Wendy can see into your soul.
Photo via flickr
- Click through to the flickr source
- Click the magnifying glass over the photo
- Click “View all sizes”
- Select the original size (2376 x 1584)
- Center Wendy’s face on your screen
- Have a staring contest*
*Not responsible for dried-out eyes that turn into raisins if you take the staring contest a little too seriously
From The Disney Parks Blog …
“I am glad to be at Disney World, the Magic Kingdom!”
This was the spirited welcome President Barack Obama delivered earlier today as he stood on Main Street, U.S.A. with the iconic Cinderella Castle glittering behind him.
Tourism was the topic of this official visit, and the President said the natural place to discuss efforts to make it easier for more international guests to visit the United States was Walt Disney World Resort.
“It’s rare that I get to do something that Sasha and Malia envy me for,” the President joked, referring to his young daughters. “Maybe they’ll actually ask me at dinner how my day went.”
While the President’s remarks were for an invited audience and necessitated closing a portion of Main Street, U.S.A., for a few hours, guests at the Magic Kingdom enjoyed a unique day of their own, with special entertainment throughout the park to keep things magical.
Instead of venturing down Main Street, U.S.A., to access the park, guests were ushered from the main entrance through a special backstage area that was lined with scores of colorful banners and parade floats and live musical entertainment. Once inside the park, guests could enjoy additional entertainment, character meet-and-greets, supplemental showings of the Frontierland Hoedown, and character dance parties at the Diamond Horseshoe Review and the Rockettower Plaza Stage.
A capacity crowd of guests who wanted to hear the President’s speech even watched a live broadcast of his remarks in the most appropriate of settings — The Hall of Presidents attraction in Liberty Square.
Back on Main Street, U.S.A., President Obama finished his remarks, then turned to look at the “Partners” statue in distance. The President gave a friendly wave to Walt and Mickey, then exited the stage to end this historic day at the Magic Kingdom.
I just can’t get over the fact that he went to the Magic Kingdom and didn’t bring his daughters.
Hey, look, there’s an alligator with sharp teeth within a few feet of Splash Mountain guests that can’t run because they are held in place by a lap bar.
I think I will hit it and make it angry.
Star Tours Soft Opening
There was a soft opening of the new Star Tours yesterday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (no word on if there will be more). While the ride was open, Cast Members in Jedi robes were there to make sure that nobody filmed or took pictures inside.
This kind of bothers me. Disney parks are some of the most photographed places in the world. People are there on vacation. It doesn’t seem right to tell people not to photograph things that they do on vacation.
If Disney wanted to keep things secret until Friday, they should have just had Cast Member previews. Some of those who rode, I’m sure, will no longer be in Florida when the ride officially opens, and will miss out on the opportunity to relive this experience along with the rest of their pictures and video.
And if the rapture comes on Saturday, we may never see what it looked like! (Yes, I’m still making fun of the scheduled rapture.)
More Star Wars 2.0 Details
Here’s more from The Orlando Sentinel on the new Star Tours. No taste of the article here this time, this one is more spoiler-laden.
I will say this, though: If you are planning on being there next Friday for opening day, don’t expect to ride first thing in the morning. There will be extended hours that day, but Star Tours isn’t expected to open until midday.
Star Tours 2.0 Details Announced
From The Orlando Sentinel:
The ride’s 3-D film is divided into several segments featuring different planets and will be shown in 54 combinations.
That’s all I’m giving you here. Click the link to read the whole thing.
Mary and Alice head off for a smoke break