Disney · Omnibus · Trivia

WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 24 (The Water Parks)

TL Beach Water ParkBlizzard Beach water park

[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. Exception – I removed some 2009 pop culture references.  If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, especially prices, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many, many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

The Water Parks

Note: Rating water rides is tough because they are all very similar. Please take rating with a grain of salt unless it is in the “A” – “A+” range.

TYPHOON LAGOON

In 1989, while Eisner was creating MGM Studios and Pleasure Island, he was also installing this crazy water park right across the street where Downtown Disney would be. River Country (we’ll talk about that in the extinct attractions section) was so popular that the Imagineers couldn’t wait to throw in another aquatic adventure at WDW. Here’s the story: Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 24 (The Water Parks)”

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Disney · Omnibus · Trivia

WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 23 (Nightlife, Pt II)

[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. Exception – I removed some 2009 pop culture references.  If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many, many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 23

Nightlife, Part II

West Side

In 1996, Eisner started to worry that Universal’s answer to Pleasure Island, (Citywalk, a poor man’s PI) would hurt Disney’s business. Nothing was themed to Universal’s Citywalk – it was more of a strip mall with nightclubs. So Eisner responded to that with The West Side, which he shoved next to Pleasure Island – then renamed the entire area Downtown Disney. This area not only houses a broad range of stores and restaurants, but an interactive “indoor theme park” called DisneyQuest and Cirque Du Soleil: La Nouba. Here are some of the great things. Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 23 (Nightlife, Pt II)”

Food

A Cthulhu Style pyzza? THAT’S CRAZY TALK!

Cthulhu Pyzza

Attention all CINOs (Christians In Name Only)! If you enjoy eating pyzza (fake pizza), then a national chains has something new for you! Instead of trying to find an image of Jesus or the Virgin Mary in your food, how about trying to find another cosmic being? One that is all-powerful, all-terrifying, and one that is more attune to your actions, thoughts and behaviors than Mr Goodwill-Towards-Men, Do-Unto-Others, and Peace-on-Earth… you know, the person whose name you use in vain every single day? Continue reading “A Cthulhu Style pyzza? THAT’S CRAZY TALK!”

Internet · Media · Omnibus · Sports

On fandoms

Liverpool FC fans

The bottom line is that there is nothing wrong with being a “casual fan.” Don’t let any “true fan” tell you elsewise.

Unless there is an official license or certification at stake, almost all online quizzes are bullshit. And at or near the top of the mountain of dung is the purity test. Believe me, the person(s) / franchise / subject of your fandom is happy for your support, irregardless of the intensity of your fandom. Actually, they are probably much happier is you’re just a casual fan. Remember, “fan” is just shorthand for “fanatic.”  Continue reading “On fandoms”

Animation · Anime · Internet · Media · Movies · Omnibus

Can a site like Channel Awesome work in 2018?

If you are (or were) a fan of That Guy With The Glasses, The Nostalgia Critic, or any of the producers that are or were affiliated with Channel Awesome, then I’m sure you are aware of the current firestorm brewing about that site. For those of you unaware of the site, here is a brief synopsis: Channel Awesome (CA) is a site that was originally created to promote of whole bunch of internet critics, who reviewed a wide variety of pop culture: from movies, to comic books, to video games, to anime, to pop music. Each producer had their own niche. But the “star” of CA is the site’s host, Doug Walker, a.k.a. “The Nostalgia Critic”, a.k.a. “That Guy With The Glasses”. In fact, channelawesome.com used to be thatguywiththeglasses.com. (I’m not hyperlinking on purpose). So it is no surprise that Doug would get top billing. Since its inception, many producers have come and gone. There were always rumors about certain personalities leaving on bad terms. But since most of the former producers kept quiet on the details, they remained as rumors. And since CA removed ex-contributors’ content immediately and with no fanfare (with one notable exception), many fans were kept in the dark. Until recently… Continue reading “Can a site like Channel Awesome work in 2018?”

Lists · Music · Omnibus

The I, Omnibus 2017 Year in Music Review

Alice Merton

If I had to summarize the year in music in just one word, it would be “malaise.” Continue reading “The I, Omnibus 2017 Year in Music Review”

Media · Omnibus

I, Omnibus went to NYCC 2017. Here are my thoughts.

K2SO at NYCC 2017 Another New York Comic Con has come and gone. And as the convention continues to evolve and grow every year, the rules to adapt and survive continue to evolve as well. Any media outlet, any social media account, any YouTube channel can recap the events, the panels, the breaking news, and especially the cosplay, so I’ll leave that aside (except maybe the cosplay). Here’s what I learned… Continue reading “I, Omnibus went to NYCC 2017. Here are my thoughts.”

Anime · Movies

Live-Action Ghost In The Shell (2017) will be a cult classic

So the live-action Ghost In The Shell movie came and went, and with it, the dream of seeing a high-quality Hollywood produced live-action anime, such as Akira or Battle Angel, took another big step backwards. Fans and critics were, for the most part, on the same page, as the film only made $40M in its first month in the US, and it’s Rotten Tomatoes score sits (at the time of this writing), at 46%. So the immediate reaction is to say that this movie is a bust. But that may or may or be the case. In fact, I am positive that in a few years, future critics and audiences will react more favorable to this film. Continue reading “Live-Action Ghost In The Shell (2017) will be a cult classic”