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Bill “Sully” Sullivan: Disneyways Magical Spotlights: Disney Luminaries

Published July 17, 2019 by Disneyways.com

Disneyways Magical Spotlights: Disney Luminaries ~  Bill “Sully” Sullivan

He spent almost 40 years with the company, starting as a ticket-taker on the Jungle Cruise in 1955 and ending his career as Vice President of the Magic Kingdom in 1994. You can get his book and learn all about him in detail, by clicking below on our affiliate link.

From Jungle Cruise Skipper to Disney Legend 40 Years of Magical Memories at Disney

My first selfie with Disney Legend Bill “Sully” Sullivan taken in 2014

After studying architecture in the 1950s, Sully actually got his first job in the aircraft industry. But then, after tuning in to ABC’s live broadcast of Disneyland’s opening and dedication, he made a decision that would change his life forever.
On Sunday, July 17, 1955, William “Sully” Sullivan was tuned in to ABC-TV. “I watched the opening ceremonies for Disneyland. The following Saturday I went down and applied for a job. “Monday I quit Northrop Aircraft, and Tuesday I reported to work as a ticket-taker at the Jungle Cruise.” Sully was just 19 years old at the time.

As he worked at the Jungle Cruise for nearly three years, Bill earned the title of “jungle bunny”—an unofficial name given to the attraction’s hosts in the ’50s. This experience gave him the opportunity to move around the park, rising through the ranks of park operations and supervising various attractions.

In fact, Bill helped pull off some of the most historic events in Disney history. Bill soon earned a place on the opening team for the 1960 Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, for which Walt Disney served as chairman of pageantry.

What did Bill think of the man, Walt Disney?

“Walt was a really warm individual,” Sully remembered fondly. “He had a great sense of humor, and he loved people. He was an executive, but not what you perceive as an ‘executive.’ He was a real team guy.”

A few years later, he became assistant manager for the groundbreaking Disney attractions at the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair and eventually helped with several famous Disney film premieres. Examples include the premiers for Mary Poppins at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (1964) and The Happiest Millionaire at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre (1967).

Sully also helped develop the world’s largest private construction project – two times! But first, he moved to Orlando in 1969. From here, the construction plans began for the park’s opening day in 1971. Sully spent several years assisting with the preparation and opening of Walt Disney World, which was the world’s largest private construction effort until the development of EPCOT Center a decade later. For Epcot, Sully coordinated operational design input and installation of owner-furnished equipment as as director of PICO (Project Installation and Coordination Office) and, after Epcot opened in 1982, he served as director of park operations. The two largest construction projects in the world, and Sully was there…preparing, coordinating, and assisting with it all!

But Sully wasn’t finished yet. In 1987, still working hard and growing his career,  next up he would be named vice president of the Magic Kingdom, and was responsible for operation of the Park. It was a long list of operations including attractions, merchandising, transportation, entertainment, ticket sales, guest relations, costuming, foods, custodial, maintenance, planned work, and even horticulture.

Sully’s contributions have earned him two tributes on Main Street, U.S.A.! He’s got a window on both coasts. One for Disney World and one for Disneyland! In Orlando at Magic Kingdom Park, look for the one that lists him as a charter member of the “Windermere Fraternal Hall.” Bill actually served as Vice President of the Magic Kingdom from 1987 until 1993, during which he oversaw the openings of experiences from Delta Dreamflight and Magic Journeys to Mickey’s Birthdayland and Splash Mountain. In Disneyland, you will find a window on Main Street listing him as Chief Guide of “Sully’s Safaris & Guide Service” (a reference to his first role at Disneyland.)

Sully retired in 1993 after 38 years with Disney, and without a single regret. “If I had to do it all over,” he said, “I’d do it all again tomorrow.” He would be named a Disney Legend in 2005.

If You Like Disney Music – You Won’t Want To Miss This!

Published May 1, 2019 by Disneyways.com

Find out what the buzz is all about! We’ve got the scoop for you here at Disneyways! You’ve seen it featured on major Disney Fan sites such as WDW Hints, WDW Magazine, City Surfing Orlando, and many more! Rave reviews from all major Disney influencers and talk show hosts are online now – for Peter Alden’s Kingdom Classics CD. If you don’t have this album for your Disney music collection – keep on reading to find out how to get yours!

Get ready for Classic Disney songs, with a retro rock vibe and your Disney hits with a Rock n Roll Twist!

Peter Alden captures the ‘classic’ feel of the golden age of rock and fuses it into some of your favorite Disney classics!!

Check out the demo video:

So who is the man behind the music? Thanks to all the coverage in the press, Disney fans who thought he was new on the scene, quickly found out that Peter Alden is a singer with a long and rich Disney history! He was a guest star on an episode of the Mickey Mouse Club TV show. He is proud to be an MGM Studios opening day cast member, a former Jungle Cruise Skipper, Backlot Tour team driver and “friend” of the Rocketeer! Currently, he resides full time in Orlando, right near the heart of Walt Disney World.

His performance career and resume are outstanding. He makes his living as a full time performer, and is a classically trained vocalist with “a voice like velvet.” When he’s not singing songs from Kingdom Classics, he performs everything from country to pop, while specializing in the golden era of rock n roll. He has a background in musical theater productions has worked for years to perfect his performance, in all ways – from vocal styling to mannerisms, from costuming to stage presence. In addition, his charm, sense of humor, and down to earth personality has endeared him to audiences everywhere. Peter has performed to acclaim across the country and in many parts of the world including Wales, Beijing, Mexico, Singapore, Vancouver, and Puerto Rico. He effortlessly combines his beautiful 5 octave vocal range with an energetic execution of well-selected repertoire.

The next time you visit Florida to visit the Disney Parks, make sure you check Pete’s schedule to see if he’s in town. You can find his appearances listed monthly on his Facebook Fan Page and his website. If you hit the timing just right – you can experience for yourself how Peter Alden has won the hearts of so many, and thoroughly entertained crowds around the globe with his exceptional performances!

Here’s a little known Disneyways treasure – just for you! If you don’t want to leave Disney property – you can hire Peter Alden to perform a private concert in the location of your choice. Send an email to PeterAldenTeam@gmail.com for more information. It’s a great way to celebrate a birthday, or any special occasion! But don’t take my word for it. Ask Disney fan Beatrice Denis, who hired Pete to perform his tribute to Elvis at her Disney wedding inside a grand villa suite in Disney’s Bay Lake Tower! You can see the album of photos HERE.

HERE’S HOW TO GET YOUR KINGDOM CLASSICS ALBUM!

Download online at CD Baby: HERE

Download online on iTunes: HERE

In store or online at TD Collectibles HERE

For a physical copy send $15 plus $5 shipping to Peter Alden’s Paypal Account: HERE

Physical copies on CD can also be ordered by emailing PeterAldenTeam (at) gmail.com

*Full Disclosure: Krista Joy is the founder of Disneyways.com and will directly benefit from sales of this album. You can read more about the relationship at Disneyways.com/Connect*

Get to Know Author and Grand Marshal Coordinator: Dean Gaschler

Published July 28, 2017 by Disneyways.com

It’s been said that if you love Disney World – you will love this book!! These words were spoken by none other than Lee Cockerell former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort – so you know they must be true!!

Originally from Kansas, Dean Gaschler migrated to Florida via Colorado to work for The Walt Disney Company (Walt Disney World / Magic Kingdom Park) in 1991. It all began in The Harmony Barber Shop just off of Main Street USA. Seven years into it all, he was asked to become the Grand Marshal Coordinator for the daily Parade in The Magic Kingdom. The remaining 14 years of his Disney career were spent creating and sharing magic with thousands of Parade Grand Marshal Guests that he selected. Order his books for an inside look, stories and more from Disney’s Grand Marshal Coordinator.

Book One “I Led The Parade!” is available on DeanGaschler.com (get the book personalized for yourself or a loved one – autographed by Dean for FREE by ordering this way!) and Book Two “Main Street Memories” is available on Amazon and at Theme Park Press

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Check out our live interview with Dean to learn more about his NEW book – Main Street Memories!

Disney in August 2017 ~ Meetups and More

Published July 25, 2017 by Disneyways.com

No matter if you live near Disney World in Orlando, or not, why not join us for one or more of these fun events? No park admission required – and open to EVERYONE! Coming in August 2017!

Join me at www.facebook.com/WDWMagazine/ at noon on Thursday August 3rd for a tour of Art of Animation Resort! THAT’S RIGHT! No matter where you are in the world you can watch this tour and chat with me LIVE from your mobile device or PC! Once again the fantastic people at WDW Magazine are allowing me to take over their page to bring you this fantastic tour! Join us and participate in the conversation as we walk through the lobby and so much more! Details and more on Disney’s Art of Animation Resort can be found HERE.

Join me at www.facebook.com/WDWMagazine/ at 2pm Eastern on Thursday August 3rd for a tour of Disney’s Pop Century Resort! THAT’S RIGHT! No matter where you are in the world you can watch this tour and chat with me LIVE from your mobile device or PC! Once again the fantastic people at WDW Magazine are allowing me to take over their page to bring you this fantastic tour! Join us and participate in the conversation as we walk through the lobby and so much more! Details and more on Pop Century can be found HERE.

Open to the public!! You do not have to be a guest of the Polynesian – just let the guard know you are meeting some friends at the bar – and join us for a Lapu Lapu – or just order water or soda! See you at the Tambu Lounge inside Disney’s Polynesian Resort at 4pm to 6pm on Thursday August 3rd!! Check out the facebook event page HERE. You never know – we might have goodies, prizes, perhaps even a Disney celebrity show up – so don’t miss it!! Click HERE to see a Menu and more for Tambu Lounge

7-23-17 Disneyways.com on Facebook Live: An Interview with author Dean Gaschler

Published July 24, 2017 by Disneyways.com

It is Sunday July 23rd at 4pm eastern Walt Disney World Time WELCOME to Disneyways dot com on facebook live! We are bringing you Disney dreams, hints, secrets and more from the heart of the magic! I am your host and founder of Disneyways.com – born raised and still living in Orlando Florida, Krista Joy, and tonight we have info on a FREE Disney vacation being given away by Big Ears Adventures.com, Disney Happenings with JR – and a VERY special in PERSON INTERVIEW with author and former cast member DEAN GASCHLER, who was grand marshal coordinator at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for over 14 years!

July 23, 2017

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Also sponsored in part by Peter Alden’s Kingdom Classics! Classic Disney songs, with a retro rock vibe!! Peter Alden captures the ‘classic’ feel of the golden age of rock and fuses it into some of your favorite Disney classics!! Download your copy at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/peteralden and help support us here at Disneyways on Facebook live!!

 

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic 2017

Published March 29, 2017 by Disneyways.com

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will return for its eighth year Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, 2017 with exciting new dishes debuting alongside returning festival favorites. Fans can now visit http://www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com to view the 2017 food menu as well as book overnight packages and purchase tickets.

Highlights of the 2017 menu include featured items from the hotel’s signature restaurants: Kobe beef mini burgers with truffle aioli, Applewood smoked bacon and roma tomato chutney from The Fountain; seared Yellowfin Tuna salad from Todd English’s bluezoo; ricotta gnocchi with wild mushrooms, baby spinach and fennel sausage from Il Mulino Trattoria and oven-roasted beef ribeye with mashed potatoes and sauce bordelaise from Shula’s Steakhouse. Returning dishes include the popular dragon sushi roll from Kimonos and fish ‘n’ chips with sea salt and vinegar potato chips from Garden Grove.

Also returning this year will be Carnival Corner and Chinatown, offering specialty cuisine in immersive themed areas, as well as the Sunday Bubbles Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 29. Original dessert offerings will once again be served by World Champion Pastry Chef Laurent Branlard. For a full list of current menu offerings, please visit http://www.swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com/eat/menu/all.html.

The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic offers guests unlimited tastings at more than 50 stations featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wine from more than 30 wineries amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway. Upgraded ticket options allow guests to enjoy access to a beer garden featuring a wide selection of craft beers and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine. The event also includes hands-on seminars with the hotel’s chefs and certified beverage experts.

Overnight and multiple-night package options are available for the eighth-annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic and can be booked by phone at 1-888-828-8850:

· One-night packages start at $424, and include room accommodations and two tickets to the outdoor festival (seminar tickets and beer garden tickets may be added for an additional fee)
· Two-night packages start at $824, and include room accommodations and two tickets to the outdoor festival for both nights (seminar tickets and beer garden tickets may be added for an additional fee)

Individual ticket options are also available for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic and can be purchased at http://www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com (pricing is inclusive of tax and service fees):

· Advance-purchase, event-only tickets to enjoy unlimited tastings on the causeway are $115 per person
· Upgraded tickets, including unlimited tastings on the causeway and access to the beer garden, are $140 per person

With 17 restaurants and lounges, and a distinguished culinary and beverage team, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel continually earns national recognition for its food and beverage program. The hotel features more than 70 certified wine sommeliers and 1,400 wine selections.

For the latest information about the event, guests can visit http://www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com, like http://www.facebook.com/swananddolphin or call 1-800-227-1500.

 

Disney Cruise Line 101 ~ by Guest Author Kendra Trump

Published March 3, 2016 by fromfirstkisstorockingchairs

Disney Cruise Line 101 by Guest Author Kendra Trump

Disney does cruising! The Disney Cruise Line has a fleet of 4 magnificent ships, the Wonder, Magic, Dream and Fantasy. Aboard each of these ships is a fun-filled, magical, experience just waiting for you and your family. Disney knows how to keep guests happy no matter if it’s on land or sea. Disney Cruise Line is a way to enjoy a luxurious vacation with the whole family.

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Disney Dream docked at Castaway Cay

Disney definitely puts a spin on cruising, the design of the ships will have you reminiscing of sailing times from days gone by. The clean sleek lines, colors, and beautiful boats will capture your attention the first time you see them. The ships have 3 pools, a splash zone, the Dream and Fantasy have a water roller coaster slide onboard called the AquaDuck, sports area where you can enjoy a game of basketball, shuffleboard, and a jogging track, exquisite spas, clubs, movie theaters, and beautiful theaters that produce Broadway style shows at sea! There is something for everyone onboard a Disney ship. (One thing you will not find onboard is a casino.)

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AquaDuck- Water slide onboard the Disney Dream

Aboard the 4 ships are areas for every age young and old. Nurseries for your little ones who aren’t potty-trained as well as a splash zone for those still in swim diapers, diapers swim or regular are strictly not allowed in any of the pools. Amazing kids clubs that make me wish I was a child myself, with fun age appropriate activities. Tween and Teen only clubs, which will keep your older children so happy you will want to know what they did with your real teenagers! And of course the elusive adult-only areas, (spa, pool, hot tub, bar, quiet areas, and adult only dining experiences) yes even though it is Disney there are areas where adults can be adults where no children can be seen or heard.

Worried about keeping track of all the activities onboard or where your children/spouse may be? Don’t be, (2) Wave phones (think cruise cellphones) can be found in each room which allows you to stay in contact while onboard. Personal Navigator newsletters are delivered to your stateroom every evening so you can keep track of all the fun activities onboard and at the port of calls, as well as where and when characters will be meeting! There’s an app for that too, be sure to download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App to keep you up to date on the happenings of the ship as well!

Not only has Disney outdone themselves on the general areas, the staterooms are top of the line as well, in size and features. Disney’s standard staterooms are some of the largest at sea right now with innovative storage areas to make the most of every square inch in your stateroom. They also have split bathrooms in select categories of rooms, meaning Mom can relax in a hot shower after a day of fun at sea without being interrupted because someone has to “go!”

Aboard the Disney ships you will participate in rotational dining so everyone has the opportunity to enjoy all the restaurants aboard the ships at dinner time. A part of rotational dining is keeping the same server each night, they will start to remember your drink orders and have them ready for you before you arrive if you are a habitual person like myself 😉 Not interested in participating in the main dining option? You are more than welcome to enjoy a quick service meal or the same food everyone else is enjoying in a less time constricted manner at one of the buffets aboard the ship.  Dinner’s not the only time for amazing food experiences onboard, be sure to come back soon for an article all about dining with Disney Cruise Line, it really does deserve its own limelight!

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Even the chairs are part of the fun at Animator’s Palate restaurant!

Disney may have an amazing fleet of ships, but they also have their own private island, Castaway Cay, which is definitely the cherry on top of this magical experience. Castaway Cay is an island about midway between the Bahamas and Florida. It is the perfect island experience, beautiful water, pristine beaches, and of course Disney magic! The island is set up much like the ship with areas for kids, teens, families, and adults only. Bonus Tip: For an extra magical souvenir for loved ones or yourself, Castaway Cay has a Post Office on site where you can mail a postcard or letter with the exclusive Castaway Cay postage mark. You will arrive home well before your letter does so this is a nice idea for when you are feeling “homesick” for the islands and want a pretty reminder to magically appear in the mail. The post office does only accept cash, so bring along some small bills when you disembark the ship!

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Mail a note from paradise at the Castaway Cay Post Office!

Disney Cruise Lines is a magical vacation for the whole family, stay tuned for more exciting information about sailing the high seas with Disney!

kendraKendra Trump is a busy mama who loves to travel! With countless trips to Disney Destinations under her belt she found her true passion for helping people experience the magic of travel as a consultant with Simple Luxuries Travel. Kendra currently resides in Northern Virginia, with high hopes of moving to Castaway Cay one day soon! You can follow her blog from first kiss to rocking chairs for more travel fun.

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