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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)”

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.”

Disney · Omnibus · Trivia

WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 22 (Nightlife, Pt I)

[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 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]

Downtown Disney

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 22

Nightlife, Part I

Downtown Disney (DTD)

This is the amalgam of the Downtown Disney Marketplace, Pleasure Island, and the newly created West Side in 1997. Disney marketed the area as an entertainment – shopping – dining district unlike any other. The creation was a very important step to make WDW an actual “world” of its own. These are the sections (and their history) in order of creation: Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 22 (Nightlife, Pt I)”

Lists · Music

The I, Omnibus Top Ten Underrated Aerosmith Songs

“I’m a real fat city
I’m an aero delight”

–  Aerosmith, “Let The Music Do The Talking”

It’s difficult to call a legendary band that has been around for over four decades underrated. Considering how ubiquitous they were throughout the entire 1990s, it’s very easy to snobbishly dismiss them as overrated. You wouldn’t be completely wrong – most of their stuff during that decade was not… to put it kindly, not their best stuff. To be more blunt, they sold out to become the world’s oldest teeny-bop bubblegum pop band. To their credit, they went back to their hard rock roots in the 21st Century, but the damage has been done to their reputation.

But I’m not here to bury Aerosmith. I’m here to praise them. Forty seven years in the business, and they have had their original lineup for most of them. And they are still going strong in their concerts.

Anyone unfamiliar with the band’s history can easily go their Wikipedia entry. In the fewest words possible – years of hard drugs and hard living took its toll on lead singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry, that by the mid 1980’s, they were on the verge of breaking up and were considered irrelevant just when hard rock / glam rock / heavy metal had crossed over the mainstream and dominate the radio and MTV airwaves. Then, Run DMC collaborated with Tyler & Perry to do a rap version of “Walk This Way,” and Aerosmith received a second wind.

To get back to the “overrated” reputation; if you listen to a classic rock station, you will hear the same five Aerosmith songs over and over, with little to no variance. They are; “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Walk This Way,” “Rag Doll,” and “Dude (Looks Like A Lady).” In essence, it’s more akin to say that because their biggest hits are so overplayed, the casual fan can not appreciate the band’s versatility. But it gets worse if you listen to an Adult Contemporary, Easy Listening, “Best of the past few decades” station. These stations bombard you with the band’s power ballads: “Cryin’,” “Crazy,” and “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.”

The fact that these power ballads, which are clearly the band’s “Kangaroo Men” moment, didn’t completely derail the band’s career, is a testament to their greatness.

Continue reading “The I, Omnibus Top Ten Underrated Aerosmith Songs”