Monday, March 22, 2010

News From Around The World

Universal announced that they will be announcing more details on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on March 25. Yes, an announcement about an announcement. It's expected that they'll be announcing details on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride and a grand opening date for the island.

I haven't seen the show this season but apparently Aaron Kelly, one of the final 11 contestants on American Idol, was a dream ticket winner at Hollywood Studios. That's pretty cool so congrats to him. I guess if your dreams really are of the American Idol variety, it helps to try them out in Orlando.

There's a new pool coming to Saratoga Springs. There will be a zero entry pool with a slide, a water play area, a huge deck, and a quick service dining location.

I don't think I reported this earlier. The Sounds Like Summer concert series schedule is set. June 12-19 is Stayin Alive (Bee Gees cover band,) June 20-26 is Hotel California (Eagles cover band,) July 4-10 is Satisfaction (Rolling Stones,) July 11-17 is Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi,) July 18-24 2U (U2,) and July 25-31 Beginnings (Chicago covers.) June 27-July 3 is to be announced.

It looks like the end of the road for motion capture at Disney, at least for the time being. Robert Zemeckis' IMD studio will shut down soon. This was the studio that did Christmas Carol. It remains to be seen if Disney is backing away from the filmmaking style or looking to take it in a different direction.

Sad to report the death of Fess Parker this week. Parker played Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the popular films and television series in the 1950's and 60's. Their success laid much of the foundation for Frontierland at Disneyland.

The Disney Fans Insider online newsletter recently changed its layout.

Mental Floss posted a Presidential trivia quiz this week and used a stock photo from the Hall of Presidents.


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