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Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:47 pm

Here's a construction update photo of Star Wars land from my hotel window in Swan.

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An impressively large mountain range.
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Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:15 pm

Some more photos from Star Wars land construction from inside Toy Story land. Buildings are starting to come together and art work on some of them is in place.

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Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:18 pm

Going to be going to California next year so I should be able to see that version of Star Wars. 

Wonder when we're going to hear more about what's involved in the battlefield show/ride
 
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Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:08 pm

I got to experience the new Toy Story Land, which is wonderfully themed but I felt doesn't offer nearly as much as I would have expected.

With just three attractions, of which only two are new, one cafe and two Meet and Greet spots, it's a little disappointing that Disney didn't offer more from the vast catalog of Toy Story attractions they have created across the world. This meant that queues were typically 60 minutes for Toy Story Mania and Alien Swirling Saucers, with Slinky Dog Dash sitting around 90-120 minutes. You really want fast pass for these attractions, as none of the queues are that interesting and mostly cattle pens, and are predominantly outside. In the 33c and 70-80% humidity I had last week, standing in these queues was a non-starter, but I was lucky to get an on-the-day fast pass for Toy Story Mania.

Toy Story Mania, whilst entertaining, didn't feel that special. Maus au Chocolat at Phantasialand I feel does a far better job, with themed rooms between the screens, which Toy Story Mania lacks, and feels like a longer ride too. It was also disappointing there is no on ride photo. I got a generic 'voicemail' from Buzz and Woody a day later linked to my account, but I don't know if it came from Toy Story Mania or Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin over at Magic Kingdom.

Slinky Dog Dash, looks and sounds fantastic. This is very much a next generation of child/family targeted roller coasters, being a very toned down version of similar bigger launch coasters. The trains look brilliant and it makes sounds throughout the ride.

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One thing that really impressed me is how Disney have gone away and said, we want this to have a large and impressive looking track, but to make it family friendly the train must go as slow as possible. The launch speed is not much more than the absolute minimum to get it over the highest points, with it always looking like it is about to stall. It's the perfect design decision for this ride, but I suspect it was a harder design to realise than those that are designed to happily go as fast as possible through each element.



Overall Toy Story land felt well presented, with a better layout than those at Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong, but really felt it lacked attractions. It also suffers from having very little shade and cooling off areas, which doesn't make sense for a new area with an even higher concentration of family groups with small children.
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Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:31 pm

Still admire what they've done with the slinky coaster. People who's limit are Runaway mine train level coasters get to experience a full on launch coaster (even if it's a mild launch)

They could probably get the rides from DLP added quite quickly as they're simple and have a small footprint. Their low capacity is a problem though, they could quite easily get 75min+ queues. Given that Hollywood Studios is getting three major big budget attractions it's hard to imagine they won't ease up the queues quite a bit. Just hope those problems with the millennium Falcon ride are ironed out...
 
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Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:26 pm

For the first time Disney seem to have given some concrete details about the 'Rise of the Resistance' ride.

https://wdwnt.com/2018/12/photos-first- ... axys-edge/

Looks like it's a new version of their trackless vehicle tech with a droid in front. Also looks like it isn't 3D or VR which is suprising given the CG heavy images we've seen but hints the ride will be more Dinosaur/Indiana Jones than Ratatouille.
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:09 pm

Disney have today announced the opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at both Walt Disney World (August 29th) and Disneyland (May 31st). However, the Rise of the Resistance attractions are not due to open with the areas, and are instead being classified as a 'phase two' that will open later in the year...



Yes, people are excited to experience these new developments, but opening these highly-anticipated areas with only one of their two attractions seems likely to be a nightmare.
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Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:14 pm

The attraction they're opening is the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, where concerns already exist over the interaction required on it.

I have a bad feeling about this. :sus:
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Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:51 pm

They're only opening the Millenium Falcon ride? The ride that is rumoured to have major capacity issues? The queues will be absolutely insane. If the Slinky Dog coaster at Hollywood studios can reach 4 hours, what hope is there for this?

I'm also worried as I'm going to California early december and the delay for the resistance ride (which sounds amazing) could easily stretch into next year...
 
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Wed May 01, 2019 4:10 pm

We have the brand new logo reveal and well, it’s... um... it’s certainly minimalist?

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Also, just something I've noticed. Is it really the wisest move to remind us of the huge lack of character representation, and therefore attractions this park has to offer? Excluding the single attractions based on The Muppets, Aerosmith and Twilight Zone those shown in the logo are pretty much it as far as this park goes for characters and attractions! 
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Fri May 03, 2019 8:27 pm

I feel they started with a good idea, to do it in a classical 1930's Hollywood font. Then the marketing execs stepped in and said they've got to highlight all the IPs are the park and someone spent an hour in photoshop.
 
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Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:21 am

Here’s a look at the cast member uniforms and ride vehicles for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway with photos provided by The DIS on Twitter.

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I have to admit... this is slowly becoming the main attraction I’m looking forward to experiencing next year at the Disney parks!

More details Sunday.
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Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:20 pm

Looking forward to that more than rise of the resistance.
 
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Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:58 pm

The last description I saw of Rise of the Resistance, it made me think DBGT. Large concept, set pieces, poor throughput. Really want it to work, as on paper it sounds amazing. But on paper DBGT also sounds amazing.
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Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:44 am

The attraction utilises a similar system to Ghost Train as part of its pre-show. The main experience however is anticipated to be fairly high capacity, at least high enough!
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Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:52 pm

The ride is massively ambitious but there's just so much to go wrong with it. I've heard dubious rumours about the delays being caused by them having issues with the cars bumping into each other and magnetic track lines being laid wrong requiring floors to be ripped up and that they're scrapping some of the tech they were going to use for deadline/reliability reasons.

Hope they can get it all sorted as if the ride's as good as it sounds it could be, it'll be the next Spider-man. They certainly need it to be good given the unexpectedly low crowds for Star wars land alongside Hagrid's bike coaster winning all the plaudits.
 
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Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:42 pm

I’ve also heard the delay has been in part due to imagineers not designing a locking mechanism for the ride vehicles in the drop section of the ride, meaning vehicles were slightly moving during the free fall.

I have to say. It’s oversights like these that make me question Disney’s ability in creating modern attractions.
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Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:46 pm

Worryingly, oversights like that are a little more common than they should be, throughout this and other similar industries.
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Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:36 pm

I still have to question why there's a large vertical drop drop at all. Unless it's so tame you barely feel it (in which case why add the complexity when drops can be simulated and elevators can be so seamless you don't even realize you've been in one like in Transformers). 

A lot of people at Disney Parks can't take any sort of intensity and there's an element of trust involved that they won't get tricked into riding something that's beyond them. Break that trust and it'll make them nervous about going on lots of other family rides/ 
 
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Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:50 pm

Personally I’ve always seen this ride as Disney trying to ‘compare sizes’ to Universal in terms of technology and how much they can stuff into one ride.

Not that it’s a bad thing, but like you say it does raise the question of if it’ll be an attraction that everyone can enjoy as presumably the rest is a classic simulator feeling. I guess people will just have to read the information board :lol

That being said, Tower of Terror is in the same park and that has a much larger drop, along with Flight of a Passage also being fairly intense in some portions.
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