While at Disney’s Hollywood Studios yesterday we took in the special preview of the upcoming Maleficent movie. They’ve converted the Sounds Dangerous theater into a small movie theater with a 3D projector. Even though the daily guide says it runs continuously throughout the day, it actually shows every 30 minutes on the hour and the half-hour. Our showing in the middle of the day did fill up completely, so you might want to arrive 10-15 minutes early to make sure you get a seat.
The preview itself started with a featurette (we posted it earlier on the blog), then you are told to put on your 3D glasses (even though everyone in the theater already had). It looks like we were shown the first few minutes of the film, then a few clips from later in the film. The was a lot of Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, that’s for sure.
After the preview was over, everyone exits back out the entrance. You also had the opportunity to grab a pair of paper Maleficent horns to wear on your head for the rest of the day. Which we saw on many heads, young and old, throughout the day. For you west-coasters, you can find a preview of Maleficent inside Disney California Adventure.
Since our previous update, Disney has let water back into the moat all around the hub. On Main Street you can see that both the information booth and the retail booth are now closed. They’ve also closed the second popcorn vending location and moved them toward the periphery of the hub. Finally a Mickey and Minnie cutout has been added to the wall over by Crystal Palace.
The central plaza, or hub, at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is undergoing an update. The finished version will have more of a park like setting, with ample walking space to navigate around parades and shows, more outdoor dining seating, plus special viewing areas for fireworks and more.
A gallery of photos is below the jump:
Director James Cameron recently participated in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. There wasn’t any news broken about building the world of Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but he did mention it in response to a question:
I am beyond excited to be able to step foot into Pandora. Any details you could share with us about the park expansion at Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World? Even the tiniest detail would be awesome! Thanks for taking time to talk to us fans.
Well, Disney are doing a first-rate job designing it. It’s going to be completely spectacular. It will be like being on Pandora. You will see real floating mountains. It’s going to be a very magical experience just to be there and walk around. And the two rides will be absolute state of the art. But I don’t how much they want to say about what those rides specifically will be, so I probably shouldn’t say anymore than that. But from what I’ve seen so far, it will be amazing. I will be sad it’s in Florida, because I won’t be able to go a lot to it.
If you’re at all into movies, and particuarly James Cameron’s movies, you’ll enjoy reading the full AMA:
Cameron also talked about the ongoing pre-production of the Avatar sequels:
“The second, third, and fourth films all go into production simultaneously. They’re essentially all in pre-production now because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks.”
The Avatar sequels are scheduled for release December 2016 through 2018. Avatar-land is currently expected to open in 2017.
We’re taking a groovy trip back in time on Monday night’s Castle. That’s right, after almost a month off, the show is back with the first of four new episodes to finish out the season.
The mystery of the episode is going to revolve around a crime from the 1970′s. It all starts with construction workers find the body of a mobster who disappeared in that decade. Beckett and Castle land the case, so they have to track down any lead they can that hasn’t run cold.
Which brings them to a star witness who thinks it is still the 70′s. So, in order to get any information out of him, they are going to have to play along. I know from the pictures that will involve dressing the part, but I bet we get some slang from the time as well.
Frankly, I think this sounds like a fun twist on the familiar crime solving format of the show, and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.
While I know nothing specifically, I bet they will be moving forward with their wedding plans as well. After all, if they are getting married in May (like for the season finale anyone?), they’ve still got a lot of work to do to pull that off.
Flash back during the normal time slot on Monday, and then flash on over to Carstairs Considers and read my recap on Tuesday.
A travel website has listed Walt Disney World as one of the 10 most disappointing destinations in the world:
Paying $99 per day to be trapped in a park surrounded by other peoples’ children and fully grown adults who like Disney? No thanks. Even a bottle of water will run you $2.50 once you’re within reach of the Mouse’s greedy grasp.
Really? All that tells me is that the person who had that experience didn’t spend the time to learn how to get the most value out of their vacation to Walt Disney World.
What advice would you give a travel to help them not avoid disappointment in the Walt Disney World vacation?