What a crazy few days at the Disneyland Resort as two highly anticipated attractions finally opened. Fishbulb was there all week to cover these newsworthy events, plus he attended a Disney press event that promised even more to come. We thought it would be fun to compile his great photos from these events into one handy place, so with his permission we start out the Weekend Update with Fishbulb's Disneyland Week in Review.

We also have some Walt Disney World coverage from Denise nbodyhome Preskitt. You'll enjoy her photos and video of Star Wars Weekend plus Phineas and Ferb.

Australia's Movie World theme park celebrates their twentieth anniversary and Rya86n took the time to share some of the original concept artwork.

It's looks like it's going to be a great summer and Weekend Update will be back every Saturday with another installment of your armchair trip around the world.

Fishbulb's Disneyland Week in Review

"Star Tours: The Adventures Continue" Grand Opening Ceremony

Overall the little opening ceremony was actually kind of funny. A Jedi and Storm Trooper fighting for the last seat on a flight? Clever.

Then Darth Vader showed up and of course, he wants the last seat.

They really wanted that seat!

Tom Staggs talks about the achievement of the Imagineers on the new ride.

The ribbon is cut and Star Tours is open.

And now for the 5 hour wait.

The line snakes in front of the Plaza Inn

The queue blocks most of the Tomorrowland entry

This forced Disneyland to re-route Tomorrowland traffic around the back side of the Buzz building by Matterhorn.

The Disney folks filmed the MiceChat crew's ride on this fancy new attraction. There are lots of spoilers here, but it is also lots of fun. C3P0 is a great camera man!

Disney has released this video of Darth Vader opening Star Tours. SOOO funny!

What's Next Disney Press Event

Here are the high resolution photos from the event. The upside was that we were able to see Cars Land much closer than ever before. The bad news was that there wasn't a single ounce of shade. Don't worry, they supplied sunscreen. A very funny, but also thoughtful gesture.

Tom Staggs, busy man, takes the stage to introduce that they will be discussing Cars Land, The Disney Cruise Line, and Aulani.

[LEFT]Then things got crazy and the construction workers on stage went nuts dancing and bouncing all over the place.

A time lapse video of the construction of Cars Land played on the screen to the right as the performance played out.

These are the actual construction methods used to build the new land.

Wondering if traditional methods for building would be more productive.

Either way, it's fun to watch.

Our Ambassador took the stage to welcome us to the final stop on the Soundsational Summer tour and introduced George Kaligridis.

George introduced a video fly-through of the Buena Vista Street area.

This is when he announced the new restaurant at the Carthay Circle Theater.

Cathy Mangum and Kevin Rafferty took the stage next to discuss Cars Land. The began with Mater's Junkyard Jamboree and explained that original songs are being written for the attraction. After a tour through Radiator Springs we were treated to a bird's eye view from Tower of Terror looking down into the construction area and a scen for scene explanation of Radiator Springs Racers. What is most interesting is that Cars Land will be a 12 acre expansion with 6 of those acres going to that one E-Ticket.

Al Weiss then took the stage to talk about the Disney Cruise Line.

But soon enough it was time to hear about the Aulani resort on Oahu. For that, Jason Castro took to the stage to sing Somewhere over the Rainbow. Following that Joe Rohde spoke about the Aulani.

Jason Castro

Joe Rohde

We were then treated to a final performance. A lovely Hawaiian song and hula.

"The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure" Grand Opening Ceremony


Tom Staggs welcomes the group

Jody Benson sings, "Part of your world."

Jody Benson (original voice of Ariel) and Sherri Rene Scott (Ursula on Broadway)

It's OPEN!!!

Jody Benson, Alan Menken, Pat Carroll, Sherri Rene Scott

Pat Carroll (Original voice of Ursula poses with fans.


Before we continue on with the rest of today's update, we'd like to know where YOU have been recently? We invite you to share your photos of theme parks or any other destination that may be of interest to our readers. Please feel free to contact me via MiceChat Private Message (screen name Rixter)
or send me an email: oceansiderick@gmail.com and you might just be featured in a future Weekend Update!

Denise nbodyhome Preskitt squeezed some time out of her busy schedule to bring us a Walt Disney World Resort update

Star Wars Weekends is about to enter into it's third weekend - we really enjoy going and I've already put up 200 photos on my site (more are going up this week).

Hyperspace Hoopla:

We have the full show here:

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R2-MK and Jedi Mickey:

Princess Leia Minnie:

Darth Vader Cupcake:


Dee Bradley Baker with Chewbacca at the Celebrity Welcome:

Phineas and Ferb are now doing a Meet & Play at Disney's Hollywood Studios:

I shot most of the footage of this video, I really like the interaction that Phineas and Ferb have with guests (and how often will they be holding light sabers?):

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Follow Denise's trips around Walt Disney World and beyond at her website: mousesteps.com.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Australia's Movie World theme park, Rya86n does some detective work to bring us original concept art

Yesterday (June 3rd, 2011), marked Warner Bros. Movie World's 20th Birthday.

To celebrate such an occasion, I managed to track down some rare, original concept art for the design of the AU$120 Million themepark.

Along with a bit of history, paraphrased from the official site.

The concept of Warner Bros. Movie World was the creation of the late C.V. Wood (1920 - 1999), one of the world's foremost theme park designers. Woody, as he was affectionately known, was instrumental in the design and development of Disneyland and Six Flags Over Texas.

From the moment Woody flew to Australia and saw the vacant land adjoining the Warner Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast, the promise of Movie World was born. Within 16 months, an ordinary swamp had been transformed into a spectacular movie-related theme park.

The park is based on a concept which has proven highly successful in the USA and is an extension of a fully operational and very successful movie studio with an established track record, offering an inside look into the magic and fantasy of movie making.

On 3 June 1991, Warner Bros. Movie World opened in spectacular fashion. Warner Bros. Movie World is unique, presenting the excitement and lure of Hollywood with a fast moving kaleidoscope of behind the scenes action, comedy, stunts, animatronics and fun!

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Every Friday: In the Parks

And that brings us to the end of another week. Our photographers have just enough time to reload their cameras before we see you all again next weekend. Thank you to all of our wonderful readers, and as always, a huge thank you to our amazing team of global photographers, spies, and gossips:

Denise nbodyhome Preskitt (mousesteps.com)
SummerInFL (summerinfl.smugmug.com)
sir clinksalot
Ian Parkinson and Richard Williams
Jack Hollywood 1939 Wixom
Ken Eslick (DisneylandPostcards.net)

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Our thanks to our special contributor this week, Fishbulb.

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