The Most Feared Carnivore in the Park

Forget that tubby Carnotaurus, with his cherry Kool-Aid skin and asymetrical horns.  He’s just a school-yard bully with stubby little arms.  No, how’d you like to have this bad boy coming straight at you: Yes, this velociraptor has been happily on the loose since Opening Day, roaming around an enchanting little garden, just waiting for […]

Before Disneyland Had Yellow Submarines

I’m wanting to do some kind of 2009 wrap-up here, but I couldn’t let a golden opportunity pass by, to pay tribute to a bit of history.  Well, actually I guess I could let it pass by, since I’m now 4 days after the anniversary.  But at any rate, you may not know that the […]

Mr. Catfish Gets His Due

Once a lonely character actor toiling away in relative obscurity, this onstage performer at Animal Kingdom has recently received some eye-opening attention that may finally allow him to break free from small time notices in parkeological blogs and enter the mainstream. Known formerly (to me) as Mr. Catfish, this performer has been a fixture of […]

Who Needs American Idol?

The original Disney MGM Studios had a location to showcase guests’ musical performance skills long before Ryan Seacrest showed up, and I’m not talking about SuperStar Television.  It was a shop of sorts, very similar to those photo booths where they will green screen your head onto a movie poster.  Only in this case, you […]

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 […]