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Back to the Contemporary… in the 70s… with my iPhone

20130824-111422.jpgI had a weird but wonderful dream last night in which I went to WDW’s Contemporary Hotel back in the 70s but I still had my iPhone 5. I took lots of videos!

The Contemporary Tower’s Grand Canyon Concourse looked amazing. Cast Members were very interested in the iPhone and very friendly.

After posting about that on Twitter this morning, @Tekneek replied: “@DisneyEcho They were friendly because they were scared of Future Man and his gadget.”

Haha! No, not scared, but they were very puzzled at videos I showed them of Disneyland Paris that I had earlier saved onto my iPhone (back in my home time) from the official Disneyland Paris website. 🙂

Battery life on my iPhone sucked because there was no WiFi and no cellphone reception at all back then… because those didn’t exist yet. When I remembered that my iPhone was wasting power searching for non-existent not-invented-yet signals, at that point in my dream I put the iPhone into Airplane mode and battery life improved. 😉

When I woke up none of the videos I took in my dream were still on my iPhone, so I can’t post them.

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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!

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