January 10, 2010

Piloting Submarines in the World of Tomorrow

Last Wednesday my phone rang while I was reading, and I was surprised to see that the call was from Disneyland. Being a seasonal cast member, my last day of work had been on New Year's Day, and I wasn't expecting to work again until starting the Disney College Program at the end of the month. I picked up the phone.

"This is so-and-so from the Disneyland Resort. I'm calling about your training schedule for the college program. You'll be starting on the tenth."

"Excellent," I said. "The tenth of February, I presume."

"No, actually the tenth of January," came the reply. "This Sunday." Unexpected, but not at all unwelcome.

"Sounds good," I said, pulling up my calendar.

"You'll start at 6 a.m. and then you'll working these hours on these days to train for your new attraction."

"Okay, and what attraction is this for?" I asked. I had been gunning for the Haunted Mansion ever since I applied to become a cast member.

"Oh, you'll be working the submarines."

Inside, I broke down a little. Kinda like Space Mountain. I had really hoped to continue working at Splash Mountain throughout my time with the Disney College Program. The New Orleans/Critter Country area had really begun to feel like home, not just because I spent so much time in the area but also because I really liked the atmosphere of the place. And now I was the kid who was told by his parents that the family was moving out of the state. In less than a week. One phone call had suddenly thrust me from home to the other side of Disneyland.

Of course, I didn't go down without a fight and asked if it was possible to stay where I was. Unfortunately, this year happens to be the year that the Rivers of America get drained for routine maintenance and will be down for several months. That means everyone who works a river-based attraction has to find a place at the other New Orleans/Critter Country attractions, and sadly there was no room left for me. So I took the defeat graciously (I'm in reality quite mild-mannered when it comes to fighting) and accepted the loss.

Okay, so I make this sound like it's a tragic ordeal. It's really not. The situation has been bittersweet at worst. Yes, I was disappointed to no longer wear the burgundy suspenders and work at Splash Mountain, but that disappointment was eventually overshadowed by the excitement of piloting the legendary submarines, Walt's original fleet of eight. So far, after one day of training, the work has lived up to my expectations. I think I'm really going to enjoy working the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in the world of tomorrow.

Here's to the future!
T.H. Excellence

January 08, 2010

World of Color Fire Test

As mentioned in my last post, one thing I'm really looking forward to this year is the premiere of "World of Color" at Disney's California Adventure. Below is a test of the various flame spurts installed throughout the show platform - take a look!

Pretty incredible, huh? Can't wait for this one to open!
T.H. Excellence

December 31, 2009

Ten Things I'm Looking Forward to in 2010

10. 21st Birthday
9. Debut of "World of Color" at Disney's California Adventure
8. Iron Man 2 ('Nuff Said)
7. Continuing Development on Custom Ball Tower Design
6. Possible Investment in Camera Equipment
5. "Heroes and Saviors" Metatorrey Class
4. Disney College Program at Disneyland
3. Potential Cross-Training on an Additional Attraction (at last, a job at the Haunted Mansion)
2. College Graduation
1. Pursuit of Career

Happy New Year, everyone!
T.H. Excellence

December 15, 2009

New "Small World" Marquee

According to the OC Register's site arounddisney.com, "it's a small world" will be getting a new marquee along with its new sponsorship from Sylvania early next year. I'm more or less a fan of this. The marquee brings out a fresh styling of the original poster for the attraction, and best of all the freakish Disney characters that have been scattered throughout the ride are not present. However, I feel like whoever did the art made an artistic misstep in that the graphic weight of the entire thing feels off. The "small world" logo seems to overpower the boat of children, and splitting the tagline to either side of the boat strikes me as a major disruption of the flow of the text.

Compare the new marquee to the original poster. The two are similar, but everything about the original poster seems to work a lot better, and if the marquee was retooled it could work better too. I dunno, maybe it's just me, but I felt like griping about it here. If anyone feels differently, speak up now.
T.H. Excellence

December 04, 2009

A Miniature Look at Epcot

A couple of months ago I posted a video that featured tilt-shift photography, which makes everything appear to be a miniature model. Recently, the Disney Parks blog released a similar video, this time featuring a day in Epcot. Check it out!

T.H. Excellence