Everything We Learnt From Disney’s D23 Expo

Hey Thrill Seekers,

The annual Disney D23 Expo took place in Japan yesterday where Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts revealed a few new details to the official fan club.

Here’s all the info covering our favourite Orlando parks.

Guardians of the Galaxy

In Disney’s own words “we are going BIG with the “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired coaster”

Disney promised that this one-of-a-kind family attraction will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters when it’s added to Future World at Epcot.

It will include a unique story currently being created by Walt Disney Imagineering and feature a new innovative ride system that’s guaranteed to “wow” guests.

The most important thing for me is that its a ROLLER COASTER. Yay!!!

Opening date: By 2021.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new catchy theme song created especially for the attraction as well as a new experience that defies logic that we’re calling 2 ½-D. No glasses required.

On the attraction, the fun begins when you see the premiere of a new cartoon short with Mickey and Minnie getting ready for a picnic. As they head out, they drive alongside a train and find out that the engineer is Goofy. Then, one magical moment lets you step into the movie and on Goofy’s train for a wacky, wild ride.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will put you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where you’re the star and anything can happen. And for the first time, we shared a preview of what the cars will look like when you board the attraction for a zany, out-of-control adventure filled with surprising twists and turns.

Opening date: 2019

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Bob Chapek shared an update on the progress of the highly anticipated land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and shared a sneak peek at the unique Toydarian merchandise guests will find exclusively in the land.

At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests will visit the planet of Batuu, a remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge that was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes. Here, guests will find themselves in the middle of the action at two attractions that take detail and immersion to the next level: one that lets guests take the controls of Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

Guests will also be able to explore a street market run by a Toydarian, a character first introduced in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” Among his wares will be handcrafted toys made by local artisans, like those seen above.

Opening date: 2019

Incredible Summer Celebration

A new Pixar-inspired experience is set for multiple parks as Walt Disney World Resort readies its “Incredible Summer” celebration.

At Magic Kingdom Park, guests can visit Tomorrowland to party with characters from “The Incredibles” – including for the first time, fashionista Edna Mode.

Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – just in time for the park’s 20th anniversary – a new show inspired by “Up” will star Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry-friend Dug.

Toy Story Land is also set to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this summer. When it opens, guests visiting this new land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard. Here, guests can take a ride on the Slinky Dog Dash family coaster, take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, or visit a playful guest-favourite – Toy Story Mania!

Opening date: 2018

Star Wars Resort

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Last summer, Disney announced plans for an immersive Star Wars-inspired resort to be built at Walt Disney World Resort. Yesterday Disney shared a few  more details on what this thrilling new resort, which will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will be like.

This first-of-its-kind resort will combine luxury with complete immersion into an authentic Star Wars story. Guests’ journey through space will start when everyone departs together for a multiday Stars Wars adventure by boarding a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during a voyage through the galaxy.

At the resort, guests immediately become active citizens of the galaxy and can dress up in the proper attire. Every resort window will also have a view into space. The opportunity for immersion at this resort will also stand out among all Disney resorts around the globe, as it will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests a total Star Wars experience.

Opening date: 2019 we think.

Some very interesting reveals from Disney and shows the future looks bright.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Disney Patents The Use Of Drones In Theme Park Shows

Hey Thrill Seekers,

What’s that up in the sky, is it a bird, is it a plane? Nope its could possibly, in the future, be a drone if Disney recently filed patent is anything to go by.

First noted by Marketwatch, Disney have applied for three separate patents for the use of drones within their parks.

The three applications are:

  • Aerial Display System with Floating Pixels
  • Aerial Display System with Floating Projection Screens
  • Aerial Display System with Marionettes Articulated and Supported by Airborne Devices

All very impressive, but what would they actually be used for?

Well within their applications Disney offer a couple of user case studies. The first suggests that the drone would be able to carry puppet versions of popular Disney characters and fly them overhead.

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The second case would see the drones used as a replacement (or in conjunction) for their hugely popular firework shows, cutey nicknamed “Flixels”, drones would be lit up used to replicate fireworks.

20140236388_05The final user case is for the use of drones to carry large projection screen over a crowd of people.

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A very interesting move from Disney which again shows them at the cutting edge of technology. What do you think of Disney’s plans?

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Walt Disney Release Quarter One Results

Morning Thrill Seekers,

Last night I was mostly listening to Disney’s quarter one call!disney world Not the most thrilling way to spend an evening at the best of times, it didn’t help that yesterday’s was probably one of the most boring but we did get some information here’s a quick breakdown.

First-quarter results for Disney’s Parks and Resorts for 2013 saw revenue climb by 7% to $3.4 billion year-over-year. Operating income for the parks grew 4% to $577 million.

Growth was spearheaded by California’s Disneyland which drew crowds with its new Cars Themed Land. Joint attendance for Walt Disney World and Disneyland rose 4%.

Disney said visitor spending grew 6% for both Florida and California (combined) based mostly on higher ticket prices.

Other bits of info

  • Although attendance has been largely stagnant at Disney World in recent months, the company said it has improved during the current quarter. Iger said the first phases of its Fantasyland expansion have been “extremely well received” by travellers and has helped the company push more-aggressive price increases.
  • Disney so far has spent $1 Billion on its MyMagic + product.
  • While MyMagic + remains in a “test phase,” Disney says many of the main components will roll out to visitors during the next few months.
  • Disney have launched an over branded Mobile Phone in Japan that has been very successful.
  • Overall DVD sales were down 43%, exec’s believe the purchase of Lucas Films for $4 Billion will help turn this around.
  • Disney’s consumer-products business rose 11% to $346 million, driven by sales of Marvel Entertainment-related merchandise.

regards,

Jamie

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Disney Confirms Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas To Debut At Magic Kingdom Park This Spring

Ahoy there me’ Thrill Seekers,

Today via their blog Disney confirmed something we already new, that their new interactive quest called A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas will debut in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park this spring.

So what’s it all about? Disney stated

In A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas, guests will use a pirate map and magic talisman to help them complete five different pirate raids throughout Adventureland. The goal is to help locate different Treasures of the Seven Seas and fight off pirate enemies like the Royal Navy and Captain Barbossa, among others. If guests help Captain Jack succeed in all the missions, they’ll be welcomed as part of his new crew. If not, they’ll face the wrath of the cruel sea – alone.

It sounds great for all those budding adventures out there.. Disney also shared a sketch provided by their Imagineering team (best job ever?) which we’ve embedded below.

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So what are your first impressions of Pirates Adventure?

regards,

Jamie

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Disney Dream Cruise Ships Vital Statistics

• Port: Port Canaveral

• Tonnage: 128,000 tons

• Length/Beam: 1,115 ft./125 ft.

• Total Staterooms: 1,250

• Total Passengers: 4,000

• Amenities: First water coaster at sea, AquaDuck. Atrium lobby features Enchanted Art: still artwork that comes to life when a guest walks in front of it. Virtual portholes in all inside staterooms which offer a real-time view outside the ship from high-definition cameras. Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab youth areas include living characters: Disney characters appear on a 103-inch plasma screen to talk, joke and play with passengers.Goofy’s Sports Deck, Nemo’s Reef water-play area, Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar for adults only, Pixie Hollow kids area, children’s and teen activities, family pools, various restaurants including three adult-only establishments, spa and salon, and much more.

• Staterooms: Concierge family oceanview stateroom with verandah, deluxe family oceanview stateroom with verandah, deluxe oceanview stateroom verandah, deluxe family oceanview stateroom, deluxe oceanview stateroom, deluxe inside stateroom, standard inside stateroom, concierge 1-bedroom suite with verandah

• Inaugural Sail Date: Set for January 26, 2011

• Shipyard: Papenburg, Germany

• Country of Registry: Bahamas

• Officer Nationality: International

• Web site: disneycruise.disney.go.com

If you haven’t already seen the amazing images of the Disney Dream just follow this link;

Pictures of the Disney Dream Cruise Ship

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.

Disney Dream Makes First Public Appearance in Papenburg, Germany

The new Disney Cruise Liner – Disney Dream makes first public appearance! With all the grandeur of a Hollywood premiere, the Disney Dream made her first public appearance when the luxury liner emerged from a massive Meyer Werft shipyard building in Papenburg, Germany, during a gala “float out” ceremony.

A tradition in the cruise ship industry, the float out marks yet another milestone for the Disney Dream. Fittingly, the ceremony was shared with thousands of local residents and shipyard workers who saw the ship magically transformed from tons of raw steel into a luxury liner that gleams in the Disney Cruise Line signature colors of black, red and yellow. For Papenburg, a town steeped in ship building tradition, the event turned into a community celebration to welcome the Disney Dream as she dipped her toes into the water for the very first time.

Work continues inside the ship as the Disney Dream sets her course for a Jan. 26, 2011, inaugural sailing from Port Canaveral, Fla. Testing will take place throughout the ship to ensure smooth sailing in the new year. In fact, a little mouse told me that even in the 40-degree weather in Germany, the AquaDuck — the world’s first “water coaster” at sea — is being tested with brave souls taking the 765-foot, splash’tacular trip through the acrylic tube that winds throughout four decks.