Mount Rushmore of Disney World

The Disney company is always willing to exploit old characters in new mediums, so it’s a surprise to learn that of all the characters and personalities on property, only four are actually duplicated as Animatronic figures in different attractions. I’m talking strictly animatronics here.  For instance, Nemo appears in several attractions, but only as a […]

Muppet Lockers

The Stage 1 Company Store near the exit to MuppetVision is riddled with gags and in-jokes, just like the 3D theater.  But oftentimes it’s easy to overlook some of the nice touches hidden in the clutter. For instance, as you enter through the door pictured on the left, you pass through what is ostensibly a […]

Adventureland Veranda Uncovered

Crowds have been extremely high this holiday season, and one of the byproducts of the crushing masses is that Disney will occasionally get desperate enough to open up areas that were previously off-limits.  By sheer chance, I had the opportunity to set foot in one of the Magic Kingdom’s oldest and most dormant spaces yesterday.As […]

Jurassic Parks

Universal Studios may own the naming rights to Jurassic Park, but Walt Disney World has always been dinosaur friendly.  Did you know that all four theme parks have full-sized dinosaurs on display somewhere inside their gates? Animal Kingdom has the obvious ones.  And Epcot should also be easy.  The Studios may take you a moment, […]

Star Tours Canonical Conundrum

Star Tours is one of those rare Disney attractions based on a property owned by someone else.  George Lucas officially sanctioned the ride, with this level of detail, there’s no doubt the Lucasfilm archives were opened to the Imagineers for reference.  Costumes were scrutinized, props were painstakingly recreated, and original actors like Anthony Daniels were […]

Hands-On Animation

Almost everyone who passes through the gates at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is familiar with the celebrity hands-in-cement that grace the courtyard of the Chinese Theater, right at the entrance to the Great Movie Ride.  But most guests don’t know that there is another courtyard honoring some of the greatest actors in movie history.  This courtyard […]