STAR WARS REBELS Review – “Breaking Ranks”

Note: This review contains SPOILERS After last week’s episode was stuffed (perhaps even overstuffed) with big, plot focussed reveals, this week’s episode takes things a step back and returns to a more character centric story, this time focussing again on the series’ most well-developed character so far: Ezra. The episode begins with a group of young … Continue reading STAR WARS REBELS Review – “Breaking Ranks”

Best in the West – A Love Letter to “Legends of Frontierland”

About three months ago, a Disneyland cast document leaked detailing a then upcoming game called Legends of Frontierland. The document described a game in which Disneyland guests were supposed to create a character for themselves, buy “land” in town (which could include several of the real-world businesses), could run for government office, and even throw other … Continue reading Best in the West – A Love Letter to “Legends of Frontierland”

What’s in an Ending? – Thoughts on “Legends of Frontierland’s” Extension

With Disneyland’s “Legends of Frontierland” set to end on Labor Day, the past week or so has been a bittersweet one for me. A new semester of school started last Monday, and being unsure at the time how often I’d get to head down to Disneyland during the week, I’ve already shared a few sentimental … Continue reading What’s in an Ending? – Thoughts on “Legends of Frontierland’s” Extension

On the Issue of Monetizing “Legends of Frontierland” – An Open Letter to Disney

Dear Walt Disney Imagineering, Team Disney Anaheim, and whomever else it may concern, Over the past several weeks I have been playing “Legends of Frontierland,” and despite an initial suspicion that this was all going to be a spectacular mess, the game has far and away exceeded anything I could have dreamed of. You guys … Continue reading On the Issue of Monetizing “Legends of Frontierland” – An Open Letter to Disney

Defining Our Medium, a.k.a. What the Hell is a “Theme Park” Anyway?

When looking at theme parks, I feel as though there has never really been a sufficiently good explanation of what defines them as an artistic medium*. When looking towards other media, it’s easy to define what they are. Literature is words on a page, collected into sentences and paragraphs to inform, enlighten, or entertain. Film … Continue reading Defining Our Medium, a.k.a. What the Hell is a “Theme Park” Anyway?

Disneyland’s “Legends of Frontierland” Review – 99 Problems But a Bit Ain’t One

Today, Disneyland launched a new “interactive experience” called “Legends of Frontierland.” It’s best described as a strange hybrid of an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) with Live Action Role Playing (LARP) in which you, the guest, get to create a character, align yourself with one of two competing factions, and then do various tasks to help … Continue reading Disneyland’s “Legends of Frontierland” Review – 99 Problems But a Bit Ain’t One