For those of you not getting enough Netcot-goodness, I’d like to take this time to provide two links which have much more frequent updates than Netcot.com has (thank you, social media … for ruining blogs! I … I mean… “for allowing us all to ‘connect’ in new ways” — yeah, that’s it).
…of my death have been greatly exaggerated. -Mark Twain.
Hey everyone! I’m still here – its just been a very busy year at work. More to come on that topic but for now I simply wanted to say “hi” and let you know there are some upcoming podcasts in the queue that will roll out shortly including features on World of Color and Hong Kong Disneyland. So stay tuned and of course, ROCK ON!
I’ve seen this posted a few sites now and thought I’d share it for those of you who haven’t yet seen it. Like it or hate it, their point is clearly well-taken by even Disney: there’s room for improvement. Which is precisely why the $1B upgrade is underway.
I’d like to see these guys step inside Animal Kingdom. Just sayin’.
The Walt Disney Company has announced they will be building Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, which will be their first non-DVC hotel in seven years. The hotel will feature 2,000 rooms with construction starting this summer and a planned opening in 2012. The resort will be built across the lake from Disney’s Pop Century and will use the land previously cleared for the second phase of Pop Century.
The building will feature 1,120 suites and 864 traditional hotel rooms with themes based on the companies most popular animated movies: The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Finding Nemo and Cars. It will be priced as a value resort as Disney is betting travelers will continue to be frugal with their money for years to come even after we pass through this recession.
For years, two ideas have consumed Disney fans around the world as they speculated about when or if they could come true. Now, one has.
As seen in this YouTube video, Disneyland is testing a Mickey Mouse character greeter that can blink, move his mouth and even talk as he completely interacts with guests. Its simply an amazing piece of technology and worth checking out.
No word yet on how this may be used more frequently in the parks but one can imagine that a character that talks may have slower lines for photos as he/she needs to politely excuse himself/herself from one guest to greet another.
(Incase you’re wondering, the other item we are all waiting for is a WDW monorail expansion. And now that we have a talking Mickey, I suggest Disney get working on THAT.)
According to a jury, Walt Disney World’s Tower of Terror ride did not cause a stroke for Marvin Cohen from Philadelphia in 1998. The man claims he suffered a stroke weeks after riding the attraction and the sudden drop tore an artery leading towards his brain. Jurors took only three hours to find that Disney was not responsible for the mans stroke.
In a not surprising move, the Walt Disney World Company has decided to bring Captain EO back to Epcot on July 2 after seeing the popularity of the film at Disneyland’s Magic Eye Theater.
The film will also be opening at Disneyland Paris on June 12 and Tokyo Disneyland on June 30.
Toy Story Midway Mania! will be getting its first update in late May. Imagineers have decided to replace “Bo Peep’s Baaa-loon Pop” with “Rex and Trixie’s Dino Darts” in which you try to pop balloons in pre-historic scenery in both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s California Adventure.
This is the first time that Imagineers have tested the “switch-a-bility” of the games in Toy Story Mania!
Also coming to the parks is Lotso (aka “Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear”). He will debut in Walt Disney World at The Magic of Animation and at California Adventure as part of the “Disney Pixar Play Parade.”
Officials are investigating a bus crash at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort & Campground which killed a 10 year old boy. Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that the boy died after being struck by a bus at the resort. An investigation is underway.
In the second Disney bus crash since July 2009, a Disney vehicle crashed into a charter bus at the entrance to the EPCOT toll plaza. Eight people were injured including 7 passengers with non-life-threatening injuries while the driver of the Disney bus was taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. was involved in a crash with a second bus at a toll plaza at Epcot Center Tuesday afternoon. No one was aboard the charter bus at the time of the accident. The EPCOT toll plaza was closed while Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted their investigation.
The park remained open through the incident and the toll plaza has been re-opened.
ABC and Disney are being sued for $100,000,000 by Alicia Guastaferro, the “princess of pagentry” for emotional harm (i.e. suicidal thoughts, school transfers, death threats, and a reduction in intellectual performance, among others) caused by appearing on ABC’s “Wife Swap” program as well as claiming that the producers staged certain scenes (e.g. asking Guastaferro to “act a little more spoiled” or suggesting that the teen received a present every day).
The suit alleges that ABC/Disney never obtained consent for Alicia Guastaferro to be on the episode, but her mother received $20,000 in compensation.