Monday, October 12, 2015

WDW Picture of the Day

Some of the desserts at Boma, my most favorite place to eat in all of Walt Disney World.


Friday, October 09, 2015

Making The Landscapes For "The Good Dinosaur"

A very nice and detailed article on what it took to make the natural landscapes for the upcoming "The Good Dinosaur". They went as far as downloading the US Geological Survey data to help them with the scenary.

Enter the U.S. Geological Survey, which posts incredible amounts of topographical data to its website—including the height above sea level of all of the land features, and lots of satellite images. So Munier and his team tried downloading a lot of the USGS data and putting it into their computer, and then using that to “render” the real-life landscape. And it worked: They were able to take a classic Ansel Adams photograph of the Grand Tetons and duplicate it pretty closely using their computer-generated landscape. And with this data, they could point a digital “camera” anywhere, in a 360-degree rotation, and get an image.

“We ended up downloading over 65,000 square miles of USGS data,” said Munier. This “gave us the sense of scope for [Arlo’s] journey in the film.”

This is definitely a must-see movie.


Thursday, October 08, 2015

New Disney Movie Lineup

I posted a list of Disney movies to be released in the next 2 years a while back. Now comes more update especially with the green light given to the Ant Man sequel. The new list also extends all the way to 2020! There is also a switch between Toy Story 4 and Cars 3.

So here's the updated list:

The Good Dinosaur - Nov. 15, 2015.
Star Wars - The Force Awakens - Dec. 18, 2015.
The Finest Hours - Jan. 29, 2016.
Zootopia - Mar. 4, 2016.
Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016.
Alice Through The Looking Glass - May 27, 2016.
The Jungle Book (live action) - Apr. 15, 2016.
Finding Dory - Jun 17, 2016.
The BFG - Jul. 1, 2016.
Pete's Dragon - Aug. 12, 2016.
Doctor Strange - Oct. 26, 2016.
Moana - Nov. 23, 2016.
Star Wars: Rogue One - Dec. 16, 2016.
Beauty and the Beast (live action) - Mar. 17 2017.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - May 5, 2017.
(Still untitled Star Wars Episode 8) - May 26, 2017.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Jul. 7, 2017.
Coco - Nov. 22, 2017.
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (live action) - Dec. 12, 2017.
Captain Marvel - March 8, 2018.
Gigantic - March 9, 2018.
Toy Story 4 - Jun. 15, 2018.
Black Panther - Feb. 16, 2018.
Ant Man and the Wasp - July 5, 2018.
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (live action) - Nov. 2, 2018.
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (life action) - March 29, 2019.
Untitled Disney Animation Studios - April 12, 2019.
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (live action) - Nov. 8, 2019.
Untitled Pixar Animation - March 18, 2020.
Untitled Pixar Animation - June 19, 2020.
Untitled Disney Animation Studios - Nov. 25, 2020.

Phew, and you thought you have made plans.

BTW, I wonder if there is typo or a mixup with the date for Captain Marvel and Gigantic. They appear to have a release date one day after the other. Can't believe they would schedule 2 movies to compete against one another, especially when their demographic audience might easily overlap.


Sunday, October 04, 2015

Higher and Higher

Disney Parks prices and attendance.  The Orange County Register reports that Disneyland annual passes will now cost $1049 for the no blackout date pass, and $849 for the 350 day pass.  The current "Premium" pass is being discontinued, but current passholders can use theirs until expiration and it will be non-renewable. 
Disney on its website Sunday morning also overhauled prices for annual passes at Walt Disney World. The Disney Signature Platinum Plus pass for visits to all four Disney World theme parks and water parks with no blackout dates is $829.
The latest price increase specifically targets Disneyland’s annual passholders, a core base that many unofficial Disney blog sites estimate at 1 million. Some have speculated the recent ticket increases are a much-needed way to reduce the large crowds that occurs at Disneyland during some weekends and high-demand seasons.
Disney is clearly struggling with ways to manage the increased attendance at the California and Florida parks.  One option on the table is tiered pricing , where ticket prices will be reduced for off-peak days.  But this could actually aggravate the problem if the lower prices attract even higher crowds.   Disney seems to be aware of the growing problem with massive crowds, but whether this can be managed successfully remains to be seen.  We don't see reports of one obvious solution, namely close the gates sooner before the crowds become unmanageable.   Disney seems to be trying to walk a tightrope by attracting huge crowds without letting them get out of hand.  Meanwhile, the parks are increasingly in danger of becoming expensive, overcrowded, unpleasant and unsafe.  Anyone with a medical emergency in the middle of a totally gridlocked crowd is in a bad situation. 
“We have to look at ways to spread out our attendance throughout the year so we can accommodate demand and avoid bursting at the seams,” Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek told The Wall Street Journal.
We'll see if that can actually be done.  

Monday, September 28, 2015

WDW Picture of the Day

Ah, the good old days when Fastpasses came out on paper! And don't you wish all stand by wait times are this short?

This is, of course, the entrance to Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

WDW Picture of the Day

You're about to find your Happy Place!

The final climb before the big plunge at Magic Kingdom's Splash Mountain.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Website That Makes Disney Dining Reservation Closes

One down, a few more to go.

Remember a week ago when it was reported that there are a few websites that snatches Disney Dining reservations, and then either cancels or sells them to others? Turns out it hasn't taken Disney long to start reaching out to them and, at least in the first round, asking them to stop doing it. One such website has shut down its service after hearing from Disney.

"Disney has requested that we discontinue our services as currently provided, and we have honored that request," Disney Dining Buddy announced online. "We understand this may be disappointing to those of you who have found through us a solution to the stresses of dining planning. We share your disappointment."

I'm not disappointed at all.

Like I had said earlier, I fully expect Disney to modify their Dining reservation policy, and may give preferential treatment to guests with resort reservations, passholders, or DVC members first ahead of the others. They won't be able to eliminate all of the loopholes that these websites can jump through, but it will at least make it more difficult. At the very least, it will prevent some service making reservations under fake names!


WDW Photo of the Day

Disney's Boardwalk Resort.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

$300 Jungle Cruise Breakfast?

Would you pay for a $300 Jungle Cruise Sunrise breakfast at Disneyland?

Of course, this special animatronic adventure doesn't come with Disneyland Park admission, which will set you back another hundred bucks or so. Tours start at the absurdly early morning hours of 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. After the tour ends, guests are escorted out of the park, and can only be re-admitted when the park opens if you purchase a ticket (or have a membership pass).

So you can't even stay within Disneyland after you are done?

For $300, you'd think they do quite a bit more for the guest than this.


SHIELD Season 3 Opening Sequence

Holy Terrigen!

The Season 3 premier in the US is next Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. But they have just released the huge opening sequence to the premier. Looks like there is another mysterious entity that is interested in these Inhumans. Could it be Hydra? Is that woman working for Ward?

Whatever the case, stay away from the fish oil supplements, people!


WDW Picture of the Day

Anyone know who this is? It must be some obscure character.



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Downtown Disney To Disappear On Tuesday

No, not the location, but the name will be officially gone this coming Tuesday.

Just like when Disney/MGM Studies changed named but people still called it MGM Studios for the next several years, I'm sure many of us will refer to it as Downtown Disney for the next few years.


Monday, September 21, 2015

WDW Picture of the Day

It's that time of the year again when Main Street at the Magic Kingdom is decorated for the Halloween festivities.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

WDW Picture of the Day

"Oh please, Brer Fox. Don't throw me over the Falls!"

The moment before the final climb during Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Halloween Jack and Sally at Walgreens

Just found at Walgreens for this season's Halloween merchandise. I may have seen these last year, but didn't buy them then because I was hoping that they will be on sale either when Halloween got closer, or even after Halloween. But as you can guess, they were gone by then.

So this year, I bit the bullet and paid full price, mainly because while they had 3 Sally left, there was only 1 Jack at the Walgreens store that I went to. They sell for $15 each, and about 11 inches tall.