Insider's Update: Luke's going to Disney World, Small World at 50, and the fishes are organizin'!
Star Wars' Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill, will be making his first appearance at Disney's Star Wars Weekends this year. Hamill will appear the weekend of June 6-8 and will take part in the daily motorcade and a featured talk show discussing the Star Wars
movies. He will not be signing autographs, so we don't have imagine how insane that queue would be. (Kudos to the Disney Parks Blog for actually cracking a joke
in the lead of its announcement about Hamill's appearance.)
Though this will be Hamill's first appearance at Star Wars Weekends, he has appeared at Walt Disney World before, as evidenced by this photo posted by @Stingray_travel.
Disney also announced this week that it will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of It's a Small World on April 10. The theme park industry's most famous earworm debuted at the New York Fair in 1964 before moving to Anaheim's Disneyland in 1966. Copies of the ride now appear at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Fans can visit SmallWorld50.com to record themselves singing the Sherman Brothers' famous theme song, or to build their own Mary Blair-inspired Small World virtual doll. Disney will donate up to $250,000 to UNICEF as part of the celebration, in recognition of Small World's original role as a tribute to the United Nations' aid and relief fund for children around the world.
Six Flags Magic Mountain is sending two of its popular roller coasters backward for a limited time this spring. Batman The Ride and Colossus are making the switch, starting this weekend.
Apparently inspired by all the Finding Nemo stuff they saw young Disney fans bringing into their restaurant, the tropical fish of T-Rex in Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney recently attempted their own spectacular escape. Restaurant employees responded quickly, however, capturing the fish and returning them to other tanks in restaurant. The fish are said to be trying to obtain a copy of DreamWorks' Chicken Run to help them plan their next escape attempt.
Editor's note: On Saturdays going forward, I will be writing "Insider's Update" round-ups of news items from the Disney and Universal theme parks, as well as other major parks in Central Florida and Southern California, that didn't make it into their own Blog Flume posts during the week. On Wednesdays, Jeff Elliott will be returning to the front page with his round-ups of news from other parks "Beyond CaliFlorida," as well as other quirky stories of interest to theme park fans.
Bravo to regular weekly updates from Robert & Jeff.
I have to wonder about the timing of Mr. Skywalker himself coming to Star Wars Weekends, considering all the talk about a Star Wars land at Hollywood Studios.
While I think it is pretty awesome for Mark Hamill to come to Star Wars Weekend, why not do the autographs? He came all this way, why not? Plus, he has done the whole autograph thing in the past.
I really hope that Jeff can keep the tone and spirit you set Robert with this "Insider's Update". You strike the perfect balance between giving us news and adding just the right amount of humor. Your jokes are always funny too, like the ones you did about the Nemo escape at T-Rex. I'm hoping that Jeff can use the "Beyond CaliFlorida" column to give us some great information but keep the jokes in the fun and positive realm that you do and not go into any dark places. You have such a great, fun site. I enjoy reading it and like when the other contributors strike the upbeat, informative, and often humorous tone you personally set.
Robert -- I think you have a wonderful collection of contributors and what they all seem to have in common is that their love of theme parks comes through in what they write and that when they write an article it's about something they love or ideas they have about how things could be better, but it's always in such a positive and upbeat light.
Annette: Could you please lay off your Jeff bashing & whining. It's getting really old and irritating. We kind of got your point of view concerning "dark forces?" and "negativity" after the first dozen or so anti Jeff remarks.
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