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Walt Disney Imagineering is very serious when it comes to play testing
Did you hear about the play test that WDI ran at The Magic Kingdom last month? Where the Imagineers used Guests who were waiting in line for a character meet-n-greet right outside of Pooh’s Playful Spot to try out a new entertainment-based queuing system? Though the Imagineers are being pretty close...
19 Jan 2010
Huge crowds for Harry Potter: The Exhibition offers clues as to how well Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World will be received
Denny P. dropped me a line on Saturday to ask: Did you see Jason Garcia’s story in the Sentinel yesterday about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter ? As a Disney fan, this sounds like complete hype to me. But what do you think? Is this Islands of Adventure addition really going to be a game changer for...
11 Jan 2010
How it came to snow on Main Street USA
During the 11 years she spent at The Walt Disney Company, Cynthia Harriss worked on an amazing array of projects. She helped grow The Disney Store chain from just 140 stores in North America to over 400. She also guided the Disneyland Resort through its $1.4 billion transformation, when this Southern...
23 Dec 2009
Wanna get a sneak peek at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World? Then go conjure up a copy of the “Half-Blood Prince” DVD
Go ahead. Admit it. At some point in your life, especially during this time of year, you’ve snuck around the house. Looked under the bed. Dug around in the back of the closet. Hoping that you’d then get a sneak peek at what you’d be getting for Christmas. Copyright 2009 Universal Orlando. All Rights...
8 Dec 2009
... and then go behind-the-screams at Knott's Scary Farm
So how early do the folks at Knott’s Berry Farm start getting ready for Halloween Haunt ? Photo by Angela Ragno Well, if you take into consideration all of the costumes & sets that are kept in storage behind-the-scenes at this Buena Park theme park … Photo by Angela Ragno … not to mention all of...
9 Oct 2009
Monday Mouse Watch : Inside "The American Idol Experience"
Now that " Toy Story Mania " has finally officially opened on both coasts , Disney Parks & Resorts turns its attention to the next high profile project on the horizon. Which is that " American Idol Experience " attraction which is due to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios sometime in January of 2009...
22 Jun 2008
Monday Mouse Watch: Will MGM's upcoming name change really allow the Universal Orlando Resort to nudge Disney out of the spotlight?
What's in a name? Well, as Universal learned the hard way back in 1998, when it decided to rename its recently expanded resort " '>Universal Studios Escape " and thus confused hundreds of thousands of tourists ... Sometimes picking the wrong name for your theme park and/or resort can prove to be disastrous...
18 Nov 2007
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