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13 Practical Ways to Use Your Camera On Your Disney Vacation

Published July 29, 2013 by

Your digital and cell phone cameras are great for capturing memories of your Disney vacation. In addition to recording all the fun you’re having, did you know there are many practical uses them as well? Here are some good and creative tips on how to use your camera to enhance your next trip even more!


1. Use your digital camera to take photos of any scratches or dents on your rental car when you pick it up. The couple of minutes it takes to snap the pictures can save you a lot of time and money if there is any question about the condition of the car when you return it.

2. A bright image on your camera or cell phone gives just enough extra light to read menus in any dark Disney restaurants that you may dine in.

3. Snap a picture of your luggage. Also, if you take photos of it’s contents – there are double benefits. If the airline loses or damages your luggage you will have an image to show them what it looks (or looked) like. This can be especially important if you packed anything valuable. Got that nagging feeling that you forgot to pack something important? Just take a look at your photos to either ease your mind, or plan ahead if you know you are going to need to buy an extra upon arrival.

4. Take a picture of your rental car license plate so you can tell it from all the others when you are ready to leave. While you’re at it – snap a photo of your row and section in the Disney parking lot! That way, even if you forget it later – you have a reminder.

Lightning McQueen

Lightning McQueen

5. Take the media card out of your digital camera and write your cell phone number and/or your email address on it. That way if you lose your camera or phone – you will have a better chance of getting it returned to you.

6. Is the print too small on your Tables in Wonderland or Annual Pass booklet? Take a photo of the words with your phone and zoom in on that fine print! It works just like a magnifying glass. 

Tables in Wonderland TIW

7. Prescription medicines can sometimes have long names, different dosages and milligrams of strength. If you take more than one – it can be extra tough to remember all the details. Take a photo of the labels to keep on your phone or camera. This can come in handy if you need to replace the medication or tell someone what it is.

8.Take a photo of all your dining reservations, tours, spa appointments, that you wrote down while planning your trip! That way you aren’t carrying extra paper or notes that could get wet and unreadable after a ride on Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids.


9. Are you in love with that new wine you tasted while on your Disney vacation? Take a photo of the label so you can remember what it was after you get home. Taking pictures of your food when it’s served will also remind you of why you want to return to that same restaurant again.

10. Write or print your name and contact information on a piece of paper. Snap a clear photo of the paper and then use the features on the camera to lock it on the memory card so it can’t be easily erased. If your camera is lost this will increase your chances of having it returned to you.

11, Take a picture your tickets and passes, being sure to include the barcode. This takes away some of the worry if you leave it in a  FastPass machine. Show the picture to Guest Services and they can issue you a replacement ticket.


12. Take a photo of each of your children in the outfit they are wearing for the day. You can also dress them alike. In the unlikely event that they get separated from you, you’ll be able to show a Cast Member what your kid looks like and what they are wearing that day.

13. Here’s a fun money saving tip: If you see something that you just can’t live without, take a photo of it (as well as the store name) instead of buying it right away. Then later, maybe even on the last day of your trip, if you still think that Mickey figurine or hat really needs to come home with you, you can buy it then.


I hope these tips will help you make the most of your magical vacation! What tips do you have to share about using you camera at Disney?

On Track with Test Track

Published August 28, 2012 by

NEW INFO as of October 2012! Click here to learn more!

“Late Fall” is the time frame for Test Track to return. Don’t you love it when Disney gets specific?

Walt Disney Imagineering’s Melissa Jeselnick revealed more details about Test Track through a Q&A chat session posted Monday on the Disney Parks Blog.

Here are some things Melissa had to say about what we can expect.

Remaining the same:

•Ride vehicles. They are “still the same physical ride that our guests know and love,” Melissa says. “You’ll ride in our sim car.”

•Track layout. The indoor-then-outdoor nature of the attraction continues, including the 65 mph stretch.

•Queue workarounds. Both FastPass and single-rider line will be available again for Test Track. YAY!

Expect these to be updated:

•Marquee. Test Track will have a new look upon approach in Future World.

•Queue. The pre-show area will be totally rehabbed, with a theme that is “changing from testing to design,” Jeselnick says.  On display will be “actual items, sketches, cars, models from GM that have never been seen before by anyone outside the Chevrolet family,” she says.

•Music. The soundtrack will be futuristic and have sound effects. (To me, the thing looks like something from Tron. It seems the music may sound like Tron too!)

Here’s what will be totally different:

We will get a chance to virtually create a “dream vehicle” using interactive kiosks. Whether this is done individually or as a group, the new creation(s) will be graded against the standard sim car (the vehicles we actually ride in as we know them).  When you get to the slide show at the bottom, look for the photo with the dials.   We get to choose from factors such as capability, efficiency, responsiveness, power and speed. The actual ride will be the same, only now you get to see who makes the best “dream vehicle” in comparison to the sim car.

The post-show will kick off with a scoring opportunity, not just with the guests in our car, but guests throughout the day. (Think Toy Story Ride ending) From there, we’ll move into other opportunities to interact with our design. The show room space will still be there with the Chevrolet cars, and we’ll have our own photo ops with different concept cars.

Why the changes? Melissa told us car design has moved into a digital realm, and now Test Track will reflect that move. Test Track is one of my favorite attractions. I have a feeling it will stay that way. How about you?

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Tables in Wonderland Event at the Tusker House in September – No Park Admission Required!

Published August 1, 2012 by

Tables in Wonderland – Special Events for September 2012

Things to note about the new process:

Prior to Monday August 6, the website will not be available.

Your credit card is charged at the time of booking and you will receive an immediate confirmation email.

Things to note about this event:

The event is limited to 40 Guests, and is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.  Park admission not required.

Tables in Wonderland

Restaurant Event at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park®

“Elephants & Bees” at the Tusker House Restaurant

Saturday September 8, 2012 at 6:30pm

Dress Code:  Resort Casual

$110 per person, including tax and gratuity

Guest Speaker: Joseph Soltis, Ph.D, Research Scientist

Joseph Soltis received his Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from UCLA in 1996 and arrived at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2003. Since then he has been investigating the social behavior and vocal communication system of the African elephant, both at the Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, and in the Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya. Joseph works on ways to reduce human-elephant conflict that benefit both elephants and people.

Welcome Reception

Chef’s Selection of passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Graham Beck Brut Rosé Sparkling

Amuse Bouche

Sweet Chili Shrimp Cocktail with Mango Foam and Guava Nectar

Springfield Estate Wild Yeast Chardonnay, Robertson

Salad Course

Roasted Golden Beet and Watermelon Salad with Goat Cheese, Arugula, Dual Balsamic Drizzle and Black Lava Salt

Edgebaston The Honey Pot White Blend, Stellenbosch

Fish Course

Seared Lake Perch in a Saffron-Tomato Broth

Paul Cluver Pinot Noir, Elgin

Main Course

Tamarind-glazed Lamb Chops, Sweet Potato Puree, Rainbow Chard

and a Peppered Honey Gastrique

De Toren Z Bordeaux Blend, Stellenbosch


Flamed African Honey Beehive Cake on Amarula Cream

Fairview La Beryl Blanc Chenin Blanc, Paarl

For reservations, please note our new process:  Please visit the following website for self-booking and instant confirmation.

The website will go live and begin taking reservations on Monday August 6, 2012 at 10:00am.

When you go to the website please have the following information ready:

Tables in Wonderland Ticket Number, starting with the W

First and Last Name of everyone in your party (you may purchase up to 10 tickets)

Home address

Phone number

Credit Card Number

Billing Address of the Credit CardPersonal

Email Address

Food Allergies (if any)

Aren’t you glad you used Dial?

Published April 10, 2012 by

Remember those old soap commercials that asked, “Aren’t you glad you used Dial? Don’t you wish everybody did?” See the commercial here.

If you have ever been on a Disney bus packed like a sardine can full of tourists – then you will appreciate this. Disney is testing articulated 112 person capacity busses for resort guest transportation*. I think that means if you were on Disney property today, you might just be able to see and ride on one, The bad news is, they tested something similar back in the early ‘90’s and it apparently didn’t work out. So, I’m crossing my fingers things will go better this time. In the meantime, I am stockpiling my Dial soap for the hot summer season.

Disney goes anime?

Published April 5, 2012 by

Check out this quick commercial for Tokyo Disney Resort.

It doesn’t look very Disney, does it? Thre is a reason for that. Japanese anime studio Madhouse was hired by Disney to create this spot.

Madhouse is known for Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. (I have no idea what these are by my kid might!)

I just thougth is was cool to see something “Disney” that is so far from the usual animation style. Guess what else?

Madhouse also handled the animation duties for Stitch!, the anime version of Lilo & Stitch. If someone can find a video of THAT I’d love to see it!

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