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Published on: Dec 29, 2008

Wow, it’s too bad no one knew the answer to the picture below.

Just kidding! Yes, an overwhelming number of you knew, in fact. The band in the photo is Off Kilter. They can be found playing their Celtic rock music at the Canada pavilion in Epcot. They are fun to listen to (and nice to look at!), and can often be heard throughout the World Showcase. If you are planning to spend some time in the World Showcase, make sure to check your guide to see if they are playing. The band is definitely worth a listen.

Congratulations to Nancy L., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Dec 15, 2008

Thanks to the many readers who responded to our picture below, we realized there are quite a few carrousel horses around property. The horse pictured was, however, from 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian. For those who looked closely, one of Cinderella’s step-sisters could be seen in the background. This venue offers a character breakfast or dinner buffet featuring Mary Poppins, Alice and the Mad Hatter in the morning and Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Drizella, and Anastasia in the evening.

Congratulations to Mary Ellen D., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Dec 1, 2008

José Carioca, who was pictured below, can indeed be found in Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at the Mexico pavilion. The boat ride mixes authentic Mexican baskets, pottery, and clothing with a story of the Three Caballeros touring Mexico. There are scenes from various locations throughout the country and festive music to add to the experience. The Three Caballeros animated film was originally released in 1944 and starred Donald Duck, José Carioca, and Panchito Pistoles.

Congratulations to Jennifer O., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Nov 17, 2008

The little dinosaur is a lot newer than the word “dinosaur” would imply. He in fact can be found at the new T-Rex Cafe in Downtown Disney. Several readers guessed the Rainforest Cafe, and although not the correct location, the two restaurants are owned and operated by the same company (Landry’s Restaurants). As the name suggests, not only is this a place to eat, but it’s also a place to explore. There is a dig site to unearth replica fossils, a geode splitter, and an area to pan for precious stones and fossils. True to its name, an animatronic T-Rex greets visitors to the restaurant. There is also a shark bar, complete with a 5,000-gallon shark tank and animatronic octopus. Not surprisingly, a souvenir shop is also open in the location, along with a Build-A-Dino by Build-A-Bear.

Congratulations to Kristine K., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Nov 3, 2008

We were hoping that the maple leaves on the chandelier pictured here would be a hint to its location. While there were a few other reasonable guesses, the light can actually be found at Le Cellier in the Canada pavilion of Epcot. The theme of the restaurant is a wine cellar, and it is one of the more popular restaurants in Epcot.

Congratulations to Tina B., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Oct 20, 2008

The clouds in the background of the photo couldn’t dampen Ms. Lost’s spirits. After all, she was ready to get on Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel. There are a total of 90 unique horses on this ride, which is close to 100 years old. Originally built in 1917, this handmade treasure was purchased by Walt Disney and has been operating at Disney World since 1971.

Congratulations to Maryann L., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Oct 6, 2008

This Hidden Mickey photo taken at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Specifically, it was the back of the vehicle that transports the Power Rangers to their Meet-and-Greet locations. The red, yellow, blue, white, and pink Power Rangers usually attract a crowd around the Streets of America, near Lights, Motor, Action! Stunt Show.

Congratulations to Kristina F., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Sep 22, 2008

This photo was definitely the top of Splash Mountain. Most of you knew where to find the tree stump that sits atop the ride. What no one knew was that Ms. Lost had never left her location from the issue before when she snapped this photo. The top of Splash Mountain was photographed from the stairs on the Swiss Family Treehouse in the Magic Kingdom. Apparently Ms. Lost might not have a map, but she does have a nice zoom lens!

Congratulations to Johnny B., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Sep 8, 2008

Our readers sure know their tropical tables! An overwhelming number of you knew that the photo was indeed taken at the Swiss Family Treehouse in the Magic Kingdom. The treehouse is perfect for those guests missing their StairMaster at home. Based on the 1960 movie “Swiss Family Robinson,” this attraction leads guests up and down 116 stairs through the house the family made from their shipwreck.

Congratulations to Sharon A., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Aug 25, 2008

The photo below was easy to identify for those who don’t just take the bus. Ms. Lost was sitting on the boat dock just outside of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Friendship Boats make a circle route between the Studios, Epcot and the area resorts (Swan/Dolphin, Boardwalk and Yacht and Beach Club). This is a perfect method of transporation for those who don’t want to walk between those locations. It’s a relaxing ride among any of those destinations.

Congratulations to Andrea S., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Aug 11, 2008

Yes, we know that this photo was quite the challenge. Still a few of you extremely observant readers knew where this window could be found. Although it seemed that Old Key West or the Caribbean Beach Resort were logical options, the correct answer was in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. Although this particular decoration was above Mickey’s Star Traders, these little do-dads can be found throughout Tomorrowland, including near the store next to Space Mountain. The next time you are in Tomorrowland and see someone looking around for little blue windows, you might just have spotted a fellow Magically Speaking reader.

Congratulations to LilDevl4 and Amy P., who were the only two who sent in a correct response and therefore are both winners of a Disney trading pin. (This one was so hard, we think they both deserve to win.)

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Published on: Jul 28, 2008

The oversized pink leaf can be found at none other than the Mad Tea Party at the Magic Kingdom. You can celebrate your Unbirthday with this Alice in Wonderland themed attraction. A similar ride, without the roof, can be found at Disneyland and is one of the attractions remaining from the 1955 opening. There are also versions of the Mad Tea Party in Disneyland Paris (Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups), Hong Kong Disneyland (Mad Hatter Tea Cups), and Tokyo Disneyland (Alice’s Tea Party). If you like to spin, this is the place for you. If you don’t, your children will beg you even harder to go on this ride.

Congratulations to Andrea S., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Jul 14, 2008

It seems that many of you knew where our futuristic hair salon can be found. The Interstellar Hair Salon scene is part of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in the Magic Kingdom. Originally opened in 1975 and named the WEDway PeopleMover, the attraction received an update in 1994, which included the name change. This attraction not only allows for an overview of the other attractions in Tomorrowland, but it offers a great place for a 10-minute break from walking around the parks.

Congratulations to Bill R., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Jun 30, 2008

Ms. Lost was found at the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater. This unique restaurant parks guests in an old-fashioned drive-in movie theater, complete with cheesy science fiction movie clips. The tables are made to look like 1950’s era cars. Kids often get a smile by being seated in the “driver’s seat” of the car, but will often find out that the driver is also presented with the check. The drive-in theme brings back memories for some of us and opens a whole new experience for others.

Congratulations to Candida P., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Jun 16, 2008

A record number of you knew where Ms. Lost took this photo. Indeed, Ms. Lost was looking at Brickley the LEGO Sea Serpent. Brickley can be found in the lake just outside of the LEGO store in Downtown Disney. This is a great location to see just how creative your child’s LEGO obsession can become. There are even tables outside where kids can make a few small creations of their own. If you want to bring some LEGOs home, the shop should have just about everything to cover your needs.

Congratulations to Vicki M., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Jun 2, 2008

Ms. Lost had indeed wandered over to the Wilderness Lodge in our last issue. The topiaries can be found near the entrance to the parking lot of this wonderful resort. Guests visiting the lodge often comment on how it feels as though you’ve been moved from Florida to the northwestern part of the country when you enter its grounds. From the majesty of the lobby, the fun of the geyser, and the whimsy of the topiaries, the Wilderness Lodge offers a unique Disney experience.

Congratulations to Brandi S., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: May 19, 2008

As those who have sailed on Disney Cruise Line know, the photo was indeed taken on Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island (remember, it was the Cruise Edition of the newsletter). The post office run by May B. Tamara offers DCL Bahamian stamps and a special Castaway Cay postmark on letters mailed there. This isn’t just a cute name, as it seems postcards sent from the island take quite a while to reach their intended recipients, but it’s fun nonetheless.

Congratulations to Karen B., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: May 5, 2008

The Elephant Safari Company sign through off quite a few readers. Although the offer to “See the rare and unusual from the perch of a pachyderm” seems like it would be something from Animal Kingdom, it’s not. Indeed, this particular safari leaves from the Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom. This wacky trip through the jungles of the world is a sharp contrast to the authentic safari experience found at Animal Kingdom.

Congratulations to Holli G., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Apr 21, 2008

The beautiful domed structure pictured here is indeed inside the Hall of Prayer at Epcot’s China pavilion. The Hall of Prayer is based on the hall at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, which was completed around 1420.

Congratulations to Tammy, who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Apr 7, 2008

Not surprisingly, you all know where Ms. Lost found Captain Jack Sparrow in our last issue. This was one of the amazing Animatronic figures that can be found in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at the Magic Kingdom. Captain Jack was added in the last refurbishment of the popular ride.

Congratulations to BamaScrubz, who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.

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Published on: Mar 24, 2008

Well, it seems our readers may have been a little lost last issue, too. Only a very observant few knew that Ms. Lost was in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom. The kettle hangs near Liberty Tree Tavern, although we don’t think it’s really where they cook the food for the popular restaurant!

Congratulations to Mark J., who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a Disney trading pin.


Published on: Mar 10, 2008

Ms. Lost found a sign marked “Diggs County, U.S. 498.” You were right if you guessed that she was indeed at Dinoland in Animal Kingdom. The number on the sign, 498, pays homage to the opening of Animal Kingdom. The park officially opened on April 22, 1998. Diggs County is the location of Dinoland.

Congratulations to KarenFB, who sent in a correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a hardcover edition of Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, by Neal Gabler. This is a special treat in honor of Magically Speaking’s birthday.


Published on: Feb 25, 2008

In our last issue, Ms. Lost was strolling past a beautiful fountain. Although she did not know where she was, our readers did. Ms. Lost was in fact passing the fountain in the Morocco pavilion of the World Showcase at Epcot. This mosaic fountain is modeled after the Nejjarine Fountain that can be found in the city of Fes. At least one of our readers was lucky enough to see the original, too, and remarked on the similarities and Disney’s attention to detail.

Congratulations to Kathie V., who sent in the correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a trading pin.


Published on: Feb 11, 2008

Our readers did not disappoint poor Ms. Lost after our last issue. You knew that the Jennyis located at Downtown Disney. In fact, we heard from quite a few Forest Gump fans who quickly pointed out that this vessel can be found behind the Planet Hollywood restaurant. This is the same vessel used in the movie. There is another Gump prop from the film inside the restaurant. A ping-pong paddle signed by Tom Hanks hangs on the wall.

Congratulations to Tanya L., who sent in the correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a trading pin.


Published on: Jan 14, 2008

Who was that Robo Newz boy? Well, only in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom can you visit this robot who promises news “up-to-the-minute” that is “printed-while-u-wait.” We’re not sure that he can keep that promise, but if you would like to find out, he can be found between the entrance to the Tomorrowland Transit Authority and the Astro Orbiter.

Congratulations to Suzy K., who sent in the correct response and is the winner of the random drawing and a trading pin.

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