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Disney’s Hollywood Studios – I understand that they are trying to shill a movie here, but all I want is my Hoopla back…Mike & Sully, you’re fired. Star Wars Weekend should be EVERY weekend…I mean they are building an entire land to Star Wars, so why leave us waiting for that when we could be enjoying Star Wars every week until the new land is ready?
Disney California Adventure – The latest rumor is that if Monsters University does well at the box office, the Monsters Inc. Door Coaster will get its long awaited green light. I think that possibility might convince more people to go see the movie than the DHS pep rally ever will.
Las Vegas – Las Vegas is a go-big or go-home kind of place and they are trying to go extra-extra-big on this one. Paperwork has been submitted to build an S&S PolerCoaster Roller Coaster near the Tropicana mixing a roller coaster with an observation tower. Their paperwork describes this tower as standing 650 feet tall, easily decimating Kinda Ka’s 460 feet. First approval is with the FAA, but there are other taller things around Las Vegas, so this shouldn’t be a problem. Once they get that approval, they will need to raise funds to put this crazy tower up, but the developers make it sound like the people with the money are already waiting in the wings with checks already written.
Cedar Point – We are watching the rumor mill swirl in regards to the proposed dark ride going into Cedar Point. This week, we may have heard where the dark ride may be installed: in the Coliseum building. The placement of the ride is interesting, as right on the main strip will mean that it is going to get a lot of business and will need to be an extraordinarily high capacity ride to keep up with the crowds. I would assume that the arcade would go, but I have to wonder what would happen to the ballroom on the second floor if the dark ride does indeed go in there.
Six Flags St. Louis – What happens when you take a 24-year-old Vekoma roller coaster and move it to a sister park that desperately needs something big to compete with nearby parks? Well, in a nutshell, it breaks. How very disappointing. It looks like all of SFSL’s roller coasters are going to have to run backwards next year to make up for this failure.
Disney Animation – Here is the first trailer for Frozen. I deeply fear what this may wind up being inflicted upon the poor Matterhorn.
Universal – So I report on Disney movies… I figured it wouldn’t kill me to report on Universal as well. “Dumb and Dumber To” was just purchased away from Warner Brothers by Universal. I know that the second Dumb and Dumber really stank in ways that I can’t even begin to approach on a family friendly website, but that was because they didn’t have the original stars and the original director. This new Dumb and Dumber has all of the originals back together: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and the Farrelly Brothers. With some decent writing and the two stars on top form, this could be a huge victory for Universal…although I have no idea what a Dumb and Dumber ride would contain. Any ideas?
Lego – Since I did the other guys, I should probably do this one. Chalk this up to clearly a movie that I am going to be forced to take my son to and probably wind up enjoying more than him. For those of you adults without kids, now might be a good time to get involved in Big Brothers/Big Sisters so you will be ready in time for the movie, because trying to find kids on Craigslist is just plain creepy.
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