Tony Baxter: A Journey into Imagination

ThemeParkRider presents “Tony Baxter: A Journey into Imagination,” a mini-documentary exploring the career of the legendary Disney Imagineer. Tony is best known as the man behind some of Disney’s greatest attractions like Big Thunder mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain, as well as the creation of Disneyland Paris. His contributions to the Disney theme parks are undeniably imaginative and worth celebrating.

Pop Century Review

The large Pop sign is indicative of the theming of Value Resorts at Walt Disney World

Disney’s Pop Century is a Value Resort themed to the evolution of pop culture throughout the decades. In comparison to the three All-Star resorts, most people agree that this resort is a step up, both in quality and in theme. In this review we’ll explore the amenities and features that Pop Century has to offer, and I’ll discuss some of the specific experiences that I had on my last trip.

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Updated: Planning a Disney Vacation

The four Disney park icons: Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth, the Tree of Life, and the Tower of Terror.

There’s a lot that goes into planning a Walt Disney World vacation: park tickets, hotels, dining reservations, crowds, park hopping, airfare, packing, transportation, MagicBands, FastPasses… the list goes on! Yet many people neglect to put the proper time and effort into planning their vacation, and as a result the quality of their vacation suffers. After all, you’re going to be spending a lot of money, you want the best deal you can get, right?

Don’t worry! I’m here to walk you through the process and make it as painless as possible. Planning a Walt Disney World vacation can be tremendously rewarding, and almost as fun as the vacation itself (I said almost, okay?) Whether it’s your first visit or you’re considering trying again with the next generation, assuring that you spend enough time on the details can make the difference between another average vacation and the most exciting adventure of your life.

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Is Disney Building Too Much Too Quickly?

TPR Fort Wilderness Dock

Rumors have been circulating recently about a Disney Vacation Club project planned to occupy the site of the former River Country water park. Although I’m pleased to see this area in consideration for some much-needed attention, I have some concerns about the final result.

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Port Orleans Riverside Review

Photo of Port Orleans Riverside Dock

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside is a Moderate resort themed to the rural ports of the Deep South. The standard rooms here are the most costly of any of the moderate resorts on property, but most people agree that Riverside offers a more elegant and illustrious experience that is more on par with what that of the Deluxe resorts. In this review I’ll list all of the resort’s amenities and features as well as provide what I believe are the best selling points. Although Riverside is one of my personal favorites, it is not without flaw – I’ll get into those too.

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Nine Dragons Restaurant Review

Nine Dragons restaurant lights

Nine Dragons is the table service restaurant at Epcot’s China Pavilion. After so many years of marching to another pavilion and neglecting to eat here, Katie and I finally decided to see what it had to offer. To be completely honest, our experience was slightly underwhelming.

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Art of Animation Review

Cozy Cone Motel Art of Animation

Disney’s Art of Animation is a bit of a mixed bag (of good things!) relative to the other resorts. Of the Value resorts, it is priced the highest to the point where I barely consider it a Value resort at all. Depending on your needs, your perceptions of the value (no pun intended) for what the resort offers may vary. In this review, I’ll discuss the various room types and features Art of Animation has to offer, as well as my personal take on whether it’s worth it. I’m also constantly going to compare it with the other Value Resorts, if only because it is by far the most unique in the category.

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Diegetic Sound

TPR POC WDW Town

In life, whether you’re watching a Broadway Show, a live band, or your favorite action film, one of the most unappreciated aspects is the sound design. Generally, the audience only notices it when something goes wrong (I bet you weren’t really thinking about the singer’s microphone until you heard that horrible screeching feedback). In this article, I will discuss the use of diegetic sound in Disney rides – more specifically, within the music soundtrack of the rides.

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