Friday, 26 December 2014

Podcast 1

Hello all,

Sorry for no podcast on Saturday or an update even. I last minute got invited to go on a trip and just got back today so worked on this to get it up at some point. So without further adieu:


Sunday, 14 December 2014

New thing!

Sorry it has been so long since a post! But now I have some exciting news for you! Later this week, I will be recording a podcast about all things Disney to be posted Saturday night on YouTube and on here! I will have the link to the YouTube channel with the post of the video!

Until next time,

Corvyn

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Hidden Mickeys

Sorry about the lateness of the post, things came up that I had to deal with. This one won't have any pictures as that reason caused me troubles let alone trying to get the pictures. These are just five Hidden Mickeys that you can find throughout Disneyland in no particular order.

1. California Screamin'. The one I am talking about in this ride is during the loop. When you are upside down, look straight up (or down) to the ground and look for three concrete circular disks forming a Hidden Mickey in the gravel around a support post. I like this one for the complexity of finding it. It isn't anything fancy, you just may need to go on it more than once to see it.

2. Haunted Mansion. There are lots of Hidden Mickeys inside the Haunted Mansion but the one I a, talking about is in the ballroom scene that is the classic. While in the ballroom scene look at the table. There will be a large plate and two saucepans forming a Hidden Mickey. Cast members (re, I mean ghosts) will change the location of it on the table from time to time so just pay attention to the whole table.

3. Space Mountain. To me, this one is underrated. It's the speakers on the ride cart. To me I just find that fascinating as its so simple yet look so beautiful as they are just black speakers. It also has some sentimental value to me as it was the first one I ever found but I still love it and always will love it.

4. Mr. Toad's/ Peter Pan. This one is tricky for location as its on the outside façade. While looking at the façade look for a glass window showing merchandise. Inside the merchandise window is Duffy. But it isn't Duffy that is the Hidden Mickey but the fact that is paw is Mickey. They aren't both like that, just the one. I find it cool as its just adding something to something else already known. Now I don't know if it is still there seeing how Duffy is no longer at the park.

5. Route 66. This Hidden Mickey is tricky to see so you have to be in the right place to  see it. I find the best place to see it is stand near the Radiator Springs Racers entrance queue. While standing there look towards the Tower of Terror. Look on the telephone wire for a knot. The knot in the wire looks like Mickey. I like this one as its one of the more complicated ones I've seen. I wouldn't have seen it if I wasn't talking to a Cast Member while waiting for RSR to re-open after shutting down during a maintenance error. 

These are all for now and you'll see more next weekend!

Corvyn

Friday, 17 October 2014

What to expect coming up on here

So while there will be the Hidden Mickey posts on Sunday I will also be changing what the actual posts will be. At least for a couple of months while I decide about what I'm doing. There will be two new different topics I will be posting about. The first will be Secrets and History of rides. It's going to be more focused on the rides instead of the broadness of the whole land the ride is in. The other will be a "Blast from the Past" section which will showcase old rides that no longer exist in the park. Ones that won't get a post is Peoplemover and the Skyway as they already have posts. Comeback soon and come back often!

Corvyn

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

What to do at Disneyland

I'm always asked by my friends about what to do at Disneyland. One thing I will say everytime is doing a scavenger hunt as it gives you something cool to do as you are searching for different items around Disneyland. They way I normally direct them is by going to micehunt. To me, it is the best way for me in the scavenger hunt. There are so many different clues to find things whether it's a riddle, a picture, a hint, etc. I personally love their system as they also do contests of cool items including buttons, pins and even the occasional Indiana Jones decoder! All in all I love the site when I have a few hours to kill at Disneyland and I thought you all might like to check it out!

Monday, 13 October 2014

The California Adventure Letters

Hi everyone! It’s Goren1818 signing on for his first post on this amazing blog. Who remembers the original California Adventure and its original concept? The park was meant to represent the fun and sunny culture of California. The park featured carnival and boardwalk themed rides with a beachy theme. Unfortunately, the theme was the parks biggest criticism. The public said the park felt too much like a carnival or temporary fair that was put together on a low budget. It was missing the Disney magic. Disney decided that it was time for the clunky boardwalk theme to go and redo the park with a brand new 1920s theme. Unfortunately, the parks signature item, “the California letters”, were removed along with the original concept. The California letters were outside the turnstiles to the park. They were a landmark that everyone knew. It was also a common photo-op spot for families. 
The letters in front of their original location, California Adventure.
Photo credits: insidethemagic.com

The California letters were even given overlays related to the season or current events going on at the Disneyland Resort. For example, during the winter holiday season, the letters were given a candy cane overlay. Also, for the World of Color fountain show premiere, each letter was painted a different color of the rainbow. 
The letters with their World of Color overlay
Photo credit; Mouseplanet.info

The letters were a landmark that every guest would stop by and see every visit to the park. There was a lot of backlash when Disney announced they would be removing the letters as part of their California Adventure re-theme.

The old entrance to California Adventure
Photo credit: disney-desktop-wallpaper.com
The new entrance to California Adventure
Photo credit: insidethemagic.net
 Disney wanted the legacy of the infamous letters to live on because the public felt the letters were a true landmark of California. They were donated to the California State Fair in Sacramento, where they now reside outside of the entrance. Don’t worry, you can still take your picture with the California letters at their new location to this day! The Address you can find them at is:  1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815. 

The letters at their new location in Sacremento
Photo credit: iamamommynerd.com

We will be creating an album with all of our reader’s pictures with the letters. You can E-mail the pictures of you have taken in front of the letters to mydisneyway@gmail.com with the subject line reading “California Adventure Letters”. Hope you enjoyed my first article :) 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

E-Ticket Magazine

I know you were expecting a post about Hidden Mickeys but I got my Wisdom Teeth removed so couldn't get the photos needed. Instead, I am going to make a post about a Disney Magazine most people don't know about.

The name of the magazine is the E-ticket Magazine, named after E-tickets ised to get on the thrill rides at Disneyland. The magazine was created by brothers Leon and Jack Janzen. At first it started out a small thing talking about a certain ride and all. Then as it progressed it became a much bigger thing and they even got imagineers to talk about the showcased ride in interviews in the magazine! 

The E-ticket magazine started in 1986 and went until 2009 having 46 issues. It only ended because the one brother, Leon died in 2003 causing the other one to only publish  more after the death. After the last one was published, Jack Janzen sold the rights of the magazine to The Walt Disney Family Museum (WDFM) that can be found in San Francisco California. 

While WDFM isn't publishing anymore magazines, you can still find all of them in the gift store, some even available for purchase. They even have the magazines on CD's due to their sheer popularity with Disney fans. 

While these magazines weren't known by many, the ones who did know about them loved them. For me personally I have never had a chance to own one as I've never been in WDFM. I have read many online however to get the feel of how they worked and I just had one word while reading them... WOW!

Maybe one day they will be brought back but like so many other articles on here.... It's all just in the past unfortunately.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

A New Section

Now that I am getting it back up and going I thought before I started doing the Secrets and History posts again I would start out a new section and see which one goes better. The new section will be Hidden Mickey's! Every week I will have a post of five to ten hidden Mickey's somewhere in the Disneyland Resort and on the occasional time will have picture showing you what it looks like! The first one will be posted on Sunday Night/ Monday Morning depending on where you live! Until then,

Thanks!

Saturday, 4 October 2014

How to ship a Disney pin

You need:
-bubble mailer (can be bought in bulk for around $1 each at places like office depot, target, costco, etc).
-bubble wrap (found at same places, but try to just save bubble wrap from when ppl send you pins)

Optional:
-computer with printer.
-packing tape to secure the label to the mailer
-a paypal account.

(If you dont have the above optional items, just skip the shipping label section and take your sealed mailer to the post office)
ALWAYS GET DELIVERY CONFIRMATION.  Paypal shipping is the cheapest shipping, and includes free delivery confirmation.

Packaging:
-first wrap the pin in at least 2 layers of bubble wrap.  The goal is to be able to step on it without bending the post.  DON'T ACTUALLY STEP ON IT.  Ideally it also won't be so thick that it won't fit through a mail slot.  If you are shipping multiple pins, pin them to a card or something or wrap them individually to make sure they don't clank against each other in transit.
-then put the bubble in your bubble mailer.  While these are self adhesive, it is a good idea to put extra tape over the seal, because it is too easy for anyone in the mail system to rip open the mailer and this has reportedly happened.

Shipping label:
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-service type is First-Class Mail® Parcel (2-5 days)
-ideally you have a kitchen scale and can measure the package.  If not, one or 2 small pins is 3oz.  add an ounce for each 2 or 3 pins after that.
-if it's high value, signature confirmation (for about $2 extra) is a good idea, especially if the package is too big to fit through a mail slot.
-submit the form and print the label.  Attach it securely to the mailer, and drop it off at the post office.
-send the delivery confirmation number (DC#) to the recipient.

The end.


Saturday, 27 September 2014

My Disney Experience

Disney always promotes the whole 'My Disney Experience'. So I thought that I would share my favourite Disney Experience.

So My favourite experience is tough. I am stuck between two actually so am going to share them both. However, they are both from the same trip so I am going to count them. Both were from my first trip to Disneyland for the 50th anniversary from May 5th- 12th 2005.

The first one was when we first walked in my dad told me about this 'Hidden Mickey' phenomenon. During then, they had the 50 Mickey logos hidden throughout the park. I still remember looking every which way looking for these must-seen Mickeys. For me, the one I can still vividly remember is on Splash Mountain right before the the First drop on the right side of the opening for the drop was the Hidden Mickey.


The second one was the first night we went to Disneyland. It was a long night already as I was only 7. I was sitting on the curb of Main Street half asleep and suddenly it got darker on Main Street and I got confused and a little scared because it was dark. Then out of nowhere the Main Street Electrical Parade started! I was shocked! My jaw basically hit the ground i was so amazed. My eyes were wide just in shock of what I was watching. This memory happened almost 10 years ago and I still remember as if it happened yesterday. 

These two experiences are why I love Disney so much.

While these were mine I asked one of my friends what her favourite Disney Experience. She said that in 2006 she was at the Not So Scary Halloween Party and got to ride Dumbo with Chip. While on the ride she would talk to Chip to just to keep company. She said she remembers it so well she can't believe it was 8 years ago. 

So what I want to know is, what is your favourite Disney Experience?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Disneyland Skyway

I know this is a little late but had some problems with the photos. Better late than never though!

This time I am going to talk about what I would do with the old Skyway Station in Fantasyland. What? You don't know about the Fantasyland Skyway Station? I don't blame you, most don't unfortunately.

The Skyway was a ride that had opened in 1956. You would use one of your D Tickets to go from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland or Vice Versa. The Skyway had been a bird's eye view of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland so was a relatively popular attraction. There was a small problem in 1958 when the designs for Matterhorn were finished as they had realized that where the imagineers wanted to put the Matterhorn was right in the middle of the way. They decided to use this to their advantage to add holes through the Matterhorn making it cheaper for them. The imagineers then did something unimaginable in making the Matterhorn without even closing the Skyway once! Then in 1994 the Skyway closed for one reason. It wasn't a death, it wasn't cost but it was because the posts needed refurbishments but the only way to refurbish the post inside the Matterhorn was to take down the Matterhorn, repair the post, then rebuild the Matterhorn. So they had to choose between taking down the Matterhorn, or getting rid of the Skyway. Sadly it was the latter.

The Tomorrowland station was destroyed with the line going across. What's left of it can be see easily if you know what you are looking for and what it is you are looking at. On you way to the Disneyland railroad Tomorrowland station stop look at the side of Innoventions and there is a metal blue staircase that leads up to the PeopleMover track. That was used as an emergency exit for the PeopleMover but also double as both the entrance and exit of the Skyway station. It would peer out over the walkway to go across to the fantasy land station. The stairs were left in as when it was taken it out, the PeopleMover was still in use (for less than a year, but was still in) and then replaced with Rocket Rods where it would also be used. 

(The stairs showing all that is left of the old station)


The Fantasyland station wasn't destroyed but was completely gutted of everything. It was then surrounded by trees and unused by everyone. It is still intact hidden away (for now at least) in the back of fantasyland. There are two easy ways to find it if you want to. The first way is to go to the exit of Casey Jr. Once you get there keep walking towards the Big Thunder Ranch. On your right hand side, there will be a little pathway with a chain going across it. If you were to go up that pathway (which you can't), you'd be at the fantasyland station. Open the doors and you are inside to the building that hosted half of this ride. The other way is if you are at the Village Haus restaurant, just walk straight across the path and you will hit that same chained off pathway. 

(Pathway that leads up to Fantasyland station (entrance seen there from lighting) at night)


Now, what would I do with it. Well the only thing that could really have anything done too is the fantasyland station as there is nothing else that can be revived. What I would do is open it back up to the public, but what I'd put in it as a museum/ blast to the past with that was in here. I'd open the main doors that the carts would come in and go out of so guests could see what the view would look like on it. I'd also include a cart that people can go in to experience how it would feel sitting in one if they couldn't previously experience it. Include a couple of posters, sketches, scale models, wall art, etc. and you are set for an exhibit that can stay for a long time. And when it does get boring you can use it like the blue sky cellar but instead of showcasing the future, you showcase the past. So then bring in stuff from America Sings, or the People Mover, or Bear Country Jamboree, or so on and so forth.

The other option that I would do if the first idea isn't feasible is I would demolish the station. While it has history and I love seeing it every time I go, that's taking up space that could be used for an attraction that can't be made otherwise as there's not enough space. For example, if you have read a recent mice age article about Star Wars land it explains how they might be instead taking out Toontown and Big. Thunder ranch instead of changing Tomorrowland. If that was the case it would fit perfectly for them to take it out to make more space. Although I'd rather the first option, if it doesn't work I'd rather the second over nothing.

Until next time! 

Corvyn

Friday, 12 September 2014

New Frozen Ride

This isn't like a normal post I make. This one is more of an opinion than anything else. But please remember, this is just MY opinion and don't take it personally or as a threat!

As you may be aware, it was announced that there would be a new ride in Epcot about the movie 'Frozen'. Like many others, I found this exciting news as it's not just a new ride but also a Frozen ride that everyone has been waiting for for a while. So I thought that'd I had to read this article instantly! I opened it up and I was thoroughly disappointed. I read that it was going to be replacing the Maelstrom, the Norway ride in the World Showcase. I thought that this was a terrible idea for a few reasons.

First off, Maelstrom was a great ride. I know what you are all thinking... "But Corvyn, wait times and popularity was dropping like flies!" Yeah, I know it was... But that's common with rides 25 years old... The easy way to fix it is do what they did to Star Tours in Disneyland. Close it for a year long refurbishment and re-open it and you'll have an hour or two lineup at the beginning wig then a slow decline in the line wait like all rides. It was never an E-ticket attraction and never will be so you can't expect wait times like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Radiator Springs Racers. But an advantage is that there is new dark rice technology as you could see in Alice in Wonderland or Seven Dwarfs, screens used realistically to see like animatronics. This technology is fairly new in the Disney Parks and is the perfect solution for the Maelstrom.

Second, Frozen doesn't link to Norway properly. Frozen is based in Norway, but it's a fake Norwegian city. If you wanted to travel to Norway you couldn't co to Arendelle. You could, however go to Oslo and see some things that you can see in the Maelstrom ride. Putti the frozen ride in the world showcase would be like turning France's world showcase into Beauty and the Beast. Again, based in France but not a real city. It doesn't work as the point of the world showcase is to point out different and showcase different countries around the world. Not fake cities used in an animated movie based on a real country.

Third, I feel different movies should have gotten rides first. While Frozen is huge and all I felt like there is a better use of the money for different movies to get a ride. The perfect example is the Lion King. Before Frozen, Lion King was the most popular movie grossing wise there was for Disney. It still doesn't have a ride in Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort or Disneyland Paris. It was the biggest movie for 20+ years with no ride while they are announcing the Frozen ride less than a year after the movie came out. Another example would be The Jungle Book or Mary Poppins or Beauty and the Beast. All big movies with no ride.

I think these three reasons are all I need to explain my reasons to why I think this ride will be bad. Until next time!

Corvyn

Friday, 22 August 2014

Pin Trading

As part of being a Disney fan I like collecting Disney collectables including pins. Pin trading is a favourite thing of mine to do and I recently discovered online forums and databases. I really like the one forum as it also has an ask section where you can ask an expert about pin trading and also the parks! It's a really neat thing to get advice so easily! Check it out! Click here

Monday, 18 August 2014

A quick update

Today I added a new person to the blog. The Retro Nerd is going to be our photographer for when we want some photographs of some harder to see things. On the right is a sample gallery of his work and if you click it, it will then open all the photos he posted on it so far. Check those photos out if you are interested or wait to see him in action!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Skyway (Preview)

I know! Finally a new post! Took long enough right? Well I thought I would do a new one as it has been too long. Today I am writing it as a mini celebration as I added a new writer and owner by the name of Ryan. This post is a preview entailing the history of the skyway that I will have a post about in a bit over a weeks time. Enjoy!

This time I am going to talk about what I would do with the old Skyway Station in Fantasyland. What? You don't know about the Fantasyland Skyway Station? I don't blame you, most don't unfortunately.

The Skyway was a ride that had opened in 1956. You would use one of your D Tickets to go from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland or Vice Versa. The Skyway had been a bird's eye view of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland so was a relatively popular attraction. There was a small problem in 1958 when the designs for Matterhorn were finished as they had realized that where the imagineers wanted to put the Matterhorn was right in the middle of the way. They decided to use this to their advantage to add holes through the Matterhorn making it cheaper for them. The imagineers then did something unimaginable in making the Matterhorn without even closing the Skyway once! Then in 1994 the Skyway closed for one reason. It wasn't a death, it wasn't cost but it was because the posts needed refurbishments but the only way to refurbish the post inside the Matterhorn was to take down the Matterhorn, repair the post, then rebuild the Matterhorn. So they had to choose between taking down the Matterhorn, or getting rid of the Skyway. Sadly it was the latter.

The Tomorrowland station was...

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Disneyland Paris: the good, the bad and the ugly

I recently had the opportunity to visit Disneyland Paris for a few days. Be forint going I had been to both Disneyland and Disneyworld so I had an idea for comparisons on different things. I just left the other day and noticed a few things about the park. Some things were good, some things were bad, and some things were ugly bad. ( Side note: I don't mean to offend anyone with this post it's just my opinion)

The good:

1. Big Thunder Mountain. I normally wouldn't put an individual ride on this list but I have to say this is the best Big Thunder Mountain ride. It is nice as you actually start  at the river bank and go under the river to the mountain. The track layout was nowhere near similar to the ones at the other park so a nice surprise!

2. Space Mountain Mission 2. This is the only other ride that I have individually. I came into the queue with the expectation of this one being the best Space Mountain ride there is. And my expectations were correct! When I went it was relatively empty so never had to wait more than 20 minutes for it. The launch off at the beginning was weak but was really normal speed. Then you went into darkness and then into outer space where you could see planets. One word: WOW! In Disneyland you can barely even see anything but with this one they have illuminated planets and an asteroid! What a different experience!

3. Uniqueness. One of my favourite parts of Disneyland Paris is the uniqueness of certain rides. An example is Casey Jr.'s mine train. In Disneyland it is a small train ride around storybook land. In Disneyland Paris, it was the same train but more like Gadget's go coaster or The Barnstormer as a slower kids roller coaster but still fun for all ages. Another ride example was Phantom Manor. While very similar to the Haunted Mansion, (same stretching room scene just different pictures) it had a different technique and in some places were actually kinda creepy in some places. And the best one, as of right now, Star Tours is still the original one! I personally liked the old ones story line better but the interactive-ness of the new one. I have a feeling that it will change in 2015 when they incorporate the Cantina in a new Star Wars land. That's why Captain EO and Buzz Lightyear's Pizza Planet is closed for good.)

The bad:

1. The queues. The problem with the queues were how wide they were. If a ride was closed and just reopened it wasn't in an orderly line but more of a mob mentality while in Disneyland the queue is only wide enough for one or two people so people don't push past while Disneyland Paris had queues 3-4 people wide so you just went and hoped you were together.

2. Food. I know I can't really complain about the food and the prices as it is Disney but it is even more overpriced than other parks. We went to a cafe restaurant which would be similar to Taste Pilots Grill or Cosmic Ray's Starlight Diner. I got the chicken strips and fries and for 3 strips and a few fries it cost me 12 euros (approximately $16 USD). All in all not a good food experience.

The ugly:

1. Theming. To me, theming throughout a ride or a land is crucial and one of the most important parts of Disneyland to me with the imagineers. To me, it was lacking, hardcore. An example was Big Thunder Mountain. Even though I loved the ride the theming through the queue was awful. It may be hard as the ride isn't right there as they use that to their advantage in Disneyland. In the queue they have a small little shack and indoors a small collection of mining supplies. And outside at the Wheelchair entrance or you can see from the fast pass queue was a steam engine in the water to add to the age of the times. But that was it. Overall pretty disappointing with the theming as it didn't have that Disney magic.

2. Size. They promote that they have over 50 attractions and that's just barely the case. In the Walt Disney Studios park, which is similar to California Adventures or Animal Kingdom, there were much less rides. They only had 17 rides throughout the whole area that I'd say was a little larger than the World Showcase or the size of California Adventure without the Carsland expansion. Even the Disneyland Park only had about 40 rides with a majority of them being in Fantasyland.

All in all I was not disappointed but not impressed. I'm glad I went once and I don't know if I will go again (All though next year they will have the Cantina to join Star Tours).

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Fantasyland Secrets & History

Here we go! Fantasyland time!

Secrets:


1. Every few minutes, the Evil Queen (Queen Grimhilde, Snow White's Stepmother) peers through the curtains and glares ominously out her window. She can be found above the Snow White attraction in Fantasyland, easily seen from the Peter Pan queue across the courtyard.


2. Leonardo da Vinci's famed Mona Lisa appears in the pile of loot on Pleasure Island on Pinocchio's Daring Journey.


3. Keep an eye out for Shelock Holmes' silhouette hidden in one of the windows on Mr. Toads Wild Ride.


Fun Facts/ trivia:


1. The drawbridge was only closed and then open twice. The first time was opening day. The second time was when the 1983 fantasyland renovation finished.


2. The four castle dark rides (Peter Pan, Snow White, Pinocchio, and Mr. Toad) were all open on opening day. Their original outer design were more like carnivals as in they were tents. In 1983, they change the outer facade to look more like castles.


3. The Matterhorn was originally going to be called candy mountain as it would be a mountain ride through candy. Walt Disney thought that was too 'cheesy' and didn't want it. He decided to make the Mattehorn once he saw the actual mountain while filming Third Man on the Mountain.


History:


1. An old attraction that no longer exists is the skyway. It would go in between fantasyland and tomorrowland. Few remnants remain if this attraction however. One is the garden in the back of Mr. Toads Wild Rode. That used to be a tower for the ride. Another one is the old building that the skyway would go into. It can be seen in between Village Haus and Casey Jr. On the north side, there is a food vendor in front of it but you can still see the pathway and part of the building.


2. Dumbo was originally going to have an entire land within Fantasyland (like Flik's fun fair in Bugsland). There was going to be a dark ride, the dumbo ride, a show and one other thing. It was later scrapped and it only became the one ride.


3. This is a bit of history and fun fact. The castle was originally going to be the other way. They had a small model of the castle and some imagineers were playing around with the pieces. They heard Walt coming so quickly out it back together. However they put it together backwards. Walt liked it better like this so it stayed like that and put it in the park. Imagine standing in fantasyland looking to the castle. That was originally going to be the front.

Winnie the Pooh has been on enough adventures

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is located in Critter Country and is never ridden on anymore by about 90% of people. It's really only ridden by people who have never been on it or people who want to see the bear country jamboree secret. Winnie the Pooh first opened in 2003 replacing Bear Country Jamboree (BCJ). It was a big problem for many people that BCJ was closing to become a Winnie the Pooh ride. Many were nervous that this wasn't going to be a good change and a lack lustre ride. Well they were right. Winnie the Pooh hardly ever has a line up longer than 30 seconds. It says five minutes but it isn't true. The queue is from you walking through the queue. Something needs to be done with this ride.

What I would do is take it out and put in a new ride. No doubt about it. I wouldn't even suggest a new update. Just remove it. Since it is in Critter Country you can use that to your advantage making a ride about the cubs from Brave, or make a ride about the Lion King. I would personally suggest the Lion King as it is the most popular movie they have made (grossing wise). It could be made as a musical show theatre like the way it is in Disneyworld and redo the building to be a theatre like it formerly was. The advantage with doing it as a show is that all the songs in the Lion King are known by everyone. The show would also be beneficial as California Adventures has Aladdin but Disneyland has no real show throughout the park.

The other suggestion would be to create it as a ride like it is with Winnie the Pooh now. The ride vehicles could be different animals throughout the movie like Zebras or Rhinos, etc. it would be easy to resell the story from all the movies, just the first or create a new story about what happens after the film and what we don't see in the movie. Either way, the ride would still be great and a hit as there is no ride nor reference to the Lion King throughout the entire Disneyland Resort.

Either way, I suggest making a Lion King ride to replace The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. I will be back later today with the Secrets & History post.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Toontown Secrets & History

Mickeys ToonTown time! I thought I'd do Toontown as I did the post yesterday about the same thing. Here is it all!

Secrets:
1. In the Toontown Fire Department there is a doorbell and when you press it you here barking and stuff. If you look at the Fire Department there is a dog barking out the window which appears to be one of the 101 Dalmatians!


2. Baby Herman's dressing room is located along the Rodger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin queue. Peer through the glass to catch a glimpse of Baby Herman smoking a cigar and scanning the papers for a lead on a horse.





3. Several Disney inspired vanity plates have been posted on the loading zone walls, inside Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin. Example: CAP 10 HOOK( Captain Hook), L MERM8 (little mermaid), FAN T C (fantasy).


Trivia/ fun facts: 
1. Mickey can be seen at his house for more than 90% of the day. The line on the other hand can be longer than line for rides. Minnie Mouse can also be seen in her house most of the day.


2. Some of the trees on the Toon Town "hills" are real. They are raised up behind everything else.


3. The reason that ToonTown closes before the fireworks is because the Disney building right behind it has the supplies. The fireworks are launched off the rook. The people aren't allowed to leave the building during this time either for safety.


History:
1. You know the Jolley Trolley that can be seen at the station? There used to be 2-3 of them and they would go up and down ToonTown. ToonTown became too busy and they had to stop moving the trolley for safety. 


2. Goofy's playhouse used to be Goofy's Bouncehouse. It was later change because adults weren't even allowed into the building, only able to watch through the windows. It was later deemed that having children bounce around mostly unsupervised is unsafe and everything that was bouncy (literally everything) became non-bouncy.


3. Chip and Dale's treehouse change a lot since ToonTown opening 21 years ago. The way it used to be was you'd go up the spiral staircase IN the tree and then go down a slide into am acorn crawl (a ball pit of acorns). The acorn crawl was taken out for "sanitary reasons" while nobody knows why the slide was taken out.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Toontown has been around for long enough

Toontown has now been open for more than 2 decades and has had many updates. Most of them have been awful. The first bad update is when they no longer allowed the Jolley Trolley to go through Toontown. The Jolley Trolley went from the beginning of the area ( Roger Rabbits cartoon spin) to the back of the area (Chip and Dales treehouse). The Jolley Trolley had to stop moving as too many people were 'in the way' and it became a safety concern. It has never winced moved again.

The second bad update was the Chip and Dale Tree house. You used to be able to go up to the top of the tree and then slide down and walk over to an 'Acorn Crawl' (a ball pit). The ball pit was removed as kids should throw up and they have to constantly close it down for maintenance. Nobody is quite sure why the slide was taken out however as there were no real injures sustained.

The third and last bad update that makes me mad was the Goofy's bounce house. Goofy's house was originally a bounce that only kids under a certain height could go in and everything in the house was bouncy. Afterwards, it was updated so that it was a 'playhouse' and you could go in and relax or play in his garden.

So all in all, all updates in toon town have sucked. I would suggest one of two things to be done in the toon town area. The firs thing would be to update the buildings. I'd first update Roger Rabbits cartoon spin. It needs an update. There is so much new technology to make the ride a whole lot better. Another update would be needed for the houses. Mickeys house just needs some touch up throughout the barn and the house in general. In my opinion, they should just close Toontown for a few months to do general touch ups throughout the entire area.

The second suggestion, the one I'd pick, would be to close Toontown all together. I'd choose this choice as then they could do the same thing that they did at Disney World. If they closed Toontown they could open rides like the seven dwarfs mine train or other rides that would be considered fantasy. The advantage with this is that even thought they close a place that some kids enjoy but then can open rides with new and better technology bringing more and more guests making them receive more money.

All in all I suggest removing Toomtown to bring in more Fantasyland rides. To me, it seems like a money saver technique and maybe even will make them more money as they will get more guests to come and visit for a period of time as they are intrigued by the new rides.

That is all for now, don't forget to look for a new post tomorrow!  

Schedule update

My deepest apologies all. I have been very busy lately and haven't posted. You will get a special bonus of posts all this week. Expect a post later tonight, tomorrow you will get a Secrets and History post, on Saturday will be another regular post and on Sunday it will be the typical secrets and history post.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Frontierland Secrets & History

1. While walking along the Big Thunder Trail you can see a small lagoon with a tunnel right across from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This is remnants from the ride that used to be where Big Thunder is now, Mine Train Through Natures Wonderland. This isn't the only place you can see remnants but my favourite place to!


2. Along the same trail you can see a large pile of something that may seem strange to you. These are actually horseshoes! They were put in as a symbol of good luck and have been there since the opening of the ranch.





3. At Christmas time, the big thunder ranch turns into a Christmas experience. Many times throughout the day you can see Goofy there dressed up as Santa. Also there will be Santa's reindeer and the reindeer roundup. Most people don't go back there as it's deemed too far out of the way and often quite and ignored.


Trivia/ Fun Facts:
1. Outside the Golden Horseshoe there is a large dead tree trunk. That is actually petrified wood that has been there since opening day. For their wedding anniversary, Walt bought the tree for his wife. She however, decided that it would look better at their park then at home.


2. The buildings seen at the end of Big Thunder Mountain have been there since the Mine Train was there as it was included in the Mine Train ride. It was left in to represent the hustle and bustle of a mine town.


3. There used to be 'special guests' that appear on top of the Golden Horseshoe throughout the years. The most famous and common one of them all was Zorro. Zorro was constantly showing up and would appear sometime throughout the year.




History
1. The Golden Horseshoe was built for opening day at the park and has stayed there looking great ever since. Very few changes have even happened to it besides changes in technology and a few paint jobs.


2. When Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was being designed, lead imagineer, Tony Baxter actually designed a whole exhibition that would be put in including five or six rides. Only Big Thunder and the ranch were put in at the end.


3. On the Rivers of America you can see different remnants from rides that used to exist in Frontierland. One is kneel boats and it is an actual one. The kneel boats used to go around until someone fell of and they never went around again. The other remnant you can see is track and a former train from Mine Train through Natures Wonderland.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Captain EO needs to go

I apologize about now post yesterday. This week I am going to discuss Captain EO. It is a classic short film that can be seen in the theatre in Tomorrowland under Space Mountain.

First some history. The area the theatre is in now was originally Flying Saucers. It was then closed due to the technology wasn't there at the time and had too many errors (was fixed and is the exact thing that Luigi's Tires are). It was reopened as the Tomorrowland stage in 1967. It was open for a little less than 10 years before closing to make it a closed theatre that would stay underneath Space Mountain that was opening in 1977. It then became the Magic Eye theatre showing Captain EO for about 11 years before becoming Honey, I shrunk the Audience to promote the movie. Once Michael Jackson died, they brought back Captain EO as a tribute to him.

Before I go any further I have to say I love the show! One of my favourite things, it just doesn't fit in Disneyland. There are many things that can be done. But I'd do one of three main things. not including the idea of something completely different with what I suggest.

The first thing I would suggest is to bring back Honey I shrunk the Audience. This is my least favourite idea of the three as it is the easiest which means it can be messed up and it may not be as good as it should. Honey I shrunk the Audience was a great show that I did like (not as much as Captain EO though), the only problem was the theatre was never full. Ever. The problem with the show is the lack of creativeness. I know 12 year olds who could write better scripts. If they were to bring the show back they would need to re-write the script.

My second suggestion would be to put in a different show of some sorts. Maybe a Marvel show or a Star Wars one, or some sort of Space travel show. This one is a little more complicated than the first idea but I still like the concept behind it. Since they have recently acquired businesses such as Star Wars and Marvel, they can expand the uses of this throughout the parks. While I wouldn't suggest doing a Star Wars show as they have Star Tours and Jedi Training Academy. The idea that I would suggest is to do a Marvel show and an idea like the Avengers as it is a huge hit currently.

My final suggestion is remove the theatre and add in a ride. Now I know what you are thinking, how can we fit a ride in there? Easily. You'd have to remove Redd's Rockett Pizza Port  sadly. Luckily with the Tomorrowland Terrace right across the way it would not be too bad to remove it. The way you would do it is to have the queue set up throughout Redd's Rockett and they set up a tunnel going underneath the Space Mountain queue going into the theatre where they could have a ride similar to mission to MARS in Disney World. The advantage is the theatre is so large that they could probably fit 4 theatres in there. This would be a new, updated ride as well as being a better ride alternative than the theatre that is there now.

It is just a suggestion however, like the rest of them but that is just what I suggest. This is just a few ideas, knowing Disney it could be removed and something completely different is replaced in there. Or nothing is replaced at all. I am actually really surprised that they aren't changing it for the 60th anniversary. However they may shut it down for a renovation and change it to whatever. I guess we may never know what will happen until it happens. Until next time, have a great time!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Adventureland Secrets & History



Secrets
1. Jabba the Hut in Adventureland?!?!?!? Yes! When they were transforming it from Swiss Family Robison Tree to Tarzans Treehouse the imagineers had a little fun redesigning the tree. It is slightly distorted but it can be seen.




2. Where Indiana Jones was built used to be eeyores cast member parking lot. As a tribute to the former lot you can actually still see the sign. When you are in the projector room go towards the screen and look back at the projector. You will probably have to ask a caste member to use their flashlight as it can be hard to see.


3. While on the jungle cruise you can see a hint of a Classic Disney film. On a shield resting on the hut behind the tribe members you can see the lion king musical logo. It can be hard to see depending on what side of the boat you are on.


Trivia/ fun facts:
1. There is a tree right beside the fastpass distribution for Indiana Jones that really stands out if you are paying attention. This tree is the oldest tree in the park if you don't include the petrified wood tree (oh, you don't know about that? You will by next week!). I will talk about this more in History as here is some really neat things about this tree.


2. When Indiana Jones first opened, everyone who went received a decoder sponsored by AT&T. The decoders were used to decode the Maraglyphics that were everywhere through the ride queue. An example would be using the decoder to realise that the tombstones in the projector room say the three chamber choices (if anyone has one of these decoders... I'd love one!).


3. There is a place called Aladdin's oasis at the end/beginning of Adventureland. This place used to have a dinner show that would go along with the Tiki Room. Then it became a dinner show for Aladdin once it became unpopular it was never replaced with anything else. Now the characters occasionally show up but it's a great place to sit and eat in the shade.


History
1. The tree is called the Dominguez tree. When Disney was buying the land for Disneyland he had to meet with the Dominguez family. They would sell him their land IF he kept the tree there. Being Disney he kept it there to follow the deal and they actually had to build the roof of the Jungle Cruise around it as they had to leave the tree.


2. The Jungle Cruise was one of the first rides to be completed as the trees and plant life needed time to grow so it looked like an actual jungle. In some places they actually took old dead trees and planted them upside down so the roots where up adding different details throughout the ride.


3. The Jungle cruise was originally going to be like Kilimanjaro Safaris and have real animals. The idea just wasn't well thought out so Disney was worried the animals wouldn't cooperate and you wouldn't be able to see most. To fix that they decided to put in Audio-animatronics. Personally I don't mind the animatronics as then they have the jokes ready because they know what to expect.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Innoventions needs a reboot

Let's make a checklist of what I have done so far in tomorrowland. Peoplemover, buzz, the subs. That everything right? NO! There is one last thing that needs to be dealt with. Innoventions. Innoventions used to be my favourite thing to do as I loved the outer part that would spin with the quiz show and everything, then the outer part no longer spun. Then the outer part was no longer used. Then the dream home became outdated (house of the future anyone?) and so on and so forth. Then they tried to save it with updating the upstairs to have ASIMO, Marvel characters (Thor, Iron Man and now Captain America) as well as technology updates with the xbox's and technology used in the spaceship earth ride in EPCOT. It is still a long way from being good. 

Let's share some history. The building was first opened as an attraction called America Sings. It was the same idea as bear country jamboree except for a wider range of animals and about America. It originally had a Sam the Eagle but it looked nothing like the one we know today. The ride started to loose appeal and was eventually shut down. Don't worry though! If you want to see the animatronics go on Splash Mountain. Most of the animatronics used for that ride came from America Sings. After America Sings shut down they thought of an idea showcasing a mix of inventions that were innovations, hence the name Innoventions. 

First thing I would do is get rid of the dream home or at least update it. Nobody is real fond of it and if they are going into Innoventions they are going for ASIMO (awesome show by the way! I recommend it!) or a Marvel character. The problem they are facing with the dream home is he same problem they faced with the House of the Future. The House of the Future had two refurbishments done to try to make it advanced but technology caught up too fast. What they need to do is remove he dream home and add in a different thing. Whether make it all Marcel, or make it a different theme like robotics. 

The second possibility they could do(although I would hate to see this happen), would be to tear down Innoventions and build something new there. While I love new updates constantly, I'd hate to see Innoventions go. I love the history and I love the view from the top floor. This is still quite a possibility because it is an old building( If you look on the outside mural at one point you can see a hockey player wearing a mighty ducks jersey), and it is a bit of an eye sore. I'd really hate to see this happen as for them to tear it down they would probably have to remove the People Mover track which would be a real shame as there is so much potential. 

Another possibility, while highly unlikely. Would be to do a throwback idea to the Carousel of Progress. Have the bottom floor with different decades or generations with the top being a rebuilt version of he famed progress city. For those of you who don't know, progress city was a City Walt designed based on what he thought the future would look like. There was no pin point and since it doesn't look like that now it could easily be put in there still and it still loos very futuristic. I highly doubt it will happen as they just went through the work putting in Captain America and why do that just as you are about to change the entire building. It is highly unlikely but very possible with Disney. Even though they pay attention to detail a few times they do some weird things that don't seem thought out. 

Overall, I'd say Innoventions needs a big makeover. Is say it needs a bigger one than Nemo does. And I think I made it pretty clear how I feel about those Subs last week. Next week I am going to do Captain EO. I am telling you that as I am almost done already and I may post it early but don't expect that! If not, see you Sunday!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

New Orleans Square Secrets & History

Time for New Orleans Square!

Secrets:
1. If you look at the top of the buildings of New Orleans Square, you can see the top of a pirate ship. It is like the Columbia Ship on the Rivers of America.These sails were designed by Park Decorating to conceal the lights used during Fantasmic. If you stand between River Belle Terrace and the River, and look up at the roof over the Gallery, you can see the sails and the searchlights behind them.


2. Walt & Roy Disney's initials are hidden within the decorative balcony railing found above the Pirates of the Caribbean directly above the Royal Street Verandah - gumbo & chowder shop.



3. In the New Orleans Train Station you can hear a tap tap sound. That is actually Walt Disney's opening day Disneyland speech! Many people don't know this but if you stop and listen it sounds mesmerising!


Trivia / fun facts:
1. It is believed that the skull and crossbones above the pirate lying in the bed in Pirates of the Caribbean are real! It was believed that Walt received it as a gift and decided to put them in the ride.


2. In the ballroom scene the entire roof has a mirror at 45°. At the end if the ballroom scene the is a small spider in a spider web on this mirror. This is because someone shot a small pellet at it leaving a spider web like crack. This was a much cheaper fix as it is one long mirror so they'd have to take the roof off the building to fix it.


3. There was a plan for a restraint that would be called the world of weird. It was them scrapped and partially put in the Haunted Mansion with different concepts being put in.


History:
1. Before New Orleans Square existed, there was a land called holidayland. Holidayland was basically a picnic area located there. It was shut down as many believed it wasn't Disney enough then being replaced by New Orleans Square.


2. A huge basement was dug, after guests enjoyed dinning and shopping they could go downstairs through a Pirate Wax Museum located down there. After the world fair they realised that they needed a larger space than the basement. This was the first time a ride was built outside the berm.


3. This area was Disneyland's first land expansion/creation sixpence the park opened (tomorrowland one a few years earlier doesn't count as tomorrowland existed already). It was also the last one Walt Disney was personally involved with.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Poor Zurg has suffered enough

So I'm sticking with the Tomorrowland area since Tomorrowland needs some work as it's more like Pastland. One thing that needs to be fixed is Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Since it's opening in 2005 all it has ever really been is Roger Rabbits cartoon spin with an interactive gun. While at first it seemed like a pretty neat idea, Toy Story Mania opened which was the same idea except 100% better. It was 3D, interactive, and a better system than Buzz. After Toy Story opened you don't see buzz have more than a 20 minute lineup, nor is it worth waiting more than that. 

Some history should be mentioned first. The attraction first opened up as circlerama. Later changed to Circle-vision 360° and then Circle-Vision. It was a large stand up theatre area with large televisions all around you. It was then closed and reopened as the Rocket Rods queue. It was the largest queue to ride ratio in the park and still is in history. After Rocket Rods closed the building was first used to house King Arthur's carousel as it was being re-painted. Then went under construction to become Buzz Lightyear. 

Now that you have a bit if a back story there are a few things I would do to make this much better. The first thing I would do is get rid of Buzz, I am not going to lie. It's outdated, not as good as other rides that are similar. Then you are left with one question, what do you do with the building? There are a few things you could do to the building making it worth while. The first choice would be to re-open Circlevision or a attraction like that. The idea of that type of attraction is still seen at Disney world. It is used at the Canada Pavilion in the world Showcase at Epcot and still works great!

The problem is that maybe people don't want to stand for a show. Another question is was what they showcase? The next solution is a quite simple one but involves other concepts in it. The next solution would be to do another previous thing. This world be to used it as a queue for the people mover or rocket rods or a different attraction using the track. It would be like it formerly was and they would be able to incorporate old rides into the queue like rocket rods. Now I'll admit this isn't my favourite solution and it would be my last choice, but I'd still rather it than Buzz Lightyear.

There is one last solution that could be done is a different ride. I know, crazy right, a ride in a attraction building! That's absurd (sarcasm is fun)! But I'm serious... There are millions of rides that could be done and fit in the building. You can't tell from the outside or even on the ride the size of the building. But if you look at an Aerial view you can see just how large it is and just how large the theatre is. Rides ranging from something like Adventures Thru inner Space or a different old "throwback" ride to something that is brand new and unsee before. Maybe it has something to do with time travel like an Ellen's Energy Adventure yet smaller and ranges throughout time. Almost a Back to the Future like idea but obviously can't be like that as Disney doesn't own the rights. 

Overall, there are many options to what can be done with the building. Obviously, there is keep Buzz Lightyear in the building but that would be my last choice. My top choice would actually be putting in a different ride all together. It could either be an old ride design or a new one as both are good depending on who the guests are and what their opinions are. Close behind it however is putting it back as the Circlevision theatre as the experience in Disney world is beautiful and it should be in Disneyland as well. Third on my list would be the queue for a ride. I rather it be a line for a ride than an actual ride. If that doesn't say something I don't know what would. 

That's all for this week! Remember to send in questions or comments you have about this post or any other future posts. Come back on Sunday!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Critter Country Secrets & History

Secret:
1. Where Winnie the Pooh is now is what used to be Bear Country Jamboree. You can see evidence of this by riding Winnie the pooh and about half way through the ride you can look back and see a few characters from BCJ (Max, Buff and Melvin).
2. While on Splash Mountain you will see Fowler's Cellar which is adjacent to Fowler's Harbor, a dry dock for the S.S. Columbia. Fowler's Harbor, Fowler's Inn and Fowler's Cellar are all named as tributes to Admiral Joe Fowler, a retired Navy Officer and close friend of Walt Disney, who was integral to Disneyland's construction.
3. From the right angle Splash Mountain resembles Pride Rock from the Lion King.


Trivia:

1. Splash Mountain is based off of one of the most, if not the most controversial Disney movies created, Song of the South. This can be seen through the main characters throughout the ride in Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Brer Rabbit.
2. Tony Baxter was the lead imagineer who was in charge of this design and actually came up with the idea of a log fume to help the back corner of the park which was struggling.
3. It wasn't originally going to be called Splash Mountain. It was originally going to be called Zip-A-Dee River Run but then Michael Eisner (Good 'Ol Eisner) decided do change it to Splash Mountain for two reasons. The first one was because he wanted to cross-refrence it with a movie by Disney being released that year by the name of "Splash". The second reason is that the cast members all wanted a new mountain and Eisner thought this one would make a "Splash". That is how it got it's name!

History: (I am pretty sure most of these are known but if not alright!)
1. The most known one is also a Secret I put. That is that Winnie the Pooh used to be a favourite for most in Bear Country Jamboree.
2. Most of the Splash Mountain Characters seen in the final boat scene were originally from America Sings. At this time America Sings was struggling and was to soon shut its doors. Tony Baxter thought it would be smart to take the animatronics from there saving them time, money and labour.
3. Critter Country went through different names throughout time. Originally it was called Indian Village, later renamed to Bear Country, and finally to broaden the species a bit, they renamed the land to Critter Country.

Until Next Sunday, that is all for now! Don't forget to send me suggestions on what to do next week!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Nemo has been found enough times

For this week I am talking about Finding Nemo's Submarine Voyage. I thought it would be fitting to talk about it since it is currently closed for refurbishment. 

First some history. When Disneyland first opened the lagoon it was smaller and used for the ride Phantom Boats. It was closed shortly after as people would get trapped in their boats as the boats should break down. The boats would be stuck in the middle of the lagoon with no way of helping them. It was removed shortly after. In 1959, they opened the Submarine Voyage through Liquid Space. This ride was open until 1998 to make way for Finding Nemo in 2007. 

When I was in Disneyland in late December I knew it was closing down at the beginning of January. There were rumours that it would stay closed at this time. I decided that I would ride it one last time just incase it was going to be closed down. I happened to get lucky as the wait time was 10 minutes while the rest of the day it was 30+. I ended up going on the ride and the ride was longer than I waited in line. Let me just say one thing about the ride. It was awful.

Don't get me wrong, the technology behind lining the sound up with where you are is amazing! And Tony Baxter, the lead imagineer on this project is my most favourite imagineer. He just missed the ball with this attraction. There were many things that just didn't work for me through the whole ride. One thing is the queue. I know this sounds funny but Disney is known for completing the whole experience. This ride queue just doesn't have it, the Nemo ride in Walt Disney World (WDW) is way better for their queue! It immerses you into the world of Nemo. The problem they may have though is because the queue is outside but it's Disney, they can figure something out. Another thing they really missed the ball on is the story and part of the back story. Tony Baxter once did an interview where he said that creating a ride based on a movie can be quite hard as sometimes you only re-tell plot. Basically the entire ride was just a re-tell of the plot which if I wanted to re-hear the plot I'd watch the movie. What they should have done in my opinion is make the ride about what happened AFTER the end of the movie. Not what happened in the movie. 

That is just some suggestions I have on what I would do with the Finding Nemo ride. What I would actually do is just leave the ride closed. On March 18th at the AGM, I would announce the closure of Finding Nemo. Then I would do a bit of a 'throwback' to a previous ride. Can you guess which one? It was never in Disneyland. I'd turn it to a 20,000 leagues under the sea type ride. Take the nautilus designed submarines and have those in the ride as that really brings the focus on the ride as the shape really stands out intriguing more guests to the ride. The actual ride would be a mix of Submarine Voyage thru Liquid Space as well as 20,000 leagues. That way you get a distinctive ride vehicle to intrigue people to it then have the ride want people to go on it more than once. Another thing that would need to be addressed is the length of the ride. Speed up the subs a bit or shorten the track as a 10+ minute ride can be too long.  

If I personally had it my way I would create the 20,000 leagues under the sea ride. I never got to ride it and it looked absolutely amazing. It's a real shame they got rid of the track as well as the lagoon all together at WDW. That would be awful if something like that happened to the lagoon in Disneyland. I'd rather Memo stay than have the lagoon go even though I'm not a huge fan of the ride (as you might be able to tell from this). 

Overall I'd say that even though Nemo can bring in some people, it costs way too much to make it worth while as they don't have enough subs making it the most expensive ride in the whole park. I'd say keep it closed and try to bring in a new ride that does better making it more worth while for them to create. 

As always, I'd love your input on what you agree or disagree with! Also tell me about what you would like me to talk about next week or the following! Don't forget to come back Sunday for the Secrets & History post!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Tomorrowland History & secrets

I will be giving history, trivia, secrets and other things in each different post (I love this sort of thing!). I will start off with all the lands in DLR. If this is highly liked I will then do the same with WDW. The first land I will go over is tomorrowland.

Secret: 

  1. One of my most favourite secrets, while being weird, is a kinda-secret washroom. Most people don't know this unless they look at the maps (even then it's tricky) or just know it. The way to find this is you go to where you would go to the railroad in between Autopia and the fastpasses for Autopia. As you are walking to the railroad station, turn left just before the little souvenir cart and the washrooms are behind the corner and stairs leading to the people mover track. Another secret with this is it is one of the biggest washrooms in the park.
  2. I lied, this one is my favourite of Tomorrowland if not all of DLR. This one lets you get a free souvenir at Disneyland... You heard me right... A FREE souvenir... What you do is look at your show time guide and go to the ASIMO show at Innoventions (only good thing in Innoventions). You want to get there about 20-30 minutes before the start of the show. There will be a cast member who will do a few trivia questions giving out coins for getting the answer right. The questions are fairly easy like the time I went it was "what was the walk through exhibit when Disneyland opened" (20,000 leagues under the sea), "what attraction has a basketball court in it" (Matterhorn), and others like that. The coin has ASIMO on one side and Disneyland Innoventions on the other. It is made by highland mint so is great quality!
  3. Want to go on Star Tours or Space Mountain but it's a long line all day? There are two solutions. The first solution is go there first thing in the morning and get a fastpass or even wait until a little later in the day and get a letter one. If you don't want to lock your fastpass all day then there is a different solution. The best time would be before, during or after the fireworks. It also works during parades but not as well usually. During one of these things the line is usually cut in half if not more.



Trivia/ Fun Fact:

  1. Did you know that Space Mountain is only 199.5 feet tall? That is because for where it is there are laws about any structure that is over 200 feet has to have a flashing light on it. While personally I believe a flashing light would still tie in fine the decided to keep it under the height requirement.
  2. The structure for the people mover can be seen all over tomorrowland while walking around, but did you know you can see it from on other attractions? You can see it in the queue of Star Tours as well as one of the scenes in Buzz Lightyear (Fun Fact: The moon and sun from circle vision 360° lobby can be seen in this area as well). You can obviously also see it many times on he monorail or Autopia. You can no longer see it in Innoventions anymore.
  3. This is trivia and history conjoined into one. Buzz Lightyear opened 7 years later at DLR than at WDW (2005 compared to 1998). The two reasons for this is the building Buzz is in first held Rocket Rods on the people mover track and once that was a bust it held King Arthur's carousel while being refurbished as it was so big. It then went into construction and opened up in 2005.



History
1. This is one of my favourite pictures of the history of different attractions that were and now starting in 1967. The legend explains it all:


2. Matterhorn was originally part of tomorrowland before becoming part of fantasyland. To this day the different tracks are called the tomorrowland and fantasyland track to represent the corresponding sides.
3. Even though the Flying Saucers were taken out before 1967, it was originally planned to be re-put back in underneath Space Mountain but was scrapped for the same reason it was taken out. 

Thursday, 13 February 2014

People Mover Part 2

Let me start this off by apologising for not having a post yesterday. I was extremely busy and didn't have a chance to post but am publishing it today instead. My hope is to continue on with posting on Wednesdays but this week had a minor setback so was unable to do so. 

I am going to now take what I had said in the first one and expand it. I felt that whole I explained it in the first one it was very deep and I could go into more detail. The first thing I'll go into more detail on is the track and the idea behind it. 


The green path shows the track of the People Mover. The People Mover track goes through or over:

Autopia
Innoventions
Redd's Rockett Pizza Port
Space Mountain
Star Tours
Buzz Lightyear

The track looks into Buzz Lightyear and Star Tours. It looks into Innoventions but the wall that it looks into is covered by ASIMO, Thor, and the xbox game area. If the xbox area was moved or at least the curtain taken down people could ride the People Mover and be able to look into Innoventions and see other exhibits making people want to do into Innoventions as it's struggling right now (something I'll talk about in my next post). 

The next item I want to go into more detail about is the safety aspect. With Disneyland, safety is a number one priority. The easy solutions for some place would be putting window along the entire indoor area so if there is a need of evacuation, there is no risk of people falling into a different attraction accidentally. And with how the carts are set up there is an exit on one side of the vehicle and the easy way to deal with this is to create a fence along the side that the door is on the whole way through. The problem would the be stairs which again create two or three sets of stairs in the track between Innoventions and Buzz Lightyear. That way there is am exit everywhere needed incase of a closure of the ride due to a breakdown.

The next idea that I would personally want to incorporate is a screen that can be used if wanted showcasing history, facts, hidden mickeys, etc. of the ride they are either going through, facing, or The People Mover itself. With the technology that is available today it would be fairly easy to have it set up that way. One way to do it would have a touch screen like a tablet where it would have the ride as a schematic or blueprint with at the bottom there are choices for history, facts, etc. and people get to chose what they want to view and can chose to continue viewing that ride or going to the next one they can see.

The last item I want to go over I'm more detail is how the track will work. In the original people mover it was motorised by wheels pushing it along the track. Then with rocket rods steel tubing was put in. The steel tubing needs to be removed as steel tubing is only beneficial for faster rides ( Matterhorn, Space Mountain, California Screamin' and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad when it reopens). The People Mover isn't a fast ride and steel tubing would be a waste and awful for this ride. A more reasonable solution would be to put in the same system used for something like Mr. Toads wild ride or even a basic track like the old way had.

As mentioned shortly above my next post is going to be on Innoventions next Wednesday. Come back on Sunday as I am going to start a new series all about history and secrets of different places in Disneyland and then moving over to Walt Disney World.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Disneyland needs to move more people

You may have been able to tell from the title what attraction I am talking about here. Incase you don't I am talking about the Peoplemover. I never got to ride it unfortunately but I am very passionate about that ride. If you ever want to ware 4+ hours talk to me about the Peoplemover.

First, a little history of the people mover. It was added in Tomorrowland in 1967 with Adventures through Inner space, the monorail and the submarine voyage through liquid space. These were all added to create the theme of "world of motion" throughout Tomorrowland. The ride lasted 28 years before closing in 1995. The ride was then replaced by Rocket Rods in 1998 which lasted a little longer than two years. The track is still there more than 13 years after the closure of Rocket Rods.

Now, what do I suggest doing? Before I explain let me just remind you again I am only 16 and while I think I know what's right it may be entirely wrong! Here's what I would do. First, I would decide what to put in there. A definite no is obviously Rocket Rods as the track just wasn't built for a ride like that and you'd need a slower ride. Personally, I would put the people mover back in as Disneyland needs one of those slower rides that can be done together and everyone enjoys. Secondly, I would go through the entire track and make sure everything is all right (no litter, no tree branches overhanging or anything else that would protrude on the track. Thirdly, I would window off any place that opens up into a building as there is no need to have a risk of injury for whatever reason. The advantage they have now over 15 years ago is so many different technological advances. Nowadays they could put touch screens in the car so you can see different things about different places in the park so if you are in Star Tours you could see history about the new one, the old one and even Adventure through inner space. It could be done fairly easily for all the rides to as well as you can then have many different languages talking to you through the ride. Lastly, I would make repairs to the track that are needed in a few places as Rocket Rods would have damaged it in many ways as well as giving it a new paint job as in some places it's a little worn down.

One thing I'd like to point out is that Disneyland said that they are not able to re-open the Peoplemover as OSHA wouldn't allow them as it would pass regulations incase of a breakdown as well as wheelchair accessibility. The incase of breakdown excuse is garbage for two reasons. All you need is a railing and stairs off. Half of it is indoors where there are doors to get up there anyways so if they broke down in the building they'd get out and leave through the back way. When they are out side there are railings for more than 50% on the one side. How the Peoplemover cars open they only open on that one side anyways so it wouldn't matter as they could only get out on that side. As for stairs down just build one in the deeper part of the track that's intermingled with Autopia. I say this as it would be closer to walk towards a building in most places anyways. The only problem would be a wheelchair accessible cart. There is an elevator and it is actually now the tomorrowland terrace shop. Build in a little platform on the loading dock that goes in and out like it does for Space Mountain then the only problem would be incase of breakdown which the pathway is wide enough that a wheelchair would fit down. Another problem with this is that how would this not pass but something like the monorail does? If it breaks down then the people are trapped on it until rescue. Just a thought though! Let me know what you though about it all as I like to hear feedback!