Tuesday, 26 July 2016

New show from Goren!

Goren1818 (known for his castmember post) has started working on a new show on YouTube called "Behind the Mouse". I am quite excited to see what comes from it but here is the first video! It's about Disneyland's opening day!


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

A new post soon!

I know it has been a long time since a post but I have some exciting news as I am working on a new post! I am working on a story about an "Updated Future World" in EPCOT with Skipper Dole Whip on Twitter. We have just started collaborating on it but expect it in the near future!

Until next time,

Corvyn

Thursday, 14 January 2016

This Day in Disney History - January 14th

1949
The Pluto short Pueblo Pluto Is released.

1955
No Hunting, a short featuring Donald Duck is released. 

1990
EPCOT launches "Person of the Century" in CommuniCore West.

2001
Disney launches Disney Auctions on eBay. It featured all sorts of pins that were either retired, one-of-a-kind, artist proof and more!

2003
The Absent-Minded Professor was re-released along with The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The Moon-Spinners and The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit.

2014
Disney releases Fastpass+ in Walt Disney World.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

This Day in Disney History - January 13th

January 13

1930
First Mickey cartoon strip is released in the New York Mirror. The first comic was loosely based off of Plane Crazy which came out a few years earlier.

1934
Two things happened on this day and year. The first was a Mickey Mouse cartoon Shanghaied. It is about where Mickey and Minnie are captured on a pirate ship but they work together to get off of the ship. The second thing that happened was a Silly Symphony cartoon was released. The China Shop shows that once the china shop closes all the china pieces come to life!

1938
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs makes it's debut in a New York theatre. It premiered at Radio City Music Hall.

1939
New Donald Duck cartoon called Donald's Lucky Day. Donald tries to avoid bad omens all dayas it is Friday the 13th.

1961
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born. While she was more known for her role on Seinfeld, she also voiced Rochelle in Planes and Princess Atta in A Bug's Life.

1977
Orlando Bloom, known as Will Turner from Pirates of the Caribbean was born on this day.

1990
Official dedication for Star Tours even though it has been open for a month.

1993
Ken Anderson, a Disney legend who helped write movies like Cinderella and The Jungle Book passes away at age 84.

2012
Beauty and the Beast 3D released in theatres.

2013
The 20th anniversary of Walt Disney World's marathon. Brave also won best animated feature at the Golden Globes.

This Day in Disney History.

Starting later today I will be posting this day in Disney History. It will cover all the larger things that happened with Disney parks as well as smaller known things like a famous Disney actor was born or died. I will do this for about a week to see what the responses are like to know whether or not more should be done!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Shanghai Disneyland News

Today there was a new Press Release from Disney about Shanghai Disneyland and there was some exciting things announced! The first thing announced is that the park will open on June 16 2016! That is 155 days away when writing this. To keep track there is a countdown timer on the right hand side. The press release also covered a few more aspects as well as releasing a few photos of the park.

Picture of how the Enchanted Storybook Castle currently looks

  • Shanghai Disneyland Park
From the press release and other information see we know that there will be six lands in the park. Some lands will be familiar like: Fantasyland and Tomorrowland while other lands will be brand new like: Adventure Isle and Treasure Cove. There will be the similar rides from other parks like Peter Pan's flight or Pirates of the Caribbean while also having new rides like TRON Lightcycle Power Run or Roarin' Rapids.
  • Disneyland Hotel & Toy Story Hotel
Shanghai Disneyland will open with only two resort hotels. The Disneyland Hotel will be more themed to look like mansion while the Toy Story Hotel is designed to immerse you into the world of Toy Story.

Disneyland Hotel
Toy Story Hotel

  • Downtown Disney
Disneytown is the name of the Shanghai version of Downtown Disney. There will be a lot of similarities between this version and most other ones but one large difference is that Disneytown will have a Grand Theatre. In the Grand Theatre there will be the first ever production of the Broadway version of The Lion King in Mandarin! There will be a World of Disney store in Disneytown as well but focused more toward Shanghai Disneyland exclusive merchandise.
  • Wishing Star Park
Different from any other park, Shanghai Disneyland will include something call a Wishing Star Park. The Wishing Star Park will be a 40-hectare area that has a walking path going around a large oval lake. Along the way you will run into beautiful gardens. This would be a perfect place to go watch the sunset or the fireworks if you wanted more distance. 

That is all that is known right now but there will be more updates as we find out more!






Thursday, 16 July 2015

Disney History: Matterhorn Bobsleds

Today we are going to go over a classic attraction! The Matterhorn Bobsleds!

The Matterhorn Bobsleds opened in 1959, 4 years after the park opened. Before the Matterhorn opened, that area of the park was empty. It was just a giant hill caused by the dirt from excavating the Sleeping Beauty's Castle Moat. This "hill" was called Holiday Hill before changing to Lookout Mountain before closing to become the Matterhorn.

Holiday Hill is the hill on the far right. 
View from on top of Holiday Hill.

When the Matterhorn Bobsleds opened in 1959, they were ahead of their time. The whole idea of it changed the game of the modern day roller coaster. Before the Matterhorn, roller coasters were all wooden roller coasters. It became the first steel tubular roller coaster in the world. Not only was that the first the Matterhorn did, but it was also the first roller coaster to be able to have multiple cars on the track at the same time. This was due to brake zones placed throughout the mountain. It was also the first roller coaster to use water as the main way to brake the cars.

The water being used the same way 56 years later.

Of course with a ride being open for such a long time there will be changes constantly. From the ride vehicle, to the mountain, to things in the interior, the ride has seen many different things. First off, the ride vehicles have changed twice, but have had huge impacts on the ride. It started off with a simple single tandem car that seats four. In 1978, the cars were rounded out, re-painted, and doubled up to fit 8 people instead. This style of sats was used the longest as it was used all the way until the 2012 refurbishment. In the 2012 refurbishment, the seats changed to be single seats with three in each cart seating a totally of six people be vehicle. To this day, there are still people that like the old style of seats (including me). The one advantage of the new cart system is an awesome single rider line if you don't mind being split up. It turns the wait from 45 minutes or so to having a 10-15 minute wait.

The original 1959 cars.
The cars for the 1978 refurbishment.
The new, 2012 cars.

So while not only has the cars changed, but so has the mountain. When the mountain first opened, there was a large hole right through the middle for the skyway/ There were also a lot of holes through the rest of the mountain, particularly on the South West side of the mountain. With the 1978 refurbishment they started to either fill holes in, or combined holes to make them more defined. They also repainted to outside in this refurbishment to be more white. In 1994, the Skyway closed so there were these large holes right in the middle of the ride. These were filled in almost immediately. The next change to the outside came in 2012 when they scrapped off all the white paint as most of the mountain was now "snow-filled". When repainting it, they didn't just put white paint back on the mountain. They combined it with glass beads so that it would shine and shimmer like real snow does.

The Matterhorn in 1959.
The same spot but in 2002.
How the Matterhorn looked from the lagoon in 1959.
How it looks as of 2004.

The other large change happened on the inside. At the top of the mountain, you could see out the Skyway holes as there was not a lot of theming done on the inside. That started to change in the 1978 refurbishment. In that refurbishment, there was more theming done inside with snow and ice but that was also when Harold the Yeti moved in. It was advertised as "What's gotten into the Matterhorn?" with at the bottom you see Mickey, Goofy, and Donald looking at large footprints in the ground. The next change on the inside was after the Skyway closed. At this time they closed the holes while putting more theming into that area and around the Yeti. Another thing that was added was the Frank Wells tribute. At the beginning were you see the crystals there is some mountain climbing gear. On one of the boxes it said Wells Expedition as a tribute to Frank Wells who was the President of the Walt Disney Company but also a well-known mountain climber. He died in a helicopter accident in 1994, with the tribute being but in in 1995.

 Very bright and bland in there.
The advertisement for the Abominable Snowman.
A much more ice and snow packed cavern.
The Frank Wells Tribute.

Now I am just wrapping up but there is one thing I have to go over that can't be ignored with any Matterhorn post. The legendary basketball court in the top of the mountain. That is both right and wrong. It isn't a full court, not even a half court, just a backboard and hoop screwed into a set of stairs in the break room. People say it was put in there as it needed to be deemed a sports complex due to it's height. That is also wrong. There were no laws that were this strict to the height of a building needed to correspond to what the building had to be. It was put in because Walt asked the castmembers what they like to do in their free time as he was looking for something to put up there and they responded with they like basketball and the rest is history.

Sorry about the delay, it took a lot longer than I was planning. Here is the first one, expect one tomorrow on time!

As always,

Corvyn