Ever since it was announced that Disney had agreed in principal to hook up with the blue men… not the Smurfs, but the 10 feet Na’vi from James Cameron’s epic 2009 film, the internet has been a wash with rumours about what the Pandora Disney World will include?
Here at Orlando Attraction Tickets we like to keep our ears to the ground and finger tips on our keyboards and this is what we’ve found out…
Pandora will be built in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the main Avatar ride will be a 3D effort much in the vain of Universal’s offering The forbidden Journey at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Simpsons or the Spectacular Spider-man.
One of the more interesting rumours is that the ride will be connected through-out Pandora, so riders will more between stages visiting different scenarios as if gliding through the air, similar to the gliders used in the film.
Blueprints of the project have been handed around to potential architects under the code name “Morpho” as Disney look to cost up the project. Although we believe this project will go ahead it is far from being confirmed and Disney have put a December the 7th deadline on completing negotiations with James Cameron. We are also lead to believe that Disney have a plan b already in mind in case negotiations can’t be reached.
Orlando Attraction Tickets have exclusively created The Orlando PassPort to offer Unlimited admissions to 11 of Florida’s top parks, includes 14 consecutive days entry in to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando plus Aquatica™ and Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay.
The Orlando PassPort includes 14 consecutive days entry into:
Magic Kingdom Park
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Universal Studios® Florida
Universal’s Islands of Adventure®
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay
PLUS the Orlando PassPort also gives you unlimited access to the following great venues for the duration of your ticket:
Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex (valid only on event days, some events require an additional admission charge)
DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Park (excludes prize games)
Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course ( tee time reservations are required and subject to availability; Golf equipment hire is available but comes at an additional charge.)
Universal CityWalk® (Some of the venues require you to be aged 21 years or above and photo ID is required. The CityWalk portion of the ticket is also not valid for separately ticketed concerts and special events and does not include movie at Universal Cineplex.)
And your Orlando PassPort also includes:
FREE coach transportation from Orlando to Busch Gardens TampaBay on the Busch Gardens Shuttle Express. This service departs from SeaWorld plus various locations in the International Drive andKissimmee areas. Reservations are a must and can be made by calling 1-800-221-1339 when in Orlando.
At the Disney Parks, your ticket includes use of the FASTPASS system. It’s easy to use and cuts the wait time on the most popular attractions. Insert your ticket into FASTPASS stations at participating attractions and you’ll receive a FASTPASS Return Time so you can go play in the Park instead of waiting in line! FASTPASS is NOT included at non-Disney parks.
eTickets are the future of Theme Park admission and according to sources within the company, soon Disney will only be issuing these attraction vouchers.
Here is the attraction-ticket.info guide to Disney eTickets
Once the customer completes the purchase of their required Disney Tickets, they will receive an email containing a Disney voucher.
Simply print this off and take it with you.
Upon arrival you can pick up your ticket order by presenting the eTicket along with a valid
Photo ID at one of the Guest Relations or Vacation Planning windows at any of the following parks:
Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park or the Ticket &
Transportation Center at the Magic Kingdom Park.
The whole process takes literally minutes.
Upon arrival you can pick up your ticket order by presenting the eTicket along with a validPhoto ID at one of the Guest Relations or Vacation Planning windows at any of the following parks:Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park or the Ticket &Transportation Centre at the Magic Kingdom Park.
Check out the Disney teaser video of Goofy’s Sky School rollercoaster, which is due to debut at California Adventure in mid-2011.
Goofy’s Sky School will be a rethemed version of the Mulholland Madness coaster, which closed on October 12, 2010. The wild mouse coaster will receive a new theme based on the 1940 cartoon Goofy’s Glider, which tells the story of Goofy attempting to teach pilots how to fly.
Disney handles over 30 million visitors per year! Top of everyone’s pet hate list is queuing… so what are Disney doing about this?
According to the New York Times Disney have been busy in 2010 equipping an underground nerve centre to tackle our favourite pet peeve.
In one corner, employees watch flat-screen televisions that depict various attractions in green, yellow and red outlines, with the colors representing wait-time gradations.
An example of how this would work is given as…
If Pirates of the Caribbean, the ride that sends people on a spirited voyage through the Spanish Main, suddenly blinks from green to yellow, the center might respond by alerting managers to launch more boats.
Another idea which is not exactly scientific is…
Another option involves dispatching Captain Jack Sparrow or Goofy or one of their pals to the queue to entertain people as they wait. “It’s about being nimble and quickly noticing that, ‘Hey, let’s make sure there is some relief out there for those people,’ ” said Phil Holmes, vice president of the Magic Kingdom, the flagship Disney World park.
What if Fantasyland is swamped with people but adjacent Tomorrowland has plenty of elbow room? The operations center can route a miniparade called “Move it! Shake it! Celebrate It!” into the less-populated pocket to siphon guests in that direction. Other technicians in the command center monitor restaurants, perhaps spotting that additional registers need to be opened or dispatching greeters to hand out menus to people waiting to order.
The Disney blog has just released some stunning new pictures of Disney’s new “Hyperion Wharf” which will be the new name for Pleasure Island.
The 120 acre complex will have new restaurants, shopping and entertainment experiences added to give the area a more modern feel.
The district will come to life with a nostalgic yet modern take on an early 20th century port city and amusement pier. By day, stylish boutiques and innovative restaurants will draw you in and by night, thousands of lights will transform the area into an electric wonderland.
Building work has already started and is due for completion in 2013.
I think you’ll agree these images are pretty impressive and attraction tickets .info can’t wait for 2013.
Disney also mention further alterations to their Downtown area including:
Remodelling The Lego Imagination Centre from January to April 2011. When completed, the store will stand at nearly 3,500 square feet.
The AMC Theatres are adding new digital technology, a Concession Stand of the Future and Florida’s first Fork & Screen Theater.
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.
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.