Welcome to the Weekend Update!

Denise nbodyhome Preskitt has another Walt Disney World update for us. Never content to stick around Central Florida, Denise also shares her visit to Disney's Vero Beach. She also sent us a video report on the new beverage dispensers at All Star Sports. Can you believe that your refills will be controlled and limited by an RFID chip embedded in your cup?

MiceChatter Chris Geraci reports on a trip of a lifetime to Disney Studios. The photos are fun and the narrative is well worth reading. We also have some vintage post card images from Ken Eslick over at DisneylandPostcards.net.

Richard Williams and Ian Parkinson end their Oceana cruise with photos from La Coruna, Spain. I can't wait to see where their next adventure will take them!

I am pleased to report that MiceChat/MiceAge will again have a booth at the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 19th - 21st. (By the way, the term "booth" doesn't really do justice to our space at the show, but you will have to stop by to find out what I am talking about!) I'll be spending most of the weekend meeting and greeting all of our great members and readers. Be sure to stop by and say hi!

Denise nbodyhome Preskitt shares a Walt Disney World update

We've had a busy couple of weeks! I've taken thousands of photos of resorts like Vero Beach and the Hilton/Waldorf Astoria Bonnet Creek, along with the parks.

A few Magic Kingdom pictures I took nearly 2 weeks ago:

The monorail heading to the Grand Floridian:

We toured the Hilton and Waldorf Astoria at Bonnet Creek last week, they are amazing hotels that are just steps off of Walt Disney World property! (near Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort) I put up a report on my site, though the Vero Beach photos probably won't go up there until Sunday.

The pool at the Hilton is incredible, with a lazy river that looked very relaxing:

The Hilton's upscale Italian restaurant La Luce by Donna Scala has original chalk artwork that changes every so often:

The coffee shop Muse has these cute cupcakes that look too nice to eat:

Over at the Waldorf, I was quite taken by the broken glass art that is behind the front desk:

We went to Disney's Vero Beach as the guests of a friend for two nights. What a treat!

Our cottage:

Pool and slide:

Here is a tour of the Grand Villa cottage:

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And the pool:

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The beach:

The living room of our cottage:

There are still a few Disney resorts that I haven't stayed at in my life, but not too many - I figured out that I've stayed well over 200 room nights over the last 35 years of going to Walt Disney World. I thought Disney's Vero Beach Resort was very relaxing!

Back at Walt Disney World, a wall went up at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort as a new project starts - rumored and likely to be DVC Villas:

View from the main building:

And at Disney's All Star Sports Resort, the new refillable mug test finally started - and not only mugs, but cups as well. If you buy a drink in a standard cup, you get 4 fills total in an hour, and then the cup is expired.

New levers and monitors on the machines:

The drink was expired after 3 refills:

We shot and narrated a video about the new system:

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And at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, much more color has been added to the main building and Finding Nemo buildings:


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Don't forget to check Denise's regular WDW updates on her website:


MiceChatter Chris Geraci takes a dream trip to Disney Studios
The gates, this is what normally keeps us non-Disney Cast Members out. Not today!

The inspiration for the Earful Tower in Walt Disney World.

Our Phineas and Ferb tour guide explaining how he has fun at work EVERY DAY!

The door to the Disney Archives.

Inside the archives. I could spend several months here. The black books with the white labels, about mid photo, are all the Disney family photo albums (a video of the albums can be seen on the D23 website). This room had an amazing vibe, just knowing that many of these items were from Walt, Roy, and Roy O.

A letter where Walt actually made a notation on, I believe it was in regards to Mary Poppins. Next to it is Walt's Passport.

No introduction needed.

The Disney Theater, I believe Fantasia was premiered here.

In between, Dopey Drive and Mickey Avenue.

Mickey Avenue, points the way to the animation and the amazing cafeteria!

Hats Off!

We're back again with more wonderful images from Ken Eslick's DisneylandPostcards.net. This series takes us back in time to a period between 1956 and 1966, and focuses on Fantasyland.

Produced by H. S. Crocker of San Bruno, California and distributed by Mike Roberts Color Products of Berkeley, California, these cards are copyrighted Walt Disney Productions.

There are 56 cards in this series, not counting the variations, and measure 3-1/2" by 5-1/2".
We hope you'll drop by Ken's world-class site, where besides seeing over 2,000 other cards, you can read the flip side descriptions of the partial set you see here. We can practically guarantee that once you settle in, hours will pass by before you realize it.

Ian and Richard end their adventure in La Coruna

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You'll find Brad's new blog HERE

Might we also suggest that you visit these fine MiceAge/MiceChat attractions:
  • MiceTube - Introducing MiceChat's new channel on YouTube. Kevin Yee and MiceChat Sarah have been uploading entertaining videos weekly, along with many other of your MiceAge and MiceChat favorites.
  • Dateline Disneyland which is packed with great news and photos from the Disneyland Resort.
  • Orlando Parkhopper featuring news and photos from Disney World and Orlando area theme parks.
  • In The Parks offers news, updates and tips from Disneyland and other Southern California offerings.
  • SAMLAND - Your weekly look at some interesting tales from Disney history.
  • MiceDeals - You won't want to miss out on these great deals for Orlando and Anaheim!
  • Brad Chowen Movie Reviews - A fun look at movies old and new.

And that brings us to the end of another week. Our photographers have just enough time to reload their cameras before we see you all again next weekend. Thank you to all of our wonderful readers, and as always, a huge thank you to our amazing team of global photographers, spies, and gossips:

Denise nbodyhome Preskitt (mousesteps.com)
SummerInFL (summerinfl.smugmug.com)
sir clinksalot
Ian Parkinson and Richard Williams
Jack Hollywood 1939 Wixom
Ken Eslick (DisneylandPostcards.net)

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