Mission Breakout

This trip was very much a mission to breakout from my stressful daily routine. Get up, try to ease into the day with some yoga, eat my usual banana ice cream for breakfast, and then fling myself head on into my chaotic job where we’re either all shouting at each other or escaping into back rooms to try to breathe for at least a second.
I had missed going to Disneyland in May and my annual pass was starting to gather dust, so I booked a hotel, packed a bag, and go on a plane. Before I knew it was dripping in sweat (Washingtonians are not used to that big yellow thing in the sky. Especially not after the winter we had this year) but standing in front of the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride that took over the Tower of Terror.

I’d been pretty upset they were getting rid of the ToT for this new ride but decided to give it a chance.
A chance was all it took.
I rode that thing 5 times, and each time was different than the one before. Seriously, there are different audio, video, and drop sequences. And it is beautiful. Being the emotional nerd that I am, I had my hands over my mouth and dare I say a tear or two in my eyes as I screamed on the first go around.
Surprisngly, the longest I waited out of all 5 times was only about 55 minutes. Radiator Springs Racers still has a longer line.
I should know better by now than to doubt Disney to create amazing things. They have this unmatchable ability to completely immerse you into a new world by covering every single detail, including the ones you didn’t even think they would cover and probably won’t even notice (like the smells they pump out on Main Street). And I am impressed by how far technology has taken us. The video screens in the queue for the pre ride shows were CRYSTAL CLEAR and CRISP which usually unnerves me (especially when the TV shows on these fancy screens are from years before those screens were even invented) but it works for the fictional world in which the Guardians live.
True to the GotG vibe, you launch immediately into the ride instead of the slow, suspense and fear building pace that ToT took, with immediate drops and of course 80s music.

I spent my weekend mostly in Hollywoodland. With the Season of the Force over in Disneyland and new Marvel things setting up shop there it was the perfect getaway. While I love escaping into the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy, I needed a more heroic escape this weekend to a world where I could pretend that everything bad happening could be fixed by a bunch of hot people in spandex with large muscles, great catchphrases, and witty banter. And I got to meet Black Widow so it was a good weekend.
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end so here I sit, on the airplane home, where I’ve just been informed that we’ll be touching down shortly. I hope I brought some of the sun and heat back with me.
Until next time


In Summer!

Well, they did it.


(c) Disney

Back in September I made this video in reaction to the announcement that the Aladdin-A Musical Spectacular show would be leaving and a Frozen show would be taking over. I was highly skeptical. Yes, Frozen has a lot of hype. Yes, they won’t stop shoving it in our faces. But they had already said that Aladdin was going away for Toy Story, a musical that already existed and would require less preparation to move in, unlike Frozen which would need someone to adapt the script for a short stage musical, hire a team, cast actors, rehearse, etc.

So I said I would believe it when I saw it. And then January 11th came and Aladdin was gone.

Now, we have an actual opening date for Frozen: May 27th, 2016.

On their blog you can find a video clip going behind the scenes at the rehearsal process and making of.

I am as sick of Frozen as everyone else. My cat hates it. If I’m lonely I will sing Let it Go because she runs over to yell at me to stop and then sits with me a while to make sure I don’t start singing again. It’s kind of evil but I gotta have my kitty love. The hype has long overstayed its welcome, however, I am a musical/theater/film nerd so I am looking forward to seeing how they adapted this for a short stage show. I am going to miss the Genie and all of his jokes. I think that’s what made the Aladdin musical so successful for so long, and I’m not sure that Frozen lends itself to that same comedy.

But, I will wait for it to open and for me to see it maybe in three years* in person unless it comes up on YouTube before then before I judge it.


*I’m going for 1 day in September, and to WDW in 2017, so I probably won’t have time to see it until my next longer DL trip in 2018.


Disney Animals

The Actor and I saw Zootopia, Disney’s new animated film Thursday night. When I saw the first teaser I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, and then I saw a full trailer, the teaser with the sloth Flash, and then the clip they showed on the Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 special that aired a few weekends ago and I thought it looked pretty good.

Overall, I give it a 7 out of 10.

It started with Disney’s newest tactic to show our protagonist as a child and introduce us to their dream that will carry them through to their adulthood and ultimately lead to the conflict. Judy Hopps, wants to be the first ever bunny cop, and she is adorable. She pushes herself and succeeds and goes to the great city of Zootopia where “anyone can be anything,” and she quickly finds out that life is a bit more complicated than that, and teams up with swindler fox Nick Wild to solve a case.

It’s got a great message and is actually pretty real for being about a world entirely populated by animals wearing clothes.

I liked all of the clever things they do with the animal world, like hamster tubes for hamster businessmen, and a carrot shaped pen that Judy uses.

The only thing I didn’t like about it was their overly pushy inclusion of Shakira’s character Gazelle. They had an app that some of the characters use to put their heads on a tiger backup dancer that dances with Gazelle, they had a clip of her being interviewed pleading for change when things go south, and ended with all of the characters dancing at a Gazelle concert. Don’t get me wrong, I love Shakira, but all of her parts seemed a bit forced. They were probably just trying to make the world seem more real, but it seemed more like something Dreamworks would do than Disney.

Other than that the story was solid, the characters were great, the world was established quickly and completely, and it had a great message. I definitely recommend it.

Speaking of Disney movies, I’m starting a new project on them. So tell me, what’s your favorite Disney movie?

Deadpool (2016)

Who’s in it?  Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin

The important people (the writers) Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Directed by Tim Miller

What’s it about? If you’re a comic book fan you most likely already know about Deadpool, but if you don’t this is a good “origin story” film about the raunchy, sarcastic anti-hero.

Should I see it? If you are not easily offended, like dark, gross humor, don’t mind full frontal male nudity, love stupid and witty comedy, and are a huge Deadpool fan (in which case why are you asking yourself this question?).

Do not see it if YOU ARE A CHILD! This is not appropriate for children. It is rated R, parents, take that seriously. Also, if you prefer a more sophisticated sense of humor then you probably wouldn’t find it funny.

In my honest opinion, it was good at establishing who Deadpool is for people who do not know, and really showed that they can do Deadpool right for those that do know. However, I think that Deadpool 2 is going to be much better because they won’t have to do as much backstory and take so much time to establish things. But I don’t want to be knocking the moving because I’m absolutely not. It’s hilarious and very well done. Definitely recommend it! 4/5 stars