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  1. friendsarama

    Subscriber series: Disney's California Adventure

    Very Impressed! Well done. That's amazing.
  2. I was there in early October last year for 3 days. The first two (a Saturday and a Sunday) were insanely busy and I think I managed 2 rides on each of the days (if the queues get over an hour I generally don't bother). My last day, the Monday, was dead. The longest wait was 45 minutes for Crush's Coaster at the Studios park, and about the same for Big Thunder in Disneyland park. I did every major attraction (Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones, Big Thunder, Tower of Terror, Rocknrolla Coaster and Crush's Coaster) by 1PM. It was great. So my recommendation is, don't bother on the weekend. My big complaint about the Disneyland Paris park is the entertainment. I think it's generally quite pathetic by Disney standards. The Candelabration show was probably the most dissappointing thing I've ever seen in a Disney park (short of the fireworks in Tokyo Disneyland - but at least everything else in those parks makes up for that!), and even the parades are generally much more basic. The Lion King show is pretty weak in comparison to its international relatives as well. The best thing about the parks is the layout (I find it the most immersive of the 'Disneyland' parks in terms of theming), and it really is the most beautiful (albeit not necessarily the best maintained). Big Thunder, Space Mountain and Crush's Coaster are definitely the highlights for me! When are you going specifically? Out of coincidence, I'm actually heading back myself this year and will be there for a couple of days in mid October too. Hope this helps! Mickey C
  3. friendsarama

    Theme Parks/Water Parks In Movies

    There were alot of shots of Orlando parks in Never Back Down this year - mainly cos the movie is set in Orlando which kind of makes it impossible to not show a theme park somewhere in the 2 hours. They don't ever go to a park, but you get a pretty cool flyover of WDW. Also, Universal Studios Florida and Islands Of Adventure are in the fourth Bring It On movie. It was released the last time I was over there and they were showing shots of Dueling Dragons and Citywalk. Haven't had a chance to see it yet though to see if there was much else. Also, Sliders (tv series) was filmed in Universal Studios in Hollywood so they used the park alot. There's a christmas episode (season 3 I think) where basically the whole thing is shot in the park and in Citywalk. There's a great scene where you see the starway leading to heaven too. It's pretty funny. Mickey C
  4. friendsarama

    Fire or Ice?

    I prefer Fire. It just feels faster to me and I like that more than the spinning. Really you should just do both though Mickey C
  5. friendsarama

    Anaheim and Orlando Video

    Hey all, Second video is up... Mickey C
  6. friendsarama

    Anaheim and Orlando Video

    Hey all, Thought you might be interested in a new video I've put together from my recent trip to the States. I've done 4 videos in total and will be uploading 2 onto youtube. The first is just of Anaheim and Orlando (with a little bit of San Diego zoo in there as well). You can check out the video here... I'll post a second video which will have parts of San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York in the next day or so. I'd really appreciate your thoughts. Thanks Mickey C
  7. friendsarama

    Studio Tour

    I miss the Movieworld Studio tour too. I never went on it the last few years it was in operation purely because they never bothered updating it which was just laziness I feel. I think though with the current Movieworld thinking which seems to be more detail focused, I would like to see them give it a go again. I think the key difference here is that Movie World never really had the "studio tour" portion of Universal studios in Hollywood. If you're comparing apples with apples, you really would be comparing the Universal Effect Sound Stages instead of the studio tour as that essentially is what made up the biggest part of the Movieworld tour. Apart from in the really early years where you did do a 10 minute loop of the studios (basically looking at posters on buildings) and the occasional 'sound stage' (most notably the Batman Forever 'Riddler's Lair'), the Movieworld 'tour' was essentially the Superman Blue Screen effect, the Lethal Weapon Sound Stage, and the Memphis Bell set. This is much more in line with the Universal Studios Effects stages where they show you all this stuff, except that there, they change the theme extremely regularaly. I know everytime I've been it's been different (the last one was Heroes and Bourne related). I can't envision it costing a huge amount to change these over every now and again, especially since the show basically remains the same, just with the exception of the theme. But I guess the rights could be expensive. I think Movieworld has a better chance of successfully capturing this market over a 'studio tour' as I think the big selling point of the Universal Studio tour is the permanent outdoor sets, which is something Movieworld has little of. Having said all that however, I've been to Universal Studios in Hollywood quite a number of times, and I've never actually bothered doing the Universal Effects Sound Stages purely because I was scarred from the Movieworld experiences which I had done more times that I chose to remember. Whereas the studio tour I do at least twice every visit, because if all else fails, you're at least in for a good laugh. Mickey C
  8. friendsarama

    disney Everest roller coaster

    That's awesome! I probably would have seen you there. I was there for 2 and a half weeks in January and spent almost every second day at Animal Kingdom. Was the program good? Mickey C
  9. friendsarama

    disney Everest roller coaster

    I definitely noticed the lightheadedness as you go backwards up the first banked turn. The rides definitely impressive but to tell you the truth, I kind of found it a little disappointing. Other than that one bit of the ride, the rest feels really slow, and whilst I don't mind that for a Disney ride, other rides have the detail to overcome it. This ride looks fantastic from a distance, but is kind of basic inside and doesn't offer a lot in the way of exceptional theming whilst on it (other than the 5 seconds of Yeti time). Don't get me wrong, I still liked it, but Animal Kingdom is my second favourite park behind Tokyo Disney Sea, as I love just about everything in there (other then Chester and Hesters Dinorama), so it was just sad because I wanted it to be so much better! Just my humble opinion though. Mickey C
  10. friendsarama

    halloween at movieworld report

    I went last night. It definately was an improvement on last year again...which was awesome. They did have a "Fright Zone" area like they had last year in the Chinatown area. I didn't go in it because we ran out of time, but from what I could tell, they definately had built upon what it was like last year. They had lots of Scooby Doo props out front like the big Tiki Masks and things to make an entrance area. It looked really effective. I wish Wild West Falls had been open because it's such a good people guzzling attraction, it really would have assisted with crowd I think if they really wanted to improve the night, it would be the perfect attraction to overlay with a little Halloween ambience. But give it a few more years and I'm sure they'll do something to the effect! I still think it's awesome to have a park in Australia do this. It's a hell of a lot of fun. Mickey C
  11. friendsarama

    Teenage girl dies on Disneyland ride

    I'm sorry, but as a huge fan of the Disney parks I don't really think that shutting down the 'thrill' rides is going to do it. Most of the deaths that have occured in Disney parks over the years have come from non thrill rides anyway. And are those people saying that Walt didn't like 'thrill' rides forgetting that the Matterhorn was designed as a family thrill ride. A ride, which I might add, is actually responsible for several Disney fatalaties. Lets not also forget that someone has died waiting for the Sailing Ship Columbia to dock. Would removing all the thrill rides have prevented that death? I can understand where people are coming from on this one, but I'm sorry to say, it's just not the answer. I spent last year doing a 10 000 word thesis on the issue of theme park ride safety. Trust me, cutting back on the number of thrill rides is going to do nothing. Which is basically why no ones been able to do anything about reinstating federal legislation of theme park rides in the US. There's not enough of a problem to justify it. You're more likely to be killed by a vending machine falling on you, than you are on a theme park ride. But, sadly, every now and again, accidents happen. It's truly a terrible thing, but life's full of risk. That's what makes it worth living.
  12. friendsarama

    Modern Marvels. Two documentaries for you to download

    I think the Walt Disney World one was aired in the US before then. I've had it on DVD since March last year. And it was definately filmed before then, because it shows part of the construction of Expedition Everest. I would guess by the stage of construction it probably would have been filmed about August/September of 2005. But that's really only an educated guess. Mickey C
  13. friendsarama

    Possible new ride themes/ideas?

    I think something dedicated to television is exactly what the park needs. And WB television has an enormous amount of things available for them to use. My vote for a new ride would also be a shoot style ride. MIB is an amazing ride. I think they have enormous re-ride ability - more so than most other rides. I'm not even such a big fan of the style of ride, and I myself found myself going back to ride it over and over again in Orlando. It's incredible. I'd theme it to The Matrix. It seems like a perfect fit. Although I think a new water ride would also be of some use...particularly something along the lines of Grizzle River Run in DCA - it would knock Thunder River Rapids off the map. Mickey C
  14. friendsarama

    Did anyone take any pics of MW's Halloween nights?

    Hey, Here's a couple of pix from the night. They're only of the Logo and the entrance. The entrance was covered in smoke for the first part of the night and this photo was taken at around 9:45 when the smoke machines had stopped. The other photos came out blurry so they didn't work so well. I've got some video footage too, but I haven't had time to look at that yet. The logo is definately by favourite Mickey C Oh...sorry. Here's the other one. Mickey C
  15. friendsarama

    Halloween at Warner Bros. Movie World

    Haha. Thanks for the tip I've ridden it quite a bit myself, and I don't always get a headache, but to tell you the truth, I don't like the ride enough to warrant the risk. I'm not a big fan of lots of spinning. I'll take Superman Escape any day over Lethal Weapon. Plus, my rule of thumb is, if a ride causes me to need to take panadol, it's not fun. I think I'll stick with Superman, Wild West Falls and Scooby Doo for my Movie World rides Thanks though Mickey C