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Theme Park Bits: Nine Florida Parks in One Day, DisneySky Park Rumored for Tokyo, Snow Falls on Disneyland Paris

Theme Park Bits: Nine Florida Parks in One Day, DisneySky Park Rumored for Tokyo, Snow Falls on Disneyland Paris
From Slashfilm - February 12, 2018

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

Alright, park-hoppers: its time to get real. Whats the most number of parks youve visited in a single day? On Valentines Day three years ago, a couple named Michael and Diane Greening traveled across time zones in two countries to visit the flagship parks in three different Disney resortsall in the same epic calendar day. This stunt made headlines on Yahooand other big news sites.

Maybe TheTimTracker was inspired by the example of the Greenings, because he and his wife Jenn recently undertook the crazy feat of visiting nine Central Florida theme parks in one day.The award for Most Dedicated Theme Parkgoers of the Week goes to this adventurous couple. Personally, Ill have to settle for having riddentwo Towers of Terror in one month.

Heres another human interest story for you. An 87-year-old man walked through Disneyland with a cane and needed a wheelchair to get up the ramp to take the ride he created 40-plus years ago. That mans name is Bill Watkins, and you can read more about his final ride on Space Mountain over at the OC Register(courtesy of The Disney Blog). Seriously, who would have guessed that youre only ever traveling at a maximum speed of 27.27 miles per hour on Space Mountain?

If you missed the videos we shared last week of A Celebration of Harry Potter, SYFY Wire has a new one up taking a look at this years edition of the annual Universal Orlando event.

Universal Studios Hollywood has issued a press release with details on its upcoming attraction Kung Fu Panda: The Emperors Quest, which is set to open in the new Dreamworks Theatre in Summer 2018. This is billed as a multi-sensory attraction with cutting-edge technology, including the first-ever integration of interior projection mapping designed to engulf guests in 180 degrees of immersive adventure.

We posted a separate article about it this week, but if that happened to slip your notice, heres a look at a couple of the concepts for the Green Lantern and Justice League rides coming to Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi in the summer of 2018. More details can be found here.

Last weeks edition of Theme Park Bits ended with a discussion about the direction of Disney parks: specifically, whether the parks and their attraction themes are headed in the direction of too much Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Frozen, and Pixar. There must have been something in the ether because those words were actually written before the news broke of Walt Disney Worlds Incredible Summer.

/Film writer Ben Pearson breaks down this event in greater detailhere.Suffice it to say, this summer, The Incredibles arereturning to their old dance party ways in Tomorrowland, the Guardians of the Galaxy are performing Awesome Mixsoundtrack songs at Epcot, Toy Story Land is opening at Hollywood Studios, and Russell and Dug from Up are leading a new bird show at Animal Kingdom.

So very quickly the cosmos have answered last weeks discussion questionby showing thatDisney is only going to be doubling down, in the very near future, on more attractions and entertainment related to these properties. As Inside the Magic reports,Disney Parks and Resorts actually saw its revenue boosted to $5.2 billion in the last fiscal quarter, so if anything, the Walt Disney Company is probably laughing all the way to the bank.

On the macro level of worldwide Disney parks, this is shaping up to be a big year for Pixar in particular. This week, Disney Parks Blog also shared a first look at Toy Story Lands Alien Swirling Saucers. In the same post, they also denied thename-change rumorsfor Disneys Hollywood Studios, saying the park would keep its name for the foreseeable future.

The Paradise Pier entrance marquee completely removed. Also notice Ariel's Grotto and Treasures in Paradise building features removed. #PixarPier?https://t.co/hhZYNCwGal pic.twitter.com/ofAPnULNJH

MouseInfo (@MouseInfo) February 5, 2018

At Disney California Adventure, the construction march toward Pixar Pier continued this week with the removal of the old Paradise Pier entrance marquee and other building features.

On the other side of the globe, Tokyo DisneySea is currently undergoing its own Pixar invasion with the Pixar Playtime event.

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