Looking Back

While the kids don't care too much yet about Walt, Roy, and their hope and dreams, those of us who grew up watching their rise to fame and playing in their theme parks always want to know more about how it happened and how we got from the "Florida Project" to what we have today. The column will be dedicated to history, Disney-style.

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Why Walt Disney World Keeps Me Coming Back Year After Year

I'm often asked why I keep vacationing at Walt Disney World year after year. People seem genuinely baffled at how I can go to the same place and not get bored. Their question is always met with a smile and deep breath before launching into my speech of what they're missing out on. Here's a little peek at a few of the reasons that I love Walt Disney World and why I keep returning.

Reflections on Being A Disney Vacation Club Member

I became a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Member back in July of 2008. It wasn't something that we agonized over purchasing like most people do, in fact it was a bit of the spur of the moment decision. I had wanted to join the club since it fist began selling its unique variety of time-share, however I never thought it was the right time. Our family was going through a long Disney dry spell and hadn't been on vacation for a few years, the day we joined DVC that all changed. So years later, as we near the end of the payments of our original contract, would I do it again?

When The World Needs Magic

I'll admit it; I'm having a rough time writing this week. The day-to-day world is not a nice place, and Orlando, Florida has had much more than its share of tragedy for the time. Yesterday, I called my boss to ask how I was supposed to write happy Walt Disney World stories amidst all the pain and horror the past week has held. In a calm and reassuring way, I was told that it was all right for me to take time to grieve, but reminded that the world still needs magic.

The Most Interesting Disney Headlines of 2015

2015 has been a fabulous year of Disney News with exciting new ventures in the Parks, changes being made to standard procedures, and interesting antics causing Disney fans to just shake their heads. Read on for some of the most interesting news titles from 2015!

Disney and the Toys for Tots Foundation

Toys for Tots has been around since 1947 and has served tens of thousands of children in need over the last 64 years. In 1948, Walt Disney and his animators designed a logo for Toys for Tots that is still used to this day. This magical team designed the first poster used and distributed to promote awareness of the foundation.

Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in 'The Turkey Catchers'

A look through our archives brought me to this Thanksgiving favorite!

It's another holiday, and another Disney animated short film. I went hunting for something to help celebrate Thanksgiving and discovered that in 1938 Walt Disney went through a lengthy pre-production on a cute piece entitled 'Pilgrim Mickey' that never got off of the ground and was canceled by the spring of 1939.

Rides That Never Were: Walt Disney World – 'Beastlie Kingdomme', Animal Kingdom

With completion of the final piece of the expansion to Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs progressing well, attention is now turning back to the recent 2014 ground breaking on the new Avatar-themed 'Pandora' land at Animal Kingdom and it seems an apt time to revisit the original concept destined for this area of the park.

Walt Disney World for Grown-ups Most Popular Posts of 2014

2014 has been an awesome year here at Walt Disney World for Grown-ups, and our staff and guest authors have enjoyed every minute of bringing you all the exciting happenings from the Vacation Kingdom of the World. We compiled a list of the top articles representing each month of the year, as voted on by you (and by "voted on," we totally mean "clicked on").

Looking Back: The Art of Skiing, A Goofy Short

With much of the country covered in snow, I thought it might be the perfect time to sit back and watch a little instructional video by our favorite Goof.

Remembering The Legacy of Walt Disney

December 15 will mark the 48th anniversary of the world's loss of Walt Disney. Each year as we approach this anniversary, it is appropriate to take a moment to reflect on the legacy that he left behind. Today let's explore Walt Disney's legacy at Walt Disney World by examining three locations at the resort - Main Street and Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom and Future World at EPCOT.