I was at Universal Studios and noticed some signs for the upcoming Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit roller coaster around a construction wall just around the corner from The Revenge of The Mummy attraction. The signs are in the style of concert posters.
Today marks the beginning of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, so in honor of that, here’s a photo update from around Epcot’s World Showcase, including several snapshots from the China Pavillion. These photos were actually taken yesterday, on 8/7/08, but I felt that it was more appropriate to post them today in honor of the 2008 Summer Olympics!
A new exhibit has opened into a “test and adjust” phase at Innoventions in Disney’s Epcot theme park. This new attraction depicts what happens to a typical Florida neighborhood during a hurricane via a computer-generated 3D film. Following the film, guests have the opportunity to make choices on how to build and prepare a house for a large storm, including what style of roof and whether or not to leave the windows open or closed during the storm.
Here are a few photos of the exhibit:
February 6 – May 3, 2009 · Limited-run exhibition at the Orange County Regional History Center!
Multitalented innovator Jim Henson (1936-1990)-artist, puppeteer, film director, and producer-created stories filled with unique characters, objects, environments, languages, and cultures. Peek into the imagination of the creator of Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, and other beloved characters in an exhibition featuring more than 100 works of art, photographs, documents, puppets, and movie props, as well as original video productions including excerpts from Henson’s early career and experimental films. Step inside “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock,” “The Muppet Show,” and other elaborate imaginary worlds, and explore the “visual thinking” process of a visionary storyteller. $12, $9 seniors (60+); $7 children (5-12), children 4 and under free.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
The History Center celebrates the opening of Jim Henson’s Fantastic World with a cocktail reception and first-look at the acclaimed exhibition. Heather Henson, local puppeteer and daughter of the late Jim Henson, will be the evening’s special guest speaker. 6:30 p.m. $25, Members free. Call (407) 836-8500 to R.S.V.P.
Jim Henson’s Fantastic World is organized by The Jim Henson Legacy and SITES, in cooperation with the Henson Family; The Jim Henson Company; The Muppets Studio, LLC; and Sesame Workshop. The exhibition is made possible by The Biography Channel. Additional support has been provided by The Jane Henson Foundation and Cheryl Henson. The exhibition is presented locally by Dr. Phillips Charities.
The History Center (65 E. Central Blvd., downtown Orlando) is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $9*, seniors (60+) are $7, and children ages 5-12 are $6.
Historical Society Members, Orange County employees, and children ages 4 and under are free. *Special admission prices may apply for limited-run exhibitions. Visitors receive two hours of free parking at the Orlando
Public Library garage with paid admission. Guided tours are offered on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and are included in the price of general admission.
For general information, call (407) 836-8500 or visit www.thehistorycenter.org.
From the desk of a designer at Universal Orlando Resort, horror is coming to life. The blueprints and sketches by art and design teams have begun to take real shape as some of the more disturbing elements for the haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights 18 are under construction.
Halloween Horror Nights will return to Universal Orlando Resort for 23 select nights running from Sept. 26-27 through Oct. 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 22-26, and Oct. 29-Nov. 1.
Visit www.halloweenhorrornights.com for more information.