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    Re: 11/17: New to Me

    It's cool living in Orlando, now, as I've seen most of these changes happen.

    I was at Magic Kingdom on Saturday, and they had been running soft openings on Space Mountain earlier that day. I rode the TTA, and the astronauts were back, but the lights were back on.

    I was hoping to get to ride it this week, but my wife caught a flu, so no magic kingdom for us for about a week. I'm excited to get back and ride it!

    We did catch the Tiana's Jubilee, and we loved it. If this is what the movie is like, Disney will have a hit on their hands.

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      Re: 11/17: New to Me

      Good article. But I wanted to note that the astronauts have been returned to the lift hill in Space Mountain. Someone posted a video that was taken last week in the SM thread in the MK forum.

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        Re: 11/17: New to Me

        I'd wager the GMR signs are temporary signs so the primary signs can be taken down and rebuilt/repaired.
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          Re: 11/17: New to Me

          Originally posted by flynnibus View Post
          I'd wager the GMR signs are temporary signs so the primary signs can be taken down and rebuilt/repaired.
          Let's hope! Too many "temporary" additions or replacements have become permanent features over the years.

          Thanks for great round-up, Kevin.
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            Re: 11/17: New to Me

            Originally posted by Kevin Yee
            The original idea to DAK had been to leave some trails unmarked and some animal exhibits unheralded, the better to reward exploration and discovery (for its own sake). I grew to admire and like that philosophy, but I can see why current operators wanted to label an exhibit, especially if the vast majority of the visitors were otherwise just going to ignore it.
            I, too, appreciate the fact that many things are hidden in Animal Kingdom. While it probably contributes to many passing tourists' dislike of the park in favor of MK or Epcot, but I also feel that it is what firmly entrenches DAK as the perfect park for Annual Passholders.
            I worked at Walt Disney World as a member of the Disney College Program in Spring 2008 and Summer 2010. Now, I build software, design live events, and frequently make the short trek from Costa Mesa to Disneyland with my Annual Passport in hand.

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              Re: 11/17: New to Me

              Originally posted by flynnibus View Post
              I'd wager the GMR signs are temporary signs so the primary signs can be taken down and rebuilt/repaired.
              You are correct. They did the same thing several months ago with the Sid Cahuenga shop at the front of the Studios, which is also neon. these 2-D painted flat signs are similar to the printed scrims that have popped up in recent years to mask rehabs on exteriors. So they're actually a good thing, rather than removing the sign completely for rehab, or covering it with a tarp or something.
              -Shane

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              • #8
                Re: 11/17: New to Me

                My grandson discovered the Kidcot spots in Epcot during our 2003 vacation. I visited them myself on several previous vacations as well. It was a unique way for kids to have fun in Epcot.
                BarbaraAnn

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                  Re: 11/17: New to Me

                  "The Kidcot stations in Future World were quietly discontinued several weeks ago, freeing Disney from needing to man the locations and presumably saving a bundle in the process. Now, the former stations are just abandoned wall displays. The Kidcot stations in Future World remain staffed and untouched."

                  This seems to contradict itself. The stations in Future World were discontinued and abandoned AND they remain staffed and untouched? Clearly a mistake/typo, so what was this meant to say?

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                    Re: 11/17: New to Me

                    I think you did a good job on your round-up, Kevin. I've only been to Walt Disney World once, and that was in 2003, so I can't say very much about all this. If anything, I wonder what changes they are bringing to Space Mountain (apart from the upside down astronauts).

                    I vaguely remember the Tomarrowland Transit Authority, but replacing the audio with characters narrating throughout the tour? It makes sense, since the Tomarrowlands all over the world are featuring several Disney characters in thier attractions.

                    The tequila bar over in the Mexico pavilion sounds cool; if I ever go again, I would like to try the tequila bar.

                    As for the removal of the Kidcot stations...no comment.


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                      Re: 11/17: New to Me

                      Originally posted by DrMemory View Post
                      This seems to contradict itself. The stations in Future World were discontinued and abandoned AND they remain staffed and untouched? Clearly a mistake/typo, so what was this meant to say?
                      Good catch. That should have read they were UNstaffed (and untouched).
                      Kevin Yee
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                      I am the author of several Disney books:
                      Jason's Disneyland Almanac - a daily history of Disneyland
                      Walt Disney World Hidden History - tributes, homages, and ride remnants at WDW
                      Your Day at the Magic Kingdom
                      Mouse Trap
                      Tokyo Disney Made Easy
                      101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland
                      Magic Quizdom (The Disneyland Trivia Book)

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                        Re: 11/17: New to Me

                        Originally posted by Hazelrah View Post
                        So they're actually a good thing, rather than removing the sign completely for rehab, or covering it with a tarp or something.
                        In that case, yes, absolutely, good on them!
                        Kevin Yee
                        MiceAge Columnist

                        I am the author of several Disney books:
                        Jason's Disneyland Almanac - a daily history of Disneyland
                        Walt Disney World Hidden History - tributes, homages, and ride remnants at WDW
                        Your Day at the Magic Kingdom
                        Mouse Trap
                        Tokyo Disney Made Easy
                        101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland
                        Magic Quizdom (The Disneyland Trivia Book)

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                          Re: 11/17: New to Me

                          Originally posted by Hazelrah View Post
                          You are correct. They did the same thing several months ago with the Sid Cahuenga shop at the front of the Studios, which is also neon. these 2-D painted flat signs are similar to the printed scrims that have popped up in recent years to mask rehabs on exteriors. So they're actually a good thing, rather than removing the sign completely for rehab, or covering it with a tarp or something.
                          Yay! Good for them indeed as Kevin said. I wonder would it be possible now to do some sort of LED effect to look like the neon but function more reliably?
                          I like The Happiest Millionaire. What's wrong with that?

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