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Am I Losing My Mind?

I had dinner at the Ruby’s at the Irvine Spectrum last night, along with my wonderful colleagues here at the OC Metblogs.

Now, I asked for a grilled cheese sandwich, and a side of Frings. You know, that delectable mixture of fries and onion rings.

The waitress said that wasn’t an option for a side, and I could only get it as a separate appetizer.

Now, maybe some early Alzheimer’s is kicking in, but I swear I have ordered Frings as a side to my main entree before and even though I was charged extra, I got what I wanted.

Can anyone tell me if my memory is correct, or am I lying to myself?

This Will Just Break You Heart

The OC Register just ran a story about how Disney/Pixar granted an Orange County girl’s dying wish to see Up. After hearing about Colby’s situation, Pixar sent someone to her house the next day with a DVD for a special in-home screening. Grab your kleenex before you click because this one’s a tear-jerker. I don’t have much more to say, mainly because I am a blubbering mess at the moment.

Harry Reid Rejects Mag-Lev Rail from Anaheim to Vegas

After years of expressing support for a high-speed rail project originating from Anaheim to Las Vegas, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid now favors a line that begins in Victorville.

That is bad news for Anaheim, who has been anticipating the high speed rail system in the plans of their newly approved design of the transportation hub, dubbed ARTIK, that has been in the works for years.  I know that the city of  Anaheim has lobbied aggressively for the maglev.

What gives, Mr. Reid?  I can tell that he doesn’t live here.

Because whilst I have no grudge against the expanse of sand that is Victorville, I would like to point out that often the longest and hardest part of the commute to Vegas is from Los Angeles/Orange County to Victorville.  Once you are up the Cajon, it usually gets much easier from there, depending on construction projects on the 15.  Yeah, it may be cheaper to build from Victorville, but once you’re already made it to the high desert, it seems to me you might as well keep on going. 

This is the problem with so many mass transportation projects in SoCal.  Just do the damn thing right the first time!

Weird Al To Be Featured Attraction At The Orange County Fair

Yes folks, it’s true. According to this OC Register article, the fair committee approved (and apparently already filmed) a 3-D movie about “Al’s brain” to be shown at this year’s OC Fair. The 10 minute film will be shown in a temporary tent that will be set up for this year, however there are plans to build an $8 million permanent building at the fairgrounds site.

OC Fair CEO Steve Beazley likened the film to Disney’s “Captian EO”. (I personally would love a full-scale Weird Al spoof of the entire Captain EO short instead of a journey “inside his brain” but….whatever). He goes on to compare the fair to Disneyland (hehe), by stating Disney opens new attractions every year to keep interest in the parks, and they want to do the same with the Fair.

Feel free to read the full article and see the pros and cons to putting this into the fairgrounds.

But I want to know, what are your thoughts? Do you agree with spending $2.5 million on this film, just for the OC Fair? Or do you think this is about as smart as building the New Year’s Eve Orange Drop thingy?

Better yet….let’s do a poll! But please feel free to comment as well!

**Special thanks to former OC Metblogger Mike for sharing this via his twitter account.

If anyone cares what I think, I say build the thing. I don’t think we’re in a position to rule out ANYTHING that could possibly end up making money for fair. Let’s just hope it at least makes $2.5 million to cover the cost of the film!


Its over there

Monolith Sign

Monolith Sign

Just in case you couldn’t see it, The Irvine Spectrum Center installed a new 10 foot+ monolith sign at the corner of Pacifica and Irvine Center Drive. My question is how do you miss it? The angle it is facing assumes one either excited off the freeway or was heading North/East on Irvine Center Drive. The Spectrum is fully visible day or night coming from that direction. /rant

Santa Ana to Host Teabaggers this Wednesday

Santa Ana, that bastion of right-wingacy in Orange County, is set to host what is projected to be thousands of “teabaggers” protesting something along the lines of “too much taxes, too much government, wah wah waaaah.” Never mind that the federal government was expanded in an unprecedented manner by George W. Bush, not Barack Obama.

Let’s not confuse things up with facts, now.

And I have to ask, why, oh why would you name yourselves after something like this? It just goes to show it takes a special sort of person to embrace this movement.

So, apparently there will be some hootin’ and some hollerin’ going on, and I totally respect their right to hold a peacful, planned rally.

Just as they need to respect people’s right to flip them the bird as they drive by.

Disney Removes 1,900 Jobs at American Parks

“F” stands for Fired! Disney has handed out about 1,200 “F” tickets to Cast Members on both coasts recently. The remaining 700 hundred positions were removed through attrition.


The Las Angeles Times reports that The Walt Disney Company has “eliminated about 1,900 jobs at its domestic parks” and around “300 [of those] jobs will be cut from the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim”.

Sigh. It looks like the other Orange County really took it in the shorts! Still, no matter where the jobs were taken, it’s a sad thing. How can a person live in Orange County on unemployment compensation alone? Is that even possible?

To those who have been affected by the layoffs: Stay strong! Our thoughts are with you all!

What Will You "Celebrate"?

So tell me something, have you been out to see Disneyland’s newest parade? The Parade of Dreams went bye-bye and the newest pavement spectacular, Celebrate!, debuted at Disneyland on March 27th, 2009.


Our new found friends over at the Around DIsney Blog have also posted a “taste of” video highlighting parts of the new parade currently snaking it’s way down Main Street USA on a daily basis.

These videos look… um.. interesting. So what do you think? Does this new offering measure up?

Sneak Peek Inside the New Lincoln Attraction

Our friends over at Mice Age have a really exciting behind the scenes look at the all new Magical Moments With Mr. Lincoln attraction inside the Main Street Opera House: Click here for all the sordid details.

Disney Plans Thunder Mountain Upgrade


You heard it hear first! Just because Disney has released plans to start construction of Anaheim’s mythical third gate doesn’t mean the original park will fall into neglect.

These are exciting times in the theme park business. When a recession hits, it’s time for the theme-park-to-end-all-theme-parks to buckle down and start making improvements for when the crowds return. It’s this type of investment that has yielded the venerable park it’s new attraction overlay: Race to Big Thunder Mountain

After the wildly popular successes of Pirates Lair at Tom Sawyer Island, TDA executes where just chomping at the bit to spend millions more on bringing other attractions into the crossover film-to-attraction fold. I am told construction will begin before Memorial Day on the aging Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Yes it’s that soon!

This is the second life for a project that first reared it’s head 30 years ago. After the success of Escape to Witch Mountain in the 70’s, Imagineers first got the idea to transform Matterhorn Mountain into Witch Mountain. However, the project was squelched when park management felt it would be an ill-fitting and incongruous addition to Fantasyland. That being said, good ideas never die at WDI they are just set aside – now the project is back!

Set pieces from the hit film Race to Witch Mountain will be placed throughout most of the attraction’s interior showrooms. Look for the flying saucer to be suspended high above rainbow caverns and Dwayne Johnson’s mangled taxi-cab to make a terrifying appearance in the fabled earthquake room.

Speaking of Dwayne Johnson, he will play a prominent role in the new attraction’s sole innovation, a two-million dollar, fully articulated audio-animatronic figure placed outside standing where Big Thunder’s iconic dynamite munching billy goat currently stands. The world’s first indoor/outdoor animatronic will feature a lifelike version of The Rock uttering catchphrases from the film as riders crest the second lift-hill. Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? I know I can.

I have personally seen the plans for this new overlay and the schedule is currently set to bring the attraction online for a grand reopening (and the obligatory media event and commemorative pin release) on December 5, 2009. Rumors of a Celebration Roundup and Race to Thunder Mountain gift shop are still in the Blue Sky stages as of this writing, but you never know, Disneyland has never been one to pass up an excuse to sell more souvenirs

What do you think? Will you go see the new version of Big Thunder Mountain?


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