Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 In Review!

Well, 2012 is pretty much over! Here's what happened:

California Adventure finally got its crap together and became an actual vacation destination instead of "the park we hurry up and get out of the way so we can spend the bulk of our time at Disneyland." They opened Cars Land and Buena Vista Street! See?
Looking down the main drag of Cars Land

Red Car Trolley chugging down Buena Vista Street
Meanwhile, across the plaza, Disneyland's Matterhorn received new bobsleds. Gone is the lap-sitting and the days of trying to nonchalantly get an "accidental" boob graze chipping your teeth on the back of your girl's head because you thought it would be a good cuddle ride. Here are the days of single plastic seats and cracked ribs. I still see this as an improvement.
New sleds up front, old sleds in the back.
New Fantasyland concept art
Now we skip our happy asses across the country to Walt Disney World, where the big announcements this year consisted of adding benches to the Fantasmic show at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and having a grand opening at the Magic Kingdom for a Fantasyland expansion that won't even be completed until 2014. But in all fairness, the new expansion looks great!
On a sad note, we did lose the atrociousness that was Mickey's Toon Town Fair (you know, two houses, a boat and some circus tents) to Dumbo's Circus (which is two elephants, a train, and some circus tents).

Over at Epcot, Test Track was down most of the year (yes it was scheduled) for a complete overhaul. The ride reopened to rave reviews and looks like it stepped right out of the world of Tron.
I'm glad Disney World management was able to pull off this redo of Test Track so well, but now they have some explaining to do to Test Track's neighbor, the old Wonders of Life pavilion that just sits as an empty shell. Epcot also introduced Agent P's World Showcase Adventure, basically the Kim Possible thing wearing a platypus tunic, but awesome and noteworthy.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

MARVEL LAND!

I love a good comic book. That’s right, I said it. I’m a 30 year old man, and I still read comic books…or Graphic Novels, which, by the way doesn't sound any less nerdy in the least. Comic books are great sources of fresh ideas for entertainment such as movies, and more movies, and in the case of Universal's Islands of Adventure, theme park rides. Comic books have made a Hulk-sized impact on the entertainment industry and if you deny this, Wolverine has nominated himself to gut you like a fish. Disney owns the rights to Marvel, we all know this, and a lot of people thought Disney would destroy comic books as we know it. This couldn't be further from the truth. Look at what Disney has done with Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, and the Hulk. The Avengers movie was top-notch entertainment! Now just imagine what they could do if they implemented all of Marvel's greatness into a theme park. Yes, Universal already did that…sort of. They have the HULK coaster, and a Spider Man ride, but I've always felt that Disney could do so much more with it.

 Just imagine walking into a world where comic book characters are brought to life by Disney’s amazing animatronics. Imagine really feeling what its like to get stabbed with Wolverines claw…wait, too far, that would suck like a hoover. I just feel like Disney is in need of new stuff at their parks. They've just acquired the STAR WARS franchise, so they have more than enough material to work with to make an amazing new park. I say scrap the stupid AVATAR land, and go with some solid material that has proven to stay popular over the last few decades. Does anyone even remember Avatard? I just remember the blue guys, and that’s about it.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Yeah, That's a gem!

If you've wandered around any Disney park and hadn't noticed the little things, you're as brainless as Winnie the Pooh, all stuffed with fluff. There is so much more to Disney than just the rides. So much more than waiting in line to get your picture with the Big Cheese himself. Disney is so much more than just an amusement park, but you have to open your eyes a little more to see the lush history that engulfs you as soon as you set foot past the gates. I call these things the Gems of Disney, and my favorite one of all, happens to be in Pirates of the Caribbean!
 Since it’s opening in the spring of 1967 (I wasn't even alive then), Pirates quickly became the ride of the century. The animatronics were amazing and the catchy tune reverberates around the world! There’s so much detail in the ride that you have to go on it over and over again to try and see everything. I still see new stuff on it, but the thing I love seeing the most is the picture of the Red Headed pirate in the caves. Say what you will, she’s hot! Full of hotness!

 So why is this a gem? Well, not many know, but that painting is actually the original piece painted by famous Imagineer Marc Davis! It blows my mind every time I see it. It’s the original work of Marc Davis! He’s known for the females in Disney films such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Cruella DeVille, just to name a few. All of which are not as hot as the Red Headed vixen seen on the ride, especially Cruella…who looks like a meth whore. If you’re ever at Disneyland, or any other Disney park for that matter, and you're done with the rides, start looking for the “gems” of Disney through out the parks. Historical deliciousness is what I like to call it. Speaking of deliciousness, next time you're on Pirates, check out the painting, no wonder the pirates all chant “We Want the Red Head!”

I'm Bored So I'm Going to Make the Magic Kingdom Bigger

     I've been sitting at my computer staring at Google Earth over Disney World, drunk on jerky and eyes glazed over from a lack of blinking, and it hit me: gas. After a quick bathroom break, I had an epiphany! I can make the Magic Kingdom bigger! Is there a demand for it? No. Do we need it? Not really. Do I care? Not even a little bit. So here's what I would do:
An expertly drawn expansion
     If you've ever been to the Magic Kingdom, you know that the Big Thunder Mountain/Splash Mountain area is a murderous dead end. Two of the most popular E-ticket rides sit side-by-side and is an area that is difficult to get to, and mind numbing to get out of. Behind Splash Mountain to the west is a number of maintenance shops, parade storage buildings, and speakeasies. (And you though the Magic Kingdom was a dry park...) Beyond those buildings is a canal where they park the Electrical Water Pageant boats. (If you don't know what the Electrical Water Pageant is, it's something you don't seek out. You just happen upon it and say "Huh. That's neat.")
     My plan, as you can clearly see from the picture, is to simply cut and paste all the backstage buildings to the other side of the canal. Then that leaves a whole bunch of room around the back side of Splash Mountain for either another land, a Frontierland expansion, or some orange splotches. I went with the orange splotches, but I'm no Imagineer. And we're going to need those Imagineers, too, to put up some awesome fake scenery to cover the show buildings for Splash. There's also a drawbridge for the parade to cross the canal and the Water Pageant to get out in the evenings.
     The end result is a way to get rid the of soul-crushing dead end that currently stands in Frontierland, because there will be access all the way around Splash Mountain, and Disney can throw some more rides, restaurants, meet and greets, or shops back there. Either way, this will likely never happen. Where's my jerky?

Strange Mutineers Afoot at the Circle K

Dear readers: we are pleased to announce our newest mutineer and contributor. Some call him... Tim. Tim has written for some sporty college underwear blog and he has a pretty funny YouTube channel. He is a great addition to the mutiny! Also, look at the new and improved blog! It looks like we kind of know what we're doing now.  And on that note...Tell your friends and let the mutiny begin!!! 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Jungle Snooze

     You know what I like? Paying a lot of money to go to a world famous vacation destination in central Florida and then receiving choices from said destination. Choices like churros or pretzels? Monorail or ferry? Plastic hippos or real hippos?

Wait..what?

     Yeah. That's where I'm going. Why does the Jungle Cruise still exist in the Magic Kingdom, when 3.89 miles away (as the singing crows from Dumbo flies) you can see all the exact same animals at Animal Kingdom? Except the ones at Animal Kingdom are real, while the Jungle Cruise animals are real plastic. Now, I know what you're going to say, "But Jake, I have a gluten allergy and I need to find a recipe for cinnamon rolls!" To which I would say, you are clearly at the wrong blog. We're discussing Real vs. Fake Disney animals here, and godspeed in your endeavors.
     But in case plastic animals are not hip enough for your Jungle Cruise jazz, you also get a script of hacky jokes and one-liners. But don't worry! Unlike the Cruise skippers in Anaheim, the Magic Kingdom skippers are forced to stick to the same predetermined jokes, so they never get to stretch out and expand their material.
     So why are we keeping the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise around? Disneyland needs theirs. They don't have real animals wandering around except for the feral cats. (And how awesome would a Feral Cat Cruise be?) Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise is sitting on prime real estate big enough for maybe 2 E-tickets or a whole slough of gift shops and meet-n-greets. You'd think Disney World management would've noticed the latter by now. I don't have the answer on what should be put there, but if anyone actually misses the plastic animals, they will have to settle for their real life counterparts across the Disney World property, and I have no sympathy for you at all.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Yo ho, yo ho it's a car life for me!

If there are two things I like, it's cars and Disney.
And women.
Ok, if there are three things I like, it's car's, Disney, and women.
And food.
Alright, if there are four things I like, it's cars, Disney, women, and food.
And...
Will you stop that?
Errr...

So, all that being said, I was rather skeptical about the new Test Track at Walt Disney World.  After watching a couple of long YouTube video of the queue, ride and exit area I have to say I am not so skeptical.
The entrance queue is way less cluttered and I like that. I also didn't notice any tools lying about. I like that too. Maybe that is just because I am a helicopter mechanic and tool control is important to me, but, I think it is mostly because I don't wanna see tools when I am on vacation.
So the car design thing is nothing more than a gimmicky time killer. It would be so fun to build a car and "test" the performance of said car.
Or truck.
Or truck. I thought you left. Anyhow. Back to it. And no more Python-esque interruptions.
The ride itself has a total new feel to it, even though it uses the same track. The futuristic Tron-like world is pretty damned breathtaking if I must say.
So the performance spec numbers after are eye wash. Big deal. It's fun, it applies to the kid in me, it's not pirates or princesses, and it seems like it may be leaning toward edutainment!   But, sadly, I have a little over a year before I can plop my ass in the proverbial drivers seat of this thing.  So expect more on this.

Josh out. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Starbucks at Disney

So the big cheese is finally getting some coffee that doesn't taste like it was filtered through dirty gym socks!  I, for one, am quite pleased.  It seems that the news has generated quite a buzz though. Is it because of Disney allowing an outside corporation into the parks?  Like that's never happened before. Seriously, I'd much rather have a bare breasted, twin-tailed mermaid serving me caffeine than a creepy, ginger clown shoving heart attack-inducing crap down my throat. I suppose on the downside of this, with the alcohol now served at the Magic Kingdom, we may have wide awake drunk pricks roaming the park...

*Editor's note: Josh is more grumpy and cynical in the mornings before he has his coffee. Also, he smells like cheese, which is weird. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Mutineer Blogcast #2: Banter Tracks


Josh:  So. Big news! Disney now owns LucasFilms!  Great things ARE coming and great things may be coming as well. Theme park additions anyone?  
I would really like to see an expanded Star Wars area in Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Expanded to the point of a whole Star Wars "land" or better yet a LucasFilms land including Indiana Jones in it. But what attractions would go there?  

Jake: You think this whole purchase was for Star Wars? I think we're all missing the big picture here. First, Disney buys Marvel, and then buys LucasFilm. What is the one things those two companies have in common? Howard the Duck.

Josh:  Here I am brain the size of a planet and you bring up Howard the Duck?  You call that job satisfaction?  Cause I don't...

Jake: You're right. Let's get back to this Star Wars thing. At Hollywood Studios, the Indiana Jones stunt show and Star Tours are already close enough together that combining them into a full-fledged LucasLand wouldn't be very hard at all. There's a quick service eatery between them that could easily be rethemed. Preferably as the Mos Eisley cantina. I want that cantina band! I also want park guests getting their arms severed, just for authenticity.

Josh: Ah food!  Been waiting to hit on this. They definitely need the cantina, band and all. However, it should been split in half with Marian's Sherpa bar. Complete with Lego nazi invasions and Indiana Jones. I think that the cantina half could be quick serve with the Sherpa bar being a sit down area. They could seriously make a sick area for both of those franchises and in my mind they are about half way there. But what else could hey add besides food joints?

Jake: Well I think an obvious choice would be the ride Florida fans have been clamoring for since 1995, and that's the Indiana Jones Adventure from Disneyland. But they'll have to change it up since Dinosaur at Animal Kingdom already uses the same exact track layout. Or they could use the Test Track system for some sort of pod racing or speeder bike ride. Unfortunately both of those already show up in Star Tours. Oh!! Demolish the Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area and use that real estate to make something completely unrelated, and then make a Dagobah swamp Jedi training play area!

Josh:  I'm sure someone will wish to throw me in the sarlacc pit for this, but... Axe Honey I shrunk the Kids and install an Ewok village play area!  That would be fun. Creepy yet cute midget teddy bears that kill nazis!

Jake: I like it, but the Ewok village is already the queue for Star Tours. What about a classic dark ride? Maybe a spook house-style one like Snow White's Scary Adventures. But this one would be the Wampa cave, or Jabba's palace! I think I'm on to something here...

Josh:  Oh man!  There is some sick potential!  A dark ride skimming all the films narrated by Kevin Smith?  He likes Star Wars and he's written for marvel...  Eh maybe. Anyhow, I see where you are going with this. But I wanna talk about Indy!  I don't think WDW needs a carbon copy of Indiana Jones and the temple of the forbidden Carnotaur.  What it needs is something more thrilling than a skeleton wearing a fedora stuffed in a refrigerator. They need a ride. Maybe the one from Paris? Or... Maybe something completely original???

Jake: I like where your head's at with the Indiana Jones roller coaster, because if there's something that wouldn't hurt Hollywood Studios at all is another roller coaster. Especially on the opposite end of the park as Rock n' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. Having the two biggest thrill rides right next to each other really flares my herpes. We need something big in the new LucasLand to disperse the crowds more evenly. Because no one rushes to Lights, Motors, Action or the Backlot Tour at rope drop.

Josh:  Wow.  I didn't even look that far ahead... I guess all I have to add to this is this: Cloudy. The future is. Also, that for me, there is a New Hope at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


Jake: Maybe they can make a Hoth Ice Tunnel of Love where you kiss your sister.... What?
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Come on, guys! Come back!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Mutineer Blogcast #1: Marvel in Disneyland


Jake: Rumors are floating about that Innoventions (more like inNOventions, am I right people?) will finally go the way of the Hostess Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pudding pie in place of some sort of Iron Man themed thrill ride.

Josh: Wait. What? I've been stuck on a mountain top (in a completely non monkish sort of way) for a few days,  where did this come from? Also, I would kill for TMNT pie...
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.... ok. I just perused through whole lot of particularly unhelpful forum pages from a rather smuggish forum and am still confused. I gather Disney is finally putting to use its newest(?) franchise, Marvel, and building an "E" ticket attraction. Kinda like you said above. I have mixed feelings about this. Not because they are using Marvel characters, but because I have secretly hoped that there would be an Incredibles attraction that used the carousel AND the People Mover track.  

Jake: At least it kind of fits the Tomorrowland theme. I mean, the Stark company is all about future technology, clean self-sustaining energy, and weapons of mass destruction! But what I’m curious to see is what kind of ride they can fit onto the carousel building’s footprint, and whether or not they’ll actually use the building or demolish it and start from scratch.

Josh:  "Kind of fits" is the key. Almost, but not entirely does not fit may also work. Look, I am not against Marvel showing up in the parks, but I really wish for a retro-future sort of theme to tomorrow land. I suppose a Stark Expo queue and a good attraction would work. However, I think the bigger issue here is where would the Marvel crew fit into Disneyland?  Some would say presically under the monorail...  Marvel is great and all but there may need to be a comic book land or park to stuff them into. Maybe a villains and super heroes type park? But, not a complete thrill park, because I feel that is the magic of Disney: something for every one.

Jake: I think you nailed Tomorrowland there with a retro-future idea. Tomorrowland shouldn’t be based in reality any more, otherwise it would need updating every other month, and I don’t think Disney has the nads to do that. Also it’s not possible. As for where else would the Marvel crew fit: they’re not invited! Ewoks weren’t invited to Star Tours, so Captain Marvel can wait outside somewhere! I’m taking a stand for the ewoks!

Josh:  So where in Disney would Marvel fit?  I kinda think that if they can go anywhere besides under a monorail it would be Future World at EPCOT. Really, why is that called future world anyway? It's more about developing the future at heart, or it was once anyhow. They would also fit in a movie type park, maybe a back ally in DCA or somewhere on New York Street at DHS. All of that said a new gate would be the best option.  There were plans on the table for a Marvel park at DubaiLand but I am unsure if that was pre-Disney or what.  Not like Arabs care about Ironman much, I mean apparently they are the ones who made him...

Jake: Marvel would go great in the abandoned backlot of Hollywood Studios somewhere. There are entire buildings back there housing nothing but moth-ridden costumes and lost children in storage to replace the kids currently working in Small World. I also heard Michael Eisner’s soul is kept in a filing cabinet back there. So let’s bulldoze everything back there (orphans included), and make the way to get there through the animation courtyard. Have a sort of animation to comic book transition sort of thing.

Josh: You had me at bulldoze... Unfortunately, at the current moment, Marvel is the blue peg in a square hole. ( I gotta learn my shapes)   


Jake: HEY LOOK, STAR WARS!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Star Wars and Disney

So it has happened. Disney paid $4.05 billion dollars to purchase Lucasfilms and all associated items. What does this mean?  It means more Star Wars and Indy in Disney's Hollywood studios!  Speeder Bike track? Thanks, I'll take two! An entire Star Wars land? Bingo! Jar Jar Binks on the underside of the General Joe Fowler? Yes please!
In all seriousness, the potential for the parks is astounding!  Then we get into the new movies!  5 bucks says Johnny Depp will be C3PO...  It'll all be Pirates of El Caribe in space.  How cool is that?
Now I'm sure haters will do what they do best and poo poo the whole deal, but I think that this is going to be great!  The joining of two entertainment giants, neigh, blitzkreiging juggernaughts is a good deal.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The things we do: ran over edition.

     One of the things that we like to do as a family is taking pictures under cars. Sounds silly, doesn't it? Wait, no, I don't actually take picture of the bottoms of cars or hide under the cars and take pictures. (but now that I think about it, hiding under cars for pictures might turn out to be funny, or I might be banned from the parks) No, we place a family member in a mangle mess pose under one of the many prop cars and snap a picture. It's fun and slightly morbid.

Tilt Shift Disney

Oh hey, Jake here. To curb a recent obsession (recent as in an hour ago) my first post is going to be dedicated to tilt shifted Disney pictures. What is tilt shift? Basically it's adjusting the focus of a picture so the contents look like toys or models. Or models of toys. But not toy models. That's absurd. Anyway, here are two pictures.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Welcome

Welcome to our version of the Disney Parks.  We hope to create an entertaining blog about one of our obsessions.  Alice.  Disneyland, Walt Disney World Resort, and other disney places that may appear on a map.
     I guess I could offer up a little background on the subject. We come from what I call a "Disney family", growing up we went to Disneyland at least once a year for many many years. Partly because my dad was a truck driver that occasionally delivered to the the LA area, partly from family vacations and in Jake's case conceived right before a trip.
     Well, years passed by and we grew up, moved out, and had our own families.  Luckily we have each passed our Disney nerdship on to our children and spouses.  We love to go to the parks whenever we can.  I think that it is more fun than a barrel full of midget ginger kids.
     Anyhow, back to the blog, a quick Google search for "Disney blog" only has a measly 315 million hits, so this isn't a very widely discussed topic. But just in case, we're going to strive to be different and stand out a bit. We're going to be honest. Sometimes brutally honest. Sometimes we're going to be inappropriate in so many ways. We might even throw in fart jokes for good measure!
     All in all, we're going to have fun, maybe some tears, and hopefully a lot of laughs. Maybe even some awkward hugging. Who knows! We're in this together now.

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