Adventureland’s El Pirata Y El Perico renamed Tortuga Tavern

Crew Roster inside Adventurland's Tortuga Tavern, Magic Kingdom

El Pirata Y el Perico, the Magic Kingdom quick-service restaurant in Adventureland, has been renamed Tortuga Tavern. The name reflects Disney’s popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise, and refers to the 17th century pirate stronghold mentioned in the movies. Tortuga Tavern is located across from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which was the inspiration for the films. The key elements in El Pirata’s transformation to Tortuga Tavern include a new color scheme and design elements, … [Read more...]

Review: Nausicaa’s return to the Valley of the Wind.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is the highly acclaimed masterpiece from Hayao Miyazaki that launched his animation career into global success.  This wonderful tale of Princess Nausicaa is lovingly digitally remastered to give the movie a whole new dimension of detail.  This Japanese animation is one of the cornerstones of the industry and helped to solidify Studio Ghibli as a major household name for wholesome family animation.Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is a beautifully woven … [Read more...]

Disney Confidential – John Lasseter leaks ‘Planes’ Details

Hey there ladies and gents, your friendly neighborhood gossip queen Anonymouse here! Just got back from kicking some booty at the Half Princess Marathon at Walt Disney World. And by kicking some booty I actually mean enjoying the parks while other people ran in the race :)The only marathon I would race in would be around the World Showcase while consuming ample amounts of alcohol. Now that is racing.Speaking of racing the King of Cars 2 John Lasseter has been leaking more information … [Read more...]

Disney Cruise Line – A Classic Tale of One-UpmanSHIP

Captain Mickey

Can you be at war with yourself? Well, if you are a multi-billion dollar conglomerate, the answer would appear to be ‘Yes.’ As you no doubt know, Disney is divided into many different segments, or businesses. You have the Movie Division. The Theme Parks Division. The Merchandising Division. The Cruise Line Division. And on and on it goes.But what I find amusing is that, even within a Division, there can be a good-hearted rivalry. At least, that’s how I see things within the Disney Cruise … [Read more...]

The Disneyland Difference

My first trip to Disneyland had me full of excitement and wonder. Having been a Walt Disney World veteran for two decades I was excited to experience the original park for the first time.When I began sharing my excitement to visit “the land” I received countless commentary on how I would be “disappointed” and why. “It’s really small” “There are only two parks” “There are only three hotels” “The castle looks like it was made for miniature golf”, etc.Although I was aware of these … [Read more...]