April 30, 2009

Special Thanks!!!!

Thank you so much to WDWNT Network's Disney PinCast, especially John Rick from Central Jersey Pin Traders for mentioning this blog on there latest episode of the show... Thanks...

For those of you who dont know about the WDWNT Network, it is a group of websites and podcasts and videos that have daily updates and pics.. Check it out...

WDWNewsToday: http://www.wdwnewstoday.com/
DisneylandNewsToday: http://www.disneylandnewstoday.com/
Your Ear to the World: http://www.youreartotheworld.com/
Disney Pincast: http://www.disneypincast.com/

The first and only podcast for Disney Pin Trading news and information...

Once again thanks and hope you all enjoy...

April 25, 2009

Pin Trading History survey

I am getting ready to do a feature in October for this blog for the 10th Anniversary of Pin Trading and i would like to know which pins you think are the most sought after and least like in Disney Pin Trading History.. I have set up a post on the Dizpins Discussion Forum.. so please have a look and participate.. THanks...

DHS 20th Anniversary Festitvities

This post isnt about pins but passsing along info:

Thought many of you in Orlando or those who will be in WDW on May 1st would like to know about the Disney sponsored Studios 20th Festivities...

First off, at 8:00am they will have a special rope dropping ceremony.

THen, at 9:00am and 10:45am in Premier Theater, will be an Imagineering Talk with WDI Vice President Tom Fitzgerald, and veteran Imagineers Eric Jacobson and Bob Weis. Talking about the concept and development of this little park named Disney's MGM Studios...

Also, several DHS restaurants will be recreating menus from opening in 1989... and at Starring Rolls Cafe they will be selling specail commeorative cupcakes...

Either way this whole 20th Anniversary celebration put on by Disney will be a special one, more then what they did for Epcot at least... I totally wish i could go but i have school... But will be there on May 2nd.

April 22, 2009

Happy 11th!!

"Welcome to a kingdom of animals... real, ancient and imagined: a kingdom ruled by lions, dinosaurs and dragons; a kingdom of balance, harmony and survival; a kingdom we enter to share in the wonder, gaze at the beauty, thrill at the drama, and learn."

On this day 11 years ago, Michael Eisner gave the dedication speech for the opening of the first theme park of its kind... Disney's Animal Kingdom. Originally planned to have three themed lands of animals of present, extinct and mythical... But on opening it had the real and extinct, not mythical... I am sure that you know the story of Beastly Kingdomme so i wont bore you with the same story... But today the park consists of Oasis, Discovery Island, Camp Minnie Mickey, Africa, Asia, and Dinoland USA. Discovery Island was named Safari Village when opened in 1998, but many people confused it with Africa so they renamed it to relieve some of the confusion. Disney's Animal Kingdom like many other DIsney theme parks has several acclaimed and popular attractions such as Festival of the Lion King, Kilimanjaro Safari, Kali River Rapids, and Expedition Everest.... Celebrating the big one zero last year a huge event was held with many important people in Disney's ANimal Kingdom history, such as Joe Rhode...
Today we present to you several pins through the history of Disney's Animal Kingdom....

These two commorate the opening of the park ...
Here is a comparison of two pin logos used...

This pin was used to commerorate the 1st anniversary of Disneys' Animal Kingdom...

These two pins commorate the 5th anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2003...

Coming Soon to GDPinvestigation are a few things.... Starting within the next couple of days we will start our series on Main Street Electiral Parade.. you chose so we research... Also, next Friday, May 1 will feature the 20th Anniversary of Disney's Hollywood Studios (formally known as Disney's MGM- Studios)... so Stay tuned....

April 18, 2009

Pins of Mysterious Island

Today we finish our series on Mysterious Island with Pins of the island from Tokyo DisneySEA.

There are many pins that symbolize the port of call. All oddly enough feature Donald, maybe he is the unoffical mascot of Mysterious Island?These next few pins feature Mount Promenthus as the icon of the park for various reasons, such as this logo, or the countdown pin of 10 days till opening.

These two pins (to the left and right) feature the Nautilus submarine with the mountain rising out of the top and both are for the attraction of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

These next three pins represent Journey to the Center of the Earth...With various Fab 5 characters inside the attraction Journeying to the Center of the Earth...

This pin if for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea...

This final pin is for the shop in this port of call, Nautilus Gifts, as a part of the Tokyo Pin of the Month series....

Well that is it for this installment of Mysterious ISland... Stay tuned to see what parade you picked... Please place your vote for the poll if you havent, if even if you have feel free to do it again.... Pictures from PinPics.com

April 17, 2009

20,000 Pics

Well there really wont be 20,000 pictures, this is just out last article depicting the history and such of Mysterious Island in Tokyo DisneySea, with our final one tomorrow featuring the Pins of Mysterious ISland. Most of these pics are concept art done by the Imagineer know as THOR.
THis final pic sums up the whole attraction with the submarine with key elements of the attraction featured in it, such as the ship graveyard, the treasure, the fish and of course the encounter with the giant squid...

For a video of the queue and attraction of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Tokyo DisneySea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsGp92IQCVc

All Pictures courtesy of AllEarNet's Jack Spence, Disneyandmore.blogspot.com and LaughingPlace.com and concept are Copyrighted by DISNEY

April 16, 2009

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

This type of "underwater" attraction has been used in Disney parks since the Submarine Voyage opened in 1959 in Disneyland and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1971 at Magic Kingdom. But this 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is much different here in TDS than the others that used to be at MK and DL and the current Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland. THis attraction is more of a darkride on a track that is above you, similar to the track in Peter Pan's Flight around the world or a smaller version of the Monorail, above your head. This attraction has guests seated in a Nautilus submarine and sit infront of small port holes to view the scenes of the attraction, similar to the "original" at Magic Kingdom, just without water.

The story goes something like this...

In an unprecedented decision, Captain Nemo has invited the world's scientific community to come to Mysterious Island and share in his discoveries of the countless marvels and mysteries of the ocean's depths. He has announced that his special guests will be permitted to board one of his fleet of submersibles, similar to the Neptune, and join his crew as observers to assist in his research and to share the ocean's majesty.
board their vessel, guests descend a spiral ramp and enter a volcanic rock cavern that leads first to Captain Nemo's Private Study and Control Station. Discovering that Captain Nemo is working in another part of the facility, they are able to walk through these private quarters and observe Nemo's various notes, maps and research materials related to his studies of the sea and his efforts to develop the ocean floor for fanning. It is here too that they are introduced to the Aquaphone. Nemo's amazing wireless communications invention, which allows him to monitor activities throughout Mysterious Island and to broadcast information to his fleet of research vessels under the sea.

Moving along, they enter the Dive Hatch Area where they observe that Nemo and his crew are able to don diving suits and enter the ocean directly through a special pressure hatch. It is clear from the missing dive suits in the storage area, and from the seawater and kelp around the hatch, that divers must have recently used the hatch and that their dive is still in progress.
Soon the guests enter the Submarine Docking Port, a rock cavern that has been reinforced by large metal riveted plates. The submersibles are suspended from an overhead conveyor system for loading. They arc attached by large metal hooks that release the vessels into the water. Guests board the six-person submersibles and the conveyor moves them to the ocean's edge to be dropped into the water and begin their dive.

Upon release, Captain Nemo can be heard over the Aquaphone in the vessel. He broadcasts along the way and provides information to the intrepid voyagers about the sites they see. In their first view after diving to the ocean floor, they observe the beauty of the ocean reef around the perimeter of Mysterious Island. Then they enter one of the many undersea fields where Nemo is harvesting the limitless bounty of the ocean and continuing to develop and refine his Aquafarming operations.

Nemo reminds his guests that the ocean is a vast and wondrous place, but that it is not a domain that can be controlled by man-that man is merely a visitor in the sea. As evidence, guests next encounter a graveyard of lost ships. As they float through the Ship Graveyard, in and out of the wrecks of sunken ships from every era, they observe that all the power and riches the people who piloted these vessels might have possessed or sought, were only destined to become so much junk at the bottom of the sea-a playground for the denizens of the deep. But there is little time to reflect on the irony of man's quest for fame and fortune. Then the porthole shuts and the next thing you see is your submarine getting attacked by a giant squid. After escaping the giant squid your submarine ventures many feet below and discover many things never encountered before such as weird creaturs of Humanoid fish. After adventuring the seas, your submarine returns back to base and you exit.

That is it for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea segment... Tomorrow we will post the Pics of 20,000 segment... Also please vote on our poll about our next feature please and thank you.. You our readers mean a lot and I want to write about not only but I want, but also what interests you... So if you have any suggestions please comment or email our headquarters..
Information from LaughingPlace.com and DisneyandMore blog

April 15, 2009

Happy 26th!!!

"To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Here you will discover enchanted lands of Fantasy and Adventure, Yesterday and Tomorrow. May Tokyo Disneyland be an eternal source of joy, laughter, inspiration, and imagination to the peoples of the world. And may this magical kingdom be an enduring symbol of the spirit of cooperation and friendship between the great nations of Japan and the United States of America"
This dedication speech was said by E. Cardon Walker on this day in 1983, the opening day of Tokyo Disneyland. When opening in 1983 Tokyo Disneyland became not only the first Disney park in Asia, but also the first Disney park out of the United States. Featuring seven themed lands: World Bazaar, Adventureland, Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Mickey's ToonTown and Tomorrowland, Tokyo Disneyland is owned by The Oriental Land Company.
So with today Tokyo Disney Resort not only ends its yearlong 25th Anniversary Celebration and begin an new milestone by having the Offical Opening of Monsters Inc Ride n Seek in Tokyo Disneyland's Tomorrowland to take over the old Meet the World location.
So us here at Global Disney Pinvestigation would like to say:
Happy 26th Anniversary Tokyo Disneyland!!!!

Here are a few pins of Tokyo Disneyland themed pins featuring Cinderella Castle....

April 14, 2009

Pics of the Center of the Earth

Today we are presenting a photo/ art tour using pics found in our research for this attraction...
This image is a conceptualized creature from underground done by the Imagineer known as "THOR"..
CONCEPT IMAGES Copyrighted to Walt Disney COmpany
ALL pictures from http://disneyandmore.blogspot.com and LaughingPlace.com

April 13, 2009

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Entering into the volcano to journey with Captain Nemo to tour the inside of this volcano. Many say that this attraction has a great queue and is well themed.

Here is a walkthrough of the attraction and story of Journey to the Center of the Earth...

Captain Nemo has established this desolate site as his secret base of operations. It is here that he is engaged in experiments and research intent upon unlocking the secrets of the oceans and uncovering the hidden forces of nature deep beneath the earth's surface.

On an ashen slope inside the caldera a crater formed at the base of the volcano, a large drilling machine hangs suspended from a huge crane. The hole it has created marks the place where Captain Nemo first discovered natural volcanic tunnels running through the caldera rock. Below the drilling machine is a giant screen to protect those below from falling debris and volcanic ash. Flanking either side of the screen are other corridors that Nemo's crew has drilled into the rock. These corridors lead to another natural cavern inside and the entrance to Journey to the Center of the Earth.

In an unprecedented decision. Captain Nemo has invited the world's scientific community to come to Mysterious Island and share in the discoveries he has made deep beneath the earthy surface. He has announced that his special guests will be permitted to board one of his fleet of smaller subterranean drilling vehicles, personally designed by Nemo himself specifically for scientific subterranean sightseeing excursions.

To reach their vehicle, guests must first trek through the Magma Sanctum (Lava Sanctuary). En route, you will hear Captain Nemo's voice welcoming you to witness the marvels that he has discovered.

As they make their way through the Lava Sanctum, they will pass Nemo's Study, where they will observe that the Captain has continued his study of the caverns he has discovered. It appears that he has recently been engaged in a study of maps he has made and is drafting new ones.

A little farther inside, they arrive at a cast iron structure with walls of glass. This is the Bio-Lab. Here, on worktables and shelves are various reference materials and unique samples Nemo and his crew have brought up from the center of the earth. They include beautiful colored crystals, gigantic mushrooms, bioluminescent life forms and petrified egg fragments that appear to be prehistoric.

As you move along, they pass a Specimen Case where more strange insects from the center of the earth are preserved and studied using gloved portals built into the side of the case. Nearby is the Workstation where experiments mechanical in nature are being conducted.

To board their vehicle, guests must now descend a half mile below the surface of the earth in a special elevator known as a Terravator, similar to the old Hydrolators at Epcot's old Living Seas pavilion. After a quick and exhilarating ride, guest arrive at another massive cavern dug by Nemo's drilling machine. This is the Base Station where they will board their subterranean vehicle. Large pistons shore up the rock walls and ceiling of this cavern and a giant bellows pumps in fresh air from the surface. Huge dynamos generate the electricity that lights the chamber.

As they make their way to the loading area, they pass the Communication Center, which is the terminus for a system of speaking lubes used by Nemo and his crew to communicate throughout this underground network of caves and drilling sites. On a large map overhead. signal lights indicate the condition of seismic activity. Since the station is unmanned at the moment, there is no notice taken by Nemo's crew of warnings over the speaking lubes to the dispatcher of increased volcanic activity and requests to suspend further departures of vehicles into the caves.

With you aboard, the vehicles pull out of the station and the excursion is underway. The plan calls for the vehicles to pass the areas where the samples from the Bio-Lab and Specimen Case were originally found. These places are all well known and well-explored by Nemo and his crew.
Starting at a leisurely pace, the vehicle enters the beautiful Crystal Cavern, a subterranean cave of colorful crystalline structures, the place is alive with sparkling color reflected and refracted onto the cave walls. Along its route, the vehicle passes through a Giant Mushroom Forest, a strange forest filled with huge. luminous mushrooms and populated by odd colorful creatures, never before seen on the earth. It all seems very wondrous and somehow quite safe until the vehicle travels ever deeper into the center of the earth and comes upon a vast Subterranean Sea. This cavern is vast and dark—so vast that it has developed its own atmosphere.

Along the way when almost in the end you encounter a large Audio Anamatronic Lava Monster coming out of the lava and trying to attack your vehicle. From there your vehicle picks up speed and races and shoots out of the side of the volcano and speeds around awhile outside. (similar to the system as Test Track at Epcot) Reentering the volcano you slow down and make your way back to the loading/unloading area.

Ok that is the overview and summary of Journey to the Center of the Earth... TOmorrow we will show pics and concept art of this attraction.. Once again we will be just splitting Pics and Pins segment to just Pics... and Pins... Stay tuned....
Information and Pics courtesy of LaughingPlace.com and DisneyandMore.com