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The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

Three Things Every Disney Theme Park Fan Should Own

Maps of the Disney Parks
(Disney Editions)

THEME PARKS

If you are Disney theme park fan, you understand the struggle when trying to bring back the perfect souvenir which is pretty much impossible next to your memories. Some of us are looking for something more than just a t-shirt or Mickey Mouse ears. A true Disney park fan wants a piece of the park. We’re fascinated with every element of the park including the architecture, the music and all the fine attention that goes into detailing the parks. We delight in some of the smallest things – that Disney would consider theming out every little thing with much of it going unnoticed by the casual visitor. We love “hidden Mickeys” and we are often sad when an older attraction is no more. If this you, then you’ll appreciate these three excellent products from Disney that are a “must” for any serious fan and you won’t need to travel to theme park to get them:

Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California to Shanghai
Maps of the world don’t do a thing for me, but put a map of Disneyworld in front of me, and I’m good for hours. With text written by Kevin and Susan Neary and art curated from Vanessa Hunt, this book features 143 pages of maps from every Disney theme park. Some are concept drawings, others are souvenir maps. Some are just for fun. The book captures artwork from 1955 up to 2016 and features artwork from many Disney Imagineers who all have their unique style of design. Seeing the many changes to the Disneyland maps and each artist’s interpretation is fascinating. It’s all housed in a beautiful coffee-table style book.

Book of Disney Attraction Poster Art
(Disney Editions)
Poster Art of the Disney Parks
Vanessa Hunt also had a hand in this book by Walt Disney Imagineering. Along with Danny Handke, the two put together a beautiful book featuring the many attraction posters that are displayed throughout the various Disney parks. This is actually the second edition of this poster book (the first came out in 2012). In addition to its 144 pages of colorful posters, it also comes with six exclusive poster prints that you can decorate your home with if you so desire. Unlike the Maps book, this one is separated by Disney “lands” rather than years and special chapters are devoted to Tokyo DisneySea and Disney California Adventure as their “lands” don’t follow suit. As with the Maps book, the pages are filled with different styles of artwork that have been created over the years. These posters are so treasured that many of Disneyland’s original posters are still being used today. Some pages show how some of the same posters are used in more than one park but with subtle differences and even how Disney is able to create that “classic look.”

The music of Disneyland and California Adventure
(Walt Disney Records)
The Legacy Collection: Disneyland
Walt Disney Records released this pack of three CDs in 2015 featuring music from the various attractions from Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. What’s great about this work is that also includes music from older attractions that have closed up shop. You won’t find everything here, but just about. Included in the set are hard to find recordings from The Golden Horseshoe, The Rainbow Caverns, Adventures Through Inner Space, The Country Bear Jamboree and others. You can hear the different versions of the same attractions like the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse and the later Tarzan Treehouse as well as two different versions of Space Mountain. The album set also features big Disney spectaculars like The Main Street Electrical Parade and Fantastmic. There is also a portion of Walt Disney’s dedication of Disneyland featured as well. Finally, it is all housed up with a short booklet giving some history of the attractions and some excellent Disney artwork to match.


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