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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration: An Overview

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My family and I just attended a media event for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which is the fancy name given to Disneyland’s 60th anniversary. Spoiler alert: It’s fun! In addition to everything you have heard about the new “World of Color – Celebrate! The… Read More »Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration: An Overview

Captain America Arrives at Disneyland on March 7

In the competition for the longest attraction name in the park, “Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage” will soon be home to the first Avenger, or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof. As Disneyland has done for both Iron Man and Thor… Read More »Captain America Arrives at Disneyland on March 7

Should Disneyland Re-Theme Innoventions to Marvel?

Disneyland’s Tommorowland has always been the black sheep of the theme park. Never quite fitting in to the time in which it existed, the whole concept of a land based on the unknown realm of the future, has been difficult for even Disney’s famed Imagineers… Read More »Should Disneyland Re-Theme Innoventions to Marvel?

Iron Man 3 Exhibit at Disneyland

Please welcome guest author Zoë Periale with this report from the new Iron Man 3 exhibit at Disneyland:

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With the third movie in the Iron Man series up for release at midnight tonight, a new exhibit has cropped up in Disneyland. Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries is located on the top floor of Innoventions, a small low capacity building in the back of Tomorrowland but fitting nonetheless. After doing a round about of the top floor to reduce traffic flow problems, you’ll be greeted by the sight of what the over head speakers is dubbing the Mark XLII, or Mark 42 of the Iron Man suit. Red and shiny it stands on a recreation of Tony Stark’s circular pedestal that fans of the series will recognize as the location where he preforms many a suit up in his Malibu Beachside home. Read More »Iron Man 3 Exhibit at Disneyland

Getting to know Disney Music Maker Russell Brower

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Probably not all too shocking for those who know me: I am a bit of an audiophile. Specifically, I enjoy listening to music from the Disney Parks; after all, they are some of the few places on Earth where your life has beautiful background music wherever you go! From the moment you step into the park until the moment you leave, you are surrounded by some amazing scores and sounds that magically morph as you stroll from one location to the next. After all, Disney is known for the details, and the music composed for the parks is no different. As much thought goes into the themes, instrumentation, and timbres as can be said for details in the architecture, technology, and storytelling goes into the attractions. Unfortunately, many of the musicians who imagineer these aural attractions remain relatively unknown to the majority of park guests. Well, that’s where I’m about to step in.

One of my blogging goals has always been to explore those composers who help create the music, and I decided to start with what is perhaps my favorite pieces of park music: the Future World/Innoventions Area Loop heard in EPCOT. Whether crossing from Mission: Space over to Soarin’, Spaceship Earth over by the Fountain of Nations, or simply stopping to enjoy a Mickey bar and soak in the ambiance of Future World, this is my go-to track whenever I’m looking to take a mental trip back to my happy place. I figured if I was going to start my exploration of the musicians who create the “magic” via background music, it was going to be here, with this loop composed by Russell Brower. The amazing thing is once I discovered Mr. Brower was on Twitter, he was gracious enough to share a bit of his story as well as the story behind this awesome music!

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Attacked EPCOT Attraction Habit Heroes to Close?

The newest exhibit in EPCOT’s Innoventions was subjected to attacks from various groups for presenting the subject matter in a rude and offensive manner. That exhibit is Habit Heroes, an attraction that aimed to teach kids and their parents new habits that would leave to… Read More »Attacked EPCOT Attraction Habit Heroes to Close?

EPCOT’s House of Innovention to get new Sponsor, Green Message

The out of date and infrequently open House of Innoventions inside EPCOT’s Innoventions exhibit hall is due to receive an extreme makeover and a new set of sponsors. The new version will have a more eco-friendly bent with a focus on helping homeowners reduce their… Read More »EPCOT’s House of Innovention to get new Sponsor, Green Message

IBM makes a Smarter Planet at EPCOT

Went to EPCOT this weekend to check out the latest version of the IBM play center at Innoventions. It was quite good and my six year old went back to play it a couple more times later in the day. I was actually, a bit surprised that it was just being officially debuted this weekend as I played a version of the game online about six months ago.

The game itself is a bit of a trip through the history of computing, which IBM and you as the star, of course. Across from the game is a learning center where guess discover the possibilities of building a smarter planet. The exhibit is powered by a news Smarter Data Center, providing a real-life demonstration of optimized computing that reduces energy costs by up to 25 percent.

SmarterPlanet presented by IBM offers visitors to the park a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse of how technology is helping solve the world’s most complex problems – from reducing road traffic and city crime to improving food safety and local water supplies.

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