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.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

8 Walt Disney Quotes That Are Actually Fake

.. at least according to this article.

The 8 quotes listed here that were attributed to Walt are:

1. If you can dream it, you can do it.
2. Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.
3. The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.
4. The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
5. You can't just let nature run wild.
6. Leadership shows judgment, wisdom, personal appeal and proven competence.
7. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.
8. The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.

I must admit that I am familiar with only the first one, and may have had the inkling that it was from Walt.

Now we know.


Friday, March 20, 2015

A Disney Monorail For Sale On E-Bay

So, anyone bidding for this one?

Happily though, thanks to the Internet, you can now purchase quite possibly the next best thing – one of Walt Disney World’s monorail cars. It’s listed up for sale on eBay, and according to the seller, it’s the only Disney monorail to make it into private ownership. It will cost you a pretty penny though. Bidding starts at $160,000. 

I'd like to see someone covert this into a diner! :)


Thursday, March 12, 2015

"Frozen 2" Is A Go!

Bob Iger has just announced at the shareholders meeting that the sequel to "Frozen" has officially been given the green light.

This is really not that surprising, is it? :)


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Post-Mortem On "John Carter"

One would think that one  would let bleeding dog lie, but not in this case. An article on Forbes is discussing what could have possibly gone wrong with the $250 million "John Carter", 3 years after it was originally released.

Yes, Princess of Mars was among the first modern fantasy adventure stories. Yes, every fantastical adventure to explode into theaters over the last several decades, from Star Wars to Avatar, from Planet of the Apes to Army of Darkness, owes something to the groundbreaking fantasy fiction on which John Carter was based. But that’s not common knowledge and the film’s marketing gave you little idea of the film’s historical pedigree. For reasons that I dare not speculate upon, the marketing for John Carter was painfully generic and outright bland, with one uninspiring trailer after another. We saw a straight-faced bare-chested white male hero played by a relative unknown, a desert landscape, various alien creatures, and a damsel-in-distress to be rescued and romanced. To audiences that had perhaps grown up on the various would-be rip-offs of this specific source material, they had little reason to think they were seeing anything other than Generic Blockbuster: The Movie.

Certainly, the Disney Studios were in a major turmoil at that time, and right off the bat, the promotion of this film was not very original at all. I think if it wasn't a Disney film, I would not have gone out and seen it.

Still, I wonder if many in Hollywood will actually learn from this debacle.


Monday, March 09, 2015

Toy Story Mania and Soarin' at WDW are being upgraded

WDWMagic reports that Toy Story Mania will be getting a third track
The hugely popular Toy Story Mania at Disney's Hollywood Studios has faced long waits and high FastPass+ demand since opening, and work began in October of last year on refitting Soundstage One as an additional track. You can read more about the project from our original article last year.
In a related post  Disney confirmed that Soarin' at WDW will be getting a 3rd concourse and an upgraded projection system.  Hope they can find a way to clean the screen more often.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Can You Visit Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland CA, and Walt Disney World All In ONE Day?

This couple from San Diego certainly did!

Michael, 49, and Diane Greening, 51, traveled from San Diego to Tokyo, California and Orlando to hit up three Disney theme parks in just one day.

They, of course, had to make use of the fact that the US lags Japan as far as the time/day is concerned.

Still, did they get to do anything much at those parks? They certainly didn't get to do much at WDW since they arrived right before closing. And really, if I get to go to Tokyo Disneyland, I'll be staying in Japan for at least a week since I want to see quite a bit more of the country.