A fun little flashback! The front page of the Orlando Sentinel, almost 54 years ago when it was guessed that Walt Disney was the one buying all of the land in the Orlando area!
Recently a young reader wrote with her school media librarian to tell me they had used some of my posts for a research project she was working on. This girl, Mia, is such a Disney fan, at school she is known as Mia Mouse! She had found this website while working on her project, and discovered many, many other great resources on it, including links of vintage Disney pictures. Since we all love Disney, and especially early Disney, I wanted to thank her and share these great links with you as well.
Thank you Mia Mouse, and good luck on your project!
A few weeks back, I mentioned all of the great ways to stream FREE Disney music from the parks, and more. One of those places, Sorcerer Radio, has started playing holiday music! Right now, you've got Halloween, with constantly great music like a blend of Haunted Mansion with Thriller! It's fantastic! And every few hours, they play the Boo To You parade! Starting November 1st, it will be Christmas music. What a great way to add the Disney to your day, but also bring the holiday Spirit, ghosty or jingly!
Photo from Disney
If it's not the special fireworks, the once a year parade or the rare character meet and greets and low crowds that have you excited about going to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, it might be the epic trick or treating! The internet is full of pictures of candy piled high. People reporting backpacks full of sugary sweetness, but this year, there's a trick that some people have been playing, that isn't very nice.
Once of the best parts of Disney is the fact that they are not only allergy aware, but allergy friendly. In addition to the regular candy passed out, Disney has a (limited) supply of safe, allergy friendly treats too, redeemable at two locations in the park.
Imagine...that time of year when everyone's getting yummy treats, handfuls at each stop, and your child is getting a single allergy token, with the promise of redeeming it for a treat at the allergy friendly station. They get there, and either are handed a half full bag, or, even worse, being told not even two hours into the party, that they have run out of allergy friendly treats.
This year, that has been an all too common scenerio for children and adults who are there to enjoy every aspect of the Mickey's Halloween Party. multiple reports from partygoers have said that those taking the allergy bags are greater this year, and that the majority of the people they've talked to, are laughing, saying they want the healthier, or organic candy, because then they won't feel guilty eating it.
I say shame on them. they SHOULD feel guilty eating it.
The organic Surf Sweet gummies? Might just taste like gummies to someone, but to a child, that's a treat made in a top 10 free facility. No nuts, no dairy, no sesame, no soy, etc...10 allergens that are the most common this treat is FREE of. The Enjoy Life chocolates? Also free of dairy, nuts, and many other things.
By choosing this "healthier" candy, it is being taken away from those who do not choose to have an allergy, or choose to eat a Gogo Squeez applesauce instead of a Hershey bar, particularly children.
Please, if you don't need the allergy candies, take the regular ones. let those children who are excluded and different during birthdays, and holidays, and classroom parties and family get togethers, and every day restaurant meals feel normal, and excited, and be a regular kid when at Disney. There's already so many treats that they can't have at Disney that those with allergies can have. Please, leave those allergy friendly trick or treats for them.
This might have been the best moment of my life. Most definitely it was a magical start to our vacation. It still amazes me how no one else noticed Tinkerbell!