Sunday, August 30, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WDW Picture of the Day

At Magic Kingdom Town Square, looking down at Main Street and Cinderella Castle. The statue is obviously Roy Disney with Minnie.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WDW Picture of the Day

This is an older photo. This is Minnie at Liberty Tree Tavern, back when they had character meals for dinner. All the characters, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip 'n Dale, and except for Pluto, were all wearing colonial garbs. It was a lot of fun!


Monday, August 24, 2015

WDW Picture of the Day

It's the Monday Morning Cat-in-your-face time. This is at the Villains in Vogue store at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

WDW Picture of the Day

Entrance to Spaceship  Earth at Epcot.

So, if you've been a long-time WDW fan, did you ever remember Spaceship  Earth having this long of a line LATE in the day? Unfortunately, this is a direct consequence of the Fastpass+. Attractions that normally do not have a long line late in the day are now getting these long lines. And fastpass lines that used to move fast are now crawling. In fact, in some cases, there's a line trying to get into the fastpass line! See Kilimanjaro Safari!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

All The Disney Movies In The Next 2 Years

Phew! Here is a summary of all the planned Disney movie releases in the next two years, as announced at the recent D23 event, including the US premier date.

The Good Dinosaur - Nov. 15, 2015.
Star Wars - The Force Awakens - Dec. 18, 2015.
The Finest Hours - Jan. 29, 2016.
Zootopia - Mar. 4, 2016.
Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016.
Alice Through The Looking Glass - May 27, 2016.
The Jungle Book (live action) - Apr. 15, 2016.
Finding Dory - Jun 17, 2016.
The BFG - Jul. 1, 2016.
Pete's Dragon - Aug. 12, 2016.
Doctor Strange - Oct. 26, 2016.
Moana - Nov. 23, 2016.
Star Wars: Rogue One - Dec. 16, 2016.
Beauty and the Beast (live action) - Mar. 17 2017.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - May 5, 2017.
(Still untitled Star Wars Episode 8) - May 26, 2017.
Toy Story 4 - Jun. 16, 2017.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Jul. 7, 2017.

Wow! I'm going to be collecting a lot of Disney Movie Rewards points in the next couple of years!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Ms. Judy Hopps from the Burroughs in Zootopia.

MK To Get Jungle Cruise-Themed Restaurant

Just announced at the current D23 event, The Magic Kingdom will open later this year the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen restaurant.

Jungle Cruise skippers will staff the restaurant, so expect some eye-rolling puns on the menu.

Disney says the Canteen will have several dining rooms, such as crew mess hall and a meeting room of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.

You'd be forgiven if that brought Pleasure Island's now-defunct Adventurers Club to mind. 

Ah, so THAT'S where they'll bring back the Adventurers Club! Kungaloosh!!


D23 Expo Pizza Truck

Van's Pizza Planet truck. Was it in the movie Brave?

D23 Expo Star Wars

The Darth's and storm troopers.

D23 Expo Pandora via Alpha Centauri Excursions

Coming to DAK in 2017 and will not be called Avatar Land. Actual name to be announced soon.

D23 Expo We all want Jack

Jack is a wanted man, but the reward isn't so much.

D23 Expo How to get a haircut

Pete's tonsorial advice, from Shanghai Disneyland.

D23 Expo Shanghai Disneyland

Entrance to the Shanghai Disneyland exhibit.

D23 Expo Disneyland is a show

Walt's feeling about Disneyland.

D23 Expo Disney Archives

The light from the old Upjohn Drug Store at Disneyland.

D23 Expo Disney Archives

Entrance to the Disney Archives

Preview of Avatar Land at D23

Fans attending the 2015 D23 event get to walk through a model of Avatar-land.


Coming Disney Animation movies

Three upcoming DA movies were previewed at the D23 Expo. Zootopia is about a bunny policewoman trying to solve a missing mammal case with help from a sly fox. The scene at the DMV where they try to trace a license number is a comedy classic. Moana is about a young Samoan girl trying to revive the ancient ways of ocean exploration. Gigantic is a reworked Jack and the Beanstalk. Based on the sneak previews, Zootopia is a must see, Moana is probably worth seeing, and Gigantic is iffy.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

D23 Expo Disney Animation releases

Disney Animation upcoming releases include Zootopia, Gigantic and Muana. IMHO Zootopia looks most interesting, a story set in a city of animals designed by animals. Pixar releases include The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Coco and Toy Story 4. There will also be a short feature titled Riley's First Date, to be included with digital media. That one looks very funny. Coco might be a little thin, but time will tell.

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D23 Expo JL's studio shirt collection

A display of John Lasseter's Hawaiian shirts with patterns based on movies.

D23 Expo Thousands waiting for the Animation presentation

Thousands waiting for the animation presentation.

D23 Expo on the way in

Donald posed for this sign.

In line at D23 Expo

Line started blocks away. No indication if this was the right line to be in.

The 2015 D23 Expo Is Open!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Donald's dessert at Blue Bayou

Don is about to enjoy a lemon creme brûlée at the Blue Bayou. The plate has the diamond anniversary symbol. Don said the dessert was ducklicious.

Don at SB's Castle

Our duck is admiring the 60th anniversary decorations on Sleeping Beauty's castle.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Saturday, August 08, 2015

WDW Picture of the Day

Rather self-explanatory where this was taken. However, this one was taken right at the entrance to Marketplace if you walk from Saratoga Springs resort.


Friday, August 07, 2015

WDW Photo of the Day

A view of the Contemporary Resort and parts of the  Magic Kingdom, from high up over Bay Lake Tower. I was doing some parasailing when I took this.


Thursday, August 06, 2015

An Enviromentally-Friendly Theme for Epcot's "Food and Wine Festival"

So I've been to Epcot's Food and Wine Festival a few times. Had fun, but I think they often miss things. I'm sure they have to cater to the "average tourist" and consider the kind of food, offerings, and activities that will appeal to the largest audience.

Still, I think they are missing a tremendous opportunity to help address an important environmental issues here in the US, and possibly elsewhere. They should have a theme, or have an introduction to get people to eat invasive species and animals. Animals such as the Asian carp, snake head fish, nutria, etc. are destroying the ecosystem where they were introduced to and overpowering the native species. Yet, these animals are edible, provides a viable source of protein, and can be delicious! Andrew Zimmern on his TV show has shown these animals being cooked and eaten, and became surprisingly delectable.

People, especially in the US, often have an "Ewwwww" factor either due to its name (snake head) or due to how an animal looks like. They need to get over that. The Food and Wine Festival can help to overcome the stigma with these animals. Show them that these are really good food, and by eating them, people are also helping to get rid of them from where they shouldn't be. Invite someone like Andrew Zimmern, who should draw a large crowd, to get people to try and taste these things.

Human beings have been known to push a specie to the brink of extinction from over hunting. Why  can't we do the same to an invasive specie? Come on, Disney! You can do something quite unique and help the environment at the same time. It's a win-win situation. Even I would consider coming be to F&W Festival  if you do this one.


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

WDW Picture of the Day

Sometime, all you want is just a nice, clear shot of the fireworks above Cinderella Castle. Here's one of my favorite shots that I managed to get.


Sunday, August 02, 2015

Why Inside Out Is Slightly Different In Japan

Here's an article on the fact that Inside-Out is slightly different in Japan, and why.

In the original version, the 11-year-old protagonist hates broccoli, which has the nerve to show up on a slice of pizza in her new hometown of San Francisco. (That sight gag is in the trailer, below.) But in the Japanese version of Inside Out, the detested vegetable is green pepper slices — a much more conventional pizza topping in the U.S.

I didn't know that green bell pepper grosses out the average Japanese!


Saturday, August 01, 2015