Nestled in the heart of Kissimmee, Fla., you may find yourself inside a quaint little village — one that is home to a castle tower, whimsical villas, and even a pirate ship. On the outside, this may look like the location of a children’s fantasy novel, but inside is a robust organization dedicated to making family’s dreams come true. The Give Kids the World Village is a non-profit organization dedicated to give children in critical condition the chance to visit the attractions in Central Florida.[Read more…]
The year is 1954, and construction for Disneyland park is in full swing. The many creative faces of WED Enterprises were hard at work so that it would reach its ambitious opening date in 1955. Scaffolders were placing finishing touches on the rugged cliffs of Adventureland, engineers were developing the precise movements of Abraham Lincoln, and Walt Disney himself was faced with a massive decision.
Due to the park’s opening date looming over Walt’s head, he was forced to partake in massive budget cuts to seize its arrival. Cutbacks were to be made throughout the park, and he was forced to consider opening Disneyland without the soon-to-be-famous Tomorrowland.[Read more…]
In 1918, emerging from the hillsides of Marceline, Mo., a young lad would choose to defend his nation and fabricate his age in order to enlist in World War I. The boy would serve as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, and after the war, discover his true destiny in California. This boy grew up to be the man named Ray Kroc.[Read more…]
In 1878, the world would be introduced to the first moving picture, “The Horse in Motion” — a sequence of a man riding on a galloping horse on a racetrack. From there, the medium would evolve to showcase stories encompassing explorers venturing into a dangerous theme park of prehistoric creatures to super-heroes defeating inter-galactic threats.[Read more…]
Many of us have an early childhood memory of our very first log flume ride, whether it was a ride through Splash Mountain at Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm’s Timber Mountain, or perhaps a local rendition at a nearby state amusement park. There is a sort of shared experience we all have of climbing those rickety conveyor belts, only to dive down a refreshing plummet into sweet, chlorine-filled water.[Read more…]