Two Travel Bloggers Are Taking On A Crazy Disney World Challenge To Raise Money For Charity

Sharon and I have done some crazy Disney things. I once ran from park to park to park to park on Fourth of July to get a limited edition pin from each location, back when we still did the pin thing. We’ve waited outside the Animal Kingdom entry plaza in our car at 3AM to be there for the grand opening. If we had passes at the time, I would have tried to stay for the day when Magic Kingdom was open for 24 hours straight, Speaking of 24 hours, for my first trip to Disneyland, I flew from NYC to LA on a 6AM flight (waking up at 4AM) and went straight to the park for the day, staying until the the 1AM closing. That was 24 hours straight being awake with the time change. “What’s jet lag?” I asked at the time?

However, the task that Ed from Pizza in Motion and Summer (Mommy Points) from TPG Family are attempting to complete is simply insane. The only thing keeping me from saying they’re crazy is that they’re using the challenge to raise money for one of the most wonderful charities in Central Florida.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Live Mix!” Is LIVE! And We Have The Whole Show On Video!

Joe and I just got back from Epcot and I gotta tell you – the brand new Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! show TOTALLY rocked the audience’s socks off on its opening day!

Hailed as part of Walt Disney World’s “Incredible Summer,” Star-Lord and Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy host and perform in this rockin’ 20-minute cosmic show that showcases popular classic songs from Awesome Mix Volumes 1 & 2. The concert also features a 7-piece alien band from Xander (the Xandarian Chamber Orchestra) and the entire show has audiences singing along and dancing in their seats. Don’t believe me? Here’s the entire, unedited show. Enjoy!

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Does British Airways Owe You Money?, Changes To Epcot’s Illuminations Show & More!

Hi everyone – I hope you’re all enjoying your Sunday!

I want to start this week by remembering the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain. Many travel writers have written about how he was an inspiration to them to get out into the world and share what a wonderful place it is. Of all the articles I read, I was particularly moved by this post from Mommy Points. I encourage you to read it, as it sums up so many feelings people have nowadays.

Getting back to the travel posts….

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Pay Taxes With Your Credit Card? Drive Or Fly To Your Vacation? & More!

It’s the weekend, y’all! HOORAY! Here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:

This week Joe wrote about:

And Sharon wrote about:

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#TBT: 1984 Video of EPCOT Center’s World Key Information System

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:

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