Welcome to “Mouseland”

As the headline says, “Welcome to Mouseland” – a name which I totally SHOULD have chosen for this site, but whatever. This site is about photos and commentaries on Disney, Universal and occasionally SeaWorld, and is essentially a spin-off of my personal blog where all of the preceding photos previously appeared.

While I just ported over all of my old Disney pictures, I’m making THIS “my first post” because I also just bought a used camera off Amazon for $75 (so I’m on a budget, sue me). I lost the charger for my old camera (which I initially bought at the old camera store at DHS that now sells Frozen and The Good Dinosaur toys) and figured if this one doesn’t work out, I can get a better one later.

Speaking of which, I only have a Bronze (or whatever it’s called) Pass at Disney so I may go to other, hopefully less crowded, parks over the summer… or I may “experiment” with other styles of photography to go with my fancy new camera. Who knows, by the time my AP “unlocks” again in Aug or Sept, this blog may have an entirely new focus (see what I did there?).

Whatever the case, enjoy my bland park photos as I guide you through the area lovingly known as “Mouseland.”

 

Update: Just got an email from Amazon saying the camera I bought from their Marketplace has “already been sold.” They did suggest another seller who had one in stock for the same price…but with “Standard shipping” it comes out to slightly higher. The good news is I am guaranteed to get it by Friday… that and I found the charger to my current phone. (5/1/17)

 

Opinion: Goodbye, Ellen and TGMR

So today, Sunday, August 13th, is the last day to ride both “The Great Movie Ride” (an opening day attraction) and “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” …to be replaced by a Mickey Mouse dark ride and Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster respectively.

I’m open for change at Disney parks, but getting rid of either of these rides makes ZERO sense timing wise. September is the beginning of the Food & Wine Festival – the busiest time of year for Epcot, and the WORST possible time to close an attraction in the so-called “Future World.” Whereas, closing TGMR now is an even worse idea because that brings the park down to FOUR rides (Tower of Terror, Rock n’ Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania and Star Tours).

I have no real deep emotional connection to either ride because the TCM update basically killed TGMR for me and Ellen’s ride was so laughably outdated that it burns any good will it may have accumulated in its notoriously bloated run time, and yet both of which could be easily fixed with half the effort or expense of starting fresh.

Seriously, how hard could it be to get Bill and Ellen back on that soundstage or if they really want something new retheme it to BH6 or Meet the Robinsons – anything but GOTG… and this link goes over some quick and easy fixes to TGMR.

I was hoping to spend this week trying to get some new shots of the new Grand Avenue section peeking up beyond the soon to be taken down construction walls… but, sadly, I can’t afford to stay on property right now as I’m still paying off my Knoebels trip (with a two day “layover” in Miami) from last month…

Opinion: Epcot updates from D23

Everyone else is talking about the new Guardians of the Galaxy (which I’d rather see in either Tomorrowland or DHS) and Tron rides, but I’m probably the only person on the internet excited about the recently announced restaurant at the newly expanded Mission Space attraction and the new upgraded film at the China pavilion (the French pavilion needs it more as their new ride will apparently be in a separate, newly constructed show building).

I love the Coral Reef Restaurant and The Skippers’ Canteen, but I really love the idea of dining on a space station overlooking Earth and the other planets. I can’t speak for the food, but if the other two are any indication, the prices will be “out of this world.”

GotG is being installed in the Universe of Energy pavilion which isn’t necessarily the best idea as there are better ways to update the tired “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” (closing August 13th) than turning it into a roller coaster and/or dark ride. My idea was to have Tadeshi educate Hiro about energy – this works for TWO reasons: 1) the characters are super popular at Epcot, and 2) they fit with the educational theme of the park. Bonus, 3) they could keep the dinosaurs! Kids love dinosaurs!

I’ve been calling for an import of the Ratatouille ride for years and while I’m super excited to finally ride it stateside, there’s not much new I can add at this point that I haven’t said 100x before either here or on any of the various Disney forums I subscribe to.

Catching up on DHS

I’m sorry for not posting anything in a while, I have a Silver Pass so I’m allowed back into the parks until at least the middle of August (but probably not going back until Sept or Oct as there are other places I want to see this summer). In the meantime, here are some stories to show that I haven’t completely forgotten about my favorite (okay, 2nd favorite) movie park…

 

While everyone else is eagerly awaiting the (possibly delayed) opening of Star Wars Land sometime in 2019-20, Orlando Informer has a nice overview of in-fill Toy Story Land that is taking over the old Pixar Place\Streets of America area. Nothing new or groundbreaking in the article, but it’s nice to see news about the park that isn’t SW related.

…As Disney Park’s Blog is reporting both Rey and BB-8 have joined the cast of “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” as well as the their similarly themed fireworks show). I’ll try to remember to check that out next time I’m at DHS.

Disney Parks blog is reporting that Hollywood & Vine has begun taking reservations for Minnie’s Halloween Dine (Sept 4-Nov 5th). It’s not the easiest reservation to get in the park, but still one of my favorite restaurants there.