Monday, April 27, 2009

Book Update

Murder in the Magic Kingdom by Foreman Heard showed up unsolicited last week. I don't have much information about the author, though.
Security guard Mark Adams on early morning rounds discovers a body floating in the moat of the castle at the "Happiest Theme Park On Earth." The police believe it is an accident, but Mark follows the suspicious behavior several company employees, and discovers a connection to a major crime figure. His investigation provides him with information that could change his life forever.
Apparently, the book comes highly recommended:
"This is no mouse tale. I loved every minute." M.M.
"I was quacking up when I read it." D.D.
"A fantasy from beginning to end." W.D.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Way Back!

We have another shot from our 1985 Way Back series. It looks like we are in time to catch a showing of Wonders of China.

As important to the Chinese as nature and serenity is their Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, which stands majestically as the focal point of the showcase. Through this lovely, three-tiered temple we enter a theater where the Circle-Vision 360 film "Wonders of China: Land of Beauty, Land of Time" is shown. It is narrated by Li Bai, an ancient poet who guides the audience through China's history, culture and breathtaking scenery. In just twenty minutes, we experience the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Mongolia, the Summer Palace and the Yangtze River, to name only a few sights. Unlocking the beauties and mysteries of China to create awe-inspiring film was not an easy task. Some areas of China were so difficult to reach that equipment had to be brought in on camelback. At one location, a 300-pound camera had to be hand-carried up 16,700 steps.
Walt Disney World, 20 Magical Years, pp 111-112.
Wonders of China ran from 1982 to 2003. It was replaced by film Reflections of China in 2003.

You can read my review of Walt Disney World, 20 Magical Years here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Book Update!

My review copies of Drawn To Life came in today.
They look fantastic--especially if you have an interest in animation or Disney Studio history. Any animation student will benefit from these titles.