A Poet Who Didn't Know It
It comes in a swirl.
It's a Dole Whip - the tasty treat found at the entrance to Adventureland. And Matthew Walker has written a poem about it. Come check out his Ode to a Dole Whip and see if it doesn't get you wanting to sit out on the lanai enjoying the pineapple-flavored dessert.
Rockin' One Park
As part of the "Year of a Million Dreams" promotion, the Disneyland Resort is inviting guests to "rock both parks" with Space Mountain and California Screamin' receiving soundtracks by the Red Hot Chili Peppers from January 3 to April 26, 2007. Matthew Walker rocked Space Mountain, which also features new projections and lighting inside the mountain's dome, to the beat of "Higher Ground" on March 3. Was the ride hot and rockin' or just a shot in the dark at attracting visitors? Check out the review of the overlay, which features some background on the new version as well as a YouTube video of the ride.
Also still available is Matt's review of Mission:Space Race Online.
St. Patrick's Day Tradition
Leprechauns, pots of gold and a bit of blarney are all key elements to the St. Patrick's Day holiday. Disney's Darby O'Gill and the Little People has a bit of all of these elements plus a great cast, compelling story and eye-popping special effects. As Matthew Walker prepares to sit down to a great Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage, he shares his thoughts about the film he considers to be his favorite Disney movie.
In our latest Reel Gem Review, Matthew Walker gives his opinion on Disney/Pixar's newest animated feature The Incredibles. Did Matt find it super-dooper or was it less than ordinary? Check out his thoughts about the story, characters and voices and read about how Pixar is six for six in its feature releases.
Reviews of past pictures are still available: Brother Bear, Finding Nemo, Lilo & Stitch and its direct-to-video sequel Stitch! The Movie, Beauty and the Beast - Large-Screen Edition, Monsters, Inc., Atlantis - The Lost Empire, Treasure Planet and The Princess Diaries.
They say that elephants never forget. But as humans, our memory is a little more iffy. That's why classic games like "Memory" are so much fun to play. Come take our challenge with StartedByAMouse.com's online version of this old family favorite and see if you've got what it takes to remember the locations of Disneyland attraction posters as they appear on your computer's screen. Flip the cards and match 12 pairs of poster images. Do it fast enough and you can add your name to the StartedByAMouse.com leader board. Though you might remember where the Dumbo posters are located in order to make a match, can you distinguish between the Matterhorn and the Monorail images in time to make the Top 5? Good luck and have fun!
In My Humble Opinion
No matter what The Walt Disney Company does these days, somebody has an opinion on whether the move should be greeted by cheers or jeers. And we're no different. Plucked from news headlines, Disney discussion boards or company press releases, IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) is our online version of a soap box. Agree or disagree - we tell it like we see it. Our latest column features Matthew Walker's thoughts about the apparent reduction of services at the Disneyland Resort as it prepares for its 50th celebration and adds automation in place of human interaction.
The first IMHO, on whether Disney's California Adventure should be called "half a park," the second column about today's Disney Channel, the third about DCA's summer pricing promotion, the fourth about the closing of Disneyland's Country Bear Playhouse, the fifth about DCA woes after the exiting of big-named sponsors, the sixth about demise of the Disney Store, the seventh on Disney's theme park safety iniative, the eighth about the lack of a major celebration for Mickey Mouse's 75th birthday and the ninth about the big vote of no confidence for Michael Eisner at this year's shareholders' meeting are still available to read as well.
In our first SRO Review, Matthew Walker looks at the touring production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. Seen at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 17, the production tells the story of three star-crossed lovers - two African princesses and an Egyptian military captain - in what may best be described as a love "pyramid." The Broadway version of the show won four Tony awards. Were they well deserved? Check out Matthew's review.