Ep243: Disney’s California Adventure (1.0)

Feb 13, 2019 | Podcast episode, Podketeers

In this episode: In this episode we talk about Melissa and Gavin's experiences checking out Mickey's Mix Magic. We talk about something new that Pixar is doing called SparkShorts and why think this uncommon approach to storytelling is a good thing for the Disney Company. Plus we take you down memory lane to when Disney's California Adventure opened and and tell you a little history about what we all lovingly refer to as DCA 1.0.

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Nurturing the next generation

Pixar has traditionally set the standard for what animation “should” look like and what many studios strive for. Many studios have a branches of animation that help find new animators through special projects and/or by allowing them to produce their own creations. 

SparkShorts is Pixar’s latest initiative to help nurture the animators of tomorrow. Their first short called Purl is extremely charming yet is very effective about communicating the difficulty of finding a way to fit in and has the undertones of gender inequality in the workplace. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you can watch it below. Be warned, though, this short takes it up to PG-13 like no other Disney/Pixar short has done before. If you plan on having children watch this clip, we advise that you take a look at it first to help you decide if you want to show it to them. Once you watch it, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below.

Villains Day

Melissa had a chance to hang out with other Disney Villain fans for the (unofficial) Villains Day at Disneyland. Dressed up as Madam Mim (from Sword in the Stone) checkout the epics from the day (and yes, that is Deadpool laying on the ground in the second photo).

Posted by Villains Day – Stalk Around The Park on Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Posted by Villains Day – Stalk Around The Park on Tuesday, February 12, 2019


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Disney’s California Adventure TV Special 

In 2001 (just before the park opened) Richard Kind and Barry Boswick find themselves on the hunt for the “Big Cheese” as they conveniently(?) tour around the all-new park: Disney’s California Adventure.

When the park first opened, Disney’s California Adventure Park opened with the same amount of attractions that Disneyland did in 1955, however, it didn’t receive the same fanfare. Check out this park map from 2001 (click on the image for a larger view).

Superstar Limo

To many that had a chance to ride it, Superstar Limo is the thing of nightmares primarily because of your “agent”. This guy here:

The original concept of Superstar Limo was for a paparazzi chase where you are the star, however, due to the untimely passing of Princess Diana due to the paparazzi, the Disney Company thought it to be in bad taste to continue with that concept. Instead the create the ride featured below with many of their current ABC stars. 


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Also, if you never had a chance to see the Golden Zephyr Train in Sunshine Plaza, the wonderful folks at Yesterland have you covered! Check it out below:

The train itself was just a facade. The doors of the train actually led into  several shops and eateries. The locomotive part of the train was the entrance to “Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream”. The other sections of the train also had names. Following the locomotive, the next train was called the “Silver Platter” and was the entrance to the “Baker’s Field Bakery”. Behind that was the “Silver Crescent “train car” which was the entrance to “Engine-Ears Toys” shop.

Until next time! °o°

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