Monday, December 19, 2011

Pixar Stamps - sweet!

For those of you who are belatedly thinking about sending out your holiday cards this year, it might interest you to know that there are actually Pixar stamps available through the USPS.

I did not even know that these existed until I went to my local post office the other day, to buy stamps for my Christmas cards.  Now obviously they are not holiday stamps, so some people might not want them for their holiday cards - but they are Forever stamps, so you can stock up and use them year round, even when the price of stamps go up.

Imagine the surprise and joy I had walking into my post office and seeing these as an option for stamps.  And I figured if I didn't know about it, a lot of you might not have known about it, so here it is...Pixar stamps, love it!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

And so, it begins...

I have been working on a lovely piece for this blog about the Disney Vacation Club that I had intended to be my next post on here. However, recent developments have necessitated that getting put on the back burner for the time being.

Last week, Universal Orlando announced on their facebook page (in yet another nod to the importance of social media) that the entire Amityville section of the Universal Studios Park (and with it, Jaws, one of the last remaining opening day attractions) would be closing as of January 2, saying:

Jaws won't be smiling for long.
"Hey fans, we want you to be the first to know… JAWS! and the Amity area will officially close on January 2 to make room for an exciting, NEW, experience we’re planning for you.

We know you love JAWS! and we do too. It has been an amazing attraction and after terrorizing the waters of Amity here at Universal Orlando for 20 years, it’s a VERY important part of our history. So, we’ve got a couple things planned to ensure we always remember and honor it. We know it’s hard to say goodbye, but we can’t express how EXCITED we are about the new, innovative & amazing experience we’re going to be bringing you."

While it's sad that Jaws is closing (it was always my favorite USF attraction), it was to be expected. The attraction cost a bundle to run (employing anywhere between 15-25 cast members at a time, depending on how many boats were out) and was frequently prone to mechanical problems. It used to be the park's signature attraction, but attendance dipped significantly, and it's days have actually been numbered for a couple of years now.

In any case, the thing to do with that article is to read between the lines. Universal is not going to close a whole section of its older, less popular, park without plans in place for the replacement. And then of course, you have to hone in on the "new, innovative, and amazing experiences" line. Clearly, there's something in the works here. The question is, what, exactly does Universal Orlando have planned for that fairly signifcant space?

I wondered this myself for a few days, trying to come up with franchises/ lands the park could stick in there. I kept coming back to Shrek, much as I didn't want to. I never saw the appeal of those films, but I was always in the minority.

Then, over the weekend, Universal announced the Wizarding World was headed west, to its Hollywood park. This was not unexpected, but the announcement seemed to imply that would be the extent of Potter expansions for now. So I still had no idea what would be coming to Universal Studios to replace Jaws.

I got my answer early this morning. A reliable source sent me a series of frenzied text messages giving me a heads up on what to expect when the announcement is made (and I don't know when said announcement will come). All of this is subject to change, of course, but here's a general outline about what to expect:

Diagon Alley
-A major expansion of the Potter world, this time at Universal Studios Florida (USF), not Islands of Adventure (IOA). Potter will now occupy 2 parks, not one.
-The Potter land at USF will focus on the London realm of the Potter universe, whereas IOA focused on the Hogwarts/Wizarding World realm. Expect a dining experience at The Leaky Cauldron, shopping in Diagon Alley, etc.
-Ollivander's Wand Shop, which is located in Diagon Alley, will be moving to the new land, so it's placed in the correct location. The popular experience will also be much larger, allowing more people to experience the "Wand Chooses You" show (not sure how they intend to do this, but my guess is something similar to the way Mickey is able to meet and greet hundreds of guests an hour at the Magic Kingdom).
-The centerpiece of the expansion will be an innovative, indoor roller-coaster, through the vaults of Gringotts Bank. Anyone who's read the books or seen the films knows that this location is ripe for a roller-coaster.
-Finally, connecting the two worlds will be the Hogwart's Express, complete with Platform 9 3/4, which is where you'll board in the London part of the Potter world. The train will then take you to the Wizarding World.

That last part is most interesting, because it's where Universal will make it's big push to steal some business from Disney. If what I'm hearing is true (and Universal will have a couple of years to sort this out, mind you), the only patrons who will be allowed to board and ride the Hogwart's Express are those who have purchased multi-day Universal tickets. Meaning, you can't take one day out of your Disney vacation anymore to see all that Universal has to offer. This has been my recent strategy, mind you. I spend one day at Universal, most of it in the Wizarding World. However, when this experience opens, if this happens to be true, I'll be buying that two day ticket (Nick is just the kind of sucker Universal is banking on - Mike). It's a brilliant move by Universal; I have to hand it to them.

Of course, at this point, this is all unconfirmed rumor, but if it turns out to be true, things are really starting to get interesting in Central Florida.

Oh, one more thing. Universal has apparently fast-tracked this Potter expansion and hopes to have it up and running within 2 years, meaning it will open a full 5 years BEFORE Disney's Avatar Land does. How's that for getting ahead of the competition?!

Stay tuned to the blog...we'll keep updating it with information about these developments as we hear them.

Mike:: I think this is a really interesting development, and of course we'll know more in the coming months; but it is intriguing to think about the differences in Universal and Disney thinking.  As I heard this news I wondered, would Disney Imagineers do the same thing? I feel like expanding the same world to both of their parks is kind of a cheap cash grab.  Create more interesting content and people will want to spend multiple days at your resort, force HP lovers into forking over for multiple day tickets - just to experience all you are offering to them, just seems wrong.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Another game changer....

Universal is about to change the game again....if what I'm hearing is true, the competition for Central Florida Theme Park dominance just got a lot more intense.

Stay tuned for details....

I'll give you just a little hint, though. Expect to see a lot more of:

Monday, December 5, 2011

Happy birthday, Walt

A great big happy birthday goes out to the man who started it all...Walt would have been 110 years old today.

Happy birthday, Walt!!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Here come the Muppets!

Well, that title is a bit of a misnomer, since it applies that the Muppets are something new. They are, of course, not new at all. Perhaps a better title for this review should have been "Here come the Muppets again!" since they're just now making their (triumphant) return to the big screen after an 11 year absence. They were last seen in movie theaters in 2004 with Muppets in Space. During the 7 year hiatus, they made a series of mostly forgettable TV specials including The Muppets Wizard of Oz, starring an inept Ashanti as Dorothy.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Has Disney Consumer Products Finally Gotten It?

Now what is 'it'? you ask. 

Why can't the Disneyland logo be enough?
For years now Nick and I have been complaining, all be it amongst ourselves, about the products available to a Disney lover.  Now this is going to seem harsh to some of you who absolutely love these types of things, but in my personal opinion a lot of the products that Disney release are REALLY dorky (I would even take it a step further and say TACKY. -Nick).

Monday, November 7, 2011

Avatar Blooming - fun idea

To Start with lets watch this quick Coca-Cola/AMC Theaters advertisement. And pause it right around the 38 or 39 second mark.

What I imagine would be kind of a neat experience for the upcoming AVATAR Land would be a nightly show or experience that kind of happened organically in the park every dusk to early evening.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival: Passport to a World of Flavors

I had the pleasure of spending a long Colombus Day weekend down in Walt Disney World. I make a trip at this time of year annually, and though it's one of my quicker trips, it's one of my favorites, mostly because of the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Avatar Land - Where will it be?

When Animal Kingdom was originally announced, it contained plans for a land/area called Beastly Kingdom, which would feature mythical creatures.  However the plans were eventually modified for opening day to include what is now Camp Minnie Mickey, with plans to eventually add Beastly Kingdom after the park opened (and started making some money).

Thursday, September 29, 2011

You heard it here first...

Newsies will be transferring to Broadway and will open at the Nederlander Theatre this spring.

Casting will be announced at a later date, but expect most, if not all, of the Papermill cast to make the move. The only question mark would seem to be star Jeremy Jordan, who is contracted for Bonnie and Clyde this winter. It's doubtful the show would transfer without him, given his reviews, so I imagine these details are worked out.

More information as I get it.

To see our Newsies the musical review, click here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Seize the Day!

Papermill Playhouse - Millburn, NJ
In creating its newest screen-to-stage production, Disney dug deep into their vast film vault and pulled out Newsies, a notorious 1992 flop directed by Kenny Ortega and starring a young Christian Bale. The film was very poorly received and lost a ton of money. However, over the years, it not only gained a cult following, but the score (written by 8 time Oscar winner Alan Menken) managed to endure. The song Santa Fe, in particular, became a cabaret standard. It turns out that of all the films in the Disney cannon, Newsies is the one most requested as a stage show. Disney finally gave in to demand and has produced a 6 week "experimental" production at the Papermill Playhouse, the nation's top regional theater. As of this moment, there are no further productions planned beyond this one, but that's likely to change.

I'm the King of New York...

I actually saw the Newsies musical at the Papermill Playhouse two weeks ago, but I decided to wait and see what our resident theater buff Nick thought, before posting my thoughts here.

In short, I loved Newsies!  The musical was fun, and lively, and it really is a great adaptation of the movie.  I have had the song, "King of New York," stuck in my head for weeks now.  My comparisons for this show will obviously be based on the movie, but I would like to give a few details about how familiar I am with Newsies the movie.  My girlfriend's favorite movie in the entire world is Newsies, and in fact the first gift I ever bought her many many years ago was Newsies on DVD because she didn't yet own it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

AVATAR coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom

In a completely out of left field announcement this afternoon, Bob Iger, Tom Staggs, and film director James Cameron announced a most unique partnership and expansion. Over the next 5 years, Cameron will partner with Disney Imagineers (led by the brightest and best of them all, Joe Rohde) to design and build an Avatar themed land at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Ground is expected to be broken by early 2013, with an opening date set for 2017/2018.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The end of an era...

In 1974, when the Walt Disney World resort was just 3 years old, a new dinner show was established in response to guest criticism that there was not enough for adults to do outside of the parks. This new dinner show would compliment the two already in existence- the Polynesian Luau, and a Broadway style revue at the top of the Contemporary Resort (in what is now the California Grille). The show, titled The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, was to play the property's third resort- Fort Wilderness, giving each resort a nighttime show.
The Original Cast from 1974

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The House from 'UP' Built in Real Life

I saw this article this morning in the NY Times.  Apparently it is an approved 'UP' house, that was build in real life and was based on the house from the Disney/Pixar film 'UP' of course!

Click here for the original article. There is also a photo gallery.
'Up' House IRL

D23 Convention Wrap-up

So, what happened?

In short, two years ago, for the first D23 Convention, they made huge announcements (Fantasyland Expansion, Star Tours, Carsland, California Adventure, etc. etc.) and this year they had....they had....well, NO new announcements.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Live-Blogging the Parks and Resorts Presentation - D23 Convention 2011

6:30 PM 

They're running late, of course. Lots of people still filing in, and they just announced the presentation won't begin for another 10 minutes. Boo!!

6:42 PM

Presentation begins with a montage and salute to Walt Disney's Carousel of Projects (probably because the title of this presentation is "Carousel of Projects").

D23 Expo- Parks and Resorts Presentation

In 7 minutes, Tom Staggs will take the stage to make the Parks and Resorts presentation. Thanks to WDW Radio, I'll be watching the event live, blogging away with my VERY stream of conscious thoughts. I'm holding out hope for a big, surprise, announcement!

Get ready, folks!

D23 Convention Predictions Too

So Nick gave us a post of the things he hopes to see announced at this years D23 convention, and I have decided to both offer my comments on the items he has brought up, as well as my own hopes for announcements here.

I think my largest hope and dream would have to be an update to Hollywood Studios.  This park seems to have stalled, and has just been a conundrum to me personally.  (Let's be's got lots of great attractions, but no unifying theme. I wrote about that problem here. -Nick)

D23 Convention Predictions

Today marks the opening of the second D23 Convention, held every other year in Anaheim, California. The event is a chance for all divisions of the Walt Disney Company to showcase upcoming projects, and make major announcements. It attracts a large amount of media attention, and brings in a whole contingent of fans. Mike and I had the opportunity to attend the first convention, 2 years ago, and among the things we got to see were: the announcement of Disneyland's Carsland, Walt Disney World's Fantasyland Expansion, concept models for the almost ready to open Aulani resort in Hawaii, and a whole slew of film and merchandise announcements. Sadly, we foolishly missed the appearance of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow (I am pretty sure we said we were going to lie about missing this - Mike). This year's event promises to be full of just as much hoopla.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Leave a Legacy getting ready to leave?

The original entrance to Epcot (then referred to as Epcot Center), was one of the most glorious things in the World. Take a look:

It set the tone for the park perfectly. Wide open space, beautiful palm trees, and a clear, unobstructed view of the park's icon, Spaceship Earth.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Caution: Slow Moving Boats

During my last trip to Disney World, I made the mistake of wanting to go from Disney's Hollywood Studios (MGM) to EPCOT.  This can be accomplished in a variety of ways - taking a bus, (I believe there is a direct bus from the Studios to Epcot) take a bus to the Transportation and Ticket Center and then the Monorail to Epcot, or there is the option of taking a boat. (Actually, there are only two ways to get from Hollywood Studios to Epcot- taking the boat or walking on the path along the canal. There are no buses. The only other option would be to go to a resort and transfer. -Nick)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Disney's Magical Express

In late 2004, the Walt Disney World Resort announced the creation of a "complimentary" guest service called Disney's Magical Express. The service would transport its resort guests from Orlando International Airport to their resort hotel. Guests would not have to worry about retrieving their luggage, as it would "magically" appear in their room within three hours of their arrival. It launched in May of the following year, and despite protests from the Orlando cab drivers (who claimed Disney was placing a monopoly on transportation to the property), it was an immediate success. However, the system is not without its flaws, and the requisite number of guest horror stories surely exist.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Transportation at Walt Disney World

Mike kickstarted this discussion on Friday, and we decided that the transportation issues at Walt Disney World were worth an in-depth look. So, over the next few days, we'll be presenting a series of articles about various aspects of the vast transportation network at Walt Disney World, analyzing what works, what doesn't, and even proposing possible solutions.

Generally speaking, Walt Disney World's guest transportation consists of the following means of transportation:
1) Monorails
2) Buses
-Disney's Magical Express 
-The Morning Rush - A Wake Up Call Suggestion
3) Boats
-The Slow Way (from MGM to EPCOT) - A Single Dock Proposal

Also a part of the fleet are the trams that service the guest parking lots, and I suppose, the walking paths, which I suppose are an effective means of transport.

Our series of articles will focus on the following topics:

1) Disney's Magical Express
2) the Walt Disney World Bus System (which Mike has already touched on)
3) The Monorail System (and why the oft-mentioned "expand the monorail" solution may not be the best)
4) Getting from resort to resort (aka the real Mr. Toad's Wild Ride)

As we update a different section of this topic we will link it to this page as well, so turn here for all of your transportation information and suggestions!

Friday, July 22, 2011

We're Back! Lets talk buses

Just returned from a short trip to WDW, and you guessed it, the trip was too short!  However now that we are back, lets talk about the buses.

I feel like the bus situation in WDW is in need of an update.  Think back to your last trip, and now try and remember all of the time you spent waiting around for a bus, or transferring etc.  I don't know if I have so much fun while in the parks that I have only selective memory when it comes to the on site transportation, but there is a lot of time being wasted with these buses.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

More intrigue...

Some more interesting developments down at Walt Disney World...

Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) has hastily constructed a new project office at Walt Disney World, on the grounds of the never used air strip, not far from the Magic Kingdom. They already have an office inside of the Magic Kingdom that they're using for work on the Fantasyland expansion, so this certainly isn't for that project. What could this new office location be for? The rumored DVC units to be built at the Grand Floridian? The revitalized Downtown Disney? Or something else entirely?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Magic, The Memories, and You

I'm going to start this article off with a quote, because it beautifully summarizes everything that's great about this new castle show:

"When Disney does something right, nothing is better."
~Meg Strong

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


What the hell were Bob Iger, Tom Staggs, Joe Rohde, John Lasseter, and Steve Jobs (who is rumored to be near death) all doing at Animal Kingdom last week?

And, why didn't Meg Crofton join them, when she's ostenibly in charge of the place?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Gone to Disneyworld

We will be back shortly, but for the next week we will be in the happiest place on earth.

Let's call it a business trip?


Monday, June 27, 2011

Rant...Walt Disney World vs. Disneyland (Part 2)

In an earlier column (To view part 1 - click here.), I railed against the inequity between the “love” the Walt Disney Company shows for its California theme parks versus the love it shows for their flagship resort in Florida. I pointed out numerous instances where this was the case, from the number of high profile events at Disneyland (as opposed to Disney World), the fact that Disneyland gets a new parade every year (whereas Disney World has been running a variation of the same daytime parade for over a decade), special summer offerings, the drastic differences in quality between Fantasmics, and so on. I pointed out that the Walt Disney World resort, if for no other reason than its sheer size alone, brings in a boatload more money than Disneyland does. I ended the article with the question- “why?” That’s where we’ll begin this column.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


I wanted to do two things with this post, I wanted to give you a quick look into the future, and let you know what I am currently working on, and also to point out an interesting coincidence I have found.  And admittedly it may or may not be a coincidence at all, but you can decide.

The upcoming post I am working on is a review/synopsis/analysis of Victor Gruen's - The Heart of Our Cities .  This is the book, which I am sure every Disney fan knows (Well now you know!), was found on Walt Disney's desk when he died.  And as I will talk about at length in the upcoming post, was probably a key piece in shaping the original plans for EPCOT.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A rant...Walt Disney Word vs. Disneyland

Things are really looking up for the Disneyland Resort. Just last week, they hosted an enormously successful "Black Carpet" premiere for the 4th film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides. The stars, including Johnny Deppy, Geoffrey Rush, Penelope Cruz, and Ian McShane, all entered on Main Street USA, on a completely decked out walkway:

The event was a rousing, unmitigated success. Despite the inconvenience caused by the early closing that night, fans were able to sit and catch a glimpse of their favorite stars, and a lucky bunch (who donated $1000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles) got to attend the premiere.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Review- Pirates of the Carbbean: On Stranger Tides

 Despite a bizarre title (stranger tides than what?), the 4th entry into the enormously successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise does exactly what it sets out to do- entertain audiences for two hours and let them spend time with familiar characters. The film is not nearly as good as the first film, but not nearly as bad as the middle two, and that's just fine. On its own, the film succeeds because of it's comfort food mentality- we know these characters, and we're eager to go off on an adventure with them. The film breaks no new ground, but it does do the things that we've come to know and love.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

LOST - Part 4

To read parts 1 through 3 go here first.

The passengers of the Temple Excursions would exit the ride on a different part of the island.

A path would lead them to the beach where three new experiences would greet them:

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Technical Difficulties

Just so everyone is aware, apparently all of has been having some technical difficulties.  A few of the posts that were made last week were automatically removed by the site.  They are slowly starting to restore the posts, but we're not quite sure when it will be completed.

We will repost the removed posts, once they have been restored (try saying that ten times fast).


Saturday, May 7, 2011

More leaked concept art? New water park?

Late this week, a piece of Disney concept art was "leaked" onto the internet (and if you don't think the powers that be at Disney had anything to do with this, then I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you). It shows concept art for what appears to be a Pirates of the Caribbean themed water park. Take a look:

Friday, May 6, 2011

2011 D23 Gift

Today, D23 members who renewed their membership for 2011 received the following email:

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Brazilians are coming! The Brazilians are coming!

Well, all right, they've already been here for years, but they might just be getting something a little more official at Walt Disney World, if the Brazilian press is to be believed. A Brazilian newspaper column ran a story earlier this week that stated fairly definitely that Brazil would be the next country added to Epcot's World Showcase, and the first major addition to that half of the park since 1988's opening of the Norway Pavilion.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Musings on River Country

Recently, the Walt Disney World Resort "celebrated" a rather sad anniversary- it was 10 years ago that River Country, the resort's first water park closed permanently. The reality, however, was that the writing had been on the wall for River Country for years. Many (including myself) would argue that River Country was doomed the day Blizzard Beach, Disney's second water park, opened. There was not room for three water parks at the resort, particularly when two of them featured state of the art slides and thrills, while the third was best described as "quaint."

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

World of Color - Dancing Water

Over a year ago- D23, the Disney Parks Blog, and various other sources started talking about the changes happening to California Adventure, and highlighting the World of Color water spectacular.

One of the talking points about this night-time show was the thousands of dancing lights and fountains that were going to be placed in the lagoon for this new show.  Which got me thinking about the possibilities of creating a true dancing fountain.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Book Review- Kingdom Keepers 4: Power Play

This review does NOT contain plot spoilers.

When you're reading Kingdom Keepers 4: Power Play, I advise you to keep reading, right through the very end, playing close attention to the novel's final pages. Not that you'll want to put the novel down, mind you. For, the 4th installment in Ridley Pearson's enormously popular series is far and away the best yet. But it is that final page revelation, just a simple line spoken by a well known character, that changes everything.

The future of Hollywood Studios

We all know the the late 1980's, the Universal film company announced plans to build their first theme park in the Orlando area. The park would be, obviously, based on movie and film production, and would also house a set of working film studios (including Nickelodeon). The long-term plan was to make Orlando as big and busy a film town as Hollywood was.

Honey I Shrunk the Wall-E

The last time I was in WDW, almost a year ago (which is TOO LONG!), I was babysitting my niece, and we happened upon the Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area.  I could not believe how much she enjoyed just running around, going down the slides, and climbing through the ropes course.

But I was thinking the other day, that it might be time to revamp that area.

If I was an Imagineer...

Monday, April 4, 2011

Book Review- Project Future

Beyond being just a creative genius, Walt was a smart, wily businessman. Nowhere is that more evident than in his clandestine (and of questionable legality) acquisition of the Florida swampland that would eventually become Walt Disney World. Author Chad Emerson straightforwardly chronicles this series of events in the highly engaging book, Project Future.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Same Floats Different Years

Just in case you were wondering here is a little pictographic evidence that - indeed, the floats in WDW have not changed in quite a few years.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

LOST - Part 3

Read Part 2

We last left our survivors to explore the Swan (Perhaps taking time to enter a few numbers into a computer? just to be safe) and Orchid stations, and they have finally made their way to the Barracks.  Hopefully the high frequency sonar fence has been shut down.

The survivors can make their way to the Processing Center, and perhaps apply for jobs in the Dharma Initiative?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

'Mars Needs Moms' - The Reason for the Flop

The New York Times recently ran an article entitled "Many Culprits in Fall of a Family Film" - 'Mars Needs Moms' Flops, and Some Blame 3D Prices.  This story was then picked up and commented on around the blogging world by Gawker and the like, with the story, "Does the Mars Needs Moms Catastrophe Mean Anything?"

I would like to offer my explanation because I don't necessarily believe the conclusions drawn by the NY Times.  They put most of the blame for the failure on 3-D and IMAX ticket prices, because theaters are adding $3 to $5 (sometimes more!) surcharges onto the already exorbitant movie ticket prices.  While I think that is a valid point, it could be the 'cop out' reason any movie fails.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Next Gen Initiative

Greetings, readers!

Sorry for my absence recently, but I just returned from a fabulous, week-long vacation in Walt Disney World. Needless to say, I have many observations and thoughts percolating around my head, so my next set of columns will be a collections of these musings and thoughts.

I thought I'd begin with what I consider to be one of the most interesting technological advances that Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is currently pursuing: The Next Generation Intiative, or what Disney fans have taken to simply calling Next Gen. It's sort of a mixed bag, and there's a lot to be excited about, but also, a lot have gotten the Disney fans up in arms.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My thought's on the Walt Disney Story...

I also watched the CNBC special about the life of Walt Disney, and came away quite impressed. I've read countless books and seen other documentaries about Walt's life, so a lot of the information presented in the documentary wasn't new, but the interviews and footage sure were.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Walt: The Man Behind the Myth

CNBC aired the two hour documentary "Walt: The Man Behind the Myth," a few weeks ago, and I have had it sitting in my DVR box, but I finally had the chance to sit down and watch it the other night.

It is Great!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

CARS - land

I remember seeing the news release that came out a few years ago, announcing the building of the new Cars-land in Disneyland.  While there weren't many particulars announced at first, the release did mention a driving-based thrill ride would be the jewel of the new land.

Obviously we now know what the thrill-ride will be - Radiator Springs Racers, but.

If I was an Imagineer...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

LOST - Part 2

Read Part 1

After the crash landing, on an unknown island, the passengers, of the now destroyed Oceanic Airlines plane, depart from the wreckage to find they are on a beach, but they don't seem to be the first set of castaways.

There is a small beach-front camp with makeshift homes, made from discarded airplane pieces and other found objects.  I envisioned the space to be a bit like the "Swiss Family Robinson Tree-House."  Passengers can explore the camp, perhaps even getting the chance to eat some fresh mango (Perhaps a 'Mango-Whip' would be in order, after such a trying ordeal?)

Monday, February 7, 2011

LOST- Part 1

One of the reasons I started this blog, was due to a rather vivid daydream I had about LOST.  I have heard the rumors that Disney was already developing a LOST attraction years ago, but the attraction I envisioned seemed really neat in my mind -

If I was an Imagineer...

The LOST attraction queuing area would be in an airport, you would proceed to a flight check-in area and get your ticket (fastpass) and obviously if you did not have a fastpass you would be flying 'stand-by.'  When it was time for your departure you would proceed to your gate and then board your plane.

It Begins

I want to start with the following:

I am not now, nor have I ever been affiliated in any way with the Walt Disney Company, WED Enterprises, Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, or anyone.  Anything that is written on this blog is for the purposes of entertainment, and is in no way an indication of what Disney is planning or doing.

When some people's minds wander, they take them to exotic locations, or dreams of luxury and riches....