About the Author

Leah Sikes

Leah Sikes is a graphic designer and contributing writer for WDW Magazine and Dad's Guide to WDW. When she's lucky enough to visit the Happiest Place on Earth, you catch her hanging out with the 999 Happy Haunts. She also loves running in the parks (when it's allowed at the marathons).

Today in Disney History: The Spaceship Earth Wand Is Removed

Leah SikesBlog, EPCOT

EPCOT Spaceship Earth Wand 2000

Between 2000 and 2007, EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth sported a big, sparkly Mickey arm and wand surrounding the geodesic sphere. But on this day in Disney history, July 9, 2007, the Spaceship Earth wand came down! A Millennium Celebration The EPCOT Spaceship Earth wand went up in 2000, for the celebration of the new millennium! During … Read More

Disney Re-Opens With a Cast Member Preview!

Leah SikesBlog, News

Cast Member Preview masks

Yesterday, Disney opened their gates to guests for the first time in over 110 days. The Cast Member preview on July 7, 2020 allowed Cast Members plus a few select guests to enter the Magic Kingdom and experience Disney magic—social distance style. Cast Member previews are a great way for Disney Cast Members to get … Read More

5 Magical Cinderella Castle Facts!

Leah SikesBlog, Magic Kingdom

Castle at sunrise

No Walt Disney World vacation is complete without a stop at Magic Kingdom. Seeing Cinderella Castle for the first time each trip is always so magical and breathtaking, no matter how many times I’ve seen it! And the magic goes beyond just the views—here are some truly magical Cinderella Castle facts for you! Hidden Mickeys! … Read More

Happy Fourth of July From WDW Magazine!

Leah SikesBlog

Red white and blue at Cinderella Castle

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at WDW Magazine! To celebrate, we’re taking a trip down Disney memory lane and remembering all the things that have happened in Disney history on the Fourth of July. 1988: 4th of July Spectacular is Broadcast “Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular” originally aired on ABC … Read More