Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Final Year For JC Penny Disney Snowglobes

I just read a news report that this is the final year that JC Penny will give out the Disney snowglobes.

Instead of cancelling the tradition without notice, Penney is letting customers who want to complete their collection know that this will be the final year.

Penney stores will distribute the snow globes starting at 3 p.m. on Black Friday while supplies last.

The tradition started in 2002. There are plans to start something new next year, said Mary Beth West, Penney’s chief marketing officer. 

I wonder if there will be another Facebook campaign to bring this back like last time they halted the snowglobes...


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Christmas Tree Made Entirely Of Disney Toys

How come Disney doesn't do this?

A tree in London is decorated entirely with Disney toys and plushes.

I'll post my tree decorated entirely with Disney ornaments soon.


Captain EO At Epcot To End On December 6

I must admit, it has lasted longer than I anticipated.

Disney has announced that Captain EO at Epcot will end on Dec. 6, this time, for good. So any of you Michael Jackson fanatics out there want to catch this, do it soon or you will have to go to Disneyland Resort to see it.

On their official parks blog, Disney World announced that the legendary attraction would be closing once more – and this time for good. The attraction had closed previously for a special preview of Disney's Tomorrowland, but the Francis Ford Coppola directed short film returned after that limited engagement had ended. Thankfully, if you're a Disneyland patron, it looks like the show will still be running as usual, as this closure is only listed for Epcot's version of the show so far.

The attraction that's replacing the science fiction musical is the brand new “Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival,” a new show that will take three animated short films from the two studio's canons and convert them into a 4D experience. Needless to say, this is probably going to make fans on the East Coast more than a little upset, as the attraction's return was received quite well by the park's guests. Part of that response was due to the nostalgia factor, as the attraction had been removed since 1994, in favor of the then new Honey, We Shrunk The Audience.

I think I am more enthusiastic about seeing that Disney and Pixar shorts, than Captain EO. So to me, this is a good thing.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tomorrow's kitchen at Food and Wine

Poster seen at Sustainable Chew at EPCOT.

Color shadow at Colortopia

One of the fun things to do at this attraction.

Colortopia at EPCOT

A new exhibit at Innoventions for working with color.  Part of it lets you digitally color a mural.

How Pixar Brought Computers To The Movies

As we celebrate 20 years of the first Toy Story movie, this is a rather nice article on the movie technology that was brought by Pixar to the movie industry with that first Toy Story release.

In the past two decades, Pixar has become a celebrated art house, with other groundbreaking films to its credit, including "Monsters, Inc.," "Up," "Wall-E" and, most recently, "Inside Out." But Pixar's achievement hasn't just been a game changer for animation; it's been course-altering for all of film.

"Toy Story" wouldn't have been possible without groundbreaking software from Pixar. Called RenderMan, the program let animators create 3D scenes that were photorealistic. The idea: Generate, or "render," images that look so real you could put them in a movie alongside live-action footage -- and no one could tell the difference.

Pixar, which licenses RenderMan to other film studios, boasts that 19 of the last 21 Academy Award winners for visual effects used the software. They include "Titanic," the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "Avatar."

This is what most people don't realize, that the impact of computer animation permeates all through the movie business, not just in animated movies.

Pixar was, and still is, truly revolutionary.


Man Climbs Mexico Pavilion At Epcot

First of all, can you be any dumber than this?

An Epcot park guest climbed the pyramid at the Mexico pavilion at Epcot.


The video of the stupid act was videoed by a park guest. And this person wasn't stopped either. He got all the up and came back down. When another woman tried it, she was finally stopped by a cast member, presumably.

Leininger said the man made to to the top and climbed down the side without being stopped by security. He said a woman tried to follow the same route up the pyramid, but she was stopped by workers.

Now, you know what's gonna happen next, don't you? Disney will try to make sure no other morons will try to do this stunt, and will probably cordon off this area or change the way guests enter the pavilion, all due to this dumbass.

This reminds me of all those stupid tourists who visit places and monuments and showed utter disrespect for those places, ruining it for the rest of us.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Starbucks knows you are here

Seen at EPCOT, Starbucks You Are Here cups and mugs as Christmas ornaments .

First Trailer of "Finding Dory"

Disney has released the first trailer of the highly-anticipated sequel to "Finding Nemo", "Finding Dory". The movie is scheduled to be released in June 2016.

Can we say "Blockbuster"?


DHS Christmas tree

The tree outside Hollywood Studios.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Merry and Brigjht dessert party at DHS

Another dessert from the Spectacle of Lights dessert party

Merry and Bright dessert party at DHS

One of the desserts from the Spectacle of Lights dessert party.

Star Wars Launch Bay

Opening in December at DHS, it will have exhibits and character meet and greet.  Indications are that DHS will have 3 lands: Hollywood Land, Star Wars Land and Pixar Land,

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Careless food service?

Two incidents that seem to show WDW food service is getting careless... At a counter service restaurant, cheese was put on a dish when the menu never mentioned cheese.  The dish was replaced.  Another incident was potentially more serious.  Some bleu cheese was found at the bottom of a steak salad.  Again, no mention of cheese on the menu.  It was determined from a very helpful waiter that the cook had cheese from another salad on his gloves while preparing the steak salad.  The problem is that the other salad also had nuts in it.  Someone with a nut allergy could unknowingly eat something that should never have nuts.  Let's hope this doesn't become more frequent.

Starbucks treats

Halloween cupcakes at the MK Statnucks.

Good stuff at Columbia Harbor House

Menu item recently added:  Mac and cheese with shrimp and lobster.  It's good.

Changes to MK hub

Photo of new addition to the hub around the castle

Polynesian lobby

A view of the refurbished Polynesian lobby, with the old waterfall gone.  First impression- they made it boring.

Donald's dessert

Don is about to dive into a warm apple tart at the Kona Cafe.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Impression of La Hacienda de San Angel

Four of us ate dinner at the newer Mexican restaurant at EPCOT.  In a nutshell... Good selection, well prepared, good service.  Entrees ran in the $28-32 range, so it is a bit pricey.  The menu was  more interesting than the older restaurant across the street.  Worth at least one visit.

Donald's new friends

Don finds himself hanging out with the cool guys.

La Hacienda Tacos

Taquiza- taco sampler with chicken,steak and pork.