We’ll talk about THAT Thrillist article that has the theme park community in an uproar, plus hit news and rumors from Shanghai Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and Disneyland Resort!
Walt Disney World’s Express Transportation Gets A Price Hike
Earlier this year Walt Disney World announced a new service called Express Transportation. It’s essentially an up charge service that allows you to park hop without having to clear security and deal with turnstile lines at each park. When it was announced the service cost $15 per person for a single day, and $24 per person for multiple days.
This week, Disney announced that the prices are going up, full details here.
Shanghai Disneyland’s Pirates of the Carribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure Wins Industry Award
The wildly popular attraction at Shanghai Disneyland just won an award from the Visual Effects Society for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project. For more, check out our story and watch a POV video of the attraction here.
“Wishes” At The Magic Kingdom To Close
“Wishes,” the nighttime fireworks show that has been running at The Magic Kingdom for over a decade will close May 11th to make room for a new show. It’s replacement ‘Happily Ever After’ opens the next night.
Disneyland’s Village Haus To Be (Temporarily) Replaced By Beauty & The Beast Restaurant.
Disney Parks Blog reports that the Village Haus will be (temporarily) transformed into “Red Rose Taverne, a lively tavern with décor inspired by the beloved film (Beauty & The Beast).” Check out our story for a look at the menu!
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2017
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival returns to Epcot March 1 – May 29th. Gorgeous topiaries, flowers and horticulture from all over the world plus food, wine, and live music. Sounds like a blast, can’t wait to check it out on our next trip to Orlando in April.
Universal Filed Patents For Two New Ride Systems, One Has Us Thinking Mario Kart?
Biz Journals came across some patents filed by Universal that seem to hint at a new type of attraction for Volcano Bay, Universal’s Water/Theme Park that opens this summer, and another type of ride system that allows drifting? The drifting ride system looks a lot like Mario Kart to me, Philly agrees.
Is Disney Building A Gondola Style Transportation System In Florida?
WDWNT reports, “it seems that a Skyway-type gondola transportation system may be installed to transport guests between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (as well as a few resort hotels in between).” They have some great illustrations on their site.
THAT Thrillist Article
Thrillist released a scathing op-ed (the comments are GLORIOUS!) that took to task adult couples that like to vacation at Walt Disney World (and by definition Disneyland). The article was super insulting, and I just had to reply. What do you think?
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