Theme park news: Closings, openings, and makeovers
Written by Robert Niles
Published: October 28, 2012 at 8:55 PM
Let's close out the weekend with a few notes of theme park news.First, the big news over the next few days will be Hurricane Sandy, which has finished dumping rain on and blowing around Florida and is on its way to hammering the mid-Atlantic and northeast. Best wishes to all our Theme Park Insider readers in the affected areas. Take care and stay safe. Update: Here's our Hurricane Sandy thread on the TPI discussion board.Thinking about visiting Disneyland in a couple weeks? You could be just steps from the filming of a new movie starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. It's "Saving Mr. Banks," and it's the story of the making of the Mary Poppins movie. The film will be shooting in Disneyland on November 6-7. Don't try to go looking for stars, though. Disneyland's planning to block off sections of the park for the filming, which they'll redecorate to make look like it did in 1967.Maybe you could spend some of your Disneyland visit time at the new Earl of Sandwich, however. Disneyland's announced that the long-awaited first California outpost of the sandwich chain will open in Anaheim's Downtown Disney on November 2. Disney's got Earl of Sandwich locations at Walt Disney World in Florida and at Disneyland Paris in France. Update, 10/29: We're hearing that Earl of Sandwich soft-opened today (Monday). Anyone try it yet?Finally, your favorite Walt Disney World princesses are due for a makeover. Disney's planning new, more "contemporary" hairstyles and costumes for the Disney princesses. I'm having trouble imagining Cinderella with an ironed-flat lid. Or, worse, a Justin Bieber 'do. Hey, if the classic look is good enough for the Real Housewives of Disney, shouldn't it be good enough for all of us?
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