Category: Magic Kingdom

  • Muse #10: The Timelessness of The Haunted Mansion

    Muse #10: The Timelessness of The Haunted Mansion

    Usually, I do not support paranormal entertainment. I avoid watching the Twilight series, for instance, and I refrain the jump-scares of Halloween. However, The Haunted Mansion is among my exceptions to that rule (with other exceptions including Shakespeare’s ghosts and The Twilight Zone). Indeed, I rank it as one of the most elegant and evergreen […]

  • Muse #9: Frontierland Review

    Muse #9: Frontierland Review

    Thank you for joining me in discussing Splash Mountain, Tom Sawyer Island, and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe! Before we move on to Liberty Square, I’d like to pause and have a little break from philosophizing. After all, there’s so much I love in Frontierland that I couldn’t quite stretch into a full blog post. Keep reading for some fun facts, quotes, and videos about Frontierland!

  • Muse 8: Architectural Cross-Dissolve in Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

    Muse 8: Architectural Cross-Dissolve in Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

    What I want to discuss today isn’t the censorship of Melody Time or the tragic loss of the pulled pork sandwich here. Instead, I’d like to talk about how this restaurant beautifully illustrates the practice of cross-dissolve—because technically, it spans both Frontierland and Adventureland.

  • Muse #7: Painting Tom Sawyer Island

    Muse #7: Painting Tom Sawyer Island

    Often in the favorite attraction discussion, we include all the popular—and even unpopular—rides and shows across the various parks at Walt Disney World resort. However, we often forget the peaceful island in Frontierland, only accessible by log rafts: Tom Sawyer Island.

  • Muse #6: The Unwarranted Trashing of Splash Mountain

    Muse #6: The Unwarranted Trashing of Splash Mountain

    On July 1, 2022, Disney announced more details on Splash Mountain’s retheme to The Princess and the Frog, and the retheme is perhaps one of the most tangible examples of cancel culture from Disney.

  • Muse #5: Adventureland Review

    Muse #5: Adventureland Review

    Thank you for joining me in discussing Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean! Before we move on to Frontierland, I’d like to pause and have a little break from philosophizing. After all, there’s so much I love in Adventureland that I couldn’t quite stretch into a full blog post. Keep reading for some fun facts, quotes, and videos about Adventureland!

  • Muse #4: Pirates and When Intellectual Property Actually Helps

    Muse #4: Pirates and When Intellectual Property Actually Helps

    “This is the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow.” Jack Sparrow Many theme park critics point to a surge in intellectual property, or “IP,” as the culprit responsible for the downfall of Walt Disney World. In this context, “IP” generally refers to Disney inserting any story and […]

  • Muse #3: The Greatest Joke of Jungle Cruise

    Muse #3: The Greatest Joke of Jungle Cruise

    Today’s stop on the tour marks the beginning of our time at Adventureland and also the first attraction for contemplation—Jungle Cruise.

  • Muse #2: The Question of Main Street, U.S.A.

    Muse #2: The Question of Main Street, U.S.A.

    “Main Street, U.S.A. is America at the turn of the century—the crossroads of an era. The gas lamp and the electric lamp—the horse-drawn car and the auto car. Main Street is everyone’s hometown—the heartline of America.”

  • Muse #1: The Layout of Magic Kingdom

    Muse #1: The Layout of Magic Kingdom

    Disneyland was Walt Disney’s first encounter with theme park design, but it was Walt Disney World that possessed the physical space Walt needed for him to fully express his imagination.