Disney Parks: The Secrets, Stories and Magic Behind the Scenes
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Disc 1 - Walt Disney World Resort: Behind the Scenes - In this exciting program you will get an unprecedented look behind the scenes at many Walt Disney World attractions, including The Haunted Mansion, Mission Space, Rock n Roller Coaster and The Seas with Nemo and Friends! This is the story behind the story of how a theme park made Orlando, Florida the nation s number one vacation destination.
Disc 2 - Disneyland Resort: Behind the Scenes - The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, is the first in the family of Disney Parks that now span the entire globe. Despite its relatively small footprint, Disneyland Resort boasts an incredible variety of attractions, entertainment, and experiences. Your journey starts on Main Street and takes you on classic attractions like The Matterhorn Bobsleds, It s a Small World, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Then take an exclusive look into the future of Disney Parks with a sneak peek at Disney s California Adventure.
Disc 3 - Ultimate Walt Disney World - Do you crave speed? Adrenalin? Ultimate fun? Then follow us on a journey as we explore the ultimate thrill rides at Walt Disney World Resort. Experience a flight into space, a thirteen story elevator plunge, a high speed coaster that travels in the dark and another one that actually travels backwards! If you re looking for the best thrills Disney has to offer, then Ultimate Walt Disney World is it!
Disc 4 - Disney s Animal Kingdom - A behind the scenes tour of Disney s most ambitious theme park to date in Orlando, this program showcases the incredible challenge of how to combine theme park rides and live animals in a park environment. Go backstage and get under the skin of the Dinosaur attraction, including one of Disney s largest audioanimatronics figures. Then tour the Tree of Life for an inside look at Disney s most advanced three-dimensional special effects show, and experience the thrilling Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safari!
Disc 5 - Disney Cruise Line - Ahoy mates! All aboard the Disney Cruise Line in Port Canaveral for more adventures and fun at sea. Disney is the only cruise line navigated by pixie dust and magic. See a black and white restaurant turn into full color. You ll get an exclusive VIP tour behind the scenes of the ship and Disney s own private island paradise, Castaway Cay, a tropical oasis reserved for cruise guests only!
Disc 6 - Undiscovered Disney Parks - Think you know Walt Disney World? Think again. Beyond the theme parks, beyond the mouse we ll show you how Disney Parks can make your vacation magical when you want an alternative to rides, restaurants, and souvenirs. This program takes you to the unknown sites and attractions, as our cameras get off the beaten path. At Disneyland in Anaheim you can Walk In Walt s Footsteps and discover secret spots that Walt Disney himself visited. At Walt Disney World in Orlando, learn how to surf, make and ride your own roller coaster, go on a private safari, and drive a real race car.
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Behind the Scenes - Disneyland and California Adventure
There are features on many popular attractions in both parks. The focus is more on the rides, revisions of attractions and upcoming attractions, shows and features. This is a new edition, not like the Modern Marvels version that focuses mainly on the history of the parks. It covers the technological advances of ride technology, how selected rides work, how attractions were updated and plans for new attractions, shows and features in California Adventure like Cars the ride, the World of Color (which opens this summer), new boardwalk games and other things in the works.
Undiscovered Disney Parks
This is a must see. This program contains tips on services and features the average park goer doesn't know about. Some of the tips I knew but several I did not know. Walt Disney World has a design your own coaster attraction where you can select from several different ride environments, as well as the thrill level you wouldl like to have (would you like to go upside down, fast turns, etc), magic hours available to guests who stay at the Disney hotels, free Disney transportation to the parks, VIP tours (behind the scenes and help with getting your fastpass and other goodies).
Ultimate Walt Disney World
Again, not the same as the Modern Marvels or Travel Channel versions of Disney World that you may have seen. I have seen both programs and felt that they didn't spend enough time on the thrill rides. Ultimate Walt Disney World is the answer to that question. You go behind the scenes and on the best thrill rides including Test Track, Rockin Rollercoaster with Aerosmith, Expedition Everest (did you know part of the ride goes backwards?!) and other favorites along with informative information on how the rides were created.
Walt Disney's Apartment in Disneyland (look for the light in the window above the fire station on Main Street)
King Arthour Carrousel
Disney Resort Hotels (great info for trip planning)
Tips for Travelers (more great features for your vacation)
Disney Dream (the new Disney Cruise Ship)
Disney Dream AquaDuck (the first water thrill ride on a cruise ship!)
Haunted Mansion (new features added!)
Goofy's Barnstormer coaster for kids
Catastrophe Canyon (behind the scenes on the tram ride, some guests get to participate in the action)
This set is from Questar Entertainment. I have seen several Questar programs and have learned to look for them. They offer high quality entertaining programs on Blu ray. The Scenic National Parks Blu rays are a must have.
I highly recommend this Disney set, this is far better than I expected.
The Disney Cruise Line DVD included here is one of the only Disney Cruise Line videos available and it does help to understand the two older ships. It barely touches on the Dream and the Fantasy because the DVDs were made before the Dream and the Fantasy set sail. These DVDs were also made before the Disney Magic underwent her major renovation last year. Just something to keep in mind.
For kids, these DVDs pair well with the Passporter books.
I believe the Blu-ray version is slightly shorter than the multi-disc standard DVD format, but at about 5 hours of footage, there probably isn't a lot left missing. If space means anything to you, it's the difference between a boxed set versus a single Blu-ray case on the shelf. Tech quality was high and, for the price I paid, I couldn't really ask for much more. My only complaint was that I was initially looking for something more geared towards documenting the history and development of the parks from scratch; a bit more historical view overall would have been a five-star rating from me. However, I still rate it high because although it wasn't what I expected, it was very informative and pretty much a fun little pair of docs that really get you into seeing the parks in advance. So if you've never been and are on the cusp of booking a trip or are a Disney Park regular, this will probably be right up your alley.
For those of us, however who are regulars at the parks, you will find the sales-like theme of this pretty uninteresting (And the music is horrible- Would have MUCH preferred live sounds from the park or any of the music that they actually play in the park). Fun facts were, for me, all things I have known for years...And it does come across as one big, giant commercial for Disney.
When I'm needing a Disneyland fix, I'll put on the Disneyland, Anaheim DVD while cleaning the house, or working on the computer- BUT I have realized that I NEVER watch any of the other DVD's in this set.
Hope my review helped you make up your mind about purchasing this!