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  1. Well in good news, they are bringing a new show to DCA, Mickey's Phillharmagic is coming to the Sunset Showcase theater! I think I would refer to is as an adaptation because of the limits of the theater. Good news to finally see an attraction back into the theater.
  2. Going on Wed! The pics have helped me pick out what food to try! Thanks!
  3. The only essential thing they need to keep in that area is basically the toilet. Personally, something like Batman Knight Flight from Warner Brothers Abu Dhabi would be very cool. Throw down a Disk-O coaster and you have a good DC area. Or, if they ever follow through with that Tidal Wave removal rumor, going back long time now, would be an exceptional amount of space for a large scale installation.
  4. Whoa! Early entry better start at 4am for hotel guests. The hotel project or projects will come back alive sooner than later. I am glad however, they didn't put the rather plain design hotel there right on that spot. Be nice to see something more like Disney Springs be placed there.
  5. As long as they don't put in a Larson Super Loop in GL spot, almost anything would be an improvement. Maybe it will reopen later this summer? I am glad to see the extensive work being done on Apocalypse too actually. With Superman's "issues", the park definitely is refurb / build kind of year.
  6. Maybe you run into the Knights of Ni of "bring me a shrubbery!" fame. The last concept art illustration does look pretty fantastic. Night time rides will be amazing.
  7. So, it is revealed the opening dates is May 31, 2019 for Anaheim. But Rise of the Resistance is not going to be ready. Also, reservations required to access the land. Those are free though!
  8. Couple of observations. I hope this version is a tad longer than what has been presented in the past. The other versions have been a very brief show, 5 - 7 minutes. Be nice to see a tripling of the runtime. Also, the dates for Hollywood are very random, and it is a very limited engagement. Skipping all of summer after Memorial Day? A tad peculiar.
  9. Thanks for the photos and review. In many ways, this is the type of excellent theming for the WB brand that Six Flags should aspire too in the future.
  10. I am very much looking forward to trying out the new land. The pictures do look quite fantastic
  11. Hmm, regarding the T-shirt design. Might be just a tad "adult". Sure it will be a big seller though!
  12. Nice to see Zootopia get it's own land, what a great movie. Very glad to see them to get a unique land. Really impressed by some of the design work in that park from the video and pictures I have seen. I could easily see the general layout of Cars Land being the general basis of Zootopia, good call. Generally speaking, would love to see a Slinky Dog Dash appear in the other parks that feature a TSL land.
  13. Didn't expect a new large coaster for San Diego! Great news indeed. Glad to see another B&M make it's way relatively close. I like the direction the park is heading. Oddly enough, kind of heading towards resembling SFDK.
  14. Non coaster rides At Disneyland; Splash Mountain, Star Tours, Haunted Mansion, R.R. Cartoon Spin, Pirates - while waiting for a FP - Buzz, Nemo, Autotopia, Jungle Cruise DCA - R. Racers, Soarin, Toy Story Midway Mania, Grizzly rapids SeaWorld - well, besides the coasters, the rapids ride is ok, and Wild Artic is pretty dated, but ok
  15. The coaster made out of cake is a amazing work of art. The show looks pretty awesome. Love to see those Pong machines pop up soon at Dave and Busters. Lot of great pics and videos. That is amazing footage from Disney Parks. Thanks!
  16. The addition of a cavern is quite unexpected. The only question is where does that show scene get built? Looking at the concept art, I can see where the dynamite goes, the cabin goes pretty much anywhere. But that cavern? Maybe at the bend by Pony Express near end of the ride? Very interested to see how this turns out.
  17. My personal hope for the area is a replacement for the show in Mystery Lodge itself, as a new attraction. I actually enjoy the scenery with the pools, rocks and waterfalls more than the actual show. Maybe something like a flying theater (you can fly over the millions of acres!) or a Vekoma madhouse. Just something new and unexpected for Knotts.
  18. Well I am glad for X2 and TC being put into refurb. The restraints on X2 were looking very chewed up and kind of gross looking on my FF visit. TC wasn't as bad, but they definitely could use some TLC. Very curious to see if they do any restraint work on the trains or track work on Viper. All 3 stations could use a bit of help in the visual appeal department. Just in general, I think they need to go around to all the coasters and put in shelving for loose articles/drink cups where there is none, like at Crazanity. FF next year on a Friday. During the day, I doubt FP would be worth it. There is every possibility that all the coasters might be functioning, so that will divide the crowds up nicely.
  19. I think what they could do for the rapids is to extend the rock work theme surrounding Mystery Lodge, on the backside of the ride to block the view completely of the parking lot. I doubt they are going to increase the foot print of the ride, like by breaking into the parking lots. However a new building for the "q", a new "mountain range" (like the rock work and waterfalls done for the Disney rail road), really could make that area even better. Maybe this decorative and theme work is setting the stage for their 2020 coaster project.
  20. I did the Warner Brother's Horror Made Here event on 10/21. For those that don't know, the WB back lot is very, very close to Universal Studios. This the second year of operation, and it shows a bit. On the positive side, they do small groups of people into the "mazes" at one time. But it can lead to some longer than you would think wait times. The actors were all very good. The set designs for the most part were very good. I did see two visual tricks that I have never seen before in a haunt, so I was pretty impressed with that. The event is on the smaller side though, and I would not do it on a Sat or Fri night. There are basically 4 mazes (It, Conjuring, Arkham Asylum, Crystal Lake) , 1 theatrical show in a church (Exorcist), a small theatrical stage, make up demo presentation, and a carnival drop ride.
  21. I went to Scary Farm on Sunday. I would agree that the event does feel a tad off, like it lost a bit of edge. In particular, I think the entertainment is a bit off this year. For example, I thought the Hanging wasn't in particular that funny this time around, although the stunt performers did a pretty amazing job actually. Hacks didn't work for me as replacement for Elvira or Ed Alonzo, the humor didn't quite work the night I saw it On the maze side of the night, in my opinion, I think they need to embrace a bit of HHN moving panels / jump scares, strobes. I think the theming is superior to Universal in the mazes because they didn't just leave black hallways as large sections of the maze. But I think Universal's sliding panels, sound effects and strobes provided more effective jump scares. The boofet, btw, is completely worth it. The food was better this year than last. And they opened Ghostrider up to Boofet guests at 6pm, and hour before regular park opening.
  22. It is the clown dude. Of the mazes, it is the least essential of the group. I think the volume of people walking through it throws off the scare factor quite a bit. I didn't see any outstanding changes. It is probably only worth it for the photo op at the Psycho house, but that line was quite long thurs night so skipped it.
  23. You are welcome! No, there is not change to the Mummy for Halloween. If you there and it is totally slammed on fri or sat night, they do sell an upcharge line skip pass in the park by the central courtyard. Have no idea how much it is though.
  24. I attended last night, pretty busy for a Thursday. I did do the early entry, and promptly at gate opening. 1st tip, the far right of the plaza has shortest lines. What we did was head straight to the lower lot to Stranger Things. I noticed on the app btw, which is well done and pretty accurate, that the line for that maze grew the longest over the course of the night. After Stranger Things, start the walking journey to the other 4 mazes on lower lot. We went straight towards Poltergeist. If you do Purge first however, the exit lets you out pretty closely at the entrance of Poltergeist. Then worked our way back towards Blumhouse, then journey back towards Mummy (which had problems off and on), for Trick Or Treat. Wrapped up lower lot with Transformers. That worked well for us, saw all the mazes and the tram by 8:30, and did a couple of repeats. So, basically the order was Strangers Things, Purge, Ploltergeist, Blumhouse, Trick O Treat, Terror Tram, Universal Monsters, Halloween 4. The amount of empty blank corridors was pretty irritating. So dark in the Purge, almost walked into a security guard. The Christmas scare zone was not the best, and the Toxic Tunnel is just odd, at least they varied the lighting I suppose.
  25. Thoughts on the reconfiguring of Tomorrow Land? They have removed a bit of the seating around the supports of the defunct People Mover for crowd flow. Not sure how much on an impact that really will have in the long run. Personally, I think they should move the standby entrance of Star Tours permanently into the over flow room, open a door between the two rooms, so guests get into the a/c while waiting in line. I really like what they did with Space Mountain, using the 2nd floor of the starcade as the stand by line space. Even if the theming is light, huge improvement over standing on the deck in the heat.
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