Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser – Weighing the Cost of a Miracle

How do you describe something that has never existed before and how do you assess the value of what it’s worth? These are the two interlocking problems one runs up against while trying to talk about Disney’s new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser immersive experience. Even that, “immersive experience”, what does that even mean? For people like myself … Continue reading Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser – Weighing the Cost of a Miracle

Incompletely Incredible – First Impressions of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Hard to believe it’s been four years. When the announcement was made that Disney would acquire Lucasfilm, the question of a Star Wars themed land was not if, but when. At the D23 Expo in 2015, the land was officially announced, and now that when is here. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is officially open. Mostly. … Continue reading Incompletely Incredible – First Impressions of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Fantasy Under Construction: Tales from Evermore’s Pre-Opening Party (A NoPro Adventure)

We must begin with a disclaimer: though I (and my six traveling companions) did purchase tickets to Evermore’s pre-opening party, we received notice after we were already en route that our tickets would be comped because we were traveling from out of town to an event that was not going to be finished to the … Continue reading Fantasy Under Construction: Tales from Evermore’s Pre-Opening Party (A NoPro Adventure)

D23: The Unmitigated Disaster of the Disney Parks & Resorts Presentation

Header image via Disney When discussing the Walt Disney Studios live action presentation at the 2015 D23 Expo, I described it as “something of a mess.” Well, if that’s true than the Disney Parks & Resorts presentation held a mere two-and-a-half hours later was more or less a garbage fire. As I alluded to when … Continue reading D23: The Unmitigated Disaster of the Disney Parks & Resorts Presentation

D23: Excitement, Confusion, and Disappointment from Disney Live Action (With Thoughts on STAR WARS Land)

The Walt Disney Studios live action panel at the 2015 D23 Expo was something of a mess. For months Disney has been positioning this panel as a big deal, announcing that Marvel Studios would be abandoning their long-held position of supremacy in Comic-Con’s Hall H and that the Star Wars panel at SDCC would be … Continue reading D23: Excitement, Confusion, and Disappointment from Disney Live Action (With Thoughts on STAR WARS Land)

Legends Never Die – The Unappreciated Importance of LEGENDS OF FRONTIERLAND

Interactivity – it’s the big new buzzword for theme parks these days. Spurred on by the rising popularity of video games and the changing nature of how we consume media, the new wisdom is that it’s no longer enough to just be a passive observer, instead, one must be an active participant. The problem, however, … Continue reading Legends Never Die – The Unappreciated Importance of LEGENDS OF FRONTIERLAND

Attraction Review – VOYAGE TO THE IRON REEF

When Knott’s Berry Farm first announced the details for their new interactive dark ride, I despaired. A ride-through shooting gallery themed around steampunk sea creatures eating the remains of former Knott’s attractions sounded so distinctly unappealing to me. Comparisons made to Disney’s Toy Story Midway Mania – a stunningly lazy attraction that is nothing more than … Continue reading Attraction Review – VOYAGE TO THE IRON REEF