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I Respond (as the private messenger): Apologies to YOUR "desire" but how exactly was the thread "hijacked"?
....and to think, just 25 posts ago there was a Kum By Ya moment shared between us TPI fans. Tsk, tsk... sad to see it end with a premature discussion close (NB, that tactic never works... trust me, I've tried it many times!).
Anyway, goodnight gang. Have a great weekend. Gonna be busy and out of TPI's radar for the next few days with Christmas activities, so try to get along like good theme park fans, please!
Disney and Universal Drool! Silver Dollar City ROOLZ!!!!! ;) Outlaw Run for best new ride of 2013, baby!!!
Oh, and this thread is just as immature as the final post on the other one. I'm sorry, but was this really necessary?
They sold off the room on the otherside of I Drive years ago that had room for the next two parks and another city walk complex.
Now most of that land is undeveloped so could be repurchased
The other question is what to do with Wet n Wild as the lease is rumored to be up soon
So where to build a world class water park to accent their theme parks
Another option is to incorporate/upgrade the existing hotels in the Kirkman and North I Drive area via partnerships and create as an option to increase the scope of their resort district
While I love what they are doing....there is an obvious challenge eventually with the lack of land
No, but neither was Carrot Top, and he exists anyway.
(Hopefully the world won't end)
*Rolls up sleeves
*Takes off gloves
So which part of the ring should I stand in for Disney in this fight?
I kid, so as Im typing this I totally forgot what the thread was about!
I feel that after the expansion of Fantasyland is complete I believe they will do one of two things or simultaneously:
The first is the expansion of a twelve country at EPCOT which I believe will be Brazil. EPCOT is really lacking in attractions but as Im thinking this through doesnt need that many because of the food and what not. People will still come to the park but it feel dull to me know especially during non-event times.
The second is the expansion and development of either "Lucas Land" or Pixar Place. It would be great for them to build the rumored Monsters Inc coaster and other stuff. Also with the Star Wars movies set to be released starting in 2015 I see no reason, financially of course, why they wouldnt want to capitilize on it.
Fun Fact: Tatooine Traders or Endor Vendors, what ever its name is, one of the most profitable stores on Disney property!
I know that James Cameron pulled Avatar away from Disney or was the other way around? But I know that it is not going to AK any time soon.
Not being in the loop with Universal I really cant comment on them. I can wishful think but it wont have any background knowledge and thoughtout details as I wish to have it. But I can try:
I like the expansion of HP Land. They can do so much more with the material.
Transformers will be great.
They need to change Marvel Superhero Island. Its just wrong that you're closets rival is making money off you! I would see what Warner Bros. is up to with its DC characters and see if you can get the rights to those because it would make the transiton easier or do something else.
This all assumes we survive the next couple of days! ;)
Were you really interested in continuing the discusssion about Universal or were you not finished posting Disney propaganda?
I don't take anything he posts seriously because it is all a thinly veiled attempt at trolling for a debate. It is rather pathetic when you think about it.
I respond: Well, you should talk. You're turning this into a discussion of musical instruments..talk about context! Oh, wait....never mind. :)
And, in the spirit of "telling it like it is", I believe the negative opinions of TH's motives are way off base, and also that personal attacks such as those posted above degrade both this site and the theme park enthusiast community in general. Better to try and get back to some level of amiability, gentlemen, in the spirit of Christmas-Just-Past if nothing else.
And Mike, I appreciate your attempts at levity throughout this discussion, they are much needed so far in this thread.
I used to ask people who worked at WDI if they ever introduced themselves as an "Imagineer" to people they did not know.
They'd always pause ... and smile. And then I'd respond: "You are such a dork!"
J. Rao, the haters are gonna hate. Whatever.
But as a guy being accused of posting Disney propaganda, I reference one of my first posts on the original thread ("I love Universal Orlando. The attractions are fantastic. Universal Creative deserves the highest praise.") as well as the post where I largely agree with the conclusion drawn by NB ("Universal Orlando's immediate plans are to add what will likely be a series of extraordinary attractions to its parks, but Disney won't lose any sleep over a slight drop in attendance, if any").
Anyways, happy holidays kids!
So, a priest, a rabbi, and Frankenstein's monster walk into a bar...
That was an interesting way to shoot for amiability, N B.
And yet, while I am inclined to appreciate his contribution, there are occasions where his perspective can be confusing. About a year ago he wrote: “I always welcome friendly debates on here.” And then on this thread, he backhands me a bit by claiming I am “trolling for a debate.”
But then I have contradicted myself on more than one (or maybe more than one hundred) occasions at TPI. I’ve little room to talk.
Anyway, cheers everyone. Wishing you all good health and great fortune in 2013.
I'm confused by just one thing. When did THC quit moonlighting for the Disney PR Dept.? ;)
All you guys are great! Hope everybody has a great new year, and may the theme park wars and arguments stay hot and heavy in 2013!
In a related story, theme park website proprietor Robert Niles is condo shopping on Maui.
Stay tuned ...
That is 100% accurate.
The truth is, not one post in this thread is actually on topic, including my own.
So..... how about that Gringotts coaster......
N B, you are more in the know than I when it comes to the Universal Studios expansion... please allay my concerns!
I know this doesn't have anything to do with the topic title but Universal is doing so much now that it's hard to know where to start.
@TH, It's a mad house! A mad house!
A Star Wars roller coaster t-shirt and 10 disc WWE gift set.
The only thing you lacked was a gift card to Waffle House!
Biscuits and mustard...
Biscuits and mustard? I don't even put mustard on HOT DOGS!!
I was thinking the same thing. The rehash of the original thread seems to be pointless. Let's talk about all the upcoming rides that Disney is adding to thier parks in 2013 instead.
(tumbleweed rolls through..... crickets chirping)
Instead, here are 13 reasons to visit Disney in 2013 (credit goes to disneyparks.disney.go.com)
1.Splitsville Luxury Lanes opened at Downtown Disney exactly two weeks ago on December 19. No doubt this new location will be a big draw for guests of all ages who love to bowl, dance, play pool and dine. - a bowling alley
2.Another recent debut is the Monsieur Paul restaurant in the France pavilion at Epcot. The restaurant now features a new menu created by Chef Francesco Santin. - food.
3.Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort just debuted to guests. I don’t know about you, but I hope to hit up this newly reimagined location for a facial or massage in the coming year. - people with disposable income
4.As Disney Parks Blog Author Tom Smith mentioned earlier, we’ll have a lot of fun surprises to look forward to in 2013 with Limited Time Magic. - limited and fun should not be in the same sentence
5.The Atlanta Braves will return to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for spring training, which means a chance to attend fun preseason games beginning February 22 against the Detroit Tigers. - OK
6.Characters from “Doc McStuffins” and “Sofia the First” will be added into the “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on February 15. - awesome
7.The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, its fun topiaries, and the Flower Power Concert Series will return for some spring fun March 6. As we previously shared, this year’s festival will also whisk guests back to the land of Oz. - cool, I guess
8.We’ve marked some milestone anniversaries at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot in the last two years. This spring, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate its 15th year. - visit in 2013 because the Earth has orbited the sun 15 times
9.My fellow blog author Darrell Fry just announced that the Drew Brees Passing Academy and Tournament will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, June 27-30. Sounds like an amazing opportunity for football fans! - sounds great for young girls
10.A newly updated California Grill will debut at Disney’s Contemporary Resort this summer (date TBA). In addition to decor, Chef Brian Piasecki is also tweaking the menu, which will continue to focus on fresh, seasonal creations. - more food
11.The 31st Night of Joy returns to Magic Kingdom Park September 6-7, this year featuring Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith as the main acts. - live performers.... OK
12.Last fall, we shared the news that an interactive queue is coming to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park. Should be interesting to see exactly what materializes at this attraction in 2013. - let's hold up the lines so people can play while they wait and all the people waiting to move forward can give them dirty looks.
13.Princess Fairytale Hall, another new addition to Magic Kingdom Park, will open in New Fantasyland in 2013 (exact date TBA). This will be the new home for Disney princesses to meet their loyal subjects in the Magic Kingdom Park. To open in the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland, the regal space will provide the perfect setting for meeting Cinderella, and Aurora and the other Disney princesses. - meet & greet... are those free?
Which event or new offering are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the “comments” section below. - not a lot to get excited about, so, none of the above.
Antartica is coming to SeaWorld in 2013 (major new ride attraction).
Transformers (clone of the Singapore/Hollywood attraction) is coming to USF in 2013, as well as a midway retheme of the Simpsons area (carnival attractions and food).
Orlando is definitely getting some newness in 2013, however I will assert that the hybrid/wooden coaster Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, with its multiple inversions and unrivaled 81 degree first drop, is going to be the best new attraction of 2013. If not Outlaw Run, then perhaps Full Throttle at Magic Mountain in California? Time to look outside of Orlando, folks... there are some pretty cool, BIG BOY rides being added across the nation. When it is time to vote for best NEW attraction of 2013 (Transformers - a clone - shouldn't be on the list) will the Orlando centric voters hang their hats on Antarctica... or will something outside of Disney/Universal take the cake? Interesting....
Your right though it is a clone of one of the best rides in the world !!! so Im looking forward to hopefully catching a pre opening test when I get to Orlando in May.
Im not quite as much looking forward to the Little Mermaid Clone of a clone at Disney though ;)Not of course that Disney would ever Clone a ride!!!. TOT,RNR,Cars,BTM,Splash Mountain,Space Mountain,Lights Motors Action,Its a small world,Pirates,Star Tours,everything even the Tea Cups are cloned at every Disney park, Lord even Dumbo has been cloned and split into two in DisneyWorld itself now thats a bad trend to start !!!
Still Antartica should be cool(bad pun intended)
More importantly, MiceAge.com is reporting Universal is nearing completion of a deal that would give them the rights to produce attractions based on the Lord of the Rings!!! Middle Earth, here we come!!!!!
Interestingly enough, apparently JK Rowling was instrumental in Universal landing the deal.
This acquisition excites me far more than Harry Potter!!! LOTR FTW!!!
Anyway, speaking of the kiddies, it is nice to see you like some of the adult thrill rides too, not just the tweener stuff found at Universal....
NB finds his inner comedian (one of the best tongue-in-cheek slams of Disney's additions to the parks I've ever seen).
Mike doesn't like mustard but he likes cake (how about donuts?).
James Rao/Rio/Reo "Speedwagon" continues to moonlight for the Silver Dollar City PR department while managing to poo-poo Cedar Point and Universal in the process (haven't seen a Six Flags rox! Cedar Point sux! flame war in a while).
Todd Donahue defines for us what poop is and where it comes from. (Somehow, I think I could gotten by without that tidbit of knowledge.)
I think TH Creative is sitting somewhere in Orlando with a satisfied look on his face while he plots his next "I Respond" message since he is the one to continue this madhouse menagerie from a previous thread.
Best of all, I find out that LOTR may be coming to the Universal parks one day. :))!!!
And, 1-4-3 to Kevin Cronin and Gary Richrath whose band folks keep attributing to my name! Who would have thought three little letters would cause folks such consternation? R-A-O, people! Jeez!
(And that was "consternation", Tobd, not..uh...you know...uh...something else).
However, I gotta admit, I did love your comment on the Muppets. Hate them talking socks!
PS I prefer Cedar Fair to Six Flags, too, but you can't deny that Magic Mountain is the coaster capital of the world. (I hate writing that...)
I must have missed the memo...
And Hi, Robert!!
Mr. Niles, on behalf of Todb Doctorwho, I apologize.
TH, are you preparing part 3?
Jumping on the Sixflags Vs. Cedar Fair part, Six flags has created far better themed rides (though I've yet to make it to Knotts), just as thrilling coasters, and a crazy bald man.
Andrew, I'll take you up on your offer. Send it to 5634 Winding River Drive, Atlanta, GA.
In the Oxford English Dicition's next edition, they need to inlcude the following: "Universal Expansion-n.-aimless discussion involving off topic references that somehow relate to theme parks; often humorous."
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