Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Is this Disney roller coaster a remedy for kidney stones?

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom in Disney World is a fun thrill ride roller coaster with sharp twists and turns, but is it also a remedy for kidney stones?

After a number of patients reported passing a kidney stone after riding Big Thunder Mountain, Dr. David D. Wartinger decided it was enough evidence to do some research between riding a roller coaster and passing a kidney stone.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
He then created, with Dr. Marc A. Mitchell, a model of a kidney, filled it with different sized stones and urine. It was then concealed in a backpack, according to the study published in the The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Then, they headed to Disney World. With the park's permission, the research team rode Big Thunder 20 times. The seat assignments were random and "determined as a function of place in the waiting line," according to the study.

After each ride the stones were analyzed.

The study concluded that sitting in the back seat lead to 64 percent passage rate. The front had a passage rate of 16 percent.

They also tested the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios and Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom, but they did not have the success of Big Thunder Mountain. Also, inverted loops and  upside-down movements do not seem to work, according to the study.


First look at Ethan Allen's upcoming Disney collection

D23 is giving us our first peek at the Ethan Allen | Disney collection: several accent tables, a Mickey-shaped chair-and-a-half and more. The entire collection debuts on Nov. 18, and D23 members are invited to a pre-sale beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday Pacific time.

Prices were not released, but check in tomorrow and we'll have more information.

In the meantime, check out some of our favorites:




Character chest

Mickey Mouse Club Chair and a Half


Mickey and Minnie Shadow Cabinets

I See Minnie Rug

Comic strip sheet set



Disneyland and Disney World announce special rates for military through 2017

Disney has announced special rates for active and retired U.S. Military personnel from Sept. 28, 2016 through Dec. 16, 2017.

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According to a Disney news release, active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends. All tickets and options are non-transferable and must be used by Dec. 19, 2017.


U.S. military personnel also includes active or retired members of the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)) or their spouses can purchase.

The type of tickets at Disney World include:
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $209 each, plus tax.
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $209 each, plus tax.
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $246 each, plus tax.
  • Disney 5-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $224 each, plus tax.
  • Disney 5-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $224 each, plus tax.
  • Disney 5-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $261 each, plus tax.

The types of tickets at Disneyland include:

  • Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $156 each.
  • Disney Military Promotional 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $181 each.

More information is available at DisneyMilitaryOffers.com.


'The Lion King' is getting a 'live-action' remake, with Jon Favreau to direct

It's the circle of life in Hollywood: "The Lion King" is being remade, and Jon Favreau's in charge. The Oscar-winning 1994 animated film, which raked in $968.8 million worldwide, including $422.8 million domestically, is being fast-tracked for a "reimagining," the Walt Disney Studios announced Wednesday, with an eye toward using the same high-end CG technology Favreau…