Monday, May 15, 2017

My Disney Experience App Now Allows Food Ordering

I had notification of an update of My Disney Experience app this morning. Upon reading the details of the update, it includes the much-publicized capability order food at quick service restaurants.

I opened the app after the update, and sure enough, there is a section to order food. Tapping that causes a notification to pop up that only Satu'Li Canteen at the new Pandora land will be the first to accept mobile food ordering when it opens on May 27, 2017. The restaurant is the only one so far listed for mobile ordering.

As someone who uses the Panera and Starbucks apps for mobile ordering frequently, I welcome this convenience and can't wait for it to expand to the counter service restaurants at WDW that I frequent.

Zz.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Premier of "Happily Ever After"

"Happily Ever After" debut at Magic Kingdom tonight, with live streaming being shown on Disney's YouTube Channel. This is the nighttime show that replaced "Wishes".

My verdict after viewing the live feed is that I did not have the same emotional reaction to it as I did with "Wishes". "Happily Ever After" may be technically more superior, and more complex, with lots of intricate fireworks. But it didn't grab me as "Wishes" did. The show is trying to do too much, and in the process, the story or theme that it is trying to convey becomes diffused. The message goes in all different directions, from being with "friends" to following one's dream, etc., and somehow this will lead to one's "happily ever after". It is weak! "Wishes", on the other hand, was very clear and consistent with that it was trying to convey throughout the entire show.

The over-reliance on the castle projection makes this even more difficult to follow and to get the full impact, because one has to actually be able to see the castle, and be close enough to make out what is being shown. This is basically a castle projection show with fireworks, rather than a fireworks show enhanced by the castle projection.

I don't know. Maybe I'll change my mind when I view this in person. But as of right now, this show looks awfully beautiful on the outside, but not much heart on the inside.

Zz.

Final Wishes

Last night, May 11, 2017, was the final showing of Wishes at Magic Kingdom. We were lucky to have been able to view it one last time during our trip in late April.

If you missed it, this is the final Wishes shown last night.



Disney will debut Happily Ever After tonight, and there will be a live streaming of the event starting at 8:55 pm EDT.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCteM1wqHCE

Hope it is as good, or better, than Wishes that it replaced.

Zz,

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Morning

We are chilling out at a Starbucks at Disney Springs on our final morning here. We leave for the airport in an hour.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lunch

Donald inspecting what we are having for lunch. He sees no poultry, so he approves.

Studios

We are at DHS today. Already did toy story, ToT and star tours.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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?

Zz.

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.

Zz.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

MML at EPCOT

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?

Zz.

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?

Zz.

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.

Zz.

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.



Zz.

Monday, February 13, 2017