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jerseydevil
November 13th, 2014, 12:00 PM
Don't look now but we got trimmed again.
Apologies to the person who started this one last time...

Knott's dark ride embarks on steampunk-inspired underwater journey
http://www.latimes.com/travel/themeparks/la-trb-knotts-berry-farm-voyage-iron-reef-20141113-story.html#page=1

jerseydevil
December 10th, 2014, 02:06 PM
Disney’s STAR WARS Attractions to Be Based on New Sequels and Spinoffs, Not the Older Films
Read more at http://collider.com/star-wars-theme-park-attractions-new-films/#EIZJ3zA5pQ6HbHQM.99


During a Q&A at Variety‘s Dealmakers Breakfast, Iger revealed that Walt Disney Imagineering was developing Star Wars rides, but that he had them stop working because he was concerned that park guests would be disappointed if the attractions didn’t include elements from the latest films. Iger further explained:

“We couldn’t tell them what was new … I slowed it all down so what we come forward with will have a blend of the past, present and maybe the future. Now we have a sense of what’s in ‘Star Wars 8,’ and what some of the standalone films will have in them.”

It’s a smart move. Sure, it’d be great to open some new rides ASAP, benefit from the Episode VII hype and draw in a crowd, but theme park attractions aren’t just cash grabs. Odds are, they’ll be operating for years and years, so they’ve got to impress.

Abrams is likely feeling the pressure to ensure the movie itself meets fans’ standards, but that doesn’t stop Iger from repeatedly conveying to Abrams that there’s so much more at stake than just one film:

“I keep telling J.J. Abrams this is a $4 billion movie. We need to treat this very special. It’s an unbelievable privilege and unbelievable responsibility to take a jewel and treat it in a way that is respectful of its past but brings it into the future.”

Iger also touched on Abrams’ preference for physical sets and props over CG visuals in the film:

“That will give the film a look that will be extremely respectful of the look George (Lucas) created in the ’70s and will play well with ardent ‘Star Wars’ fans and play well with audiences today.”


Read more at http://collider.com/star-wars-theme-park-attractions-new-films/#EIZJ3zA5pQ6HbHQM.99

jerseydevil
January 26th, 2015, 06:31 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chKG2miA2YY

jerseydevil
January 29th, 2015, 05:13 PM
Disneyland announces 60th anniversary plans with a little extra dazzle; it's adding a parade, punching up fireworks show
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/disney-649579-disneyland-park.html


Disney officials have been busy, quietly, getting ready for the 60th anniversary.

Though not announced, Soarin’ Over California, a California Adventure ride that imitates a hang-gliding journey over state landmarks, is being revamped along with the entire Condor Flats area that will be renamed the Grizzly Peak Airfield when it re-opens by summer.

Several other rides are also being refurbished, such as Peter Pan’s Flight and the Matterhorn – all expected to re-open by summer for the actual anniversary and the summer crowds.

Staggs said the new shows will be bigger than anything they’ve done before. An homage, he said, to Walt Disney, a man who was larger than life.

Also, the long running rumor of the Hatbox Ghost returning is starting to pick up again.

jerseydevil
February 4th, 2015, 01:46 PM
Preview Shanghai Disneyland’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: BATTLE FOR THE SUNKEN TREASURE Ride
http://www.nerdist.com/2015/02/preview-shanghai-disneylands-pirates-of-the-caribbean-battle-for-the-sunken-treasure-ride/

Dexter
February 4th, 2015, 10:42 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icxmxx9mwo0




http://www.westcoaster.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ush015-700x467.jpg


Awwwwww yeah

KingsFan1985
February 7th, 2015, 09:41 PM
I got to say that Universal is kicking Disney's ass at the moment.

Universal is not only building better rides than Disney, it's also building them at a much more efficient rate. Despite this Universal has no rapid fanbase like Disney has. All Disney has to do is paint Olaf from Frozen on to a trash can, and every female on the internet will gush about what a amazing job Disney imaganieering is doing. Also who are these people who clamored for an entire land based off the Cars films? Don't be surprised if Star Wars land eventually turns into Meet the Robinsons 2 land which will be done in 2025, because that's how Disney operates now a days.

You people can keep your overpriced Disney passes! I'll be enjoying my much more affordable Universal pass with a cool glass of butterbeer.

Dexter
February 7th, 2015, 11:59 PM
The Terminator 3d Experience lasted way too long, but I still enjoyed it.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChhwKN0zplI


I always wanted to be Vin Diesel.

notbob
March 12th, 2015, 02:26 PM
Disney California Adventure face-lift continues with rethemed land (http://www.latimes.com/travel/themeparks/la-trb-grizzly-peak-airfield-disney-california-adventure-20150312-story.html)

ucsdguy1
April 27th, 2015, 10:51 AM
My 2.5 year old got scared s***less on Little Mermaid this weekend. Ursula was definitely up to no good.

That took my experimentation idea of pirates of the caribbean on long hold..

Jungle Cruise tour guide: "so, where are you folks from"
couple: "seattle"
tour guide: "i'm sorry?"
couple: "seattle"
tour guide: "no, I heard you. I'm just sorry"

it never gets old!


And despite the downpour, the line for a dole whip was never longer. (40 minutes for it's a small world means you're in for a rough time)

WingHater
April 27th, 2015, 04:26 PM
My 2.5 year old got scared s***less on Little Mermaid this weekend. Ursula was definitely up to no good.

That took my experimentation idea of pirates of the caribbean on long hold..

Jungle Cruise tour guide: "so, where are you folks from"
couple: "seattle"
tour guide: "i'm sorry?"
couple: "seattle"
tour guide: "no, I heard you. I'm just sorry"

it never gets old!


And despite the downpour, the line for a dole whip was never longer. (40 minutes for it's a small world means you're in for a rough time)


My 3 year old still doesn't like Pirates. And now that little f***er is 40"

orpheus
April 27th, 2015, 04:30 PM
That Pirates ride has gone downhill since it went all PC! How are kids supposed to learn that it's okay to get drunk and chase women? mhihi:

Dexter
April 27th, 2015, 10:48 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8VQN27GiG4



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmIh8LjJ9FE

LetTigerIn
April 29th, 2015, 01:10 PM
I may have to check out some of Springfield before I see Age of Ultron this weekend.

jerseydevil
May 14th, 2015, 08:27 AM
Over 50 Pictures from THE SIMPSONS Universal Studios Springfield Attraction
http://collider.com/the-simpsons-universal-studios-springfield-exhibit-pictures/

Now with 100% less Harry Shearer

jerseydevil
May 14th, 2015, 08:28 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME1dGLjAagk

LetTigerIn
May 14th, 2015, 10:24 AM
Over 50 Pictures from THE SIMPSONS Universal Studios Springfield Attraction
http://collider.com/the-simpsons-universal-studios-springfield-exhibit-pictures/

Now with 100% less Harry Shearer


I'm going to hang out there today before heading to Hollywood to see Mad Max.

Lassssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrr rrr!

Dexter
May 14th, 2015, 10:33 PM
It just sucks that I'm 90 miles away. I love going to Universal.

darby
May 15th, 2015, 03:53 PM
Yup. Went to Disneyland yesterday. Saw the Hatbox Ghost. He was cool. Would love to've seen then get the old tech to work, but the new tech looks good.

LetTigerIn
May 15th, 2015, 09:37 PM
It just sucks that I'm 90 miles away. I love going to Universal.

It was interesting in the rain. Everything was still open except Waterworld.

jerseydevil
May 26th, 2015, 02:40 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVKAJ3-sELg

Went to Disney yesterday to check out the 'Celebration'. Best thing for me was the Matterhorn. Love the ride, but it doesn't agree with my old and wretched back, but i had to try it...to see. First thing, there is a nice effect when you make your first climb. 3 'glacier panels' with the old Yeti design projected as if he's trapped on the other side. Hard to see and unless you are looking at the panels you will miss. Then, the ride...same as always...very bumpy and fast, but the new Yetis are frightening and magnificent. State of the art animatronics just made me 13 years old...nothing like REAL stuff.
Hatbox ghost was good, but in a bad spot. Comes up fast...and is too close. No sense of mystery/danger. Just...there.
The new Electric light parade is impressive, but it really is a 15 minute best of Pixar commercial. The old parade was abstract(mostly) this is just loud, shrill and commercially motivated. With horrible pop music it just really limits how much you can just take it in visually and appreciate it. Oh, and I have no problem with it...but the parade really is a few ecstasy tabs shy of basically being Carnival night in West Hollywood.
The new fireworks show was impressive for the most part. But Disney's overreliance on Frozen is getting tiresome. Once again...bad pop music ruins things, especially when their are great old school nods to Mary Poppins/Jungle Book that really show you how good Disney did the soundtrack thing back in the day.

mmmcammy
May 26th, 2015, 03:20 PM
I've been waiting VERY impatiently for the Matterhorn to open back up. It's one of my favorite rides. Can't wait to go check out the new additions!

beedee
May 26th, 2015, 04:36 PM
I went Sunday evening, checked out the new fireworks and the Paint the Night parade, both were really cool. There were some small tributes to the MSEP in the new parade which I thought was awesome.

Haven't been on the Matterhorn yet to check out the new updates, but I really wish they would have fixed the sleds. Can't stand riding those things now, awkward handle positioning, no padding in seats, seating position has you planted on your tailbone and the bumps in the track transfer straight through the hard plastic of the sled to your tailbone.

Btw, the new addition of Hattie to the HM is freakin' awesome!!!

And, blah, the explosion mist wasn't working on the last lift hill of BTMRR, boooo!

jerseydevil
May 26th, 2015, 08:07 PM
i went sunday evening, checked out the new fireworks and the paint the night parade, both were really cool. There were some small tributes to the msep in the new parade which i thought was awesome.

Haven't been on the matterhorn yet to check out the new updates, but i really wish they would have fixed the sleds. Can't stand riding those things now, awkward handle positioning, no padding in seats, seating position has you planted on your tailbone and the bumps in the track transfer straight through the hard plastic of the sled to your tailbone.

Btw, the new addition of hattie to the hm is freakin' awesome!!!

And, blah, the explosion mist wasn't working on the last lift hill of btmrr, boooo!

btmrr???

Dexter
May 26th, 2015, 08:21 PM
Has it broken down yet?

jerseydevil
May 26th, 2015, 08:25 PM
Has what broken down? Damned secret language...

Troyvsc
May 27th, 2015, 12:10 AM
Big thunder mountain railroad

LetTigerIn
May 27th, 2015, 11:31 AM
I went Sunday evening, checked out the new fireworks and the Paint the Night parade, both were really cool. There were some small tributes to the MSEP in the new parade which I thought was awesome.

Was one of the MSEP tributes Perrey and Kingsley's "Baroque Hoedown?"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXBoaD519P8

jerseydevil
May 27th, 2015, 11:54 AM
25 Things to Know About Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, Plus Over 100 Photos
http://collider.com/disneyland-60th-anniversary-photos-plus-25-things-to-know/

jerseydevil
June 2nd, 2015, 12:46 PM
Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Open at Universal Hollywood in Spring 2016
http://collider.com/wizarding-world-of-harry-potter-hollywood-opening-date-set-for-2016/

LetTigerIn
June 2nd, 2015, 01:31 PM
Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Open at Universal Hollywood in Spring 2016
http://collider.com/wizarding-world-of-harry-potter-hollywood-opening-date-set-for-2016/

The way they are working on that thing, it seems like it could open earlier.

mmmcammy
June 23rd, 2015, 09:19 AM
So I finally went on the Matterhorn at Disneyland after the refurbishment and OH MY GOD the yeti scared the **** out of me. Way better than I was expecting.

And the new parade and fireworks show are legit. Too much Frozen though...and I like Frozen.

KingInTheWest
June 23rd, 2015, 11:02 PM
Too much Frozen though...and I like Frozen.

Let it go, Cammy, let it go.

jerseydevil
July 22nd, 2015, 11:14 PM
7 Actual Theme Park Attractions Clearly Designed By Maniacs
http://www.cracked.com/article_22830_7-real-amusement-park-rides-right-out-bowels-hell.html

chaingunsofdoom
July 23rd, 2015, 08:57 AM
I thought for several minutes last night that Sharknado 3 was just one big ad for Universal Studios Florida. LOL

mitchrock
July 23rd, 2015, 12:40 PM
I thought for several minutes last night that Sharknado 3 was just one big ad for Universal Studios Florida. LOL

I want to go there now after seeing that epic movie last night!

LAKingSteve
July 23rd, 2015, 03:24 PM
So I finally went on the Matterhorn at Disneyland after the refurbishment and OH MY GOD the yeti scared the **** out of me. Way better than I was expecting.



They still need to do something about those incredibly uncomfortable seats though.

LAKingSteve
July 23rd, 2015, 03:28 PM
I went Sunday evening, checked out the new fireworks and the Paint the Night parade, both were really cool. There were some small tributes to the MSEP in the new parade which I thought was awesome.



Paint the Night is quite cool...but I'd take the Tokyo Disneyland Version of the Main Street Electrical Parade, Dreamlights, over PTN. This is what happens when you continue to take a classic and plus it up every few years like Disney should have done with the current US version of MSEP, now in Florida. This screams Disney far more than PTN IMO.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyYZrd1sFCo

LAKingSteve
July 23rd, 2015, 03:32 PM
Was one of the MSEP tributes Perrey and Kingsley's "Baroque Hoedown?"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXBoaD519P8

Most definitely. You can still hear it throughout the new parade...which really is meant to be the next MSEP.

mmmcammy
July 23rd, 2015, 04:22 PM
They still need to do something about those incredibly uncomfortable seats though.

YES. I was so excited that I didn't have to sit on someone's lap anymore, but those bobsleds are borderline painful now.

Dexter
July 23rd, 2015, 06:14 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbS94qSA2V4

darby
August 15th, 2015, 04:09 PM
They're gonna need a cantina, a Millenium Falcon, maybe an X-Wing or Snowspeeder ride, and whatever-tie ins from the new movie.



Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/08/star-wars-themed-lands-coming-to-walt-disney-world-and-disneyland-resorts/)

Ryan120420
August 16th, 2015, 12:27 AM
They're gonna need a cantina, a Millenium Falcon, maybe an X-Wing or Snowspeeder ride, and whatever-tie ins from the new movie.



Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/08/star-wars-themed-lands-coming-to-walt-disney-world-and-disneyland-resorts/)



Looks amazing!


Too bad they wont start construction until late 2017, so the absolute earliest that it will open is 2020. (going off the Carsland construction timeline) Sigh. Really wish Disney was as efficient as Universal when it comes to construction.


Oh, and I cringe at the thought of just how much my Annual Pass will be when Star Wars Land opens.

makemelaugh
August 17th, 2015, 10:21 AM
...Oh, and I cringe at the thought of just how much my Annual Pass will be when Star Wars Land opens.

https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.O6tWy8fYs5RKmmXOBTppZQ&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300

I'm only half kidding.

darby
August 17th, 2015, 01:59 PM
But first, coming in early 2016...

http://parksandresorts.wdpromedia.com/media/disneyparks/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/SOF181500.jpg

notbob
September 3rd, 2015, 10:16 AM
Revolution restoration to return Six Flags Magic Mountain coaster to its rightful glory (http://www.latimes.com/travel/themeparks/la-trb-revolution-six-flags-magic-mountain-20150903-story.html)

Revolution was the my first loop way back when.

beedee
September 3rd, 2015, 10:46 AM
Our Disneyland AP's expire on the 25th of this month. This year we stepped up to the Premium so we could enjoy no blackout days, and Saturdays. I haven't been able to tell if we did go more than last year when we only had the SoCal tier pass. We also thought that Saturday's would be less crowded due to the other AP's being blacked out (I know Deluxe is valid on many Saturdays), but we really didn't find that to be the case over all.

We just had a daughter 7 weeks ago and are debating if we should renew our passes. The one advantage to renewing would be keeping our "legacy" status, meaning we could renew at the SoCal level since we previously had that pass (and they aren't selling that level anymore) as well as being able to add parking. However if we don't renew before the 25th, we lose our legacy status and won't be able to purchase a new SoCal pass, nor add parking.

For those with little ones, was it a royal pain in the rear bringing a few month old baby to the park? I know she won't remember squat at this age obviously, but it would be something we could go do on Sunday mornings or evenings as a nice way to get out of the pad. Also, my wife wasn't able to go on any of the faster rides due to being pregnant since November of 2014 up until July of 2015. We haven't been to DL since about a week or so before our daughter was born (July 15th) so we are both jonzing to go, lol.

ucsdguy1
September 3rd, 2015, 04:21 PM
Our Disneyland AP's expire on the 25th of this month. This year we stepped up to the Premium so we could enjoy no blackout days, and Saturdays. I haven't been able to tell if we did go more than last year when we only had the SoCal tier pass. We also thought that Saturday's would be less crowded due to the other AP's being blacked out (I know Deluxe is valid on many Saturdays), but we really didn't find that to be the case over all.

We just had a daughter 7 weeks ago and are debating if we should renew our passes. The one advantage to renewing would be keeping our "legacy" status, meaning we could renew at the SoCal level since we previously had that pass (and they aren't selling that level anymore) as well as being able to add parking. However if we don't renew before the 25th, we lose our legacy status and won't be able to purchase a new SoCal pass, nor add parking.

For those with little ones, was it a royal pain in the rear bringing a few month old baby to the park? I know she won't remember squat at this age obviously, but it would be something we could go do on Sunday mornings or evenings as a nice way to get out of the pad. Also, my wife wasn't able to go on any of the faster rides due to being pregnant since November of 2014 up until July of 2015. We haven't been to DL since about a week or so before our daughter was born (July 15th) so we are both jonzing to go, lol.
The first few months were hard because we had a stroller that used an adapter for the car seat. It was huge and hard to get on the tram. Plus between keeping formula, diapers, et al, it became a chore. The 1-1.5 hour car ride there and back didn't help either. But I know plenty of people who had no trouble taking their kids the first 6 months of their life all the time. I might just be a complainer.

My kids are 3 and 1 now, and aside from running around chasing them it's a lot of fun seeing how excited they get.

beedee
September 3rd, 2015, 05:23 PM
The first few months were hard because we had a stroller that used an adapter for the car seat. It was huge and hard to get on the tram. Plus between keeping formula, diapers, et al, it became a chore. The 1-1.5 hour car ride there and back didn't help either. But I know plenty of people who had no trouble taking their kids the first 6 months of their life all the time. I might just be a complainer.

My kids are 3 and 1 now, and aside from running around chasing them it's a lot of fun seeing how excited they get.

Thanks for the input.

We have one of those styles of strollers too, but we are looking to get a smaller one in the very near future. One that isn't bare bones, but isn't full on SUV status either. We live in Long Beach, so it is about a 30 minute drive for us and she does fine in the car seat. I'm sure it will be kind of hectic the first couple of times but maybe we will get the hang of it?

ucsdguy1
September 4th, 2015, 11:27 AM
Thanks for the input.

We have one of those styles of strollers too, but we are looking to get a smaller one in the very near future. One that isn't bare bones, but isn't full on SUV status either. We live in Long Beach, so it is about a 30 minute drive for us and she does fine in the car seat. I'm sure it will be kind of hectic the first couple of times but maybe we will get the hang of it?
Ah gotcha. I live in west hills, so is significantly farther. It is a little hectic, but there are some pictures with characters we took that I look back on now and really enjoy. And I know in 20 years I'll love them even more.

Go to any store and ask for a pin for your kid's first time. They'll write his/her name on one and give it to you. A nice commemorative gift (we went in the one right outside the shooting gallery in frontierland).

Also, if you're bringing the stroller, go to the very front car of the tram from the parking lot. They have extended size cars in front that you can take the stroller on (usually without having to fold up). They'll make you take the kid out and hold him/her, but small price to pay as it's much more convenient. And every time the tram worker has helped me lift the stroller onto it.

Ryan120420
October 4th, 2015, 09:15 PM
Disneyland has raised its Annual Pass prices, and its a HUGE increase!.


- Premier Pass (Disneyland and Disneyworld Pass) - $1,439 plus FL sales tax. up $390.

-Disney Signature Plus- $1,049 up $270

- Disney Signature- $849, new Annual Pass tier.

- Premium - No longer available., now the Disney Signature Plus pass.

- Deluxe- $599 up $50

- SoCal- $439 (Renewals Only) up $30.

- SoCal Select- $329 up $30.


-Parking Add-on- $199 (Renewals Only) up $30.

https://disneyland.d....go.com/passes/


Single day tickets remain the same...for now.

ucsdguy1
October 5th, 2015, 09:07 AM
I bet attendance will still go up

jerseydevil
November 10th, 2015, 12:20 PM
First look at Star Wars 'Season of the Force' at Disneyland
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/harpy/first-look-at-star-wars-season-of-the-force-at-disneyland#yXazZW3OZVMDHZaQ.99

ucsdguy1
November 11th, 2015, 03:43 PM
there's gotta be a way to make an interactive paperboy ride somewhere along the style of the old ET ride..

http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/vsMQJPFdvKCUCn-0T3D4eEAhoWb7jEEp

jerseydevil
November 15th, 2015, 11:50 AM
‘Star Wars': See Disneyland Transformed with Over 60 Images from “Season of the Force”
http://collider.com/star-wars-disneyland-season-of-the-force-images/

jerseydevil
November 18th, 2015, 11:35 PM
WHAT TO SEE AND DO AT DISNEYLAND’S STAR WARS SEASON OF THE FORCE CELEBRATION
http://nerdist.com/what-to-see-and-do-at-disneylands-star-wars-season-of-the-force-celebration/

darby
November 20th, 2015, 04:16 PM
Some pictures I took at the "Launch Bay" and out between Star Tours and Astro Blasters.

Hyperspace Mountain is pretty damned cool, and the new Start Tours scenes are good, too.



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LetTigerIn
November 23rd, 2015, 03:12 PM
Why am I still here typing thi

jerseydevil
December 4th, 2015, 09:51 AM
RUMORS CIRCULATE ABOUT DISNEYLAND’S STAR WARS LAND, NEW FASTPASS, AND MORE
http://nerdist.com/rumors-circulate-about-disneylands-star-wars-land-new-fastpass-and-more/

beedee
December 4th, 2015, 11:02 AM
As much as I love Star Wars I'm not a huge fan of it going into the original park. It sucks that they are destroying some of the original areas of the park to make way for the new land. What bothers me even more about this is how they continue to neglect Tomorrowland and threw a temporary Star Wars re-skin over it until SWL is complete. The People Mover (more recently Rocket Rods, but will always be People Mover tracks to me) tracks have sat vacant since the year 2000, 15 years!!!

LetTigerIn
December 4th, 2015, 04:45 PM
As much as I love Star Wars I'm not a huge fan of it going into the original park. It sucks that they are destroying some of the original areas of the park to make way for the new land. What bothers me even more about this is how they continue to neglect Tomorrowland and threw a temporary Star Wars re-skin over it until SWL is complete. The People Mover (more recently Rocket Rods, but will always be People Mover tracks to me) tracks have sat vacant since the year 2000, 15 years!!!

There was definitely a time I would have felt like this. For some reason, though, I'm happy to have memories of how the park used to be; but I'm also happy to have experienced some of the upgrades and additions they've made over the many years; and I welcome the changes to come!

jerseydevil
December 4th, 2015, 06:00 PM
Can someone tell me...are they scrapping Big Thunder Mountain. I mean...they just refurbished it. I sure hope not.

orpheus
December 4th, 2015, 06:06 PM
I am not necessarily against theme parks changing things around. Disneyland has been making changes since it began and it's part of the process.

With that being said, I hope the Disneyland in the afterlife still has the People Mover. ;)

darby
December 4th, 2015, 07:43 PM
Can someone tell me...are they scrapping Big Thunder Mountain. I mean...they just refurbished it. I sure hope not.

No. Star Wars is basically gonna go where the ranch is behind Big Thunder. Off the walkway that links Fantasyland to Frontierland. It'll basically sit next to Toon Town.


[edit]One of the guesses as to how this'll be situated.

http://www.themeparkinsider.com/art/2015/dl-star-wars-build.jpg

beedee
December 5th, 2015, 09:08 AM
Walt even said that Disneyland will never be finished as long as their is imagination left in the world. I think the hang up many people are having is that this is just another IP shoehorn into the parks. I'm confident the final product will be executed astoundingly. But is it necessarily creative? Just about every new attraction has been based on an IP, and this is no different. I'm all for the evolution of the park, as long as they are bringing original concepts to the table.

jerseydevil
December 30th, 2015, 08:56 PM
With virtually anything with Big Thunder in it's name apparently being closed due to star wars land I sent an email to Disneyland checking to see if the attraction itself was gonna go...


Dear Samuel,

Thank you for your email to the DISNEYLAND? Resort.

Our Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction will not be removed.

Again, thank you for taking the time to write. We hope you will have the
opportunity to visit the DISNEYLAND? Resort soon and trust your visit
will be pleasant in all regards.

Sincerely,


XXXXX XXXXX
DISNEYLAND? Resort
Guest Experience Services

so now I can relax. The petting zoo animals are apparently being gifted to an animal care facility that the park has worked with as well...so that's nice.

jerseydevil
January 27th, 2016, 09:44 PM
Employees Sue Disney For Allegedly Making Them Train Their Own Replacements
http://uproxx.com/news/disney-lawsuit-racketeering-forcing-laid-off-employees-to-train-foreign-replacements/

jerseydevil
February 17th, 2016, 09:20 AM
Trouble At Disney Shanghai Might Affect Your U.S. Theme Park Vacation
http://uproxx.com/life/shanghai-disney-ruins-american-vacations/

roenick
February 17th, 2016, 10:16 AM
Trouble At Disney Shanghai Might Affect Your U.S. Theme Park Vacation
http://uproxx.com/life/shanghai-disney-ruins-american-vacations/

Interesting. My oldest daughter has an internship at WDW starting in April and we will be going down with her to set her up in her new living quarters as well as spending some days in the parks. We will see what comes of it and I will report back to lgk ...

jerseydevil
February 17th, 2016, 11:18 AM
Interesting. My oldest daughter has an internship at WDW starting in April and we will be going down with her to set her up in her new living quarters as well as spending some days in the parks. We will see what comes of it and I will report back to lgk ...

Honestly hope it doesn't affect her...it's funny...you see the kids reaction to meeting the characters, and you get it. That is NOT an aspect they should ever cut down on. Hell...one time when we were waiting in line for Alice, and as the parade went by Eeyore made eye contact and waved at me...even I got all squee. What can I say, Disney sets the wayback machine to when I was a little kid.

Dexter
February 20th, 2016, 06:27 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGHqlWG275E



So excite.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gkOtJREoEk

Not surprising how short the ride is.

jerseydevil
March 4th, 2016, 09:31 PM
DISNEY PARKS TO BEGIN CONSTUCTION OF STAR WARS LAND IN APRIL
http://nerdist.com/disney-parks-to-begin-constuction-of-star-wars-land-in-april/

jerseydevil
March 5th, 2016, 09:04 PM
Universal’s Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Could Host An Actual Yule Ball For Fans
http://uproxx.com/movies/yule-ball-harry-potter-theme-park/

darby
March 6th, 2016, 02:18 PM
DISNEY PARKS TO BEGIN CONSTUCTION OF STAR WARS LAND IN APRIL
http://nerdist.com/disney-parks-to-begin-constuction-of-star-wars-land-in-april/

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c326/darby27/Posts/20160228_155329.jpg~original

Took this maybe 10 days ago or so. You can see the back of the facade in Toon Town and the berm that's going to hide the construction from the River (to the picture's right). I think they plan on planting more trees there, too.

Dunno if they're going to remove any of the remaining buildings nearer to the camera later on. But basically, there's the footprint.

notbob
March 7th, 2016, 08:31 AM
I got an advance pass to see Harry Potter World this Wednesday mitches!

skulllead
March 7th, 2016, 09:47 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/03/04/harry-potter-ride-at-universal-studios-hollywood-make-barf/

notbob
March 7th, 2016, 09:54 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/03/04/harry-potter-ride-at-universal-studios-hollywood-make-barf/

I heard about that. I'm inclined to believe someone has been slipping the riders a couple of puking pastilles.

skulllead
March 7th, 2016, 10:04 AM
I heard about that. I'm inclined to believe someone has been slipping the riders a couple of puking pastilles.

Or they visited the bar before hand?

Sometimes Star Tours makes me a little dizzy with the 3d glasses, and with this sounds a lot more immersive, I could see nausea becoming a factor.

notbob
March 10th, 2016, 09:00 AM
Had fun at Harry Potter World. Didnt get sick on the ride and the Butterbeer is awesome.

http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/h395/bob8880/Shoutbox/20160309_190014.jpg

LAKingSteve
March 11th, 2016, 11:57 AM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c326/darby27/Posts/20160228_155329.jpg~original

Took this maybe 10 days ago or so. You can see the back of the facade in Toon Town and the berm that's going to hide the construction from the River (to the picture's right). I think they plan on planting more trees there, too.

Dunno if they're going to remove any of the remaining buildings nearer to the camera later on. But basically, there's the footprint.

I believe that all of the buildings closest to the camera as well as those to the right will be removed. The plot of land cleared next to ToonTown is apparently for future expansion and not part of Star Wars Land...rumored to be Arendale from Frozen as part of a Fantasyland expansion. Below is a map from Micechat showing the relative locations of the new buildings.

http://i2.wp.com/bitcast-a-sm.bitgravity.com/slashfilm/wp/wp-content/images/ZZ71516B78.jpg

LAKingSteve
March 11th, 2016, 12:01 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/03/04/harry-potter-ride-at-universal-studios-hollywood-make-barf/

One review I read said that it made the rider far more sick than Star Tours...which I can't ride as it make me very sick. The addition of 3D in Hollywood has made the motion sickness problem even worse compared to it's Florida counterpart.

beedee
March 11th, 2016, 03:58 PM
One review I read said that it made the rider far more sick than Star Tours...which I can't ride as it make me very sick. The addition of 3D in Hollywood has made the motion sickness problem even worse compared to it's Florida counterpart.

Yeah I can't hang on 3D stuff at all. I had a lot of ear infections growing up and my inner ear is all out of whack.

Dexter
March 13th, 2016, 09:30 PM
Sounds like the House of Horrors has been changed into a year round Walking Dead maze.

orpheus
March 17th, 2016, 04:02 PM
Universal Studios is opening a restaurant that looks like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/03/16/universal-studios-willy-wonka-chocolate-factory-restaurant

jerseydevil
March 17th, 2016, 04:43 PM
Universal Studios is opening a restaurant that looks like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/03/16/universal-studios-willy-wonka-chocolate-factory-restaurant

Florida...so far. Wah-Waaah!

LetTigerIn
March 17th, 2016, 05:42 PM
Florida...so far. Wah-Waaah!

Agreed. Saw the headline. "YES!" Then the article. "NO!!!"

orpheus
March 17th, 2016, 06:09 PM
Roadtrip! And we can listen to the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory soundtrack on a loop. ;)

jerseydevil
April 24th, 2016, 10:17 AM
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY OVERLAY MIGHT COME TO DISNEY’S TOWER OF TERROR

http://nerdist.com/guardians-of-the-galaxy-overlay-likely-coming-to-disneys-tower-of-terror/

LetTigerIn
April 24th, 2016, 01:53 PM
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY OVERLAY MIGHT COME TO DISNEY’S TOWER OF TERROR

http://nerdist.com/guardians-of-the-galaxy-overlay-likely-coming-to-disneys-tower-of-terror/


Good ride either way.

jerseydevil
April 25th, 2016, 01:49 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5zQdcK8TrM

skulllead
May 1st, 2016, 06:20 PM
Yeah I can't hang on 3D stuff at all. I had a lot of ear infections growing up and my inner ear is all out of whack.

Rode it today and it was definitely nauseating. Had to sit down for a few minutes afterwards.

jerseydevil
May 3rd, 2016, 03:04 PM
A ?Guardians Of The Galaxy? Ride Is Reportedly Coming To Disneyland
http://uproxx.com/movies/guardians-of-the-galaxy-ride-disneyland/


More info on the Tower Of Terror retrofit...


One of the hidden benefits of Disney owning the rights to Star Wars, Marvel, and your first born child is that you can come visit lil? Jackie or Johnny inside the Millennium Falcon at Star Wars Land, which is currently being developed by California?s Disneyland and Florida?s Disney World, or under the I Am Groot Treehouse. Nothing?s official yet, but according to reliable House of Mouse rumors website MiceChat, Disneyland is considering replacing the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride with a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.

The plan is for the original Twilight Zone backstory to be removed entirely, and replaced with an all new show based around the Collector character from the Guardians movie franchise. (Via)

So apparently being discussed as a complete redo instead of just a retrofit/skin

roenick
May 4th, 2016, 02:10 PM
A ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Ride Is Reportedly Coming To Disneyland
http://uproxx.com/movies/guardians-of-the-galaxy-ride-disneyland/


More info on the Tower Of Terror retrofit...



So apparently being discussed as a complete redo instead of just a retrofit/skin

Some things don't need changing ... just saying ...

jerseydevil
May 11th, 2016, 09:56 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6zXhoJe4iM

Damn you Shanghai Disneyland!!!!

MaxwellSmart
May 16th, 2016, 01:37 PM
Rode it today and it was definitely nauseating. Had to sit down for a few minutes afterwards.

We went yesterday, and yeah, I got a little sick too ?? and I don't get sick on any of the other 3D motion rides. I think part of the reason is that it whips you around pretty good. I'm surprised no one has complained of whiplash.

But in saying that, I'd have to say it's one of the best rides I've ever been on. The ride queue alone is worth getting in line for. We had one lady in front of us exit the line as soon as we came to the ride part. She just wanted to see everything in the castle. It's pretty impressive and beautifully done, and I'm not even that big of a Harry Potter fan.

In fact the whole village of Hogsmeade is something to behold. The attention to detail in all the buildings, every store window, and the smallest fixture is astounding.

I would think the people of Disney now know they have to step in up when they do the new Star Wars land.

darby
May 16th, 2016, 02:31 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6zXhoJe4iM

Damn you Shanghai Disneyland!!!!

Turn off your goddamned flashes!

skulllead
May 16th, 2016, 07:38 PM
We went yesterday, and yeah, I got a little sick too –– and I don't get sick on any of the other 3D motion rides. I think part of the reason is that it whips you around pretty good. I'm surprised no one has complained of whiplash.

But in saying that, I'd have to say it's one of the best rides I've ever been on. The ride queue alone is worth getting in line for. We had one lady in front of us exit the line as soon as we came to the ride part. She just wanted to see everything in the castle. It's pretty impressive and beautifully done, and I'm not even that big of a Harry Potter fan.

In fact the whole village of Hogsmeade is something to behold. The attention to detail in all the buildings, every store window, and the smallest fixture is astounding.

I would think the people of Disney now know they have to step in up when they do the new Star Wars land.

Definitly agree. The queue was amazing , and the village was pretty too. We did the buy ticket online, get in an hour early deal, and really didn't have as much time in the queue as I would of liked. Should of done that explore the queue, get off before the ride thing.

Sadly, it really was the only submersive land at Universal Studios.

jerseydevil
June 14th, 2016, 09:06 PM
First the good news:
Disney Is Donating $1 Million To The Orlando Victims
http://uproxx.com/news/disney-donates-one-million-dollars-orlando-shooting/

And now for something completely different:
Horror Strikes A Disney Resort As An Alligator Drags A Two-Year Old Into A Lagoon
http://uproxx.com/news/alligator-drags-child-into-lagoon-at-disneys-grand-floridian-resort/

roenick
June 14th, 2016, 09:31 PM
First the good news:
Disney Is Donating $1 Million To The Orlando Victims
http://uproxx.com/news/disney-donates-one-million-dollars-orlando-shooting/

And now for something completely different:
Horror Strikes A Disney Resort As An Alligator Drags A Two-Year Old Into A Lagoon
http://uproxx.com/news/alligator-drags-child-into-lagoon-at-disneys-grand-floridian-resort/

Something strange about the gator story. Not sure I believe it. No witnesses coming forward yet. But if true completely horrific ...

skulllead
June 15th, 2016, 08:53 AM
And now for something completely different:
Horror Strikes A Disney Resort As An Alligator Drags A Two-Year Old Into A Lagoon
http://uproxx.com/news/alligator-drags-child-into-lagoon-at-disneys-grand-floridian-resort/

If what I am hearing is true and the parents let him splash around in the water in a huge lake at night in Florida, then this belongs in the WTF thread.

Dexter
June 15th, 2016, 09:48 AM
Florida...

beedee
June 15th, 2016, 10:10 AM
I really miss the DLRR and riding on the Mark Twain. :(

MaxwellSmart
June 15th, 2016, 11:15 AM
If what I am hearing is true and the parents let him splash around in the water in a huge lake at night in Florida, then this belongs in the WTF thread.

I don't know. The Grand Floridian is a pretty high end resort, and here's a picture of where the incident took place. Not exactly off the beaten path.

I understand it's Florida, but geez, that's pretty horrific for that family.

https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/13388621_1787588724860299_839184284_n.jpg?ig_cache _key=MTI3MzEyMzI5MDk3OTYxMjU2Ng%3D%3D.2

roenick
June 15th, 2016, 12:00 PM
I don't know. The Grand Floridian is a pretty high end resort, and here's a picture of where the incident took place. Not exactly off the beaten path.

I understand it's Florida, but geez, that's pretty horrific for that family.

https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/13388621_1787588724860299_839184284_n.jpg?ig_cache _key=MTI3MzEyMzI5MDk3OTYxMjU2Ng%3D%3D.2

I have been there 8 times (not stayed at the Grand Floridian but other Disney properties and if you go to Magic Kingdom you go right by this place). There are signs that say no swimming in the lake and we always assumed there to be gators there. It's Florida! Agree this is just a horrible story ...

Oh and disregard my earlier post where I had doubt about the story. I read something this morning that said the father of the child followed the gator into the water and tried to pry the child loose with no luck and had the scratched hands to prove it. Just a terrible story.

skulllead
June 15th, 2016, 12:52 PM
I don't know. The Grand Floridian is a pretty high end resort, and here's a picture of where the incident took place. Not exactly off the beaten path.

I understand it's Florida, but geez, that's pretty horrific for that family.

https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/13388621_1787588724860299_839184284_n.jpg?ig_cache _key=MTI3MzEyMzI5MDk3OTYxMjU2Ng%3D%3D.2


Definitly horrific. No doubt about that.

"Not exactly off the beaten path." Have you seen the pics of gators on golf courses, etc?

jerseydevil
June 18th, 2016, 12:03 PM
New Video Emerges Of A Disney Employee Fending Off An Alligator At Splash Mountain
http://uproxx.com/news/video-disney-employee-fights-alligator/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZONXg4QRSDA

Well, it's apparently Day of the Animal down in Florida. I really hope they do not overreact and cull the gator population. There has to be a better solution.

lunchbox
June 19th, 2016, 01:03 AM
A ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Ride Is Reportedly Coming To Disneyland
http://uproxx.com/movies/guardians-of-the-galaxy-ride-disneyland/


More info on the Tower Of Terror retrofit...



So apparently being discussed as a complete redo instead of just a retrofit/skin

i like the ride, but my kid is terrified of it. almost 2 years ago, my sister-in-law and her husband got our collective 5 year olds together (three of them) and we all went on the ride and their looks coming off it was "WTF DID I JUST GO ON?!" o_O hahaha. and now my almost 7 yr old still refuses to go anywhere near it. if they change it, she might change her mind... i'd been on it tons before having her and i don't have a huge attachment to it, so i'm ok if it changes.

what i'm a little sore about is soarin' over california changing. i like that ride and it makes me nostalgic for CA. doing the world thing would be ok if it were temporary, but i don't care for it completely replacing the CA film.


New Video Emerges Of A Disney Employee Fending Off An Alligator At Splash Mountain
http://uproxx.com/news/video-disney-employee-fights-alligator/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZONXg4QRSDA

Well, it's apparently Day of the Animal down in Florida. I really hope they do not overreact and cull the gator population. There has to be a better solution.

it was my understanding that disney regularly "removes" (aka euthanizes) gators and doesn't just relocate them. i read it in an article that explains why here: https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/disney-routinely-removes-alligators-beach-193037491.html

jerseydevil
June 19th, 2016, 10:22 AM
well that seem unnecessary. Kind of rooting for the gators at this point.

lunchbox
June 19th, 2016, 06:00 PM
well that seem unnecessary. Kind of rooting for the gators at this point.

i think what happened was disney must've thought they had it under control so they didn't have warning signs specifically in relation to gators, in order to preserve that pristine disney bubble and also in order to capitalize on those fireworks by the shore of the lake nights (or whatever they regularly gather round to do in the evenings there).
seemed like the other resorts don't have the clearance to remove the gators so they post warning signs.

tragic. my personal opinion is that it most probably could've been avoided but it's too late for that now.

LAKingSteve
June 20th, 2016, 09:37 AM
Incredibly sad. Have been near that beach a couple of times and have always been aware of gators in the 7 Seas Lagoon. Disney pretty much immediately put up new "fencing"...basically 4 X 4's driven into the sand with ropes between and new signs warning of gators and snakes. The fault lies with both the parents (for not obeying the signs) and Disney (for making it very easy for guests to enter...it's a beach for goodness sake) and it's a tragedy that could have been avoided. My gut tells me that Disney will be paying this family a fortune which in no way will replace their child but will likely pay for the surviving children to go through college amongst other things.

LAKingSteve
June 20th, 2016, 09:42 AM
I really miss the DLRR and riding on the Mark Twain. :(

Next summer. Makes you appreciate what great attractions they really when many think they are "just" a train and boat ride.

We went to DL last Wed, had a good time. Spent about 13 hours visiting both parks and did most everything we wanted including riding Soarin' one last time in it's "Over California" version. The downside...DCA had Racers, Grizzly, Mermaid & Luigi all down at the same time. Screamin' and Toy Story were both down at times during the day as well. Additionally, DL is still a complete nightmare on Main Street/Hub during the first Paint the Night Parade and Fireworks. We thankfully got to see both but waited for the 10:45 parade showing. I'm hearing that the current fireworks, Disneyland Forever, will be going away in September when the 60th celebration ends. Apparently due to costs controls. They spent a lot of money to create it, really surprised that they will shut it down after 18 months...another victim of the Shanghai DL cost overruns.

beedee
June 20th, 2016, 10:11 AM
Next summer. Makes you appreciate what great attractions they really when many think they are "just" a train and boat ride.

We went to DL last Wed, had a good time. Spent about 13 hours visiting both parks and did most everything we wanted including riding Soarin' one last time in it's "Over California" version. The downside...DCA had Racers, Grizzly, Mermaid & Luigi all down at the same time. Screamin' and Toy Story were both down at times during the day as well. Additionally, DL is still a complete nightmare on Main Street/Hub during the first Paint the Night Parade and Fireworks. We thankfully got to see both but waited for the 10:45 parade showing. I'm hearing that the current fireworks, Disneyland Forever, will be going away in September when the 60th celebration ends. Apparently due to costs controls. They spent a lot of money to create it, really surprised that they will shut it down after 18 months...another victim of the Shanghai DL cost overruns.

Hey man, I think I see your posts over on MiceChat? My name there is "moregumboplease".

I agree with everything you said. Its crazy to me how that isn't a fire and/or safety hazard on Main St. and the Hub during/after fireworks. It is flat out ridiculous how crowded and how you can't move for minutes on end. What bothers me even more is that they don't open those alleys behind Main St. consistently during parades.

LAKingSteve
June 20th, 2016, 11:38 AM
Hey man, I think I see your posts over on MiceChat? My name there is "moregumboplease".

I agree with everything you said. Its crazy to me how that isn't a fire and/or safety hazard on Main St. and the Hub during/after fireworks. It is flat out ridiculous how crowded and how you can't move for minutes on end. What bothers me even more is that they don't open those alleys behind Main St. consistently during parades.

I'm SteveK on Micechat though I've been posting more over at the WDW magic in the DL forum lately. People are a little less "intense" over there. Will keep an eye out for you next time I visit MC.

We went a lot during the 50th and while there were some busy days, we regularly went and had very few problems walking up before Parade of Dreams or Remember (not including in front of the castle) started and finding a good place to view. Now you have to find a spot along the parade route 2 hours before Paint the Night. We're to the point of visiting once or twice a year after 12+ years with AP's...thankfully I had a friend sign me in last week which makes everything a bit more bearable. I've been going for 45 years or so, it's good to take a break every once in awhile...makes you appreciate it when you aren't visiting on a weekly (or daily for some folks) basis.

lunchbox
June 21st, 2016, 05:39 PM
i didn't go nearly as often. probably once a month down to once very 2 months the last few years and am now not sure if i'll renew. we only had the lowest level pass so i'm wondering if just spending the money to go 1-3 times a year with a regular admission ticket will be best. that way, i don't feel compelled to go for a half day after school just to use the pass. it's just gotten so crowded and when it's crowded, i just don't enjoy it as much. other times, when it's not crazy busy, they will have a lot of rides closed and then it feels crowded anyway because there's less dispersal of people amongst the rides. the last time i went in may wasn't so bad though, so i'm undecided at this point. my kid is getting older and her school and activities are taking over a lot of time so it's something i'll weigh when our pass expires in november.

LAKingSteve
June 22nd, 2016, 09:50 AM
i didn't go nearly as often. probably once a month down to once very 2 months the last few years and am now not sure if i'll renew. we only had the lowest level pass so i'm wondering if just spending the money to go 1-3 times a year with a regular admission ticket will be best. that way, i don't feel compelled to go for a half day after school just to use the pass. it's just gotten so crowded and when it's crowded, i just don't enjoy it as much. other times, when it's not crazy busy, they will have a lot of rides closed and then it feels crowded anyway because there's less dispersal of people amongst the rides. the last time i went in may wasn't so bad though, so i'm undecided at this point. my kid is getting older and her school and activities are taking over a lot of time so it's something i'll weigh when our pass expires in november.


That's basically us. 12 years with an AP, finally let it go (see what I did there) and chose not to renew. Crowds significantly heavier compared to similar times of year in previous years, higher prices and quite honestly just not as much time to visit as our kids were getting older and we are much more involved in outside activities. Having grown up visiting yearly and making so many visits over the past few years (I think we were at 250+), a good long break will do us good. Got to the point that it was like going to the mall and nobody really appreciated it or quite honestly, looked forward to it. That's what was kind of refreshing this last visit...we hadn't been since October so going again felt like an event that everyone was excited about...and really, California and the western US has so much else to offer besides Disneyland. I'm puzzled by people that spend every dollar and vacation moment surrounded by Disney when there is so much else to see.

beedee
June 22nd, 2016, 10:40 AM
That's basically us. 12 years with an AP, finally let it go (see what I did there) and chose not to renew. Crowds significantly heavier compared to similar times of year in previous years, higher prices and quite honestly just not as much time to visit as our kids were getting older and we are much more involved in outside activities. Having grown up visiting yearly and making so many visits over the past few years (I think we were at 250+), a good long break will do us good. Got to the point that it was like going to the mall and nobody really appreciated it or quite honestly, looked forward to it. That's what was kind of refreshing this last visit...we hadn't been since October so going again felt like an event that everyone was excited about...and really, California and the western US has so much else to offer besides Disneyland. I'm puzzled by people that spend every dollar and vacation moment surrounded by Disney when there is so much else to see.

Pretty much nailed my situation as well. Every year for as long as I could remember, our grandparents would take our entire family (aunts/uncles/cousins) to Disneyland the day after Christmas. This was from the late 70's til the late 80's more or less. It truly was a treat! I don't really remember if our family went in between the annual post Christmas visit, but if we did, it certainly was few and far between. Nowadays, it is in fact like going to the mall. The last time I checked my number of visits it was around 225. I've been an AP since 2008 when my g/f (and now wife) got me hooked more or less. That feeling of having a pass, and being able to come and go as you will was damn near euphoric! But that pendulum is swinging back the other way and now the idea of going is basically better than actually being there.

We are in a tough spot, our daughter will be 1 on July 15th, so we were thinking of renewing again and again until she won't be able to get in for free. Also, I have the "SoCal" pass and was grandfathered in, I don't want to lose that status....but then again, I can really only go on Fridays after work or Sundays, pretty much when the rest of the world goes!!! I'm really excited to see the newly routed Railroad as it passes through the new SWLand, that concept art looks amazing with the trestles and waterfalls. Even though I am a Star Wars fan, I'm not too hyped on the new land, I'm more excited to get the railroad and river boats back!!!

LAKingSteve
June 22nd, 2016, 11:32 AM
Pretty much nailed my situation as well. Every year for as long as I could remember, our grandparents would take our entire family (aunts/uncles/cousins) to Disneyland the day after Christmas. This was from the late 70's til the late 80's more or less. It truly was a treat! I don't really remember if our family went in between the annual post Christmas visit, but if we did, it certainly was few and far between. Nowadays, it is in fact like going to the mall. The last time I checked my number of visits it was around 225. I've been an AP since 2008 when my g/f (and now wife) got me hooked more or less. That feeling of having a pass, and being able to come and go as you will was damn near euphoric! But that pendulum is swinging back the other way and now the idea of going is basically better than actually being there.

We are in a tough spot, our daughter will be 1 on July 15th, so we were thinking of renewing again and again until she won't be able to get in for free. Also, I have the "SoCal" pass and was grandfathered in, I don't want to lose that status....but then again, I can really only go on Fridays after work or Sundays, pretty much when the rest of the world goes!!! I'm really excited to see the newly routed Railroad as it passes through the new SWLand, that concept art looks amazing with the trestles and waterfalls. Even though I am a Star Wars fan, I'm not too hyped on the new land, I'm more excited to get the railroad and river boats back!!!

We had the So Cal pass as well...and let it lapse. We knew it might be a mistake because of the price point but our complete lack of desire to go made the decision pretty easy...basically, it was going to be a waste of money. For a good chunk of time we had our AP's, when our kids were pretty young, I worked a mile north of DL so they'd come to the office at 3, we'd be in the park by 3:30. I agree completely with your asessment of the idea of going versus the reality of being there. That's exactly how it was for us where once we got there it was like, meh, we've done it all so many times. It actually got to the point where my wife just said, you go, I have no desire to be there anymore. Going back (we've been there 2x since October) definitely felt a bit more "fresh" but there was still that lingering feeling of "ugh" when your dealing with lines and people and attractions you've been on a hundred times. I have a feeling it will be at least another year, maybe 2 before we go back.

And like you, I am very excited to see what they do with the river...hoping it looks as amazing as the artwork. I'm actually a bit excited about SW land as I'm kind of a SW nerd. That being said, it does feel a bit odd putting a full land in Disneyland...works in DCA but don't think it's as appropriate for DL. I have a feeling it will be amazing though and people will quickly forget the problems they have with it going in.

lunchbox
June 22nd, 2016, 04:51 PM
I'm puzzled by people that spend every dollar and vacation moment surrounded by Disney when there is so much else to see.

ya! my sister-in-law is EXACTLY this. in their youth, she and her husband used to go on great vacations every now and then. for as long as i've known her though (13 yrs), they ONLY vacation at disneyland now (even before the kids). and now they ONLY go during spring break, holidays or summer because of their childrens' school schedules, which is the worst time. i remember one time i accompanied them around thanksgiving and you couldn't even walk because it was so crowded. i texted "I AM IN HELL" to my husband while waiting in a LOOOOONG line to get into the haunted mansion. i always wonder why they don't do something different and go somewhere new so their kids can learn about other places and experience new things, free of the hell of all those lines and crowds. (like i took my kid to vancouver for spring break, it was way uncrowded).



But that pendulum is swinging back the other way and now the idea of going is basically better than actually being there.


this is exactly what happened to me. i used to go once a year since i was about 3 yrs old. it wasn't so easy to go more often since i grew up in ventura county, but i used to look forward to it so much.

i just know it's only going to get more crowded when star wars land opens. i like SW but i'm not a huge fanatic so maybe i'll renew, then stop when it opens, just go one day to see what it's like and then take a break from there.

jerseydevil
June 22nd, 2016, 07:58 PM
Man, Y'all must be doing it wrong. No kids...in my, cough cough late 40's...Me and Kingsqueen have badass Cali Select(she will correct me I am sure) passes...and we still LOVE going. It's really the way we mark the passing of the seasons, such as they are. The Holiday visits, Halloween and Christmas...not only justify the passes, but restore my very soul. There will be a moment, every time...where my inner child nestles up and tells me it's allllllllllll ok.

There is no cynicism at Disney.

LAKingSteve
June 23rd, 2016, 08:33 AM
Man, Y'all must be doing it wrong. No kids...in my, cough cough late 40's...Me and Kingsqueen have badass Cali Select(she will correct me I am sure) passes...and we still LOVE going. It's really the way we mark the passing of the seasons, such as they are. The Holiday visits, Halloween and Christmas...not only justify the passes, but restore my very soul. There will be a moment, every time...where my inner child nestles up and tells me it's allllllllllll ok.

There is no cynicism at Disney.

That's exactly where we were, to a T. Trust me, I'm a Disney parks fanatic...well over 100 books on my shelf about the parks worldwide, dozens of CD's from the parks, hundreds of hours of park music/attractions, heck our kids playroom has 5 professionally framed attraction posters from Disneyland, a wall map of epcot, wall map of the Magic Kingdom and wall map of Disneyland. Trust me, I did it right for 45 years of visits to Disneyland, 3 visits to Disney World and a Disney Cruise...be we are now at the "too much of a good thing" point in our lives. We are taking a break and my wife and I have already made plans to get AP's again in the next 5 or so years so she and I can go there together, after our kids have left for school (and they can afford their own passes). Some people hit the Disney wall, others don't.

Kingsqueen
June 23rd, 2016, 10:38 AM
Man, Y'all must be doing it wrong. No kids...in my, cough cough late 40's...Me and Kingsqueen have badass Cali Select(she will correct me I am sure) passes...and we still LOVE going. It's really the way we mark the passing of the seasons, such as they are. The Holiday visits, Halloween and Christmas...not only justify the passes, but restore my very soul. There will be a moment, every time...where my inner child nestles up and tells me it's allllllllllll ok.

There is no cynicism at Disney.


We have the coveted SO CAL passes! :)


When JD and I renewed our passes back in April, we agreed that we would make an effort to visit on Sundays more often....because WE CAN. Even though it's usually pretty crowded....it's like why not go and get a little Disney magic in on a regular ol' (non-holiday related) weekend. I believe we've gone about 5 times since we renewed on my b-day back in early April. Oh wait...one visit was without JD...so make that 4 for him. The thing I love most about having the pass is that it takes so much pressure off, knowing you don't HAVE to go on/see *everything*, because you could always just come back next week, if you really felt like it. I really hope I never lose that little rush of joy I get when I first enter the gates and hear that magical wand sound...no matter how many times I take a Disney day to nurture my inner child. :)

Btw....I also appreciate the 10% discount off food/merchandise. :)

darby
June 23rd, 2016, 10:55 AM
I had to downgrade to a Signature Pass this last renewal.

I'm not even a big Disney fan, but I usually go a couple of times a month or so with friends who are also pass holders. We'll go for a picture day and just roam around when there's good light, or when one of us feels like a chimichanga or a corn dog or a Ghirardelli sundae. Or when I just feel like walking around somewhere to people watch and get some steps in on my pedometer.

It costs about the same as my Kings seat now, and I never feel like I have to do everything or anything on a particular visit.

mmmcammy
June 23rd, 2016, 10:58 AM
I'm with jd and Kingsqueen. I'm in my late 20's and my sister and I have had our passes for 6 or 7 years now. We had the Premium pass that they got rid of - so now have Signature passes (those ****ers) and prices have gone way up, but it's still worth it to us. We go AT LEAST 2-3 times a month. Sometimes more. I work 9-5 Monday through Friday, so we can really only go on weekends, but it hasn't lost its magic yet for us.

Occasionally if it's SUPER crowded or extra hot, we may get frustrated and leave earlier than we were planning, but it never stops us from coming back the next weekend. Sometimes we even just go to walk around and people watch or hang out and drink (yay, California Adventure!) and even that's still fun. I've yet to feel sick of any part of it, no matter how many hundreds of times I've gone on each ride or eaten the same food....it's just magical there.

And I agree - the food/merchandise discounts are a good perk! :)

lunchbox
June 23rd, 2016, 03:17 PM
i definitely take it easy when i go. usually we get a fast pass, go on a ride, get a beer or wine in CA adventure and people watch, go on a few more rides. i just go nuts when it's super hot and/or someone i'm with decides they want to wait an hour plus in a line for a ride and then i can't walk anywhere without a stroller mowing into the back of my leg. :D

orpheus
June 23rd, 2016, 03:25 PM
This thread is making me want to Disneyland. I haven't been there in a LONG time. Do they still have the ASTRO JETS ride? :grin:

Oh, but seriously, I sorta like that Disneyland is trapped in time in my mind. ;)

jerseydevil
June 23rd, 2016, 03:27 PM
This thread is making me want to Disneyland. I haven't been there in a LONG time. Do they still have the ASTRO JETS ride? :grin:

Oh, but seriously, I sorta like that Disneyland is trapped in time in my mind. ;)

I'm not sure I want to peek behind that particular curtain...

orpheus
June 23rd, 2016, 03:33 PM
I'm not sure I want to peak behind that particular curtain...

Heh.

I suppose one can enjoy Disneyland as an adult, but I've heard from some adults that they are able to get the childhood glee from Disneyland when they take their own kids since they are able to see the place through their eyes.

Now I am hoping that I have some illegitimate kids out there that I can take someday. mhihi: :cheers:

beedee
June 23rd, 2016, 04:38 PM
We have the coveted SO CAL passes! :)


When JD and I renewed our passes back in April, we agreed that we would make an effort to visit on Sundays more often....because WE CAN. Even though it's usually pretty crowded....it's like why not go and get a little Disney magic in on a regular ol' (non-holiday related) weekend. I believe we've gone about 5 times since we renewed on my b-day back in early April. Oh wait...one visit was without JD...so make that 4 for him. The thing I love most about having the pass is that it takes so much pressure off, knowing you don't HAVE to go on/see *everything*, because you could always just come back next week, if you really felt like it. I really hope I never lose that little rush of joy I get when I first enter the gates and hear that magical wand sound...no matter how many times I take a Disney day to nurture my inner child. :)

Btw....I also appreciate the 10% discount off food/merchandise. :)

this!

right now i really miss hearing the chimes of the bell of the DLRR as it pulls into main st. station! once it awhile you can here the Mark Twain blow its whistle still, those are two of the most iconic sounds of DL to me. and like you mentioned, every weekend or so my wife and i (and now our baby) chase that nostalgia factor, and i always manage to find it, no matter how crowded it is. i really think that is the part that as me (us) hooked. for a very long time now it hasn't been about getting on rides, but rather cruising around, sans pressure to get on rides. we make concerted efforts to watch shows, parades, the flag retreats and those types of things.

maybe we can do an LGK meet up day there soon? although, my SoCal pass is blocked starting June 30th until the third week of August.

Kingsqueen
June 23rd, 2016, 04:53 PM
this!

right now i really miss hearing the chimes of the bell of the DLRR as it pulls into main st. station! once it awhile you can here the Mark Twain blow its whistle still, those are two of the most iconic sounds of DL to me. and like you mentioned, every weekend or so my wife and i (and now our baby) chase that nostalgia factor, and i always manage to find it, no matter how crowded it is. i really think that is the part that as me (us) hooked. for a very long time now it hasn't been about getting on rides, but rather cruising around, sans pressure to get on rides. we make concerted efforts to watch shows, parades, the flag retreats and those types of things.

maybe we can do an LGK meet up day there soon? although, my SoCal pass is blocked starting June 30th until the third week of August.


Maybe in September! :)

LetTigerIn
June 24th, 2016, 01:56 PM
When I was working in Irvine and living in the South Bay, I bought a pass and would basically stop at Disneyland to break up the commute. That was pretty nice. There are some spots (some no longer there) on the nature trail, for example, where it's all trees and birds, and you might even forget you're in the park. I'd bring a book and read there for a while, maybe hit a ride, get a corn dog or watch some fireworks, then make the rest of the trek home.

beedee
June 24th, 2016, 02:07 PM
When I was working in Irvine and living in the South Bay, I bought a pass and would basically stop at Disneyland to break up the commute. That was pretty nice. There are some spots (some no longer there) on the nature trail, for example, where it's all trees and birds, and you might even forget you're in the park. I'd bring a book and read there for a while, maybe hit a ride, get a corn dog or watch some fireworks, then make the rest of the trek home.

Those spots are becoming more and more rare all the time. I think we can kiss the very back of the Hungry Bear dining area off of the quiet spot to chill once SWL opens, as the path to it will go right by the patio area.

That being said, I can't wait to see how nice it hopefully will even out the traffic flow around the ROA once SWL opens since there will be a continuous path around the north end of the ROA.

LAKingSteve
June 24th, 2016, 09:18 PM
Let me preface my comment by saying that what I'm about to say isn't a knock on anyone here...

The AP program is the biggest single problem for the resort. Read some of the comments here...folks that visit several times a month, meet their friends, stop to have a drink and ride a ride or two, etc. These comments are very commonplace on Disney fan sites and I was as guilty of it as the next person. The problem is that due to the monthly payment plan, annual passes have become "affordable" to pretty much everyone and more and more folks are doing exactly what folks here do. It's a social gathering spot, a place to hang out (like we did at the mall in the 80's), have a drink, just go to watch the fireworks/parade...the park has become clogged with annual passholders who often spend very little money and are far less profitable for Disney than the tourist family visiting from somewhere who makes this their big family vacation. Disney created a monster and the only way to fix it is to revamp the AP program. What does that look like? No idea. But I would guess that the first fix would be to remove the monthly payments. That being said, Disney makes a tone of money of the AP program and I don't see them getting off the juice anytime soon.

jerseydevil
June 24th, 2016, 10:41 PM
Ap is steady revenue stream, and the tourists will never stop coming. Disney wins...house money.

LetTigerIn
June 25th, 2016, 01:19 PM
Let me preface my comment by saying that what I'm about to say isn't a knock on anyone here...

The AP program is the biggest single problem for the resort. Read some of the comments here...folks that visit several times a month, meet their friends, stop to have a drink and ride a ride or two, etc. These comments are very commonplace on Disney fan sites and I was as guilty of it as the next person. The problem is that due to the monthly payment plan, annual passes have become "affordable" to pretty much everyone and more and more folks are doing exactly what folks here do. It's a social gathering spot, a place to hang out (like we did at the mall in the 80's), have a drink, just go to watch the fireworks/parade...the park has become clogged with annual passholders who often spend very little money and are far less profitable for Disney than the tourist family visiting from somewhere who makes this their big family vacation. Disney created a monster and the only way to fix it is to revamp the AP program. What does that look like? No idea. But I would guess that the first fix would be to remove the monthly payments. That being said, Disney makes a tone of money of the AP program and I don't see them getting off the juice anytime soon.


One of the things that drove me to the AP is the price of 1-day admission. With the cheapest annual pass being only roughly twice the cost of a 1-day pass, that was an easy decision.

LetTigerIn
June 25th, 2016, 02:23 PM
Incidentally, does the phrase "E-Ticket ride" ever get used anymore?

jerseydevil
June 25th, 2016, 08:05 PM
25 Things to Know About Universal Studios Hollywood’s New ‘The Walking Dead’ Attraction
http://collider.com/the-walking-dead-universal-studios-things-to-know/

darby
June 25th, 2016, 10:50 PM
I pay up front, Steve.

And that's not the first time I'very heard someone make that suggestion. But like JD said, it would remove passholders, but cut that revenue.

LetTigerIn
June 28th, 2016, 04:37 PM
I hear very good things about the Walking Dead at Universal Studios. Opens next week.

beedee
June 28th, 2016, 05:14 PM
One of the things that drove me to the AP is the price of 1-day admission. With the cheapest annual pass being only roughly twice the cost of a 1-day pass, that was an easy decision.

Which isn't by accident.

We went on Sunday evening, it was a Cluster F. I only spent an hour in DL solo before my wife and baby showed up. We met up and ate dinner in DCA, then hit up The Little Mermaid, then I left with the kiddo while my wife had some baby-free time with her best friend and best friends mom.

I am blocked starting June 30 until the third week of April.

WingHater
June 28th, 2016, 07:45 PM
Saturday was great. Was there less than 12 hours and went on every single ride in the park at Disneyland. Don't know who has been blocked Saturdays for the last month but the lines have been definitely way better.

I have noticed it the last few summers actually.

lunchbox
July 4th, 2016, 04:29 PM
dang, sounds like a nice saturday. i've been blocked since early june. see you again in august or september, disneyland!

darby
July 5th, 2016, 01:16 PM
I was there on Saturday, too from about 4 to 9 or so. Thank God for blackout days.

Got a fast pass for Hyperspace, rode Big Thunder, Pirates, and Haunted Mansion. Went over to DCA, grabbed a beer from the Strauss cart and hung out at the pier for a bit, then went to Cars Land, rode Luigi's and Mater. Had dinner at Flo's. Went back across to use our Hyperspace fast passes and was in the parking lot before the fireworks started.

The only disappointment was when my friend saw these light up Star Wars mouse ears. We saw them when we got the fastpasses, but she wanted to see them at night. We stopped again to get them before getting on the ride, but they were gone.

beedee
July 5th, 2016, 02:51 PM
We hit Knott's on Sunday from 1pm-6:30pm. (my DL SoCal pass is blocked, but my wife's DL Premium pass wasn't) I hadn't been there during the day time since I....I....I couldn't tell ya. We usually go every other year for Scary Farm. We used a discount coupon from McDonalds and saved $27 off each adult admission, so $90 for us both, and $18 to park....the same parking fee as Disneyland.

Being that it was a holiday weekend we expected it to be crowded, in which it was. Our daughter will be 1 in two weeks, so I wasn't too concerned with hitting the rides, nor was my wife. Plus, all the coasters and spinners make me sick, so the day was more about cruising around and checking out Ghost Town Alive. This was cool, seeing characters walking around interacting with the guests, and carrying out stories with the guests involving other characters. There were also shopkeepers, bankers, etc. in front of their respective establishments, it was fun to talk to them. The only rides we hit were there big train, then the Calico Mine Train, then we ate a late lunch after walking around a bit. After lunch we caught the 3:30 Snoopy on Ice, Blockbuster Beagle show, which was very entertaining. They don't have much space to skate on that stage, so seeing what they were able to do was amazing. The music was current and there was a good variety of scenes to keep it moving along quite nicely. Once that ended we grabbed a funnel cake and then relaxed for a bit at our shaded table over near the boardwalk games. My wife wanted to hit Supreme Scream, so she went on that, it was only a 10 minute wait. The baby was still sleeping so we just walked around through Camp Snoopy and then Ghost Town again. We caught glimpses of the 5:30pm HOEDOWN that took place, that looked fun, as they involve the guests. I really wanted to hit the Mystery Lodge show, but it started at 6:30pm, and I thought it had started at 6:00. Since it was only 5:45pm, I really didn't want to stick around that area for 45 minutes (as it was kind of warm), nor did I really want to do another lap around the park. We decided we would head out. As we were leaving we noticed the Native American Dancer was about to begin, so we stopped and watched that, then bounced.

Overall it was a decent day, but it reaffirmed that we wouldn't buy a Season Pass for KBF. Even though they were super cheap ($120 for the base, without parking) we couldn't see ourselves going there more than a couple times a year. I grew up with going to KBF a few times a year as a kid, including big ol' family dinners at the Chicken Dinner restaurant, so there is some nostalgia factor, but the giant roller coaster pillars that intrude just about everywhere in the park really kill the theming for me.

darby
July 11th, 2016, 11:51 AM
New concept art for Star Wars (http://nerdist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Star-Wars-Land-New-Concet-Art.jpg) Land.

I've been trying to figure out how it lays out compared to the way things are laid out there now (with the River of America going by) and it seems to make sense. Especially if they're chopping off a bit of the back of Tom Sawyer's island where the fort used to be.

jerseydevil
August 12th, 2016, 11:53 AM
It's lights out for Main Street Electrical Parade at Disney World
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/the-dartboard/its-lights-out-for-main-street-electrical-parade-at-disney-world#VyIZw8dCRZtbR0c6.99


The lights are going out for the Main Street Electrical Parade at Walt Disney World.

Disney announced that the nighttime festivity, which has been a mainstay at the Orlando theme park, will draw to a close on October 9, wrapping up a six-year run. After shuttering at the Magic Kingdom, it will head cross country, to Disneyland for what the company is calling a “limited-time encore engagement.”

Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/the-dartboard/its-lights-out-for-main-street-electrical-parade-at-disney-world#VyIZw8dCRZtbR0c6.99

Yes!

LetTigerIn
August 12th, 2016, 02:19 PM
It's lights out for Main Street Electrical Parade at Disney World
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/the-dartboard/its-lights-out-for-main-street-electrical-parade-at-disney-world#VyIZw8dCRZtbR0c6.99



Yes!

Got Baroque Hoedown stuck in my head now.

LetTigerIn
August 25th, 2016, 04:27 PM
The Laika exhibit at Universal has been extended through Sunday. It's a small exhibit and not worth a park admission on its own, but if you're considering an annual pass anyway, it may be worth a look.

Also, (I think?) if you already have an annual pass, you can get a special appointment to see the Laika display during certain hours, even if the appointment is on a blackout date for your pass. Presumably, that means you will be able to roam the park following that, too.

If my weekend wasn't already overbooked, I'd go back for sure.

LAKingSteve
August 25th, 2016, 05:11 PM
We hit Magic Mountain for my daughters 17th on Saturday, first time for her and my younger daughter and my first time in 20+ years. Literally looked like some of the guests finished brewing their meth and then came to the park for the day. Here's what I posted on a Disney message board:

Took my daughter and 6 of her girlfriends yesterday for her 17th birthday. Her first time ever and my first time in 20+ years. Where to start.

The Good - Twisted Colossus is amazing. Rode it 2 times, absolutely loved it. Pretty much all of the big coasters that either the girls or I rode (I did Goliath, Colossus, Ninja & Revolution) were pretty good to great. Ninja is showing it's age. I seem to remember it being smooth but it was definitely a bit rougher and more jarring. Goliath was fantastic and we chose to ride Revolution without the VR masks as a courtesy to those around us. Last thing they want is to be covered with my hurl-age. It's still a fun coaster in any case.

The Bad - The crowd. Cheap tickets/passes bring the crowd you would expect. Questionable clothing choices, a large contingent of the Raiders wearing "gang banger" looking crowd and seriously, is the F word just normal language like "if" and "it" for you and me? I can't tell you how many times we were standing in line and the F bomb was thrown around like it was nothing. And don't get me started about the guys that were talking about their sexual exploits, with some graphic details thrown in. I seriously told them to shut the "H" up...which they did. The "grounds"...there are weeds everywhere, not so much in the flowerbeds but if you are riding a coaster and there is dirt beneath it (Ninja, Gold Rusher, etc), the ground is covered with weeds, random pieces of old broken trees, metal, junk...whatever...it's terrible show. Jet Stream...oh my, what has happened to this ride. I remember it being a nice gliding smooth boat ride. The boats themselves are now faded, ugly fiberglass. The flooring in our boat was literally falling apart and the boat itself had 3 inches of water. The ride is rough and painful as you bang against the walls through the flume. Hideous, terrible, sad.

The girls had a good time which is all that really matters but this is again a reminder why Disney can and chooses to keep pricing high. Not that Disney isn't without it's own challenges as far as guests are concerned but it truly is night and day

darby
August 30th, 2016, 04:47 PM
From May 3, 2016 (http://letsgokings.com/showthread.php/465760-All-Things-THEME-PARKS?p=3175171&viewfull=1#post3175171)

A ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Ride Is Reportedly Coming To Disneyland
http://uproxx.com/movies/guardians-of-the-galaxy-ride-disneyland/


More info on the Tower Of Terror retrofit...

One of the hidden benefits of Disney owning the rights to Star Wars, Marvel, and your first born child is that you can come visit lil’ Jackie or Johnny inside the Millennium Falcon at Star Wars Land, which is currently being developed by California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Disney World, or under the I Am Groot Treehouse. Nothing’s official yet, but according to reliable House of Mouse rumors website MiceChat, Disneyland is considering replacing the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride with a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.

The plan is for the original Twilight Zone backstory to be removed entirely, and replaced with an all new show based around the Collector character from the Guardians movie franchise. (Via)


So apparently being discussed as a complete redo instead of just a retrofit/skin



Updated information via The Nerdist (http://nerdist.com/guardians-of-the-galaxy-overlay-likely-coming-to-disneys-tower-of-terror/)


Update: On Tuesday, August 30, the Disney Parks Blog confirmed that Disneyland‘s Tower of Terror ride will close on Monday, January 2, 2017. If you’re heading to the Anaheim, CA theme park before the new year, Disneyland will be throwing several events to say farewell. From September 9 through October 31, the hotel’s “guests” will get their very own “Late Check-Out,” where they can ride the rollercoaster in total darkness. They’ll also have special commemorative merchandise and daytime performances by the Silver Lake Sisters, Disney’s version of the Andrews Sisters.

roenick
September 1st, 2016, 12:08 PM
We hit Magic Mountain for my daughters 17th on Saturday, first time for her and my younger daughter and my first time in 20+ years. Literally looked like some of the guests finished brewing their meth and then came to the park for the day. Here's what I posted on a Disney message board:

Took my daughter and 6 of her girlfriends yesterday for her 17th birthday. Her first time ever and my first time in 20+ years. Where to start.

The Good - Twisted Colossus is amazing. Rode it 2 times, absolutely loved it. Pretty much all of the big coasters that either the girls or I rode (I did Goliath, Colossus, Ninja & Revolution) were pretty good to great. Ninja is showing it's age. I seem to remember it being smooth but it was definitely a bit rougher and more jarring. Goliath was fantastic and we chose to ride Revolution without the VR masks as a courtesy to those around us. Last thing they want is to be covered with my hurl-age. It's still a fun coaster in any case.

The Bad - The crowd. Cheap tickets/passes bring the crowd you would expect. Questionable clothing choices, a large contingent of the Raiders wearing "gang banger" looking crowd and seriously, is the F word just normal language like "if" and "it" for you and me? I can't tell you how many times we were standing in line and the F bomb was thrown around like it was nothing. And don't get me started about the guys that were talking about their sexual exploits, with some graphic details thrown in. I seriously told them to shut the "H" up...which they did. The "grounds"...there are weeds everywhere, not so much in the flowerbeds but if you are riding a coaster and there is dirt beneath it (Ninja, Gold Rusher, etc), the ground is covered with weeds, random pieces of old broken trees, metal, junk...whatever...it's terrible show. Jet Stream...oh my, what has happened to this ride. I remember it being a nice gliding smooth boat ride. The boats themselves are now faded, ugly fiberglass. The flooring in our boat was literally falling apart and the boat itself had 3 inches of water. The ride is rough and painful as you bang against the walls through the flume. Hideous, terrible, sad.

The girls had a good time which is all that really matters but this is again a reminder why Disney can and chooses to keep pricing high. Not that Disney isn't without it's own challenges as far as guests are concerned but it truly is night and day

Helped chaperone a high school band trip to SoCal two years ago. Band went to Magic Mountain and Disneyland on the same trip. I can't tell you how disappointed I was with the Mountain. This was a true place of my youth when I went there at least twice a month with high school friends. I remembered it way better then it was two years ago. I couldn't believe the amount of disrepair and general dirtiness of the grounds. It is almost as if they knew they couldn't compete with the mouse and were willing to just go to inexpensive pricing and low maintenance route to get as much of the market as possible. I have been to other Six Flags parks and they are no where near this level. Oh well time moves on.

beedee
September 1st, 2016, 12:13 PM
I met a guy that is an engineer and inspects the tracks at SoCal theme parks. Lets just say that he wouldn't go on most of the coasters at MM. He told me of a few that had major cracks in the steel pillars, one of which guests were reporting "gun shots" on a certain area of the track. It was a crack that was flexing and creating a loud popping noise with each train that passed over it.

MM, never have, never will. (and I'm a SoCal native)

lunchbox
September 11th, 2016, 04:04 PM
just went to disneyland 3 times in the last 3 weeks and i change my mind. i'll probably renew. haha. my kid is at that sweet spot in age where she is tall enough to ride almost all the rides and she's full of glee at the end. so i want to enjoy it before she ages out of it (or ages out of wanting to go with me). she's really into star tours and soarin'. personally, i liked the soarin' over california movie better because this one's features have too much curvature due to the screen, but it's ok.
i just read all the commentary about magic mountain and that's pretty much why i haven't been in about 18 yrs. i do remember the crowd being questionable back then and can't imagine much has changed. disappointing to hear the grounds aren't very well maintained either.

beedee
September 12th, 2016, 10:38 AM
Hit up DL on Friday night after work, parking was horrendous. Took us an hour from the time we got off the 5n til we ended up inside Disneyland.

Anyhow, after missing out on last years glow-in-the-dark Poison Apple stein, I wanted to be sure to get one this year! We just ate dinner at Rancho Del Zocalo, then posted up along the Rivers of America to watch the fireworks, then hung out a bit and bailed. Didn't go on any rides.

Here are a couple pix I took.

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p90/stellaplease/D91B1FEE-ABC1-419F-AF87-F730CEBB1E61_zpssscul4mi.jpg

https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14224947_10154642461509258_8061601828133641631_n.j pg?oh=6ffccc1220efab7643efc190f342b470&oe=583CEBC9

santiclaws
September 12th, 2016, 11:38 AM
We have annual passes to both and I HATE Disneyland. Most of the rides are for little kids and the place is insanely crowded, always. I've gone to Magic Mountain on off days with my son and we were able to ride 20 times during a day, and this is on the most popular rides. I also don't like fake joy and happiness shoved down my throat quite so forcefully. After a day at DL, Daddy needs a trip to the real happiest place on Earth - BevMo.

And as far as safety is concerned, the last death (not due to negligence of guest) at MM occurred in 1978, when a woman fell out on a ride - she was too heavy for the restraints to fit properly. The last death at DL (not due to negligence of guest) was in 2003, when a Big Thunder train derailed; the cause of the accident was determined to be improper maintenance. 10 others were also injured. In '98, a man died after being hit in the head by a metal cleat which tore loose from the hull of the Columbia ship. The cause was that a hemp rope tied to the cleat, designed to break easily, was replaced by a cheaper nylon rope to save money. DL was also fined by OSHA for improper employee training. Bottom line, your chances of being hurt at either park are minuscule. The driving there and back is far more dangerous.

So it depends on why you go to the amusement park. If you like roller coasters, DL can't compete with MM; they're not in the same league. I can put up with a few weeds and being within touching distance of people who are not upper middle class for a few hours.

lunchbox
September 13th, 2016, 07:20 PM
We have annual passes to both and I HATE Disneyland. Most of the rides are for little kids and the place is insanely crowded, always. I've gone to Magic Mountain on off days with my son and we were able to ride 20 times during a day, and this is on the most popular rides. I also don't like fake joy and happiness shoved down my throat quite so forcefully. After a day at DL, Daddy needs a trip to the real happiest place on Earth - BevMo.

haha, it's funny you mention the fake joy and happiness. my daughter wanted to stay for the firework show a couple weeks ago, so i obliged. it was well done, but at the same time, during the narrative (it was done in some weird stepford wife voice and she talked about walt disney's vision), i had visions of this painting going through my head:
http://www.thebroad.org/sites/default/files/art/haring_untitled_1984_monster.jpg
it's ok though, my daughter doesn't know any better and i'll let her live with that innocent naivete til she figures it out for herself. i am otherwise ok with the rest of the manufactured joy because disneyland, for a lot of people including myself, is an escape. a real world happy place, whether it's the rides, the way you are greeted by people there, the food, the drinks, little secret menus or hidden things around the park, the parades/shows, or all of the above.

and actually, no, it's not insanely crowded always. it can be crowded a lot of times, but i wouldn't say always. it was busy, but not bad august 24, i had to park at the convention center, but we never waited a long time for rides. it was not full at all august 31 or september 6, i got there at my usual 1pm and parked on the lower levels of the main parking structure. we rode grizzly river run and star tours multiple times each time.

you're right about one thing though, i definitely need a drink when i'm there sometimes and that is what california adventure is for. ;) especially, if my sister-in-law ever asks me to go around holiday time or spring break again...

santiclaws
September 13th, 2016, 08:39 PM
haha, it's funny you mention the fake joy and happiness. my daughter wanted to stay for the firework show a couple weeks ago, so i obliged. it was well done, but at the same time, during the narrative (it was done in some weird stepford wife voice and she talked about walt disney's vision), i had visions of this painting going through my head:
http://www.thebroad.org/sites/default/files/art/haring_untitled_1984_monster.jpg


Well, someone's got a twisted little mind, doesn't she?

orpheus
September 13th, 2016, 09:14 PM
I came here for the Theme Park discussion. I stayed here for the peek into Lunchie's Psyche. ;)

jerseydevil
September 14th, 2016, 04:55 PM
'Star Wars' saved us from a Space Mountain franchise
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/harpy/star-wars-saved-us-from-a-space-mountain-franchise#FMUrC5stMU8xeadq.99

Dexter
September 15th, 2016, 05:04 PM
If y'all could choose between Universal Japan or Singapore, which would it be?

jerseydevil
September 16th, 2016, 11:34 AM
If y'all could choose between Universal Japan or Singapore, which would it be?

whichever has that amazing Pirates ride

jerseydevil
September 23rd, 2016, 12:04 PM
Disney might be doing something DRASTIC when Star Wars Land opens, and our hearts can't take it
http://hellogiggles.com/star-wars-land-disney-annual-pass/

Long story short...**** you passholders.

beedee
September 23rd, 2016, 12:35 PM
We just renewed our DL passes on Wednesday. Wifey went with a Signature and I did the Deluxe. I'm getting cold feet though, as I really miss the DLRR and almost loathe going to the parks now since it has been closed due to the ROA/SWL construction. The rumors are that the DLRR isn't slated to reopen until Summer of 2017...basically another year. I don't like that I can't walk from Frontierland to Fantasyland via the Big Thunder Trail either. My current pass expires tomorrow, I wonder if it is too late to cancel the renewal?

skulllead
September 23rd, 2016, 12:56 PM
We just renewed our DL passes on Wednesday. Wifey went with a Signature and I did the Deluxe. I'm getting cold feet though, as I really miss the DLRR and almost loathe going to the parks now since it has been closed due to the ROA/SWL construction. The rumors are that the DLRR isn't slated to reopen until Summer of 2017...basically another year. I don't like that I can't walk from Frontierland to Fantasyland via the Big Thunder Trail either. My current pass expires tomorrow, I wonder if it is too late to cancel the renewal?

Not a rumor, its on Disneyland's official page that they will open summer 2017 https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/07/disneyland-railroad-and-rivers-of-america-attractions-to-reopen-summer-2017-at-disneyland-park/

beedee
September 23rd, 2016, 02:14 PM
Not a rumor, its on Disneyland's official page that they will open summer 2017 https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/07/disneyland-railroad-and-rivers-of-america-attractions-to-reopen-summer-2017-at-disneyland-park/

They said the same thing during the Big Thunder Mountain refurb a few years ago and it opened more than 6 months late...maybe even a year.

skulllead
September 26th, 2016, 02:37 PM
They said the same thing during the Big Thunder Mountain refurb a few years ago and it opened more than 6 months late...maybe even a year.

I could sworn Big Thunder was only a month past schedule. I thought Indy was down a lot longer than it was announced. I will have to look that up.

Dexter
October 1st, 2016, 11:11 AM
Went to Universal yesterday. Transformers broke down at the end but they gave us a code to use to get back on it, so that was nice. The studio tram was delayed several times. First, the King Kong stage wasn't working properly so they had to drive through a bypass road and reset, then some ******* intern was texting and driving around the Wisteria Lane lot and nearly hit us. Angry looks ensued. Fast and Furious portion at the end is incredibly stupid, but whatever it's supposed to be, right?

I will say that after all these years, Waterworld is still fun to watch. I'm glad it wasn't removed for the Wizarding World.

jerseydevil
October 1st, 2016, 11:18 AM
Ugh. HHN inexplicably raised FOTL pass prices across the board. Decided to go with the multi-night pass instead. So tomorrow is the first night and we are going to try for as much as we can until the wait times start getting ridiculous, then...OUT. We will go back till we hit em all. Not ideal...wanted to get it done in one. But $200+ for fotl, well Monsignor, that dog won't hunt.

jerseydevil
October 3rd, 2016, 12:51 PM
Disney and the makers of ‘Robot Chicken’ teamed up for Haunted Mansion stop-motion spots
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/news/disney-and-the-makers-of-robot-chicken-teamed-up-for-haunted-mansion-stop-motion-spots#xXIghuO5wZty8uxX.99

jerseydevil
October 4th, 2016, 01:39 PM
Watch: Disney’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Ride Reveals The Collector’s Fortress
http://collider.com/guardians-of-the-galaxy-ride-video/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUc1z2RF9qM

Looks great. Too bad I'll never go on it.

LAKingSteve
October 4th, 2016, 02:00 PM
They said the same thing during the Big Thunder Mountain refurb a few years ago and it opened more than 6 months late...maybe even a year.

I think they're going to have to make the deadlines...Fantasmic 2.0 will be opening up on July 4 (I think) and they absolutely cannot go the summer without it. But, it's Disney so who knows.

beedee
October 4th, 2016, 04:29 PM
We went to Mickey's Halloween Party last night. This was our first time there and it was pretty cool. We hit all of the Trick'or'Treat stations and caught the 8:30pm parade. Unfortunately the fireworks were cancelled due to high winds up above. :( We did however watch the Cadaver Dans on the raft on the Rivers of America at 10pm, that was really cool. We decided to head out around 10:30pm, right as the second parade was starting. One of the most amazing things happened on our way out through Adventureland though.....there was NO ONE IN LINE FOR A DOLE WHIP!!!! I didn't even want one, but had to buy one just because there wasn't anyone in line!!! There were character meet'n'greets strewn throughout the park, but we didn't bother with those. The crowd was moderate, it was VERY nice to be able to walk through Tomorrowland and extend my arms and not hit anyone with them!

Our 14 month old daughter had a blast and was getting tons of attention as she walked/trotted her way around the walkways dressed up as a miniature Belle. She is such a ham. She ended up zonking out around 9:15pm (her and my wife got there at 5pm) and slept the rest of the night. Since she got there early, she was able to hit up ToonTown for the "early" entry to the party and got an insane amount of candy before the event officially started. Once I got there (at 6:15pm) we met up at the Opera House to get the AP Holder bag (which was about 4 times as large as the small paper bags they gave you upon entry. My bag ended up being about 2/3 the way full at the end of the night. They did have plenty of healthy options, freeze dried apples, regular apple slices, carrots, etc. I didn't take too many pix, but took more video and did some FB Live videos during the parade and the Cadaver Dans performance.

Here is a pic of my bag from this morning.
https://scontent-dft4-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/14555761_10154713575634258_510112971_n.jpg?oh=5a51 a27c2d537083c77bd53ff53c9474&oe=57F6E0AB

Would I do it again? Mehhhh, maybe when the baby is older, but then she would need a ticket and we paid $72 per adult this year. I can't imagine what the next few years will be like regarding pricing.

darby
October 4th, 2016, 04:44 PM
Yeah. The Halloween Party used to be about $45, then up to $55, then $60 and that's about where I drew the line.

As it is, with an $800 AP, having already gone a few times, last year's number pushed me past my threshold. $72 was well beyond that.

Dexter
November 29th, 2016, 07:28 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9j-MHzwEQ8

Yeaaah TooCool now you have to go to Universal :woot:

notbob
November 29th, 2016, 08:01 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9j-MHzwEQ8

Yeaaah TooCool now you have to go to Universal :woot:

can i borrow your pass? I'll hook you up with some popcornopolis.

jerseydevil
December 8th, 2016, 01:39 PM
A Former Disney World Goofy Reveals All After Having Lived To Tell The Tale
http://uproxx.com/webculture/disney-world-goofy-reddit-ama/

LetTigerIn
December 8th, 2016, 03:13 PM
A Former Disney World Goofy Reveals All After Having Lived To Tell The Tale
http://uproxx.com/webculture/disney-world-goofy-reddit-ama/

I thought I'd click through to see what other stories were on the Reddit. This was the second thing on the page. I should probably offer the same disclaimer that there is the potential to spoil the Disney "magic," so be appropriately forewarned; but despite a few "behind the scenes" details thrown in the story, I actually think this anecdote enhances the "magic" rather than detracts from it. The question was if there were any good stories about the park employee's magical moments over his 20-year employment.


I have one moment that stands out above all the rest. I was waiting for someone to ask me this question. It's the reason I left a good job as a VIP Tourguide and moved to the Character Department.

I was working City Hall one day when two guests came in with two little girls. One was in a wheel chair and the other one looked like she had just seen death. Both were cut and bruised and the one in the wheelchair had her arm in a cast. The two women were actually nurses from a hospital and were asking for a refund on the girl's tickets, something we avoided doing at all costs. When I asked why they told me the story. The two girls were with their mom and dad at Epcot and on the way home they got into a horrible car accident. The mother was beheaded right in front of them. The father eventually died too but the two girls didn't know that yet. They were from overseas and had no money and no contact information for anyone they knew. They were bringing the tickets back to get the girls some much needed money to help get them back home. My heart absolutely sunk. If you had seen these girls you'd know why. They were truly traumatized. I refunded their tickets and got permission to be their private tour guide for the rest of the day (which they were not expecting). I walked them to the VIP viewing area for the parade which was as far as I could walk them in the costume we used to wear at City Hall. I had to leave them there while I put on my VIP costume. On the way down I pulled out every kid joke I could think of. I was a REALLY good tour guide (I helped write part of it) and I knew how to make kids smile. Nothing worked. These girls were too far gone for that. I left them at the bridge to go change, walked backstage and bawled my eyes out. I just had never seen something so horrible. I was truly affected and it was a terrible feeling of powerlessness not being able to fix the situation. When I came back I brought them to get ice-cream, take them on rides and stuff but they never smiled, not once. The nurses were loving it and were trying to get them into it but it just wasn't working. We went back to the bridge to watch the parade. It was there that I honestly saw true magic. Real magic, not bull****. I had called the parade department to let them know what was going on and set up a private meet and greet after the parade. As the parade was coming around Liberty Square I told the girls that I had called Mickey and told them all about them. I told them that Mickey asked to meet them after the parade.

The little girl in the wheelchair smiled.

"Really?" she asked. My heart skipped. "Yes, really! He told me to tell you to look out for him in the parade and to follow the float back to City Hall."

The other girl smiled.

"You mean right now?" she asked.

It had worked. They were talking. Not laughing, but talking. It was the first time I had heard them speak. Every single parade performer came up to them on the bridge and told them to look out for Mickey. Every one of them told them that. When Mickey's float came up Mickey (who was attached to a pole at the top of the float) managed to turn her body sideways, look down at the girls and point towards Main Street. That was all it took. The girls were excited now. They had forgotten about death. They were lost in a magical world and I couldn't believe I was watching it unfold in front of my eyes. We followed that float all the way back to City Hall, singing "Mickey Mania" the whole way. Back then, City Hall used to have a VIP lounge behind the desk that was for privacy during difficult situations or to host celebrities. I took them in and showed them the book where all of the autographs were. They were eating it up.

The girl who was Mickey that day (K.T., I will always love you for this) got down off her float and without even taking her head off walked up to me backstage and said "Let's go." I walked in with Mickey behind me so I got to see the exact moment the girls met their new friend. They got shy but Mikey was in control now. Those girls met the REAL Mickey Mouse that day. Every single parade character stayed dressed to meet those girls. One by one they'd come in and play a bit then leave. We were in that lounge for over an hour. Mickey stayed in costume the entire time (which is hard to do after a parade). When Mickey finally said goodbye I had two excited girls on my hands that couldn't stop smiling. They talked and talked and talked. We had a wonderful day after that but what I remember most is when we walked by the rose garden, the older one said "Oh, my mommy loves roses! I mean..." and she stopped. I held out my hand and walked her to the gate, picked her up and put her on the other side and said "Pick one!" She looked happy as she picked out her favorite rose. She didn't say anything more and she didn't need to. I said goodbye to the wonderful nurses and the wonderful girls then walked backstage behind the train station. This time I didn't cry. It felt so good to be a part of that. I realized that as much as I liked helping guests at City Hall, the true magic of Disney was in the character department. I auditioned, transferred and never looked back. Thanks for letting me relive this. It was a special day for me.

Dexter
December 12th, 2016, 02:06 PM
https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/X-EekI-F-P7QRHDfZCoodtu8Nto=/0x0:960x601/920x613/filters:focal(29x19:181x171):format(webp)/cdn3.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/52242099/00000488_01.0.jpeg

It looks so coooooool

jerseydevil
January 3rd, 2017, 09:35 AM
It’s Been 5 Years Since the ‘Jaws’ Ride Shut Down; Universal Orlando Pays Tribute
http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3419819/5-years-since-jaws-ride-shut-universal-orlando-pays-tribute/

beedee
January 3rd, 2017, 12:36 PM
I read a rumor of a rumor on MiceChat that Disney will be doing away with the monthly payment plan for AP's. We currently take advantage of it, so it will be certainly different paying two lump sums for our AP's (if this is true). However, I expect that it will thin out the crowds by a decent margin.

jerseydevil
January 3rd, 2017, 01:43 PM
I read a rumor of a rumor on MiceChat that Disney will be doing away with the monthly payment plan for AP's. We currently take advantage of it, so it will be certainly different paying two lump sums for our AP's (if this is true). However, I expect that it will thin out the crowds by a decent margin.

I find it hard to believe they could rollback for current ap holders. They usually grandfather older passholders whenever they change procedures. Maybe they will do it for new ap folks only. At least I hope. That's a big change.

Dexter
January 3rd, 2017, 02:54 PM
They really should just build a hybrid third theme park in the middle 'Murica and call it a day.

beedee
January 3rd, 2017, 03:13 PM
I find it hard to believe they could rollback for current ap holders. They usually grandfather older passholders whenever they change procedures. Maybe they will do it for new ap folks only. At least I hope. That's a big change.

Great point. If it does go through, I imagine it will be like what they did with the SoCal tier pass a couple years ago when they halted new sales of them, but allowed people to be grandfathered in whom previously had the SoCal tier pass.

Dexter
January 4th, 2017, 02:33 AM
Waterworld is currently down for a three month refurb.

http://insideuniversal.net/2016/12/waterworld-will-undergo-refurbishment-from-early-january-to-april/

jerseydevil
January 10th, 2017, 04:07 PM
Disney Park’s STAR TOURS Getting New STAR WARS EPISODE VIII Destination
http://nerdist.com/disney-parks-star-tours-getting-new-star-wars-episode-viii-destination/

jerseydevil
January 11th, 2017, 09:54 PM
Additional Disney FASTPASS Locations and New Disney MaxPass Coming to Disneyland Resort
https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/01/additional-disney-fastpass-locations-and-new-disney-maxpass-coming-to-disneyland-resort/?CMP=SOC-FBPAGE20170111203800

Later this year, we will launch Disney MaxPass, which will allow guests to maximize their experience by providing unlimited downloads of their high-resolution PhotoPass images and by enabling the convenience of mobile booking and redemption of Disney FASTPASS return times ? all by using the Disneyland App. Disney MaxPass will be available for an introductory price of $10 a day. Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders also will have the opportunity to purchase Disney MaxPass on a daily or yearly basis.

Guests will continue to have the option of Disney FASTPASS service at no cost by obtaining FASTPASSES at attraction FASTPASS kiosks, just as they do today.

mmmcammy
January 12th, 2017, 11:41 AM
Additional Disney FASTPASS Locations and New Disney MaxPass Coming to Disneyland Resort
https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/01/additional-disney-fastpass-locations-and-new-disney-maxpass-coming-to-disneyland-resort/?CMP=SOC-FBPAGE20170111203800

Later this year, we will launch Disney MaxPass, which will allow guests to maximize their experience by providing unlimited downloads of their high-resolution PhotoPass images and by enabling the convenience of mobile booking and redemption of Disney FASTPASS return times – all by using the Disneyland App. Disney MaxPass will be available for an introductory price of $10 a day. Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders also will have the opportunity to purchase Disney MaxPass on a daily or yearly basis.

Guests will continue to have the option of Disney FASTPASS service at no cost by obtaining FASTPASSES at attraction FASTPASS kiosks, just as they do today.

Jeez. If the MaxPass was free, I'd be all over it. Luckily I'm not that lazy and I can walk to the FastPass kiosks like a normal person. I'm not going to Disneyland and spending an extra $10 to avoid walking. Crazy.

jerseydevil
January 12th, 2017, 11:52 AM
Jeez. If the MaxPass was free, I'd be all over it. Luckily I'm not that lazy and I can walk to the FastPass kiosks like a normal person. I'm not going to Disneyland and spending an extra $10 to avoid walking. Crazy.

The only way it would be worth it is if you can avoid the (what is it?) 2 hr wait times in between getting fast passes. I'd pay 10 bucks for that depending on the crowds.

LetTigerIn
January 21st, 2017, 10:40 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYQUnW4kSao

jerseydevil
January 22nd, 2017, 12:34 PM
Behind-the-Scenes at Disneyland’s New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Ride
http://nerdist.com/behind-the-scenes-at-disneylands-new-guardians-of-the-galaxy-ride/

Damn. Gonna have to get over my fear of this damned ride(Tower of Terror).

mmmcammy
January 23rd, 2017, 01:33 PM
Behind-the-Scenes at Disneyland’s New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Ride
http://nerdist.com/behind-the-scenes-at-disneylands-new-guardians-of-the-galaxy-ride/

Damn. Gonna have to get over my fear of this damned ride(Tower of Terror).

Yeah, I absolutely refuse to go on Tower of Terror (not a fan of being dropped on rides) but this sounds really, really fun.

beedee
January 23rd, 2017, 04:27 PM
Same, I've never been on ToT, but walked through the queue to check it out. The old Parachutes at Knotts Berry Farm traumatized me when I was a kid. My mom said I was a pale shade of green when I got off of them and I felt sick for the rest of the day. :/

Dexter
January 23rd, 2017, 04:46 PM
I went on it at Disneyworld as a young Dexter. I now hate roller coasters.

LetTigerIn
January 24th, 2017, 10:53 AM
I loved the Twilight Zone aspect of Tower of Terror. The highlight of the whole experience was waiting in line. As a big Twilight Zone fan, I loved all the references. My favorite part of the ride itself is when you hit the peak of the ride, and you're just floating there for a second with a magnificent view of the park. They should keep that part no matter what.

ucsdguy1
January 24th, 2017, 11:40 AM
I loved the Twilight Zone aspect of Tower of Terror. The highlight of the whole experience was waiting in line. As a big Twilight Zone fan, I loved all the references. My favorite part of the ride itself is when you hit the peak of the ride, and you're just floating there for a second with a magnificent view of the park. They should keep that part no matter what.
Agreed. There's something nostalgic about being in the first room with the tv video before the lights go out. And the weird shadow view right before the first drop.

Dexter
January 25th, 2017, 12:18 PM
http://www.insidethemagic.net/2017/01/wizarding-world-of-harry-potter-reportedly-opening-nighttime-light-show-in-time-for-summer-at-universal-studios-hollywood/


Nooooice. maybe to the theme of the Weasleys assault on Umbridge.

jerseydevil
January 27th, 2017, 12:37 PM
Disney’s 21 Royal Is About To Be The Hottest Dinner Reservation In The Country
http://uproxx.com/life/disneylands-21-royal-is-californias-hottest-reservation-right-now/

jerseydevil
January 28th, 2017, 01:30 PM
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – MISSION: BREAKOUT!
https://ohmy.disney.com/news/2017/01/26/everything-you-need-to-know-about-guardians-of-galaxy-mission-breakout/

jerseydevil
January 28th, 2017, 08:54 PM
Disneys Updated Magic Kingdom Mornings Could Completely Change Your Visit
https://www.yahoo.com/news/disneys-updated-magic-kingdom-mornings-163446409.html

Looks like Florida-centric, but you know it it works they will implement it here too.

beedee
February 6th, 2017, 11:12 AM
Went to Disneyland on Saturday afternoon, snapped this pic at 5pm near the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad entrance...which had a wait time of 70 minutes. So much for the January-February "off" season. We then walked over and got FP's for the Haunted Mansion, rode Winnie the Pooh (our daughter loves it), came back for our 5:55pm FP return time and rode HM. From there we went over to DCA and ate, then hit The Little Mermaid (daughters favorite ride, she is only 1.5 years old, lol) and then left through the Grand Californian Hotel. The line for TLM was in full force, wrapping all the way around the back through all of its switch-backs. An average day sees a wait time of maybe 5-7 minutes for that attraction, we probably waited 25 minutes. Not the end of the world, rather an indication of the crowd levels.

https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16473212_10155122761944258_1607589362663651042_n.j pg?oh=f0885aafea8df92a5806de7f7a993994&oe=5904951A

mmmcammy
February 6th, 2017, 11:25 AM
Went to Disneyland on Saturday afternoon, snapped this pic at 5pm near the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad entrance...which had a wait time of 70 minutes. So much for the January-February "off" season. We then walked over and got FP's for the Haunted Mansion, rode Winnie the Pooh (our daughter loves it), came back for our 5:55pm FP return time and rode HM. From there we went over to DCA and ate, then hit The Little Mermaid (daughters favorite ride, she is only 1.5 years old, lol) and then left through the Grand Californian Hotel. The line for TLM was in full force, wrapping all the way around the back through all of its switch-backs. An average day sees a wait time of maybe 5-7 minutes for that attraction, we probably waited 25 minutes. Not the end of the world, rather an indication of the crowd levels.

I always go to Disneyland on weekends (having a job is the worst sometimes) and crowd levels are all over the place. I was there on a Sunday a few weeks ago and it was absolutely PACKED, then I was back again the following Saturday and it wasn't crowded at all. I'm talking like 25 minute wait for Hyperspace Mountain at noon, 10 minutes for Big Thunder Mountain, 20 for Star Tours, etc. It was unbelievable. Then I was there again yesterday and it was packed again. Winnie the Pooh had a 25 minute wait. If *that ride* is any longer than 10 minutes, that's my cue to leave.

jerseydevil
February 6th, 2017, 01:49 PM
Man, Winnie The Pooh ride is my jam. Love that. Especially on a hot day. It's just so zen. But yeah, it must have been kinda a secret before because the last few times it's been crazy. They still don't have an accurate count on that because 25 minutes is more like 18...but yeah, not something you want to spend a half hour in line for.

orpheus
February 6th, 2017, 02:31 PM
How old is the Winnie the Pooh ride? Now, I can't remember if I went on it the last time I was at Disneyland or weather it's something recent. *sigh*

Pooh is the best though! :woot:

Liceroni
February 6th, 2017, 02:38 PM
I just saw the Main Street Electrical Parade for the first time ever.

Dexter
February 6th, 2017, 02:55 PM
I just saw the Main Street Electrical Parade for the first time ever.

And how was it fighting for a spot?

beedee
February 6th, 2017, 03:04 PM
And how was it fighting for a spot?

I kid you not, when we got there on Saturday around 4:45pm, people were already camping out on Main St. for the 8:30pm Electrical Parade.

Liceroni
February 6th, 2017, 03:04 PM
And how was it fighting for a spot?

Darn those balloons!

WingHater
February 6th, 2017, 07:54 PM
Been every Saturday so far this year and the lines have been getting progressively worse.

beedee
February 7th, 2017, 09:42 AM
Been every Saturday so far this year and the lines have been getting progressively worse.

That has been my experience this year. We renewed our passes at the end of September and I upgraded from the SoCal to the Deluxe with the thought that we could go Saturday evenings and it wouldn't be quite as nuts as Sundays (since SoCal and SoCal select are blocked Saturdays). However that hasn't been the case at all. At this point I feel like I'm just going through the motions and trying to get my money's worth. My wife has a Signature Pass and she is off work on M/W/F/Su, so she can take our daughter during the week when it isn't a cattle call.

jerseydevil
February 10th, 2017, 09:49 PM
WATCHING THE MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE AS AN ADULT
https://ohmy.disney.com/parks/2017/01/25/watching-the-main-street-electrical-parade-as-an-adult/?CMP=SOC-FBPAGE20170206160000

Me and the Q are going on V-Day. This is a priority. Never lined up for a parade b4. This one...is the exception.

mmmcammy
February 11th, 2017, 12:46 PM
WATCHING THE MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE AS AN ADULT
https://ohmy.disney.com/parks/2017/01/25/watching-the-main-street-electrical-parade-as-an-adult/?CMP=SOC-FBPAGE20170206160000

Me and the Q are going on V-Day. This is a priority. Never lined up for a parade b4. This one...is the exception.

I never line up for parades either, but we did for this one and the nostalgia factor was off the charts. I'm going to be honest....I got a little emotional.

orpheus
February 11th, 2017, 03:10 PM
WATCHING THE MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE AS AN ADULT
https://ohmy.disney.com/parks/2017/01/25/watching-the-main-street-electrical-parade-as-an-adult/?CMP=SOC-FBPAGE20170206160000

Me and the Q are going on V-Day. This is a priority. Never lined up for a parade b4. This one...is the exception.

I wanna see that parade too for old times sakes!! Even the music makes me feel nostalgic! :D

Maybe, I'll go to It's a Small World before, drink the water, and trip out like Lisa did in the Simpsons equivalent of said parade. I also want to see the music. ;)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkao2QlddUc

It's been so long since I've seen that parade that I still had an actual liver instead of an old sock in its place. :cheers:

WingHater
February 12th, 2017, 12:30 AM
And starting today you will have to pay a little more also

http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/disneyland-disney-california-adventure-raising-ticket-prices

beedee
February 12th, 2017, 02:25 PM
These increases won't do anything to curb the crowds. If they really wanted to do so they would quit pussy footing around with the small increases. My Deluxe pass went up a whopping $20. Spread that out over a year of interest free payments and it is around an extra $1.15 a month or so.

darby
February 13th, 2017, 01:18 AM
I found out last weekend that, with the railroad closed until 2019, you can actually cross the tracks in New Orleans station. I never thought I'd be able to walk over there, so it was pretty cool.

Here're some links to pictures I took over there. Just the links so you all don't have to scroll through these bug images.

Unfortunately, we got there around 4:30. But the rail people said that the caboose is usually open until mid afternoon when there's enough light. Next time.....



https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/16422233_10155231649907454_2019289206610479698_o.j pg?oh=2310738618d5722c09d783666893ce43&oe=5941BDFE

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https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/16587043_10155231649767454_279472698149473078_o.jp g?oh=d42fdec6d0d5dc2fd8aa9e198a766d4a&oe=593C06D0

beedee
February 13th, 2017, 09:53 AM
I found out last weekend that, with the railroad closed until 2019, you can actually cross the tracks in New Orleans station. I never thought I'd be able to walk over there, so it was pretty cool.

Here're some links to pictures I took over there. Just the links so you all don't have to scroll through these bug images.

Unfortunately, we got there around 4:30. But the rail people said that the caboose is usually open until mid afternoon when there's enough light. Next time.....


I"m pretty sure they are gunning to get the DLRR and ROA up and running by this Summer based of everything I have read. That is why the rock-work that faces the ROA is getting done at a rapid pace.

skulllead
February 15th, 2017, 12:44 PM
https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/02/step-into-blockbuster-super-hero-stories-at-disney-california-adventure-park-guardians-of-the-galaxy-mission-breakout-opens-may-27-with-summer-of-heroes-and-all-new-epic-experiences/

May 27th. official opening date of the Marvelization of DCA

jerseydevil
February 15th, 2017, 01:11 PM
Cannot even begin to tell you how much you HAVE to see the Electric Light Parade. Minimal dressing(digital eyes for example), it's a beautiful thing.

jerseydevil
February 15th, 2017, 01:13 PM
https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/02/step-into-blockbuster-super-hero-stories-at-disney-california-adventure-park-guardians-of-the-galaxy-mission-breakout-opens-may-27-with-summer-of-heroes-and-all-new-epic-experiences/

May 27th. official opening date of the Marvelization of DCA

Why not. California Adventure is already shameless with it's Pixar land. That park needs some more good old fashioned commercialism.

skulllead
February 15th, 2017, 01:29 PM
Why not. California Adventure is already shameless with it's Pixar land. That park needs some more good old fashioned commercialism.

Can't complain about DCA. It has alcohol :)

Dexter
March 6th, 2017, 05:14 PM
Went on Saturday to get one last shot of Waterworld before it is gone for good, and it's closed for "refurbishment". :cbgb: Really, it's going to be removed for Diagon Alley.

Dexter
March 10th, 2017, 10:00 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXl9rMgy2JY

darby
March 17th, 2017, 11:26 AM
Imperial walkers sighted on the north face!

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/17218305_10155353873162454_9152936514526212092_o.j pg?oh=397153a948b043d2e51e273770c345b7&oe=595B6E06

jerseydevil
April 7th, 2017, 03:09 PM
Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Disney Movie Is Officially Happening
http://collider.com/dwayne-johnson-jungle-cruise-disney-movie-start-date/

Look. I don't really mind, because, at his worst he's still entertaining...but is there a movie coming out that he isn't in?

LetTigerIn
April 7th, 2017, 03:14 PM
Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Disney Movie Is Officially Happening
http://collider.com/dwayne-johnson-jungle-cruise-disney-movie-start-date/

Look. I don't really mind, because, at his worst he's still entertaining...but is there a movie coming out that he isn't in?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BNWYxZmNlMDEtYThjNy00YWY3LWE3YzgtOWM1N2I4NjFjMW UzXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjczMzc5NzQ@._V1_UY268_CR13,0,18 2,268_AL_.jpg

The Marine 5: Battleground

notbob
April 7th, 2017, 07:47 PM
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BNWYxZmNlMDEtYThjNy00YWY3LWE3YzgtOWM1N2I4NjFjMW UzXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjczMzc5NzQ@._V1_UY268_CR13,0,18 2,268_AL_.jpg

The Marine 5: Battleground

Is TooCool aware of this movie?

Dexter
April 7th, 2017, 10:08 PM
Is TooCool aware of this movie?

He won't stop talking about the Miz being in that movie.

skulllead
April 20th, 2017, 09:14 AM
First Look at at the Collectors tower of Terror

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/04/first-look-collectors-fortress-arrives-at-disney-california-adventure-park/

beedee
April 20th, 2017, 09:24 AM
It is such an eye sore.

skulllead
April 21st, 2017, 03:47 PM
Also sucks, for the 40th Anniversary of Space Mountain, they are reverting to an original version. I really liked the Star Wars version. made the ride more fun

http://laist.com/2017/04/21/space_mountain_classic.php

mmmcammy
April 21st, 2017, 04:10 PM
Also sucks, for the 40th Anniversary of Space Mountain, they are reverting to an original version. I really liked the Star Wars version. made the ride more fun

http://laist.com/2017/04/21/space_mountain_classic.php

Yeah, I'm kind of bummed. Original Space Mountain is great, but Hyperspace Mountain is so epic with the music at the very beginning of the ride. I love it.

skulllead
April 22nd, 2017, 10:27 AM
Yeah, I'm kind of bummed. Original Space Mountain is great, but Hyperspace Mountain is so epic with the music at the very beginning of the ride. I love it.

Agreed, and that TIE fighter over the tracks makes me jump every time

jerseydevil
April 22nd, 2017, 12:06 PM
Agreed, and that TIE fighter over the tracks makes me jump every time

Anyone else like me...at the beginning it's Red Leader standing by, green leader standing by, and then blue leader...yup, or something like that, Like the ahole in the class who, instead of saying 'present' says Yuuuuuup!

Bring back the flying chocolate chip.

jerseydevil
April 26th, 2017, 09:07 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWWIaVEzCQQ

Aw man

jerseydevil
April 27th, 2017, 12:54 PM
Watch Johnny Depp Surprise Guests on the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Ride at Disneyland
http://collider.com/johnny-depp-disneyland-pirates-of-the-caribbean-video/#ride

More clips if you are interested.

ucsdguy1
April 27th, 2017, 03:15 PM
you think half the people didn't even realize it was him at the time?

I was actually more upset I missed the wonders reuniting tuesday night..

jerseydevil
May 1st, 2017, 11:00 PM
Disney World to Open Haunted Mansion Themed Restaurant?!
http://ihorror.com/haunted-mansion-restaurant/#.WQekIudjKSA.facebook

King Ludwig
May 1st, 2017, 11:33 PM
Disney World to Open Haunted Mansion Themed Restaurant?!
http://ihorror.com/haunted-mansion-restaurant/#.WQekIudjKSA.facebook

The ghosts have to make reservations now???

RockPile
May 2nd, 2017, 08:11 AM
Disney World to Open Haunted Mansion Themed Restaurant?!
http://ihorror.com/haunted-mansion-restaurant/#.WQekIudjKSA.facebook

Master Gracey's Ghoulash will be on the menu. I'm calling it.

beedee
May 2nd, 2017, 09:42 AM
You guys see the new "Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience"? Its only $45 for a 2 hour visit (dining "experience") to the 2nd level "patio" of the old Carousel of Progress/America Sings/Innoventions building!

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disneyland/tomorrowland-skyline-lounge/

skulllead
May 2nd, 2017, 04:29 PM
You guys see the new "Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience"? Its only $45 for a 2 hour visit (dining "experience") to the 2nd level "patio" of the old Carousel of Progress/America Sings/Innoventions building!

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disneyland/tomorrowland-skyline-lounge/

From what i read, the location isn't confirmed, but it's like any of their other reserved fireworks viewing locations. Sucks no AP discounts.

darby
May 10th, 2017, 02:06 PM
April 30 Star Wars Land Update:


https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/18422915_10155525677217454_1955672339186314377_o.j pg?oh=97c01184fadae38413d315cf0eba653b&oe=59B3CA6B

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https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/18358715_10155525676282454_5962067231020460845_o.j pg?oh=75d6791b3b04cab850bf167a9e60067c&oe=59B94E36





Sorry about the picture sizes.

darby
May 26th, 2017, 10:23 AM
So, this bodes well.

Why PANDORA: THE WORLD OF AVATAR Gives Us Hope for Disney’s STAR WARS Land (http://nerdist.com/why-pandora-the-world-of-avatar-gives-us-hope-for-disneys-star-wars-land/)


The storytelling is rich and present in every last detail. Pandora is more than immersive, it’s thoughtful. This place isn’t only about the stunning scenery – which it has in droves, with different looks for day and night – this is a fictional alien world brought to life. It feels real. Pandora has a narrative that has been considered from every angle. Sure, you could breeze in only for the attractions and a glance around, but you’d be missing out on an enriching experience.

Now, imagine all these concepts but set in the Star Wars universe.

ucsdguy1
May 26th, 2017, 01:03 PM
Seriously though I love Sea World. I might be a bad person.

In fact screw it i'm gonna wake up and take my kids there tomorrow.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA_vuFU5uyk

jerseydevil
May 27th, 2017, 11:36 AM
Over 100 Images from Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, Marvel’s Latest Attraction
http://collider.com/guardians-of-the-galaxy-mission-breakout-images/#tivan-office

jerseydevil
May 27th, 2017, 08:23 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__OFc1zho70

ucsdguy1
May 27th, 2017, 10:52 PM
Someone text me there was a 300 minute wait for the guardians ride today? Dayyuuuum

jerseydevil
May 27th, 2017, 11:10 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzGpMtcRVCc&feature=youtu.be

santiclaws
May 27th, 2017, 11:26 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzGpMtcRVCc&feature=youtu.be
Came here to post this. Start at 1:00. Definitely worth a watch. I was crying.

jerseydevil
May 29th, 2017, 07:54 PM
Through the miracle of Disney magic, and some hanging about and flashing 'sad face'...we were able to procure 2 fast passes for GotG: Breakout.

Long story short...


It freaking RAWKED!!!!!!!!! never went on Tower, cause I was a-scared, shouldn't have been. What a hoot.

Dexter
May 29th, 2017, 09:13 PM
Universal is doing away with Shrek 4-D to replace it with Kung Fu Panda. Whatever.