Sunday, July 24, 2016

Dinosaur at Animal Kingdom in Disney World to be closed for 3 months

Dinosaur one of the few thrill rides at Animal Kingdom in Disney World will close for a three-month refurbishment starting July 25, according to the Walt Disney World website.
Disney publicity photo of Dinosaur

The ride which take guests on a back in time trip to save an Iguanodon from extinction before a meteor hits the Earth and causes the dinosaurs to boom extinct.

In order to support the incredibly large and sophisticated dinosaur Audio-Animatronics at Dinosaur, their bases were built clear through the structure down to their own foundations in the ground.

According to the website, the ride will be closed from July 25 to Oct. 16, 2016.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy ride to replace Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disneyland

The first of what is expected to be a number of Marvel Super Hero attractions to open at Disneyland's California Adventure will feature the Guardians of the Galaxy and open next year, Disney announced at San Diego Comic-Con today.
Disney Artist Concept

The adventure Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will take the place of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and will open the summer of 2017.

In the adventure, Tanaleer Tivan, the Collector "has opened his unique collection of fauna, relics and species to guests for a special tour culminating with his latest prized possessions: the Guardians of the Galaxy, themselves. Fortunately, Rocket has a plan to free his friends­ – and that plan includes recruiting Disneyland Resort guests in a sensational rescue effort, "according to a Disney news release.

“The setting is a kind of fortress that’s owned by the mysterious Collector and it’s packed with creatures and his latest acquisitions from across the universe. Now he has imprisoned the Guardians of the Galaxy and they’re hanging in display cases over a giant abyss. The captor doesn’t know it but Rocket Raccoon has escaped and is enlisting our aid—all the guests—to help the Guardians in a breakout scheme. And the rest is comical chaos; a very funny, very irreverent story and a really wonderful addition to Disney California Adventure," Joe Rohde, Portfolio Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, said.

The ride will be using the same structure of the the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, including the free fall sensation with music inspired by the movie's soundtrack.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will closed in early January.

Disneyland's Paint the Night Parade to be streamed live July 25

Tune in to the Disney Parks Blog Monday night, July 25, 2016 for a live stream of Disneyland's Paint the Night Parade, beginning at 8:50 p.m. Pacific time, or 11:50 p.m. Eastern.

The parade is part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which is coming to a close Sept. 5.     It's a stunning parade, well worth staying up late for. Created with more than 1.5 million LED lights, it features elaborate floats, costumes and special effects.

You can almost think of it as a modern Main Street Electrical Parade — on steroids.

Here's a bit of what you'll see if you tune in:

Two members of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy are being placed on a NASA mission patch

Two members of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy are being placed on a NASA mission patch.

The patch, designed by Marvel Custom Solutions represents all payloads intended for the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory in calendar year 2016, according to a NASA press release.

Rocket Raccoon and Groot are on the patch. CASIS will announce later in the year an education flight contest focused on Rocket and Groot intended to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

“A major mission for us here at CASIS is to find unique and innovative ways to bring notoriety to the ISS National Laboratory,” Ken Shields, CASIS Director of Operations and Educational Opportunities, said in the news release.

 “There are very few brands in the world who have as large an impact as Marvel, and we are thrilled to partner with them on this project and look forward to Rocket and Groot inspiring a new generation of researchers interested in the space station," he said.