Saturday, May 23, 2015

Disneyland 60th Anniversary Kickoff Disaster

Disneyland kicked off their 60th Anniversary celebration in much the same way as the park's opening day: unmitigated disaster.

That might be too strong a term to describe both days but most certainly yesterday's 24-hour event had more negative than positive associated with it and will likely jeopardize the future of these events at Disney Parks.

What happened was that a massive crowd descended upon the park, many of whom were willing to camp out along Main Street from early in the day to wait for the evening's debuting parade. The park was completely inundated, closing to all guests in the afternoon resulting in a backlog of hopefuls crowing the esplanade between Disneyland and California Adventure, into California Adventure park, and up Harbour Blvd. Worse, the park never announced a closing for California Adventure despite it being impossible for guests to get in. The park never reopened until very late at night (we're talking 2am late) and social media was filled with guests furious with Disney.

I'll have more thoughts on this as the weekend progresses but for now it should go without saying that Disney needs to seriously reevaluate the way it handles these 24-hour events if they plan on having them again in the future. Which, after yesterday, is a definite "if."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Internet Wins Again

That right there is a link to a bunch of pictures of Disney princesses re-imagined as office supplies.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

16 Disney Characters Who Were Probably Gay

This had me laughing a few times but I almost totally lost it at "Baloo also seems to enjoy having his prostate stimulated."

Well done, Buzzfeed.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Polynesian DVC

These look so excellently kitchy yet modern at the same a room designed and built in 1965 and then remodeled in 2015, which is probably exactly what they were going for.

And the a private balcony with a pool with fireworks viewing with music pumped in to your own speaker system! Brilliant and amazing. Probably way out of  mine and most people's price range but awesome nonetheless and somewhere to dream of staying for certain.

Tipping my cap to Disney for this one...hopefully not prematurely and the execution really matches the imagination.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Disney Female Character Analysis

Results: much like their cartoon ducks, Disney's women rarely wear pants.

They're also white orphans with no discernable responsibilities outside of sewing, singing, and hanging out with their non-human sidekicks. But you already knew that.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jurassic World Trailer

This movie is going to be awesome. Also there's a scene where rampaging dinosaurs chase guests past a Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, so there's that.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Disney's Most Popular Princess is Not the Fairest of Them All

Buzzfeed counts down the Disney princesses in order of popularity based on a reader survey. Disney should take note of this...especially as concerns their Snow White obsession.

Yeah, I know it was their historic first film...but like I have commented here before, the movie doesn't hold up at all and modern audiences have very little connection to Snow White. There is certainly more connection to the dwarves, which I guess is why it made sense to switch from the dark ride to the mine train at Walt Disney World.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Pixar Theory

The genius thing about this is that it's absurdly preposterous and obviously not "real" but the argument is so thoroughly laid out that for awhile you actually believe everything the guy is saying. Then, you know, it ends and you know it was ridiculous but you also want to watch every Pixar movie in "chronological" order like those Godfather trilogy compilations and search for clues.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Maelstrom Gets Frozen

"The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet our guests. We think these “Frozen” elements are great compliments to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film."

Big announcement from Disney today making waves online as the company finally made it official: a Frozen attraction will replace the Maelstrom in Epcot's Norway pavilion. There was no further news on the move like a timetable for the change or any info on if this will simply be a layover or if it will be a complete overhaul. A layover would be like the additions of Nemo to Living Seas or the Three Cabaelleros to El Rio Del Tiempo and would likely be something like Frozen characters giving a tour of Norway. This, quite frankly, would probably suck. But it could also be done much much quicker to appease the Frozen-starved masses. A new attraction, on the other hand, could be a very welcome investment on Disney's part into World Showcase, a neglected part of the Resort for years.

That having been said, there are many angry over the decision. Both the usual qualms about Disney replacing an old "classic" with something new and trendy and from those who like World Showcase as an adult area fairly untrampled by Disney characters and screaming kids. Now, as someone who has "drank around the World" and will often dedicate an entire day of vacation to just exploring World Showcase, I can see their point. But the flipside, like I've said, is that Disney might be investing money, REAL MONEY, into World Showcase for the first time in forever (yes, totally intended.) Maybe this leads to more improvements and general overhaul.

I do certainly hope Disney has the foresight to wait until after the Christmas season to shut Maelstrom down. Because that gobbles up lots of people all day. They certainly don't need to make Epcot lines even longer during the busiest time of year. There is also always a chance that they shut it down now for a cheap overhaul open in time for Christmas. This could also be a pretty terrible plan since Food & Wine Festival season is now, making it also a bad time to close an Epcot crowd guzzling attraction and since, as I mentioned earlier, an overlayed ride would blow.

Most importantly, ALL Disney has said on the "Frozen to Epcot" front is that it is happening, there will be music from the film, and it will end in a Meet & Greet. So we won't know the whens, whys, or hows until a later date. Let the speculation and squabbling continue!

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Disney Afternoon Revisited

Thanks for going ahead and making me all nostalgic, D23. Now I'm going to have to fire up my Duck Tales and Darkwing Duck DVDs (yes, I have them!)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pixar's Inside Out = Cranium Command

So Pixar is making a film version of Cranium Command. Thought you might like to know.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Today in "The Internet"...

Because of course the School Bread from the Norway pavilion has it's own Twitter account. I mean OF COURSE it does.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Scary Pics of Discovery Island

Most everyone has seen the urban explorer pictures from inside River Country, with the park being all over grown and dilapidated. But check out this link for some freaky pictures of inside Discovery Island. WTF is going on in that picture with the mason jars and Coke bottle. And the cages! And vultures! Crazy stuff.

Also, if you ever get a hankering to go visit these places yourself...DON'T! It's a really really bad idea. Just so you know.