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Other news from Joffrey’s Saturday June 10th is National Iced Tea Day. If you are in Disney World head on down to Tea Traders in Disney Springs to try one of their many iced teas. From traditional unsweetened iced tea to tropical mango or green blackberry jasmine iced tea there is something for everyone.
I say go for the Tea Breeze: Freshly brewed iced tea with Frozen Lemonade topped with Grey Goose Vodka.
My family and I were fortunate to be part of the first DVC preview of Pandora: The World of Avatar. By now I’m sure you have seen anything and everything that you have wanted to about Pandora (please don’t call it Avatarland)…but here is some more.
We arrived before EMH, rope dropped DAK, and promptly walked toward where the Pandora previews were being queued (across from Pizzafarri/Tiffins). At 8:01 am we were about 5th deep for our 9-11am “reservation”, and they told us the plan was to let everyone in early (to get a jump on the whole day of previews ahead). We were let in at 8:30am and were handed a paper Fast Pass for our Flight of Passage time (the “E-ticket” headliner attraction for Pandora).
Now, with any land or attraction coming from Disney Imagineering, there is always a back-story to help develop the environment and give it meaning and depth. For Pandora: The World of Avatar, the story flows that we are Eco-tourists on a trip with ACE (Alpha Centauri Expeditions). When we are walking over the bridge, we are being teleported over 4 light years from Earth to the moon of Pandora…specifically, in the Valley of Mo’Ara.
At this point, it’s important to know that Disney intends this area to take place 30 years after the movie Avatar. Being tied to the Avatar movie franchise is fraught with controversy…but the bottom line is…WHO CARES! Once you step foot in this immersive world, the movie will be far from your thoughts. Just know that it is a foreign world where every sight and sound is unique…a similar feeling like entering any Disney immersive area (i.e. Carsland).
Rides for the History Books
There are two rides in this new land: Na’vi River Journey (slow boat ride), and Flight of Passage (headliner flight simulator). I am not going to spoil the rides…but I will spout off technical details. For River Journey, Disney introduces some amazing detailed and layered storytelling. They really display their technology advancements to date in one ride, including arguably the most advanced animatronic ever implemented. The ride comes across to people as short and without a traditional narrative…hence people come away confused. But I feel like this ride will grow in stature over the years as people understand the flow and story…and appreciate the vast detail. There was a story that came out a few years ago, people thought that Industrial Light and Magic (former Lucasfilm special effects group) was creating an advanced boat ride for StarWarsLand…but I think this is that ride! Don’t expect anything special from the queue on this one…plus it is primarily covered outdoors…but hey, so are Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, and Kilimanjaro Safari.
Flight of Passage is…well it’s hard to put into words other than…ZOMG, THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE RIDE IN THE WHOLE WORLD! Yeah…that about sums it up. I went into this ride as skeptical as anyone…I am so over screens, I thought they were lazy design and merely cost cutting measures. I still think that to a degree…but just like the 3D animation of the movie Avatar was groundbreaking in its depth and “immersive-ness”, so too is Flight of Passage. I’ve heard: “Soarin’ on steroids”, “Soarin’ meets Star Tours”, etc…but it’s so much more than anything Disney has offered. It starts with the highly detailed and deep Standby queue (and yes, you have to experience this at least once). Incidentally, I heard it was designed for a 5 hour queue…which tells two things: they really know they have something big on their hands, AND they themed 5 hours worth of queue line and it shows! Once again, I won’t spoil the ride here…there’s plenty of places to go for that. But I will say that a person working on the animation said it has more pixels than the entire Avatar movie! I did some rough math and I suspect that it is ~8K (8 times HD resolution). That would allow them to have 4K per eye of a 3D projection (alternating each eye to achieve the 3D effect)…this makes this projection the first 8K public projected display on the planet!! I am somewhat of a videophile…so I was ready to attack this assessment. I can report back that it is indeed the best 3D projection I have experienced…full stop! That is the secret sauce to immersion…the technology plays in concert with the graphics (which were fabulous). There are lots of other little secrets that I won’t divulge…but WOW, they do impress. There are some rumblings from journalists that put the ride around 3.5-4 stars (something akin to most average rides at WDW). But I am here to tell you, it is on par with Tower of Terror and Splash Mountain (two of my favorite 5 star rides)…but quite honestly, with the queue it blows them out of the water.
I could go on and on about the detail and advanced interactive elements of Pandora (plus no signs of traditional Disney)…but this blog is running long. I will leave with a smattering of pictures (including some amazing food from fast casual Satu’li Canteen). We were not made to leave at our designated time…so we lingered in the area until nightfall. The CM’s told us that the night features will not be activated yet for this preview (only some black lights for the pathways)…so we have a lot of more to look forward to in future visits. For Flight of Passage, There is some controversy of minimal ADA compliance, and fears of slow rider rates…but as of right now it is the best attraction in Orlando in my opinion.
As the Na’vi say: kìyevame (See you soon)…until then, please visit our sponsors:
Lets take a look at what’s brewing in the world of Joffrey’s, the greatest coffee and tea company on the planet.
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**New seasonal specialty drinks will be offered at our Kiosks coming end May including:
ARNOLD PALMER COOLER: Refreshing iced black tea mixed with equal amount of citrusy lemon iced slush.
ICED COCONUT LATTE: delicious espresso mixed with coconut syrup and cold milk served over ice.
ICED RASPBERRY MOCHA LATTE: rich espresso blended with dark chocolate sauce and raspberry syrup mixed with cold milk over ice.
(ALL DRINKS ARE AVAILABLE WITH ALCOHOL) Yes Please!!!! 😉
**Finally Joffrey’s is working on a new signature restaurant blend…. I have a guess on what it is, do you???? We will make sure to keep you posted on when it will be available.
That’s what Joffrey’s has brewing this month.
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There I was, thumbing through Facebook on my smart phone, and came across something quite peculiar: Heavy Metal Disney music. I scoffed at first and ignored it. I then saw it again pop-up on a reputable site for everything “nerd”. I decided to give it a shot, I clicked on it and was able to listen to a heavy metal version of Beauty and the Beast. I pressed play and was immediately taken aback. This is actually quite good, almost great. The article also stated that the album was released in 2016 and was only available in Japan (I was deflated). Then I thought, “iTunes.” And there it was. I purchased the album and must say, it is very good.
The Album: Metal Disney
1. Introduction (Intros at the beginning of movies)
2. Mickey Mouse Club March Mickey Mouse Club
3. I See the Light -Tangled
4. A Whole New World- Aladdin
5. It’s a Small World
6. Beauty and the Beast
7. Under the Sea -The Little Mermaid
8. Go the Distance- Hercules
9. Can You Feel the Love Tonight -The Lion King
10. Disney Song Medley
11. When You Wish Upon a Star -Pinocchio
The Band: D- Metal All Stars
Vocals- Michael Vescera (Obsession)
Guitars-John Bruno (Obsession)
Bass- Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Quiet Riot, White Snake, Dio etc)
Drums- BJ Zampa (Dokken)
Now At first, I was a little skeptical of the song list. I am not a huge fan of ballads and about half of the album is what I consider Disney ballads. You know, the songs that get you right in the feels. But I was pleasantly surprised of how the band arranged them. They still get you right in the feels, but is kicking you in the tail end at the same time with gut busting drums and face melting solos.
Now the band members were prevalent in the 80’s during the reign of glam and hair metal (Poison, Motley Crue). The influence can be heard, especially with the vocals. However, they implemented a very thrashy (Metallica) sound which is my favorite genre. If I were to describe the sound to a person with some metal knowledge, I would say they sound like an 80’s East Coast Thrash Metal band (Anthrax, Overkill).
My favorite song on the album is probably The Disney Medley. It contains 5 classic songs that every Disney fan will know, and can sing along to it. This is probably the most thrashy of the list which is probably why I like it so much. I was actually very surprised by the band’s version of It’s a Small World. I though it was going to be 4 minutes of nothing but “it’s a Small World after all,” but it was not. They filled most of the song with some very entertaining guitar solos and breakdowns.
As the writing of this post, the physical album is not available in the United States, but it can be purchased from Japan for a pretty penny. But you can download it from Apple iTunes for about $10.
So if you’re a fan of heavy metal, and a fan of Disney music, get this album. It is very entertaining and you will not be disappointed.
And of course, as you are head banging away to Metal Disney, grab you a mug of Joffrey’s Coffee or Tea. But wait between songs, wouldn’t want you to spill any during the banging of the head.
In honor of a new podcast that we will record this week called Face-Off, we are going to look at the ultimate face-off: The Dole Whip Versus the Mickeys Premium Ice cream Bar.
First the Dole Whip
What actually is a Dole Whip? It’s a cup of pure heaven thats what it is. It’s light and refreshing with a taste of sweet golden pineapple. You can add a little pineapple juice to it for a float and you have a picture of perfection. The Dole Whip is classic Disney and can be found at the Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom and over at the Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian. This epic treat will cost you around 5 dollars, let me repeat that….This epic treat will cost you around 5 dollars. Yup… that’s it 5 dollars to pure happiness. Oh by the way this treat is only about 90 calories. So if you are watching those pesky things this is the way to go. If you add the juice add about another 130 calories. Either way, on those hot summer days in Walt Disney World there may be nothing better to beat the heat than a Dole Whip!
Now onto the Premium Mickey Ice Cream Bar
I will admit this is a quintessential Disney snack. It’s shaped just like Mickeys head and it is…… OVER RATED!!!!! Yeah, I said it; this snack is the same chocolate covered ice cream bar you can get at any grocery store whenever you want. Big deal…that it’s in the shape of Mickey. I am sure I can hand you a few things in the shape of a Mickey and you wouldn’t like it. Just because it’s in the shape of Mickey does not change the taste of it. This is not a magic Mickey made of the greatest chocolate that the world has ever tasted. It’s a simple ice cream bar, which you eat the ears off. Think about it, you eat off Mickey’s ears!!! That’s just pure evil right there. Its 330 calories and will cost you $ 4.25. I can get a whole box of the same things at the store for less than that, they just won’t be in the shape of Mickey. Waste of Money!
I think it’s pretty easy to see who won this face off. THE DOLE WHIP!!!! I completely understand that everyone has an opinion and that you could completely disagree with me and that is great. That’s the idea of a face
A face-off. Who would win? Why do you like or dislike a certain item, resort, attraction, or park? Which one would you choose over the other and why? Only time will tell when we have other face-offs. Listen up in the upcoming weeks for the Face-Off episode. Until then, listen to our past episodes here: The Mickey Dudes Podcast
The True Winner is You! No no no its not, it is really only the Dole Whip people!
We may not agree on this face-off, but I am sure we can agree on the following…
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Yesterday, the Disney community lost a true legend. George McGinnis, the last Imagineer personally hired by Uncle Walt, has passed away at the age of 87.
McGuinnis was first hired by WED Enterprises to work on models for the Carousel of Progress, & went on to work on major projects such as Disneyland’s Space Mountain, WEDway Peoplemover, Horizons, & the Mark V & VI Monorails.
We at the MickeyDudes Podcast wish to express our deepest sympathies for the McGinnis family & all those touched by George’s amazing creations. Because of him, we saw the possibility of a great, big, beautiful tomorrow. We thank him for all he gave & wish him eternal peace.