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Happy MF 2008!

Posted in MF08, podcast, TDC's on December 31, 2008 by sambycat

would you like to smell the bottle cap?

Posted in MF08, pics on December 27, 2008 by sambycat

a VERY exclusive vintage indeed!





disney – wtf??

Posted in boooooooo!!!!!!, holidays, kill, MF08, parades, review on December 25, 2008 by sambycat
yeah ok. i am not a big parade person. and, ok, i get that disney parades on TV are aimed at a demographic that is decidedly not one to which i belong nor am i immediately related or involved with anyone who gives a whit about tween stars or the jonas brothers or what have you (well, my bff does enjoy HSM, but you know what i am saying).

however, one would think that, as a disney parks fan, blogger and podcaster and as an AP passholder with a tinkerbell tattoo on my left shoulder, well, that i might glean a few moments of christmas cheer from this mornings christmas parade “live” from the world. all i can say is “bah humbug”. wait – that’s not all i can say, i can indeed work up an ire worthy of 1500 or so words about how much it SUCKS and how pathetically BAD that 2 hour, over-produced, ass-kissing, money sucking, soul stealing waste of money, time and energy was – in fact, i can make the statement that, were i not the completely obsessed park fan that i am, if somehow all i knew of disney were that movies are made and there are places to visit, i dare say i would NEVER want to go there. i would, in fact, be all the people who look at me quite strangely when they find out i am going there. again.

so back to the first statement, i’m not a parade fan, or at least haven’t been one, although as my visits to the park have become more frequent, i have stopped a moment or two to check out a daytime parade and have seen spectro-magic – TWICE! i still run from anything involving pom-poms and cries of “let’s go wildcats!” however. i mean, i’m not completely brainwashed. But, given that it IS Christmas – and I am not at work at the moment – i thought i might get a kick out of just seeing the parks in the christmas finery – especially given that i was there (hello) on the day of filming.  check it:

so that annoying "what will you celebrate" ballon isn't CGI

so that annoying "what will you celebrate" ballon isn't CGI

firstly, there is barely an actual parade to be seen. the shots are cut up and so over produced. you do expect this, but c’mon. every character or gyrating cheerleader they show also gets a cut away to “audience” members nodding to one another in sheer delight and then returning their attention to the next wondrous float! oh the joy! we all know the stretch from the hub to the RR station ain’t all that far – even shorter of course for the DL parade – and i realize that it’s the money shot with the castle that grabs people’s attention, but even i do turn on the macy’s day parade and as bad as the patter and the same self-aggrandizing commercialism is there on thanksgiving day, well, this is worse. you get no sense of any parade, you get no sense of anything. well, i get a sense of every tween star shilling for the mouse and the “exciting new disney channel coming soon!!!!”, but, barring hearing, say mary poppins sing or noting -with the quick eye that only a fanatic has – that the DL pixie hollow might be kinda neat compared to the MK version…..



lookie! they painted the walls to look like trees! magical!!

pro: outlets! con: kind of bad painting over very temporary appearing pixie surroundings


why not show the damn parade, and perhaps quit referring to, oh, i don’t know, test track as “a new attraction”. hell, play the parade and then put stacy on. that would totally rock. dude! and then there’s the patter – ah yes – the patter…. well, again, you know its going to be bad, but this was two hours of relentless advertising so obvious, so dumbed down, so bad… what are they thinking????? of course, one will now be well aware of the new “what will you celebrate” promotion (OMG DID YOU KNOW YOU GET FREE ADMISSION ON YOUR BIRTHDAY! WOW! THAT’S UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!) – regis and kelly already know what they are going to celebrate!!!!!!!

 Regis “Absolutely! I mean, Joy and I are planning to come back here to celebrate the birth of our new grandson, William Xavier Sure”

Kelly ” And you know, I just want to celebrate that my entire family is happy and healthy this holiday.”

Regis “Absolutely! That’s something to be really thankful for!”

Kelly “For sure! (insert pause with head nod and smile here) Now let’s see what Ryan’s up to over in Disneyland!”

 Ryan “…(Beverly Hills Chihuahua) the greatest chihuahua movie of all time….”

perhaps i am just a grinch, a scrooge, a scrooge mcduck even, but it’s hard to imagine that if our man walt were here, it could still be quite this bad and unentertaining. there is so much at the fingertips of disney and abc – are all the imagineers locked in a closet somewhere? where they kidnapped by the evil henchmen of oogie boogie and hung over a pit of fire and bugs?

it’s so hard to stomach, i guess as i spend a christmas away from family and friends – at least geographically – and still being somewhat giddy with the GOOD MF contagion – the one that makes you feel all is well and you have all these wonderful, magical friends and that you were indeed just dusted with pixie dust (not the one that gaves us all the MF flu! 😉 ) – that THIS is what bubbles up to the masses for the holidays. indeed, as i said earlier, i can see how some families would see this and think – “why go there?”

do yourself and any loved ones a favor – turn off that heinous commercial and tune into anything about holiday and disney on, say, the travel channel. but then, i’m preaching to the choir here, right?

ok, let’s say 900 words….. bah humbug indeed.

a MF trip report to end all…

Posted in blog things, MF08, MF08 Land/Sea, pics, trip report on December 21, 2008 by sambycat

nope, clearly NOT mine!!! no, hurry over to grumpy’s hollow to read his wonderful trip reports that will have you feeling like you were there and wondering how somebody could have had MORE fun than you did if you WERE there!!!!! plus his photography is to die for – that tim devine better stop sharing his secrets, or grumpy’s gonna steal his thunder!!! i mean, how classic is this photo:

photo credit Ray Harkness, Grumpy's Hollow

photo credit Ray Harkness, Grumpy's Hollow

me and jack just got back

Posted in MF08 on December 15, 2008 by sambycat

more to follow…

answer: 2

Posted in MF08 on December 3, 2008 by sambycat

question: how many days till lisa goes to the world?

daytime dilemma

Posted in MF08 on November 28, 2008 by sambycat


should i get a mystic tan pre-cruise?


Posted in MF 07, MF08, rambling on November 26, 2008 by sambycat

ok. my other blog is where i usually bitch and moan about life and what not. but i feel compelled to note here that i am freaking out just a little about the imminent mousefest 2008! now, i feel kind of silly about this, especially since i have spent much time extolling MF to my bff and saying how much fun we shall have etc., etc., etc…

but, truth be told, i am nervous! this is our first foray (is that how you spell that?) into the podcasting/fan community as “celebrities” (thats the MF term, people, not mine!!) as opposed to “fans” or perhaps “wondering stalkers”. WE are having meets! WE are having a table! WE will have to talk to people!!!! EEEEK!!!!

of course i AM excited beyond belief, but it is tinged with some nervousness as well! if you see me, prepare for endless lisa chattering and the flapping of limbs – oh wait! thats me all the time… actually, i will probably be standing stalk still (or is that stock still?) with bulging eyes.

again, my first words at the last, my first, MF (after lurking around the outskirts of the tomorrowland noodle terrace for about 30 minutes) were “I AM COMPLETELY FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW”

so if you see me, please say hi… oh, and i am super super bad at names, even when calm, so, like when i am freaking my brain will be god knows where..

in spite of all that….. see you real soon??? oh.. and i am completely freaking out right now!!!!

no chihuahua?

Posted in MF08, news on November 18, 2008 by sambycat


mouseplanet forwards this – just in time for cruisefest!

Disney Cruise Line will unveil Disney Digital 3-D movie screens aboard its ships this holiday season. The Disney Wonder is the first up, with the technology premiering on this Thursday’s sailing and a midnight screening of Bolt as it opens in theaters everywhere on Friday. The Disney Magic will get its screen and projectors for its December 6 sailing.

The screens will be installed in both the Walt Disney Theatre and Buena Vista Theatre aboard both ships. By early next year the movies will get even more enhancements, with lasers, fog, streamers and special stage lighting enhancing the on-screen effects, allowing Disney to incorporate 3-D film effects into its stage shows in the Walt Disney Theatre.

for trace

Posted in MF 07, MF08, pics, xmas on November 17, 2008 by sambycat

he is completely fixated on seeing this in person…





see you real soon!!