Skip to main content

Ears the News with Richard

Disney has finally confirmed two things we have known for some time. Soarin is getting a third theater and Toy Story Midway Mania will be getting a third track. Opening dates are still a little fuzzy, but Disney has given us the ambiguous “late 2016” for and opening date for both Toy Story and  Soarin. Disney has also revealed that Soarin will be receiving both screen and projector updates.

The smoking location near to Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom has been removed.
Starting February 27 2015, there will only be four available smoking locations. Near Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland, near the entrance to Adventureland, and two on the walkway between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland (one near Storybook Circus, and the other closer to Tomorrowland).

The changes will be reflected on new park maps.

 Disney introducing photo identification for guests that frequently fail biometric authentication at the turnstiles.

Currently in testing at Disney's Animal Kingdom, the process involves those guests that are not able to successfully authenticate with the biometric fingerprint reader visiting guest relations to setup a photo ID. At guest relations, their identity is verified, and a photograph taken, which is then electronically associated with the My Disney Experience profile for that guest.

Once setup, the additional enrollment allows the Cast Member at the turnstiles to see a digital photograph of the guest, and to then manually verify the identity of the guest based on that photograph without requiring a successful fingerprint read.

If the testing process successful, the new system should make for a more convenient entry process for those guests that frequently encounter problems with the fingerprint reader, and preventing the need to show ID.


Disney's Hollywood Studios will once again host a special ticketed merchandise event to kick of Star Wars Weekends.

Taking place on Thursday May 14 2015 from 10am to 3pm, 'Galactic Gathering' will give guests the first opportunity to purchase new products created especially for Star Wars Weekends. Guests who attend this event will also have the opportunity to meet Disney characters, Disney Design Group Artists and Ashley Eckstein from Her Universe.
Tickets to this event are $250 per guest (theme park admission is not included but required to participate in this event).
Packages for the Galactic Gathering will include the following:
     ‘Rebel’ or ‘Empire’ retail MagicBand (Guests can choose their side when registering online) - Exclusive to attendees.
Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog
     Commemorative trading pin  - Exclusive to attendees.
     Darth’s Mall Light Speed Pass which gives expedited entry into Darth’s Mall for all five weekends  - Exclusive to attendees.
     First opportunity to pre-purchase select merchandise including personalized Aurebesh nametags, D-Tech phone cases, Dooney & Bourke handbags, Galactic Gathering Disney Gift card, retail MagicBands, limited edition pins and Vinylmation.
     First opportunity to purchase the new designs of Star Wars-themed Disney Gift Cards.
     Han Solo-inspired popcorn bucket with popcorn.
 Registration will begin on March 4 at 1pm Eastern on http://www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com


The Magic Kingdom's Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid reopened this week  following a 4 week refurbishment.

Improvements have been made throughout the attraction, including more sea creature figures throughout some of the more sparse scenes and new improved lighting.

Early criticism of the ride, which opened in October 2012, was aimed at the high levels of light that were used throughout the show scenes, in particular the large central "under the sea" scene. Much of the ceiling was visible, exposing utility piping and fixtures. The new lighting scheme is closer to the existing Fantasyland rides, using a combination of regular lighting and black light. The change is subtle, but improves the appearance of the scene.

Some of the figures also now include real hair, instead of the solid plastic look. The "kiss the girl" scene in particular is improved.





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Ears the News: September 27, 2019 Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com The 6 mile long Disney Skyliner opens at the end of the month in Walt Disney World, and we are now starting to hear confirmation of some of the operational details. As expected, lightning will be addressed by the Skyliner system closing when lightning is forecast. The system does feature lightning protection, but Disney will obviously be keeping guests out of the sky during bad weather. Bus service will be available during weather closure of the Skyliner. Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com Disney Skyliner is able to carry 10 guests per cabin, and guests may also travel with strollers, wheelchairs and service animals. There are five stations in total covering the 3 lines - at Caribbean Beach, Pop Century/Art of Animation, Disney Riviera Resort, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot International Gateway. Caribbean Beach is the main gateway and you will transfer there to each

Ears the News: February 7, 2020 Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at  WDWMagic.com Walt Disney World will host its first esports event with the 2020 Walt Disney World EGF High School National Championship at ESPN Wide World of Sports.  Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com   In collaboration with the Electronic Gaming Federation (EGF), the event will take place June 12 - 14 at The Arena, bringing together top talent from across the country. Games included in the event will be Overwatch, Rocket League and Super Smash Bros. “At ESPN Wide World of Sports, we strive to make dreams come true for competitors and fans from many different sports,” said Faron Kelley, vice president, Disney Sports. “We look forward to adding our first high school esports tournament to this list and are proud to work with EGF, a leader in esports youth events.” Disney shared a new video with a look inside Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway as training gets underway for the attract

FastPass+ Step by Step Guide

Over the years, Disney has been testing and implementing many changes around Walt Disney World.  Technology that was once thought to be available only to the Jetsons is now in place all around property, making the guest experience even more seamless and enjoyable than it was before. MyMagic+ is continually improving with the addition of new features. Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog Your entire vacation experience is now linked to waterproof, durable wrist bands called MagicBands. These have the same functions as the old Key to the World cards, and more. These will serve as your room key and park tickets, and store information for Memory Maker, dining plans, and FastPass+. FastPass+ enhances the previous FastPass system and takes it to a whole new level. Before, FastPass was a tool to help guests avoid standing in lines for certain attractions throughout the day, by issuing a paper pass with a return time equal to the amount of time you would have stood in line with the current