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Hello Disney lovers. We here at beyondthecastleblog.com have the latest on the Disney World scooter policy controversy. According to The DIS Unplugged podcast, Disney has limited the providers of scooters that can deliver a scooter to your resort room. You can still rent your scooter from any provider you would like. The only difference now is that if you rent a scooter from a non-approved vendor, you will have to be present at the time of pick up. If you are not there at the time of delivery, Disney will confiscate it and charge the vendor a $75 fee. Just to reiterate, the vendor is charged $75 and not you. The list off approved vendors are Buena Vista Scooter Rentals, Best Price Mobility, Care Medical Equipment and Scooter Bug. If you rent your scooter from one of those vendors, there will be no problem with you having your scooter delivered even if you are not there to receive it. In other words, you can be at a park during the time it’s delivered and there will be no problem. The problem only lies if you choose a non approved vendor. Reaction to this news has been very harsh in nature. Some feel that this is Disney’s way to become even wealthier. I tend to agree. I believe that there should be no need to have an approved list of providers. The one thing the DJ of the DIS Unplugged Podcast said that I agree with is that something had to have happened in order for Disney to institute this rule. Disney does not do things just because they can. Whenever Disney creates a rule or policy, it is usually because something happened. What I’m guessing is that somehow a scooter became damaged on Disney’s watch and they got blamed for it. This was the opinion of the one podcast DJ as well. That’s the only reason I could see Disney changing their policy after so many years. That’s my opinion but what is yours? Why do you think Disney created a list of approved scooter vendors? Also, how do you feel about the new rule as a whole? Do you agree or disagree and why? Please post your comments below or E-mail us at admin@beyondthecastleblog.com with your thoughts. For now though, as always, have a magical day!

Tune In Monday!

November 30th, 2012

Hello Disney lovers. Right now, I am doing research on a new Disney controversy regarding the use of scooters being delivered to your Walt Disney World resort. Tune in on Monday to read about my findings. In the meantime, have you heard about this development. If so, what do you think of it? Please post your comments below or E-mail us at admin@beyondthecastleblog.com. For now though, as always, have a magical day!

Christmastime in Disney

November 28th, 2012

Hello Disney lovers. As you all know it is the holiday season and for many of us that means it’s time for Christmas. Even though I have never been there during this special time of year, I think Disney does a great job of celebrating the season in all of its parks. From Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park to the Candlelight Processional at Disney’s Epcot Center, which is supposed to be very moving to say the least. Disney’s Animal Kingdom gets into the act as well with their own special parade to celebrate the season. Finally, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Lights is a Christmas light display that you apparently have to see to believe. If I were to go during the holiday season, one of my first stops would be Epcot. There, you can listen to stories from different countries about how they celebrate Christmas in their country. I would find that to be truly fascinating to listen to.Disney is magical all throughout the year. Around this time of year though, I feel that a family could make even more memories that will last a lifetime. What about you? Do you have any Disney memories from this special time of year? If so, what are they? If you haven’t been to Disney World during the holiday season, do you have any plans on doing so? Please post your comments below or E-mail us at admin@beyondthecastleblog.com with your thoughts. For now though, as always, have a magical day!

Update On The Main Street Bakery

November 26th, 2012

Hello Disney lovers. We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday this past weekend. Even though it’s a bit late, I wanted to give an update on the Main Street Bakery controversy. For those of you who don’t know, Disney had the idea of closing down the Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom on, obviously, Main Street U.S.A. To take it a step further, Disney was considering opening up a Starbucks in replacement of the beloved bakery. This angered a lot of people and Disney has eventually listened. The latest information that we have is that Disney has decided to have a limited selection of Starbucks items on the Main Street Bakery menu. Disney will no longer take over the Main Street Bakery with a full fledged Starbucks. As I stated in my previous post, in so many words, I think it was a very bad idea to have a Starbucks or any corporate store or restaurant for that matter in Walt Disney World. To me, Disney World is a place where families to go to get away from corporations. It also should be a place where people don’t want to be reminded of the every day world with things that they would see every day such as Starbucks. People may argue with me, but I think that’s why McDonald’s left Downtown Disney. People may say it was for other reasons which I am not disputing. However, I think one of the reasons the biggest fast food chain in the world left is because people don’t want run of the mill restaurants that people can see every day. This is why I give great kudos to Disney for responding to feedback from their guests. How do you feel about this latest change of heart that Disney has had regarding the Main Street Bakery? How did you feel when you found out that Disney was closing the Main Street Bakery to open up a Starbucks? Did you like it or were you upset? Please post your comments below or E-mail us at admin@beyondthecastleblog.com with your thoughts. For now though, as always, have a magical day!

Latest Disney Controversy

November 12th, 2012

Hello Disney lovers. Today I wanted to talk about the latest controversy to hit Walt Disney World. Lately, I had heard that the coffee giant Starbucks will be replacing the Main Street Bakery on Main Street inside Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Now unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard from some type of source that Starbucks was coming to Walt Disney World. The two locations that fans knew that these coffee shops would be located were Epcot and Magic Kingdom. People knew that Starbucks would be placed at The Fountain View in Epcot. People didn’t seem to mind this and I don’t blame them. I don’t feel that there is any significance to The Fountain View. However, what people seem to be up in arms about is where Disney is placing the Starbucks at Magic Kingdom. The plan is to put it where the Main Street Bakery is now. I’ve heard conflicting reports on this subject. On the one hand, I’ve heard that indeed Disney would completely close down the bakery and open it as a Starbucks. However, I have also heard that the bakery would stay as is and then Starbucks would just be incorporated into the existing bakery. Of the two options, I hope the second choice is decided. I honestly feel like by putting in a full fledged Starbucks, Disney would basically be telling its guests that they care more about making money than preserving the historical significance of the Magic Kingdom. When it comes to Disney World, people care about memories. They also care about remembering those important places and passing those memories down to their children and grandchildren. What they don’t care about are large corporations invading the most magical place on Earth. They care about counting the memories. Not the dollar signs. That’s my opinion, but what’s yours? Do you feel it’s a good idea that Starbucks is being put into the Main Street Bakery at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom? Why or why not? Please comment below or E-mail us at admin@beyondthecastleblog.com with your thoughts. I look forward to reading your comments. For now though, as always, have a magical day!

Disney Aquires Lucasfilm

November 9th, 2012

Hello Disney lovers. The big news coming out of Disney this past week is its acquiring of media giant Lucasfilm. Disney purchased the company for $4.05 Billion. This latest deal done by Disney opens the door for a potential avalanche of new things for the Disney parks. What Lucasfilm is most notably known for is the incredibly successful Star Wars franchise. What most people may have forgotten, myself included, is that Lucasfilm also owns the Indiana Jones movies. Some may think this is no big deal as Disney World already has the Indiana Jones stunt show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. However, a lot of people feel that this mega deal will cause a major expansion of both Indiana Jones and Star Wars in the Disney Parks. In fact, shortly after the deal was announced, Disney fans were already drawing up their own blueprints for a Star Wars land that could be constructed inside Walt Disney World or in Disneyland. Speaking of Star Wars, as part of the purchase of Lucasfilm, Disney announced the making of 3 new Star Wars movies starting in 2015. Apparently this will be Episodes 7, 8 and 9 in the franchise. One can only imagine how the Star Wars movies will be with the added Disney touch. All of these avenues that Disney now has at their disposal should make Disney an even larger force in the media world. How do you feel about Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm? Do you agreee with it? Why or why not? Please comment below or E-mail us at admin@beyondthecastleblog.com with your thoughts. For now though, as always, have a magical day!

Wreck It Ralph Scores Big!

November 6th, 2012

Hello Disney lovers. The big news over this past weekend was the huge success of Disney’s new movie Wreck It Ralph. The movie came in at #1 in the box office with a revenue of $49.1 million. The movie is about Ralph, a video game character, who wants to be a nice person after a lifetime of being a mean video game character. I think the fact that this movie revolves around video games really appealed to the younger generation. This element I feel really drove up the ticket sales, thus making Wreck It Ralph the #1 movie in America. For Disney, this is a huge lift after the very disappointing performance of Frankenweenie in the box office. When Frankenweenie was released, it had an opening weekend release of 5th place and only grossed $11 million. I for one am not surprised by the fact that Frankenweenie did not do as well as Wreck It Ralph. When you look at Frankenweenie, all the elements of the movie were very dark and somewhat disturbing in my view. Now I realize that type of animation is what Tim Burton is known for. However, I feel that there is a distinct difference between what one director’s vision is and what appeals to the general population, especially children. From what I’ve seen with Wreck It Ralph though, that movie is very lively as far as visuals are concerned. This visual advantage obviously was a smash hit for children and adults alike. How do you feel? Do you feel that the visuals of Wreck It Ralph aided in the high box office sales? Why or why not? Have you seen Wreck It Ralph in theaters yet? If so, what did you think of it? Please post your comments below or E-mail us at admin@beyondthecastleblog.com with your thoughts. For now though, as always, have a magical day!

Hidden Mickeys

October 12th, 2012

Hello Disney lovers. One of the more fascinating aspects of Walt Disney World are the hidden Mickeys that are spread out all over Walt Disney World. Hidden Mickeys are basically the shape of Mickey Mouse hidden in various things that you would never expect the Mickey shape to be in. For example, one of the most notable ones I remember seeing happened this past vacation. As I was admiring the amazing detail of our princess room, I had noticed a hidden Mickey on the curtains of our window. As you begin seeing them, you start wanting to find them wherever you go. At least that has been my experience with them. Also, the more you do see them, the better you are at finding them. You almost develop a “Hidden Mickey eye” so to speak. It really can become a fun adventure if you make it that way. Just think of it as a great big game of I spy as you go along Walt Disney World. If you want to find them faster, I heard that there is actually a mobile app that can assist you in finding them. I’ve never actually downloaded and used this app, but I have it on good source that it does exist. Now you may ask: What is my favorite hidden Mickey? Well for me, it may or may not even be one, but look in the Rainforest Cafe at Downtown Disney. I won’t tell you exactly where it is. I will just give you a hint. Look in the plants when you sit down for your meal. My father doesn’t think there is one where I think there’s one, but Ill leave it up to you to find it. What is your favorite hidden Mickey in Walt Disney World? Where exactly is it located? Where do you wish there was a hidden Mickey and why? Please post your comments below or E-mail us at admin@beyondthecastleblog.com with your thoughts. For now though, as always, have a magical day!

Hello Disney lovers. The alarming Disney news of the week is that their movie, Frankenweenie, finished in 5th place at the box office over the weekend. The movie only grossed $11 million over the weekend. Frankenweenie, a story created by Director Tim Burton, is the story of a boy who brings his recently deceased dog back from the dead. What I did not realize about this film is that it was created in 1984 in order for Tim Burton to get into film school. I find it very interesting that Frankenweenie did not do well in the theaters. I’m also not sure why Disney would even associate themselves with Tim Burton. His movies are often dark and disturbing which pretty much goes against the Disney brand. Perhaps the company wants to portray both light, happy stories and also dark, not so fairytale like stories. As far as Frankenweenie is concerned, this idea is apparently not working. What do you think? Do you enjoy Tim Burton’s movies? Why or why not? Do you feel that Disney should associate themselves with Tim Burton? Why or why not? Please post your comments below or E-mail us at admin@beyondthecastleblog.com with your thoughts. For now though, as always, have a magical day!

To DVC or To Not DVC?

October 5th, 2012

Hello Disney lovers. One of Disney’s biggest money makers is arguably the Disney Vacation Club. This club isĀ  Disney’s answer to a vacation timeshare. Just like any other timeshare, you pay for a certain amount of points you can use for your next vacation. However, is it really worth enrolling over just simply booking a yearly vacation? Let’s look at the benefits and disadvantages of becoming a Disney Vacation Club member. People often think that when you are a Disney Vacation Club member, you can only go to Walt Disney World and use your points there. This simply is not true. Once you become a member, you can spend your points on trips all around the world. You can anywhere from South Carolina to Costa Rica and everywhere in between. You see, Disney has special resorts set up specifically designed for the Vacation Club members. I think this gives members a sense of exclusiveness that you can rarely find with any other timeshare package. Plus, every vacation spot has that special Disney touch. This makes enrolling worth it to some people. On top of that somehow, the points you pay are less than an actual vacation. I’m not exactly sure how that works, but I’ll take Disney’s word for it. I feel unfortunately the advantages stop there. One of the biggest disadvantages to becoming a member is that if you want to use your points on a stay at Walt Disney World, it would only be worth your money to spend them at a Deluxe resort such as Old Key West or Wilderness Lodge. I feel this limits you tremendously as far as where you can stay. If I were to become a member, I would make sure I could use my points effectively at Port Orleans Riverside, which is my favorite resort. At the present time though, that would not be cost effective. Another big disadvantage is the maintenance fee issue. Even if you are not going on vacation and using your points, you have to pay a monthly maintenance fee or your timeshare will be foreclosed. This would mean you would have to go on vacation in order to make the timeshare worth the price you are paying for it. Based on these facts, would you ever consider becoming a Disney Vacation Club member? Why or why not? If you are already a Disney Vacation Club member, do you feel it is worth the investment? Why or why not? Please post your comments below or E-mail us at admin@beyondthecastleblog.com with your thoughts. For now though, as always, have a magical day!

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