Did you know if you were to play golf with Spaceship Earth as your golf ball you’d have to be 2 miles tall?! Spaceship Earth is 180 feet tall.
Thanks for the Tiggerific Trivia hop Jodi, Mike, Heidi and Jenn!
All my life I’ve loved four things: God, my family, Auburn University and Disney. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I always love when two of my worlds collide. When I get to take my youth to Walt Disney World, attend a youth conference at WDW, or find a fellow youth minister who loves WDW as much as I do! This fall I realized another way two of my worlds have collided.
This past fall, despite a pitiful football season, Auburn tried their best to roll out the red carpet for their fans and to give them the best experience possible. They also wanted to increase their customer service and have Auburn fans consider Auburn their second home. So, if a college wants to provide the best customer service, where do they turn? Yep. Disney.
|Auburn’s mascot, Aubie, who won Nationals at WDW in 2012|
This time last year, Auburn’s Athletic Department traveled to Orlando to learn from the leaders is customer service. Disney helped Auburn turn their football game days into game weekend experiences. Auburn wanted to welcome their fans “Home,” like Disney does. As soon as you pull up to your Disney resort, they greet you with “Welcome Home!” That was Auburn’s goal.
Last fall, throughout Auburn you would see “Welcome Home” banners around downtown and campus. The Athletic Department provided tours of the stadium and locker room on the Friday nights prior to home games. They also provide a free event to fans and families on campus such as a volleyball game, soccer game or an outdoor movie at the baseball field. On Saturdays, Auburn football legends such as Bo Jackson and Carnell Williams returned to sign autographs.
Today, I’m taking my youngest boys to “The Plains” to experience an Auburn Basketball and Baseball game. While we’re there, we’ll visit the bookstores, comment on how the campus has changed since we graduated, see the Heisman trophy statues, stop by Toomer’s Corner for a glass of lemonade, and get one more look at the old Oak trees on the same corner that will hopefully be rolled after one of the games.
So, thank you Disney for providing the leadership to my University to help make Auburn my second, or third home!
Disney Consumer Products established university spirit at the 2013 American International Toy Fair yesterday with a collegiate-themed event complete with a marching band and featuring award-winning actor John Goodman, voice of James P. “Sulley” Sullivan, and a showcase of the hottest new toys from the Monsters University product collection.
Scare-Off Sulley (SRP $79.99, available fall 2013) is the most interactive toy in the Monsters University collection with five different modes of play and the ability to sense its environment, changing play modes automatically to match its current surroundings. Kids can interact directly with Scare Off Sulley by challenging him to a “scare off” – if they scream loud enough, he will fall backwards in fear.
If you, or your kids, have a vinylmation collection, this app is perfect for you to keep track of what you have and want to have. When you are going through the parks, all you have to do is open this app to see what you have and need. No fumbling around with a list folded up in your pocket or trying to remember what’s on your shelves at home. You can download the app on iTunes for $2.99.
If you’re interested in downloading this FREE app for your iPhone or iPad, visit itunes!
The lines are shorter
The grease on the tracks is thinner and you go faster
The employees speed up the cars
There are no FastPasses set for noon
I had no idea what the answer was since I had never heard this before! If the trivia game was right, the correct answer is #2: “The grease on the tracks is thinner and you go faster.” But, I did question if the was right, so I did some googling of my own!
According to Lou Mongello at WDW Radio, it’s correct! He writes, “The sun, which is at it’s highest and hottest point at noon, heats and melts the grease on the tracks of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to its thinnest point as the day wears on, and thus the train goes faster in the afternoon. The ride’s average speed it about 30 MPH, but can reach speeds of up to 33 MPH, which is faster than Space Mountain! Be sure to sit in the back of the train if you want the ride to feel even faster!”
So, there ya have it! On your next trip, plan to ride BTMR in the afternoon on a really hot, sunny day! 🙂