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||Posted: June 10, 2013, 12:11 pm
Posted: May 23, 2011, 10:29 am
Quote (CarolKoster @ Feb. 05, 2011, 8:56 am)
Bumping up to make more current.
Read first posting.
You can do this "looking it up" same as me. We've always been proud and awestruck by our Disney Echo community helping each other out. In that spirit I'll post the techniques and sites I recommend to look for Disney news and information.
Try any of these:
Google and Google Advanced Search
Google News and Google News Advanced Search
Any Disney theme park published guidebook: Birnbaum's Official Guide to WDW or Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, Bob Sehlinger's Unofficial Guides to WDW or Disneyland, Passporter Guides to Open Mouse (special needs travelers to WDW) or WDW or Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line. You can order these from any brick and mortar real world bookstore, or from online from any booksellers such as Amazon.com (see our link at the bottom of this page to order directly from Amazon.com through Disney Echo's link), Barnes & Noble.com, Books a Million.com, Borders.com. You can order any of the Passporter guidebooks directly from the author's website
Disney.go.com (hey, Disney owns the theme parks and the Cruise Line, they have webpages galore, check 'em out ! ) Also for Disney products, movies, Investor Relations and Annual and quarterly reports, and webcasts of their annual shareholder meeting every early March..... Head to Disney online ! The Walt Disney Family Museum is part of this site too, via a link, and there is a lot here about the history of Disney and about Walt Disney, in case you're doing a school report.
Zagat Dining Guides to Southern California and Orlando, hear from those who've dined and rated eateries
Phoning directly Disney Central Reservations or Guest Services at the particular park or hotel you have questions about. Disney owns it, after all, and their staffers are trained to answer questions. You're doing business with Disney, after all, might as well work with them about inquiries, special needs, special plans to be made, etc.
Souvenirs you can buy ahead of time: Go to DisneyStore.com and look under "categories" for Theme Parks.
Fan sites I recommend :
AllEarsNet.com : Deb Wills maintains this about WDW, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line. Also is very active on Facebook and Twitter.
Orange County Register blog "Around Disney", updated daily or several times a week if anything is going on at Disneyland in California. On news stories about Disney also read the Comments.
Orlando Sentinel sub-website "The Daily Disney". Has columnists and daily news and features, also a chat forum. Also read their Business section, Dining reviews, and their blog "Theme Park Rangers", they write about all the theme parks in Central Florida in that one. On news stories about Disney or the Orlando competing theme parks also read the Comments.
Passporter : Has a chat forum in support of their guidebooks, hear from fellow guidebook fans and maybe the authors and get updates you paste into your published guidebook.
AllEarsNet.com : Kept up to date all the time and it has a chat forum too, supports many aspects of trip planning for Disneyland, WDW and Disney Cruise Line and special needs Disney travelers.
MousePlanet.com : Rely on their news, chat forums, and any Frequently Asked Questions, look for Mark Goldhaber's posts about WDW.
MiceAge.com : Rely on their news, chat forums, and any Frequently Asked Questions, look for Kevin Yee's posts about WDW and Al Lutz' posts about Disneyland.
LaughingPlace.com Rely on their news, chat forums, and any Frequently Asked Questions. Has a great news function. The chat forums includes about WDW, but it's also a good place for Disneyland information.
Our Forums on Disney Echo are Moderated by people who have their own fan sites for certain Disney specialties. For dining and trip planning look up our member ScottWDW, for Fort Wilderness Campground look up member Jeff Spencer. In their signatures in past posts are links to their fan sites. Click the links, explore around. About Disneyland look at Disneygeek's signature and head to his fan site. TVKirby on our site has a fan site listing TV shows about Disney parks and Disney Cruise Line. Check his weekly postings about shows or click his link in his posting and visit his site, then tell your recording device or DVR about the show so you won't miss it, he moderates our Disney TV Forum.
The Mom's Panel for WDW at Disney.go.com . Yearly Disney hires about ten women who are mothers and experienced WDW travelers with children. These annual ten women are trained by Disney, then set to respond to posted queries at the Disney.go.com WDW Mom's Panel website Disney owns. There is a "search" function on this chat forum. Means you can "search" around as first attempt and find already asked-already answered questions about WDW and what it's like, what to expect, any questions.
In addition try "Like" "Become a Friend or Fan" of on Facebook the Orlando Sentinel and Orange County Register. If very huge Disney park news is happening, those newspapers will post it in their newsfeeds.
There are lots of Disney fan sites. The above are those I've personally had interactive with or have met in person people who operate them or post columns on them. A few others I know of but you're on your own about interacting with them include, but are not limited to, WDW Info.com, The DIS Boards and others.
Non-Disney if you want reliable information about hotels at Orlando or at or near Disneyland my husband and I rely on TripAdvisor.com . Plug in the name of the hotel, read the Comments. Comments come from those who visited Disney but aren't necessarily huge Disney fans. It's good to hear from fellow Disney fans how a hotel was, but also good to hear from more objective travelers, too.
Off-site from Disneyland my husband and I rely on and love the Candy Cane Inn adjacent to the park. Read up on Trip Advisor and hotel comments at Disney fan site MousePlanet.com about the place.
And those are the places I would look up information for you. I hope these places and techniques help in your learning more about Disney and working with them to enjoy their parks and movies.
If you need help with Disney trip planning, guidance, news, info consult the Quote Box for 100% sure-fire suggestions on good info and social media sources for any of that.
Disney Echo is NOT being kept up to date or newsy or chat provocative anymore. The reason and rationale: So few people show up here any more, it's not worth it (amount of time and work for so few people). Sorry if you were stopping by today for that purpose and it's been a long time since you visited. It is how it is, though. Sorry 'bout that….
The Quote Box are my suggestions to you for alternative places to find Disney news, info, travel info and guidance, and social community. Try all suggestions, see what works best of ryou, bookmark what works best. Good luck!
If you do post to Disney Echo or explore it, just know the site is less frequented and not maintained info-wise. I promise you as Disney grows, makes changes, improves with technology interactions for Guests, Disney Echo is more and more outdated and out of touch. Info you find in existing topics on Disney Echo might be somewhat or very outdated. If you want up-to-date Disney news, Info, travel guidance, chat community I recommend instead you check the suggestions in the Quote Box.
If you DO go ahead and post or ask a question or reply to an existing topic, notice that all posts have a date, year, and time stamp in the upper left hand corners. It might be you are adding to something several years old.
Our site's slowdown and member and Moderator exodus was noticeable in 2011 (and actually before then, see the date in the Quote Box). So hear me now, believe me later: If you post to very old Topics and no one replies or it's a long time before someone replies, you heard it here ! It's not news, it's old news, that this trend is happening. Want better, quicker, newsy, informative, social community? See the Quote Box and use any and all suggestions.
How are the Kosters other than that?
In Real Life Offline Rich works, I'm still a full-time housewife. With son now done with ACT and ACT Prep classes, I finally have my chance to kick back for a few weeks of summertime slowdown and catch up to being a stay-at-home (literally, the car rarely moves for a change ! mom. Running household errands, going to church, and maybe when son's Eagle Scout project starts being done, I'll leave the house but other than that I can be that much less busy 'til late July hen band camp starts.
Teenage son's Eagle Scout project just got second approval, he took ACT for the first time last week, and we're disappointed with the Boy Scouts of America vote on May 23 to change admissions standards effective January 1, 2014. However existing rules in Boy Scouts are you must exist the program by your 18th birthday anyway, and that occurs for son in January 2014 anyway. We appreciate our 10-year ride in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, hope for son to finish it up honorably in the program, receive his rank, and we're done anyway while there is national fallout on both sides of issues involved (nobody's happy). In addition to finishing up Eagle-related work, son's got to practice for the new high school Band halftime show (the sheet music of that before two summer Band camps) and start paperwork-homework for his Catholic sacrament of Confirmation later this year, classes begin at our parish in August. So maybe a day or two of laying around for him, taking the ACT for him he said was stressful, and then he's got to get off his duff and get down to it! If Boy Scout Eagle work or Confirmation prep or it's related homework collides with start of Band and junior year of high school it will be very busy for son, so time management when it's slower time of year is crucial to a less stressful school year.
These midwest US tornadoes and first tropical storm of the year, Andrea, are bothersome since June 1 is annual start to hurricane season. One of my summer "to do list" items is to declutter and get rid of things we no longer need. We live in a 'burb outside of New Orleans, hit by hurricane Katrina Aug. 29, 2005, and a lot of what we have now is going to be a mess to clean up should something similar happen in 2013 and out house is in the cross-hairs. Dreading August-September, the busiest months of hurricane season, coincides with school starting, too.
In the year of Faith and Family in the Roman Catholic Church in 2013 we in our Archdiocese are encouraged to go on local pilgrimages to local designated churches or shrines to pray, meditate on our faith, and deepen out faith. Saturday while son slaved away on his ACT I visited the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, CssR, a Redemptorist priest who died in New Orleans after only being here a year, Oct. 4, 1867, during a Yellow Fever epidemic. He was an outstanding priest while here, locally and even nationally renown in his time, and credited for healing miracles. Just one more certified miracle approved by the Vatican, and this priest will be an official Saint of the Catholic church. His final priestly assignment church is incredibly old and beautiful, in the Irish Channel neighborhood near downtown New Orleans. If you're in the city visiting and are of a spiritual-faith based nature seeing St. Mary's Assumption Church, 919 Josephine Street, is well worth your time, always fun to see the little tourism hidden corners gems of a city in addition to the bright bold sights a tourism book would point out. Even if you're not Catholic. Just Google or Bing or Yahoo Blessed Father Francis Xavier Seelos and the National Shrine will indeed pop up. It was the first time I ever visited this place, even in New Orleans a bit of travel planning effort is needed to drive there, but it's absolutely worth it. A few blocks away is one of the quaint shopping-dining-adult beverage watering holes streets of New Orleans, famous Magazine Street, easy walking distances, short blocks. In daylight=safety. Multi-star rated dining and fun shopping, particularly for the ladies for clothes and shoes. Not touristy like the French Quarter is, but more trendy, hip oriented.
Do Rich or I miss being busy on Disney Echo, do we wish the "old days" could return? It was special here, and that this site existed is responsible for people who never would have met each other or connected to each other to become very serious great friends, not just limited to online but in Real Life, they meet up in person periodically in the US a lot and enjoy seeing each other and have for years. But I am grateful for the slowdown of this site, in a way. It's busy in Real Life Offline and with a slowing site, the Moderators have moved on, it's for the best we all just admit Disney Echo's busy heyday days are behind it, and we just move on and do what's best for our family offline. It was a good time here. We're still Disney fans, we just look up for our own respite in a busy day when we can now, still are fans, plan to see "Monsters University", "The Lone Ranger" and the Tom Hanks movie about Walt Disney bringing Mary Poppins" to the silver screen in December 2013.
Our members can use Google, Bing, Yahoo and the Quote Box suggestions and find tons of Disney news, info, community, all up to date and fresh, elsewhere.
Have fun doing whatever it is you and your family plan to do this summer.
Our son's Eagle Scout project is subject to when low tide is, however, and also subject to weather (it's clearing out damaged pieces of a boardwalk over a marshland from a state park that was hit by hurricane Isaac last summer, low tide means can get to the pieces to dig or fish them out better in shallow water, and weather or lack of weather means no rain, thunderstorms or tropical weather systems are going on to postpone the project). Due to the project and Band camps, we have no plans to do our own family vacations this year. But we're also not quite up to receiving company. Rich works nights and weekends, and when tidal and weather conditions are right, and others including most adult men willing to help are off on weekends, we gotta get son's Eagle project done, finished and out of the way.
So if you might be visiting the New Orleans area and want to meet up, please don't be offended or taking it personally if we don't meet up… We've got stuff happening in our family coinciding perhaps with your visit this summer or upcoming school year, and we gotta get it done for son's sake. A busy summer and school year is ahead of us. Visit the city particularly the gem that is the National Shrine of Fr. Seelos near intriguing Magazine Street in Irish Channel, 919 Josephine Street.
For the annual Disney Echo Summer Challenge, a bit of volunteer work we offer our Members to do, even though our site is less busy you're not off the hook about that! See a recently bumped up updated Topic about praying for all Disney Echo members…. Basically do a Random Act of Disneyesque Kindness towards someone you encounter. If you're in the Parks, be helpful and guiding to a fellow Guest, or bend over backwards to be extra special patient with fellow Guests if they are low-information Disney Park or Cruise visitors, seem stupid or ill-informed about Disney or stupid and ill-informed about basic courtesies towards fellow visitors, or even if they haven't exactly used deodorant that day. Or on alternative Disney fan sites than ours extend the "each one, help one" culture Disney Echo used to be so famous for, and for each kindness, welcoming, and helpfulness offered to you as a new user at these alternative fan sites offer it up to someone new when you can. If asked "Gee you're nice!" then reply you learned the "each one, help one" technique from a beloved fan site that faded out but you want to keep it's culture alive and bloom where you're planted and spread the world with Disney Pixie Dust.
Take care, thanks for reading and understanding, follow the suggestions in the Quote Box for Disney news, info, travel guidance and social community, and do a Disneyesque Random Act of Disney Kindness towards someone you encounter. Not too hard to do!
Now it's time to say goodbye to all our company, M-I-C, seeya real soon, K-E-Y, why? Because we do like you, but our site's so slow nowadays hardly anyone here anymore, so consult the Quote Box to move on and get community, news and answers, happy trails to you, M-O-U-S-E! Keep us in your prayers, and know even though the site's slow we tuck our site members into prayers too. God bless. Take care!