Category Archives: Ron Schneider Columns

TPU Review: Arabian Nights’ Royal VIP Package

It’s no easy thing to set a themed show in an arena. The themed show, as I’ve noted, is something that happens within the guest. It isn’t the setting, the music, the performance or the story being told… it is the guests’ experience of these things. Thus the true name of the show is not, […]

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TPU Review: Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor & The Giggle Gang

I’ve just returned from a rare 3-day sojourn into the hot, wet & crowded ‘Belly of the Beast’: WDW in July. My purpose was twofold; first, to escort the Fabulous Feeney Family of New Jersey on the occasion of their summer visit… and second, to assess the State of Comedy in our parks. I have […]

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Our Online Role as Magic Makers…

Are negative posts and “Me, too!” thinking tainting vacation magic? Ron Schneider examines the role Disney bloggers play in their guests’ good times…

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TPU Review: Mickey and the Magical Map: Story vs. Premise

Ron reviews Disneyland’s new stage show and finds untapped magic in the Magical Map.

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5 Steps for Great Themed Entertainment: A (Titanic) Origin Story

Today, friends, I want to discuss how I first learned about the 5 Steps to Great Themed Entertainment… I probably learned more about audiences, interacting, and guest psychology as an actor/guide at Titanic, the Exhibition than in any other job. It was a perfect laboratory to find creative solutions to the daily challenges of an […]

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TPU Review: Manor Professional Wrestling Dinner Theatre

Dinner Show Characters

Greetings, Students! Your esteemed faculty has just returned from an inspirational retreat, exploring the creative limits of the interactive genre. We have long been united by our love for dinner attractions – the more challenging and unusual, the better. So when word reached us of a new local dining experience we were soon on the […]

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A Dreamfinder’s Guide to Imagineering Your Life II

Welcome back, class. Today’s topic: Practical advice on nurturing a dream. You’ve got a vision of where you’d like to wind up… at WDI in Glendale or an executive suite at Google or a tenured position at Carnegie Mellon… and you’re ready to start taking practical steps toward that destiny. For me, the practical path […]

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TPU Review: The 3 Musketeers @ Pirates Dinner Adventure – “One for All & All for What?”


When I was making the transition from performer to writer I learned two important truths: 1) The only way to become known for writing is to write; and 2) The choice writing assignments go to the guy the producers think of first. For someone just starting out, this means ‘casting your bread upon the water’… […]

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All Thumbs

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While all my friends know me to be full of opinions (among other stuff), this week I published my first-ever, self-styled ‘review’ of a theme park show for ‘Theme Park University’. Sadly, on that same day, the world lost a great writer and my personal favorite reviewer, Chicago’s Roger Ebert. I was a devoted fan […]

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TPU Review: Disneyland’s Faire Plays

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From time to time I plan to review specific live shows, applying the 5 elements of themed entertainment I wrote about in From Dreamer to Dreamfinder: 1) Deliver What You Promise, 2) Don’t Waste My Time, 3) Make Me Laugh, 4) Surprise Me, and 5) Move Me. I’m doing this, not to criticize what’s been […]

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