Cranium Command throwback photo

Cranium Command at Epcot
Cranium Command at Epcot

 

 

Here’s a Throwback Thursday back to 1993. With the popularity of the Disney-Pixar film, “Inside Out,” I was inspired to share this photo.

That’s me in the Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World next to a sign for the Cranium Command attraction. That sign depicts General Knowledge, who is looking to commandeer someone into piloting the brain of a small child.

Be sure to see Scott’s recent post about Cranium Command HERE.

Disney-Pixar Inside Out at Disney California Adventure

The new Disney-Pixar film "Inside Out" is represented as part of the pre-parade before the Pixar Play Parade in Disney California Adventure
The new Disney-Pixar film “Inside Out” is represented as part of the pre-parade before the Pixar Play Parade in Disney California Adventure

Seen above, the new Disney-Pixar film “Inside Out” is represented as part of the pre-parade before the Pixar Play Parade in Disney California Adventure.

Did you know that “Inside Out” now holds the record as the biggest opening for an original movie in history, topping the previous No. 1 original movie, “Avatar,” by more than $13 million, with $90,440,272 million in domestic box office opening weekend. The film opened Friday, June 19, 2015.

 

Cranium Command at Epcot

Cranium Command at Epcot
Inside Cranium Command in the Wonders of Life Pavilion at Epcot

by Scott Wolf

With the release of the new Disney-Pixar film, “Inside Out,” which focuses on the “voices inside your head,” for some of us, it is bringing back memories of a former Epcot attraction with a similar concept, so I thought I’d post a couple of my photos from it.

Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot
Inside the Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World

Cranium Command was housed inside the Wonders of Life Pavilion at Epcot at Walt Disney World. The pavilion celebrated life and, through entertainment, educated about the human experience. Other attractions within the pavilion included The Making of Me, a short live film starring Martin Short which delicately tells the story of human creation, including hilarious animated segments of the inner body workings of conception, and Body Wars, a flight simulator, like Star Tours, which brought guests on a journey through a human body, rather than outer space, to find and destroy a splinter.

In Cranium Command, guests would enter the brain control room where a young Audio Animatronic boy named Buzzy, helmed the controls. His mission was to keep another young boy out of trouble.

In the photo above, you can see Buzzy within the boy’s head, and through boy’s eyes when he first meets a beautiful girl.
Cranium Command featured an all-star cast with Charles Grodin as Left Brain, Jon Lovitz as Right Brain, George Wendt (Norm from “Cheers”) was the Stomach, Bobcat Goldthwait portrayed the Adrenal Gland, and Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon were the heart’s Right and Left Ventricles (reminiscent of their characters, Hans and Franz, from Saturday Night Live).

BOOK NOW FOR HALLOWEEN ON THE HIGH SEAS CRUISES

2015 DCL Halloween logo

Discover treats, tricks, magical mischief and spooky surroundings as you celebrate Halloween on the High Seas! Thrills and chills await you at every turn with Halloween-themed parties, lively entertainment and elaborate décor-including an evolving Halloween Tree that eerily transforms throughout your cruise.

 

2015 DCL Halloween Mickey
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a Halloween on the High Seas Cruise.

Other special experiences include:

  • Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party—an atrium party scare-a-bration in addition to Pirate Night—with ghoulish games, trick-or-treating, dancing and some favorite Disney Pals in their Halloween attire
  • Halloween-themed activities for all ages, such as mask-making for kids and pumpkin-carving for teens
  • Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream, an interactive movie experience where you’re part of the action, followed by a meet-and-greet with Jack and Sally
  • Haunted Stories of the Sea—a campfire-style storytelling experience on the deck
  • Halloween movie marathon to get you in the spirit, shown on Funnel Vision and on the dedicated in-room television channel
  • Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids—an adults-only party that includes a costume contest

Contact me for sail dates and more information.

 

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival concerts return

Four new “Eat to the Beat” concert acts debut and several fan favorites return to America Gardens Theater during the 20th Annual Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 25-Nov. 16, 2015. See the schedule of performers below.

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Concerts
Epcot Food & Wine Festival concerts

Scheduled to perform are:

  • David Cook – Sept. 25-27, 2015
  • Wilson Phillips – Sept. 28-29, 2015
  • Christopher Cross – Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2015
  • Starship – Oct. 2-4, 2015
  • Smash Mouth – Oct. 5-7, 2015
  • The Pointer Sisters – Oct.8-9, 2015
  • 38 Special – Oct. 10-11, 2015
  • Rick Springfield – Oct. 12-13, 2015
  • Sugar Ray – Oct.14-16, 2015
  • The S.O.S. Band – Oct. 17-18, 2015
  • Air Supply – Oct.19-21, 2015
  • Fuel – Oct. 22-23, 2015
  • Tiffany (NEW!) – Oct. 24-25, 2015
  • Dennis DeYoung – Oct. 26-28, 2015
  • Jo Dee Messina – Oct. 29-30, 2015
  • Everclear (NEW!) – Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2015
  • Boyz II Men – Nov. 2-4, 2015
  • Sister Hazel – Nov. 5-6, 2015
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Nov. 7-9, 2015
  • Hanson – Nov. 10-12, 2015
  • Maxi Priest (NEW!) – Nov. 13-14, 2015
  • Chaka Khan (NEW!) – Nov. 15-16, 2015

Please note: Daily show times take place at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Entertainment and appearances are subject to change without notice.

 

 

 

Interview: Jack Gladish (His career; Walt Disney; Disneyland and World’s Fair attractions)

Jack Gladish worked as an engineer, responsible for submarines, dinosaurs, railroad locomotives and much more. Attractions include the “Carousel of Progress,” “Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room” and much more.  During his career he headed the plastics and fiberglass shops at the MAPO department of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Jack Gladish works on a caveman for Disney's Magic Skyway attraction for the World's Fair, working Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and a 2014 visit to Walt Disney World
Jack Gladish works on a caveman for Disney’s Magic Skyway attraction for the World’s Fair (left), working Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (middle), and a 2014 visit to Walt Disney World (right)

I just posted my interview with Jack Gladish on my Mouse Clubhouse website.  In this conversation, Jack discusses his career, helping to create attractions such as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln for Disneyland the 1964/’65 New York World’s Fair.  CLICK HERE for the interview

 

DISNEY CRUISE LINE RETURNING TO NEW YORK, MIAMI AND GALVESTON IN FALL 2016

In the fall of 2016, Disney Cruise Line will return to New York for a limited time with sailings to the Bahamas that include a visit toWalt Disney World® Resort in Florida. New seven-night Caribbean cruises from Miami, Florida and a return to Galveston, Texas round out the season. Learn more in this video!

Booking opens Wednesday, May 20, so contact me today to be one of the first to reserve your cruise.

 

AULANI FALL OFFER – STAY LONGER AND SAVE MORE!

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Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Make the summer last with an exciting offer at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa – where it’s warm and sunny year-round.

The more nights you stay, the more you save – with 30% on stays of 5+ nights* or 25% on stays of 4 nights*.

Book early and get a $50 Resort credit for every night of your stay when you reserve by June 29, 2015!

But wait…there’s more!!!

For a limited time, you can receive free round-trip transportation from the airport to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, plus a free 1-day mid-size Alamo car rental, when you book a stay of 4 consecutive nights or longer at Aulani!

Contact me today to reserve your room!

Booking Windows:
Now through June 29, 2015
Broad Booking Window: June 30 – Oct. 26, 2015

Travel Window: Aug. 16 – Dec. 21, 2015
Blockout Dates: Nov. 25-28, 2015

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PLAN A VACATION AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT FROM ONLY $99* PER PERSON, PER DAY

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Visit Disneyland Resort for it’s Diamond Celebration and stay at a Good Neighbor Resort starting at $1185 for a family of four. Take advantage of the 2-night/3-day Good Neighbor Resort Vacation Package.  It includes 3-day, 1-Park per Day Disneyland® Resort Tickets for four for arrivals most nights 8/30–10/1/15 and 11/1–11/23/15.

Also Includes:
• Accommodations at a nearby Good Neighbor Hotel
• Disneyland® Resort 1 Park Per Day Souvenir Ticket
• Exclusive! Walt Disney Travel Company collectible pin, lanyard & luggage tag (Pins, lanyards and luggage tags may vary. One per person in package.)
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