Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July!

In honor of the 4th we present this video of a super patriotic fireworks display over Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland (featuring music from Epcot's American Adventure):


Speaking of American Adventure, the inspiring audio animatronic show at Epcot, here is a great video with highlights of the show:


No discussion of patriotic Disney attractions would be complete without a look at the Hall of Presidents from Walt Disney World:




Finally, just because it made me laugh, here is a video I found entitled Hall of Inaccurate Presidents:


Happy 4th of July! Eat some BBQ, have a beer and try not to blow your hand off lighting a bottle rocket.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Ken is going to SDCC




But what is SDCC? if only I could decipher the code...

Perhaps it's the Salvation and Deliverance Church of Connecticut!



Oh right. San Diego Comic Con. That makes sense too.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Aristocats



On the most recent Ken PD Snydecast Ken and Dana talk about The Aristocats. It's one of the more underrated Disney flicks. It's a fun time with lots of engaging characters and solid music.





The film has three kittens at the center of the plot and they have all appeared at Disney parks.


However, Marie is far and away the most popular particularly in Tokyo Disneyland.

There are a few possible reasons. For starters, her name is easier to pronounce. The other two are named Toulouse and Berlioz. Also, there is always a demand for more female characters in the parks.

I've also heard that in Tokyo she was initially popular because she sorta looks like Hello Kitty and that led to her being popular in her own right. I don't recall where I heard that. Possibly I dreamed it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Disneyland Paris Ratatouille ride



On the newest Snydecast Dana describes this attraction. You can also hear more of his description of this on Drunk On Disney.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mickey Mouse hats in Paris

On the most recent Snydecast Dana mentioned that they didn't sell the Mickey Mouse ear hats in Disneyland Paris.

Dana mentions that they sell ears that look like these:


 And these:


This article also mentions the lack of hat:
http://www.leparcorama.com/2013/01/21/5-things-disneyland-paris-should-start-selling/#merch


The website is written in foreign, but here's a translation:

1. EAR HATS
I can’t believe those are not on sale: it is the very first thing I bought during my Walt Disney World vacation! This classic is really missing in Disneyland Paris. And now we know that DLP is planning to sell the Glow With The Show version of this hat (with lights synchronized to the show) for Disney Dreams, I’m even more outraged the original one is still not on sale in Marne-la-VallĂ©e. But other classics are also ignored in DLP, like these lovely Mickey Mouse shaped balloons. They should not only be seen as gadgets: once guests use these historical items in the parks, they contribute to the joyful and elegant atmosphere of the Disneyland park.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Engelbert Humperdinck



On the newest Snydecast Dana and Ken drop the name of Englebert Humperdinck. It's not surprising they dropped it. It's a heavy name to carry.

SELF HIGH FIVE.

Anyway, it's not his real name. He was born Arnold Dorsey but he thought that name was too normal He wanted a weird name that sounded like a Muppet and a German sexual position.

Engelbert Humperdinck. It's not even easy to spell. The "C" at the end throws me off.

Here's some info from Wikipedia that I cut and pasted without reading:

Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold George Dorsey; 2 May 1936) is an English pop singer. He is best known for his songs "Release Me" and "The Last Waltz", both singles topping the UK music charts in 1967, and selling in large-enough numbers to help the singer achieve "the rare feat of scoring two million sellers in one year." In North America, he is also known for his 1976-hit single, "After the Lovin'." Humperdinck is regarded by music critics to be "one of the finest middle-of-the-road balladeers around."

Here's a YouTube video that claims to be one of his albums. I didn't watch it. Hopefully halfway through it becomes some weird German Muppet sex romp:

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hatbox Ghost

On the newest Ken PD Snydecast the boys discuss the Hatbox Ghost. The video below tells the history of the figure. At around 6:15 you can see old footage of the original Hatbox Ghost:


Below is the video of the new figure on the ride:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MacSabbath

On the newest Snydecast Dana mentions going to the Smash Party at Titmouse animation studio.



Dana mentions that the band playing was Mac Sabbath.


Here you can see them perform:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dick Kulpa

On the newest Snydecast Ken and Dana were discussing a Cracked artist that Dana met at a convention. Jon Eadler tweeted this in response:



Kulpa is a well known cartoonist who owned Cracked from 2000 to 2005.


Also, Ken mentions that Eadler has a picture of himself of Twitter ordering the first drink at the outside bar at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto. I have included the photo here so you don't have to bother looking for Eadler on Twitter. 

You're welcome.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The new Peter Pan Interactive Queue

On the latest Snydecast Ken says talks about the new queue for Peter Pan at WDW.

He mentions that it isn't interactive. That's not correct. It is, but perhaps the interactive effects were off the day(s) he visited.

Here is a video about the effects:




And here you see the effects in action:



Friday, May 22, 2015

Pan vs Pan

On the newest Ken PD Snydecast Plume talks about the differences between the Peter Pan ride at Magic Kingdom vs Disneyland.

They are very different. To start, the Magic Kingdom attraction is two minutes and forty-five seconds long. This is thirty-five seconds longer than the Disneyland version.

Ken discusses the new queue which we will get to tomorrow.Today, let's get to the rides:

LOADING AREA (Disneyland marked as DL, Magic Kingdom is MK)



FIRST SCENE:




SECOND SCENE:
The dog is in the first scene in the Disneyland version. At Magic Kingdom she is in the second scene, outside:



Magic Kingdom has a much longer flyover of London. Disneyland you quickly fly over a few buildings:


THIRD SCENE:
There are very different flyovers of the Mermaid Lagoon and Neverland. Disneyland has more realistic looking mountains. The mountains in Magic Kingdom are very stylized.










It's in the final moments that you can see the substantial differences between the two attractions. Scenes are extended in Florida and there are scenes that are more elaborate. Also things are in a different order:







You may remember Ken talked about how the Magic Kingdom's Cpt. Hook doesn't sound right:



The ship sailing off at the end of the Disneyland attraction is more visually impressive:







All of these stills are taken from the two videos below:


Guy's Book!


A big thanks to Dana and Ken for promoting my book on the newest episode. You can pre-order it directly from my at www.sesameplacebook.com for $20 - free shipping. This is actually cheaper than Amazon where it is $22.99.

Also for pre-orders get an original Sesame Place token from the Computer Gallery in the 1980s (while supplies last.)


The book will feature over 150 color photographs that cover the storied history of the park.  Photographs allow you to see what it was like to visit Sesame Place in 1980, entering through a giant Big Bird head and walking across a massive suspension bridge over the park.

Park designer Eric McMillan created the (now ubiquitous) ball crawl where children can climb through pits of thousands of colored balls. Sesame Place was one of the first places anyone ever experienced this novel idea.  In 1980s, Sesame Place also boasted being home to “the nation’s largest collection of computer games” and thousands of children and adults got their very first computer experience at the park.


The book also showcases the park’s growth in the 1990s, where focus shifted to water rides and adding more walk-around costumed characters and stage shows.  The 1990s also saw new themed areas; Twiddlebug Land and Elmo’s World.

Special attention is paid to Sesame Place’s A Very Furry Christmas and The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular events.  Through photographs and captions we document the amazing parades at Sesame Place.



The book wraps up with Cookie’s Monster Land, the newest area of the park.  Sesame Place: Images of Modern America is being released this summer to coincide with the park’s 35th Birthday (Sesame Place doesn’t have anniversaries).  The book is designed to appeal to nostalgic fans of the park and theme park aficionados who want to learn the unique history of Sesame Place.

KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #223: A Taunt Of Flavor


KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #223: A Taunt Of Flavor - Ken & Dana return with a hatbox full of love.




Also, make sure and buy the CD! Once the sell out we will make VOLUME TWO! This is a fantastic CD with new introductions and mini episodes where Ken and Dana are reminded of the details of the recording:


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Ken and Dana have both been enamored with the new Trader Sam's Grog Grotto in WDW.


The themed bar is located in The Polynesian Hotel and is a new version of the Trader Sam's in Disneyland.

The bar has special drinks that are served in wonderful souvenir glasses that Ken has been collecting:

Here's a nice overview: