Monday, September 28, 2015

60 Days of Disneyween: Day 27

Holiday window shopping at the Grand.

60 Days of Disneyween: Day 26 Audio Archive: A Audio Ride on the Haunted Mansion.

Welcome Foolish Mortals...Today on the Manifesting the Magic YouTube page we have a special treat. A full audio ride though of the Haunted Mansion. Put on headphones or ear buds to get the full experience of this special treat. And beware of hitchhiking ghosts. 

Click here to visit the page or view the video below.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

On Canvas: Resort Series, The Pop, Saratoga, and Art of Animation Resorts

#20 in the Resort Series. Pop Century Resort

#21 in the Resort Series. Saratoga Springs Resort

#22 in the Resort Series. The Art of Animation Resort

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

60 Days of Disneyween: Day 21

The cards from Alice in Wonderland line the path from 
Mickey's Toontown to Tomorrowland 
during Mickey's not so Scary. Taken in 2008.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

60 Days of Disneyween: Day 17

Don't forget to wash up with some holiday soap from Basin at 
Downtown Disney or at the Grand Floridian's store.

Horizons Week: Part 2

Well welcome back to our extended horizons week coverage. Today we step foot though the sliding doors let the AC hit our face and wander into the queue on are way to the future.

The queue itself was a big part of the story. Setting up the tone for what's to come. We venture into the Futureport a sort of airport into the future. We see and hear adds for three destinations that we will revisit at the end of our journey. Mesa Verde the oasis in the desert. Sea Castle the floating city. And Brava Centauri the space colony. On the overhead speakers we here the following.

Sea Castle, the newest and most exciting floating city in the Pacific, invites you and your family to come away with us to the sea. Convenient daily departures by seatrain and skylift.

Mesa Verde, the most advanced desert reclamation complex in the western hemisphere, invites you to explore its wide range of career possibilities. Mag-LEV express service to Mesa Verde leaves every thirty minutes.

Brava Centauri, newest of the exciting Centauri series of space stations, offers remarkably rewarding opportunities in earth support vocations. Come up to Brava. Space shuttles depart daily.

As we reach the load area we board side facing vehicles similar to the clams from the season but suspended from a track above. So now we are off on our journey. We hear a voice announce that "Horizons 1 is now departing. Our final destination today - the twenty-first century." Then we hear our two narrators for the first time, a male and female who we learn are husband and wife.

Over the next few moments we look back at the pasts vision of the future. From men being shot to the moon in a giant bullet. To the future of the 1950's where we would have robot butlers and cooks. The past then catches up with the present as we enter the large Omnimax  Theater room and see several clips of science and industry of today that uses the latest technology, as we here our host proclaim that "Tomorrow's horizons are here, today". 

Even Michael Jackson loved Horizons.

Join us next time as we explore the second half of this classic attraction and the following post where we will look at more interesting facts and figures and some great behind the scenes moments. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

60 Days of Disneyween: Day 16 - Sing Along: The Headless Horseman

This awesome song from the animated film The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, is sung by non other then Bing Crosby and was released on October 5 1949. Head over to Manifesting the Magics YouTube Page or just watch the Video below and enjoy.

Gather 'round and I'll elucidate
What goes on outside when it gets late
Along about midnight the ghosts and banshees
They get together for their nightly jamboree
There's things with horns and saucer eyes
Some with fangs about this size
Some are fat and some are thin
And some don't even wear their skin
I'm telling you, brother, it's a frightful sight
To see what goes on Halloween night

When the spooks have a midnight jamboree
They break it up with fiendish glee
The ghosts are bad but the one that's cursed
Is the headless horseman; he's the worst
That's right, he's a fright on Halloween night

When he goes a joggin' 'cross the land
Holding his noggin in his hand
Demons take one look and groan
And they hit the road to parts unknown
Beware, take care he rides alone

And there's no spook like a spook that's spurned
They don't like him and he's really burned
He swears to the longest day he's dead
He'll show them that he can get a head

They say he's tired of his flaming top
He's got a yen to make a swap
So he rides one night each year
To find a head in the hollow here

He likes 'em little
He likes 'em big
Parted in the middle or a wig
Black or white or even red
The headless horseman needs a head

With a hip, hip and a clippity clop
He's out looking for a top to chop
So don't stop to figure out a plan
You can't reason with a headless man

Now if you doubt this tale is so
I met that spook just a year ago
Now I didn't stop for a second look
But made for the bridge that spans the brook
For once you've crossed that bridge, my friend
The ghost is through
His power ends

So when you're ridin' home tonight
Make for the bridge with all your might
He'll be down in the hollow there
He needs your head
Look out! Beware!

With a hip, hip and a clippity clop
He's out looking for a head to swap
So don't try to figure out a plan
You can't reason with a headless man

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Dateline Disney: Horizons Week Extended.

So this week has been very crazy for me, including starting a new job. So yesterday and today's post have been missing. So Horizons week is being extended to two weeks. But to still get a post out everyday our 60 Days of Disneyween will come out everyday. Thanks for your patience and look forward to some great Horizons posts.

60 Days of Disneyween: Day 8

Another great official Disney Shot.

Check out today's main post for another Horseman surprise.

Monday, September 7, 2015

60 Days of Disneyween: Day 6

The Emporium has sales to die for.

Horizons Week: Part 1

Welcome to the first themed week here at Manifesting the Magic. What better way to start then with a long lost love to millions, Horizons. For the next five days we are going to dive deep into one of Epcot Center's prize jewels.We're going to follow Horizons history from constructions up to it's closer in 1999. And with the help of your friends at Mesa Verde Times we are going to get a special behind the scenes look also. so without further ado it's time to discover new horizons.

One very common misconception is that Horizons opened with the rest of Epcot Center. In fact it opened a year to the day later on October 1st 1983. The construction took 21 months and was begun all the way back in January of 1982. In that time Horizons saw several name changes including Century 3, Future probe, and then landing on Horizons in September of 1981.One reason for the name change was that the Imagineers had to get the name just right to fit this special pavilion. Why was this pavilion so special? It was because it encompassed the themes and ideas of all the other pavilions in EPCOT. Communications, the land, the seas, imagination, energy they were all represented inside Horizons. 

Over the next few days we are going to dive deep inside this attraction but right now I want to take a look at the structure that housed it. Below are some amazing facts about the Building itself.

  • The building was over 3 acres large.
  • The Peak of the building stood at 78 ft
  • The shape was designed to look very futuristic and also jeweled shape to stick out in it's guests memories and inspire them to think toward the future.
  • The structure used more steel to build then Spaceship Earth. 3,700 tons.
  • It also housed 137,000 square feet of show space on two floors

If that wasn't impressive enough lets take a look at some fun facts from inside the building.
  • The ride time was 15 minutes 
  • 184 ride vehicles traveled on 1346 feet of track and were loaded every 4.8 seconds.
  • Horizons had 30 human Audio Animatronics
  • 10 Animal Audio Animatronics
  • 2 robots
  • Horizons also housed 770 props
  • 177 miles of fiber optic cable with 932,425 individual points of light
  • 24 sets
  • 11 painted backdrops
  • 23 films and projections
  • 51 special effects
So with just a few of the interesting facts you can see why Horzions was one of the largest undertakings Disney had ever challenged themselves with to this date. Over the next few days we are going to see what all those facts can create when you put them all together in a seamless show and then put guest past it at a comfortable 1.5 feet a second.