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Welcome to the Discovering The Magic Kingdom's blog. You will find more tips on products to bring with you to the park, places to eat, movies to watch and Fun Facts featured in the book.

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The Indiana Jones Track

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on May 11, 2017 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The Indiana Jones Adventure attraction in Disneyland has the same track layout and EMV’s (Enhanced Motion Vehicle) as the attraction Dinosaur in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.


The Mermaids of Tomorrowland

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on March 25, 2017 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

MERMAIDS IN DISNEYLAND? That’s right they are real. For the summers of 1965, 66 & 67 you could have caught a glimpse of them. They would swim around for 4 hours each day to entertain guests by doing aquatic stunts. Sometimes they would swim up to the people floating by in the submarine and peek through the porthole. Some of the girls started to complain about the fumes from the then diesel subs and the high chlorine content of the water. So it pressed Disney to remove...

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R.I.P. John Hurt

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on January 27, 2017 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)


R.I.P. John Hurt

January 22, 1940 - January 27, 2017

John played many characters throughout his 55 years of acting. He has 205 movie and television credits to his name. He will be remembered by all. Here are just a few of the movies/tv series that I know him from.

#johnhurt #ripjohnhurt #discoveringthe...

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Flounder Easter Egg In Moana

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on January 24, 2017 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Flounder from The Little Mermaid can be seen in Moana when Maui is singing the “You’re Welcome” song.

40min 35 seconds into the movie.

Gina Rock on the Closing of Ringling Bros. Circus

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on January 18, 2017 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (2)

Tinker Bell is one of the most iconic characters that Disney has ever created. She made her first Disney appearance in the 1953 animated feature Peter Pan. Disney then used her to promote the upcoming theme park, Disneyland. Since the opening of the park in 1955, Walt thought the night-time fireworks show lacked something spectacular. Walt introduced crowds of Disneyl...

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The Last Moments Surrounding Walt Disney's Death

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on December 15, 2016 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest men of our time, Walt Disney. He lost a battle to lung cancer from his chain smoking on December 15, 1966, at 9:30 am.

Here is some information you may not have known about Walt’s last days.

1. The last time Walt was ...

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RIP John Glenn

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on December 9, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday we lost a true American, Astronaut John Glenn. He was a part of the first manned mission into outer space and was the first to orbit the earth in 1962. He returned to space in 1998 to become the oldest astronaut to go into space at the age of 77. He received many honors when he served in the US Navy and Marine Corps spanning World War II and the Korean War. He was also a US Senator for Ohi...

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Kirk Douglas' 100th Birthday

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on December 9, 2016 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy 100th birthday Kirk Douglas!!!

He was born 15 years after Walt Disney on December 9, 1916.

The photo on the bottom right is of Kirk and his family on a visit to Walt's home in 1956. You can see a 12 year old Michael Douglas sitting in the back of Walt's train, the Carolwood Pacific. Walt had used the footage on one of his Disneyland TV ep...

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Mr. Toad and Sherlock

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on September 10, 2016 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)


FUN FACT: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride: When you drive through the town square, there is a silhouette of Sherlock Holmes in a second floor window. This pays homage to Basil Rathbone (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967) who portrayed the detective Sherlock Holmes in 16 Sherlock Holmes films between 1939 and 1953. Basil Rathbone was the narrator for Wind in the Willows (1949), the ...

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Disney Fonts Part 1

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on September 10, 2016 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm going to try to do a series of these.

Here are the Disney (or similar) fonts I use for my posts and other documents. You can use these as a guide for finding and installing new fonts into your computer.

"Dalmatian" http://fontzone.net/font-details/dalmatian

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