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New shops & entertainment options re-energize Downtown Disney’s West Side
Whether it’s with relatively big projects (EX: That $300-million-plus expansion of Fantasyland that’s currently underway at the Magic Kingdom) or with somewhat smaller changes (EX: The Imagineers pulling “Bo Peep’s Baaa-loon Pop” out of DHS’s Toy Story Mania! attraction so that they could then replace...
27 May 2010
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
Mist Direction or How DAK Operations just slipped Joe Rohde a Mickey
Folks who visited Disney's Animal Kingdom late last month got something of a treat. In that -- for a while there, anyway -- most of " Expedition Everest " 's effects were actually working. The scenic mist that's supposed to drift off of Forbidden Mountain top actually did that. The fog bank that your...
26 May 2008
Will the Liberty Square bridge repairs lead to an abridged version of Disney's "Dreams Come True" parade ?
Remember those proposed Liberty Square bridge repairs that I wrote about last month? Well, Magic Kingdom management has finally decided to go ahead with this construction project. Which is why they filed the necessary permits last Tuesday. "So what happens now?," you ask. "Given the huge number of people...
25 Mar 2008
Monday Mouse Watch : It's lights out for DAK's "Rivers of Light" parade, while Beastly Kingdomme makes a character-based comeback
For Disney's Animal Kingdom fans ... It's one of those bad news / good news kind of day. The bad news is ... Plans for DAK's long-in-development nighttime parade -- "Rivers of Lights" -- have been tabled. Not because Animal Kingdom management lost confidence in Steve Davison's original concept. But ...
23 Mar 2008
Why do Pirate & Princess Happy Meals make McDonald's managers want to walk the plank?
Have you heard about these Disney Princess & Pirates of the Caribbean -themed Happy Meals that McDonald's is selling now through April 10th? Given that this is the first time that Mickey Mouse & Mickey Dee have joined forces since these two mega-corporations decided to end their 10-year, $100...
17 Mar 2008
Will Liberty Square bridge repairs actually force the Mouse to reroute the Magic Kingdom's parades?
It was supposed to be one of the more authentic touches found in the Liberty Square section of WDW 's Magic Kingdom . A recreation of Concord Bridge ... Copyright 1969 Walt Disney Productions. All Rights Reserved ... AKA the Old North Bridge. Where -- on the morning of April 19, 1775 -- 300 to 400 colonials...
26 Feb 2008
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
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