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Biggest Dork That Ever Sailed

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Apologies and much gnashing of teeth and wearing of sackcloth for not posting. It has been way, way too long since I did.

My aunt won a tour of Pixar Studios in Emeryville a while back and yesterday I was privileged to be able to attend. For a fan like me it was a once in a lifetime experience. I was really really happy for once instead of my usual somber morose self.

How many Pixar movies have you seen? fill in the circle completely with a number 2 pencil on your screen.

O A. All including the shorts
O B. I live in a cave with no access to a theater, DVDs, the interwebs, nothing. I stare at shadows on the cave wall only.

Anyway, I enjoyed the tour. It was great to meet Jason Katz and hear about the film making process. Did I learn anything new and secret, some film in development that we have never herd of? No. Even if I did I signed a NDA.

The Pixar walls have exhibitions and displays over every possible space. Storyboard art and fine art and sculpture and everything you can think of. They have a big theater to show source material movies (possibly The Great Escape) or anything else they want to including their own films of course.

I wish I could have taken pictures but I was expressly forbidden to do so. So I didn’t.

I also got two Hawaiian Pixar T-shirts. I think this the only place you can get them. One is Cars and one is Wall-E. Totally sweet. These look like the ones that Lasseter wears in his interviews.

Wish you could have been there. 

Friday, September 28, 2007
Tips and Tricks for Taking Pictures with Disney Characters Part V


Added Big Bad to my collection we stopped by “Golden Screams” twice on our 4 day trip and it was well worth it.


Drizella and Anastasia were also found at Screams. Last year I only saw Fowlfellow and Gideon and Hook, and I even sat through the movie which was basically a clip show. This year seems much improved and I skipped the movie entirely.

I have realized that there is no secret to success in finding the characters. I am convinced that the management do everything in their power to prevent you from planning your time around seeing the characters. It all seems built around just bumping into them. The problem is that when it just happens by magic then often the characters have been there a while and they always seem to go for a (well deserved) break just as you get to the front of the line. My new strategy is too take this hit and miss game with a grain of salt.

Going to the character breakfasts is probably my favorite way to get around this. Yes you have to pay, yes its not cheap. But with the exception of Minnie and Friends Breakfast at the Plaza, I like the food. The food at the Plaza is revolting to me and I would not eat there if it meant getting ten character pictures that I really wanted. We went to Ariel’s Princess Breakfast at Ariel’s Grotto and Goofy’s Kitchen. The food was great and the Characters were great. No surprises at Ariel’s (how could there be?) but Brer Fox was at Goofy’s kitchen - very nice!

I asked the info board about characters and they did not tell me anything I did not know. I asked about times I could get a picture of Halloween Minnie but City Hall was not helpful. It happened to be after 4:30 and at 4:30 the Toonfinder goes home. My question is why don’t they print a schedule for the people at City Hall? They don’t trust them or something? Its so wrong it must be intentional. It couldn’t be that screwed up on its own. Someone had to help it.

There was no Villains Corner behind the castle as there has been last year and the year before. I missed that but Screams being better this year than last more than made up for it.

Overall I did OK. Princess Atta was another one I did get, That and Mr. Incredible.

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From Disney Fun
Thursday, May 24, 2007

I just literally got a shock.

I opened up my copy of Disneyland Backstage Pass. Its a little magazine that you get with an Annual Pass to Disneyland.

What did I see? My friend Josh got a whole page and a huge picture talking about the new Subs/Nemo Attraction.


Talk about 15 minutes of fame. Wow.

Monday, April 09, 2007
Disneyland Height Requirements


35 inch (89cm) minimum height:
- Gadget’s Go Coaster
- Matterhorn Bobsleds

40 inch (102cm) minimum height:
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Space Mountain
- Star Tours

40 inch (102cm) minimum height and children under age 8 must be accompanied by a responsible person:
- Splash Mountain

46-inch (117cm) minimum height:
- Indiana Jones Adventure

52-inch (132cm) minimum height:
- Autopia (to drive alone) 12-month minimum age
- Autopia (passenger) 3-year minimum and 52-inch (132cm) maximum height:
- Goofy’s Bounce House


36-inch (91cm) minimum height:
- Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies

40-inch (102cm) minimum height:
- Jumpin’ Jellyfish
- Soarin’ Over California
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

42-inch (107cm) minimum height:
- Grizzly River Run
- Mulholland Madness

48 inch (122cm) minimum height:
- California Screamin’
- Orange Stinger

52-inch (132cm) minimum height:
- Maliboomer

Height and age requirements – certain challenges only
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

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Saturday, February 24, 2007
Tips and Tricks for Taking Pictures with Disney Characters Part IV

It has been two years and a couple days since I made my last Tips and Tricks. I have been thinking about Meet and Greet a lot lately. I don’t think I have become any better and finding characters, but I do have some additional insight into Disney Characters on account of having a child of my own. I intend to append my discussion of taking pictures with Disney Characters.

Previously Character Meet and Greet was a little bit like a Treasure Hunt for me. It was a bit of a quest to see if I could get pictures with as rare as characters as possible. Having a child and introducing them to Disneyland and its characters has turned that around very quickly for me. Now I realize the value of the more popular characters. While I still would jump at a chance to get my picture with a rare character now Mickey and Pooh are more appealing than ever simply because they need no introduction to a child.

I have also noticed that I have a certain knack of conversing with the “fur” characters. No it’s not what you think, mice is not into the furry thing. If you don’t know there are two major groups of Disney Characters. Face and Fur. Face is all the characters which you can see their God given face. Cinderella, Snow White, Alice, Mulan, Hercules, Prince Philip, Cruella DeVil, and the like. Everyone else is a Fur. These are characters like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Captain Hook, Chip and Dale, Shaker, Queen of Hearts, Kuzcko, and all those characters whose face is covered.

Getting back to the subject, what is the knack that I have? Well I know the smallest amount of sign language and its funny but many of the fur characters use sign to communicate with guests. It makes perfect sense though doesn’t it? They can’t talk, they need to communicate, why re-invent the wheel when you have the most intuitive language ever conceived? Ok, maybe sometimes there is a little bit of charades shorthand thrown in there too but all I am saying is look for what they are trying to tell you. It could make your trip.

Instead of rattling off where the characters are and where they are not, I will highly recommend you do what I have been doing and that is going to City Hall or the Information Board on the first morning of your trip and ask them where you can find your favorite character is. There is no posted list of who will be where. Though it would be more convinet for me, I guess it would not be for the management. Ah well.

Please first consult the map. Many of the most popular characters are so sought after they have a regular spot in which they will be almost guaranteed to be. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Ariel, Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Aurora, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger - You would really have to try hard not to see these characters. These are the characters the kids love the most. Even though you may have seen these characters many times, as a special treat some of these can be seen seasonally dressed. So you mat get to see Mickey in his Halloween costume or Goofy as Santa Goofy if you are there at the right time.

If you are able to enter the park on an early entry admittance sometimes you can see characters on Main Street. Sometimes instead of being the first to ride Space Mountain you can get some quality time with some of the characters. It can be a gret time to get several characters in a short amount of time.

Lastly I am a part of a Flickr group called Disney Characters. I encourage you to view and submit your own Disney Character pictures. If you are reading this post you should find it to be a more interactive and graphical forum.

Above all have fun. This is an entertaining past time and much less expensive than collecting pins.

Tips and Tricks for Taking Pictures with Disney Characters Part III

Tips and Tricks for Taking Pictures with Disney Characters Part II

Tips and Tricks for Taking Pictures with Disney Characters

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From Disney Fun
Friday, May 12, 2006
Alice Pin

I have been selling off my collection of Disney pins of late. It has been a lot of fun. I haven’t really discussed it as I don’t really want to turn this blog into a marketplace. However, I did want to share this with you as it surprised me.

How much would you estimate this pin is worth? It is probably about half the size of the image.


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