Thursday, August 16, 2012

New Fantasyland Opens December 6th!

If you're a big Disney fan like me, you know that WDW's Fantasyland is getting a massive makeover, adding sections dedicated to The Little Mermaid, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast. I'm excited for this change, and was happy to hear that New Fantasyland is coming December 6th. Although some elements won't open until later, most of it will open in December. Only four months left!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I'm Back!

I'm back! Sorry about not posting for three months. However, I did go to Disney last month, and will do some posting on it. Check back!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Best of WDW: Top 20 Resorts in Walt Disney World

This is the first of several "best of" lists for Walt Disney World. First up, I will count down the best hotels the resort has to offer.

20. Disney's All Star Sports Resort- I've stayed here once, and the nice theme doesn't make up for the fact that the windows don't open.
19. Disney's Old Key West Resort- This would've been higher, but I've never actually seen this place in person.
18. Disney' All Star Music Resort- Similar to the All Star Sports, but with a slightly better theme.
17. Disney's Pop Century Resort- Like the All Star Sports and All Star Music before it, but once again, this has a better theme.
16. Disney's All Star Movies Resort- This is the best of the motel-style resorts, as it has the coolest and best-executed theme.
15. Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter- It looks nice, but its not one of the best places to stay.
14. Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside- See above.
13. Disney's Coronado Springs Resort- Being slightly nicer than PO, and with a much better theming and pool, this becomes the second-best "moderate" resort.
12. Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort- As someone who has stayed in beach hotels before, they got what one looks like down almost perfectly. Best of the "moderate" resorts.
11. Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa- Never been here, but it looks really nice and deserves a spot pretty high on this list.
10. Disney's Polynesian Resort- Looks incredible, but it is the oldest of any of the Deluxe resorts (besides the Contemporary).
9. Disney's Boardwalk Inn- The only downside here is that the hotel itself doesn't have as many amenities as some of the others on this list. However, it does have the large Boardwalk, which fully makes up for it.
8. Disney's Wilderness Lodge- It's not as amazing as the Animal Kingdom Lodge, but the WL is still a great place to stay. Its only big downside is that it is not connected to the Monorail.
7. Disney's Yacht Club Resort- I think the Beach Club is the better half, but the Yacht Club is still spectacular.
6. Disney's Beach Club Resort- The slightly better half of the Beach and Yacht Club, this is one of the most luxurious and convenient hotels on Disney property, being beautiful as well as a ten minute walk from EPCOT.
5. Walt Disney World Swan- Even though its not a Disney hotel, its often considered as one, and is one of the nicest hotels in Walt Disney World.
4. Walt Disney World Dolphin- See above.
3. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge- The theme is spectacular. The food is great. The views of the savanna are great. There is nothing not to like about the AKL.
2. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa- The top three were the hardest of the countdown, because all three are great resorts. But I felt that the Grand Floridian was slightly beaten. That's not to say its not amazing. It is. It is luxurious, has great food, great views, lots of things to do, is on the Monorail, and has a great theme. I can see why it's commonly considered the best in WDW.
1. Disney's Contemporary Resort- This will come as a surprise to some that I put the Contemporary higher than the Grand Floridian. I have three reasons. First of all, you can walk to the Magic Kingdom, the best of the four parks. Second of all, the Contemporary has three of WDW's best eateries in Chef Mickey's, The Wave, and California Grill. Finally, you can do more things at the Contemporary than you can at the other resorts. You can even parasail or fish!

That was my list. I will put up more of these for the Top 20 Rides, Top 20 Restaurants, Top 20 Secrets, and more.
Check back in a while,
Super Disney Scott

Sunday, January 8, 2012

'Disney's Epic Mickey' Review

I know this game came out a year ago, but since I only just started a Disney blog, I thought I would review some past stuff. I also know that many were disappointed when this game came out, and I can't figure out why. Maybe I'm not paying enough attention to things that seasoned gamers will complain about, but I love Epic Mickey. I thought it was a great and challenging game that was re-playable because of all the hidden stuff hidden throughout it. It was also a game that is rich in Disney history, with its many characters from the famous company' past It's also this reason, however, that makes the game seem depressing. This isn't a complaint, but you can't help but feel sorry for these cartoon characters that were forgotten. I admit that a big Disney fan like myself had never heard of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit before Epic Mickey. Or the Gremlins, for that matter. But this is also positive, because the game introduces generations of fans to characters that they had never heard of, and by adding Mickey, it appeals to his fans.
Best Moment: I've gotta say, the scene where Oswald gives the heart back to Mickey was very well done. You can see the amazement on his face when it lands in his hands.
Best Hidden Secret: The basketball court in the matterhorn.
Best Disney Reference: Walt's apartment in the firehouse.
Overall: I think that if you take out what the game could have been, Epic Mickey is a lot better. Camera issues aside, it's a great game, and returns Mickey to the way he should be. Not a goody two-shoes, but an adventurous, mischievous hero.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Disney Trip Coming Up!

I can't wait. There's a good chance i'll be going to Walt Disney World this summer for a week in July. It's awesome, cause I haven't been since 2005. I'm counting down the days till the trip!

Monday, January 2, 2012

'The Muppets' Review

Today, I went and saw The Muppets, as I am quite obviously late to that party. And it was great. The Muppets lives up to the classics, and may be the best one since The Muppet Movie. It had a sense of nostalgia that stayed with you throughout the film, and the musical numbers were often hilarious. But the big joke that had you laughing constantly was the fact that the fourth wall was broken pretty much every five minutes.
The movie was hilarious, and there was room for everyone. Really. Basically, if there was a Muppet, chances are they made an appearance in this movie. For someone who has seen a good portion of the movies starring the Muppets, this film really brought them back to the mainstream.
Best Scene: The final song and dance number. No question. It must have taken forty takes to get that scene just right.
Best Cameo: Since what Jack Black did wasn't really a cameo, I have to give this to Jim Parsons, with Zack Galifianakas and Rico Rodriguez getting alot of credit.
Funniest Scene: A barbershop version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" shouldn't be this good. The fact that this is going on during a scene of Jack Black getting tortured in a barbershop made it all the much better. The Swedish Chef torching the rotten fruit is my second favorite.
Best Song: "Rainbow Connection" is the best, with "Man or Muppet" and "Life is a Happy Song" also good. Tex Richman rapping was the strangest of the lot, and Fozzie's version of "Rainbow Connection" is the funniest.
Final Grade: The Muppets is a must see. Go see it if you haven't already.

Magic Kingdom, Disneyland to Stay Open All Day Feb. 29!!!

If you were watching New Years Rockin' Eve on Saturday, chances are you saw the announcement by Disney. On February 29th, both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Park will remain open for 24 hours. This is the first time that they have ever done this. I won't be going, since I live in Connecticut and my winter break is a week or two before Leap Day, but I think that this was a great thing to do. One of the things that I really have always wanted to do at a Disney park is to watch the sun rise over Cinderella Castle. I give a premature kudos to anyone who stays at one of the parks all 24 hours.