Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Star Tours 2.0 Testing Underway?

You may not know it but Walt Disney Imagineering has offices at each of the Walt Disney World theme parks, so seeing WDI vehicles and license plates backstage is not unusual. My spies at EPCOT report that they are now seeing some WDI marked cars parked frequently over by the old Wonders Of Life pavilion, which is unusual.

What could they be doing there? Hmmm.

Well it turns out that the "Body Wars" motion-simulator vehicles are near clones of the ones used for Star Tours. Since Body Wars is no longer open to guests, it makes sense for WDI to be testing their Star Tours 2.0 ideas there.

This is my strongest evidence yet that we'll soon be seeing a new Star Wars Universe destination (or two or three or four) appear at a Disney theme park near you. Excited?

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Pocahontas and Friends send back to the Forest

The Pocahontas and Friends show at Disney's Animal Kingdom will go dark September 27th, which is the end of this fiscal year for the Walt Disney Company. It's a cute show, definitely fun for the kids to see all the animals, but Disney should be doing more with the Pocahontas character at DAK.

Alas, I don't think PaF is going away to make way for something better, rather it's just a cost saving measure in what Disney is clearly signaling will be a soft year due to rising travel costs.

Some Disney rumor sites are claiming this is the first domino to fall in the remaking of Camp Minnie Mickey into Beastly Kingdom. But I don't see that happening anytime soon. My sources keep telling me to keep an eye out on the other side of the park where Australia might pop-up to connect Asia with the Conservation Station.

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