Archive | February, 2014

WATCH: Seven Dwarves Mine Ride

24 Feb

The final piece of the New Fantasyland puzzle appears to be in place.

Disney parks released this new on-ride video of the Snow White and Seven Dwarves mine ride, which has been in construction since late 2012.

What viewers might not be able to fully appreciate from the video about this attraction is how completely silent it is. No clanking track, no gears churning. It’s as silent as a sleeping bat in a diamond cavern.

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The completion date is “officially” May 2014. It was originally rumored to be completed before Christmas 2013; however, construction didn’t make that (unofficial) deadline.

Imagineers announced the attraction during 2011’s D23 Expo, almost as an afterthought to the existing Fantasyland expansion plans.

Personally, I’m ready for this thing to be finished. It will (hopefully) alleviate some Guest congestion on the Mountains – Space, Big Thunder, and Splash – by giving Guests another “thrill” attraction.

Plus, the previous Snow White attraction was absolutely terrifying… Princess Fairytale Hall now stands in its former place.

How to Procrastinate – Disney Style

23 Feb

Procrastination, it happens. You can be the brightest honors student around, but you’re still not going to finish a 10-page paper on the Cold War until four hours before it’s due.

When you first get an assignment, there’s plenty of time to push off your work. It’s sunny outside! Go play! You’re only soaking up the moment.
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As the deadline slowly creeps up, you decide to at least outline your work to feel like you’ve done something.

But, alas! How can anyone work in the filth known as your room?! Did that pile of clothes just move?

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One simply cannot prepare academic excellence in a pig sty! You pull out your vacuum, duster, rags, mops, floor wax, a mask and gloves.

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You, however, can’t be expected to clean in silence. You spend another two hours creating the greatest cleaning playlist Spotify has ever seen.

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As you huff and puff cleaning your room, you notice how out of shape you are. This inspires you to throw on a pair of running shorts and sneakers and train like an Olympian.

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Don’t tell your parents about your procrastinating crisis. They’ll tell you to suck it up and get it done.

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Finally, you decide to chain yourself to the desk and get it done. You WILL do this. You ARE brilliant.

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The clock is almost midnight. Your flanges practically fly off your hand from churning out the words.

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You’ve been up for 28 hours without sleep. An IV with coffee never sounded better.

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Just a few…more…woooorrrrdssss…

You made it!

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Breathlessly, you collapse onto your bed and finally get a solid three hours of sleep.

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I will never, ever, ever, ever do that again, you swear to yourself… Until next week’s philosophy paper is due.

Note: The author of this post is in no way, shape, or form procrastinating on a history paper due this Thursday. Not at all.

A Whole New Broadway World

19 Feb

First came The Lion King on Broadway. Since then, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Newsies, and even Tarzan have headed from big screen to stage. And coming in just 6 DAYS, Aladdin will join their ranks.

It’s not easy taking one of Disney’s highest grossing films and adapting it for the stage, especially since the film in question includes a monkey, anthropomorphic carpet, and shape-shifting Genie.

So, what can theater goers expect from Aladdin the Musical? For one, a distinct absence of two furry companions. That’s right: no Abu or Raja. (Cue the collective “Awww darn”) Their characters are supplemented by three new characters – Babkak, Kassim, and Omar – who were originally in the film script, but got scrapped during production.

Second, the Genie won’t be able to shapeshift… And he won’t be blue.

He will, however, still be hilarious.

Third, familiar faces abound in the cast. Adam Jacobs, who stars as the titular thief-turned-prince, recently played Simba in The Lion King.

Most exciting is this: the ACTUAL VOICE OF JAFAR (Jonathan Freeman) IS PLAYING HIM IN THE MUSICAL. Just let that sink in, because that rarely ever happens.

This adaptation will include songs like “Proud of Your Boy” (covered by Clay Aiken for an Aladdin anniversary edition) that never made it to the final cut of the film, plus brand new music composed by Alan Menken. (Who else is even worthy?)

Here’s a clip of Adam singing “Proud of Your Boy” from the Seattle workshops:

Judging by the clips, photographs, and general secrecy surrounding the musical, this is one adaptation you won’t want to miss.

Aladdin hits previews next week.

Ratatouille land coming to Disneyland Paris

12 Feb

This summer, Disneyland Paris will get even more French.

Disney announced a Remy-inspired ride to be revealed in Disneyland Paris’s Walt Disney Studios park. The attraction sets out to retell the Pixar story, shrinking Guests down to the size of its rodent hero.

In the style of Epcot’s The Seas with Nemo and Friends, the ride Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy will be attached to a small-scale restaurant called Bistrot Chez Remy. On the menu? What else but the finest of traditional French cuisine, including Remy and Linguini’s signature ratatouille.

As Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald explains in the video below, Imagineers worked for nearly 5 years on perfecting the concept, story design, and mechanisms used to run the attraction, working closely with Ratatouille‘s director Brad Bird. (Note: If you don’t speak fluent French, just fastforward to 2:00 in the clip.)

The ride will run on a trackless system, a relatively new innovation to attractions which debuted in 2000 with Pooh’s Hunny Hunt in Tokyo Disneyland. Only a handfull of rides use this Local Positioning System technology, and none of them are found within the United States. Aquatopia in Tokyo DisneySea and the recently finished Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland are the other two.

Ratatouille land will probably not be as expansive as its neighboring Toon Town Pixar section, but it will be just as intricately crafted. Bon appetit!

Top 10 Romantic Disney Moments

10 Feb

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here’s The Disney Life’s list for essential Disney moments. Have the tissues ready.

10. Tony’s Restaurant and Bella Notte – Lady and the Tramp

Tony’s seems like the best first date ever.

9. Can you feel the love tonight? – The Lion King

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like Elton John.

8. Kiss the Girl – The Little Mermaid

Shalalala, Eric missed his chance, he even did the dance, but he eventually saved the girl…

7. The magic carpet ride – Aladdin

“Do you trust me?” Pfft, yes.

6. Wall-E and EVE

Who knew floating in space via fire extinguisher could be so romantic?

5. The floating lanterns – Tangled

“And the thing is, I’m not scared anymore, you know what I mean?” “I’m starting to.” *swoooon*

4. The ballroom scene – Beauty and the Beast

I just can’t.

3. Ray and Evangeline – Princess and the Frog

(Tears start welling up) He finally got to be with his true love.

2. Paperman short film

This Disney short film debuted before Wreck-It Ralph. As great as Ralph was, it doesn’t trump the simplicity of Paperman.

1. Carl and Ellie’s montage – UP

*Sobbing hysterically*

PUSH the Talking Trashcan gets dumped

9 Feb

It’s official: Push the Talking Trashcan will no longer be keeping the streets of Tomorrowland clean.

Tomorrowland Cast Members are reporting a distinct lack in talking blue cans upon arrive to work today.

Tell-A-Casts, informational pamphlets used in assisting Guests, no longer list Push as an event for Tomorrowland. Magic Kingdom times guides also removed the trashcan from appearances.

No word from the company as to when or if Push will return to Tomorrowland.

According to InsidetheMagic, rumors surrounding Push’s fate centered on a contract dispute between Disney entertainment and the man who controls the trashcan.

A Facebook group called “Save PUSH the talking Trash Can” attempted to keep the personality in Tomorrowland, garnering 6,700 likes in a matter of 48 hours.

Will Push the Talking Trashcan get the clean sweep out of Tomorrowland?

6 Feb

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Fans of Push, WDW Tomorrowland’s finest talking trashcan, might not see the receptacle roam around for much longer.

Push, who has done everything from facilitate proposals to sing karaoke with Guests, became a staple for each Disney park, beginning with Walt Disney World in 1995 and making his way to international stardom.

Rumors surrounding Push’s fate center on a potential contract dispute between Disney entertainment and the man who controls Push, according to InsidetheMagic.

A Facebook group called “Save PUSH the talking Trash Can” sprung up overnight, currently at 3,000 members and growing. There was initial speculation on the page as to the site’s legitimacy and verity of Push’s possible disappearance.

However, the page encourages Guests and Cast Members to post pictures of themselves with the trashcan wonder, adding #SavePUSH to garner more support.

Let’s hope Disney can settle this dispute quickly and save Push from ending up in the garbage himself.

Not familiar with Push? Check out the videos below for a glimpse of Push’s greatest moments.