Wait For a Table

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

WaitForTableMany Guest at Walt Disney World who would eat at a counter service would split up. One part would queue to get some food while the others would find a table and keep it occupied until the rest of their party returns with the order. Frustrating for those that did queue together and can’t find a seat because so many tables where reserved by those still waiting for their food. I never liked it and I always hoped Disney would do something about it. Well, now it looks like Disney came up with a superb solution. (more…)

The Fire Breathing Dragon

Friday, September 4th, 2009

She finally arrived at Disneyland, Murphy the Fantasmic Dragon. On the first day she had a little stage fright and didn’t breath fire but on the second day she gave it her all. Micechat has some of the very first pictures and photos from the first day but you can see the fire breathing dragon torching the lake on her second day in the youtube video below.

How was that. Doesn’t it look awesome. Wish you could be there and experience it for yourself. I know I do! I got goosebumps watching the video, but it must feel amazing seeing it for real. Great job Imagineers!

Shangai Disneyland’s heavyweight WDI head

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

So it seems the beans have been spilled, the cat is out of the bag, the dice has been rolled and the heads have been cut; Bob Weiss will be the Walt Disney Imagineering head for Shangai Disneyland – it was a head to head battle between him and Scott Trowbridge (the guy which gave us IOA’s Spiderman ride who had joined WDI in 2007) and Bob won.

Who is Bob Weiss?
Well he is a WDI old timer; he headed, together with the Kirk brothers (the guys who gave us the amazing “Tokyo DisneySEA” much of the initial design for the original “Disney MGM Studios Theme Park2 in 1989.

Then he had a period of “bizare luck”
The guy was first called upon to design (again together with the Kirk’s) the never built “Disney MGM Studios Europe Themepark” which would have been the original second gate for EuroDisneyland.

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No Expansion for Hong Kong Disneyland

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

hongkong1Hong Kong Disneyland has been in trouble since opening day. To small, not enough to do, no repeat visitors and the financial trouble started soon after that as the visitor numbers stayed down. Although some new rides made it into the park since opening a big expansion was also already planned for the future. But now Disney and the Hong Kong government failed to agree on a cash infusion, putting any plans to expand away. With the plans to expand gone, Disney has now planned to cut some jobs related to the expansion.

Disney said it would fire about 30 Hong Kong-based employees dubbed “Imagineers” that had helped conceptualize and plan the expansion. Some jobs might also go at Disney’s home-turf of Burbank, California, as a result of the work stoppage, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Disney had already been funding creative efforts — designing and envisioning the look of rides — but decided to pull financing when it became clear that a deal with the government on expanding Disneyland was not imminent. (Reuters)

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Disney’s Secret “D23” Revealed Early

Friday, March 6th, 2009

d23magD23 was a little secret project of Disney which was going to be revealed on 10 March, a little over 4 days when you check the countdown clock on the official site. Nothing much was know, but speculation took place on many blogs and forums. But the secret is out a little early as some fans where able to find out what D23 stands for. D23 start out as a magazine and will be released on March 10. The magazine will be available in shops, and that’s how people found out about what D23 is. Some shop already got the first issue, together with the issue they probably also got some information on the release date and when they are allowed to sell it. Not everybody reading this information, just putting the magazine on their shelves early, and fans lucky enough to be near one of those shops got an insight on D23 early.

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MOUSEKINGDOM BLOG: 3 years in the making

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

wdwfireworks-3yHas it really been three years? A quick look at the archives, and yes, it has been!. Our first entry dates from 21st February 2006, so the Mousekingdom blog is celebrating its third year on the web and is ready for year 4.

Thank you to all our reader, fellow Disney fans and visitors of the blog. Without you we would not be here. Also a big thank you to the Cast Members, the imagineers and everybody at Disney for making the dreams we love so much reality. Thank you to all the other bloggers and Disney sites, especially those that occasionally linked us. And also a big thank you to the rest of the team and everybody who  contributed to the blog. (You have a story you want to share, we welcome guest writers).

3 years… it’s only the beginning of the ride. We hope you enjoyed it so far and that you’ll be there for the many more years we plan to be here on the blog.

The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Andy, since you asked about The Hidden Magic, it got me thinking. And it occurred to me there is a similarity in what you do here on the blog and what I’ve done in the book.

The Mousekingdom Blog presents the magic ‘as seen from different points of view’. The magic can also be seen from a different perspective, and that’s exactly what The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World (due out in June 2009) is all about: finding the wonderful hidden gems the Imagineers have scattered throughout the parks, hearing the back stories and the imaginative thought process as described by the people who helped create the parks and attractions, and, most importantly, opening your eyes to the World as you have never seen it before.

So much of the inspired genius that went into each of the four Walt Disney World theme parks goes unnoticed by most guests as they rush from attraction to attraction. But when guests slow down and let the magic catch up with them, they’ll see a world of imagination that brings the ‘real’ story into full and vibrant light.

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Animatronics Again

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Looks like the news about the outsourcing of Disney’s Audio Animatronics isn’t that new at all.

A company named Garner Holt has already been working on Disney Audio Animatronics. They did the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay at the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland.

CIFX, another company, did some work on DCA figures and for the Winnie the Pooh Dark Ride.

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Goodbye Audio Animatronics

Monday, June 16th, 2008

If you say Audio Animatronics its very likely you will use Disney in the same sentence. Walt pretty much invented the figures, improved them and made it part of Disney’s most important inheritance. Imagineers have been updating, re-inventing and shown the world some amazing new advanced Audio Animatronincs. Look at the road it made from using the term for the very first time in 1961, opening the Enchanted Tiki Room in 1963 and the trademark filed in 1964. Look at the New York fair (again 1964) with the Audio Animatronic of Lincoln, It’s a Small World, Carousel of Progress and a list that kept on growing and growing every year with rides as Pirates of the Caribbean to Lucky the Dinosaur and up to Toy Story Midway Mania today…

This weekend however a internal memo where Disney informed employees that they will start outsourcing some of their Audio Animatronics to third parties was forwarded to OC Register.

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WDW Trip Photo book (photo 15) Japan

Monday, May 26th, 2008

If asked what my preferred park is I have difficulties choosing between Animal Kingdom (even pre Expedition Everest) as this park is a Imagineering marvel and Epcot. I don’t want to choose but for reason Epcot has the edge. I love Illuminations (those reading the blog regularly will know this), but also enjoy some of the attractions and can wander hours and hours around the World Showcase.

The World Showcase has a lot to offer, while some might say there are not enough rides, there is so much stuff to see and do (and eat). On this trip however I noticed that the one place I hang out the most is Japan. It could be the Drums of the Matsuriza, the amazing candy artis Miyuki, the small but beautiful gardens or the whole Japan pavilion that keeps me there every time. Whatever it is, I can’t seem to get enough of that place and am already looking forwards to my next visit (even if that will not be before 2009)

… 2009? That a long time away. I guess browsing some of my Japan Pavilion pictures will have to keep my happy,… for now.

Impact on the Mouse

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Mickey Mouse has a big impact on American history, an impact that goes far beyond American boundaries. Just look at the theme parks around the world, the movies playing in thousand theaters and the millions of toys in the shops. Even if you don’t have a Disney holiday, most likely you will still encounter some sort of Disney on your trip (or near your home). You can also ask what cartoon character is the most known in the world; I am pretty confident that Mickey Mouse will make it on the top spot as most well known cartoon character. Mickey (and his friends) are everywhere, even making an impact on our daily lives.

But what about the impact on Mickey Mouse and Disney from the outside? It’s a question that popped up in my head, more specifically the impact of today and in the (near) future! Let’s have a look at some possible theories (I think) that has have impact on the mouse and that might form the future look of Disney. Let’s do so starting with the biggest influence at the moment; PIXAR!

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Are the Disney Fans Wrong?

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Hong Kong Disneyland has opened their version of “It’s a Small World” only days ago. Their version differences itself from other worldwide version by adding 38 Disney Characters to the classic ride. Disney fans and purist where horrified by the idea that a classic ride would contain Disney Characters. Especially since the news came out the Disney company would be adding the same Disney characters in the Disneyland Anaheim version. Disney fans stood up and let themselves be heard by expressing their thoughts and feelings all over the web about the upcoming changes Disney wants to do. (Example Save the Rainforest website). They didn’t like it…

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Night Kingdom to open in 2012?

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Night Kingdom rumors have been going for a while and although I thought that’s it, those plans are shelved, the rumors are alive again. This time you can find some info on the always great screamscape.com site where it is claimed that Disney is creating some new experience.

The big attraction and icon of the park, right now, appears to be a large central Disney-made mountain structure where guests will be forced to ‘rock climb’ to the top, take zip lines down again and explore a serious network of caves. The goal is for this to be a very interactive game based adventure experience, with both mental and physical challenges. (Screamscape.com

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Disneyland: 3rd Gate and Tinker bell

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Ed Grier, Disneyland Resort president, is talking about a possible third gate for the Disneyland Resort. While many thought that with the big rehab of Disney’s California Adventure a third gate would be something not for the near future but now Disney talks about it themselves. Obviously they did not give any more information other then the location of the possible 3rd gate expansion.

A third theme park was hinted at by Grier on Wednesday. “We do see a tremendous opportunity on our 88 acres of land,” Grier said. (OC Register)

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Happy 10th Birthday Animal Kingdom

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

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Today, April 22, 10 years ago Animal Kingdom opened its gates to the general public for the very first time. The park opened with 5 attraction, 9 exhibits and 12 live entertainment show on a 500 acres location. The main attraction of the resort are its inhabitants, the many incredible animals.

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