A Look At Disney’s Star Wars Themed Lands

According to the Walt Disney Company, the “Star Wars-themed lands will be the largest-ever single-themed land expansions at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.”

This is exciting news for Star Wars fans, Disney fans, and especially fans of both – like me. I was 5 1/2 years old when Star Wars was first released. It was about that time that I also visited Disney World for the first time. Both franchises have pretty much got me hooked.

So, it is with great excitement that I sit here, drinking coffee from my Disney mug, listening to a Star Wars sound track streaming in the background, typing this post and share the picture and link to this make-believe place I one day hope to visit.

You can view a really cool 360 full screen view of the groundbreaking here. I’m not sure if the ships and droids and everything are actually there or if they are superimposed. I am thinking superimposed; still it looks cool.

Here is a screenshot of one part of the screen:

Star Wars at Disney Parks - groundbreaking scene

Star Wars at Disney Parks – groundbreaking scene

Disneyland Peoplemover Blast from the Past

dc2b4c6e17fb19fe40ee51987574870bCheck out this picture of an older Disneyland coloring book.  Look at the Peoplemover!  Interesting that the Astro Orbiters are basically the same although I seem to think they were called something different.

Today, of course the Peoplemover is a little more modern looking.  There is a neat 35th anniversary pin with Mickey and Minnie “meeting” on the Peoplemover, check it out:

New Guide Book on Florida Theme Parks

This new guide book, Florida Theme Parks: A Guide by Alex Miller includes a pictorial tour of 20 of the state’s top theme parks. With over 280 color photographs and concise summaries of each of the parks.

If you are more a California person, you may like the California Theme Parks book.  Amusement parks have been a staple of California recreation for over a century. Discover how these magical places came to be; learn little-known secrets of 20 parks and what makes them memorable. 301color photos provide a unique glimpse into an industry that forever changed family entertainment.  The book is highly reviewed at 5 stars on Amazon!

Space Mountain Dome Animations for Halloween

Experience the animations/visualizations on top of Space Mountain’s Dome: 3 visualizations, 6 animations. It starts out with the visualizations then after almost 6 minutes you see the animation. It then goes back to showing the 3 visualizations for almost 6 minutes again during Mickeys Halloween Party at Disneyland California in Anaheim, California.

Video is edited to get right to the animations, because the video would be way too long.

Ariel’s Under the Sea Adventure

The Little Mermaid Attraction in Disney’s California Adventure Park, closed on Monday 4/30/2012 to add some upgrades. The attraction opened up revealing some interesting changes. The most drastic of the changes would be Ariel’s hair do in the Under The Sea Party scene. No longer the Dole Whip swirl up but now just a strange flat flowing 80’s style do.