As might be expected, Disney and Universal own this list. The top Disney stories were the continued implementation of the new MyMagic+ reservation and ticketing system at Walt Disney World, plus the Frozen phenomenon. At Universal, Harry Potter dominated the year with the opening of Diagon Alley. But King Kong snuck in (impressive for an ape that size!) to claim one of the spots.
So here we go — the Top 10 theme park Blog Flume posts of the year, so far:
We led up to the opening of Universal Orlando's new Harry Potter land with a weekly "On the Road to Diagon Alley" feature, and our post on the signature land's centerpiece attraction got the most attention. Of course, we've long been experts on the Gringotts ride, as we first leaked the plans for it back on New Year's Eve 2011.
The best Jungle Cruise joke I've ever heard was on the Jingle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom last month, when the skipper reached the falls and cracked, "It's the only thing in the Magic Kingdom that's not Frozen!" Many of us might joke (or even complain) about Disney's obsession with this new franchise, but the box office and merchandise sales (not to mention the website traffic) all show that the public can't get enough of what Disney's selling.
Like with Frozen, we expect Kong to claim space on this Top 10 posts list next year, too.
It seems like we were posting non-stop during the media preview of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida last June. This was one of the two reviews we posted that week that readers pushed into our Top 10.
We've had a Vote of the Week feature on the site for years, but many readers kept coming back to this post from last January for its overview on using the new Fastpass+ ride reservation system while inside the Disney World parks.
5. Where should Disney build a 'Frozen' theme park attraction?
Yep, more Frozen. While Disney ended up announcing plans to convert Epcot's Maelstrom ride to a Frozen theme, we tried our best earlier in the year to raise alternatives, including ideas for Frozen-themed attractions at Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
The TL;DR here is that if we'd had the smarts to publish a post called "Harry Potter's Frozen Fastpass+" this year, we'd be retired and living in Hawaii right now.
As we were saying.... ;^)
The Internet will break not when some reality-show floozie posts a photo of her naked tookus online, but when an Orlando theme park raises its one-day pre-tax ticket price over $100 a day.
The switch from Fastpass to Fastpass+ caused Disney theme park fans to have to go back and re-evaluate more than a decade's experience in how to navigate the Walt Disney World theme parks for maximum value in a day. Obviously, such a major disruption commanded a great deal of attention during the year... and will continue to do so in 2015, as well.
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