The world's newest Bolliger & Mabillard Dive Coaster, Baron 1898 debuted this morning at Efteling in The Netherlands.
Efteling is well known for its superbly themed attractions, and the park has given Baron 1898 what might be the most extensive theming ever on a B&M coaster, with detailed, period-accurate decoration and an in-queue animatronic host.
You can watch a replay of Efteling's livestream of this morning's opening ceremony (in Dutch), which includes views of the building and animatronic as well as POV and reserve POV of the first ride:
And here is the park's official on-ride POV video for Baron 1898:
Another day, another attraction closing at the Walt Disney World Resort.
One day after confirming the closure of the Magic of Disney Animation pavilion at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney World today confirmed that DisneyQuest in Downtown Disney's West Side will close by next year.
The last of a planned chain of Disney-themed interactive virtual reality arcades, Orlando's DisneyQuest will close to make way for the previously announced NBA Experience restaurant and attraction that will open in the refurbished and rebranded Disney Springs shopping and dining area at the resort. The NBA City restaurant at Universal Orlando's CityWalk will close in August.
The Walt Disney World Resort today confirmed that it will close the Magic of Disney Animation pavilion at Disney's Hollywood Studios next month.
One of the original attractions at what opened in 1989 as the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park, the animation pavilion used to be a working production facility where visitors could watch Disney animators creating feature-length films. The Florida studio worked on Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear before Disney closed it in 2004. The original tour of the animation facility began with the short film "Back to Neverland," starring Walter Cronkite and Robin Williams, who showed audiences just some of what made Disney animation so magical for audiences.
After the animation studio closed, Disney converted the facility into the current exhibition hall, which included a 10-minute animation demonstration, character meet and greets, and the Animation Academy studio, where visitors could learn how to draw a Disney character, which they could take home as a free souvenir.
Last year, Disney closed the last remnants of the Studios' Backlot Tour which, along with the animation pavilion, provided much of the entertainment in the park's first years. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed earlier this year that the studios park would be getting another name change, although Disney has not yet revealed what that will be.
Disney's been sitting on a variety of plans to substantially transform the studios theme park, including designs for a Star Wars-themed land as well as proposals for a copy of the Toy Story Playland from Hong Kong Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios Paris and a copy of Disney California Adventure's Cars Land. Disney has yet to announce any major plans for the park, however.
The animation pavilion's last day will be July 12.