George Gets Mad at the Magic Kingdom

George Gets Mad at the Magic Kingdom

Yes, you read that right: George gets mad at the Magic Kingdom!

During my last visit to the Magic Kingdom, I rode a classic Walt Disney World attraction and it was a complete disappointment. Check out my video to see what attraction it was and what happened.

 

It had been over two years since my last visit to the Magic Kingdom. Why, you ask? Because I’ve been spending so much of my time visiting smaller parks that were so much closer to where I lived and so much less expensive to visit. It was easier (and less expensive) to drive to Pennsylvania from North Carolina than it was to visit central Florida. There were a lot of new things at the Magic Kingdom for me to see, including the new redhead scene in Pirates of the Caribbean!

Look! It’s the backside of pumpkins…

During my visit to the Magic Kingdom, I also checked out other classic attractions, like: The Haunted Mansion; Pirates of the Caribbean; Carousel of Progress, Walt Disney Presents The Enchanted Tiki Room; the People Mover; the Swiss Family Treehouse; and Country Bear Jamboree. I rode Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor, Winnie the Pooh, the Little Mermaid and Mickey’s Philharmagic, as well.


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Magic Kingdom Food: The Best You’ve Never Eaten!

Magic Kingdom Food: The Best You’ve Never Eaten!

Magic Kingdom food is a big part of the Walt Disney World vacation experience. Buying the dining plan (and which one) and choosing  restaurants  can be as big of a decision as which parks to visit and which resorts to stay at. During my many research trips, I’ve run across some interesting food details and wanted to share them with you. I’ve looked at Disney dining before:

For this post, I’m going to share some of the food that you will never get to experience at the Magic Kingdom, or the best Magic Kingdom food you never ate!

Let’s start in Frontierland. (Some of these photos are almost 10 years old and locations might have changed.)

Magic Kingdom Food: Frontierland

As we walk by the Riverfront, you can see various crates and sacks. Right away, we see a sack of salt and a crate labeled 7 lbs 1 oz. (Catch the clever reference to 1971?)

Black strap molasses, anyone? Obviously, we are seeing food-related items that would be prevalent during the time period for Frontierland.

A milk container, barrels and some crates. The one labeled lictonic would be for the farm animals (Ryan at the Main Street Gazette discusses lictonic, here.)

Seed. Those are important, right?

Pickles, flour and more barrels.

You have to have sugar, right?

Salt. Salt is everywhere!

Behind the post is a sack of beans. Lamp oil would be helpful. #42 Switch Assemblies are waiting and I wonder what you could do with those. Maybe they are headed over to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Who said there was no alcohol in the Magic Kingdom? (Found this before the opening of Be Our Guest.)

The two red barrels are marked “XXX” and I wonder what they could contain.

There is another barrel of molasses on the far right and there a sack of beans on top of the crate.

Another barrel of XXX.

There is a frying pan over at Big Thunder Mountain, although it might be in use.

In the queue for Big Thunder, there is a crate marked O’verdigums Irish Blend. (Get it? Overdigums?)

There’s another crate in the Frontierland Shooting Arcade.

It is time for our FastPass for Splash Mountain. As we wind through the queue, we find more food and kitchen cookware. Pots, pans and milk containers abound!

We’ve got a pot-bellied stove in the bottom corner along with more milk, a butter churn and a sack!

Barrels, crates and OATS, oh my! More milk, too. Notice the jugs on the shelf?

Corn! Finally something besides oats, molasses and sugar.

Muskrat moonshine, eh? Ev’rybody’s got a laughing place, alright!

After exiting our Splash Mountain log and before viewing our drop photo at Splash Down photos, we run across some advertisements. The first one is for Mugg & Bean Coffee. I ran across it for the first time in 2007 and did some research. There is a real Mugg & Bean Coffee Company and the president assured me that there was no connection. He had seen it earlier and had friends ask him about it all of the time.

Not sure if these are oats for breakfast or for your horse! Or for your horse’s breakfast.

Finest King Carrots. Premium carrots for soups and stews. And they are the 24K brand.

The final two images are food images that are long gone. Remember the McDonald’s food stand that was in between Caribbean Plaza and Splash Mountain?

Some standard plates mixed in with some jugs, rolling pins and straws.

You’ve got the basic ingredients of McDonald’s french fries on top of the stand, too; potatoes and salt! I am wondering what is wrapped up in the tan cloth. Big Mac meat?

Magic Kingdom Food: Caribbean Plaza

If we cross over into Caribbean Plaza, we can see a barrel of Rum near Pirates of the Caribbean. Those rascally pirates!

Magic Kingdom Food: Liberty Square

Liberty Square has some interesting tableaus. There is a cooking pot, but no chicken.

There is also plenty of soap! You need to wash up before dinner.

A kettle with something in it and some copper cookware.

A not close enough angle of the kettle. Are those rocks and eggs? You might want to double check the menu at the Liberty Tree Tavern!

A newer display near the Sorcerers of the Magic kingdom that features a nondescript barrel and some charcoal! We can definitely use the charcoal for grilling.

Have you stumbled across any other Magic Kingdom food that you couldn’t get to?

The Pirates are Coming this December!

Ran across this great news item in the October/November 1973 Walt Disney World News about Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.

 

If, while strolling through Adventureland these days, you hear strange pounding noises that don’t seem to be coming from native drums, don’t be alarmed . . . they’re the construction sounds on Walt Disney World ‘s soon- to- come attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean. Continue reading The Pirates are Coming this December!

WYWHW Pirates of the Caribbean at the Magic Kingdom Postcard


Wish You Were Here Wednesday!

This postcard features a wonderful reproduction of one of the attraction posters that was featured under the train tunnels as you entered the Magic Kingdom.

Pirates of the Caribbean
Yo ho, yo ho! A pirate’s life for me! Take a wild voyage through the secret caverns and fierce sea battles as you join the rowdiest rogues and rapscallions that ever sacked the Spanish Main.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest Tribute

During my recent trip to Walt Disney World, I found a Five Legged Goat, or hidden detail, paying tribute to the key to the Dead Man’s Chest from the Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest film.

It’s located near the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. I’ll let you guys know where exactly a little bit later. I’ve got some more research to do for a larger article at Mice Chat.

Any thoughts?

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Disney Infinity Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set

My youngest is a huge fan of the Skylanders series, mainly for the collectible nature of the figures. Disney Infinity follows a similar path but it looks like there is a larger and more involved gaming feature. Disney has just released images and figures for the Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set.

Is this something you’re going to pick up?

Within the Pirates of the Caribbean play set, gamers can take on the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa and Davy Jones as they set sail to new lands in search of adventure and gold.  Key highlights include:
·         Combat and Customization: Players will be able to explore new lands while battling via water and land to become the king of the sea. Additionally, players can customize their ship, by choosing everything from the overall décor of the vessel to the cannons on board.  

 

·         Play Set: The Pirates of the Caribbean play set adds its own specialized game play mechanics and pieces to the Disney Infinity world such as unique weaponry that when activated in Toy Box mode allows players to create all-new combat challenges, build and customize worlds and much more.

 

·         Toy Box mode: The pirate trio of Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa  and Davy Jones are able to interact with all of the previously revealed Disney Infinity characters from The Incredibles, Monsters University and Cars to create new and exciting adventures on the high seas and beyond.

 

About Disney Infinity
Disney Infinity is an all-new video game initiative starring the beloved characters from Walt Disney and Pixar Studios’ most popular franchises. Players can place real-world toy versions of their favorite Disney characters onto a device called the Infinity Base and transport them into the virtual game worlds of Monsters University, the Incredibles, Cars and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as into a giant Toy Box.
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On Stranger Tide, A Pirates Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides returns to the roots of the series, so to speak. I have enjoyed the series but found the middle two films a little muddy and reaching. On Stranger Tides returns to the formula familiar from the Curse of the Black Pearl. Captain Jack Sparrow still takes center stage and we have a few returning favorites.

This ain’t your daddy’s little mermaid!

Captain Jack is dragged into a quest for a mystical object that he has no real need or interest. Of course, this leads you to question his motives during the entire movie. The filmmakers introduce some new characters, including a feisty female pirate, mermaids and…

…Blackbeard, otherwise known as Edward Teach!



On Stranger Tides explores the mythos of Blackbeard and places him central to the story. It was a nice touch to see how frightened all of the pirates and sailors were of Blackbeard; especially having visited some of Blackbeard’s haunts on the Crystal Coast. I loved the depiction of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, as well.

In typical Pirates fashion, the film is full of intrigue, fantastic vistas, amazing stunts and witty repartee. Some might bemoan a fourth Pirates film, but it allows tremendous character development and opportunities for the characters to do what they do so well: be themselves! Even if you didn’t enjoy the middle films, On Stranger Tides can be viewed without seeing Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End.

As an oddity, another item that seems to be hit or miss with Disney Blu-ray releases concerns the addition of bonus features. With the two-disc Blu-ray combo, there are two short featurettes that are throwaways at best. A movie with such a brilliant cast and amazing technical features would benefit with some behind-the-scenes video. Of course, this is a Pirates film and, for the most part, it is like printing money for the Company.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment provided a review copy of this film.

If you want to read a fantastic book about pirates, check out the Raiders of Castillo del Mar, an ebook written by Shane Lindsey (of Parkeology fame) and his brother Tristan.

The First Child to Ride Pirates of the Caribbean

The First Child to Ride Pirates of the Caribbean

Can you imagine being the first child to ride Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland? Bill Justice relates that story in his 1992 memoir. Sometimes it pays to be an Imagineer!

Bill Justice began his career at Disney’s Hyperion Studio on July 12, 1937. He stayed with the Company for 42 years and held different jobs over the ensuing years. He started as inbetweener working on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and was an animator on Pinocchio.Walt pushed him into directing and a few years after Disneyland was opened, Justice was called over to Imagineering.

His talent for character animation made him a natural for programming animatronics. He programmed figures for Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, the Carousel of Progress, the Hall of Presidents, the Country Bear Jamboree and the Mickey Mouse Revue. From 1967 until his retirement, he worked exclusively for WED with a multitude of projects outside of the attractions, as well.

If you get the opportunity (and can find a copy), you should read his memoir, Justice for Disney. This book might be as rare as  Disneyland, The Nickel Tour and Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality. My copy is signed by Justice and is numbered 289 of 1000. I surmise that there were only 1000 printed. Justice passed away on February 10, 2011. The book is filled with charming and eye-opening anecdotes, such as the following about the first child to ever ride Pirates of the Caribbean.


Melissa Justice was the first child to ride on “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Roy Disney was invited to ride Pirates when the installation was completed. He brought his wife Edna and we all jumped into one of the boats and away we went. Roy loved the attraction. As we reached the unloading area he spotted my wife and daughter Misse. He invited them into the boat and we went through again. He specifically had Misse sit up front with him. I suspect he wanted to see her reaction. So my five year old daughter was the first child to see Pirates. By the way, she loved it too. (Page 79.)

Pirates of the Polynesian!

Pirates of the Polynesian!

During a recent research trip, the Imaginerding staff was treated to a special tour of the Magic Kingdom by Foxxfur of Passport to Dreams and 2719 Hyperion.

As we exited Pirates of the Caribbean and made our way through the gift shop, Foxxfur stopped and pointed out some interesting items that were hanging from a net on the ceiling.

Any thoughts?

The first clue should be the Tiki Guy from the first photo. (See Foxxfur’s post entitled Iconography for more of the Tiki Guy.)

It looks like one of two things: the Imagineers borrowed a few items from the Polynesian Resort during a recent remodel or the Pirates Plundered Polynesia!

Either way, it is a fantastic way to reuse material.

Don’t forget to look up!

UPDATE: As of a 2013 visit, the Polynesian Resort artifacts were still hanging from the Pirates of the Caribbean Gift Shop ceiling.