D23: The Unmitigated Disaster of the Disney Parks & Resorts Presentation

Header image via Disney When discussing the Walt Disney Studios live action presentation at the 2015 D23 Expo, I described it as “something of a mess.” Well, if that’s true than the Disney Parks & Resorts presentation held a mere two-and-a-half hours later was more or less a garbage fire. As I alluded to when … Continue reading D23: The Unmitigated Disaster of the Disney Parks & Resorts Presentation

D23: Excitement, Confusion, and Disappointment from Disney Live Action (With Thoughts on STAR WARS Land)

The Walt Disney Studios live action panel at the 2015 D23 Expo was something of a mess. For months Disney has been positioning this panel as a big deal, announcing that Marvel Studios would be abandoning their long-held position of supremacy in Comic-Con’s Hall H and that the Star Wars panel at SDCC would be … Continue reading D23: Excitement, Confusion, and Disappointment from Disney Live Action (With Thoughts on STAR WARS Land)

Legends Never Die – The Unappreciated Importance of LEGENDS OF FRONTIERLAND

This article assumes you have some level of familiarity with the “Legends of Frontierland” game that took place at Disneyland last summer. If you don’t know what any of these words mean, check out my previous article HERE. Interactivity – it’s the big new buzzword for theme parks these days. Spurred on by the rising … Continue reading Legends Never Die – The Unappreciated Importance of LEGENDS OF FRONTIERLAND

On Film Resolution and SOARIN’ OVER CALIFORNIA’s Digital Update

Link to header image HERE if you want to take a closer look. Let’s talk a little bit about film resolution. Recently, Disneyland closed down their popular Soarin’ Over California attraction to swap out its film projectors for new digital replacements. This was an inevitable change, as all around the world the number of places you … Continue reading On Film Resolution and SOARIN’ OVER CALIFORNIA’s Digital Update

Attraction Review – VOYAGE TO THE IRON REEF

When Knott’s Berry Farm first announced the details for their new interactive dark ride, I despaired. A ride-through shooting gallery themed around steampunk sea creatures eating the remains of former Knott’s attractions sounded so distinctly unappealing to me. Comparisons made to Disney’s Toy Story Midway Mania – a stunningly lazy attraction that is nothing more than … Continue reading Attraction Review – VOYAGE TO THE IRON REEF

Best in the West – A Love Letter to “Legends of Frontierland”

About three months ago, a Disneyland cast document leaked detailing a then upcoming game called Legends of Frontierland. The document described a game in which Disneyland guests were supposed to create a character for themselves, buy “land” in town (which could include several of the real-world businesses), could run for government office, and even throw other … Continue reading Best in the West – A Love Letter to “Legends of Frontierland”

What’s in an Ending? – Thoughts on “Legends of Frontierland’s” Extension

With Disneyland’s “Legends of Frontierland” set to end on Labor Day, the past week or so has been a bittersweet one for me. A new semester of school started last Monday, and being unsure at the time how often I’d get to head down to Disneyland during the week, I’ve already shared a few sentimental … Continue reading What’s in an Ending? – Thoughts on “Legends of Frontierland’s” Extension

On the Issue of Monetizing “Legends of Frontierland” – An Open Letter to Disney

Dear Walt Disney Imagineering, Team Disney Anaheim, and whomever else it may concern, Over the past several weeks I have been playing “Legends of Frontierland,” and despite an initial suspicion that this was all going to be a spectacular mess, the game has far and away exceeded anything I could have dreamed of. You guys … Continue reading On the Issue of Monetizing “Legends of Frontierland” – An Open Letter to Disney

Defining Our Medium, a.k.a. What the Hell is a “Theme Park” Anyway?

When looking at theme parks, I feel as though there has never really been a sufficiently good explanation of what defines them as an artistic medium*. When looking towards other media, it’s easy to define what they are. Literature is words on a page, collected into sentences and paragraphs to inform, enlighten, or entertain. Film … Continue reading Defining Our Medium, a.k.a. What the Hell is a “Theme Park” Anyway?