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Alien Swirling Saucers – Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Attraction Checklist #55

September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – John B. deHaasand I head back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to ride the brand new Alien Swirling Saucers!  We ride it and give it a review!  Recorded on July 21, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we head back to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to ride the area’s other new attraction, Alien Swirling Saucers. The guide map describes this attraction by saying Hang on tight for an interstellar romp in a toy rocket – set to an out-of-this-world beat! Guests must be 32” or taller in order to ride and the Thrill level describes the attraction as a Spinning ride. Fastpass+ is available for this attraction.

Before we spin ourselves silly, here are five fast facts about the Alien Swirling Saucers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

1. The Alien Swirling Saucers attraction was announced publicly for the first time at the 2015 Disney D23 Expo.

2. Though it had a few soft openings and cast member previews, Alien Swirling Saucers officially opened, along with the rest of Toy Story Land, on June 30, 2018.

3. The attraction is designed to look like a playlet that Andy from the Toy Story Films got at the Pizza Planet pizza place.

4. The attraction, similar to Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree at Disney California Adventure can spin up to 66 guests at a time for the 1 minute 30 second duration of the attraction.

5. As guests spin in their rocket ships beneath the giant claw suspended from the ceiling, ‘space jazz’ versions of songs from Toy Story are played.

Enough talking, let’s get spinning! Joining me today is John B. deHaas and this is our first ride on the Alien Swirling Saucers so after the ride audio, we will give you our thoughts on it. This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now. Also, when recording this attraction, I was able to record the music of the ride that happened before ours. Since the ride is so short and the music is different every ride, I’ve included both for you to enjoy! Here now is Alien Swirling Saucers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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Slinky Dog Dash – Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Attraction Checklist #54

August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Grab a friend and join John B. deHaasand myself as we head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to ride the brand new Slinky Dog Dash!  Recorded on July 21, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

It’s time to visit Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  This episode we are going to be riding Slinky Dog Dash which the guide map describes as: Take off on a family friendly coaster as Slinky Dog’s coils twist around curves, hills and drops.  The thrill level describes the ride as a Thrill Ride with Small Drops.  Guests must be 38” or taller to ride and Expectant mothers are advised against riding.  Fastness+ is available for this attraction.

Before we head to Andy’s backyard, here are Five Fast Facts about Slinky Dog Dash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

1. Slinky Dog Dash was announced publicly for the first time at the 2015 Disney D23 Expo.

2. Though it had a few soft openings and cast member previews, Slinky Dog Dash officially opened, along with the rest of Toy Story Land, on June 30, 2018.

3. Slinky Dog Dash is unique in Disney Parks as it is the first roller coaster in any disney park to feature a second, mid ride, roller coaster launch.

4.  The ‘big finale’ of the ride features the first ever audio-animatronic figure of Wheezy, the penguin from the Toy Story Movies.  Wheezy’s singing voice was provided by actor Sean Kenin.

5.  Slinky Dog Dash is a mild coaster, reaching top speeds of 33 miles per hour during the 2 minute duration of the ride.

If you are going to Toy Story Land you gotta bring a pal along with you so Joining me today is John B. deHaas and after the ride audio we will let you know our thoughts on this new Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones put them on now as we head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to ride Slinky Dog Dash!

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! – EPCOT – Attraction Checklist #53

August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – This episode we head to EPCOT to experience Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!  Joining the fun is Tim Hinton of the Marching Round Table Podcast.  Recorded on July 19, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we head over to EPCOT to experience a Summer 2018 show Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!. This show is not listed in the guide map but the Walt Disney World website describes it in the following way: Attention Earthlings and aliens—join Star-Lord and Gamora for a cosmic concert sure to send you to the moon and back! As this is a show, there are no age or height requirements and there is also no thrill level listed.

Before we rock out, here are five fast facts about Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Live at Epcot

1. The show was announced by Disney on April 25, 2018 and had its opening performance on June 9, 2018 and continued though August 19, 2018

2. The venue for this show is the American Garden Theatre which is in World Showcase, directly across from The American Adventure.

3. The storyline for the show is that Star-Lord brokered a deal that allowed Mandarin musicians to bring their culture to EPCOT, a park known for celebrating different cultures.

4. The Alien Band from Xandar featured in the show consists of guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, trumpet, saxophone a lead singer and two back up singers.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy characters Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot make appearances during the show.

Well, let’s not waste amy more time, let’s head to EPCOT to experience Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! Along for the show today is host of the Marching Round Table Podcast Tim Hinton. After the performance we’ll discuss our thoughts on this new show. This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones up them on now as we head to EPCOT for Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!

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My Jungle Cruise 1994 – DIsneyland – Attraction Checklist #52

July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Here’s a blast from the past! A recording of my Jungle Cruise spiel from 1994. Holy smokes! Wait until you hear it!  Recorded on July 14, 1994.

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Spaceship Earth (No Narration) – EPCOT – Walt DIsney World – Attraction Checklist #51

July 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – This episode I’ve got some really unique Disney Park audio for you. This is Spaceship Earth without Dame Judy Dench’s narration!  Recorded on May 23, 2016.

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Country Bear Jamboree – Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World – Attraction Checklist #50

June 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – To celebrate the 50th episode of Attraction Checklist, Grant and John head to Grant’s favorite attraction, Magic Kingdom’s Country Bear Jamboree!  Recorded on March 21, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

To celebrate the 50th episode of Attraction Checklist, we are going to cover one my all time favorite Disney attractions, Walt Disney World’s Country Bear Jamboree. Located in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland, The County Bear Jamboree is described in the guide map with this brief sentence: Have a knee-slappin’ time with these singing bears! There are no age or height requirements for this attraction and there is also no Thrill Level listed!

Before we clap our hands and stomp our feet and try to keep right with ‘em, here are five fast facts about Walt Disney World’s Country Bear Jamboree.

1. The Country Bear Jamboree was originally planned for Disney’s Mineral King Ski Resort which was to be built in California and Walt was in on the early discussions of the attraction. In fact, it was one of the final attractions Walt personally helped develop. After Walt’s passing, plans for the ski resort fell through but Imagineers decided the attraction would be a perfect fit for Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and the bears had their first performance on Magic Kingdom’s opening day, October 1, 1971.

2. Imagineer Marc Davis led the design of the characters for the show and Imagineer X Atencio and musical director George Burns created and curated the songs the bears would sing in the show.

3. The Country Bear Jamboree proved to be so popular, it was given brand new songs and a holiday overlay in 1984 when the Country Bear Christmas Special debuted. In 1986, it was given another new show with a summer theme called the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown. The Vacation Hoedown continued at Walt Disney World until 1992. The Christmas Special remained in rotation until 2005. The show reverted back to the original show year round at that time.

4. In August of 2012, the show went down for a two month refurbishment and when it reopened on October 17, 2012, the original show had been edited with songs and dialogue removed, cutting the show down about 4 to 5 minutes in length.

5. One of the attraction’s most popular characters is Big Al who sings Blood on the Saddle. Big Al was voiced by Country Music Hall of Fame member Tex Ritter. It is said that Tex Ritter did not tell his children (including actor John Ritter) that he provided the voice for Big Al, instead leaving it as a surprise for the first time they visited the Magic Kingdom and saw Big Al in person.

One other thing before we get to the show, if you enjoy the Country Bear Jamboree as much as I do, be sure to check out the other podcast I produce, The Country Bear Collector Show. It’s a weekly video show dedicated to the amazing merchandise of The Country Bear Jamboree. you can find out more at www.CBJCollector.com.

Okay, gang, here we go. Joining me today is John B. deHaas and after we watch the show we will give you our thoughts on this attraction. This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones put them on now as we head to The Country Bear Jamboree at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

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The American Advendture 2018 Update – EPCOT – Walt Disney World – Attraction Checklist #49

June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – For the first episode of Season 3, we head back to EPCOT to check out the newly revamped AMERICAN ADVENTURE?  How do these new changes sound?  Tune in and see!  Recorded on March 22, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

To kick off the third season of Attraction Checklist, we’re going to revisit an attraction we’ve already featured on the show but one that recently got an update. 

Way back in episode 3 we featured The American Adventure at EPCOT.  On February 9, 2018, Disney announced that the attraction would be receiving a bit of a refresh.  The theatre received all new digital projectors, a new screen and new speakers.  The ending film montage received a new edit adding new notable figures from American history and the attraction’s signature song, Golden Dream, was rerecorded with all-new orchestration. 

So sit back and enjoy this recording of the refreshed American Adventure.  After the audio, I’ll give you my thoughts on the update.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now as we head to EPCOT to experience The American Adventure.

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Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain – Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Walt Disney World – Attraction Checklist #48

May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Join John and Grant as they brave Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Will they survive? Or will the Yeti capture them and force them to disco? Tune in and see!  Recorded on March 22, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we venture to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World to hunt the Yeti on Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.  ‘Ride a speeding train through the Himalayan mountains while avoiding the clutches of the Yeti’ is how the attraction is described in the guidemap. Guests must be 44” tall to ride this attraction and the thrill level describes this attraction as a thrill ride that is dark with big drops.  There is a single rider line for this attraction and FastPass+ is available.

Before we head up the mountain, here are five fast facts about Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.

1. Expedition Everest was announced on April 22, 2003 during a celebration for Animal Kingdom’s fifth anniversary.  Almost three years later, the ride opened for previews on January 26, 2006 and then celebrated it’s grand opening on April 7, 2008

2. Expedition Everest’s track is 4,424 feet long and the trains can reach speeds of 50 miles per hours during the ride.

3.  Expedition Everest is the first Disney roller coaster to switch between having trains run forwards and backwards during a single ride.  It was the second Disney roller coaster to go backwards, the first being Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril: Backwards which operated in a backwards configuration from 2000-2004 at Disneyland Paris

4.  The mountain built for Expedition Everest is currently the tallest at Walt Disney World at 199.5 feet.  They would have gone higher but any structure over 200 feet would need a blinking red light for low flying planes which imagineers felt would take guests out of the experience.

5.  Finally, let’s talk about the Yeti.  At the time it was built, the Yeti is the largest and most complex audio-animatronic ever built by Walt Disney Imagineering standing at 25 feet tall.  A few months after the attraction opened, the animatronic’s framing split which could have signaled disaster if it continued to operate at it’s full capacity.  Since then, the figure has only operated with extremely limited movement and the addition of a strobe light to simulate movement.  Disney Imagineers have said they are always looking for a way to fix the issue but it’s difficult as the mountain was build around the figure.

Let’s now ride Expedition Everest!  Along for the ride today is John B. deHaas and after we ride we will give you our thoughts on this attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones put them on now as we head to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to ride Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.

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Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith – Disney’s Hollywood Studio – Attraction Checklist #47

May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Rock on!  We are headed to Walt Disney World to ride Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith!  I learn a bit about the attract then head in for a ride.  Recorded on March 22, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we cover one of my favorite attractions, Rock ’n’ Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith.  Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, Rock ’n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith is described in the guide map as follows: Blast coffin a stretch limousine through the streets of Los Angeles to the rockin’ tunes of Aerosmith.  Guests must be 48” or taller in order to ride and the thrill level describes the attraction as being a Thrill Ride with Big Drops that is Loud.  Fastpass+ and Single Rider lines are available.

Before we head to our super stretch limo, here are five fast facts about Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith.

1. Though there were soft openings, this attraction officially opened on July 29, 1999.  There was a special, invitation only party and attendees got to ride the attraction with members of Aerosmith!

2. The rollercoaster has a track length of 3,403 feet.  It features 3 inversions and reaches top speeds of 57 miles per hour.  And at the start of the ride, the trains accelerate to 57 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds.

3.  The attraction features a fleet of 6 ’super stretch limo’ roller coaster trains.  While at any given time, one of the trains is kept in refurbishment, the other 5 can be identified by their unique license plates.  Not only are the license plates different, each of the five working trains have a different soundtrack of Aerosmith.

4.  Aerosmith recorded special versions of some of the songs that have new lyrics for the ride.  For example, Love in and Elevator became Love on a Rollercoaster.

5.  The reason the music sounds so good on the attraction is because each train features a 125-speaker, 24 sub-woofer, 32,000 watt audio system.  This is all in addition to the 820 speakers in the show building and the launch area.

It’s now time to ride Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  I’m a Single Rider this time so after the ride audio I’ll give you my thoughts on this attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now as we experience Disney’s Hollywood Studios’s Rock ’n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith.

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Pirates of the Caribbean – Disneyland – Attraction Checklist #46

April 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Yo ho, let’s head to Disneyland to sail past the Bride Auction one last time.  Along for the ride is David Marquez and after we ride we discuss our thoughts on this classic attraction and the planned changes.  Recorded on April 22, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we head to Disneyland to ride Pirates of the Caribbean one last time before it closes to have the, some would say iconic, Bride Auction scene changed forever.  The current Disneyland guide map no longer features ride descriptions but the Disneyland website describes Pirates of the Caribbean by saying, “Celebrate 50 years of swashbuckling as you set sail on a voyage to a long-forgotten time, when pirates wrought havoc on the high seas.”  There are no age or height requirements for this attraction and the Thrill Level describes the attraction as being a slow water ride that is loud, dark and scary with small drops.

Before we visit the Bride Auction one last time, here are five fast facts about Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean officially opened at Disneyland on March 18, 1967.

2. Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean is the last attraction that Walt Disney personally participated in designing before his death.  The attraction opened three months afterward.

3.  There are approximately 120 animatronics featured in the attraction including the pirates, the villagers and all the animals.  The ride also contains approximately 750,000 gallons of water. 

4.  As guests first set sail on the attraction, the drift past the The Blue Bayou restaurant.  This popular dining spot is located in the same building as The Pirates of the Caribbean and it opened on the same day in 1967.  The restaurant was originally planned to feature live music but it is reported that Walt Disney said that the food and the atmosphere were going to be the show in the Blue Bayou.

5.  In June of 2017, Disney announced they would be modifying the Bride Auction scene in the attraction, turning the Red Head into a pirate who is helping auction off the town’s goods instead of brides.  The last day of the attraction in the form you will hear it today was April 23rd, 2018.  The ride audio for this episode was recorded on April 22nd, 2018.

Let’s now ride Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean to sail past the Bride Auction one last time.  Along for the ride is David Marquez and after we ride we’ll discuss our thoughts on the attraction and the planned changes.  This is a binaural recording so put your headphones on now as we head to Disneyland to ride Pirates of the Caribbean.

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