Just Published: Theme Park Insider: 2016 Year in Review
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Disney Fireworks – Apparently there is much more to a fireworks show than lighting a match and a boom. I wouldn't have thought about any other steps other than maybe: throw it and run for cover.
Epcot - Mickey's America Streetbeat – I am always fascinated with the talking character heads, blended with live music and live actors. I am also impressed with how the characters are able to do their routines with a big heavy animatronic head on and not be huffing and puffing at the end of it. I wonder if those costumes smell like rotting fish wrapped in month old gym socks by the end of the day. Or does Disney Pixie Dust magically make performers' sweat glands disappear?
Disneyland – Back before the paint dried in 1955, this was a completely different park than what you have today. Before some of you younger readers get bored, you need to hang on until the end where they show arguably the most abused/enjoyed ride at the park: Jungle Cruise.
The Optimist – There is a new online game that just started up in the last week or so that is supposed to run until the D23 Expo. Apparently it takes on an alternate reality in regards to Walt Disney. Here's where to get started. It really is hard to suspend disbelief when every single page is tagged at the bottom with a huge disclaimer and a Disney copyright. Looks like you will need to play this game and then read TH Creative's book and figure out which one is better. And just for the record I did finish TH's book, it was very intriguing and well worth the time…and where is Book 2?
Shanghai Disneyland – Construction on the castle is underway. If you look further back on the picture, it is impressive to see the number of cranes that they have on the site. That's almost as many as Universal Orlando had!
Disney's Magic Kingdom – The first mine car for the Seven Dwarfs roller coaster has just been delivered. The Imagineers were so proud that they had to take a picture.
Universal Studios Florida – The Rip Ride Rockit coaster has its newly-refurbished trains on site. It sounds like the new train is giving this troubled coaster a much-needed smoother ride. Let's hope we can get the other trains fixed soon. In Potter news, they are starting to enclose the bones of the buildings that they have up, giving us a good idea what the shape of the buildings are taking.
Grand Texas Theme Park – This park just made the first step in going from an "idea" to a "plan". They have purchased 600 acres of property in New Caney, Texas, and have plans to start construction by the end of the year with a 2015 opening.
New York – There is a good article here that shows a history in pictures of what amusements New York lost and wants back.
Tripsdrill – Hier ein Onride vom neuen Gerstlauer Launch Coaster Karacho in Tripsdrill. Möglicherweise möchten Sie Stick um und werfen Sie einen Blick auf die kühle besondere Wirkung auf der Rückseite der Achterbahn wagen. (Translated as: You might want to stick around and take a look at the cool special effect on the back of the coaster car.)
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