Surely I couldn’t have been the only one with bated breath waiting for the release of the fifth member of the Imagineering Field Guide, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disneyland took fourth place honors). Scheduled to be released on April 28, 2009, the timing could not be more perfect, coinciding with the park’s 20th anniversary.
Checking online just a few days before, Amazon was accepting pre-orders (they now promise shipping in 12-14 days). Barnes and Noble had it ready to be sold on April 28. Only Borders’ website was showing a release date of April 2010 (?!).
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to meet Captain Rockhopper himself at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Captain brought along a penguin friend as well.
Meant to promote awareness of the annual event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios amongst Cast Members, StarWars.com provides us with a look at some of the eye candy normally only seen by those who work for the Disney Empire.
Wearing Minnie Mouse ears, singer/songwriter Katy Perry (left) and actress Hayden Panettiere (right) strike a pose April 25, 2009 with Minnie Mouse herself at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The duo was enjoying the theme park prior to their evening performance for the Disney Grad Nite, an annual, in-park celebration for high school seniors. Panettiere stars on the hit NBC series “Heroes.” Perry is a multi-platinum recording artist who hit #1 on the “Billboard” charts with two singles from her latest album, “One Of The Boys.” (Gene Duncan, photographer)
Thanks to a tweet from disneyshawn, we understand that Captain Rockhopper will appear across from the Backlot Tour beginning April 30. Even bigger, Shawn reports that Rockhopper will be accompanied by another penguin he calls Blue (as pictured in our original report here).
Current meet & greet times are scheduled for 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:30a, 12:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p and 4:30p.
The TEA/ERA Attraction Attendance Report identifies the top commercial theme parks and waterparks around the world and reflects their performance in 2008. Global attendance data is broken down by geographic region, by chain and by type of venue. This vital report is issued annually and jointly produced by the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) – the leading international trade alliance for the creators of compelling experiences and places – and ERA (Economics Research Associates) – a top international consulting firm providing economic analysis for the entertainment and leisure industry worldwide.
Burbank, Calif. USA — April 16, 2009 — The TEA/ERA Attraction Attendance Report for 2008 is now posted on the TEA and ERA websites. It reveals 2008 visitation totals for top theme parks and waterparks worldwide.
The report summary is included here (see below). To access the full report including attendance charts, visit:
The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and Economics Research Associates’ report for attendance to the world’s theme parks in 2008 was released earlier today. On the whole, things look on par or slightly better for the Disney Parks over 2007.
In North America, Magic Kingdom (#1) remained steady at approximately 17,063,000 after its record breaking performance in 2007; Epcot (#3) also remained steady at 10,935,000; Disney’s Hollywood Studios (#4) saw the largest percentage increase of 1% for an attendance total of 9,608,000; and Disney’s Animal Kingdom (#5) set an attendance record of 9,540,000 (an increase of .5%)
Time to start planning for Star Wars Weekends! Starting in May, fans get to meet an impressive lineup of special guests attending four weekends of Star Wars fun at the Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida. From May 22 to June 14, 2009, fans of all ages will converge to celebrate the heroes, villains, creatures and droids of the saga. In addition to Star Wars costumed characters, fun activities, and the Star Tours theme park ride, celebrity guests will be in attendance for meet-and-greet sessions, star conversations, and a classic Hollywood-style motorcade.
Here’s a look at the celebrity guests which include Star Wars cast members from the entire saga. Please check back here for future updates to the guest list as it may be subject to change.
The official Walt Disney World website has begun posting PDF versions of its menus for Table Service Locations. At this time, restaurants that offer this feature include Liberty Tree Tavern, Tony’s Town Square, Shutter’s, The Wave, Spoodles, ESPN Club, Cap’n Jack’s, Le Celier, Rose and Crown, Akershus, Coral Reef, Grand Floridian Cafe, Mama Melrose, 50s Prime Time Cafe, Sci-Fi Dine-In, Olivia’s, Kona Cafe, Boatwright’s, Turf Club and Whispering Canyon Cafe.