According to my sources, Walt Disney Records Japan / Avex will be releasing "Tokyo Disneyland: Disney's Halloween 2004" on September 23rd, 2004. No word if music from "Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare" will be included. And just as an FYI, the "Dramatic DisneySea" CD (TDS's 3rd Anniversary Celebration) is available from September 15th.
> Hey guys, could someone fill me in--is this
> the first year Haunted Mansion Holiday is
> happening at TDL?
Yes. And depending on who you listen to, it's because WDW either didn't want HMH or dragged its feet on its decision to get it...but I believe that the general concensus is that TDL is getting it because WDW isn't.
I'm doubtful that a CD will show up this year, or that it will be included on the "Halloween 2004" CD. Last year "It's a Small World Very Merry Holidays" didn't get a CD release either, and it wasn't represented on any of the 20th Anniversary CD's. So, I'm not holding out hope for "Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare".
You know, Dirk, each time I experience the Timekeeper, I become more and more enamored of the attraction--inspired Robin Williams' dialogue, swashbuckling adventure, combined together to create a great story, that actually might even enlighten the uninitiated to the likes of Da Vinci, Mozart, and of course, Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. Walt loved making learning a fun thing--he definitely would've approved of the show.
Why this isn't a featured attraction.......
Anyway, as we entered the Magic Kingdom this last trip, I stopped in City Hall to ask where they were hiding the latest WDW OA, as I had only seen the old CD in Epcot and MGM(I later found it in the Main Street Cinema shop); I figured I'd also ask at the desk about the Timekeeper--answer: closed--a "seasonal" attraction. I had figured as much. But later as I was racing over to Space Mountain to grab some Fast Passes, I saw a Timekeeper placard right in the walkway between the Timekeeper and the former Alien Encounter--odd, I thought. On the way back from Space Mountain came the shock, as I detected some activity over at the Timekeeper--it was open!!! I later raced back with my wife and son and positioned myself right up front by a speaker and caught Bruce Broughton's entire musical prelude, followed by the Rhea Perlman pre-show, and of course, the attraction itself.
I guess there's still some spare pixie dust around......
I too would like to voice my support of Timekeeper and especially the gorgeous waiting area BGM by Mr. Broughton. I never had the chance or wisdom to linger in the waiting area, and so never even knew that this piece existed. But last night I was treated to an exceptionally clear live recording of the entire loop and it's marvelous. I hadn't cared for Mr. Broughton's score for the film , at least compared to DLP's until I heard this waiting area version, where he really has fun with all the variations.
As for the attraction itself, if you're gonna do CircleVision why not have Robin Williams? He truly is inspiring in this attraction. If you really want to watch the movie, he's not soooo intrusive that you can't ignore him, and yet he moves the plot along. Rhea Perlman on the other hand....
hmm.... is there a way this poor timekeeper fan could get that pre-show music recording from WDW, so he'll be a little less sad about the closure of DLP's Le Visionarium? well..?
speaking about Robin Williams role in Timekeeper... to be honest, i think Timekeeper and Nine-Eye are sort of annoying in the WDW version. They talk to lot, joke too much and try to be hip. I prefer DLP's more 'silent' narration, i think it serves the theme of the movie better.
Well, there won't be a "Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare" CD for TDL this year at least. The "Halloween 2004" CD information is out, and it's only got the parade on it, and nothing else. Oh well, maybe next year.