Disney Launch New Check In Facility With Gowalla

Today Disney have launched a new way to explore and enjoyDisneyland Florida, teaming up with Gowalla a place sharing website, Disney are encouraging visitors to “check in” at their favourite Disney locations to make their visit even more magical.

Disney wrote on their blog

The fun starts with our new digital Passport Stamps. Hundreds of locations within Disney Parks will feature these exclusive Stamps created by Gowalla – it’s the largest number of custom Stamps ever developed for a brand. The Stamps can be collected and kept as a virtual scrapbook by using Gowalla and checking-in around the parks. Take a look at some of my favorites.

You’ll also be able to view what’s happening at the park with custom Disney Passport pages that include maps featuring a check-in stream, a list of popular places and Trips.

You can start your Disney Parks adventure now by going to Gowalla.com/WaltDisneyWorld orGowalla.com/Disneyland. You’ll need to join Gowalla via the web or download the free application onto your smartphone

Disney also want to know which are your favourite check in stamps, so why not tell them on their blog

Butterbeer recipe just for muggles!

Ever wanted to make your very own Butterbeer!? Well now you muggles can mix up your own batch.

 Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup (8 oz) cream soda
  2. ½ cup (4 oz) butterscotch ice cream for the topping
  3. ½ tablespoon butter

Directions:

 1: Measure butterscotch and butter into a measuring jug. Microwave on high for 1 to 1½ minutes, or until syrup is bubbly and butter is completely incorporated.

 2: Stir and cool for 30 seconds, then slowly mix in club soda. Mixture will fizz quite a bit.

 3: Serve in two coffee mugs or small glasses; a perfectly warm Hogwarts treat for two!

 4: Enjoy!

butterbeer recipe

Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Queue Times

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened on the 18th June2010 to a massive media hype and fan anticipation. Harry Potter reviews have been mostly positive, with some negative comments regarding wait times for the rides.

We’ve scoured the internet and spoken to visitors and come up with the following averaged queue time for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey  since June 2010.

June – 120 mins

July – 60 mins

August – 90 mins

September – 40 Mins

October – 30 mins

November- 30 mins

Have you recently visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, how long did you have to queue?

Dollywood Wins Theme Park Applause Award

Dollywood was yesterday awarded the theme park equivalent of the Oscars at the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010 in Orlando, Florida.

The Applause Award was accepted by Dolly Parton in person who stated in an interview how “honoured and proud” she was to receive such a prestigious award. “I’m excited that this is our 25th anniversary for Dollywood, that we won it this year, and that I had a chance to be here.” She added.

The Applause Award, which has been presented since 1980 honour’s a park whose “management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry with their foresight, originality and sound business development,” according to a statement from Liseberg park in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Applause winner is decided by a board of governors chaired by Mats Wedin, Liseberg’s CEO. The board includes theme park professionals from around the world.

Dollywood beat off competition from English based Alton Towers and German Theme Park, Phantasialand.

Dollywood welcomes 2.5 million visitors a year.

Shop Price’s At Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Shop Prices

Dervish and Banges

Pins: $9.95
Patches:$6.95
House Ties: $9.95
Omnioculars: $34.95
Stuffed Dragon: $21.95
Remembrall: $12.95
Quaffle Ball: $19.95
Golden Snitch: $14.95
Wizard Robe: $99.95

Sneakoscope: $14.95
Trwizard Cup: $16.95
Bludger Bat & Ball Set: $21.95

Filch’s Emporium
Hogwarts Stein: $34.95
Scarfs: $29.95
Stuffed Phoenix: $24.95
Stuffed Hippogriff: $21.95
Ministry of Magic Mug: $12.95
Stuffed Owl (Hedwig) – $29.95
Marauder’s Map Mug: $16.95

Honeydukes
Fudge Flies: $6.95
Honeydukes Salt Water Taffy: $6.95
Chocolate Frog: $9.95
Chocolate Cauldron: $9.95
Honeydukes Milk Chocolate Bar: $4.50
Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans: $9.95
Clippy’s Clip Joint Clippings: $2.95
Honeydukes Hard Candy: $12.95
Ton-Tongue Toffee: $12.95

Ollivanders Wands: $28.95

Zonkos Joke Shop
Chattering Teeth: $4.95
Screaming Yo-Yo: $9.95
Fanged Flyer: $24.95
Zonko’s Mug: $12.95
Robot Lilliput: $21.95
Duck On Bike: $19.95
Chinese Fortune Sticks: $11.95

Disneys Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Dates Announced

Each year Disney holds a very special Christmas party, the dates have just been announced.

November 2010 December 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010 Thursday, December 2, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010 Friday, December 3, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010 Sunday, December 5, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010 Thursday, December 9, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010 Friday, December 10, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010 Sunday, December 12, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Tuesday, December 14, 201
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Sorting Hat At Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Whilst queueing for the forbidden journey ride at the WizardingWorld of Harry Potter, the sorting hat is used to give out safety instructions here is its words….

What’s that you say, Sorting Hat?

These benches are not safe for you
If you are still too small.
You must be more than goblin-sized
48 inches tall.

Now rid yourself of objects
That might poke or scratch or fall.
Take jewelry, cell phones or loose change
And stow them one and all.

To keep your treasures safe and sound
Smart lockers are supplied.
Gringotts made them wizard-proofed
For all you need to hide.

Now, a warning:
Do not ride if flying makes you queasy.
If frightened or else sore in back or neck
Then leave. It’s easy.

You’ve come far.
You’re very near.
The waiting’s been long.
But, smoking, drinking and eating while you ride
Are very wrong.

Now thank you all for listening.
Our safety lesson’s done.
We hope you live to tell the tale.
And most of all, have fun.

Source – Orlando Sentinel

Walt Disney USA Beaten By Disney International

Some very interesting results coming out of Disney’s full yearaccounts.  With net profit across the board increasing by 19.8%

Overall revenues rose by 5.3% to $38.1bn, while operating income improved by 13.7% to $7.6bn.

Revenues from Disney’s Parks and Resorts group increased by 0.9% to $10.8bn, however operating profit fell 7.1% to $1.3bn.

Disney have stated that the decrease is attributed to a decline in the U.S. market, but was actually added by improved results at its international parks.

Disney attributed this loss to the following

  • 1 less business week compared to last year.
  • Lower hotel occupancy.
  • Decrease at Disney Cruise Line.
  • Lower Disney World Attendance
  • increased operating costs

These reasons  were partly offset by higher visitor spending, primarily due to higher average ticket prices and increased attendance at Disneyland Resort (Anaheim).

Meanwhile, the growth in international operations reflected improvement at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, driven by increased attendance, guest spending and hotel occupancy, and an increase at Disneyland Paris, due to higher guest spending and a real estate sale, partly offset by lower attendance.

Higher guest spending at both resorts resulted from higher average ticket prices and average daily hotel room rates.

For the fourth quarter alone, the group saw net profit slip by 6.7% to $835m, on revenues down 1.3% at $9.74bn. Operating profit fell 7.3% to $1.7bn.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Coming To The UK?

Are Warner Bros gearing up to launch the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the UK? Reports state that Warner Bros have completed the purchase of Leavesden Studios near Watford, Hertforshire, which has been used to produce all the Harry Potter films. They have also confirmed that the site will be operated partly as a visitor attraction.

The cost of the purchase is said to be £100 million and covers all of the 170-acre site.

What will happen there?

By pre booking tickets, memebers of the public will be offered the ability to tour several of the original Harry Potter film sets at the studio where all eight movies were produced.

Barry Meyer, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. said: “Our purchase of Leavesden and our multi-million pound investment in creating a permanent UK film production base further demonstrates our long-term commitment to, and confidence in, the skills and creativity of the UK film industry.

The group has secured permission for its development plans from the Three Rivers District Council. Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, will open in mid 2012.