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Disney testing new ways to slow down FastPass counterfeiters
The next time you use as a FastPass at a Disney theme park, pay close attention to what the cast member does once you walk up to that FastPass Return entrance. After you hand over your ticket, do they quickly run their finger along the top of that FastPass before then allowing you to enter that ride...
20 Feb 2008
"Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride ... Starring YOU!" debuts at Universal Studios Florida
For almost 18 years now, " Earthquake -- The Big One " had been entertaining guests at Universal Studios Florida . But as 2008 approached, the folks at Universal Creative felt that they needed to shake things up. Completely reimagine this still-popular-but-obviously-aging theme park attraction. So the...
17 Jan 2008
Monday Mouse Watch : Get ready to make the "Disney Magic Connection"
Imagine that -- as you walked through a Disney theme park -- you could carry with you a wireless device that would: Tell you in real time what the current wait time at your favorite attraction was Also let you know whether there were any FastPasses left for that particular attraction And when these FastPasses...
13 Jan 2008
Patience and maintaining a proper attitude are the real keys to enjoying New Year's Eve at a Disney theme park
Thinking about spending New Year's Eve at a Disney theme park? Then stop thinking and start moving. Trust me, folks. December 31st is not a day to dawdle, particularly if you plan on spending New Year's Eve inside of a Disney theme park. The key to having a fun time at this guaranteed-to-be-crowded event...
30 Dec 2007
Get a (turkey) leg up on the competition by visiting WDW on Thanksgiving Day
Okay. It's time to talk turkey. As in: Is it really a smart idea to try & spend Thanksgiving Day at a Disney theme park? Well, if we were talking about Disneyland … Then I'd have to say "No." I was actually at the Happiest Place on Earth last year on Turkey Day. And the tens of thousands of people...
20 Nov 2007
"The Disney Mountains: Imagineering at Its Peak" will be a tiptop addition to any Disneyana fan's library
Given that the Disney theme parks are now home to a plethora of peaks (i.e. The Matterhorn , Space Mountain , Big Thunder Mountain , Splash Mountain , Mt. Mayday , Summit Plummit , Grizzly Peak , Mt. Prometheus and Forbidden Mountain ), it may seem somewhat bizarre to hear that there was actually a time...
18 Sep 2007
What was it like to be at Disneyland and/or Walt Disney World six years ago today?
When people usually talk about what happened on 9/11, the focus (for obvious reasons) is on New York City, Washington D.C. and that field just outside of Shanksville, PA. But -- that said -- it's also important to remember what happened immediately after those four planes crashed. That sudden surge...
10 Sep 2007
Another Kingdom That Never Came: Disneyland expansion plans circa 1976
Mike P. wrote in yesterday to say: I loved last week's "Why For " about all the pavilions and attractions that were planned for Epcot and Disney World but ultimately never built. But what about Disneyland ? Do you have any information about rides, shows and attractions that were proposed for the Disney...
6 Sep 2007
A special "What's in a name" edition of Why For
First up, Michael R. writes in to ask: I was wondering if there was any specific reason why there has not been a release of the " Disney-MGM Studios " version of (the " Imagineering Field Guide ") series? They've released books for the other three parks and I understand now they're working on the CA...
9 Aug 2007
Confused about what the Walt Disney Company wants to do next in Anaheim? Then maybe it's time to take a second look at thirdthemepark.com
Earlier this week, Jill T. wrote in to say: According to today's Los Angeles Times , the Walt Disney Company and SunCal have failed to reach a compromise on that big housing project. So now we're back to Disney pushing the Anaheim City Council to get this zoning issue put on the November ballot. What...
8 Aug 2007
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