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Posted on Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Dave!Today I made time to hang out at Disney Studios here at Walt Disney World. This park doesn't have a heck of a lot going on (except the Tower of Terror), so I'll pick five things.

#1... Somebody should tell the Disney Parks Division that the Disney ABC Television Division canceled Pushing Daisies, because there are still posters up here. I remember the same thing happening when my favorite show ever to air on television (Jeremy Piven's Cupid) had been canceled, but posters were still advertising it in Disney World. Kind of lame. And, given how much I love Pushing Daisies, kind of painful too...


#2... Somebody needs to replace the dead props on the backlot tour. When the highlight of your collection is two fiberglass planes from the movie Pearl Harbor that are falling apart, you've got problems. Some of the props just need maintenance, badly. Like poor Max from Flight of The Navigator. He's supposed to be a cool chrome silver, but look at him...


#3... The newest "ride" at the park is "Toy Story Midway Mania" which is kind of cool. You zip around in cars with your pop-gun playing various arcade games. The way they manage to tie your gun to the computer-generated paint splats, rings, and other projectiles is very well done. The wait is regularly 90 minutes or more, so this should be your first Fast-Pass destination of the day...


#4... This is the park where you get to meet my favorite Pixar character, Sully, from Monsters, Inc. IF he's not out on a parade float somewhere...


#5... The big attraction here for the holidays is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. Jennings Osborne from Little Rock, Arkansas, used to decorate his house with millions of lights for the holidays, but his neighbors sued to have them shut down (the story is here). When the people at Disney World found out about it, they contacted him and had the lights moved to the "Streets of America" section of Disney Studios so millions of people could enjoy them...


And that's all she wrote. Tomorrow is my last day.

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  1. kitty!
    (you make me wanna watch monsters, inc.)

  2. WOW! Those lights are awesome!

  3. whall says:

    Maybe they should rename it “pushing buttons”.

  4. Whitenoise says:

    I had to google Flight Of the Navigator. I’d never heard of this movie. Cool. 🙂

  5. Poppy says:

    Oooh, pretty lights!

  6. Crail00 says:

    Your posts light up my life. Think #5 above.

    Happy Holidays; as well as enjoying your day and all your tomorrows.


  7. mew says:

    i thought the same thing about the pushing daisies stuff. there’s a poster on the side of a wall by the SciFi Drive In place. so sad.

    worse than the chromeless flight of the navigator ship is the humiliated painted red one used for the CocaCola stand in Tommorrow Land. >__

  8. Juli says:

    But I liked Pushing Daisies. I think I’ll go cry now.

  9. Pattie says:

    Have you heard that they’re doing a Cupid remake for ABC? Press release is here:

  10. Dickie Maxx says:

    You know I have noticed the same lack of maintenance in the California park. Walt must be turning over in his grave.

  11. kapgar says:

    That’s how they treat Max? So sad.

  12. Walt says:

    Wow the street looks amazing! We’re actually going for Christmas, yes we’re idiots, the kids will be thrilled to see the street and the castle.

    What’s the deal with Goofy? I’ve been three times and have not seen him once! Oh, but Peter Pan and Wendy are around every freak’n corner! And, what’s with not celebrating Walt’s Birthday?! Of all the things to celebrate thats a cake baker for sure. The least they could have done was let everyone named Walt in for free!


  13. yellojkt says:

    At first I thought you meant the Ozzy Osbourne Family Lights. Which would spell out all sorts of un-Disney words and show decapitated bats and such.

    You need to see the Miracle on 34th Street here in Baltimore.

  14. Avitable says:

    If Disney really cared about the Osborne lights, they would have set them up in Celebration or somewhere outside where you didn’t have to buy an exorbitantly priced ticket to see them.

  15. Dave2 says:

    The cost of the electricity to run them is astronomically high. While I agree it would have been nice if they were put out for the public to enjoy, I understand that all of the money needed to power them has to come from somewhere. 🙁

  16. You know, anytime you wanna borrow my kids to take them on such spy missions as these, by all means, call me! 🙂

  17. That’s so sad with Max (Flight of The Navigator), the whole point of his coolness was to be so super shiny (and his voice) but that’s just neglect…

  18. ChillyWilly says:

    I remember being so enthralled by those lights last year. Disney Hollywood Studios does a bang up job with those lights.

    And of course, Tower of Terror being one of the best things there (i like the Aerosmith roller coaster ride as well)

  19. Wow, those Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights, er, lights are just all kinds of awesome.

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