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“Power Surge” (Preliminary)


Well, I was going to post a teaser for a new video project I’m working on, but YouTube doesn’t like the music I used, so I’m left without anything interesting to show for my next ambitious endeavour.  If you’ve been to Disney’s ElecTRONica dance party either at California Adventure or Hollywood Studios, you might be familiar with the Power Surge stage show before the official opening of the party.  I’m at present working on recreating a version of the show to enjoy at home.  More details as they come, but for now, please enjoy my other offerings at my YouTube channel!

Mickey’s Really Swell Coffee


$3 is a fair price for all-you-can-drink coffee at Disneyland.

If you ever hit up Disneyland in the winter, you know exactly how vital a warm cup of coffee can be (nights still get a little chilly here in sunny southern California). A nice cup of Joe is also a necessity when you have a girlfriend who insists on being the first ones through the gates in the morning or your mates think it a brilliant idea to stay at the park for twenty-four hours straight.

The best part of Mickey’s “Really Swell” Coffee is that you can purchase it from the Market Street Coffee House in Main Street U.S.A., keep the receipt, and enjoy free refills all day!

You’ll never know how much this little tip has saved my bacon during my numerous trips to the Happiest Place on Earth!

One More Disney Day: What Happened to Barbie?


To answer a question posed in the comments of “One More Disney Day,” Barbie explains where she was during Disneyland’s Leap Day celebration.

Quite Possibly One Of The Best Ride Photos Ever


Look at all those peace signs, and that girl in the corner is saying how much she loves us!

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue


Okay, so being a fan of both the Star Wars franchise and Disneyland, it was really only a matter of time before I made a little write-up about the Star Tours: The Adventures Continue attraction at Disneyland (and Walt Disney World).

Apart from griping about the fact that some permutations of the ride experience involve elements from the godforsaken prequel films, the ride is just as campy and silly as the original ride.  Disney Imagineers did a fantastic job of updating the entire experience for a new generation of fans.  The queueing area feels more like a “legitimate” spaceport and less like some Quonset hut in a backwater rim world–this I’m not sure how I feel about.  The original Star Tours had the same kind of feel as the original trilogy films:  low-tech, analog, hastily constructed, and ad hoc.  Now, the whole scene seems more elegant:  Solari boards are replaced with high-resolution LCD displays, maintenance droids are replaced with security officer droids (albeit with similar whimsical attitudes about their jobs), and there’s no more People Mover running through the station.

This little guy looks familiar! Sadly, he’s marked “defective” and even sparks to life with PTSD-esque outbursts using archival audio from the original attraction.

Whether or not I appreciate the “upgrades,” I love the attention to detail and subtle nods to the original attraction.  Oh, and the fact that Patrick Warburton voices one of the afore-mentioned security droids.  In all, it’s definitely worth the trip to the park if you haven’t ridden it yet.

Looks a bit like a stormtrooper wearing Mickey ears.

My Aurebesh is a little rusty, but this is best translation I can manage.

A placard on one of the loading doors, salvaged from the original ride. The lettering underneath reads “LOAD DOOR 3.”

After a little searching, I happened to find a copy of the original video feed from the ride.  Rex (the original pilot droid, voiced by the incomparable Paul Rubens) does not appear in the footage as it is the actual screen projection (probably recorded on VHS considering the tracking issue), but all the music, sound effects, and voices remain.  The part that I enjoy the most is fact that it was filmed completely with models–not the CGI bullshitery that permeates Hollywood now (and ST:TAC is unfortunately no exception to this rule)–something about it just makes it look that much more real.

One More Disney Day


After three months of procrastination, I finally finished the video documentary of Disneyland’s Leap Day celebration event.  Beginning at 6am on February 29 and running until 6am March 1, Surge, Jessica, Lucia, Ian, Angela, and I braved the elements, sleep deprivation, and the throngs of rabid crowds to survive one of the biggest events ever held by the Disney parks.  Unfortunately, as you may find out from watching, it may have been one of the biggest event planning SNAFU’s since Opening Day.  In all, it was quite the experience:  one of laughter, merriment, and bonding that–if we’re lucky–only comes along every four years.

Donald Duck’s “Booty Wurk”


Donald gets down with his bad self.  It’s a typical day at Disneyland.

Mickey’s Swamp Castle


I got the idea originally when I was looking at the statue one afternoon and thought, “It’s kinda like Walt is telling Mickey, ‘One day, lad, all this will be yours….'” At which point the idea gestated into the quick little project you see here.  I simply took photos of the statue from various angles and mashed them up with the audio from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  I was in some luck as the day that I took photos, Disneyland had set a few curtains in front of the state for some reason or other.

A Few Words From Mr. Macintosh


Remember that terrible 1990’s Disney movie, Blank Check? Well, Mr. Macintosh does, and he isn’t too happy with the result.

Creativity Juice


So, Drake, Hammy, and I–on a lark–started a new podcast last night. Entitled Afterburn, so far it’s a humorous look at aviation news while we rant about various topics and whatever happens to come to mind. Think Top Gear meets Diggnation but about planes and helicopters instead of cars.

I came to an all-too-important realization today while I was trying to write up bios for each of us, and that was that I should always do my word processing in a local file before typing directly into a browser window. Yes, internet common sense, I know, but I was running on some 3 hours of sleep, nursing a hangover, and fueled more by mania than anything else. That being said, I’m typing into a TextEdit window now before I do all the nifty formatting things in the WordPress publisher.

I’ve been on a little bit of a creative kick as of late–doing various projects that seem to satisfy that little creative spark I get every so often. Sketchuary, I guess, was a warm-up. For those of you who don’t know, I tried to start the Sketchuary project of a sketch a day for all of February. I made it about seven days, then promptly lost any time and energy I had set aside for it as the production of Anna In The Tropics drew ever-closer. I tried to catch up while on vacation in California (mainly by sitting in the relative comfort of Disney California Adventure’s Animation Workshop and being taught how to sketch various characters), but still only managed another three or four sketches.

Needless to say, this blog post is coming out of this creative mania. I have a few artsy projects lined up, and a few completed. I’ve already done a few frame jobs, and I have a couple of collages to do (one of Las Vegas souvenirs, another of Tron stuff from DCA, and yet more of squadron patches I got tired of keeping locked away in my firebox). I’m seriously considering more podcasty things to do, but I think the blog is pretty effective right now. Maybe if I get more interesting posts, I’ll be able to attract some followers?

I know I keep saying “expect more,” and rarely deliver; I’ll refrain from that this time, and simply say that I’m excited to stay busy with more creative projects–maybe my natural zest for showmanship will fuel a desire to keep showing off even the most inane things.

Meanwhile, keep an eye open for Twitter posts and feel free to browse my plethora of diversions scattered about to the four winds:

http://afterburn.podbean.com
http://victor70.comicgenesis.com
http://twmfrntman.deviantart.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperJeeves83