Muppets Haunted Mansion

21 Thoughts I Had While Watching Muppets Haunted Mansion

Normally my Thoughts While Watching posts revolve around vintage park media, like the Disneyland opening day TV broadcast or, most recently, the 1993 WDW vacation planning video. Muppets Haunted Mansion, by contrast, just came out last week, but I think it’ll still work for the brief: normally we are viewing the Disney parks through the lens of the past, and all we’re doing now is shifting that lens. Now, we’re viewing The Haunted Mansion through the lens of the Muppets! Now that I’ve got you all on board, let’s get to the meat of the piece. Muppets Haunted Mansion...

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Mickey Winking

Thoughts While Watching: The 1993 Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Video

I had thought for my next Thoughts While Watching entry I would look for something back in the early days of Disneyland again. But during my search I came up the 1993 Walt Disney World vacation planning video, and doesn’t that just sound fun? 1993! I mean, the fashion alone should be worth the price of admission! Do you think Eisner insisted someone perform a freestyle rap? I can only hope. Come along with me on this 45 minute journey to the perfect early nineties Disney trip. Was it really simpler back in the day? Even I’m surprised by...

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WDW Unwrapped

23 Of My Thoughts While Watching: WDW Unwrapped

Hello and welcome back to my Thoughts While Watching series, where I watch old-to-ancient Disney media and react in real time. For the first few entries, I’ve stuck to historical videos, like the Opening Day Broadcast and Tenth Anniversary special. But for this post, I decided to dig up an odd little gem that is near and dear to my heart. My Walt Disney World fixation began in earnest in the summer of 2005. I had always been a theme park fan, but that year I stumbled upon the phenomenon of WDW trip reports and got hooked. I was absolutely obsessed,...

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Disneyland Partners Statue

39 Thoughts Jenn Had While Watching The Disneyland Tenth Anniversary Special

We’ve done the pre-opening report. We’ve done the opening ceremony broadcast. Today in my ongoing Thoughts While Watching series we’ll be rounding out the old school parks trilogy with Disneyland’s tenth anniversary television special. Watch along because I think it’s well worth your time – Pirates, the Haunted Mansion, tons of rare characters, fun behind the scenes footage, a gazillion Imagineers, and a greater understanding of why so many retirees find the #MeToo movement confusing. C’mon, press play. And now! 39 Thoughts Jenn Had While Watching Disneyland’s Tenth Anniversary Special: Awww, it’s the “World of Color” theme song! Cue the...

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Disneyland

Thoughts While Watching: The 1955 Disneyland Opening Day Broadcast

I hope that in the flurry of excitement over my most recent trip report you haven’t forgotten about my Thoughts While Watching series – I know I haven’t! Last time we watched The Pre-Opening Report from Disneyland, so I thought it would be appropriate to follow it up with a viewing of the 1955 Disneyland Opening Day Broadcast, which was televised live on the very first day of Disneyland’s operation. This one’s a little longer at an hour and thirteen minutes, but well worth the watch for any Disney parks enthusiast. Presided over by Uncle Walt alongside a smattering of reporters...

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Disneyland Partners Statue

Thoughts While Watching: The Pre-Opening Report From Disneyland

Today I am excited to continue my Thoughts While Watching series, where I document my thoughts while watching old school Disney parks media. I thought it might be good to tackle the next batch in chronological order, so today we’re going to start with The Pre-Opening Report from Disneyland. We’ll follow it up with the opening day broadcast and ten year anniversary special, but for now, cast your mind back to when Disneyland had yet to open its gates…. It’s more fun when you watch along! The Pre-Opening Report from Disneyland can be viewed on Disney+ here if you have a subscription, or...

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Kurt Russell

Thoughts While Watching: 1970’s “Disneyland Showtime”

I had a ton of fun doing my last Thoughts While Watching about the EPCOT film, so I decided to do another one! And just as I threatened in that last post, I tracked down the Kurt Russell episode of The Wonderful World of Disney, which is called “Disneyland Showtime.” Sadly, Kurt does not wear that suit the whole time, but it was interesting nonetheless. Watch along here: And now: 47 Thoughts Jenn Had While Watching “Disneyland Showtime:” I’m getting a strong “A Salute to All Nations But Mostly America” vibe from this opening. Did the old monorail have...

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Epcot

Thoughts While Watching: Walt’s Epcot/Florida Film

So you’ve seen those “XX Thoughts I Had While Watching Y” posts, right? Where various and sundry authors jot down their thoughts while viewing something relevant to pop culture? I see a lot of ’90s nostalgia re-watches and new movie trailers circulating, plus Disney movies, of course. Buzzfeed does it. Vogue does it. High/low culture at its finest, really. Stick with me; I promise I have a point. My point is, Pat and I were rewatching The Imagineering Story the other night, and during the episode about the origins of Epcot he lamented that Walt never got to build his real...

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