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Gary K. Wolf’s long-awaited 3rd Roger Rabbit novel

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Hey, Roger Rabbit fans!

Gary K. Wolf has a Facebook page — “Fans of Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? — where you can keep up to date on all the latest developments about Gary’s long-awaited 3rd Roger Rabbit novel.

Check it out: “Fans of Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?.

Gary also writes on his blog: Toontown Through a Keyhole. That’s fun, too!

Jessica Rabbit Busts Out at Disney Park

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Image courtesy of CharacterCentral.net

Originally brought to Toon life in Gary K. Wolf‘s novel “Who Censored Roger Rabbit?”, Jessica Rabbit first appeared onscreen in Disney/Touchstone’s 1988 “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” motion picture but has been noticeably absent from Disney theme parks as a character you can “meet and greet”.

Until yesterday.

On May 24th, Jessica Rabbit walked around for the very first time in any Disney theme park. The photo above was taken in Disneyland Paris during the Disney Dreamers Event.

She’s not creepy, she’s just portrayed that way.

Jessica certainly wasn’t creepy looking on the old Pleasure Island sign at WDW…
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and she still looks great in many animatronic depictions of her in Roger Rabbit’s CarToon Spin at Disneyland.

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But this walk-around of Jessica Rabbit in the park is a bit creepy looking because with this particular mask face she seems like a blow up doll. It would be better to have the same outfit below the neck but with a beautiful real woman face character (with padding in her costume as necessary). Also, change the wig to cover her right eye most of the time, as in the Roger Rabbit movie. And the look can be achieved with humans portraying Jessica, as in this photograph courtesy of Hyracoden Photography Studio:
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It would be more interesting if Jessica could talk, which is easier if she’s a face character. There might be fewer passes and pawing by too-excited males if she’s allowed to say snarky lines at them and occasionally slap a face when necessary, too! There just needs to be an advisory sign at the meet and greet area, similar to ones at Splash Mountain but with the wording slightly changed to “CAUTION: YOU MIGHT GET SLAPPED.”

For more about the Jessica Rabbit walk-around character see The Jessica Rabbit Debate – Park Character Under Heavy Scrutiny.

What are your thoughts about this? — leave a reply below or follow me (@DisneyEcho) on Twitter and leave a comment there!

All photos and characters copyrighted © by their respective owners.

Disney’s Monstrous Summer 24-Hour All-Nighter

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As part of the “Monstrous Summer” promotion, Disney kicked off “24 Hours of Magic” in its parks on both coasts of the U.S.

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom as well as Disneyland and Disney California Adventure were open for 24 hours, which ended this morning.

Here are my thoughts that I wrote about it, from home, on Twitter as DisneyEcho

https://twitter.com/ThrillVillePark/status/338113938438901760

https://twitter.com/DisneyEcho/status/338155886830829569

https://twitter.com/EisnerCEO/status/338330008298864641

What are your thoughts about this? — leave a reply below or follow me (@DisneyEcho) on Twitter and leave a comment there!

MyMagic+

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Do you look forward to more of Disney’s next generation advances like “MyMagic+”?

Tom Staggs, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman, wrote about MyMagic+ today on the Disney Parks blog:

“A major component of MyMagic+ is the new My Disney Experience website and mobile app, which gives guests planning their trip the latest information on all Walt Disney World Resort has to offer. We know that some people like to plan every aspect of their Disney vacation in advance while others like to plan very little, letting their day unfold spontaneously.”

“No matter where guests fall in that spectrum, My Disney Experience gives them the flexibility to plan as much or as little as they’d like to create the exact Disney experience they want. They can book dining and other experiences and reserve times for their favorite attractions, shows and more through an enhanced FastPass system, FastPass+. Once they arrive, they can use their smart phones to spontaneously change their plans in the moment, exploring our parks at their own pace and getting the most out of their visit.”

Articles:

“Disney unveils ‘MyMagic+,’ the centerpiece of its sweeping NextGen technology project” – Orlando Sentinel

“At Disney Parks, a Bracelet Meant to Build Loyalty (and Sales)” – New York Times

One bracelet to rule them all! ^_^ My preciousssss…

If you’ve ever read “Down & Out in the Magic Kingdom”, it seems we’re on our way to what Cory Doctorow wrote as science fiction years ago.

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Here’s a thought: Guys! Guys! MyMagic+ can be abbreviated to MM+! (MickeyMouse) (MinnieMouse)

What are your thoughts on NextGen and MyMagic+ — leave a reply below or follow me (DisneyEcho) on Twitter and leave a comment there!

Weird stuff viewed on the Disney Echo this yEAR

Crunchy numbers

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This Disney Echo blog had 28,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals. But probably not very well.

Disney Echo readers are weird. Or maybe I’m weird, I forget. But here are the posts that somehow got the most views in 2012:


Subliminal Message in Disney Tangled Marketing


Ghost orb photo courtesy D.Frazier, http://www.diannespiritlight.comTitanic Ghost Tour


Disney Park AppNew Official Disney Parks iPhone App Features Augmented Reality And Official Wait Times


TangledDisney Tangled: Spoilers


Free iPhone app lets you zoom while recording


Disneyland PeopleMover, Innoventions replacement, Tomorrowland revamp, Frontierland expansion approved? Here’s why


Song of the SouthDisney rereleases classic Song of the South


Lego Store at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney


20121110-130130.jpgiPhone — The Missing Manual for iOS 6, iPhone 5 and earlier iPhones


20121112-183334.jpgiPhone iOS 6 Bug with Sounds


20120929-200532.jpgHappy birthday, Siri!


20120921-153417.jpg Siri vs Siri: The battle of the iPhone 5 turn-by-turn navigation apps


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Thanks, everyone, for a wonderful year!

Tickets are still available! Disneyland’s famed Tahitian Terrace to reopen for one night only

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Disneyland Tahitian Terrace menu by Miehana[


ANAHEIM, CA—Disneyland is preparing to re-open its legendary Tahitian Terrace restaurant to allow guests to once again surround themselves in its tropical island splendor as they dine in the heart of the theme park’s jungles of Adventureland.

The catch is that the restaurant will be opening for one night only, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.

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“We’ve been planning this for years,” said Dave Breiland, host of the Mousetalgia podcast, which is hosting the evening along with vacation experts MEI Travel. “Disneyland has been working with us to develop the event, and everything has finally fallen into place. I think this night is going to be something very, very special.”

The Tahitian Terrace is a restaurant and dinner show that existed at Disneyland from 1962 until 1993, when the restaurant was closed and the location was re-themed to become “Aladdin’s Oasis,” and a new dinner show based on the popular animated film was offered. Aladdin’s Oasis was short-lived as a dinner show, and the space has not been used regularly as a dining location since.

In its heyday, the Tahitian Terrace served menu items such as Barbecued Pineapple Ribs, Broiled Teriyaki Steaks, and Catamaran Chicken Salads, along with its famous Polynesian Rum Cake and Jungle Julips. The menu for the special October opening will be inspired by this original menu.

The original dinner show featured Polynesian dancers, who would shimmy to the music of a three- piece band playing traditional island music. The dancers would wear various outfits appropriate for each dance, whether it be a hula dress or a Tahitian grass skirt. The show ended with a dramatic firewalk and a dance with whirling, flaming knives.
Mousetalgia’s event will imitate the original show as closely as possible. Disneyland’s entertainment department is designing both the show and the area decor, which will completely disguise the current “Aladdin”-based theming and bring the tropical paradise back to the theater for the night.

Additionally, WED Imagineer Rolly Crump will be attending the event to discuss his role in creating Adventureland’s decor, and his work on Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Crump worked directly for Walt Disney on many elements of Disneyland Park.

“The Tahitian Terrace has been gone for almost two decades, and fans have been longing for the chance to revisit it since the day it closed,” Breiland said. “Finally, here’s their chance.”

Tickets to the event are $259 per person. Visit http://www.mousetalgiastore.com to purchase tickets, or for more information.

For more information, contact Kristen Pfeifer at (415) 260-6911, or email kristen@mousetalgia.com.

The Land of Disney


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This is a parody of adventure movie trailers. It was shot on iPhone at Disneyland in Anaheim, California and edited in iMovie. Enjoy it on YouTube or in higher quality on Vimeo.


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