Disneyland sets opening dates for Little Mermaid, Star Tours 2
Disneyland Resort announced today that the new Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure
ride at Disney California Adventure and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
at Disneyland both will debut on June 3.
Construction continues on Disney California Adventure's Little Mermaid ride
This follows the news from Walt Disney World that the Disney's Hollywood Studios version of Star Tours 2 will open May 20. An east-coast version of the Little Mermaid ride will open with the rest of the Fantasyland expansion in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in 2013.
Good to finally know the official opening dates. Kind of weird they are opening on the same day. Regardless, this is great news and the summer crowds will be able to enjoy these two new rides starting June 3.
Anyone else disappointed WDW gets the Star Tours premiere when they initially passed on the project? I think the parks that pushed for the project and committed the cash (Anaheim and Japan) should have the honor of opening it first.
WDW is trying to time their event with Star Wars Weekends, so it makes sense to have the new ride ready for fans. Additionally, DLR is doing a more extensive makeover, which may explain the extra time required (according to Al Lutz over at Miceage, WDW went "cheap" and passed on making improvements to the ride system, vehicles, queue, and gift shop).
I'd wait a year on Disneyland, so that you can see a complete California Adventure next door.
You're probably right, Robert. Besides, there is a lot of new stuff at Universal for me and mine (we last visited in 2007), and both my boys are now tall enough to ride the big coasters. Plus, I can't wait to see what my 48" daughter thinks of the Mummy!
Two openings on the same day? From a business standpoint, is that wiser than spreading them out to keep attendance peaking? I suppose that two new attractions opening simultaneously would be a huge draw for folks that haven't seen the parks in awhile.
You gotta figure that the two attractions are targeting some fairly diverse audiences, overall. And, if nothing else, the crowds will be somewhat dispersed between the parks.
Honestly, I think the idea of a park getting the "honor" to open an attraction is a little silly. Disneyland has gotten A LOT of love and attention over the recent years while WDW stands idly by. I think opening at DHS during starwars weekends will make the most financial sense and is much more targeted to an audience already expected to be interested in coming to the park for a special event. Why not clinch the deal by giving them a new attraction. I just think it makes pragmatic sense to get it open during star wars weekends.
Star Tours 2 opening is a pretty good turn around time. It seems to not have been down for very long. Less than a year? not too bad!
I'm with James, I am holding off on a DLR visit until 2012. And much like James, I am avoiding being hit by a bus as well for this trip. But honestly, I would have probably been doing that anyway.
There is wisdom in avoiding collisions with objects much larger than oneself.
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