If there was one thing I was most looking forward to (and hoping for) at this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, it was the chance to get a photo with Dr. Facilier. Last year, I had heard he was around… but he never showed. And before that, he only had appeared in the Magic Kingdom during the entirely too short run of Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee, when Disney was promoting The Princess and the Frog. And even then, guests couldn’t get close to Facilier, as he was up on the riverboat.
Now, finally, Facilier has a big part in this year’s Halloween Party, appearing on the Villains float in the Boo-To-You parade, having his own song-and-dance routine during the Villains stage show and, best of all, meeting with guests immediately after that show. So tonight, I finally got my photo with the shadow man himself. And he was certainly a character.Tweet
Oh how I wish this picture was of me standing in front of a newly-reconstruction Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in the Magic Kingdom, ready to board once again. But alas, it is only a facade set up for this weekend’s “Florida Project” merchandise event at Epcot. Regardless, it was still wonderful to see a trio of Toad vehicles lined up, as if ready to enter the magical fireplace in Toad Hall. The facade looked great and brought back wonderful memories of decades past, before the ride shut down in the late ’90s. Yes there’s a version of it at Disneyland, which I happily ride every time I visit there, but it’s simply not the same as what was once where The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh now resides in the Magic Kingdom.Tweet
Finally getting around to putting away new toys from San Diego Comic-Con and the recent D23 Expo, I made room for my new Tronorail die-cast vehicle among my other Tron stuff. Fits in perfectly. And I think I’ll leave it in the well-designed package, at least for now. More shelf rearranging to come…Tweet
Before another weekly trip to 1/2 price Wednesday at Dave and Buster’s, we went to the new Disney Store at the Florida Mall. Despite the store looking nice, sparkly, and brand-new, we didn’t find anything that we wanted to buy. I’d really like to see more adult-oriented merchandise in these stores, even if it’s only more apparel. Some collectibles would be nice, aside from Vinylmation. It’s a great store for kids, but I have little to no desire to shop there.Tweet
I recorded my post-D23 Expo podcast Tuesday night, after spending several hours gathering my thoughts. The resulting show was nearly 3 hours long and I still left out a lot of details. It’s amazing what can happen during a 3-day event. I’ve read a lot of people’s complaints online about what was “wrong” with the 2011 D23 Expo and I agree with some of it, but overall I enjoyed the event. Yes, having a press pass helped GREATLY, but then again, if I wasn’t covering the event, I would have had a lot of spare time to wait in the lines and would likely have gotten into all the same presentations that I did. That’s the reason they give press passes. It allowed me to spend that time I’d be waiting in line in a much more productive manner, editing video, writing articles, and the like. I think the real issue is that people expected there to be short lines. Every convention has lines and when there are more people than there are seats, some people are simply going to have to find something else to do. That’s just how it goes.Tweet