Disney unveiled their new Muppet themed show at the Magic Kingdom and our own Daffy Stardust was in Liberty Square to document the event.
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Today’s installment of Daffy Does Disney is a super-sized one, because there was just too much material to cover in my usual five to seven minute time span. “Drinking Around the World” is a popular pastime at Epcot’s World Showcase and really amps up during the Food & Wine Festival, but I decided to snack around the world instead. You’ll see me trying sweet and savory food stuffs and specialty drinks from each of the eleven pavilions that make up the back half of the park and I’ll give you my thoughts on them. I avoided the Food & Wine kiosks because I wanted to improve my chances of trying something a person planning their own trip might see me eat and then be able to have when they got there. Once I’ve presented all twelve snacks, I’ll rank them based on my own enjoyment of them.
Get ready to be hungry!
One of the big openings this year at Florida’s Walt Disney World was an update to the very popular Soarin’ attraction in Epcot. The original version took place entirely in California and originated (naturally) in the Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim. The attraction’s film even ended over Disneyland, which was a little weird for guests experiencing it in Epcot on the other side of the country. The California landmarks never really bothered me, though and I tended to just think of them as very American locales that skewed Western. Despite some maintenance issues at Epcot that resulted in a grimy looking screen and image as the years wore on, Soarin’ had managed to continue to be one of the most popular attractions in the Florida parks on the strength of its enveloping sensory experience and its beautiful musical score.
So, how did the new version that displayed locations worldwide turn out? Watch the video above and find out how we felt about this newest version of a beloved ride.
As this series of videos about my recent trip with friends to Walt Disney World unfurls, there will be plenty of images of me talking into the camera about an attraction I’ve experienced, my plans for the day, or something I’m shoving in my face. But you’ll also get some shots of the people I spent my trip with, so I thought I’d give them a chance to introduce themselves right off the bat. The five of us spent three nights in a cabin at the Fort Wilderness resort and parts of four days in the parks from September 30th through October 3rd and really enjoyed the time together, with each of us bringing a little something different to the table.
Take a look at the above video to familiarize yourself a little with us and then keep coming back over the next few weeks as I share our time with Disney with you!
Greetings fair LeBlog readers! Welcome to a new bit of fiddling around I’m giving a try. That is, vlogging! Yes, that starts with a “V.” I shot a bunch of video over my four day weekend trip to Walt Disney World recently and now I’ll be cobbling together what I ended up with and presenting it in videos of varying lengths here. There might be some text at times too if a topic is of particular interest.
This first installment is all about travel and waiting…and some silly use of stock music. There’s not a lot of meat on the bone here, so if you have any questions about what you see, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer. Hopefully people will think these videos are fun and I’ll have another way of sharing my travels.
Okay, so I’m about three weeks away from my next trip to Walt Disney World and I’m starting to get a little antsy to get the trip underway. If you’ve been reading along at home for a couple of years you know that I had the pleasure last summer of a three day trip across country to see Disneyland for the first time in 40 years. Obviously, that was a really great thing, but it also means that it will have been more than two calendar years since I spent any time in any of the Florida Disney parks by the time I leave for Orlando at the end of the month. I know, first world problems, right?
A trip of any kind will typically feature some stuff that you’re really looking forward to. Sometimes that’s because it’s something you’ve never tried before and you’re excited to give it a whirl and sometimes it’s an old standby that you just can’t get enough of. By way of working off some of my own impatience for the next few weeks to pass, I’ll be going over some of these things that I’ll be experiencing this time around. Join me after the break if you like!
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What’s this, you say? Didn’t you go to Disneyland more than a year ago?
Well, yes you’re right about that, so in a way this video is sorely behind schedule isn’t it? Well, the whole point here is for me to teach myself how to use the iMovie program on my computer so that I can make even more videos in the future to share here at LeBlog. Heck , I’ve got a return trip to Walt Disney World in Florida coming up the first weekend of October and I’m really hoping to shoot a bunch more video on that trip than I ever have before, which would make any resulting composition I’d present here even more dynamic than what I was able to put together to show you today. The above video is just my second attempt, after a seven minute jaunt focusing only on my dog whetted my appetite to give this a try.
If you’re new to the blog and you’re reading this, welcome! Everyone who wishes to can go ahead and grab the Disneyland Bingo card I created just below the break. It is up to date and should be fully possible to accomplish if you attend the California Disney parks anytime soon.
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There are big changes coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando Florida. Disney has already announced that they are building new lands themed to Star Wars and Toy Story. These projects are ongoing and no completion date has been announced. In its current form, the park is operating at a diminished capacity and it has a reputation as a “half day park” to begin with. To accommodate the construction (but more importantly, to keep operating costs as low as possible) Disney has had several closures in recent years. Insiders are reporting that as early as next year, The Great Movie Ride will be joining them.
A few months ago, there was a crazy rumor that the brain trust at Disney had decided to retheme one of its signature theme park attractions, The Tower of Terror. Since its debut in 1994, the ride has tied in to the classic TV show, The Twilight Zone. But in an effort to save a few bucks on an intellectual property Disney doesn’t own as well as promoting a property it does, management was seriously considering ditching the existing theme for Guardians of the Galaxy – the popular Marvel franchise which has nothing whatsoever to do with a haunted hotel.
WDW1974, the insider who posted the original rumor, has provided an update. According to him, Orlando’s tower has been spared. The one in Anaheim may still become the home of a talking tree and gun-totting raccoon. But that’s a West Coast problem. Sorry, Disneylanders. That doesn’t mean Disney has given up on putting Star-Lord and Gamora in Orlando either.
Recently, a co-worker of mine told me he and his wife are taking their kids on their very first trip to Walt Disney World in Florida this summer. Apparently he’d heard I’m something of an enthusiast on the topic. After a quick rundown of where they’re staying and eating, he expressed some concerns over the quickly approaching date for reserving the family’s Fastpasses and worried that his young kids might be scared of some of the rides (he has a 4-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son). I told him they probably would be a little tentative and suggested that he sit down with them on YouTube to get a preview of some of the attractions he thought they were targeting. I’ve heard from some parents that this has helped to demystify some of the gentle dark rides and can act as a stepping stone for the overall experience. He seemed pretty pleased with this suggestion and I came out of the conversation feeling rather happy with myself. It was a win-win.
Unfortunately, he came back a couple of days later with a completely different problem. He had watched several ride videos with his kids like I’d said, and he hadn’t gotten much feeling that they were frightened by what they saw. But maybe that was because they had spent the entire time asking him who all of the characters were! This came as quite a shock to both him and his wife. After all, they were pretty sure all kinds of cartoons were on in the house on a rather regular basis. But there he was, trying to explain the seven dwarfs, Peter Pan, and even the Little Mermaid to his kids. A cursory investigation of the family’s available Disney movies revealed part of the problem: they weren’t the ones with rides based on them. Frozen had been played past one family member’s tolerance, but that ride isn’t open yet. His son had practically worn out a copy of Pixar’s Cars, but there is next to nothing at Disney World featuring those characters. There was a lot of Disney Jr stuff like Doc McStuffins and Jake and the Neverland Pirates available, which really just covers one stage show and maybe a character meal. He snatched out a copy of Beauty and the Beast and insisted to his kids that they had all watched it together a couple of times. Maybe they had, but at that moment all he was getting were blank stares. “For crying out loud,” he said to me (or something less printable here), “What the heck do they need to see before we leave in nine weeks?!” Clearly, the stress of trip planning was getting to him.
I smiled and told him I’d have a list for him in a day or two, but that a refresher on Beauty and the Beast couldn’t hurt in the meantime. Join me as we look at a big part of that promised list.
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Today’s Disney fans are waiting in anticipation for news on the upcoming Star Wars projects opening in Disneyland and Walt Disney World. In 1987, Starlog Magazine published a two-part article covering the first Star Wars attraction, Star Tours. Star tours opened that year in Anaheim and made its Orlando debut two years later. In 2011, both simulator attractions were upgraded with 3-D and multiple scenes that are shown randomly. Here’s a look at the first time Star Wars came to Disney.
Regular readers know that Daffy and I are regular visitors to Orlando theme parks. We’ve both logged a lot of hours at Walt Disney World and we can both claim to have visited Epcot in its glory days. When Epcot opened in 1982, the general public wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. It was a Disney theme park without cartoon characters. The front half of the park had enough of a sci-fi element to it (Ray Bradbury wrote the original script for Spaceship Earth) that Starlog Magazine covered the park in a feature that ran across three issues in 1983. Whether you remember the glory days of Epcot or you wish you had the chance to experience it yourself, welcome to EPCOT Center.