Monday, August 21, 2017

Disney 2016 Planning Part 2

July 22, 2014
W minus 835
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror turns twenty. That mean the little girl so excited about that “Terror o’ Tower” is probably bringing her own kids to it by now.

July 29, 2014
W minus 828
Rock N Roller Coaster turns fifteen.  I really need to get down there more often.

August 18, 2014
W minus 808
An “Awesome Mix” dance party is announced at the ticketed villains’ event in MGM next week.  Star Lord and Gamora are scheduled to show up to recover the stolen tape. The Genius of Disney rears its head again.  By investing the quality in third string characters like the Guardians of the Galaxy, they not only got a blockbuster movie, but Marvel characters with no ties to Universal they can have in their Florida park. 

August 23, 2014
W minus 803
Villains Unleashed ticketed event at MGM.  Guess the free one Friday the 13th right after we left was a hit.  The announced increase of villain presence at the Not So Scary Halloween party indicates this one was too. Is it too much to hope for them to get their store back?

August 29, 2014
W minus 797
New acts announced for World Showcase.  This means old acts will close their runs at the end of September: Mo'Rockin', Off Kilter, Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps and World Showcase Players. In other news, Change Sucks!

September 2, 2014
W minus 793
Anabelle found a copy of the Grid laying around the house, and started playing, “Last year we were… in Disney.”  A sign of the greatest time of post Disney withdrawal depression. Really, they should let us live there.

September 5, 2014
W minus 790
The Hoop Dee Doo celebrates its 40th Anniversary.  The jokes, however, are orders of magnitude older.

September 16, 2014
W minus 779
Backwards in a Boat is going away.  Looks like EPCOTs getting two other items that will require Fast Pass booking.  A Frozen ride is a coming and the Anna and Elsa meet and greet is moving back there.  The MGM “Frozen Summer” gets another month extension and looks like it may last all year. Also, Elsa’s now in charge of Christmasing up Cinderella’s Castle.   Let’s hope Disney gets another hit before they theme the entire World to one film.

September 18, 2014
W minus 777
Upgrades to MyDisneyExperience app include character wait times, allowing more detailed reconnaissance to determine crowd flow and FastPass Plus requirements.  With over a year before any possible plans could start forming, I may be over thinking this.

September 20, 2014
W minus 775
The Festival of the Lion King celebrates its millionth guest…since moving to Africa this summer.  Tell me again how ANYONE can move people like Disney? 

September 27, 2014
W minus 768
Good thing I volunteered.  The Studio Back Lot tour at MGM closes today. While long term it may be making room for Cars or Star Wars, the first element is to move and expand  Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and position it closer to the Frozen sing along.

This is the same day the EPCOT acts leave, the Maelstrom shuts down, some other attractions reopen and close in both Disney World and Disneyland, and the Monorail Schedule changes.

Queen Elsa’s annexations show all the evidence of a well-coordinated WDW coup.

October 1, 2014
W minus 764
Looks like the Frozen Summer will end after all…to be replaced by Frozen Holidays!
Let’s all hope that Pixar’s Inside/Out or The Good Dinosaur kick butt, because I don’t see Big Hero Six’s balloon robot making a dent in the two royal Norsewomen’s hold on the World.

October 8, 2014
W minus 757
In an effort to make me panic more about a job I have no idea when I’ll have to do again, Disney World enters a test phase of no stand by line for Be Our Guest Lunch and Toy Story Mania.  I’m guessing that means no one will have crazy long, or crazy short waits for these attractions anymore.  Wonder how this will play out?

October 23, 2014
W minus 742
Wreck it Ralph and Vanellope booted from animation exhibit to make room for Big Hero Six guys. I think I’m more upset about losing one of the only Tron references in the park than having the characters relegated to Ticketed Events.

October 30, 2014
W minus 735
Sorcerer’s Hat leaving MGM.  Since that celebration ended years ago, I wonder what spurred this decision. Sounds like they’re repurposing the whole park and it needs a new icon.

November 6, 2014
W minus 728
The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow closes.  Bow your heads and Yo-Ho.  I bet there’s more Frozen-ness behind this.

November 12, 2014
W minus 722
Queen Elsa’s reign of terror continues beyond the parks. What started as the Disney World Christmas Parade, and morphed into a multi park celebration has now been announced as the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration.

January 8, 2015
W minus 665
Peter Pan’s line redone to make it look like guests are walking through the Darling house, once again making waiting for a Disney ride better than the experience at most parks.  ‘Cause Awesome Happy Disney, that’s why.

February 12, 2015
W minus 630
Trolley Car CafĂ© opens in MGM and is serving Starbucks.  Rosa’s snack allotment need rises daily.

February 25, 2015
W minus 617
Be Our Guest restaurant starts taking lunch reservations.  Guess we thought the “FastPass” counter service idea was cooler than Disney did.

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