Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Walt Disney World Explored in Television

I am addicted to these shows, Travel Channel, Modern Marvels, anything about Disney parks. It is a shameful not-so-secret guilty pleasure of mine, in fact Disney is a keyword permanently in satellite's recent search field. I will watch these shows too often, usually just in the background while I mess around online or talk on the phone. In fact, sadly, I have seen most of these so many times that I can pick up on the slight changes that occur, like when they update the show to talk about newly opened rides.

Discovery Channel's Everest: The Experience

I love Disney, the incredible effort they put into things is why they are Disney. They talk about mostly unnoticed details, but they are right, they are taken in as a whole and that is why their themeing is the best.

Disney's Imagineers

I want so much to play in the Imagineer's simulators and mock up rooms!
This special is a bit older so it also has a look into ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, one of my favourite now defunct rides.

A look inside Disney Thrill Rides (which, for some reason, includes Toy Story Mania)

Modern Marvels: Walt Disney World

Now if that isn't an indepth look at Walt Disney World I don't know what is, oh wait I do, and that is why I have about twenty more videos to fill this page with...

The Making of Walt Disney World

Yes, there is inexplicably no part three

Behind the Scenes: Walt Disney World

I realise now that there are far too many Disney Park television specials for me to post at one time, next time? Disney and the Travel Channel,synergy at it's best??

Monday, July 20, 2009

Disney World Musical Theming III: A look at Epcot

Subtitled: "How I learned to stop worrying and love Epcot"

Full Soarin' Epcot Soundtrack

The Original Journey into Imagination Ride Music

Horizons Music 1

Horizons Music 2

Tomorrow's Child

Epcot is a jumbled mess, but I love it. The Imagineers involved with it's beginnings literally explained that they had two projects mocked up: a Future World, based, sort of, on Walt Disney's concept of an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, and a park based on showcasing international cultures. They literally shoved the two models together and decided, yes, yes that looks about right. What they had made was a year round World's Fair, which they would consistently deny was just a year round World's Fair (sound familiar? AK's promotions which insist it is more than just a zoo with rides.)

Originally Epcot was just for learning and drinking it seemed. Before boarding your omnimover in the Living Seas you watching an education video about water, and how water has effected the Earth and our evolution. Now the Living Seas has been transformed into a paraphrasing of the movie, Finding Nemo. The movie was great, and the ride is entertaining, but you come out and look at the famous space aged sphere that houses Spaceship Earth and you remember, isn't this meant to be future world? What do lost cute, cartoon fish have to do with that exactly??

There was the, now defunct, Wonders of Life Pavilion, which contained Body Wars and Cranium Command, took a lighthearted look at everything from teenage hormones to DNA. Yes, the information was more candy-coated than at the Living Seas, or The Land Pavilion, but it definitely taught some children a few general facts about human biology.

The Original Journey into Imagination, and it's pavilion,was a Montesorri-esqu experiment with creativity and children. Jump over here, you make music, run through that tunnel, the lights change. It was all about interacting and creating. The new, maimed, "Open house at the Imagination Institute" lacks a lot of it's original pavilion and seems just to chant about experiments and senses with no experience for the children afterward.

Mission Space is one of the few new attractions that I feel actually fit the theme, though it does make Future World look a bit more like Space-World. That is not to say that I don't miss Horizons, I really do, but I think that Mission Space is the logical next step. It will be so easily plussed because it is a simulation, and thus could be reprogrammed completely.

As for Soarin', a ride I also truly love, the Land Pavilion was just where it sort of fit best, and since it was such a success in Disney's California Adventure, they found the slot and stuck it in. I have hopes that the Imagineers will film new footage that fits in with the the theme more, though I doubt this will happen anytime soon since it is relatively new and very successful. I can dream though, of a Timekeeper like video you could "soar" through, but it will likely just be a dream for some time.

How does the confused theming and purpose of Epcot reflect in it's music? Listen and then you tell me.

Original Plan for EPCOT

(yes I am such a dork that I made these videos semi-Epcot colours.....)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Disney World Ride Through and Miscellaneous

Ellen's Energy Adventure, Epcot:
Ride/Watch Through

AKA The Nap Ride; Also Sam, the "radio" portion starts at about 7 minutes into the second video.

Monorail Ride Through

An Odd Collection of Disney Music/Announcements

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I Want My Resort TV

Your sister is doing her hair, your mom is getting her purse together, your father is in the bathroom.

LET'S JUST FREAKING GET OUT THERE ALREADY. But no, you watch this instead, waiting impatiently.

The Disney Resort Channels mean you are in Disney World, that sometime soon you will be one of the happy children you are watching now, with a giant smile plastered on your face.

Bonus Commercial from the 1990s:

Monday, July 6, 2009

Disney World Musical Theming II: Queue Music and beyond

Space Mountain Queue Ambient Music

Amazingly long and loud version of this audio, which is hard to find even in parts.

Disneyland Main Street Theme Music

Shock, a Disneyland Cali thing, yes I do focus too heavily on WDW and I just stumbled upon this and love for the original overcame me.

Sunset BLVD/ Tower of Terror Area Audio Loop

I love this loop, it makes me feel like I am sitting outside of Tower of Terror when I am exhausted from running around DHS. It is haunting and beautiful.

Innovention's Area Loop

The loop for the arcade/world's fair area of Future World, not my favourite but it is nice to have on hand and it is very Epcot-esque in general.

Tomorrowland Area Music

The area themeing music for both Disneyland and WDW's Tomorrowland section. It is less discordant than the Star Tunnel Queue area music inside Space Mountain, and at times it has an odd new age slant. Hypnotic, like much of Disney's background music it seems.

Star Tours Queue

Awesome puns and jokes about Star Wars mostly, but lovely nontheless.

Hope you enjoyed this tiny exploration of Disney Parks through music.