August 19th, 2014
For the month of August, Disneyland has a series of special adventures available in (coincidentally) Adventureland. Guests wishing to participate in these adventures make their way to the Adventure Trading Company, identified by these signs:
There, guests are able to learn more about available adventures and purchase equipment and information necessary for their completion (limited availability, while supplies last, no discounts, no returns, proceed at your own risk).
The month is almost over, so for the next few days we will be sharing details of each of the adventures as well as the secrets needed to complete it without having to go to all the trouble to actually do the activities you paid to do.
See you tomorrow!
August 18th, 2014
Disneyland is always trying out new technology to enhance the guest experience. Today, as part of the ramp up to next year’s 60th anniversary celebration, Disneyland placed a few of their new “3Disneytm” objects in the park.
Select guests were given pairs of 3D glasses (the old-fashioned ones with different colored lenses) that they could use to view certain “3Disnifiedtm” objects, such as one of the Main Street cannons, seen here:
It’s impossible to recreate this effect online, but trust us when we say that when you look at the cannon through the glasses it appears to be in real, honest-to-goodness 3D, just like in the movies!
Our favorite test of this new technology was, of course, animatronic Lincoln. Too bad that they don’t allow photographs in there!
August 11th, 2014
Aladdin: What would you wish for?
Genie: Me? No one’s ever asked me that before. Well, in my case — oh, forget it.
Genie: No, I can’t. I–
Aladdin: Come on, tell me.
Genie: [sigh] Freedom.
(We miss you, Robin, and hope you’re finally free.)
August 6th, 2014
Tomorrow, Disney California Adventure’s Turtle Talk with Crush attraction will be closed for a two-week refurbishment. The attraction will reopen August 21 with a completely new show, Tree Talk with Groot. According to a park spokesperson who spoke to us on the condition that we remain anonymous:
Tree Talk with Groot will bring the famous Guardians of the Galaxy character to life through interactive real-time cartoonography. Guests will be able to ask Groot questions about his friends, 1970s dance music, techniques for mass annihilation of enemies, the morality of whittling, or anything else they like!
Very little change is needed to convert the theater from a Crush to a Groot theme. In fact, the bulk of the attraction’s down time is not due to construction, but due to the large amount of time needed for the cast member portraying Groot to memorize the character’s extensive dialogue.
August 5th, 2014
Disney Head Honcho Bob “Robert” Iger made a number of announcements to investors and the press today. Among the highlights:
- Disney will be adapting the novel The Wrinkle in Time into a feature film, tentatively titled Wrinkled.
- Disney Interactive had substantial earnings, thanks in part to the success of Frozen-themed game ap “Flappy Snowbird.”
- The presence of Start Wars will be increased in the parks. Specifically, “You’ll see some big changes in the ‘it’s a small world holiday’ overlay now that Disney owns the rights to The Star Wars Holiday Special.”
- When asked how Harrison Ford’s injury will impact the release of the new Star Wars film, Iger revealed that production is on track, after a lengthy parkour-style chase/combat scene (with Ford doing his own stunts) was replaced by a scene of the villain appearing and Han Solo just shooting him. To placate uber-fans, the villain has been recast as a Rodian.
- It’s official: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been cancelled. Its time slot will be filled by Marvel’s Agents of HYDRA.
- It is predicted that the MyMagic+ program will finally turn a profit next quarter, when all remaining bands and infrastructure are sold for scrap.
- Anticipating a resurgence in demand based on the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney has placed orders for hundreds of thousands of its once-massively popular raccoon-skin caps.
- When asked why there was no Pixar film released this year, Iger explained that “We forgot.”
- A reporter asked if Disney feels the need to take over cable channels through mergers and acquisitions. It was made clear that Disney “feels the need to take over everything.”
August 4th, 2014
Earth music from the 1970s plays an important part in Guardians of the Galaxy. Throughout the film, Star-Lord (not his real name) plays music from a cassette tape given to him by his mother, titled “Awesome Mix Vol. 1.” (To be clear, this is the title of the tape, not Star-Lord’s mother.)
As a tie-in with the movie, Disney released a CD version of Awesome Mix Vol. 1, so that fans of the movie could recreate the experience of dancing to classic popular music while their girlfriends look at them like they’ve lost their mind. Unfortunately, the CD includes the Jackson 5 track “I Want You Back,” causing an uproar among fans.
A person with a rash from sitting too long at the computer and too much time on his hands explains:
In the film, which surely must serve as cannon for this issue, the Jackson 5 song “I Want You Back” is clearly seen as being part of Awesome Mix Vol. 2, not Vol. 1. It makes no logical sense for the mother of Peter Quill (his real name) to have put the song on both tapes, even if she really liked it, even though she had cancer. Also, did you notice that Quill’s mother was also in Captain America? That’s part of a whole sub plot that’s really obvious so I’m sure you don’t need me to go into details, but I will if you really need me to.
For the record, the official Awesome Mix Vol. 1 track listing is as follows:
- I Don’t Like Mondays (Boomtown Rats)
- In the Navy (Village People)
- You’re the One That I Want (Travolta/Newton-John)
- Kung Fu Fighting (Carl Douglas)
- School’s Out (Alice Cooper)
- Sugar, Sugar (The Archies)
- It’s a Sunshine Day (The Brady Bunch)
- Cold as Ice (Foreigner)
- I’m Alive (Electric Light Orchestra)
- Funky Town (Lipp’s Inc.)
- The Night Chicago Died (Paper Lace)
- Disco Inferno (The Trammps)
- The Hustle (Van McCoy)
- The Loco-Motion (Grand Funk Railroad)
August 4th, 2014
Over the weekend, Disney held a special private screening of their new hit film Guardians of the Galaxy in the London Zoo’s raccoon habitat. Said an unlikely representative of the film’s producer Kevin Feige:
We did most of our filming in London, and we thought it only right that we screen the film for the wonderful, intelligent rodents who inspired one of the film’s standout characters, Rocket Raccoon.
For security and anti-piracy reasons, no humans were invited to either this screening or to a second private screening held in California for a stand of ancient redwoods.
A third screening was held for one of Rocket’s creator, Bill Mantlo, who is currently hospitalized.
Said a representative of the production company:
We thought that would be nice, too.
July 17th, 2014
In honor of its 59th birthday today, Disneyland got itself a “Happy Birthday Disneyland” button at City Hall and wore it proudly. One entertaining side effect of this was that for the whole day cast members who noticed the button referred to Disneyland by name.
June 28th, 2014
The folks over at Texts From Superheroes use some kind of secret proprietary technology to intercept text message conversations between super-powered, supernatural, legendary, or otherwise notably heroic or villainic individuals. We were pleased to learn that they had stumbled across a conversation between Disney-fan favorites the Rocketeer and Captain America. They were fabulous enough to allow us to reproduce it here:
Fascinating! Now if they can just catch the Falcon chatting with Condorman (or maybe Darkwing Duck and Howard the Duck), we’d really have something!
June 27th, 2014
We are fully in book publicity mode at the moment, but are taking some time off from busily not writing anything for the blog to let you know about a Kickstarter project for a new Disney-related book from some person whose blog we read but otherwise know nothing about, including secret details that only a committed stalker would know, because we don’t and perhaps wouldn’t want to.
The proposed book is called The Progress City Primer (see it on Kickstarter), and will contain none of the following:
- An explanation of how Walt Disney could get people to lose weight with just one weird old trick.
- Details of Disneyland’s never-build Monsanto Hall of Colonoscopies.
- A biographical exploration of little-known Disney employees who somewhat aspired to be Imagineers but weren’t.
- The secret history of Walt Disney World that they didn’t want you to hear! (Including juicy details of the never-built Condorman vs. Rocketeer Battle Coaster, the truth behind what happened to Animal Kingdom’s dragons, and why Avatar is way cooler than some dumb old wizard kid.)
- A central 3D pop-up-book-style full-size recreation of Walt Disney’s original Epcot Center concept model.
- An envelope full of cash (mostly twenties).
The author promises that the book will be hundreds of information-packed pages deep, contain photographs that will look wrong if viewed through a stereoscope, and be crammed with essays that have been added to, updated, or rewritten, often to the point that they have actually been replaced by completely new essays. He will also sign books if requested, or leave them blank so you can sign them yourself.
We don’t make any money off of the sales of this book, but we’re happily promoting it as part of the Disney fan community and in the hope that it will make the author feel guilty enough that he will post a link to That’s NOT At Disneyland! (currently 30% off) on his blog. Or something.