Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Zombie night at Trader Sam's

The family tree lights up when someone orders the Zombie drink. Lots of fun for each kind of drink.

The Uh-Oa drink at Trader Sam's

At the Polynesian's popular Tiki bar. The Uh-Oa has two kinds of rum and various flavors such as ginger and cinnamon.

Replacing the Movie Ride

Mickey's Runaway Railway will replace the Great Movie Ride,

Planned Toy Story Land at DHS

A mock up of the new land at Hollywood Studios.

Food and Wine 2017

Mickey's theory of good cooking.

Food and Wine 2017

A lump crab cake along with scallops and succotash.

Food and Wine 2017

A sweet pancake with Chorizo and onion jam, along with a chocolate picante mousse with chili pepper.

EPCOT Food and Wine 2017

Here's Chef Figment welcoming everyone to good eats.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Pre-Broadway "Frozen" Receiving Rave Reviews

OK, so now we have another must-see Disney on Broadway show.

The out-of-town preview of Disney's stage production of "Frozen" in Denver is getting quite a positive reception, judging from this Variety review of the musical.

The din during the intermission of a recent performance of the Broadway-bound musical “Frozen” might have broken decibel records at Denver Center’s Buell Theater. No doubt the house’s hum was amped by the higher-pitched voices of the booster-seat crowd, but if Disney Theatrical Productions’ aim was to age up the demographic of the animated blockbuster’s stage adaptation, they’ve succeeded. In its live rendition of “Let It Go,” the signature tune from the 2014 Oscar winner, the musical wows adults as much as kids with a brilliant spectacle — as poignant as it is jaw-dropping — that should ensure the production a hearty run in New York, where the show begins Broadway previews in February.

Maybe I'll have to start thinking about flying to NY sometime next year.


Saturday, September 09, 2017

You Don't Want To Be A "Treasured Guest" At A Disney Theme Park

... unless you are a jackass.

The behavior of some visitors is so high-maintenance that staff has a special name for them.

If a visitor is particularly rude or disruptive, staff will refer to them as a “treasured guest.”

I'm sure there are plenty other "code names" being given to many other situations (a few of which are described in the article). I remember a long time ago, the annual "Gay Days" at the Magic Kingdom was known as "Red Shirt Day". Not sure if it is an official code name, or if it is still being used today.


Thursday, September 07, 2017

Hurricane Comes, Construction Walls Down

As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, WDW makes preparation for the possible storm hitting the theme park. This includes removing things that might fly off and cause damage or injury, and that means the construction wall around Star Wars land have been removed.

This website shows what the construction of Star Wars land looks like right now without the construction walls blocking the view. This is one of the few times we get to see the progress being made so far for this part of DHS, so don't miss it.


Friday, July 28, 2017

RIP Marty Sklar

The legendary Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar, passed away yesterday at the age of 83. This is a shocker to many people since just 2 weeks ago, he attended the 2017 D23 event.

We first saw Marty Sklar in person during Epcot's 25th Anniversary celebration. Then later on, at another D23 event at WDW, we got to meet him in person and shook his hand and got his autograph. Then, he visited the Museum of Science and Industry here in Chicago for his book tour, and we got him to autograph his book and got a picture with him.

He was very down-to-earth. During the Epcot's anniversary event, I heard that some of our people in the group bumped into him while he was walking around Epcot, alone, with no entourage of any kind, and he was more than happy to chat with you. He's the kind of person that you just wish you have the opportunity to just sit and let him tell stories about Walt and the Disney history.

Marty, I hope that during your lifetime, people have told you what a legacy that you've left behind for many of us. I hope that they honor that window they put up for you at Disneyland's Main Street.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Phineas and Ferb Will Crossover Into Milo Murphy's Law

It has just been announced that the beloved characters from Phineas and Ferb will appear next season in Milo Murphy's Law series on DisneyXD.

Both shows hail from Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, who have planned on doing the crossover since the beginning of Milo Murphy's Law. Eagle-eyed fans have noticed several Easter eggs planted throughout the first season that hinted at the fact that Milo and his friends live in Danville, also home to Phineas and Ferb.

In addition to Phineas and Ferb, the crossover also will feature characters including Perry the Platypus, Doofenshmirtz, Candace, Isabella, Baljeet and Buford.

We missed those guys, after the series ended a couple of years ago, and even though the series is still being shown on one of the Disney channels.


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.


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.


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.


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


Thursday, April 27, 2017


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


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


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?


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.