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.