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What's new on the discussion board: Fall into spring

Published: May 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Here's your weekly round-up of the top new conversations on the Theme Park Insider Discussion Board:

Domenik Jost was on top of the news about Disney's Tree of Life is losing its branches.

Tree of Life

Terry O'Neal asked Is Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom a time drain?

Tony Bartlett was looking for a list of Walk Around Characters in WDW Parks.

Chris S Needs advice on touring Universal Orlando.

And Justin M wanted to make a decision about the Universal Orlando hotels: Loews Royal Pacific vs Portofino vs Hard Rock

kaci henderson asked about Plus size and Forbidden Journey

Valerie Lindquist wanted to know if it was to okay for Sharing a 7 day hopper ticket all on one day. (Short answer: No.)

And Jeff Elliott covers just about every last remaining news item from the world of theme parks last week in From the Trenches of Amusement……April 30, 2012.

Finally, your weekly reminder to enter the 2012 Theme Park Insider Spring Video Contest. I'll be selecting the top five reader videos submitted to the Theme Park Insider discussion board between now and May 24. Then, we'll have a reader vote to determine the winning video, which receives bragging rights, lots of new views, a Theme Park Insider T-shirt, and (new prize!) a signed copy of Stories from a Theme Park Insider, now available in paperback for just $7.99 from Amazon. (Yeah, I worked in yet another plug....)

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Published: May 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Can't put this on discussion because I'm not a member. I basically have two questions . One: does it bother anyone else that the entire fantasyland expansion is princess themed? Two: now that amity/jaws is completely destroyed, when will we see signs that constructions starting for gringotts?
Robert Niles

Published: May 2, 2012 at 12:12 PM

1) Disney has a huge problem with a lack of IP for boys. That's why they bought Marvel. But the Universal Orlando contract keeps Marvel outside WDW, so for now it's lame "Pirate" overlays here and there for the boys, and more and more and more princesses for the girls. Meanwhile, Universal's betting on Harry Potter, which appeals to both genders.

2) There's lot of infrastructure and back of house work to be done on Diagon Alley. It's a huge project, and going to be done in conjunction with the WWoHP expansion over in IoA. I wouldn't expect to see much emerging up from behind the walls until next year, at the earliest.

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