October 20, 1996 |
Men have faced the headsman's ax with more enthusiasm than I took to Walt Disney World. But misery loves company, and so we went to the Magic Kingdom with our closest friends. "If we have to do this, you have to do this, too. " We went for a loooong weekend, five days and four nights, the object being to entertain four small children - three girls (two age 7, one 6) and a 2-year-old boy who was basically carry-on luggage. We went because everyone else goes or had gone or was going.
October 15, 2010 |
If he hadn't dedicated his life to baseball, Charlie Manuel would have made an excellent pro wrestler. Vince McMahon, the WWE patriarch, likes to refer to his employees as sports entertainers. That description fits Manuel perfectly. The man has both charisma and guts. One minute he's making you laugh with homespun witticisms, the next he's challenging ornery radio hosts to "stop by" his office to scrap. Give him a steel chair and a different type of uniform and he'd make Hulk Hogan tap out for sure.
December 5, 2000 |
Michael Zollo's first trip to Disney World came in May, but that 10-day vacation was not as enjoyable as he had hoped it would be. His family spent half its time in the hotel with the flu. A 10-year-old fifth grader at Simmons Elementary School in Horsham, Zollo is headed to the Magic Kingdom again today, but Space Mountain and the other rides are not uppermost in his mind. Zollo and his teammates on the Horsham Hawks football team will play in Orlando, Fla., at 9 a.m. tomorrow in a semifinal game of the Pop Warner Pee-Wee Division (95-pound weight limit)
June 19, 1997 |
If you've ever found yourself at a party feeling as out of place as Quasimodo in a Baywatch episode, say the magic words, "Disney World. " It gains you instant acceptance. You'll have the next hour of small-talk covered. That hotshot lawyer bragging about his 10-day trek to Machu Picchu will be truly impressed when you mention how many hours you waited in line for the 90-second Dumbo ride. The woman with the Tower-of-Terror hair, who normally wouldn't make eye-contact, will touch your arm intimately while divulging the cosmic experience she had on Space Mountain.
December 16, 1998 |
Cindy Seldin looked around nervously and confided that, despite its place in the hallowed, palm-treed pantheon of Walt Disney World, Tomorrowland might just be . . . yesterday's news. Not that she was trying to diss the Diz, she explained, it's just that, living as she does practically around the corner from the famed theme park, she is spoiled. After committing every dip and divot of Space Mountain to memory and having taken stroll after stroll down Main Street U.S.A. during 25 years' worth of visits, Seldin admits that her theme-park standards are about as high as the spire atop Cinderella's Castle.
January 18, 2002 |
The Disney World engineer who helped ease the wait for Peter Pan's Flight hopes to do the same for your flight. The Department of Transportation has asked Walt Disney World, a place with notoriously lengthy queues, for help. Chris Billings, Disney's transportation planning director who helped the theme park come up with a computerized way for people to avoid some of its long lines, just got the temporary job of doing something about airport lines. "There's a whole psychology toward guest behavior and waiting in line.
May 18, 2014 |
Thanks to our loving and benevolent parents, my brother Dan and I have been to Walt Disney World in Florida numerous times. However, on all those trips, we never met a Hollywood celebrity while there - well, none that made any real impact on me. We did see Cher from a distance while dining at the Rainforest Café in Animal Kingdom in 1999. But I was only 5 at the time and didn't know Cher from Sonny or Chaz Bono, to be honest. Well, this time, the result was far different. The cast of the ABC hit show The Middle happened to be filming in the Magic Kingdom the March day we visited, so we decided to stay near Space Mountain and watch the filming of the show's season finale.
October 11, 2000 |
The Coatesville boys' cross-country team learned the great news, jumped into each other's arms, and announced the team was going to Disney World. The Red Raiders had won Saturday's 36th annual Steel City Invitational at Coatesville, the premier regular-season cross-country event in the state. It wasn't Space Mountain, but Coatesville did conquer the three-quarter-mile hill at the race's midpoint and the 65-team field, scoring 100 points. Central Bucks East was second with 123. "This was definitely one of our goals," Coatesville coach Keith Andrew said.
July 27, 1988 |
It's one minute before 9 a.m., Vacation Standard Time, and my family and I are bracing ourselves, getting ready for the all-out, possibly fatal, sprint toward Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland is of course a popular sector of the "Walt" Disney World of Fun Attractions Surrounded By Waiting Lines The Length of the Canadian Border. Being savvy tourists, we have followed the advice of our guidebook and arrived Bright and Early so as to avoid the big afternoon crowds, the result being that there is virtually nobody else here except, I would conservatively estimate, 300,000,000,000,000 other savvy, crowd-avoiding, guidebook-reading tourist families.
July 31, 1998 |
Bryan Scott just needs to do one more thing before his childhood comes to an end. He's been to Disney World. He's become a track star and a basketball star at Central Bucks East. He's gotten scholarship offers from top Division I programs. The scrapbook is almost full. All that's left is to win a gold medal at the Keystone State Games. Scott and the Delaware Valley Region scholastic boys team moved a step closer to completing Scott's boyhood-dreams checklist yesterday, with a 100-86 victory over the Great Lakes Region team.