Hello, my WOE Friends,
It's finally Friday! Either you're ready for a well-deserved break from the long work week or are ready to have some fun! For those of you working, thank you!
I'm delighted to announce a new WOE Short Story Series; The Freedom Street Council - From the ruins of the tragedy that took place on Freedom Street, rises a Council who now wishes to hold others responsible for their actions.
So if you read Welcome to the Neighborhood, you'll recognize Freedom Street. You'll also know the story ended without much vengeance. Well, my WOE Friends, start reading, and I think you'll be happy! If you haven't read Welcome to the Neighborhood, it's best to start there. Both can be found on the website under WOE Short Stories.
I have also updated WOE Cares with two compelling interviews. One, Larry, was from Wednesday's Blog and the other, Craig, was from a blog in January. You can go to the WOE Cares section to read them both.
I have attached the HR Poster from Thursday - People Believe in Something.
This week's WOE Complex tour is Mayberry Town. This onsite WOE town is for guests 55+ and features townhouses, not hotel rooms. Yes, it is from the WOE Story, chapter 19.
I hope you enjoy it!
After touring the hotel a bit, Carl and I traveled back to the Complex and then took the Zipvator to Mayberry Town. Mayberry Town is for guests 55 and over and is made up of 600 Townhouses, all at ground level. Each Townhouse gets assigned their own golf cart, which is stored and recharged in their Townhouse carport. We took an employee golf cart to tour Mayberry Town and Carl continued to tell me more.
“They use their golf carts to travel within their town to restaurants, shops, pools, shuffleboard, and the park."
"When guests come to the WOE and are staying at Mayberry Town (which is a short distance from the Hotel Guests Hub (HGH), they park in the normal Hotel Guest Parking Garage. They then go through security, then check-in through the HGH and take an elevator to the ground floor. They will then be greeted by a bellhop, who will load their luggage onto an electric cart and take them to their Townhouse. Here, they will be given a hand bringing in their luggage, and the guests will be given instructions on how to operate their own golf cart and a tour of their one bedroom, one bath, kitchen and living room Townhouse,” Carl said.
"When they are due to check-out, a bellhop will pick them up and assist them in getting back to the HGH, and then safely back into their vehicle. They are assisted each step of the way and all at no charge or no tip. Just another perk to staying onsite at the WOE."
Mayberry Town is completely enclosed, with an illuminated sky and total comfort temperature of 76 degrees. There are no stairs or elevators here. Each street is between Townhouse rows and has sidewalks on both sides of the street, with a barrier to protect walkers from golf carts “off-roading.” The roads have arrows indicating which direction the golf carts should be heading. All the streets have streetlights, and the carts also have head and tail lights.
The seniors obviously love the Town and the freedom to travel around. If they’re going to a concert at the Harmony Theater or visiting the Complex, they take a Zipvator, located in ten different stations throughout the Town (The Zipvators in Mayberry Town and The Couples Hotel do not maneuver as they do at Hotel Family). They have special electric carts for guests to use if they are disabled and have wheelchairs. Shuttle service is also available from four separate locations in Mayberry Town if the guests choose not to use their cart or are not able too.
Many guests will reserve their Townhouses together for special functions, get-togethers, or with civic clubs. You can also purchase the meal plan and have meals delivered to your Townhouse through the Townhouse Butler. Food will be delivered to your door, as there is no Portal Box. There are three different restaurants to use your meal plan around the Town, or you can purchase meals separately. One of the restaurants offers an all-day and evening buffet. There is a grocery store in the shopping village if you choose not to get the meal plan or wish to buy some extra snacks. Of course, you can bring your food in, as each Townhouse is equipped with a full kitchen.
The Town does have their own concierge, who is available 24-hours a day for any assistance, including ticket information, show reservations and any medical issues that may arise. Mayberry Town is situated between the HGH and The Dark Room, so they have medical personnel that can be dispatched from the first aid station in the Complex between Castle Mare and Galactic War. The medical facility is also a short distance away (between Hotel Family and Mayberry Town), and they are open 24/7.
Because the Harmony Theater offers many concerts throughout the day, many Resident Entertainers perform regularly and are loved by many seniors. Artist like: Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Barbara Streisand, and many others perform up to four days a week, for a month at a time, then take several weeks off. Many guests staying in Mayberry Town also enjoy Show Town, the movies, Fun Town USA, The Continents and watching the entertainment on the World Stage.
As Carl and I were heading back to the Complex from Mayberry Town, he told me that many guests enjoy the independence here and the “neighborly feel.”
“You’ll see guests coming out of their Townhouses in the early morning or evening for walks and stop and talk with others sitting on their porch. Within a day or two, they make friends and are soon yelling, ‘Hi neighbor’ across the street,” Carl said.
Thanks for reading! Enjoy your weekend. Until next time,
Hello, Fellow WOE Friends,
I hope you’re all cruising through the week nicely.
Today’s interview is with Larry, a recent guest at the WOE. He is nineteen years old and came on a one-week family vacation with his parents. On the third day of his vacation, he asked one of the staff at the Information booth in the State Fair, if he could meet with me. The message was, “I have a story I need to share with you so you can share it with others.”
I met Larry the day after for dinner at the onsite hotel he was staying at; The Family Hotel – History. We sat together and ate, while he told me his story. I can tell you that after we finished dessert and his story was over, I was glad he told me. I also promised him I would include his story on our new web page, WOE Cares, to warn and inspire others about drugs. He thought the WOE Care Cards were a great idea!
Here is Larry’s Story.
“I was fifteen, working as a dishwasher at a Chinese restaurant. The money I earned was partially put into savings to buy a car, and the rest was for spending. I had a few friends that I hung around with in my neighborhood. We were pretty close and stayed out of trouble, except for minor things (vandalism).
I met this girl named Shelby. She was thirteen at the time we met and had a twin sister named Tracy. They were both attractive and energetic and enjoyed the game room, as I did. There was something about being with other kids and putting quarters in old school pinball machines and video games that were much more fun than playing by yourself at home.
The more my friends and I hung out, the more I got to know Shelby. I would give her tokens to play games with me and on her own. She was a real flirt, and at the age of fifteen, I was into it.
They lived a few blocks away from the game room. I went over their place, as a friend, and met their dad. He was a hair stylist at the local mall. He was a good-looking man, trying to raise two girls on his own. They were down from Ohio, trying to make a life in Florida.
Shelby and Tracy’s room was pretty bare. They each had a mattress on the floor, no dressers or any real furniture. I just took it as they needed a place to stay and didn’t have money for furniture yet.
I must say, I was pretty slow when it came to picking up on girls signals if you know what I mean. Once, while skipping school, I went over their place. Shelby walked around in a shirt and underwear. But I didn’t make a move. Call it shy or stupid. It never dawned on me why they didn’t go to school at the time.
Once she told me her dad needed $500 to stay in Florida. Otherwise, they would have to move back to Ohio.
I convinced my grandfather (to avoid my parents from getting involved) to help me withdraw the money from my savings account.
I gave the money to Shelby, and she said her dad promised to pay it back.
Weeks went by, and she needed more money, but I couldn’t help her. I also didn’t get any of my money back.
She would tell me different excuses for why her dad couldn’t pay me back. I felt like I wouldn’t get paid, so I went to my parents. My dad wound up meeting with him, and they set up a payment plan. Her dad did start paying me back, but I only received a portion before Shelby, and I went our separate ways. My dad wound up stopping over a few more times to try and collect what he could.
One night at the game room, a van pulled up with two older teens. Much older than Shelby. She got in, and they took off. I didn’t know who they were or what was going on. Tracy hung out with us and said Shelby had been seeing these boys recently and going off with them.
A few weeks went by, and since there was no more Shelby, I stopped going to the game room. Then one day, my friend called me up to say there was an article in the newspaper about Shelby. She had been murdered.
The article said the two young men had raped her and stabbed her forty-five times. Her body was dumped in the water and found a few days later. The article said there were drugs involved.
As some time went by, we learned her dad was a cocaine user, and that was why he needed the money. He wound up taking his own life a year after his daughter was murdered.
All that was left was his daughter Tracy and her older step-sister, who came down from Ohio to look after her.
I never knew she was into drugs and didn’t understand why. But when I look back, it all made sense. Shelby didn’t have much of a father, and her mother had already died. She was alone and wanted more action than playing video games.
Peter, several years past when I was with another friend, driving around looking for something to do. We wound up in a neighboring city, at a gas station to use the bathroom.
While we were sitting in the parking lot for a few minutes, this guy on a payphone came over and asked us for money. He said he needed to get high and needed money. His girlfriend came out of the convenience store and walked up in front of the car.
He then said to me, ‘If you give me twenty dollars, I will let you have sex with her.’
I was shocked and questioned him, ‘You’re telling me I can have sex with her for twenty dollars?’
‘Yes. I need to go pick it up, and we can come back here and use the bathroom to get high, and you can do your thing with her.’
My friend was skeptical, but his girlfriend, probably about fifteen, was scorching. I agreed. They jumped in the back, and we drove a few blocks from the gas station to a house.
The guy got out and went up to the side of the house, leaving his girlfriend in the car with us. Within a few minutes, he came back, and we drove back to the gas station.
I went into the bathroom with them, while my friend stayed in the car.
I have only smoked pot and drank. But this guy pulled out a small bag, put this stuff on a spoon with some liquid, and lit it from underneath with his lighter. When it melted, he pulled out a syringe and sucked up the liquid drug. He then put a strap around his forearm, tapped his veins many times with his fingers, inserted the needle into one of his veins and pushed the syringe to inject it.
Then he did the same thing to his girlfriend. He even offered some to me, which I turned down.
When they were done, he told his girlfriend to do what she needed to do, and he walked out. She didn’t want to do anything and pleaded with me not to go on with the agreement. I insisted we do.
To spare you the details, she walked out of the bathroom several times, and her boyfriend kept sending her back in. She wanted just to perform fellatio, but I demanded more.
It was not what she had bargained for that night, and she was not a prostitute or a whore. She was a young, white girl hooked on heroin. He was also not her pimp. He was her boyfriend. But the drug was so powerfully addictive, they did what they needed to get high.
What became of her, I have no idea. But I’m sure it only got worse from there.
On my first night here with my family, I had a dream I was that girl. I dreamed of what it was like through her eyes. A young, innocent girl now held hostage and willing to do anything to get that feeling again.
The next night, I dreamed I was Shelby and experienced what she went through. I awoke the next morning and knew I had to tell you my story, Peter because others need to know.
My advice to any young teen or even adult that is contemplating using hardcore drugs; it only takes one time. That’s it. One time and you can be hooked and taken hostage. Please don’t! Remember Shelby and the girl in the gas station bathroom!”
I thanked Larry for seeking me out and told him the WOE Cares. If you have a tween, teenager, or know of someone who does, try and direct them to the WOE Care Cards. They may help save a life. WOE Cares!
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Mystic Monday Blog – NEW WOE Short Story; My Invisible Friend & A WOE Expansion update – Science & Discovery have never been this much fun!
Happy Monday to my fellow WOE Friends,
Hope you had some fun or relaxed this weekend. Jennifer and I didn’t go out this weekend to any restaurants, as we are both trying to lose weight. It appears to be working, because she worked very hard this week, exercised and lost 7.5 Lbs. I Lost 6 lbs. We need to give up the junk, fast food, and darn buffets. And we’re determined to do it.
NEW WOE Short Story; My Invisible Friend – A young, compassionate woman is confronted with tough decisions, once she finds out her boss is attracted to her. You can start reading by clicking here, or on the story image below.
If you missed it on Friday, The NEW WOE Short Story; The Hate Within was released. An angry, hateful middle-aged man, finds company online. But he soon realizes he didn’t make the best life choices. Click here to start reading or go to WOE Short Stories on this website for this and more great short stories.
WOE Expansion plans
I already told you about all the water fun you’ll be having, as well as the Circus Section. Those two make up three out of the five new Sections of the new WOE Complex being built, ready for 2020.
Here is Section four –
If you like The Science Channel and The Discovery Channel, you’re going to LOVE this new section in the new WOE Complex. More details of each attraction will be released down the road, but this new Section will be massive and have over fifteen floors. Some of your favorite Discovery Channel and Science Channel Shows will be made into attractions, including How It’s Made. Planet Earth, MythBusters, and more!
The best part is, many of the actors and voices of the shows will make guest appearances and have Meet and Greets with WOE Guests.
There will also be Science Lab Theaters, where the audience will be observing mind-blowing experiments.
New TV shows will be created at the WOE and shown on the Discovery and Science Channels, as well as WOE’s own streaming channel; WOE LIVE.
I’ll let you know what Section five will be next Monday.
I have attached the newest WOE HR Poster; God Forgives Me.
Thanks for reading! Hope you have a great week. Until next time,
Fantastic Friday Blog - Visiting The Continents - Visit Seven Continents, 42 Countries - Travel the World in a Day! & A NEW WOE Short Story; The Hate Within.
Hello, my fellow WOE Friends,
Hope your week has been uneventful and you're ready for the weekend! Spring is finally here, and soon the cold weather will be too.
I have released a new WOE Short Story called The Hate Within, An angry, hateful middle-aged man, finds company online. But he soon realizes he didn’t make the best life choices.
As you know, these stories come from the WOE Employees' and the Guests. Some are real-life experiences, and others are dreams they have had while visiting here. I do hope you enjoy it!
The NEW Web Page that debuted Monday has been updated with very important phone numbers and web links to additional resources. WOE Care Cards can be critical to a teenager and could save their life. Please check out the page, WOE Cares and if you feel anyone could benefit from it, please pass it along to them.
I will continue to update the page over the next few weeks with information on specific drugs and mental health. Feel free to send me your suggestions or comments, or maybe even share something that may have happened to you that could help someone else.
I have attached the latest WOE HR Poster - The Vanity Mirror.
Today, I will take you on a tour of The Continents, at the WOE Complex. If you like Epcot at Disney World, then you will absolutely LOVE this Section of the WOE. The tour with Sally is extracted from the WOE Story, Chapter 17.
I hope you Enjoy it!
"The Continents were recently added two years ago. This section is laid out just like Show Town, in a rectangular shape, but instead of having one large building, like the Comedic Co. in the middle, it has two 12-story towers which each house an attraction.
Each Continent (except Antarctica and Australia) represent multiple countries from that region that reflect the taste, sights, and sounds of each country so that you are immersed in it, just like you were there. Each three-story Continent hosts the countries food and drinks on the first floor, education, entertainment, and their identity (how they dine, clothes, how they live, etc.) on the second floor and art on the third floor. I’ve never been in The Continents before, and I was really looking forward to it.
As Sally and I arrived at the Family Hotel Station at the Complex, we took the escalator down and walked up to the archway that led to the Continents. Since you need reservations to enter the Continents, we scanned our fingers and were let in for the full day slot. It is recommended that you reserve the whole day for your first visit and then you can reserve half-days after. The half-days allow for you to reserve times for other shows outside The Continents during the day. You can book another full-day in advance, but only if you’re staying more than one week on the property. The reservations keep the crowds low and allow the guests to really enjoy their experience, without bumping into each other or waiting in long lines.
As we entered, we were immediately immersed in The Continents, with Asia on the right and Antarctica to our left. We headed right and moved into Asia. The lighting over the street was illuminated with Chinese lanterns, just like you would see on the street in Beijing. To the right of the street was the Chinese Market, featuring fresh food from all over China. We meandered through the different stations, some selling food and some selling other goods from China. You have the choice of paying $10 for a multiple sample card or use a meal credit, like lunch or dinner, from your meal plan. You can sample all you want in any country, for up to a four-hour time allotment for each meal bought or used from the meal plan. Of course, drinks form each country are free. This allows you to sample many countries unique beverages, including soda. Alcoholic beverages are only sold in the sit-down restaurants for a small charge and are monitored.
Sally and I used our lunch credit and received a card to get our samples for a four-hour period. We walked around and sampled the different foods, and each time, our card was scanned. We sampled many foods and desserts from multiple countries, sharing many so that we didn’t fill up so quickly.
We walked through China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and others, sampling many different tastes and delicacies. The portions are only a few bites each, enough to get an idea of what each taste like. But you can go back for more if you wish. One of the tips I’ve heard from those who have visited in the past is to pace yourself. You can quickly fill up before you make it to the next continent. Most countries also have sit down restaurants. You can sample beforehand, and if you find items you like, you can then order full portions off the menu the next time you go. Of course, the restaurants do charge more, but again; you can use a meal plan the next time or pay for it yourself.
Once we finished all our Asian noshing, we headed upstairs to the education and entertainment floor and watched a few street performers before riding the Asian Express. This immersive sight-seeing attraction is designed to make you feel like you’re seeing all of Asia’s top sights in a flying theater. You sit down in seats that lift and then thrust you into an enormous plasma screen, which surrounds you. The seats move as you turn and go up and down like you’re floating through each area of Asia. The 45-minute show is incredible and takes you on a tour like no other. You can hear, smell and really feel like you are there.
The third floor features the art and culture of Asia. This area is divided into each country. You can easily see the differences between the clothes and art of each. Sally and I took the Artmobile. This is a 12-person vehicle that travels around the third floor on every Continent. Each vehicle has a transparent dome cover that keeps the vehicle quiet for the other guests who are walking around the exhibits. Inside the vehicle, a recorded narration describes many of the exhibits as you go by. Of course, going by foot will allow you to see more, and in greater detail, but the Artmobile lets you cover much more territory in only an hour and highlights the key pieces of art and culture. The Artmobile travels the third floor of every Continent and has stops in each for loading and unloading.
When the Artmobile came back to Asia, we had covered all The Continents’ third floors. So, we went back down to the first floor and walked into Europe, which is next door.
Just like Asia, we sampled foods and drinks from France, Germany, England, Italy and many more. Then, we went to the second floor to see the entertainment and let our bellies digest all the tasty food we just ate. We checked out all the landmark sights from Europe on another attraction; Europe Tours - one that made you feel like you were riding in a double-decker bus. The bus traveled from country to country, riding along each street as it passed a famous attraction or landmark. This attraction lasted about 40-minutes and made you feel like a tourist.
Sally and I continued our visit to the Continents for the next three hours and traveled through sights in North America, South America, Africa, and Australia. In Africa, we rode a magic carpet to see some of the sights of the Middle East and took a Safari vehicle through the Savannah. In North America, we rode an above ground subway to see Canada, Mexico and the United States.
By the time we visited each continent, it was already 3 p.m. We now needed to visit the two cylindrical tower attractions in the center of the Continents; The History of the World and The History of Art. Each one takes about an hour to complete and is the best way to see a museum ever! The moving, sit down vehicles, hold 28 guests each and move independently with full narration. The vehicles face inwards as they ascend on an incline (which you can’t feel, due to the vehicle compensating for it) and you see pieces of art or history displayed in Super Hologram 3-D visuals. As you go up, you slow briefly at each exhibit and learn about that period or piece. Once you reach the top, your vehicle turns outward, and you descend and face the visual exhibits in the perimeter of the tower. The History of the World covers the significant pieces of history, and The History of Art includes the most significant pieces of art. Specific exhibits turn 360 degrees so that you can see around the back.
I love museums, but I absolutely hate walking around reading one thing after another. On one family visit to Washington D.C., we spent an entire week visiting museums. Once our D.C. trip was over, we headed to museums in Virginia, Williamsburg, and Atlanta, and were so tired of learning, that we had a tough time enjoying anything. We felt like we were “museum exhausted.” We would walk past the information plaques and probably missed a lot of details, just because we were so tired of stopping and reading so much. Plus, you must wait for others to finish reading or have others in your party that must wait for you to finish reading. I had a tough time reading many informational pieces that were set further back, due to my eyesight.
The History of the World and The History of Art attractions are relaxing, informative and entertaining. I guarantee you will leave The Continents knowing more about the world around you than you ever did before. In fact, many had said they learned more here than when they traveled to those countries themselves. The history of both the Art and World puts all the significant pieces of art and significant world events in chronological order. The Artmobile Tour also covers many of the vital pieces of art, but with information about that county’s history. Combined, you obtain more than either one individually.
The Continents have received so many great reviews that many have called it the most exceptional educational and entertainment combination in the world. The attractions, food, and entertainment are all authentic. Many of the employees working there are living on the property, for up to a year. Then others from their home country come in to replace them.
Sally and I finished our tour of The Continents around 7 p.m. and could have easily gone longer. We also used our dinner credit for our meal plan and ate in even more counties. In total, we ate around the world for eight hours. There is so much to see and do. So many other live shows to watch and art and culture to see. As I said earlier, many of the guests will reserve a half-day visit for their subsequent trips or days there on their vacation. Some will reserve just to eat and enjoy their favorite attractions again. Unfortunately, you need at least a half day reservation to even eat at one of the sit-down restaurants. Again, this is to keep the crowds down, so you can take your time and enjoy everything and not feel rushed or needlessly have to wait in long lines for the attractions.
There is absolutely nothing that can quite match the immersive experience you will get by visiting The Continents. Other theme parks may offer a few of these experiences, but not to the variety, artistic and culinary comparison from one country to another. You could come to the WOE just to see The Continents. But there is so much more to do here."
Thanks for reading! I hope you have a safe and joyous weekend! Until next time,
Wednesday Blog – Post Security – The highly trained and extremely efficient security behind the World of Entopia.
Good morning, WOE Friends,
This week’s interview is with Scott, the Director of the highly prized WOE Post Security. I met Scott several months ago, with the urging of Steven C. He wanted us to let the world know how different security can be, especially from a guests point of view.
I hope you enjoy it!
“Hi, Scott. It’s nice to meet you. Please tell me about your job title and how you got here.”
“Hi, Peter. It’s nice to meet you as well. I am the Director of the WOE Post Security. We handle all security from the guests, employees, entertainers, and all satellite locations. From the time you log in to your WOE account at home, until the time you leave here, you are protected by us.
We have over two hundred staff, many of them work behind closed doors or undercover. Our responsibility is to keep everyone safe. If there are no incidents, then we are doing our job.
Unlike entertainment that needs to be heard and seen, ours is the opposite. Most of what we do is behind the scenes. You may not see us, but we see you.
I started as a city cop patrolling the streets. I would work mostly by myself and had my own car. I wasn’t a big fan of always being by myself, because the two calls officers don’t like are domestic and pulling cars over. There were many times I wanted to pull a car over but was hesitant because of the danger. You don’t always want to call for backup just for a routine check or traffic violation.
If you had two cops together, it would make each call so much safer. Even with a domestic violence call, with just two cars on the scene, you would have four officers. Much quicker and safer than waiting for three or four police cars to arrive.”
“Why don’t they have two officers per car,” I asked.
“Because they want to take their car home with them. They consider it part of their pay package.”
“Wouldn’t the highway patrolmen be safer if they had two to a car as well?”
“Absolutely. But they are usually understaffed and want to cover more ground. The pay is usually the biggest factor in not having two per car on the highways. Plus, it’s easier for cops working on their own to go rogue and then it’s their word against the driver or suspect.”
“How long did you do that for and what did you do next?”
I was a patrolman for three years, then quickly moved through the ranks as I earned my master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration. After ten years, I left as the Patrol Commander. I made significant changes to the patrol division and brought crime down, and officer-involved shootings to zero. Officers went home to their families.
There were some ruffled feathers along the way, as well. But a change of culture was needed. There was no more ‘No nark policy’ for officers who crossed the line. They recognized that cops are human and can make mistakes. But mistakes should be handled accordingly, and not just swept under the carpet.”
“Did you have to get rid of a few cops along the way?”
“Yes. I weeded out about 30% over the years. Many of them were in the profession for the wrong reason, and I convinced them to look for another career. Many cops want to do the right thing and help protect others. But you need to get rid of the ones who are not there for the right reason. They can spoil the force and morale and cause distrust among the citizens.
After I left, I went into the FBI for ten years, then the Secret Service. I was also a private consultant to the C.I.A. After 30-years, I have been around and know what works and what doesn’t.”
“How did you get here?”
“I was working a security convention, advertising my consulting company when Steven C. approached me. He asked me many questions about security and my security business. After about 15-minutes, he asked if I could meet him after the show for dinner. I said yes, and we did meet down the road at a casual dining restaurant.
We talked for about an hour. He asked me more questions, and then he told me about the World of Entopia, which was just about to start being built. He said to me he was looking for someone like me to run the security, at all levels.
I told him of my disgust for what I see in the security industry, both with the government and state and local. He asked me how I would correct many of their flaws, and I told him.
He then made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.”
“Sounds like something the mob would say,” I said jokingly.
“What was the offer?”
“He would let me run everything, the way I wanted to run it. My family and I would get a home, free education for my kids, and free healthcare, retirement, and so much more.”
“Obviously, you took it, because you’re here. How has it been?”
“Absolutely amazing. I get to wake up each day knowing we are making a difference in people's lives. That we provide peace of mind and protect the innocent. What more can you ask for?”
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Hello, my fellow WOE Friends!
I hope you all had a safe holiday weekend. I am a little behind today because Jennifer and I went to Orlando for her birthday weekend. We had a great time! I will be posting pictures and comments from Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and other places on Peter's Pic's, shortly (by 3 p.m.).
The WOE Short Story Drugs can Kill, was read by many. But I have much bigger news to share! First, let me give you an update on how Beverly and Pam are doing after three weeks.
Three weeks have passed, and Dave was finally released from the hospital. Pam stayed away from drugs, started doing better in school, and she and Beverly became best friends again.
Beverly started following through on her promise to make sure to warn others of the dangers of drugs.
She knew of a few other girls that were smoking dope after school and their parents didn’t know. She made it her business to warn their parents and devised a way for teens to let their parents know when they needed help.
She enlisted the help of Pam, myself, and Sally, my daughter, to help other teens avoid what happened to Dan and what Pam and Beverly had to endure. Their work is now online on the WOE website at
I genuinely believe the new page, WOE Cares, and it's Care Cards can be very beneficial to many teens, as long as parents or a parent is willing to help. The WOE Cares Page will be getting information on drugs and suicide within a few weeks. Keep checking back or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Peter's Blog when updates become available.
I want to thank Beverly and Pam, not on;y for their story, but their desire to help others. Thanks also to my daughter Sally, for her help in all of this.
Water, water everywhere. Yes, if you love water, you will absolutely LOVE the WOE Complex. Two Sections, including the Center, will be dedicated to water. Included will be the world's largest indoor water park, with four themed sections; A tropical rain forest you can canoe, paddle boat, or Kayak through; A deep, artificial reef lagoon for snorkeling and scuba diving; a one mile long lazy river; a massive wave pool with beach and plenty of lounge chairs and free cabanas; highly themed water attractions, and much more!
Here is what will make you fall in love with the new water sections; No waiting in long lines for slides. Reservations will be required, and you will start in one of the four themed areas at a specific time. Once the time allotment for that themed section is up, you will be given a 30-minute break, then start the next themed section with your group. You and your entire group will do this for the following two sections. All combined, you will spend about six hours completing the four themed areas.
You'll be able to enjoy other aquatic activities before or after your six-hour adventure, depending on your starting time. Only so many guests will be allowed per day, with the water Sections being open for twelve hours daily (10 a.m. - 10 p.m.).
Near the end of the year, the names and specifics of all the attractions will be announced.
Hope you're getting as excited as I am!
There is no new WOE Short Story today (sorry). But a new one will be available this Friday. Because it's the season of Lent, I would suggest two quick short stories that have to do with money and helping others. They are The Old Man and The Coin. They are in the WOE Short Story section of the website.
I do hope you have a great week!
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Hello, my fellow WOE Friends,
We have made it to another weekend! Jennifer and I are back in Orlando this weekend and will be visiting Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. We plan on seeing the Mardi Gras Parade and the Steve Miller Band Saturday night if the weather holds out.
I am happy to announce that the WOE Short Story; Drugs can Kill - is now complete and online. This compelling and powerful story is one that should get the attention of any teen and parent. There will be a follow-up on my blog on Monday, which will be three weeks since it all took place.
From out HR Friends - It's still a Big Deal. Poster at the bottom of the blog.
This week's closer look of the WOE Complex takes us to the super attraction; Castle Mare, located in the Dark Room, one of the five themed Sections to the WOE Complex. Sally and I are visiting on our vacation, as Jennifer is in the medical facility. We did visit other attractions that day, and they are in the WOE Story (chapter 18) if you wish to read more.
I hope you enjoy it!
The Dark Room was added in the third year and houses two original attractions and two newer ones that were just added. The two original attractions are; Castle Mare (name taken from “nightmare”) and Galactic War. The two latest are; NASA: In Space and Mother Nature’s Fury.
The entryway to the Dark Room is like walking into a portal to go to another world; like walking from day to night, all within a 20-foot tunnel. The tunnel is surrounded by lights and video and filled with haze. Once through, you enter a massive, mostly darkened room, that resembles night time. The only illumination is from the faux night sky in the ceiling, a full moon, lights coming from the four main attractions and the ambient lighting on the ground: Pole lights, concession lights and those from a few rides in the center of the massive room. I have always loved the Dark Room, as it’s completely different than the other sections and now has the four most advanced attractions in the world.
We first headed to Castle Mare. This attraction, which is to the right, stands over ten stories tall and is completely decked out like a medieval castle, complete with a moat and blazing torches on the outer walls. As you walk to the Castle, you cross several bridges over waterways, which are part of a boat ride attraction that’s connected to Castle Mare. We crossed over the main drawbridge over the moat and entered the main Castle. We scanned our fingers and went right to the boat ride; “The Cursed Voyage.”
Our wait was just a few minutes since we booked our time in advance. A boat pulled up, and we boarded. After seat-belting ourselves in, the 16-passenger boat slips off the loading platform into the dark water. We start by traveling through a small fishing village with lots of action going on through the very realistic animatronics. The villagers looked hard at work; catching and cleaning fish and other tasks. Then we entered the open area of the Dark Room where you gently float along a winding canal through the room. You pass under a few bridges, each with a haunting ambiance under them, though nothing terrifying yet. Thus far, the canal voyage is peaceful and calm. But you know this is just to lull you into thinking that this is going to be just a peaceful boat ride. But, it’s not, as you will soon find out.
As you start to head back into the Castle, you know things are going to get a little rougher. You float past the dungeon and enter the bowels of the Castle. You then enter a vast, dark lake. You see next to nothing as you glide across. You begin to hear splashing in the distance, and soon your boat starts to get hit underneath by something on both sides. Is it a shark? A water monster? You don't know. You hear a loud growl and more splashing. By now, our hearts are racing, as all the noise, action and barely seen moon darkness has left our imaginations in overdrive. As you continue, you start to hear what sounds like a waterfall. As you draw nearer, you start to hear faint screams from a boat in front of you in the distance. As the waterfall gets closer and the sounds become louder and louder, your heart feels like it’s going to pound out of your chest. Your boat is being hit so hard underneath, you feel like you may be tipped over and now this waterfall is approaching. You hear it roar as you feel like you’re getting near the end and you start yelling. You can't see it, but it sounds like the size of Niagara Falls; the thunderous sound makes it seem like if it is plunging very far down.
Your boat begins being tossed from side to side from the rapids and then starts to dip forward as you hold on with everything you’ve got. The only thing holding you is a seat belt. The boat then tips downward, and you plunge, for what seems like 200 feet. Somehow, you land in the water upright and keep floating along. You can’t believe you just made that plunge. Everyone is clapping and cheering because they survived and are so exhilarated. What a rush of adrenaline! The boat then docks, and you exit! My God, what a ride!
While our hearts were still pounding, we then went right to the other attraction; The Castle Tour. This ride takes you on a roller coaster type tour of the Castle and features special effects and drops to scare the courage out of anyone. Each vehicle is similar to what you would find on a water rapids ride; ten seats all facing inwards, in a tube-like structure. Everyone is harnessed in. The vehicles can turn 360 degrees and can tilt up or down, to a 45-degree angle.
Sally and I boarded and just held on, not knowing what to really expect, because, like Galactic War, the Castle Tour can be a distinct experience each time you ride it. The ride is smooth and varies its speed. We briefly stopped at many different areas throughout the Castle to observe a room with a “creature or scene” and then moved quickly to the next, all the while spinning and dropping or rocketing upward in the dark. We went from scene to scene. A hologram of an ugly witches’ head appeared in the middle of our vehicle and warned us of impending danger if we entered this one room, which of course, we did! The ride went into the room and stopped at a floating wizard who said. “Be doomed those who enter this room, for you do not listen when told.” Just then, we dropped straight down, well over 200 feet, in the pitch black. Next time, we should listen to the witch.
Each one of these rides lasts at least 20 minutes and comes with unbelievable effects. During October, Castle Mare expands for Halloween. There are six different walk-through haunts guests can take to see even more of the Castle. Each one of these lasts about 20 minutes and features something completely different. There are no “live” actors here, but the effects are like nothing you’ve ever seen before. One has a glass floor you walk on that lights-up to show “live” snakes that are crawling underneath you. It’s like you are in the pit. There is animatronics, and effects galore.
Castle Mare also features a haunted restaurant, called Dining in the Basement. It's a completely immersive atmosphere with special effects, and many startle scares, even in the bathroom.
Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoy your weekend. Until next time,
Hello, my fellow WOE Friends,
I hope you’re enjoying the latest WOE Short Story; Drugs can Kill. What will happen to Beverly and Pam? You’ll be happy to know Part 4., The Conclusion, will be online this Friday!
This week’s interview is with the Cruz Family. I met them about a month ago. We met at the MoonEatery, the restaurant in NASA: Mission Space, located in The Dark Room.
The Cruz family are; Alex, the father; Alice, the mother; and Karen, the daughter. Also, with them on vacation, is April, Karen’s friend.
We sat down for appetizers, and a nice lunch and Alex told me a most exciting story.
I hope you enjoy the interview with the Crux Family; Do you believe in Magic?
“It’s very nice to meet you all. I always look forward to hearing how the WOE has impacted employees and guests,” I started with.
“It is a pleasure to meet you as well, Peter. We loved your WOE Story and felt like we have a story you’ll love," Alex started with.
“My wife, Alice, and I celebrated our 25th anniversary the other day, here at the WOE.”
“Congratulations!” I replied.
“Thank you. But it almost didn’t happen. You see, we have been planning this two-week trip for many years. We thought about going to England, Paris, Rome, but we wanted more than anything to relax, have fun, and not be rushed.
Plus, Karen is only twelve, so we weren’t sure how much she would enjoy seeing museums and historical landmarks. Here, we can spend time together enjoying shows and attractions; but also, she and April can take off on their own and enjoy Fun Town USA and The State Fair by themselves. We don’t have to worry about anything bad happening to them, like kidnapping or other possible issues. Alice and I can then have time to ourselves.
I am a salesman for a restaurant equipment company that sells to other businesses. The competition is fierce, especially dealing with so many online companies, willing to sell cheaper because they have less overhead. My commission has steadily gone down over the years, and it was getting challenging to save for this trip.
We had already been WOE Members for several years and enjoy the WOE LIVE TV channel and the radio station, The Power Station. We bought non-refundable plane tickets months ago to save money.
We were all geared to come when two weeks before we were to leave, Alice was involved in a car accident. While slowing down for traffic on the interstate, she was hit from behind by another driver, who then sped away. The impact pushed the trunk into the backseat. Luckily, Karen and I weren’t with her, or Karen could have been killed.
Alice spent the next two weeks in the hospital recovering from whiplash, severe bruising and small fractures. Her new wedding ring we both picked out and were saving for this trip was in her purse, but it was never found.
The airline refused to refund our money, nor could they accommodate us for a later date.
I contacted WOE Guests Care, and they were able to help us move our hotel reservations one week out, and they gave us free airline tickets to get here.
Here we are, one week later than we were supposed to be, attending a magic show at the Houdini Theater, with Illusionist Mr. Minselli. 45-minutes into this remarkable show, Mr. Minselli asked for a woman volunteer.
Karen and I were pointing to Alice, without her knowing about it. Mr. Minselli came over our way, looked at Alice, and then said, 'Looks like we have a volunteer.'
Alice was in shock, and at first, refused to go. But the crowd cheered her on and she finally gave in. She went up on stage, where Mr. Minselli asked her, ‘Alice, do you believe in Magic?’
She said, ‘A little.’
‘Well then, I guess I’ll have to make you a real believer,' Mr. Minselli replied. 'You see, sometimes, magic is not what you expect, but rather what you don’t expect, that makes it magical.'
Alice then helped Mr. Minselli perform an escape from a straitjacket. She was having a ball and enjoying herself. She left the stage to a nice round of applause from the light-hearted banter she and Mr. Minselli exchanged on stage.
When the show was over, we got our picture taken with him, and he said to her, 'Thanks for being my assistant. Do you believe in magic now?'
She replied, 'A little more.'
After, the four of us went to eat at the Magic Plate Restaurant. Before the meal came, Alice was digging around in her purse for some Chapstick, when she pulled out this little box.
‘What’s this?’ she asked.
‘Looks like some sort of ring box,’ I said. ‘Open it up.’
She opened the box and started crying. ‘Oh my God!' she said. 'I can’t believe you did this, Alex. How sweet.’
‘The ring. You found the ring.’
She showed it to me, and it was indeed the ring. But I never found the ring. I explained that to her.
‘Then how did it get here?’
Then Alice looked at the bottom of the ring box, and there was a tiny note attached to the base. It said, ‘I bet you believe in magic now, Alice.’
We were astonished! The next day, we found Mr. Minselli and thanked him. We asked how he did it, and he merely said, ‘It’s magic!’”
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Marvelous Monday Blog - Drugs can Kill Part 3. Now online!, Renaissance Pictures, & WOE Complex Expansion update!
Hello, fellow WOE Friends,
I hope you had a great weekend! Jennifer celebrated her birthday Sunday, and we went to the Renaissance Festival as part of her gift. She enjoyed it, as did Sally and me. We watched the jousting competition and the Knightwings Birds of Prey. Both pretty good shows.
A couple of things to consider if you plan on going to one of these, at least this one; The ground is covered with mulch and has tree roots galore. It may be difficult to maneuver with a wheelchair or automatic scooter and can be a tripping hazard; there is a lot of adult humor in the shows (usually goes over the kids' heads); there is a lot of beer drinking, and many of the performers make most of their money off of tips. So, after each show, the hat will be passed around.
You can bring small kids, but most of the atmosphere is geared toward adults. They do have a few activities for the younger ones and rides (human push rides). If you love that period and dressing up or even if you don't dress up, you will enjoy it.
I added some pictures I took, as well as a few prices of food, on Peter's Pic's.
The WOE Short Story series; Drugs can Kill, Part 3. is now online!
I included a poster that was released on Saturday by the HR Department.
The current WOE Complex is massive! Not including the three hotels outside of the Complex and the resident villages, it contains five themed sections, The Harmony Theater, and a hotel. I already revealed one Section of the new Complex, which will have a Circus theme last week. I also mentioned a lot of water.
Well, you will be happy to hear that the new WOE Complex will be around the same size as the current one, including another hotel, built into the Complex and two more hotels on the property! That means the WOE Complex will be doubling!
This is wonderful news! More guests can visit each day, and more can stay on property. There will be more employees' and entertainers needed, which means the Employee Scouts and Entertainment Scouts will be busy looking for them around the globe. As some of these new employee's come in, I will be sure to share their stories/interviews with you on Wednesdays.
As Steven C. told me when he shared the news, "We need to expand in order to help more people!"
Much more to come next week and the rest of the year!!
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Finally Friday Blog - Drugs Can Kill, Part 2. Now Online! WOE Complex - Zipvators - Cool Way to Travel & Respites - Unbelievable Men's Bathrooms!
Hello, Fellow WOE Friends,
It's finally Friday! This Sunday, we are attending the local Renaissance Festival for Jennifer's birthday. I will share with you some pictures and write a few comments on Monday.
I hope all of you in the icy areas are surviving. I look forward to our trips back to Florida. Speaking of Florida, we will be there next weekend for Jennifer's birthday - part 2. (the Ren. Fest was a last minute suggestion). She loves it so much. I personally think it's overpriced for what you get, but it's something she loves.
The WOE Short Story; Drugs Can Kill - Part 2. is now online. Click the below ad to start reading or go to the WOE Short Stories section.
I included a new poster from HR.
Below are two excerpts from the WOE Story that are fun! The first describes the Zipvator, a form of transportation used for three of the onsite hotels.
The next is the world famous Respites. You've never been in a men's bathroom like this!
I hope you enjoy it!
WOE Zipvators - From Chapter 4.
I explain how we travel from the Family Hotel to the WOE Complex.
Getting to the Complex is easy and fun. Hotel Family, Hotel Couples, and Mayberry Town utilize a transportation system using Zipvators. These glass elevator type vehicles not only go up and down but side-to-side. They connect on a track that extends out from the balconies. There are 28 Zipvator stations in the Atrium; one on each side of the rectangle shape complex, and on each floor (excluding the Magic Water Park). You walk to the nearest station and step onto the Zipvator platform, which extends about 5 feet into the Atrium.
You press the call button and just like an elevator, if one is already there, the door will open. If not, then one will arrive shortly. We pushed our call button and waited a moment for one to arrive. Once the Zipvator door opened, we stepped inside, and the door closed. Each Zipvator can hold up to 25 people. There were already guests inside when it picked us up. It then moved over and down two floors to pick up a few more guests. Then it headed to the second floor and started gliding along the wall through the hotel atrium. When it reached the end of the atrium, the Zipvator slowed and then connected to the Complex track. It then started heading to the Complex. There are three tracks the Zipvators can run on to go to and from the Complex, so Zipvators are passing you the opposite direction as you’re going along. Once we started heading over, we heard an announcement that we were now heading to the World of Entopia Complex.
We couldn't believe how cool this was. Within seconds, we were outside the hotel atrium and traveling about 20 mph, 30 feet above the ground, toward the Complex. The tracks outside the hotel are all surrounded by an air-conditioned acrylic tube. We heard announcements about special shows occurring and their times for that day. After about 20 seconds we could see the Complex. It is massive in size, and I mean massive! Think the Pentagon-size massive. The closer we got, the bigger it got. In my last visits, I would travel to the Complex from the Daily Visitor Hub and didn't really see how big this place was from the outside. As we were about to dock, we heard the announcement everyone loves to hear, “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the World of Entopia Entertainment Complex.” The Zipvator pulls into the Hotel Family Zipvator Station inside the Complex, which is in between the Continents and the Fun Town USA Hub.
If this is your first time seeing the inside of the Complex, you will undoubtedly stand there in awe for at least 10 minutes. Think of seeing the Grand Canyon, Times Square, Vegas at night, or Niagara Falls day or night. Overwhelming, with millions of lights and so much to try and take in. The State Fair section is what you see when you arrive as a daily visitor or as we did as a hotel guest. The State Fair is the central section, under a dome that is covered with solar panels and lit with millions of LED lights. Remember how the hotel atrium was considered vast? Well, multiply that by 3 just for the State Fair section.
If you wish to go to the Harmony Theater, you can take the Circle Shuttle, which travels around the perimeter of the State Fair on top of buildings for The Continents, Fun Town USA, Show Town and The Dark Room. Or take the moving sidewalk, which takes you right to the Welcome Center and Harmony Theater Hub. Both are steps away from where the Zipvator dropped us off. If you wish to go to the ground floor, you take an escalator down and then you can walk to Funtown USA (on the right), the Continents (slightly to the left and behind the escalator), or the State Fair (50 feet to the left).
WOE Respites - From Chapter 5.
The WOE has six highly-themed restrooms called Respites. Each Respite offers a unique and pleasant experience compared to traditional restrooms found in most theme parks and concert halls. There is one located in each section of the Complex and the Harmony Theater. They are The State Fair, Show Town, the Dark Room, Fun Time USA, the Continents and the Harmony Theater. Besides each Respite being themed to their section, there are several other benefits. One is the sheer size and number of stalls for women. The Harmony Theater Respite is divided into four sections and can accommodate 2,500 women at a time. All of them will be open for a full capacity show of 25,000 people. Each Respite for men and women has rows of stalls with their own queue lines. The stalls have doors from floor to ceiling, completely enclosed, ventilated and cooled. Each has an LED light and number hanging from the ceiling outside the stall, which tells the next in line when and where the stall is available. Each stall has wipes, hand sanitizer, plush toilet paper, garbage cans, music, and magazines. There is also a phone to call a Respite Assistant in case there is a problem, or “special need.” The respite assistant can help with female hygiene or even bring you a bag and a disposable pair of underwear. They are very discreet, and those in the queue don't know if someone is having a problem, because they can't see the stalls in the queue line. They just wait until a number is called, then they turn a corner and walk to the stall with the green light and the number that was just called. Sometimes, guests may become sick from the rides, and the attendant can help them. It’s wonderful!
There are plenty of sinks with push pedals on the floor to operate the water and soap dispensers. Each has paper towels, not the ear damaging hand dryers. The Women’s Respite has a separate area for make-up and even has an attendant there to help with basic supplies, all free, and no tipping. There are also disposable toothbrushes and toothpaste dispensers. Each also has a lounge for making phone calls or relaxing for a few minutes. But here’s the really cool factor; The Men’s Respite has themed urinals. Yes, themed to the section you are in. For the State Fair, the urinals are walled off from floor to ceiling, each with a curtain to provide privacy; each has a green light and number, just like the stalls. There are two lines in the queue: One to “sit” and one to “stand.” But when you go into the urinal stall, there is no ordinary urinal, there is no wall in front of you. Instead, you get to look at a giant midway carnival themed game. The view is about 75 feet wide and 30 feet long and is lit up like in a carnival game, with moving objects, clowns going up and down and chickens going across. I’ve never seen anything like this, and it sure makes going to the bathroom fun. Believe me, the women are jealous. The other section’s Respites have similar urinal designs, but with different themes. All these Respites are cleaned continually, and there are never any odors, as the ventilation system is remarkable.
Thanks for reading!
Hope you all have a fun weekend! Until next time,