JetBlue Announcement, Devaluation Of Credit Cards, Disney Haunted Mansion Wedding & More!

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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When We Had Dinner Inside WDW’s Haunted Mansion

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.
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The Technology Behind Disney’s Haunted Mansion = FASCINATING!

The Haunted Mansion is one of the most popular attractions at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The original concept for the attraction was developed in the early 1950s and after multiple changes and updates, handbills announcing a 1963 opening at Disneyland were given out at the park in 1961. The attraction’s exterior, in the theme of a New Orleans style manor house to fit in with the newly constructed New Orleans Square area of the park, was built by 1963 but due to various delays including work on the 4 Disney attractions for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, the attraction didn’t actually open until 1969. When it finally did, the attraction was so popular that when Walt Disney World opened in 1971, their own version of the Haunted Mansion was included in the Liberty Square area.

The first room you enter in the Haunted Mansion is the stretching room – a room that appears to get taller and taller as you’re in it. The ceiling of the stretching room in the WDW version goes up, whereas the DL version is actually a working elevator. The reason for that, as well as some other not-well-known facts about the technology of the stretching room of the Haunted Mansion, are covered in this video:

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