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)
Walt Disney himself once said, “In one way or another I have always loved trains.” That love was shown in his insistence that Disneyland, when it opened in 1955, would have rail transportation of as many sorts as can fit. His company carried that on with every successive theme park.
Today, every Disney theme park has at least one type of rail transport that serves either within the park premises or as a transportation link bringing guests to the park’s entrance. From horse-drawn trams, to steam locomotives, to the first pioneering designs of electric trains and their contemporary descendants, Disney has them all and more.
Here’s a list of all the rail transportation accommodations to be found at Disneyland Park.
Disneyland Railroad (July 17, 1955) – a steam locomotive
Main Street Tramway (July 17- 1955) – horse-driven streetcars at Main Street, USA
Casey Jr. Circus Train (July 17, 1955) – based on the train character from Dumbo, a miniature gasoline train designed to look like a steamer
Disney Monorail System (June 14, 1959) – the first US monorail electrical train system
Red Car Trolley (June 15, 2012) – electrical tram dressed up to look like heritage streetcar, including ornamental overhead electric wires
Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland (1956-1977) – originally the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train; electrical but designed to look steam-powered; replaced by the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (a mine roller coaster)
Viewliner Train of Tomorrow (1957-1958) – gasoline-powered locomotive; replaced by the Disney Monorail System
Jolly Trolley (1993-2003) – diesel-powered trolley transport within Mickey’s Toontown; remains as a static display after closure
When it started in 2015, the Netflix series Daredevil, based on the Marvel superhero character, became a breakout smash hit for the streaming service because of its darker, edgier, mature and violent storytelling despite being part of the family-suitable Marvel Cinematic Universe, inspiring more Netflix shows featuring street-level Marvel superheroes.
The first season of Daredevil made great work in setting up this not-as-epic corner of the wider MCU with some great world-building. It sold that while the characters and antagonists are not as mass-destructive and flashy as their film “cousins”, they’re no slouches either. Here’s a list of those episodes, all premiering April 15, 2015.
Disney theme parks try their best to live up to their reputation as the Happiest Places on Earth, but reality does tend to sour some of the experience. One of these examples is in the long lines for some of the most popular attractions in the parks, which can result in up to five hours’ waiting without benefits like FastPass.
Fortunately Disney is aware of this; and while there’s no magical solution to long lines, they can try to make the wait bearable. With input from two of their branches, Imagineering and Interactive, Disney introduced the Play Disney Parks app.
This app works inside all Disney parks and enables users to play various fun minigames, these depending on which attraction or themed area in general they’re currently located. Play Disney Parks has trivia quizzes and achievements for players to unlock, making lines for rides and events not so boring.
Here’s a sampling list of all minigames available to the Play Disney Parks app, and in what attraction/themed area of which Disney theme park they might be available to play in.
Playset Party – at Toy Story Mania in Disney California Adventure, Disneyland or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World
Off to Neverland – at Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland Park or The Magic Kingdom of Disney World
Rocket Race – at Space Mountain in Disneyland Park or The Magic Kingdom of Disney World
Andy’s Board Game Blast – at Slinky Dog Dash coaster in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World
Toy Story Midway – within Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World
While the first “series” of the Disney’s Sing-Along Songs home video specials were more coincidental productions that were retroactively grouped together, the second series of the popular Disney music karaoke collection was made precisely as such, multiple consecutive volumes of some of the most memorable music from recent Disney movies, plus those from older films, other Disney-related media and more.
The first volume of the Sing-Along Songs series 2 was released in 1990 to celebrate the premiere of The Little Mermaid only the year before, the film that’s often considered to be the starting point of the Disney Animated Renaissance.
Here are the songs included in the Disney Sing-Along Songs second series volume: “Under the Sea”.
Under the Sea (from 1989’s The Little Mermaid)
By the Beautiful Blue Sea (song from 1914; not used in a Disney production until 2003’s The Haunted Mansion)
Never Smile at a Crocodile (instrumental used in 1953’s Peter Pan)
That’s What Makes the World Go Round (from 1963’s The Sword in the Stone)
Kiss the Girl (from The Little Mermaid)
At the Codfish Ball (song by Shirley Temple in 1936’s Captain January from 20th Century Fox)
Sailing, Sailing and Sailor’s Hornpipe (traditional song melodies on hornpipe)
A Whale of a Tale (from 1954’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)
Someone’s Waiting for You (from 1977’s The Rescuers)
On its first season, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD on ABC had something of a slow start, though it eventually built up to something epic due to its plot integration to the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (particularly Captain America: The Winter Soldier), as well as the shocking reveal that one of its main characters was an antagonist all along.
For season 2, the same integration was also implemented, with one plot arc making brief references to the events leading up to Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy and the later ABC TV series Inhumans.
Agents of SHIELD S2 also provides further development on the character of Grant Ward, who has been building up to becoming one of the most remarkable traitor characters in a TV series of the time. Without further ado, here’s a list of all episodes in season 2 of this show.
Shadows (September 23, 2014)
Heavy is the Head (September 30, 2014)
Making Friends and Influencing People (October 7, 2014)
Face Thy Enemy (October 14, 2014)
A Hen in the Wolf House (October 21, 2014)
A Fractured House (October 28, 2014)
The Writing on the Wall (November 11, 2014)
The Things We Bury (November 18, 2014)
…Ye Who Enter Here (December 2, 2014)
What They Become (December 9, 2014)
[Mid-season break when Agent Carter season 1 aired]
Aftershocks (March 3, 2015)
Who You Really Are (March 10, 2015)
One of Us (March 17, 2015)
Love in the Time of HYDRA (March 21, 2015)
One Door Closes (March 31, 2015)
Afterlife (April 7, 2015)
Melinda (April 14, 2015)
The Frenemy of My Enemy (April 21, 2015)
The Dirty Half Dozen (April 28, 2015) – tie-in episode to Avengers: Age of Ultron
Scars (May 5, 2015) – conclusion to plot integration with Age of Ultron
While they did not actually appear in the game that first launched the franchise, there’s no doubt that one of the most interesting features in the ongoing storyline of the Disney-Square Enix videogame franchise Kingdom Hearts is its group of original bad guys working with – or parallel to – the occasional Disney/Squaresoft villains of each succeeding installment. They are Organization XIII.
Born out of hubris by the apprentices of a wise sage-king researching the magical powers of the human heart, the agents of Organization XIII are “Nobodies”: fragmented beings without hearts and emotions, plotting to seize the power of Kingdom Hearts to “complete” themselves, with potentially catastrophic consequences to many worlds.
Here we’ll list the members of Organization XIII. Other pertinent information, including which Kingdom Hearts game they first appeared in, will follow each name.
I: Xenmas (KHII) – the Nobody of Xenahort, primary apprentice to Ansem the Wise whose identity he usurped
II: Xigbar (KHII) – the Nobody of Braig, another apprentice of Ansem the Wise
III: Xaldin (KHII) – the Nobody of Dilan, another apprentice of Ansem the Wise
IV: Vexen (CoM) – the Nobody of Even, another apprentice of Ansem the Wise
V: Lexaeus (CoM) – the Nobody of Aeleus, another apprentice of Ansem the Wise
VI: Zexion (CoM) – the Nobody of Ienzo, another apprentice of Ansem the Wise
VII: Saix (KHII) – the Nobody of Isa, another apprentice of Ansem the Wise; friend to Lea, source of Axel
VIII: Axel (CoM) – the Nobody of Lea, friend of Isa; executioner of traitors to Organization XIII
IX: Demyx (KHII) – source person unknown; pursues Sora to awaken Roxas within his “Whole” being
X: Luxord (KHII) – source person unknown; active Organization agent at the world of Port Royal
XI: Marluxia (CoM) – junior organization member, planned to usurp leadership with Larxene’s help
Last week we had a peek at what Disney plans to introduce to us with their upcoming digital streaming service that’s set to launch in 2019. That time we listed all original movies that would be part of their initial batch of media offerings for stream, many being remakes of older Disney and Disney-related properties.
But one-off feature films are not the only thing to watch out for when Disney streaming kicks off a year from now. There will also be new TV series, available only for streaming and with the potential under Disney to be an equal to earlier pioneers like Stranger Things and The Crown from Netflix, and The Handmaid’s Tale from Hulu.
Here’s a list of the TV series proposed so far for production on Disney Streaming.
High Fidelity – series adaptation of the 2000 Touchstone film starring John Cusack, based on the 1995 British novel by Nick Hornby
High School Musical – spinoff of the High School Musical film trilogy from The Disney Channel and cinema
The Mighty Ducks – spinoff/adaptation of the 1990s film trilogy starring Emilio Estevez and Joshua Jackson
Monsters, Inc. – series spinoff of the 2001 Disney-Pixar animated film
Muppets – new show based on the Muppet characters from The Muppets Studio
Marvel – one new show produced by Marvel Television, based on yet-unspecified characters from Marvel Comics
Star Wars – one new series spinoff of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars franchise; Jon Favreau is serving as writer and executive producer
The first six volumes of the Disney’s Sing-Along Songs all started primarily as one-off collections of musical selections released on home video in celebration of milestones in the premieres of several classic movies in the Disney Animated Canon. But that was then; what came next was now a series true.
The second series of Disney’s Sing-Along Songs started in 1990 and would last until early 1994. Some of the volumes were geared toward the major animated canon releases in cinemas at the time, while others copied the previous series’ collections. Here then are the volumes of Sing-Along Songs Series 2.
Under the Sea (1990) – celebrating 1989’s The Little Mermaid
Disneyland Fun (1990) – reissues of past Sing-Along Songs with new footage of Disneyland
I Love to Laugh! (1990) – celebrates 1964’s Mary Poppins
Be Our Guest (1992) – celebrates 1991’s Beauty and the Beast
Let’s Go to Disneyland Paris! (1993) – celebrates the then-recent opening of Disneyland Paris
Friend Like Me (1993) – celebrates 1992’s Aladdin
The Twelve Days of Christmas (1993) – second Christmas Sing-Along Songs volume
Campout at Walt Disney World (1994) – songs played out to scenes from Fort Wilderness, Walt Disney World
Let’s Go to the Circus! (1994) – songs played out to scenes from the (now-discontinued) Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus