Sunday, December 26, 2010

Haunted Mansion Refurb

I know this is a bit older as a rumor, but i was wondering what the thoughts are on the refurbishment on the Haunted Mansion queue area. From what I hear it is an interactive refurb adding more elements, or different elements to the graveyard outside, as well as making it more wheelchair accessible. Personally I think this is major mistake. Obviously the accessibility is important and needed, pleas do not misunderstand me. But this idea of making this queue interactive and changing some classic effects like the Imagineer tombstones outside the entrance is completely and utterly misguided.

First of all, how long is the line there really to begin with? most times you walk right into the parlor scene anyway. Also, why change something that has been there since day one? I fear some of the upper management at Disney Parks may not be for nostalgia and thus want to see the parks "updated." Part of the Disney draw is that it is different, but it still makes you feel the way you did when you were a child. Somethings will never change and people love that about WDW. I fear this is the beginning of the change of the classic aspects of the parks.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mickey's Toontown Fair to officially close

Mickey's Toontown Fair... err... I mean Mickey's Starland... ummm... no wait.... Mickey's Birthdayland... oh whatever Disney calls it these days will call it quits. On February 11, 2011 the section once known by all of these monikers will close in preparation for its merge into the new Fantasland Expansion. Wondering what will be added in this area since the Pixie Hollow idea was scraped? So does many people, myself included. what is known is that Goofy's Barnstormer will remain, though it is still unknown what change in theming will be used. It was once thought to be a themed to deal with clowns when Dumbo the Flying Elephant was definitely getting moved there. But as of now anything is fair game I guess.

Friday, December 3, 2010

3PO driving the Starspeeder 1000

Sounds as though our well known friend C-3PO will be the pilot of the Starspeeder 1000 when the new Star Tours takes off in March of 2011. It was announced by Disneyparks blog after Anthony Daniels kind of made the slip. oops...! Apparently the new AC series droid (Ace as he is now known as) who is supposed to be the pilot of the trip becomes delayed or lost at some point, and 3PO becomes our pilot. The plot line is unknown right now but I wonder if this is going to fill in the plot hole from A New Hope in which 3PO states, "I just remembered why i hate space travel."

we shall see...!