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The magic of Magic Kingdom is supposed to start before you even walk in the door…a place that can only be reached by special transport, either a monorail or ferry. But the Magic of a ferry is dampened by the fact that it ends so far away…as the ferry brought me to the Transportation Center, I was left picking the Cinderalla Castle out of the faraway distance.

But that magic gets reawakened as you walk down Main Street U.S.A., taking in the old-time USA street, on your way to the center of the Magic Kingdom spoke, and that glorious castle that is the highlight of every Disney photo album.

And then once you are through the Castle the fun and games really begin:

  • Mickey’s Philharmagic, with Donald Duck starring in the show, after trying on Mickey’s sorcerer’s hat, and causing general havoc and chaos amongst the orchestra.
  • It’s A Small World is one of those rides that I just HAD to try. Everyone talks about it and it’s one of the most well-known rides in the world. But the reality of it is that once you are 25 seconds into this 15-minute ride, you want the music to just end…something that infinite loop just refuses to do.
    But if you can block out the sounds, the visuals are really something else. The rooms are filled with characters from all over the world, showcasing different cultures and creatures, and mixed in amongst them all are Disney movie characters with their native lands.
    But I will admit I was very thrilled when I saw the following sign:
  • There are a bunch of other staples that jumps to the top of the lists…Tomorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain, and of course the Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor. What’s that, you aren’t familiar with the last of those? Well, get on board, because you can go there over and over and get fresh laughs every single time! With user-submitted jokes, and a laugh meter that always needs filling, and that one poor dude in the crowd that gets picked on to the joy of those with them!
  • Meanwhile, you can go for a climb up the Swiss Family Treehouse as you go check out the water windmill in action and get a glance at the Jungle Lookout where adventure beckons.
  • But my most fun of the day came amongst the wit and cheesy jokes of the Jungle Cruise as you hop into a real boat and take a trip through the rivers with a crazy tour guide to show you the Audio-Animatronic animals, that bring lifelike joy up close and personal.
  • Unfortunately, I was unable to see the Hall of Presidents but the story there was almost as good. As I waited for entry the police showed up, and the talk is they had to arrest someone that made a scene and threw something on the President Trump figure.

Disney+ launched in early November, and amongst their early offerings was The Imagineering Story, a six-hour journey into the history of Disney, the company, the acquisitions, and of course the parks.

We all have heard about Steamboat Willie and the origins of Mickey Mouse, but now we get a great in-depth story of the formation of the parks, with insider interviews with those that helped create it and think through the process of building the parks…the minds of the Imagineers.

Today we take a lot of things for granted, including 3D and 4D technology, as well as the dips and curves of the standard roller coaster, but some of these things didn’t exist before Disney, at least not in the way they are today.

For example, we get taken on an inside tour at the Tower of Terror, and how they talked with an elevator company at getting one to freefall, and jerk up and down…something that a standard elevator is not supposed to do.

Another one is when they were building Flight of Passage and like a lot of their other projects, they brought in new screens and projectors and were years ahead of the technology that they put into place, a lot of times even building custom units specifically for the Disney needs.

They also hold nothing back, talking about both the successes and failures that the companies have gone through, including Disney’s California Adventure, and how it didn’t fit the standard Disney mold and how they redesigned it over the years to better suit their needs.

Miniature parks are built in their design centers, as they map out the paths, and see what works and what might not. This includes the berms they put in place to help separate the parks from the outside world. Another interesting thing learned is some of their building techniques, which helps to give the appearance of things being larger (or older) than they actually are, to help form the magic of Disney.

One of the things this series is sure to do is increase park attendance, as it makes you want to see some of these units up close after seeing behind the scenes and the building process. From Euro Disney to Tokyo DisneySea and Shanghai Disney to the original Disneyland in California.

Check out all six episodes, out now, on Disney+!

When I wandered through Hollywood Studios it was still a few months before Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opened, but the park was still a fantastic place to visit.

Hollywood Studios’ central point doesn’t have a full rotation that the other parks have, but the spokes that do branch off the Center Stage are full of great memories for any kid of the 90s.

  • Muppet Vision is the highlight of Grand Avenue, as you go inside the 3D theater for some fun with Kermit and Miss Piggy
  • Toy Story Land gives you a great flashback to 1995 with Alien Swirling Saucers, the Slinky Dog Dash, and Toy Story Mania which is a good old fashioned midway-style game in 4D!
  • Center Stage – During the day this is where the Star Wars figures put on a show, and at night it becomes an explosion of lights and colors with a fireworks show…more on that in a bit.
  • Star Wars Launch Bay is the Star Wars museum away from the new land, far, far away…and while you are waiting for the show you can look through all sorts of memorabilia and interact with neighborhood security, who may be stormtroopers.
  • Fantasmic! – Magical Mickey leads a story through his nightmares, as villains from across Disney property all come to an epic battle against Mickey and friends…here is a peak at the conclusion of the show
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  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular – This largest fireworks display in Disney’s history combines the music of the Star Wars world with a story that spans generations, and of course is full of TIE fighters and blasters
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6 Underground is a recently released Netflix movie, and while there has been a lot of good original stuff (and even worse original stuff) being added to the platform each week, this one definitely falls into the “good stuff” category.

Think of The Fast and The Furious series, and then turn it up a fun notch (although I wrote most of this before watching Hobbs and Shaw which turned out to be a really fun movie).

So take that series and add in more of one of the funnier actors currently gracing the screen (who happens to flow thru the F&F world already), Ryan Reynolds, and have it be directed by one of the most successful directors in history: Michael Bay.

The story revolves around a billionaire (Reynolds) who wants to take down evildoers (think the Kim Jong-Uns of the world) and builds a team around him of ghosts, peoples whose past lives are wiped away and only exist now as part of this group of six (hence the title, 6 Underground).

The film is jam-packed with fast cars and explosions, the staples of a Michael Bay film, and the Ryan Reynolds unique brand of humor…making you crave a sequel.

Other actors in the movie include Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Bastards), Dave Franco, and Corey Hawkins (24: Legacy).

They say no one can save the world. Meet no one.

Animal Kingdom Kilimanjaro Safari Harambe Sign

When you head into Disney World’s Animal Kingdom you can’t help but notice the giant Tree of Life looming over the center of the park, the focal point for the spoke that all Disney parks like to build around.

But when you stay at a Disney Hotel you get the added perk of Extra Magic Hours, when the park likes to open up an hour early for you…and while everyone else immediately dashes to the sad world of Pandora, you need to make your way to the far back corner of Africa, and enter the Harambe Animal Reserve on the Kilimanjaro Safari.

Now, before we get into the Safari, don’t mistake my slight jab at Pandora and the World of Avatar. When the movie first came out, it was the first one to use new motion capture technology, and made for an absolutely stunning film…but at the end of the day it was just another story, and only an “Okay” one at that. But people went gaga over it, and it made a lot of money, and then Disney turned it into a park of its own…and the 250+ minute lines for Avatar Flight of Passage, which is once again playing with new technological advances, that make it a ride of a whole other level.

But if I am going to the Animal Kingdom, I want to see Animals in a Kingdom, and the Kilimanjaro Safari is the best way to do that. When I went at 8AM, I was able to ride twice before the park opened for everyone else, experiencing the 22-minute journey with no lines, and the animals waking up and starting to wander their territories.

At some zoos, you get to be really close to the animals, but here you are amongst the animals, with no bars separating you (and only sometimes a moat between you…because we can’t trust lions that much…), and a fun storyteller in the front seat, jerking the jeep around.

Among the things you get to see are there are elephants and rhinos, gazelles and giraffes, crocs and lions, from all ages and sizes!

But nothing really compares to when a rhino just walks up to your vehicle for a chance to say hello!

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Unfortunately, I was very disappointed to find out that the baobab trees located amongst the elephants were fake…

Once you are out of the safari, make sure you wander around the park (as one is wont to do), and get lost amongst the jungle birds, watch a Festival of the Lion King-inspired show, or just sit down and watch a 3D show inside the early modern-Disney animation days of A Bugs Life.

If it’s a really hot day (unlucky for me it was in the low 40s when I was there), make sure to hit up the Kali River, for what I’ve been told is a fantastic water ride!

Or if you are a weirdo like me and decide to skip most of the rides, just go find yourself a Disney character, and hang out for a bit!

Spinning Out is the first Netflix Original Drama TV Show of the year, and it sets the year up for an emotional roller coaster of Original content from the online streamers.

Kat Baker (Kaya Scodelario (Skins)) is a figure skater, who the last time she was on the big stage took a fall, cracking her head open on the ice. Now she is stumbling to get back to her skating ways, facing a fear of jumping, all while battling a troubled family…including her mother Carol (January Jones (Mad Men)) who is bipolar, and her sister Serena (Willow Shields (Hunger Games)) who is facing her own troubles on and off the ice, under her new skating coach Mitch (Will Kemp (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce)).

The story hits all the highs and lows of bipolar, mental illness, the competitiveness of sports, and all the heartstrings in-between, leaving the viewers wanting more as our characters vie for titles at Sectionals and a chance to compete at Nationals and the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Add to those previously mentioned an awesome cast including Evan Roderick (Arrow), David James Elliott (JAG), Svetlana Efremova, Sarah Wright (Marry Me), Mitchell Edwards, and Amanda Zhou.

In the slow TV month of January, definitely give this one a chance, and I think you will find the ten-episode season fly by.

What seems to be the only thing I use this platform for anymore, here is my Top Songs of 2019!

As usual, these are my own opinion, and the song must have been released in 2019, and only one song allowed per primary artist, which means some songs may be left out for the best of the rest!

Also, no logic is in play here.


20. Liar by Camila Cabello

Oh no, there you go, making me a liar
Got me begging you for more
Oh no, there I go, startin’ up a fire


19. Not OK by Kygo feat. Chelsea Cutler

But it don’t stop this train wreck in my mind
My friends all say that all will heal in time
But the truth is it don’t give me peace of mind

I’m not okay
I just called you to say
I’m not okay


18. Never Really Over by Katy Perry

Two years, and just like that
My head still takes me back
Thought it was done, but I
Guess it’s never really over
Oh, we were such a mess
But wasn’t it the best?
Thought it was done, but I
Guess it’s never really over


17. What Am I by Why Don’t We

‘Cause we should try that sometime
Hold you ’til the mornin’
And if I said I’m fallin’, would you just reply
“I know you are, but what am I?”


16. Walk Me Home by P!nk

Walk me home in the dead of night
I can’t be alone with all that’s on my mind
So say you’ll stay with me tonight
‘Cause there is so much wrong goin’ on outside


15. Lose You To Love Me by Selena Gomez

Set fires to my forest
And you let it burn
Sang off-key in my chorus
‘Cause it wasn’t yours
I saw the signs and I ignored it
Rose-colored glasses all distorted
Set fire to my purpose
And I let it burn
You got off on the hurtin’
When it wasn’t yours


14. f*ck, i’m lonely by Lauv feat. Anne-Marie

It’s been me, myself, and why did you go, did you go?


13. Dance Monkey by Tones And I

So they say
Dance for me, dance for me, dance for me, oh-oh-oh
I’ve never seen anybody do the things you do before
They say
Move for me, move for me, move for me, ayy-ayy-ayy
And when you’re done, I’ll make you do it all again


12. Raising Hell by Kesha

Oh, if you couldn’t tell
We can always find the trouble, we don’t need no help
Singing oh, mama raised me well
But I don’t wanna go to Heaven without raisin’ hell


11. So Am I by Ava Max

Do you ever feel like a misfit?
Everything inside you is dark and twisted
Oh, but it’s okay to be different
‘Cause baby, so am I
Do you ever feel like an outcast?
You don’t have to fit into the format
Oh, but it’s okay to be different
‘Cause baby, so am I


10. Graveyard by Halsey

I won’t stop ’til I get where you are
I keep running when both my feet hurt
I won’t stop ’til I get where you are
Oh, when you go down all your darkest roads
I woulda followed all the way to the graveyard


9. Here With Me by Marshmello feat. CHVRCHES

You’re saying the words that I want you to say
There’s a pain in my heart and it won’t go away
Now I know I’m falling in deep
‘Cause I need you here with me


8. Rescue Me by OneRepublic

Would you rescue me? Would you get my back?
Would you take my call when I start to crack?
Would you rescue me? Ah, would you rescue me?
Would you rescue me when I’m by myself?
When I need your love? If I need your help?
Would you rescue me? Ah, would you rescue me?


7. Boy With Luv by BTS feat. Halsey

I’ve waited all my life
I want to be with you through everything
Oh my, my, my, (yeah) oh my, my, my
Looking for something right
Okay, now, I kinda get it


6. If I Can’t Have You by Shawn Mendes

I’m so sorry that my timing’s off
But I can’t move on if we’re still gonna talk
Is it wrong for me to not want half?
I want all of you, all the strings attached


5. Sucker by Jonas Brothers

I’ve been dancin’ on top of cars and stumblin’ out of bars
I follow you through the dark, can’t get enough
You’re the medicine and the pain, the tattoo inside my brain
And, baby, you know it’s obvious


4. Beautiful People by Ed Sheeran feat. Khalid

South of the Border (with Camila Cabello) was a close second as Ed’s top song of the year!
The Eminem and 50 Cent collab for Remember The Name also made a run for the money.

We don’t fit in well ’cause we are just ourselves
I could use some help gettin’ out of this conversation, yeah
You look stunning, dear, so don’t ask that question here
This is my only fear: that we become
Beautiful people


3. Lover by Taylor Swift

My heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue
All’s well that ends well to end up with you
Swear to be overdramatic and true to my lover
And you’ll save all your dirtiest jokes for me
And at every table, I’ll save you a seat, lover


2. Who Do You Love by The Chainsmokers feat. 5 Seconds of Summer

Call You Mine (feat. Bebe Rexha) would also be a Top 5 song for The Chainsmokers…if only the rules makers allowed two songs from the same artist.
Takeaway with Illenium and feat. Lennon Stella would also have made the Top list for the year.

‘Cause you’ve been actin’ so conspicuous
You flip it on me, say I think too much
We’re movin’ different while we’re makin’ love
So, baby, tell me, tell me


1. bad guy by Billie Eilish

This and ‘bury a friend’ both win as Song of the Year.

So you’re a tough guy
Like it really rough guy
Just can’t get enough guy
Chest always so puffed guy
I’m that bad type
Make your mama sad type
Make your girlfriend mad tight
Might seduce your dad type
I’m the bad guy
Duh

Songs 82-61 | 60-41 | 40-21 | 20-11 | 10-1

Here is the final piece of the Song of the Decade list.

A reminder of our simple rules:

  • One song allowed per Primary Artist — So you won’t see two songs from the same artist, even if both were really really good. I would take the one that I think is better, and it’s the submission for that artist
    These artists can still show up as a “Featured” artist in another song on this list
  • Song should be released between 2010-2019…so while there were some rockers that are still listened to today from the 2000s, they fall out of qualification based on their years
  • This is all based on my views and opinions. So some of your favorite songs will be missing, similarly with artists.
    Also, a good chance I forgot a lot of songs, considering this was a 10 year period…

10. Burn by Ellie Goulding


9. If I Die Young by The Band Perry


8. Blown Away by Carrie Underwood


7. Rather Be by Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne


6. Praying by Kesha


5. Blank Space by Taylor Swift


4. Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran


3. No Tears Left To Cry by Ariana Grande


2. Wake Me Up by Avicii


1. The Monster by Eminem feat. Rihanna

Songs 82-61 | 60-41 | 40-21 | 20-11 | 10-1

Here is #s 20-11 of the Song of the Decade list. Top 10 coming Monday!

A reminder of our simple rules:

  • One song allowed per Primary Artist — So you won’t see two songs from the same artist, even if both were really really good. I would take the one that I think is better, and it’s the submission for that artist
    These artists can still show up as a “Featured” artist in another song on this list
  • Song should be released between 2010-2019…so while there were some rockers that are still listened to today from the 2000s, they fall out of qualification based on their years
  • This is all based on my views and opinions. So some of your favorite songs will be missing, similarly with artists.
    Also, a good chance I forgot a lot of songs, considering this was a 10 year period…

20. Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri


19. Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato


18. My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark by Fall Out Boy


17. Rolling In The Deep by Adele


16. bad guy by Billie Eilish


15. Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers feat. Coldplay


14. Without Me by Halsey


13. Titanium by David Guetta feat. Sia


12. Ain’t It Fun by Paramore


11. Raise Your Glass by Pink

Songs 82-61 | 60-41 | 40-21 | 20-11 | 10-1

Here is Part 3 of the Song of the Decade list.

A reminder of our simple rules:

  • One song allowed per Primary Artist — So you won’t see two songs from the same artist, even if both were really really good. I would take the one that I think is better, and it’s the submission for that artist
    These artists can still show up as a “Featured” artist in another song on this list
  • Song should be released between 2010-2019…so while there were some rockers that are still listened to today from the 2000s, they fall out of qualification based on their years
  • This is all based on my views and opinions. So some of your favorite songs will be missing, similarly with artists.
    Also, a good chance I forgot a lot of songs, considering this was a 10 year period…

40. Need You Now by Lady Antebellum


39. Till The World Ends by Britney Spears


38. Body Talks by The Struts feat. Kesha


37. What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction


36. Love Myself by Hailee Steinfeld


35. Mirrors by Justin Timberlake


34. Lean On by Major Lazer and DJ Snake feat. MØ


33. Clarity by Zedd feat. Foxes


32. All I Do Is Win by DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross, and Snoop Dogg


31. The Greatest by Sia


30. Replay by Zendaya


29. Applause by Lady Gaga


28. Teenage Dream by Katy Perry


27. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson


26. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen


25. Shake It Out by Florence + The Machine


24. Come & Get It by Selena Gomez


23. A Sky Full Of Stars by Coldplay


22. Boom Clap by Carli XCX


21. We Found Love by Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

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