The ABCs Of Walt Disney World

The ABCs Of Walt Disney World

All the parks and what you find there, from A to Z!
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There’s just so much to see and do in the place where dreams come true! Here is the Walt Disney World alphabet.

A is for Animal Kingdom

Learn about the natural world and let out your wild side at this park which celebrates the animals of today, of the past, and of our imagination!

B is for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

In this popular Tomorrowland attraction, put your video game skills to the test as you help Buzz Lightyear defeat Emperor Zurg’s evil forces.

C is for Cinderella's Castle

This beautiful building, the centerpiece of Magic Kingdom, has watched over countless parades, firework displays, and tears of joy from children and adults alike.

D is for Dole Whip

Do you like pineapple? Do you like ice cream? Stop by Adventureland or the Polynesian Resort and pick up this sweet treat!

E is for Epcot

Soar high above the land, dive deep under the sea, and travel all around the world at this innovation-focused park!

F is for Fantasyland

This part of the Magic Kingdom is home to princesses, spinning teacups, flying elephants, and silly old bears.

G is for the Great Movie Ride

Step inside the beautiful Chinese Theatre at the center of Hollywood Studios to begin this journey through every kind of movie, from musicals to westerns to sci-fi/horror films!

H is for Happily Ever After

The Magic Kingdom recently premiered this new fireworks show, featuring more characters, songs, and breathtaking projections than ever before.

I is for IllumiNations

My personal favorite fireworks show takes place in the center of the World Showcase Lagoon in Epcot and tells the story of the world, the future, and human mankind’s ability to create and unite.

J is for Jungle Cruise

Have you always wanted to travel the rivers of Asia, Africa, and South America? Do puns tickle your funny bone? Then this classic Adventureland attraction is what you are looking for.

K is for King Louie

The orangutan ruler of The Jungle Book greets guests in Animal Kingdom alongside Baloo the Bear.

L is for Lumiere

You can find this magical talking candelabra onstage in Hollywood Studios, performing with Cogsworth, Miss Pots, and the rest of the cast of Beauty and the Beast.

M is for Mickey Mouse

A visit to Walt Disney World isn’t complete without meeting the mouse that started it all, whom I happily call my boss!

N is for Nemo

The little clownfish from the reef is a big star in Disney World, performing onstage in Finding Nemo the Musical in Animal Kingdom and guiding guests through the ocean in Epcot’s “The Seas with Nemo and Friends.”

O is for Olaf

The summer-loving snowman from Frozen currently greets guests in Hollywood Studios, appears in the “Frozen Ever After” ride in Epcot, and can come home with you in adorable plushie form.

P is for Pirates of the Caribbean

The classic attraction that inspired the film franchise has changed a bit over the years, but still excites and entertains all who board it. Sing it with me: "Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me!"

Q is for Queen of Hearts

Though most of the characters who wander the kingdoms are heroes, villains also like to meet their fans! This murderous monarch can occasionally be found for photo-ops in Walt Disney World.

R is for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Fasten your seat belts, music lovers! Aerosmith takes you from zero to sixty in three seconds on this Hollywood Studios roller coaster, which is currently the only Disney World ride to go upside-down!

S is for Stitch

If you love this little blue alien, then you’re in luck – Stitch merchandise is literally everywhere at Disney World, particularly in Tomorrowland and the Polynesian Resort!

T is for Tower of Terror

The eerie bellhops at this Hollywood Studios attraction would be delighted to have you “drop in.”

U is for Ursula

This wicked sea witch has twisted her tentacles into several Disney World attractions, including the Magic Kingdom's “Under the Sea” and the Happily Ever After fireworks show.

V is for Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Fans of The Little Mermaid film and Broadway musical can relive the story in this Hollywood Studios theatre, complete with live actors and puppets!

W is for Wilderness Explorers

At Animal Kingdom, you can complete challenges and collect badges all over the park, just like Russell from Up!

X is for eXtra Magic Hours

Walt Disney World Resort guests sometimes get to enjoy extra time in the parks before and after the regular park hours!

Y is for Yacht Club Resort

This formal New England-style hotel stands right next door to the Beach Club Resort, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios.

Z is for Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

If you’re not afraid to get a little wet, climb aboard a log in Splash Mountain. This cheerful song regales you after the big dive!

Cover Image Credit: Sophie Katz

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Be White Feminists

I am white. I am a feminist. But I try very hard to avoid being a "white feminist."

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Preamble 1: I'm not sure if you're aware, but it's a humid, grey April afternoon and being a woman comes with extra challenges, to which I definitely did not agree but they were probably in some fine print that I skimmed. Bummer. Anyway, feminism! Feminism's place in 2019 is contested but I am coming from a place of having heard many of the sides; given that, it would be lovely if you would hear my side.

Preamble 2: Before I get into this topic, I want to acknowledge the place of privilege from which I come. Look at my fully Irish name, I am white. Believing in social, economic, and political gender equality, I am a feminist. But I try very hard to avoid being a "white feminist". As a student at Texas A&M;, a university that sometimes strays into homogeneity in both thought and demographic, I've been noticing a pattern in many conversations concerning gender equality. The pattern is that of white feminism.

White feminism is a Western-styled picking and choosing of feminism that entails a set of beliefs tolerating the ignorance of issues that mostly impact women of color.

Contrast this philosophy with intersectional feminism, which recognizes multiple identities and experiences within us, while promoting more united gender equality. Without intersectionality, our essence cannot stand against oppression and stand for equality without acknowledgment of the nuances of different historical struggles. As women, we face difficulties, but not all women face the same oppressions and marginalizations – and that cannot be overlooked in narratives.

As far as gendered-based violence goes, the Justice Department estimates that one in five women and one in seventy-one men will experience rape in the US. However, here's where the necessary nuances come in.

Women and men of color are more likely to experience this form of violence than white women or men. Women and men who are LGBTQ+are more likely to experience this form of violence than straight women or men. Lower income women and men are more likely to experience this form of violence than women or men in the highest income brackets.

So, yes, one in five women and one in seventy-one men are rape victims. But quoting that statistic without disambiguating the data can mislead readers or listeners of the ways that different identities amalgamate into this final number. Essentially, disproportional oppressions exist. All people are at risk for gendered violence, specifically rape, in America, but some people are more at risk.

If you need more of an explanation, think of the following analogy. White feminism is to intersectional feminism what #AllLivesMatter is to #BlackLivesMatter. Everyday Feminism contends, "the former's attempt at inclusiveness can actually erase the latter's acknowledgment of a unique issue that disproportionately affects a specific group of people".

If you ever find yourself guilty of white feminism, (I've been there!) know that we are all evolving. As long as you are open to education, we are all on the same side.

Here are three vital steps you can take to make your feminism intersectional!

1. Reflect on yourself. 

Reflect on your long-held beliefs based on your perspective alone could not apply to someone else. Reflect on your privileged experiences and acknowledge them for what they are.

2. Think about others. 

Once you've figured your internal state out from step one, you ought to look at the experiences of others with the same level of validity as your own. Ethically, feminism focuses on equality. Yes, that means stopping sexism, but it also expands to mean stopping complicated systemic oppressions that affect more than just white women. That said, white feminists are not the enemy in the fight for equality, rather, they are underinformed.

3. Don’t be afraid to grow. 

Say you were wrong. There's less shame in it than you think. In fact, I genuinely wish our culture was more forgiving of people who made an honest mistake in their past, but their hearts were/are in the right place.

Allow yourself to move onwards and upwards. We are all works-in-progress. We are all striving for better versions of ourselves. Intention is everything and your intention should be to always learn.

Intersectional feminism is challenging, like all educations. If you're doing it right, it should force you to think and even make you feel a little bit uncomfortable. After all, while feminism is here to help, it is not here for your (or my) comfort.

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