The Blog Flume Filter for May 16, 2013
Written by Jeff Elliott
Disneyland – After losing a lawsuit in regards to the It’s A Small World ride, Disney has been testing the ride in the early morning hours to find where the limit of endurance is…and as you can see from the leaked photo below, it is not going well. After the picture leaked, Disney attempted to put a happy spin on the story saying that they were racing the ducks around the ride for charity, but we have to assume that's just a cover story.
It looks like Disney has moved its Glow with the Show technology across the promenade to the original park and are already synching fireworks to their ears.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Now that the Beauty and the Beast characters have found a home in the Magic Kingdom, the buzz is that the Studios' Beauty and the Beast show could be on the verge of closing. Once it closes, instead of a new show going in, we are thinking that the theater will be bulldozed and a dark ride put in that extends nearly back to the parking lot. But to compete and be an additional draw next to Tower of Terror, Rock & Roller Coaster, Star Tours, and Toy Story Midway Mania, any new ride had better be something good.
Paramount Park Spain – This park has cleared their final approval hurdle and is free to start construction as soon as they can get construction vehicles on the site. If they were the Florida division of Universal, they’d already have three buildings up…because it’s already been several minutes since they were cleared to start work.
But the scheme is inspiring some imitators. New Jersey-based "Scheme Tours" is now offering an "RIP" program, where convicts on a work-release program will obtain FastPasses to any attraction, while you wait. Just, uh, don't look over there, okay? Those other guests really didn't want to ride anyway.
Even Disney's getting in on the act. It's new "FastPass++" system will charge the One-Percenters 99% of a front-line cast member's annual wages to skip the lines at It's a Small World. The catch? The rich fat cats might not have to wait to get on, but they'll have to wait two and a half hours to get off the ride. Justice served.
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