Episode 100 – DisGeek Story Origins

The DisGeek crew celebrates 100 episodes of podcasting goodness. In this episode we talk about the DisGeek origin story, and how the show has changed all of our lives.

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Episode 99 – Chewie, We’re Home

This episode the DisGeek Crew discusses the latest news coming out of the Disneyland Resort. Daniel recaps Star Wars Celebration, and we react to to Star Wars – The Force Awakens emotional new trailer and we also have a listener email.

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Episode 98 – 5 Senses of Fantasyland

The DisGeek Crew explore the 5 Senses of Fantasyland. Sights, Sounds, Tastes, Smells, and Feelings. We also visit the Main Street Newsstand and have a listener tip.

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Smokejumpers Grill Now Open at Disney California Adventure Park

The all new Smokejumpers Grill is now open.

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Photo courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

 

This new quick-service location is the first phase of the Grizzly Peak Airfield addition to this land, in the space formerly known as Condor Flats. Smokejumpers Grill honors the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests.

For more info visit the Disney Parks Blog

Episode 97 – You Call Him Dr. Jones, DOLL!

In this episode of the DisGeek crew talks about the 20th Anniversary of The Indiana Jones Adventure. We also talk about price increases, the new Smokejumpers restaurant, and the return of Mad T. Party. [Read more…]

24-Hour Party for Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Announced

The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is going to launch with a 24-hour event on, May 22-23!

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Per The Disney Parks Blog:

The all-day/all-night celebration will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday, May 22 and will conclude 24 hours later at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 23. The event will include dancing and special character encounters at locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, along with enchanting Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor throughout the resort and, of course, the shows and attractions that our guests love.

Here’s a look at what is coming when the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins May 22:

  • “Paint the Night” Parade – After dark, along the Disneyland park parade route, 24-hour event guests will be among the first to see the new “Paint the Night” parade, showcasing beloved Disney characters in dazzling parade scenes illuminated with more than 1.5 million individually controlled lights – the first all-LED parade in Disneyland Resort history.
  • “Disneyland Forever” Fireworks – Disneyland park itself plays a starring role in the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular, also premiering during the 24-hour event. Breathtaking fireworks shows have long been a Disneyland Resort tradition and “Disneyland Forever” soars to new levels, immersing guests from the tips of their toes to the brilliant pyrotechnic bursts above, thanks to special effects that turn the storefronts of Main Street, U.S.A., the Matterhorn and the facade of “it’s a small world” into gigantic projection screens filled with color, characters and surprises.
  • “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” – Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse will be the hosts of the all-new “World of Color” show, premiering May 22 during the 24-hour event. “World of Color – Celebrate!” illuminates the night in a fun-filled and inspirational journey exploring Walt Disney’s decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and his dream of Disneyland park.

Smokejumpers Grill to Open March 20 at Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney California Adventure Park

Disney showed some new concept art for the new Grizzly Peak Airfield  on the Disney Parks Blog.  This new arts shows the new Smokejumpers Grill that will be replacing Taste Pilot’s Grill.

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Neil Patrick Harris will Host the All-New “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

Neil Patrick Harris will be host to the new “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” set to debut May 22 as part of the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort.

As a fan of the parks NPH will bring his unique style of humor and charm for this version of World of Color at Disney California Adventure.

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Per the Disney Parks Blog, The all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” is just one part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which also includes “Paint the Night” parade and the fully-immersive new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular.

Sneak Peek of “Cinderella” Movie at Disney California Adventure

As a Disney fan from childhood, Walt Disney’s Cinderella film from 1950 was one of my favorites.  Of course, as a boy, I would never admit to this fact.  But as an adult, I feel perfectly comfortable in expressing my love for this classic tale.  Who could forget the memorable quotes and songs like “A dream is a wish your heart makes?” Plus the bounty of iconic Disney characters such as Prince Charming, the Fairy God Mother and Gus Gus.  They are all ingrained into the imagination of every child who has ever watched it.

On January 30, 2015, the Bug’s Life Theater in Disney California Adventure began running a sneak peek at the upcoming live action Cinderella movie.  Although the film will not be released officially until March 15th, this extended preview gives audience members a better idea of the full feature.  If what I saw on screen is any indication, I believe Disney will achieve better box office results than their previous live action fairy tale movies.

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The sign outside the theater is really nice.  It’s not simply paint on a rectangular-shaped wood board, there was thought put into its construction.  Bits and pieces around the display provides the feeling that there is something special to see inside.  A cast member awaits to direct you to the interior of the theater.  Since the preview runs about 10-minutes in length, the line is not long.

Nothing has really changed inside the Bug’s Life Theater queue area.  No special decor was added to indicate that you will be seeing Cinderella.  Nevertheless, I love the queue personally and didn’t mind that they ignored displaying any type of enhancements specific to the movie.

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Once inside the actual theater, I felt a bit of magic in the air.  The blue glowing light washing over the walls and seats with the title of the film on screen was visually delightful.  Unlike It’s Tough to be a Bug movie, this preview was not shown in 3-D so no special glasses were required.   Be that as it may, there were some special effects incorporated with the presentation such as blowing wind and seat movements.

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I will not go into detailed about the potential of Cinderella from a movie buff’s perspective.  I’m not qualified nor interested in gauging how well this will be received by critics.  I can tell you that this film seems to stay true to the classic animated tale that Walt Disney produced in 1950.  Personally, this makes me very happy.  My hope is that it will be well-received by the general audience and that Disney will continue using this formula instead of trying to reinvent story lines which deviate from the older animated features.

So, is it worth going to see this sneak peek?  Absolutely.  The wait time is minimal, the presentation is only 10-minutes long, and you get to learn more about a film that will be, in my humble estimation, a really good movie.

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Mad T. Party WILL return to Disney California Adventure

Oh man, it’s too early in the year to get a BONK in my predictions! The evidence was there. Auctioning off the arcade machines, the teapot sets trucked out of the park, and of course, the power of Frozen. I still think shows like this just contribute to the overcrowding of the parks. Mad T Party stopped becoming a party and became a hangout for social clubs.

But to be honest.. Mad T Party kinda has a special place in my heart. So there IS a part of me that’s kinda happy it coming back. I think mostly because my daughter LOVES it. And I want her to be happy. I can’t wait to tell her the news! Sometimes being wrong is ok. That crow looks mighty tasty.

Anyways here is the official news from Disney. Mad T Party will be BACK!

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Big news coming out of the Rabbit Hole today. Mad T Party is returning to Disney California Adventure park! When the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins May 22, Mad T Party will makes its return – and this time, it will be a new, dazzling experience, marking the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort in its own splendiferous way.

Mad T Party joins other sparkling nighttime entertainment coming as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, including “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!” Keep up with the latest news on the celebration here on the Disney Parks Blog, and join the conversation with the hashtag #Disneyland60.

We’ll see you when the Rabbit Hole opens once again on May 22!