New Fantasyland - Early Impressions
Posted Monday, October 15, 2012 at 3:59p Pacific Time
Doobie visits the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland and gives his early impressions of each area.
Doobie Reviews: Tron: Legacy / Tron: Classic Blu-Ray
Posted Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 10:41a Pacific Time
Doobie looks at the new Tron: Legacy / Tron: The Original Classic Five-Disc Combo Blu-Ray / DVD / Digital Copy and tells you why even someone who didn't love Tron: Legacy should own in.
Review: LOST: The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-Ray
Posted Friday, September 3, 2010 at 3:57p Pacific Time
Doobie reviews the Blu-Ray release of the final season of one of his all-time favorite shows - LOST.
LaughingPlace.com 10th Anniversary Meet on December 6th at Disneyland's Downtown Disney
Posted Friday, November 20, 2009 at 1:50p Pacific Time
LaughingPlace.com will be holding a 10th anniversary meet at the Disneyland Resort on December 6th. Everyone is welcome to attend what promises to be a very fun time. Details are below...
Sunday, December 6th 11a - 2p
Naples in Downtown Disney
Pizza, other light refreshments and soft drinks will be available
In addition we'll have all the other meet activities:
* Meet and greet game
* Golden Doobie Awards
* LaughingPlace.com meet-exclusive button
* Prizes and giveaways
* Special surprises???
* Most importantly, the chance to meet other LPers
The price is $27.50 for adults and $20 for children. As always, the tickets cover costs only, we don't make any money from this.
To discuss, please see the official meet topic:
Doobie's D23 Expo Impressions
Posted Friday, September 11, 2009 at 7:09a Pacific Time
A few random thoughts from the first day of the D23 Expo
LaughingPlace.com Turns 10
Posted Friday, July 31, 2009 at 3:11p Pacific Time
LaughingPlace.com turns 10 years old tomorrow. Of course, Doobie has a few thoughts.
Doobservations: Lost Complete First Season and Second Season on Blu-Ray
Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 8:14p Pacific Time
Doobie looks at last month's Blu-Ray releases of Lost: The Complete First Season and Lost: The Complete Second Season.
Doobservations: Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary 2-Disc DVD
Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 2:42p Pacific Time
Doobie reviews the new Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary 2-disc DVD which was released on January 27th.
Doobservations: Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Special Edition DVD
Posted Monday, January 19, 2009 at 2:25p Pacific Time
Doobie reviews last month's Special Edition DVD release of The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.
Doobserations – Lost: The Complete Fourth Season DVD
Posted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 1:32p Pacific Time
Doobie's look at this week's DVD release of his favorite television show, Lost: The Complete Fourth Season.
Doobservations: Prince Caspian DVD
Posted Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 9:52p Pacific Time
Doobie gives his take on the new DVD released today, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
Why Disney's Hollywood Studios is My Favorite Park
Posted Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 6:17p Pacific Time
A few months ago I explained why Epcot was my favorite Walt Disney World park. After a few months of reconsideration, I now have an update to that article. My favorite park is now Disney's Hollywood Studios, and here's why.
LaughingPlace.com Turns 9 Today
Posted Friday, August 1, 2008 at 4:43a Pacific Time
LaughingPlace.com turns 9 years old today. The most important thing I do in this yearly message is thank those who've made LP possible. This year will be no different. If you are a regular reader of LaughingPlace.com, I encourage you to take a few minutes to read the names below and thank them along with me.
First, thanks to our myriad of writers and photographers who contribute regularly and occasionally to the site. Over the past 12 months that list includes:
- Captain Jon: Podcaster
- Lindsay Cave: Regular Columnist, Photos and Tales from the Laughing Place
- FanBoy: Blogger and Podcaster
- Bob Gurr: Regular Columnist
- Kirby Holt: Regular Columnist
- Megan Kaplan: Occasional Columnist
- Tetsuya Kawamura: Occasional Columnist
- Lee MacDonald: Regular Columnist, Photos and Tales from the Laughing Place
- Greg Maletic: Regular Columnist and Blogger
- Jim Miles: Regular Columnist
- Julie and Mike Neal: Occasional Columnists
- Ken Pellman: Regular Columnist
- Scarlett Stahl: Occasional Columnist
- Jim VanOstenbridge: Games
- Bob Welbaum: Regular Columnist
- Mark Wharff: Trivia Contests
- Rhett Wickham: Regular Columnist
Special thanks to the Discussion Board moderators who do a wonderful job behind-the-scenes (and some wish to remain behind-the-scenes so I won't mention any names here). And right beside the official moderators I want to thank the de-facto LP Discussion Board gurus who've contributed since day one in many cases and really set the tone for the community. Again, I won't mention any names, but all the community regulars know who they are and I really appreciate all of you.
Once again, a special thanks to three long-time contributors - Dave Mastanich, Doug Marsh and Denise Owsley - who've done a great job of covering everything on the West Coast since Rebekah and I moved to Florida 4 1/2 years ago. I know those red carpet premieres are hard work, aren't they? Thanks also to John "Indigo" Frost who long ago moved on to his own very successful blog but who played a big part in getting LP off the ground nine years ago.
Thanks to the workers on the other side of LP, the LP Store, for their hard work - Linda Kaplan, Megan Kaplan, Mark Kaplan and Jonathan Kaplan (we're a family business :)
Finally, thanks to my wife and partner in LP, Rebekah. Everyday my job is to work on Disney stuff and I get to do that at home and at Walt Disney World right alongside my wife. Dreams do come true.
LaughingPlace.com readers unwittingly gave us a very special birthday present this year. They started a topic on the Discussion Boards called Your best LP memories. When we started LP nine years ago we knew we could create a website that served the Disney fan community and helped us make a living. That was our goal. But the stuff in this topic was stuff we never expected to occur. Thanks so much for sharing, everyone. If you haven't read it, I encourage you to do so by clicking here.
On behalf of Rebekah, thank you everyone and we look forward to the big ONE - ZERO next year.
PS - I've done my very best not to leave anyone out above. If I have, please know it's not intentional. Drop me an email and I'll correct my mistake.
Doobie's Review of Toy Story Midway Mania
Posted Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 1:40p Pacific Time
With the official opening of Toy Story Midway Mania today at Disney's California Adventure, it seemed like a good time for me to give my personal review of the new attraction. I've only been able to ride the Walt Disney World version but from everything I've been told, the ride itself is identical on both coasts. But as for the exterior and queue, I'll only be talking about the Florida version. So here it goes...
Why Epcot is My Favorite Park
Posted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 6:04p Pacific Time
Disneyland the original is just that ... original. But now more than fifty years after its opening, it's no longer one-of-a-kind with four other Magic Kingdoms around the world and countless knockoffs from other companies. Similarly Disney's Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Disney's California Adventure are - to some extent - variations on themes that can be found elsewhere within and outside of Disney. But there is one park that is a big exception to that rule, my favorite Disney park (that I've visited), Epcot.
My Favorite Disney Coasters
Posted Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:56p Pacific Time
You'd think living right next door to Walt Disney World I'd get to ride all the rides all the time. But with it being so convenient I rarely get there early in the morning or late at night. That means I'm there when crowds are at their biggest and I'm usually only there for a few hours so FastPass often isn't a help. Consequently, with the exception of the Magic Kingdom with its after-hours parties, I rarely get on the big rides. But over the past month I've been able to ride just about all the coasters at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World so I decided to gather a list of my favorite Disney coasters (Note I've not been to any of the International Disney parks)
LTDL: Living the Disney Life: Yak and Yummy! (11/15/2007)
Posted Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 6:56p Pacific Time
This afternoon Rebekah and I made our way to Animal Kingdom (for the first time in about two months!) to check out this year's Christmas decor and festivities and the newest Animal Kingdom restaurant - Anandapur Yak and Yeti. Located in Asia Yak and Yeti is Animal Kingdom's first table service restaurant located inside the park. It's owned and operated by Landry's, the same company that owns Rainforest Cafe.
LTDL: Daylight Savings Party and More (Oct 31 - Nov 7)
Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 7:01p Pacific Time
I can't believe I haven't been to Animal Kingdom in well over a month! I last went before I left for vacation in late September. Hopefully I'll get there next week. In fact, with Christmas decor already starting to go up, the whirlwind that is the holidays is about to begin as we start the process of accumulating hundreds of holiday pictures (and more than a few videos) for LP Lotion. Should be fun....
In the past week since my last Living the Disney Life the biggest event has been our Daylight Savings Party...
LTDL: Catching Up with D.M.
Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 3:46p Pacific Time
Me and Rebekah before the Tower of Terror race
Living the Disney Life: Catching Up With D.M.
Once again it's been a while since since my last filing. Much of that time was spent on vacation in Washington, DC and Williamsburg, VA with my wife and her family. A wonderful time was had including a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge - perhaps competitors of Disney should they continue to pursue the themed hotels beyond Hawaii.
Since returning in early October I have been able to do some park visiting. Here are some highlights.
LTDL: Magic Kingdom and Epcot (September 18)
Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 3:48p Pacific Time
Living the Disney Life: Magic Kingdom and Epcot (September 18)
With the reopening of the Haunted Mansion Rebekah and I headed into the park late last Saturday night. But we got a call while waiting for the Monorail letting us know it was down. We went in anyway and waited but alas, it was not do be. My next chance to get there would be Tuesday the 18th (Rebekah went in on her own on Monday to ride it). We were able to get right in as there was no wait. Here are my impressions (Note: I'm not the most observant person in the world, so this isn't a comprehensive look. For a complete list of changes and video from the new ride, see LP Lotion)...