Sunday, 12 November 2017

Disney Dream Girls 185 - Jim Korkis Talks

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast show number 185 aired on Sunday 12th November 2017. If you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, all you have to do is click on the audio player below. Alternatively, our podcast can be found in most places that host podcasts such as iTunes (click here to subscribe) and Stitcher Radio.

We welcome to the podcast Disney historian, author, former friend of Merlin and Disney Cast Member - Jim Korkis. 
Michelle and Jim at the Polynesian Resort
During her August 2017 trip, Michelle was incredibly fortunate to spend several hours in the company of Jim Korkis to chat about all things Disney. As the recording lasted around an hour and a half, it has been split up into different segments. 
Polynesian Resort - Photo Credit WDW Website

We start this segment, by discussing the Kukui Nut Tree, that can be found at the Polynesian Resort. This tree was given to the resort by a former guest as a symbol of protection and peace. To find the tree, you need to go to the Great Ceremonial House and hopefully the picture below will help you.
Kukui Nut Tree is the tallest tree - Photo Credit Disney Parks Blog

Whilst this tree no longer has the signage, it is a prominent part of the resort and I urge you to go track it down. 
Tyler Slater Wearing A Kukui Nut Lei - Photo Credit Disney Parks Blog
The nut from the tree was traditionally used as a light source. So as a nod to this, members of management at the resort (and also at Aulani) wear lei made of Kukui Nuts as this symbolises that they light the way for other cast members.

Another discussion topic was the Disney/Beatles link. Did you know that John Lennon was actually staying at the Polynesian Resort when he signed the contract to disband the band?

Then we move on to discuss the lagoon show and how it evolved into the Main Street Electrical Parade. 

We hope you enjoyed the show, next week will be reviewing the Christmas offerings in the USA Disney theme parks but we will be back with other selected highlights from Jim in the very near future.
  
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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Disneyland Candy Canes Schedule 2017

One of my must haves at Christmas is the Disneyland Resort Candy Cane. So here is a little information on what they are and how to get one.

What are the Candy Canes?
For over thirty-five years candy canes have been made and sold at Disneyland; a few years ago Disney California Adventure (DCA) began to also sell them. They are a hard candy that is manipulated into the shape of a walking stick and flavoured with peppermint oil. 
Candy Canes - Photo Credit Dis Geek Podcast
They have been a Christmas tradition for over three hundred years and in the USA alone 1.4 billion dollars worth are bought. The ones sold at the Disneyland Resort are made by hand and due to this, the number available is very limited. When you collect them, they are still warm and that alone (in my opinion) makes them so tasty!

How are the Disneyland Candy Canes Made?
Photo Credit S Klimosko
The recipe dates back to around 1965 and is a closely guarded secret however, the classic ingredients include heating a mixture of sugar, water and corn syrup to 313 degrees and then placing the mixed ingredients on a metal table to allow it to cool sufficiently to be worked upon. 
Photo Credit OC Weekly
The candy mixture is then manipulated and pulled on a hook for around an hour - all by hand - until it is silky white in appearance. Whilst the mixture is being pulled, peppermint oil is added. The mix is split into three uneven amounts, the larger keeping its white colour and colouring added to the other two (making up the strips of green and red). This mix will make up 45 candy canes and they make three batches per day. 
Photo Credit M Young
How to get a Candy Cane?
Below, you will find a timetable of where to find a Candy Cane:
Candy Palace, Disneyland
24th and 29th November
1st, 4th, 6th, 8th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 20th and 24th December
Trolley Treats, Disney California Adventure
25th and 28th November
2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 19th, 21st, 25th December.

To secure one, you need to be in the park at opening and I suggest arriving at the park in plenty of time prior to park opening to enable clearing security and then getting in line. 
Photo Credit S Klimosko
Once in the park, head straight to the store and there will usually be a sign or cast member present to show you where to wait. Once you have paid for your candy cane you will get a wristband and a time to return for it. If you fail to go back for your cane by 4pm, they will be sold in the store. They only sell around 120 per day so bear this in mind and they cost $13+.  Once in December, you can ring the candy cane hotline for more information: 714-781-0112.
Photo Credit M Young
If you fail to get a candy cane, all is not lost as you can get other peppermint flavoured items in the parks such as the peppermint ice-cream the with chocolate waffle cone dipped in crushed candy canes - which is also delicious! 
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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Foolish Mortals Music Now Available!

Spell   Caster   Media   has   released   the   soundtrack   to   “Foolish   Mortals”.      The   album   includes seventeen   original   spooky   musical   compositions   written   and   performed   by   the   composing   duo   of William   Dodson   and   Wendall   Jones   that   make   up   Sideshow   Sound   Theatre.      The   album   is available   digitally   in   the   iTunes   store.
“Foolish   Mortals”   is   an   examination   of   the   fan   culture   surrounding   Disney’s   Haunted   Mansion attraction.      

Director   James   H.   Carter   II   has   dug   into   the   lives,   creative   work   and   experiences   of the   countless   masses   who   have   reached   out   to   share   their   interest   in   our   mutual   obsession, looking   for   the   reasons   they’re   in   love   with   this   attraction   while   unearthing   the   ghostly   materials within.

Some   of   the   people   that   appear   in   the   film   are   Disney   legend   Rolly   Crump,   artist   Topher   Adam, former   Imagineer   Jason   Surrell,   Robert   Kurtzman,   Dutch   Bihary,   Terri   Hardin,   Mike   Mendez, Spooky   Dan   Walker,   Lance   Henriksen,   and   many   more!

The   next   public   screening   of   the   film   will   take   place   on   November   19,   2017   at   the   Buried   Alive Film   Festival   in   Atlanta,   Georgia.      More   screenings   will   be   announced   soon.      The   limited   edition Foolish   Mortals   DVDs   are   available   to   order   until   12/1/17   on   the   film’s   website FoolishMortalsDoc.com   .         The   film   will   be   released   on   Video   On   Demand   platforms   in   early 2018.







Sunday, 5 November 2017

Disney Dream Girls 184 - Fireworks and Missed Attractions

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast show number 184 aired on Sunday 5th November 2017. If you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, all you have to do is click on the audio player below. Alternatively, our podcast can be found in most places that host podcasts such as iTunes (click here to subscribe) and Stitcher Radio.
 
On this weeks podcast, Michelle and Jayne link the history of a British tradition to their favourite fireworks show and then they are joined by their friends at Dis Down Under - Kat and Lewis.
Lewis and Kat on one of their theme park travels
Firework finales are the perfect way to end your Disney day, so we decided to talk through them!

Fantasmic - Debut Date 15th October 1998
This is a 26 minute show in a specially constructed arena that can accommodate 6,900 seated guests  with a further 3,000 standing guests. You are invited to join Mickey Mouse for a festival of lasers, lights dancing fountains and special effects.  

Photo credit WDW Website
Illuminations Reflection of Earth, EPCOT - Debut Date 1st October 1999
This is a 12 minute show that takes place around world Showcase Lagoon.  Images are projected on to a giant sphere in the middle of the lagoon and this retells the Earth's incredible tale from pre-man to now. The sphere then blossoms like a flower, exposing a ball of fire and leads into the shows finale. Fireworks, fire, lasers, projections and water screens tell the story with a fabulous final song. 
Photo Credit WDW Website
Star Wars a Galactic Spectacular, Disney Hollywood Studios - Debut Date 17 June 2016
This is a 12 minute show that takes place in front of the Chinese Theatre. This show has pyrotechniques, projection mapping, fire, lasers, fog/smoke effects and search lights. 
Starts with a brief narrated prologue of the 1977 premiere of Star Wars at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. Then it is divided into segments dedicated to battles, heroes, creatures, romance, and villains. The show concludes with a montage of all seven original Star Wars film poster art  across the Chinese Theatre.
Photo Credit WDW Website
Remember Dreams Come True, Disneyland Resort - Debut Date 12th April 2018
This is a 17 minute show that takes place on and around Sleeping Beauty Castle. Julie Andrews is the host and you go on a tour of the lands of the happiest place on earth with appearances from Tinker Bell and an array of projections and fireworks.
Photo Credit Disneyland Website
Happily Ever After, Magic Kingdom - Debut Date 12th May 2017
This is a 18 minute show that takes place on and around Cinderella Castle. It includes projection mapping an pyrotechniques. The show is split into segments and each segments has a key theme linked to a Disney character. There are Wishes with Tiana, Adventure with Merida, Friendship with Aladdin, Love with Olaf, Adversity with the Emperor of China (from Mulan), Triumph with Mufasa. Then it returns to the narrator to invite guests to unlock the magic and then Tinker Bell takes flight scattering pixie dust. 
Photo Credit WDW Website
Fantasmic, Disneyland Resort - Debut Date 17th July 2017 
Taking place on the Rivers of America and Tom Sawyers Island, this is an updated version of the original Fantasmic.
Guests share Mickey’s dream and witness the forces of good versus evil. It has special effects, water screens, projections, fire, pyrotechnics and lots more!  
Photo Credit Disneyland Website
After our discussion, Michelle, Kat and Lewis take a fun look at the attractions they have not yet ridden at Walt Disney World. There are a few things that they had in common but with their 2018 trip coming up, these will soon tackled! What is on your list?
Photo Credit WDW Website
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Monday, 30 October 2017

Disney Dream Girls 183 - AKL, Pandora, Dinner Shows and Halloween Snacks

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast show number 183 aired on Sunday 29th October 2017. If you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, all you have to do is click on the audio player below. Alternatively, our podcast can be found in most places that host podcasts such as iTunes (click here to subscribe) and Stitcher Radio.
 
On this week show, Michelle and Jayne are joined by two guests to share their love of Disney with you.
The first guest is Tiffany Morse and she shares her experiences of staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, visiting Pandora at night and then reviews her opinion of the three dinner shows you can attend at Walt Disney World. Below you will find details, prices and pictures of the three shows.

Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

This is a luau with Polynesian dancing fire-dancing and an all-you-care-to-enjoy, family-style feast and it takes place at the Luau Cove in the Polynesian Resort. 


You will be entertained with a range of Polynesian delights, including dances from Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand and Hawaii. The meal is served family style and consists of platters of authentic Aloha pulled pork, Polynesian ribs, roasted chicken and sides of vegetables and a salad with mixed greens with a ginger-lime dressing. Dessert is a pineapple-coconut guava cake with chocolate crunch.  Drinks include Bud and Bud Light Draft Beer, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, Tea (hot or iced), Coffee, Milk, Pink Lemonade, Sprite, Coke, and Diet Coke. Tropical Cocktails for purchase. This costs two dining credits or prices start from $60.99 upwards.

Hoop Dee-Doo Musical Review
This is a Western themed vaudeville dinner show that takes place in the Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. The food is served family style and includes a salad, buckets of Barbecue Spare Ribs and Fried Chicken, Corn, Baked Beans, and Strawberry Shortcake. Additionally there is an unlimited supply of soft drinks, coffee, tea, milk, beer, wine and sangria. Prices for this one start at $64.00
Mickey's Backyard BBQ
This is a music-filled character based hoedown that takes place at the  Campgrounds at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. Guests will get the opportunity to meet Mickey and Minnie, Chip and Dale and Goofy  as well as be entertained in cowboy style. 
The food is buffet style and includes chicken, ribs, hotdogs, jambalaya, honey-mustard baked chicken, veggies, salads, corn on the cob, cornbread, baked beans, watermelon, marble cake, warm fruit cobbler, strawberry shortcake. To drink there is beer, wine, sangria, lemonade, and iced tea. Prices start from $62.

Halloween Food
Our second guest is Tommy Allison and he will talk through some of the Halloween food offerings that have been available in Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort. We share a few pictures below that will whet your appetite!
Donuts
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Disney Dream Girls 182 - Disney Theme Park Chat

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast show number 182 aired on Sunday 22nd October 2017. If you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, all you have to do is click on the audio player below. Alternatively, our podcast can be found in most places that host podcasts such as iTunes (click here to subscribe) and Stitcher Radio.
 
On this weeks show Michelle and Jayne talk through some Disney news items that have caught their eye and then review a much loved eatery over in Disneyland.

Walt Disney World - Dog Friendly Rooms  
If you wish to take your pet dog or even dogs (up to two) to stay with you at Walt Disney World - you now can! Select resorts will charge between $50-$75 a night. There is a long list of do's and do nots but for some people this will be a welcome opportunity however for some this is not as welcomed. On the show we chat through our thoughts.

Disney Photopass Releases New Magic Shots
So there are now two new shots that you can take advantage of at WDW and here they are! What do you think? We both would love to find the dole whip that actually is that size!
Roaming Droids
If you are in Disneyland right now, you might be able to meet a new interactive droid named Jake. He is currently being trialled in Tomorrowland but will be part of Galaxy Edge. 
Disneyland Signage - Photo Credit Jeff Rooney
Bengal BBQ
Prepare for delicious food talk on the podcast! A firm favourite from Michelle's past trips is Bengal BBQ and they have recently acquired an indoor seating space and have had a menu update.
Trio of Skewers
There is no longer the delicious jalepino and cheese pretzel - which is a sad loss but Jayne is delighted for the Hummus Trio!You can also turn two skewers into a meal by adding a slaw and jasmine rice.
Ahi Tuna Spring Roll
There is also a new beverage, which is the jungle juice julep and for a sweet treat, there is the pineapple parfait.
Pineapple Parfait
Jungle Juice Julep
Have you tried out the new menu items? We would love to hear from you!
Prize
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