Monday, December 30, 2013

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest Tribute

During my recent trip to Walt Disney World, I found a Five Legged Goat, or hidden detail, paying tribute to the key to the Dead Man's Chest from the Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest film.



It's located near the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. I'll let you guys know where exactly a little bit later. I've got some more research to do for a larger article at Mice Chat.

Any thoughts?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Communicore Weekly!

Check out the latest episode of Communicore Weekly (the Greatest Online show™). It's our annual holiday show that includes the amazing holiday theme song.



We take a look at Santa Claus Land, a Disney Christmas book and a reference to a Ghostbusters II Five Legged Goat!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Celebrate the Magic Castle Show


I'm usually not a fan of the Castle shows that Disney has been doing over the past few years at the Magic Kingdom. I'll glance at it as I make my way to Space Mountain or Big Thunder, but I've never stopped to watch it. I heard that there was a holiday tag added to the current version of Celebrate the Magic.

I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the show. There were moments where the castle seemed to shimmy and rock. The choices for the scenes were pretty spectacular and I did get goosebumps during the Tangled scene. Plus, Wreck-It-Ralph was really cool!


Of course, Cinderella Castle always looks beautiful lit up for the holidays.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

River Country, More Cute Stories Communicore Weekly

The latest episode of Communicore Weekly features the inside scoop on River Country, a review of the new audio release of More Cute Stories, Vol. 2 and a blu-ray review of the new Iron Man/ Hulk mashup.


http://www.bamferproductions.com/communicore/0100-CommunicoreWeekly.mp3 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My Magic Plus and More


Including some shots of Phil Holmes in the parks!

I visited Walt Disney World last week and gave a mini-review of the Magic Bands, My Magic + and Fast Pass + over at Mice Chat.

I also found the Jitney on Main Street!

What are your thoughts on My Magic Plus?


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Theme Park Connection Grand Re-Opening

I'll be heading down to Walt Disney World in a few weeks to set up interviews and do some research. I've never had the opportunity to visit Theme Park Connection, but with their recent move closer to the theme parks, it seems like a good time.

What follows is a press release from Theme Park Connection about the Grand Re-Opening.
NEWS RELEASE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Theme Park Connection giving away a FREE Disney Cruise, a FREE Hunger Games authentic Movie Cast Costume and a meet & greet with Herbie the Love Bug at Grand Re-Opening  


           
Theme Park Connection celebrating Grand Re-Opening in a memorable way by raffling off a Disney vacation, a Hunger Games Authentic Movie Costume all while unveiling the new 15,000 sq. ft. location, doubling their showroom size and offering many more unique items from the Disney theme parks and now even movies props.
Orlando, FL - November 19, 2013 - On Saturday, November 23, Theme Park Connection (www.themeparkconnection.com) will be re-opening in a 15,000 sq. ft. sized facility in Orlando, Florida that will amaze anyone and soon should become one of the top ten places you have to visit while in Florida. With a big move that took over 20 semi-trucks to relocate, Theme Park Connection felt the re-opening should come with some even bigger surprises for their guests and that includes all the planned events for the opening day festivities listed below. Among them include an actual chance to win a FREE 3 Day Disney Cruise Line vacation for two, a FREE Hunger Games prop costume worn by Marvel and many other amazing giveaway door prizes and discounts.
The World's Largest Reseller of Disney items has made the gigantic move to a central Florida showroom, just 10 minutes from the Orlando International Airport and right next door to the Florida Mall for the convenience of their guests. It's close to almost any attraction in Orlando within minutes of I-4, International Drive, Central Florida Parkway and the Orlando International Airport. The football field size showroom is open to the public and welcomes local customers, cast members and tourists from around the world whether you want to find some unique items or have some of your own you would like to sell to them.

"Another benefit of the new, much larger location, is that now it allows us to showcase everything we have" says Brian Ramsey, General Manager of Theme Park Connection. The move came with some unique surprises. "Some of the items were packed in boxes for over 10 years in our old location and have not been seen by the public eyes until our re-opening on Saturday". TPC, as it is known, never had the space to display all the items they owned and now guests can see and view everything in their inventory. It's also an inventory that changes daily as they buy Disney items from the public and partner with local theme parks to find the most unique items possible.

The showroom includes more than a million items ranging from pins, figurines to props and signs that were displayed at the Disney Parks, Resorts and Cruise Lines along with a newly added line of movie props. "Movie props are an area we saw great synergy with park items because just like the park items we offer, they can bring you back to a moment in time or help you relive a memory when you saw a particular film." Theme Park Connection is bringing that feeling to its guests at the Grand Re-Opening while giving away an iconic authentic costume from the original Hunger Games movie (the 2nd Hunger Game movie just happens to be releasing the night before their Grand Re-Opening as a tie into the popular film). Since they also doubled in size they have doubled their inventory of Disney's Herbie the Love Bug cars as well, making two available to meet and purchase at the event.

Some extra special items are being brought out such as Katniss' actual Arena Boots worn by Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games; along with the FREE chance to own Marvel's (Jack Quaid) actual costume. It is the authentic costume worn in the scene when he was shot with an arrow by Katniss. This is just a small sample of the amazing items being offered but they can assure you there is something for everyone. The Grand Re-Opening celebration is from 10:00am - 4:00pm on Saturday, November 23 in Theme Park Connection's new showroom located at 2160 Premier Row Orlando, FL.
Grand Re-Opening Event Details:
  • Saturday, November 23rd, 10AM to 4PM
  • Open to the Public
  • Incredible door prize drawings every 1/2 hour including rare Disney items
  • Chance to win a FREE 3-day Disney Cruise for two. (Drawing will be at a specific time in afternoon)**
  • FREE opportunity to win Marvel's Hunger Games authentic costume
  • Exclusive rare movie worn props from the 1st Hunger Games for purchase
  • Free food and drinks all day
  • Disney Legend Bill "Sully" Sullivan - former VP of the Magic Kingdom- will be on hand signing autographs and sharing stories about opening Epcot Center and working with Walt Disney.
  • Two Herbie the Love Bug cars on display & for sale along with props from the films
  • 20% off everything in store and select items up to 50% off
  • Buyer on hand to purchase items from public
  • Toys for Tots benefit
  • Open an extra hour for the festivities 
  • More surprises to follow at the actual event!
**No purchase necessary to be entered in drawing but must be present to win, one entry per person

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Life As a Disney Animator


Before the Animation Begins by John Canemaker is a spectacular look at the inspirational and concept artists that worked at the Disney Studios. It is an extremely rich and detail-oriented history of the artists and resulting animation. Any fan of Disney animation will cherish this book.


I ran across an interesting tidbit of information from the section on Bianca Marjolie, one of the first female artists hired by Walt Disney. The paragraph concerned the salary differences between the animators and the ink and paint girls.
Tracing animator's drawings onto clear sheets of acetate in pen and ink and painting them on the reverse side is one of the least creative, more tedious parts of the animation production process (one that is today increasingly done by computers). During the Depression, it was a skill that paid the "girls" who did it considerably less than the manly task of animation, layout, and story. Top animators at Disney in the late 1930s (all males) earned $300 plus per week, while ink and paint salaries ranged from "$18 to $75 per week, [and] would be higher," said a 1941 Glamour magazine in classic blame-the-victim style, "if more girls didn't work a couple of years, marry and quit."
Using an inflation calculator, we can get a quasi-reasonable idea of the value of the respective salaries.

1930s Annual SalaryAdjusted 2013 Dollars
Animator$15,600$266,000
Ink and Paint$3,900$66,578

That's a 300% difference between the salaries. Of course, there are no long any ink and paint personnel.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween Communicore Weekly


Jeff and I share some spooky treats on this week's episode of Communicore Weekly (the Greatest Online Show™).
  • We explore the stories and hauntings behind the Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris
  • I discuss the updated Haunted Mansion book by Jason Surrell (is it worth getting the new edition?)
  • And we offer a Five Legged Goat with a bonus Five Legged Ghost!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pleasure Island at Mice Chat


My latest article for Mice Chat takes a look at a Pleasure Island brochure from 1989. It's a fascinating time for the nighttime entertainment spot since it was one of the first big projects greenlit by Eisner. A lot has changed over the years.


Did you ever get to experience these clubs from 1989/1990?

Any great memories?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Monste's University Deleted Scene: Rivalry


Disney has released a preview clip of a deleted scene from the Blu-ray release of Monsters University (releases on 10.29.13).


Rivalry - Monsters University BTS on Disney Video


What did you think about the Monsters, Inc prequel?


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

TREASURES OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES OPENS AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, CHICAGO

D23 has just opened the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Let me know if you're going to be able to visit the exhibit. I'd love to hear all about your trip to the museum.




 
TREASURES OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES OPENS
AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, CHICAGO
Explore 90 years of Disney imagination and innovation with iconic props, costumes, artwork and artifacts from The Walt Disney Archives

CHICAGO (October 16, 2013) – Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, an exhibition which encompasses more than 300 artifacts from nine decades of Disney history, opens at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) on October 16, 2013 – the 90th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company.

The exhibit showcases the creative accomplishments and innovations of one of Chicago’s native sons, Walt Disney, and the ongoing legacy of the company that bears his name. From Mickey Mouse and Mary Poppins to Captain Jack Sparrow, the exhibition features many artifacts from Disney’s rich history that have not been widely seen by the public—including drawings; props; costumes; artwork from classic Disney animated films, theme park attractions, TV shows and live-action films; plus items from contemporary Disney milestones. This exhibit will run at MSI through May 4, 2014 and is presented by Walgreens.



Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives showcases the creativity and innovation that has defined Disney for 90 years,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “We’re proud of this heritage, and we are very pleased to share this rare glimpse into our rich history with Chicago’s world-renowned Museum of Science and Industry.”

In addition to myriad fascinating artifacts that are sure to stir childhood memories and be familiar icons to many, the exhibition will feature hands-on, interactive stations that will bring Disney technological breakthroughs in animation and motion pictures to life. Guests can explore the technology behind the 53 animated Disney feature films and even learn the steps to drawing some favorite Disney characters in the “Animation Academy.”


“Through this exhibit we’re pleased to showcase Walt Disney as both a master storyteller and innovator whose creative legacy continues to inspire people of all ages,” said David Mosena, president and CEO of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. “Guests will be immersed in Walt Disney’s ‘can do’ spirit, optimistic outlook and never-ending curiosity that propelled him through his impressive career. This spirit continues to be the creative inspiration behind many of the incredible experiences created by Disney today.”

Among the extraordinary items to be featured:
·         Clips from several of Walt Disney’s earliest animated works, before there was a Mickey Mouse. The original script, typed by Walt Disney, for the 1928 cartoon short Steamboat Willie, which introduced movie theater audiences to Mickey Mouse for the very first time. 
·         A partial recreation of Walt Disney’s formal office from the Walt Disney Studios in BurbankCalif., including original furnishings and many of his personal items.
·         Hand-drawn artwork, hand-sculpted models and props used in the production of some of Disney’s most iconic and renowned animated features, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,PinocchioFantasiaDumbo and Sleeping Beauty.
·         A recreation of a working animator’s office from the Disney Studios featuring authentic animator’s furniture, and models.
·         Animation models and artwork from contemporary Disney animation film hits, including The Little MermaidBeauty and the BeastThe Lion King and Aladdin.
·         Props from classic Disney live-action films, including Mary Poppins20,000 Leagues Under the SeaThe RocketeerThe Princess DiariesPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Enchanted.
·         A special area of the exhibition that is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the release of Mary Poppins, with film clips, interviews with the movie’s creators and rare behind-the- scenes photos.
·         A salute to Disneyland® Park in California and Magic Kingdom® Park in Florida, showcasing artwork, Audio-Animatronics® characters, and memorabilia from such popular attractions as it’s a small worldGreat Moments With Mr. LincolnThe Hall of Presidents, as well as early plans and correspondence for Walt Disney’s vision of EPCOT.
                


This exhibit is not included in Museum Entry and will require an additional timed-entry ticket, which is $9 for adults and seniors and $7 for children 3-11. Tickets are on sale at msichicago.org. MSI members can purchase exhibit tickets for $4.50 per guest. D23 Gold and Silver Members will receive a special discount on exhibit entry.

About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 90-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication Disney twenty-three; a rich website with members-only content at D23.com; member-exclusive discounts and special events for D23 Members throughout the year, highlighted by the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, August 9–11, 2013. Fans can join at Gold, Silver and Free Membership levels at D23.com and at www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us @DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

About the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI)
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science centers in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive science experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. Through groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to Live Science Experiences that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE), MSI offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to the Museum’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! MSI is open 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Extended hours, until 5:30 p.m., are offered during peak periods. The Museum is supported in part through the generosity of the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, find MSI online at msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

WDW Books and Communicore Weekly


In addition to the bibliography of Walt Disney World books, I created a shorter list of what I consider the essential books about Walt Disney World that every fan and researcher should own.
Leave a comment over at Mice Chat and let me know if you have a favorite Walt Disney World book ans which one it is.

Communicore Weekly

The latest episode of Communicore Weekly (the Greatest Online Show™) is up! Jeff and I discuss the history of the Disney Inn, the new Tinkerbell book, Gravity Falls on DVD and the Five Legged Goat at the Confectionery.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Disney's Story App Update

This news release rolled across my virtual desk. I just downloaded the app and started to play with it.. Has anyone else used it?

My media contact also noted that the app is coming to Android very soon!

Make sure to check out the end of the article; Disney is giving away a few iTunes gift cards.


New Update Brings Premium Animated Disney Themes, Music and More to Disney’s Story App



Through an app update, Disney Interactive today introduced new premium animated Disney themes, music functionalities, an improved viewing experience and more robust sharing features  to Story, a free digital storytelling platform for iPhone and iPod touch that turns photography and video into compelling personal narratives.

Using intuitive technology to access the photo and video library on your device and automatically organizes them into rich digital experiences which can be personalized, saved and shared.  This empowers users to focus on the customization and personalization of their narratives rather than aggregation and organization of their content, which truly sets Story apart from other multi-media sharing apps. Disney has been telling stories for generations, and now Story can help you tell yours.



Story Feature Updates:
·         Premium Animated Disney Themes: Exclusive to the Story app, now you can customize your stories with collectable animated Disney Themes available for in-app purchase ($1.99). These new Disney Themes includeDisneyland Resort, “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” Mickey Paris (Free), and ESPN’s SportsCenter. The new Mickey Paris theme is complementary and can be downloaded for free.

·         Music: Add a soundtrack to your Story with pre-installed songs from our Story music library, including Disney music classics from “Toy Story, “Up, “Finding Nemo and more. 

·         More Immersive Viewing Experience: Our new video slideshow brings your storytelling to life with updated transitions dynamically tailored to your moments. And now, shared stories can be viewed directly in the Story app.

·         Enhanced Sharing: Share your storytelling with our simple in-app tools that support today’s popular social networks like Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter… as well as our streamlined e-mail service for sharing directly with friends and family.

·         Better Facebook Compatibility: Our new Facebook integration lets you to tag photos, allow comments (web view) and invite others to download Story to join in the fun.

To celebrate this magical update, Disney Interactive will be giving away iTunes gift cards on the Disney Interactive Twitter account (@DisneyInteract) so a few lucky winners can download all the new premium Disney themes! Visit the Disney Interactive blog (disneyinteractive.tumblr.com) for more info about how to enter.



Thursday, October 3, 2013

Disabled Assistance System DAC and the Guest Assistance Card GAC

Jeff and I offered a slightly different episode of Communicore Weekly for this week. Instead of the usual history and book review segments, we decided to look at the changes from the Guest Assistance Card (GAC) and the Disabled Assistance System.

We know it's a very touchy and emotional subject. Over the years, the GAC has been abused but it has also provided numerous families and individuals with the ability to enjoy the parks on their level. 

Check out the latest episode and let us know what your thoughts are.

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/communicore-weekly/id496333443

Direct Download:
http://www.bamferproductions.com/communicore/0090-CommunicoreWeekly.mp3


Monday, September 30, 2013

Empress Lilly and Disney Mountains


Thanks to a secret source and the amazing Daveland, I've got some more shots of the Empress Lilly, including some great interior shots.



I reviewed the 2007 release by Jason Surrell called The Disney Mountains. It's a great look at all of the Disney coasters and other mountain-based attractions. Check it out!
Make sure to stop by Mice Chat and leave a comment! Let me know what you think about the Disney Mountains and the Empress Lilly.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Chef Mickey: Treasures from the Vault by Pam Brandon


Published in 2010, this spiral-bound book offer a lot of recipes from Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort and the Disney Cruise Line. What makes this book unique is the historical look at the food (and some great photos) and restaurants.

Add this one to your collection if you've got a hankerin' to try out some Disney recipes at home!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

All the Coins Thrown into Disney Fountains and Waterways

If you look online to see what happens to all of the coins that people throw into almost every body of water at Disney parks, you'll see a variety of answers; most of them revolve around donating the monies to charities.

Please don't throw coins in water areas with fish!

I work for library with a fountain and people do throw in lots of change. When the city workers clean out the fountain, they bring the scooped out change to us. Sadly, the coins start to oxidize almost immediately when they're removed from the water and the cost to clean the coins far outstrips the value.

On the pathway that leads from the Sir Mickey side of Cinderella Castle to the Merida meet and greet in the Fairytale Garden is a fountain. There is a small plaque near the base of the fountain that reads: Your wishes will help the Dreams of Children come true.

Your wishes will help the Dreams of Children come true.

The fountain is decorated with the birds and mice from Cinderella.

Back in the day...

It was slightly different story. According to the July 1, 1972 Eyes & Ears cast member publication, the money was used a little bit differently.
Milton Mills, a member of the Landscape Maintenance Department, has worked at Walt Disney World almost a year. Milton asked EYES & EARS about money thrown into Magic Kingdom waterways. 
A quick check indicates the waterways are cleaned once and sometimes twice a week. Three men do the work and the money is given to employees through the Recreation Club. 
Thorn Murphy, Rec Club director, told us that between $4,500 and $4,800 has gone into equipment purchases for employee athletic and recreational programs. Thorn said money not immediately used is put into the club's treasury and held for rainy days ..... The Editor
Do you usually make a wish and toss coins into the fountains and waterways of Disney parks?



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Marty Sklar's New Book and Communicore Weekly with Golden Horsehoe and Muppets


Jeff and I review Marty Sklar's new book, Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms in my ImagiNERDing column over at Mice Chat. Check it out and leave a comment!

We've also released another episode of Communicore Weekly (the Greatest Online show™). This time we look at a new interactive game at the Golden Horseshoe Review at Disneyland, the Muppet Movie on Blu-ray and some penguin Five Legged Goats!




Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tomorrowland 1965 Style

Grabbed this image and description from a 1965 Vacationland publication.


Tomorrowland
Here the world of 1980 is brought to life today. The Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System cruises twenty feet above the ground while the Submarine Voyage explores Earth's last frontier: the ocean. Here one also can take a journey to the moon, hop aboard a flying saucer and ride a freeway of the future. 
An interesting prognostication about the future, eh?

Marty called—wants changes!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Walt Disney World Information Guide

I posted an article at Mice Chat a few weeks ago about a 1984 Walt Disney Travel Company package that I ran across. I'm always interested in how Disney promoted themselves before Eisner and this package was a gem.
The cover of the vacation package folder was pretty interesting because it highlighted 14 different aspects of a Walt Disney World vacation.


Right off the bat, the font choice for the cover is a more futuristic and EPCOT Center related.


The first box has three quadrants, all related to the Magic Kingdom.
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Cinderella's Castle (and flowers)

The second set has three images.
  • it's a small world
  • Big Thunder mountain Railroad
  • Spaceship Earth

The third set has four images and does not have a park icon (of course, there were only two parks at the time).
  • Golfing at the Lake Buena Vista Gold Course (is that the LBV Clubhouse in the background?)
  • Camping at Fort Wilderness, which also includes eating and bike riding
  • River Country. Good ole' River Country...
  • The Contemporary Resort

The fourth image includes three photos.
  • Journey into Imagination (and the monorail) at EPCOT Center
  • The Canada Pavilion
  • Frolicking at a beach near the monorail. My guess is that this is near the Polynesian (probably near the Transportation and Ticket Center). Like most every photgraph of water of the beach in the 1970s and 1980s, you will see one of the pontoon sailboats or smaller sailboats.
  • Captain Jack's Oyster Bar at the Walt Disney World Village
So, what do you think about how Disney promoted the Vacation Kingdom of the World back in the 1970s and 1980s?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Win Stuff from Communicore Weekly!



There are still a few days left to buy our love and win fabulous prizes!

We're giving away a copy of My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, Disney Parks and Disneynature Oceans on Blu-ray. That's one copy of each movie with four random winners.

There are two ways that you can enter the contest:

  1. Leave us a review of Communicore Weekly on iTunes and then email us to tell us that you left a review (we need your iTunes name and a copy of the review): https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/communicore-weekly/id496333443
  2. Send a friend to Like the Communicore Weekly Facebook page. Make sure they tell us that you sent them so both of you can be entered in the drawing.
The important detail is that the contest ENDS at midnight on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

Enter now and enter often!



Monday, June 17, 2013

Disney Book Kickstarter Update

Q. Bryce Randle sent out another Kickstarter update for the book project he's doing with his son about Disneyland.

You can visit the Kickstarter page, here.

We have about 80 hours left and a few dollars to go.

I'd love to hear from our backers on why they decided to back the project. What part of the project makes you most interested in it?

With this last week I hope we can get funded and create the book and eventually the library we envision for making memories at the happiest place on earth.
  • Media - Image
I backed this project for a few reasons:

  • It's a really fun idea for a book project about Disneyland and something that hasn't been attempted before in this fashion.
  • I love that he's included his son. Besides being a memory that they both can treasure forever, it's also exposing his son to a creative outlet that most kids don't get.
  • It's inspirational for other parents and children. There are some amazing opportunities to do something similar on most any subject.
  • It's a Disney book!
I do urge you to head on over and offer some support. Just remember that the project only gets funded if it meets the goal. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Map of the Marvelous Land of Oz

Jeff and I reviewed Oz the Great and Powerful at Mice Chat for the Disney Review. Head over and let us know what you thought about the Blu-ray release.

Part of the PR material released to reviewers was this map of the Land of Oz. I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to share it with the ImagiNERDing readers. Enjoy!


Friday, June 7, 2013

Disney Book Kickstarter

I was contacted by Q. Bryce Randall about a project that he was working on with his six year-old son. It's a an adventure guide, of sorts, to Disneyland for a father and son. Check out the following video for an overview.



The book will be split up into 12 missions with scavenger hunts and themes designed around a half-day visit.

The Kickstarter goal is $3,500 with an end date of June 24, 2013.

This looks to be a really neat title and I urge you to head over to the Kickstarter page and donate!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Blu-ray Giveaway from Communicore Weekly!

So, we're trying to buy your love and your iTunes reviews over at Communicore Weekly (the Greatest Online Show™).

We're running a contest and giving away one of FOUR Blu-ray discs to four lucky Communicore Cadets.

You can win a copy of:

  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Disney Parks, or
  • Disneynature Oceans

Then email communicoreweekly@gmail.com and tell us your iTunes name, the date you posted and the review. Even if you already left a review, you can still email us!

You can also get an entry by referring a friend to the Communicore Weekly Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/communicoreweekly) and having them like us. We also want them to leave a comment on the page telling us that you sent them. We'll even enter them in the contest, too!

Head over to the giveaway page to see all the fine print: http://www.communicoreweekly.com/communicore-blu-ray-giveaway/



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Communicore Weekly Television Theme

Jeff and I have another themed episode of Communicore Weekly (the Greatest Online Show™) and we're very excited about the new theme song. It's inspired by the general theme of the show.

Enjoy!



My book of the week is The Wonderful World of Disney Television: A Complete History by Bill Cotter.

So, what do you think about Disney's Hollywood Studios? Half-day park?


Monday, May 20, 2013

My Neighbor Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle

My Neighbor Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle have just been released on Blu-ray.

Both films are fast-favorites at the Imaginerding household. Hands down, My Neighbor Totoro is one of our favorite films of all time and it's one we watch over and over. I was excited for the Blu-ray release of both films for the hi-definition transfer. What I wasn't prepared for was how good My Neighbor Totoro sounded. It was like watching a new film.

This is one of our favorite scenes:



Howl's Moving Castle is pretty spectacular, too!



Have you seen these two films? Are you going to add these Blu-ray to your collection?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Disney Infinity Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set

My youngest is a huge fan of the Skylanders series, mainly for the collectible nature of the figures. Disney Infinity follows a similar path but it looks like there is a larger and more involved gaming feature. Disney has just released images and figures for the Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set.

Is this something you're going to pick up?



Within the Pirates of the Caribbean play set, gamers can take on the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa and Davy Jones as they set sail to new lands in search of adventure and gold.  Key highlights include:

·         Combat and Customization: Players will be able to explore new lands while battling via water and land to become the king of the sea. Additionally, players can customize their ship, by choosing everything from the overall d├ęcor of the vessel to the cannons on board.  




·         Play Set: The Pirates of the Caribbean play set adds its own specialized game play mechanics and pieces to the Disney Infinity world such as unique weaponry that when activated in Toy Box mode allows players to create all-new combat challenges, build and customize worlds and much more.




·         Toy Box mode: The pirate trio of Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa  and Davy Jones are able to interact with all of the previously revealed Disney Infinity characters from The Incredibles, Monsters University and Cars to create new and exciting adventures on the high seas and beyond.




About Disney Infinity
Disney Infinity is an all-new video game initiative starring the beloved characters from Walt Disney and Pixar Studios’ most popular franchises. Players can place real-world toy versions of their favorite Disney characters onto a device called the Infinity Base and transport them into the virtual game worlds of Monsters University, the Incredibles, Cars and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as into a giant Toy Box.

For additional information on the Disney Infinity Toy Box mode, visit https://infinity.disney.com/toy-box, join the Disney Infinity Facebook Community (Facebook.com/disneyinfinity), and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/disneyinfinity) and Instagram (instagram.com/disneyinfinity).

Monday, April 29, 2013

Theme Park Books Update

It's been a while since I've posted some of the new books that we've added to my collection. I ran across a lot over the past few weeks that looked into theme parks.






Have you read any of these books?