[more inside]"Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be. This unique existence of the work of art determined the history to which it was subject throughout the time of its existence." Walter Benjamin, Art in the Age of Mechanical ReproductionThis is our point of entry today: to take old chestnuts and try to crack them to see what pops out. Our subject is Disneyland. Our topic: charm.
If you've ever visited a Disney theme park, you likely saw the work of Blaine Gibson. Gibson died earlier this month at the age of 97. [more inside]
Corinne Vionnet sifted through online searches of the world's most recognizable tourist attractions in order to carefully layer 100's of photos of each on top of one anther until she created her desired result. Her site contains a few smaller ones which aren't available in the blog post, as well as some more information on the project. [more inside]
The Muppets at Walt Disney World is a television special starring Jim Henson's Muppets at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This was the last Muppets project that Jim Henson worked on before his death. parts: intro 1 2 3 4 5 6 [more inside]
Today at the D23 Expo (a huge exposition for hardcore Disney fans), Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo announced a huge expansion of Fantasyland at Walt Disney World. The Disney fan community had been buzzing about this since blueprints for the makeover were leaked to the web two months ago. With the official announcement came this artist's conception of the makeover, as well as artwork for the new Little Mermaid dark ride (which is also being built at Disney's California Adventure, although with a different facade). This is the largest expansion in the 33 year history of the Magic Kingdom, and is Disney's answer to the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening at the competing Universal Studios theme park in 2010. In addition to the changes at the Magic Kingdom, Disney also announced a new 3D update to the aging Star Tours ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Despite all of the new changes, the monorail will remain unaffected.
Early this morning, Two monorail trains collided at Walt Disney World, causing the death of one of the drivers. The Walt Disney World Monorail System first opened in 1971 with two routes servicing The Magic Kingdom, and then expanded to a third line servicing Epcot in 1982. This is the first incident resulting in a fatality in 38 years of operation. The most serious incident previously was a fire in 1985 caused by tire failure in which two cars were burned badly, but there were no injuries. The monorail trains have numerous safety features, including a "Moving-blocklight anti-collision system", referred to as MAPO (the term was coined by Walt Disney himself, who formed a new company to deal with Disneyland's transportation system directly from the profits made by Mary Poppins). As of this morning, the monorail system at Walt Disney World is out of service pending investigation.