Monday, October 28, 2013

The Treasures of Disney exhibit - Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has a special exhibit going on right now:  D23 Presents:  Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives.

We had the chance to see this exhibit yesterday, and it was one of the better exhibits we've experienced at the Museum (and we've been members for several years now).  That might be because we enjoy Disney, and I love the Disney history material.  But we all found it to be quite fun, right up to the "Animation Academy" style class at the end of the exhibit.  They had costumes from Enchanted, Mary Poppins, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice In Wonderland, and a handful of other films.  They had some interesting props, a bunch of macaques (is that the right word?) of various animation subjects, and other interesting things like the Nautilus model used in the filming of 20000 Leagues Under The Sea.    The theme parks were covered as well.

It presented Walt as a forward-thinking genius who was one step ahead of the curve in the entertainment industry.

I'd actually like to go see it again.  Check out the Museum of Science and Industry's info on the exhibit on their site.


14 Dark Windows published on Amazon!

I am very pleased to announce the publication of my short story collection, 14 DARK WINDOWS, on Amazon for Kindle.  It contains fourteen short stories, not all horror, but most have some horrific or supernatural elements. 

It's priced at $2.99.  Buy it here!  Thank you!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Disney Guidebook coming out...

Yes, I've written a Disney guidebook, which will be released as soon as I finalize the cover.  It will be an e-book, available on Amazon for Kindle, and later hopefully for Nook and through the iBookstore and other outlets.  I'm also hoping to publish a paper version of it, but I think the e-book will be the best way to experience it.

What qualifies me to write a guidebook, you might ask?  Well, we've visited Walt Disney World seven times since our kids were born, each time for 7 or 8 days.  And each time we learned something.  We got our patterns down.  We found places that we return to for dining.  We stayed at resort properties that we really liked, and at least one that we weren't crazy about. 

We visit the resort like a lot of other people in our boat.  We aren't all annual pass holders.  We don't all live close enough to go every week or month, like some folks who write Disney books do.  We get down there every year or every couple of years, spend a week there, and try to make the most of our stay.  When we run into people going to Disney for the first or second time, we seem to usually have some good ideas for them, information that they are happy to have. 

Our experiences are not the be-all-end-all of Disney experiences.  They're OUR experiences.  I thought it would be interesting to put together a "guidebook" from that perspective, not trying to give every last bit of information about every little thing on Disney property.  I didn't do a ton of outside research to write this book.  I mostly relied on my family's experiences and how we've done things over the course of our seven visits.   I talk about how we structure our park visits, how we buy our tickets, how we get the most out of our money when visiting Walt Disney World.  Take all of our advice, some of it, or just a little, but I think if you have young kids and are going to visit Disney every couple of years for a week at a time, you'll find something useful in the book.

Disney's MyMagic+ has come along and perhaps will change a bunch of stuff about how we have to structure our vacations, but for the most part, our observations stand on their own. 

I'll have the cover here and on my Scott Dyson page and on my Scott Dyson Facebook page, and pricing information before it is released.  I hope some of you will download a sample and take a look!  Thanks for reading!


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Avatar Land takes a step forward!

It looks as if Disney is proceeding with their Avatar Land expansion of Animal Kingdom. 

The concept art looks good. 

Check out this Disney Parks blog post!