Superstar Limo with Drew Carey

I Rode Superstar Limo—AMA

In the annals of Disney park dark rides, perhaps the most reviled, the most confusing, the most short lived was Superstar Limo. An opening day attraction at Disney’s California Adventure in Disneyland Resort, the ride didn’t even last a full year. And I am one of the few who rode it. Let’s talk! First, to set the scene: it’s the summer of 2001. My mom is speaking at a conference in San Diego. My dad and brother and I all tag along ’cause hey, California, right? We go to the zoo, and Sea World, and then one day we...

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Unwrapped Disney Delights

Thoughts While Watching: Unwrapped’s Disney Delights

Hello and welcome back to my Thoughts While Watching series, where I react in real time to Disney media old and new but mostly old! This next one is oldish – and I hope you’re hungry. It’s time to dive into another “Unwrapped” episode and Disney snacks! I gave the first Disney “Unwrapped” episode, simply titled “Walt Disney World,” the TWW treatment just under a year ago. I think it’s from like 2005, which is just outdated enough to be a good time. The subsequent “Disney Delights” episode came out 5 years later, which makes it… also pretty outdated....

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Walt Disney and his dinosaur friend

Thoughts While Watching: Disneyland Goes To The World’s Fair, 1964

And we’re back with another entry in my Thoughts While Watching series! Marvel as I drop pithy comment after pithy comment about vintage Disney media in real time! I hope! (I hope it’s pithy, anyway; I’ve given up on time.)* * More thorough explanation here. Today we are diving into a most intriguing “World of Color” episode entitled “Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair.” Given that it first hit television in 1964, I think it’s safe to say we’re heading to New York. If you’re any kind of Disney fan – and if you’re here that seems likely –...

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The Wonderful World of Disney

Thoughts While Watching: From Pirates Of The Caribbean To The World Of Tomorrow

Hey guys! It’s been a minute since I added to my Thoughts While Watching series, so here’s a quick refresher: I dig up Disney media – old and archival for preference but there are exceptions – and jot down my thoughts as I watch them in real time. It’s a fun way to skip down memory lane, even (especially?) when Memory Lane extends several decades beyond my own existence. The last couple entries have featured more recent Disney productions, but for our historic entry #10 we’re returning to our roots in an old episode of Walt Disney’s own “The...

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Decorating Disney

20 Thoughts I Had While Watching Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

After another one of my endless trip reports pushed it aside, my Thoughts While Watching series is back and ready to tackle its December entry! We’re going v. thematically appropriate with Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic, which you can find on Disney+ here. Don’t worry, next time around we’ll go vintage again, but I couldn’t resist the easy Christmas cheer. Fire it up and let’s get to thinking, shall we? 20 Thoughts I had While Watching Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic 1. I know Whoopi Goldberg when I hear her! 2. Wait, is the Grand Floridian Gingerbread house styrofoam or something...

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Haunted Mansion cartoon dancing ghosts

Ron Howard Goes To The Haunted Mansion

Happy Halloween week, kids! I can think of no better way to celebrate than by going to the Haunted Mansion. If you’re in the parks right now, you’re obligated. If you’re not? Never fear; I have you covered! Sure, we could watch a few on-ride videos, or even dig up some archival material. But since we’re all groovy dudes, I’d like to bring to your attention some vinyl records. Both were produced officially by Disney in the ’60s to promote the upcoming/new Haunted Mansion attraction, and they’re absolute musts for any Haunted Mansion fan (Me! Me!).  CHILLING, THRILLING SOUNDS...

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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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