Screenshot from Disney's Fantasia (1940)
Walt Disney Pictures has a long history of producing quality animated feature films dating all the way back to 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. For those of us who grew up with Disney on Home Video, there are dozens of films from our childhoods which played an integral role in shaping who we are as adults – from our imaginations to our aspirations. But the real question is… which of Disney’s films rank among the best animated films of all times?
If you were to go by the American Film Institute’s Top 10 Animated Films, then Disney (and collaborator Pixar) has made nine of the ten best American animated films, with rival Dreamwork’s Shrek sneaking in at position number eight.
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Pinocchio has been re-released by Disney on DVD and Blu-ray for its 70th Anniversary.
It’s hard to believe that the Disney animated classic, Pinocchio, about a puppet’s journey to become a real boy, was made in 1940, 70 years ago. 1940…that was five years before the end of World War II, 25 years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 29 years before man first walked on the moon (and 46 years before the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion), and 68 years before Barack Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States of America.
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San Angel Inn Restaurant at Epcot, image from Disneyworld.disney.go.
One of the Disney World Resort’s most popular features is the Disney Dining Plan with offers resort guests a quick service meal, table service meal, and snack for each night of their stay at $40/day per person. For many family vacationers, the Disney theme parks are infamous for their overpriced, greasy fried foods, and few park guests take advantage of Disney’s diverse food offerings outside of the pizza, hamburgers, chicken strips, and fries that are so ubiquitous.
One of Disney’s best kept secrets is the abundance of quality restaurants throughout the resort, from the Animal Kingdom Lodge to all four theme parks, and even Downtown Disney. Many of the restaurants are so good, in fact, that four of them (Victoria & Albert’s, ‘Ohana, Le Cellier Steakhouse, and Earl of Sandwich) are ranked in the top ten best rated Orlando restaurants by Trip Advisor reviewers. Disney’s sit down restaurants require advanced reservations, and Dining Plan guests are allowed to start booking their reservations as far as 180 days (six months!) in advance.
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Disney's Yacht Club Resort, image from Disneyworld.disney.go.
About a week before Valentine’s Day this past February, I dreamed that my boyfriend took me to Disney World for a romantic Valentine’s weekend.
The weekend trip didn’t become reality, but in the six months that have passed, my boyfriend and I were engaged and married, and our romantic weekend reverie has transformed into an amazing nine day honeymoon to all of the Disney theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, and Discovery Cove. We are staying at the Yacht Club, one of Disney’s deluxe resorts, and we couldn’t be more excited.
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