One of my most favorite attractions at Walt Disney World, and especially at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, is Space Mountain. It was the first “big” roller coaster I ever went on and, as a 12-year-old, it was very exciting.
It wasn’t until years (decades, really) later that I learned about the history and evolution of Space Mountain. The original concept and various design changes back in the 60s. How it was supposed to open at DL but wound up being delayed and then opening at WDW first, followed by an opening at DL a couple of years later. Why/how the scenes you go past on WDW’s exit came to be. Lots of other stuff, like this…
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It’s a timeless question: if you had never been to a Disney park before and could go to any of the six Disney resorts around the world, which one should you pick?
The answer to this question will very much be up to the individual person and what kind of vacation (s)he is looking for. However, the reasons behind that decision are as varied as the amount of rides, shows and attractions each of the resorts have to offer.
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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened at Walt Disney World’s Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) in 1994. The attraction was inspired by the old The Twilight Zone TV series and takes place in the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel in Hollywood, California.
The attraction uses a variety of special effects, as well as a thrill/fall aspect that makes the ride fun, exciting, and, even 25 years after it opened, popular. In fact, the attraction proved to be so well-liked that similar versions were built at Disneyland’s Disney California Adventure (2004), Tokyo Disneyland’s Tokyo DisneySea (2006) and Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios park (2007).
^^^ L to R: Walt Disney World, Disneyland (before it was reimagined as the Guardians of The Galaxy attraction), Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris)
When the TZTOT originally opened at WDW, it used what was then state-of-the-art technology. Although technology has improved a bajillionfold in the past 25 years, learning how the ride works – loading, the ghosts, the breaking window, the star field, the fifth dimension, and the elevator ride itself, is still pretty interesting, and a fun look at how a Disney attraction operates.
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If you’re a Disney fan, there’s potentially a big problem when you read the various Disney blogs out there that claim to deliver “news” – they don’t always do that. Some blogs repeat stuff that a Disney bus driver’s second cousin’s best friend mentioned. Others allude that things are happening but never outright say they are. And yet others just make crap up.
The Walt Disney Company has usually been very closed-lipped about what’s said on those so-called “viral” Disney sites but in a change of the status quo in recent weeks, they squelched two rumors that had been spread by what they described as an “unscrupulous source.” The first rumor was about The Enchanted Tiki Room closing (spoiler: it’s not closing) and the other one was about the Country Bear Jamboree
That post got me thinking about this iconic attraction and its rich history in Disney parks. And boy, does it have history! Take a look…
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Claiming a show is the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) is a bold statement to make but I’m very confident about my position on this one. The show I’m talking about forever changed my viewpoint about what a theme park show could be. It wasn’t just a good theme park show or a good Disney character show. This is just an amazingly enjoyable show featuring talented musicians, dancers and vocalists, some of whom just happen to be Disney characters.
What show am I talking about? I’ll give you a hint. It’s not at a U.S Disney park.
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