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Posters Online for Toy Story Mania

14 Sep

DIS Updates has a set of posters available for Toy Story Mania, coming to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2008. Yee haw!

Disneyland Vacation, Circa 1976

16 Aug

When my parents packed up our red Volkswagen bus and drove us down to Anaheim, they could not possibly have known that 31 years later I’d be blogging about it. But man, I wish they could have . . . maybe they would have saved that awesome Mickey Mouse shirt I’m wearing!

I’ve uploaded a handful of photos from that trip to Flickr, including a shot of Tomorrowland Plaza that we think was taken from the Skyway. Or maybe Astro Orbiter? Also, we’re not entirely sure these photos were taken in 1976, so if any Disney geeks out there can confirm or deny that year based on details from the photos, please do.

I love these old pictures of Disneyland, and will admit to the narcissistic joy of seeing my cute little 1970s self, complete with coke-bottle glasses. But the truly embarrassing moment? Realizing that this is also the trip I talked about a couple months back on Mouse Guest Weekly, where I hid in terror through the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, terrified from that long first drop (which admittedly is much scarier in Anaheim than Orlando). Given how spooked I was, I thought I’d been 5 or 6 on that trip! But no, based on some family details in the photos I’ve got to be at least 8, but probably closer to 10.

Ahh, the Skyway, the Peoplemover! I shall never grow tired of the tomorrow we dreamed about yesterday.

When Will Walt Disney World Add Another Park?

2 Aug

Blue Sky Disney has an interesting article today, speculating about roadmaps for new parks at Disney resort areas worldwide. The bottom line? We won’t see additional “gates” at any of the existing resorts for another decade.

Through the latter part of this decade we’ll look forward to shoring up the state-side parks(DCA in particular), Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland will focus on expanding their current offerings before any plans get approved for more fun factories. Think of it as repairing a fleet of cars that have been abused for a decade before you go out and buy a new series of cars. Lots of refurbishment and expansion ahead of us friends…

The most interesting sentence to me:

When [WDW resort hotels] start approaching Disneyland levels (above 90 percent) then you’ll see the executives in Team Disney Burbank start putting those blue sky plans on the front burner.

Um, about that . . . doesn’t seem to me that’s likely anytime soon, especially if you include DVC (there seems to have been a recent glut of Saratoga Springs rooms on the market lately). And hey, Pop Century Legendary Years, anyone? Apparently occupancy rates at WDW haven’t even been high enough to convince Disney to finish building it.

The article has good analysis and interesting speculations. And don’t miss the comment, there’s some good conversation going on there too.

Three Cheers for the Night Shift!

20 Jul

It’s easy for us Disney Guests to appreciate the Cast Members we see on our visits. As a whole, they’re the friendliest, most helpful customer service workers I’ve ever seen.

But it’s equally easy to forget about the people working deeper behind-the-scenes, who we don’t see but whose work has great impact on our experience as Guests. They make the “magic” just as surely as do the CMs who help us onto rides, provide our meals, or hand out Dream Fast Passes.

A Reuters article today on DIS News reminds me of these behind-the-scenes workers, more specifically the night shift:

In the dark, workers on the so-called Third Shift prettify flower beds, grass and topiaries at the 500-acre resort’s two parks and three hotels and entertainment district, planting more than 1 million flowers each year.

They collect more than 17.5 million pounds of trash a year and go through 3,000 mops, 1,000 brooms, 500 dust pans, and change at least 100,000 light bulbs.

Third Shifters don’t really want guests to see them because peeking beneath the Sorcerer’s robe would be “bad show.”

“Our job is to set the stage for the guests,” said one custodian, Lori Kimbrell.

I’ll surely never see these workers, so I won’t have the chance to thank them the way I might thank other CMs. So instead, let me take this moment here to say a special thanks to all who labor behind the scenes to make the magic happen. Three cheers for the unsung heroes!

Cutest . . . Stormtrooper . . . Ever!

17 Jul

I mean really, couldn’t you just lay down and die?

(Photo found on Flickr, taken at ConnectiCon, courtesy of DS Daijoubu.)

The Daily Show: Disney vs. Anaheim Housing Dispute

22 Jun

Not recommended for Disney purists or the easily offended, it’ll just get yer hackles up. (Though I’m guessing none of those folks read this blog anyway, now do they?)

And hey, don’t watch this one with the kids either, unless you feel like explaining what fellatio is.

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