Saturday, July 18, 2015

Could Shanghai’s Disneyland Be Cooler Than Walt Disney World?

Source: Yahoo! Travel

The folks at Disney are on a roll lately — renovating, building, and generally making their parks even happier places on Earth. Orlando’s Magic Kingdom is getting a makeover of its main plaza, and EPCOT will soon see the arrival of the Frozen attraction in the Norway section (RIP troll flume). But it’s Shanghai’s Disneyland that’s really getting all the love.

Set for a grand opening in spring of 2016, the park will pack in a lot of new attractions and features not seen before in any other Disney destination.

The lay of this Disneyland will be similar to what Mickey fans are familiar with: six themed areas that include Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove and Fantasyland. And because it’s Disney, there will be shopping at the creatively named Disneytown (because, you shop in a town, and ride roller coasters in a land, obvs), home to the largest gift shop and a theater showcasing the first-ever Mandarin production of The Lion King.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Disney World will demolish speedway for parking expansion at Magic Kingdom

Source: Orlando Sentinel

Walt Disney World plans to demolish its speedway for an expansion of the Magic Kingdom parking lot.

Reedy Creek, the Disney-controlled taxing district, has filed paperwork with the state about its plans.

The speedway is currently home to the Richard Petty Racing Experience, which will be closing there this summer.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Most Popular Theme Parks in the World

Source: The Motley Fool

All over the world, theme parks have seen incredible growth in recent years. According to a report by the Themepark Entertainment Association (TEA), there were 223 million visits to the top 25 parks worldwide last year. While the U.S. destinations did well with a 2.2% visitor increase over 2013, Asia posted the largest growth, up 5% for the year. Below is a list of the top theme parks as ranked by attendance. Read on to learn how The Walt Disney Co., Comcast owned Universal Studios, and others are faring.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Don't Let It Go Yet! A New Frozen Ride Is Coming to Disney World

Source: People Magazine

Disney World's Epcot Center allows visitors to tour a host of foreign lands. Mexico, China, Germany, France and Morocco are among the nations that have exhibits and rides in the park's World Showcase, and now a new land is being added to the list: Arendelle.

Sharp-eyed readers may note that Arendelle is not actually a foreign county. You're right. But a new Frozen ride will be constructed in the World Showcase's Norway area. It will replace the Maelstrom ride, which once loaded tourists onto Viking longship-style boats for a tour of Norse mythology. It closed in 2014.

Starting next year, this space will be filled by Frozen Ever After, a new "dark ride" attraction that will take passengers through scenes and locations inspired by Frozen, the aesthetic of which was inspired by Norway.

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Monday, June 01, 2015

A 'Hocus Pocus' Stage Show Is Coming to Disney World This Halloween

Source: moviefone

The Sanderson sisters will rise again: Disney has just announced that the trio of witches from "Hocus Pocus" are set to take the stage for a new show at Disney World during the park's annual Halloween celebration.

Witches Winifred, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson (played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, respectively, in the 1993 flick) will star in the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, a stage show that will team the trio with a host of other classic Disney villains. Though those villains' identities have yet to be fully revealed (so far Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" is the only confirmed participant), concept art for the event suggests that baddies such as Cruella DeVille from "101 Dalmations," the Evil Queen from "Snow White," and Jafar from "Aladdin" will also be a part of the show.

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