Disney Imagineers have released a video with a behind the scene look of the Hatbox Ghost they just added in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.
Who doesn’t love a good Indiana Jones movie (OK, let’s not talk about the forth one)? We all do. Did you know that many sound effects in the movies are added later. No difference with the 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom movie.
One of the epic scenes in this movie is the mine cart chase. The sounds from the carts you hear there have also been added afterwards. These sound effects have been taped in Disneyland. More specifically, these effects come from the attraction Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster.
How is that for a fun fact from the past?
Hello to all Disney fans around the globe. It has been a while, but as you can see on the title… I missed it. Am I back? I hope so as I do miss talking about Disney, especially the parks. With one, maybe even two, trips in to Walt Disney World the planning I thought it would be a good time to try and revive this blog. It might take a while… it will take a while, but I am sure with your help and support we could return to our former self.
So, where have I been all this time? I wish I could say at a Disney park, but most of the time that is not so. Although, during my absence from the blog, I did visit Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris. Even so, I still miss Disney at this time. And I am sure I will not be the only one. So let’s talk Disney shall we.
Would it not be fun to visit Disneyland on a daily basis? Both Jeff Reitz and Tonya Mickesh where thinking the same thing. The couple had lost their jobs but where given each an annual pass for Disneyland by a friend. While searching for new jobs they decided to also visit the park on a daily basis during 2012. Once they would find jobs to visits would be less. So they said, but once they did get a job both still went every day. Not an easy task as the worked during different times and sometimes had to go alone. One day even almost didn’t make it in time to set their record.
During their time at Disneyland the became know as the Daily couple and befriended with a lot of the Cast Members. After the year they also became honorary citizens of Disneyland. What a great and fun achievement. I wouldn’t mind visiting a Disney park a day. If only I lived a little closer.
Visit the link to see some great pictures from their trips.
Jie Ri Yu Kuai!
Tanoshii kurisumasu wo!
Beannachtaí na Féile!
Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain last train will ride out on the 6th of January. Any travelers after that date will be stranded as the attraction will close for a big refurbishment. While missing a train at Disneyland isn’t the worst thing in the world, it will be a long wait before the next one will come in town. The attraction’s overhaul will take a while as a lot is planned for it. New trains, with the old look. A new track, but on the same track layout. And a repaint for the rock work.
While no official date for the re-opening has been announced, guest can expect the new trains to ride somewhere in the fall of 2013.
Are you a Disney fan and can’t stop talking about the parks? Always sharing everything you know to those that want to listen? Are you, day in and day out, sharing your love for the park to everyone? But it’s still not enough and you want to share even more. Well, then you should have a look at the new Disney program where Disney fans can share their knowledge with the rest of the world as a member of the Disney parks InsidEARS project.
Disney fans like you and me can become part of the program to help Disney park visitors from all over to create their perfect trip. What better place to get your tips from then from those enthusiasts that visit the parks again and again.
The program has just been launched and is still in testing phase, but with a new site up it will not be long before the first Disney Parks InsidEARS will start helping spreading the magic. To be able to become part of this program you will have to visit their website regularly for updates to find out on how to become part of this. Sounds like fun, something most of us Disney fans would love (and already do a lot). We never get tired of talking about the parks, don’t you agree?
More info on the Disney Parks InsidEARS website.
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It has been a while since we spread some Disney magic but it time for a return. After a couple of hectic weeks I am ready again to fill these pages.
So please make sure to visit us again and spread the word.
And now, let’s get on with the show….
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Every year the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) releases their Theme Park Attendance Report. A report that shows the growth or losses in attendance of all major theme parks in the world. This time they do so with a big delay and a report full of errors. After looking at the report I wonder if this can be taken serious as some of the numbers don’t add up when looking at and comparing previous report. The main error is in some of the % related to growth and funnily enough the biggest mistake is related to the Disneyland Paris numbers. More on that can be found on DLP.Info where you’ll see the numbers of 2010 compared to the numbers of 2009.
For the rest of the report we can see some big chances when it comes to winners and losers. Unfortunately Disney is loosing some ground in the USA. While they still have the top spots on the lists, they have been surpassed by Asian parks and must be a little scared of a wizard that is giving a big boost to one of their competitors.
The Magic Kingdom is still number one on the list with 16.97 million visitors. This is down 1,5% from 2009. Disneyland is up 0,5% with 15.98 visitors and remains in second place. Tokyo Disneyland keeps its third place with 14.45 million visitors. This is 5,9% up from previous years. This is good news for Tokyo but we can expect a big decrease in next years report because of the tsunami disaster and the park being closed for an extended period of time because of this. Forth place goes to another growing park, Tokyo DisneySea. It had a growth of 5,5% with a total of 12.66 million visitors. Epcot is fifth with 10.83 Million visitors, a drop of 1,5%.
Next on the list is Disneyland Paris. However the placing ant visitors total should be correct, the percentages are way of. The same can be said for the Walt Disney Studios in Paris (19th in the ranking). (More on DLP.Info)
The biggest winner in the US is Island of Adventure. This will be no surprise to anybody as everybody expected this park to catapult big into a major attendance boosts once the Wizard Harry Potter opened his section of the park. The park gained 30,2% in attendance, boosting a visitors total to 5.95 million. It is important to know that the new section only opened during the last 2/3 of the years so it will be really interesting to see what a full year will do for the park.
Below the full list, including all other Disneyparks around the globe, as published by TEA (including the errors) (more…)
Sometimes a single sign can get you to start thinking. What would you think if you pass a room while walking through Disney’s Grand Californian hotel and notice that at the door of the room is a sign saying “WDI / Cirque du Soleil Meeting”. Lance from Screamscape saw this while visiting Disneyland in Anaheim, took a picture and placed it on twitpic. Let the rumors begin! Could it be that Cirque will get another theater in Disneyland, or is it a meeting to change the show in Walt Disney World? Both of these option have been rumors in the past, but we will not know as Walt Disney Imagineering will not let us find out. Not long after the picture of the sign got live on the web, the sign was removed and replaced with a generic one.
Good find from Screamscape. I can only hope they will not replace the La Nouba show as we still want to go and see it.
UPDATE: According to the latest update on Screamscape the meeting was for a new show in Hong Kong.
Will the first Marvel attraction find its way into a Disney park? With Disney owning Marvel this question wasn’t about “if”, but “when”. Now it looks like the Disney Imagineers are working on an idea to bring a first Marvel attraction into the parks. This rumored possibility comes from the mouse itself in the form of an interview in the next issue of D23, the Disney magazine.
In an interview with Kevin Feige, president of the Marvel Studios, some ideas are put forward regarding bringing Marvel to the Disney parks.
“It’s the biggest dream of all. We get to tap into this spectacular team that is better than anyone else on the planet at bringing fantasy to life, not only on the big screen but in the real world,” said Feige. (via Movies.IGN)
Disneyland Park in Anaheim will be hosting the very first outdoor 3D movie event with the exclusive premiere of the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides movie on May 7th. This special gala will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America who will get the income from the tickets. Tickets will be $1000 per person, but in return Disney will give those lucky enough to get one of these tickets a night to remember.
Guests will be able to see the film in 3D and will be invited to a party where they will be able to mingle with some of the movies celebrities. Disneyland guests without tickets will have the chance to see some of these celebrities when they arrive on the red carpet. However, this time the red carpet will be black, keeping in theme with the movie. The Disneyland Park will open at 7 am especially on that day so you can get a good spot to see the celebrities walk the carpet. Spots cannot be reserved so for those that will want to see the movie stars will be in for a long wait. (more…)
It looks like Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland in Anaheim will be closed very soon for most if not all 2012. The ride is looking at a full track replacement making it a better and improved experience. According to some rumors it was Tony Baxter who talked about this first back in 2009 during a special 30th anniversary party for the beloved attraction. Back then he said the track would be replace, work would be done on the mountain and changes to the queue area.
Do you want to be the one who takes the last trip to Endor? When you’re a D23 member you might become one of the lucky once who will. 160 people will be invited to ride in one of the 4 starspeeders at the Star Tours attraction before they will be pulled into their hangars.
On July 14 the first 160 D23 members who sign up will have the chance to experience it for the last time. After that Disney will start preparing the attraction for the opening of Star Tours II. D23 members who got a spot will then be invited into Disneyland on the night of July 26.
The ride will take place after park closure, making it even more special when you’ll be able to see some of the lit up and deserted park after the ride.
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