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Postby jedimaster1227 » Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:44 pm

Hey everyone! I've got a follow-up report on the latest happenings regarding the former Pleasure Island as well as the newest changes taking place around Downtown Disney.
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Characters in Flight (operated by Aerophile) is now fully operational and has been testing for the last week.
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The official prices for the new experience... I'll try it at least once.
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The former Downtown Disney West Side Guest Relations kiosk has become the ticket center for Characters in Flight.
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I must say, I do like the color scheme chosen for the ticket booth and queue area.
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The information board...
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Depending on wind conditions, the capacity of the attraction can be completely altered.
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Noted!
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Management has devised a new way to breathe life back into the dead Pleasure Island...
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Celebrate Tonight! is a new DJ entertainment offering set up in front of the former Comedy Warehouse.
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Stilt walkers, dancers and a live DJ help to celebrate the guests' special occasions by dragging them into dances and awkward songs for all of the crowd to watch and laugh...
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Does that dancer look eerily similar to Tyler?
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Its just like my Bar Mitzvah... All over again.
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Like I said... Just like my Bar Mitzvah, except these guys would be wearing 501st Stormtrooper armor--no lie.
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As if Disney finally recognized that Pleasure Island still existed, the What Will You Celebrate? banners have hit every lamp post, reminding guests to Celebrate Tonight... Even during the day.
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Work on Paradiso 37 draws nearer to its close.
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A stylish new overhang has been added since our last visit.
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Do I see lights on inside?
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Though it is a little blurry, you can see the tile design along the wall of Paradiso 37.
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Unlike the Laugher's Cantina, P.I. Live's drink counter isn't open during the day.
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For some reason, a hedge barrier has been added to this plaza--yet the barrier doesn't block the entrance to the area itself. The restrooms next to Motion are still open, leaving guests with an opportunity to look in on the shells of Motion and the former Rock and Roll Beach Club.
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Unlike the last visit, the lights were on inside of the Rock and Roll Beach Club's entrance. Seems a little bit empty, don't you think?
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Motion was not nearly as active as it was during the previous visit. All colored lights and projections were off, leaving an eerily white stage.
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For some reason, I hadn't seen this canon plaque before...
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Over in the Downtown Disney Marketplace (the original side of Downtown Disney), the new stage was in use for a concert performance.
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Replacing the former Summer Sands store, Tren-D opened earlier last week, offering "chic" Disney clothes and accessories to willling buyers.
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To help occupy the crowds several DJ booths were situated around Downtown Disney. This one was focused on the Radio Disney-approved music, also offering games and a trivia session for the Disney fans... No, I didn't take part in the session!
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For just $50 you can buy yourself a giant rice crispy treat Mickey at Goofy's Candy Co.
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This view is going to take some time to get used to...
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One last look at the gigantic balloon.
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Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:58 pm

Not to majorly bump a thread (I always feel guilty doing so), but I did have the chance to visit Characters in Flight yesterday at Downtown Disney.

It has been open since before May, but not once had I seen it operational (while I was there) thanks to incliment weather. We finally caught it at the right time, and I feel that while it was somewhat short, the $16 admission fee was certainly worth it.
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Characters in Flight is now completely operational... Unlike the second Death Star...
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Here comes a few of my token "sun shots" to glorify this "bloon" (here's one more to you, Bryan).
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My boarding pass ended up being my receipt... I love when my tickets remind me of how much I spent on them!
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Two orbs glorifying each other... Like Tatooine's two moons.

Is my Star Wars geekiness showing?
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Alright. Enough is enough.
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Guests enter the carriage through either of the two doors, both of which are connected by the circular standing area where passengers dwell while in flight.
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This little wheel makes the balloon go up and eventually down.
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I was pleasantly surprised to find that our pilot spoke to us during the flight, pointing out various landmarks (only the Disney ones) while warning us of the few shakes, bumps and sways we encountered during our ten minute flight.
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Disney resorts in all their aerial beauty...
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Passengers look out at the many acres of Reedy Creek...
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This is Wetzel's Pretzels.
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Can you spot the competition in this photo?
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"Just a few minutes ago, I was down there... But now I'm up here!"
~Fellow Passenger
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The Motion side of Pleasure Island can be seen from above. Paradiso 37 just opened up, bringing a little more life into the area.
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The obligatory Epcot shot.
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Off in the distance, the Contemporary and the newly completed Bay Lake Tower rise above the trees.
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"I loves me some bloons!"

~Bryan
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The Celebrate Tonight! side of Pleasure Island sits quietly during the daytime... No celebrating today.
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Virgin Megastore is now a giant advertising center for Downtown Disney with banners covering every post and window, reminding guests to visit the neighboring shops and restaurants.
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The landing platform has a stylized compass built straight into it, just in case the pilot forgets which direction to go...
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While its no flying carpet, Characters in Flight is a unique experience that gives passengers an unparalleled view of the Walt Disney World Resort (and some of Orlando). Its definitely worth a try, especially for the photo junkies like me!
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Postby dandaman » Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:21 pm

I'd definitely pay $16 for the opportunity to get those kind of shots! Thanks, Adam. (Slash Bryan. Can this be considered an official unofficial Bryan and Adam Show off-season update?)

P.S. I wonder if the house from 'Up' could ever be used like this. (Smaller capacity and a lot less helium balloons, but whatever.)
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Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:29 pm

^This is a Bryan-less Adam Show off-season update, I guess. He was there with me in spirit, but he's back in New York for now.

It is funny that you would mention 'Up,' because I believe they did that with single passengers as a tie-in, somewhere not too long ago...

Found it!
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Postby dandaman » Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:25 pm

I had no idea Disney had done some marketing like that for the film! Awesome.

Does the Bryan-less Adam Show still have the same delicious refreshment of Coke?
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Two Walt Disney World Buses Collide

Postby PaulMartz37 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:23 pm

Two Disney buses collide
Updated: Thursday, 16 Jul 2009, 9:11 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 16 Jul 2009, 5:09 PM EDT

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The collision of two buses at Walt Disney World has left a dozen visitors with minor injuries.



A Florida Highway Patrol reports says one Disney bus rear-ended another Thursday afternoon near the Contemporary Resort. About 50 people total were on both buses. The 12 injured passengers were taken to four nearby hospitals for treatment.

"Nothing is more important than the safety of our guests and Cast Members. We are currently focused on the well-being of those involved in the situation. We are working closely with law enforcement on this matter," read a statement released to FOX 35 by Andrea M. Finger of Walt Disney World Resort.

The accident comes 11 days after 21-year-old monorail pilot
Austin Wuennenberg died when another train accidentally backed into his train at Disney World.



http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/or ... es_collide
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Postby Mr. Starr » Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:33 pm

C'mon Disney.

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Postby paintballer » Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:52 pm

^ This isn't Disney's fault, Shit happens ya know?

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Postby natatomic » Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:57 pm

^^Think of how many auto accidents happen every single day. Disney's record seems to be pretty good considering.

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Postby Retro_Gaga » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:02 pm

First the monorail and now this.... the media will attack them.

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