It's been awhile since I talked Disney, so here's what's been going through my mouse-mind lately. I'm planning on making my usual October Disneyland trip, since that's always been a good month to go, and I figure at least some of the 50th anniversary crowds will have diminished. I'm really looking forward to all of the special 50th stuff - the park museum in the Opera House, the new parade and fireworks (I can't wait to see Tinkerbell's new flight on the crazy rig they have installed!), and I've got to buy a pair of golden Mickey ears as soon as I get there! I'm also psyched that some of the old Disneyland traditions are returning, like the awesome Matterhorn climbers (photo from MousePlanet)! I really hope these guys are doing their thing while I'm there.
I've also been listening to tons of rare Haunted Mansion audio lately. My favorite find so far is what seems to be a complete, unedited recording of the entire session (well over a half hour) with Paul Frees. You get to hear every take, good and bad, of that classic attraction script, along with some coaching from X Atencio (the Imagineer who wrote the script and song). Frees was a vocal genius, and the between take comments are hilarious!