Insider's Update: The horror! The horror!
We mentioned in this in an update to this week's Halloween News round-up
, but in case you missed it: for the first time, Universal Studios Hollywood is letting fans buy tickets to the Eyegore Awards that precede the opening of Halloween Horror Nights on Sept. 19. This year's awards honor Greg Nicotero from The Walking Dead
, filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and John Landis, and guitarist Slash. The presenters will be Chris Hardwick, Danny Trejo, and horror make-up god Rick Baker. Tickets to the event are $50
, and you'll need a ticket to that night's Halloween Horror Nights, as well.
Say good-bye to this beauty: The Portobello Mushroom and Spinach Flatbread Pizza at Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, with herbed marinara, artichokes, pesto and ricotta.
A couple of weeks ago, we honored the top 10 counter-service restaurants at the Disneyland Resort. Second place, after Disneyland's Plaza Inn, went to Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, which was the highest-rated eatery at Disney California Adventure. Theme Park Insider readers gave the Boardwalk high marks for its delicious flatbread pizzas. However, as of yesterday, those pizzas are gone, replaced by the greasy, thick-crust, flavorless "Disney pizza" found over at Redd Rockett's Pizza Port. So if you're in the mood for pizza at the Disneyland Resort, skip the "new" Boardwalk and just walk over to Downtown Disney for the top-quality pizza at Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria instead. (For WDW fans who might be wondering about that name, yes, Naples is the sister restaurant of Epcot's Via Napoli — both are operated by Los Angeles' Patina Group, not Disney itself. Patina also operates Catal, Tortilla Jo's, and Tutto Italia.)
Insiders visiting the park report that Disneyland's refilling the submarine lagoon in Tomorrowland, in preparation for the return of the Finding Nemo ride this fall. Disney saved a bunch of cash by not running the notoriously labor-intensive subs all spring and summer. But one would hope that the water bill for refilling the lagoon during an epic drought wouldn't come cheaply, either.
In Orlando, Disney celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Hoop-Dee-Do Revue dinner show at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground by reuniting the original cast. Here's Disney's video:
Over at Universal Studios Florida, the park will be promoting the upcoming animated film The Boxtrolls by welcoming the main characters to the Character Party Zone, next to Pantages Theater, through Sept. 26.
Finally, Busch Gardens Tampa has welcomed a newcomer of its own, too. A baby aardvark:
The baby, whose gender is not yet known, was born Aug. 5. Guests can't view the baby yet but will be able to see him/her at Jambo Junction in "the coming weeks," according to the park.
I don't get why people like flat bread pizza - to me it's not really pizza, it's just an already baked bread crust with toppings on it. Real pizza is baked from the start. The flat bread pizzas at Boardwalk were hard and dry, almost like a cracker crust. Redd Rockett's might not be great either, but it's more of a real pizza than flat bread.
Universal's Boxtrolls does not sound like a franchise. There seems to be a lack of competition in the animated movies with Disney dominating most everything except for Despicable Me. I would advise Universal to have a partnership with Fox and 20th Century to have some IPs in the parks.
Why does something need to be a "franchise" in order to be promoted in a park? Universal is simply using their platform to build awareness of the impressive-looking Laika project. Universal actually has very little to do with the film, and is just serving as the distributor. They did the same with previous Laika projects Coraline and ParaNorman (you could actually see the stop-motion puppets for that one in the museum inside Universal Studios Hollywood, and how the company makes their iconic stop-motion films).
Shrek is rumored to be removed from Universal, and I strongly doubt Shrek will remain in USH when the new Harry Potter land and Simpsons land opens. Universal did not keep their licensing agreement with DreamWorks for Shrek and Madagascar for their overseas parks.
Boardwalk Pizza had very good pizza for a theme park. I don't know the numbers but it looked like they did good business too.
Universal doesn't have their own animation studio, so they're reliant upon 3rd party IPs to put into their parks. Dreamworks Animation makes the most sense since they rent space on the USH lot to Dreamworks (and provide US offices for Illumination as well), and own a stake in the studio.
What's wrong with thinking Disney is dominating in the animated movie market when Frozen earned over $1 Billion in box office receipts? You keep saying non-Frozen and 2014. Okay, if that's your criteria to win the argument.
Yes the horror that I discount the one anomaly in the history of animation. You seem to want to discount Despicable Me, so it's only fair that I discount Frozen, a movie that Disney is still scrambling in surprise at its success, trying to capitalize in any way possible (WB has already announced a sequel to Lego Movie, while Disney has only announced a "short" for Frozen, which was released 6 months before the WB offering)
"Disney/Pixar took 54% market share"
54%<100% if I'm doing my math right, but yes "dominating" is a bit of a nebulous term. I don't think you can argue that Disney has dominated 2014, and they do not dominate the market anywhere close to the way they did 20 years ago. Frozen is an anomaly because Disney had no idea the movie would be so popular. It took them by complete surprise that they had ZERO plans to capitalize upon it. In fact, nearly a year after release, they have yet to offer a 3-D home version of the film, have no announced plans for a sequel--direct to video or otherwise aside from the animated short they announced just last week, and have squandered the popularity of characters in their parks by limiting access and failing to quickly develop attractions to take advantage of the overwhelming popularity of the film. Yes, Frozen is an anomaly in today's movie market, an original animated film that was only outpaced by a superhero sequel (Iron Man 3) and teen phenomenon sequel (Catching Fire) and for which the releasing studio only had moderate expectations.
Nebulous is another ridiculous attempt at a rebuttal. Disney's dominance is clear. I don't know if Disney will dominate in 2014. The year is not yet at an end. So you're waiting for something, anything, that will rescue your argument. This thread will end pretty soon so we can't have that debate in another few months.
You completely missed my analogy, I was comparing Disney to Apple in terms of the iPhone not IOS. Apple's share of the smartphone market (iPhone) has been steadily declining even though they almost single-handedly defined it. However, over recent years, Samsung, LG, Nokia, and others have chipped away at Apple's market share to the point today where Apple is no longer the dominant player, and instead Samsung holds the largest share of the smartphone market. If you ask the average person on the street, most would say Apple/iPhone dominates the market, but it's simply not true, in fact Apple/iPhone only owns 8% of the market while Nokia (15%) and Samsung (26%) top it. In this corollary, Disney=Apple, while WB, Fox, Dreamworks, et. al.=Samsung, LG, Nokia, and others. I'm not making the comparison to phone operating systems (IOA/Android), just smart phone makers (Apple, Nokia, Samsung, LG).
"Ignoring the foreign box office. Again, something that you did again to make your point."
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