Category: Disney

Photos: Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Experience

While I was in Vegas with my son Hunter we made sure to visit the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. experience at the Treasure Island hotel. Originally located in Times Square, the Marvel attraction is set up as a training center for potential S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, with Maria Hill from the Avengers films as your (video) guide. You go Read More

Dick Tracy, Interviewed by Leonard Maltin

I just discovered this, and it’s wonderful. Warren Beatty made the Dick Tracy movie for Disney in 1990, and he REALLY loved doing it. So much so, that for the past few years he has been talking about doing a sequel. Thought, to be honest, I don’t see such a film succeeding in any way Read More

Star Trek vs. Star Wars: We have a winner…

As most people who read a blog like this knows, the new Star Wars film opened to a colossal amount of tickets sold  – $250 million in the US, and $500 million dollars worldwide, and that was just during the first weekend. To put that number in perspective, the last Star Trek film, Into Darkness, Read More

Photos: Superhero HQ in Disneyland

My son Mike is a Marvel movies NUT, especially the Iron Man movies (and character). So when I decided I was going to take two of my sons to Disneyland as a pre-Christmas gift, I knew he was going to love the Superhero HQ exhibit that replaced Innoventions in Tomorrowland. To not spoil things, I Read More

Photos: Star Wars Launch Bay in Disneyland

I took a quick trip to Disneyland this past weekend with two of my sons – it was an early Christmas present for all of us. One of our “must-see” destination at the park was the Star Wars Launch Bay, a new collection of props costumes and models from the Star Wars films. Here’s some Read More

What are some of the best Walt Disney World hacks?

Stay at the Swan and Dolphin. It’s NOT a Disney hotel, and yet.. it is. Owned by the Sheraton chain, the hotel allows you get almost all the benefits of saying “on property” without having to pay the “Disney tax.” You can also WALK to Epcot, so if that is your favorite park it’s actually Read More

Disney Parks for cheapskates

I’ve spent a lot of money at the Disney Parks… too much, in fact. One thing the Disney Corporation is very good at is metaphorically lifting you upside down and shaking all the money out of your pockets… and leaving you happy that they did. While I’ve been one of the millions who have happily Read More

Disney’s new Fastpass+ system damages the Disney Parks experience

The Walt Disney Corporation recently completed the rollout of their Fastpass+ system at their Walt Disney World park. The system uses RFID technology to allow park visitors to scan wristbands (called “MagicBands”) and walk on rides they had scheduled in advance. The new system replaces the previous ticket-based system, which allowed people to walk up, Read More

#UX best practices, Disney style: Lessons from Mickey’s “10 Commandments”

I recently had the privilege of speaking at the Internet Summit technology conference in Raleigh, North Carolina about Walt Disney and how his processes and ideas could be applied in user experience design. In pulling together the presentation deck for that speech I discovered “Mickey’s 10 Commandments”, a list of best practices that Imagineering President Read More

Why did Disney choose to create new characters in Wreck-It-Ralph instead of using existing video game characters?

The answer is simple, and to explain it I will quote Yogurt from Spaceballs: "Merchandising! Merchandising!" If Disney used existing characters from classic video games as the protagonists, they would have to share/pay substantial licensing fees to the companies that own those characters when they try to sell toys and other items based on those Read More

Disney buys Star Wars: One fan’s perspective

Slow news day. As we are all still reeling in the east coast from Hurricane Sandy, and seeing the devastating aftermath, there is no logical reason at all to get worked up over an announcement of yet another corporate acquisition. Millions of people are without power, Thousands are without homes, and many people have lost Read More

Walt Disney, the world’s first user experience designer

I’m a huge fan of the Walt Disney Park experience, and my family has traveled several times to Walt Disney World and Disneyland. The service we receive is unparalleled to any other vacation spot, and I always return from every visit with at least one extra-special memory. Why the Disney experience is so consistently good Read More

What are some least pleasant aspects of the Disney theme parks?

I’ve gone to the Disney parks a lot. And when I say “a lot” I mean “over 20 times.” I’ve hit the parks on both coasts, and hope to someday visit the parks outside the US. When comes to least pleasant aspects, I have some examples that I think are worth noting. First off, there Read More

Cars 2 dazzles but ultimately disappoints

The streak is over. Cars 2 isn’t a bad film by any measure. It’s visually dazzling, it has some fine action set pieces, and it has a breakneck pace that is far from boring. It also features a witty spy plot which is right up my alley. It’s just not as good as we expect Read More

Toy Story 3 delivers powerfully good entertainment and meaning

One of the frustrations in my life right now is that I am away from home for prolonged periods. My career is in the midst of a big transition and I’ve been given an opportunity to really make an impact on a very major project overseas. But that also means separation from my family and Read More

My Geek Dream: Star Trek + Disney Parks = AWESOME!

Warning: This post contains extreme geekery and wish-fulfillment and should not be considered as anything more than my blue-sky fantasy on my part. I think it is a good idea, and hope that someone somewhere with the ability to “make it so” is reading… One of the many things that Star Trek doesn’t have that Read More

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