Disney’s Retired Attractions

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Theme parks are constantly making improvements to their parks. Attractions are always coming and going; some we’re happy about and some we’re not. I’m going to take a look into some of the iconic Disney attractions that have been retired.

Disney’s Magic Kingdom is a great starting point with Extra TERRORestrial Alien Encounter which was a brilliant attraction that was replaced in 2003 with Stitch’s Great Escape! Rumour has it that even Stitch will be leaving us soon as the park has already scheduled Stitch’s Great Escape for seasonal closures! 🙁

Mr Toad’s Wild Ride is talked about on so many Disney forums so I can only imagine how amazing it was. Originally due to be a roller coaster, it ended up being a dark ride with the left and right tracks being 2 completely different experiences! Unfortunately, I’m too young to have seen this as it closed in 1998 to be replaced by The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Snow White’s Scary Adventures opened way back in 1971 but was deemed a little too scary for some guests so closed for a refurbishment in 1994 before opening back up to the public until 2012. Princess Fairy-tale Hall is now in it’s place.

Let’s pop over to Disney’s Epcot and see what’s been changing here over the years shall we? One of my all time favourites that I remember from the first time I ever visited Orlando, Honey! I Shrunk The Audience! I’m not usually a fan of 4D attractions but how can you not love this?! I was gutted when this got taken away but it was temporarily replaced with Captain EO Tribute in 2010.

Maelstrom was an indoor log flume ride which would have it’s twists and turns before moving you backwards. Sadly, this ride closed in 2014 although I was so happy to finally see a Frozen ride, Frozen Ever After!

Horizons was a dark ride taking you through the ideas that could be used in the future to make the world even greater! Horizons was then replaced by Mission: SPACE, a motion simulator ride in 1994.

Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Journey into the Jungle Book was a theatrical show filled with animals as well as costumed-humans which closed in 1999 and was replaced later on by Tarzan Rocks.

Tarzan Rocks was another theatrical show lasting about 30 minutes (perfect for the AC) which closed in 2006 before being replaced with Finding Nemo – The Musical.

Pocahontas and her Forest Friends opened with the park in 1998 and had an array of live animals as well as the lead character from the movie. The theatre seated 350 guests at a time but ended for good in 2008! Nothing major has replaced this show yet even today, but you can still have a meet and greet with Pocahontas herself!

Next stop, Disney’s Hollywood Studios where it used to be best known as the home to Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat which was inspired by the apprentice segment in Fantasia! Since 2015, his hat can no longer be found at Hollywood Studios, but instead, a view of The Great Movie Ride.

Journey into Narnia: Prince Caspian was a walk-through attraction, testing your knowledge on the movie and even includes a character meet and greet! This closed in 2011 being replaced with The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow before becoming Toy Story Land. Toy Story Land is currently under construction to become even larger in the near future.

Isn’t it amazing how much Walt Disney World has changed throughout the years?! Can you think of any other Disney attractions that we can no longer visit?

Smiles Included…

Louise

Disney Announce Opening Dates

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Today Disney treated us to a few dates for our diaries. So lets get stuck in.

Frozen

Possibly the most exciting being confirmation that the Disney Frozen attraction at Epcot will officially open on the 21st June.

Frozen ever after, is a boat ride around Arendelle, guests will see the Summer Snow Day celebration, Troll Valley, North Mountain, Elsa’s Ice Palace and other sights.

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Soarin’

I like this one, Disney will be bringing Soarin’ back for a limited time to give it a proper send off. From May 27th until June 26th visitors at Epcot will be able to ride the original version before its updated to Soarin’ Around the World.

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Star Wars

Disney also confirmed that the new fireworks show ‘Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular’  will debut on June 17 at Hollywood Studios. This night time spectacular will be the most elaborate fireworks display in the park’s history.

Disney state that the show will combine fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections upon various building in the park. Proposed scenes include the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other Star Wars destinations.

The show which will be put to music from the film franchise will feature a tower of fire and spotlight beams which will create the image of a lightsaber in the sky.

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Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is a stage show at Cinderella Castle, it will debut at Magic Kingdom on June 17th!

In “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire,” Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers have been preparing to host a joyous festival and have ventured far and wide to invite friends from other lands to join their celebration. From the Land of the Bewitching Bayous, Goofy has invited Tiana, Naveen and Louis to add a little spice of New Orleans jazz to the party. From the Land of the Enchanted Woods, Donald Duck brings some new friends he met at the Snuggly Duckling, and Daisy introduces us to her special guests, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Finally, Mickey shares a surprise with Minnie, as he has traveled to the Land of the Mystic Mountains to invite Olaf, Anna and Elsa, who contributes a blast of her icy magic. It all culminates in a grand dance, as the Merry Makers invite all their special guests to join in the fun on this special day in Magic Kingdom Park!

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Which of these are you most excited about visiting? The Star Wars fireworks displays looks amazing, I can’t wait to see this.

You can purchase Disney Passes from Orlando Attraction Tickets from as little as £154.00 (2 Day Child ticket).

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Still To Come In 2016…

Hey Thrill Seekers,

2016 has got off to a flyer here at Orlando Attraction Tickets, we literally can’t get the tickets out the door fast enough 🙂 The appetite for Florida from the UK market seems stronger than ever and we’re obviously delighted.

Disney, Universal and SeaWorld are all currently innovating like there’s no tomorrow. The introduction of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter seems to have not only helped Universal but also galvanised the Orlando theme park industry as a whole. Setting new standards of excellence seems to have inspired every park to up their game, which can only benefit us all.

What’s still to come

This week SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment gave us sneak peaks at the ride cars for their Summer coasters, Mako (at SeaWorld) and Cobra’s Curse (at Busch Gardens). These two new attractions are a breath of fresh air for us coaster nuts especially Mako which claims to be the fastest, tallest and longest coaster in Orlando

20160216_MakoRideVehicleReveal_088 Over at Universal Orlando Resort we got confirmation of the dates Halloween Horror Nights will operate this year plus pricing for their Frequent Fear Pass and 2 Park Bonus plus Halloween Horror Nights tickets both of which are now available on Orlando Attraction Tickets.

This summer we’re also expecting to see the rebirth of the Incredible Hulk Coaster which has been down for a few months as Universal complete a total revamp of this iconic coaster.

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Also set for an official opening this summer at Universal’s Islands of Adventures is the highly anticipated Skull Islands: Reign of Kong. Still not much is known about the attraction but the attention to detail we’ve spotted around the build site leads us to think we may have another Potter Land on our hands…. Eeeeekk!

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Disney’s major projects wont be launched for a few years yet, however they do have a little thing called Frozen up their sleave…. set to be called “Frozen Ever After.” The Maelstrom ride, located in the Norway pavilion of the World Showcase, will be renovated into this new attraction based on Disney’s popular animated film. The ride will take guests to Arendelle during the kingdom’s Winter Festival, featuring favourite characters and music from the film, all with cutting-edge technology.

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So all the parks have something new and interesting to offer guests visiting in 2016… We’ll keep you all updated as soon as we can give definitive opening dates but one things for sure… its going to be awesome!

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Frozen Ever After At Disney’s Epcot

Hey Thrill Seekers,

You might of heard of a little animated film Disney released called Frozen… it turned out to be quite popular. Disney have been planning to take advantage of its popularity by incorporating an attraction into one of its parks.

Today an article in the Wall Street Journal (and quoted across the internet) appears to have released the first concept image of the ride, not only that but it also revealed the name of the attraction Frozen Ever After

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Disney Imagineers who designed the ride recently got a virtual-reality tour at a warehouse in Glendale, Calif., wearing 3-D glasses while watching high-definition images of Olaf and Sven horsing around, Grandpappy Troll telling a magical story and Elsa belting out her song “Let It Go.” They will become animatronic characters that Epcot visitors float by on a log after “Frozen Ever After” opens next year.

As we reported Frozen Ever After is replacing Maelstrom at Epcot and getting a sprinkle of magic to transform it into Arendelle in the middle of summer. The queue will include Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post with steamy windows from the sauna. It is reported that during the ride guests will encounter all their favorite Frozen characters – including Anna, Elsa, Kristof, Olaf and Sven.

When we find out more, you guys will be the first to know.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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