Category: Articles & Essays

Articles and essays by Alan S. Dalinka about Disney Parks, places around the world, or anything else that comes to mind. This Category also contains links to posts on MousePlanet.com by Alan S. Dalinka.

MousePlanet Contribution: Highlights of the 2016 D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures Event

On November 18-20, 2016, I attended the 2016 D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures Event at Walt Disney World with Press Credentials. A good deal of news was released at the event, and I had the opportunity to interview Disney Imagineering Legends Marty Sklar and Tony Baxter, as well as a number of other folks.

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MousePlanet Contribution: Disney Springs for the Holidays

Disney Springs Holidays 2016

On November 15-16, 2016, I attended the Walt Disney World Press Event, “Unwrap the Magic” which showcased the Holiday offerings around the Resort. Nearly one full day was devoted to all of the new offerings at Disney Springs, including the new nighttime entertainment: “Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration” featuring 300 Shooting Star show drones equipped with LED lights capable of numerous color combinations flying over Village Lake synchronized with holiday music and narration.

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MousePlanet Contribution: Walt Disney World Salutes 2016 World Series Champs Chicago Cubs on Main Street U.S.A.

Cubs in Magic Kingdom 2016

On November 5, 2016, thanks to the Walt Disney World Public Relations team, I attended the Magic Kingdom’s Celebration of the Chicago Cubs’ first World Series Championship since 1908! As a Chicagoan from birth until 2014, it was truly a once in a lifetime experience (well, until they manage to win another)!  With Series MVP Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Javier Baez on hand, the Magic Kingdom was filled with fellow Cubs fans all along Main Street USA.

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MousePlanet Contribution: Special Preview-2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

2016 Food & Wine Preview

As a Contributing Writer/Photographer to MousePlanet, on June 26, 2016, I attended the first Preview for the 21st annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. My article, including lots of photos, is here (link will open a new window on the MousePlanet website).

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MousePlanet Contribution: STK Orlando Opens at Disney Springs

As a Contributing Writer/Photographer to MousePlanet, on May 25, 2016, I attended the Grand Opening Preview Party for the newest “fine dining” location at The Landing at Disney Springs: STK Orlando Steakhouse. My article, including lots of photos, is here (link will open a new window on the MousePlanet website).

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MousePlanet Contribution: Walt Disney World Resort Update for May 17-23, 2016 – Welcome to Disney Springs

As a Contributing Photographer to MousePlanet, on May 15, 2016, I attended the opening ceremony for the new Town Center neighborhood at Disney Springs. The Update for May 17-23, 2016, is mostly my report on the area. Read about it here (link will open a new window on the MousePlanet website).

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MousePlanet Contribution: Walt Disney World Resort Update for December 8-13, 2015

As a Contributing Photographer to MousePlanet, I attended the media day for Disney’s Hollywood Studios “Star Wars Experiences” on December 4, 2015. I wrote most of the Update for December 8-13, 2015, reporting on the event. Read about it here (link will open a new window on the MousePlanet website).

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What Are You Doing at Disney World on New Year’s Eve?

Disney's BoardWalk

Navigating Walt Disney World on One of The Busiest Days and Nights of the Year. At some point in December folks inevitably ask, “So, what are you doing New Year’s Eve?” Since 2002, my answer has been, “I’m going to

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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Hats

An Introduction and How a Ten Year Tradition Began At some point in December folks inevitably ask, “So, what are you doing New Year’s Eve?” Since 2002, my answer has been, “I’m going to Walt Disney World.” Over the past

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A Brief History of Epcot

Epcot

When it opened in October, 1982, the second theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort was called EPCOT Center. The letters in its name were capitalized to emphasize that the word was really an acronym coined by Walt Disney

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My Story: In the Aftermath of September 11, 2001

Disneyland

Like many Americans, I was far from home at the time of the attack on America. I flew from Chicago to LAX late in the evening on Monday, September 10, 2001, for a business meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning. I

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