Harry Potter is coming to Hollywood, Cars Land's Radiator Springs Racers is testing and more, all in the MiceChat Round-Up today. It was a big week for Disney and theme park news. Aside from Harry, we have a wonderful trip report and review of the Candlelight Processional, pics from Tokyo Disneyland during Halloween and Christmas, and ride video from the new Transformers Ride in Singapore. Also, both Matt and Sarah have new videos, and they, along with Al, share their thoughts on the Harry Potter news. Tons to see and do in today's Round-Up! ~ CakvalaSC
Kevin Kidney - I Speak For The Tree Acclaimed Disney designer and artist, Kevin Kidney (you've seen many of his works for sale in the Disney Gallery and his parade float designs rolling down Main Street), has posted a very sad tale of the mural which once graced the Plaza Pavilion at Disneyland.
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More than a few of you have been asking about Universal Hollywood's Harry Potter announcement. Herewith a few thoughts from yours truly...
There are already a few rumors as to where the first phase for Hollywood might go; look for the Gibson Amphitheater to go away, as well as the Shrek 4D theater. Also expected to disappear are the Nickelodeon water play area and the Waterworld arena as well as the current tram loading area. Look for Hogwarts and environs to pop up first here. A second phase could pop up on the lot below/next to it, (towards the current War of the World's jet crash site and Falls Lake area) consisting of the London locales.
Speculation here – placing the castle on the upper lot allows for a smaller building footprint made possible by an illusion of height optical trick. Which should make the neighbors happy by a smaller intrusion upon their Valley views. And speaking of neighbors, the adjacent community of Toluca Lake was difficult to deal with in the past for Uni thanks to a particular resident. Roy Disney's passing, along with a sluggish economy, should improve that situation and help speed the environmental approvals needed.
Should we ask for Babs?
One advantage that Hollywood's version of Harry Potter will have is that both the parent companies involved (Universal and Warner Bros.) will be close by. Just like Disneyland benefits from having corporate up the freeway watching over it, Hollywood’s set up will likely benefit as well. Which means if you thought Orlando did a great job with what they had, you will probably be even more blown away by the superior available local talent pool and closer corporate oversight the Hollywood version will get.
How it will effect Disney should be interesting. Expect a minor brain drain at least initially as Uni puts the project together. One thing that Disneyland Resort fans might expect is the approval of at least one E ticket for Disneyland Park proper, and quite possibly one more addition to California Adventure if Cars Land continues to do well. Don't expect a third gate at least for now. And I wouldn't expect to see Avatar making an appearance here... yet. Marvel, who knows.
I think Universal getting serious with both a state-of-the-art Transformers attraction and the Harry Potter expansion is going to be one of the best things ever to hit the Southern California theme park scene. As I've written before, a rising tide floats all boats, and Uni has certainly come to the forefront with these recent announcements. Add Matt Ouimet taking the reins at Cedar Fair/Knott's Berry Farm into the mix, nearby Legoland's and SeaWorld’s continuing improvements, as well as world-class attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, and the Southern California region becomes all the more attractive to vacationing families.
If the economy continues to improve, and mother nature behaves, it should be a spectacular decade ahead for theme park aficionados. The competition will benefit all of us, and I can't wait.
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Wow! December, already. This year is almost over with! The holidays are definitely showing at the parks and its getting a mite chilly around here as well! Remember to keep posting your ideas and whatever rumors you want to share as they just might end up here next week. Have a great holiday everyone! :) -Demigod-
Future TDS: My Artwork It's hard to image what DisneySea will bring in the year 2025, but that is exactly what RandySavage has been doing. Check out this phenomenal concept of armchair imagineering and see what he believe the future holds.
Photos from Haloween and Christmas trips to TDL/TDS isny has just done some hoping across the Pacific and been to both Disneyland and to Tokyo Disneyland. With just way to many photos to create a standard trip report, be sure to check out the great photo albums of these travels.
Have we got news for you! There are pictures and reports from all over, and Harry Potter fans are excited about the Wizarding World coming to Hollywood. ~ Trekkie Dad
12/5: Town Square by Candlelight and California Chocolate
Disneyland played host to its wildly popular annual Candlelight ceremony this weekend. Meanwhile, construction continued at Disney California Adventure, with big progress being made throughout various parts of the Cars Land and Buena Vista Street projects.
12/4: Remembering Walt Disney World’s Orange Bird
Do you remember the Orange Bird of the Magic Kingdom? Those who grew up visiting Walt Disney World in the 70's and 80's likely remember the cute bird with the head of an orange. But what's happened to him, where did he go, and could he return? Join the 626 as we look back at Orange Bird.
12/3: Merry Tokyo Disneyland Christmas
The Weekend Update takes us back to the fantastic Tokyo Disneyland Resort today. The Japanese really know how to put on a show. Then, SummerInFL and her mom share a visit to the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. Finally, MickeyMaxx shares photos of Disney's Castaway Cay private island.
12/2: The Walt Disney Postage Stamp of 1968
Yesterland takes us back to 1968 and the commemorative Walt Disney postage stamp. You'll be surprised just how much story there is to tell about this pint sized image.
12/1: Holiday Gift Ideas
Sam has been busy reading books and checking out theme park apps to bring us another grab bag of holiday gift ideas. This week brings a review of the Walt Disney Family Museum picture book, a time line of Disneyland history, touring plans of the parks and a great charity giving idea.
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