Seeing The Stuff That Only Disney Cast Members Are Usually Supposed To Be Able To See

Disney parks have always had a bit of mystery to them, and that’s done on purpose. Using terminology from the concept of “putting on a show,” the areas that customers (called “guests”) can see is called “on stage” and anything that’s behind the scenes or areas that guests can’t otherwise see, is called “backstage.” For decades, only Disney employees (called “cast members” [CMs]) could go and see backstage or views that guests would never have access to, but over time, things (read: rules, adherence to same, and technology) have changed and, for better or for worse, guests can see stuff like this:

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How DO The Fountains at The Bellagio Work, Anyway?

If you’ve gone to Las Vegas in the past decade or two, you’ve undoubtedly seen the famous, iconic fountains in front of the resort, luxury hotel and casino called the Bellagio. Running every 15 to 30 minutes depending on season and time and day of the week, the fountains have enthralled visitors since the hotel’s opening in (are you ready to feel really old?) 1998. The fountains have been there for almost 20 years – have you ever wondered how they work?

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Here’s Your Chance To WIN TRAVEL! YMMV Travel Contests & Sweepstakes: March 23, 2019

Happy Saturday, travel friends! This weekly list will include travel-related contests and sweepstakes we’ve found. Eligibility will vary and it’s up to you to determine if you’re eligible, as well as to enter. Good luck!

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Looking For The Best Southern BBQ? One Of The Top Three Is Just Outside Walt Disney World!

Southern Living Magazine has been posting an annual contest of “The Best” (The best restaurant, inn, beach town, chef, hotel, etc.) for years and their list of “The South’s Best BBQ Joints” since 2011. The magazine’s readers play a part in voting and unlike some online popularity contests, the results are carefully screened and reviewed by the third party research firm, GBH Insights.

ANY BBQ place in the Top Ten is sure to be amazing but unless you make a special trip to, say, St. Simons Island, GA or Lexington, NC, you’re probably going to miss some great ‘cue. Well, that isn’t a problem this year because the Southern BBQ voted #3 for 2019 is just a hop, skip and a jump from Walt Disney World…

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All About The Disney PeopleMover That’s At A U.S. Airport

If you’ve been to Walt Disney World since 1975, or at Disneyland between 1967 and 1995, you may have been on the PeopleMover. Sometimes called the Goodyear PeopleMover, WEDWay PeopleMover or TTA PeopleMover it was a spin-off of the Ford Magic Skyway attraction that Disney developed for the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens, New York. It was a popular attraction at the Fair, so a similar version of it was built at Disneyland a couple of years after the Fair closed. After Walt Disney World opened, another similar version was designed and built.

Over the years, PeopleMover-style vehicle systems were introduced in different parts of the country, specifically at airports, since their design worked so well in those types of environments – they could bring people and their luggage from Point A to B to C and so on, and could start, run and stop without a conductor. Chicago-O’Hare’s Airport Transit System (which is down for renovations through the end of 2019) and both Orlando and Tampa International Airports, among many others, have their own versions of PeopleMovers, although they’re not the versions that Disney built. There’s only one airport that holds that distinction.

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