Happy Black Friday! Here it is, the weekly wrap up of Disney news and rumors, fun stuff, and other cool things that sparked our interest while you were cooking your Tofurkey, scrounging for place-settings, and planning your boycott of retailers open on Thursday this week (maybe that last one was just me):
In Case You Missed It – Disney News and Rumors
Have you ever wondered what would happen if one day the cast members at Disneyland just locked the front gates and never came back? HowStuffWorks.com (my source for every interesting thing I know) ran a slide show of abandoned places this week, and one of them was Nara Dreamland in Japan. This led to a Google search and MichaelJohnGrist.com’s article on the park and his undercover visit to document it. If you love the Urban Exploration of Discovery Island video and photos of River Country, this is for you.
Prefer Disney coffee now that it’s gone away from the Nescafe (or Nescrape…which is really more fitting)? Well, now that Joffrey’s has entered the mix, I’ve been enjoying my cup of joe just a little bit more. Recently, I found out I can have my cup of Disney coffee at home! Via Joffrey’s website, you can now purchase bags of coffee that are served up in various places throughout the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts, such as Artist Point, Carthay Circle, Jiko, as well as the coffee that can be found in the resort rooms. Fire up the Chemex! I’m ready to get my caffeine buzz on!
We know many of you fly to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, so when I stumbled across this article, called 10 Ways To Be An Awesome Airline Passenger, I knew I had to share it. This (mostly) tongue in cheek article is certainly applicable for all flights and something that I think we all need to remember at one point or another when traveling. (I totally give the flight attendants my magazines when I’m done with them. I know that in many instances, they may have read them, but they also may not. It’s a small effort, but I try.)
Ready for your Black Friday shopping? I came across this article from Screen Invasion that shared 6 Gifts to Get the Disney Fangirl Who Has Everything. (Well…I’m waiting….my stocking is hanging and ready!)
One of my favorite movies as a kid was The Little Mermaid. I wanted to be Ariel. I sang “Part of Your World” in a talent show, I pretended to have fins whenever I swam in the pool, and I watched the movie about twenty gabillion times. So, it’s hard to believe that the movie is 25 years old. (Wait…WHAT?! Oh God I feel old…) Jim Hill shares an interview he did with Jodie Benson, voice of Ariel, as well as the voice of Barbie in the Toy Story movies, commemorating her experience. Learn how she got the part and in turn, became a part of all of our worlds.
Speaking of mermaids, Slate ran a photo article of some serious old-time Florida, Weeki Wachee. If you remember this attraction from your childhood, read the history of the City of Live Mermaids that is now a state park. It may not be a big as Walt Disney World or Universal Studios, but Weeki Wachee has a fascinating story and is one of the original tourist attractions in Florida.
Speaking of Disney movies, Rikki Niblett saw Frozen early this week and she shared both a non-spoiler, as well as completely spoiler filled review of the movie. And if you loved the movie, make sure to check out the Orlando Sentinel’s interview with Kristen Bell, who voices Anna in the movie.
While hitting the Interwebs for holiday meal ideas this week, I stumbled on the following dessert – is it bad that I laughed out loud?
In Case We Missed It
What cool item not mentioned here did you see this week? Write your idea on a LeSportsac Polynesian Paradise shoulder bag and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.