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A Bug’s Land – Disney California Adventure – Attraction Checklist #57

October 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – This episode, we say goodbye to A Bug’s Land by riding Tuck & Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies, Francis’ Ladybug Boogie, Flick’s Fliers and Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train.  Joining me today to ride and review is Suzie and our pal John B. deHaasjoins me for a Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train Review.  Recorded on August 18, 2018.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT:

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

On today’s supersized episode, we bid goodbye to A Bug’s Land at Disney California Adventure by experiencing 4 of the area’s attractions, Tuck & Roll’s Drive ‘em Buggies, Francis’ Ladybug Boogie, Flick’s Fliers and, of course, Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train.

This area is described on the Disneyland website in the following manner: “See the world from a bug’s perspective in this playful land full of insect-sized surprises based on the Disney·Pixar film, a bug’s life!” Only Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘em Buggies has a height requirement of 36” the rest have no height restrictions.

Before we take a final ride on all these attractions, here are five fast facts about A Bug’s Land.

1. The area’s anchor attraction, It’s Tough To Be a Bug was a Disney California Adventure opening day attraction, but the rest of the rides opened in an area known as Flick’s Fun Fair in the newly names area A Bug’s Land on October 7, 2002.

2. The storyline behind A Bugs Land is the bugs built the A Bugs Land attractions when they saw Disney California Adventure being built next to them. The imagineers discovered the bug theme attractions while building The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and then opened the land to all.

3. Several of the voice actors from A Bug’s Life provided their voices for attractions in A Bug’s Land including Dave Foley as Flick and Joe Ranft as Heimlich.

4. On March 20, 2018, Disney announced that A Bug’s Land would close to make way for a new Marvel Themed Land opening in 2020. The rides featured on today’s episode closed on September 5, 2018.

5. While not totally confirmed, so therefore not really a fact, it is assumed that Flick’s Fliers will be moved over to Pixar Pier when A Bug;s Land closes. The attraction will be retimed to the Disney Pixar movie Inside Out for an attraction called the Emotional Whirlwind.

Now it’s time to bid farewell to A Bug’s Land with a ride of four of it’s different attractions. Along for the adventure today is Suzie, but John B. deHaas also took one last ride on Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train so that attraction will feature two reviews! These are binaural recordings so put on your headphones as we head to Disney California Adventure to say goodbye to A Bug’s Land.

Photo by Lisa M. Cohen
Episode edited by Stephen Staver

 

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Indiana Jones Adventure – Disneyland – Attraction Checklist #56

September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – This episode, John B. deHaasand I head to Disneyland to ride one of the park’s marquee attractions, Indiana Jones Adventure.  How will this ride rate? Tune in and see!  Recorded on July 27, 2018.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT:

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

If you love adventure, you’re going to love this episode as we head to Disneyland to ride the classic, Indiana Jones Adventure!  There’s no description for the attraction in the current guide maps, but the website describes the ride by saying: Embark on a fast-paced thrill ride in search of Indiana Jones—enter this cursed temple at your own risk! Guests must be 46” or taller to ride this attraction and The Thrill levels says this ride is a Thrill ride with small drops that is Dark Loud and Scary.  Fastpass is available for this attraction.

Before we meet up with Indiana Jones, here are five fast facts about Disneyland’s Indiana Jones Adventure.

1. In August of 1993, construction began on the Indiana Jones Adventure.  The project was so massive that part of the Jungle Cruise River and the Monorail track had to be rerouted in order to accommodate it.

2. The attraction officially opened on March 4, 1995 as part of Disneyland’s 40th anniversary called 40 Years of Adventure.

3. Indiana Jones Adventure has one of the most immersive and carefully detailed queues that lead guests deep into the temple of the forbidden eye.  Petroglyphs throughout the queue warn guests of the dangers ahead.  In the first two years of operation, guests were given decoder cards so they could translate the petroglyphs in the queue area.

4. The ride vehicles for the attraction are known as Enhanced Motion Vehicles.  Even though it often feels like you’re going much faster, each vehicle only has a maximum speed of 14 miles per hour.  As the vehicles are computer controlled, the ride experience is never exactly the same no matter how many times you ride it.

5. Three audio-animatronic figures of Indiana Jones appear in the attraction.  And the character is voiced by the suitably named actor David Temple.

Let’s head to the Lost Delta and ride Disneyland’s Indiana Jones Adventure.  Joining me today is John B. deHaas and after we ride we will discuss our thoughts on this classic attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now as we ride Disneyland’s Indiana Jones Adventure!

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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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INTRO TRANSCRIPT:

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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INTRO TRANSCRIPT:

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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