Hosts Banks Lee and JeniLynn Knopp bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
By Kevin Yee
A special tour arranged with Disney led to this unique perspective: a trip through Spaceship Earth with the work lights on! Come along for the journey of a lifetime as we have a look at what’s visible when the work lights come on. [Read more…]
You won’t find it listed on Busch Gardens Tampa’s website, but a few times a year guests can go behind the scenes and into the savanna on an exclusive tour to capture some great wildlife photography. [Read more…]
Come with me for a stroll through the Magic Kingdom. We’ll walk down Main Street and around the park counter-clockwise, starting in Tomorrowland. Let’s see what’s happening. [Read more…]
A new character made his debut this week at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear (AKA Lotso) from the upcoming Toy Story 3 movie is now meeting guests in the Magic of Disney Animation and dancing in the Block Party Bash parade daily. [Read more…]
Star Wars Weekends has come and gone for another year. I didn’t get to go as much as I would have liked this year. We visited on the first day and showed you some pictures and videos of the Celebrity Motorcade and the Star Wars dance-off known as Hyperspace Hoopla. Here we present some pictures from the final day of the event on Sunday.
Be sure to visit our Photo Gallery for all of our Star Wars Weekends 2009 photos.
I’m not sure who all these characters are supposed to be, but these park guests were hanging out on Hollywood Boulevard by the Photopass photographer having their pictures taken with guests. I think many guests didn’t realize they were posing with other guests.
The Cantina Band members were hanging out with guests near the Star Tours ride. Some were leaning against railings with guests, as if they were in a casual conversation, and others were picking flowers and giving them to guests. I have a feeling the last day of the event is more relaxed for the characters.
Two Jawas were trading various items with guests. I saw them trading a plastic fork for an empty bag, a dryer sheet for a bottle cap, etc. Whatever you could find to give them, they’d dig in their satchels and hand you something in return. They also had fun playing with kids hats.
• Visit the Photo Gallery for a look at all of our Star Wars Weekends 2009 photos.
The Great Piggy Bank Adventure had its grand opening this morning in Innoventions West at Epcot. The attraction is presented by T. Rowe Price.
Pictured above with Mickey Mouse are, from left, Epcot Vice President Dan Cockerell, T. Rowe Price Chairman and CIO Brian Rogers, T. Rowe vice chairman Price Edward Bernard, and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Vice President and CFO Jim Hunt.
Here’s a video of the grand opening ceremony, including interviews with Cockerell and Bernard and a look at the different interactive stations featured throughout The Great Piggy Bank adventure:
After choosing a dream goal, players go through three different interactive stations where they direct coins into savings and away from spending buckets via a touch screen, move levers to ride the currents and capture falling coins before they’ve been reduced in value by the evil wolf and his sinister inflation machine, and spread their coins around hiding places as they try to avoid the wolf and learn the value of diversification. Along the way, players are guided by a talking piggy bank who offers guidance and education to reinforce the lessons and help them collect enough coins to reach their goal.
The thorough decorations featured within the new exhibit makes it clear that small and simple are words that will no longer be used to describe attractions inside Innoventions. The Great Piggy Bank adventure is packed with plenty of cute pink piggy banks integrated into its design. It’s unfortunate that, in the end, the piggy bank that guests carry between game stations must be surrendered. I’m sure there will be plenty of children (and maybe a few adults) that will want to take the piggy banks home.
For more information about The Great Piggy Bank Adventure, check our previous post.
Here are a few of the more interesting photos I took yesterday at the FX! International Show at the Orange County Convention Center. Today, April 19, 2009, is the last day for the show this year.
Above is one of the many artist decorated vinyl Stitchs that were on display. They’re part of the Stitch Experiment 626 Project. Smaller versions of some of them were available for purchase. Check out our full FX photo gallery for more custom painted Stitchs.
I guess this Barbie is MIB – Mint In Box. Many guests came to the show in costumes, but not as many as at the MegaCon show earlier this year.
I’m not sure what the story is behind this figure or what his name is but I call him Mario Mouse.
The biggest star at the show was Leonard Nemoy from Star Trek.
James Marsters from Buffy The Vampire Slayer also had a long line to meet him.
James Kyson Lee from Heroes.
Sitting next to Leonard Nemoy was another Star Trek alumn, Jonathan Frakes.
You may not recognize him as an adult, it’s Scott Schwartz from A Christmas Story. You know, the kid who gets his tongue frozen on a flag pole.
• For more pictures from the show, including more celebrities, costumes and some pro wrestling stars, visit our FX! International Show 2009 Photo Gallery.