Here’s a video for anyone who didn’t feel up to reading the article about Owen.
I still recommend you read the article — bookmark it for later if you don’t have time now. But seriously, you’ve got to at least watch the video of nothing else.
Owen barely communicated with my wife and me. But he opened up to the parrot from Aladdin.
Quite a long read but well worth it. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that anyone is beyond reach, or that Disney isn’t pure magic.
Have tissues handy when you read this.
The mineshaft has a COMPLETELY new makeover, and it’s lookin’ good, if I do say so myself!
SPOILERS - SPOILERS - SPOILERS! Ignore this video and words if you want to remain unspoiled when sees such in person.
Here is what I notice, watching it for the first time:
- Bat eyes a lot brighter in the first tunnel, and a lot more animated/realistic movement in the former floppy rubber bat area/blacklight den.
- Ton of fiber-optics and projection mapping elements in the final (former earthquake) tunnel, as if it was rigged for blasting - sparks and projected falling rocks from the ceiling everywhere, looks very cool.
I was expecting more goat in the final lift hill scene based on what I’d read, but it looks great!
essentially, it’s a printed-out photo of the ghost in a picture frame, but the glass part is spray painted silver (the inside of the glass is). i didn’t spray many coats of silver on it, it’s probably only about 60% opaque. just spray a coat lightly, let it dry, lay it over the photo then see if that’s how you want it. if it’s too transparent, do another coat.
i used this paint: http://www.krylon.com/products/looking_glass_mirror_like_paint
more disneyland crafts!
i made a set of mirrors that have the hitch-hiking ghosts from the haunted mansion in them, depending on the angle at which you look at them. WHOOOOOA, right? i’m proud. i have the greatest living room ever.
I NEED THE THINGS
Hold onto your hats and glasses, because I’ve got big news to share today about Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland park. The wildest ride in the wilderness is reopening on March 17!
When Disney postponed the reopening of Big Thunder until “Winter 2014,” I didn’t expect them to cut it so close. But they weren’t wrong — the opening date is three days before the start of Spring.
Since I have no idea when I’ll be back at the park, I can’t wait to at least see video of the final lift hill! I’m really curious to see how the changes look.
One time after work (I usually close, so it was 10 pm at the earliest) I went to the grocery store and the man bagging my food said, “You work at Disneyland, don’t you?” I wasn’t wearing a costume, a name tag, or an ID card, and I didn’t use my Partners card. How did he know?
"cast member" is tattooed on our foreheads
Yeah, it’s something they don’t tell you about during the onboarding process…
When I worked at Disneyland, I would often go into the park on my day off. No cast member costume, ID, or name tag, no cast-exclusive merchandise being worn, and people would ask me cast member questions (“how do I get to Space Mountain?” “Where’s the nearest bathroom?” “I lost my daughter can you help me?”) ALL THE TIME. I don’t know how it happens, but people know.
Tokyo Disneyland: Where you can be turned away from Big Thunder in 1998 for not being tall enough, but bring your Future Passenger certificate to the park nearly 16 years later and still get to the front of the line.
Well done, Tokyo Disneyland!
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Fantasmic!, Disneyland version - full HD.
Even 22 years after it premiered, Fantasmic! just never gets old.
I'm a former Disneyland
ODV Cast Member
(1994-1997 and 2002-2004).
I've loved Disney ever since I can remember, and I've never outgrown it (nor do I plan to). I know the history of the company well, but Disneyland is definitely my specialty.
I've told a lot of stories. I may have more to tell.
I'm always willing to answer questions, though I am often online late at night so I may not see a question for a while if it was sent during the day.
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