Published: April 12, 2014 at 12:46 PMThe face projection is a nice idea; the AA's will have more expressive faces.
Published: April 12, 2014 at 12:57 PMThe lawsuit against Disney should be interesting. I am sure WDC company had an army of lawyers on this, ensuring compliance with the ADA. And from what I have heard, this version is more in line with the policies of other amusement parks. I will be interested in seeing how this turns out.
Published: April 12, 2014 at 1:54 PMI like the animated dwarf faces! It's a nice combination of old school and new technology. Of course, it's not completely different from the singing busts in the Haunted Mansion, but that was used for a different effect. Good idea!
Published: April 12, 2014 at 3:50 PMThanks for the update, Robert. Some interesting things happening in the theme park world these days. I am beginning to wonder if the Seven Dwarves Mine train might actually be the sleeper hit of the summer. It is certainly shaping up to be a whole lot more than a kiddie coaster in the dark. Kudos to Disney for keeping the old charm, but utilizing new technology in the process.
Why couldn't I have been one of the 600 Million who got to visit TDL/TDS? I now have 600 million more reasons to feel as though I have somehow failed the themed entertainment industry by not visiting what is considered to be the best themed resort in the world. Not to mention the fact that there are 600 million more people in this world of whom I am quite jealous.
Published: April 13, 2014 at 3:42 AMWOW thats is one amazing castle! The details, this is why I love Disney. Looks like the whole park will be magnificent. Cant belive they will build it/open it in such a short time too.
Published: April 13, 2014 at 7:57 AMthey should redo the little mermaid ride with this tech
Published: April 14, 2014 at 8:30 AMLove the projections on the dwarves! The more I see of it, the more I get excited about 7DMT! :) Holy Hannah, China is getting an awesome castle.
Published: April 14, 2014 at 8:48 AMI'm kind of pleased to see the barrage of criticism that has been levelled at 7DMT over the last couple of years gradually subsiding as the sheer quality of the attraction becomes apparent. This was never going to be up there with the big thrills, nor really was it ever going to compete with Mr Potter for scale and ambition, but it's looking like it's going to be an absolute, classic, quality Disney family attraction, the sort that will have kids squealing with delight and middle aged men like myself grinning from ear to ear. It exactly hits the Magic Kingdom's market and I think they have a winner here. And the best thing of all? It's not a 'virtual' attraction. It's in three glorious 'real' dimensions.
I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes the most popular attraction in the Magic Kingdom.
Published: April 14, 2014 at 12:13 PMNobody has mentioned this, but does anybody think that $35 is a steal? It sounds pretty cheap for what you get
Published: April 16, 2014 at 8:08 AM$35 seems a little pricey to me, especially since you're not getting any sort of exclusive seating for the show. You're essentially just paying for the food and drink and a reason to linger in the park while everyone clears out. During the F&W Festival, the regional lunches typically run in that $35-$60 range, but include actual entrees and service along with a full wine/beer/liquor pairing (sometimes "bottomless" depending upon the wait staff). I would be concerned that the "snacks" will get devoured within the first 15 minutes of the event, and late arrivers will end up with crumbs. More or less you're paying $35 for a flight of drinks (likely 3 or 4 third or quarter pours) and a few bites to eat, which seems like a steep price for 30-40 minutes. Guests would probably be better off if Disney just kept the locations open for an extra hour beyond Illuniations with a special bar menu and guests could order off the menu ala carte. You could probably get 2 full-sized drinks and a hot app for $35 at all of the locations.
Also, unless you're staying at a resort accessible through the International Gateway, you still have that long walk back to the front of the park.