Monthly Archives: June 2016
As reported by WDWNT, the Magic Kingdom will apparently be gaining some new members to its family. According to reports, the Muppets are coming to Liberty Square’s Heritage House. That’s correct. The Heritage House has been under a facade refurbishment for some time which now seems to apparently have been for installing this new addition/attraction.
When it premieres, the Heritage House will now feature The Muppets interacting with Guests by teaching them about U.S. history. The Muppet characters will be located in the second story windows of Liberty Square’s Heritage House and have reportedly been built from a collaboration between the Jim Henson company and WDI. I imagine they will be something quite spectacular. Read the rest of this entry
I’ve decided to try something new. Normally, I only write movie reviews if I’m able to see the film on it’s opening weekend, thinking what’s the point after that? However, sometimes, life can get in the way of me getting to the theater on its opening weekend or it’s a film I’m not jumping to see, but it still deserves a review. So here is my review for Finding Dory, which I saw just the other day.
Finding Dory is the Pixar sequel we definitely didn’t need, but I’m pretty happy we got. I’m not going to lie. I was mildly worried about this film for two reasons. 1) What I just stated. Finding Nemo was great as just a standalone film and didn’t need a sequel whatsoever. Adding on, it could be argued as franchise grabbing. (Hi, Cars and Cars 2 and Cars 3.) And 2) The Good Dinosaur, which I was incredibly excited for, ended up largely disappointing me in many ways, as you can read about here. But in the end, Finding Dory surpassed my expectations and made for a very enjoyable film. Read the rest of this entry
Walt Disney World’s newest attraction, Frozen Ever After and its adjoining area, Royal Summerhus, recently opened in Epcot’s World Showcase Norway (Arendelle?) pavilion. When Disney announced the changing of the Maelstrom to Frozen Ever After, it was highly controversial. I recently wrote an article about why it still it is, but also why I think it’s exactly what Epcot needed. Imagine, if you will, Epcot evolving to include more Disney characters throughout its park; not only in Future World like we’ve seen with The Seas with Nemo & Friends, but also adding other new rides throughout Future World and the World Showcase! It’s a pretty wild idea if you consider what the original intentions of Epcot were all about.
Currently, there are 18 ride and show attractions at Epcot, plus multiple character meet & greets and live entertainment located throughout the park. 12 of those attractions have FastPass+ availability, with 5 being in Tier 1 of the grouping (meaning Guests can only select 1 attraction from this tier) and the rest in Tier 2. This isn’t a terrible thing when you compare it to Hollywood Studios, which has the same amount of attractions for each Tier. However, there is a problem that exists at Epcot specifically. For most of the time throughout the year, extremely busy days being the exception, half of these FastPass+ attractions do not actually need a FastPass to ride/experience in a timely manner. And that number increases if you go to a few other of these attractions at certain times of the day, making you wonder why they even offer FastPasses for these attractions. Read the rest of this entry
Do you happen to have $1000 just laying around? Are you a collector of memorabilia that really does nothing but show off your passions? Well, you’re in luck with Universal Orlando’s recent addition to their Studios theme park. Inside Williams of Hollywood, which replaced the Magic Shop located on Hollywood Blvd, you’ll be able to find items ranging from classic props from Universal Studios Florida used in either film sets, old attractions and shows such as Twister: Ride It Out and Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue, and even artifacts from past Halloween Horror Nights. If you have a keen eye, you might even spot some very specific movie memorabilia! Check out the photos below! Read the rest of this entry
Animal Kingdom’s nighttime entertainment premiered a few weeks ago on Memorial Day weekend with their show, The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic premiering on Saturday, May 28th. This last week, I finally had a chance to view the new show for myself and to quote a common saying from parents, “I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.” The show premiered to largely mixed to negative reviews and typically I don’t read reviews for entertainment because I like to form an opinion for myself, but this was one I just couldn’t pass up. The reason is because Alive with Magic isn’t the original show which was supposed to premiere at Animal Kingdom for this summer’s Awakening festivities. We were originally set to get a show by the name of Rivers of Light.
Rivers of Light had much hype and excitement behind the show and even got as far as a premiere date with preview shows scheduled. However, none of that happened. It’s rumored, only weeks before the show was set to premiere in late April, Bob Iger himself came down to see a preview of the show and it didn’t end so well. The previews were cancelled and the premiered delayed by a few weeks so the problems could be worked out. Then, the show was delayed indefinitely for what looked like the entire summer. Disney had to act fast and quickly announced The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic; 41 days later, we had a new show! Read the rest of this entry
EPCOT – Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Once envisioned by Walt himself as a working and living community always working towards the future and improving upon itself, the concept was soon adapted to a theme park shortly after his death and opened on October 1, 1982 as EPCOT Center. The park was split into two parts: the front half named Future World and the back the World Showcase. Since its opening, Future World has always set out be celebrate technology and communication, among other things, while the World Showcase promotes world culture and helps Guests learn about countries through their exhibits, food & drinks, and perhaps even an attraction such as a boat ride or video.
Up until recent years, Epcot has remained pretty unique from the other Disney parks. Many may not remember, but when the park first opened, Mickey wasn’t even meant to be in the park, which is what incidentally created the Hidden Mickey. Eventually that changed and the Fab 5 did get a meet and greet and soon enough, you could meet other Disney characters throughout the park, such as Marie in France and Snow White in Germany. This was all fine because the original attractions remained intact.
Then, in the late 2000s, Disney began incorporating Disney characters into existing attractions. One of the most notable ones is The Living Seas pavilion. In 2007, it was over hauled and became The Seas with Finding Nemo & Friends. The attraction reopened with characters from Finding Nemo interwoven into the ride. It was a slightly controversial change. Many Guests found the addition/changes appalling, while others found it to breathe fresh life into the dated attraction.
It’s no secret Epcot is broken as a theme park. Buildings once used for attractions now stand empty and deserted, or are only used for seasonal events such as the Flower & Garden Festival. The park severely lacks in the number of attractions it has, with only two (soon to be three) true E-ticket options making FastPass+ a nightmare for the park. Ironically, most of the other attractions, you don’t even need FastPass for because not many Guests ride them unless the park is very busy. And many of the attractions the park has are dated or in a serious need of a refurbishment. Read the rest of this entry