An Abandoned Gold Mine in my Backyard: A Disney inspired Fort

I am going to let you in on a little secret. As a child, I wanted to be a Disney Imagineer. Developing concepts for new attractions that would entertain large crowds of visitors seemed like about the best job there could possibly be. Well, my path took a different direction. But I never did lose that desire to create. Over

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Getting by between meals: A few essentials while at the Disneyland Resort

If you are looking to save a little money, it is a good idea to pack granola bars or other portable snacks before you hit the parks. It is also essential to carry plenty of water. I froze a 16 oz. bottle the night before and had cold water to drink for a good share of the morning, and there

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A Rough Group of Disney Characters

My eldest son is a big Disney fan. So for Christmas I decided bring together some of his favorite characters and draw them side by side. Chris tends to like the the darker personalities from the Disney realm. Drawing #1: Jack Skellington Jack is the protagonist in Tim Burton’s 1993 stop motion animation movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas. WHY: This

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Disneyland Word Search – Attractions

How well do you know the Disneyland attractions? There are 39 of the attractions hidden in the word search puzzle below. See if you can find them all. Horizontal words can be left to right or right to left, vertical words are both top to bottom and from the bottom up. Diagonal words are only found going left to right.

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Disneyland Word Search – Attractions Solution

Did you find all 39 of the Disneyland attractions that were hidden on the word search puzzle on the previous post? If you need to, you can double click on the puzzle solution below and print it out to check how you did. ASTROBLASTERS  ASTROORBITOR  AUTOPIA  BIGTHUNDERMT  CANALBOATS  CANOES  CAPTAINEO  CARROUSEL  CASSEYJR  CASTLE   COLUMBIA  DONALDSBOAT  DUMBO  GOOFYSPLAYHOUSE  HAUNTEDMANSION  INDIANAJONES  JUNGLECRUISE 

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Halloween Diorama with a Disney Twist

My eldest son, Chris, loves Halloween as well as anything Disney related. So, for Christmas a few years ago, I made him a Halloween diorama. Two of the spooky alcoves feature Nightmare Before Christmas scenes, one is inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, another has Mickey and friends running away from a haunted house. The wood and stone

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Faux Campfire–What’s the Disney Connection?

A couple weeks ago I constructed a simulated campfire for an elementary school event. How does this even remotely relate to anything Disney? A fair question. First, this project was an excuse for me to tap into the aspiring imagineer within me, and design as well as build something that takes a small amount of creativity. Yes, I know what

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Chandeliers of Main Street USA

The nice thing about spending several days at the Disneyland Resort is that you can take time to explore some of the less celebrated features of the parks. I am always amazed at how much effort has been spent on minute details within the Disneyland Resort. You just have to stop and look around to see that countless extra touches

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