Disneyland's River Belle Terrace reopened yesterday as a table service restaurant with a new Southern-inspired menu. Disney's not make any structural changes to the River Belle for this switch — the tray slides and serving stations inside the front of the restaurant remain. But now, hosts lead you directly to your table, while waiters take your order and retrieve your food from the serving station. Time will tell how the River Belle performs without the forest of supervisors present yesterday watching, but on this first day, the new River Belle was on point. Keep reading...
Universal Orlando Resort today raised its prices for admission tickets, increasing the price of a one-day, one-park ticket to the $105 charged by Disney for the Magic Kingdom. That's the highest price in America for a one-day ticket to a single major theme park.
Admission prices rose for other ticket combinations, as well. Follow the link for the new prices... and reaction. Keep reading...
One might think that an easy question to answer — "It's empty!" But in practice, an empty queue is an operational disaster. Let's take a look at why, and from that, get a better understanding of why major theme parks are doing what they do with the wait areas for their rides and shows.
Here's the irony — an empty queue doesn't always mean "no wait." Theme parks keep their overall waits to a minimum when its attractions are operating at peak capacity. That means fully-loaded ride vehicles dispatch with minimal load time, and fully-loaded theaters start their shows with minimal wait between performances. Here is how parks design their queues and ride reservation systems to make that happen. Keep reading...
Theme park fans in Southern California are about to get their first look at a new (for them) type of ride system that's been winning fans at parks around the world.
When Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters opens in the old "Flying Tires" lot in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure in the next few weeks, it will be the first of Disney's next-generation trackless ride systems to open in Southern California. This trackless ride concept debuted with Pooh's Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland in 2000, but the new Luigi's will represent the first time that Disney has brought one of these ride systems to the United States. Keep reading...
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