Sunday, August 13, 2017

Episodes #296 & #297- big changes are a comin'




Overview: Change is in the air! At D23, we heard about a number of new attractions, new experiences, changes, and other assorted announcements about the theme parks, movies, digital content and a whole lot more.  And now that I've had time to think about it, I talk about it!  


Notes: There were some announcements made prior to D3, and a few made after - plus there are a few rumors that won't seem to go away...so I've got those here too!

At the end of the show, I tell you my big three I'm looking forward to, and three that I'm not so keen on.  What are yours?  Discuss below.

I didn't mention it in the podcast, but the one thing I will absolutely miss are the dinosaurs in the Energy attraction!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Episode #295 - Canada and Expo 67

That's me looking at the Niagara Falls version of the Backside of Water!


Overview:What did Dave do on his Summer Vacation?  He went to Canada! But here's the thing - I was amazed at how much I related Disney to things that I saw, and how various exhibits are influenced by Disney in some way...I also took some time to learn more about Expo67, and I share that with you.  


Notes: You should check out my full post of thoughts, and link to the Musee McCord, which had an exhibit of Expo67.

Below is a composite of the St Laurent Hotel in Ottawa, and the Disney version of the hotel that appears in Epcot (which of course was inspired by the St Laurent)


 


See more about the trip and its connection to Disney, and a few pics here: http://mydisneyworldblog.blogspot.com/2017/08/daves-summer-vacation.html





Monday, June 19, 2017

Episodes #293 & #294 - Carousel of Progress history part 3 - current show



Overview: In the third part of the series, I talk about how the attraction changed in the 80s, when they lost the GE sponsorship, and 90s, when they made it more like the original attraction, except for the last scene which became a look at the turn of the 21st century.  But they did restore the original theme song.  




Notes: Jean Shepard took over as host in 1993. But the show is mostly the same today as it was back in 1964. Most of the props, set pieces, and the audio animatronics (with of course updates and maintenance) are the same ones used back then.


Episodes #291 & #292 - Carousel of Progress history part 2 - Disney World




Overview: On this podcast, I talk about the carousel of progress and it's move to Florida as a part of the expansion of tomorrowland at the magic kingdom. And a new song is introduced: it's the best time of your life, which evokes the idea of carpe diem.  




Notes: the kitchen is the focal point in all the scenes because that's where family comes together, and perhaps more importantly, that's where you would be most likely to see many GE appliances in one place.


Episodes #289 & #290 - Carousel of Progress history part 1 - Progressland and Disneyland




Overview: On this episode, I start a retrospective of the carousel of progress. I first take a look at the general concept, then talk about its design, music, and it's installation at the worlds fair as Progressland.  Afterward, I talk about the move to Disneyland.   




 

Notes: "There's a great big beautiful tomorrow" is said to be One of Walt Disneys favorites because it considers the possibility of tomorrow.  And the carousel of progress reflects a lot of good things - moments from the past, hope for the future, and family to name a few key themes.