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NEWS: Disney pulls the plug on ESPN The Weekend

PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:19 pm
by jedimaster1227

One thing that’s always struck me is our commitment to regularly reviewing the experiences we provide to our guests and challenging ourselves to bring new opportunities to life. Occasionally, this results in something coming to an end, as is the case with what I’m sharing today. In order to focus our efforts on ESPN’s growing year-round presence at Walt Disney World Resort, we have decided to no longer host ESPN The Weekend.

As you may know, the event was first created in 2004 in support of ESPN’s 25th anniversary and, along with ESPN Club, served as ESPN’s first significant presence here. While the event has continued for seven more successful years, our relationship with ESPN has evolved significantly and positively. This has resulted in new branding for the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, new opportunities for millions of athletes, coaches and fans, and hundreds of hours of ESPN programming, making our guests part of the show. In addition, the sports complex has become home to the ESPN Innovation Lab, which is the official development hub for ESPN’s 3D network.

Moving forward, our focus will be on creating events like the new ESPN RISE Girls Showcase and the ESPN RISE Games, which provide a stage for tens of thousands of athletes from around the country, and providing opportunities for guests to be part of events they’ve only before watched on television, such as the Home Depot College Football Awards and the Old Spice Classic.

We have just scratched the surface of what Walt Disney World and ESPN can do together and look forward to sharing information about new projects as they progress.

Re: Star Tours "The Adventures Continue" Announced!

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:21 am
by J man
I feel like I'm kinda late to the party but I thought I'd throw my 2 cents even though I'm just echoing what most have already said.

I got to ride the DL Star Tours 3 times this last weekend and I loved it to death!

Naboo as said before was probably my favorite destination. I also got Hoth, Tatooine, and Kashyyyk on my other rides.

In hindsight I don't know why I was so worried about C-3PO being the new pilot. They storyline for that was very well done.

I can't wait to go back and ride it a few more times!

Re: Star Tours "The Adventures Continue" Announced!

PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:15 pm
by Sir Clinksalot
There was some conversation in Chat tonight regarding the "Rebel Spy" thing. IM'd a CM friend who is also a trainer at Star Tours, and this is the explanation:

We pick the spy after we launch the cabin. You know when we stop in the middle of the cabin and get your attention? Thats when the picture is taken. If you want to get picked as the spy, you need to be looking forward when we do our spiel and not be wearing your glasses or even have them on top of your head

So it's kind-of "Random", but there are criteria.

Good to know.

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:16 pm
by jedimaster1227
A few days ago, I stopped by Disney's Hollywood Studios (as a part of my Disney spree of the the last month or so) to go with a friend that hadn't been to the park in years. Along the way we saw some of the attractions most of the regulars make an effort to skip, and not surprisingly enough, I continued to play around with my new camera!

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:13 pm
by mcjaco
I still don't miss World of Motion that much.

You're dead to me.

And good lord, just no to the Adventurer's Club. Please let it stay dead.

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:06 pm
by jedimaster1227

What says “holidays” better than laughter? At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, laughter will ring out thanks to a special family comedy show scheduled for a limited run at the ABC Sound Studio (theatre) in the heart of the park.

From December 25 through December 31, “The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” will present the best of improvisational comedy as performers – including alumni from the Comedy Warehouse on Pleasure Island – take suggestions from Guests and add their own brand of humor, right on the spot.

The performers hilariously reinvent holiday classics based on suggestions they solicit from the audience, including holiday songs, stories, poems and movie scenarios. Show times (subject to change) are 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. daily.

”The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” is included in park admission.

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:55 pm
by jedimaster1227
So I went back to Disney's Hollywood Studios again yesterday, and sure enough, I noticed a few new things and took some photos here and there.

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:46 am
by milst1
Good stuff, thanks!

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:09 am
by pianojohn
For those around Orlando during the holidays, come and check me out at Sounds Dangerous as I re-unite with the cast of Comedy Warehouse!

More details here:,0,1535084.story

And the shows I will be playing are as follows:
Friday December 30th 3:45, 4:45, and 5:45pm
Saturday December 31st 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm

NOTE: The Studios usually fills to capacity for Dec 31st, so if you are planning on going that day, get there early!

Hope to see you at a show!

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:26 am
by SharkTums
^Thanks John! I know there's at least a few of us planning to come on the 30th!