Tuesday, January 31, 2012

WK 5 - WS - Top 10 Signature Sandwiches Voting Ends Tomorrow @ Midnight

The voting has been great with over 22 sandwiches being votes on with 59 votes. So far unless some drastically changes the ones that are safe include:

Le Especial de Monte Cristo @ Café Orleans
Fried Green Tomato Sandwich @ Hungry Bear Restaurant
Wild Bleu Yonder Burger @ Taste Pilots Grill
Three Cheese Monte Cristo @ Café Orleans
Angus 1/3 lb. Pastrami Cheeseburger @ Village Haus
Chicken Waldorf on Brioche @ Jolly Holiday

Ones that are close but have not yet made the cut include

Cochon de Lait Po-Boy @ Jazz Kitchen
Char-broiled Chicken Sandwich @ White Water Snacks
Tennessee BBQ Pork @ River Belle Terrace
Bamba's BBQ Wrap @ Rainforest Café
River Belle's Roast New York @ River Belle Terrace
Caprese Sandwich @ Jolly Holiday

There are 10 other sandwiches with only 1 vote that would have a ways to go to make the cut.

There have been two points brought up that I have to put into consideration. One has to do with only doing sandwiches located in Disneyland, DCA, and their hotels but not Downtown Disney (especially if its a chain like Rainforest Café). The second is only reviewing one sandwich per venue. For instance not reviewing both Monte Cristo's at Café Orleans (technically I could eat the traditional at Blue Bayou, but I do not think that won't be happening this trip), or a better example is the Chicken Waldorf vs. Caprese Sandwich. If I agreed to both of these concepts as both the best sandwiches in the parks/hotels and only one per venue the list will end up looking like:


1. Le Especial de Monte Cristo @ Blue Bayou
2. Fried Green Tomato Sandwich @ Hungry Bear Restaurant
3. Wild Bleu Yonder Burger @ Taste Pilots Grill
4. Three Cheese Monte Cristo @ Café Orleans
5. Angus 1/3 lb. Pastrami Cheeseburger @ Village Haus
6. Chicken Waldorf on Brioche @ Jolly Holiday
7. Char-broiled Chicken Sandwich @ White Water Snacks
8. Tennessee BBQ Pork @ River Belle Terrace
9. Classic Angus 1/3 lb. Cheeseburger or Mahi Mahi Sandwich @ Tomorrowland Terrace
10. 1/2 lb. Cher-broiled Burger @ Storyteller's Café

So we will see how things turn out after the vote ends at midnight tomorrow.





WK 5 - WS - Update

Have been busy planning the trip for the 24 hour event for the reviews. Within the next few days we will finalize the votes for the Best Signature Sandwiches and begin planning the segments. Thanks for all of your input so far.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

WK 4 - DP - Nut Crusted Salmon Take 2

No photos on this post. I made the Nut Crusted Salmon again this time using a little more oil and pressing the nut mixture on a little more in steps and the crust turned out much better. I will be attempting this recipe again (with pics next time) soon but with little cayenne and cumin so it is not competing with the Salmon as much and the flavors better compliment each other.

Friday, January 27, 2012

200+ Views

Hey everyone it took 11 days for our first 100 views, and only 7 for our second 100. Glad to see people are enjoying the blog. Check out the video posted below on YouTube for more people to vote for their favorite signature sandwiches at the Disneyland Resort. 50 votes and counting.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgMzRfNFZug&feature=youtu.be

Special Thanks To Those Photographers whose pictures are in this video:
The Pretty Smitties, Justjenn Rants & Raves, Firefox2, Ducky's Always Hungry, Life Love Baking, Michael K., Loren Javier, FindingMickey

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WK 4 - DP - Thuthuntshwane Soup




As my girlfriend and I have been under the weather I again post pone my salmon dish, this time for a delicious soup. This recipe is a vegan mushroom soup from Boma. 




I admit that I am not the hugest fan of mushrooms but this soup was delicious and hit the spot perfectly. 

Thuthuntshwane Soup
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2 tablespoons Cornstarch
1 ounce Olive Oil
4 ounces Diced Onions
1 pound Button Mushrooms
1 tablespoon Dried Porcini Mushroom Powder
1/2 gallon Water
3/4 ounce Vegetable Base
To Taste Salt
1/2 ounce Fresh Garlic
3/4 ounce Fresh Basil

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Sauté diced onions with olive oil until translucent. Add button mushrooms, dry porcini mushroom powder, water, vegetable base, fresh garlic, and seasoning.

Cook for 20 minutes. Remove stems from basil. Add basil leaves at the end. Then puree with an immersion blender.

Bring back to a boil. Combine the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water. Stir and add to the boiling soup while whisking continuously

Adjust seasoning if needed.

Yields 1/2 gallon

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

WK 4 - WS - Signature Sandwiches

To see the updated version of this list click here

I am polling for the first major reviews I will be doing on the top 10 sandwiches on the Disney property.
So far I am polling the following websites:

MiceChat
DISboards
MousePlanet
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Below is the current tally of possible reviews I will conduct during my Feb 28 - Mar 2 trip.

14 Different Sandwiches with 28 Votes

Traditional Monte Cristo - Blue Bayou/Café Orleans @ Disneyland - 6
Contributors: Brisal73(MP), helenb(DIS), DizFan13(DIS), pixiewings71(DIS), QuiConJ(MC), nicolispicoli(DIS)
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Fried Green Tomato Sandwich - Hungry Bear Restaurant @ Disneyland - 4
Contributors: SarafinaPink(DIS), ArchOwl(DIS), ErikInTheCity(MC), dland_lover(MC)
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Wild Bleu Yonder Burger - Taste Pilots Grill @ Disneyland's California Adventure - 4
Contributors: SarafinaPink(DIS), MidwayManiac(MP), skiingfast(DIS), pixiewings71(DIS)
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Cochon de Lait Po-Boy - Jazz Kitchen @ Downtown Disney - 2
Contributors: ArchOwl(DIS), chris001(MC)
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Chicken Waldorf on Brioche - Jolly Holiday @ Disneyland - 2
Contributors: DisneyGoof(MC), dland_lover(MC)
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Angus 1/3 lb. Pastrami Cheeseburger - Village Haus @ Disneyland - 2
Contributors: DisneyDreams2012(MC), blackjackdelta(DIS)
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Three Cheese Monte Cristo Sandwich - Café Orleans @ Disneyland - 2
Contributors: swampymarsh(MC), SigalTchelet(MP)
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Zone Cheesesteak - ESPN Zone @ Downtown Disney - 1
Contributors: calsig31(MC)
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Bamba's Barbecue Wrap - Rainforest Café @ Downtown Disney - 1
Contributors: calsig31(MC)
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Hot Angus Roast Beef on Toasted Onion Roll - Jolly Holiday @ Disneyland - 1
Contributors: DisneyGoof(MC)
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Guacamole Burger - Rainforest Café @ Downtown Disney - 1
Contributors: MidwayManiac(MP)
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Char-broiled Chicken Sandwich - White Water Snacks @ Grand Californian - 1
Contributors: skiingfast(DIS)
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River Belle's Roast New York - River Belle Terrace @ Disneyland - 1
Contributors: bekkiz(DIS)
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Angus Beef Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger - La Brea Bakery @ Downtown Disney - 1
Contributors: bayouguy(MC)
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Monday, January 23, 2012

WK 4 - DP - Fritos and Fries

I am a little under the weather so am unable to cook another attempt at Quinoa and Nut Crusted Salmon so as I was reminiscing about those feel good foods, and I remembered the old Conestoga McDonalds wagon in Frontierland at Disneyland. As well as my one and only time eating at Burger Invasion for my high school grad night back in 2003 at Disney's California Adventure.


Then after I get the food which tastes better as a memory then in real life, I remember why I am trying to cook at home more.

That being said one of the next segments I want to really do recipes on is Casa de Fritos / Rancho del Zocalo and their incarnations in between.



WK 4 - DP - Quinoa Salad


I have to say I have been really enjoying posting the Disney creations here on the blog but realize the photos are a bit lack luster. As the blog continues on I hope to post more and better quality photos with each recipe. I hope you enjoy my take on the Quinoa Salad from Boma at the Animal Kingdom Lodge as much as I have. 


 
 
 
 

In the end the Quinoa Salad dressing was an all star but the rest of the dish was rather lackluster. I do not think it was the ingredients but my lack of knowledge properly blooming quinoa, or it may have been my selection of Royal Red Quinoa versus a more traditional variety. Either way I will be trying to repeat this recipe this week. Also note that 1/16 cup is the same as 1 tablespoon and 1/8 is 2 tablespoons.

Quinoa Salad
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Quinoa & Related Prep
1/8 cup Quinoa
1/16 cup Rice Vinegar
1/16 cup Lemon Juice
1/16 cup Water
1/16 cup Sugar

Dressing
1/16 cup of Dijon Mustard
1/16 cup Rice Vinegar
1/16 cup Honey
1/16 cup Safflower Oil


Salad
1/4 Pear, julienned
1/18 pound Spinach, washed and cleaned

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Place quinoa in the bowl and add water. Let soak for 30 seconds, drain, and set aside.

Make tart stock (vinegar, water, sugar, and lemon juice). Add quinoa. Cook/simmer until quinoa blooms. Drain the quinoa and place on a sheet pan. Let cool in the refrigerator.

To Make the mustard dressing, combine mustard, honey, and rice vinegar. Whip together and add the oil in slowly. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Cut the pear into julienne strips. Wash spinach. Mix all the ingredients together - spinach, quinoa, pear, and dressing. Serve. 

Serves 8

Sunday, January 22, 2012

WK 4 - DP - Nut Crusted Salmon

I have to say that the Salmon came out perfectly cooked. My only mistake was either my Cayenne Pepper or Cumin, or combination of was a little to strong.


Yield: 10 servings (1 5/8 cups)
Ingredients:
½ cup Cashews, toasted and ground
½ cup Pistachio Nuts, toasted and ground
5/8 cup Pumpkin Seeds, toasted and ground
1/8 cup Honey-roasted Peanuts, ground
1/16 cup Cumin, toasted
1/16 cup Coriander, toasted
1/16 cup Curry Powder, toasted
1/8 cup Sugar
1/16 cup Cayenne Pepper
Method:
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
Coat the salmon (or fish of your choice) with olive oil. Then coat with the nut crust. Bake in 350º F oven for 20 minutes.
Previously frozen Wild Sockeye Salmon on sale for $6.99 Lb at Whole Foods.
I used my new Food Processor at my first attempt at grinding the nuts.
Nut crusted salmon fresh out of the oven.

Salmon on a bed of some left over Indian Basmati Rice from the Geerly's Rice recipe last week.

The cashews that I used are Whole Food 365 Brand and are USDA Organic.

Continued with M&B Curry and since I could not find Cumin by them I got Whole Pantry instead.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

WK 3 - DP - Food Processor

Looking forward to cooking the salmon and quinoa dish later tonight. Just wanted to update that I purchased a 4 Cup Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor to assist in the nut grinding and chopping I will have to do tonight for the salmon rub.

http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-CH-4DC-Collection-Chopper-Grinder/dp/B002IA0PH8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1327170957&sr=8-3


Friday, January 20, 2012

WK 3 - DP - Animal Kingdom Saturday Preview

Tomorrow I will be cooking two new dishes from the Animal Kingdom. For the main course we have Nut Crusted Salmon from Boma.

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Yield: 10 servings (1 5/8 cups)
Ingredients:
½ cup Cashews, toasted and ground
½ cup Pistachio Nuts, toasted and ground
5/8 cup Pumpkin Seeds, toasted and ground
1/8 cup Honey-roasted Peanuts, ground
1/16 cup Cumin, toasted
1/16 cup Coriander, toasted
1/16 cup Curry Powder, toasted
1/8 cup Sugar
1/16 cup Cayenne Pepper
Method:
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
Coat the salmon (or fish of your choice) with olive oil. Then coat with the nut crust. Bake in 350º F oven for 20 minutes.
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As a side I will be preparing Quinoa Salad also from Boma.


Yield: 8 servings
Ingredients
1/8 cup Quinoa
1/16 cup Rice Vinegar
1/16 cup Lemon Juice
1/16 cup Water
1/16 cup Sugar
Dressing
1/16 cup Dijon Mustard
1/16 cup Rice Vinegar
1/16 cup Honey
1/16 cup Safflower Oil
1/4 Pear, julienned
1/18 pound Spinach, washed and cleaned
Method
1. Place quinoa in the bowl and add water. Let soak for 30 seconds, drain, and set aside.
2. Make tart stock (vinegar, water, sugar, and lemon juice). Add quinoa. Cook/simmer until quinoa blooms. Drain the quinoa and place on a sheet pan. Let cool in the refrigerator.
3. To make the mustard dressing, combine mustard, honey, and rice vinegar. Whip together and add the oil in slowly. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
4. Cut the pear into julienne strips. Wash spinach. Mix all the ingredients together - spinach, quinoa, pear, and dressing. Serve.
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I hope you look forward to viewing the results as much as I am to creating and tasting them.

100 + Views !!

The blog has only been around for about a week and we have already exceeded 100 views! Including our third country viewing, Russia. I will be posting soon with some new content including returning to the Disney Pantry.

Monday, January 16, 2012

WK 3 - HM - The Haunted Mansion Volume One: Welcome, Foolish Mortals

On November 15, 2007 SLG published a collection of their Haunted Mansion Inspired Comics into a hardbound book titled The Haunted Mansion, Volume 1: Welcome, Foolish Mortals. This contained comics 1-6 of what was going to be an 8 comic series, After the hardcover was release SLG did release comic #7 but as far as I know #8 never was published. The stories give great background stories to many of the ghostly residents and is a great read. Stories range from comical to horrific.

http://www.amazon.com/Haunted-Mansion-One-Welcome-Foolish/dp/1593620985/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1326738469&sr=8-4




WK 3 - IN - Digital Picture Frames

I have always thought it would be great to have digital picture frames since I walked through the Disney Dream Home at Innoventions. What I hadn't realized and that many of the small HP Digital Picture frames were specially created for the house, and the very large ones were HP monitors built into the wall and frames put over them to give the illusion of a very large picture frame.

My biggest complaint when looking around at Digital Picture Frames was that nearly all of them has the frame built into the technology, meaning you couldn't change it. Then after a long search I found the Kodak Easyshare D825.
http://store.kodak.com/store/ekconsus/en_US/pd/ThemeID.3925700/D825_Digital_Frame/baseProductID.169531300/productID.169552200

It allows you to use over the counter frames. I only have one so far but it was a great purchase. It is easy to operate and the colors look great and its Energy Star qualified. That a big thing because as I purchase more technology I want to try reducing the amount of energy the devices I get require. I have also started getting the Energy Star Flood Light Bulbs for my living room. Thats a great trade off. I use the same amount of electricity with nearly four of the Energy Start Flood Light Bulbs as I would have with just one of the old ones.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Ghost Gallery (HM)

The updated Ghost Gallery can be found here.

R.C. Loveland, "Ghost Biographer" and former CM at WDW started creating backgrounds for all of the Happy Haunts at the mansion. Over time other CM's contributed to the work which became known as the Ghost Gallery. This page will collect all of the known haunt information from any Haunted Mansion source.
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Date of Death - Name - Cause of Death - Source


XXXX - Organist - NA - Haunted Mansion After-LIFE Game
XXXX - Maid - NA - Haunted Mansion After-LIFE Game
XXXX - Butler - NA - Haunted Mansion After-LIFE Game
XXXX - Fortune Teller - NA - Haunted Mansion After-LIFE Game
XXXX - Ghost Writer - NA - Haunted Mansion After-LIFE Game
XXXX - Plumber - NA - Haunted Mansion After-LIFE Game
XXXX - Librarian - NA - Haunted Mansion After-LIFE Game
XXXX - Opera Singer - NA - Haunted Mansion After-LIFE Game
XXXX - Chef - NA - Haunted Mansion After-LIFE Game
XXXX - Veterinarian - NA - Haunted Mansion After-LIFE Game
XXXX - Architect - NA - Haunted Mansion After-LIFE Game
XXXX - Lawyer - NA - Haunted Mansion After-LIFE Game
XXXX - Madame Leota - NA - Scary Monsters Magazine
XXXX - Conservatory Ghost - NA - Scary Monsters Magazine
XXXX - Singing Masked Executioner - NA - Scary Monsters Magazine
XXXX - Singing Decapitated Knight - Decapitated - Scary Monsters Magazine

XXXX - Constance/The Bride/The Black Widow- NA - Scary Monsters Magazine

XXXX - The Hat Box Ghost - NA - Scary Monsters Magazine - Disneyland Only
XXXX - The Pop-Up Attic Ghosts - NA - Scary Monsters Magazine

After 1869 - Ambrose - Ax Murdered by Constance - Scary Monsters Magazine
After 1872 - Frank - Ax Murdered by Constance - Scary Monsters Magazine
After 1874 - Marquis - Ax Murdered by Constance - Scary Monsters Magazine
After 1875 - Reginald - Ax Murdered by Constance - Scary Monsters Magazine
After 1877 - George - Ax Murdered by Constance - Scary Monsters Magazine




WK 3 - IN - Media Server

Every-time I go to Disneyland I walk through the aging Disney Dream Home for possible ideas to help make my girlfriend and I's life easier but making our home are Smart House. The first thing I needed to try was replicating a Media Server that stores all of my photos, movies, etc..... In the Smart House they use an HP Mediasmart Server EX495, for my build I decided to use a Mid 2010 Apple Mac-Mini Server.

The specs on HP Mediasmart Server EX495 were:
2.5 GHz Processor with 2GB RAM and a 1.5 TB Hard drive

The specs of my Mac Mini Server are:
2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4GB RAM and a 1 TB Hard drive
http://support.apple.com/kb/SP586

After I got my server setup I needed a way that I could stream my content to anywhere in the house and to any of my iOS devices. At our house we have two iPhone 4's, an iPod 1, and a Second Generation Apple TV in the bedroom. After doing a lot of research it seemed the best option was Plex. Plex takes all of my content and I can stream it from any of my devices anywhere over Wi-Fi or our Unlimited Data Plans on our phones.

For more information check out Plex:
http://www.plexapp.com/

Since my server is running 24/7 I also have it plugged into an APC Power-Saving Black UPS Pro 1300
http://www.apc.com/products/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=BR1300G

This way if the power ever goes out my server will stay running and I can either turn it off manually or remotely from one of my iOS devices using Splashtop:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/splashtop-remote-desktop-for/id382509315?mt=8

The next thing I wanted to get rid of was the gigantic ugly Comcast box. I purchased the Elegato EyeTV Hybrid HD which allows me to take the Comcast digital cable connection into a device the size of a flash/thumb drive into the back of the Mac Mini Server. This allows us to watch TV through the server and DVR whatever we want which then in turn is read with Plex allowing us to stream it from anywhere.

For more information on the Elgato EyeTV
http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/products/EyeTV-Hybrid-10/product1.en.html

The final part of my current Media Server Setup is my router. The Comcast router hooks into my AirPort Extreme which is duel band so all my devices go as fast as they can without slowing any part of my network down. You can see more information on that: http://www.apple.com/airportextreme/

The only other piece of technology I have plugged into the setup right now is my original white Wii Gaming Console and I use an Apple SuperDrive when I need to put in a CD or DVD to my Server. The server is plugged into our 42" TV which is also plugged into the APC. I use the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard and Magic Trackpad to control the Server.

So thats a rough idea of how I am starting the media center in our home.


WK 3 - HM - Welcome to the After-LIFE

My girlfriend recently picked up the Haunted Mansion edition of The Game of Life for Christmas for me and Disney and Hasbro did a great job on this.


The games premise is based on you reaching your final destination and joining the other 999 Happy Haunts with the most screams generated along the way. In the beginning you choose to either attend the BOO-niversity or start a Scareer which effects which one of the Happy Haunts in the mansion you become. Did I mention the buildings in the game are glow in the dark plastic replicas of the Disney Haunted Mansions around the world. Even your ghosts (instead of people) that you place in Doombuggies instead of cars glow in the dark. Now if you don't want to know anymore, stop reading here because the rest will be filled with Spoilers about the game. 

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The Happy Haunts You Can Play As Are:

Organist - 20,000 - 50,000 Screams - Scareer
Maid - 30,000 - 60,000 Screams - Scareer
Butler - 30,000 - 60,000 Screams - Scareer

Fortune Teller - 40,00 - 70,000 Screams - Scareer 
You also get a 5,000 Séance Fee when a "10" is spun

Ghost Writer - 40,000 - 70,000 Screams - BOO-niversity
Plumber - 50,000 - No Maximum Screams - Scareer
Librarian - 50,000 - 80,000 Screams -BOO-niversity
Opera Singer - 60,000 - No Maximum Screams - Scareer
Chef - 70,000 - 110,000 Screams - BOO-niversity
Veterinarian - 80,000 - 120,000 Screams - BOO-niversity
Architect - 90,000 - No Maximum Screams - BOO-niversity
Lawyer - 100,000 - No Maximum Screams - BOO-niversity

The Tombs You Can Rest In Peace Are:

Shoe Box - 80,000 Screams 
Pine Box - 100,000 Screams (Sells for 105,000 Screams) - Starter Tomb
Stone Vase - 120,000 Screams (Sells for 140,000 Screams) - Starter Tomb
Marble Urn - 180,000 Screams (Sells for 160,000 Screams) - Starter Tomb
Wood Coffin - 160,000 Screams (Sells for 180,000 Screams) - Starter Tomb
Sarcophagus - 180,000 Screams (Sells for 200,000 Screams) - Starter Tomb
Vault - 300,000 Screams - Tomb
Chamber - 400,000 Screams - Tomb
Garden - 500,000 Screams - Tomb
Crypt - 600,000 Screams - Tomb
Marble Tomb - 700,000 Screams - Tomb
Mausoleum - 800,000 Screams - Tomb

Ghosts of the Screams Currency

5,000 Screams - Sally Slater (the girl on the tight rope above the alligator)
10,000 Screams - Top of the 3 men sinking into quicksand
20,000 Screams - Constance Hatchaway / Abigail Patecleaver (on the tombstone above her husband)
50,000 Screams - Ambassador Alexander Nitrokoff (the man standing on the dynamite)
100,000 Screams - Master Gracey 

Ghostly Happenings You Will Run Into

Receive SKULL-ership.
Buy candelabras and tambourines.
Spooks arrive for a midnight spree. (LIFE)
Work at Scream Park Ghost Relations.
Head of the class. (LIFE)
Haunt Mardi Gras in New Orleans Square
SPRING WAKE in Florida! (LIFE)
TERM-inal paper due.
Earn a license to scare!
You insist on lagging behind.
Welcome to the After-LIFE
Adobe Eddit the bat from the Pet Cemetery (LIFE)
Meet your "soul" mater. (LIFE)
Your investment in quicksand sinks.
Make room for one more in your Doom Buggy. 
Learn to shriek and harmonize. (LIFE)
Attend a "death-day" party (LIFE)
Find a surprise in a hat box.
TOGETHER FOREVER! (LIFE - STOP)
Materialize the disembodied!
Frighten the Grounds Keeper.
No time off for good behavior.
Take a ride in a horseless carriage.
Death Taxes due!
Buy a Starter Tomb (STOP)
Host a Scare Affair
Dead-End Job
Professional tomb cleaning.
Adobt Lilac the Skunk from the Pet Cemetery (LIFE)
Dis-obedience classes needed.
Pick up a hitchhiking ghost. (LIFE)
Enjoy a cup of tea with your mummy! (LIFE)
Win a BOO-ueaty contest!
Pick up two hitchhiking ghosts.
A night at the Opera.
Séance with Madame Leota (LIFE)
Communicate with the living (LIFE)
LAW SUIT Sue Another Spirit
Take a Night-mare class.
Buy drums and a bell.
Bestow spiritual guidance!
Join the dead poets society. (LIFE)
Attend Ghost Host seminar.
Install extra-creaky hinges in your crypt.
Visit patriarch Grandpa Marc.
Coffin talk with fellow spirits.
Adobt a Siamese-Siamese cat. (LIFE)
Visit brother Claude, he's beneath the sod. (LIFE)
Doom Buggy trip to Death Valley.
Great Caesar's ghost bequeaths a gift!
Commission a portrait.
Visit local haunts in Liberty Square. (LIFE)
New luggage for the hitchhiking ghosts.
Repair clock to strike 13.
Reserve the ballroom for a dinner party.
Having a good mourning!
Knight classes.
Take the Happy Haunts path
Engagement soiree for Constance and Frank
Attend a Ghostly retreat.
Replace safety bar for your Doom Buggy.
Learn to Socialize (LIFE)
Acquire a priceless first edition.
"X" marks the spot!
Prankish spirits detain your Doom Buggy.
Adobe a pet gargoyle (LIFE)
Happy haunts materialize. 
Upgrade to a Tomb (STOP)
Pipe organ transplant
Ghost-write a best selling book.
Ballroom dance lessons. 
Buy a raven.
Death Tax refund!
Grin Path or Grim Path
Anniversary present for Constance and George
Stock up on serpents, spiders, tail of a rat.
New Tombstones.
Push up daisies (LIFE)
Visit good old Fred (LIFE)
Redecorate your tomb to have a view.
Weird glows gleam! (LIFE)
Attend portrait gallery gala.
Meet Master Gracey (LIFE)
Tomb SWEET Tomb! (LIFE)
Make the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake.
Join the jamboree (LIFE)
Follow a foolish mortal home!
Have a tombstone re-DEAD-icated
Attend Ghost Host's Swinging Party.
Farewell... dearly departed
FINAL RESTING PLACE Choose New Orleans Square or Liberty Square


http://www.amazon.com/Game-LIFE-Haunted-Mansion-Theme/dp/B0042QPYG8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326738980&sr=8-1

Saturday, January 14, 2012

WK 2 - HM & IN - Columns 2

After thinking a great deal more I also think two other columns would be fun to prepare:

Haunted Mansion (HM) - Covering all aspects of my favorite ride from the haunts to the ride to the merchandise.

Innoventions (IN) - Although Innoventions may be getting a little dated in Disneyland, and with the new Green Home coming to WDW, this blog is not just about the attraction but my attempts to turn our home into a little inspirited Innoventions smart house.

Looking forward to writing more.

Friday, January 13, 2012

WK 2 - WS - Columns

I am continuing to break down the different columns that will be showcased on both the Spirit of Adventure Blog and Webseries.

The Disney Pantry (DP) - Cooking Disney Recipes At Home

Deconstructing Disney (DD) - Reviewing Disney Restaurants

Good Neighbor Restaurants (GNR) - Restaurants That Are Related To Disney or Downtown Disney Counterparts. For example: The Rainforest Café located in Downtown Disney is owned by the parent company Landry's. In my area they also own Bubba Gumps and Chart House. A more blatant example is outside of the Tiki Room is the Dole Stand which sells Dole Whips. At the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk there is a Dole Stand that also sells Dole Whips. Comparing and contrasting.

Although this blog and vlog will both consist primarily of food information, there may eventually be other portions added including focuses on the Vinylmation craze. But at this time I think the first three are enough to worry about doing correctly at the beginning.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

WK 2 - WS - Homages To Disneyland TV Specials

Before heading to work I watched two more Disneyland TV Specials to continue giving me ideas for the web series. The 1983 Special Believe You Can... And You Can!. There is a special character introduced named J. Fauntenoy Chiffenrobe the CFPS (Chiffenrobe Fantasyland Problem Solver) of Disneyland. His job was to help solve any Fantasyland Problem which included showing construction photos, future plans, meeting with Fantasyland characters. It would be interesting to have a similar character that helps out for a different portion of the series then the restaurant reviews.


I also watched The Disneyland Story from 1990. 


My first surprise was the opening and closing music were selected portions of the Back To The Future theme, and they used the Disneyland Railroad as the train essentially from Back To The Future 3. I think having some throw backs would be very cool in the future like time traveling back to eat Barbecued Pineapple Ribs at the Tahitian Terrace or eating at the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant, with of course the help of some pixie dust. 

This was a very entertaining special, especially at the end where the list a variety of attractions viewers would be able to experience in the future at Disneyland that did not pan out. For instance Little Mermaid would open in 1993, it wouldn't be for another 18 years and across the way that we would get A Little Mermaid Attraction in 2011 at Disney's California Adventure. However if you want to see what the original dark ride would have looked like I think it's a Special Feature on the last Little Mermaid DVD Release.