Sunday, December 28, 2014

GameScope 2014 Year in Review

Joe and Sean get drunk, play video games, and discuss 2014. Topics include Microsoft's change in tune, broken games, bad people online, Nintendo's bad decisions, our favorite games we played this year, and 2015.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Thoughts on Theme Parks and Alcohol

I enjoy alcohol and drinking at Universal and Disney parks. I’ve had Krakatoas Trader Sam’s, Martinis Carthay Circle, Carls’ Combo at Rose & Crown, Duffs at Moe’s, and Dragon Scales while watching a performance of Tales of Beadle the Bard. There’s a cognitive dissonance held when alcohol is discussed with theme parks, especially the ‘Magic Kingdom’ style parks. When it was rumored Disneyland was going to get a limited access restaurant with alcohol and Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest at dinner was going to have alcohol there were several people complaining about the decision. But why, and who are supporting this change?

When opened in 1955, Walt Disney did not sell alcohol in Disneyland to the general public. Club 33, a private venue for corporate sponsors and entertainment elite, did, but that did not open till 1967. How American culture views alcohol in 1955 is vastly different than it is today. Repeal of prohibition occurred in 1933, 22 years before the opening of Disneyland. To give some context, that’s the same distance between today in 2014 and the opening of Aladdin in theaters. In reverse, cigarette advertising was allowed on TV and radio was allowed up till 1971, while ‘distilled spirits’ advertising on the same mediums was banned until 1997. The climate of acceptance has advanced the 60 years since Disneyland’s founding, and as such the park should adapt to those changes.

Disneyland is designed as an escape from the reality and burdens of society. For some, one of these stresses is alcohol. Not limited to those who’re on a path to sobriety, alcoholism is a disease that affects many. And not just alcoholics can take in too much, but regular guests can abuse the drug too. Here are several tweets from Chad, aka ExTrashcan on Twitter, who said it better than I ever could.

In my opinion, these comments don’t really reflect the state of Disney’s treatment of alcohol. My issue is Disney does not respect the adult nature of alcohol. Take a look below, a snap shot of the Disney Parks blog:

Two alcoholic mixed drinks, with foam and glow cubes, ‘themed’ around the movie Frozen. How is this appropriate? How can it stand where Cast Members are not supported to cut guests off from alcohol sales? Any other business that doesn’t respect alcohol and the effects it has on people cannot function, so how can Disney? Can you actually call someone a guest if you do not look out for their well-beings? Are you a host or an enabler with open cash registers? 

My trouble point and question to Disney and Universal is how does alcohol fit in a theme park? Is it through sweet drinks with glow cubes? Black coolers or carts set outside of attractions full of the major beer options? I do not think these are the answer. While I am not against alcohol sales, any sort of fantasy element to it or backing of cast/team member cannot happen. I do not have the answers and won’t pretend to, what I want to do is ask why are people against these changes. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

3.16 - Ten Days or Whatever of Kwanzaa

Joe, Nick, and Sean draw Cards Against Humanity cards then dive into SeaWorld, Cedar Point, the Polynesian, Avatar is doing something or another, Be Our Guest for breakfasts, Kong updates, and water park permits. Then Nick dives into his recent trip talking about Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, HOT Butterbeer, and Cowfish. Happy Festivus y'all!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

3.15- Universal vs Disney: The Unofficial Guide with Sam Gennawey

Joe and Nick are joined by Sam Gennawey, urban designer, planner, and author of the book 'Universal versus Disney: The Unofficial Guide to American Theme Parks' Greatest Rivalry'. We discuss the origins of the book, the creation of the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour, the developments that lead to the creation of Universal Studios Florida, the creation of Islands of Adventure, and much much more. This is just a sample of the full contents of the book, now available!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

UOR Permit Update: More Water Park News

First I want to apologize for the incomplete nature of this post. I'm having a hard time getting pictures up through Blogger right now, but Mike will be updating this post ASAP with the documents in question.

This post has more to do with the water park, which is quickly coming into view as more and more permits are found. The newest update comes as an addition to our previous report on the water park. More documents have been added to the original, giving us more insight into the water park project. According to the updated permit, the water park construction will disturb 53 acres of land, and will have a construction period of 11/20/2014 - 11/20/2016. That's interesting, as it's seems to be only two years to build and complete the park.

As always, keep an eye on Parkscope for more details.