A Handy Disney Fan Recreated Fantasyland in His Basement

Larzland, YouTube
Larzland, YouTube

Disneyland has many loyal fans, but very few of them have built detailed replicas of their favorite theme park at home. Not so for the guy who built out this basement, spotted by io9, to look exactly like Fantasyland, one of the original themed areas in Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom.

The eye-catching basement is the work of a YouTube user who goes by the moniker Larzland. In his video, he narrates a short tour of the space, which is truly the work of a Disney superfan.

The incredibly detailed recreation is modeled after the exteriors of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Village Haus restaurant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, and Geppetto’s Workshop. The leaded glass, brickwork, woodwork, lighting, and metalwork are all made to look exactly like the real thing.

But the most impressive part of the creation isn’t architectural: This guy has designed not only different lighting settings to reflect the daytime and nighttime look of the park, but he’s also set up recordings that play crowd sounds and cue music that make it feel like a real amusement park. There are limits to the mimicry, though; as lifelike as the architecture is, behind the doors are actual living spaces, not rides.

The basement isn’t the most Disney-fied home we’ve witnessed. That award may go to the Washington family, who turned their entire house into a tribute to Snow White. With this level of detail, though, we wouldn’t be surprised if this guy eventually renovated his entire house to celebrate his Disneyland obsession.

[h/t io9]

Midge's Apartment In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Would Cost $9 Million Today

Nicole Rivelli, Amazon Studios
Nicole Rivelli, Amazon Studios

Fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel may fantasize about traveling back in time to live in Midge's apartment—but even in 1950s New York, the place wasn't exactly affordable. Using data from StreetEasy, Refinery29 calculated how much Midge's luxurious Upper West Side apartment would cost today, and how much the price has risen since the late 1950s, the period during which the show takes place.

The building where Midge lives—just one floor away from her parents—isn't a real location (she gives a fictional address in the pilot). But the set is based on a real apartment building: The Strathmore, a 48-unit high-rise on Manhattan's Riverside Drive. Based on recent sales numbers, a Strathmore apartment similar to Midge's seven-room flat would be valued at nearly $9 million today. (You can get a peek at it in the video below.)

Sixty years ago the price would have been slightly more reasonable—by New York standards, at least. Real estate prices in the city are 19 times higher today than they were in 1959, which means the price of Midge's apartment would have been closer to $460,000. But adjusting for inflation, that still would have been been worth roughly $4 million in today's dollars.

The cost of living isn't the only thing that has changed in New York since Mrs. Maisel's days: Food was a heck of a lot cheaper, too. Earlier this month, the famed (but now-closed) Carnegie Deli reopened its doors to promote the Emmy Award-winning Amazon series, and it featured a 1950s-style menu complete with $.99 sandwiches.

[h/t Refinery29]

Scarlett Johansson Had No Clue About the Avengers 4 Trailer or Title Drop

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

Last week, the Russo Brothers finally gave the people what they wanted: a name and a trailer for the next Avengers film. But it seems as if some of the film's biggest stars—including Scarlett Johansson—were as much in the dark as the rest of us about the film's title until the trailer dropped.

The epic trailer for Avengers: Endgame went live on Friday, December 7 and became the most viewed trailer in history with 289 million views in 24 hours.

At an event she was hosting for Black Panther, Johansson was asked about the new trailer. According to Fandango managing editor Erik Davis, not only did Johansson not know about the trailer, but she also wasn’t privy to the title of the new movie (despite being in it).

Fellow Avengers actor Sebastian Stan also recently admitted that he had no clue about the movie’s title.

“I didn’t have anything to do with [the title],” Stan said at the 2018 Comic Con Experience festival. “We didn’t know, but also the last thing I filmed was in 2017, which was earlier 2017, so that was a long time ago.”

While there hasn’t been much new information since the trailer and title drop, the Russo Brothers did give fans some insight when they alluded to the fourth film's title while on a press tour for Infinity War. Joe Russo explained that the Avengers 4 title would break new ground in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"I don't think there are any comics that correlate to it," Joe told ComicBook.com. "I think we're in pretty fresh territory with Avengers 4. If anything, I think it's interesting after to go back and look at some of the Marvel films and view them through a different lens. But I can't think of any comics in particular that would have value."

Avengers: Endgame is set to hit theaters on April 26, 2019, which is a few weeks earlier than it was originally scheduled to arrive.

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