Hi! I'm Anita!
I've grown to like this occasional mini blog slipped into the column, how about you? It's a great way to blog without a deadline -- much less pressure!
Anyway, last week as you know, we were treated to a power failure which took out our Internet connection for a couple of days, preventing me from getting my column done in a timely manner. I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. Stuff happened and I just couldn't get it done, power or no power. Well, you'll be happy to know I am back this week, sitting at my desk, listening to The Proclaimers, keeping an eye on the doings at San Diego ComicCon and contentedly writing away.
So, you've heard me mention my friend Bill. Bill and I correspond via e-mail almost daily, often several times a day. He and I chat about just about everything, but mostly we seem to talk about our two favorite things, Disney and Doctor Who. A couple of weeks ago, he issued a challenge to me (and you know I cannot resist a challenge!) that required me to include a quote from Doctor Who in every one of my answers. Being me, I had to take that challenge.
This week is unusually Who-heavy here in the US. The lovely David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) is visiting our shores this week to appear at his very first fan convention, San Diego ComicCon, (which he will have done by the time you read this) and to attend the TCA press tour later this week as well. This past weekend was the North American premiere of the newest Doctor Who special, Planet of the Dead, and last week was the premiere of DW spinoff Torchwood's 5-part miniseries Children of Earth here. Therefore, in honor of these events, and because several of you have asked for more Who stuff, and to amuse Bill and myself, I've included references to Doctor Who all over this column. Flo warned me it might not be a good thing to do, but she should know that the worse it gets, the more I love it. That's so very me.
The reader[s] who can spot the most Who references (and sends them to me via the Trivia mailbox) will get a special mention in next week's column. Even if you're not a Who fan, you may be able to spot the references anyway. Meanwhile, the regular Disney trivia question is featured this week as well. Have fun!
In 1989, I worked in the ice cream shop located in what was then known as the Disney Village. Can you please tell me the name of the shop, and possibly provide a photograph of the exterior and/or interior? It was located next to Minnie's Pizza, I believe. Thank you for your help!
The ice cream shop you worked in was called the Village Ice Cream Parlour and Bake Shop. It served cones, milkshakes, sundaes and banana splits. I like bananas; bananas are good. You should always take a banana to a party. But I digress back to the Village Ice Cream Parlour, which served Breyer's ice cream products. Sometime in 1991, it expanded into the location of Pluto's Dog House and became Donald's Dairy Dip. By the way, the pizza place was called Minnie Mia's Pizzeria. All of these food service places were located in what was then called Block A of the Village Marketplace, a bit beyond where the World of Disney is now in the Marketpace, toward the Empress Lilly, which is now Fulton's.
Thanks for the culinary tour down Memory Lane, Tiffany!
I love your column and look forward to it every week!
Can you tell me the square footage of the new Treehouse Villas? My husband has always wanted to stay in the Treehouses and now that they have reopened, he may get his wish. Our only problem is that we have stayed in a 2-bedroom villa at Old Key West and have been spoiled by the HUGE amount of space there. Thanks for your help!
The new 3-bedroom Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs Resort are 1,074 square feet and sleep up to 9 guests. Compared to Old Key West's 2-bedroom villas at 1,395 square feet, they're obviously smaller, but their unique shape and clever use of the space makes them seem bigger on the inside.
When do the parks take down the Christmas decorations and lights? If I go at the beginning of January will I still be able to see the Osborne Family Lights at Hollywood Studios?
And the answer
is... it depends. It depends on exactly when in early January you'll be
visiting. Generally after New Year's Day, you'll begin to see the park
decorations slowly disappear, beginning with the exterior decorations,
but the exact days also depend on when the holiday vacation period ends
that year. That sentence started out well, but it kind of got away from
me! Anyway, as I was saying, this year the holiday vacation period will
end on Sunday, January 3. This is also the final performance night of
the Osborne Lights for the year. For more information about the holidays
at the World, please read AllEars' Holiday
Have a merry trip to the World!
What year, and in what Disney park, was the very first Candlelight Processional performed? Answer in next week's column!
That's it for this edition!
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