Today we have our breakdown of the Parks and Resorts Presentation. By this point you know where everything is going, what's being removed and have seen all of the art. Well, we're going to share that with you again anyway.
But we decided we'd let our running commentary conversation break it all down for you. Keep in mind, these are our initial reactions and we reserve judgement all the way around on this. But we thought this was entertaining and we figured you would too. Enjoy!!
Written by Chris, RD, Matt and Gregg
All pictures © Disney (Click any of the pictures below for a larger version)
Christian Just got home...staying spoiler free for the moment. Did anyone find a live stream anywhere?
Even a Facebook live or YouTube stream? I think I'm just going to have to go full on, reading live updates.. can't find video
Gregg I linked to a periscope on the page, really good stuff.
RD I saw the entire presentation - And I'm seething in anger.
Gregg Same. Stupid internet ruined everything. No surprises
RD Well, Avengers/Spiderman was - as is Pixar Pier
Gregg Except, doesn't look like Speedway is going. Lol
RD I actually felt a knot in my stomach. And what the hell is up with Disney's Pixar-Marvel Adventure?
Gregg The fact they didn't change the name of that park in 2012 is ridiculous. Literally "Grizzly river run" is the only thing that's still remotely CA about that place.
RD Exactly. There's not going to be any California left in it. Why bother keeping the name. Why not call it "Disneyland South"
Gregg Just call it Disney-Pixar Studios and be done with it. Or Pixar-Marvel Adventure's R Us
RD You know, I have to wonder if that's going to be the new name for Florida - and for DCA.
Gregg But DHS has Lucas. So Pixar/Lucas Studios on the Right and Pixar/Marvel Studios on the Left? Studios Adventure Park.
RD I could see that. Easily in fact.
Gregg I do have to say, the Mickey/Minnie Ride is probably what has me most excited
RD I think that's a winner - I hope they execute it right.
Matthew Meh. My two least favorite Disney characters
Gregg Matt, it was all started by a Mouse, didn't you know? =)
Christian Presentation is over?
RD Yeah. Drinking has begun.
Christian Now I'll search for you tube.. to see who has it posted first. I feel like Disney posted it last year.
Gregg Pretty much. There was 1 major announcement that didn't leak and one relatively minor one that didn't.
Matthew Screw this, I'll just go watch video of the lady with the big thunder dress
That's been the highlight of D23 so far
Gregg Oh yeah, I had to straight up tell somebody on Twitter "F**k You" and blocked them from the Park Journey acct.
Christian So .. First update.. Star wars land.. Everything already leaked.. no news..
The model is like the pandora model.. Will look cool when finished but not mind blowing
Next--- The Mickey ride leaked, which to me is a loss.
The great movie ride, is dated, but a classic Disney ride... It looks like Disney is simply trying to remove all intellectual property they don't own..
Matthew Where is the "Screens!" Chorus?
Gregg I hadn't seen the Mickey Ride, so that was new to me
Christian That leaked a few days ago. Ratatouille btw. I had that leak a month ago...but work.
so sorry to let everyone down there.
I have a a huge Epcot theory.. I'll get into a few ... or I'll just share it now ... since it's obvious.
Gregg Ratatouille was a pretty bad secret
Matthew I'm kind of pissed at how they're putting guardians in Epcot- just nuke the building instead of this lousy recycling.
Gregg New China 360 was also news
Christian Every single Epcot ride will become Disney intellectual property and long term... every country will have a Disney IP ride.
Surprised. it will take to 2021 to open Ratatouille... a great ride... but a movie that wasn't exactly a hit. If it isn't star wars or toy story Disney builds it slow
Matthew Every single Disney park attraction will become IP. Which is why as iconic as they are, I don't see space mountain lasting a whole lot longer
RD All that we know is everything will be open by 2021 - though I reckon that most will be before then (notably Ratatouille and the Skyway system)
Christian Tron.. I don't get. I get that it's a clone.. and it's cheap to clone.
RD Neither do I. In fact, that's what has me so damn angry.
Gregg Like Tron looks awesome, but doesn't really fit that park. Or that area of that park. But the fact that it's not an addition by subtractions means that ultimately I can't be mad at it. If they were removing stuff for it, then yeah, I'd be pissed. Plus, more people riding Tron = less people riding SP75. They're basically taking away the MNSSHP Treat Trail ... it's fine.
Matthew It's the highest rated ride at Shanghai, its space mountain 2.0
RD To have that fugly building next to one of the most gracious, beautiful structures ever designed by man.... it's a disgrace.
Christian It's a cheap clone... and makes MK a more adventure park.. look how well universal did by adding rides for the older kids
Matthew I wish they'd remove Disneyland dead weight land
RD When you're on the monorail, and you emerge from Contemporary, and you see that beautiful cone, the castle - the true icons for the park... it's stunning.
Now: Fugly building behind it.
Christian Next one.. confused... so mission space.. stays the same and the big change is a restaurant? That's a thing?
Gregg Apparently Orange Mission Space has a new mission
Christian Why are they closing mission space?
Gregg Not sure just why Orange. Apparently it's been closed
Matthew I'm happy to finally maybe have a reason to wander to wdw next time I visit the devils armpit.
Christian People died on orange.. and honestly guardians retheme showed have gone there.
RD Mission Space is re-opening with new films, and the new restaurant is part of it (Space Station themed table dining.) The two new films are more visualle effective, while the 'lesser' films are more "Soarin over Earth"
Matthew The space station restaurant concept has been around since the opening of the park
Christian Yeah.. not impressed... but then again the guardians of the galaxy re-theme at DCA I'm actually a fan of .
Like I wanted to hate the guardians of the galaxy tower of terror re-theme.. but then it looks so good..
Matthew So is guardians ever gonna get its own actually new from the ground up attraction?
Gregg Pretty sure they're just using the building from Ellen, not the actual ride system. That's a big ass building
Matthew I wanted the tower conversion, that attraction wasn't good enough for the twilight zone IP. I believe living seas is still the biggest. I know that my uncle spent a lot of time on universe of energy and living seas
Christian Update 6: Disneyland Paris gets marvel characters at a hotel... 0 s**ts given. If it was an apple keynote.... the Disneyland Paris thing would be a press release.
Update 7... Star Wars Hotel... Will make Disney LOTS of money...
Christian That is the right thing to do... build a star wars hotel.. people love star wars and will pay through the roof...
Matthew Maybe they can have a coupon day?
Christian Update 8.. Disney gondolas.. that leaked forever ago.. And nobody except for convention goers stay at the those hotels..
Matthew There's hotels at Disney world?
Christian To me.. It's nothing... maybe a way to get people to drink more at Epcot
Matthew Wonder if they'll get the monorail system fixed by the 50th?
Christian They won't, what nonsense.
Matthew New Eco friendly pedal powered trains by Intamin. The monorail was down a bunch when we were there in 2009
Christian The mainstreet theater they are building.. is just an up charge attraction like Lion King at Shanghai. Pure money play that won't be included in park admission. Think.. blue man group.. or lion king at shanghai. Makes me wonder if cirque de soliel closes forever and they do a show like that there, or up-charge for the pirates stunt show that they have at Disney Shanghai.
Damn, I was hoping Disney was gonna announce an RMC makeover of Matterhorn. This comment may have been brought to you by your friend Alcohol.
Whelp, there it is. We hope you enjoyed this look at the "work" we all do for Park Journey. And this is simply what we could share. Maybe we'll have to do these types of updates whenever we all chat about the big news. What do you think?
We're also perfectly aware we didn't discuss Toy Story Land. It simply didn't come up in our conversation. Not sure why that is. Have we all come to expect so much from these announcements that it's almost TOO MUCH? And things that would be headlines get lost in the shuffle?
We've included all of the pictures that Disney released that were included and what wasn't included in this update for your enjoyment.
Time for another quick update from the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival.
Today we've got a look at some more of the tasty food and the some new floral things added since our last update.
Written by Renée Girard
It's a warm, spring night so we thought we'd stop by Epcot for a bit!
Still haven't been to Flower & Garden Festival during the day, but the sunset views are always lovely!
Pretty cool photo op by the butterfly garden at Epcot.
Beer flight in Canada? Yes, please! Sampled a few brews from Unibroue.
We paired the pulled pork slider with 3 Daughters Phantasmas, an awesome spicy double IPA, at the Smokehouse in America.
Do you like cheese and berries? We do! The cheese strudel with berries from Germany is delicious.
It's always an enjoyable evening when you're strolling around the world at Epcot!
With a new year comes all of the great events at parks across the county. It seems that special events have become the norm and for most parks they go far beyond the historical timeframe of Halloween and Christmas.
Nowhere is this more apparent than at EPCOT which is not only host to the fabulous Flower and Garden and Food and Wine festivals, but now the awesome looking Festival of the Arts. Let's take a look!!
Written by Renée Girard
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Today is the first day of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts!
Figment is one of my favorite characters, and he seems to be a big part of this festival. I love it already!
I even got my Figment's Brush with the Master's scavenger hunt map. Wish me luck!
Before searching for Figment, I'll stop by the Festival Showplace at the Odyssey.
You can check out some great Disney artwork by Mary Blair and Herbert Ryman at the Festival Showplace.
There are also different seminars offered a few times a day. Keep in mind that the Festival is only on weekends (Fri-Mon).
And you can get some delicious food and drinks, too! At the Painter's Palate.
Here is the food offered at Painter's Palate, including the detail on the Mary Blair chocolate.
I went with the margherita flatbread and 3 Daughters strawberry blonde nitro beer. Both are excellent!
There are some "living statues" by the fountain in Future World.
In this interactive wall mural, guests are given paint and can paint their own 5 squares.
Here's my contribution to the mural, using the color Fashion Flame. Can't wait to see the finished product!
There are several pop up art booths all around the World Showcase at Epcot.
Some of the booths have artists there signing as well. Kristin Tercek does great pieces for Disney.
Hoping to get into the Disney on Broadway concert. The standby line stretches back to Germany!
So excited! I saw @ashleybrown9 in Mary Poppins and Beauty & the Beast and @Joshuajstrick in Tarzan on Broadway!
Absolutely loved Disney on Broadway concert! Ashley Brown & Josh Strickland are incredible!
I'm definitely a fan of all of the Figment themed merchandise at the festival.
I like how artwork has been added to character meet and greets.
I almost forgot about my Figment scavenger hunt! Here is one, and its location is spoiler-free if you're also participating.
They weren't joking when they said jumbo chocolate chip cookie!
I was more about the art than the food this visit, but here is some of what's offered.
Some of the items at Pop Eats look interesting. Might have to try that next time!
And a few more menus from around the festival. Some are a bit pricey but I'm sure they're all very good!
The workshops in Japan look fun! Something else I'll need to add to the list for my next visit.
The specialty drinks at the coffee kiosks also look yummy
I completed the Figment scavenger hunt and claimed my prize, one of four different magnets.
Really loved Festival of the Arts at Epcot! Great addition to the park. We'll definitely be back, especially for the concerts!
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