Wednesday, May 20, 2015

John Lasseter Talks About Upcoming Disney and Pixar Slate of Movies

During a 2-hour presentation at Cannes Film Festival, John Lasseter talks about the upcoming slate of Disney and Disney-Pixar movies. This includes Finding Dory, The Good Dinosaur, and others.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"No Selfie Sticks" Signs Begin To Show Up At WDW

You KNOW that this was bound to happen sooner or later.

Our last trip to WDW this past December was an eye-opener because I had never seen so many selfie sticks being used all through the parks. People were either filming themselves while walking around the parks, or on rides. Holy cow, this thing could be dangerous especially in a crowded area!

Sure enough, Disney is beginning to crack down on selfie sticks. It starts with Thunder Mountain Railroad.

So on Friday, Walt Disney World went a step further to make that point. It posted a "No Selfie Sticks" sign at the Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

A few weeks ago, Disney told workers to remind guests of that policy.

Still, Thunder Mountain has had an especially high number of incidents in which the ride had to be stopped because of selfie-stick use.

Similar signs have been posted at Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland in California.

It'll require just a few guests being poked by this darn thing in a crowded area before I see a ban on this nuisance.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Inside/Out Debuts at Cannes

Disney-Pixar's "Inside/Out" debuts at Cannes Film Festival today.

While the release date is June 19 in the US, many Disney Visa card holders had the opportunity last week to purchase a special Fathom event ticket that will not only give an advance showing on June 16 of the movie, but also a sneak peek at Pixar Studios and a live interview with Pete Doctor.

Special Fathom Features: Experience exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from Pixar Animation Studios and a Q&A with director Pete Docter, producer Jonas Rivera and the voice of Joy, Amy Poehler.

Fathom Events and Disney are bringing Disney*Pixar's highly-anticipated Inside Out to theatres nationwide on Tuesday, June 16 in a special advanced screening.

This one-night event will include exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from Pixar Animation Studios in addition to the full-length feature Inside Out and the Lava short three days before its official release. PLUS following the showing of Inside Out, audiences will enjoy an exclusive Q&A with director Pete Docter, producer Jonas Rivera and the voice of Joy, Amy Poehler, live via satellite from their Australian tour. Event attendees will also receive a limited edition Inside Out commemorative poster and lanyard that includes a special code for access to digital extras.

The tickets were opened for purchase to the public last May 15th. We will be going.


Thursday, May 07, 2015

Phineas And Ferb To Air Final Episode In June

The final episode of our most favorite TV series on any Disney channel, Phineas and Ferb, will air on June 12 at 9/8c on Disney XD.

Disney XD announced on Thursday that after 126 episodes, five hour-long specials and a TV-movie, the animated series will air its final episode, “Last Day of Summer,” on Friday, June 12 at 9/8c.

I still have no clue why Disney is ending this series. It falls into one of the most intelligent animated series, in the same class as South Park, The Simpsons, and Pinky and the Brain. All I can say is that there better be a humongous box-set of this series coming out soon.


Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Frozen Fireworks Over Streets of America

For those of us who missed it, here is a video of the new Frozen fireworks over the Street of America at DHS.

I must say that I don't quite remember the one that was over the now-gone Sorcerer Hat, so I can't quite compare that with this "new" one. It will be interesting to see if they'll keep doing this show at the new location. It certainly will prevent all that congestion along the main entrance.


Monday, May 04, 2015

Mickey Head River Rock Stepping Stone

Walgreens continues to carry some of the neatest seasonal Disney merchandise (why can't the Disney Stores be more like this?) around.

Found this over the weekend at our nearby Walgreens. It is a Mickey head stepping stone.

On the back, it has a place where you can attach it to a nail or a hook so that you can mount it on the wall. At about a foot in width, it is a nice size.

We liked it so much, be bought TWO! :) We'll hang them on the wall some time soon.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dachshund As Mickey Mouse

To all Dogs,

Don't EVER let your Pet Parents dress you up like this! You will be bullied by all the other dogs in the neighborhood!


Magic Kingdom Club Plaque

The one thing about being a "known" Disney fanatic is that your friends and acquaintances often think of you first if it is anything related to Disney. This is one such case.

One of my online friends came across this plaque when he was cleaning up his parents house. So knowing about my Disney obsession from my online posts, he contacted me first and asked if I wanted it. Of course, I did. So this was mailed to me and it got here yesterday.

It is a plaque commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom Club. Now I will admit that I didn't know what a "Magic Kingdom Club" is, so I did a check and found this info.

Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom Club (MKC) was created in 1957 as a unique marketing vehicle for the new Park. The Club offered discounted and special-value ticket media to the employees of large companies, industry and military throughout Southern California. It was an immediate win-win formula: MKC provided a free employee benefit while the participating organizations promoted Disneyland by distributing membership cards and materials. In many ways, MKC was the forerunner of today’s airline and hotel loyalty membership programs by instilling the sense of a special beneficial relationship. 

It was disbanded in 2000. It is another piece of Disney history that I wasn't aware of, and that I got to learn because of this.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Disneyland Band To Be Disbanded?!

I don't know what to make of this news. Are they really disbanding and "reimagining" the beloved Disneyland Band? Seriously?

The Disneyland Band has been an institution at the Anaheim theme park since it opened in 1955. But on March 31, musicians were served an "end of run" notice, as "reimagining" will add a new sound and high-energy choreography. Longtime members of the 16-person group -- one has been in it for 44 years -- were invited to reaudition at dancing and acting tryouts.
To add insult to injury, the band's final performance will be July 16, one day before the park's 60th-anniversary celebration.

This is a joke, right? No one who has even half a brain would make such a stupid decision.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Could "Avengers - Age of Ultron" Be A Disappointment?

There are now rumblings that the upcoming Disney/Marvel's "Avengers - Age of Ultron" is a disappointment and not as good as the first Avengers movie.

I'm sure we'll hear more about it in the next few days as more reviews come in, and the movie opens in a couple of places outside the US this weekend. We plan to see it during the opening weekend, so expect my own review soon.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Fatal Accident at Disney Race Track

... and they were already planning on closing it this summer.

A tragic accident at the Disney race track in WDW left the passenger of a Lamborghini dead and the driver hurt.

It wasn't immediately clear if the driver was a track employee or a customer. The driver was hospitalized with minor injuries. The passenger was a 36-year-old man from Davenport.

I wonder if Disney will just pull the plug on the whole thing now and end it immediately after this accident.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Disney Dream Cruise with Food Network

Some of us won't be home at this time, so it may be time to set up the DVR for this one.

This one-hour special brings together some of Food Network's favorite hosts for a vacation like no other. The Kitchen's Jeff Mauro and Katie Lee, Chopped's Amanda Freitag, and Guy's Grocery Games' Melissa d'Arabian, along with their families and friends, set sail on The Disney Dream cruise ship for three days of sun, fun and food. Go behind the scenes as the hosts go where no cameras have gone before — the inner workings of the ship's galleys, the kitchens, where The Dream's talented chefs prepare food for thousands every day. And no cruise would be complete without surf, sand and, of course, incredible meals.

Airing dates:

Fri, March 27, 8|7c
Sat, March 28 3a|2c
Sat, April 4 12|11c


Monday, March 23, 2015

Major Differences Between Disneyland and Walt Disney World Experiences

This is a nice article that sums up the differences in experience at Disneyland in CA, and Walt Disney World in FL.

The size of WDW is, to me, an advantage, as I had stated a while back. There is just this lack of a "buffer" between the unorganized, real world and the theme park at Disneyland. Whereas at WDW, the size allows it to force the guests to emotionally, or psychologically separate themselves, consciously or unconsciously, from that real world. And certainly, WDW is a resort in the truest sense.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

New Chicago Disney Store Pins

... or at least, they are new to me since I haven't seen them before.

Thanks go Anne for finding these. Supposedly, one pin can be found at the Michigan Ave. store, while the other is at the State Street store. I do not know if it is going to be that way, or even both can be found at both stores eventually.