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    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

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    Disney’s STAR WARS Attractions to Be Based on New Sequels and Spinoffs, Not the Older Films

    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.”


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    Disneyland announces 60th anniversary plans with a little extra dazzle; it's adding a parade, punching up fireworks show

    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.
    Last edited by jerseydevil; January 29th, 2015 at 05:15 PM.

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    Awwwwww yeah
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    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.

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    The Terminator 3d Experience lasted way too long, but I still enjoyed it.

    I always wanted to be Vin Diesel.
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    "We still have some guys that haven't scored since Jesus was a baby" - Sutter

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    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)



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