Insider's Update: A whole lot of shaking going on
Published: March 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Using a new chip-embedded ticket at Walt Disney World to enter a park.
Tokyo Disney is giving its hotel guests a way to make ride reservations before its "day guests," too. But Tokyo's taking a significantly more old-school approach. It's letting hotel guests into the park 15 minutes early. [Google Translate link. You've been warned.] That's not much of an early entry, compared with the extensive early entry benefits available to hotel guests at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, but with Fastpass reservations disappearing so quickly at the Tokyo Disney parks on most days, that extra 15 minutes can help get hotel guests a coveted Fastpass to one popular attraction and place at the front of the line of another before the mass of the crowd gets into the park.
The big news in Souther California last night was the 5.1-magnitude earthquake that shook everyone in the area, up and down the coast and halfway to Vegas. Disneyland's standard operating procedure is to close all rides for inspection after a significant quake, and with little quake damage to show, many local TV stations decided to focus on closed rides at Disneyland for their earthquake coverage. If you'd like a smarter take on what to do if an earthquake hits Disneyland, we've created a discussion thread. If you've been in a theme park during an earthquake or other natural disaster, your comments are appreciated!
In other Disney news:
- The same company that built the big outlet mall at Disneyland Paris is going to do the same for Shanghai Disneyland.
- Disney's been working on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for so long that plants and trees have taken root and grown on the construction site. ;^)
- If you're getting impatient waiting for new Disney attractions, D23 will celebrate old, closed Disney attractions this November at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Because everything is better with bacon, Busch Gardens Tampa has created a pretzel-wrapped bacon snack as the "signature" food item for its new Pantopia land, opening around the new Falcon's Fury drop ride this spring. I joked on Twitter about Busch Gardens deciding between pretzel-wrapped bacon and a bacon-wrapped pretzel, and a Busch Gardens representative responded that, yes indeed, they did try both! The pretzel-wrapped bacon won because it allowed for crispier bacon. Skip to 2:30 in the video below for the bacon goodness, or just watch the whole thing to learn more about what'll be for sale in Pantopia.
Finally, if you're a fan of the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal's Islands of Adventure, head over to Goddard Group's Facebook page to see some early concept art from the attraction. Did you know that the first concept was for a Superman ride, before Universal secured the Marvel Comics rights instead of getting the rights to DC characters? You can see the early storyboards for the attraction, as well as a ride map for when Spider-Man was going to be an omnimover-style attraction, before the switch to its current motion-base system. Click the "download" link on those photo pages to download the files so you can zoom in on your own computer for better detail.