and the Frog.  I’d go if I was on the West Coast.  If any of you go, I’d love to hear about it!

Saturday October 17th was a sad day for some of us, it was Art Lark’s last day at work.   Art retired after his shift on Saturday and will be missed by all.

Art is better known as Art the Greeter and until last Saturday he worked at Disney’s Beach Club Resort welcoming all who came to visit.    My first memory of Art is learning about him in a Samantha Brown ‘Great Resorts’ episode about the Beach Club.  When I met him in real life, he was as nice if not nicer than on TV.  My kids always loved hanging out with Art in the Lobby and the most special memory I have of Art is with my son.  Jason loved to trade pins with Art and one morning Art didn’t trade with him; he gave him a special pin.  It’s a Lilo & Stitch pin with an easel back.  This was probably 6 years ago, yet Jason can point out that special pin in a heartbeat.  He’s actually tried on each of our trips for the last 3 years to go see Art and show him that he still has the pin he gave him.  Unfortunately, every time it was Art’s day off.   

Art & I

Art & I

I saw Art in June and told him this and that we’d be back in July to see him.  We were even staying at the Beach Club Villas, so we figured we’d have lots of opportunities.  When we checked in, no Art the Greeter at the door.  Jason asked a CM when Art would be there and in a very unmagical way she told him that Art was out for the week at least.  We later learned that Art was having a health issue, andour timing was just bad.  Now that Art has retired, I’m not sure we’ll stay at the Beach Club anymore.  It’s still a beautiful resort, but it’ll be missing the magic that has always made it special for us.
Art will be missed by all that have ever met him.  I wish him well in his retirement and can only hope that he knows what an impact he has made on so many people.
For more about Art, an article on the Disney Parks Blog   and a video interview with Lou Mongello on WDW Radio

Check this out!  Adventure, offers and more:

Walt Disney World Resort

I wish I was there right now to experience it myself, but sometimes life gets in the way.    If you’re lucky enough to be at or going to DisneyWorld this week, make sure you check out the International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. 

This weeks  Eat to the Beat Concerts:

 10/12-13 Kool & The Gang – “Celebration”  

10/14-16 Spyro Gyra – “Morning Dance”

10/17-18 Jon Secada – “Just Another Day”

The concerts are included with your admission to the park 🙂

There are also seminars, tastings & signature dining events scheduled for almost every day.  If you don’t want to get tied down to an event, take time to sample foods from around the world as you walk through the World Showcase.  Besides the usual Countries in the World Showcase, there are booths set up for all over the world.  Each offers sample/tasting size snacks & wines/beers from their area.  Prices are $2.75  – $10 and snack credits from the Disney Dining Plan can be used for most of the snacks, not the beer & wine though.  

Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

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