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Speaking of which ...
This edition is sure to get you well informed; with Ron’s Disney-MGM Studios
trivia, Jamie and Nigel’s mouth-watering review of ‘Ohana,
and great tips on how to find a good Disney Vacation Club Broker. We
have it all for you. We’ll even feature a discount on a Disney Good
Neighbor Hotel. Let’s get started!
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Trivia with WDWdriver >>
We all know that a visit to the Disney-MGM Studios is not complete without a
trip through the Hollywood extravaganza known as the Great Movie Ride. It is
a great tribute to some of the best movies ever made. Here are some trivial
facts about the ride that you may have not heard before.
The original name for the ride was The Great Moments Movie Museum.
The theme song for the ride, Hooray for Hollywood includes a reference to
Donald Duck. The lyric line is; Go out and try your luck, you might be Donald
Duck! Hooray for Hollywood.
There are several hidden Mickeys along the ride:
In the Hollywood Hills mural look for a profile of Minnie.
In Gangster Alley you may find Mickey’s shoes peeking out under a poster
advertising The Public Enemy movie. And you can see a silhouette of Mickey
in the window of a warehouse.
In the Lost Temple scene Mickey and Donald can be seen in the
hieroglyphics. Two other famous characters are also seen in the
hieroglyphics -- R2D2 and C3PO.
In the Casablanca scene the airplane is a real Lockheed Electra 12A.
And finally, the license plate on the gangsters’ car in Gangster Alley reads
021429 February 14, 1929 was the date of the infamous St. Valentines Day
massacre where gangsters disguised as policemen shot down seven opposing
Dining with MickeysGirl and Dr_Nigel_C >>
Welcome to another yummy edition of Dining Out! This time
around, we're reviewing ‘Ohana, located in the Polynesian Resort. From
‘Ohana there is a spectacular view of Cinderella Castle to go along with all
the Hawaiian flair. Service here is "Family Style," which means they bring
the food to you! Ah...now that's service!
Visiting the Polynesian is easy to do. Bus service is provided from all of
the theme parks or you can arrive in style by hopping on the Resort Monorail
line! If you're driving, pull up to the Magic Kingdom parking lot toll
booths at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom parking lot and tell them you
are headed to the Polynesian; they will let you through with no charge. Just
as you pass through the ticket booths stay in the right-hand lanes. You'll
need to end up on that side of the entryway in order to access the
Polynesian parking lot (the left-hand lanes will take you to the main Magic
Kingdom parking lot). Follow the signs to the Polynesian and when you pass
through the security booth let them know you're dining at ‘Ohana. They'll
issue you a temporary parking pass. Just throw it on your dash and find a
You can start your day with a character breakfast
Mickey, Goofy and Chip & Dale are available for autographs, photos and
games. Choices include scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage links, bacon,
biscuits and more. For only $9.99 for kids and $17.99 for adults, it's a
good deal for the whole family.
an experience in itself here. The appetizer course is brought to your table
first and includes salad greens, a wonderful rice dish & chicken wings.
Next, the meats are brought out and the servers will place whatever you want
right on your plate. You can choose from steak, pork chops, turkey, and even
shrimp! All of the meats are cooked over an open fire pit, where you can
watch all of the meats being prepared.
Make sure to leave a little room for dessert! Once you've finished, a
freshly cut pineapple is brought to your table. Dip it in the caramel sauce
they provide and you'll have a perfect ending to your meal! Other desserts
are available (for an extra charge), and additional children's items are
also available upon request (Mac N Cheese, etc). Price for children is
$10.99, and adults are $24.99.
This restaurant participates in both the
Disney Dining Experience
Plan and the Magic Your Way with
Advanced Dining Reservations are also available here and are highly
Be sure to spend some time wandering around the resort – it’s always nice to
experience a different part of the Walt Disney World resort that you may not
have seen before. Of course, the breathtaking views of the Magic Kingdom are
‘Ohana means family, and you'll experience this from the moment you step
foot inside! Aloha!
a Resale DVC Broker >>
Vacation Club resales requires a great deal of knowledge as they are unlike
any other on the market. You need someone who specializes in this area to
achieve the outcome you desire. Sure, sometimes folks can get "lucky," but
there are still lots of horror stories regarding unprofessional or
uneducated brokers. Do your homework!
Warning signs for BUYERS to watch for:
1. A small amount of listings on their site (indicates NO track record)
2. Talking with agent leaves you unsure they know the product (run, don't
3. Unreturned or late response to your inquiry (where will they be when you
need help with the ROFR, Closing Process & getting into the DVC system? A
knowledge of the right people to contact in case of a situation is
4. Mistakes on postings on their website. Example: OKW, 2 bedroom Wk 6 (DVCs
are in points, not weeks and certain size units, like most timeshares.)
5. The company tells you that you can purchase BWV for $65 a point and ROFR
will be no problem. (They will get their commission when Disney does a
buyback, so they really don't care if you are a new owner or not. In fact,
they prefer it, because it's less work for them and they don't have any
worries about the closing process or anything else. They are not concerned
about establishing a long-term relationship with a customer. Only their
relationship with their own banker. You get the picture)
Warning signs for SELLERS to watch for:
1. The company asks for an upfront listing, advertising, appraisal, website
development, or auction fee. (There is no end to the names they come up with
to describe an upfront fee. This is one of the biggest rip-offs out there.
These people will take your money and in most cases you will never hear from
2. Company "A" asks you to sign an "exclusive" listing agreement with a term
of several months or even a year (usually 6 months or more), which of course
means you are stuck for the duration of the agreement, even if you find your
own buyer. If you also list with company "B", (or have previously listed
with company "B" prior to listing with Company "A") and the agent from
company "B" finds a buyer, as soon as Company "A" finds out about your sale,
you are going to get a letter from their lawyer demanding their commission
3. The company charges you a cancellation fee if you withdraw your listing
before the end of the listing term. (Example: Things happen, if you were
selling for financial reasons and suddenly came into some money, you would
still be forced to sell or pay the cancellation fee which can sometimes be
hundreds of dollars.)
4. They tell you they can get you $150 per point. (That's an exaggeration,
but it happens. They will start hitting you up to reduce your price as soon
as the listing contract has been signed. They will say the market has
changed. Just remember, if it sounds too good to be true…you know the rest.)
5. Is their office easily accessible to the public? You should be able to
walk in during regular business hours and be assured they can and will
handle your business transaction.
6. Is it a boiler room type of operation? This is a really big turn-off to
someone who may be interested in purchasing your property. Hearing all those
voices in the background is NOT what you want your prospective purchaser to
7. Do they have a person answering the phone or is it primarily an answering
machine? People are continually frustrated in this day and age just dealing
with the obstacles of trying to speak to a real person. This does NOT put
them in the buying mood. Most often they will keep calling around until they
reach someone who can discuss their situation.
8. Does the broker work out of their home? Do you really think the
purchasers are going to drive to their subdivision, knock on their door, and
sit down at their kitchen table and write up a contract? How many DVC buyers
have actually done that? The internet has enabled many people to disguise
the true circumstances of their situation. They have a pretty website, so
the public thinks they are dealing with a really big operation.
These are just a few of the most blatant obstacles out there. So I say to
you all, do your homework!
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