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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

20120304-200613.jpgSiri and iPad 3

Thanks, everyone, for a wonderful year!

The Land of Disney


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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3D Disneyland photo made with one iPhone 4

Save this image to your iPhone’s Photos app, then view it in landscape mode from that app. Shift the focus point of your eyes until a 3D image appears in the middle (ignoring the left and right images surrounding it).

If you dont have an iphone you could try looking at it on your computer screen. The trickiest part is getting your head the right distance from the screen then getting your eyes to focus on it correctly (since there are no 3D glasses involved).

Here’s how it was done: Two frames were taken from a movie I shot at Disneyland on my iPhone 4 while riding on a train facing to the side of the train. Then I put these frames side by side using Photoshop and saved it as one image. The movement of the train while holding the iPhone 4 pretty motionless while recording provides the 3D effect. This technique works as long as people in the shot don’t move too much (or at all).

Next time I’ll pick two frames without something like that scalloped awning on top (which didn’t change position in relation to the camera).

And I might try recording a movie on my iPhone 4 and my wife’s iPhone 4, holding them both side by side. Then in After Effects I could synch the two movies and put them side by side and see if a 3D movie is possible!

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Soarin’ Over California at DCA Wed., July 30, 2008

It was only a 35 minute wait so we decided to get into the queue and not get a FastPass for Soarin’ Over California.

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The Million Dreams monorail went by on the monorail track (seen over the umbrellas in the picture above and over the queue as well) while we were in line outside.


To the right of the picture above can be seen large hangar-style doors on “tracks” that would slide open if this was a real airplane hangar.


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Most of our wait was in the air conditioned hallway to the theater “terminals”.

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A cage-like wall separates one loading wait area from another.

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The pre-show in our wait area explained how we’d be soarin’ and gave us a look at how it is done with the various rows of Guests rising up in front of an IMAX screen.

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After leaving the theater, other Guests are also leaving their theaters and meet in this hallway intersection.

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Then we exited up this “blast area” to ground level outside.

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Monorail Purple into Disneyland Tuesday morning

Michael had the great idea to see if we could ride in the front of the monorail so I asked. They said yes! It was Monorail Purple, skinned in it’s Year of a Million Dreams motif. The new Monorail Red wasn’t online yet that morning because they had problems with it, we were told. It will be added sometime during the day, but they didn’t know when.

We also got to ride the new Monorail Red twice that week, and we’ll post about it in this travel blog, too.


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The door opens and Michael is the first to get in.


Our monorail pilot said Disneyland doesn’t give out “Monorail License”s like WDW does.



In the picture below, Carol takes a picture before she enters the front of the monorail.


Pictures Carol took have been added into this blog entry, including this one of me (what she was shooting through the open door, above).


Michael also shot a video which we’ll post after getting home.


There are more pictures!


The first thing we see while at the Downtown Disney monorail station is a Cast Member parking lot.


Then some lovely flowering bushes.


Hard to believe this wooded scene used to be an asphalt parking lot.


Here’s something you don’t see every day… the backside of the Indiana Jones attraction.


Another look at what’s backstage behind the Indiana Jones attraction.


Now we passing over the picnic area. I will have more pictures of the picnic area from ground level later in this blog.

This is the Disneyland entry plaza.


Further east, going over the Disneyland entry plaza.

The Disneyland turnstyles with Main Street Train Station beyond.

Here is where hotel shuttle buses turn around.

Another bus turn-around area. Probably looks like crop circles from the air. 😉

On the left, the Cast Member building.

These are massive air conditioning units backstage behind Tomorrowland.

More backstage buildings on the left. We can see the monorail track on the right for heading back to the Downtown Disney station.

Our monorail track is on top, while the return monorail track comes in on a curve underneath before running parallel with our track. That’s Harbor Blvd. beyond the Disneyland fence.

On the left, Tomorrowland’s Autopia and the Matterhorn.

Michael did a great job taking video, which I’ll post here later.

The Matterhorn, behind Autopia.

The Matterhorn behind our monorail track seen going over the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage lagoon.

Here is the lagoon with Autopia behind it. Part of Autopia is actually on top of the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, but you’d never know it.

Now we’re over Fantasyland with it’s a small world in the distance.

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You can see a bit of it’s a small world behind the trees.

Fantasyland with our monorail track and the People Mover track to the right of it.

Here’s the switch track for when a monorail needs to go to the roundhouse.

The monorail track swirls around a lot of Disneyland before reaching the monorail station, giving great views of the park like this other one of the Matterhorn.

Here is the Mad Tea Party attraction.

A Disneyland exclusive: Alice in Wonderland attraction.

A waterfall on the Matterhorn.

Here is part of the queue area for the submarine voyage attraction.

We’re approaching the Tomorrowland station.

We’ve exited and now can see Monorail Purple from below.

That was our last ride on the old monorail. The next two times are with the new Monorail Red and we’ll have details of those exciting rides as well here on the blog.

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Walt’s barn

Promotional poster showing the cover of Michael Broggie’s book “Walt Disney’s Railroad Story available at the Carolwood Store at I recommend it highly!

photo posted from my iPhone

Walt’s barn

Roger Broggie’s tool box. He was Walt’s first Imagineer.

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Walt’s barn

Now known as the Disneyland Railroad, for many years the Santa Fe railroad sponsored the trains at Disneyland. Back then the park’s railroad was named the Santa Fe & Disneyland.

Notice that Michael is doing the two-finger Disney point, just like he did years ago as a Disneyland Cast Member.

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Walt’s barn

Walt’s track, Walt’s workbench

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