Monday, November 25, 2013

The Ghostbusters 2 Reference Hidden Inside Disney California Adventure

Citizen Cane, The Godfather, Casablanca, and Gone With the Wind. Ghostbusters 2 is undoubtedly near the top of the list when you think of the greatest films of all time. Walt Disney Imagineering recognizes this and paid tribute to this cinematic masterpiece inside Julius Katz & Sons on Buena Vista Street inside Disney California Adventure.

A small tag attached to a vintage toaster is where you will find this reference.
Let's zoom in for a closer look.
"Number one Christmas boutique gift item"
This is an actual quote from Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) in the movie. Can't remember the scene? Watch the clip below. Venkman says it around the 0:56 mark.

So there you go. Now you can go to sleep at night knowing that a quote from Ghostbusters 2 is a part of a Disney theme park.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Main Street Electrical Parade VHS Case Review

First off you have to love the old Disney VHS cases. If you're like me and you grew up in the VHS era, Disney tapes were as much of a part of your childhood as breathing was. Sure, this isn't a classic Disney movie but it is a classic Disneyland and Walt Disney World parade. Arguably the most popular Disney parade in history. This tape was sold in 1996 as part of the Farewell Season. I've posted several items from the Farewell Season promotion which you can see here

I do have doubles of this tape for some reason. I'm not sure why my grandma (who didn't make much money) would buy two Main Street Electrical parade VHS tapes, but I guess she thought that these would be a valuable collectors item some day. Or perhaps she had the foresight to know that some day her beloved grandson would blog about his Disney collection on the internet. Either way I probably have more copies of this tape than any normal should.

My second copy is brand new, in it's original seal and still has the price tag. $20.00!!?! This tape was only 25 minutes long. That's $0.80 per a minute! I do like the distribution notice "Distributed by Disneyland, a Division of The Walt Disney Company."

Take a look at that beauty. The great thing about VHS tapes was that their covers were huge so they could fit a lot of art on the front and back. Disney really went all out with this one. The gigantic Main Street Electrical Parade logo on the front would make any DVD case tremble in fear. But the VHS clamshell says, "No bring it on. Give me your biggest logo and I will handle it with ease."

They could have just gone with the giant logo but Disney actually put a good chunk of the parade on the front and back cover. This was a good move. I'm also glad they used a staged publicity photo instead of just show a still from the video or something. Using a photo as a background instead of a solid color makes the cover much more dynamic.

I mean really. Just look at how that photo wraps around the front, spine, and back. So good!

Wow, that description. It's really hammering home that you will never see this parade again and you NEED this VHS tape. Every line in that description is good. "Catch the spark after dark at Disneyland Park" "And hear the energy of its legendary melody one last time" "It's unforgettable after-dark magic that will glow in your heart long after the last float has disappeared." Wow. Earlier I said I was curious as to why my grandma would buy two of these. Now I see why. She must have read that description and gotten just as pumped as I am right now!
Opening up the case you see it's similar to the standard giant clam shell that most children's tapes of the era. I remember most other clam shells being white but making this one black was a good move. It wouldn't have matched with the color of the cover or jived with the fact that it's a night time parade.

Take a look at the tape label. It's no frills, which is to be expected. My copy has a pleasant aged look to the label sticker. 

Overall this a great VHS Case. I'm proud to have two of them in my collection. Both are displayed prominently on the Disney shelf in my house. If you are a MSEP fan this is a must have for your collection. Just glancing at ebay I see multiple copies for under $10! How could you not pick up one for that price!?

I'm Back

I can't believe I've let this blog go without an update for almost 8 months. I know no one on this planet wakes up in the morning and says "I hope updates today!" But I would like to think that my posts add a sliver of enjoyment for the few minutes it takes to read them. The lack of posts was partly due to the typical abandoned Disney internet blog excuse. That excuse is lack of time to actually make blog posts. It is true that I have less time to blog now, but it's not like I'm a super busy important person (I am, in fact, none of those things). 

The biggest reason why I have only done 2 posts in the last 12 months is that all my creative energy is required for my job. I am a full time researcher/blogger for Part of this job requires me to do multiple blog posts and YouTube videos each week. Basically, anything entertaining or informative that comes out of my brain needs to go in to my work. I am not a entertaining or informative person, so you can see why work gets about 95% of what I write about (the other 5% being my personal twitter). I started working for them in June, 2012 and I've loved almost every minute of it. They pay me to visit and write about Disney. It's a dream job and I wake up every day in shock of how lucky I am.

The thing about being paid to blog about Disney is that your posts usually have to have mass appeal. None of the TouringPlans readers will care if write about a Fantasmic cassette tape from 1992. But they will care if I tell them what attractions are going to be closed on their next visit and how it will affect their touring of the parks. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But here's the thing, I really like blogging about obscure Disney things. That's why I decided I have to find a way to make AngryAP work again. I have an itch, every time I look at anything from my collection of Disney items I think "I'd love to blog about this!" 

So that's where I'm at. I can't not update this blog anymore, it's calling to me. I'll hopefully be updating at least twice a month. Also, I'm going to move away from reviewing old maps and vintage pictures. Those kind of posts made up the bulk of what I did at the beginning of this blog's life and I'm ready to try something new. Anyway, thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy the new posts! They will start right now with my Main Street Electrical Parade VHS Tape Case Review!