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  1. ^ I'm thinking pricing will be somewhere between Cabana Bay and Royal Pacific. I noticed that this resort will have early entry, but no mention of express pass access. If that is the case, should be cheaper than Royal Pacific. Glad that this new resort will have water taxi access. Looks nice and am happy Universal is continuing to give more on-site resort options.
  2. Just noticed that this year's Christmastown event for Tampa is included with regular daytime admission and annual passes, it is not a separate hard ticketed event. Williamsburg is still a hard ticket event where passholders have to buy a separate admission ticket. Also the website says the park will close either 8pm or 9pm. Earlier than the previous two year's events. Wonder if the park will have as much to offer this year? http://seaworldparks.com/buschgardens-tampa/events/christmas-town/
  3. The Villains Unleashed park map and guide has been posted on wdwmagic.com: http://www.wdwmagic.com/events/villains-unleashed/news/20aug2014-photos---villains-unleashed-event-guide-map.htm
  4. The Villains Unleashed event this Saturday, schedule was posted on WDW Magic and listed below. http://www.wdwmagic.com/events/villains-unleashed.htm I'm actually excited to go to this. I'm not usually a big character meet & greet person, but I am looking forward to seeing Constantine (bad guy Kermit) from Muppets Most Wanted, the Witch from Snow White, Br'er Fox & Bear and the Angelina Jolie version of Maleficent. Still hope they will limit the amount of tickets they sell like they do for MNSSHP and MVMCP. Granted the Magic Kingdom park is a lot bigger than the studios and has more space and attractions for crowds to dispense. So no matter what it will be a busy night. I'm sure they learned a lot from last year's non-hard ticket Villains event, I heard it was pretty chaotic. Anyone else going?
  5. Great report! Everything looks amazing! I am dying to check this all out. Love all the updates! Question - how is the new Olivander's set up? Do they have a queue set up inside part of the shop and then guests are then ushered into one of the multi "wand show" rooms? Or will the queue be all outside like it is in Hogsmede?
  6. I never expected that they would do anything HHN themed inside DA, but it's Interesting that all of Diagon Alley will not be open during the event.
  7. ^Got mine too, should be fun! Hope they do put a reasonable limit on the ticket sales like the other parties.
  8. Just got a Disney Annual Passholder email advertising a special hard ticket event at Disney's Hollywood Studios. "Unleash The Villains" August 23rd, 8pm-1am. See below for the events offerings. I'm thinking by making this a hard ticket event it should make crowd controls a lot better than last year's limited time magic Friday the 13th event that was included with the daytime admission. Passholders and DVC members can pre-order tickets by calling 407-939-1933. Tickets go on sale to the general public June 9th. "As night falls on August 23, over 50 of the most notorious Disney villains will emerge from their lairs and unleash fun all over Disney's Hollywood Studios® until the 13th hour! And, because you are a Passholder, we wanted you to be one of the first to "show your Disney villain side" and get tickets for this special one-night-only event! Over 50 villains in one Park For one night only, over 50 Disney villains will come together to roam the streets of Disney's Hollywood Studios®, put on scary fun performances, and party until the 13th hour. Villainy in the Skies The villains will unleash their powers into the night sky for a special themed fireworks display. Don't forget to pick up your limited-edition Glow with the Show Ears to complete the experience. Oogie Boogie Variety Show Guests can oogie-boogie down to Theatre of the Stars to see Mr. Oogie Boogie host a special variety show crawling with entertainment. Hades Hangout and Dance Party Rub shoulders with the ruler of the Underworld and dance the night away with his party crew—DJ Igg Nite, the Underworld Dancers and more. Star Wars™ Villain Zone Guests can unleash their dark side in a special zone filled with some of the most feared villains in the Galactic Empire. "Ex-Scream" Makeovers "Show your Disney villain side" and get your face painted to look just like one of your favorite Disney villains! Villainous food, drink and merchandise Enjoy mischievous treats and remember the night of villainy for years to come with villain-themed merchandise (not included with price of ticket). Extended Attraction Hours Up to 10 Disney's Hollywood Studios® attractions will be running until 1 a.m. Beware the villains who may be lurking around some of your favorite attractions."
  9. So jealous! Wish I could participate during the event this year, but unfortunately won't be able to. Donations made and I'll be there in spirit! Last year's event at World's of Fun was a blast! To all of this year's participants, have fun and thanks for supporting and participating in such a great cause!
  10. Wow this TR is bringing back great memories. Seems like yesterday! I loved our time at Southport, except for the awful smell when the Caterpillar tent roof came up over the ride, nasty! LOVED the funhouse and Wacky Shack, so glad we got to check these out and the other interesting dark rides at the park. Can't wait to see more of your report!
  11. After almost 20 years of operation, the Fantasy of Flight attraction in Polk County, FL will close on April 6th. Anyone that has traveled between Tampa and Orlando on I-4 will probably remember the plane parked by the interstate with the parachute guy hanging from the plane. Here is a cool trip report Erik and Misty did recently of their visit to Fantasy of Flight. http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=54416&hilit=fantasy+of+flight&start=1100 I might have to check this place out before it closes. We don't have too many old-school type of road-side Florida attractions anymore. The owners say that they may re-open as a bigger and better attraction in the future. I guess time will tell. Article regarding the closing: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/theme-park-rangers-blog/os-fantasy-of-flight-attraction-closing-20140304,0,7033891.post
  12. All 15 riders were evacuated around 6pm tonight. Updated story: http://www.wfla.com/story/24707191/16-people-stuck-on-busch-gardens-roller-coaster
  13. I like this idea, love the Abbott and Costello Meet.. movies. I would see this!
  14. If past major BGT attraction openings are any indication, I would think that the park will keep to their usual Memorial Day weekend new attraction opening timeline. This way all of the revamped land would be complete and can open together.
  15. Maybe possibly convert the theater to a new animal/pet show. Critter Castaways in the Bird Gardens has been running for a long time and is currently housed in the park's oldest show venue. Seems like moving this type of show inside a climate controlled environment like what they did with The Stanleyville Theater could work or how the Pet's Ahoy Show is housed at Sea World Orlando.
  16. I wonder if Sand Serpent and the carousel will still be in this area or moved to other areas of the park since they weren't mentioned?
  17. Found this interesting point under the FAQ section of the website. Seems like they are trying to be covered when someone brings it up. Not sure if this is a good thing or not, as this would remind people of the accident. http://www.kentuckykingdom.com/park-info/faqs/
  18. Looks cool. Now if only Adventure Island could finally add a new attraction would be great. Last new attraction added to the park was Riptide back in 2006. I think it is time!
  19. Last time I was at the park it was 2006 and I don't remember any river attraction ( I was more concentrated on Everest that year), so I'm asking jray21 and anyone else about this River at Animal Kingdom. Regardless if it was before my visit or came after my visit and ran for a short time, then I'm glad that this "River" will be running again and not left to decay into obscurity. Radio Disney River Cruise was the park's boat transportation that made 2 stops around Discovery Island. These ran the first couple of years of the park, I think until around 2000ish? These boats acted as a transportation shuttle between 2 areas of the park like the Friendship boats at Epcot. Problem was guests waited in extremely long lines for what many thought would be a themed river attraction. So most guests were disappointed. There were 2 loading docks, one in the front of Discovery Island and the 2nd in Asia near the Flights of Wonder Bird Show. Other than the exotic foliage of The Tree of Life and Discovery Island, there was not a lot to look at theming wise, with the exception of an animatronic dino in the water near Dino Land USA and a fire-breathing animatronic Dragon in a cave between Camp Minnie Micky and Africa. My guess is, I don't believe the concept rendering is a revival of the River Cruise. I think this possibly could be an indoor dark boat ride in the Avatar Land. I think that would be the best controlled environment to show off the nighttime world of Pandora. Just my guess.
  20. I really hope the NW trip is a go. Such a great deal that includes such out of the way parks, an internal flight during the trip and I would get to visit an area of the country I've never been to! And the trip length is perfect for asking for time off from work!
  21. ^ Thanks. That's exactly what I was planning. This will be my 19th year attending and will be doing the annual passholder's night this Friday. Even though it has gotten very expensive, I cannot even imagine attending without an Express Pass.
  22. I'm planning my tour strategy and have a question. Anyone know which of this year's houses line entrance begins in WoodyWoodpecker's Kidzone area but exits over between MIB and Simpsons? In the past, usually 1 of the 2 house entrances in the kid area exits by MIB while the other exits by the house line entrance. Thanks!
  23. Team TPR is representing at Worlds of Fun with a chilly start on the new slide complex at Oceans of Fun.
  24. Interesting that the one day ticket for the Magic Kingdom is more expensive than the one day ticket to the other 3 parks. Haven't all 4 WDW parks always been the same price? Since I usually have an annual pass, I haven't really looked at 1-day tickets for a long time. Is this something new?
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