Thursday, April 3, 2014

UPDATE: Space Mountain Restoration Continues

In a previous article, I discussed how an ongoing lawsuit regarding employee safety had prevented the cleaning of Space Mountain's famed exterior. Well, with the new layer added to the roof, they can finally begin repainting it.

As you can see in the above picture, the new layer has been repainted white to match the rest of Space Mountain. Custodial crews are working to make the rest of the show building look equally fresh. Stay posted for more updates in the future!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Big Thunder Mountain Review

I was finally able to experience the new and improved Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Going in without any expectations, all I can say is that it sure lived up to the hype.

I had absolutely no idea what this ride had in store. After a 50 minute wait, I was blown away. Anyone familiar with this classic ride will immediately notice that the new tracks are immensely smoother than before. The Imagineers managed to keep the speed and thrill intact, while enormously improving the track quality. You will no longer be crushed by the person next to you, or be sliding across your seat.

As for the effects, the design team did a fantastic job with the new aesthetics. Nothing overly dramatic or flashy was added, but it sure kicks off with a bang! Overall, I'm very pleased with the result, and I'd say this is the biggest park renovation in almost a decade.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Shanghai Disney to Implement Pirate-themed Land

Finally some new information about Shanghai Disney Resort has been revealed. According to Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, the new park will feature a land called Treasure Cove, set in the time of Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones.

Here's an early look at the project:

From the looks of it, this section of the park will feature many attractions, including a stationary pirate ship, possibly a restaurant like Captain Hook's Galley. It also appears to have an island--perhaps a potential successor to Disneyland's Pirate's Lair?

Treasure Cove is sure to be abundant with dining, live music and shows, and new ride technologies. With each new unveiling detail of Shanghai Disney Resort, I am more and more eager to see what awaits.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Big Thunder Mountain to Open Tomorrow!

It's been well over a year, but Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is set to open again tomorrow. The historic roller coaster will feature repainted landscapes and tracks, new vehicles, and most importantly, new features that have not yet been revealed.

Stay tuned for a recap by the end of the month. Happy trails!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Thunder Mountain Open for Cast Members

If you've been by Big Thunder Mountain Railroad lately, you'll have noticed that the ride is operating. But unless you work at the park, don't get your hopes up. The ride is open for cast members and their families only.

Regular guests however, will be able to ride again soon. Only a week from today, Big Thunder will be open to the public for the first time in over a year. Get hyped!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Space Mountain Exterior Changes

Space Mountain in its new state
Last month, the roof of Space Mountain was given a small but significant improvement. You may recall that a couple years back, an employee was injured falling from the roof of Space Mountain. As such, the exterior of the show building went untouched for almost a year, pending a lawsuit.

Space Mountain, before being cleaned
They've finally been able to get back to work, and now the ride looks spotless. Additionally, an extra layer has been added to the roof to more easily and safely harness cleaning equipment - to prevent future danger to employees.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Interview With Shanghai Disney Resort

Hello, everyone!

I was recently able to get in touch with someone who is involved in the construction of the new Disney Park in China. They were able to answer some questions below to the best of their ability. I hope this interview will shed some light on the upcoming Disney Resort!

I'm Josh from and I would like to ask you a few questions about the ongoing construction of the Shanghai Disney Resort. I greatly appreciate your taking the time to answer my email. My questions are:

1. Hong Kong Disneyland was designed with special attention to Feng Shui and the flow of Qi energy throughout the park. Is Shanghai Disney Resort consulting any Chinese cultural experts to achieve the same good luck and energy?

Shanghai Disney Resort will be a world-class family vacation destination that combines classic Disney characters and storytelling with the uniqueness and beauty of China. The resort team is enlisting the support of many Chinese experts to assist in ensuring that the resort will incorporate local cultural elements, including drawing on the expertise of its joint venture partner, local Cast and Imagineers, and experts in a wide range of disciplines from food and beverage to creative entertainment.

2. How do you feel that this park will stand out from the rest of the Disney Parks? Are there any new features that we haven't seen yet that will make their debut?

Each Disney resort has its own unique and special attributes, as will Shanghai Disney Resort. While it is still too early for the resort team to reveal details of the resort attractions, they have stressed that the resort will have unique features and attractions designed for Chinese consumers. But one exciting feature that has already been announced is the Enchanted Storybook Castle, which will be the largest Disney castle ever built. 

3. What do you expect will be the most popular attraction in Shanghai Disneyland?

There will be so many new and exciting attractions, but it is still too early to provide details.  I am sure though that there will be many many choices for “most popular attraction”, and it will be very hard to choose between them!

4. Shanghai Disney Resort will be the first Disney theme park in [Mainland] China. Do you think China will build any more Disney Park locations in the future? When and where can we expect to see another Park?

At the moment the company is focused on building a world-class resort in Shanghai.  And let’s not forget our other China resort, in Hong Kong, which has recently expanded with three new themed areas.  It’s an exciting time for Disney in China!

So as you can see, this is a top-secret project, and it looks like a lot of care is being put into making sure everything is top-notch. As I said, the construction process seems very secretive, which only makes the suspense and anticipation even greater.

It also appears that the project will incorporate many details specific to Chinese culture, perhaps in response to Disneyland Paris's notorious snubbing of French culture.

Thanks so much to Shanghai Disney Resort for conducting this interview. I can't wait to see what the park will have to offer!