On this version of Theme Park Bits:
- Salivate over the vacation meals at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
- Check out trip footage of an early iteration of an previous Disney thrill trip.
- Put together for 2020 Halloween Horror Nights.
- And extra!
It’s the vacation season formally at each Walt Disney World and Disneyland. The Christmas season started anew there on November eight, and meaning an entire lot, together with meals. In fact, each theme parks have you ever lined — in Anaheim, you possibly can take a look at the Competition of Holidays at Disney California Journey, and in Orlando, there’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Get together on the Magic Kingdom. The Disney Parks Weblog has guides to every occasion, and the meals at every of them appears to be like fairly mouth-watering. I can’t say a lot in regards to the Orlando occasion, however I’ve been to the Competition of Holidays earlier than, and may’t extremely advocate sufficient the Chorizo Fundido. It’s the perfect.
On the aforementioned Competition of Holidays, it’s not nearly attempting out foods and drinks of every kind. It’s also possible to expertise a lot of dwell leisure, from vacation live shows to having fun with a swing-style jazz band, to an all-new character celebration referred to as Mickey’s Completely satisfied Holidays. This new occasion occurs twice every day all through the vacation season, and there’ll loads of beloved characters dancing to high-energy music. Low-energy dancing can be…nicely, memorable, however in all probability not inside the vacation spirit.
However the vacation celebration on the Disneyland Resort doesn’t finish in Disney California Journey. Over at Disneyland Park, probably the most memorable sights of the season will be discovered at It’s A Small World; its nighttime show of vacation lights is genuinely unforgettable. However this season, it’s not simply in regards to the sights — it’s additionally in regards to the smells, three new scents to be actual. In three of the present scenes, you’ll have the ability to scent some country-specific scents that tie into the vacations, from cherry blossom to cinnamon. No higher solution to spend a part of your journey than having fun with this vacation traditional (I imply it).
Let’s head over to Walt Disney World for our subsequent couple of tales, and we’re steering away from the vacation chatter for now. You could recall that, for a number of years within the mid-1990s, one of many hopeful marquee sights in Tomorrowland was Alien Encounter, a theater-in-the-round attraction wherein friends had been “unwilling” members in watching a horrific, bloodthirsty alien try and gobble them up. Despite the fact that the model that individuals know was pretty darkish, it was initially a lot darker. You possibly can see that now for your self on this unearthed video of the earliest iteration of the attraction, the place the storyline ended in a different way. Imagineers retooled the attraction, nevertheless it’s fascinating to see this lastly make its means into the general public eye.
Shifting over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this now-30-year previous park is at all times getting a facelift of some variety. Although it’s true that a good Disney theme park isn’t really completed, and that revisions are a part of the enterprise, DHS has gone by way of…nicely, so much of revisions, rather more so than even Epcot or Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Although the park’s identify has been Disney’s Hollywood Studios for over a decade, it’s simply now had an replace to its signage, as displayed right here. The brand new signage and font are, as you possibly can see, fairly stripped down and spare. It’s efficient, although it’s not precisely as placing as different park titles. Possibly this one will stick.
We’ll wrap up at present’s column in Orlando, however particularly at Common Studios Orlando. And this, sure, is a holiday-focused bit of reports. However don’t fear, it’s not about Christmas or Thanksgiving or Hanukkah. No, it’s about Halloween. I do know, Halloween simply ended, however Common is already excited about subsequent 12 months, which is why they’ve introduced their dates for Halloween Horror Nights 2020. What’s extra, subsequent 12 months’s 39 nights, from September 10 by way of October 31, are a celebration of the general occasion’s 30th anniversary. So even when it might not seem to be the correct time of 12 months but, prepare for some spooks subsequent 12 months.