Oct 10

The Link Between Playboy and Walt Disney World

OK…this is really weird but stay with me for a moment…


Ghost NecklaceThis past Sunday I was at yet another Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom. I had my mind set that I was going to pick up a souvenir for my daughter since she was not with me. I knew exactly what I wanted to get her because I had seen this particular item at two previous parties. The item was a rather long necklace with a large plastic light-up ghost as a pendant and Disney was selling them for ONLY $5.00! Pretty cheap right?  They were being hawked at all of the little mobile carts manned by cast members on the streets throughout the Magic Kingdom and I thought they were cute so I asked at every cart but apparently they were such a good deal that they were SOLD OUT. (insert sad face here)

My friend Nicole Siscaretti was with me that evening as we hunted the Magic Kingdom in search of the elusive ghost necklace…to no avail.

Nicole and my friend John Saccheri were talking last night and she casually mentioned to John that I had been looking for the ghost necklace. John just so happened to have one of the necklaces from our Epic October 2010 MNSSHP meet-up. And he just so happened to be replacing the button cell battery in the ghost necklace that evening.


Here comes the weird part! I get a phone call from John asking me if I want to see something strange… Who’s gonna say no to that right? So he MMS’s me this picture…

LR44 Button Cell Battery Playboy Bunny

This is the battery that he pulled out of the Disney Ghost Necklace! Bizarre right? What the fiddlesticks is a Playboy bunny battery doing inside of a child’s light-up toy at Walt Disney World…

So that’s the link…a stretch…I know…but still a link.

That is all.

p.s. A big thank you to my friend John aka @DisneyWorlds on Twitter for the use of his photos

Jun 10

Create Your Own Mickey Mouse Ear Hat at Downtown Disney

Create Your Own Ear hat DisneyAt the Downtown Disney Marketplace, nestled right between The Art of Disney and Disney’s Design-a-Tee Shop you will find a small area dedicated solely to the iconic Mickey Ear Hat.  You can purchase a variety of pre-designed Mouse Ears here, but I was captivated by the “Create Your Own” Ear Hat station.  Sure…personalization is “HOT” right now but if you are looking for a souvenir to take home to that special someone who is hard to buy for, this may just be the shopping destination for you.

The concept is pretty simple really…

Step 1: Select Your Hat Base

Disney Mickey Ears Hat Base

There are several options available from basic black to pink and furry…

Mouse Ear hat bases

Mouse Ear Bases

Step 2: Select Your Ears

Select Your Mouse Ear Ears

Mouse Ear Ears

More Mouse Ear Ears

Step 3: Select Your Patches and Stick Them on Your Hat

Mouse Ear Patches

There are lots and lots of different patches available for personalization…

Mickey Mouse Patches

Mouse Ear Patches

Far Out Mickey Patches

Minnie Mouse Patches

Buzz and Pluto Patches

Tinker Bell Patch

Princess Patches

Donald Duck Patch

Chip and Dale patch

Muppets Patches

Step 4: Take to a Cast Member to Have Your Patches Attached and Your Name Embroidered

Embroidered Mouse Ear Hat

…and voila…your personalized mouse ear creation is complete!

If you could create a pair of mouse ears…what would they look like?

Until Next Time,

P.S. Check out this video of the 2010 Spring merchandise available at Walt Disney World.

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Oct 09

Discovery Island – An Extinct Walt Disney World Attraction


Have you ever heard of Walt Disney World’s Discovery Island?  Not to be confused with the Discovery Island that is the central HUB of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme park…formerly called Safari Village.  I am talking about the original Discovery Island Attraction…

This now extinct attraction was a big draw for the Walt Disney World Resort from 1974 to 1999 and was closed down after the opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Discovery Island was nestled in the middle of Bay Lake, close to the Contemporary and the Fort Wilderness Campground.  It could only be accessed by boat and the official sponsor was “Friskies”.

As a child, I remember trips to Discovery Island.  Guests were required to park at the Fort Wilderness Resort and then take a ferry over to the Island.  I hate to admit it, but I would be so disappointed to drive from the east coast of Florida all the way over to Central Florida… getting so close to the Magic Kingdom and not being able to make it in.  However, once I stepped foot on the island…all that disappointment turned to joy and discovery.

There is a fantastic write-up about Disney’s Discovery Island including the history, photos, advertisements, and a map of the Island Park on the website Walt Dated World.

I found this photo and wanted to share.  This is me (circa mid 80’s) and one of the fonder memories I have of Discovery Island, which was a whole lot more intimate and interactive than Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.


A Disney Souvenir Guide describes Discovery Island…

Discovery_ContemporarySome of natures most spectacular flora and fauna are found on Discovery Island, an 11-acre haven on Bay Lake for more than 500 rare or endangered species from around the world.

Living in a tropical rain forest is a vast array of birds, including African Crowned Cranes, flamingos and other wadding fowl, toucans, hornbills, Incubator Birds, American King Vultures, pelicans and an American Bald Eagle.

Some of the Islands zanier characters “hang out” at Coocoo Cabana – a tree-top roost for the madcap macaws and cockatoos of the “Jose Carioca Flyers”.

An elevated “birdwalk” winds through Avian Way, one of the world’s largest walk-through aviaries.  It’s Rainbow Rookery hosts the largest colony of Scarlet ibis in the United States.

Earthbound creatures find sanctuary on Discovery Island too.  Turtle Beach is home to Galapagos tortoises, another endangered species.  Elsewhere on the island, there are American Alligators, marmosets, miniature deer and giant rabbits.

But Discovery Island is more than just a zoological wonderland, it’s a botanical marvel as well.  There are more than 20 types of palm trees, ten species of bamboo, and a multitude of colorful plants brought from Argentina, Bolivia, the Canary Islands, China, the Himalayas and South Africa.

Just moments away from the mainland by motor launch, Discovery Island is a fascinating kingdom where nature reigns and you are its honored guest….

I also found two great videos on YouTube and posted them here for you as well. You can get a feel for the island. It truly was an intimate setting…

Discovery Island Video One:

Discovery Island Video Two: