Melanie Howe

Published: May 7, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I don't see alcohol promoters and college-aged barflies going for a change from Cinco de Mayo.... Yelling Quince Seis de Septiembre at the top of your tequila-pickled lungs is just too hard. And it's way too long to print on signs and promotional flyers :-)

Got a kick out of your report on Disney's Florida legislative success. You've got a great handle on how things work in our poor state :-P

Published: May 7, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Jeff, I SO hope you are right about the re-opening date for Calico Mine Ride at Knott's Berry Farm. A while back they changed the completion date on their website from June 13, 2014 to "Summer 2014" so I thought that meant I was probably going to miss it, because our Knott's day is scheduled for June 17th. If you're right and they do reopen on June 14th, we'll get to ride it. That would be very cool! Crossing fingers.

Robert Niles

Published: May 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

June 14 is the official date for the Knott's reopenings. (We reported that last weekend on the Insider's Update, too.)
James Rao

Published: May 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Very funny stuff, Jeff. You get an A+ just for repeatedly making fun of the French!!

Am I the only one getting more and more underwhelmed with Falcon's Fury as each new video is released? And now this....another troubled Busch drop tower project. Ouch.

Published: May 7, 2014 at 9:38 PM

...a nintendo theme park.

super mario. the legend of zelda. metroid. kirby.
oh my god pokemon.

why are we not funding this?!?!

Tim Hillman

Published: May 8, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Great article, Jeff!

I wonder if the opening scroll for the next Star Wars movie will look something like this:

A short time ago, in lands near and far away....

It is a period of unprecedented construction in the theme park industry.

Universal/Comcast theme parks, employing the magic of the boy wizard,

conjure up a huge wad of cash and using the money to re-make themselves,

win their first victory against the Sith beancounters of the Disney Empire.

During the battle, rebel Imagineers defected to Universal and built IOA

and transformed USF and USH while Disney’s best ideas went to Asia and

Europe, and it is rumored that the ultimate franchise, Star Wars, beloved around

the world, will be first built in mainland China instead of the United States.

Realizing that not everybody who goes to theme parks pushes a stroller

and wants to ride in a boat or an omnimover, CEO Robert Iger summons

Jedi Imagineers Scott Trowbridge and Tom Fizgerald to Orlando

via the Disney corporate jet in an attempt to revive the moribund Florida theme

parks and restore respectability to Disney World.

…… but will the dark side triumph?

The saga continues……

Gabriel Schroll

Published: May 8, 2014 at 7:09 AM

I have to give it up to Universal. With that set that Al Roker was walking through in the video, I think they've really put in some effort to recreate Gringott's Bank. Seriously, that looks to be really well done, and I'm very impressed!

Anon Mouse

Published: May 8, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Universal and NBC have a collaboration. No different than Disney and ABC. ABC is such a tool of Disney. Did you see the many product placements to benefit Disney? Dancing With The Stars had a Disney night. It was ridiculous, but fun, nonetheless.

Published: May 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

The goblins in the Gringotts Bank looked amazingly real. The Al Roker did not.
Rob Pastor

Published: May 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Tim: Sooooo funny. Great satire.
Tim Hillman

Published: May 8, 2014 at 10:38 AM

It's Jeff's fault! His column brings out the worst in me! (Actually it's the residual effects of the heat stroke I suffered last Sunday from the lack of shade in New Fantasyland while I stood outside the SDMT and pretended to look like a likely candidate for a soft opening ride.) ;^)

Published: May 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Not to mention EVERY single show aired on ABC has an episode where they go to Disney.... Just waiting for the Grey's Anatomy - Disney Edition. Surprised they didn't work it into Lost as well.