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Mythbusting Mr. Incredible’s “New Math”

"Why would they change math?! Math is math! MATH is MATH!!" Bob Parr (aka Mr. Incredible) protested in Incredibles 2. Most people who enjoyed or are heading out to buy the Incredibles 2 (released November 6th, 2018) will likely laugh at this joke. The joke works because so many parents today are struggling with the changes… Continue reading Mythbusting Mr. Incredible’s “New Math”

Disney Trips · PhD Life · Science of Disney · Uncategorized

How spectacular is Epcot’s SpectacuLAB? From a teaching and learning perspective

Only the magic of Disney could turn the demonstration of a few "high-tech" measurement tools into an entertaining, interactive story that might actually be good at teaching kids (and adults!) some simple science concepts. If you haven't had a chance to see it before, the SpectacuLAB is a 30-minute play about an intern's first day… Continue reading How spectacular is Epcot’s SpectacuLAB? From a teaching and learning perspective

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Tips for Walt Disney World’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Here are my best tips and tricks for maximizing your time at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party! Schedule First thing you need to know is that you can enter the park as early as 4:00 PM! So start traveling to the Magic Kingdom between 3:00 PM (if you're parking and need to take the… Continue reading Tips for Walt Disney World’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Science of Disney · Uncategorized

Science of Disney: How Ants Find Food

Foraging for food is an essential premise of a Bug's Life - the ants have to collect enough food to feed the grasshoppers and get food for themselves. The movie got some parts of this process right - ants do often travel in a line to get from a food source to their nest -… Continue reading Science of Disney: How Ants Find Food

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Pixar Women, PhD Part 2

EVE - Ecology. EVE's sole mission was to collect data about life on Earth. She'll likely need to work on her data analysis skills but armed with a PhD, she will be invaluable to the re-colonization of the planet. Specializing in urban ecology or sustainability, she will have a lot to contribute to establishing a… Continue reading Pixar Women, PhD Part 2

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Pixar Women, PhD Part 1

Bo Peep - Animal Sciences. Bo Peep has conspicuously been missing in the last two Toy Story movies and I think the possibility of her disappearing to go earn her PhD in Animal Sciences is somewhat likely (although I don't know how she would be able to manage without her support system of the rest… Continue reading Pixar Women, PhD Part 1

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Science of Disney: Elephants and Bees

One of earth's biggest creatures is being saved by insects. As part of Animal Kingdom's 20th Anniversary celebration, I attended a Tiffins Talk in which I enjoyed a four-course meal inspired by and specially prepared to accompany a presentation from a Disney scientist about their conservation efforts. During this talk, Dr. Joseph Soltis gave a… Continue reading Science of Disney: Elephants and Bees

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Science of Disney: Buzz’s Spacesuit

"Buzz Lightyear to Star Command, Buzz Lightyear to Star Command" Named after Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men on the moon, Buzz Lightyear had a pretty spiffy spacesuit complete with a wings, a laser shooter, and a simple voice-recorder that could transmit his adventures to the intergalactic headquarters. According to John Lasseter (former chief… Continue reading Science of Disney: Buzz’s Spacesuit

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How to Plan FastPass+ as a Disneyland Veteran

As I was writing my list of tips for How to Visit Walt Disney World (WDW) as a Disneyland Veteran, I realized that the FastPass+ system can be extremely overwhelming. So I decided to write a more in-depth post on the system and include my opinions for the best choices for FastPass+ at each park.… Continue reading How to Plan FastPass+ as a Disneyland Veteran

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How to Visit Hollywood Studios as a Disneyland Veteran

Personally, Hollywood Studios is my least favorite park and part of that has to do with how many attractions it shares with the Disneyland Resort. But if you're a huge fan of Star Wars, then this is the WDW park that you'll probably enjoy most. In addition to my recommendations below, there are lots of… Continue reading How to Visit Hollywood Studios as a Disneyland Veteran