June 13, 2013, 11:03 AM ·
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – I think we just figured out what is going to go up in the Star Wars Dance Off theater. It looks like Monsters University is going to be throwing its Homecoming Celebration in that theater which will include a DJ, games, and activities. The festivities will run from 6pm to 10pm every night starting this weekend and running through the entire Monstrous Summer promotion. In the meantime, while we wait for some enterprising person with a camera to film some of it, here is a little bit more coverage of the now mothballed Star Wars Weekend.
Epcot – The lineup for the Sounds Like Summer concert series has been announced. What the concert series should be called is Sounds Like Someone Else’s Band, because all of the bands that have been booked are tribute bands and not the real thing. Doesn’t Disney own a recording label? Maybe it is in their other pair of pants…underneath all of the entrance fee and merchandising money. It so saddens me to see Disney being cheap when they don’t need to. Sting just played Red Rocks in Denver a week ago, just ask him and he would probably say yes for a little taste of Mickey's cash. Please don’t insult us with some silly Police tribute band…
SeaWorld Orlando – We now have proof that animals of different species can talk to each other. Last week, it was the penguins, this week it appears that the penguins have taught the sea lions a trick or three. What will it be next week? Shamu making a break for it?
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – The laser effects have returned to the Dinosaur ride. They had been gone for so long I had forgotten about them. I have to wonder if the crew is starting to spruce the park up in little ways in effort to make the new Pandora area not make the rest of the park look horrid. If that is true, I know of a big hairy guy that may get to change his tune in the near future.
Coney Island – The Thunderbolt is being resurrected! Except all is not as it seems. It seems that Zamperla has won the bid to build and install the new coaster, which is no big surprise since they are running the show there. It was very amusing on the Coney Island community board, someone asked if Zamperla had won the bid to install the new coaster. The response was: yep, who else is there? I would like to respond to that question with the following answer: B&M, Intamin, GCI, Gravity Group, Rocky Mountain Coasters, Mack, Vekoma, my across the street neighbor, half the TPI discussion board, and the girl I buy my morning coffee from… Please feel free to add any more that I missed below while I silently weep.
So, to recap, they are basically stealing a name that has a nostalgic value and then doing whatever they want with the actual coaster.
Farup Sommerland – We now have video of their latest coaster: Orkanen. While it is pretty short, it does pack quite a few thrills into it.