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Commodore Dusk
15 May 2013 @ 10:56 pm
Disney World Scheme: Entitled Families Hire Disabled Guide to Bypass Lines, Says Report

I'm not sure how such a concept could be defined as luxury or ingenuity, when the crux of the thing involves sharing your vacation with a total stranger. Perhaps this is why wealth so seldom lasts? Is feigning injury on your own considered too gauche?

Still waiting, meanwhile, to learn the secrets of those who bring their tiny little dogs on the rides.
Commodore Dusk
30 April 2013 @ 06:10 pm
If two movies of the same "transportation acting like people" joke weren't enough for you, then here, have Planes. Starring Dane Cook. Thanks, Disney.
Commodore Dusk
05 January 2013 @ 06:29 pm
So, the new Test Track at Epcot apparently kind of looks like Tron. And a lot of the fans of the previous Test Track apparently aren't too happy. To be honest, their laments are strangely interesting, given my own lack of emotional attachment to the old version. I suppose it's natural to feel a bit biased towards the Disney World that one sees on his or her first visit, and now we're dealing with a new generation of nostalgia. Just imagine - at some point in the future, people will mourn the removal of Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, or of Mission: Space (Lieutenant Dan's Space Ranger Spin), and I will chuckle and say something snarky about the actual good old days, kind of like I'm doing now.

As for my take on the new Test Track, well, it's really not that different, outside of the aesthetics. They've spruced up the once-unsightly queue area, and done away with the obnoxious pre-show characters, both of which I view as pluses. On the other hand, they've added a pre-ride "vehicle design station," which might make for an interesting distraction, but kind of seems better-suited for the post-show area. After all, even if they push the idea that you're testing a car or truck of your own design, the illusion doesn't hold up with six passengers (and six potential designs) to a vehicle.

As for everything kind of looking like Tron... I'm certainly not going to complain. More things in this world ought to look like Tron.

Oh, and speaking of the post-show, I do think they were remiss in not at least bringing back these guys:

Commodore Dusk
06 October 2012 @ 01:06 am
Eh... How can one go to the extreme lengths of building a Haunted Mansion replica, and still leave out obvious details like a stretching room and creepy wallpaper? Perhaps my own lofty imagination has set my standards too high.

Sure, you could argue that they've still got to make a home of it, but the plaque outside pretty much seals the opinion of the neighbors... Why not live up to one's reputation as a complete lunatic?
Commodore Dusk
23 September 2012 @ 02:11 am
Over the past week-and-a-half, I have become hopelessly addicted to GameCenter CX. Did you ever learn about something years after the fact, and then wonder how you could've missed out for so long? This is one of those cases.

Each episode, host Shinya Arino is given 12 hours and tasked with clearing one "classic" video game. Add in some wonderfully overdramatic narration and some copious Engrish, and you have the greatest, most hilarious reality show ever. Why do simple-but-brilliant concepts like these seem to evade American television?

Kacho... ON!Collapse )

Also... I have no practical need for a Famicom system - I still have an NES, after all, and most Japanese games can be had via emulation - but hell if watching this show hasn't made me want one. They look as though they've been pried from the control panel of 1970s space cruiser.

Plus, the cartridges seem to come in all shapes, colors, and sizes (with nice, vivid box art), whereas we mostly stuck with boring gray in the United States... Then again, who knows - had I grown up in Japan, I might now be equally as fascinated with the NES. I suppose there's an inexplicable appeal to things that are foreign and different.

And I will say that having wires on the sides of the controllers (as opposed to the top) seems rather inconvenient. My thumbs are annoyed just looking at the pictures.
Commodore Dusk
14 September 2012 @ 01:29 am
I had not been to Toys 'R' Us in some time. Come along and see what was new.

What the hell happened to Geoffrey, anyway?Collapse )
Commodore Dusk
19 August 2012 @ 07:04 pm
I'm not sure what the future holds for Captain EO, but if they ever decide to replace it with something more marketable, they could do worse than Captain Eeyore:

In fact, this may already be better than Captain EO. A highlight: Eeyore zaps the Queen of Hearts with laser effects, turning her into a rhythm-enhanced Bert the chimney sweep. Several times over.

On the other hand, if Disney won't stoop to that level of absurdity (and - let's be honest - it's hard to out-absurd Captain EO), why not revive Magic Journeys for a while? The show may not be marketable, but it's got retro appeal, and it's just waiting to warp and terrify a whole new generation of children.
Commodore Dusk
20 July 2012 @ 03:18 am
As a nostalgic fan of Disney theme parks, I have, at times, gone to extreme lengths to relive pleasant memories of the past and expand my knowledge of Vacationland minutiae. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on literature and pictorial souvenirs, hours poring over internet articles and YouTube archives, and gigabyte upon gigabyte of iPod capacity on attraction music and sound effects.

Desperate though this may seem to the average park-goer, I had never once regretted my efforts... Never, that is, until 45 minutes of my life were mercilessly hijacked by a wanton abuse of the television medium titled Kraft Salutes Walt Disney World’s 10th Anniversary.

There's no turning back now.Collapse )
Commodore Dusk
30 June 2012 @ 11:55 pm
Recommended reading: a rather thoughtful (and somewhat creepy) retrospective of the original Snow White's Adventures attraction at Disney World. Makes me further regret that I mostly rode it with my eyes closed as a kid.

Of course, as of late last month, even the "Scary" replacement version has ceased to exist. It wasn't by any means my favorite attraction, but the loss is still kind of unfortunate... There are, after all, few remaining places in Disney World with that cheesy, old-fashioned feel - the plywood cutouts, the clackety cars, the soft, electric hum of the bus bar...

But the relentless march of the Disney Princesses, it cannot be stopped. C'est la vie. I only wish they counted Alice. ;P
Commodore Dusk
02 April 2012 @ 10:47 pm
33 is the happiest age, study says

So, I only have to tough it out for a few more years, and things will be great? After all, 33 is... the age at which Jesus was crucified? Wha?

I must be aiming way too high.