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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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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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DINOSAUR – Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Walt Disney World – Attraction Checklist #45

April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – John B. deHaas is back and this episode we ride a Disney’s Animal Kingdom opening day attraction DINOSAUR.  Learn a little about the ride, experience the ride audio and then listen in as John and I deliver our longest review of a ride ever.  Recorded on March 22, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we are headed back to Walt Disney World to ride DINOSAUR atDisney’s Animal Kingdom.  The guide map describes this attraction in the following manner, “Take off on a rip-roaring prehistoric tour in the dark to save a dinosaur from extinction.  There is a height requirement of 40” for this attraction and the Thrill Level describes the attraction as a Thrill ride with Small Drops that is Dark and Scary.  Fastpass+ is available for this attraction.

Before we head off to the Dino Institute, here are five fast facts about DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

1. DINOSAUR is a Disney’s Animal Kingdom opening Day attraction, opening with the park on April 22, 1998.

2. DINOSAUR uses the same ride vehicles and a very similar track layout to the Disneyland Attraction Indiana Jones and the Forbidden Eye.  The storylines are, obviously, different.

3.  For about 3 years after the attraction opened, it was called Countdown To Extinction.  The name was changed to DINOSAUR on May 1st, 2001 to tie in with the Disney movie of the same name.  A few subtle references to the older name can still be seen in the attraction, most notably on the ride vehicles that are each stamped with the name CTX Rover.

4.  The ride’s preshow stars Phylicia Rashad as Dr. Marsh and Wallace Langham as Dr. Seeker.  The attraction stars 11 audio-animatronic dinosaurs including one of the star of the Disney film Dinosaur, Aladar,

5.  Finally, in the loading are, guests can look up and see three pipes, one red, one yellow and one white.  All three have chemical formulas written on them.  These are the formulas for Ketchup, Mustard and Mayonnaise.  This is a throwback easter egg from when the ride was originally sponsored by McDonalds.

With the learning out of the way, let’s hop in our Rovers and head back in time and ride DINOSAUR.  I have included the preshow in this recording but I have edited a bit of the time between the preshow and boarding the ride vehicles so things move a little quicker.  Along for the fun today is John B. deHaas and after we ride we’ll discuss our thoughts oaths attraction.  If you’d like to see our ride photo from this ride through, beside to visit the show notes page for this episode, episode 45 over at AttractionChecklist.com.  As usual, this is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, now is the time to put them on as we are headed to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to ride DINOSAUR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pirates of the Caribbean – Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World – Attraction Checklist #44

March 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World just reopened after having one of it’s iconic scenes redone.  John B. deHaas and I take a ride on it and give you our thoughts on this newly refreshed ride.  Recorded on March 21, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me.  It is time to head to Walt Disney World and experience the recently updated, Pirates of the Caribbean.  Located in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom, the guide map describes this attraction in the following manner: Embark on a voyage to a time when pirates ruled the sea. The thrill lever describes the ride as being slow, dark and having small drops.  There are no age or height requirements for this attraction and FastPass Plus is available.

Now, before we set sail, here are five fast facts about Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Magic Kingdom on December 16, 1973.

2. The attraction features a whopping 126 animatronic figures and 69 of them are pirates.  The flume for the attraction contains around three quarter of a million gallons of water that cycles through at about 18,000gallons per minute.

3.  The attraction’s theme song “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” was written by George Bruns and X. Atencio.

4.  Over the years several changes to some of the themes in the attraction have been tweaked to stay current with the sensibilities of the time but the biggest change to the attraction came in 2006 when elements from the films the attraction inspired were added to the attraction in the form of a new overall storyline featuring Johnny Depp’s character from the films, Captain Jack Sparrow.

5.  In March of 2018, the attraction reopened from a refurbishment with even more changes and the ‘Bride Auction’ scene now featured the pirates selling off goods from the village and the iconic Redhead in the scene is now a pirate herself, who helps keep the rowdy pirates in line.  The audio for today’s episode was recorded just a few days after that reopening.

Let’s now waste any more time, let’s experience Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean.  Along for the ride is John B. deHaas and after we ride we’ll discuss our thoughts on the updated version of the attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones put them on now as we experience Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

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