Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Gondolas At Walt Disney World?

A delicious rumor has appeared regarding the building of a modern form of Skyway at Walt Disney World.

Documents obtained by the Orlando Sentinel from the Disney-controlled Reedy Creek Improvement District confirm the resort has been planning the project, which has been rumored for months. Reedy Creek notes refer to six stations with three lines linking Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Caribbean Beach Resort and the lakeside area between Pop Century and the Art of Animation resorts. Each cab would hold 10 occupants.

Wow. If this is true, then it would make for direct and fun connection between the two parks and those resorts without using the darn buses. Supposedly, these gondolas transport system are more robust and significantly less expensive to build than the monorail.

The only qualm that I have is what would happen in the event of a breakdown. Think of being stuck in one of these things, in 98-degree weather in the middle of summer in Orlando, without air conditioning. How will they hand such a scenario? It was bad enough already when it happened to the monorail, which at least is on a solid track. But dangling many feet of the ground while stuck in one of these?


Friday, March 24, 2017

Bob Iger To Stay For Another Year

This is not unexpected at all. Disney CEO Bob Iger has extended his contract for another year, till July 2019.

While this is good news for Disney and its shareholders, it also highlights the problem with succession to helm the company after the abrupt departure of leading candidate Tom Staggs last year. Can someone who knows how to run a large corporation such as Disney, AND also respects the Disney tradition and legacy can be found?

I don't know.


Wednesday, March 08, 2017


Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker demonstrate the Muppet Mobile Lab at EPCOT. They showed how to launch a chicken into space. It was so fast that we just saw feathers flying.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Magic Kingdom fireworks dessert party

Before devouring, a selection of desserts at the fireworks party. "Wishes" fireworks will be replaced with a different show around May 12th.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Rivers of Light at DAK

This is a scene from the new Rivers of Light show at Animal Kingdom. The nighttime water show incorporates ideas from Fantasmic, Illuminations and World of Color at Disneyland. On a scale of 0-10, we rated it a 7. While the music was good and the effects were interesting, the show seemed to lack a strong story and it lacked a real wow factor. Also, the show ended with the boats and Animal floats still in the water. This seemed awkward. In short, pretty good but needs work.

Donald's egg hunt

At Flower and Garden each country hid a large egg with a character face on it. Don found the Pluto egg in China, but many eggs were impossible to find (so far).

Donald at Flower and Garden

Donald is having a good time at EPCOT's Flower and Garden festival. Here's our duck about to enjoy a Berry Buckle with berry ice cream. Don thought this was berry good. Next Don is eyeing a Flancocho, which is Flan on a chocolate base.

Rivers of Light at DAK

A panoramic view of the "stage" for the new Rivers of Light show.

Rivers of Light at DAK

About half an hour before showtime. Grandstand seating similar to Fantasmic.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Wanyama Safari at DAK

Enjoyed the excellent Wanyama Safari at Animal Kingdom. Started with tea and snacks. The Safari took about 15 of us into the savannahs around the resort, lasting about an hour and a half.

BL at MS

Buzz welcomes you to Infinity etc but mostly Mission Space.

Figment stepping stone

Add some imagination to the garden.

Flower and Garden 2017

Donald helps to greet guests near the Festival Center.

EPCOT metal detectors

All guests are being screened through metal detectors at EPCOT. Haven't seen the other parks yet.

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Highest Grossing Disney Movie Every Year Since 1937

This is a rather neat list. It is the highest grossing Disney movie for every single year since 1937.

Of course, this has not been adjusted for inflation and the higher ticket prices of today, and the movie gross was significantly smaller back then. And I will admit, I haven't heard of several of the movies listed, especially the older ones.

Have you seen them all?


Friday, February 24, 2017

Crush Now Does Home Restoration?

I've said it before. Being a Disney fan can be so distracting, you start seeing almost everything through Disney eyes. I've mentioned before that I often see "Hidden Mickeys" in so many other things (see here and here).

But it isn't restricted to just Hidden Mickeys. I've recently started watching the show "Restored" on DIY network, and I swear, the host of the show, Brett Waterman, sounds exactly like Crush from "Finding Nemo"! Don't believe me? Watch a couple of episodes and you'll understand what I mean. He has that same, surfer-dude sound. The only difference here is that, I don't remember him ever using the word "dude", whereas Crush would like you to use the word "dude" all day long after you've seen him at his attraction at the parks.

Crush doing home restoration.... who knew?


Disney Develops Wireless Charging

The people at Disney Research has built a room where mobile devices can be wirelessly charged.

After working their idea out on paper, Sample and his team tested it by building a special room and powering various devices inside. A copper pipe was erected in the middle of it – a little like a pole-dancing set-up – while the walls, ceiling and floor were lined with aluminium panels. 

Currents ran up and down the pole 1.3 million times per second, generating an oscillating magnetic field at that frequency.

The field can deliver up to 1.9 kilowatts of power inside the room, “which is equivalent to charging 320 USB devices,” the authors write in PLoS One. In a demonstration, Sample’s team operated lamps, a fan, a toy car, a phone, a fan and some LEDs simultaneously.

And no, this is not yet built at any of the parks, so you'll just have to wait!

You may get the open-access paper of the work here.


New Disney Pins In 2017

Steven Miller (is that you? You look so different!) has revealed new Disney pins to collect and trade in 2017.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

No More Disney Chicken Nuggets At Costco?

I posted quite a while back of this tasty Chicken Nuggets that we found at Costco in the shape of the iconic Mickey head. We haven't bought this in a while because the last time we bought it, we bought 2 bags that lasted almost a year.

When we went looking for it again a couple of weeks ago, we couldn't find them anymore! And our friends have told us that they haven't seen them in month. Horrors! Does this mean that this item is no longer available? Nooooo!!!!!

I know things change all the time at places like Costco, and that things come and go. Still, we have had this for a few years, and it is sad to see it no longer being there. It also appears that Kirkland, Costco's brand, is not replacing it with another type of chicken nuggets.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Walking Tour of Living With The Land Attraction

A video of the behind-the-scenes tour of the Living With the Land greenhouse at The Land pavilion at Epcot.

You get something like this (without the video camera, of course) when you take the Behind the Seeds tour at the same pavilion.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Changes To Rope Drop At The Magic Kingdom

Beginning Jan 9, 2016, there is a new "rope drop" procedure at the Magic Kingdom.

The new format will allow guests to enter Main Street before the park officially opens, the post says. The show, the name of which has not been announced, will begin at the designated park opening time. "A Royal Herald will appear to deliver a proclamation and welcome a few familiar characters to the stage, officially opening the park so 'the magic can begin!'" the post says.

Supposedly, the train station at the entrance to MK will be undergoing a refurbishment. There is no word if this new rope drop format will be permanent, or if the old rope drop show at the train station will come back after the station's refurbishment.

Still, with this new format of letting guests all the way to the Hub, if Disney is smart, they'll open all the shops along Main Street. Just think about it. Captive audience, waiting for the opening of MK, and you have the Emporium, you have Starbucks, you have Jewelry store... what better way to get people to browse through the store and entice them to buy something!


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

WDW Opens Passholder Entrance Line

All I can say is: Well it's about Freaking Time, Disney!

We have reports this morning that all 4 theme parks at WDW have separate park entry lines for Passholders.

The benefit begins Wednesday, Dec. 21, and is scheduled to run into sometime in January, a Disney spokeswoman said Tuesday. She said the option was designed as a thank you for folks who had purchased an annual pass.

The designated entrances will be at all four Walt Disney World parks, including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Passholders should look for signage after going through each park's security checkpoint, the spokeswoman said.

This should be a win-win for many guests. Passholders tend to know what they're doing and can get through a ticket line quickly, unlike infrequent guests. Other guests will have lines hopefully will be shorter since the passholders are in line elsewhere.

This is going to be instituted for the peak busy season right now, but I hope they make this permanent. And how about extending this also to DVC members who do not have annual passes? Again, these are people who are familiar with the theme park and, presumably, know pretty well how to get through the theme park entrances.


Friday, December 16, 2016

Crossroads Plaza Faces Possible Demolition

The Crossroads shopping plaza just outside of WDW (corner of Hotel Plaza Blvd and SR535) faces the possibility of demolition as part of the expansion of the interchange between SR535 and I4.

The Florida Department of Transportation plans to eventually reconfigure an Interstate 4 interchange at State Road 535 with a design that would require demolition of the shopping center.

Right of way acquisition for the project is scheduled from 2018 to 2022. So far, no construction date is scheduled.

We used to shop at Goodings regularly when we were there many years ago before we found a Winn-Dixie further down the street. Now, the only time we go there for is to dine at this wonderful South Indian restaurant called Dakshin. Not only is that restaurant conveniently located, but the food is good as well.

I hope they manage to do something to at least save part of the plaza and get this restaurant to stay. Otherwise, we will miss it and will have to hunt for a good Indian restaurant near WDW, which isn't an easy thing to do.