On Saturday, April 3, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Passholders will have an opportunity to be among the first guests to experience the opening of D Street, the newest merchandise location where urban inspired product “intersects” with a Disney creative edge. Passholders will also be among the first to catch a glimpse of the new Create Your Own Vinylmation table, have the opportunity to participate in Vinylmation trading activities (trade your own Vinylmation or ones you purchase) and see the Disney Channel Star Celebrity Signed Vinylmation on display at D Street!
In addition to catching a sneak peek of D Street, Passholders will also have the opportunity to purchase new and Oh Mickey, Sports, and Vinylmation Jr. Series releases (and yes, your Passholder Merchandise Discount will apply!). There will also be a purchase with purchase opportunity featuring a Vinylmation Tote Bag for $1.95 when you spend $30 or more at D Street. Plus, the first 500 Passholders at the D Street location on Saturday, April 3, 2010 will receive a complimentary Vinylmation button.
D Street located in the Downtown Disney West Side, will showcase a mix of products for both men and women. Items will include Vinylmation figures and collectibles, cutting-edge apparel, pop culture novelties and more. The store will have a raw, unfinished industrial look and provide a great venue to showcase Disney art created by local artists.
There are a few details you should know about. A valid Passholder ID AND government issued photo ID must be presented to enter D Street for the D Street Sneak Peek opportunity and must be presented at time of purchase to receive offers. Qualifying purchase based on pre-tax, post discount single transaction. Purchase with purchase offer not valid on previous purchases. Merchandise and offers valid while supplies last. Not valid with any other offer or discounts. Other restrictions may apply. Information and offers are subject to change without notice.
A few days ago, I stopped by Downtown Disney to see the new RideMakerz store (and to pick up some stuff at Goofy's Candy Co. for Bryan). I took plenty of photos around the area, showing some more progress that has been made since my last visit.
This used to be a path for guests to exit Pleasure Island at night. It is currently closed.
I truly hope they never remove this sign from the Island.
Although the old ticket booth by T-Rex has finally been removed, the two rail-car booths at this entrance still remain.
Here's a plaque I hadn't seen before, on the side of the Sosa's Cigar Bar next to Raglan Road.
Another gem of the past that I hope is preserved.
Motion is still being used for private events and storage.
Despite it closing first, very little has been done with the Rock & Roll Beach Club that would put it ahead of its neighboring clubs, in terms of progress.
While the Adventurer's Club banner has been removed, there are subtle hints of its existence in plain view.
And then there are those not so subtle hints.
From the window of the BET Soundstage Club, it can be seen that very little has been done here.
D-Street will be opening very soon...
I posted a photo very similar to this of Virgin Megastore right before it closed, so I thought it was appropriate to post one now that RideMakerz has opened (temporarily).
New banners have been added, but the marquee where the "Virgin Megastore" signage used to be remains unused.
I choze not to build, sonicize, mobilize, motorize, customize or cruize with a car.
It seemed like this location was just too big for RideMakerz' own good.
The old CD wall has been covered with curtains to prevent guests from seeing the bare (and paint-free) walls that were left behind.
They did have some nice new cars inside the front of the store.
Most of the columns in the store had these left over from when you could find CDs in them during Virgin's tenure.
Lots of parts to choose from...
Like I said before, it seems there is just too much space for RideMakerz to be able to make use of...
As a result, we are left with a good amount of dead space.
If I had purchased a vehicle, I would have bought the turtle decals to deck it out with.
Even the escalators have been covered with curtains to prevent guests from accessing the shuttered second floor.
The old international music selection section has become a storage area for RideMakerz and is accessible only to cast members.
In this area, kids can test their cars in a "battle" setting to try and earn street cred.
And here is the battlefield.
The old second floor balconies have been curtained off as well.
Even the old checkout counters have been reutilized.
The store is a nice temporary addition to Downtown Disney that I'd expect to become more permanent in another location.
A 9-year-old boy was hit and killed by a bus at Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness Resort Thursday afternoon. The victim was identified as Chase Brubaker, of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Police said the crash happened as he was riding his bike with an 11-year-old girl on Big Pine Drive at about 1:35 p.m. Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said both of the children were on a sidewalk along the roadway. A preliminary investigation showed that the boy left the sidewalk and entered the roadway, Montes said. "The little boy ... left the sidewalk and went into the southbound lanes of Big Pine Drive, struck the side of the bus and then was subsequently pulled underneath the bus and run over by the bus," Montes said.
Brubaker was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said he was wearing a helmet. The girl was not hurt, though officials said she was very shaken up.
Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger extended the park's sympathy to the boy's family. "We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the boy's family and loved ones for their loss," she said. "We are currently providing the necessary resources and care to help the family with the situation."
The bus driver was identified as 56-year-old David Russel Rich, of Montverde, Fla. Troopers said it doesn't appear that Rich did anything wrong. He has been a Disney employee for more than 30 years. He was making stops around the two-mile Fort Wilderness loop, picking up and dropping off guests around the campground when the crash happened.
Officials said it could take up to two months to determine if the bus driver was at fault in any way. Disney said they don't know right now if Rich will be put on paid leave or be allowed to get back behind the wheel of a bus.
themeparkologist wrote:Disney's got issues in the transportation department. Monorail, crash with the other bus that sent 8 people to the hospital, and now this.
I don't really think you can fault Disney that much for something like this. They have a more elaborate transportation system than some small cities. Geeze, they are practically running a city every day their with the kind of operation they have. I think they are doing a pretty decent job with what they have at this point. There are more accidents on the streets of the small suburb that I live in than what is reported at DisneyWorld. There will always be something that goes wrong, it just makes big news when it is Disney, even when it really isn't big news at all.
With that said, it is very sad to hear that the child was killed. It is said when you are expecting to have a good time away from the real world, and something like this happens.
These pages are in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Cedar Fair, Legoland, Merlin Entertainment, Blackstone, Tussaud's Group, Six Flags, Universal Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Company or any other theme park company.
photos and videos on this website were taken with the permission of the park by
a professional ride photographer.
For yours and others safety, please do not attempt to take photos or videos at
parks without proper permission.
You need a sense of humor to view our site,
if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back
Most of the content on this forum is suitable for all ages. HOWEVER! There may be some content that would be considered rated "PG-13." Theme Park Review is NOT recommended for ages under 13 years of age.