Sunday, April 26, 2015

Disney's Tomorrowland: Origins of Plus Ultra Which Provides some Backstory for the Movie!

Learn more about Plus Ultra, the group comprised of Jules Verne, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and other working together to "cultivate mankind's greatest resource, imagination." You will also see their plan for Tomorrowland.

Sasaki Time's Dapper Tour of Walt Disney's Disneyland! The Golden Horseshoe!

The Dapper Tour of Walt Disney's Disneyland continues at The Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland! This building unofficially opened several days before Disneyland when Walt and his wife Lillian hosted friends for their 30th wedding anniversary.

This beautiful saloon took us back to a time when cowboys and even Davey Crockett himself might walk in for a show.  The Golden Horseshoe Revue was the first show here and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running musical of all-time with over 39,000 shows!

Kristen and I are sitting in Walt's favorite seats! What a perfect place to take in a show!

Bring on the drinks and the show!

Even the view from the second floor is fantastic!

Always lovely to enjoy a show here before heading back out into the park!

I love the soft sunlight in this shot. Thanks to my friend Kevin for these fantastic photos!

Hope you enjoyed a look at The Golden Horseshoe as we continue our tour in Walt Disney's Disneyland for the 60th Anniversary of his beloved Magic Kingdom!

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sasaki Time's Dapper Tour of Walt Disney's Disneyland! Fantasyland!

Our Dapper Day Tour of Walt Disney's Disneyland continues in perhaps the happiest land of them all, Fantasyland! Here we are standing on the other side of Sleeping Beauty Castle. This is probably the least photographed side of the castle but the top half of the castle is the original front of the castle. According to Disney Legend, the top was flipped around and when Walt saw it, he loved it and the castle was built this way.

I love this shot! You can see all the way down Main Street USA to the train station! The use of black and white here really takes you back to 1955! Once again thank you to my friend Kevin for these great photos!

Even though Dumbo did not open in Fantasyland until three months, you cannot imagine Fantasyland without this attraction! I love that they have this Dumbo vehicle off to the side to take photos with.

Just enjoying another perfect day at Disneyland!

Taking a spin on the Mad T Party. Another classic Fantasyland attraction and another attraction with a photo vehicle.

The only attraction with the word "ride" in it! Mr. Toad's Wild Ride is another attraction with a photo vehicle in front of it! Great for taking your time to set up a great photo!

Time to ride my favorite attraction in Fantasyland, King Arthur's Carousel!

How can you not be happy to be riding one of the horses on the carousel?

Kristen is also riding the most special horse on the entire carousel. Do you know what makes this particular horse special?

Kristen is riding on top of Jingles, the lead horse of the carousel, named for her ornate carvings and beautiful straps of jingle bells hanging from her saddle and cantle. During the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland, Jingles was dedicated as the Julie Andrews horse.

A closer look at the saddle shows Mary Poppins' boots, Julie's initials, a flying silhouette of Mary Poppins and the number"50" representing Disneyland's 50th Anniversary!

Hope you enjoyed our Dapper look at Fantasyland! Look for more in this photo series as we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review

Three years ago there was a lot of doubt that Joss Whedon had what it would take to take six superheroes in one film and have it make sense to more than just the die hard fans. Well, we know how that turned out.

Get ready to assemble once again for Avengers: Age of Ultron! The 11th film in the already incredible Marvel Cinematic Universe is here! Does Whedon raise the bar yet again? Let's gear up and dive into the review!

The opening sequence is the most explosive, exciting sequence ever! We immediately jump into the action and into a world where S.H.I.E.L.D. has collapsed and the Avengers have take over with global security. Captain America leads the team while Stark is doing the financing. The team has assembled to take down one of the last HYDRA cells where Baron Strucker has not only Loki's scepter but has the twins, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch who possess incredible superpowers.

We first saw the twins in the end credit scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Quicksilver has blinding speed and Scarlet Witch has psychic powers that can take over minds or show people their deepest fears.

At the end of the opening battle, Stark returns to work on his dream, Ultron, an artificial intelligence program to help with global peacekeeping. But Ultron becomes self-aware and believes that in order to preserve humanity he must erase it.

The team finds themselves racing around the world in order to stop Ultron and his army of robots. Along they way, Ultron is doing his best to break the team apart.

The epic battle between Hulk and Iron Man in his Hulkbuster armor is the most significant scene of the team getting ripped apart. But this is because of the power of Scarlet Witch. She implants each Avengers worse fears. In turn, we also learn about the start of a romance between two of the members and well as discover a huge secret about another member.

The action is fast paced and frantic at times! There are tons of edge-of-your-seat moments throughout! The cast has become much more relaxed and comfortable with one another! The new cast fits right in and the addition of Paul Bettany as Vision is a powerful addition. But it is James Spader as the voice of Ultron that steals the show! He gets some of the movies best lines and delivers them in a frightening manner!

In the end the team is changed forever. Avengers: Age of Ultron is a film that is as fun and entertaining as the first with some darker moments as well.

Avengers Assemble!

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1st!

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron - Good Morning America Takeover Photos

Avengers Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) and Jeremy Renner (Hawk Eye) takeover Time Square on Good Morning America, April 24, 2015 in support of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, in theaters Friday, May 1.

Star Wars Celebration 2015: The Force Awakens Exhibit

One of the busiest exhibits at Star Wars Celebration 2015 was The Force Awakens Exhibit! Every day the queue to get in was at least an hour long if not longer. We waited to give you a look at what was inside!

Here is your first look at the new X-Wing. The most interesting thing is that it is called a Resistance X-Wing. What does this mean and how will this play out in the new trilogy? We shall have to wait and see!

If you blow up any of these X-Wing pictures you will notice that the droid unit is BB8! And look at the other model ship in the background there!

Here is another familiar ship, the Millennium Falcon!

Here is the first look at the flame thrower Stormtrooper! This is also where we learn that they are no longer referred to as Imperial Stormtroopers but as First Order Stormtroopers. This will also be interested to discover what has led to the name change.

I cannot wait to see this guy in action!

Here is our first look at the snowtrooper!

I wonder what planet has snow? Will it be Hoth or a new planet?

What Star Wars story would not be complete without a villain? Take a closer look at Kylo Ren!

Here is the full costume!

A closer look at Kylo Ren's now famous tri-saber!

A closer look at Daisy Ridley's character Rey!

Here is Rey's full costume!

A look at some of the new stormtroppers, BB8 and a few other characters or citizens.

Those spiked balls remind me of grenades!

Definitely know that there must be a lot of sandstorms on the planet.

I love the look of the stormtroopers!

Last but not least here is the full costume for John Boyega's character Finn!

Missing from the actual costume but clearly shown in this concept art is a lightsaber! Is Finn a Jedi or did he steal this?

So many questions are brought up because of this exhibit but it was so cool to get a closer look at the costumes that we will see when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters in December!