Saturday, November 15, 2014

UOR Permit Update: Project 533 Water Park Permit Posted


Well, I've been waiting for this for a while, but it looks like the first permit for Project 533, rumored to be the Universal Water Park, has finally been put up. First, this was first posted at Orlando United's forums. But the address, which coincides with the location south of Cabana Bay Beach Resort, has long been rumored to be the location for the water park coming to Universal. Rumored to be themed to a volcanic island, complete with an active volcano centerpiece, Universal has trademarked names such as Volcano Bay and Wondersea Island for the park.

Stay tuned to Parkscope for more updates.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

3.13 - Let My Sign Go



Joe, Nick, and Sean team up to discuss Pop Tarts, I-Drive, Tokyo Disneyland Expansion, Fifth Gate at WDW Discussions are Stupid, Cowfish, Kong, Frequent Fear, Building 88, 25th anniversaries, and answer your last minute questions!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

UOR Permit Update: Selective Demolition of Gardens of Allah


Looks like we may finally be seeing some progress on a long standing rumor for Universal Orlando today. Two permits have just been filed for selective demolition and additions to Building 88 which we have found is the Gardens of Allah area. This location has long been rumored to become a museum of sorts celebrating UOR for its 25th anniversary next year. Stay tuned to Parkscope for more information as it's released. (note, pictures of the permits will be up later)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

3.12 - Some News, Rumors, and Disney Cruise Line



Joe, Mike, and Nick are joined by the illustrious Derek Burgan and Seth Kubersky of the internet. We talk Disney Springs news, Disney Hollywood Studios rumors, UOR rumors, and talk about their touringplans.com trips on the Disney Cruise Line.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

3.11 - Diagon Alley Impressions



*NOTE: More than the usual amount of adult language in this episode* 

Joe, Mike, Nick, and Sean finally got to experience Diagon Alley in late September. After 10 minutes talking about beer and bars, we finally discuss all aspects of Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express. We cover the land, shops, food, drink, shows, and attractions. And you'll be surprised how angry we get each other over the owl shop.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Inevitable Maelstrom Post

From Wikipedia
This past Sunday Maelstrom closed to be replaced by a ride through the movie Frozen in 2016. As the sun rises in the east and winter gives way to spring, people are debating and commenting on the change. 

I do not agree with the statement fantasy/folk lore doesn’t belong in Epcot. For a long time the America Pavilion was designed to have a boat ride through the tall tales and folklore of America. Many American folk stories have featured in Disney short films or movies, but they were authentic to the culture and creations of it. In addition Norway was ONE of the original sponsors for the pavilion, a pavilion devoted to Nordic countries. While designing the pavilion, the theme and location was kept broad enough to encompass a geographic region, not a country. As funding finalized, Norway and several Norwegian companies were the financial sponsors of the attraction, and as of 2002, Norway has stopped funding the pavilion.

EPCOT Center/Epcot’s purpose is to inspire and inform people about the real world around them. Future World uses history and the present to inform people about the science and technology of the future; World Showcase uses culture, food, drink, and entertainment to… well… showcase other cultures. And this leads us to our first issue with Frozen coming to Epcot: it’s not authentic to the culture.

The attraction coming to Norway, per the Disney Parks Blog, is going to be a Fantasyland style ride retelling the story of the movie. It is not about Anna and Elsa visiting Norway, nor is it about the myths and legends of Norway. The Three Caballeros featured live action trips to Mexico (along with Brazil) and discussions about its culture (and yes, it was a political puff piece). Maelstrom was rooted in fantasy, but genuine to culture and stories from the area. Frozen did start as the Snow Queen, a Nordic tale, but the end product is a Disney creation. Nowhere in Frozen is any of the original Danish fairy tale. Disney’s trying to pass off an ‘inspired by’ byline to this attraction to justify the ride. I believe a classic retelling of a unique, and good, Disney story does not belong in World Showcase.

If you believe that Frozen can/should still be added to World Showcase, I think there’s something people are missing: Epcot has expansion pads.



This is a view of Norway in Epcot, north of it is a huge expansion plot for a new land or attraction. There are 6 additional plots located around the World Showcase and several empty pavilions and spaces in Future World. With “an abundance of size”, why is Disney replacing rides in a park that needs more rides just to simply fill out it’s FP+ system?


Frozen deserves a classic dark ride for a classic movie. A fully realized version of Arandale with a Frozen dark ride would be welcome by all. What is confusing and frustrating is Disney’s handling of a $1.24bn property by supplying Olafs on a stick, an ice rink, a temporary mini parade, and an overlay over a low capacity attraction. It is a disappointing reaction from a company that has asked us to hold them to a higher standard (and pay for it too).