Author Archives: Rachel Ashbrook




Screens: the Future of Theme Parks?

A recent trend among theme parks are attractions that predominately feature screens as the source of immersion. What I mean by that is an attraction where you spend the majority of your ride time staring at a screen, like Disney’s Star Tours or Despicable Me at Universal Studios.  Contrast that with older attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean that […]


How Does Grizzly Peak Stand Up to the Real Pacific Northwest?

Disney California Adventure strives to show its guests the very best of California. But how accurately do the lands inside the park portray their visions of California? Let’s take a look at Grizzly Peak and its similarities to the real Pacific Northwest National Parks. Grizzly Peak in DCA is made up of 3 distinct areas and attractions: Grizzly […]


How Does Cars Land Stand Up to the Real Route 66?

Disney California Adventures strives to show its guests the very best of California, but how accurately do the lands inside the park portray their visions of California? First up: Cars Land and its similarities to the real Route 66. Cars Land is a triumphant feat of Imagineering — there is no other way to put […]



Marty Sklar’s Creative Spark

  Marty Sklar’s imagination has influenced millions of people. I feel justified in making this bold claim because he has been a driving force in Disney parks worldwide.   When Marty officially retired in 2009, Richard Sherman sang the following song that he penned for the retirement party: (to the tune of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidcious”) Verse I […]