Saturday, February 26, 2011

Banksy in Disneyland

Banksy has been in Los Angeles this week because his film Exit Through The Gift Shop is nominated for an Academy Award (Best Documentary).  He will most likely not be in attendance since he keeps his identity secret.  He has been busy though making sure everyone knows he is in town.  If you didn't know, Banksy is a street artist.



The film is about a guy (Therri) who discovers his cousin is a street artist named Space Invader.  He starts following his cousin around, video taping him while he displays his mosaic pieces all over France.  He starts filming other street artist which is how he eventually meets the secretive Banksy.

While Banksy is in LA preparing for his first American show he decides to go to Disneyland.

 He passes through security with no problem.


Then walks around the park until he finds the perfect place for his newest piece, this leads him to Frontierland.  He opens up his back pack and starts to blow up a dummy he made to resemble a Guantanamo Bay detainee.


He jumps the fence and heads towards Big Thunder.


And sets up his detainee.



Therri sticks around to see what happens while Banksy slips into a restroom to change his clothes.  According to the film, Therri notices plain closed men who look like security and starts to walk away.  They follow him and eventually grab him and take him to the infamous Disneyland jail where he is questioned for 4 hours.

During this time, Therri tells them he was just taping because he saw the man.  He tells security that he has already deleted the pictures from his camera (while he had the video tape stuffed in his sock).  Where was Banksy during all this?  He was riding Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean....

The film is actually very interesting and worth watching.  You can watch it for free on YouTube, but if you only want to see the Disneyland part, start towards the end of Part 5 and the beginning of Part 6.






Thursday, February 24, 2011

Motor/Boater Mania !

When I was a kid, I loved riding the ferry to The Magic Kingdom.  Not because it's just as fast as the Monorail (I love this lie the Cast Members try to tell you when the Monorail line is long).  I loved the ferry because you could watch Donald Duck and Goofy ski!


Does anyone know when they stopped doing this?

I cant remember the last time I saw it...


Check out Goofy's swimsuit, and the shirtless driver (Captain?).

I tried skiing once when I was a kid, the result was me getting pulled underwater for what seemed like forever.  These costumes must have been made differently than the park characters, I can't imagine falling off the skis and feeling your costume soak up water and sink you like an anchor.

When I was in the College Program (A topic I plan on discussing soon) they would have a few parties a year where the characters would show up.  The craziest thing was Mickey and the gang would all be in their swim suits and would actually swim in the pool!  The first time I saw it my mind was blown.

Monday, February 21, 2011

SHAG!

I must have been living under a rock for the past month because I had no clue that Shag made this awesome piece for Walt Disney World's 40th.


Shag (or Josh Agle) has done a bunch of art for Disneyland, but this is the first time (that I can remember) that he has made something just for WDW!  If you want to buy this piece, sorry you're out of luck.  Only 300 were printed and sold out right away.  They have been selling on ebay for around $250.  Happy bidding!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Magic Kingdom: 1979

My Dad grew up in Florida about 2 hours from Walt Disney World.  He said the place was pretty dead during the 70's.  All of these pictures were taken in 1979.  Here he is on the carousel.


Nice shirt, is that a ticket book in his pocket?


I miss the skyway.


Have you ever seen the track so empty?


I had a much better Electrical Parade picture but it refused to upload.



This is the only parade I enjoy watching, the soundtrack is amazing! 




Monday, February 14, 2011

Frommer's, you are insane!

I went to Target over the weekend and I saw a Frommer's 2011  Mini-Walt Disney World Guide.  Now, I go to a Disney Park at least twice a year so do I really need to read a guide? No.  I just wanted to see what it was all about.  I opened to a random page and this is what I saw:


My mind was blown....  

Check out the ratings for Spaceship Earth and Test Track.  Now, if this was Fred and Ethel's Home Made Disney Guide I would be fine with them saying Spaceship Earth is an overrated C and Test Track is an A+.  Well, this is not Fred and Ethel's WDW Guide, this is Frommer's, a legitimate company.

A few posts back I told you my opinion on Test Track.  As a recap here's some more of my insight.  When I was a kid (and I'm sure most of you were the same) the one thing you want to do is drive.  This is why go-carts and Autopia were awesome.  Test Track is all the fun of being in a passenger in a car without the fun of driving.  I was going to guess that the high speed part lasted 30 seconds, well according the the above picture it's 12.  Really, 12 seconds of a speed (that is slower than most freeways minimum speed) makes an A+ attraction?

Meanwhile, you have an imagineering marvel with dozens of Audio Animatronics taking you through the history of communication and you call it overrated?  WHAT!

I hope Disney does not use these guides as some sort of consumer consensus on their attractions.  I think that from the mid 90's until Toy Story Mania Imagineering was in a slump.  I know that I am probably the minority here but I think Animal Kingdom is a waste of space.  How can you open a park twice the size of the Magic Kingdom with only 3 attractions?  Horizons was torn down and in it's place Mission Space was built.  Mission Space is really just a fancier version of Star Tours.  Then Soarin' came along.  They are the same ride except in one of them you hang and in the other you spin.  I think Toy Story Mania is great, yes you stare at a screen but at least your ride vehicle moves and they found a way to make it interactive.  The days of Omni-Mover Audio Animatronic based attractions has been dead for years. I know that Dinosaur has giant Audio Animatronics and it is a good ride, but it is not good enough for me to waste an hour of my day riding the bus to Animal Kingdom, riding it, and leaving.

I have really high hopes for the new Fantasyland.  With Lasseter working with the Imagineers I think he will help bring back that classic attraction feel.  We are finally getting a new dark ride and I've been wanting to ride in a mine car ever since Temple of Doom.  

Wow, this was a long post.  I'd love to hear what you guys think about modern Imagineering and this C rating for Spaceship Earth.

Oh, and one more thing.  Reading that page and seeing Frommer's Test Track tips I'm going to throw in my own advice.  First of all let me tell you that I have not ridden Test Track since 2004, but that doesn't mean I do not know how to work the system.  Frommer's advises you to get a Fast Pass because the line can be over an hour long.  Here's some better advice, break up your group and get Single Rider Passes.  This way you do not waste your fast pass, you can get on the ride in less than 10 minutes most of the time, and you do not have to walk half way across The World Showcase when your Fast Pass time comes around.  The seating on Test Track is goofy anyway so if you are in an even numbered group (excluding 6) you will be sitting by a stranger anyway.  With the Single Rider pass you will still probably end up in the same car as your group members and save yourself all the hassles I just mentioned... You are welcome

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

One Picture

That's all this post needs, because it's a good one.


I thought this was from Disneyland when I first saw it!  My guess is this photo is from 1985, taken by my Uncle David on his Honeymoon.  I was three at the time, his only nephew and not invited....

Anybody remember this guy?  It looks like the final scene, but I could be wrong.  It's weird because the Audio Animatronics they crank out now move like real people, but I think this guy looks more life like.  Maybe I'm crazy....

Oh, and how many pirates is he sitting on top of?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Domain-ation

Were you confused why my blog was titled "I'm a blogger Dottie...a Rebel" but my URL was tape player?  Well, I came up with tape player because I like cassette tapes and the title because I like Pee-wee Herman.  Yeah, I know it doesn't make sense.  So, In an effort to fix all of that business I bought a domain.  Now all you have to do is go to www.imabloggerdottie.com

How easy is that?  I know what you are thinking "Hey, great job stupid, most of your post are about Disney but your blog is named after a Pee-wee Herman reference."  Gimme a break ok!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Epcot Center: World of Motion

When you think about 80's Epcot most people go straight for Horizons.  Why not, it was an imagineering marvel, but let's not forget about it's next door neighbor, World of Motion.

It's my understanding that WOM closed because the sponsor wanted something different.  I can understand that, people do not flock to Walt Disney World every year to see hundreds of Audio Animatronics telling you the hilarious history of transportation.  I know that when I drive 15 hours to Florida the first thing I do when I get inside Epcot's gates is think "Boy,  I sure miss sitting in my car."  That's when I run as fast as I can to Test Track where I can experience what it's like to go 60 miles an hour in a car!

There are about a zillion things that made Epcot Center amazing, one of my favorites is the logo's they had for each attraction.  Here is WOM's:


WOM was full of visual gags because it was worked on by Imagineer extraordinaire Marc Davis and my boy Ward Kimball.


I believe this was part of The World's First Traffic Jam.


I read somewhere that these chickens are now in Disneyland's Pirates.



I love how I have pictures taken by my Dad and Uncle on different trips and all of their pictures are taken 10 seconds apart.





This post is heavy on pictures, which I'm sure none of you mind.


This is from an old Epcot Guide Map.  Take a look at the Sea Monster.  Did you know you can walk right up to this guy in Disney's California Adventure?


He's in the Hollywood Backlot area across from Monsters Inc.  Why is he here?  Who's brilliant idea was this?  How did they pitch it?  "Hey you know that empty corner in DCA, how about we put that Sea Monster from World of Motion in that spot?" I do not know the answers to these questions, but I'm glad he's out and about and not collecting dust in a Disney warehouse. 






Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Epcot Center : Journey Into Imagination

My plan for this week is to post pictures of Epcot Center.  I really miss that name, and all the awesomeness that was 1980's Epcot.

First, Journey Into Imagination!


The current version of this attraction is just embarrassing. Bring back Dream Finder!


You can still see part of Dream Finders machine inside the Mouse Gear Store.


To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Epcot Disney set up a small exhibit in one of Epcot's many unused spaces.  On display was this model.


On rare occasions you can find Figment in the park (and by rare I mean almost never).


In the 80's you could meet Dream Finder himself!


(You will never see a crowd like that outside the JII pavilion today)