Author Archive: Mary Jo Mellado Willey

Mary Jo makes her home in the Los Angeles area, close to the ocean and the LAX airport, just 25 miles west of the Disneyland Resort. This makes it convenient for her to visit the original Magic Kingdom quite often. Her favorite attraction is the Pirates of the Caribbean, though these days she also enjoys just going to listen and watch the entertainment throughout the parks, or having a bite to eat with various Disney friends.

She grew up going to Disneyland with family and friends who would visit from out-of-town. It seems that in those days it was more common to stay with family and friends rather than go to a hotel when visiting. Her mother also loved Disney, and it was common for visitors to be treated to the sound of the Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade music (really loud) early in the morning on the day they were to visit the Land. Mary Jo has passed this love of Disney to her daughter Kelly, who probably goes more often than her mother.

In addition to visiting Disneyland, Mary Jo also enjoys checking out the local scene (there is so much to do in Southern California), camping in Yosemite or Sequoia, and traveling with her two adult children, Nick and Kelly, who currently live with her.

Mary Jo is a member of the Disneyland Edition of The DIS Unplugged Podcast, a moderator on the DISneyland forum on the DIS, and is an occasional contributor to the DIS Blog.

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Disneyland’s Mechanical Kingdom Exhibit Opens

Disneyland’s Mechanical Kingdom Exhibit Opens

| March 11, 2014 | 1 Reply

The Disneyland Gallery recently opened its latest exhibit, “Mechanical Kingdoms,” to the delight of many steampunk fans, including yours truly.  Steampunk is a style that incorporates steam-powered machinery with a futuristic Victorian setting.  Think of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and you will have an idea of steampunk. Some of the Disneyland podcast team visited [...]

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A visit with Susan Disney Lord at her restaurant, the Bel Air Bar and Grill

A visit with Susan Disney Lord at her restaurant, the Bel Air Bar and Grill

| September 6, 2013 | 1 Reply

Susan Disney Lord is the granddaughter of Roy O. Disney (Walt Disney’s brother), and the eldest daughter of Roy E. and Patricia Disney.  She is also a wife, and the mother of five children. I had the opportunity to chat with her at her restaurant, The Bel Air Bar and Grill.  You can hear more [...]

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Blue Sky Cellar Sneak Peek of the New Main Street Market House

Blue Sky Cellar Sneak Peek of the New Main Street Market House

| August 30, 2013 | Reply

Recently, at Disney California Adventure, the Blue Sky Cellar unveiled a sneak peek at the renovated Market House on Main Street at Disneyland.  Many fans have been concerned about the advent of Starbucks and what that might mean to the classic Main Street that we all know and love. You can hear more details about [...]

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D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Reagan Library

D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Reagan Library

| April 2, 2013 | Reply

I have some friends, Miguel & Bernie, who are big Disney fans, and when they heard that D23 had an exhibit at the Reagan Library, they wanted to go… with me.  So, I went online, and found that the recommended thing to do is to purchase tickets before going to the Reagan Library.  I got [...]

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