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Just announced for HHN, two scare zones for Orlando: Revenge of Chucky and Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Did not see that second one coming AT ALL.
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oh wow...KKfOS would make for a really fun zone. I'm so ready for this.
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We're in a drought when it comes to Universal Hollywood HHN announcements. I think we might hear something in July. Maybe.
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Here's an excellent tribute to the attraction that was once my favorite ride on the planet, and the ride which turned me into a Universal Studios Florida fan: KONGFRONTATION...


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YEAH---KILLER KLOWNS! I will definitely hit that one.
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So, Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios officially opened today. Despite the two new rides having relatively low capacity, I think the land looks good for what it is (read: not on the same level of ambition as something like last year's Pandora, or the two Harry Potter lands at Universal). There seems to be a lot of very nice detail and theme work throughout, and the rides are apparently fun. Based on some videos and photos, the land also looks tremendous at night.

Crowds in the land will probably be a total madhouse until Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens there late next year.
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The Slinky Dog coaster was at a 300 minute wait yesterday.
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That's what happens when you build a low-capacity coaster and hype the land up like it's the next Pandora or Carsland.

A plus side is that Tower of Terror, RNRC, and Star Tours essentially became walk-ons.
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Well and add to that the "IF I DON'T SEE IT FIRST I'M GONNA DIE" mentality some people have. It's gonna be the same ride in November when it's not as stupid busy.

I did hear they were letting in 10 standby riders for every 100 FastPass riders, so that's part of the problem too. And why I hate things like FastPass and Express.
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I am not a fan of FastPass, either. Certainly not in its current form at WDW, anyway. Nobody should have to be planning out their day down to the hour and minute 60 days in advance.
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Unfortunately, FastPass and other virtual queue methods are the wave of the future. People standing in line aren't spending money.
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We always stay on-site at Universal to get the FastPass privilege. It took me all day to figure out how in the hell WDW was trying to do it. Six Flags was stupid too. You had to carry around this thing that looked like an over-sized stopwatch and "check in" to the line and it would ping you when your turn came up. It was odd.
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Tonight, Universal Studios Florida debuted their new nighttime water show, "Universal's Cinematic Celebration," sans supposedly significant pyro effects that will eventually come online.

There are videos of it out there, and it looks quite impressive on a technical level. Massive fountains, water screens, projection mapping on surrounding buildings... it's good stuff.

The actual content of the show left me cold (aside from E.T., there is zero presence of any classic Universal properties like JAWS, BACK TO THE FUTURE, the Universal Monsters, or the Hitchcock library), but I knew that was going to be the case. I expect the general public will enjoy it, however.
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Martin Smith's excellent "Ultimate Tribute" series continues, this time with an extensive look at Epcot's Living Seas pavilion, from its earliest design iterations up through its evolution over the years...



The Living Seas was one of my favorite pavilions growing up, so this hit some major nostalgia buttons for me.

Though really, anything having to do with pre-2000s Epcot will hit major nostalgia buttons for me.
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There is a fresh rumor making the rounds this morning about Disney finally deciding to fix the Yeti on Expedition Everest...

https://wdwnt.com/2018/07/breaking-exped...l-kingdom/

To be taken with a huge grain of salt, of course.  I'll believe it when we see it.  I had heard from insiders that a plan existed to fix the Yeti that would not have to involve months of downtime, but that doesn't line up with the rumor being reported above.
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As long as they don't shut it down before my trip there in September. That coaster was pretty much the only reason (well, and the safari) to go to AK in the first place, and I'm unconvinced that Pandora will suitably replace it.
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Broken Yeti is my new band name.
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(07-09-2018, 12:38 PM)Judas Booth Wrote: As long as they don't shut it down before my trip there in September. That coaster was pretty much the only reason (well, and the safari) to go to AK in the first place, and I'm unconvinced that Pandora will suitably replace it.

I would guess - if a refurb is happening - they take it down after the holiday rush. If it's going to be multiple months worth of work, I can't see them wanting to operate Animal Kingdom during Thanksgiving and Christmas without it being functional.
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(07-09-2018, 12:34 PM)Belloq87 Wrote: There is a fresh rumor making the rounds this morning about Disney finally deciding to fix the Yeti on Expedition Everest...

https://wdwnt.com/2018/07/breaking-exped...l-kingdom/

To be taken with a huge grain of salt, of course.  I'll believe it when we see it.  I had heard from insiders that a plan existed to fix the Yeti that would not have to involve months of downtime, but that doesn't line up with the rumor being reported above.

WHAT??!!?!?!?  Really?  

Heading down there again, if so. Good excuse.
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Nothing official from the company yet, however.
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(07-13-2018, 04:59 PM)Belloq87 Wrote: Nothing official from the company yet, however.

Dammit.
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For those in the know, how unionized are park employees? And will this apply to WDW as well? 10,000 seems like a big number but also a small one.

https://money.cnn.com/2018/07/27/news/co...urce=twCNN
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Sounds like that's only for Disneyland to preemptively start to comply with coming mandates from the state in terms of minimum wage.

As for the extent of unionization, I've never seen any sort of concrete overall figure.
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Disney is the only park in Orlando whose employees are unionized. They made a few runs at Universal years ago, but the team members voted against it.
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My wife worked at Kroger in the bakery for a couple of months when she was trying to get back into the work force after she had our son. They had a union there, but you didn't have to join. She said the thing that she disliked most about that job was that she got hit up to join the union almost every time she worked.
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Bought the Express tickets for HHN for the first (and possibly only) night that we will be there. Considering that it's 10 haunted houses and such, I wanted to ensure that we can see all of it that first night so that we're not under the gun on time if we end up not being able to go back.
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Good luck. Lol. We went last year with our same friends we're going with this year. They did the Haunted Houses and got the Express Pass for her son, and she said it made a huge difference. They missed only 1 of the houses, but it was because they skipped it (The Walking Dead one) purposely.
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Express is the only way to go.
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He's going to one of the earlier dates in September, which *might* make Express a bit unnecessary. But hell, if you can afford it, it's a huge time saver. You can savor the scare zones and take your time with the shows rather than doing a grim death march through the houses.
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All of the booth menus for Epcot's Food & Wine Festival have been revealed...

https://orlandoparkstop.com/news/events/...rt-lineup/

No prices yet, but it looks like a pretty robust offering.  I just went through and made a "short" list of about 30 items that sound interesting to me.  I'll have to narrow that down by probably half unless I want to be carried out of Epcot on a stretcher.
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Thanks for the link!
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Happy to provide it. A bit of planning is essential if we (non-locals) want to get the most out of events like F&W.
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Judging by past experience, you're probably looking at anywhere from $3 to $8, depending on the ingredients. Although there was a filet mignon one that hit $12 last year.

And I'll always beat this drum: get a gift card and load it up if you're doing the festival. It's a good way to stay on budget (if you have the discipline to actually stop when the card is empty, that is), and it's a lot more convenient than pulling your wallet out at every single kiosk.
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Jillian's doing a whirl through Toy Story Land today. Judging from the pics and videos she's sent me, the Alien Swirling Saucer ride is pretty much a direct lift of Mater's Junkyard Jamboree from California Adventure. Slinky Dog looks pretty low intensity but with a lot of speed. I may try to get out this weekend now that the blackout on my annual pass has lifted.
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The consensus for Toy Story Land seems to be that it's good, and adds some necessary family appeal to a park that is otherwise comprised of rides with height restrictions... but also that it could have been better. There's apparently an egregious lack of shade and AC. And it arguably eats up a LOT of land for just two rides.

I'll see for myself next month!
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