Amusement parks

Nerdly News: Slinky Dog coaster arrives, Inhumans in IMAX

Rounding up some of the top geeky news items for today so you don’t have to go wandering the Internet (we know, you’re working):

VIDEO: Slinky Dog coaster cars show up at Disney World

It’s not just the new Star Wars World that has us excited to plan a trip to Disney World in the future. As part of its new Toy Story Land for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the company is building a Slinky Dog Dash Roller Coaster, which “will make guests feel like they’re shrunk to the size of a toy” from the Toy Story movies.

The Disney Blog has a video showing the new carts arriving and interviews with Disney creators about the ride.

Game of Thrones in modern times?

A mysterious video trailer popped up this week touting a new “Westeros The Series”, in which characters from Game of Thrones are suddenly thrust into a new world. The Telegraph has more details on whether this was just a fan-made video or something that might actually be produced.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2017/08/31/modern-day-game-thrones-everybody-hooked-mysterious-trailer/
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31 Aug 2017

Disney Parks staff Whisper what it’s really like working there

Walt Disney World

I love Disney (but not this much) and from time to time I’ve thought, Wouldn’t it be fun to retire to Orlando and work at Walt Disney World? (I know it wouldn’t be, but go with me here.)

So it was with great interest I read this Daily Mail story on Disney employees allegedly anonymously yakking to Whisper about what life is like as a Parks employee. Some tidbits:

‘I work at Disney World and being around children and their parents all day every day has taught me how not to raise my children.’
100% true.

‘When I worked at Disney I wanted so much to freak out whenever I met a celebrity. Totally sucks when I can’t break out of character.’
Believe. I would feel the same way.

‘I once walked in on Belle and Gaston having sex. They paused and then Belle says: “Don’t tell the Beast.”‘
Calling bull on this, but a super story if true. This will this employee’s go-to story (true or not) whenever he or she hears “Disney” forever more.

‘Every day before my shift I drink liquor to help make me more cheerful for the children.’
Possible and admirable — functional alcoholism for the benefit of mankind.

‘I work at Disney and ‘have a magical day’ is mouse for “go f*** yourself”.’
Not only do I completely believe this, I intend to adopt it in everyday life.

Not everything is crappy working at the Happiest Place on Earth, but you can read those charming tidbits here.

20 May 2016

Walking Dead opens permanent attraction at Universal July 4

Celebrate our nation’s independence by getting the ever-loving piss scared out of you. I’m filing this under: Places I’m Going, Never. But, if you’re into this sorta thing, it looks impressive.

According to Comic Book Resources:

The immersive, haunted house-style attraction will incorporate aspects of both the hit AMC television series and the Image Comics title that spawned the show.

Unlike temporary, pop-up attractions, this one is permanent. No word if it’s heading to Universal Orlando. I’ll just stay safely tucked up here in Massachusetts, thanks.

19 May 2016

Universal sneaks peek at new King Kong ride

Universal Orlando’s Skull Island: Reign of Kong is on its way, likely within the next 8 weeks (no formal opening date has been announced yet).

The ride will take you through a 1930s expedition on Skull Island and encounters with prehistoric creatures, dinosaurs included – and then, of course, Kong.

Check out the video from Universal Creative, which is heavy on low light, ominous music, and flaming torches, but seems pretty cool and enough to scare the pants off the kids. (More pics and info here.)
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17 May 2016