Wednesday, June 6, 2018

MY RETIREMENT TRIP TO DISNEYLAND ...Again!

 
The Trip Plan
After I retired in 2015, we celebrated with a week-long trip to So. Cal. which included 5 nights at the Grand Californian. Things went awry as the missus and I got pretty sick and had to miss out on much of the festivities, and pretty much just "soldier through" the rest.  We wanted to have a do-over and planned this trip as our "re-do" of my 2015 retirement trip.  We had not been back to Disneyland since that trip, so after nearly 3 years, we were more than ready!
Operation: Disneyland Retirement Trip 2.0

The crew was my wife and I, Daughter, Son-in-Law, and our 2 Granddaughters. Same as the trip in 2015, only the girls were a little older, and we (hopefully) would not catch any traveling bugs this time!

We decided to fly into LAX, rent a vehicle, and stay 2 nights in Irvine, CA.  We would hit Knotts Berry Farm (which I consider Disneyland Resort's "3rd Gate"), and then head over to Anaheim for 5 nights at the Grand Cal with 5 "park days" to enjoy.

Knotts Berry Farm
Anyone who knows me, knows how much I LOVE Knotts! Since moving away from Southern California to New Mexico, I have always considered it as the 3rd park to visit on any Disneyland trip. Does the park really compare with the Disney parks? Probably not. But for pure nostalgia, there is something about Knotts that any So. Cal. native will feel deep in their heart. One thing that should not be missed is a dinner at Mrs. Knotts Chicken Dinner House.
The fried chicken is good, but the sides and biscuits are GREAT!
The girls are READY for Chicken Dinner!


The park itself has really changed over the years since I was a youngster.
The ol' Chuck Wagon remains at Ghost Town Grill!
Roller Coaster fever took over the park in the 1990s & 2000's and it has lost a bit of its original old west feeling, but thankfully, they have kept the "Ghost Town" section of the park pretty much intact, and that's the highlight of the place for this ol' sentimental park goer. The Calico Mine Train and Log Ride are classics of the park which remain. If you like roller coasters, they've got something for everyone from mild to wild, and camp snoopy will test the patience of parents, but delight the little ones!
Hard to believe: HER MOM used to ride this one! (Huf-n-Puff at Knotts)

Before you accuse me of heresy for calling Knotts my "3rd Disney Gate", just hear me out.  Walter Knott and Walt Disney were actually friends, and Walt spent much time at Knotts "scouting" for ideas that could be translated to Disneyland. I can't help but feel a slight connection between the two when I'm there.

On to Disneyland!
We had a great time checking out Orange County, doing Knotts, and even hitting our old Southern California favorite - In-n-Out Burgers!  We packed up and headed over to Disneyland for 5 nights at the Grand Californian Hotel.
Ready for 5 nights at "The Grand Cal"!
We set up camp with 2 DVC studio rooms, and hit Disneyland while we waited for our rooms to be ready for us. Our Daughter really stepped up and did most of the "trip planning" for us on this adventure. She did an awesome job, and this time, the trip really ran smooth. I can't think of anything that we missed, and it all really fell into place nicely. A memorable trip for sure!

Pixar Fest in full swing  

We didn't plan it that way, but without knowing it when we planned our return trip to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, we stumbled right into Pixar fest! It was nice having a special event going on while we stayed on property for those 5 nights. Pixar was everywhere! We LOVED it! Special treats were enjoyed and that little extra touch was so much fun.

DCA is changing (again)!
 Disney California Adventure park is going through some pretty big changes over in the old Paradise Pier section. The park's premiere Coaster ride - California Screamin' is changing over to the Incredicosaster themed off of the incredibles movies. Much of that section was walled off, but some great things are in store for future visits to DCA for sure! 
Guardians of the Galaxy was a massive HIT with our whole group!
This park has gone from the "ugly step-sister" to a premiere park to visit.  Cars Land was one of the most amazing additions to any park, The change from Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to Guardians of the Galaxy: Breakout seems to be a big hit, and was FOR SURE with my oldest Grandaughter who probably rode it 6 times on this trip!

   Of course Radiator Springs Racers still seems to be the favorite ride in the park, after all, it is one of the most amazing rides ever created!

   The old favorites remain, but I hear that Bugs Land is on the "chopping block" so our girls got to enjoy at least one more visit to that simple-but-wonderful spot for little ones.

Paint the Night Parade
We didn't plan it out, but we stumbled on to a GREAT little spot to see the Paint the Night Parade at DCA. World of Color is down during the work on Pixar Pier, so Paint the Night is the big night-time event for the park, and it is SPECTACULAR!  Personally, I usually don't care either way if I see, or miss a parade, but I have to admit, after seeing this night time spectacular, it made the trip feel "complete".

      













A Special Lunch & Dinner

One of the hilights this time around was a return trip to Carthay Circle Restaurant at DCA. Last trip in 2015, My wife took me for lunch to Carthay. It was our first time there, and we were impressed, but... neither of us was feeling too well that trip, and it took much of the magic out of our lunch date.
The atmosphere in this place is unequaled in any Disney Park

This time, we were feeling well, and were able to enjoy a most amazing meal. Atmosphere, service, food, everything was A+ for us. We met a gentleman who seemed to be a huge Disney fan, so I gave him a copy of my book (Disney Tale of the Tape) and he had me sign it for him, as he gave me some tidbits about Carthay Circle and Disneyland. HE should write a Disney book!

   Then it was our Daughter and Son-in-Law's turn to go to Carthay Circle for their first time. They gave it rave reviews and seemed to put it at or near the top of their favorite Disney eateries.  It is easy to see why, the place is amazing, and if you are a fan of Walt Disney's life story, there is nothing like it!
A special dinner date for a wonderful couple

Trip 2.0 was a success!
I could go on-and-on about the wonderful time we had. The Rides, the meals, the sights, the fun. So many great memories to look back on. As Hanibal Smith used to say on the TV Show - The A-Team... "I love it when a plan comes together!"

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

DISNEY DINING TIP: SHARING IS CARING (...But Splitting is SAVING!)

     A big part of the Disney Parks experience is the food.  That's for sure.  If you are tripping on a budget, one easy way to save a few bucks is by splitting meals.

   Most meals at the Disney eateries are served in very generous portions.  And, one of the nice things is that most (if not all) of the table service restaurants will not charge for "splitting" meals.

The Turf Club

  
Ask for the larger cut of Prime Rib (like this one at Disney's Turf Club) for splitting. You won't go hungry!

   Since retirement, I don't have the (seemingly) "unlimited funds" that I did when I was working.  Our last trip, was a bit of an experiment in saving on meals.  I've learned that while I may not have as much expendable money since retiring, I also don't eat as much as I did when I was younger (and working).

   The Turf Club at Disney's Saratoga Springs resort was a perfect place to share a delicious meal in a cozy (and kinda' romantic) setting.  Our server Houda was more than happy to help us out with our split meal.  She had a great suggestion. When I asked about the Prime Rib, and said we wanted to split it, she asked if we would like to order the larger cut (18 oz. I think?) for just $8 more.  It worked out great.  We still got the dinner rolls, and she brought us both steak knives, and served the meal with an extra plate for sharing. I'm a self-proclaimed connoisseur of Prime Rib, and this was one of the best I've ever had.  We were both satisfied (actually quite full), and the price was right for such a great dining experience.

The next night for "Split Meal Dining": Boatwright's Dining Hall

   It worked out good, and the next evening, we headed to another old favorite of ours - Boatwright's Dining Hall at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside resort.  Like the Turf Club at Saratoga Springs, Boatwright's is open at 5:00pm for dinner only.

   We took the boat from Disney Springs over to Port Orleans Riverside, and on the boat ride, we met a gentleman named Mark who was from Pompano Beach, Florida. We got to talking, and he said how much he liked the Etouffee at Boatwright's.  We decided to try it, I don't remember ever having Crawfish in a dish before, so we decided to order it and asked the waitress about splitting.  She was more than happy to split a meal for us, and the kitchen served the dish in two separate bowls to make it easy for us! 

Yes, that is a HALF portion of Etouffee in that bowl!

   We ordered a Fried Green Tomatoes appetizer along with the meal, and with that delicious corn bread served with the meal (all you want), it was terrific!


....and this is the OTHER HALF!


   Boatwright's is another overlooked gem of Walt Disney World dining.  If you like cajun cookin' in a relaxed atmosphere, this is your place.

A lesson learned: Casey's is great for "Splitting a meal"!

   Table service meals are not the only place where splitting can work out.  The "foot long" hot dogs at Casey's Corner in the Magic Kingdom are HUMONGOUS! It was our first time at Casey's and I didn't realize what they offered, if I had only known...we would have just split the foot long.  You can easily split one of the large hot dogs (comes with fries) and be full!  There is a fixin's bar with Relish and Sauerkraut
The foot long Chile-Cheese dog with added Sauerkraut from the fixin's bar






The foot long makes the regular dog look like an appetizer! Great for splitting.























































So good we had to return: The Turf Club


      The Turf Club was so good, we had to hit it one more time before the end of the trip (especially since we were staying right there at Saratoga Springs).  Our server Nestor was awesome and suggested that the Lamb Osso Buco might be great for splitting. 
Another great dish from Disney's Turf Club
He was right!  A huge "shank" of braised lamb (bone-in) with Red Pepper-Cheddar Polenta and Gremolata was perfect for 2 to split. We added the Wedge Salad and it was a complete and very filling meal.




How about this for dessert? Brown Butter-Chocolate Mousse, Peanut Butter Cream.
Splitting is a great way to enjoy the great dining experiences at the Disney parks & resorts. Try it, you'll like it! And with the few bucks you saved, why not split a dessert too!

Our server - Nestor.  One of the BEST on Disney property!

Have you split meals at Disney? Please, leave a comment below!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Back to Disney's Vero Beach Resort!

   Seems the sun never sets on the Disney Empire. Parks on both U.S. coasts. Japan, China, France, am I forgetting something? And those resort hotels are a big part of it all.  Aulani in Hawaii, Hilton Head in South Carolina, and the one we just spent 3 nights at - Disney's Vero Beach resort in Florida.
   We spent a fun filled week at Walt Disney World (Old Key West), and then tacked on 3 "bonus nights" at the Vero Beach resort.

   If you are not familiar with it, the resort is a fantastic place with Disney touches throughout. Right on the beach, beautiful views, and plenty to see and do. Nearby places to explore. No rides, no fireworks, no parades, but if you are looking for a more laid back way to do Disney, this is one that I heartily recommend.
Welcome Home!

   Our Party consisted of Grandma/Grandpa, Mom/Dad, 2 kids. We had 2 "Inn Rooms", so Grandma/Grandpa had their own room, and Mom/Dad/Kids had theirs. Not connecting, but right next to each other in the main building. Very nice.
The Sea shell hunting was good today!

   It is a really nice setup. A ramp that leads right down to the beach. Personally, I like to stand up on the deck and look out at the beach. The rest of the gang? They love to stroll along the beach, getting their feet wet, while our Granddaughters collect sea shells.

   Hammocks, A bean bag pit, snack bar, poolside bar, great pool, tennis courts, basketball court, nature trails to explore, even a 9 hole miniature golf course!

 
   The rooms have been renovated since our first visit back in 2015 with our "DDF's" (Dear Disney Friends) from Idaho, and they've done a wonderful job of sprucing up the rooms.

Lunch time at Dixie Crossroads!
   If you like to explore, there is plenty to see and do around the area. One of our favorites is to drive about 90 minutes up to Titusville for lunch or dinner at "Dixie Crossroads". The house specialty is Rock Shrimp. These tasty little guys are like tiny little lobsters, with a split shell that you peel the meat off of. What a treat! There is a little bit of a back story to the restaurant. Here is a little info about it, check it out:



   Museums, Restaurants, and of course, the Beach! Plenty to see and do around the Vero Beach area if you have wheels. But there really is plenty to do right on the resort grounds.

   The resort's restaurant has been changed from "Shutters" to "Wind and Waves", and the makeover turned out very nice.

Ready for the "catch of the day"!
The new decor is a hit!
  
   Seafood is the specialty of the house, but there are also steaks, chops, and other choices. We had a wonderful meal there.




   There is also a place upstairs in the main building called "The Green Cabin Room". It is a lounge that overlooks the ocean in an open air setting. Just beautiful. You can enjoy drinks, and they serve food too!

That ol' pirate ship can be a highlight of the day for the kiddos.
   Of course, the pool is always a big part of the resort experience, and Disney's Vero Beach resort has a great pool complex. A big water slide, a pirate ship splash & play area for the younger ones, plenty of tables and chairs, with the miniature golf course, and quick service restaurant just steps from the pool.
Somehow, they got Grandpa Dan to come down to the beach!



      It is a complete resort experience. If you catch it right, there are Sea Turtle nesting areas, and early each morning there are Disney Cast Members ready to give you a little educational mini-tour of the nesting sites. Vero is a great add-on to a WDW trip. It's not too hard to shift gears from theme park mode, to resort mode, especially with the sound of the waves filling the air.







Monday, March 20, 2017

BEING A GUEST OF "THE PANDA"!

It was so much fun to meet John Saccheri aka- "Big Fat Panda" in Jan. 2017.  He came and picked us up for a taping of the Feb. show.  We were treated like family, and made a great new friend.  Here is his Feb. 2017 show (#44).  It started with some exciting and fun news about things at Walt Disney World.  Then the interview.  We had a blast talking about my first book - Disney Tale of the Tape - Theme Park Boxing.  John is one of the judges in the book for two of the matchups!

Here's the show.....enjoy!


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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

OUR DAY WITH "THE PANDA"!

Tammy, and Dan finally meet John "Panda" Saccheri in person!


   Any true Walt Disney World fan knows about Bigfatpanda.com but in case you are not that deep into the WDW scene, John Saccheri is the producer and host of the Big Fat Panda Show on YouTube.

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   His videos are like medicine for the souls of us who can't be at our favorite park(s) and bring comfort to us when we just have to be there, even if it is not physically possible at the time.  His show introduces us to people that bring even more great content to the Disney fan community.  Podcasters, Bloggers, Voice Actors, Authors, Artists, and so many others.  John was also one of the featured subjects in the documentary The Dreamfinders (DreamFindersMovie.com) along with Lou Mongello, JeniLynn Knopp, Ricky Brigante, Corinne Andersson, and the original "Dreamfinder" Ron Schneider.  All names that hard core Disney parks fans will recognize instantly!

   John is one of the 10 judges in my new book: Disney Tale of the Tape - Theme Park Boxing, and we were very excited to meet the one and only "Big Fat Panda"!
Panda is one of the 10 "Celebrity Judges" in the book


   He came in towards the end of the book project, but he is one of the 3 judges for two bouts.  He knows his stuff, and added SO MUCH to the book!  He was assigned to Impressions de France vs Reflections of China, and the final bout of the book Prince Charming Regal Carrousel vs Stitch's Great Escape.

   When John heard that we would be spending 4 nights at WDW's Animal Kingdom Lodge, he invited me to be a guest on an upcoming episode of The Big Fat Panda Show.  I was honored, and excited to do it!

   He came to the Jambo House and picked us up.  We had a great time meeting him and talking all kinds of "Disney talk" as he drove us to "The Panda Cave" - his beautiful home not too far from Walt Disney World.


   We sat and drank coffee as we chatted, and were introduced to a few of John's 5 cats.  It was a great time getting to know such a warm hearted and friendly man. He's a New York native, and could easily lay some NY Attitude on you if he wanted to, but I think the years in Florida have softened him up a bit, I could hardly make out any accent in his voice.
There's no turning back NOW!

   His home is like a mini-Disney Museum.  I guess you might call it "One Panda's Dream".

   Every time we turned around, there was something that made us say "OH WOW, LOOK AT THIS!"  Just amazing!  We were having so much fun, but I was there to be a guest on his show, so we eventually had to put down the coffee and head up to the studio for the taping.

   The studio room was small, but a little bit intimidating.  As I sat down, I was thinking "Wow, Tony Caselnova (author of Disney by the Numbers), Jim Hill, Bob Jackson (Yee-Haw Bob), Jim Korkis, Ron Schneider, Mark Silverman (the voice of Tower of Terror) and so many other stars of the Disney fan community have sat in that very chair!"  But, with the green screen behinds us, and Panda's soothing voice, we were able to sit down and have a nice visit for an upcoming episode. 
John "Big Fat Panda" Saccheri introduces Dan and the book

It's probably going to take a little of Panda's "magic" (editing) to make it fun, but I've been watching the show for years, and it is always enjoyable.  He is an amazing man with a great charisma.

   When the taping session was over, we toured around his home a little more, and just had such a fun time with him.  He told us stories of things that happened to him during his visits to the WDW parks, and all of the amazing people he has had the fortune to meet along the way.  His love for Disney is unstoppable, he is really one of the Champions in that arena!

  
"Kung Fu John"! (an artist friend made it for John)

   It was finally time to head back to our room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  John gave us a special tour of the "other side" of the Magic Kingdom, driving us through the side streets around the park.  Monorail parking structure, Cast member parking, warehouses, and other areas we had not previously seen.  We felt so honored that John Saccheri would take so much time to treat us so special.

    The book has been an amazing journey, but what is even more amazing, is the new friends that I've made along the way.  Great people, who love the Disney parks every bit as much as I do!  John Saccheri is at the top of that list.

Remember, he is not "A Big Fat Panda" , he is "THE Big Fat Panda"!

   We were a bit sad to say "goodbye" to John as he gave us a hug and dropped us off at the hotel lobby, but we now have a very special friend in the Orlando area, and look forward to seeing our new friend on a future WDW trip.  Our Granddaughters can't believe that we "know" Big Fat Panda!

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Book IS HERE! Disney Tale of the Tape is now available!

   I was sitting at my PC, when an e-mail came in from the publisher of Theme Park Press.  He asked me what I thought about writing a book based on my old column for the Disney Dispatch website.  I was a little surprised, and scared.  "Hmmm", I thought,  "the column was fun but book worthy?"  The uncertainty turned to curiosity, so we talked it over a bit.  That was July 8th 2016.

The book cover - DISNEY TALE OF THE TAPE - Theme Park Boxing


   Well, a little over 5 months later.... HERE IT IS!  Disney Tale of the Tape is my first attempt at writing a book, and I hope it won't be my last.  It has been an amazing journey in getting this project to press.  Here are a few of the twists and turns along the way:

  The Evolution of a Format  
   The Disney Dispatch Column's format featured only 1 judge.  I would write up the categories (rounds), and then score the bouts along with two fictitious judges scoring the bouts.  The bouts were decided by me, because it was fast, and it was the only way I could even have a shot at  meeting the bi-weekly deadline (that I sometimes missed) for the column.  Mr. McLain was very gracious, and really did not push the deadline.  I would do a little research, then make up the "Tale of the Tape" which would give some facts about the contestants.  I would think up some categories to use for rounds, and then score the bouts.  This was a few years before retirement, so time was not on my side, as I would come home from work exhausted, but it was so much fun, I would dig in, write up a battle, and send it in.

This was the logo for the original column at Disney Dispatch

   The book started out with the same idea in mind, just write up the battles, and score each "round" to come up with a winner.  Then I thought "Hey, who cares what I think?  Why not have some REAL Disney experts as judges!"  So I started reaching out to some of my favorites from the Disney Fan community to see if they would like to be part of this project.  Each bout features myself plus two "Disney Celebrity" Judges doing the scoring.


  Putting Together a Team    
   The first person I turned to was my friend Len Testa.  Len is the co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and he was one of the co-hosts of the WDW Today podcast, he is still an occasional guest/co-host of the show in it's current format, and I love that show!  I had corresponded with Len in the past, and found that he's quite the boxing fan, so I pitched him about writing the foreword for the book.  He responded very enthusiastically, I just felt so honored, and a bit more confident having the Len Testa on my side!  At the time, I had not changed the format, so all I was asking for was a foreword for the book.  That changed later, and Len was totally on board with being one of my "Disney Tale of the Tape Boxing Judges"!

Next, the book needed some color, so I reached out to some friends from the world of pro boxing.

Ring Announcers:  Bob Alexander, Lupe Contreras, Henry Tafoya, and Dom Zarrella all said "Yes!" to using their names in the book.

Dan co-hosting "Rising Stars Boxing" with Henry Tafoya in 1999

You need Referees for any boxing match, so it was time to contact some of boxing's very best:  Rocky Burke, Laurence Cole, Russell Mora, Woody Kislowski, and Zac Young (Zac is also a judge for one of the matches, turns out he's a huge Disneyland fan!) all answered the call, and if you are not a boxing crazed nut, just check out the records of each of these guys in boxrec.com they are all World Class Referees!

And there is one "special" Referee - Retired Pro Wrestler Frank Goodman (The Masked Maniac) who works some of the bouts.  His Disney World Junkies facebook page has over 140,000 subscribers, and he has arms bigger than Gaston!  I wasn't about to say "no" to him refereeing some of the bouts!
Dan with his friend - Pro Boxing Referee Rocky Burke in 2012

You can't score a pro boxing match without the judges (I should know, I used to be one!), so again, I reached out to some of my personal favorites.  Some gave me a polite "No Thank You", but most gave me an enthusiastic "You Bet!" and the list includes some names that you will no doubt recognize if you are a true Disney Parks fan and what a line-up it is!






The Judges:

*JERRY CORNELL - Theme Parkology (themeparkology.com), and co-host of Living the Dream Podcast

*RANDY CRANE - Author of Faith and the Magic Kingdom, host of Stories of the Magic Podcast

 *JIMMY  HORNE - Owner of Once Upon a Time Travel, and co-host of The Disney Nerds Podcast

  *KRISTA JOY - Disneyways.com, and co-host of Living the Dream Podcast

*DAVE KENNEDY - Host of the Dave's Disney View Podcast, and a former Disney World cast member

*GARY MERRITT - Get this, he is a retired world class Pro Boxing judge who worked over 1, 600 bouts over 37 years, all over the world!  And... he has been to Walt Disney World over 50 times!

*NATHAN PALMER - he's an Indiana Pro Boxing judge, who has been in the sport since 2003.  He's worked over 750 bouts, and going strong!  He is my fellow editor at boxrec.com and when I found out that he's a huge fan of Walt Disney World, he was an instant fit!

*JOHN SACCHERI - The host of Bigfatpanda.com, and one of the subjects featured in the Documentary The Disney Dream Finders

*MONICA SEGURA - This lady is a total Disney parks fan.  She has a degree in Physical Education and has attended quite a few boxing events.  She is totally qualified to judge these bouts.  Oh, and did I mention, She's my Daughter!

 *LEN TESTA - Host of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish with Jim Hill Podcast, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

We had no idea that this little Boxing Fan would grow up to become a judge for the Disney Tale of the Tape Boxing Commission!

There are also two dear friends of mine from the world of boxing that make an appearance:

*JOHN KLEMIATO - "Big John" is a boxing judge with the Nebraska Boxing Commission, and his role will be as Deputy Inspector of the Disney Tale of the Tape Boxing Commission

*DAN CUSHNER - Dan is a former Pro and Amateur Boxing Trainer, as well as one of Pro Boxing's top "Cut-men".  He will appear as the "Cut-man" for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

What an all-star lineup of officials to score the bouts.  It is Their remarks in the book that make it a fun read.
Dan with his Wife Tammy at Disneyland in 2011 (at the time, Dan had no idea that  one day in the future, that big mountain behind him would be taking on Big Thunder Mountain in a clash of titans!)

  The Match-ups!  
There are 14 Matches in the book.  It's a night of boxing (Disney Parks style) that you will never forget!  Take a look at the card, and if you have experienced them, go ahead and set the odds on who YOU think will win each of them:

Bout 1)  THE GRAND FIESTA TOUR Starring the Three Caballeros (Epcot - World Showcase)
vs
JOURNEY INTO IMAGINATION with Figment (Epcot - Future World)
(Our opening bout)
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Bout 2) LEFOU'S BREW (Magic Kingdom) vs DISNEYLAND MINT JULEP (Disneyland)
(Can this much sweetness be contained in one ring?!)
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Bout 3) CALIFORNIA SCREAMIN' (Disney California Adventure)
vs
ROCK 'n' ROLLER COASTER (Disney Hollywood Studios)
(For the Coaster Division Championship!)
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Bout 4) AMERICAN MUSIC MACHINE (Epcot - America Gardens)
vs
BRITISH REVOLUTION (Epcot - UK Pavilion)
(May the best group win!)
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Bout 5) HAUNTED MANSION (Disneyland) vs HAUNTED MANSION (Magic Kingdom)
(It's Brother vs Brother in this match that Disney fans thought would NEVER Materialize!)
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Bout 6) The PIRATE ROOM (Caribbean Beach Resort)
vs
The ROYAL ROOM (Port Orleans Riverside)
(For the Moderate Themed Resort room title belt)
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Bout 7) MONSTERS INC. - Mike & Sulley to the Rescue (Disney California Adventure)
vs
MR. TOAD'S WILD RIDE (Disneyland)
(Dark Ride division title belt is at stake!)
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Bout 8) IMPRESSIONS DE FRANCE (Epcot - France Pavilion)
vs
REFLECTIONS OF CHINA (Epcot - China Pavilion)
(a bout with national pride on the line!)
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Bout 9) THE JUNGLE CRUISE (Magic Kingdom)
vs
KILIMANJARO SAFARIS (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
(Who will become "King of the Jungle"?)
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Bout 10) CARTHAY CIRCLE (Disney California Adventure)
vs
HOLLYWOOD BROWN DERBY (Disney Hollywood Studios)
(A battle of classy theme park eateries... in Black & White of course!)
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Bout 11) DINOSAUR (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
vs
THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH (Magic Kingdom)
(Pooh puts his undefeated record on the line against a very HUNGRY contender!)
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Bout 12) DOLE WHIP vs MICKEY PREMIUM ICE CREAM BAR
(Snack Division Championship!)
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Bout 13) BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD (Magic Kingdom)
vs
THE MATTERHORN (Disneyland
(King of the Mountains Title Bout)
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Bout 14) PRINCE CHARMING REGAL CARROUSEL (Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland)
vs
STITCH'S GREAT ESCAPE (Magic Kingdom - Tomorrowland)
(A special GRUDGE match like no other!)
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The Author with his "Research Staff" (His "Disney Sweeties") - (L to R) Monica, Sadie, Tammy, and (front) Ava at Disney Springs in May, 2016



Dan with boxing promoter - Don King.  Mr. King NEVER put together an event like this!

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There is also a foreword by Len Testa, and appendix's which feature My Disney Side, and My Boxing Side, a listing of all the officials who contributed to the book, and even a crash course on How to score a professional boxing match. 
Dan with legendary "Hands of Stone" (like Matterhorn Mountain) - Roberto Duran

   The Hardest Part  
The hardest part of the whole project was the final days.  The waiting to see the final proof copy, then the cover art, then waiting for the book to actually become available.  It was tortuous.  I felt a bit like an expectant father waiting for his new child to be born!  I'm too old for this!  But its finally here, and I really do hope you will have some fun with it.  But watch out - you just might get hooked on Disney parks, or the sport of Boxing!  One can only hope.

The back cover pretty much tells "The Tale of the Tape" for the book!


It took nearly half a year to put together, but here it is.  I hope you will pick up a copy, and most of all, I hope that you will get some enjoyment out of it!  Reviews are always welcome, no matter how you score the book!

Dan with one of the judges from the book (Monica) blasting off on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

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