There are two giant ruins in Walt Disney World, coincidentally very close to each other. River Country is over on the shores, a lost water park that closed a good many years ago. But even older is the once-civilized island in the middle of Bay Lake, now a land that time forgot, ripe for a […]
These Fifes Sure are Tasty
Hidden away in a secluded area behind Liberty Square is the ruin of a small venue known as the Fife and Drum Snack Bar. It closed shop right around the time the Constitution was ratified, and once sold refreshing beverages to parched Liberty Square guests who didn’t know that the Hall of Presidents had air […]
Kurt Russell Pwns Eric Idle
I mean this is no contest, right? If it was Russell vs Idle in a celebrity death cage match, you go with the guy who played Snake Plissken and Wyatt Earp, not Monty Python’s Sir Robin. And when you have a train wreck like the current incarnation of Journey Into Imagination, you want the guy […]
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 […]
Animal Kingdom Paroon Shark Catfish Finally Gets His Due
The Animal Kingdom Paroon shark catfish is often overlooked in his little channel near the Tree of Life. It’s time we gave him some love.
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 […]
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 […]