How about Australia?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

It has been floating on the web, the rumored expansion of Animal Kingdom with a new land. The new land is Australia and would give Disney the chance to expand the Animal Kingdom with a rumored marine life display. Animal Kingdom is already a big place, but there is enough room for this land. My concern however is the animals that could be housed here. Would Disney go and compete against SeaWorld when they add Dolphins or even Killer Whales? I don’t think so! Seaworld is already doing a great job and have established themselves as the one and true sea life marine park with shows that can hardly be competed with. However, after the Killer Whale issues and the dead in the SeaWorld park this year, would Disney even take the risk to explore that road? (more…)

54 Different Star Tour Experiences

Friday, October 1st, 2010

With the new Star Tours attraction opening getting closer, Disney starts to share more news. One exiting news is that the ride will not just be a new ride, but one with 54 possible different experiences. It will be difficult to ride every experience during your visit to the parks. It will even be very unlikely you’ll experience the same ride twice in a row, or even at all, when you visit Star Tours. Sounds very exciting and a reason to ride the attraction again and again. It will be interesting to see if Disney will announce this in some way at the attraction’s entrance as not everybody rides attractions multiple times to find that out for themselves.

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Will the PeopleMover Return?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Clossed in 1995 after a 28 year run was the Disneyland’s People Mover that ran through Tomorrowland. George Kalogridis, Disneyland’s Resort president, hinted that a return of the attraction could be a possibility. But to do so there are certain rules and regulations to follow making it near to impossible to have the attraction return as it was originally.

“What I do know is we could never bring it back as it was originally,” Kalogridis said. He explained that new regulations require stairways to be available every so many yards, which would not be “visually interesting.” Also, the tracks must be much wider, Kalogridis said. (OC Register)

This information was given at Disney fans during this weekend’s fan club convention Destination D.

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Music in Space

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Sometimes less is more, and Disney proofs this with their little enhancement the did on Space Mountain in Walt Disney WOrld. From now on music can be heard on your trip in space. But instead of changing the ride vehicles and add on board speakers they opted to keep the vehicle in their original form and added the music to track frame. This music can’t be heard from everywhere, but only when you pass through. This makes the experience even more special, even so when every time you pass you might here a different sound or piece of music. Want to know more? Read this great interview with an Imagineer who was part of this “little” change. Can’t wait to ride it!

Here is a video from Orlando Attractions Magazine

The Tower to Blame

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

What happens if you rode Tower of Terror 12 years ago and you get a stroke 3 weeks after that? You sue Disney! That’s what a 80 year old man thought he could do when he suffered a stroke after a tear to an artery which he claims happened during the ride 12 years ago.

The jury however ruled otherwise and didn’t agree with the claims. The man wanted Disney to pay his medical expenses and his $600,000 in lost wages.

It’s a shame for the man he had to go through this in his live, but trying to blame something or someone over it isn’t right. I guess he hoped to get some money out of it to make up for his lose during this hard times in his life. Hope he can pick up the pieces and go on with life (via Wesh.com)

Final Lap on Test Track for GM

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

testtrackpinTest Track in Epcot opened to the public on March 17 , 1999 (with soft opening started at December 19, 1998). The ride is associated with General Motors from the beginning. They pay multiple millions every year as part of their 10 year sponsor deal with Disney. But this can now come to a full stop. GM isn’t doing to well (read extremely badly) and needs to save money wherever it can to save the company. One of those savings could come from sponsorships.

GM has been asking for money from the government and can’t just go and spend that money without giving it a good thought. But, like every business, you can only make money when you spend money. Sponsor deals are part of that. It makes people aware of your product, get them interested a make them buy the product. If you stop sponsorship (or advertisement) the awareness will be gone and sales will not be able to pick up at all. One could wonder if backing out on the Test Track sponsorship would be a good move.

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General Meeting trip report (Part 2; The Fun Part)

Friday, February 13th, 2009

disneylandcastle-sThe meeting was over and I was ready to have some fun. Together with J°o°el, I walked over to Disneyland Park to enjoy the rest of the day.

Entering the park we could already see that it wasn’t going to be to busy. We walked along MainStreet towards the attraction time board to find out Phantom Manor is closed. It has been for a while, as they are doing some work on it, but I will miss it on this trip. So no Phantom Manor, but enough other rides and attractions to enjoy. However before starting our trip around the park we went to Blue Lagoon for lunch. There was no waiting time, a table was available straight away. I love the Blue Lagoon, but this time I couldn’t enjoy it to much. The Shrimp starter was fine but the chicken Dish wasn’t really warm and the rice a little dried out. Also the cream brulee couldn’t please me. It wasn’t totally bad, but I am used to get better food from that place. After leaving the restaurant we started a walk around the park. From Adventureland to Frontierland, passing over the central hub towards Discoveryland to end in Fantasyland. Why a trip and no rides (yet?). Well, the park is more then rides and a wander around the park to enjoy the atmosphere and to see all the changes and work (a lot of work) that is being done is part of the fun.

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A New Tower of Terror Movie?

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

tot-dvdMany of Walt Disney World visitors that also visited and love the Tower of Terror might either own or have already seen the Tower of Terror movie that is on sale there. It is a terrible movie, but like so many fan I could not help myself buying it and watching it.

Now it looks like Disney is planning a new movie about their top attraction. If Bloody Disgusting source is correct, a new movie could be in the making. Let’s hope it will be like the Pirates movies and not like that horrible Haunted Mansion movie (how could they spoil that, so sad). However I don’t think they can make it any worst then the movie they already are selling at the attraction store…

You can also order the 1997 movie via amazon.

When Will Walt Disney World Have an Answer?

Monday, January 19th, 2009

wdw-nice-castleThe news or even a rumour of a new attraction is always something exciting. We love to hear about it, write about it and dream about it. But it has been a while since we got some exciting news lately. The excitement came from other parks. Seaworld is getting “Manta”, Universal Studios is building “Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit” Roller coaster and Island of Adventure has plans to stun the audience with their Harry Potter park. All this is happening while Walt Disney World announced… well, nothing much.

OK, that wasn’t totally fair. Walt Disney World is getting Idol! It is also updating Space Mountain to Space Mountain Mission 2 and a new Stitch attraction has just entered the rumour mill.

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American Idol Sneak Peak

Monday, January 19th, 2009

disneyamericanidoladvThe Walt Disney Company has released a video of the new attraction American Idol in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios.

f you want to know how the auditions will work check out the video here.

Before you can go and sing on stage you will have to get through 2 auditions first. If you can get through those you can go on stage and sing for the public…

Picture copyrights Disney

Space Mountain and Tomorrowland Transit Authority

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

tomorrowland-transit-authority-view1sIt has been confirmed, Space Mountain at Walt Disney World is closing as of April 19th 2009. No opening date yet, but the new Space Mountain Mission 2 will most likely not open before late 2009.With an August trip planned I will miss the Space Mountain ride but what is worst for me is the fact that the Tomorrowland Transit Authority will also be closed during my visit. Tomorrowland Transit Authority is one of my favorite rides and I will miss this one a lot (I know, it sounds weird).

I was looking forwards to many TTA rides but will have to wait until Space Mountain re-opens. But let’s be honest, any reason to plan another trip is a good reason. I might miss out on Tomorrowland Transit Authority and Space Mountain on our 2009 trip, but the closure of those is my reason to plan the next trip after we return home from our August 2009 trip…

New Attraction for Tokyo Disneyland

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The Oriental Land Co. has made an official announcement for their next new attraction that will find its home in Tokyo Disneyland. The new attraction will be a clone from the Walt Disney World resort: “Mickey’s PhilharMagic”. The attraction is planned to open in 2011 and will replace The Mickey Mouse Revue in Fantasyland.

The official announcement can be found behind this link (pdf).

Pictures copyrights Disney.

The Return of Alien Wars

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

This is a Disney Blog, by Disney Geeks who love to talk about the Disney Magic. But once and a while something else happens in the world, non Disney related, and we can’t help ourself talking about it here. In this case I want to point something out that will make any Alien fan heart beat a little faster. But before I start let’s make a little link to Disney so I can justify talking about it here. When Walt Disney World Closed down Alien Encounter one of the most scariest attractions left the park. I was lucky enough to experience the former attraction, before it turned into the tamer Stitch version. While it was a sad day for the Alien Encounter fans, I personally was even more sad when one of the best ever haunts ever created on this planet disappeared: Alien Wars! Ok, I admit, the link between the two is non existing, but I think I broke the ice. On the other hand, in Hollywood Studios, while riding the Great Movie Ride, you can encounter some of the Alien movie creatures. So there is a link after all.

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Imagination: The Next Disneyland Concept

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Imagine where the next Disneyland could be. What could be the next location? What kind of venue could they build? Will Shanghai really be the next Disneyland? We still need to hear if this rumor is correct, but until then let’s have a look at a future possibility out of the mind of a dreamer…

With petrol prices sky rocketing and global warming being a big issue why not build a park that floats on the seas and can even come to you. A floating Disneyland. A little over the top you say? Have a look at the floating cities design called “Lilypad” by the award winning Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut. Doesn’t sound that weird anymore, does it now. Just imagine hearing that Disneyland is on its way to a location near you, or to a location where the sun always shines. Sounds nice enough to me. I don’t think the architect had Disneyland in mind when creating these, but just look at the form of the cities, wouldn’t a rollercoaster on the outlines be awesome. Include some sub level rides with the oceans as your background and you have a good start for the first floating Disneyland.

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New DCA Concept Art?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

There seems to be some new concept artwork regarding the changes in Disney California Adventure. The pictures include information and/or artwork from the Trolley car that will ride from the main entrance up to the Tower of Terror, the new look for the Sun Wheel (including Mickey’s head as main decoration), The Silly Symphony Swing (replacing the Orange Stinger), the Goofy’s Sky School (Mulholland Makeover) and the most anticipated new attraction for DCA; The Little Mermaid Ariel’s Adventure. To see the artwork visit the Original D website.