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Knott's Berry Farm looks to enhance log ride while still preserving what makes Timber Mountain so popular with theme park visitors
Discovery Babe wrote in this weekend to ask: In Friday's Tony Baxter story , you touched on the Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm . Since this is my favorite non-Disney theme park attraction, I was wondering if you had any information about what is currently being done to this flume...
4 Feb 2013
The Kingdom Keepers enter dangerous waters in Ridley Pearson's "Shell Game"
Do you remember how -- back in the Summer of 2000, just after " Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire " was published stateside -- some people began grumbling about the direction J.K. Rowling had taken with her best-selling series of books? Among the complaints that you typically heard back then...
4 Apr 2012
"The Alchemy of Animation" takes a look inside the modern Mouse Factory
As I watched last night's debate, I was reminded of that old joke : "People who like sausage and appreciate politics shouldn't watch either one being made." Mind you, those of us who have been following " Bolt " 's production have sometimes wondered if -- just like with politics & sausage -- it might...
8 Oct 2008
Suffering from "Pirates" withdrawal? Then treat yourself to a peek at "The Secret Files of the East India Trading Company"
It's okay. You can admit it. As the camera pulled back at the end of " Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End ," leaving Captain Jack Sparrow just as we'd found him at the start of " The Curse of the Black Pearl " (i.e alone in a small boat in the middle of this empty huge sea), you felt a little blue...
11 Dec 2007
"The Disney Mountains: Imagineering at Its Peak" will be a tiptop addition to any Disneyana fan's library
Given that the Disney theme parks are now home to a plethora of peaks (i.e. The Matterhorn , Space Mountain , Big Thunder Mountain , Splash Mountain , Mt. Mayday , Summit Plummit , Grizzly Peak , Mt. Prometheus and Forbidden Mountain ), it may seem somewhat bizarre to hear that there was actually a time...
18 Sep 2007
"Walt Disney's Legends of Imagineering" looks to be worth the wait
Are you familiar with the old adage that "Good things come to those who wait"? Well, Disneyana fans have been waiting a long time for " Walt Disney's Legends of Imagineering and the Genesis of the Disney Theme Park ." And a lot of folks are now wondering why it's taking so long for this Disney Editions...
11 Sep 2007
Has "At World's End" got you at wit's end ? Then pick up a copy of "The Pirates Guidelines" and unravel the secrets of Disney's POTC trilogy
" Pirates of the Caribbean : At World's End " is many things. The highly anticipated conclusion to Disney's "Pirates" trilogy. One of the highest grossing films of the year (Earning over 3/4rs of a billion dollars worldwide in the past three weeks). Not to mention being a merchandising bonanza for the...
12 Jun 2007
"The Art of the Pirates of the Caribbean" pays tribute to this film trilogy's talented production design team
It's one thing for Disney Studio executives to decide to base a motion picture on the " Pirates of the Caribbean " theme park ride. It's quite another to take that bare-bones idea and then turn it something truly special. A series of films that people the world over could then enthusiastically embrace...
29 May 2007
Monday Mouse Watch : Meet the Pirate Lords from "At World's End"
I said it in the sub header for today's article. And I'll say it again here: If you don't want certain aspects of " Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End " spoiled for you, please exit this article NOW . Because I'm about to got into great detail about a particularly cool sequence from this Gore Verbinski...
13 May 2007
Monday Mouse Watch: Is Gore Verbinski looking to bail on "Pirates 4" ?
First the good news: The rumors that you've hearing are true. Johnny Depp actually has told the folk at Walt Disney Studios that he'd be willing to reprise the role of Capt. Jack Sparrow. Which is why the Mouse has already tentatively made plans to shoot "Pirates 4" in 2009. With the hope that this film...
7 May 2007
Walt Disney Pictures plans cheesy promotional stunt for "Ratatouille"
In a little more than three months time, Pixar 's next big release, " Ratatouille " will be rolling into theaters. And -- to date -- Walt Disney Pictures ' promotional department has done everything that they can in order to get the word out about this Brad Bird film. This includes creating a teaser...
26 Mar 2007
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