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What do you get when you combine Disneyland's "it's a small world" with Sleeping Beauty Castle?
They say that a man's home is his castle. Well, tonight, my castle is under siege. The wind field associated with Hurricane Sandy has already made its way up to New Hampshire, sending wind gusts of 50 - 55 MPH whistling through the trees. Which means that Nancy and I have already experienced a number...
29 Oct 2012
Updated edition of "Building a Dream" covers even more of Disney's world
Wow. Has it really been 15+ years since Beth Dunlop wrote " Building a Dream: The Art of Disney Architecture " ? Obviously Disney's world has gotten a whole lot bigger since 1996. Which is why I think it's terrific that Disney Editions recently decided to revisit Dunlop's book....
10 Jan 2012
Pruning Carnation Plaza Gardens makes room for future growth at Disneyland
As any good gardener will tell you, Fall is a great time to prune. Why For? Because once the leaves are off the tree, you can actually see what you're doing. More to the point, flowering plants that are pruned back in the autumn usually experience vigorous regrowth the following spring. Photo by...
18 Sep 2011
How a Toon Elevator helped Mickey Mouse learn how to talk
By now, you’ve no doubt seen those online videos that made many a theme park fan go gaga. Where a few lucky Guests – as they were making a stop at Mickey’s House at Disneyland earlier this week – suddenly found themselves face-to-face with a NextGen walkaround character. A Mickey Mouse who not only addressed...
7 May 2010
Cars Land construction continues, Golden Vine Winery to close in January
Greetings from the 11 th floor of the Sheraton right across the Disneyland Resort. Which offers this view of Disney’s California Adventure. Photo by Angela Ragno Yep, the hotel room that Angela & I have been using as our base of operations at the D23 EXPO features a primo view of all 10 acres of...
14 Sep 2009
Does WDI plan on gagging our next Commander-in-Chief as part of the 2009 redo of WDW's "Hall of Presidents" ?
While some of us are obsessing about the impact that today's primaries may have on the upcoming presidential race ... The Imagineers are already looking ahead. Nine months ahead, to be exact. To that period immediately after the U.S. has selected its next Commander-in-Chief. Which means that it will...
3 Mar 2008
What a doll ! Remembering Joyce Carlson (1923 - 2008)
The world got a little smaller this past Tuesday with the passing of Disney Legend Joyce Carlson . And -- no -- I'm not just saying that because this veteran Imagineer worked on six different versions of "it's a small world." With Joyce not only helping to create the original version of this much beloved...
3 Jan 2008
A PC Haunted Mansion ?! Now that's scary
Forget about "Grim Grinning Ghosts." Get ready for "Prim, we-don't-mean-to-offend-anyone Ghosts." That's the word coming out of Glendale these days. Reportedly in response to guest complaints about goofy but ghoulish lines like "Drag your wretched bodies to the dead center of the room," the Imagineers...
2 Jan 2008
Planning on dining at any of WDW's buffets during the coming holiday season ? Then Ho-ho-ho ! Get ready to give Mickey more of your dough
It has not been a fun week for Disneyana fans who enjoy putting on the feed bag. First came word out of Anaheim that because some portly passengers have been causing "The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed" (i.e. Disneyland 's " it's a small world " attraction) to regularly run aground, the Imagineers...
12 Nov 2007
WDI's X-Scream Makeover of WDW's Haunted Mansion: Part 4
Picking up where we left off ... By now, I'm sure that you've all heard about the neat effect that's just been installed in Walt Disney World 's version of the The Haunted Mansion . Where Madam Leota's head now magically floats above the table, calling " ... in the spirits, wherever they're at." Of course...
24 Oct 2007
A special "How suite it is !" edition of Why For
First up, Courtney writes in to say: Over at wdwnewstoday.com , there was a big announcement about a Little Mermaid ride in Anaheim. They also said that one would be coming soon to the World. Jim, does this announcement hold water? Dear Courtney -- Ah, yes. The billion-dollar-makeover-of-DCA story. Yeah...
18 Oct 2007
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