Why Tomorrowland Matters, Part One

I hope we never lose sight of one thing: It was all started by a box.

Mysteries Galore...

Mysteries Galore…

When this “mystery box” was unleashed upon the public in 2013, many of us attempted to decipher what it could mean. All we knew is this “discovered” box would be the premise for Brad Bird’s upcoming film, “1952.” Now, this isn’t meant as an “I told you so” kind of brag, but I started talking to any of my friends who would listen about my wild ideas for what this film could be. There were three things that stood out for me about this box. The first was that 1952 was the year Walt Disney established Disneyland, Inc, and the public first heard of a proposed Disneyland idea (in this instance it was the much smaller park intended to be built next to the studios). The second consisted of the scattered pictures of Walt with different people – I honestly have to admit I didn’t look close enough at this point to figure out who they were. The third (identified with help from other geeky sites intrigued by the mystery), was the Amazing Stories magazine, which brought about a science fiction element. To me, the strongest possibility was this:

This movie was not going to be titled “1952.” This was Disney’s “Tomorrowland” movie finally seeing light, and being made by Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof.

The public had been teased with the idea of a Tomorrowland movie before. After the success of Pirates of the Caribbean, many wondered how many attractions would get their own movie! At one point, I remember hearing wind of Tomorrowland being made into a sci-fi comedy, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attached as a possible lead. This wasn’t the vision I had hoped for. This was more along the lines of the Eddie Murphy fronted “Haunted Mansion” – visually stunning, yet rather lackluster. Tomorrowland had more potential than that, I thought. Thankfully, we never got to see the full vision of that one played out, as Tomorrowland faded quietly into the background for a few years. Until the mystery box.

What could it be? Like I stated above, I had my theories. What if Walt had planned on his small little park next to the studio, only to be intrigued so much by this vision for the future, that he realized he needed a bigger space? He needed an area where he could build different lands, including a Tomorrowland that had a secret portal into a real land of the future? The idea was staggering to me. The thing is, it was all a crazy theory cooked up in my mind. But also, should Disney go ahead with something even remotely like this, it was a bold move I could totally get behind. When Bird announced that he was indeed working on a Tomorrowland movie, I became giddy with excitement. I knew it! But still not known was, what would it be about?

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Of course, we now know enough to know my hypothesis wasn’t completely accurate. This movie isn’t about Walt Disney building Tomorrowland. But… we know that Tomorrowland is a real place in the movie, and that Walt had quite the hand in it. That right there is enough to keep me looking forward with a very real anticipation. To know that Disney, Bird, and Lindelof would dare to imagine this alternate reality storyline where Tomorrowland matters and is perhaps the most important place in the world is nothing short of mind blowing. However, while this explains my excitement for the upcoming movie, it still doesn’t explain WHY Tomorrowland matters so much.

This is something I plan on doing my best to explain in part two of this three part series. Part two will be posted a few days from now, as I attempt to put into words why we need a place like Tomorrowland, and how this movie (I hope) can help us all realize that need. Part three will come after I’ve seen the movie (I don’t have media access to sneak previews, so unless I miraculously get an invitation to one, this will happen opening day), and am able to form thoughts on whether the movie succeeded in presenting this idea.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the movie. Excited? Intrigued? Or just rather ambivalent towards the whole thing? I’d love to know why! Talk to you soon, fellow DisNerds!

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: Here, Kitty Kitty

Walt Disney’s famous opening day speech did say, “To ALL who come to this happy place… Welcome. Disneyland is your land.” Apparently this rang true not just for people from all over, regardless of race, creed, or religion… It also hit home with many of the feline variety. As many who have visited throughout the years have noticed, Disneyland has its own army of feral cats that roam the park, mostly out of the sight of park visitors. These guys are responsible for keeping the rodent and pest population under control, and generally stay out of the way of guests during the day. But not this guy. Ten years ago, as many of us waited outside the front gates for Disneyland to open, one cat decided he wanted to visit the only mouse that would be tolerated at the park… and pose for a picture. In a place where people flock from all over the world to visit their favorite costumed characters, for a fleeting moment, the feral cat took center stage.

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(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday – A Hug For Eeyore

It’s a moment that will stay in my mind forever. I didn’t need to know who this little girl was. I just know when I got off of Splash Mountain that morning, I saw this happening. For the longest time, this child clung to Eeyore and wouldn’t let him go. Nor did Eeyore try to go. It was as if they had bonded in that hug – they just needed each other at that moment. The magic of a place like Disneyland was embodied in that moment, as many others gathered around, just smiling and enjoying the moment. Ten years later, and this image still stays fresh in my heart and mind.

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A Running DisNerd, Part 1: I Don’t Run.

RunDisney Logo Copyright The Walt Disney Company

RunDisney Logo Copyright The Walt Disney Company

If you frequent Disney Parks or follow the Disney Parks Blog (or many other blogs for that matter) online, I’m sure you’ve heard of RunDisney. In case you haven’t, RunDisney is Disney’s, you guessed it, running division. If you’ve heard of a marathon, half-marathon, 10k, or 5k taking place within the confines of Disney-owned property, it’s a RunDisney event. Countless numbers sign up for these events many months in advance to run different themed competitive and non-competitive races throughout the parks. The races have been known to sell out in days, sometimes even hours! At any RunDisney event, you will see all types of runners, including many costumed runners, depending on the theme of the particular run they’re participating in. These races seem to be the perfect type of events for Disney fans, young and old, who are into running as well. And I’ve always thought to myself, “Well, that’s nice for them.”

But not for me. I’ve never been a runner.

Okay, there was that one fifty-yard dash in fifth grade, where I managed to come in fifth place, and actually got a ribbon. However, my running days pretty much began and ended there. I’ll admit, I’m out of shape. I’ve been meaning to do something about that. But running has never been one of my preferred methods. Do I run? Maybe when chased, but that’s about it. Therefore, is RunDisney for me? Had you asked me previously, I would tell you it was not in the cards. At least, this was the case up until last summer, when Mrs. DisNerd mentioned that registration was going to be opening up for the Tinker Bell Half-Marathon weekend in May 2015. The event that specifically caught our attention was the Never Land 5k. If you’ve been reading Confessions for any amount of time, you know through posts such as “Still Living In Never Land” and “Real Character (Or, How Peter and Jake Made Wendy’s Day Perfectly Darling)” exactly how much Peter Pan and his Never Land family mean to us. With that being said, if there were a RunDisney event I was willing to participate in, the Never Land 5k would be the one.So, on that August morning, as registration opened, I registered our family to run in this event, with full intent of getting in shape for the run.

I’m ashamed to admit, this hasn’t happened yet for yours truly, and I’m running out of time. A little more than a month out, and this DisNerd is nowhere near ready. I could blame injury (not the best knee in the world, a sprained ankle at one point), I could blame allergies and sickness, but in all honesty, what I blame most of all is me. Between everything else, there still should have been time to train and prep. It just hasn’t happen, and I can only point the finger at myself.

With that realization out of the way, I feel there is still time to ready myself for a 5k without killing myself. I know I could walk at a brisk pace even. But this is RUNDisney, and now I have something to prove to myself. So begins a month and a half of training, to get into a decent running/jogging shape, and cross the finish line to earn my first 5k medal.

Will winning this make me an honorary Lost Boy? Picture copyright The Walt Disney Company

Will winning this make me an honorary Lost Boy?
Picture copyright The Walt Disney Company

I plan on posting an occasional update on my progress here, as well as sharing my overall experience with a RunDisney event. I’d like to ask you to join me on this journey. I’d also like to hear from you, fellow DisNerds. Any other RunDisney participants out there? I’d love to know your stories or experiences – maybe we can inspire each other! Can’t wait to share with you all at the finish line!

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday – Soundsational!

Welcome to the return of (Nearly) Wordless Wednesday! I recently took a trip to Disneyland (more to come in future posts), and had a great spot for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. With no heads in the way, and no area lighting to shine into the camera, I had an opportunity to get a few shots of the great moments this parade can offer. I figured with (Nearly) Wordless Wednesday being conspicuously absent for the past few weeks, this would be a great time to return in a super-sized way! Hope you enjoy!

He's the Leader of the Club!

He’s the Leader of the Club, and He Can Do This With His Eyes Closed!

Pluto "Pawses" For the Camera!

Pluto “Pawses” For the Camera!

Drumming Up Som Soundsational Fun!

Drumming Up Some Soundsational Fun!

Ala...err... Prince Ali Greets the Admiring Crowd!

Ala…err… Prince Ali Greets the Admiring Crowd!

Flipping Your Fins, You Don't Get Too Far... Unless You Have an Awesome Parade Float!

Flipping Your Fins, You Don’t Get Too Far… Unless You Have an Awesome Parade Float!

Jose Carioca - One of My Three Favorite Caballeros!

Jose Carioca – One of My Three Favorite Caballeros!

Royal Greetings From Disney Royalty!

Royal Greetings From Disney Royalty!

Walking on Stilts is Hard to Do. I Really Look Up to This Guy.

Walking on Stilts is Hard to Do. I Really Look Up to This Guy.

Louis Is Takin' Us All the Way!

Louis Is Takin’ Us All the Way!

Either Hook is Searching For Something, or Smee Just Tripped Him!

Either Hook is Searching For Something, or Smee Just Tripped Him!

Peter Stepped Out of the Parade (Again) To Talk To My Daughter - "It's a Pleasure To Meet Me!!!"

Peter Stepped Out of the Parade (Again) To Talk To My Daughter – “It’s a Pleasure To Meet Me!!!”

Tink Gives the Parade an Ample Sprinkling of Pixie Dust!

Tink Gives the Parade an Ample Sprinkling of Pixie Dust!

It's a Jolly Holiday With Mary and Bert!

It’s a Jolly Holiday With Mary and Bert!

I Am Absolutely Enraptured With this Kevin Kidney and Jody Daley Designed Float. It's Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

I Am Absolutely Enraptured With this Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily Designed Float. It’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Over the Moon! Step In Time!

Over the Moon! Step In Time!

Thanks For FOllowing Along Today, Fellow DisNerds! Hope These Pictures Helped Give You a Sense of the Soundsational Fun!

Thanks For FOllowing Along Today, Fellow DisNerds! Hope These Pictures Helped Give You a Sense of the Soundsational Fun!

D23 Invites Fans To Let Their Creative Side Show

Copyright The Walt Disney Company

Copyright The Walt Disney Company

Hey there, hi there, ho there, fellow DisNerds! Just wanted to take a minute to share this with you. I know I have many creative friends out there who may be interested in these two contests from D23 running in connection with the upcoming D23 Expo. If you do, feel free to pass this along! There are some great prizes, and I can’t wait to see all of the entries at the Expo! Let us know if you plan on entering as well, and good luck to everyone!

(Click on the links to each contest for official rules)

From D23:

D23 EXPO INVITES FANS TO JOIN IN TWO CREATIVE CONTESTS THAT CELEBRATE THE MAGIC OF ALL THINGS DISNEY 

 

Mousequerade Dares Disney Fans to Create Costumes Inspired By Disney’s Many Wonderful Worlds for a Grand Prize Trip to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

 

D23 Expo Design Challenge Encourages Artists to Interpret Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle for a Chance to Win “D23-Hundred Dollars”

 

BURBANK, Calif. – March 5, 2015 – To highlight the creativity and passion fans have for all things Disney, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is holding two remarkable contests in celebration of D23 EXPO 2015, which takes place August 14­–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

 

Mousequerade* invites participants to create their own Disney-inspired costumes and compete in the following categories: “Heroes Unmasked,” “Once Upon a Costume,” “The Wonderful Worlds of Disney,” “Best of Star Wars,” and “Weird, Wild, and Goofy!” The winner will receive a trip for two to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Anyone interested in participating must visit d23expo.com/mousequerade to complete an entry form and find out more about how to enter. The closing date for entry is April 30, 2015. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of creativity and originality, quality and craftsmanship of costume, and relationship of costume to the contest theme. The Live Contest will be held Friday, August 14 in Stage 23 at the Anaheim Convention Center and will be 90 minutes in length. The number of Finalists is limited to 15 contestants per category for a total of 75 contestants.

 

D23 Expo Design Challenge** will honor Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary by encouraging artists young and old to depict Sleeping Beauty Castle. Twenty-three pieces of finalist artwork will be on display throughout the D23 EXPO weekend on the show floor, located in the Walt Disney Archives area. The winning artist will be chosen prior to the start of the D23 EXPO and will receive a cash prize of $2,300. Anyone interested in participating must visit d23expo.com/designchallenge to submit sketches of proposed artwork (and to find out more about other entry requirements) no later than April 30, 2015. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of creativity, originality, and artistic expression.

 

Finalists in both competitions will receive one (1) complimentary ticket (and one (1) for a guest) to attend D23 EXPO 2015. Contestants do not need to be members of D23 to enter either contest.

 

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. From January 1–June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23Expo.com.

Disclaimer: Mousquerade and D23 Expo Design Challenge are contests presented by D23 and are in no way affiliated with Confessions of a DisNerd.