Disneyland Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

Why is the rum always gone?

Well, this year, Disneyland has the answer. The famous theme park is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride and Disney fans are tipsy with excitement. Originally debuted on March 18, 1967, fans from all over the world have lined up to see the classic attraction.

For the longest time, however, the attraction was known as an older ride that had little to no modifications (in terms of appearance, I’m sure regular maintenance is practiced for safety reasons), until 2006. The 2006 modifications included the addition of Captain Jack Sparrow hidden throughout the ride, as well as the later addition of Davy Jones. Jones was replaced by Blackbeard in 2011 to coincide with the ongoing movie series.

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According to the Disneyparks Blog, the park will be turning the upswinging, jazzy New Orleans Square into a rapscallion filled party fit for pirates of all ages. Pirate themed meals and beverages can be found in various restaurants around the square, such as Cafe Orleans, French Market Restaurant, Mint Julep Bar and Royal Street Veranda. The Blue Bayou Restaurant, located within the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride, is of course participating in the festivities as well.

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Some of these scurvy-defying meals include the highly anticipated gold-dusted churros (not coated with actual gold, but with lemon sugar bits), Lost Treasure beignets, Jolly Roger Punch and a Caribbean Breakfast Burrito comprised of scrambled eggs, Andouille sausage, ride, black beans, cheddar cheese and sweet potatoes. Each restaurant in the square has meals fit for a pirate.

(Source: Heather Sievers via DisneyFoodBlog)

Adding to the celebration is the entertainment provided by the Bootstrappers and Lucky the Pirate, as well appearances from the famous Captain Jack Sparrow himself. Whether or not that will be Johnny Depp, however, is yet to be confirmed. I highly doubt it, as much as I’d like that to happen.

Lastly, Disneyland will naturally be providing pirate themed booty and merchandise for all ages. To cater to rising trend of pin trading, Disney will be selling special 50th anniversary pins that visitors can purchase or trade with the employees throughout the park. There will also be special t-shirts for sale in honor of the anniversary, as well as the regular “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie and ride merchandise.

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Will you be joining in on all the swash-buckling, pirate fun? Be weary though, these celebrations, attractions, merchandise and meals are all for a limited time only.

Featured Image: Disney via D23.

what you should know about The Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is finally here and available worldwide! Announced just a few months ago (in October), the Switch is the newest gaming system from Nintendo. It includes detachable, wireless controllers that hook onto the actual gamepad itself, which allows for on-the-go accessibility that has only been provided once before (with the DS series). The Switch is essentially the hybrid of at-home gaming and carry-on gaming, and is dominating other competitors such as the Playstation 4 and Xbox consoles.

The device itself carries 32GB of storage, and supports additional storage, via SD cards, up to 2TB. It also has its own speakers, charging dock, headphone jack – the works. The screen is brighter than its last carry on predecessor, The 3DS, by nearly nine times the pixels. Comparatively, the 3DS’ screen is 400 x 240, and the Switch’s screen is 1,280 x 720.  This is coupled with the most advanced touchscreen capability to date for Nintendo, equipped with a 720p touchscreen capacity. The battery life for the system itself lasts for about 3 to 6 hours, which isn’t exactly impressive compared to other handheld gaming devices. However, since the Switch is charged via USB cable, this is easily fixed with an external battery pack. The Joy-Con controllers, however, must charge while the Switch is being charged, but are rated to last up to 20 hours.

The Joy-Con controllers themselves are bright red and blue, and act similarly to the Wii controllers from previous consoles. However, the difference between the two, besides the obvious paint job, is the shape of the controllers themselves. Instead of the original white, sleek, rectangular controllers, the Joy-Con controllers are curved to fit the Switch, providing a more compact shape for on-the-go gaming. The safety straps, however, did carry over, for obvious reasons.

Now, for the games. Nintendo has created several multiplayer games for the Switch, including newcomers such as “Arms,” “1, 2, Switch” and “Snipper Clippers,” but has also brought back favorites, including “Mario Kart Deluxe 8,”  “Just Dance 2017,” “Splatoon 2,” “Fifa,” “Skyrim,” “NBA2K18” and even “Minecraft.”

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However, the game dominating the charts is their showrunner, “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild.” Rated by IGN and multiple platforms across the web as 10/10, the game lives up to the legacy of the “Zelda” series. From impressive graphics showing off the world of Hyrule, to little secrets and puzzles along the way, the game provides hours of endless content. Reviews are raving about the freedom of the game too, as side paths allow gamers to veer off into the virtual world at their own pace for as long as they desire.

To wrap things up about Nintendo’s new breadwinner, though, I’ll address the elephant in the room. Or rather, the cartridge in the system.

Ever since the Switch was released, many online personalities have tested the theory that the Switch cartridges are considerably disgusting to consume. Obviously, you should not consume anything inedible, like a game cartridge.

But, the weird trend rose from a statement given to IGN by Nintendo about the Switch’s packaging. Nintendo stated, To avoid the possibility of accidental ingestion, keep the game card away from young children. A bittering agent (Denatonium Benzoate) has also been applied to the game card. This bittering agent is non-toxic.” 

Denatonium Benzoate, for all you non-chemical savvy readers out there (me included – I had to do my research), is the chemical considered to be the most bitterest substance known to science. The chemical was accidentally created back in 1958 when scientists were experimenting and trying to create new anesthetics for dentists. So, be glad you don’t have to worry about having that stuck in your teeth the next time you’re at the dentist. Now, the substance can be found in rubbing alcohol, anti-freeze, liquid soaps and shampoos. If your curiosity gets the better of you, just know that the chemical itself is not a toxic substance. It just tastes really, really bad (so don’t do it, please).

Youtube TV

YouTube, the mass media giant and king of video sharing, has proven to be one of the fastest growing social media platforms on the web. From their founding in 2005, YouTube has grown under the wing of its parent company, Google, as well as through its own respective community. Instead of TV personalities, younger generations are growing up with YouTube personalities from many different categories: gaming, cooking, news, reactions, beauty and many others. My personal favorites include Philip DeFranco, his wife’s channel, TheDeFrancoFam, and the channels he helped found, SourceFed and SourceFedNerd.

Within the past few years, YouTube has grown to include YouTube Red, YouTube Music, the infamous YouTube Heroes and its newest addition, YouTube TV.

Announced on February 28, 2017, YouTube has labeled themselves as a new competitor among television live streaming.

YouTube TV will be the newest live streaming service for viewers’ television sets, for $35 a month. There will be no big contract attached, so users can cancel their subscription at any moment. YouTube TV can be shared by up to six accounts for that price (so your friends won’t be constantly bugging you for your Netflix password anymore), and will provide regular television channels such as ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and even some local channels, as Youtube continues to partner with more networks.

One cool feature is the ability to personalize what channels you would like to have and therefore pay for. For example, if someone is a huge baseball fan, but has no interest in cooking, they can choose to pay for MLB and remove Food Network and Cooking Network from their account.

Another feature is the unlimited Cloud DVR, which will mimic the way one would subscribe to a YouTube channel. Once “subscribed” to the show you want to DVR, YouTube TV will record it, and the user will be able to watch the show whenever, as long as they are connected to the internet. On top of all this, regular features such as pause, rewind and fast-forward will be available. There will also be no ads on YouTube videos, and viewers will have full access to YouTube Red via a YouTube Red app within YouTube TV.

So what does this mean for you?

Well, to put it simply, it comes down to the picking game for consumers. I think YouTube TV essentially has the upper-hand. The competition is Direct TV Now, Sling TV and Playstation Vue, as well as the traditional cable providers such as AT&T, Cox, etc. Personally, I think services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and Amazon TV are also competition. The hyperlinks provided link to the FAQs and rates that each provider will have/has.

However, YouTube TV has something that the other providers do not: a well established, online community. YouTube announced that although they have not established the exact features that will highlight their creator community, they see many opportunities to bring in new audiences, and promote shows and channels, through YouTube Red. For a more visual example of that, I highly suggest watching Philip DeFranco’s video on the matter.

Will you be joining the YouTube community through YouTube TV? How does this sound to you, compared to what services you already consume (i.e. Netflix, cable TV, etc.)? Let us know on KCR’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Disney’s Live-Action Movie Lineup

It’s now early March, and Disney fans are counting the days until the 17th and the premiere of “Beauty and the Beast.” The live-action remake of this Disney classic features a huge celebrity cast, including Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston.

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Reviews of the movie should start rolling in within the next week or so. Previous live action movies that recieved high ratings include Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” series (2010/2016), Jon Faverau’s “The Jungle Book” (2016), “Maleficent” (2014), starring Angelina Jolie, and most recently “Pete’s Dragon”  (2016) . Disney has proven to be masters of animation and live action, so I have no doubt that future works will continue to impress audiences worldwide.

Meanwhile, as we all anticipate our chance to be their guests on March 17, Disney continues to work avidly on its future live action movies.

Niki Caro and William Kong, respectively. Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney; Han Myung-Gu/WireImage. Click image to view source.

Recently, the live-action remake of “Mulan” was assigned its director, Niki Caro, and executive producer, William Kong. Caro is known for her films such as “Whale Rider” (2002), “North County” (2005) and “McFarland, U.S.A.” (2015). Kong is known for producing Eastern hits, such as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), “Hero” (2002) and “House of Flying Daggers” (2004).

When the news that “Mulan” would become a live action movie first broke, Disney fans were both excited and worried. The worry turned into online riots when the original script, obtained sometime in 2015, was leaked, and revealed that the remake would not parallel the original animated film from 1998. Changes shown in the leaked script included a white male lead, who would play as the love interest for Mulan instead of General Shang. Thankfully, Disney quickly released a statement that revealed that the leaked script was not actually the script for the live-action movie, and promised fans that the film would contain an all Asian cast. This was also when controversy and outrage were spreading like wildfire over the cast changes in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange.”

Although there has been no official cast list released for “Mulan,” the movie is set to premiere on Nov. 2, 2018.

Until then, here is a list of upcoming live action Disney films, and the featured actors/actresses who have been confirmed or rumored to be a part of said remakes.

 

1.”The Lion King”

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Disney was avid about bringing back Jon Favreau to direct “The Lion King” after his success with “The Jungle Book”. Since then, Favreau has cast Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, as Simba and James Earl Jones as Mufasa. This is the fourth time Glover has been cast by Disney – he portrayed Miles Morales in Disney XD’s “Ultimate Spiderman” and is a part of Marvel’s “Spiderman: Homecoming,” set to premiere on July 7 of this year. Glover is also playing Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo “Solo” movie, which is currently in production and will be released sometime in 2018.

James Earl Jones is also no stranger to the Disney franchise, as he voiced Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” series and Mufasa in the original animated “The Lion King.”

 

2.”Mary Poppins”

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, known for his Broadway successes “In the Heights” and “Hamilton,” and his writing and producing (of music) for Disney’s “Moana,” will be joining actress Emily Blunt and director Rob Marshall to bring “Mary Poppins” to the silver screen once more. Miranda has been cast as Jack, who was originally portrayed by Dick Van Dyke (who is also rumored to be making a cameo in the film), while Blunt will star as Mary Poppins. There has been no confirmation that the great Julie Andrews will be making a cameo in the film with her old co-star (Van Dyke), but I’m keeping my hopes up. The film is currently in production and is set to premiere on Dec. 25, 2018.

 

Other films, such as “Aladdin,” “Dumbo” and “The Sword in the Stone,” all have yet to be cast, but do have directors and writers assigned to them.

Guy Ritchie, known for “Snatch” (2000) and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (2015), will be directing “Aladdin.” However, he has not been confirmed to direct the supposed spin-off movie about The Genie (Robin Williams will be and is missed). For “Dumbo,” the famous Tim Burton is responsible for bringing the adorable circus star to life. Bryan Cogman will be in charge of writing for “The Sword in the Stone” (Cogman has written for the infamous HBO series, “Game of Thrones”, so take that as you will).

Besides these movies, rumors about other live-action remakes are circulating. Emma Stone is rumored to be playing Cruella de Vil in a spin-off staring the villain and her rise to infamy, much like “Maleficent” (which is also rumored to make a second appearance in the live action arena). Other supposed remakes, such as “The Little Mermaid,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Pinnochio” have yet to see actors or directors attached to them. This, however, hasn’t stopped Disney fans, as many have predicted and fan-cast the remakes of these classic films.

Are you anticipating the release of these live-action films? Do you prefer the original animated movies? Are there other Disney films you’re dying to have remade? Let us know via KCR’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.