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Disney In Depth: 50 Disney Bucket List Items For The Ultimate Fan
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50 Disney Bucket List Items

If you’re a major Disney fan, you yearn to check off various experiences, whether you have a formal list or not.

You’re in luck, as I have compiled 50 Disney Bucket List Items – most of them related to the parks and other destinations, but others as well – that you can work toward achieving.

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Video: Johnny Depp Makes Surprise Appearance As Jack Sparrow On Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride
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Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow on Pirates of the Caribbean

To celebrate the recent 50th anniversary of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and to go along with the release of the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Johnny Depp made a live and in-person appearance as Jack Sparrow at Disneyland Park recently, much to the shock of guests enjoying the ride.

Disney has released a video of Depp’s surprise appearance, and if you haven’t already seen it you can check it out below.

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Disney In Depth: Revisit These Overlooked Disney Songs (Part 1)
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Hundreds of new Disney songs surfaced in the past few decades, many of them defining our childhood and young adult years. We listened to them on an endless loop via our cassettes and CDs. Many tunes, however, may have escaped our memories or even not entered our lives at all. The world of Disney music is vast in both scope and setting, ranging from our television screens and home video to the theme parks and on stage.

This first edition of a two-part feature on Disney In Depth explores the songs you may have missed or forgotten, but should very well revisit.

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Disney In Depth: Book Review: Maps Of The Disney Parks
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Maps of the Disney Parks
Hardcover
Text By Kevin and Susan Neary
Maps Curated by Vanessa Hunt
Publisher: Disney Editions
Release date: October 18, 2016

How would we live without maps? They give us direction and purpose. Some lead us down new paths. Others familiarize us with common settings. The park maps we snatch upon entering any of the Disney theme parks accomplish just this. Even more, the meta atmosphere of Disney often means there are maps within maps. Thankfully a new book from Disney Editions titled Maps of the Disney Parks compiles both the dated and novel park maps, as well as maps featured within the park settings.

Duo Kevin and Susan Neary, along with Disney Imagineer Vanessa Hunt, have produced a wonderful publication of lush visuals galore that should nicely complement your edition of Hunt’s Poster Art of the Disney Parks.

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Disney In Depth: 50 Defining Moments Since Walt Disney Died (Part 3)
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Finishing up with a special three-part edition of Disney In Depth, this third and final article recognizes even more defining moments in The Walt Disney Company’s history over these past 50 years (1967 – 2016) since Walt died.

Let the 50 Defining Moments Since Walt Disney Died conclude!

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Disney In Depth: Book Review: ‘Poster Art Of The Disney Parks’
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Poster Art of the Disney Parks
Hardcover
Written by Daniel Handke and Vanessa Hunt
Disney Editions
Release Date: September 11, 2012

These images summon us to enter the Disney theme parks, prompting us to come up with fantastical ideas of what they hold in store. The poster art found at the entrances of Disney’s Magic Kingdom-style parks, as well as at Disney’s many other theme parks and destinations, are sometimes as fascinating to visually digest as the attractions are to experience. I know I felt that way as a child, always attracted to the visual majesty of such simple teasers. Apparently many others felt that way, too. As Disney Legend and renowned Imagineer Tony Baxter writes, that artwork remained in his mind in anticipation of entering Disneyland.

The 2012 book Poster Art of the Disney Parks possesses glossy, gorgeous visuals of tons of attractions (up to the release of the title), as well as some helpful commentary on their development and symbolism.

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Disney In Depth: 11 Great Disney Character Interaction Videos
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The best remedy to cure withdrawals from being away from the Disney theme parks? Watch videos of other folks in the parks! More specifically, clips of guests interacting with Disney characters bring smiles and excitement to those who watch thinking about the possibility of meeting that famous personality the next time they visit a Disney destination.

Thousands upon thousands of them circulate the Internet, and here are 11 Great Disney Character Interaction Videos, featuring all of the things we clamor over: little kids, animals, humor, and love.

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Disney In Depth: Embracing More Marvel and Muppets In The Parks
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Play the music and light the lights. The emergence of more Marvel and Muppets in the Disney theme parks is enough to make the future look very bright! Disney must balance so many properties these days that there is only enough slots during the yearly theatrical schedule to place movies. A few are reserved for “Disney proper,” whereas others must account for Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar.

Likewise, many of the Disney theme parks’ newest offerings are not “originals,” but rather come from preexisting brands. Two Disney brands gaining more exposure in the parks come from arenas that have been relatively absent in Disney parks: Marvel and the Muppets.

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Geek Peek: New Concept Art For Disneyland’s Star Wars Experience
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Disneyland has been experiencing some changes in the past few months and all of it will be leading up to the highly anticipated opening of the theme park’s expansion called The Star Wars Experience. And now, Disney has released new concept art of what we can expect to see in the latest addition to Disneyland.

Check out the concept art here below.

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Disney In Depth: Examining Tom Staggs’ Unexpected Exit
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This week Disney announced that Tom Staggs, chief operating officer of The Walt Disney Company, would be stepping down from his pivotal role. Disney sees major players change jobs within the organization all the time – sometimes even switching key positions entirely – but this exit is monumental.

Staggs had been viewed as the probable successor to CEO Bob Iger, to retire from the Mouse House’s top spot in 2018. What Staggs’ departure from Disney means for the company requires examination.

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