It’s official! Disneyland is eliminating the Red Car News Boys Trolley show that greets visitors to Disney’s California Adventure.
The trolley show features singing, dancing newsboys who arrive on a (replica) of the region’s Pacific Electric Red Car Trolley. The Red Car News Boys Trolley show was inspired by the Disney “Newsies” musical play and movie featuring songs from the 1920s and 1930s.
Unfortunately, this show needs to go due to the construction of the new Marvel Land, which disrupts the path of the trolley car.
Park officials made the statement, “Based on viewership trends and the needs of our business, we have closed the show.”
A Disney cast member of the trolley show said in an Instagram Post under the user name @jancolby, “I’m incredibly sad to say goodbye! Throughout the last 6 years, I go to work with incredibly talented people who I considered my family who taught me how to be confident in who I am on and off stage.”
❤️The Red Car Trolley played a significant part in my life by taking me to where I am today. This little show means a lot to me and I’m incredibly sad to say goodbye! Throughout the last 6 years, I got to work with incredibly talented people who I consider my family who taught me how to be confident in who I am on and off stage. To my newsboys family, no doubt about it, you’ll make millions of people happy someday! Seize the day my friends! My last show will be on Monday, July 22 and the show will be closing on Tuesday July 23. #RedCarTrolleyNewsBoys #redcarnewsboys
The highly energetic show will make its final appearance on July
22 for an official closed date of July 23, 2019.
Were you ever lucky enough to see this special trolley show? Will you miss it?
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Recently some evacuation photos of Disney’s Skyliner were posted online.
As you can see the Reedy Creek Special Ops Climb team will evacuate guests by climbing up to the Skyliners and then rappelling down with those guest.
Here is the view from the Disney Skyliner during training.
During an evacuation, there is a boat waiting on the Specialty Trained Firefighter and the stranded guest.
I know safety is always Disney’s #1 priority and it was very cool to see the Reedy Creek Special Ops Climb team in training just in case someone would need to be rescued.
Disney’s Skyliner system is supposed to open sometime this fall.
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When a Milledgeville, Georgia, family decided to surprise their daughter with a birthday cake from Dairy Queen, they had no idea what they were in for.
The birthday girl, 25-year old Kensli Davis, loves the movie “Moana” and was hoping to have a cake with her favorite princess on it. But when her mother called to order the cake, the baker mistakenly heard “marijuana” instead. The results? Hilarious.
The cake not only features an image of the five-fingered plant itself, but a “My Little Pony” character (complete with a marijuana tattoo on its hind leg) getting high as well. All this is framed by the words “Happy 25th Birthday Kensli.”
According to Davis’ Facebook page, “…my mama called and ordered me a cake telling them how much I loved Moana. (Because really I do) Well needless to say these people thought she said marijuana.” Her post and the picture of the cake have been shared over fourteen thousand times since she originally posted it.
The unfortunate baker who made the error offered to redo the cake and make things right, but the Davises enjoyed the cake so much that they chose to decline her offer. In a recent interview with CNN, Davis said: “The whole family thought it was the funniest thing ever and said it would definitely [be] a birthday to remember.”
In truth, as long as it still tastes good, why waste cake? In the words of the birthday girl herself, “That ice cream cake was still good though.”
Photos Courtesy of Kensli Davis
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Get ready for 50 days of fun UOAPs! From August 12 to September 30, Universal Orlando Resort will celebrate the UOAP family with exclusive events, discounts, benefits, and more to show appreciation for the destination’s biggest fans.
More information about #UOAPDAYS will be revealed in the coming weeks, but one event to save the date for is Passholder Appreciation Night on August 18 from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. During the event, Annual and Seasonal Passholders will have Universal Studios Florida all to themselves for an exclusive after-hours party with access to select attractions and venues.
For guests who aren’t already a Passholder and want to enjoy all that Passholder Appreciation Days has to offer, they can now purchase an Annual Pass from less than $16 per month. CLICK HERE to learn more about Annual and Seasonal Pass options.
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Disney‘s governmental agency was swindled for nearly $722,000 in an email phishing scheme last year and the FBI is now taking over the investigation.
According to a sheriff’s report, the Orange Couty Sheriff’s Office referred this case to the FBI instead. Although this update was written in a report last month, the news was only released on July 11th, 2019.
This email phishing scheme began with an employee at the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Reedy Creek is the Disney-run government created by the state of Florida in 1967. This particular employee believed she was receiving emails from an approved landscaping vendor. She paid nearly $722,000 to this vendor.
Luckily, Reed Creek was able to recover nearly all of the money except for about $94,000. This information was released in a 2018 sheriff’s report.
The district has still not been able to recoup the nearly $94,000 according to John Classe. The loss was below Reedy Creek’s insurance deductible, therefore, no claim was submitted.
The sheriff’s office was told that this particular scheme was “purportedly linked to a larger nationwide investigation being conducted by multiple local and federal law enforcement agencies.”
Two men from Louisiana were arrested last year in connection with the phishing scheme case.
One of the men, Patrick Babila, is being held in the Caddo Correction Center on multiple charges such as three counts of illegal transmission of monetary funds.
The other man, Thadius Pugh, was bonded out of jail. There is no other update of him as of Thursday, July 11th.
Source: Orlando Sentinel.
It’s official: Universal Studios Hollywood’s mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride” opens and It Just Got Real.
Inspired by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s JURASSIC WORLD blockbuster films, this spectacular new thrill ride features the film’s stars, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong, who reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu, and soars to new heights with the addition of iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus.
“Jurassic World—The Ride” captures the essence of the blockbuster movies and comes to life in collaboration with the award-winning and inspired minds at Universal Creative, the Academy Award®-winning special-effects visionaries at Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., Universal Pictures and acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall.
The elaborately themed all-new “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD movies, engages with guests in daring face-to-face encounters, along with the addition of two new dinosaurs – a Baby Raptor with her Raptor Handler and a life-size Triceratops who greet guests outside the “Jurassic World—The Ride” entrance, further enhance the entire experience. Plus, a new interactive “Dino Play” area is designed to inspire children of all ages to explore and excavate giant dinosaur fossils.
Costa Rican-inspired cuisine and flavorful Tiki cocktails served at Jurassic Café and all-new tropical Isla Nu-bar add to the dynamic guest experience while an array of souvenir collectible, limited edition and one-of-a-kind dimensional dinosaur sculptures from the Jurassic Outfitters store invite guests to savor a piece of this exciting thrill ride even after they have gone home.
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Robert Downey Jr. May Return to the MCU as an A.I. Program. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who would be self-absorbed enough to upload a version of their consciousness into an Artificial Intelligence program for use in case of an untimely death?
First and foremost, we already have seen this sort of behavior in Professor Arnim Zola, who downloaded “his brain,” as he put it, into a computer system to oversee Hydra’s take over of S.H.I.E.L.D. long past the death of his human body. Another Marvel character may have been inspired to do the same thing, this time with much nobler intentions. That person? Anthony Edward Stark, better known as Tony Stark.
In Marvel Comics Ironheart series, Riri Williams, a young and talented engineer, builds her own Iron Man styled armor and catches the attention of Tony Stark himself. Stark saw William’s potential and talent and decided to send her a Stark A.I. to help her in her endeavors. Riri eventually takes up the mantle of Iron Man with her own moniker, Ironheart, after Tony is put into a coma.
Though Marvel has not stated any public plans to incorporate Ironheart into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), the ground work may have been laid in Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Don’t worry! We won’t put any spoilers in here about the latest film, but after the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home it would be easy to see how Tony could “return” as Artificial Intelligence. Possibly making an appearance down the line in either an Ironheart film or the Spider-Man franchise.
How would it work? Cinematically speaking, the A.I. would work similarly to J.A.R.V.I.S. and F.R.I.D.A.Y. but with some sort of hologram like how Tony appeared at the end of Avengers: Endgame.
Robert Downey Jr. is more than deserving of a break from filming and coordinating with Marvel Studios while he focuses on other projects and his family. As much as we would love to see RDJ return to the big screen, an early return can undermine Tony’s actions in Avengers: Endgame and take away from the future of the franchise.
As Marvel Studios has proven, nothing is final, and there are many ways Downey could return to the MCU. We hope he enjoys a well deserved break, and would love to see him return at a later date to help the young heroes rising on the horizon of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Photo Credit: Marvel Comics/Marvel Studios
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In anticipation of Disney’s latest live-action film “The Lion King” Disney has released their newest Caring for Animals episode. This episode is all about Disney’s African lions. In this video Lori, an animal care expert at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, talks about what makes these magnificent animals so unique.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom animal experts like Lori are helping to care and protect the lions daily. With the media attention of Disney’s “The Lion King” film opening July 19th Disney is promoting their newest campaign “The Lion King: Protect the Pride” campaign.
What is the “Protect the Pride” campaign? Disney with support from the Wildlife Conservation Network’s (WCN) Lion Recovery Fund (LRF) hope to double the number of lions in the wild by 2050. Since the animated version of “The Lion King” hit theaters 25 years ago Africa has sadly lost half its lions. In fact, there are less than 20,000 lions remaining. Disney is committed to take action and you can help!
You can help “Protect the Pride” by getting everyone you know, all your family and friends, and getting to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Disney has said that for every guest who rides the Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida during opening week of “The Lion King” (July 19 – 25, 2019), Disney Conservation Fund will donate $2 (up to $350,000) to WCN’s LRF’s efforts to help double the number of lions across Africa by 2050.
You must have a valid park ticket to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to ride Kilimanjaro Safari. This is an amazing way to help do your part and “Protect the Pride”. We encourage everyone that’s able to head over to Animal Kingdom during those dates of July 19-25 and ride for the pride!
For more information on Disney’s “Protect the Pride” campaign visit Disney.com/LionKingProtectThePride.
All information including video and images are from Disney Parks Blog found here.
Are you planning to head over and enjoy a safari and help save the lions? I hope to see you there! Let us know if you’ll be there too by dropping a comment below. Keep following Chip and Co. for more “Lion King” news and information on “Protect the Pride”.
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Today Disney has released details on Cast Member Previews for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios beginning on August 1st!
Cast Members will be able to visit Galaxy’s Edge for a 4-hour window starting on August 1st through August 16th and they will be able to bring a guest like Disney World Annual Passholders later that month.
In case you missed it Rise of the Resistance will open at Walt Disney World on December 5, 2019.
Are you excited for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge? I know I am!
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A team of more than 20 cast members have been working tirelessly to bring us the newest Disney chef-d’oeuvre down at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. They have brought together our favorite characters to make a new artistic statement that’s more than it appears on the surface.
The Manager of Resort Enhancement, Phil Rhan, states that it was “inspired by anamorphic art installation” -Disney. The creative minds in charge of designing these garden scenes pulled inspiration from other public parks around the world. Their use of bold colors is a signature move at the resort, not to mention a key reason people are attracted to the outdoor space of the Downtown District.
What makes these pieces really unique, however, is the use of flowers to achieve the desired outcome. For example, Mickey and Minnie are surrounded by their staple red and yellow at an outdoor picnic, while Daisy finds herself amidst her namesake daisies. Visitors will also find Donald Duck chasing his hat on a windy day, Pluto guarding his yard from two familiar chipmunks (Chip and Dale, anyone?), and Goofy slipping on some ice cream. More than 40 varieties of living plants have been brought together to create these living tapestries.
The way that the Disney characters are situated makes this an interactive opportunity for guests. Components are scattered to create different perspectives depending on where the visitor stands. To see it all come together with the character completely unified, one only needs to stand on Mickey’s shoe prints. Voilà! A perfect shot for Instagram.
If you are planning to be in Disneyland in the near future, be sure to schedule in a stop at Downtown Disney District. The displays don’t last long, and this is one you won’t want to miss!
Photos Courtesy of Disney
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