Reviews Archive

My Disney Theme Park Library

There are many books about Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Imagineering, along with biographies of theme park designers. This post reviews the best books in my library, plus the coffee table titles with the most beautiful concept art and photos. Our book buying guide also offer links for finding inexpensive used copies of these Disney Parks

Toy Story 4 Review & Disney World Stuff

When Disney and Pixar first announced Toy Story 4, I was skeptical. The first three movies had been exceptional, and the third put a perfect bow on the trilogy. At the time, Pixar’s slate was already sequel-heavy; the studio seemed to be adopting a risk-averse approach, revisiting bankable existing properties. When the first teaser was

Mary Poppins Returns Review

We recently had the chance to see Mary Poppins Returns, and thought we’d share our thoughts in a spoiler-free review. To say we were skeptical when a sequel to the beloved Walt Disney-era musical was announced would be an understatement. In an era when Disney seems to announce new unnecessary “live action” remakes on a weekly

Walt Disney – An American Original Review

There are few historical figures who evoke as strong of reactions as Walt Disney. Charles Solomon put it best when describing Walt Disney as a “human Rorschach Test.” Among Disney fans, he has been elevated to a deity-like position. At the other end of the spectrum, critics have lambasted him as a “dark prince” with nefarious motives. Ironically,

Celebrate Tokyo Disneyland Review

Celebrate Tokyo Disneyland is the park’s new nighttime spectacular for its 35th Anniversary. The show pays tribute to the lands and attractions of Tokyo Disneyland, and is expected to run at least through the end of the Happiest Celebration, and possibly into 2020. In this post, we’ll review Celebrate Tokyo Disneyland, sharing photos and short

Dreaming Up Parade Review & Tips

Dreaming Up is the new daytime parade at Tokyo Disneyland for the park’s 35th Anniversary “Happiest Celebration,” which occurs from now until March 2019. We anticipate the parade continuing its run following that, likely until April 2023. In this post, we’ll review Dreaming Up, share some photos, and offer viewing tips. The big question for

Rivers of Light Review

Rivers of Light is the “new” nighttime spectacular at Animal Kingdom, offering entertainment for Walt Disney World guests staying a full day in the park thanks to Pandora – World of Avatar. In this Rivers of Light review, I’ll share photos from the show, thoughts about it, how it fits into an Animal Kingdom itinerary,