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  1. My wife has seen a couple of posts on different places saying that they are going to raise the rates to park at the resorts.
  2. They're going to hand out iPads to all the kids, so they just sit quietly and not disturb anyone with their laughter and yelling!
  3. https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2019/10/21/disney-worlds-groundbreaking-new-star-wars-ride-opens-in-just-weeks-will-it-be-enough-to-save-galaxys-edge?utm_source=feature&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=hpfeatures&utm_content=HomeTopFeature There is a leaked image of the new ride in the above link. I didn't want to include it in this post. Disney World's groundbreaking new Star Wars ride opens in just weeks. Will it be enough to save Galaxy's Edge? As the holidays approach, one of the most anticipated new attractions of the year is readying to open at Walt Disney World, and we already know what to expect. Disney has been heavy-handed with cracking down on leaks regarding Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. At Disneyland, the company is rumored to have let go of nearly 10% of the 1,500-plus cast members assigned to the new land after photos from employee previews were posted online. Despite efforts to plug leaks, nearly every detail of the upcoming Rise of the Resistance ride is already known. The experience will follow a standard theme park trope of guests being recruited for a secret mission, which then goes horribly wrong – but in the end, everyone escapes unharmed. The difference is, Rise of the Resistance will use groundbreaking technology and impressive, larger-than-life sets to become one of the most technologically advanced attractions ever built. It’s pitched as the next step in an evolution of theme park rides, which for the last twenty years has mostly been focused on the impressive line-up of indoor rides at Universal Orlando. There are some noticeable similarities between Universal attractions and the new Resistance attraction. Disney recruited Scott Trowbridge away from Universal, placing him over research and development, then had him oversee the Star Wars land project. Trowbridge is credited with leading the creative teams at Universal that developed Spiderman, Mummy, and the first phase of Harry Potter. Trowbridge moved to Disney in 2007, before Diagon Alley was finished, though it is believed that he was instrumental in the early planning of some of the concepts that eventually were realized in Diagon Alley. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the first significant guest-forward project for Trowbridge at Disney. While many of Trowbridge's proposals, like the rumored interactive lightsabers and free-roaming droids, were cut from the project, there’s no denying his fingerprint is all over the Rise of the Resistance attraction. Trowbridge is known for his build-up to the actual ride with highly themed queues and multiple pre-shows. The Spiderman attraction, while somewhat dated by today’s standards, was revolutionary when it opened two decades ago. Since then, Trowbridge has refined his vision of the queue being the first scene with Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey queue being so popular that it is viewed as an attraction in its own right. Rise of the Resistance is expected to usher in the next chapter in the story of how queues and pre-shows are integrated into a ride. Guests will enter through a Resistance base camp with much of the queue in "laser cut" caves. After a brief pre-show featuring a holographic Rey and a BB8 animatronic, guests will board shuttle transports in groups of around 30 to 50 at a time. This "scene two" pre-show has been compared to the Haunted Mansion, though a better comparison may be Epcot’s former Hydrolators or the elevators found on Escape from Gringotts at Universal Orlando due to the rumbling movements experienced during this standing room pre-show experience. Using a trick straight out of Willy Wonka, the transport shuttle room will be on a turntable allowing guests to exit through the same door they entered, but they will exit from the transport ship onto a Star Destroyer. A high-def screen larger than an average IMAX screen will simulate space. In front of the screen, dozens of Stormtroopers will stand guard. This room is designed to wow, and from everyone who has seen it in person, it does that like no scene in a Disney ride has ever done before. From here guests will stand in a second short queue before loading onto a trackless ride vehicle, each with its own droid pilot much in the same vein as the E.T. animatronics found on the front of the ride vehicles on that classic Universal Studios Florida attraction. The 8-person ride vehicles look similar to the ones used on Universal’s Spiderman and Transformers attractions but are packed with much more tech. Most of the Rise of the Resistance ride will be experienced with two ride vehicles in tandem, similar to how SeaWorld’s Antarctica ride operates. Roughly halfway through the trip, just after going through a room of life-size AT-ATs, the ride vehicles separate and will individually enter an elevator, moving to the second floor of the attraction where they will reunite. While still uncommon, lifts on attractions are not unheard of. Universal Studios’ Transformers attraction also uses an on-ride elevator. After a few more show scenes on the upper level, the four-and-a-half-minute ride will climax with an impressive drop sequence. Though the actual drop will only be less than 20 feet, special effects should convince most guests it’s much larger. The drop sequence is viewed as the modern version of a similar scene on Universal’s Spiderman ride, though in that scene, there is no actual drop of any type. Guests will then disembark and exit through a crash scene back into Galaxy’s Edge. The full experience from the beginning of the first pre-show to the exit will take between 15 and 20 minutes, slightly longer than the pre-show to ride exit at Gringotts. Contrary to what multiple fan sites are reporting, all indications point to Rise of the Resistance being on schedule and readying to be handed off to operations within the coming weeks, a critical step required before a ride opens to the public. Scheduled to open at Hollywood Studios on December 5 and at Disneyland on January 17, the attraction may see soft openings around Thanksgiving with cast member previews beginning by mid-November. Dozens of animatronics, projection mapping, and an impressive lightsaber scene – along with the trackless ride vehicles and multiple pre-shows – will combine to make Rise of the Resistance one of the most impressive attractions ever realized. Beyond Orlando and Anaheim, Disney already has plans to replicate it overseas. At Disney Studios Paris a mini-Star Wars land is already confirmed, it will likely include Rise of the Resistance but not the Millenium Falcon attraction. Rumors also point to at least one of the Asian parks receiving the Rise ride in the coming years. So far, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been talked about as unsuccessful, thanks in part to cuts from Trowbridge’s original vision. Disney has a lot hinging on the upcoming opening of Stars Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride at the two now open Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands. The Disneyland version of the land opened to incredibly low crowds. In recent weeks, Disney has worked to turn the tide on the negative Galaxy’s Edge press with a slew of cross-promotions on various ABC shows and a two-hour-long celebrity-filled special about the land on Disney’s Freeform channel. That special is now being heavily promoted on Hulu, which Disney owns a controlling share of. Opening Rise of the Resistance is the last significant piece yet to open. Mainstream criticism of the success or failure of the land has been mostly held off awaiting the opening of Rise, though the low crowds this summer at Disney parks was covered by multiple national media outlets. With the Hollywood Studios version scheduled to open ahead of the end of the year crowds, the busiest time of the year for the resort, any technical issues with the ride could result in more negative press for Disney. For Disney, Rise of the Resistance is more than just a new ride. It’s what will define this era of Disney attractions and leadership. With disappointing sales at the most recent Star Wars movie and with lower than expected crowds so far. Rise of the Resistance along with Episode IX: The Rise of the Skywalker are both set to open in December, meaning we should know by January if the billions of dollars Disney has spent on Star Wars will pay off. In the meantime, Disney parks chief Bob Chapek, whose job may be on the line if the land is deemed a failure, continues to push the narrative of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge as being "a runaway success." In the meantime, there are already hints of in-fighting at Disney, as nearly everyone involved with Galaxy's Edge seems to involved with a leadership shake-up that could be understood as a CYA move by most of them. That is except for Chapek, who for now remains on top of the Parks division. If Chapek does lose his job over the "runaway success," there will at least be a future for him as the White House spokesperson. D
  4. Went on the Skyliner from EPCOT to HS and survived! lt wasn’t too hot today so it was a pleasant ride. It did stop briefly, not sure why since they have cars that are stationary on a siding for people with mobility issues so they shouldn’t have to stop the line. Unless they need to stop it to insert these cars?
  5. Last time we left MK on a mid day we started up the express ramp and saw it was all backed up so we went to the resort side. That took a while for the monorail to arrive, but in the meantime the express sat there, with a lot of CMs walking back and forth, someone coming out of the control tower, the pilot getting out, then all the doors opening up. Our monorail arrived and the express was still sitting there when we left. I think they should keep running the buses all day, because the monorails keep having issues the the ferry is too slow and crowded.
  6. Someone posted on FB, that the Resort Monorails are now being restricted to Resort Guests only, when the MK closes. They claim that CMs were scanning MB's to see if the riders were current guests at the Contemporary, Poly and GF. Not sure about SOG. Is this something new and has anyone encountered it? We usually leave before the park closes so I didn't know if this is new,been going on for a while or just a rumor? There were a couple hundred replies, but none that answered or confirmed what the original poster was asking.
  7. Either that or they let the water boil away and started a fire. You know how it goes, a couple of people spoil it for everyone. But reading the reviews, it looks like they might've made it semi goof proof... but you can still burn yourself. Just follow the instructions to only plug/unplug it WHILE IT IS IMMERSED and you can't miss. It has a fuse that is designed to break the circuit if it's not immersed so that it can't start a fire. The first time you plug/unplug it when it's not immersed, it's going to pop, and that's that. It's a great little travel appliance if you use it properly. Another reviewer said to have a spare cup of water nearby to put it in to cool when you are done.
  8. I haven’t seen one of those in ages! I thought they banned them years ago?
  9. What Disney is doing at the Fort is the same thing that various neighborhood organizations do. They are trying to organize and let people know where to go, but they are not giving out the candy and treats. Disney sponsors the cart parade, dog costume and pumpkin decorating contests, and site judging, by supplying personnel and prizes and now they have the beach bash. But they do not hand out the candy or really participate in Camp or Treat. That is entirely fueled by the generosity of the campers themselves. Registration and giving out signs is one thing, handing out tons of candy to non paying kids is something entirely different. That's what MNSSHP is for, where you pay to get candy. If Disney "sponsored" the campers giving out candy, they would be liable if someone gave kids spiked treats.
  10. We were there 9/22 and it was still curtained off.
  11. At the resorts Disney does hand out the candy. At the Fort its the campers giving out the goodies except I guess the Meadow and Settlement shops might hand out something. And the part about the Fort doesn't mention trick or treating. There was a post a couple years ago saying that trick or treating at the Fort is done by the campers and was not an "official" Disney activity.
  12. True, but it's not a sponsored Disney event. It's just an allowed activity by the campers. They try to make it more organized, but I bet 75% of the sites don't register and just give out candy.
  13. Most of the bigger decorated sites will be set up about a week before Halloween, or at the very least the weekend before. You might be able to get in around those times if you say you're going to Trails End for dinner, or better yet get a reservation for lunch or dinner then they would definitely let you in. You really shouldn't try to go over on Halloween itself with a golf cart. The loops are wall to wall people with kids darting all over the place. Personally, I think they should block carts from the loops on Halloween night and restrict them to the main roads. Since the loop Trick or Treating is not a Disney event, they will probably never do that because it might upset some guests. But I think it was last year or the year before, there was an incident with someone getting bumped by a cart and then a fight ensued. There may or may not have been adult beverages involved.
  14. It does seem like Halloween is much more decorated than Christmas. But last year we went over on the boat in December and walked around and there were some pretty big Christmas displays.
  15. There is a thread about this years Halloween Decorations being cut back. Some rules that previously weren't being enforced now are. It's been 2 or 3 years since they posted about the decorations being turned off at 10. Again it's one of those hit or miss enforcements.
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