Shangai Disneyland’s heavyweight WDI head

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

So it seems the beans have been spilled, the cat is out of the bag, the dice has been rolled and the heads have been cut; Bob Weiss will be the Walt Disney Imagineering head for Shangai Disneyland – it was a head to head battle between him and Scott Trowbridge (the guy which gave us IOA’s Spiderman ride who had joined WDI in 2007) and Bob won.

Who is Bob Weiss?
Well he is a WDI old timer; he headed, together with the Kirk brothers (the guys who gave us the amazing “Tokyo DisneySEA” much of the initial design for the original “Disney MGM Studios Theme Park2 in 1989.

Then he had a period of “bizare luck”
The guy was first called upon to design (again together with the Kirk’s) the never built “Disney MGM Studios Europe Themepark” which would have been the original second gate for EuroDisneyland.

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WDW Trip Photo book (photo 17) The Last Picture

Monday, November 24th, 2008

It has been a while since I added a picture in this series and thought it was time to pick another one to share with all of you. This time however I will add the last picture of this photo book series from my 2007 trip and will add the link to the site where you can see all others pictures not used in the series.

To finish this series I picked our beloved castle with the master and Mickey standing in front of it. It might not be your pictorial masterpiece, but I think it will bring a lot of nice memories to those loving Walt Disney World just like it did to me picking the picture.

To see more pictures in this series just browse the blog and to see even more pictures of the trip visit my album on Clickmagique’s PicParade. Remember that Clickmagique’s PicParade is a free service where you can host all of your Disney pictures without any restrictions (except picture size).

WDW live part 6

Friday, August 15th, 2008

or “how after wednesdays burn out thursday was laid back”.

Some people call it “Orlando Commando mode”!

As for me it might apply to any of the 5 resorts I call it my “Disney rideathon”
Mode! Ie wanting to ride as many rides, or hop between parks, till my legs can’t support me anymore (and I do go to the gym daily …not only for this)!

Well after yesterdays heavy day today I decided to give myself a brake!
As I had scheduled a lunch at the tune in lounge (love the place and idea) with a friend working in TDO I decided to wake up lateeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (say 1045ish ;-) and go direct to Disney MGM (er; Hollywood) Studios!

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Meet Mickey for a little more $$$

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Walt Disney World ticket prices have gone up! No big news one would say as this is an annual event that can’t (seem to) be avoided. At the end of the day, Disney is a business that needs to make their shareholders happy. Even with the amazing good results the Disney company is booking, it still isn’t enough and guest are now being asked to pay a little more to see Mickey Mouse.

However, a little… an increase of 5,6 percent isn’t that small of an increase, even if that’s “only” $4 more on your day ticket. A one day pass will now set you back $75 instead of the old $71 price…

“The difference between $74, $73, $75 — there’s not that much difference. Once you reach that level, you might as well go to $75,” (Orlando Sentinel)

A child ticket has also been increased from $60 to $63

The “Magic your Way” tickets go up between 3 and 8 percent. For example; A 10 day pass will cost guests $237 (up 5,3%) and the park hopper add-on will cost you $50, a $5 increase. The water park add-on stays the same ($50)

Visit Every Disney Park in the Whole Wide World

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Most people who know me are used to my Disney rants, and those people that don’t know me get acquainted with it soon enough. Even when I go to a job interview, before the interview is over, somehow Disney “talk” is in it. One thing that comes up a lot in my Disney conversation is my love for the parks and how I want to visit all of them. Sometimes you’ll get a “really” or “sounds interesting” or even a “nice” (and my son things it would be “awesome”), but a lot of the time people look at me in disbelieve. But there are those people who not only love the idea, but have already fulfilled this dream.

Visiting every Disney theme park in the world may seem like an odd life goal for a child-free 30-something, but a wise person once said “for those who understand, no explanation is necessary; for those who don’t, none will do.” (The Salt Lake Tribute)

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Friday, August 10th, 2007

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As from January Disney’s MGM Studios will have a new name; “Disney’s Hollywood Studios”. The name might come to a surprise to some as a PIXAR related name has been circulating the rumor mill as well. Although personally I am happy it isn’t named PIXAR Studios, I am not so sure if I like Hollywood studios either. It’s not that I don’t like PIXAR or have problems with Hollywood, it’s just not appealing to me.

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Park Revenue UP! Ticket Prices UP too!

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

ticketwdw1.jpgA couple of days ago Disney released some healthy revenue numbers, especially the parks are doing good and bringing in a lot of money for the company. Now, only a couple of days later, Disney announces a ticket price increase for their Walt Disney World parks. To give an example; a one day / one park / No Hopper ticket will go up from $67 to $71, a $4 increase, or about 6%.

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13 Years of Terror

Friday, July 13th, 2007

13yearstowerofterror.jpgDo you celebrate a 13th when it comes on a Friday? Or are you more the kind that avoids anything related to 13 (or black cats, or walking under a ladder, etc).

At Disney they aren’t that superstition as they pick this day to celebrate the 13th anniversary for the Twilightzone Tower of Terror. The actual opening day was on 22 July 1994 but what better day then the 13th to celebrate.

If you’re a fan of the Tower check out some great pictures on Orlando Sentinel; you’ll get a good view of what those riding the attraction get to see from the top. (That is if they aren’t too scared to open their eyes).

Pictures are taken from a backstage area 13 floors up, one of them from right behind one of the big “O’s” (reporters are so lucky, we fan can only dream of such an invite)

Well, happy early 13th birthday to the Tower of Terror! I’ll be celebrating a little later when I’ll be there in October.

Disney Parks Dominate Theme Park Attendance Report

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

It will be no surprise to anybody that the Disney parks are doing very well and are well present in the top 25 Theme Park Attendance Report. The list is from all parks in the world.

1 Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World – 16,640,000 – up 3.0%
2 Disneyland – 14,730,000 – up 1.2%
3 Tokyo Disneyland – 12,900,000
4 Tokyo DisneySea – 12,100,000
5 Disneyland Paris – 10,600,000
6 Epcot – 10,460,000 – up 5.5%
7 Disney-MGM Studios – 9,100,000 – up 5.0%
8 Disney’s Animal Kingdom – 8,910,000 up 8.6%
13 Disney’s California Adventure – 5,950,000 – up 2.1%
18 Hong Kong Disneyland – 5,200,000

The Walt Disney Studios in Paris didn’t make it on the list with 2,200,000 visitors. I wonder if this will change once the Toon Studios and Tower of Terror will open.

The Disney Water Parks are doing well too. Typhoon Lagoon is on the first place (yeah) with 2,050,000 visitors, up 6.6% and Blizzard beach comes in second with 1,880,000 visitors, up 5.4%

For the full report see the Theme Park Attendance Report (big pdf file)

WDW Radio Podcast

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

wdwradiologo.jpgWhen the Mousetunes podcast disappeared I was a little sad. Lou Mongello and Nathan M. Rose did a great job and they sure made my Monday’s at work more bearable. Luckily enough there was no need to be sad to long as both would start new projects. One of the new projects from Lou is WDW Radio podcast, a podcast with news, info and fun facts about Walt Disney World.

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Capacity Reached!

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

epcot10.jpgThe holiday season is well known for being the busiest in Walt Disney World. It was so busy yesterday they even had to close three of the four parks.

Only Epcot remained open and was the only option for those that came a little late to the parks.

Because they reached capacity, Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom both closed by 1:15 p.m. The Magic Kingdom was reopened by 2:30 p.m., and Animal Kingdom by 3 p.m. (Tourism Central Florida – Orlando Sentinel Blog)

Walt Disney World… Booked

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

casltebehindtrees1.jpgIt is done! With a free continental flight and my Disney Vacation Club points I now booked my trip for next years Halloween Walt Disney World visit.

Countdown can start, even if it is over 10 months to go. I’ll be at Walt Disney World as from 21st October (Late arrival) up to 1st November…

I will stay in the Old Key West resort for 7 nights. After that I will switch to another hotel. That one hasn’t been booked yet. Although I would love to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, I think I will not do that this time around and might go for one of the less expensive Disney hotels. Animal Kingdom Lodge will have to wait for another year.

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Marathon

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

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Did you already register for the Marathon at Walt Disney world? I sure did…. not. I admit, not so much into running myself but it does look very interesting to be part of it. The Marathon takes place on 6 and 7 January 2007, the half Marathon with 16000 contenders on the Saturday and the full Marathon on Sunday with 14000 contenders. 3000 people even go for the both days.

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Win a “Sharpie” trip to Walt Disney World

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

windisneyworldtripsharpie.jpgWho would not want to win a trip to Walt Disney World?

Well here is another chance for you and your family to win a trip for 4 persons to celebrate the Year of a Million Dreams. Sharpie has added a sweepstake on their web site, so go over to their pages and fill out the form. Good luck!

(Sweepstake is open for US and Canada only)

5th Gate: Six Months later

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

castlecolin2.jpgAbout a good 6 months ago I started to have my imagination float freely on this blog when it came to the rumored 5th gate. In the entry “5th Gate: Past” I looked at the map that had a 5th gate drawn on it, the influence of Expedition Everest and Pixar while in the article “5th Gate: Now” I looked more at all the things happening around the globe, giving Disney a good reason to jump on the bandwagon to add a new park. In the entry “5th Gate: Future” I dreamed aloud about a possible timeframe. (If you’re new to the blog and didn’t see the articles yet, check them out.) Now, a good six months after writing those I wanted to see how much has changed, how the rumors are going and how possible a 5th gate opening could be when looking at the situation today…

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