Our Weekly Recap: 10/15/17 – 10/21/17

Happy Saturday, y’all! Here’s a list of what we posted this week.

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A Modern Day Look at Walt Disney World’s (Abandoned) Discovery Island

Between 1974 and 1999, Discovery Island was an island (duh!) that was open as a hard ticket attraction in Walt Disney World’s Bay Lake, located roughly between the Contemporary Resort Hotel and the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness. The highlight of the island was that guests could observe its many species of animals and birds.  After 25 years of success, it closed to guests shortly after Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened and, a few months later, was virtually abandoned after all the resident animals has been transferred to Animal Kingdom.

I visited Discovery Island as a kid in the 1970s. My memories of it are pretty vague,
partially because it was more years ago than I care to think about, but also because, well,

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Earn up to 4x Chase Ultimate Rewards at Disney Theme Parks

Visiting a Disney theme park is expensive. There aren’t many discounts available so you want to try to maximize the amount of points you get back on the money you’re going to be spending anyway. I was at Disneyland yesterday and was reminded of an easy way to get extra points. I’m really mad at myself that I didn’t think of it right away.

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Visit The Real-Life Garden In Disney’s “101 Dalmatians”

In 1961, 101 Dalmatians, the 17th Disney animated feature film, was released. As per Wikipedia, “the film tells the story of a litter of dalmatian puppies who are kidnapped by the villainous Cruella de Vil, who wants to use their fur to make into coats. Their parents, Pongo and Perdita set out to save their children from Cruella, all the while rescuing 84 additional puppies that were bought in pet shops, bringing the total of dalmatians to 101.”

The story took place in London and in order to base the film on real-life places as much as possible, several famous London spots were included.
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TWO Disney Cruise Contests – Part 2

DISNEY CONTEST #2: SUMMER NIGHTS SWEEPSTAKES

 

The Summer Nights Sweepstakes is sponsored by the Hallmark Channel, where they, “invite you to enter for the chance to win a full and relaxing Disney Cruise Line family vacation to The Bahamas to create magical summer memories!”
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TWO Disney Cruise Line Contests – And Nope, They’re Not Hoaxes!

As I wrote in this post a while back, many contests, sweepstakes and giveaways you see online, especially when they’re on Facebook and are said to be from huge companies like airlines and theme parks, are hoaxes. Of course, there are exceptions here and there. In fact, one happened just last week, when JetBlue used a Facebook event as its method for a sweepstakes. And now there are not one but TWO Disney contest that are definitely NOT a fake.
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The Absolute Least Expensive Way to Travel Off Disney/Universal Property (Or Nearly Anywhere in Central Florida)

Going to Walt Disney World or Universal Studios Florida is expensive. Airline prices are high (although you can look for cheaper prices if you check out this post), park tickets run over $100 per person per day (but you may get some small legitimate discounts through the links on this page), hotels are quite a bit of money (check out the hints on this page for some better prices), food costs a lot, and that’s all before you even think of souvenirs. If you intend to stay on Disney property for your entire trip, you can travel around for free, between Disney’s Magical Express transporting you between the airport and your Disney hotel, and then Disney’s onsite transportation system of buses, monorails and boats to get you to and from the parks and other Disney-run areas. And if you stay on Universal property, you have use of buses, boats and walkways to and from the parks, once you get onto property. But if you’re staying off site, or want to venture out to, say, another theme park, or I-Drive or the outlet malls, you’re looking at even more expense with the use of a taxi, Uber, rental car, etc., right? Well, not necessarily. There’s one more option that’s cheaper than all of those…
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