Reflecting back on 2016’s “Forcibly Remove A Seated Passenger From A Plane So A Staff Member Could Have The Seat” situation with United Airlines, on top of the previous “#Leggingsgate” situation with United Airlines made me think back to a time, not really all that long ago, when passengers weren’t made to feel like profitable cattle with no rights, and when, if something happened that was out of the ordinary and potentially inconveniencing, the airline did everything they could to keep you comfortable and, even if you were not truly happy, at least you knew they had tried their best.
In April 1998, I was still living in Staten Island, NY and was going down to Walt Disney World about 6 times per year – usually for long weekends, but occasionally for a whole week at a time. Newark Airport was my airport of choice to fly down to Orlando and I would usually fly via Continental Airlines or Delta. The week before Easter of 1998, I took a long weekend trip and Continental was my carrier.
I usually would love to stay at Disney for longer than however long my trip at the time was, but in this case, I had some other things going on: Continue reading “That Time When There Was A Problem On My Flight & The Airline Was WONDERFUL About It!”
Sometimes you’re in an airport and wonder, “What the hell is something like THAT doing in an airport?” The iconic 1962 TWA Flight Center at J.F.K. Airport is a great example, especially now that Eero Saarinen’s landmark building is in the midst of being reimagined as a world class hotel.
L.A.X. has another such structure – the Theme Building. Designed in 1959, it was completed and dedicated in 1961. After receiving landmark status in 1993, the building that looks like a giant flying saucer got a $4 million renovation in the mid-1990s, with retro-futuristic interior and electric lighting designed by Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), in preparation for it to open as a restaurant called Encounter in 1997.
Continue reading “The Airport Restaurant Designed By Walt Disney Imagineers”
Way back when, Joe and I were at a time in our lives when we went to just about any Disney-sponsored event that came down the pike (unless it was pirates or princesses. We were never into pirates or princesses). During that time frame, Disney offered a dining program called “Disney’s Dining Experience” where, for $50 a year, you got 20% off your bill at most WDW table-service restaurants (hey, it paid for the tip – and with the cost at some of Disney’s restaurants that could wind up being a pretty penny) and you had the opportunity to dine at some special-made Members Only hard ticket events.
Continue reading “When We Had Dinner Inside WDW’s Haunted Mansion”
It’s the weekend, y’all! HOORAY! Here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:
This week Joe wrote about:
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When EPCOT Center (as it was called then) opened at Walt Disney World in 1982, it promised a glimpse into the future and its World Key Information System was one the newest and user-friendliest technologies available at the time.
Developed in conjunction with the Bell System (which would eventually become AT&T) and Western Electric, guests could walk into a space with multiple kiosks that allowed them to learn about all that the Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow (EPCOT) had to offer, as well as make same-day (SAME DAY!!!) restaurant reservations anywhere on Walt Disney World property, just by touching the screen and following the prompts. Although that seems like simple child’s play nowadays, this was super duper HIGH TECH in 1982 and both fascinating and a little bit intimidating for some, so if something wasn’t quite right, a Guest Services host would appear on the screen and provide assistance as needed.
Here’s an example of what the experience was like:
Continue reading “#TBT: 1984 Video of EPCOT Center’s World Key Information System”