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I concur. It looked cool when Disney did an annual pass event for World of Color and gave out free ears, because EVERYONE had them. It has looked stupid since. I really hope this is all just a test of the communication system (I think they use RFID) to be used for something on a larger scale (like lighting up entire areas without having to do tons of wiring).

 

Its not RFID, its basically a TV Remote. The towers send out the infrared signals, and your hats receive it and react.

 

Was it like the Coldplay gigs where they give everyone a wristband and they light up during the show so the stadium looks crazy? That'd be really cool if they could eventually roll something like that out on a daily basis for shows!

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I think you just hit on a great idea! They could use the MyMagic+ wristbands! There could be a lot more people with the wristbands, than the ugly hats!

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I concur. It looked cool when Disney did an annual pass event for World of Color and gave out free ears, because EVERYONE had them. It has looked stupid since. I really hope this is all just a test of the communication system (I think they use RFID) to be used for something on a larger scale (like lighting up entire areas without having to do tons of wiring).

 

Its not RFID, its basically a TV Remote. The towers send out the infrared signals, and your hats receive it and react.

 

Was it like the Coldplay gigs where they give everyone a wristband and they light up during the show so the stadium looks crazy? That'd be really cool if they could eventually roll something like that out on a daily basis for shows!

 

Yeah, its the same technology. Its also cool, cause the system can basically map the audience and that's how they are able to do shapes and sections and such.

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I never even thought of the possibilities with the magic bands. That's something lots of guests will soon be wearing, so it makes sense to incorporate that into future shows.

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I love how much emphasis WDW has been putting on improving food all over the resort. Off the top of my head over the past few years I can think of...

 

- This Brown Derby place

- New Mexican pavilion restaurant

- THREE new Italy options (re-vamp of the main restaurant, Via Napoli, and the wine bar.)

- New French Bakery

- Upcoming Morocco restaurant

- Be Our Guest

- New menu at Tony's

- Food trucks at DTD

 

And I'm sure there is more!

 

Who was it that said the parks were "Declining by Degrees?"

 

--Robb

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WDW really has upped the ante when it comes eating in their parks. The new counter-service operations they've opened are a nice option if you don't want to spring for a "sit-down" restaurant, but still want to eat something better than corn dogs, fries, etc. The wine bar in Epcot's Italy is excellent, and I'm looking forward to checking out the new Brown Derby place someday.

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People definitely have no problem paying more for quality food.

 

I'd say that Disney offers much better value for its food than other park chains.

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I still can't believe how much Disney made off of me at Food and Wine last year. I'm sure I helped a few departments stay in the black that year.

 

 

I'm surprised they didn't offer to fly you out this year!

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Check out this interesting interview with The Walt Disney Company's CEO Bob Iger, where he confirms that Walt Disney Imagineering is hard at work in developing new Star Wars offerings for the Disneyland Resort AND the Walt Disney World Resort!

 

http://bloom.bg/1cH0OTq

 

Although I've never been a Star Wars fan, I'm curious to see how this turns out.

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I still can't believe how much Disney made off of me at Food and Wine last year. I'm sure I helped a few departments stay in the black that year.

 

 

I'm surprised they didn't offer to fly you out this year!

 

Too bad Disney isn't a casino, they would have totally comped me another trip!

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http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/03/do-you-want-to-draw-a-snowman-learn-how-at-disneys-hollywood-studios/

 

Earlier today, we shared a look into the Animation Academy at The Magic of Disney Animation. Recently, a few characters from Disney’s “Frozen” were added into the rotation of Disney characters our character artists teach guests how to draw every day.

 

With the popularity of “Frozen” – which happens to be released on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack tomorrow, March 18 – it’s no surprise that Olaf has become one of the most requested characters at the experience. During our filming, character artist Brian James Fichtner was gracious enough to give us a step-by-step lesson on how to draw this lovable snowman-come-to-life. Grab a pencil, paper and check out the full tutorial below!

 

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Mark Hamil to make his first ever appearance at Star Wars Weekends 2014

Source: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/03/mark-hamill-aka-luke-skywalker-to-make-historic-first-appearance-at-star-wars-weekends/

 

 

Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, to Make Historic First Appearance at Star Wars Weekends

 

His most famous film character has destroyed the Death Star, received the Medal of Bravery following The Battle of Yavin and resisted a turn to the dark side, so what is he going to do next?

 

He’s going to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!

 

No wait, wrong answer. He’s going to Disney World!For the first time in event history, Mark Hamill, the actor who brought Luke Skywalker to the silver screen in the Star Wars saga, will appear at Star Wars Weekends. Hamill will be one of the celebrity guests for Weekend IV, June 6-8, 2014. Fans can see him in the daily “Legends of the Force” Star Wars-themed motorcade and in a featured talk show.

 

Hamill’s appearances will most likely be a very popular gathering place for members of the Empire and the Rebellion, so be sure to arrive early.

 

More details about the event have been placed into the memory systems of an R2-unit and we’ll soon reveal them, but we wanted to share this Force-filled news with you today.

 

Keep up with the Disney Parks Blog for more information: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/

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Cue the Imperial March music in 3..........2...............1......

 

Disney to offer new Star Wars-themed dining experiences

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Walt Disney World Resort is adding more excitement to this year’s Star Wars Weekends by including two new dining experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

 

Mark Hamill to attend Star Wars Weeekends

 

For the first time in history, the actor who played the infamous Luke Skywalker will appear at Star Wars Weekends.

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Guests will be able to choose between having breakfast with Darth Vader and other Star Wars characters or eating dinner with Mickey and his pals dressed up in the popular Star Wars attire.

 

Hollywood Studios’ Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater will host the “Star Wars Dine-in Galactic Breakfast,” where scenes from the Star Wars movies will play on the big screen while guests encounter Star Wars characters. The price of the breakfast experience is $47.99 for adults and $29.99 for children.

 

The dinner buffet experience with Mickey and his pals will be at Hollywood & Vine where the characters will visit guests’ tables while Star Wars music plays. The price of dinner is $55.99 for adults and $33.99 for children.

 

 

 

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Read more: http://www.wesh.com/themeparks/disney/disney-to-offer-new-star-warsthemed-dining-experiences/25246414#ixzz2xw0dAzuH

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For the first time in history, the actor who played the infamous Luke Skywalker will appear at Star Wars Weekends.

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Read more: http://www.wesh.com/themeparks/disney/disney-to-offer-new-star-warsthemed-dining-experiences/25246414#ixzz2xw0dAzuH

 

"Infamous" Luke Skywalker? I'm really getting tired of people misusing this word. "Infamous" essentially means notorious for doing bad things. Luke is a hero, not a villain.

 

Darth Vader can be "famous" and "infamous." Even Han Solo can be a bit "infamous"--but not Luke Skywalker. Disney should know better.

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Hey guys, hopefully quick question. I'm going to my first ever Star Wars weekends tomorrow. I'm hoping to pick up the limited pin sets and other stuff. Is the best plan getting to the park at open and rushing to the Darth Mall or is there a better plan? Also, the Mall is back by the back lot tour, right?

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