Haunted Mansion – Issue 1

Earlier this month, Marvel Comics released the first issue of the new Haunted Mansion mini-series. This will be the latest installment in the Disney Kingdoms line which tells stories inspired by a variety of Disney Parks, even drawing from concepts that never made it to the public. Over five issues, author Joshua Williamson and artist Jorge Coelho will take us inside the doors of one of Disney’s most beloved attractions.

Haunted Mansion #1 Review

Haunted Mansion Issue #1 Cover

As you can tell by the cover, the Disneyland version is used for the exterior. With the two rides being nearly identical in content, this should not affect the enjoyment by anyone only familiar with the Walt Disney World version.

BEWARE FOOLISH MORTALS! SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Customer Service – Ups and Downs in Disney Parks

We have had an interesting week here at Still Small World. Though we love talking Disney, we’re a relatively normal couple living a mostly average life. This, unfortunately, includes having to deal with some awful customer service. This week each of us were faced with some terrible service from companies that are supposed to help us make our lives run smoother. Through our frustration we really started to miss the customer service we receive at Walt Disney World. The bright smiles and infectious cheeriness of cast members on Disney property can set the tone for our interactions before we even say a word but, since they are just human after all, that doesn’t mean they’re without the occasional hiccups. Today I wanted to discuss some of our best and worst customer service moments at Walt Disney World, and how we dealt with them.

Our Worst Moments of Customer Service

Inattentive Cast Members – Most of our poor customer service in the parks really just stems from being ignored by employees. On the bright side, it happens pretty rarely. On the down side, as frequent visitors it is bound to happen. With the amount of cast members that interact with the public in Walt Disney World, it would be a near miraculous feat for every one of them to have a 100% positive interaction rate. Most issues are pretty minor, such as a couple of cast members having a conversation about their post-shift plans while we were waiting to be acknowledged. One serious incident did occur at the Haunted Mansion: a member of our party, in a wheelchair, had made the difficult transfer to get in the ride. However, when we reached the end the same cast member was no longer there and no one came to assist us off. Luckily, they were able to handle the walkway and nothing bad happened. For most of these issues, we forgive and forget and move on.

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Beat the Heat At Walt Disney World

To most of the country, and a good part of the world, Florida is known for theme parks and a warm climate. Being unprepared for the weather can really burn your Walt Disney World vacation. So we put together some ways you can beat the heat on your Spring Break or Summer vacation. With these tips, you can fight against nasty burns, frustrated meltdowns, and even some health emergencies.

Beat the Heat Tips

Wear Light Clothing And Comfortable Shoes!

Beat the Heat With Comfy Custom Shirts

This is the easiest and best way to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the day. A good pair of breathable, comfortable shoes can make all the difference. Lightweight clothing can keep you from feeling weighed down as the day goes on. If you want to add a little Disney to your park attire, consider using printable transfers to add your favorite characters to comfy shirts.

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Disneyland – The Original TV Special

One of Walt Disney’s greatest accomplishments is in the creation of Disneyland. The park, once considered “Disney’s Folly” and expected to fail, has now reached its 60th anniversary. Over the past year, there have been a variety of celebrations inside the park and out. Just this past weekend, a much anticipated commemorative special aired on ABC under the banner of The Wonderful World of Disney. Appropriate, since The Wonderful World of Disney series once had a different name: Walt Disney’s Disneyland.

Of course, over the last six decades more than just the name of Disney’s flagship show has changed. The celebration of Disneyland’s anniversary ended up having more in common with a modern Radio Disney special than the show that first introduced us to the park. So, today, we’re going to go back in time and look at the very first Disneyland special, airing nearly 9 months before the park gates opened. Courtesy of the limited edition Walt Disney Treasures set.

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