Sunday, May 29, 2022

Sam Eagle's Safety Instructions from Muppet Vision 3D at Disney's Hollyw...

Who doesn't love Muppet Vision 3D from Disney's Hollywood Studios? This interactive experience merges 3D film, animatronics, 4D theater effects, live actors, and Disney Magic and wraps it all into a blanket of Muppet fun and humor, making it impossible to not leave the theater smiling from ear to ear.


But before you even enter the theater itself, you experience the pre-show, which some claim is one of Disney's best ever. It is decades old now and not necessarily a technological wonder, which is more a hallmark of recent pre-shows, but it is filled with the warmth, wit, and humor that is the calling card of the Muppet franchise.

There are so many segments of the pre-show that have become iconic and quotable to Disney Parks fans over the years. One such segment is brought to you hear by Joe Darthmaz. Sam Eagle's safety instructions features the always stoic straight man, Sam Eagle as well as other Muppet friends, including Rizzo the Rat impersonating another well know rodent...hmmm. This portion of the pre-show is one of my favorites and I hope it will bring a smile to your face, as it always does to mine.

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Gorilla Hijinx at Disney's Animal Kingdom

If you have ever experienced Gorilla Falls at Disney's Animal Kingdom, you know that you can get some up-close views of our slightly lacking evolutionary brothers and sisters as they go about their normal days.

Join Joe Darthmaz as we check in on the younger residents of Gorilla Falls as they play fight, taunt their Silverback dad, play with an empty water cube, and try (unsuccessfully) to climb the glass wall separating them from the Disney day guests. 


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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Take a Ride on the Disney Skyliner in 4K with Joe Darthmaz

Take a ride with Joe Darthmaz on the Disney Skyliner in stunning 4K! 

Opened at the end of September 2019, the Disney Skyliner is an ariel gondola (cable car) lift system that connects Disney's Hollwood Studios, Epcot, and Disney's Riveria, Caribbean Beach, Art of Animation, and Pop Century resorts. 


Approximately 300 gondola cabins, some wrapped in Disney themed character designs, glide above Disney property roads, waterways, wooded tracts, and resort areas, offering some of the most picturesque views in all of the vacation kingdom.

The Skyliner joins the the vast Walt Disney World transportation fleet, which transports millions of vactioners across Disney property each year for no cost...well, for now anyway. 

Although a transportation system, the Skyliner really is much more as it can truly be considered an attraction in and of itself. If you have an opportunity to take a ride on the Skyliner, be sure not to pass it up. 

For now, take a ride from Hollywood Studios to Disney's Riveria Resort on the Joe Darthmaz YouTube channel.

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Saturday, April 2, 2022

Kylo Ren Interacts with Guests at Star Wars Galaxy's Edge in Hollywood S...

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge was originally supposed to be a very interactive experience in which guests "lived their own Star Wars adventure." There was supposed to be interaction with characters, as well as a "reputation system" where you had an opportunity to have some of your interactions in the land follow you during your visit. 

For example, your performance on Millennium Falcon Smuggler's Run was intended to be part of the reputation you built in as much as if you really banged up the old hunk of junk, you might catch some shade from cast members or characters in the land afterword. 

However, many of the interactions and the reputation system were scrapped due to cost-cutting and have now all been neatly placed behind a $5,000 - $6,000 paywall at the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser. One of the few interactive elements, although it is mostly one-sided is the character experience at Kylo Ren's ship.

Kylo Ren and his duo of Stormtroopers appear periodically in front of his docked starship to harass and recruit gathered guests at Galaxy's Edge. A Kylo Ren character interacts with guests via a series of pre-recorded comments and hand gestures. It is definitely a unique photo and video opportunity and should not be missed during your time at Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios. 


Here, Joe Darthmaz brings you a sampling of the Supreme Leader's interaction with the milling masses at Galaxy's Edge in our latest video release. 


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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Dianoga (Death Star Trash Compactor Creature) Interactive Water Fountain at Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios

One of the best things about Walt Disney World is the attention to detail, the little extra touches that make something special and memorable. While it seems that in recent years, some of that attention to detail has been stripped away in favor of cost cutting, some of it still exists in the Disney Parks.


One such example is the Dianoga interactive water fountain from Star Wars Galaxy's Edge in Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. "What in the name of the Force is a dianoga?" you ask. The dianoga was that one-eyed serpentine creature that ensnared Luke Skywalker in the Death Star trash compactor in Star Wars and dragged him under the water nearly drowning him. Just as we and his newfound companions Han, Leia, and Chewie had all given up hope on the young moisture farm boy, he emerges from the floating trash, released from the dianoga's clutches, as it fled, hoping to escape the crushing walls of the compactor chamber.


Well, Disney World's second one-eyed friend (think short green monster for the first,) or another of his species, has taken up permanent residence at Black Spire Outpost in a water tank used to refresh the weary travelers visiting the planet Battuu. Place your refillable mug under the touchless water station and momentarily fresh, cool water will fill your mug. However, you may not want to drink it after you realize, who resides in the adjacent tank from which you mug is being filled.

 

It is of course, all a gag, but it is an example of the small attention to detail touches that are the hallmark of Disney Parks and have made them a step above themed entertainment anywhere in the world for over half a century.

 

So, join Joe Darthmaz in a short visit with the Dianoga and Disney, please give us more of these types of nuances everywhere and anywhere possible. 



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Saturday, February 5, 2022

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Full Ride-Through - Disney's Hollywood...

Join JoeDarthmaz on a full ride-through of the Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.

On August 13, 2017, Disney permanently closed "The Great Movie Ride," the signature attraction of the original Disney MGM Studios theme park to replace it with Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, but maintained the facade of the building which is a replica of the famous Chinese Theatre located on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.

Many hardcore Disney fans were upset with the closure of the Great Movie Ride, which was a true masterpiece of Disney Imagineering and contained a number of audio animatronic figures never again matched in any Disney Park across the globe.

While a very different type of attraction than the Great Movie Ride, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is unique and modern and an attraction that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. It is also one of very few attractions throughout the history of Disney Parks to be dedicated to company's mascot, the Mouse himself. So, if you can't get Walt Disney World, or haven't been in a while, check it out here on JoeDarthmaz.



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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Full Ride-Through with Queue Footage from Wal...

Joe Darthmaz takes you on the "wildest ride in the wilderness" with a full ride-through of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad from the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Segments of the exterior and interior queue are featured as well.


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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Millennium Falcon Smuggler's Run Full Ride-Through & Queue from Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Joe Darthmaz brings you a full ride-through of the Millennium Falcon Smuggler's Run attraction at Galaxy's Edge from Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Portions of the exterior and interior queue are featured as well.


Much has been said and written about the quality of this attraction since it debuted at Galaxy's Edge in Disney Parks on both coasts. Some of the more negative comments were along the lines of...

"It is just a simulator ride..."
"It's a modern Star Tours..."
"We waited for years, for this?!'

A case can be made for all of the above comments. However, as a lifelong Star Wars fan, who struggles to not get dragged down by today's constant search for what is wrong with everything and everyone, every minute of every day, I really enjoyed it immensely. And that was after waiting almost ninety minutes.

Walking into that section of Galaxy's Edge and being faced with (what I can only imagine is) a life-sized Millennium Falcon was almost enough for me. Getting to experience a recreation of the interior of the ship, only made me happier. The fact that the ride was enjoyable sealed the deal. 

Would I have preferred that the entire land be set in the time of the original trilogy? Yes. However, the addition of Hondo, one the best characters to come out of the Clone Wars animated series, was a phenomenal move. Hondo is your guide and "employer" on your Smuggler's Run journey. Having just the right blend of charm, humor, and sliminess, Honda fills the role very nicely.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy a journey aboard the most loveable piece of junk in the galaxy, courtesy of Joe Darthmaz. Afterward, you can decide if you agree with some of the attraction's detractors or those like me, who are thrilled to have an attraction like this to enjoy.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover Full Ride-Through Video

This time around, Joe Darthmaz brings you a full ride-through of one of the most beloved Magic Kingdom attractions of hardcore Walt Disney World fans, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. The PeopleMover is an imaginative creation of Walt Disney himself, intended originally as a short distance conveyance system for citizens of his never-realized Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT.) No not the theme park...the community of the future that Walt envisioned building as part of the massive plot of land that is now known as Walt Disney World.

Walt dreamed of revolutionizing urban living in America by creating a utopian community where folks could live and work in a reality made better by the technology and innovativeness of American industry and ingenuity. The WEDway PeopleMover, an early name of the more practical invention that eventually became ride technology, would move citizens across short distances in his community, without the need for cars. This innovative approach was environmentally friendly, in a time when not many were concerned about such things. It would reduce the use of gas-fired combustion engine cars, reducing traffic and harmful emissions simultaneously.



Sadly, Walt's death in 1966 put an end to the dream of EPCOT as an actual community. However, the PeopleMover technology was marketed to municipalities and industries around the US and there are a few instances of its use in practical non-theme park locations. In 1975, the PeopleMover was added to Tomorrowland as part of a rejuvenation of the somewhat lackluster Magic Kingdom land.

The PeopleMover takes guests on a leisurely yet brisk sightseeing trip through Tomorrowland from an elevated trackway that winds through the land and even into some of its classic buildings, with accompanying narration pointing out the highlights of the tour. Powered completely by linear induction motors (using electromagnets to propel the ride vehicles,) the PeopleMover is still somewhat futuristic...at least in America where we don't use superconductor tech for trains.

The ride-through version we present also provides a look at the construction of the Tron Light Cycle Run coaster (as of late July 2021) scheduled to open in 2022 at Walt Disney World.

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Boo to You Parade from Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014 from M...

So many things have been taken away at the Disney Parks lately that looking to the past is more comforting and enjoyable than ever. With that in mind, Joe Darthmaz brings you a full version of the “Boo to You” Halloween parade from the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party event which was held on select nights from late August through Halloween night at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom until the COVID-cursed 2020.

This event was a fairly reasonably priced hard-ticketed event that was held after hours at the Magic Kingdom, which allowed you to enjoy reduced crowd levels, a special Halloween themed castle stage show and parade (brought to you here in its entirety from the 2014 version of the party,) and trick or treat trails from which you could collect all the candy that you could carry during the event in your specially themed treat bag, also provided as part of the price of admission. This party, which also featured Halloween themed deserts and merchandise for purchase, was replaced this year (2021) by the scaled-down, exorbitantly priced and poorly received “Disney After Hours Boo Bash.”

Copyrights on the parade music prohibit us from providing the original audio. However, we have augmented the video with a delightful track entitled “Spooky Ride,” (see credit on the YouTube watch page) which adds a playful and slightly creepy soundtrack, very much in the same spirit of the songs that were originally featured in this phenomenal parade.


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Friday, September 3, 2021

Disney Princess Cavalcade from Magic Kingdom

Since Walt Disney World re-opened from the pandemic closure, parades have sadly been absent from the parks. They were replaced with scaled down mini-parades that Disney named "character cavalcades." These cavalcades have been unscheduled so as to avoid the gathering of large crowds in an attempt to provide social distancing. Over the past few weeks, Joe Darthmaz has been bringing you videos of some of these cavalcades, filmed during our recent trip Walt Disney World.

Today's video is the Disney Princess Cavalcade from Magic Kingdom, which features Merida on horseback, Belle, and Tiana, as well as Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, Elena, Mulan, Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, and Rapunzel all on the classic glass castle float.

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Pooh & Friends Cavalcade at Magic Kingdom

Since Walt Disney World re-opened from the pandemic closure, parades have sadly been absent from the parks. They were replaced with scaled down mini-parades that Disney named "character cavalcades." These cavalcades have been unscheduled so as to avoid the gathering of large crowds in an attempt to provide social distancing. Over the next few weeks, Joe Darthmaz will be bringing you videos of some of these cavalcades, filmed during our recent trip Walt Disney World. 

Today's video is the Pooh & Friends Cavalcade from Magic Kingdom, which features Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger bringing up the rear. 


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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Pixar Character Cavalcade from Disney's Hollywood Studios from Joe Darthmaz on YouTube

Since Walt Disney World re-opened in 2020 from the pandemic closure, parades have sadly been absent from the parks. They were replaced with scaled down mini-parades that Disney named "character cavalcades." These cavalcades were initially unscheduled so as to avoid the gathering of large crowds in an attempt to promote social distancing. While they are not a legitimate replacement for a proper Disney parade, the cavalcades are a nice impromptu piece of character entertainment that can sneak up on you during your park day.


Today, Joe Darthmaz bringing you the second of the cavalcade videos, filmed during our recent trip to Walt Disney World. This video features the Pixar Character Cavalcade from Disney's Hollywood Studios, starring Mr. & Mrs. Incredible, Edna Mode, Sully, Woody, the drumming Green Army Men, and Buzz Lightyear.



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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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Mickey & Friends Character Cavalcade from Magic Kingdom

Since Walt Disney World re-opened in 2020 from the pandemic closure, parades have sadly been absent from the parks. They were replaced with scaled down single float mini-parades that Disney named "character cavalcades." These cavalcades were unscheduled so as to avoid the gathering of large crowds during attempts at social distancing. While they are not a legitimate replacement for a proper Disney parade, the cavalcades are a nice impromptu piece of character entertainment that sneak up on you during your park day.

Over the next few weeks, Joe Darthmaz will be bringing you videos of some of these cavalcades, filmed during our recent trip to Walt Disney World.

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