News update: Efteling's new dark ride, Disney World's new magic bar
We're not even halfway through this summer, but I hope you'll forgive us for looking ahead toward some of the really neat new attractions that theme parks are working on for next year. Reader @VrLuuk tweeted us this nifty GIF of the upcoming Symbolica dark ride
, now under construction at Efteling in the Netherlands.
The GIF shows the current state of construction, blending into an artist's rendering of what the building will look like when it is complete next summer. Symbolica will be Efteling's largest and most expensive dark ride, and it will include the option for riders to choose one of three different interactive routes through its "Palace of Fantasy."
Following the success of its Trader Sam's themed bars at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Disney's introducing another theme bar — this time at the Disney's Boardwalk Resort at Walt Disney World. AbracadaBar will open "soon," according to the resort. Disney's calling it a secret magician's lounge that's reopened after a 70-year hiatus. Here's the backstory, from Disney:
After a show, prestidigitators would gather to “conjure” up new cocktails, swap magic tips and tricks, and stay up all night attempting to “out-charm” each other with their extraordinary illusions. According to BoardWalk lore, it was on just such an evening that every single magician in the lounge vanished into thin air, and was never seen again...
Gives a new meaning to "blackout drinking," doesn't it? I'll be here all week. Tip your waitress.
Finally, Six Flags has signed a deal with its development partner Riverside Investment Group for a second theme park in China, this time near Chongqing. Six Flags' first theme park in China is now under construction for a planned 2019 opening in Haiyan, near Shanghai.
AbracadaBar sounds like a cheap rip-off of the Magic Castle. I don't know what the practicing magician population is in Orlando, but something tells me it's nowhere near what it is in LA or nearby Las Vegas. Without real practicing illusionists willing to participate, such a gimmick will never work. Disney can't just hire actors or cast members to fill the magician roles, they have to be the real deal with the ability to improvise, or this will be nothing more than the "Buy our Magic Kit" Show/Store at Islands of Adventure.
^ Both magic shops at Universal Orlando have left months ago. I think the only place with a real magic shop is in Old Town.
Efteling is amazing.
I get the sense from this line on the Disney Parks blog, that there won't be any magicians at all:
That backstory for the AbracadaBar is the lamest I've heard. A bit of Tower of Terror, correct? Maybe this is what happens when they cancel the Tower of Terror bar. Or this could be the long gestation of the cancelled David Copperfield's Magic Underground restaurant. They just couldn't leave the idea alone. The hard sell is there's no such thing as a magician's bar. Without magicians roaming the lounge, it will be lame.
The "magic bar" does sound lame, unless they build a lot of cool visual effects into it.
Imagine if they imagineered some effects onto the cast members or into the seating areas at AbracadaBar that are designed to appear as illusions. Some creative potential there!
Could you please write an article on the recent unexplained closure of Typhoon Lagoon's Shark Reef upside down submarine aquarium viewing area. Lifeguards have been trained to give a 'Disney answer' and say it's flooded since it's an upside down sub. This used to be open to guests but has now been blocked off for cast members only. Guests including myself used to be able to view the fish and sharks in this viewing area until recently. The fort at MK Tom Sawyer Island also used to be closed off until enough guests complained. I think the same can happen with this old viewing area if the same happens.
I love the backstory of the bar. It's just like WDw, all at once the magic was gone, the end...
Every time Disney announces something anymore, it seems like the "Negative Nellies" come out of the woodwork.
"Every time Disney announces something anymore, it seems like the "Negative Nellies" come out of the woodwork."
I think you folks are vastly overthinking the new bar. Nowhere does the press release say there will be magicians present or an immersive show. It is not a concept; it is a themed bar...nothing more. The Disney site says:
I just call it as I see it. With regards to many things, people are just very negative anymore.
It's a real shame nobody seems interested in the efteling news, this is a brand new dark ride at one of the world's most beautiful parks. The budget for the 2014 dlp ride ratatouille was 150 million euros. At a fraction of the price symbolica will be one of the worlds best dark rides.
We're just rehashing the concept. There's no need to be defensive about it. I think the concept is rather weird. If it's just an immersive bar, then no problem, but it goes beyond that with the backstory. Instead of just a magician's lounge, they suggest the mystical. Magic is nothing more than staging and sleigh of hand. Conjuring up drinks. Out charming each other with extraordinary tricks. Huh? Magicians knows how every trick works. You can't fool a magician and their tricks look pedestrian to each other or an experienced viewer. The backstory has them vanish into thin air. Magicians don't vanish. They hide behind a curtain or there's a trick door.
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