Monthly Archives: October 2018

E.132 Tower of Terror.



On this last episode before Halloween, we are talking all things Tower of Terror on the Obscure Disney Podcast.

 

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, also known as Tower of Terror, is an accelerated drop tower dark ride located at Disney’s Hollywood StudiosTokyo DisneySeaWalt Disney Studios Park, and formerly located at Disney California Adventure Park. Except for the Tokyo DisneySea version, the attractions are inspired by Rod Serling‘s anthology television series, The Twilight Zone, and take place in the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel in HollywoodCalifornia. The Tokyo version, which features an original storyline not related to The Twilight Zone, takes place in the fictional Hotel Hightower. All three versions place riders in a seemingly ordinary hotel elevator and present the riders with a fictional backstory in which people have mysteriously disappeared from the elevator under the influence of some supernatural element many years previously.

The original version of the attraction opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in July 1994 and was the basis of the 1997 television film of the same name, several scenes of which were shot at the attraction. A decade later, Disney began plans to add similar versions of the attraction to their newest parks at the Disneyland Resort in California, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, and Disneyland Paris. In California and Paris, Disney sought to use the popular attraction to boost attendance at the respective resorts’ struggling new theme parks. The California and Tokyo versions of Tower of Terror opened in 2004[8] and 2006,[9] respectively, while financial problems delayed the opening of the Paris version until 2007.[10] The California version closed in January 2017.[3]

The Tower of Terror buildings are among the tallest structures found at their respective Disney resorts. At 199 feet (60.7 m), the Florida version is the second tallest attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort, with only Expedition Everest 199.5 feet (60.8 m) being taller. At the Disneyland Resort, the 199-foot (60.7 m) structure (which now houses Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!) is the tallest building at the resort, as well as one of the tallest buildings in Anaheim.[11] At Disneyland Paris, it is the second tallest attraction.


E.131 Dead Men Tell No Tales.



Come with us as we delve into the weird stories about Disney parks; human remains, odd accidents and possible hauntings. We chat about the rumors and true incidents that make up the creepier side of visiting your favorite place.


E.130 WDW Disney News, Rumors and Lies.



On this fun episode of the Obscure Disney Podcast, we tackle some Disney news, spread some Disney rumors and even possibly tell some Disney lies! We talk about the new Disney streaming service and it’s impact on the current players, chat about a new Walt Disney World hotel and round out the discussion about escalating prices at the parks.

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E.129 Not So Scary Disney Ride Overlays.



On this Not So Scary episode of the Obscure Disney Podcast, we talk about a few changes Disneyland makes in the parks for Halloween, and then chat about what Walt Disney World could do to put a Halloween spin on some of their existing attractions as well.


E.128 Hocus Pocus Focus



On this special Halloween episode of the Obscure Disney Podcast, we enjoy talking about a nostalgic classic, Hocus Pocus. We talk about the movie’s production, the music, and the lasting legacy of the Sanderson Sisters and the virgin lighting the black flame candle.

 

Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy horror fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega, starring Bette MidlerKathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker; written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris, and based on a story by Garris and David Kirschner. It follows the villainous trio of witches, who are inadvertently resurrected by a teenage male virgin in Salem, Massachusetts.

Although it was not a critical or commercial success when first released, Hocus Pocus has become a cult film,[3] largely from annual airings on Disney Channel and Freeform (formerly ABC Family).


E.127 Nightmare Before Christmas Overlay



On this spooky special of the Obscure Disney Podcast, we are discussing The Nightmare Before Christmas, the film and it’s influence on the park, specifically the Haunted Mansion Holiday; the Halloween / Christmas overlay featured in Disneyland.


E.126 11 Scary Things at Disney



On this episode of the Obscure Disney Podcast, take a look into our darkest fears…or at least the top 11 things that scare us about Disney parks; from people to rides, let’s talk about what makes us uncomfortable enough to avoid while at the happiest place on earth.


E.125 Missing in the Mansion.



For the month of October, we here the Obscure Disney Podcast have decided to take a look at the spookier side of Disney as we are starting with the Gorilla style short film filmed at Disneyland, Missing in the Mansion. We also talk about the follow-up film. Followed Home from the Mansion and Escape from Tomorrow.

Check out the site for more information

http://MissingintheMansion.com


E.124 Wreck it Ralph Bad-Anon



Today on the Obscure Disney Podcast we put on our Imagineer hats and dream up some fun Wreck it Ralph attractions for the parks. Then we talk about this months patch- the Bad-Anon day one chip patch!