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Characters

Blurring the Line: Hero, Villain, or Both?

Most of the time, Disney is pretty clear-cut about who the Good Guys are. Disney villains are pretty easy to spot too. But then the line blurs, and you come to one of my favorite places: The Haunted Mansion is a character itself – it’s not quite a hero, but it’s not completely evil either. And that’s where the fun begins! This is not the home of a sweetly smiling Princess Pin It
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Bringing Disney Home

Haunted Mansion at Home

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. I love the suspension of disbelief, the ability to leave reality at the door and believe, whole-heartedly, in ghosts. I also love that when Disney set out to create a haunted house, they started with a story and let the setting flow naturally from that. I avoid most haunted houses because they rely on cheap thrills – gore and startle effects – instead of digging deeper and finding the story that will entice you to keep coming back. This weekend, our family spent the afternoon checking out the two Halloween stores in town, and as usual I gravitated toward the decorations. I’d love to be able to really deck out the house in gothic chic, but as usual, Practicality sticks its nose where it’s not wanted! But this year, I’ve finally figured out a way around the...
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Disney Magic

Disney Storytelling at its Best

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Yellow. Enjoy the ride as we share with you what we consider the best examples of Disney storytelling in the parks. When you walk into a Disney theme park – whether it’s Disneyland in California or one of the parks at Walt Disney World in Florida, you know you’re not dealing with just another theme park. We live about halfway between two Six Flags theme parks, and we go at least once or twice every summer. You notice I don’t write much about Six Flags? Yet I’ve been blogging for almost two years about Disney, after a single trip in 2010. The differences between the two theme parks are both painfully obvious and incredibly subtle, and it all comes down to storytelling. Every theme park has characters and themed rides, just like Disney. But, as hard as they try, they never quite...
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Disney Magic

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House

File this under “just too cool!” Every year, the Imagineers and bakers create a twisted gingerbread house for the Disneyland Haunted Mansion The great thing is, the holiday decorations go up in October and stay relevant right through December. Here’s a quick look at this year’s gingerbread house – it’s Jack Skellington’s house! Next week I’ll be taking a look at the famous gingerbread houses at Walt Disney World resort! Pin It
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