Tip ‘O the Hat: The Fastest Way to Get on the Disneyland Rides

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Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

The studio has some really talented writers, editors, photographers and experts in their fields. So, we want to show off a little. Each week we’ll share a recently published piece of content that we find inspiring, helpful or simply impressive enough to merit sharing. It’s our way of tipping our hat to your talents.

It may be your first time at “The Happiest Place on Earth,” or you may be a Southern California resident with an annual passport. Either way, we think azcentral.com Getaway Tips writer Jane Gosford’s suggestions will get you to the front of the “longest lines on Earth” faster.

In The Fastest Way to Get on the Disneyland Rides, Gosford’s suggestions — including taking advantage of the Fastpass system and using the wealth of mobile apps to track wait times — are simple and effective. You could read this article before you go, or load it on your phone to have handy while you roam the park.

Tip: Check out the link to MouseWait at the bottom of the article to read more about the kinds of features included in a mobile park app.

10 Things My Studio Bio Won’t Tell You

We spend too much time hanging around Demand Media Studios not to know each other better. Let’s fix that. Each week we’ll profile a DMS contributor or staffer and ask them 10 questions in our feature, aptly titled, 10 Things My Studio Bio Won’t Tell You. Here goes…

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Blake’s Basset hound, Geraldine, destroyed his soccer ball during a vicious game of tug-of-war.

Name:  Blake Guthrie, writer
Location:  Rural Georgia, near the small town of Greensboro. I recently traded city life in Atlanta for a life in the country. It’s been quite an adjustment.
Sections I write for:  Travel and Food.
Years in the Studio:  Six. I started writing for Demand in Dec. 2007, when we emailed articles to studio staff members and payment came via snail mail.

1. I’m usually working hard, but when I’m hardly working, you can find me…

Hanging out with my Basset hound, Geraldine. She’s a low rider. I always sing that War song, “Low Rider,” to her. “All my friends know the low rider.”

2. If I had to describe my work in three words, they would be…

Writes too slow.

3. My favorite websites to waste time on are…

Facebook (how predictable) and the Onion — I love funny and well-written fake news stories.

4. The one thing I wish I could do well, but can’t is…

Write faster. Those who make it into the Ace Writer’s Club here amaze me.

5. If I ruled the world for a day I would…

Ban cell phones and mobile devices from pubs, restaurants, concert halls, music clubs, movie theaters, house parties and family holiday gatherings.

6. I couldn’t make it through the day without…

Coffee, Geraldine and catching up on the Daily Show/Colbert Report.

7. The greatest risk I ever took was…

Leaving the steady-paycheck-every-two-weeks world behind and becoming a freelancer, along with leaving the city to start a new life in the country. It’s been quite an adjustment.

8. You’ll catch me saying this phrase far too often …

“It’s been quite an adjustment.”

9. My theme song for life is…

“Is She Really Going Out With Him” by Joe Jackson. Not really a theme song, per se, but I sing it to myself more often than any other song, so there’s a continuing theme there somewhere.

10. My favorite movie of all time is…

Serious/romantic: “Cinema Paradiso.”

Stupid comedy: tie between “The Jerk” and “Idiocracy.”

Animal movie: “Ring of Bright Water” (most people have never heard of this British film from 1969, but it’s wonderful, in a sad but ultimately uplifting non-Disney kind of way).

Welcome

Welcome to the official launch of the new and improved Demand Media Studios Blog.  A convenient place for our thriving editorial community to come and get inspiration, freelancing tips, good reads, laughs and the occasional Studio gossip. You will also get to know your fellow DMS writers, editors and staffers like you never have before.

Meet your blog co-editors, Claire and Jenny:

claireClaire Webb is a seasoned DMS site editor who works directly with our business & personal finance, careers, fitness, nutrition and food content channel partners. Claire loves US Weekly’s feature “Celebs: They’re Just like Us” and once interviewed Kristi Yamaguchi while working at the Orange County Register.

jennyJenny Seyfried is the  segment editor for arts & crafts, family & relationships, gardening, health and legal. Jenny adores Brussels Griffons and listens dutifully to Car Talk on NPR, despite having no interest in cars whatsoever.

We can’t wait to get started and get to know you all better—so stop by and say hello any old time.