Archive for September, 2013


The Adventures of Captain EO

In a little corner of Epcot, forgotten by all except dedicated Michael Jackson fans, hard core Disney explorers, and people like me who wandered in by accident, there lies a small (in Disney terms, anyway) building which houses a nice 4-D theater. Inside, you’ll find a show you probably have never heard of: Captain EO. It is from a while ago (obviously, since Michael Jackson isn’t exactly making music videos anymore…), and it is a little blurry, but not terrible.

Now. I kind of like the show, but I feel like I should warn those of who definitely won’t like it. (Look at me, acting like this blog is all reputable…) Basically what it is is a musical, 4D show where Michael Jackson, as the “notorious” (if you say so… I’d never heard of him before, personally) Captain EO, saves an alien planet through the magic of music. Or something. Anyway, that’s what I got out of it.

The Pros: There are some funny parts, most of them involving Captain EO’s mismatched crew of strange aliens. Also, if you like Michael Jackson, you’ll like this. Most of the sets are amazingly detailed, for those who care about that sort of thing.

The Cons: if you cannot stand Michael Jackson, DO NOT SEE THIS VIDEO. Apart from that, the outfits are really a bit… spangly. Sparkly. Overdone, especially towards the end. Also, the music is… Interesting. And the dancing, to put it I bluntly, is quite spastic-looking. And can you say OVERACTING?!

Also, I guess it bears mentioning that it begins with a clip a a spaceship blowing up an asteroid in a charmingly Star Wars-esque way. This greatly upset the little toddler behind us, so… um… depending on a child’s usual reaction to exploding space objects, they may not enjoy the beginning.

Despite having no particular opinion about Michael Jackson, I enjoy the show. Plus, it’s convenient for people like my sister Chrissy who are looking for any excuse to avoid The Figment Ride.

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I don’t have any pictures of Captain EO, so here’s one of a restroom sign. Can anyone guess where in Disney it is?

Poncho Couture

So, I know that my last post was a bit negative… not to mention weird… So here is a more positive (but still extremely weird, awkward, and the rest of it) post to balance that one out. Okay?

So, let me set the stage. It’s evening in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom. It’s absolutely beautiful weather, not too hot or too cold. Then nature suddenly decides, “No more Mr. Nice Weather.” It starts to POUR. All the sane people rush for cover, but a few (including me) seem delighted by this sudden turn of events and proceed to start jumping in the enormous puddles, splashing all the party-poopers.

The sane people under cover:

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And how big were the puddles? Well, they seemed more like floods, and at least an inch deep in places.

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Once I was done making a complete fool of myself jumping in puddles, I took this rare opportunity to admire all the prime examples of poncho couture (it’s an art.).

Sheer, Disney-esque covers:

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Cheery primary colors:

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The all-important backpack cover (also excellent for use on Slash Mountain):

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What’s the weirdest/coolest/funniest thing you’ve ever seen a tourist wear in a theme park?

Let’s start out by saying: the less said about my most recent trip the better. So of course I have to tell you about it… to ensure you don’t make the same mistakes I did. Cue dark music here.
(Wow. That sounded dramatic, didn’t it? A bit over dramatic, really, especially since this post is mainly about chicken nuggets.)

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is a counter service restaurant in Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom. I went there as a little kid, and still remember how there was an alien DJ who told jokes and sang. I didn’t really remember the food, but you know how kids don’t really care what they’re eating most of the time (as long as it’s wildly unhealthy).

I specifically asked to go to Cosmic Ray’s to see the alien, so imagine my dismay when he wasn’t even singing! Or doing standup/sitdown/anysortof comedy. He just sat there. Ugh.

Plus, I didn’t see anything on the menu I liked, so I ordered the kid’s “chicken nuggets.” I knew they would be gross as soon as I saw them; they came out looking burnt and generally disgusting. My mom even said that to the lady selling it to them.

Mom: Uh, can we get another order of chicken nuggets? Those look burnt.
Lady: No, that’s always how the kids’ chicken nuggets come out.
Mom: Really? That inedible?
Lady: Unfortunately, yes.

So the lady gave us a turkey sandwich because she felt sorry for us. That was gross, too, but not as awful as the “chicken nuggets.” That’s in quotes because like typical fast food nuggets, they do not look like real chicken. (The inside looked like polyfill saturated with white paint. They also tasted depressingly like old chicken nuggets from a greasy roadside fast food place.)

So the moral of the story: when it comes to Cosmic Ray’s “chicken nuggets,” just say NO.

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So, we were staying in the Garden Wing at the Contemporary, and we were honestly greatly amused by the room. First of all, the decorative pillows bore a quite, um, interesting resemblance to wheels of cheese.

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(The bubbles in the foreground are from my sister Rosie’s new bubble gun.)

This kept us laughing for a good half an hour, and that was even before we discovered our “balcony”. So, picture this if you will: there’s a set of nice glass doors like the ones that normally lead out to a veranda in Disney hotels. You open the doors and step out into

I invited my sister Chrissy to write a guest post on the Egypt exhibit at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. We went on a Sunday, and it was practically deserted… But I’ll let Miss Crissy the Egypt Expert tell you more!

Hi Chrissy here! I am actually in my mom’s car at the moment, heading back from the Penn Museum! “Why?” you ask. I just love Egyptology, anthropology, and archeology. So what better place to go than Penn Museum?
When we arrived, my sisters Pxzi and Rosie dragged me to see a bunch of skulls. That’s right – human skulls! “Please don’t puke, Chrissy,” Pxzi had begged me as my face turned pale green. “There’s no one around to blame it on!” At that point, Mom and Daddy had just called us over. We got stamps on our hands depicting (I suspect) Perseus from Greek mythology.

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We headed to the Egypt section where I enjoyed showing off my Egyptian knowledge, introducing my family to my dear friends Osiris, Isis, and Horus. The world of Egypt is mesmerizing, and I only almost puked three times. Once with the skulls, and twice with unwrapped mummies. Bleh! I managed to take 150 pictures while I wasn’t puking dramatically*.

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If you have (or are) small children, don’t visit the mummy section: apart from being sick, you might have nightmares! You can watch a video on Tutankhamen and another guy I can’t spell the name of. You can even take a field trip there! Over all, this museum is something to look forward to. I hope to see you there!

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Thank you, Chrissy! I had fun too. I particularly enjoyed the sphinx and columns, which coupled with dramatic lighting made for an incredibly immersive exhibit. We also visited the Artifact Lab, where there were more mummies and you can talk to a preservationist. For some reason, you can only enter this interesting room through the (puzzlingly cold) Iraq exhibit.

There are tons of other exhibits too, including Africa, Rome, and Greece. Which would you most like to see a post on?

*disclaimer: Chrissy has a weak stomach- she gets queasy when she sees the inside of a blueberry. I thought the mummies were awesome (although perhaps she’s right about the small children thing…). Also, she did not actually puke. She’s just exaggerating, no need to worry.

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