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Archive for the month “May, 2011”

Disney World’s Space Mountain Inspected After Incident

A 48-year-old woman was found unconscious on the Space Mountain roller coaster at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom yesterday morning, prompting Disney to close the popular ride for inspection.

Closure is routine for such situations, and no reports of problems had been heard. The injured woman was transported to the hospital. No word on her condition yet.

Space Mountain opened as scheduled this morning. No issues were found with the ever popular ride.

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Strar Tours: The Adventure Continues Opens at Disney World

Two Jedi fought their way through Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park, battling laser-blasting Stormtroopers, and ultimately confronting Darth Vader on stage to help open the updated version of Disney’s Star Tours ride. Those two Jedi were revealed to be none other than Star Wars creator George Lucas and Disney President and CEO Bob Iger, who joined other celebrities and plenty of characters in welcoming fans to the new version of the popular attraction.

The grand opening of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue began like any Star Wars film with John Williams’ familiar theme backing a new scroll calling the new story Episode III.V of the Saga.

A character processional then kicked off the festivities, packed with Star Wars favorites, such as Boba Fett, Ewoks, Chewbacca, and many more. After gathering on stage to commemorate the launch of Star Tours (the new ride’s story is a prequel to the original), the story began as Lord Vader emerged to put a stop to it all, deciding that traveling through his Imperial-policed galaxies was a bad idea.

Vader placed a force field around the Star Tours entrance, preventing anyone from entering. But it was Jedi Lucas and Jedi Iger who ultimately commanded R2-D2 to blast that force field away, utilizing a giant cannon on stage.

It was a highlight of the event as moments after the initial shots rang out an explosion was seen and most certainly heard from the Star Tours area halfway across the park.

In the end, Darth Vader learned that Disneyland plans to open their new version of Star Tours in California on June 3, 2011, to which he swore that his fight was not over. It sounds like we’ll see part two of this story unfold at the second Star Tours grand opening in two weeks.

It was an exciting dedication ceremony for an equally exciting upgrade to Star Tours, which has run in the same form since the late ’80s.  Now, guests will visit all sorts of locales from the Star Wars universe.

Immediately following the opening ceremony, George Lucas and Bob Iger led a processional of Star Wars characters and celebrities through Disney’s Hollywood Studios, waving to excited and screaming fans along the way.

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue is now officially open in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, taking passengers on a journey to destinations in the Star Wars universe never before reached. Each ride aboard the attraction is different. With 11 different possible scenes resulting in 54 combinations, it’s likely that no ride will ever be quite the same. And… now it’s in crisp and clear 3D.

“Despicable Me” Attraction Replacing Jimmy Neutron, Spider-Man Getting HD Updates

Yesterday morning, via a special media-only webcast, Universal Orlando informed us, after weeks of dropping hints online, that the Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast attraction at Universal Studios Florida will indeed be replaced by a new attraction based on the film “Despicable Me.”

From the moment Universal first announced that the Jimmy Neutron attraction will be permanently closing on August 18, rumors quickly surfaced that a “Despicable Me” themed attraction would be taking its place. Now it has been confirmed to open in 2012.

The new “Despicable Me” attraction will feature a 3D film that brings Gru and his daughters on another adventure with guests seeing familiar scenes from the movie, with a sequel to the film on the way to theaters. Guests will be transformed into Minions as part of the attraction and ultimately join in an interactive Minion Dance Party for its finale.

“The Despicable Me attraction will be located where [Jimmy Neutron] once was, but it will be a completely different experience for guests using all-new technology. […] there’s definitely more to come!” according to Universal.

In the same webcast, Universal Orlando also announced that the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is receiving 4K digital upgrades to replace the film projections used in the ride since it opened.The upgrades to Spider-Man will also be completed in 2012.

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