Fun Fact from the Past: Temple of Doom Sound Effects?

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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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?

The Last Train

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

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.

Big Thunder Mountain Accident in Disneyland Paris (3rd UPDATE online NOW)

Monday, April 25th, 2011

There has been an accident on Big Thunder Mountain in Disneyland Paris. 

Around 3 pm on Easter Monday, April 25, 2011 five guests were injured riding the Big Thunder Mountain rollercoaster in Frontierland of Disneyland Paris.

You can follow the latest news and updates regarding the accident on our sister site DLP.Info

UPDATE 1:
In the meantime DLP.info has updated it’s coverage of the accident three times. Therefore, we encourage you to head over to our sister site for the latest developments in the matter.

UPDATE 2:
DLP.info has released a follow-up report on the Big Thunder Mountain accident in the meantime which brings together all previously known information and the latest corrections in particular regarding how the accident happened.

UPDATE 3:
New information has surfaced questioning the course of events once again – however, at this time it is difficult to assess how authentic some of the information actually is. For more read the latest post by our sister site DLP.info covering the accident.

New Track for Big Thunder Mountain?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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.

Source Screamscape

Will the Yeti Attack Again?

Monday, March 21st, 2011

It was one of those amazing things at Walt Disney World, the Yeti in Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom. He has lost a lot of it impact when he stopped moving and turned into a static figure for most of his lifespan so far. There seem to be some hope as the Yeti is being worked on and might find some movement back. However, rumors indicate it will not be the yeti as he used to be and movement will be a lot more limited as it was before.

Expedition Everest is still a great ride, but it would be great if the Yeti could return to its former glory.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (and more…)

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Walt Disney had a big press event on the 18th January where the revealed some secrets about the ongoing Fantasyland project.

One that will stand out is the rumored The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The new coaster will have a new first of its kind ride system where the trains are said to be swinging back and forth giving the ride a new dimension. The theme of the ride will be around the Drawf’s mine and will be filled with Snow White magic, especially the shiny diamond kind of magic. (more…)

Dark Clouds Over Universal Orlando

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

universalorlandologoWhat happens if you might be forced to pay a $1.5 billion debt one year from now but only have $98 million in cash on hand? It’s a question that needs to be answered for Universal Orlando!

The two main problems are trying to refinance during these dark times of recession and the domino effect that will take place if a first dept of $950 million cannot be paid by April 1, 2010 deadline. If Universal cannot pay the $950 million all other dept will come up for immediate payment and the company would need to pay another $500 million straight away. This second number is covered by Universal Studios assets, including all of its property.

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Awesome Aerial Picture of Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

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While the Mousekingdom Blog is all about the magical world of Disney we can’t help ourself to sometimes talk about some other great stuff in the world of theme parks. For me that’s especially true when it comes to Roller Coasters. It’s never been a secret that I love Island of adventure too (although Harry Potter could change this feeling as I am not a fan of that change in the park), and when visiting Walt Disney World, a visit to the Universal Parks is a given. However, Universal Studios has not been on my list of favorites. Nor me or my family are a fan of the park and the only reason I returned there in 2007 was because of my love for Halloween Horror Night. But… then they came up with Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit and I have been following the project from the beginning. Now, I can’t wait to return to Universal on our next trip to try that monster! All it needed to convince me to visit their park again was too add a great coaster (See how easy I am pleased).

So why this long introduction? Here is one awesome picture from the new ride, taken from a helicopter above the Studios. You can find the big version on the Johnnyupsidedown.com site. Not only will you be able to gaze on the fantastic photo, but you can also follow the work done on the coaster on the site. There are always a great set of construction pictures added on regular basis. Enjoy the ride…

Picture copyrights Jordan Scarano

Disneyland Resort Paris B’Day trip – Day 1

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

I can’t explain why I feel like it was, but it felt that this trip was the best so far… I just loved every minute of it. Could have been the great weather (finally after this terrible and could winter), could have been the company (well, that’s a given as I was their with my family) or was their another reason. I might not know why I felt like that on this trip, all I now is that it was great.

thecastle-again2-sIt started out fantastic with a super deal we found on Expedia.com (sounds a bit like an advertisement now) for the Marriott. I never expected to ever stay their but the deal was to sweet to let it pass. Now I am happy we did. The accommodations are great, big spacious rooms, 2 bathrooms, big living room and a kitchen with everything you need (if you wanted to cook for yourself). We loved and if another deal like that would pop up we would go again. However, even if we thought it was a great place, it is advised to visit this only when you have your own form of transportation. There is a shuttle bus but on the low season day it was packed to full capacity and I have heard from people staying their you can sometimes wait for 1 hour before you can catch another one. It is said the shuttle only goes out every 40 minutes, but in high season that might just not be enough.

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Coasters in Central Florida

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Disney theme parks are more than just a collection of thrill and family rides – they are a unique fantasy world featuring attractions that present thrills and laughter in highly themes environments telling unique stories. However, Disney certainly is able to provide a good adrenaline rush to those seeking it – and most families traveling to Central Florida for a visit to Walt Disney World will have at least one member that is looking for the perfect rush. So it is only fair to ask, how WDW is fairing in this regard – the major daily of the area, the Orlando Sentinel, asked its “Theme Park Ranger” Dewayne Bevil to compare the various coasters in the area and rate them.

In the category “top-tier rides” for the biggest adrenaline rush SheiKra at Bush Garden’s conquered the top spot, but WDW’s sole looping coaster, Rock’n’Roller Coater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, managed to claim the fifth rank with a ranking of 4 out of 5 in the wild or mild scale and a perfect 5 of 5 in the theming / atmosphere category. Certainly any rating and comparison has a subjective element. However, what I personally think more interesting than the actual place R’n’R conquered is one of the explanations in the article…

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IAAPA fun

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Any theme park fanatic’s dream, a visit to the IAAPA show! I would love to visit it one day but until then I’ll have to browse the web to still my hunger. If you want to see some pictures visit the Coaster Crew website and you’ll be invited to view a collection of 400 pictures from the event that is currently taking place in Orlando.

There is enough to see on the collection of pictures to get any roller coaster, dark ride, or thrill ride fan’s hart beat a little faster.

Or, if you’re a visitor at the trade show, you can go and make an offer to one of the Cypress Gardens Rides! (a real shame)

Picture copyrights Coaster Crew.

Harry Potter; the Dragon Killer

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

While adding Harry Potter to Islands of Adventure will be a goldmine for Universal Studios, I never liked they idea of it being added to the park. I loved the park how it was and will miss the “old” Lost Continent land. The land will be changed a lot, including the Dueling Dragons. If rumors are indeed correct Universal has now destroyed the dragon statue… The news isn’t 100% verified so I hope this rumor is incorrect. Please somebody come and tell us here Harry Potter didn’t kill the Dragons. (via screamscape)

Ratatouille in Paris

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

As already mentioned on DLP.Info it’s only a rumor picked up from a CNBC article about the new Toy Story Mania ride, but Ratatouille mentioned to be the next Paris ride does sound exciting. If this will be the next Disney ride, Disney might well be back on track on bringing us exclusive rides for each Disney Park.

Lately we have seen clones pop up from rides already out there (Soarin for Walt Disney World, Buzz Lightyear made its way into Paris, Tower of Terror concurred all resorts, etc) and with (old or new) rumor suggesting even more clones (Crush’s Coaster clones for the US, more Soarin for Paris, etc), future Disney cloned rides are expected. But with Expedition Everest, Crush’s Coaster (not cloned yet), Mission Space or even whole new park concepts like Tokyo’s DisneySea, Disney proofed again and again that putting out something new and never been done before is a guarantied success. Although the clones do bring success (like the Tower does everywhere), it is nice to see that Disney still takes the road of innovative new attractions.

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Happy 10th Birthday Animal Kingdom

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

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Today, April 22, 10 years ago Animal Kingdom opened its gates to the general public for the very first time. The park opened with 5 attraction, 9 exhibits and 12 live entertainment show on a 500 acres location. The main attraction of the resort are its inhabitants, the many incredible animals.

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SeaWorld’s Flying Coaster: Manta

Monday, April 21st, 2008

SeaWorld is om of those parks us Disney fans can appreciate so I wasn’t to surprised when I found some concept art related to the new B&M flying roller coaster that will be build there on a Disney website.

The British website “The Disney Information Bulletin Board” has some nice artist impressions of the new Manta coaster that will open in 2009. Click on the picture to see all three artist impressions, including a track lay-out.

Pictures copyrights Busch Entertainment Corporation