Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Mouse Minute has moved to it's own Website

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The most recent blogs discuss Moana and Dr. Strange Sneak Peeks and Enchanted Tiki Comic Book

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Disneyland Resort Picture of the Day: Oswald's

Disneyland Resort Picture of the Day


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Mouse Minute: A Weekly Recap of Disney news and Rumors #1

A Quick Snapshot at this weeks Disney News.

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The Top story as far as we are concerned is the Release a new Star Wars Rogue One Trailer.

Here is a great trailer breakdown from the folks at Rebel Force Radio.

Disney's Hollywood Studios announced a new Christmas Spectacle called "Jingle Bell,  Jingle Bam"  Which will feature music, Projection technology and fireworks and will incorporate Disney Christmas themed films.

Dr. Strange is set to open on November 4th.
If you are at the Disney Theme Parks you can catch a sneak peek of this Strange Marvel film and see Dr. Strange's costume in DCA.

Pete's Dragon flies onto DVD on November 29th.  Can't wait to finally see this film which got great reviews.

The Lost Ark from Raiders of the Lost Ark is currently on display at the Great Movie Ride in Orlando.

For those in the California ---There is currently an exhibit at the California Science Center featuring the Science Behind Pixar.

New Rogue One Products are heading to the Disney resorts.

Colin Firth has been cast in the new Mary Poppins movie and speaking of Movies......

We were just surprised with a teaser Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy 2

     In another surprise a sequel to the 2005 movie  Sky High was announced according to Movie Pilot.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Disneyland Photo of the Day Halloweentime

Halloweentime at Disneyland

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

3 Reasons why I have mixed Feeling About: Guardians of the Galaxy Ride/ Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

I totally have mixed feelings about the DCA Tower of Terror getting changed.  I’ll start off by saying that the Tower of Terror is one of my favorite rides in the Disney Parks.  I once meet a group of people on Friday the 13th to ride the Ride 13 times on Friday the 13th.    So I obviously love the attraction.

 1.  Nostalgia factor:  Negative 

Every time Disneyland announces that they are going to replace an old Attraction the Disney Community goes a crazy.  It doesn’t matter what that attraction is or whether they even go on it anymore.   I watched a month ago people getting all upset about the old Skyway building getting torn down for Star Wars Land.  People were seriously upset about an abandoned building that hasn’t been used for anything in over a decade being taken away.   The first thing Disney fans will say is that Walt would have never done that or gotten rid of that attraction.  Then within minutes someone will respond back with the Walt Disney quote about how Disneyland will never be finished.  The battle will then go back in forth for hours.   My thoughts on this is generally in the camp of “If it isn’t broken –don’t fix it”.

That being said I love that they occasionally update Pirates and the Haunted Mansion with cool new effects---but I would never want to see them replaced.   Unlike Disneyworld where they pretty much have a ton of space, the Disneyland Resort has limited space.   When they want to do something new and exciting they generally have to remove something.   This is unfortunate, but just a matter of fact.  They pretty much expanded into the remaining space they had with Carsland.  

The Twilight Zone is one of my favorite TV shows.  The Tower of Terror fits perfectly into the theme of Hollywood Blvd and the feel of the Buena Vista Street area.   The ride is still popular and as far as I’m concerned it is a nearly perfect attraction.  I would prefer that they don’t touch it.  I will miss it when it is gone.    I love the Tower of Terror so much that I wrote about a concept for a Tower of Terror bar earlier this year. 

This idea coincidentally spread as an actual rumor for something going into the park about 3 weeks later.    I was excited that my idea may actually have been shared by Imagineering,  but the rumor turned out to be false.     Then this rumor popped up and I thought there was no way that it could be true.

I would love to see a Guardians of the Galaxy ride---just not at the expense of the Tower of Terror.

2.  The Balancing Factor:  Positive

The new ride itself looks awesome.  Guardians of the Galaxy was a great film.   I had no idea what Guardians of the Galaxy was before I saw the amazing 4-D trailer in the old Captain EO theater.  I blew me away and I’m excited to see something done with the property.  The Official announcement via Video from Joe Rhode makes the new ride look absolutely amazing.  If the announced this ride on its own without redoing the Tower of Terror I would be immediately on board.   The thought of walking through the Collector’s collection before going on a ride with Rocket the Raccoon sounds awesome.  We could even get some of the amazing soundtrack from the movie as well.  Again this ride sounds great and I’m sure I will absolutely love it.   But the ride itself will basically be the same ride with just a visual makeover.   So although I’m excited for it –I’m not sure that excite is enough to overcome the sense of loss for the Tower of Terror.   I will mourn the loss of the Tower of Terror at first and will probably get used to the great new ride.     Again I wish they could just build a Guardians ride without touching the Tower---but the fact that the Twilight Zone will remain in Orlando for now makes it hurt (just a little) less.   Here is a look at why Tower of Terror will be so exciting

3.  Is DCA heading into a Dangerous area with this change? Worried

I’ve established that I will miss the Twilight Zone version of the Tower.
I’ve established that I will probably love and enjoy the new Guardians Version.

My main concern about this change of the ride is the loss of Lands.

Disneyland is the perfect theme park design with main street leading to the hub that then branches off into perfectly themed lands.  DCA was originally setup in a similar way with themed areas representing different areas of California.   Many may say that this theme was flawed from the start.   The executives have slowly transformed DCA over the years moving away from that theme with the additions of A Bug’s Land and Carsland and Monsters Inc. Then Disney rethemed the entire entrance into Buena Vista street and combined the Soaring area and Grizzly Peak into one land.   It seemed like they were moving the park back to the California theme.  My concern with  this change to the Tower of Tower, which is based on a building in Hollywood will start to create a feeling of a less themed park.   I’m sure the Disney Imagineers will put some thought into this and unlike the Tower in Orlando –our tower is basically hidden behind Hollywood street –so it will be a less abrupt transition, but I just don’t want DCA to turn into Universal Studios.   At Universal Studios you used to walk around and see attractions like the Terminator 3-D right next to a London themed street and Back to the Future next to Conan the Barbarian.  It was just a mess with no theme at all and despite being a fun park it didn’t immerse you in an experience the way a Carsland or Adventureland does.  I don’t want Disney to lose their ability to immerse you in a Land.    I’m confident that they are going to find a way to do that with Star Wars Land.    But I fear DCA move further away from that with this change.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Shopping Disney: Trader Sam's Grog Grotto Shirts at the Disneyland Hotel

When we took our family trip to Disneyworld last year,  the one thing we missed out on was getting to visit Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.   Unfortunately it wasn’t opening for a few more weeks.   Our trip was planned around my stepdaughter’s Cheer Competition otherwise I would have planned the trip around the opening of Trader Sam’s.   I was hoping that it would be soft opened---but no such luck.

I really wanted to go there in order to get the Trader Sam’s Hawaiian shirt and the cool Grog Grotto  T-Shirt.  
Luckily I didn’t have to wait to get back to Orlando.   The main store at the Disneyland Hotel is now carrying both shirts.  (Actually they have been carrying them for awhile now—they are just often out of stock).

So for Tiki and Trader Sam’s fans.  The next time you head over to Trader Sam’s for a Tiki Cocktail stop over at the shop near the Hotel Lobby and grab a bit of Tiki.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Disney’s Rogue One Problem??

I’m a huge Star Wars fan.  I’ve seen all the movies.  I’ve watched the Ewok specials.   I’ve seen every episode of the Clone Wars and Rebels and read about 100 Star Wars books.  I waited all week for the Rogue One Trailer and watched it at least 7 times the night it came out.    I personally can’t wait for the movie so as far as Disney is concerned they have this Star Wars fan wrapped around their finger.  

The problem Disney faces with Rogue One is the casual Star Wars fan.  The marketing for a Rogue One is a challenge for Disney.  This movie has no recognizable characters from previous Star Wars films with the exception of Vader.   As I sat mouth a gape in front of my big screen TV during the Olympic coverage as the Rogue One trailer rolled across the screen my wife turned to me about one minute in and said “Are there any characters we know in this movie?”    And that is the problem.   The diehard fans like me get that this movie takes place right before  A New Hope.    The average casual fan that showed up to see Han Solo in the Force Awakens remains confused.   As much as Disney will try to get the message out as to what this movie is about and when it takes place in the Star Wars Timeline---there are going to be people that show up to the theater and wonder ……”Where is Luke?”   “BB-8 isn’t in the movie?”   Despite the ads people are going to think this is Episode 8.  People are going to ask “ I thought Vader died?”     How is Disney going to solve this problem?  How will they get the message out to the average fan and how will that effect the box office for the film?    Disney can’t expect this film to even come close to what The Force Awakens did.  The Force Awakens marketed itself.   It was the right movie at the right time.  
I assume Disney will expect Rogue One to be more like a Thor or Antman at the box office movie when compared to The Avengers, but what if they mistakenly think this will be just as big?  

Personally I think the are doing a good job of explaining what this movie is.....But is that enough for the average viewer to get it?

Here is the trailer.

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