Thursday, April 30, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #45 (Last One!)

Hello Everyone! Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits! Due to the fact that the book release party is this Saturday (link below), this is the last tidbit for the book!  Thanks checking in and reading them, guys!

45. At theater camp, Chris was Romeo and Lydia was Juliet!

Don't forget to RSVP to my May 2nd book release event (Click here)!

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Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".
33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.
34. The play that Chris & Lydia are auditioning for in Ch. 1 is A Midsummer Night's Dream.
35. The story starts in late September.
36. Lydia and Chris went to theater camp together.
37. At theater camp, Chris and Lydia had lead roles.
38. Romance is for Other People Cover (View Here)
39. Lydia's dad has a job as a realtor.
40. Chris' mom has a job as florist.
41.  The first chapter is titled "I'm Just Nervous."
42.  The second chapter is titled "We Trust You."
43.  The third chapter is titled "You'd Better Propose Because...."
44. The third chapter will be from both Chris AND Lydia's perspectives.

Check back next week for the very last tidbit!

Friday, April 24, 2015

5 Major Roles Teen Stars Had Before They Were Famous

                Many times, child actors and actresses make have been in the business for years before they make it big.  The role they are best known for is not their first performance, or even sometimes their first major performance.  These early roles are not as well known, either because the movies/shows weren’t that good or just that they didn’t get as much exposure as their breakout role. 
                Hilary Duff is best known as Lizzie McGuire, the teenager with best friends Miranda and Gordo and an animated version of Lizzie as the narrator.  However, before she starred in Lizzie McGuire, she played Wendy the Little Good Witch in Casper Meets Wendy.  In the movie, Wendy has three Witch Aunts who are her guardians just like Casper has three ghost uncles and they meet to defeat a powerful dark wizard named Desmond.  The made for video movie appeared on shelves in 1998, two years before Lizzie McGuire premiered in 2001. 
                Zac Efron hit it big with High School Musical in 2007, about a basketball star who finds out he has a secret love for performing musicals.  But in 2005, Zac starred in The Derby Stallion, playing Patrick.  At the beginning of the movie, Patrick is unhappy because he is forced into playing baseball by his father.  But he befriends an older man, Houston, who used to be a steeplechase jockey.  Through Houston, he decides to become a steeplechase jockey himself and beat the town bully at a steeple chase.
                Vanessa Hudgens also starred in High School Musical, as the science-loving girl who befriends Zac’s character and decides to audition with him for the winter musical.  In 2004, she had a major role in Thunderbirds.  She played Tin-tin, the female best friend of the protagonist, Alan, who is the youngest son of the head of an organization called International Rescue.  A devious man named the Hood along with his team captures the island and Alan, Tin-tin and Ferment must work together to defeat the Hood and his minions. 
                Corbin Bleu starred in High School Musical as well, playing the best friend of Zac’s character, who initially doesn't understand his friend’s sudden fascination with playing in theater and musicals.  In 2004, in Catch That Kid he played Austin, the best friend of Maddy, a young climber whose father is paralyzed and needs an expensive operation.  The three decide to rob a bank from a corrupt bank president named Donald Brisbane to get the money necessary for the operation.  Both Austin and her other male friend, Gus, are tricked into believing that Maddy likes him.   This leads us to the final major role, the one of Maddy in Catch That Kid.  She was played by Kristen Stewart, who played Bella in the Twilight Saga Series. 

                Child and teen stars work years, even getting major roles before they hit it big. While these films may not be as prominent as their major successes, it is cool to see them stretching their acting talent with these performances.  Check out these early films by some cool former teen stars.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #44

Hello Everyone! Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

44. The third chapter will be from both Chris AND Lydia's perspectives.

Don't forget to RSVP to my May 2nd book release event (Click here)!

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".
33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.
34. The play that Chris & Lydia are auditioning for in Ch. 1 is A Midsummer Night's Dream.
35. The story starts in late September.
36. Lydia and Chris went to theater camp together.
37. At theater camp, Chris and Lydia had lead roles.
38. Romance is for Other People Cover (View Here)
39. Lydia's dad has a job as a realtor.
40. Chris' mom has a job as florist.
41.  The first chapter is titled "I'm Just Nervous."
42.  The second chapter is titled "We Trust You."
43.  The third chapter is titled "You'd Better Propose Because...."

Check back next week for the very last tidbit!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Music Synergy: Nine Teen Actresses with First Songs/Singles made Directly for Their TV Show or Movie

These days, it always seems that any Nickelodeon or Disney show has an actress who also sings. But it wasn’t always that way.  Many of the actresses from before the early 2000s were actresses but not singers, not branching out into music.  Not so anymore.  All of these actresses have releases at least one music album, some two or more.  This ability to sing as well as act has resulted in a rise of programs with actresses (and actors) who can also sing.  Here are nine of them (by no means a complete list) who got there musical start from songs made directly for the TV show or movie they were working on at the time.
Hilary Duff was the star of the TV show Lizzie McGuire, a teen girl with two best friends and an animated alter ego who made commentary on the events in the episode.  Her first song was the cover, “I Can’t Wait,” (recorded originally by Brook McClymont), and was featured on the soundtrack album for the TV show.
Lindsay Lohan’s second remake movie, Freaky Friday, was about a teen girl who switches bodies with her mother, played by Jamie Lee Curtis.  The closing credits featured Lohan singing the promotional single, “Ultimate,” which was featured on the movie’s soundtrack. 
                Emma Roberts starred in Unfabulous, about a teen girl with two best friends who writes songs about her life (interesting…).  Her first song from the soundtrack album that was released as a single was “I Wanna Be.” 
Demi Lovato starred in Sonny with a Chance, a TV show about a girl who is the newest cast member on a variety show, and Camp Rock, a TV movie about a camp for musicians.  Demi’s first song was “This is Me,” for Camp Rock’s soundtrack album. 
Miley Cyrus starred in Hannah Montana, a girl, Miley, who lives a double life as an ordinary girl with two best friends and a singer superstar called Hannah Montana.  The first song recorded for the show was the theme song, “The Best of Both Worlds.” 
These two next actresses were in the same production, and went on to release their own separate music.  The movie in question is the TV movie High School Musical.  High School Musical was about two young teens who audition for their first musical against the more established brother and sister.  Vanessa Hudgens played the female lead and sang several songs, the highest carting of which was “Breaking Free.”  Ashley Tidsale played the female antagonist, and released, “What I’ve Been Looking For.” 
Selena Gomez is best known for being the star of Wizards of Waverly Place.  But right before she started on the show, she made the movie, Another Cinderella Story.  On the soundtrack for the album she sang, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.”
Miranda Cosgrove starred in Icarly, which was about a teen who produces her own webshow with (you guessed it) her two best friends.  Miranda sang the opening theme song, “Leave it All To Me.,” which, not surprisingly, appears on the TV show soundtrack. 

                These actresses had a great “testing ground” of sorts, where they released songs directly related to the movie or TV production they were working on.  This enabled them to test the waters, and if there was enough interest, release a whole album.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How to get a signed copy of my book

I know some of you cannot come to the book release event on May 2nd.  With the RSVP of April 19 just a few days away, I understand life is busy, you have prior commitments, that sort of thing. I have thought about this and I have come up with two options:

1. You can look at who of your friends is attending the facebook event (Romance is for Other People Book Release Event) and ask one of them to an extra order a copy for you and the price will be $10 (with the ebook included).   That would be the best option to keep your cost down.  Or just attend the event, if you don't have any commitments!  :)  

2.  You can order from my website, starting April 20, a signed copy of the paperback for the list price ($12.99 + $3.00 standard shipping).  There will be a BUY NOW button on the (Buy Romance is for Other People) page.  I know some people hate paying shipping on top of everything else, but I hope you understand: I have to order the book from the book manufacturer (CreateSpace) and pay for shipping, and then I have to pay again for shipping it to you.  I won't make you pay shipping twice, just the money it costs to send from me to you.  But I know paying for shipping is a pain, so I will include the ebook for free through smashwords (which has all of the ebook formats), to make it more worth paying for. 
So $12.99+$3.00 shipping = signed copy of paperback book shipped to you + ebook.  Quite a deal, don't you think?  

I really do want you to get a signed copy if you want to get it.  I hope this helps!   Lee 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #43

Hello Everyone! Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

43.  The third chapter is titled "You'd Better Propose Because...."

Don't forget to RSVP to my May 2nd book release event (Click here) by April 19th!

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".
33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.
34. The play that Chris & Lydia are auditioning for in Ch. 1 is A Midsummer Night's Dream.
35. The story starts in late September.
36. Lydia and Chris went to theater camp together.
37. At theater camp, Chris and Lydia had lead roles.
38. Romance is for Other People Cover (View Here)
39. Lydia's dad has a job as a realtor.
40. Chris' mom has a job as florist.
41.  The first chapter is titled "I'm Just Nervous."
42.  The second chapter is titled "We Trust You."

Check back next week for a new tidbit!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Five Disney-Produced Disney Documentaries You Can See (And One You Can’t)

              For those who are interested in the Disney studio itself, in the creative geniuses behind some of the most beloved Disney movies, Disney has produced some quality content to check out.  These documentaries show talented filmmakers, animators, composers, writers, actors and actresses, even executives trying their best to make a quality Disney (and Pixar) movie.  Because the movies are produced by Disney, there is the concern that the documentaries are “sanitized,” that is removed of any elements that might indicate strife between people in the company.  However, while that is not quite the case, there is still one documentary not available to the public that is attributed in part due to the internal conflict in making the movie.
                Frank and Ollie (1995) might easily been seen as the most sanitized of the documentaries, but that would be discounting the good things within.  Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, were two of the legendary “Nine Old Men” that were head animators at Disney during the early years, starting with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.  What shines through are Frank and Ollie’s commitment to the craft (for example, they would act out scenes and then the finished animation would be shown) and their lifelong friendship.  It’s worth checking out just to see the talent of these incredible animators.
                The Pixar Story (2007) follows Pixar from its very beginning as a tiny computer animation department at Lucasfilm to the powerhouse studio it is today.  What is particularly interesting is watching Pixar’s pre-Toy Story years: how John Lasseter and the people he worked with explored the emerging computer animation field and created shorts that people gathered around.  It also doesn’t shy away from troubles within the production (for example, Toy Story originally had Woody to be a very sarcastic, very mean and unpleasant character in order to be “edgy”).  The movie is available on the Wall-E DVD set.
                The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story (2009) tells of Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman, legendary songwriters employed by Disney.  They are known not only for songs from movies like Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book, but also some of theme tunes in the Disney Parks.  Their skill with collaboration shines through, but also their eventual distance and estrangement from each other.  While both got along well professionally, they did not spend time together personally and ultimately Robert moved to England and the brothers rarely, if ever, talk with each other.  The movie was made by the sons of the brothers who met and decided to tell their story.
                Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009) is a fascinating, impressive film that traces nine years at Walt Disney Animation, from 1985 with The Black Caldron to 1994 with The Lion King.  At the beginning of the film, Disney Animation was floundering and the movies made were getting awful reviews and terrible box office receipts.  With a change-up in leadership and an influx of new animators, the studio began the time that is known as the Disney Renaissance, when every movie (beginning with A Little Mermaid) was a huge critical and box office success.  However, the road to success and living with success is not easy, and the movie also shows the difficulties executives and animators had keeping their egos in check.
                Walt and El Groupo (2009), made by the same people who made Frank and Ollie, traces Walt Disney’s trip to Latin America in 1941, partly as gesture of good will and partly to make a series of film with Latin American themes.  Walt Disney and the animators are shown to be excited and eager to learn about the culture of the countries of South America.  With tons of film footage from the era and interviews with those still living, it is a fascinating story of a particular period in the early Disney Studio’s life.
                The Sweatbox (2002) is not legally available to the public, but is a fascinating story of tracing the history of the making of The Emperor’s New Groove. Originally called Kingdom of the Sun, the movie is produced and directed by Trudie Styler, who is the wife of musician Sting.  Sting was asked to create the music for Kingdom of the Sun, and as part of the deal Trudie was able to make documentary about the making of the movie.  Unfortunately, Kingdom of the Sun tested very poorly, and the people in charge of the film had to scramble to remake the movie to something worthy of release.  Obviously, the movie tries to paint a realistic picture of what happens when making a movie does not go easily, and the hard choices that had to be made.  One day I hope Disney will release this film to the public, and we can see the making of the movie that never was, Kingdom of the Sun. 

                All of these films show the hard of work and dedication of imperfect people trying to create great art, which is a fantastic Disney movie.  They don’t always succeed, but their stories are fascinating tales of how it is to work at Disney.  These movies inspire the creators of movies to continue to create more movies to entertain and delight audiences around the world.  

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #42

Hello Everyone! Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

42.  The second chapter is titled "We Trust You."

Don't forget to RSVP to my May 2nd event (Click here) by April 19th!

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".
33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.
34. The play that Chris & Lydia are auditioning for in Ch. 1 is A Midsummer Night's Dream.
35. The story starts in late September.
36. Lydia and Chris went to theater camp together.
37. At theater camp, Chris and Lydia had lead roles.
38. Romance is for Other People Cover (View Here)
39. Lydia's dad has a job as a realtor.
40. Chris' mom has a job as florist.
41.  The first chapter is titled "I'm Just Nervous."

Check back next week for a new tidbit!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Romance is for Other People Book Release Event!

For those who may just read my blog, here are the basic details: My book release event will be on May 2nd, 2015 at 7 PM at 1315 New Hope Trce, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.  For $10 at the door, you get: (1) A signed copy by the author, (2) a link to download the ebook, for free, (3) a digital photo with the author, (4) food and drinks!   Please RSVP on facebook by Sunday, April 19, 2015! 

The general idea with the night is from 7:00-8:00/8:15 I would be signing books and taking pictures with each of you. Around 8:15, I would come up on stage and read an excerpt.  Once that was over, any late arrivals and/or people who did not get a signed copy I would finish with before the event closes.  There will be food and drinks, so you are welcome to hang around and talk.

This is a public event, so you are more than welcome to invite anyone who is interested in the event.

The book is also available for pre-order right now! 

A note about the paperback: I set up a pre-order page through a different company, Amazon Advantage.  Due to the fact that the printing company, CreateSpace, will not allow you to reserve a release date for your book, on April 20, when I approve the proof and order the books, you will temporarily be unable to pre-order the book from Amazon.  However, you will be able to order from CreateSpace at a link I will provide on the day that the Amazon paperback link goes away.  That technically means that the release date for the paperback is two weeks earlier than the ebook.  FYI.


Thank you so much for your support!   Check out all the previous tidbits I have released about Romance is for Other People below:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".
33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.
34. The play that Chris & Lydia are auditioning for in Ch. 1 is A Midsummer Night's Dream.
35. The story starts in late September.
36. Lydia and Chris went to theater camp together.
37. At theater camp, Chris and Lydia had lead roles.
38. Romance is for Other People Cover (View Here)
39. Lydia's dad has a job as a realtor.
40. Chris' mom has a job as florist.
41.  The first chapter is titled "I'm Just Nervous."

Friday, April 3, 2015

4 Attractions at Each Park at Disney World That Have Closed Down

                Walt Disney World is known for iconic rides and new innovations, the popular ones which stand the test of time and people come back to year after year.  But what about the not-so-popular ones, what happens to them?  If the people don’t come, eventually the ride will be shut down another one will take its place. Or a ride or show that was new and relevant years ago slowly starts to become outdated.  Of course, a whole book could be filled with closed down attractions (for example, an entire Disney waterpark, River Country, is permanently closed on site), but I’ve chosen to focus on one from each major amusement park. 
                “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” opened on the Magic Kingdom’s opening day in 1971.  Guests would board an old fashioned car on a track and then zip through several scenes, with the doors opening at the last second before the car crashed into them.  It was meant to simulate Mr. Toad’s maniac driving through the town.  Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was unique in the fact that there were a large number of fans disappointed that the attraction was closed down in 1998.  It was replaced by The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, which includes a picture of Mr. Toad handing the deed of the place over to Owl. 
                “Cranium Command” was a humorous show within the Wonders of Life Pavilion, opening in 1989.  In it, in audio –animatronic young soldier named Buzzy is sent on a difficult mission to pilot a twelve year old boy.  He has to take all of the elements of the body, the left brain, the right brain, the stomach, the adrenal gland, the bladder, and the heart’s left and right ventricles, and make them work together.  The story follows a typical day in the life of the boy.  Unfortunately, the co-sponsor of the Wonders of Life Pavilion ended its funding in 2001, and after opening seasonally for several years, the pavilion, along with “Cranium Command,” closed permanently in 2007.  It has since been used as a meeting space for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
                “Studio Backlot Tour,” when it opened in 1989 in Disney MGM Studios (now Disney Hollywood Studios) in the Streets of America area, took hours to complete and ran through a fa├žade of New York City, a residential street which included the Golden Girls House, a look inside (at the time) working soundstages, and a visit to Catastrophe Canyon, which used special effects to create the impression of a flood on the trams in a canyon.  The most recent version, after a 2003 refurbishment, only included a small area with car props, Catastrophe Canyon, and a look inside the costume department for the park. Last September 2014, the ride closed for good. 
                “Pocahontas and her Forest Friends” was a stage show that premiered in the Animal Kingdom’s Camp Minnie-Mickey Area, which premiered in 1998.  In the show, Pocahontas and Grandmother Willow, along with a new tree character, Sprig, teach the audience about living with nature in peace and harmony.  The show suffered from comparisons from the much more well produced “Festival of the Lion King,” which was also in Camp Minnie Mickey.  The show lasted until 2008. 

                All of these attractions you can no longer see at Disney World, but if you search you can find photos and videos of each attraction online.  But it’s still not the same as attending it in person.  Here’s to the closed but not forgotten attractions in Walt Disney World.  

Check back tomorrow right here for an announcement about my book, Romance is for Other People!   

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #41

Hello Everyone! Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

41.  The first chapter is titled "I'm Just Nervous."

On Saturday, April 4th, there is a HUGE announcement.  Check back here, on facebook, and on twitter for the news!  

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".
33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.
34. The play that Chris & Lydia are auditioning for in Ch. 1 is A Midsummer Night's Dream.
35. The story starts in late September.
36. Lydia and Chris went to theater camp together.
37. At theater camp, Chris and Lydia had lead roles.
38. Romance is for Other People Cover (View Here)
39. Lydia's dad has a job as a realtor.
40. Chris' mom has a job as florist.

Come back next week for another tidbit!  Don't forget the big announcement on Saturday, April 4th!