Thursday, February 4, 2016

5.6- A Fist Full of Weasle

NOTE: Apology for the crackling from Joe's microphone, it only lasts the first few minutes of recording.

Joe and Nick are joined by Felipe and Meg to mostly talk about A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, January 29th-31st. We also briefly discuss Universal Studios Hollywood's ticket changes and performance auditions for Reign of Kong?

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

5.5- Pirates of Dagobah

Joe, Mike, Nick, and Sean start the new year off right by talking Shanghai Disneyland, Star Wars land, the validity of wine as an alcohol choice, Reign of Kong, Hulk, Volcano Bay, more UOR construction, snow, and take your questions.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Disney's Hollywood Studios Closures

Another one bites the dust. Hey hey.

Disney today announced the closure of Lights, Motors, Action! for April 2nd. Added as part of the Disneyland 50th Anniversary Celebration where Disney parks "gifted" attractions to each other (no joke, also how lame that WDW got most of DLR's presents?)

The land taken up by LMA is expected to be used by the Toy Story Playland and Star Wars land expansion projects.

In addition, the Orlando Sentinel reports the Earful Tower, Honey I Shrunk the Audience Movie Set Adventure, Monsters Inc meet and greet, and The Studio Catering Company will be closing April 2nd or soon around that time. RIP Buffalo Chicken Sandwich.

Not many tears will be shed over these closures, but this takes a weak park and further cripples it. While lots of awesome things are coming soon, the fact we've reached a point with DHS (and soon Epcot) where the parks have to be gutted to be brought up to Disney standards should never be forgotten. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

January 2015 News Roundup

Happy New Year everyone! We hope your holidays were happy and safe, and now that we're all done digesting and sobering up, lets talk theme parks.

SeaWorld Ticketing

Recovering from recent from recent stock and financial slips, SeaWorld Orlando has announced new ticketing options they're calling "Choose Your Adventure" tickets. Tickets start off for $79 for one day at either SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, Busch Gardens Tampa, or Adventure Island Tampa all the way to $139 for 14 days.

DHS Fireworks

Poster danlb_2000 at WDWMagic posted about new permits for a new fireworks location permit for Disney's Hollywood Studios. The permit take the fireworks locations farther back, outside of the park. This will allow for additional construction for Toy Story Playland and for attractions like Toy Story Midway Mania to remain open during fireworks shows. This is a major improvement to the park that is long overdo.

The Incredible Hulk Construction Update

This past weekend Sean was down at Universal Orlando Resort and found the first signs of vertical construction at Hulk.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong Update

Sean also took some photos of Skull Island: Reign of Kong! Also check out OrlandoThemeParkNews for more photos.

Volcano Bay parking

The Orlando Sentinel (h/t to The Dis Universal) is reporting new permits for a tram lane from the Universal Parking Garages to Volcano Bay waterpark.

Trams appear to leave the bottom floor of the south garage, travel behind Royal Pacific, then disembark behind the Sapphire Falls Resort. Here guests will have a short walk, through a pedestrian tunnel, to the water park. Additional images are available at Orlando Business Journal.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Festivus for the Theme Park Us

Today is the day where we forego the stress and commercialism of this time of year and celebrate around the adorned aluminium pole. To the uninitiated, Festivus was brought to the public forefront in 1997 through the TV classic ‘Seinfeld’ as a holiday excuse for George not to give co-workers gifts and for Kramer to take off work.

So finish up your Festivus meal around the aluminium pole and lets kick it off with some theme park Festivus activities...

Airing of Grievances

Tom Bricker
Universal Orlando, you have parks with some of the most beautiful lands and areas in theme parks seen at night, so why do you close your parks so early? A 10PM closing should be a normal occurrence, not a rare event that only happens during the summer and at Festivus (and Christmas too, I guess.) Additionally, odd restaurant and quick service hours cause issues finding a good place to eat in the parks. Why does Mythos close at 3pm while the park is open till 7? I understand the desire to have guests to go CityWalk, but even CityWalk isn’t fully open till dinner. Take a page out of Disney’s book and expand your operating hours to match the demand

From @tweetneal
Walt Disney World, you differentiate yourself with the super cool monorail system that connects the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and several deluxe resorts. It’s of of your signature features in the resort, so why have you let it rot away? Yes, some carpets in the monorails have been changed out, but lots of them still look worn, AC is incredibly weak, smell bad, and stories of the monorails going down happen frequently. The Parks and Resorts division is claiming record attendance and profits, so why not spend the money to upgrade your monorails to the futuristic and sleek transportation system that it is!

Photo courtesy of
Universal Studios Hollywood, you’re entering the big leagues next year when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Hogsmeade opens on the west coast. You’ll add two new attractions, many cool new shops, and new shows. But why can’t the same attention and care put into Harry Potter be extended to your parking situation? Crazy traffic flows, scattered parking garages, and now no annual passes include free parking. For a park that treated its annual passholders well and was supported by said passholders through ugly times, the lack of parking options is ugly.

Feats of Strength

Let's not rumble, son. Folks we get it, you're strong and have had a few drinks. Please stop acting tough and fighting Halloween Horror Nights scare actors? Some of the coolest and best scare actors have left the event due to stupid guests, so lets end this now. Scare actors in scare zones and houses are not just amazing actors but are amazing people. Please, just wrestle your dad.

About positive feats of strength, need I say more than these two tweets?

Festivus Miracles

IT'S A MIRACLE! Star Wars land has been rumored for decades, and finally with the release of The Force Awakens around the bend, Bob Iger announced the new land at D23. And woah, if The Force Awakens is any indicator, this land will be the bees knees. Incorporating all of our favorite planets into one rim planet was a sort-of stroke of genius as we now can experience all our favorite locations without that weird necessary issues of planet traversal or story! With many insiders worrying Disney would spend "their time" and wait for any sort of announcement or building, this was a great surprise to have.

But what about another new theme park in Orlando? Today, the Orlando Sentinel leaked Universal Orlando finished the purchase of 450 acres of land for future development. With this much land Universal can build new resorts, CityWalk, and a new theme park. And with "green lights" ahead we're really looking at a bright future.

Universal Orlando Closes 450 Acre Land Deal

Paul Brinkmann from the Orlando Sentinel is reporting Universal Orlando Resort has closed the deal to purchase 450 acres of land off of I Drive. The property's deed was transferred through a claim deed last Friday, December 18th.

For more information and speculation on the land deal, read Joe's post and listen to our podcast.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

5.4- Seth Lord

Joe and Nick are joined by Seth Kubersky from The Unofficial Guide series and! Reporting live from Disney's Hollywood Studios, Seth describes the new Star Wars food and drink offerings, talks about the Star Wars launch bay, and Star Tours. Then we dive into metal detectors at parks, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood opening, Disneyland construction, goats, virtual reality, I Drive, Nick's weekend Orlando trip, answer your questions, and more!

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