Monday, April 23, 2012

Citrus Swirl and Walt Disney World Books

I could really use one of these right now. You know what? I could use one of these almost anytime!

The citrus swirl has made a triumphant return to the Sunshine Tree Terrace and I had the opportunity to enjoy one a few weeks ago. All I can say is that it really puts the Dole Whip to shame!

I posted my Walt Disney World Bibliography over at Mice Chat. A bibliography is simply a list of books (or articles) about a subject. In this case, I have listed 45 books that cover Walt Disney World--through history, guidebooks, souvenir guides, attraction books and so much more!

Head on over and leave a comment or two about your favorite Walt Disney World-related book!
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Exclusive Bob-A-Long Information and Communicore Weekly

After my article at Mice Chat on the short-lived Bob-A-Round boats, I was contacted by the boat's designer and Disney Legend, Bob Gurr, about another project he worked on, the Bob-A-Long boats.

Bob wrote an article and provided two exclusive and never-before-seen photos of the Bob-A-Long boats.

New Communicore Weekly Episode!

Jeff and I talk Horizons, Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game book review, Town Square bathroom break and a brand new Storybook Circus Five Legged Goat!

Do you have a favorite segment on Communicore Weekly?

Any suggestions for our Disney History segment?
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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Kingdom Keepers V, Shell Game, a Book Review

The fifth book in the Kingdom Keepers series takes a few new twists as the Keepers enter their mid-teen years. The book is somewhat darker as the Keepers face issues that regular teens do, sort of. Of course, there are the first stirrings of teen love but there are also some new experiences, including the debut of Disney Host Interactive 2.0 with new powers and abilities and the first use of the DHI technology outside of Walt Disney World.

The Keepers, working alongside the enigmatic Wayne, are invited to take part in a voyage of the Disney Dream Cruise Ship. Besides being the introduction of the interactive hosts on the cruise, it is also touted as the first commercial cruise line to go through the Panama Canal. The mythology of the Kingdom Keepers has grown in their world as their battles with the Overtakers have been noticed by castmembers and guests. The Overtakers, a group made up by the worst of the Disney villains, want nothing more than to take over the Disney theme parks for themselves.

Pearson knows how to weave a story that is parsed with excitement, danger and believable characters. My biggest and most recurring complaint is about the liberties that Pearson takes with Walt Disney World geography and the mythos about Walt Disney. The latter part of the series seems to correct this by involving the Keepers into a more modern and realistic tale. There are still a few fantasy elements about the Imagineers, technology and the development of the parks that are hard to swallow, but sometimes you have to just enjoy the book you are reading.

Fans of the series are going to love the direction that Ridley has taken and from the ending of The Shell Game, there will definitely be a book six.

Will the Keepers be heading to Disneyland?

What do you think?

I received a review copy of this book from Disney Publishing Worldwide.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tour Imagineering, Communicore Weekly and Mice Chat Books!

Tour Imagineering?

Walt Disney World Souvenir Guides 

I get really geeky over at my Mice Chat column this week. Are you brave enough to read all about Walt Disney World Souvenir books?

Another Communicore Weekly Video?

I know; we cursed ourselves by calling the show Communicore Weekly. Nonetheless, we have a great show for you featuring:
  • The History of the Orange Bird!
  • A book about the flowers of Disneyland.
  • Another Fantastically Fuzzy Photo.
  • A subtle tribute to Marc Davis in our Five Legged Goat section.