Posts Tagged ‘Marvel’

Disney Parks Potential: Why The Incredibles Needs A Bigger Presence In Walt Disney World

by on October 3, 2014

Ever feel like some of your favorite Disney characters are underrepresented at Walt Disney World or Disneyland? Me, too! That’s why I’m starting a new series of articles here at TouringPlans Blog called “Disney Parks Potential,” where I’ll take a look at one Disney character or franchise that I feel isn’t being used to its Disney Parks potential (That’s where the name comes from!). From there, I’ll share my ideas on how I think Disney can best integrate these characters into one or more of the parks, which will then probably secure me a sweet job as a Walt Disney Imagineer if all goes according to plan. But enough about my unlikely career goals. Let’s get into my first Disney Parks Potential selection, which is The Incredibles.

IncrediblesOutside of merchandise, character meet and greets and a dance party in Tomorrowland, The Incredibles really don’t have much of a presence in Walt Disney World. For a Pixar film that many would argue is the best of the bunch, this seems like a huge missed opportunity. The need for more of The Incredibles in Disney World is even greater considering that Disney isn’t allowed to utilize Marvel superheroes within the park due to the previous licensing agreement with Universal before Disney acquired Marvel in 2009. Hopefully we’ll get new attractions sooner rather than later now that a much requested sequel to the original film has been announced, but for now my ideas will have to suffice.

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SATURDAY SIX: Top Six Roller Coasters in Orlando

by on May 24, 2014

This week’s SATURDAY SIX covers the Top Six Roller Coasters in Orlando. We here at the Saturday Six offices have been looking forward to the grand opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for a while and one of the side effects of that anticipation has been having roller coasters on our brain. Luckily we are blessed with a lot of fantastic coasters in Orlando. But which ones are the very best? Today we are going to find out…

# 6 – Dragon Challenge (Islands of Adventure)

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Dragon Challenge (photo by Mike Sperduto)

Dragon Challenge in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter squeaked by over Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster to take the # 6 spot. In its former incarnation as Dueling Dragons, this coaster had the unique experience of two trains leaving at the exact same time and at several points of the ride come oh-so-close to touching each other. Unfortunately the trains are now staggered, so while they don’t offer that exhilarating rush of coming near each other, they offer two exciting – and different – experiences. The Chinese Fireball (red side) has got faster speed and a bigger drop while the Hungarian Horntail (blue side) has a zero-gravity roll, cobra roll, and plenty more inversions to put a smile on your face. Waiting for front row on both is highly recommended.

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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! February 2014 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on February 27, 2014

MMM positiveIt’s February, and earlier this month Punxsutawny Phil saw his shadow, which signaled six more weeks of bad merchandise, so off to Disney Outlet Store we go! This week we’ll be wearing our Mickey Mouse “Rebel with a Cause” t-shirt, slip on our $1,690 Mickey Ears necklace, and make sure our phone is protected with the Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story iPhone case. Now that we are geared up, it’s time to hit the outlets!

Please remember to click on any picture to see it in full size.

One thing that jumped out to me on this trip was the amount of items that I would consider relatively “new” at the parks and at Downtown Disney. The first is this mashup of Mickey Mouse and Iron Man. I remember first seeing it late last year at the World of Disney store, and I can’t say I’m surprised to see it at the outlet. I like Mickey Mouse mashups, and love my Mickey Mouse/Tron, Mickey Mouse/Indiana Jones, and Mickey Mouse/Star Wars figures, but this Iron Man plush just looks weird.

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Observations from the Universal Orlando Resort for November 27, 2013 (Christmas decorations, construction, Red Oven Pizza Bakery)

by on December 1, 2013

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Hogwarts Express, the first ever attraction that travels between two separate theme parks

Time for a trip to the Universal Orlando Resort. Seth Kubersky covered the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley in his photo update earlier this week, so check out the first edition of his PotterWatch 2.0 for construction updates, rumors, and pictures.

Universal still has not released on any dates on when  the Potter area will open, but we may have been given a little bit of a hint earlier this week thanks to an interview with Loews hotels chairman Jonathan Tisch. While talking to CNBC (which you can watch here), Tisch said that the upcoming 1,800 room Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal would be:

“The largest hotel under construction in the world outside of China. Phase One will open April 1, 600 rooms. The rest of the hotel by June, when Harry Potter 2 opens.” – Jonathan Tisch, Loews Hotels Chairman

On the Universal website, Cabana Bay is having “preview pricing” that ends on June 14, 2014. That’s another red flag that they expect demand to go up in June. Here’s an example of what type of savings you can get for a Family Suite at Universal compared to Disney. I booked out a room from April 12-18 for 2 adults and 4 children at both Cabana Bay and Disney’s Art of Animation resort. The cheapest room at Cabana Bay was $232.00 a night, compared to the cheapest room at AoA at $498.76. After taxes, this particular week at Cabana Bay would cost a family $1572.06, while AoA would cost $2992.53.

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Universal Dining: Backwater Bar at Islands of Adventure

by on November 16, 2013

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Backwater Bar

During my most recent visit to Islands of Adventure a friend and I decided to eat lunch at the Backwater Bar, which is part of Confisco Grille. I’ve eaten there a few times before and wanted to give it another try, as it’s what I consider to be the best bang for your buck restaurant in IOA.  The best part about eating in the Backwater Bar is that you don’t have to wait for a table; you can just walk up to the bar and order food along with a wide array of drinks. Guests can eat at the bar or sit at one of the few tables inside the bar space. There is also a large patio outside with covered tables where guests can enjoy their drinks on days with favorable weather. You may notice the large signage out front that includes what appears to be an ad for the Seagram company. Many guests don’t realize that Seagram owned Universal Studios in the late 1990s, when IOA was built.

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The actual Backwater Bar

If you’re looking for a fine adult beverage in IOA, look no further. Backwater has a few draft beers as well as a variety of bottled beers and a full selection of top shelf liquors. There are daily specials on margaritas and other mixed drinks. Whenever I see Shock Top on draft, I have to have it. It has a smooth citrusy flavor and comes with a slice of orange; and because it comes with an orange, that means its good for you, right? Pressing on…

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Thor: Treasures of Asgard Exhibit Opens in Disneyland’s Innoventions on November 1

by on September 19, 2013

Early this spring, Disneyland introduced their newly-purchased Marvel superheroes to their Anaheim resort in the form of a Stark Industries exhibit at Disneyland’s Innoventions, featuring an Xbox-based virtual experience in Iron Man’s iconic power suit. Starting November 1, the gradual Marvelization of Tomorrowland continues as Stark is joined in Innoventions by his thunder-god pal Thor.

Thor: Treasures of Asagard is an exhibit promoting the November 8th theatrical release of Thor: The Dark World, the second feature film starring Chris Hemsworth as the Nordic immortal. The conceit is that astrophysicist Jane Foster (played in the films by Natalie Portman) has determined that the Bifrost inter-dimensional portal will reopen inside the Innoventions building, and has invited guests to observe its appearance.

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THE SATURDAY SIX: Top Six “Secrets” of Universal’s Marvel Superhero Island

by on August 17, 2013

The Saturday Six is a weekly look at the most interesting, most fun, and sometimes even the most outrageous things within the theme park world that we all love so much. Whether it’s the top six “secrets” of the Portofino Bay Hotel, the top six food options at Fast Food Blvd, or even the top six signature drinks at Universal, the Saturday Six will be your personal guide to experiencing the very best Orlando has to offer.

This week’s Saturday Six looks at the Top Six “Secrets” of Marvel Superhero Island at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Now most people know about the Stan Lee cameos in the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride but there are many of surprises and secrets spread throughout this incredible land.

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Dr. Doom

# 6 – It has some of the best photo ops in the entire Universal Orlando Resort

Right now there isn’t anything in entertainment hotter than the Marvel brand. Still basking in the success of the incredibly popular Avengers and Iron Man 3 films, The Wolverine was a worldwide hit both financially and critically, and two of the most talked about movies at this summer’s San Diego Comic Con were next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and the sequel to the Amazing Spider-Man. The comic book arm of Marvel Comics has just launched the big Infinity storyline, while over in the world of television, one of the most anticipated shows of this upcoming falls season is Agents of SHIELD.

With meet and greets becoming a larger part of the theme park experience every year, you’ll be glad to know that Marvel Superhero Island has several opportunities to interact with characters. UNI7The X-Men’s WolverineStorm, Rogue, and Cyclops come out for pictures and autographs, as well as Captain America. However, the best pictures can be taken with the Marvel villains who come out: Spider-Man’s arch nemesis the Green Goblin and the Fantastic Four’s main baddie, Dr. Doom. The Goblin character is just plain creepy, and his sinister look and poses with guests make for some fantastic photos. Meanwhile guests can get creative with Dr. Doom, leading to some very fun interactions!

But as good as the pictures you can get with “the bad guys” are, the best photo-op in the island, the park, and maybe the entire Universal Orlando Resort itself, is with Spider-Man. Like all the other attractions that use 3D, there are no on-ride photos for the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man attraction. This year Universal added a new Daily Bugle photo op that is part of the Spider-Man standby queue (guests using the Express Pass line do not have the opportunity to have this photo op), but everyone really wants a picture with ol’ Web Head, right?

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Annual Passholder Preview of Disneyland’s Iron Man Exhibit Tonight

by on April 12, 2013

If you are a Disneyland annual Passholder who is eagerly awaiting the next installment in Tony Stark’s superhero saga, you’ll want to head to Tomorrowland for tonight’s (Friday, April 12) exclusive preview of a new Innoventions exhibit. In anticipation of the May 3 premiere of Iron Man 3, a Stark Industries interactive display has been temporarily installed inside the circular building. Guests will get the chance to see Stark’s iconic suits of armor up close, and experience a simulation of strapping one one.

Registration for tonight’s event begins at 1pm at Innoventions; a valid AP is required. Participants can preview the new attraction starting at 6pm, and can stay in the park to enjoy select Tommorowland attractions until 1am.

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