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January 31, 2003

Tokyo Disneyland on one dollar short a day

Ben and Mena Trott are the amazing people who wrote Moveable Type, the blogging software that has allowed me to take what's in my head and share it with the world.

Mena is also one hell of an artist, as illustrated by these pictures from their recent trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

Posted by wil at January 31, 2003 01:37 AM
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movable type rules - very easy to use & so customizeable

Posted by: bgt at January 31, 2003 01:39 AM

Wow, those are cool pictures!
I think it's pretty cool you take the time and make entries more often. Sure appreciating it!!

Posted by: Hamischa at January 31, 2003 01:57 AM


what are you doing up so late ?!

you've got rest up and watch your movie
friday night on PAX!!


Posted by: wade art at January 31, 2003 02:40 AM

Very cool pictures. Isn't it past your bedtime, Uncle Willy?

Posted by: shauna at January 31, 2003 02:43 AM

I think that it's fantastic that you not only give us an insight into your life and your feelings, but also that you would showcase someone else's talents too......... you are a star Wil!!!


Posted by: donna at January 31, 2003 03:05 AM


Those pics are really good. I like the low angles and the shadows.

It makes everything look so striking and dramatic.

They even make the Disney castle look real. A previously unimaginable feat.

We should send them lots of money for giving us the gift of Wil.

Posted by: EnglishBen at January 31, 2003 03:25 AM

Ooo.. Disneyland. Better yet, Japanese Disney!

Posted by: MagikSpork at January 31, 2003 03:35 AM

Fantastic views! A shutterbug like me can really enjoy those. I am looking forward to your movie tonight, Wil. I've been a fan since Secret of the NiMH -just didn't know it 'till later, lol. Kudos, and take care. ~WolfSong

Posted by: WolfSong at January 31, 2003 03:45 AM

Hey, she's pretty cute......
Anyways, big thanks out to them for writing this software. WWDN makes the time between showering and leaving for work so much better :)

Posted by: Ryan_W at January 31, 2003 03:52 AM

Lovely stuff! Thanks for the link! :)

Posted by: Nadia at January 31, 2003 03:54 AM

Cool Disney I love disney.
I wish I was such a good photographer. Wow it's really late where you are Wil it's 13:24 here in the UK. I wish I could go to Japan.Oh well I'm of to go and see my mates Huggles and kisses from me to you.

Posted by: RoseOfInfinateDarkness at January 31, 2003 05:25 AM

* dcigary whines

Posted by: dcigary at January 31, 2003 05:46 AM

Good morning, all!

WolfSong writes: "I've been a fan since Secret of the NiMH -just didn't know it 'till later, lol. "

OK. I've heard these rumours before. Are they true? Am I being foolish for even asking?

And on a more related note, those are awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing, Wil!


Posted by: Em at January 31, 2003 05:55 AM

What's the deal with the photo of the Pirates wait area? The place looks like a ghost town! Don't the Japanese like Pirates of the Carribean?

And I wonder why Mena didn't take any actual photos on the ride. Maybe they'd have to be taken with a flash.

At California Disneyland, whenever I try to take a flash photograph, a disembodied voice comes over a secreted intercom and says something like, "Hey! Please, no flash photography." Kind of freaky, but polite at least.

Posted by: J.D. at January 31, 2003 06:24 AM

Thank you Ben & Mena for sharing your pictures..
20,000 Leagues Ride!!
I am still depressed every time I go to WDW and it's not there. They just left the lagoon empty right next to this Little Mermaid area. Why don't the build a Little Mermaid Ride.It's been empty for like 10 years for Pete's sake.
I had no desire to go to Tokyo Disney Until now..
Also the Haunted Mansion pics were cool too..

Posted by: Jennifer at January 31, 2003 06:29 AM

Cool pics, Mena & Ben!

Thanks, Wil. :)

Posted by: galestorm at January 31, 2003 06:37 AM

Uhm. Snaps.

Posted by: Drakensykh at January 31, 2003 07:20 AM


Posted by: bluecat/redblanket at January 31, 2003 07:35 AM

Happiest place on Earth, indeed.

Posted by: bhart at January 31, 2003 07:36 AM

UH..WIL ...with one L...duh...

Posted by: bluecat/redblanket at January 31, 2003 07:36 AM

Hey Wil....

Back to Book of Days and IMDB. Can you put your headshot up on IMDB?

Posted by: wehotom at January 31, 2003 08:16 AM


Posted by: ze-mag at January 31, 2003 08:32 AM

Here's a great new moneymaking gig for the website...you can whore out messages on your nipples!

I'm pretty sure this guy is none other than Tech TV's Chirs Pirrelo....hillarious


Posted by: Tim at January 31, 2003 08:48 AM

Tokyo Disney is surreal if your used to Dland Anaheim or DWorld. The pirates talking in Japanese, and people being polite in the lines are the things I remember the most. Great pictures, looks like they had a good time.

Nice of them to help you show us your grey matter.

See tonight on PAX

Posted by: Mark at January 31, 2003 09:15 AM

Mena is also one hell of a CSS XHTML designer.

Posted by: 8bitjoystick.com at January 31, 2003 09:37 AM

Hey Tokyo Disneyland I have been there Cool!

Posted by: 8bitjoystick.com at January 31, 2003 09:37 AM

She's cute as a bug, isn't she?

Who knew?

Posted by: clvrmnky at January 31, 2003 10:29 AM

wow! i'm so glad you put those pictures up. i had a friend who went to work as a dancer at tokyo disney and after hearing all the stories, i've been dying to see what the park looked like.

i'm actually surprised they didn't encounter more 'caucasians'. it seems that disney anaheim casts a pretty huge lot of us california whiteys to go over. i actually thought about it for a while. i was torn between tokyo disney or osaka universal studios (seriously.)

Posted by: christy at January 31, 2003 10:46 AM

Wow, Thanks for pointing the way to Moveable Type! I've been posting a Tour Diary on the Ellen Says No website for the last 4 weeks, and we've talked about continuing the posts after the guys get back - this may be just the thing we need!

Posted by: Mary Hooper at January 31, 2003 11:06 AM

loved the site. much better and far more organized than mine. but that's cool. they had really cute pics from nippon, which makes me feel like i want to go even more. oh woe is me.

Posted by: sailortilt at January 31, 2003 11:15 AM

I am so excited about getting to see "Book of Days"! In fact, I'm pre-empting SG1 and Farscape to tape "book" first! Fortunately they run twice, but if they didnt I would just tape them on the crappy vcr in the bedroom, Wil's more important!

Thanks for pointing us to Mena's pictures, they are very beautiful, like paintings on film, they are art. And I agree with everyone, she is cute as a bug!

I hope Anne is doing well, and the boys are happy and healthy as well.

Posted by: AngelGypsy at January 31, 2003 12:12 PM

Went to see Star Trek's "The Wrath of Khan" back in the 80's. I wasn't sure of the title and ended up picking "The Secret of Nimh". Didn't realize I was in the wrong theatre until all the kiddies started buzzing in. Good for a laugh! Sorry, didn't stay for the feature.


Posted by: MF at January 31, 2003 12:40 PM

Funny story in today's Las Vegas Mercury that mentions Wil and the fact that he has to audition for stuff while Jerry O'Connell is inexplicably a star. Check it out:


Posted by: Scott at January 31, 2003 12:45 PM

Cool pictures!! She's got big eyes!
Movable type is cool!

Posted by: Agi at January 31, 2003 01:26 PM

Em writes "OK. I've heard these rumours before. Are they true? Am I being foolish for even asking?"


Shannon Doherty, too.... you know from Charmed and Rich Kids 90210?


Posted by: WolfSong at January 31, 2003 03:16 PM

Yay for the moveable type people! Her pictures really are awesome. Thanks for sharing them with us. :-)

Posted by: Jenny Finster at January 31, 2003 03:20 PM

Hmmm Heads-up People. If you're on the west coast and have DirectTV like me, Book of Days comes on at 5:00 since (at least in Los Angeles) we get the east coast feed of most cable channels.

That is all.

Posted by: christy at January 31, 2003 03:30 PM

Heh heh, watching Book of Days now ... Wil, what's EGREGIOUS mean?

Posted by: tj at January 31, 2003 05:30 PM

Mmmmm.. She's cute!

Posted by: nitz at January 31, 2003 06:27 PM

wow... pax really *is* feel-good tv.
that was a mighty purdy movie, there.

Posted by: christy at January 31, 2003 07:00 PM

Just saw your movie- Bravo Performance Wil!

Posted by: Vancouverisland at January 31, 2003 07:02 PM

Wil, that was so awesome! I laughed, I cried. My husband left the room because he hates it when I cry over movies, but who asked his opinion anyway? I love happy endings. And you were great! So was your friend. (Maureen?) I haven't gotten used to what you look like now. I still expect you to look like Wesley. (Sigh.) I had such a crush on Wesley. Ooh. I'm babbling. That means it's past my bedtime, and I think I'll go now, before I start to bore everyone with details of my high school play acting career. I was magnificent in that death scene! Go to bed, Amanda.

Posted by: Lady Amanda at January 31, 2003 07:17 PM

Bravo! Bravo!

Nice job, Wil. Touching and sweet. You were perfect for the part.

Posted by: Corky at January 31, 2003 07:30 PM

Nicely done Wil, a very subtle performance, juxtaposed against the slightly , um, fervent, acting of Mr. Grieco. Good work!
Quite sure this will get you more gigs.

Posted by: Christopher-Jaison at January 31, 2003 07:35 PM

I saw most of "The Book of Days" (flipped between that, The Cell, and Beavis and Butt-head Do America since I've never seen them). I was impressed. PAX and similar networks (Lifetime, and that religious inspiration thing) rarely can gain my attention for more than 10 seconds, but watching Isaac Hayes, some book that lists death dates, and, of course, you, Wil, was pretty neat. I've never seen a picture of Isaac Hayes, and little more than a few static pictures of you recently. Hopefully this will increase your visibility in the acting scene.

Posted by: KeplerNiko at January 31, 2003 07:36 PM

Wow. Really, wow. Your performance was truly moving. I cried with you. Come to think I've it, I've often cried with you (Stand by Me, Toy Soldiers). There was so much gut wrenching emotion in that movie, even if I did start singing about chocolate salty balls to myself every time I saw Mr. Hayes. It really was great to see you back on TV, hopefully there will be many more movies and such to come for you. You may have been out of the acting game for a bit, but you haven't lost a thing. And, Maureen Flannigan, I saw her and had to stop myself from yelling out "Evie!". I think that was her name, the show was called Out of this World, wasn't it? Anyway, great job and I'm sure you'll hear much more of that as more people see the movie.

Posted by: shauna at January 31, 2003 07:36 PM

hey wil I;m checking u out in book of days.. u look filled out man..

the acting is a bit.. bad.. but other than that.. bad movie.. so i dont blame u.. i blame the director.
richard grieco looks like shit tooo.. what the heck?

Posted by: hops at January 31, 2003 07:41 PM

Hey wil! I saw the movie and i thought it was great. You and everyone else did an excellent proformance. You should be proud. I know i am.

Posted by: steph at January 31, 2003 07:47 PM

I'm on the westcoast, so the movie is still going. So far I'm enjoying the movie. Some great acting by all. Please nobody tell me how it ends, till its over (Damn Time Zones).

Posted by: terry at January 31, 2003 08:46 PM

Very Interesting.

But when I go to Japan, I will probably find something else to go see.

Posted by: Keith in Montana at January 31, 2003 09:36 PM

Hey Wil,

I just finished Book of Days. It's a cute movie.

I. actually. cried. a. bit.

The dialogue was a bit forced. But absolutely loved your performance.

Congrats. Man, we love you. How can all these monkeys be wrong?

Posted by: wehotom at January 31, 2003 09:44 PM

Have you ever been to Disneyland in Anaheim, and walked up to the Magic Kingdom, and after seeing this Magic Kingdom up close, thought that it was awfully small? I mean, in print ads, on TV, and at the theater, they make it look SOOOO big. Growing up, I always thought that this place took up the whole damn sky! What a downer.
Anywho, wonderful pictures.
Now, go to bed.

Nitey nite from Round Rock, TX!

Posted by: Typing monkey #17855 at January 31, 2003 09:57 PM

I just finished watching the book of days. Excellent movie. It was no "Stand By Me", but it was still a good movie. And a great performance by Uncle Willie! Rick Berman is probably kicking himself in the ass after viewing this movie. More then likely and probably now be deprived of sex, by Jeri (Seven of Nine) Ryan for screwing up and cutting you from ST X.

Posted by: terry at January 31, 2003 10:06 PM

"Book of Days"


1 Giant.com T-shirt [nice plug]

2 Green Chuck Taylor All Star Basketball shoes [your own,you wore them at the J.Kieth Van Straaten show]

3 The freshly washed and dried towles your were helping the nun fold "ALREADY HAD FOLD CREASES IN THEM" The continuity person fell asleep at the wheel.

4 The use of your own vocabulary such as the word "FREAKIN"

Nice movie Wil,I enjoyed it!

Posted by: redrhino at January 31, 2003 10:16 PM

"Book of Days"


1 Giant.com T-shirt [nice plug]

2 Green Chuck Taylor All Star Basketball shoes [your own,you wore them at the J.Kieth Van Straaten show]

3 The freshly washed and dried towles your were helping the nun fold "ALREADY HAD FOLD CREASES IN THEM" The continuity person fell asleep at the wheel.

4 The use of your own vocabulary such as the word "FREAKIN"

Nice movie Wil,I enjoyed it!

Posted by: redrhino at January 31, 2003 10:16 PM

Everyone has done a great job on this web-site. Gul, I mean the disney thing is always fun.
Dude, you scare me sometimes. Remember, you have 2 kids and not 10. Don't forget that you have a prestigous wife too.
Hey is still a great word.


Posted by: Fabian at January 31, 2003 10:20 PM

Awesome movie! Great performance. :D

Posted by: MagikSpork at January 31, 2003 11:31 PM

Lame movie they are kidding you.. on trial for the book of days! sorry I'm just a critic..

Posted by: hops at January 31, 2003 11:54 PM

Book of Days.. Who wrote that #^%$#? The story was good, but it was so poorly written. I couldn't sit through the whole thing. I really tried. Will, you were really good... In fact, everyone was.. Blame the writers! I think you have a lot more talent and should stay away from TV movies, movies like this will kill your career.
I was excited to see this movie, the idea and plot were great. When I read what it was about I wondered why it wasn't on the big screen. I figured out why after watching it for a few minutes.
I am sure a lot of people on here will announce how much they 'loved' the movie.. If they do, they must really want to kiss @ss or they saw a competely different movie than I did.
I would rather just be honest. :)

Posted by: Kelly at February 1, 2003 01:15 AM

some questions about american disneyland(i live in japan):
do you have "first passes"?
it's this pass that you get so thatyou don't have to stand in line,
you justcome at whatever time it says on the pass.

it was made because you have to wait 6 hours(i am not kidding) during the peak season.
the only thing that most japanese people remember about disneyland is that they waited...

one more thing:
tokyo disney sea, a new amusement park right next to disneyland, is really great.
for "the grown-ups" ^o^

Posted by: kay at February 1, 2003 05:41 AM

I loved the Book of Days. I cried, i couldn't help it. You were so good! I almost pissed my pants when you said 'freakin'...i just wasn't expecting it, and it was just funny. You were really good though, i mean, I could totally tell you put so much emotion into that. Without sounding like a complete idoit fangirl, when you cried in the beginning, i could see Gordie crying about his brother. All in all, the movie was pretty good, and you were amazing.

Posted by: Erin at February 1, 2003 03:49 PM

Aah, God bless Disneyland :)

Posted by: Annie at February 2, 2003 05:55 AM

and she's kinda hot, too.

*runs away*

Posted by: emma at February 2, 2003 09:28 AM

Ben and Mena are already heros to thousands of bloggers. They will be remembered in the history of the internet and open-sourcing, up there Linus Torvalds and others.

In time we will realize the potential of what Ben and Mena have unleashed. Hats off!

-- m

Posted by: michael heraghty at February 3, 2003 02:30 PM

Thanks for the link to the great pics. Sure brought back memories of my trip there in October.

Posted by: pocky at February 4, 2003 03:58 PM

The Walt Disney Corporation is Evil. The photos are definitely nothing special. I'm not sure why you posted this. C'mon Wil... spice it up a little.


Posted by: Walt at February 4, 2003 05:12 PM
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