A Model Day in Disney World

I’ve spent the day getting hyped for my trip to Disney World, and also looking for music videos on YouTube, and the two activities somehow merged and led me to these.  They’re time-lapse videos that use a weird lens to make it look like a stop-motion movie made with models.  Or something?  I’m not totally sure what’s going on here, but I know that they appeal to two of the major facets of my barely-suppressed dorkiness, a love of Disney World and a love of models.

A Model Day at the Magic Kingdom

A Model Day at Epcot

So yeah, hopefully after Disney I can get some posts with some substance up.

Throwback Thursday: 1982

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I was thinking to myself the other day, you know what might be a fun thing to do for the blog?  Pick a year, do some research on it, write down my thoughts on the major events, and dig around on YouTube for corresponding videos.  And you know what?  It was absolutely as fun as I thought it would be, mostly because of the videos.  Old videos on YouTube are unbelievably great.  God bless the people that not only hold on to their old VHS tapes, but also willingly spend their time putting them online.  Or however it is these things find their way to my computer.

It seemed like 1982 would be an appropriate place to start; after all, that’s when I got my start.  If I do muster up the energy to keep this going, though, I don’t plan to go sequentially, because that seems like it would be really, really boring.

I came up with the idea of beginning this entry with the first video that showed up for me when I searched for “1982.”  I was pretty convinced that this would end up being a terrible idea, as I assumed that the first result would be something terribly dull.  Boy, was I wrong.  I think if I looked up “how to start a blog entry about 1982” in the dictionary, this video would start playing:

I was hoping to work things into a seamless narrative, but that would be too much work, so let’s just take things a category at a time.

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Walt Disney World Attractions

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I hesitated to post two Disney lists in a row, but what can I say, I have Disney on the brain lately.  A few notes:  I’ve included each country pavilion from Epcot as its own attraction.  If the pavilion includes a movie or a ride, that is listed as a separate attraction as well.  This list is relatively comprehensive; if a ride or attraction is not included, I’ve probably never ridden it.  Water parks are not included, because other than wave pools and lazy rivers, I hate water parks.

Here they are, my seventy favorite attractions in Walt Disney World (with a bunch of dark, grainy, shaky YouTube videos!):

 

70) Stitch’s Great Escape! (Magic Kingdom)

 

A horrible attraction.  Who would’ve guessed that putting people in a dark theater, touching them with things, spraying them with water, and spraying bad smells into the air around them would result in a negative experience?

 

69) Journey into Imagination with Figment (Epcot)

 

The old version of this ride was one of my favorites as a kid.  I had a Figment stuffed animal and everything.  The new one is absolutely terrible, and one of the attractions in Walt Disney World least likely to spark a child’s imagination.  Maybe the original was terrible, too, and I just didn’t realize it at the time.

 

68) United States Pavilion (Epcot)

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By far the most boring of the World Showcase pavilions.  It could have been so much better.  There’s not really much going on here.  The quick service food is just standard fast food stuff, and the building itself is an uninspired Colonial-style place.  Why go with a single building here?  Wouldn’t it be more interesting to have a street scene like so many of the other pavilions?  They could have gone with an old-timey Boston scene.  I haven’t seen the animatronic show, The American Adventure, in a long time.  I’ll make an effort to see it the next time I go and maybe my opinion will change.

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