The truth is, we’re all over the internet. We visit other sites and we even occasionally guest blog. Also, there’s a lot of talented people out there who write great stuff and seemingly never get enough attention for the hard work they do. So, in what we hope will be a weekly round-up of sorts, we present a collection of awesome stuff we’ve come across From Around the Interwebz! First off, a few of our own side projects…
- A fancy-pants review of Epcot’s own Bistro de Paris over at DisneyFoodBlog
- A plethora of Disney World operational updates over at TouringPlans.com including: Pop Century Now Offering Wifi, Extension of Dumbo’s Closure until March 31st, and Daily Resort and Express Monorail Closures 11:30am to 6pm in March.
- Also an important note from TouringPlans blogger Laurel: Disney’s Reservations Glitch
- …and finally, we totally invited ourselves to Len Testa’s live chat at Canada.com
As for things you ought to be reading, here’s some highlights from the more critical minds behind the Disney fandom and some of their most thought provoking musings. We know that sometimes in this fandom people just.. well.. don’t like to think. But thought is good!
- Foxxy, On Integrity over at Passport to Dreams Old and New:
What Walt Disney World is doing is it’s being drawn towards the center of the storm like it’s the eye of a tornado, or maybe, a hurricane. That eye is Disneyland. Disneyland has become the officially sanctioned, corporate approved, regardless-of-all else Norm. And in that process, these California kids are gradually sucking the unique culture out of Walt Disney World.
- Michael, Goofy About Health over at Progress City USA:
The real reasons for this perceived shift are hard to single out; there’s certainly not a lack of artistic talent or technical wizardry at Imagineering, even after several waves of layoff and attrition. There are a variety of opinions out there as to why things are the way they are, and at what level the responsibility lies. And the blame doesn’t all fall squarely on Imagineering’s shoulders either; after all, they can only build what they are asked by the parks division to build, and only with the budget they’re allotted by Disney corporate.
- David Landon, NextGen Aversion Rationale over at Futureprobe:
As the Fantasyland expansion project at Florida’s Magic Kingdom inches toward completion, you’d think that it would be the main topic of conversation in the online Disney fan community. And you would be wrong. Fantasyland is already old news. No, the big topic of conversation these days is the NextGen initiative, which encompasses things like interactive attraction queues and parkwide games like the new Sorcerers Of The Magic Kingdom and is moving implacably toward a new system called XPass.
And finally, we’ve got a few fun videos from the Disney Parks Blog:
- John Gidding talking about the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival:
- A First Look at New Fantasyland’s Be Our Guest Restaurant:
- The Disney Fantasy Arriving in Port Canaveral: