Showing posts from August, 2010

Inside Spiderman's queue

This week we have a special update on one of the greatest rides ever built in any theme park in the world: "The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman". We will focus on the queue, that is very well themed:
The entrance to the queue building:

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy

As we confirmed some months ago, "Katonga" (a Broadway-style show in Busch Gardens Tampa) will be finally replaced by a new, exciting show called "Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy". It will NOT be an ice-skating show as some rumors were saying, but it will be very energetic and (I hope) more interesting than "Katonga", which, by the way, will close soon.
Here's the confirmed news by _________________________
"More than 50 million fans worldwide have attended a Cirque Dreams show in the past decade. Critics and audiences alike have praised Cirque Dreams shows as "The grandest circus spectacle east of Vegas;" New York Magazine, "A whiz-bang family friendly spectacle;" Los Angeles Times and "brilliantly conceived entertainment for multiple generations" Chicago Tribune. In 2008, Cirque Dreams made Broadway history by presenting Goldberg'sCIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASYat the Broadway Theatre, the first and on…

Off-board audio added to Space Mountain!

Some great news about Space Mountain have been released today by the Disney Parks Blog! A completely new, off-board audio has been "installed" inside WDW's Space Mountain!
Here you are the entire news, from the Blog: _________________________
New Music Added to Space Mountain  at Walt Disney World Resort
Listen up Space Mountain fans, there’s a new addition to the Walt Disney World Resort attraction that just may be music to your ears. It’s an enhanced audio experience with sounds you’ve never heard before. Walt Disney Imagineering has added a new composition that’s exclusive to the attraction at Magic Kingdom Park that will play with varying sound effects throughout all “flights” on 60 newly installed speakers. “Starry-O-Phonic Sound” compliments a slew of enhancements that debuted on Space Mountain last year, including new lighting, storyline elements and updated decor. Here’s a special message from The Space Mountain Project Team.

This SOUNDS great!!…

New Princesses' meet-and-greet?

As recent rumors are stating, a new, big meet-and-greet is being designed by the Walt Disney Imagineers. It would be focused on most of the Disney princesses, and it would replace the old Skyway station (next to the "It's a Small World" attraction, in Fantasyland), that has never been used since its closure. Well, actually it has been used, but only as a stroller parking.
Always according to these rumors, it would be completely demolished and replaced by a brand-new building (the exterior theming is not known at this time, but it should be similar to the surrounding buildings).
Here you are some pictures of the old Skyway station, just to refresh your memory:

New info about the Hacienda de San Angel

New informations about the new restaurant ("Hacienda de San Angel") that is going to be opened this fall at Epcot have been released by the Disney Parks Blog: _________________________
We caught up with Richard Debler, the president of San Angel Inn LLC, and Executive Chef Ernesto Zendejas, in charge of the big changes at the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot. The all-new La Hacienda de San Angel and La Cantina de San Angel are on schedule for a mid-September opening, taking reservations for Oct. 15 and thereafter. (The first few weeks are a “soft opening” with no reservations.) 
What’s going to wow guests about the new look? The architecture resembles an old hacienda, and you’ll see the distinctive blue dome from a distance. It’s right on the water, and very eye catching. And the view – the whole building is geared to World Showcase Lagoon and the fireworks…during the day it’s great for enjoying the waterfront.
Tell us about the “flex space” idea. We need quick-service capacity, but at th…

CityWalk update

It has been a while since our last "Universal's CityWalk" update, so, here you are a new one, today!:

Movie Rider update

"Movie Rider" was an attraction found along Highway 192, that was closed and abandoned. But now, it looks like some works are going on, since it has been repainted.
Here you are the latest pictures, from yesterday:

MK general update

Here's part 2 of our latest Magic kingdom update (FOR THE FANTASYLAND EXPANSION PICTURES, PLEASE GO HERE.)
Here you are the photos:

Works are being done on the first waiting covered area (a bus stop):

Toy Story 3 marks $ 1 BILLION!

Yes, you read it right. Toy Story 3 is one of the few movies that has marked more than $ 1 BILLION! This is the second, one-billion-dollar film of The Walt Disney Company this year (the other is "Alice in Wonderland", that marked $1 BILLION dollar in the past months), and the first animated movie to EVER reach this incredible amount of money!
But here's a part of the PRESS RELEASE of "The Walt Disney Company": _________________________
BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 27 -- Two weeks after becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 3 will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office today,  joining Alice in Wonderland as the second $1 billion film this year from The Walt Disney Studios – the first studio in history to accomplish this feat.  Disney first crossed the $1 billion threshold with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in 2006.  Toy Story 3 becomes the only animated film to reach this milestone and the seventh…

Universal Studios Update

Here's a short Universal Studios update, to see what's new/different:
"Studio's Sweets" store is under refurbishment:

Magic Kingdom booths being installed

As we reported a week ago or so, new parking booths have been spotted along the road to the Magic Kingdom. They were not installed yet at that time. But as of Thursday, we can confirm that the new parking booths for Magic Kingdom's parking are currently being installed.
Here's the proof:
Some of the new booths are still sitting nearby:

The Disney Look... to the Past! (08/23 - 08/29)

Here you are this week's look to the Disney past (Parks, resorts, movies and more):
This Week in Disney History: August 23-29

August 29, 1964 - Walt Disney Pictures releases Mary Poppins. Legend and lore surround the making of this box office smash, nominated for 13 Academy Awards and essential viewing for any Disney fan. Walt Disney courted author P. L. Travers for over two decades to obtain the film rights for her novel series about the British nanny. Travers had final approval of the script, but not the finished film, and famously complained to Walt about the animated sequence after the August 27th world premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Mary Poppins marked the film debut of Julie Andrews, who had just appeared in My Fair Lady on Broadway, and Andrews had a contractual guarantee she would be released from the project if she was cast as Eliza Doolittle in the musical's film adaptation. The role went to Audrey Hepburn, but it was Andrews who later won the Oscar for Best…

Islands of Adventure 08/27 update

Here's a new update with some news:
1) Something is definitely going on at Triceratops Encounter; 2) There's a new brick work on the side of the new castle; 3) The new gate between Jurassic Park and Lost Continent is now complete; 4) Fog effects are again on inside Doctor Doom's fear fall's queue; 5) Nothing new on the Hulk, unfortunately.
And now, the pictures!:

Duffy the Bear coming to Epcot

A "new" character is coming to Epcot in October. It's called "Duffy the Bear" (do not confuse him with the Warner Brother's character "Daffy Duck"), and there will be a special Annual Passholder preview show in the rarely-used Odyssey pavilion.
More informations from the Orlando Sentinel: _________________________
Disney World passholder event to introduce  Duffy the Disney Bear

Duffy the Disney Bear will become a regular for character meet-and-greets at Epcot in October. Known as the teddy bear who sailed around the world with Mickey Mouse, Duffy made regular appearances at Disney’s Teddy Bear & Doll Weekend and has been spotted at Once Upon a Toy store occasionally. Duffy also is very popular at the two Disney parks in Japan.
Walt Disney World passholders can hear about Duffy’s background at a special presentation at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at The Odyssey at Epcot. Each hour-long show will feature a guest speaker from Walt D…

Fantasy Surf Update

Fantasy Surf will be opening soon, and as we posted just a week ago, a new PRESS RELEASE has been.... released! Please, read it, as many details have been announced!
By the way, yesterday we went once again to check out the works:

When are you going to Orlando?

Tourists come to Orlando 365 days each year, so there are no dead periods.... There are the slow periods of course (September and May) like this time of the year, when the schools begin, and parents have to go back to work.
So, this poll is about this: When do you come to Orlando? Always on the same month? Please, answer to our poll (you can choose multiple months, if you visited in different occasions):

When do you visit Orlando?Market Research

Thanks for sharing your votes. As you will see, there will be always somebody that's coming to visit. At any time of the year! But, which is the best time of the year to come to Orlando? Well, to tell the truth, there are TWO best times to come here: APRIL/MAY (not the easter weeks!) and SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER. Why? They're the slowest months and the weather is almost perfect!
So, next time you come and visit us, try to arrange a visit in those months, if you can!

Fantasyland Expansion new pics

Here you are a brand-new update from Fantasyland! There are some new minor particulars, but they're quite interesting.
Let's begin right away with the pictures:

A new excavator is now on site:

No new country for Epcot?

According to an article found on CFNews 13, it seems like all our hopes for a new country for Epcot may not be fulfilled... Here's what the article says: _________________________
Latest buzz on Epcot’s future: Don’t expect a new country soon
LAKE BUENA VISTA --  We’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about something reporter Richard Bilbao blogged on Aug. 10 for our partners at the Orlando Business Journal.
According to Bilbao, a Walt Disney World insider told him that Disney is considering the addition of a 12th country, maybe Spain.
If this pavilion is built, his source says a good place for it would be between France and Morocco.
The only two pavilions built since Epcot opened in 1982 were Morocco and Norway. There are now 11 pavilions. 
But Disney Public Relations told me Monday that it is not planning on adding a new country. A spokeswoman would not say what Disney had in the works for Epcot’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2012.
Meanwhile, we do know that a restaurant called La Hacien…

New Fantasyland Video

EDIT: We post this video once again, since not many of you may have seen it.
The original post was written on August 21, 2010.

A new video has been released on August 20, 2010 by the NASA, and includes some behind-the-scenes look at the new Fantasyland expansion, like the Little mermaid building, and much more!:

That certainly looks very interesting, even though not many new informations have been leaked... A special thanks to WDWmagic for the referral of the video!
Video copyright of CSPAN.

New WDW merchandise (AUGUST 2010)

ANNOUNCEMENT: Sorry about this, but we had to delay the update on the Magic Kingdom attraction (It's Big Thunder Mountin railroad). This update will be posted in the next few weeks. We apologize for this, but we'd like to post an alternative update on some of the new items that are available to buy at the Walt Disney World resort:

Here you are some of the newest items found at WDW, specifically at the imagination pavilion and at Mouse Gear (one of the biggest shops in property), both at Epcot:

So many new items featuring Figment and Dreamfinder!!:

Big Thunder Suite for Disneyland

A great new update from the Disney Parks Blog shows us a new kind of suite that can really be defined as HIGHLY THEMED! _________________________
From the Disney Parks Blog:
Hang on to your hats and glasses because there’s a new signature suite at the Disneyland Hotel – the Big Thunder Suite. Today we’re giving you a sneak peek at the Big Thunder Suite, and in the coming weeks, we’ll also share details of some of the other signature suites, including the new Fairy Tale Suite, Mickey Mouse Penthouse and Pirates of the Caribbean Suite. All are located on the 11th floor of the hotel’s Dreams Tower and boast a distinct design, luxurious amenities and amazing views.
The Big Thunder Suite is the wildest suite in the wilderness and immerses up to six pioneers in 1,400-square-feet of luxurious rustic accommodations inspired by the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction at Disneyland park.

Howling wolves sound to the push of the suite’s doorbell as guests step into a mine shaft foyer inlaid with …

Epcot special update

Here's a brand new Epcot update, with many, many news and informations!


New works/informations you'll find in this update:

1) Some more new railings are coming to the "Fountain of Nations". Many were already installed previously;
2) Works are being done inside and outside the "Mouse Gear"gift shop. It will include a rehab of the cash registers' area;
3) A new, small interactive feature has been installed in the "Hurricane" exhibit, Innoventions EAST;
4) Nothing going on outside the "Wonders of Life" pavilion. Inside, it is being prepared for this year's "Food and Wine Festival"
5) Some works are taking place on the children's playground at the exit of MISSION: Space. Just a small rehab;
6) The new "Hacienda de San Angel" has some new signs;
7) Areas in World Showcase are being prepared or this year's "Food and Wine Festival";

WDW Resort news

Some news for the following months:
1) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom) will be closed for an extensive queue refurbishment (maybe including some changes on the ride itself) between October 25 through November 14. _____________________________________________
2) Sounds Dangerous, located at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be reopened while Toy Story Midway Mania (August 16, 2010 - August 28, 2010) and Star Tours (September 8, 2010 - May 16, 2011) are closed for refurbishment. _____________________________________________

3) The "Star Tours" attraction will PERMANENTLY CLOSE on September 8, 2010 at Disney's Hollywood Studios. It will be replaced by an updated version of the ride, that will be in 3D, and will be called "Star Tours: the Adventure continues". _____________________________________________

4) "It's a Small World" attraction located in Fantasyland, magic Kingdom is currently closed and will remain closed …

Imagination pavilion update

The Imagination Pavilion is receiving some changes in these days... As we reported early this week, the park map does not feature Kodak as the sponsor of the pavilion anymore, and some works are being done at the ImageWorks secion of the pavilion, that has been almost completely walled off. Here you are some pictures:
Unfortunately, all the signs in the park still say that the Imagination pavilion is sponsored by Kodak (but they also say that "The Land" pavilion is still sponsored by Nestle', which is not right):

Tournaments update n°4 - UPDATED

Here's another new update on our "BEST RIDES OF THE YEAR" Awards!
Here you are the newest tournaments (CLICK ON THEM TO VOTE):

1) Peter Pan's Flight VERSUS Winnie the Pooh
2) Snow White VERSUS "It's a Small World"
3) Pirates of the Caribbean VERSUS Spaceship Earth

4) Jungle Cruise VERSUS Jaws

5) The Cat in the Hat VERSUS E.T. Adventure


"It's a Small World" news

There are some news about the "It's a Small World" attraction at the Magic Kingdom® Park:
As you know, the attraction it's currently closed for refurbishment until Friday, October 22, 2010, and as we confirmed, the queue will be reconfigured to improve guest flow (indeed the IASW and Peter Pan area has always been a bottleneck). But there are some new! THE ENTRANCE MAY NOT MOVE (not confirmed at this point), BUT THE EXIT WILL BE MOVED, with Guests exiting near Pinocchio Village Haus once the refurbishment is complete.
So, this means that this part will be the exit:

OSHA fines SeaWorld Orlando

As we reported just a couple of days ago, investigations are still going on about the tragic accident of the death of SeaWorld's Trainer Dawn Brancheau.
Well, it seems like OSHA has decided to fine SeaWorld for failing to keep their security measures.
From Screamscape: _________________________
"Just as SeaWorld was coming to the end of their own review process of the animal training procedures for the Killer Whales, OSHA has announced a $75,000 fine to the Orlando park for three safety violations related to the death of a trainer earlier this year.      Of course OSHA’s accusations are kind of pointless, as they claim SeaWorld had their trainers interact with “dangerous animals”…. And no duhh… they’re called Killer Whales for a reason. The trainers, more than anyone, are aware of the situation they have strived their whole lives to be in as Shamu Trainers.      SeaWorld has responded as the allegations are completely unfounded and will contest the reported violations. “OSHA's …

News about Fantasyland 2.0!

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The Fantasyland Expansion's planes have been revised, and here you are some new insider's informations about the new plans (A HUGE THANKS TO LEE, OF WDWMAGIC!!):
Remember that while these are almost confirmed plans, they my change at any time: __________________________
From WDWMagic(some parts have been changed for a better understanding):
Fantasyland East (near the tea cups) will be almost entirely "Dumbo's Circus" themed.  It will feature Double Dumbo (with the next generation queue), rethemed Barnstormer (likely clowns), rethemed train station, Casey Jr food stand (NOT a ride), and a fairly major merch location. Tents will go due to their current condition being not all that good, but will likely be replaced by more tents.
Pixie Hollow (in all it's early concept forms) is dead.
Fantasyland West will have the biggest change from the original plan:
The Little Mermaid dark ride and meet-and-greet, Gaston's tavern, Be…

Magic Kingdom update

Here's a new Magic kingdom update! (Attention: for the Fantsyland Expansion over-the-wall pictures, click here):

It's a small world... with Disney characters?

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WARNING! This is only a rumor, since many Disney officials already denied this.
There was a rumor today at Screamscape (that we thank a lot, as usual) about "It's a Small World". Indeed, there have been some strange references to new Disney Characters that could be added to the attraction (just as they did with the Disneyland version). These references are found in some new merchandise articles being sold inside the park, and near the attraction: _________________________
 "WDW Mouse Tales has posted an interesting update this week from the park. In addition to the basic construction updates to Fantasyland and Main Street. Then they came across something that may give a clue as to what’s going on inside Small World during the current rehab. New Small World merchandise can now be found in Fantasyland gift shop outside Philharmagic that clearly shows classic Disney characters mixed in with the Small World dolls. Is a top secre…

So many new updates!!

Wow, this will be a busy week, that's sure! Here you are just a glimpse of what's coming (BE AWARE THAT THE SCHEDULE MAY CHANGE AND IT'S SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABLE TIME, THANK YOU):
-MONDAY: Magic Kingdom GENERAL update (from last week)
-TUESDAY: Nothing special planned
-WEDNESDAY: Epcot update
-THURSDAY: New stuff from WDW's shops
-FRIDAY: Magic Kingdom Fantasyland Expansion update
-SATURDAY: Universal Studios update
-SUNDAY: Islands of Adventure/Citywalk update
So, do you like the schedule? Are we missing something you would like to see? Please, tell us in the comments what you think!

Universal Studios general update

Just a general update to check the buildings' and attractions' status:

More investigations for SeaWorld's accident

Recently there have been more investigations about the tragic death of Dawn Brancheau, a SeaWorld trainer that was drowned by accident by SeaWorld's biggest killer whale: Tilikum.
Here you are some news about the investigations, from CFNews 13: _________________________
Federal investigators are expected to finish an investigation into the death of a SeaWorld killer-whale trainer in the next week.
SeaWorld representatives met with top officials from OSHA this week, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Neither SeaWorld nor OSHA would talk about what was discussed.
OSHA began a six month investigation into SeaWorld's safety practices after a killer whale named Tilikum pulled trainer Dawn Brancheau into his tank and killed her.
SeaWorld has since barred its trainers from working with the killer whales in the tanks.
They have also removed Tilikum from its killer whale performances until the investigation is over. _________________________
And many more informations available at the Orl…

The Cat in the Hat video

We would like to remind you that OTPN just shot a great HD video of "The Cat in the Hat" attraction of Islands of Adventures! You will really feel like you're riding the attraction, and now it's even better without all that crazy (and unnecessary) spinning!

Be sure to check out all our on-ride videos in our YOU TUBE PAGE!

New Tangled showcase at DHS

I know, it's has been there since at least two weeks, but here's a small report with a look at the "TANGLED" artworks showcased at the end of "The Art of Disney Animation" show:

Disney's Hollywood Studios update (08/2010)

Welcome to a new DHS update! Some of the news:
- Toy Story Mania is now closed, and will reopen soon with new gates at the exit of the ride; -"Walt Disney: One Man's Dream" is closed too, to add new "things" and to put a new carpet; -Sounds dangerous is now open until at least June 2011 (when Star Tours V.2.0 will open); -The Power Rangers are gone for good (good news); -Star Tours is still open (but not for long) and we'll have a big surprise on the day it closes; -In the "Art of Disney Animation" building there are now many artworks of the new film "Tangled" (pictures of these are coming soon on a separate update);
Now, the pictures!!:

The Disney Look... to the Past! (08/16 - 08/22)

Here's this week's look in Disney history: 
August 16-22

August 16, 1955 - Dumbo the Flying Elephant opens at Disneyland Park Grab a magic feather and take flight with the star of the 1941 animated classic. This opening year attraction (technical difficulties kept it grounded for the park's first month of operation) allowed guests to take a spin above Fantasyland aboard one of ten airborne pachyderms. Circus music and Disney tunes played on an authentic Gavioli band organ built in 1915 add to the light-hearted atmosphere. In 1990, the ride was entirely rebuilt, increasing the fleet to 16 elephants and adding elaborate, fanciful touches like moving gears and ornate fountains. Dumbo can also be found at four other Disney Parks, with Timothy Mouse overseeing all flights from above.

August 17, 1986 - "Luxo Jr.," the first Pixar Animation Studios short, is released The first short produced by the fledgling northern California studio shares a glimpse of the hallmarks that w…

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