end of world saga

July is here and so are some new books!!! 📚🎉

Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey (July 11)
All The Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher (July 11)
Flight Risk by Jennifer Fenn (July 18)
Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener (July 18)
Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn (July 18)
Vanguard by Ann Aguirre (Book 4 of the Razorland Saga | July 28)


Whole Foods Market official spokesperson AU 

Colin Farrell Visits Tampa Film Festival 

It was about a quarter after 7pm on Thursday Night, March 21st, 2013 when Colin Farrell decided to drop-in at the Gasparilla International Film Festival’s red carpet at the Cinebistro in Hyde Park Village, FL. Thirty minutes before he hopped off of a plane from LA in hopes of supporting his friend Ante Novakovic, director and co-writer of “The Fix”.

Arrived home from Denver to find my @musemonthly package waiting for me! This description has me dying to read it:
“How to describe this book? Imagine it is the end of the world, and Tolkien, Beckett, Mark Twain, and Miyazaki (with Icelandic sagas and Asterix comic books stuffed under their arms) are getting together in a cabin to drink and tell stories around the last bonfire the world will ever see.” -Le Magazine Litteraire


Here are some Characters that I thought it would be cool to have in Smash so you can stop voting for Ridley or Pichu.

So, what's going to happen?

At the end of Z (Peaceful World Saga, which occurs after Super), Bulma mentioned that she (and Vegeta too, though indirectly) hadn’t seen Goku in years. She mentioned five years in the English dub, but, I don’t know how that time frame would work since Bulla has already been born in Super and she’s four at the end of Z. But, that part aside, are Goku and Vegeta going to separate from each other after the Tournament of Power? I’m hoping Super won’t end there if that happens, maybe they could switch between focuses. Maybe go from a Goku POV to a Vegeta side every few episodes or so. I’m guessing that maybe Goku will pursue some higher training with Whis and Beerus, maybe go Universe-hopping to seek new training opportunities. With Goku away, Vegeta could tend to defending the Earth from new threats, training Goten and Trunks, and taking that promised trip to Planet Sadal (a Planet Sadal Arc would be perfect). 


Strange Citrus: The Orange Bird is Back…. Again

The last time THIS happened, it was big news and lots of blogs covered it and Disney, themselves, heralded the event with lots of new merchandise and new media. This time around, though, the Disney community simply seems quietly relieved and used to Disney’s rather slapdash way of resurrecting history and monetizing it. What am I talking about? The second return of the Orange Bird to Adventureland. Yes, the second return. Yes, he was gone again. Yes, this is one of the strangest stories in WDW’s nearly 45-year history.

As I alluded to, when the Orange Bird returned in 2012, there was quite a lot of pomp and circumstance about the whole thing. There were tons of blog posts in the fan community, and Disney began producing Orange Bird merchandise and really shining a spotlight on the character and his role in Adventureland. This time, not much of that has occurred. I seek to remedy that, with this post. While the usual tweets and forum posts were made, I hope to record this little incident here, if just for my own purposes in noting that it happened. If I’m lucky enough to have readers that reference this essay in the future, so be it.

Orange Bird and original Sunshine Tree Pavilion Poster, 2012

On March 12th 2015, the Disney Parks Blog announced that the Sunshine Tree Terrace would be switching menus, names, and locations, with Aloha Isle. The move was mostly done for operational convenience as the original Aloha Isle location sold Dole Whips and was located at the front of Adventureland and frequently created a bottleneck with its long lines. With Dole Whips moved toward the back of Adventureland, there was more room for a queue and less of hassle for guests trying to make their way around the Magic Kingdom. The (unjustly) less popular Citrus Swirl, meanwhile, would be moved to the front of the land where it would cause less of an operational obstacle.

While the menu and name switch was done overnight, the thematic elements that needed to travel less than 100 yards took more than two months. For 79 days, the Orange Bird was not in the Magic Kingdom, leading some fans, such as myself to fear for the worst. After all and despite assurances, it wouldn’t have been the first time the something in the Vacation Kingdom disappeared when we had been told it was coming back. SpectroMagic, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and Disneyland’s PeopleMover/Rocket Rods were all seemingly set to return, why would the Orange Bird’s removal end any differently? Thankfully, it did.

On May 29th, Orange Bird was placed back in Adventureland, in the facility formally named Aloha Isle. A new poster in the Walt Disney World Railroad Station and a new sign for the newly re-named Sunshine Tree Terrace accompanied him. Personally, I found that both the new poster and the sign are not as impressive and detailed as the versions that Disney created in 2012 for the Orange Bird’s first return, but who am I to complain when the original 1971 Orange Bird figure is back on display in Adventureland? Of course, the bird is not in the same place as it originally was, but at least a bit of unique and Florida history survives on.

Original Sunshine Tree Terrace, 2012. This facility is now called Aloha Isle. 

As these things go, The Orange Bird’s second return garnished criticism from some in the fan community. Some found that the move was a ploy to push new merchandise (a new lithograph of the poster was produced, along with a plush toy and a t-shirt) and to create “scarcity” for the Orange Bird, since he was gone. Truthfully, I find that line of thought, first, overtly cynical, second, far too coordinated for Disney. Rather that being totally planned out as a way to get fans to buy Orange Bird merchandise because “OH NO HE WAS GONE AND NOW HE CAME BACK”, I have a hypothesis that the operational changes associated with moving around the locations sparked a few ideas in the merchandising department to just simply make new stuff to sell since the Orange Bird was going to have to be moved, anyway- A ‘cause and effect’ scenario, rather than a large and concerted effort to move the bird, create the shirts, put back the bird, and sell the shirts based on fan reactions. It’s far more logical to envision one department reacting to another’s actions than them actually working together. Disney’s corporate and operational structure is a many-headed hydra; one head does not know what the other is doing. Orange Bird was moved by one part of the company, while another saw that and did something related to that, I believe. If anyone has evidence to the contrary, I’d be very interested in hearing it and sharing it. Also: Disney fans are Disney fans. We buy and collect stuff. If new Orange Bird merchandise were being released, we’d buy it anyway. I mean, Disney is a company that releases merchandise from attractions that have been gone from the parks for nearly 30 years and that merchandise sells out within minutes. Nostalgia and history sells.

2015 Orange Bird Shirt, baring the new poster design

 So, once again, The Orange Bird is back. Thankfully, his absence was a short one, this time around, unlike his nearly 20-year disappearance that ended in 2012.  Hopefully his reign from his new perch in Adventureland is his home for a very long time and this footnote in this strange saga in Disney World history is the end of the story.

Amusingly enough, The Orange Bird popped up in Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto on March 28th, when the Polynesian Village’s new tiki bar opened. While not the original figure, the reference is very much appreciated. I’ll be writing more about Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto soon. My thanks to the fine folks at TouringPlans for allowing me to use their picture.