Saturday, October 19, 2019

Did the Public "Get" Frozen," One of Disney's Most Influential Films?

Check out Joe Darthmaz on YouTube for a video about how Frozen was one of Disney's most influential films and how the audience may not have even realized it. Watch Did the Public "Get" Frozen? at Joe Darthmaz on YouTube.

Frozen was one of Disney's most influential films and how the audience may not have even realized it.
  
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Saturday, September 21, 2019

4K Ride-Through Video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Today's darthmaz314 Walt Disney World Video Featurette is a full POV ride-through of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train family coaster in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Check it out by clicking on this link (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in 4K at Joe Darthmaz on YouTube) or by visiting our YouTube channel JoeDarthmaz.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Walt Disney World
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Slinky Dog Dash Full POV Ride-Through - darthmaz314 Walt Disney World Video Featurette

Today's darthmaz314 Walt Disney World Video Featurette is a full POV ride-through of the Slinky Dog Dash coaster at new Toy Story Land in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Check it out by clicking on this link (Slinky Dog Dash POV Ride-through) or by visiting our YouTube channel Joe Darthmaz .

 
Slinky Dog Dash at Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

darthmaz314 Disney Snapshot of the Day: The Floating Mountain Waterfall at Pandora: The World of Avatar in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Today's darthmaz314 Disney Snapshot of the Day is of the floating mountain waterfall at Pandora: The World of Avatar in Disney's Animal Kingdom. In the past, there were those who complained that Animal Kingdom was a half day park and skipped it during their Disney trips. I personally never agreed with this mindset and always made sure to plan for at least one visit to Animal Kingdom during my stay at Walt Disney World. The addition of Pandora makes Animal Kingdom an absolute "must do."

Floating Mountain Waterfall from Pandora: The World of
Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom
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For those who will respond with, "I am not a fan of Avatar" or "I haven't even seen the movie," I will assure you that you do not need to know anything about Avatar to enjoy this land. It is completely immersive, beautiful at both day and night (be sure to see it during both,) and home to what I think is the best attraction in all of Walt Disney World at the time of this writing, Flight of Passage.

Impossible to describe in words, this attraction has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. In brief, it is a motion simulator, during which you are seated in a motorcycle style seat and required to wear special glasses. A breathtaking CGI film is projected on an enormous screen in front of you and the motion of the seat you are sitting in is coordinated and synced with the point of view of the film. Additional effects such as wind, scents, and even a bit of water are also added, resulting in an experience that truly makes you feel as if you are transported into the world of Pandora, riding upon the mythical banshee creatures which inhabit the planet.


Floating Mountain Waterfall from Pandora: The World of
Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom
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For those who don't like roller coaster-type thrill rides, this should be right up your alley. Those who don't like motion simulators, this may not be for you. Aside from that, put it on your list of "must do's" and be sure to obtain a FastPass way in advance, since wait times can still exceed 90 minutes, even though it has been open over a year and a half.



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darthmaz314 Walt Disney World Video Featurette: Under the Sea: Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Today's darthmaz314 Walt Disney World Video Featurette is Under the Sea: Voyage of the Little Mermaid from Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. One the attractions added with the addition of "New" Fantasyland in 2014, this is a classic Disney dark ride that takes you through an abbreviated version of the story of Disney's The Little Mermaid. Check it out next time you are at Walt Disney World...or right now at our YouTube channel Joe Darthmaz by clicking the link.


Under the Sea: Voyage of the Little Mermaid
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

darthmaz314 Walt Disney World Video Featurette: March of the First Order from Disney's Hollywood Studios

Today's darthmaz314 Walt Disney World Video Featurette is The March of the First Order from Disney's Hollywood Studios. This short stage show takes place multiple times during the day in front of the park's iconic Chinese Theatre. Check it out next time you are at Walt Disney World...or right now at our YouTube channel Joe Darthmaz.


 
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

darthmaz314 Disney Snapshot of the Day - Mission Space Entrance

darthmaz314 returns after a long hiatus with a new Disney Snapshot of the Day. It is hard to believe that we are approaching the fifteenth anniversary (August 15, 2003)of the Mission Space attraction opening at Epcot. Due to its tendency to cause motion sickness, this attraction never quite achieved the popularity of Test Track, the park's first thrill attraction. Mission Space simulates a space launch from Earth and a journey to the planet Mars as part of the guest ride experience.

The attraction utilizes technology developed with NASA, during which huge centrifuges spin the capsule that the guests sit in, simulating G-forces astronauts would experience during actual space flight launches. The problem was that this was causing motion sickness and frequent losses of theme park lunches...and dinners...and breakfasts. The tendency for the ride to induce vomiting was made very clear by the presence of barf bags provided at each rider's astronaut control panel.

Eventually, a "Green Mission" which was much less intense was added as an option for those seeking lesser thrills (and those not wanting to revisit a meal traveling in the wrong direction through their gastrointestinal tract. Whichever mission you chose, Mission Space is still a great attraction and you should make it a part of your day at Epcot. Have an interesting Mission Space story? Leave a comment and share it with us.


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Mission Space Entrance at Epcot
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

May the 4th Be with You 2017

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser


Here it is...the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was debuted at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando less than 30 minutes ago. Enjoy...





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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

darthmaz314 Disney Snapshot of the Day - Giant Etch A Sketch from Toy Story Mania Queue

darthmaz314 is not dead, just in desperate need of time to create content for the site. After another long hiatus, we're back with a new Disney Snapshot of the Day. Today's snapshot highlights an overgrown favorite of darthmaz314's generation, the Etch A Sketch, a classic toy featured in the Toy Story films and seen below as part of the Toy Story Mania! queue. The Etch A Sketch toy debuted in 1960 and is still sold today, almost 60 years later! Affectionately referred to as "Etch" by Woody in the Toy Story films, the classic toy was featured in a playful duel with the cowboy in the first film and used to identify the evil toy store owner Al in the second film. Do you have an Etch A Sketch?

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Etch A Sketch from Toy Story Mania! Queue
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

darthmaz314 Disney Snapshot of the Day - The Original Angry Bird - Donald Duck

darthmaz314 returns after a long hiatus with a new Disney Snapshot of the Day. The insane popularity of Angry Birds has led to the recent release of The Angry Birds Movie, which ruled the box office on its opening weekend. But some would argue that the famous duck pictured below is the "original angry bird." Can you guess where this angry Donald Duck appears in the Magic Kingdom? Send us a comment if you know.


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The Original Angry Bird - Donald Duck
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Friday, January 29, 2016

darthmaz314 Force Awakens Snapshot of the Day - Luke Skywalker Reveals Himself

Today's darthmaz314 Force Awakens Snapshot of the Day features one of the most dramatic moments of the film. From the opening crawl, we learn that Luke Skywalker has disappeared and that his sister Leia and her Resistance fighters are all in a vain search to find him. Once again, it seems that the fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of Luke, the last Jedi, who has hidden himself away after a failed attempt to re-establish the Jedi Order and a sinister betrayal at the hands of his nephew Ben Solo. After a wild two-hour adventure, the movie concludes with a final scene in which Rey, the apparent future of the Force, finds Luke on a remote planet and presents him with his original lost lightsaber, the same one that had belonged to his father Anakin Skywalker. Luke reaction to Rey's arrival and her offering of the lightsaber, which seems to be a plea for him to once again answer the call of destiny and save the galaxy, is a dizzying mix of amazement, anguish, and conflict, as he ponders whether he should accept his latest challenge. A phenomenal end to a film that hits the mark again and again, right until the final credits.


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Luke Skywalker Reveals Himself in The Force Awakens
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Friday, January 15, 2016

BB-8 Gives a Thumbs-Up - darthmaz314 Force Awakens Snapshot of the Day

darthmaz314's next Force Awakens Snapshot of the Day features one of the many funny moments of the newest Star Wars film. Early on in the The Force Awakens, Finn convinces Rey that he is a member of the Resistance during their daring escape from Jakku and the relentless First Order aboard the Millenium Falcon.  Once off the planet, Rey questions Finn about the location of the Resistance base, which she will need as the pilot, if she is to help return BB-8 to his master. A very humorous scene ensues as Finn must convince BB-8, who does not know or trust him, to divulge the location of the Resistance base. After winning him over and providing Rey with the name of the star system, Finn celebrates his continued friendly deception of Rey and his newly-forged friendship with BB-8 by flashing him a thumbs- up and a huge cheesy grin. This beautifully well-acted scene of excellent comedic timing is then capped off with BB-8 delivering a thumbs-up of his own, as pictured below.


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BB-8 Gives a "Thumbs-Up" from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Force Awakens Snapshot of the Day - Rey's AT-AT Home on Jakku

darthmaz314's next Force Awakens Snapshot of the Day features a familiar site to fans of the original Star Wars trilogy, which has been brought back for the new film, but which evokes a whole different set of emotions this time around. The Imperial AT-AT (All-Terrain Armored Transport) walker was first seen in The Empire Strikes Back during the Battle of Hoth. These massive machines of war stomped across the frozen tundra of the ice planet during the attack on the Rebel base and with armor too strong for Rebel blasters, they appeared unstoppable and seemed to spell certain doom for our Rebel heroes. Even though Luke Skywalker and his Rogue Squadron managed to take a few of these mammoth machines down, their appearance was meant to strike fear into the hearts of the Rebels and the audience who rooted for them in theaters.

Flash forward thirty years to the events of The Force Awakens and we are presented with a very different image featuring an AT-AT walker. The walker pictured here is a fallen casualty of the Battle of Jakku, which is said to have taken place several years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The Force Awakens makes no actual mention of this battle or its victor. However, the fact that the Empire had lost a second Death Star and was left leaderless after the events of Jedi, coupled with the fact that Jakku appears to be littered with fallen Empire weaponry and ships, it is a good bet that the battle did not go the Empire's way. 

However, this AT-AT is significant not only in that it represents the fall of the once mighty Empire. In The Force Awakens, this instrument of death and destruction now serves a home for our heroine Rey, providing her safety and shelter from the harsh elements of Jakku and its many shady inhabitants. Like many, many moments in the Force Awakens, this one harks back to the original trilogy and then connects it almost seamlessly to the the events taking place in the new film. The force and the nostalgia have most definitely been awakened.

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Rey's AT-AT Home on Jakku - courtesy Lucasfilm/Disney

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