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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by TonyD, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. Aaron Silverman

    Aaron Silverman Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure you guys will skip the cookies and just dance all night at Downtown Disney! You'll be sleeping it off all day. :)

    The Little Mermaid stage show in (I think) Disney Hollywood Studios is pretty cool. Is the new ride something different, or did they move it?
     
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    I still remember steering the wheel like crazy, thinking I was controlling the car. Thus, I could not cover my ears when it came to the train noise, followed by the hell scene.
     
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    Matt Hough's review of the Little Mermaid Blu reveals this nugget in the bonus features:
    I'm sure this won't be much...but it will be interesting to see even a little glimpse before we get down there.
     
  4. TonyD

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    We went over to Disney this past Monday but a monsoon came through so we went home before doing anything.We did have a chance to compare Main Street to Universal and thought that Disney seems cluttered and tight compared to walking around and finding attractions in Universal.
     
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    That was mostly the hype--
    Every time Disney builds something, the so-called "Armchair Imagineer" fan community thinks "It's an E-ride! It's the next Space Mountain Everest!"
    No, it isn't...One of my best times with the niece/nephew was seeing Belle do her audience-participation show at the Rose Garden next to the castle (partly because I considered myself an authority on Magic Kingdom geography, and didn't even know that Garden had anyone in it at the time)--And when that was moved out to make room for Rapunzel and Merida to get their turn at marketing, I heard the description for Belle's new attraction and knew right away what it was.
    I considered myself as having the advantage that way--It's good for what it is, but what you "expect" is your problem.

    I remember the very first trip as a kid--back when it didn't have the "Scary" warning--seeing "Oh, a Snow White ride, how cute!" and getting a speedy ghost-train ride where the Witch leaped out at you. Even with the warning and now less-scary "plot" ride, always thought it seemed like a mean trick--Now, at least, we're getting the "plot" ride built without the nasty stuff.

    As for the Princess Hall, they got that from the Disney Moms, and what they found out is that there's so much hype on the "Meet the princesses!" breakfasts and the real character meets were so hidden away (meet Cinderella at Mickey's County Fair??), some moms LITERALLY didn't know you could meet human characters outside of the Breakfasts--Which were already so cutthroat among the fans to grab reservations, much of the reservation system had to be changed after one deranged group of uber-fans was caught scalping reservations online.
    Hopefully, they've learned the value of saying "Here! The free characters are over HERE!" in their marketing, and that should take some of the crowds out of the castle restaurants....Geez, I miss the old Epcot Norway restaurant. :(
     
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    To be honest, I was not sure what to expect. All I knew, that it could not be a stage show, otherwise, it would be a copycat of the one in Hollywood Studios.
    Oh I definitely remember the more scarier and darker version of the ride, where it just seemed like the evil Queen keep finding ways to pop up and kill you. Snow White was nowhere to be found, and the dwarfs only appear at the end. I thought it was a lot more scarier than Haunted Mansion. I could not stop thinking about it for a while. And I think I recall seeing the warning on the park map for Mr. Toad, but not for Snow White (or Haunted Mansion, for that matter). I have to see if I still have that old park map from the 80's, just to make sure.
     
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    I am pretty sure that I went on that Snow White ride as a kid, but I don't remember it. I do remember Mr. Toad, though. What a loss.

    Last time I went on the Haunted Mansion (this past spring), which was the first time in decades, I was really impressed at how cool it was. I feel like they must've updated it at some point.
     
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    Just within the past couple of years.

    And, there IS a tombstone for Mr. Toad at the WDW version of the Haunted Mansion. It was erected after the ride was shuttered.
     
  10. TonyD

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    We did some Disney today.Went to Magic Kingdom..Made it onto Space Mountain, my first time in that. Loved it.Did the stitch thing, pretty lame for everything that is in there as far as production.Went through haunted Mansion. We did that one 13 years ago on our honeymoon but don't remember what we thought, today, zzzzzzzzzzz.It didn't help that after we were herded out of the growing room along with at least six other "rooms" there was a clog getting onto the carts.So about seven rooms of people were jammed into the walkway to the carts and each time they jammed another room in they kept telling everyone to move up.There was no were to go.Two other rides today shutdown and jammed up.After we left HM we checked the app and saw it was closed.Walking past Splash Mountain we saw the cars all lined up under the slash drop, then the turned the water off completely.So that was shut down.Pirates of the Caribbean had five or six cars jammed up at the exit soall the boats were smacking into the one in front of it coming to the end of the ride.We did get pics with a few characters.Did Goofy and Donald in there building.Took pics of Minnie.Rode Dumbo , which actually was really lame because it was about 1 minute or less and the control knob was broken.We had one when I was a kid on the Wildwood boardwalk in south jersey that was great.Last week we went over to Hollywood Disney to see the light show for the second time. And had pictures taken with Lightning McQueen and 'Mater.Btw if you collect Cars and Star Wars, there is a set of about 6 Cars,cars that are Star wars characters, there is a Luke and a Darth Vader a Yoda and a few other.We will be headed back Friday night for the very expensive, in my opinion Christmas special. Although I hear it is fabulous I think $70 plus is way too much for one night and a few hours. Oh we'll.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZOfYZNkV_A&sns=em
     
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    And since Mike didn't get to meet "Talking Mickey" I made a short video that I posted.I think it was neat but maybe a tad creepy.He tries to joke around and literally tells jokes but the kids just really didn't understand even the simple jokes Mickey was telling.
     
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    Very nice Tony! Peg and I both just watched the video together. It IS just a little creepy...but, OTOH, pretty well done, too.

    Great pix, too.

    This was our favorite character to meet this trip: Dug from Pixar's Up!

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    Are those the die-casts that are slightly larger than Hot Wheels that they've been selling for years (although the Star Wars characters are new)? Or some crossover with Lightning McQueen "Cars?" Or something else?
     
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    Aaron these are the regular Cars from the movie Cars that are just like Hot Wheels but are better quality and usually around $4 in Target.

    I believe these are Disney exclusives

    These particular Cars are based on SW characters and are the same size as the regualr Cars.

    The only one I havent seen is the Vader car. 10 bucks each but I saw at least one kiosk selling them 3 for 18.
     
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    Very cool. (And bigger than Hot Wheels.) Good thing we didn't see those a couple of years ago or I'd have been forced to buy them all. :)
     

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