Friday, May 28, 2010

Geek-End Update, Saturday, May 29, 2010

Progress City Archives Cornucopia:
Michael's Internet was down most of this week and he wasn't able to post anything. We sifted through his archives to provide a few articles that you may have missed over the past few years

The Next Sweatbox is coming! Check out 2719 Hyperion for more details.

    Thursday, May 27, 2010

    “I never get involved in politics.”

    Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderlandis being released on June 1, 2010. We watched our preview copy this weekend (since we didn't get the chance to see it in the theater). I wasn't prepared for so much of the movie to be done in CGI, but I expected Tim Burton to create truly lush and gorgeous environments. Fortunately, the CGI, even on the Blu-ray, looked fantastic on the television.

    One of the surprises, was how well the Cheshire Cat worked as a computer-animated character.Take a sneak peak at the character with the following video clip:

    A dapper tabby with the ability to appear and disappear, he floats in and out of Underland at his whim. Seemingly calm and casual, his beguiling grin cleverly hides his complete cowardice, but he soon redeems  himself, helping Alice find her true destiny.
    FULL NAME: Chessur
    FAVORITE FOODS: Tea and scones

    Monday, May 24, 2010


    Until we watched the Blu-ray preview copy of Alice in Wonderland this weekend, I had no idea what the Futterwacken was nor why anyone would want to enter the contest (besides the prizes)!



    Prizes Include iPads, Blu-ray™ Players, Autographed Alice Memorabilia and More


    In celebration of Frabjous Day and the upcoming Blu-ray™ & DVD release of ALICE IN WONDERLAND on June 1st, Walt Disney Studios is asking America to “Show Us Your Best Futterwacken!”

    For those who haven’t seen the film, this is the crazy, awesome dance performed by The Mad Hatter. In the world of Alice’s Wonderland, the Futterwacken is a dance of unbridled joy.

    The contest challenges ALICE fans to submit their best interpretation of the Futterwacken dance to
    and add their own original twists, turns and dance moves. So start gathering your muchness and go completely Gallymoggers as you Futterwacken vigorously!  The more creative your dance moves, the better your chance to win!

    Oh and one of the coolest parts is being able to put your dance moves to Kerli’s song “Tea Party” featured on the Alice in Wonderland companion album, Almost Alice.  Disney's Almost Alice soundtrack features two songs by Kerli that provide the perfect beat to "show us your best Futterwacken!"

    KLOTCHYN! (Head’s up!) Judging will be based on Dance Performance, Entertainment Value, Technical Quality, Creativity and Originality.

    Consumers must visit
    to enter.  Entries should be no longer than 40 seconds in length and include your first name and the state where you reside. Directions on how to enter are clearly detailed on the website.  It only takes three easy steps to enter – record your video, add music and upload to Disney’s website.

    The submission period for the contest begins at 3:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, April 30, 2010 and ends at 3:00 p.m. PDT on Thursday, June 3, 2010.

    There will be two (2) Grand Prize winning submissions and ten (10) First Prize winning submissions. Disney will announce winners on Wednesday, June 16th based on the following equally weighted criteria: Dance Performance, Entertainment Value, Technical Quality, Creativity and Originality.

    Prizes include Apple iPads, Panasonic Blu-ray Players, Alice In Wonderland Blu-ray Combo Packs of the film, Mad Hatter Hats, Autographed Alice in Wonderland Nesting Books and iTunes Gift Cards.

    Friday, May 21, 2010

    Geek-End Update, Saturday, May 22, 2010

    Don't forget about the next 2719 Hyperion Sweatbox Meet!

      Wednesday, May 19, 2010

      King Stefan's Banquet Hall

      From opening day until April 28, 1997, you could enjoy meals at King Stefan's Banquet Hall in Cinderella's Castle. One of the biggest huh's? about Walt Disney World history was always why King Stefan's Banquet Hall was in Cinderella's Castle.

      Let's jump in our CTX Time Rover...

      In the photo above, you can see the Banquet Hall in all of its 1972 glory. Check out the carpet! And that giant camera. Shouldn't he have been taking pictures of his food for a future blogger? That is a giant mead goblet on the table...

      Is it okay to call the waitress a serving wench?

      One of my favorite books is Cooking With Mickey, Volume II: The Most Requested Recipes from Walt Disney World and Disneyland. It was published in 1987 and offers full course meal recipes from many restaurants, including King Stephan's.

      How can you go wrong with Green Goddess Dressing?

      Monday, May 17, 2010

      Imagineering Sneak Peak Five!

      High-flying Imagineer Bethann Brody and her son, Luke, playtest the system. - p. 95
      If I can make out the design, it looks like the Imagineers are bringing back the Flying Saucers idea from Tomorrowland for a Cars attraction called Luigi's Flying Tires.

      A sneak peak at an image from the new Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real book that is scheduled to be released on May 18, 2010.

      You can read my review of the book here.

      Sunday, May 16, 2010

      Friday, May 14, 2010

      Geek-End Update, Saturday, May 15, 2010

      Progress City, USA--Michael gets his own section this week!
      A Special shout out to my friend, John Rozum. He has been blogging about the 30th Anniversary of the Empire Strikes Back!

          Wednesday, May 12, 2010

          Imagineering Book Sneak Peek Two!

          A sneak peak at an image from the new Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real book that is scheduled to be released on May 18, 2010.
          This R & D Interactive session with Mickey Mouse himself convinced Imagineers that individual encounters with characters was a rich new experience they could offer Guests. Image: Kevin Rice. p. 144.
          Long before Turtle Talk with Crush, Lucky the Dinosaur and the Muppet Mobile Lab, the Imagineers hosted an open house with Mickey's Toon Elevator. Computer screens (including one on the floor) were set up on a motion base where toons zoomed past the windows. That day, the Living Character Initiative was born.

          Tuesday, May 11, 2010

          Sneak Peak at the New Imagineering Book

          A sneak peak at an image from the new Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real book that is scheduled to be released on May 18, 2010.
          Science fiction author Ray Bradbury (shown with Imagineers Card Walker and John Hench) helped conceive the original Spaceship Earth at Epcot; he returned in 2002 for a reworking of the original attraction. p. 37.

          Friday, May 7, 2010

          Geek-End Update, Saturday, May 8, 2010

          Did you catch my review of the fantastic Walt Disney's Railroad Story at 2719 Hyperion? It has moved into my Top 5 All-Time Favorite Disney books: The Nickel Tour; Since The World Began; EPCOT Center; Walt Disney Imagineering (1995 and 2010 versions).

          Thursday, May 6, 2010


          I just received my review copy of Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real.

          This is not an official review, but...ZOMG!

          The Imagineers (and Melody Malmberg) present an entirely new 192 pages. My preview copy actually has tissue paper inserted between some of the pages (to stop my tears of joy?) and some very inventive, yet attached, pullouts.

          The original 1995 edition is still in print and this book is intended as a companion, not a revised edition.

          You need to get this book. It will be released on May 18, 2010.

          Tuesday, May 4, 2010

          X-Men, Volume 5

          X-Men, Volume Five (Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection)
          The original tales of Marvel comic books come to life in Volume 5 of the X-men collection. Relive the action of the popular animated series in this collectible compilation of the X-men adventures. The X-men must turn to their arch-nemesis, Magneto, in an effort to save the life of Professor Xavier! Watch the action unfold in the final episode, “Graduation Day, “and don’t miss a moment of X-men excitement in this 2-disc set, complete with 14 riveting episodes. Complete your X-men collection with this must-own final installment of this great animated series.
          I reviewed Volumes 3 and 4 last year.

          Is that you, Captain America?

          This is the final disc of the Marvel DVD Collection. It is based on the Marvel Universe that was created in the comics. Yes, the costumes are funny looking, but the stories are a lot of fun. This set is perfect for the superhero and comic book lovers. They were produced during the era when comic books made a return and every channel on television was airing their own superhero animated shows. The X-Men happened to be one of the better series. When I put the dvd set to the ultimate six-year old son loved it!

          Maybe our cool costumes are hidden in that area!

          Monday, May 3, 2010

          Iron Man - 1994 Style!

          Marvel Iron Man: The Complete Animated Series - 3-Disc DVD
          From Stan Lee comes Marvel’s complete 1994 animated television series, Iron Man. Experience every thrilling moment – from the very first episode, to the final climactic battle – in this 3-disc collector’s edition. Witness the action-packed adventure from the very beginning as billionaire inventor Tony Stark dons his invincible suit of iron to battle the villainous Mandarin and the power of his ten deadly rings.
          With fellow super heroes Nick Fury, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Spider Woman and Hawkeye at his side, Iron Man faces off against a band of evil foes, including Whiplash…and confronts his own demons, as well.

          Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has just released the complete 1994 animated series. 26 episodes with over 572 minutes of Iron action.

          This set is perfect for the comic book collector or anyone that loves Iron Man.

          The stories are fairly typical for animation of that time period. Everything is based on the comic book canon and emulates that style. There are times when you might laugh at the costuming or plot, but the series was created 15 years ago. My six-year old gives it two thumbs up! He is a huge super hero fan and is ready for his second go-round with the set. This is a great DVD for anyone who is not quite old enough to see Iron Man 2 in the theaters, but wants to explore the super hero.