Published: July 25, 2013 at 2:29 PMNORCAL REPRESENT!!!!!!!!!111111
Published: July 25, 2013 at 3:13 PMI haven't tracked back a solid source on the Imagination speculation, but I will remind everyone that Tony Baxter declared that pavilion "broken" in front of Eric Jacobson at IAAPA last November, and none of the Disney Legends or current or former Imagineers on the panel objected.
Published: July 25, 2013 at 4:50 PMThe only reliable source that has said something is Spirit on WDWMagic, but he's only said the pavillion will be down for a major refurbishment.
Published: July 25, 2013 at 6:46 PMHe was the first to say SS44 is becoming Transformers, so that's pretty credible.
Published: July 25, 2013 at 7:48 PMBased on your sound bites, it would seem Elitch's would be gaining a great advocate if they got their act together and hired you for PR.
Published: July 26, 2013 at 12:25 AMFYI Guys, Smiler at AT was back up & running on 10.30 Wednesday morning.
Published: July 26, 2013 at 2:43 AMThe Smiler at Alton Towers was rushed in opening and has been set with so many problems it is a joke. With queues of up to 4 hours you are lucky to actually get on it before it breaks down. I know they had to get it open for the summer season but almost daily break downs are not putting the park in a good light at the moment.
Published: July 26, 2013 at 7:54 AMI actually spoke with the PR people at the park to let them know what I had done and they seemed a little irritated that I took the initiative, since their policy was to keep quiet about the whole thing. I get the feeling that "let it go away on it's own" is a much used policy at Elitches.
Thanks for the fist bump, TH!
I'm surprised that there isn't more debate on BGT...that is the one that has me questioning what they are doing...
Published: July 26, 2013 at 2:14 PMJust to correct the comment about Alton Towers...
The Smiler has not been closed most days. It has had some 'running in' issues but not really many more than you would expect from any new coaster. The long lines to ride are typical of any new ride and not surprising for Alton Towers in the summer. Today there is a posting on Facebook reporting that the wait time has been just 30 minutes all day. And yet again no issues. It was open two days after the 'flying bolt' issue which appears to be heat-related. Rather than being a 'joke' The Smiler appears to have garnered very positive reviews, in some polls is now Alton Towers' best ride, and has performed pretty much as the management would want, (accepting that it opened late because of the delay in build tie, as a result of the extreme weather over winter....
Published: July 28, 2013 at 11:25 PMScreamscape said months ago that a new attraction was rumored to be coming to Epcot in 2015. It needs to go somewhere and the Imagination pavilion is as good as any. But how can Disney build a new attraction in less than two years? Obviously it will be a clone. My guess... you heard it here first:
Mystic Manor. Hopefully with Figment instead of the monkey.