Route 66 and CARS LAND

 Growing up the daughter of a classic car expert (and former drag racer) was not without tales of Historic Route 66. My Dad told me of a time when it was realistic to take off in a large car with fins and cruise West, taking in all the sights and neon of motels, kitschy shops, and a variety of roadside attractions. By the time I was old enough to experience Route 66, all that was left were ghosts of the glory days and skeletal remains of these iconic places. Then Disney released the film “Cars“. Cars was the last film I watched with my Dad before he passed away, and he was not normally a big Disney guy (think more like John Wayne!). He loved Cars, however, and told my children, husband, and myself once again what it was like to have lived the legend.

 On my way to D23 in California this summer, I drove the length of Route 66 from St. Louis, Missouri all the way to Cali. We saw a lot of sights along the way- remnants of the tales that I had heard for so long. It was a sad sight. So many abandoned buildings and towns that were barely there. Run down remnants of the past exist, but you have to get off of the “new” highway and actually look for them now. It was a special trip nonetheless, and one my father would have enjoyed. In fact, I could almost hear his voice when I laid eyes on an old truck, car, motel, or attraction telling me “see- I told you about this!”.

It is special that Disney chose to keep the memory of this era alive. When I walk into Radiator Springs at Disney’s California Adventure Park, I hear the sounds of the era in which my father was truly “cool”, get to sip a milkshake at Flo’s V-8 Café, and daydream about a simpler time. No wonder Dad talked about it so much.

Check out what we saw on the trip West, then see the gallery of Disney’s Cars Land.

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Marceline to Magic Tour – In Honor of Disneyland’s 60th Birthday


Wonderful insight to a magical tour!-Mztress

Originally posted on The Mature Mouse™:

Disneylandopened on July 17, 1955. I was born in 1957 and grew up watching Disney shows, such as the original Mickey Mouse Club. I remember sitting around the television with my family on Sunday evenings watching the Wonderful World of Color. My favorite episodes were those that featured an inside look at Disneyland. I wanted to go there, to walk in that magical place that Walt Disney had built. Every time I asked my parents when we would get to go to Disneyland, they would always give me the same answer, “some day.” Well, some day came during the summer of 1970 when my family finally made the trek to California to visit family and, of course, explore Disneyland (Chapter 1).IMG_1961The Mature MouseTM was very fortunate to be able to take the Marceline to Magic Tourduring my recent trip to Walt Disney World. This…

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It wasn’t a world of laughter as these three women brawl while in line at Disney as little kids watch


Wicked as I am, this disgusts me completely. -Mztress

Originally posted on Fan Buzz:

This isn’t how a nice, cheery trip to Disney is supposed to end up.

Three women were caught on cellphone video in a full-fledged brawl while waiting in line at Disney’s Test Track at Epcot Saturday night, said the man who recorded the incident.

Ray Przybysz recorded the incident on his cellphone. The video was sent to WFTV.

The video shows the three women beating and screaming at each other, with one of them using an umbrella as a weapon Przybysz said.

Przybysz did not say what led to the fight.

At one point, a Disney employee tried to break up the brawl but he was pushed away.

Przybysz said the women were eventually escorted out by Disney personnel.

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Deep thoughts: The Many Changes of Star Wars


Very interesting perspective.-Mztress

Originally posted on Constant Collectible:

Over the years George Lucas and Lucas Arts have made multiple changes to the Star Wars Saga. Thanks to Youtuber Marcelo Zuniga you can now see all the changes made for A New Hope, Empire Strikes back and Return of the Jedi.

Star Wars: A New Hope- Part I

Star Wars: A New Hope-Part II

Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Lucas has tried to defend his changes through the years “If you look at ‘Blade Runner,’ it’s been cut sixteen ways from Sunday and there are all kinds of different versions of it. ‘Star Wars,’ there’s basically one version — it just keeps getting improved a little bit as we move forward.” and “The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in ‘Episode IV,’ what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted…

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Visiting For Special Events and Holidays


Very sound advice, dear ones. Plan ahead!-Mztress.

Originally posted on FunLovinTravelers:


As you might already know we consider ourselves Disney and Universal Studios junkies! We’ve visited the parks for special events and we thought we would give you the pros and cons of doing so. We’ve visited Universal Studios for Halloween Horror Nights and Mardi Gras. We’ve also visited Disney for the 4th of July, Star Wars Weekends and Halloween. Now like with all the good in visiting for special events also come the cons. We thought we would share what we have learned through each visit.


We’ll start with the pros-


  • Being at a park for a holiday is extremely exciting.
  • Usually special events are held to include the holiday or event.
  • Disney and Universal do event planning like no other.
  • Dining usually incorporates the theme of the holiday or event.
  • Typically shops will have themed items to purchase.
  • Photo opportunities are a great way to make your trip…

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Disney DIY


Disney obsessed is always a good thing!-Mztress

Originally posted on Frugal Freehand:

Hello all! I am writing to you from the land of Magic and imagination aka Disney World, duh. So let me just tell you all how I ended up here… I have a friend, a Disney obsessed friend to be more specific.She used to work here at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and still has some hookups so we decided to venture on down and check it out!


My favorite parts about the trip thus far are:

Disney really has thought of everything- it’s all soconvenient. We have magic bands that we use for literally everything and multiple different means of transportation for anywhere you want to go. Want to go by boat? Sure! How about bus? Okay great. Oh you want the monorail? Perfect, lets go.

It’s hard to pick favorites when it comes to the parks. We have spent a day at each one to get a taste of all…

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Donney and Bourke Disney


Are you a fan? I have been eyeing that fabulous Haunted Mansion bag- Mztress

Originally posted on The Disney Freak with a Bit of Mascara!:

Hello, Disney lovers! The Donney and Bourke Disney purses and wallets are adorable! There are different sizes! They are really, really expensive, but I have heard that they last a long time! The designs are beautiful, and I really want one of their purses! You can find them at Downtown Disney, the Parks, you can order them online at the Disney store, or you can order them on Amazon!  They even have really cute iPhone cases!





Have a magical afternoon!

Natalie  Davis

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