Disney during the day was awesome, but Disney at night is even better! We went to a couple different evening and night shows, and they all completely blew my mind. Just the shows alone would have been well worth the price of the park entrance ticket.
The first show we went to see was the Aladin musical special. It was a live performance of an abridged version of the original Disney Aladin story.
The person that they chose for Jasmin had a very beautiful voice. Surprisingly, she was actually oriental Asian, which I guess means that Disney does hire based on talent. :DMy favorite actor from the show was definitely the blue Genie. He was so sassy! I felt that he kept the show really fresh because he made a lot of jokes based on current pop culture/events.
For example, when explaining the wishing rules to Aladdin, Genie said, “Rule 2, I can’t make somebody fall in love with you. Trust me, I tried with Taylor Swift, and we are never, ever, ever, ever getting back together.” (This is a reference to one of Talyor Swift’s many break up songs)
At one point Genie gestures to his bare chest, “I was wearing a shirt earlier, but I had to take it off because Abercrombie and Fitch don’t want people like me wearing their stuff!”
Last one - Towards the end of the show, Genie pointed at Jafar and said, “Lady Gaga called and says she wants her outfit back!”
Apparently his jokes get changed/updated too, so no show is quite the same as the next! So, the Aladin musical uses the standard fireworks and lighting effects. But the coolest sort of stage/special effects that they use is where Aladdin and Jasmin were on a moving platform that flew over the crowd!
I’ve circled them in orange in case you have trouble seeing them. Because it was dark, you couldn’t see the strings/bars that the carpet hung from, so it seemed almost real.I feel that the musical production was better than I could have ever imagined. They successfully combined childhood nostagia, a sense of wonder and magic, and pop culture humor.
However, the most astonshing and breath-taking night show was, without a doubt, the World of Color.
World of Color is Disneyland’s largest nighttime show that takes place at the harbor. Along with music, they project images of Disney characters and scenes onto spraying mists of water. It was like watching the biggest animated watercolor painting!
Just to give you a sense of scale for how many fountains they were using:
At one point, there was even fire!
We didn’t get front row seats, but we could still feel the heat from way back where we were watching.
Even if you aren’t the biggest Disney fan, this show worth putting on your bucket list!
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under the mentorship of senior research technologist Dr. Xiaoqing Pi. Dr. Pi’s guidance and mentorship has been instrumental to the development and success of my internship at JPL, where I use machine-learning to enhance the accuracy and integrity of navigation and communication signals. In addition to helping me develop an understanding of atmospheric and ionospheric remote sensing and machine-learning, Dr. Pi has often offered his insights on how to improve my researching skills. Dr. Pi was generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions regarding his research and advice for future student interns. I believe many students can benefit from some of the lessons that he has taught me:
The transition period to remote learning was a very uncertain time, especially for research and the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. Many hands-on projects had to pivot at the last minute to facilitate off-campus contributions. However, many Techers were able to take advantage of the research opportunities offered at Caltech and JPL to make the best out of remote learning and research. To paint a picture, I’ve interviewed a few talented Techers for some insight on what researching from home looks like for them.