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Andrew Kiste
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A Peek behind the Curtain of a Disney History Book: A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World
Welcome to this month's Blogorail Black Loop . Today we are sharing the Disney books you should have in your collection. As an author, particularly one writing in the genre of nonfiction and history, I come under constant scrutiny and criticism from readers...
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Advanced Placement World History project: Creating a Theme Park Attraction
While conversing with the students of my AP World History class, they suggested that they conduct a project after their AP exam on May 11th to create a Disney ride based on a historical period or event that we learned about this year.  Of course, I thought ...
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Our Kids' First Trip Ch. 1: Arriving on Property
Welcome to this month's Blogorail Blue Loop . Today we are sharing tips to for taking toddlers to the Disney Parks. I have been going to Walt Disney World since I was two years old, going to the parks approximately every two years, sometimes more often than...
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Excerpt from A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World Vol 1: "An Architecture Lesson from Pirates of the Caribbean"
Welcome to this month's Blogorail Red Loop . Today we are sharing some of the secrets you'll find at Disney attractions. One of the best parts of writing the volumes of A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World is the research that I do. In college, I worked a...
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Magic Kingdom At Night
Walt Disney World is a magical place. But Disney magic takes on a whole new meaning once the sun goes down. This is not a post about Disney fireworks, castle projection shows, or nighttime parades. I'm going to be honest with you: I haven't watched a Magic ...
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The Disney Dining Plan: Is It Worth It?
Welcome to this month's Blogorail Orange Loop . Today we are sharing parts of a Disney vacation that people often ask, is it worth it? I like to eat. In fact, as I thought about how to start this post, my mind immediately went to some of my favorite restaur...
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My Kids Ruined My Life
I sound like a horrible parent and a horrible person, don't I? Before you start trolling me, let me explain. Maybe it would help if I told you what my life was like before my wife and I adopted our kids. I used to sleep in until the last possible second. On...
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Disney Fan Fiction: "Tourist" Chapters 13-Epilogue
This is a Disney fan fiction I wrote back in high school. I thought it would be entertaining to post it online. To read previous chapters click here .                                                                13 A dark shadow fell on Cap. He looked up ...
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What It's Like to be a Stroke Survivor
Looking back over my feed, I've noticed that today is the first time I'll have posted in over a week. The past week has been pretty crazy in my home. My daughter sprained her ankle last week, only to later develop bronchitis. One of my sons has both an eye ...
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Gotcha Day: A Story of Adoption
The date was February 9, 2015. My wife and I sat in our car in front of the Department of Social Services building in our town. Gloved hands gripped together, our breath steaming in front of us. We were terrified. We looked at each other, said a quick praye...
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