In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of June 6, 2014

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In Case You Missed It!

Summer vacations are starting, and everyone’s getting excited!

In all the excitement, you might have missed something. No need to worry! I’ve got the details for you! (P.S.: make sure you packed the sunscreen!)

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

James Cameron has shed a few new details on the upcoming Avatarland. First, the name…it’s likely to be called, “Pandora: Land of Avatar,” though keep in mind, that could still change. In addition, Mr. Cameron mentioned that the anamatronics are going to be unreal; they are supposed to be extremely advanced. Read more about what’s slated for this new land that is currently being built at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

USA Today shared its Top 10 Best Rides and Attractions at Walt Disney World. While there wasn’t really one mentioned that surprised me, though maybe the fact that Splash Mountain wasn’t included does surprise me a bit, it was a good list and made some good points. Which attraction would be number one on your “best of” list?

I am a bad Disney fan. I do not remember Horizons. I have no clue if I went on it as a kid. There is not one single scene that sticks out to me. However, I have good news. For those who either don’t remember (like me) or just want to take a stroll down memory lane again, I came across this incredible, restored video of the attraction. After watching it, for the first time ever, I can now say I “rode” Horizons, or at least I’ll now be able to have memories of what it once was. It is obviously not as cool as seeing it in person, but at least I now have a frame of reference. 🙂

Want to take the hardest Disney quiz ever? Here it is. I did spectacularly…poorly. Whoops. Well, to look at the bright side, at least I learned some stuff. (I feel like my Disney fandom is being tested here…I don’t remember Horizons, failed this quiz…ack!)

Disney CEO Bob Iger was recently named as one of Fortune’s Top Tech Visionaries. He’s listed among many prominent tech folks; find out why.

Ok….so apparently Beauty and the Beast is now going to be made into a live action version. Hmmm…..

This week, the Themed Entertainment Association released the numbers (that is, its estimates) of the world’s top theme park’s based off of attendance. As comes as no surprise, Disney took the number one spot, with the Magic Kingdom seeing an estimated 18.6 million visitors in 2013. In the United States, Universal Studios Florida took quite a good jump, increasing attendance by 14%. Here’s a look a the full report, if you would like to see it.

For those who are excited about Diagon Alley, among of the big components of the land are the unique food offerings that will be available. Recently Universal shared some of the items we’ll get to try! I cannot wait to dig in to the Cottage Pie from Leaky Cauldron, followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding ice cream from Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour. Of course, I’ll need to wash it down with a Butterbeer. In addition, The Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish Podcast with Jim Hill recently spoke with Jim about trying some of these delights. Check out Episode 59!

In Case We Missed It

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Posted on June 6, 2014

4 Responses to “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of June 6, 2014”

  • Great post! Learned a lot! Thanks.

  • Unless I missed it… Anna and Elsa’s meeting times were extended to all day rather than 9-5. FP’s were opened up June 1st for these later times.

  • I vaguely remember riding Horizons in 89/91 and took the space then under the sea ride home. I even remember some of the scenes shown with video/animatronics etc. Correct me if I’m wrong but the dog is the same one from Carousel of Progress and Haunted Mansion. I also took the disney quiz last week with DD. She scored 12 and I got 13… Extremely hard. When I got one of the answers right she said, how’d you know that? I don’t know, I just do….says I.

  • I got 19 out of 25 on the quiz