Digital projection on a three dimensional object started out as a cool art project by making a building appear to crumble or become a canvas for swimming fish. Disney’s Imagineers were quick to harness the technology and bring it to the parks.
It’s currently in use at the Magic Kingdom as part of the Celebrate the Magic castle show and during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party in Hallowishes and the Villain’s stage show. There’s also a car in the queue of Test Track at EPCOT that’s gets a digital projection treatment. You can also find it in Disneyland Paris as part of the Disney Dreams show, which I hear is fantastic.
The latest use of digital 3d mapping and projection takes it down to the small scale - a wedding cake. Which as cool as it is, is only available to the few guests who can afford the more expensive wedding packages.
So, I started to think where else could Disney make us of digital projection. They did try something once on Spaceship Earth using Mike Wazowski to announce the “Monstrous Summer” promotion in 2013. I’d love to see that idea expanded upon with more night shows on Spaceship Earth. Continue reading
The Disneyland family vacation is an American tradition. You may bring home a set of Mouse Ears, a scarf, or a photo album, but mostly what you bring home are memories. And what are memories, but mental reconstructions of an experience. A sniff, a story, or a bit of dialogue can set you off and, woosh, you’re back in that magical place.
I grew up taking a yearly vacation to Disneyland and later spent many days and nights wandering the park exploring all aspects of its magical draw. Out of that sprang the stories that became my book “Dispatch from Disneyland.” As you read each story I hope you will slip back into that mental state where Disneyland is just a mind’s jump away.
Also included in “Dispatch from Disneyland” are a collection of essays and interesting facts that help make Disneyland the number one destination for Disney fans around the globe.
As the holiday season approaches, I hope you will consider ordering a copy of the book for yourself and for a friend you know loves Disney as much as you. Learn more about the book at its website where you can download a PDF version of the book, or order directly from Amazon in print or Kindle form.
Thank you and I know you will enjoy the book
Guests of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will soon find themselves transported to the city of San Fransokyo.
After entering the Magic of Disney Animation attraction you will be able to tour the lab from the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and then meet Hiro Hamada and his huggable buddy Baymax in Hiro’s garage workshop.
This does mean that the Wreck-it Ralph meet & greet will end its sugar rush on October 24th. Ralph and Penelope will be seen in parades, after that.
Aw synergy. It’s that wonderful thing that lets the Disney parks tap into other Disney brands, like The Muppets, to make wonderful cross-promotional marketing music together. Today’s example is actually a pretty successful video featuring the Swedish Chef as he attempts to make a
Mexican Swedish Shrimp Taco recipe from the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.
In case your at home cooking skills are slightly better than the Swedish Chef, here is the recipe so you can make Shrimp Tacos at home:
Tacos de Camarones (Shrimp Tacos)
Makes 10 (6-inch) tacos
- 2/3 cups mayonnaise
- 7.5 ounce can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, puréed
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon parsley, dried
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined, about 30 to 35 shrimp
- 10 (6-inch) flour tortillas
- 3 cups shredded red cabbage
- 3/4 cup favorite salsa verde
For chipotle sauce:
- Mix mayonnaise and puréed chipotle peppers in a medium bowl until smooth. Cover and refrigerate.
For tempura shrimp:
- Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil to 375˚F in a deep fryer.
- Beat egg white in a small bowl until frothy and light. Do not overbeat. Set aside.
- Mix together flour, cornstarch, salt, parsley, paprika, baking powder, garlic powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Add water and egg white; mix until smooth.
- Add shrimp and toss until fully covered with batter.
- Drop 6 to 8 at a time in hot oil. Do not overcrowd. Fry 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Remove fried shrimp and drain on paper towels.
- Spread 1 heaping tablespoon of chipotle mayonnaise on flour tortilla and place 3 shrimp down middle. Top with small handful of cabbage and drizzle with salsa verde.