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What happens when things actually do sort-of, kind-of go horribly wrong at a Disney theme park
At the D23 EXPO back in September, I noted – with some amusement – that the new attractions that are now in the works for Hong Kong Disneyland follow the tried-and-true WDI formula. In that the critical event, the thing that sets everything in motion (Be it Albert the monkey opening an enchanted music...
9 Feb 2010
From “Just Around the Riverbend,” here comes a brand-new Why For column
Pavement Chaser starts things off with a rather succinct query. Which reads: Copyright 1995 Disney. All Rights Reserved Was there ever a Pocahontas ride in development? Pavement Chaser Dear Pavement Chaser – Whenever Walt Disney Animation Studios has a new project in development, you can pretty much...
5 Feb 2010
Is it possible to experience your favorite Disney Park attraction for the very first time … again?
At last month’s “ Practically Perfect Night at Mary Poppins ” event at LA’s Ahmanson Theatre , a D23 member stood up and asked the cast of the North American touring company of this Disney / Cameron Mackintosh production how they did it. Where they found the energy to perform like that, night after night...
4 Feb 2010
Tune Tuesday: Universal Orlando is counting on major music acts to help boost attendance levels ahead of Harry Potter’s grand opening
It’s a problem that every theme park has faced at one time or another. As in: How to keep those turnstiles turning in the weeks & months just before a major new attraction opens. And in the case of the Universal Orlando Resort , there’s a very real fear among UOR managers that many Guests are now...
2 Feb 2010
NFFC Disney World Holiday Extravaganza places the emphasis on in-park fun
I don’t know how many of you got to see Jason Garcia ’s great story about the Space Mountain redo at WDW ’s Magic Kingdom (It was featured on the Orlando Sentinel ’s new Daily Disney blog . Which is well worth adding to your Favorites list, by the way). Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved Anywho …...
27 Nov 2009
Treat yourself to tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Throughout the country, people are looking forward to Labor Day. Trying to fit in the very last few moments of summer, including one last barbecue, one last dip in the pool, and those final few moments of joy, before the summer season disappears and the Fall grind of work and school arrive. But over...
4 Sep 2009
IAAPA Attractions Expo showcases the spectacular and the surreal
What can one say about IAAPA 's Attractions Expo ? Let's start with Ai-yi-yi-yi-yi. Photo by Nancy Stadler The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions' annual conference & trade show is big. Scarily big. So big that it fills the entire North / South Building at the Orange County...
20 Nov 2008
The Disneyland expansion plan that never happened
Danni T writes in to say: You've been posting an awful lot of Disney World stories lately. Isn't it time that you wrote something about Disneyland again? Maybe do another one of those stories where you talk about rides, shows or attractions that never got built? Ask and ye shall receive. The history...
14 Nov 2008
Universal Studios Hollywood freshens up for the Fall
As far as Universal Studios Hollywood is considered, this was the Summer of the Simpsons. " The Simpsons Ride ," to be exact. Photo by Shelly Smith But now Autumn's on its way. Which typically means that this is the start of the slow season for Southern California's theme parks. A time when you push...
12 Sep 2008
Get ready to "Dive, Dine, Discover" at the Seas corporate lounge
The Walt Disney World Resort has lots of hidden nooks & crannies. Places that are damn near impossible for members of the general public to visit. But among the toughest areas to access are WDW's corporate lounges. Unless you're an employee of one of the corporations that actually sponsors WDW's...
12 Aug 2008
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