The BLOG FLUME - Déjà Vu All Over Again
Another hurricane. Another charge against Tigger. Another version of Roller Coaster Tycoon. Another Cirque du Soleil show. And one more stupid reminder of America's most horrible day.
Written by Robert Niles
Hurricane Ivan Blasts Alabama, Kills 11Tweet
Associated Press - Sept. 16
Ivan missed Florida's theme parks, but let's start today's Flume with an acknowledgement of the pain, confusion, distress and loss that many folks in Alabama are experiencing today. Folks in Central Florida certainly ought to be able to relate. Best wishes to our friends and readers on the northern Gulf Coast and we hope y'all make it through this okay.
Michael Chartrand, the former Tigger character actor at Walt Disney World who was acquitted of groping a guest, is out of work once more. Disney suspended the cast member after two souvenir photographers reported that Chartrand shoved them while perfoming as Goofy at Animal Kingdom last month. Chartrand's lawyer told the Orlando Sentinel that the photographers shoved his client back as all three were, well, goofing around.
Okay, as a long-time computer junkie, I avoid video games the way ex-drunks ought to avoid bars. If I go there, I know I ain't ever gettin' out, so I just stay away. But since I know many TPI readers enjoy a little (or a lot) of time with Roller Coaster Tycoon, I bring you this press release as a public service.
The third version of the thrill-ride design video game is available for pre-order. In addition, those who order before it goes on sale November 2 can download a "coaster pack" of several RCT rides designed by John Wardley, of Nemesis and Oblivion fame. The Wardley coasters are available only during the pre-sell and won't be included in the regular version of RCT3.
Cirque du Soleil fans, you can now put a name on the troupe's next show. "Ka" will debut in November at the MGM Grand hotel/casino/mall/stadium/(but not a theme park, 'cause they closed that)/etc. in Las Vegas. Tickets are on sale now through the Cirque website.
"Ka" is an Egyptian term for a person's spiritual double. The show will trace the lives of two twin spirits, seperated at birth. Okay, half the audience won't get that, 'cause they'll be too busy marveling at Cirque's usual blend of acrobatics, dance, stunts and puppetry. The "official" opening, meaning the alcohol-fueled press junket, for the show will come in February.
I know that many of you have come to expect a fair amount of Disney-bashing in the Flume, so here's your fix, courtesy of Al Lutz's most recent Disneyland update. It's a spectacular shot illustrating Disney's lack of attention to detail in juxtaposing the burned-out Tower of Terror over the rest of California Adventure. It's the fifth photo down on the page....
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