Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with repetition, more so if you can at least do minor tweaks to make it individual enough from its original and be good at presenting it. Take for instance this volume from the second series of Disney Sing-Along Songs, featuring another trip through a Disney park.
Yes, we covered it not long ago in the song list for volume “Disneyland Fun”. This time however, the volume takes its presenters (and the viewers) to the then-recently opened Euro Disney, now called Disneyland Paris. Like its predecessor, this features some songs already found in past volumes, but this time with visuals of various Disney characters (mascots and costumes) having fun in Disneyland Paris.
Well, here comes the list:
Whistle While You Work (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Step in Time (from Mary Poppins)
I’m Walkin’ Right Down the Middle of Main Street U.S.A. (music from Walt Disney World and Disneyland)
Following the Leader (from Peter Pan; Donald Duck in “Disneyland Fun” version replaced by Peter Pan)
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (from Song of the South; fast-paced pop version)
How D’Ye Do and Shake Hands (from Alice in Wonderland)
The Unbirthday Song (from Alice in Wonderland)
Rumbly in My Tumbly (from Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree)
Pecos Bill (from Melody Time)
It’s a Small World (music from Walt Disney World and Disneyland)
Grim Grinning Ghosts (music from The Haunted Mansion; Captain Hook in “Disneyland Fun” version replaced by Jafar and Iago)
The Character Parade (from Walt Disney World and Disneyland)
We’re now more than halfway through our listing tour of all rail transportation amenities to be found in Disney theme parks and resorts around the world. Next in line to be featured (albeit a tad out of place chronologically with our previous article on Disneyland Paris) is Tokyo Disney Resort.
Beginning with the first Disney theme park in Asia with Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort under Japan’s Oriental Land Company is now comprised of two parks and a shopping complex. Here’s a rundown on what sorts of rail transport and attractions you can expect to ride while enjoying your visit.
Western River Railroad – steam locomotive opened in April 1983; while an actual train, its track is a closed loop and has only one station within Tokyo Disneyland, making it a ride attraction rather than a way to get from one point to another
Jolly Trolley – electrical-powered trolley in Toontown; opened in 1996 and – similar to its big brother in Disneyland Resort – has also closed down, this one in 2009
Disney Resort Line – opened in July 2001, this monorail is the quick way to get to and from Tokyo Disney Resort; can be reached by rail transfer from Maihama Station and stops at the Resort Gateway Station
DisneySea Electric Railway – opened in September 2001 along with TDR’s second theme park, Tokyo DisneySea; an electric locomotive powered via a classic third-rail method, this train connects the Port Discovery and American Waterfront themed areas
Many must have wondered what it would be like if the Disney 2014 animated film Big Hero 6 became a regular series. The story just flowed naturally in that potential direction, being a superhero team origin movie. Big Hero 6 was after all adapted from a niche Marvel Comics title.
Well now, Big Hero 6: The Series is nine episodes old and still going on its inaugural season in the Disney Channel. Beyond the team and certain main character names, there really isn’t much attempt to sync the setting with its Marvel source. That leaves the production team numerous possibilities.
And with people who worked on Kim Possible years ago as part of the creative minds behind the further adventures of Big Hero 6, we can count on seeing really colorful characters on the other side of the law from our ad hoc team of do-gooders. So far we have:
Obake – former student of the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology; villain mastermind with a single-minded focus on the Big Hero 6
Yama – gangster and underground bot-fight organizer; got roped into being muscle for Obake
Barb – one half of the villain tandem High Voltage, with electrical powers; mother of Juniper
Juniper – one half of the villain tandem High Voltage; daughter of Barb
Globby – formerly Dibs, a snatch thief transformed into a slime monster
Baron Von Steamer – evil genius specializing in steam-punk tech; archenemy of Boss Awesome, aka Fred’s dad
Momakase – ninja thief with a chef motif with an arsenal of cooking knives as weapons
Mad Jacks – a mercenary spec ops team with all members named “Jack”
Those are the villains that have appeared to menace the Big Hero 6 in all episodes premiered. There are sure to be more, but that’ll be for some other time.
Building up from the momentum generated by the early 2015 success of Daredevil on streaming, Marvel Television and Netflix were quick to follow through with their collaboration on more Marvel series connected to the Cinematic Universe, but featuring the heroes (leaning more on the antiheroic bent) that fight street-level crime.
Next on their schedule was Jessica Jones, about a former teen superhero-turned-cynical hardboiled private eye, still struggling with the trauma of what happened in his past concerning a powerful mind-controller named Kilgrave. When Kilgrave hatches a great plot, it’s up to Jessica to rise past her demons and stop him.
Here are the episodes of the first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix, which premiered on streaming in all entirety on November 20, 2015.
For the next volume in the second series of Disney’s Sing-Along Songs, the production team did as per usual and put the focus on a recent entry of the Disney Animated Canon, 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. And while the same-titled theme song of the movie is plenty popular and well-known, thanks to its interpretation by either Angela Lansbury or Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, the focus song for this volume is the other standout musical number, “Be Our Guest”.
This 1992 volume of Sing-Along Songs was hosted by Jiminy Cricket and was the first to have no repeat numbers from previous entries, and feels entirely original as a result. Volume “Be Our Guest” will also be re-released in 1994. Here are the featured songs:
Be Our Guest (from 1991’s Beauty and the Beast)
A Spoonful of Sugar (from 1964’s Mary Poppins)
Little Wooden Head (from 1941’s Pinocchio)
Bella Notte (from 1955’s Lady and the Tramp)
Heffalumps and Woozles (from 1968’s Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day)
Beauty and the Beast (from Beauty and the Beast)
The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind (from 1986’s The Great Mouse Detective)
Every Disney theme park all over the world tries to have many things in common with each other so that the experience of being a guest can have similarities across them. One way Disney parks are uniform is that they all have rail transport as part of the park facilities.
Having looked at the rail travel options and attractions for the big two Disney parks in the US, now we’re going to take a look at what Disneyland Paris has to offer in that regard. The selection is rather sparse actually, but it’s all memorable with the previous ride lists:
Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy Station – train station opened 1992, servicing commutes to and from Disneyland Paris; has rail lines for both regular commuter trains RER and the famous French TGV high-speed locomotives
Disneyland Railroad (Paris) – a steam train for transport within the park premises like its brothers in California and Florida; original name Euro Disneyland Railroad upon its opening in 1992, and that name’s initials (EDRR) remain on the rail facilities even after the rebranding
Horse-drawn Streetcars – also opened April 1992 like the rail transports above, these classic animal-powered tramways on Paris’ Main Street USA are unique in being separate facilities from the oldie motor vehicles in the themed area, whereas in Disneyland and Disney World they are a joint attraction
It’s a new week and here we are again, introducing a new list of songs in yet another volume of the Disney’s Sing-Along Songs specials on home video. This one is a return to form of sorts with the first ever volume, because like Song of the South it’s dedicated to another Disney musical film with animation sequences: Mary Poppins.
This volume is notable for switching out longtime “host” Professor Owl (and his class) with classic cartoon duck character Ludwig Von Drake, who debuted as a presenter for the Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color anthology era, on a 1961 episode.
Let’s go over the included songs for “I Love to Laugh!”.
I Love to Laugh! (from 1964’s Mary Poppins)
Ev’rybody Has a Laughing Place (from 1946’s Song of the South)
Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum (The Washing Song) (from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (from Mary Poppins)
Quack, Quack, Quack, Donald Duck (from the A Day in the Life of Donald Duck episode of Walt Disney’s Disneyland, the first anthology title)
Oo-De-Lally (from 1973’s Robin Hood)
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? (from the classic 1933 Disney short The Three Little Pigs)
The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers (from 1974’s Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too)
Pink Elephants on Parade (from 1941’s Dumbo)
Jolly Holiday (from Mary Poppins)
When the this volume of Disney’s Sing-Along Songs was rereleased in 1994, its title was changed to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious“, a more on-the-nose reference to the Mary Poppins film.
Last week we began the first of a new series of Disney lists, enumerating the various picturesquely iconic means of rail transport on all Disney theme parks and resorts, starting with Disneyland in Anaheim. They range from classical steam-powered trains, gas or electric-powered locomotives, and even some older horse-drawn streetcars.
This update, we’ll look at the rail transport options on the other side of the continent, at Walt Disney World in Florida. Being the East Coast counterpart to Disneyland at its inception, the rides tend to be copies of each other. Here’s a list of those Disney World rail transports.
All of these rides were launched in October 1 of the year 1971, except two.
Walt Disney World Monorail System – an electric monorail line serving The Magic Kingdom and EPCOT; with its daily passenger estimate of 150,000 it’s considered one of the busiest monorail transportations in the whole world, probably because you don’t need to purchase anything to board and ride
Walt Disney World Railroad – four real steam locomotives operate here, originally manufactured from 1916-1928 by Pennsylvania’s Baldwin Locomotive Works (1825-1956); they were being operated by Mexico’s Ferrocarriles Unidos de Yucatán and called “Bulls of Fire” when they were bought by the Disney Company for Disney World in 1969
Main Street Tramway – similar to the one in Disneyland Park, streetcars pulled by working horses
Fort Wilderness Railroad – once part of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, four replica steam-powered trains started operating 1974; complaints of bad track design and engine noise made it unpopular; it closed 1980, the only WDW rail transport to shut down
Wildlife Express Train – where Disneyland’s Red Car Trolley is a modern electric tram designed like a retro streetcar, the Wildlife Express Train in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a 1998 diesel-powered locomotive dressed up like a weather-beaten steamer, created by UK-based leisure ride manufacturers Severn Lamb
It’s no secret that the many theme parks under the Disney banner in the US and the rest of the world are a haven of opportunity for job-seekers. And they certainly encourage potential employees to sign up, because working at a Disney theme park can be perhaps the most labor-intensive and yet equally fulfilling job experience one can ever have.
Some former employees (called “cast members”) of various Disney theme parks have been asked about it, and they’ve since provided opinions on what they perceived as the best jobs one can land on the work force for Disney Parks and Resorts.
Electrician – most of the time they only need fixing some simple electrical problems, never major; the only exception is assisting in the occasional attraction renovation, but that also gives a sense of accomplishment
Museum staff – there’s a future-tech museum called Innoventions at EPCOT (and formerly Disneyland), full of nice gadget and scientific displays; as a primarily indoor job, employees here solemn have time to wander around the park, but it helps keep the mystique
Lifeguard – primarily for the resorts and water parks at Walt Disney World; has one of the top base pay rates for Disney theme park cast members, and also gets a lot of respect from guests
Outdoor vendor – for the benefits of guests too busy to sit down at a restaurant; vendors tend to get shifted to various locations around the park so they’re not stuck in one place (good in a different way from “museum staff” above)
Club 33 staff – the series of mysterious private clubs at various Disney theme parks, where corporate sponsors, company VIPs, and lucky adult members can come in for a nice meal (and in Disneyland Park, a drink of liquor); food servers at Club 33’s often get epic customer tips on top of their sweet salaries
Jungle Cruise “skipper” – the nominal captain and speaking host for guests on the Jungle Cruise rides (available in four Disney theme parks worldwide); best suited for comfortable conversational speakers
“Red triangle” ride attendant – operators and aides at the rides and attractions with potential hazards for pregnant or health-problem guests, are sure to get paid more; but with great pay also comes great responsibility
Character attendant – the uniformed guy who acts like an “agent” for the “Face characters” portraying the Disney film and animation stars; they arrange the meet-and-greets, answers questions and keeps the line of kids wanting to meet Buzz Lightyear (for instance) from becoming unruly
Face character – the pinnacle of sorts in a Disney theme park cast member’s career; when you’re dressed and acting as a Disney character, you’re bound to be pseudo-worshipped by the children; best roles are (naturally) the Disney Princesses
While the second series of the Disney’s Sing-Along Songs home video series started off with a volume focused on a movie in the Disney Animated Canon – The Little Mermaid – some of the volumes that came after were specials featuring something else Disney, particularly theme parks like the now-Disneyland Park, California.
Speaking of which, Disneyland Park (back when it was just Disneyland and the only theme park in its area, not a complex) is the setting for this volume of Sing-Along Songs. The featured songs themselves are a mix of some never-used numbers and repeats from past volumes. Here’s the list:
Whistle While You Work (featured in volume “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”)
Step in Time (new, from 1964’s Mary Poppins)
I’m Walkin’ Right Down the Middle of Main Street U.S.A. (song for Main Street U.S.A. at Walt Disney World and Disneyland)
Following the Leader (featured in volume “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”)
The Great Outdoors (song for Country Bear Jamboree at [formerly] Disneyland, Magic Kingdom and Tokyo)
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (Song of the South, from first volume of same name)
Rumbly in My Tumbly (new, from 1966’s Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree)
It’s a Small World (featured in volume “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”)
Making Memories (Sherman Brothers song featured in 3D film Magic Journeys shown at Disney theme parks)
Grim Grinning Ghosts (song for The Haunted Mansion attraction)
The Character Parade (song for parades at Walt Disney World and Disneyland)