Saturday, February 16, 2013

Web Roundup: February 16th, 2013

Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase

Universal Studios Singapore's new family dark ride is in Annual Passholder Previews and reviews, photos, and some video are coming in. The ride is getting positive, if somewhat reserved reviews. has a review of the attraction up, so go and read that instead of my rehash.

User sonikbyte has uploaded a YouTube video. It appears to truncate the attraction half way through. 

I find this attraction incredibly interesting as it's the first true family dark ride Universal has built since ET. It'll be interesting to see how the public reacts.

Vintage Project Florida Videos

The fantastic Disney and More blog has a great post on rare, vintage videos of Walt Disney World circa 1971. It's worth a watch to see the preview center and what the park looked like Day 1.

Death of a Moonwalker

My crude mashing of the keyboard continues to be shamed by Passport to Dreams. Her newest post, Death of a Moonwalker: Captain EO, destroys nearly all other themed entertainment writing. Foxxy looks at the concept of camp, 'fiascos', creative failure, and why Captain EO stands out despite all odds. Get over there and read this if you haven't already.

Disney Springs reports rumors on Disney's plans for the Downtown Disney/Pleasure Island/West Side re-conceptualization. If true, I'm very excited for what I see, Disney seems to have learned from the highly successful Disneyland Resort Downtown Disney and is applying it the original. And I know several Disney historians will be happy to hear "The Marketplace" name will be coming back.

The Future That Never Was

My childhood lined up with the opening of the 1994 re-theme of Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland. I was exposed to the idea of having a cohesive theme through a large area. While I saw Adventureland as simply some buildings and plants, Tomorrowland's tongue in cheek nature showed me how to look more into details. I agree with some that the planetary hub of the galaxy theme should have extended beyond Rocket Tower Plaza, and that some elements where heavy handed, but it was MINE.

Brice over at the ProgresslandBlog writes a fantastic piece on Tomorrowland, it's meaning, and the bizarre Alien Encounters TV Special.


I apologize for my absence from the site. I have been slacking off and figuring my life out. I have several posts planned, and am excited to get back to writing.