Feral Cats Members at Night

MDC Fan Question: Is it true Disneyland has feral cats?

The answer is ..Yes! There is an estimated of 200 feral cats living at Disneyland. Disney employed these feral cats way back in 1955, while doing renovation of the Sleeping Beauty castle, Disney employees found 100 cats living in the unused portion, and instead of getting rid of them, they decided to make them employees to help keep the rodents out.

“We are not trying to get rid of them,” said Gina Mayberry, manager of Disneyland’s Circle D ranch, where the park’s animals are housed. “They keep the rodent population down.”

The animal care staff at the park took it upon themselves to initiate what they call Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), with the help of local organization including Best Friends Catnippers and FixNation, Disneyland developed a protocol for the humane care of the resort’s cats.

“What we do is trap the cats, get them spayed or neutered and make sure they get a wellness check and release them back into the population,” says Mayberry. Although Disneyland doesn’t monitor the total number of cats, she says the program has been quite successful at adopting out kittens and “maintaining a balance” between cat population and the Disneyland environment.

Feral cat living at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure

After the cats are neutered and returned to the park grounds, they receive continuing managed care including regular shots, a place to stay, and good food.

During the day, the cats reside in five permanent feeding stations hidden amongst the two parks, one is said to be on the lower deck of the Hungry Bear restaurant.

At night, they prowl around and stalk the rodents.

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Despicable Me 2 vs. The Lone Ranger?

Two movies opened up on the same day The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2, one made from Disney and the other Universal Studios, two very opposing entertainment industries.

Minion from Despicable Me 2 (left) and Johnny Depp as Tonto in The Lone Ranger (right)

WARNING: SPOILER ALERTS FOR BOTH MOVIES

The Lone Ranger is a movie that tells the rising of John Reid, played by Armie Hammer, Reid is a stickler for the law coming to Texas to visit his older brother, Dan Reid.  John doesn’t know that the train is carrying an outlaw who is Butch Cavendish caught by Dan and also the Comanche spirit warrior, Tonto who is played by Johnny Depp.

Tonto and John Reid meet

The plot goes on as the railroad is being built but with little care for the Native Americans which are the Comanche, the mayor of the town who is orchestrating the production of the railroads has agreed to keep building the railroads on their side of the river and away from the Comanche land as long as they stay out of the towns and their production, however, the plot thickens when silver and gold minerals come into play—let’s leave it at that.

I went with my boyfriend to see the movie and we both agreed it was funny, but then we thought, no not just any funny, it’s definitely “Johnny Depp” funny. I guess his humor has to be put into a separate category. I hate to say it, but, I did see and hear a lot of Captain Jack Sparrow in Tonto. Let me take you to one of the beginning scenes, Tonto and John Reid were both handcuffed together and when they were fighting the bad guys on the train, pure luck something would happen to help them be able to fight off the bad guys. This is just like Captain Jack Sparrow when he fights or takes on the bad guys he doesn’t think about it, it sort of just happens.

Tonto

Another great actor or should I say animal actor that stood out was Silver the white spirit horse. The movie incorporated Silver into situations where you would least expect a horse to appear.

Silver does an amazing job, here’s a photo from one of my favorite scenes:

Silver and Tonto fighting over “Spirit Warrior”

I’ve given The Lone Ranger 3 out or 5 Mickeys, it’s a well made movie, and I did like it.

3 out of 5I was lucky enough to get to see Despicable Me 2 and I have to admit it was better than the first one.

The two movies are difficult to compare with each other. Despicable Me 2 is without a doubt a family movie, not saying The Lone Ranger isn’t, but when someone gets shot in the head while blood splatters around—you just don’t take your two year old there. Both movies had a love interest, but Despicable Me 2 was able to make it funny and entertaining while The Lone Ranger was serious and risky.

Gru and Lucy

In the end, I’m definitely a kid at heart and will have to say, I liked Despicable Me 2 over The Lone Ranger, sorry Disney!

Which one would you go see A or B?  Or if you saw both, which did you like better? Comment below! 🙂

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2013 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Info!

Friday, September 13 –  October 31, 2013 Disneyland will have Halloween Time. Mickey’s Halloween Party has been extended for 13 nights at the park.

Halloween Time will have Disney villains roaming around, along with Mickey and his friends dressed in their costumes, there’s also a Dia de Los Muertos Celebrations and special after hours Mickey’s Halloween Party. Many of our favorite Halloween overlays will return like Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain’s Ghost Galaxy.

Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion Ride

Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets will be available on Disneyland.com/Halloween Here are some important dates:

  • July 8: Tickets go on sale to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa members, and Disney Vacation Club members.
  • July 15: Tickets on sale to general public
  • Mickey’s Halloween Party 2013 dates:
  1. Friday, September 27
  2. Tuesday, October 1
  3. Friday, October 4
  4. Tuesday, October 8
  5. Friday, October 11
  6. Tuesday, October 15
  7. Friday, October 18
  8. Monday, October 21
  9. Wednesday, October 23
  10. Friday, October 25
  11. Monday, October 28
  12. Wednesday, October 30
  13. Thursday, October 31

Disneyland Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

SIDE NOTE: There’s also a new “Monsters U Dance Party” at Tomorrowland Terrace at Disneyland.

FOR WALT DISNEY WORLD Go To: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party/

Lone Ranger’s Tonto (Johnny Depp) kisses Jimmy Kimmel!

A new movie is coming out in theaters July 3, 2013 and it stars Johnny Depp.Johnny Depp kisses Jimmy Kimmel for saying he’s got a beautiful face and they talk a bit more about “The Lone Ranger”…

Johnny Depp as Tonto

Disney states:

“The Lone Ranger” is from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, and Jerry Bruckheimer Films create a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice-taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

“The Lone Ranger” is a remake of the original 1950s TV show “The Lone Ranger” and his sidekick Tonto through the Wild West

On the left, Disney’s version of “The Lone Ranger”starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. On the right, the original Tonto and John Reid. Image by CBS/Peter Mountain/Disney

CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE: The controversy over the casting of Depp as Tonto and concerns as to whether the film will present a positive accurate representation of the Comanche.

Watch the trailer below!