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Modern Mouse Radio #105: Intellectual Properties vs. Original Imagineering

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Over the past few years, Disney’s trend at the theme parks is to take existing properties like Star Wars or Avatar and create attractions and lands out of them. Thanks to the popularity of Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter land, it doesn’t seem like this trend is slowing down. Walt did think of properties when building his original theme park but he also wanted to create new original ideas for his park. So when did Disney decide to slow it’s building of original concepts.

Does media have a hand in this? Creating buzz for something like Star Wars Land is much simpler than opening something nobody has ever heard of. Does Disney choose to market it’s Intellectual attractions over it’s original attractions? What will the future look like? Will something like Bugs Land or Cars Land stand the test of time like Adventureland or Frontierland have?

Also be sure to check out TheDCast.com to hear more of Dale and more. Plus contact him on Twitter @DaleWentland or @TheDCast to chat more about this episode!

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Modern Mouse Radio #104: Armchair Imagineers w/ Josh Combs

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On Modern Mouse Radio #99 we created a contest as a celebration of our 100th episode. The winner of that contest was going to be appearing on an “Armchair Imagineers” episode of MMR and that day has come! Josh Combs is a Southern California resident and he’s a frequent visitor to Disneyland. He’s also an aspiring artist (Check out his Clothing Company and Instagram) as well as a tech and science guy, so it seems fitting that we redesign Disneyland’s Tomorrowland.

Armchair Imagineers is our signature series on Modern Mouse Radio and takes three peoples ideas to reimagine a Disney park or hotel or space. There are no limits to what we can do with money or ideas, but we do have to work within the space and keep guests of the park in mind, hopefully creating a fun experience.

Love our ideas? Hate our ideas? Have your own ideas? We would love to hear them and what they are all about! Leave a comment below or on any of our social media pages!

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Disneyland Training Fail

Erika tells a story of her time training at Innoventions! Hear her humorous story about her time at Disneyland!

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Top 5: Bands You Should See at Tomorrowland Terrace

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Disneyland has been a hub for music since opening in 1955. It’s a place to see marching bands, acapella groups, jazz, rock, and all sorts of acts. Since 1967’s refurbishment of Tomorrowland, the Tomorrowland Terrace stage has been home to great bands that you can see almost daily. Depending on when you go, you can see shows several times a day from all types of bands. Depending on your musical preference, you may want to check out the stage, but even if it isn’t your cup of tea, I recommend getting away from long lines and enjoying some live music. It’s way better than the dance parties Disney often throws. Here are the top 5 acts you should look out for this summer.

#5-Sufferagette. An all female group, comprised of musicians around the resort, has played the Disneyland stage for just a few months but are gaining a name. They usually perform various covers from the 1960s until today. Several lead vocalists bring these songs a different powerful female vibe. I love the throwback to Mary Poppins with the Sufferagette name and they do a great job at varying between R&B, Rock, and Soul songs.

#4-Scot Bruce. I’m usually not into cover bands for the sake of playing Top 40 songs and gaining a crowd, and it might be why The Sufferagettes aren’t higher on this list despite their talent. What I am a fan of is recreating an experience. Seeing Elvis Presley in the 1950s would have been an experience! Like myself, some of us were born far too late to appreciate the King of Rock and Roll in his heyday. Scot Bruce brings his Elvis impression to life and does it better than many performers in Las Vegas. His costumed band bring the 1950s rock and roll scene to the Terrace stage and their show really does feel like a longer version of Presley’s performance on the Ed Sullivan show. This show is a proper tribute and it feels both classic and new.

#3-The Bolts. One of the few bands playing original music, I can’t say enough for this SoCal band. They are good. Somewhere between alternative and pop music is The Bolts. They seem like they’ve been playing for decades but have only been around a few years. They do toss in some covers, mostly newer songs and usually something you’d hear on alternative radio. It’s a great getaway from some of the top 40 pop songs or Radio Disney songs you’ll hear around the resort.

#2-Hard Day’s Night Band. Like Scot Bruce, the Hard Day’s Night Band is an experience. Dressing like different variants of The Beatles depending on their show, they play some of the best Beatles covers I’ve ever heard and they look the part. I’ve heard my share of Beatles covers and Beatles cover bands, but this group pulls off everything with ease as if they were the Beatles. They never look like they struggle with these songs and they play to their crowd so well.

#1-Suburban Legends. I might be partial to this one as I grew up listening to punk and ska music. This band hits me right where I want them to. I’ve seen Suburban Legends on the Terrace stage and I’ve seen them on tour. What this band brings to rock and roll music is fun. They choreograph dances, they thrown their instruments across stage, and for much of their Disneyland sets, they bust out covers of Disney songs like “Kiss the Girl” and the Ducktales theme song. Their show is pure energy! If you are at Disneyland and Suburban Legends is playing, stop whatever you are doing and speed walk to Tomorrowland like you’ve never speed walked before!

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Tomorrowland (2015) Review

Josh and Angie review their second film for Modern Mouse. This time looking at Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland. What did you think of the film? Be sure to leave a comment and don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube!

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Modern Mouse News: Hatbox Ghosts and Evil Storks

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Stories Discussed This Week
Hatbox Ghost Returns to Disneyland
Matterhorn and Peter Pan Upgrades at Disneyland
Easter Celebrations at the Parks
Disney’s Springs Boathouse and Amphicars Opening
Selfie Sticks on Rides
Tomorrowland Movie Previews over Captain EO
Monkey Kingdom in Theaters Soon
Live Action Mulan

 

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Modern Mouse News: Jungle Cruise Restaurants and Cinderella Stories

 

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Stories Discussed This Week
Cinderella Opening Weekend
New Tomorrowland Trailer
Daredevil on Netflix
Disneyland’s Innoventions Refurbishment
Grizzly Peak Airfield
Limited Shirts on Disney Store site
WDW’s Soarin and Toy Story Mania Growing
Rumored Jungle Cruise Resaurant

 

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Disney History: The House of the Future

Disney History: Walt Disney, The Futurist

Tweets on Tuesday: What’s Your Favorite “Land” at Disneyland or Magic Kingdom Park

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2015 marks Disneyland’s 60th anniversary and surprisingly the park hasn’t changed much. Sure that have been  some new attractions along the way but the layout of the park has stayed roughly the same. The park’s original “lands” have remained and it’s gained 3 new areas over the course of it’s 60 years. As far as it’s Floriday counterpart, it too has stayed pretty similar to it’s original layout. It’s only change has been that of a new land which has now been developed into a larger portion of the parks original Fantasyland area. So over the weekend I asked my Twitter followers (@ModernMouseJosh) what their favorite “Land” of either Disneyland or the Magic Kingdom was and why? Here is what they said!

@DisneySparkles: I like Tomorrowland, mostly because it hosts the majority of my fave attractions. This is definitely a great reason to choose a land. Tomorrowland at either the Disneyland or Magic Kingdom park has hosted a large number of attractions since the “land” opened as an original area of the parks.

@SixBubbles: Favorite? How does one choose??? Lol. It is difficult considering how classic almost every area is. The Magic Kingdom and Disneyland both host a slue of “lands” and attractions that are so unique, detailed, and classic. It is hard to choose just one and you don’t really have to if you don’t want to.

@MsMainStFortune: Main Street USA (DL) because I’m there all day everyday! Esmeralda chimed in on this one. She is the fortune teller on Main St. at Disneyland and calls that area home so she makes a valid point in stating that her home might be the best place since….you know….she never leaves!

@MouseMonthly: New Orleans Square – completely original. The first new development of Disneyland. Opening in 1966, 11 years after the parks opening, New Orleans Square captures the details and charm of the French Quarter. It’s tight walkways, detailed facades, and delicious food put it on the list for good reason.

@YWTTM: Tomorrowland for me and why, because focus on the future and how technology changes everyday. Tomorrowland’s growth over the years to catch up with technology has been tough at times, but it’s showcase and optimism for the future has always been one of it’s best features. It’s a place we can all live and enjoy. I love that about this land.

@TTATraveler: Tomorrowland because TTA Peoplemover, Carousel of Progress, and all those lights are damn beautiful at night. Tomorrowland is one of the best places to be after dark at either of the parks. It’s fun lighting and busy walkways make it feel like the city of the future. The Magic Kingdom version also hosts two of Walt Disney’s original ideas. the TTA Peoplemover was an original concept for transportation in the city of tomorrow (EPCOT) and the Carousel of Progress was Walt’s addition to the 1964 World’s Fair which finally moved to Disneyland and then Magic Kingdom.

@WDWParkHopper: I am a Frontierland man myself. Everybody has to have a place to wander and Dan is a well traveled Magic Kingdom lover so it’s understandable he would love one certain place in the park.

@GoTeamMegan: I like Adventureland because i’m not an idiot or a terrible person. Well Megan, you aren’t an idiot or a terrible person to begin with. I’m also a proponent for Adventureland so I’m right in that boat with you.

@MHolley579: Frontierland, with Advertureland a very close 2nd. Another person who had a tough time choosing and I have gone back and forth several times on which areas I love. It changes day to day.

@_AnnaPorter: Frontierland! Great Choice!

@JeffliPack: Holidayland! A former shortlived area of the original Disneyland park. It hosted a few attractions but not much. If you’ve lived to have seen this land, I’m jealous.

@StephenP117: Adventureland! Another Great Choice!

@LilDeb1986: Frontierland! I think I started a Frontierland vs. Adventureland war.

@CRufener: Adventureland! Nope, I definitely started a Fronitierland vs. Adventureland war.

@NORMNB8S: Based on what criteria? Attractions? Overall theme? Decorations? I’d choose Frontierland for all of those now that I think about it. After really thinking hard about it, Alan from the Enchanted Tiki Talk podcast finally came to the conclusion of Frontierland. I’m glad that he looked at it this way. Fitting it what really makes these areas great. The attractions they house, the overall theme and the decorations and detailings all make up a great “Land”.

So what’s my favorite “Land”? I’m never really sure. I go back and forth all the time. I’d have to say Disneyland’s version of Adventureland continues to be a constant in my thoughts but I could pin down so many others as my favorite place I’d like to spend time. It’s a difficult question but a fun one. Be sure to follow me if you want to be a part of a future post here on the site. If you have any other thoughts, don’t be afraid to leave your comments. Thanks!

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