Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: Dec. 24, 2016, 7:37 am
Hi, thanks for stopping by Disney Echo, and that you found this Topic.
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If you still intend to use this site :
Maybe if you surf around here some links and Topics info are still valid. Maybe..... Hmmmm.... Or maybe not ! Age takes its toll !
As a rule of thumb : Don't bet the farm that info you find here in our Forums, Topics and Discussions, or links posted, are current. Most likely some info is evergreen, but other info is woefully old and dated and shouldn't be relied on. Err on the side that 100% of every thing on this site is now too old, dated, to be useful. See how old postings are by checking their Months, days, years.
I posted more up to date and current ideas for Disney news, info, travel advice below. Rely on what's below instead of Topics (grey button at top of this page) or our main page Index. Trust me.
We ask formerly registered members who return to visit : ** Don't post.** No one will see it, read it, answer it, and it's like painting graffiti on a deserted building. A waste of your time. Want Disney info? Refer to what's below instead.
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So here are REFERRALS to sites or social media pages with more up to date Disney news, info, travel advice, and online social chat.
"Like" these on Facebook, or find them on other social media and bookmark their websites :
Disney.go.com Disney's own website
Walt Disney Studios
Disney College Program
Theme Park Tourist
http : // allears . net (Deb Will's AllEarsNet . com website is a favorite Disney planning site, so when you look for it on Facebook it actually is titled like the website URL, just take the spaces out when looking for Deb's site or Facebook page ) .
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
Friends of The Walt Disney Family Museum
MouseSavers . com
Disney California Adventure
Disneyland Annual Passholders
Disney Cruise Line
Disney World Passholders
Disney Parks Blog
The Daily Disney
Tikiman’s Unofficial Polynesian Resort Pages
Tours Departing Daily
The Walt Disney Family Museum
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney’s Barn
Disneyana Fan Club
Walt Disney World
The Orlando Sentinel . com newspaper website, you want "Theme Park Rangers" and "The Daily Disney" two blogs they offer.
The Orange County Register newspaper website you want "Disneyland" blog site they offer.
Turner Classic Movies channel offers one night-overnight binge-watching marathon of "Treasures From The Disney Vault" about once per quarter/about 4 times a year. Seems to be in March-June-September-December but you'll have to tediously haunt their Schedule (which only looks ahead two months) day by day to learn a specific date and schedule of programming. It's a lot of oldies but goodies of very vintage Disney cartoons "Wonderful World of Disney", animated and live-action movies and nature documentaries, and into the 1970's and 1980s after Walt died program material. Best bets to know the programming are to "like" or "follow" TCM on social media, or follow the news feeds of Friends of The Walt Disney Family Museum or The Walt Disney Family Museum, or set a note for yourself to keep checking TCM's calendar of programming, or have your DVR or TiVo be looking for Disney and just keep checking.
Travel Guide Books (the paper published kind, look for the year of publication in the title that corresponds to when your trip is ) :
--PassPorter for Walt Disney World and/or Disneyland
--PassPorter "Open Mouse" dedicated to Special Needs Disney travelers (allergies, special diets and vegetarians, mobility and endurance issues, fears, addictions, autism, small infants and young kids, etc.) How to comfortably navigate lines, include special needs items in the rooms, order special needs foods in advance at Disney restaurants, and how to work with Disney Guest Services for special needs travelers in your group, while at the same time non-special needs travelers in your group also are getting the info they want, the whole travel party served, inclusively and with detailed info so everyone is helped ! Excellent publication !
--PassPorter for Disney Cruise Line (the best guide for DCL ! )
(The PassPorter guidebooks you can order directly from their website, or buy at brick and mortar websites and various major online booksellers. Some now only come in e-editions for tablets and book reading devices, or can be downloaded to smartphones. Their website also has chat forums so you can ask any questions you have.)
Unofficial Guides to Walt Disney World and Disneyland
Birnbaum Official Guides to Walt Disney World and Disneyland
Use OFFICIAL ones from Disney itself
My Disney Experience
Touring Plans (third party, same place that offers the Unofficial Guides to WDW and Disneyland )
Touring Plans Lines (third party, same place that offers the Unofficial Guides to WDW and Disneyland )
Disney Cruise Line
You'll also want official Parks Apps for Universal Studios, or Sea World, other attractions in Orlando or Southern California, your airline, your off-site hotel, Apps for booking non-Disney dining reservations like Open Table
There are Apps about Disney Vacation Club, our own former Disney Echo member "Eddie Valiant" is a DVC member and an App developer of his own third-party App. Sorry, however, I can't recall the name of the App !
How to effectively do online searches : Try to spell it right, search engines are literal-minded. Know as much as possible what Disney itself calls it, it will improve your search results.
Rumors : Disney rumors for Disney fans are so tantalizing ! However err on the side of not believing everything you see online or in a chat forum, a lot of "fake news" and wishful thinking can be put out there. The rumors become facts if/when Disney itself issues a press release, and if/when a bona fide news media source publishes it, like Orlando Sentinel, Orange County Register. If you "search" at an online news aggregator for that news and a lot of bona fide references pop up to confirm the news, then the news is legitimate. If you search and nothing pops up, it's a rumor or false.... or hasn't been officially announced so don't believe the rumor or don't believe it yet.
Collectibles: Best bet is to join Disneyana Fan Club. This is a non-profit social group with a national chapter and smaller chapters all over the US specializing in Disney fans who collect stuff. They have an official convention each July in the Anaheim CA area and a Show and Sale of collectibles dealers and appraisers every January-February also in Anaheim CA. "Search" for their website or at "About" on their Facebook page for joining info and get on the mailing list for their newsletters and registration info/hotel info for their annual conventions. Is a smaller, private, more social, and has local chapters, and more buy-sell-trade-appraise than D23 is. BE PATIENT: It's a non-profit social club of people who "have a life" so if they do not immediately respond to an E-mail, posting on social media, phone call or US Mailed letter, give it time before trying again.
Collectibles: You might see surfing around Disney Echo references to vintage shows, historical Disney content-type shows on TV years and years ago, or references to recording shows, specials, annual Christmas Disney Parks-related radio shows of seasonal music and character voices interacting with a celebrity, etc. I was asked in Private Message on Facebook "help me find what you talked about, I'm coming to it late, or would you record a copy for me?" The answer, I regret, is "no". Our recordings of anything are on VHS or DVD-R or cassettes in unorganized piles and under a layer of dust. I can't find them myself! If an thorough and clever use of keywords (remember: Search for the title Disney itself or the network or programmer itself gave the show to improve success ) doesn't work, frankly refer to Disneyana Fan Club National contact info and chapters for their help. NO GUARANTEES you'll find what you're looking for. The same goes for finding any collectible object, toy, movie, recording, CD, cassette, VHS, 45 RPM or 33 1/3 RPM vinyl record, furnishing, kitchen ware, house hold thing like a lamp, articles of clothing. Try Disneyana Fan Club. We used to be members of their New Orleans LA chapter, and I can vouch it's a good legit organization. Don't contact me about it, I cannot help you. Try Disneyana Fan Club and effective online searches. Good luck !
Collectibles: There's a catalog called TOMART which periodically publishes a list of Disney memorabilia and last known price of it in the buy-sell-trade market. Find a copy or order it, and you might be able to self-appraise something you found in an attic or flea market or yard sale. It's not 100% assured your find will be in the catalog, but check back issues or future issues, which is why you join Disneyana Fan Club and get chummy with people very in the know about these things to guide you.
Travel Agent :
An old friend of mine, huge Disney fan, is successful as an entrepreneur doing online travel agent business. She left being a member of an online travel agency, former a partnership and apparently now out on her own. The most recent posting in this Topic is Mary Kraemer's description and a link to her travel business page of Facebook for Contact Info :
For privacy purposes and their safety I am not providing networking info for formerly active Site Members and former Moderators on social media. I do not have their express permission for that kind of referral.
Best wishes to you and your family, fellow Disney fans you know, and fellow Disney travelers ! Thanks for stopping by ! I hope the preceding information is helpful ! May you and your family or travel party have a magical time at Disney, or enjoying their films, buying fun products, or attending fan conventions like D23 or Disneyana Fan Club events. Thanks for stopping by, sorry the site isn't what it used to be years ago anymore, but in the world of the Internet the constant thing is "change". Best Wishes and Pixie Dust to you !