Category: "Disneyland"

Disneyland Quiz

The Disneyland Quiz

Score: 83% (10 out of 12)

That was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be.

posted by | 02/28/11| 03:50:00 pm| Quizzes, Anything Else, Disneyland| 1 comment »

We Are Here to Change the World: The Return of Captain EO

Captain EO

Yesterday after work I went with Phil and Janelle over to Disneyland to catch an opening day performance of the newly re-opened Captain EO. I was 6 years old when the 3D movie made its debut in Tomorrowland so there was a huge amount of nostalgia for me. I was a little worried it wouldn't be as great as I thought it would be but my fears quickly dissipated once the movie started and the audience started cheering.

Captain EO sign

For those not familiar with the movie, it is a 17 minute 3D movie starring Michael Jackson and Anjelica Huston that was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and executive produced by George Lucas. And not crappy George Lucas either. This was fresh off of Return of the Jedi George Lucas. Michale stars as Captain EO, a captain of a ship of a misfit crew of creatures sent to deliver a message to a seemingly hostile planet. For fans of MJ, it's a must see. Concerned fans of the attraction will be happy to know that the film has not been altered in any way. Some of the physical effects (lasers, etc.) have been removed but many new effects have been added. I really enjoyed it and definitely plan on going several times while I have the chance as it is supposedly a limited engagement.

posted by | 02/24/10| 09:33:09 am| Movies, Disneyland| Leave a comment »

Buzz Lightyear

It's been awhile since I uploaded a Buzz Lightyear pic but I wanted to record this one from last night for posterity since I beat Phil. I also cracked the top 100 which is pretty awesome since it was just near closing.

posted by | 01/05/10| 09:30:43 am| I'm a Big Geek, Disneyland| 2 comments »

R.I.P. Roy E. Disney

I was saddened to hear the news that Roy E. Disney died today. Roy was the son of Roy O. Disney and nephew of Walt Disney. He helped save the Walt Disney Company from a hostile takeover in the mid-80's and along with Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg helped usher in the Disney Renaissance of the late 80's and early to mid 90's, both on screen and in the theme parks. Oddly enough he also helped oust Eisner in the 2005 Save Disney campaign that ushered in Bob Iger and the purchase of Pixar, which has lead to another renaissance both in animation and in the theme parks. For these things alone any fan of animation or of Disney in general owes him a debt of gratitude. I had the pleasure of speaking to Roy on a few occasions as he was a regular visitor in the park and, like his uncle, was always kind and courteous to the cast members. He will definitely be missed.

posted by | 12/16/09| 03:15:26 pm| In the News, Disneyland| 1 comment »

Pirates of the Caribbean Sequel Official


Two surprise announcements followed an equally surprising live musical performance by Miley Cyrus at Disney's D23 Expo.

Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook officially named Summer 2012 as the release date for Pixar's John Carter of Mars, claiming that the film will, indeed, be live-action with intense special effects.

Following the announcement, Johnny Depp appeared in full Jack Sparrow costume, taking the stage and announcing a Summer 2011 release date for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the new title for the fourth installment!

While I'm very excited for Pixar's John Carter of Mars I couldn't help but be even more pumped at the announcement of the new title. While there are many out there who would disagree, I really liked the darker tone that the the third movie took and I'm guessing we're going to see even more of that in this new installment. Also from all reports it appears Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom are out of the picture so there's room for some new characters and fresh stories. Hopefully a director will be announced soon as that might give us a better idea of what is in store. I'm really beginning to wish I'd gotten tickets to the D23 Expo in Anaheim. It sounds like it's been pretty cool. Hopefully I can get some more info from Anthony, my man on the floor there.

posted by | 09/12/09| 01:17:36 pm| Movies, Disneyland| 1 comment »

Link of the Day: AudioBoo

Somebody sent me an email the other day asking if I would ever do a podcast again. I was rather honest in my response, saying that I was frankly too lazy. Podcasting is a lot of work if you want to do it well. That's becoming less and less of a fact now, especially with services like AudioBoo. AudioBoo is both a website and an iPhone application. The app lets you record up to five minutes of audio and upload it to the AudioBoo servers straight from your iPhone. You can also listen to the most recent recordings of others straight from your phone. From the site you can actually create a profile (which is necessary to use the iPhone app to record podcasts), follow people whose podcasts you like, and subscribe to automatically generated podcast feeds for individual users, recommended podcasts, or even the entire AudioBoo community.

If you're looking for interesting people to follow on AudioBoo, you should of course start with me. I also recommend webcomic authors Scott Kurtz, Brad Guigar, and Kris Straub. Another great thing about the site is how easy it is to get your recordings out into the world. You can easily have it automatically post your new Boos to Twitter and other social applications. I already mentioned the automatic podcast feeds and iTunes links. Finally, it is easy to embed the audio files themselves anywhere you wish. For example, here is my latest Boo that I recorded while riding The Haunted Mansion last week:

Pretty cool, huh?

posted by | 08/09/09| 11:51:08 am| I'm a Big Geek, Linkworthy, Podcasting, Disneyland| 1 comment »

Happy Birthday Disneyland!

mental_floss Blog » The Quick 10: 10 Random Facts About Disneyland

"The Happiest Place on Earth" is 53 today. I'm sure it's no where near as crowded as it was during my first week of working there on the 50th anniversary. As much as I sometimes dislike the place, I love it even more. It's one of the places that I will always have fond memories of, that while it's changed quite a bit in the last 53 years, it still has an element of timelessness to it. There's something special about going there and being able to stand in the same spot in front of the castle that I stood when I was three years old, holding my father's hand and looking in wonder. Maybe I'm just a big sap, but if you've been there more than once, you probably know what I'm talking about.

posted by | 07/17/08| 02:05:14 pm| Disneyland| Leave a comment »

The Pixar Story

The Pixar Story Poster - Buzz Lightyear

I had the wonderful opportunity of seeing Leslie Iwerks' The Pixar Story last night at the Egyptian Theatre. It was a really great look at the history of Pixar and was a delight for both the computer geek and the film and animation geek inside of me. Iwerks is the granddaughter of the legendary animator Ub Iwerks, who she also has done a documentary about. Thanks to her connections and access given to her at Pixar, she was able to interview a ton of folks such as John Lasseter, Steve Jobs, Roy Disney, Brad Bird, and George Lucas. I only knew part of the story behind Pixar and I was really fascinated watching this film. I highly recommend it if you get a chance to see it. As a special treat, Iwerks did a Q&A along with Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney. It was a great way to end the evening. Iwerks wasn't sure when the DVD would be released as that is up to the Disney folks, but hopefully it will be soon!

posted by | 12/12/07| 01:57:33 pm| Movies, Disneyland| Leave a comment »

Animatronic Steve Jobs to Appear in Spaceship Earth

The Disney Blog: Steve Jobs to appear in redone SpaceShip Earth at EPCOT

What does sitting on the Board of Directors for the Walt Disney Company get you these days? How about a figure of yourself in a famous Disney attraction? Distant Creations blog is reporting that Apple computer co-creator Steve Jobs will appear in a scene in the recently renovated SpaceShip Earth attraction at Epcot depicting the creation of the first Apple computer in their garage.

I am very jealous of Steve Jobs. This is going to sound lame but one of my dreams is to be immortalized in animatronic form. Despite my fear of robots, I love animatronics. I have always been fascinated by them. I'm glad they're updating Spaceship Earth, seeing as how the last time I rode it a few of the animatronics weren't even working properly. If I get to be a billionaire I'll have to join Disney's board of directors so I can be on a ride. I think I would like to be a ghost in the Haunted Mansion. That would be sweet.

posted by | 12/03/07| 10:54:30 am| I'm a Big Geek, Disneyland| Leave a comment »

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and Pirate's Lair Thoughts

Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to ride the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage thanks to my friend Greg. While the ride doesn't open to the public until the 11th, this weekend was Cast Member previews. I got to tag along as a guest. A bunch of my other friends from the main entrance came with us. For a crowded Sunday, we sure went on a lot of rides before we ended up on the subs at our 10:00 PM ride time. Greg and I got to the park around 4:30 and met up with our friend Danni to head over to the new Pirate's Lair at Tom Sawyer's Island, which I also hadn't seen yet. When it was announced, Pirate's Lair caused a lot of controversy among Disneyland purists since Tom Sawyer's Island was designed by Walt himself and many considered this a disgrace. I think most of Walt's vision for the island was already destroyed over the years by either lawyers who decided parts of the island had to be removed for liability concerns or because of poor maintenance, in the case of Fort Wilderness. Pirate's Lair breathes new life into the island. Everything that was there when they closed the island for refurbishment at the beginning of the year is still there. Now there's just a bunch more cool stuff. The biggest changes are in the former Injun Joe's Cave, now Dead Man's Grotto. There are some really cool animatronics in the cave now, including a pop up head that will probably scare the crap out of you if you aren't paying attention and a pirate that turns into a skeleton. Instead of just plain old caves, there are now a lot more themed elements and things to see and explore. It's pretty darn cool. I've always loved Tom Sawyer's Island because it's the one attraction in the park you can really explore and enjoy at your own pace. Now it's even more fun to explore.

After Pirates Lair the logical choice was to hit up Pirates of the Caribbean, especially since I'd been aching to go on the ride since watching At World's End last week. I never get tired of this ride. I'm not quite sure why. Then, of course, we had to hit up my favorite ride in the park, The Haunted Mansion, which I also never get tired of. I can't really explain it. All the animatronics, effects, and set pieces just really fascinate me. We also managed to ride Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Indiana Jones, Jungle Cruise, and Space Mountain before getting in line for the Subs. I guess that's what happens when you go to the park with a bunch of cast members. We are highly efficient in getting on rides.

Then it was time. As Sue Kruse writes in her excellent write-up of the attraction, stepping on the dock again for the first time in 9 years was like visiting an old friend. It felt really good. I have a lot of nostalgia for the subs since they were my dad's favorite ride. Even if the line was over an hour, we always rode on the subs, no matter what. I think he loved them so much because of his naval background and his own love for scuba diving. Also, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was probably his favorite Disney movie. As far at the attraction itself goes, I really enjoyed it. I'll have some pictures soon. I'll just say that this is not your old Submarine Voyage. It's an entirely new adventure with a few nods to the old ride. I was a tad surprised at the lack of traditional animatronics, but the new effects definitely make up for it. Also, the sound inside the subs is amazing. I think folks of all ages will enjoy the ride, especially kids. Yes, the wait is going to be terribly long probably for the entire summer. Unlike Pirates, the Subs have a ridiculously low per hour capacity. This is one of the reasons why the ride was closed in the first place. Surprisingly, in the 9 years the ride was closed nothing was done to improve this. So get ready to wait. However, I think the ride is worth it. It's as long, if not longer, than Pirates. I'm really glad the Subs are back, hopefully for good this time.

posted by | 06/05/07| 04:21:25 am| Disneyland| 5 comments »

First Batch of Pirates Premiere Pics

Here are Anthony's pictures from the Pirates premiere. He's even labeled the ones featuring celebs. My personal faves are this one of me in front of the Submarine Lagoon. It was great to see that the walls are down as the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is opening up on June 11th. I, being the lucky guy I am, get to ride it on the 3rd. I can't even tell you how excited I am. The subs were my favorite ride growing up. I was pretty heartbroken when they closed them back in 1998. From what I've heard, this new version is going to be pretty darn sweet. Oh yeah, Anthony also got some great pics of Keith Richards, Martin Landau, some chump, and a bunch of other folks. Greg's got some more pictures, which I will be posting sometime soon.

posted by | 05/22/07| 04:02:06 pm| Movies, Disneyland| 1 comment »


Oh man, I forgot to mention a recent happening. The guy who was largely responsible for me leaving Disneyland, the one who didn't get in any kind of trouble at all over the events that occurred, was fired recently. I don't know why and I don't really care. Chalk that one up to the Karma Police. That's all I have to say about that.

posted by | 04/26/07| 04:38:44 am| Disneyland| 1 comment »

I <3 Dole Whip

Klepopotamus » Blog Archive » Quest for Dole Whip Ends With Sweet Delicious Dole Whip

This story comes from The Disney Blog and is quite amusing. First off, for those of you in the dark, Pineapple Dole Whip is a light soft-serve type frozen dessert. It's very tasty and refreshing. It's also very hard to find, pretty much exclusively available in Hawaii and in Adventureland at Disneyland and Disney World. This guy loved Dole Whip so much he found some on e-bay and then bought a Gelato machine to make it with. Man, I love Dole Whip, but not that much.

posted by | 10/23/06| 05:31:37 pm| Linkworthy, Disneyland| 1 comment »

Disneyland Photo Blogs

The Disney Blog: Another Vintage Disneyland Photo site

This one's mostly for Justin, but if you're into looking at some great old pictures of Disneyland you will like this too. The Disney Blog links to a few great new blogs that post nothing but old pics from Disneyland's past. My personal favorite is Videblog, which posts pictures from the 80's and early 90's, the park of my childhood.

Yeah, I'm still a little bitter about the whole job thing, but Disneyland will always be a special place for me. Even though it is constantly changing, it still has a timeless aspect to it. I can still go there and sit on a bench near the castle and remember the time I sat on that very bench with my dad and my brother. I can stand in line for Space Mountain and remember the first time I got to ride it when I was 4. Call me nostalgic, but I guess I'm just a sucker for that stuff.

posted by | 09/25/06| 01:07:49 pm| Disneyland| Leave a comment »


Wow, I had the most horrible night ever at Disneyland. I got yelled at, I nearly got attacked, and much more. I can't exactly go into it quite yet. But to give you an idea of what it was like, I'll tell you that I'm going in with Chris on Thursday to see about getting a job at his security company. It pays the same, offers benefits, and guaranteed hours. There's also advancement opportunities. And I won't have to deal with the b.s. I deal with on a daily basis. So yeah, things are kind of stressful right now.

posted by | 08/22/06| 02:07:08 am| Rants and Raves, Disneyland| 1 comment »

Good Day

I originally had today off, but my friend Janelle traded me her shift today so I could have Thursday night off to go to the Kevin Smith/Richard Kelly signing event and go see Pirates. I'm very excited for both. Today I worked as a lead at the Downtown Disney Monorail station. It was pretty laid back over there. It hasn't been quite as hot as it was last week so that was good too. After work I met up with Justin and Matt in the park. We went on Pirates in only about 20 minutes, so it appears the lines are finally starting to be under control. We also went on Haunted Mansion to check out the new effect in the Seance room. It's a little difficult to find, but it looks really cool. Then we ate at the French Market and watched the fireworks while we ate. I've seen that show at least 150 times and I still get a kick out of it. I will be sad to see it go in a few months.

Things just kept getting better when I got home to find that the washer and dryer I purchased on BUBBS on Saturday was hooked up and working. I'm almost done with all the laundry I had piled up! Duncan, Chris, Janelle and I all watched Almost Famous since they had never seen it and it's one of my faves. I will now go to sleep a happy guy, ready to handle the throngs of people that will flood Disneyland tomorrow during my 8 hour shift. At least I get holiday pay.

posted by | 07/04/06| 04:48:05 am| Movies, Random, Disneyland| Leave a comment »

I was wrong....

The lines for Pirates have been insane (3+ hours!) and show no signs of slowing any time soon. Not to mention that since they have the attraction cranked to the max, it's been going down at least a few times a day. If you're not super desperate to see it, my best advice is to wait at least a few weeks, if not until after Labor Day. And if you must go, come when the park opens. They've actually been doing the rope drop ten minutes earlier to allow people to queue up for Pirates. There's also a new addition to the Haunted Mansion seance scene. I haven't seen it yet but I heard it's pretty neat. If it's as good as the new scene in the attic, it should be worth checking out.

posted by | 07/01/06| 04:11:19 am| Disneyland| 2 comments »

Amibiguously Gay Pirate?

The Disney Blog: Captain Jack and the Cabin Boy Rumors

Depp says he was intrigued by a scholarly work titled "Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition." "I liked the idea of [Jack] being ambiguous," he tells Mark Binelli in the new summer double issue of Rolling Stone. "Because women were thought to be bad luck on ships. And these pirates would go out for years at a time. So, you know, there is a possibility that one thing might lead to another. You're lonely. You have an extra ration of rum. 'Cabin boy!'"

Makes sense to me. But does this mean Keith Richards might be bi as well? :D

posted by | 06/30/06| 03:50:50 am| Movies, Disneyland| Leave a comment »

Jack Sparrow Animatronic Pics

The Sparrow has Landed! Scenes from the ride/film premiere -

These are definitely the best pics of the new Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbosa audio animatronic figures I've seen. Check them out if you want to be spoiled!

posted by | 06/26/06| 08:51:18 pm| Disneyland| Leave a comment »

A Pirate's Life For Me

So I got to go on Pirates of the Caribbean tonight after my shift. It was great. I won't spoil anything, but I will say that the new special effects are amazing, the new animatronics look great, the chase scenes ARE back (but in a new way), the new music is cool, and everything that you love about the attraction is pretty much still there (with a digital soundtrack to boot!).

I still don't understand the naysayers who say things like "Walt wouldn't do this, blah blah blah." Walt made more changes, additions, and updates in the 10+ years he ran the park than were made in the entire remaining 40 years. My favorite quote of his goes something like, "As long as there is imagination left in the world, Disneyland will always be changing..." Walt personally added multiple scenes to pet attractions of his such as the Jungle Cruise and the Disneyland Railroad. I didn't hear anyone complaining about the updates to the Jungle Cruise they made this year, and that attraction has been around since the park opened. Not to mention the cool new scenes in The Haunted Mansion that just opened. I seriously think that the bulk of the naysayers will be silenced once they get on the ride.

For those folks out there wanting to ride on Monday when it opens to the public, either get there at the crack of dawn or get ready to wait. The lines will probably be insane for a few days and then they should start calming down. Thankfully Pirates is a true "people eating" attraction so even when it's super busy I think the lines won't be too out of control once the hype dies down a little bit. The best times I've witnessed to ride are usually during Fantasmic and during the Fireworks. Oh, and I would highly discourage any of you Annual Passholders from coming to the park this Saturday. We're hosting the World Premiere of the new movie and the park is closing at 5 PM. The park will be full of angry tourists and autograph hounds. There's your little Disneyland tip of the day. On that note, I'm off to bed!

posted by | 06/23/06| 02:33:54 am| Disneyland| Leave a comment »

First Day

I had my first day of on-the-job lead training today. I woke up at 4 AM. Chris dropped me off at Disneyland at 4:50 (more on that later). My shift started at 5:30. Despite how freaking early it was and the fact that I am NOT a morning person, I had a blast. I also think I did a pretty darn good job. Things didn't get too crazy so that was good. We'll see how I do on the weekend and at closing.

In bad news it turns out I have a bad transmission fluid leak on my car. It all happened because I ran over a stupid plastic bag. Seriously. A freaking plastic bag. I don't know the damages yet but it might result in the postponing of Operation Bachelor Pad. Here's hoping it doesn't end up being so bad. I don't have to work again until 10:30 PM tomorrow (my 4th Grad Nite) so I got that going for me, which is nice.

posted by | 05/31/06| 05:09:02 pm| Disneyland| Leave a comment »

Keeping Busy

What's going on with me? Let's see...

  • I've survived three Grad Nites. Just a few more to go.
  • My lead training starts Tuesday! I'm excited but a tad nervous.
  • We're going to start looking for apartments on Monday. This one looks very promising. Hopefully they will have a three bedroom available.
  • My brother is coming to visit the weekend of my birthday!
  • I got the week off I wanted in September. I will most likely be traveling out to Missouri then.
  • I made it to level 25 in World of Warcraft. Chris just got the game last week and has almost caught up to me. That's insane.
  • After listening to Chris and I talk about WoW all the time, Duncan has decided to renew his account. Our apartment has officially become the nerdiest bachelor pad of all time and we haven't even moved in yet.

I'm off to work. I actually have Memorial Day off, which is the first holiday I haven't had to work ever. So yay for that.

posted by | 05/28/06| 05:23:51 pm| Random, I'm a Big Geek, Disneyland| 1 comment »

What's Going On

We survived our Disneyland outing yesterday. Barely. I'm really digging my pretty much new PC. WoW never looked so beautiful. I got Chris sucked into the game and he's trying to catch up to my level so we can quest together. I love how Blizzard has turned WoW players into crack dealers by including a 10-Day guest pass with every copy of the game to give to a friend. That's how I got hooked. "Here, try it out. The first taste is free!" I've got Grad Nite again tomorrow and then I'll be starting my lead training. Hopefully by this time next month I'll be in a new place with Chris and Duncan. I also found out that my brother is coming to visit me for my birthday. I haven't seen the guy in a year, so that should be pretty darn sweet. Hope everyone out there has a happy hump day!

posted by | 05/24/06| 07:54:14 pm| I Love Video Games, I'm a Big Geek, Disneyland| Leave a comment »

Happy Dance!

I got the job! I am now a Ticket Taker Lead. I'll probably start my training sometime next week or the week after that. Hopefully in the next month or so I'll be moving in to my own place. My friends Chris and Duncan are going to live with me. It should be pretty darn sweet. Thanks for all the encouragement and good vibes. If it wasn't for the support of friends, I know I would have given up by now. You guys rock.

posted by | 05/20/06| 04:39:51 pm| Disneyland| 9 comments »

Grad Nite

I did my first Grad Nite last night. It was pretty darn fun actually. I only had to work until 3 AM though so it wasn't too bad. The only problem was that this Grad Nite wasn't even close to the attendence of every other one to come. It consisted of schools from out of town and out of state and there were only about 2,000 people in the park. We are expecting upwards of 25,000 for our bigger nights. I walked around the park a bit and I have never seen it so empty, even during other private parties. It was pretty darn cool. In case you are wondering, I still haven't heard about the lead position. I was told hopefully sometime this weekend, so here's hoping.

posted by | 05/12/06| 03:54:55 pm| Disneyland| 5 comments »

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