News update: New ending for Paris' Thunder, plus 'Pets' on parade at Universal
December 20, 2016, 1:20 AM ·
Let's catch up with some theme park news that I didn't get the chance to post while I was flying for 16 hours from Dubai back to Los Angeles. (Hey, I flew over the north pole! I looked for Santa, but I guess he didn't pay his power bill, because everything was very, very dark up there.)
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has reopened at Disneyland Paris, after a lengthy refurbishment that allowed Disney to install the "explosive" finale first used at Disneyland in Anaheim. Those with long memories might recall that five guests were injured in 2011 when rockwork from Thunder's "C" lift fell on one of the trains. Disney shut down the earthquake sequence on Thunder's final lift after that, leaving a fairly static show finale for the ride. But the new sequence, which uses projection mapping, lighting and fog effects, provides an even more visually exciting climax for the "wildest ride in the wilderness." Here's a look from Disney at what its Imagineers did on the ride:
Universal Studios Florida has added The Secret Life of Pets to Universal’s Superstar Parade, which runs daily in the park. The new unit includes a Central Park float for the main characters from last summer's Illumination Entertainment animated hit, as well as a crew of parkour gymnasts running around the float.
Across the country at Universal Studios Hollywood, the park released a promo video showing The Grinch picking up some extra Who-liday cash by subbing as a Studio Tour guide.
Grinchmas runs at the park through Jan. 1, though the Grinch stealing the tour bus appears to have been a one-shot deal. But hey, ya never know.