Tuesday, August 04, 2009

D23: New Issue and A Visit to Club 33

The third issue of Disney Twenty-Three hits the stands this week with a cover story on the Haunted Mansion.

Topics include the 1959 expansion of Disneyland, the soon-to-open Walt Disney Family Museum, the upcoming TOY STORY movie, and a tribute to New Orleans Square.

Posts on the first two issues can be found here and here.

The D23 website has an article up about visiting Club 33. (Click the title of this post for the link.)

Longtime readers may recall I've been fortunate enough to visit Club 33 on three occasions. Two of those visits are chronicled here and here.

Club 33 is a completely awe-inspiring experience for Disney fans: the magic of being allowed inside (!), the beautiful decor with props from classic films, and food that is spectacularly good.


Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

Did you ever see the Haunted Mansion movie? Kind of good, kind of not.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

No, I skipped that one...just not a Haunted Mansion fan myself (grin). Interested to hear your take on it!

Best wishes,

3:39 PM  
Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

I ended up watching the Haunted Mansion on television one night when there was nothing else on. :)

I don't want to bother to look up a lot of facts so this won't be as well-written as your reviews. Basically, Eddie Murphy's character, his wife and kids all end up at the Haunted Mansion because of Murphy's go-get-em realtor tactics. The owner displays a great attraction to Murphy's wife, who is an exact ringer for his fiance who was mysteriously killed by *someone*. As we find out, she was killed about 100 years ago.! Meanwhile, mysterious happenings are leading Murphy and the kids into finding out more and more about the house's inhabitants. The owner's working to take Murphy's wife away and his insistence that she really is his dead love come back and she'll remember everything as soon as she marries him (and dies!) were kind of creepy to me. The ending also seemed a little bit wild too; I think the villain was a little too over the top at the end. The ghosts were fun overall though, so a Haunted Mansion fan might enjoy that.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks much for sharing your thoughts on the film, Barb! Enjoyed it. (And thank you for the compliment, too!) Have a good weekend --

Best wishes,

3:28 PM  

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