Saturday 25 March 2017

News Update - 26th March 2017

Starting in WDW this week, at Disney's Hollywood Studios a new show has been added to the roster at night in the Theater of the Stars. The awkwardly named The Music of Pixar LIVE!: A Symphony of Characters will feature a live orchestra playing Pixar movie hits, which are numerous these days.

Over at Disney's Animal Kingdom reservations have opened (and reportedly sold out) for the DVC previews for Pandora from May 13-22. We've also had details about the ordering process at the restaurant in Pandora. The Satu'li Canteen will be the first at WDW to support mobile ordering through the My Disney Experience app. We are seeing more details coming out about this land as the WDW marketing machine winds up,  this week was all about creating "real" environments.

At Universal Orlando Resort, we've had it confirmed that the Wet'n'Wild site, which closed last year, will be converted into 4000 hotel rooms. There is definitely a need for more onsite accommodation, so this seemed like the obvious use of this land.

A few weeks ago we talked about Shanghai Disneyland having a problem with scalping of Fastpasses. This week we've seen Disney add a new paid Fastpass program called Premier Access. For as little as US$10, a fastpass for one of the big 7 attractions can be purchased effectively cutting out scalpers and increasing profit.

Staying in China, the Zhonghong group has bought a 21% share in SeaWorld from the Blackstone group (who previously part owned Universal Orlando). It's not clear what action the group plans to take, but I would expect given their current operating issues these parks would not have been heavily expensive.

At home, a fan made video has popped up online this week with a rendering of the upcoming Movie World hypercoaster. It's worth noting that there are a lot of assumptions made in this rendering, so we definitely can't consider it real. But it is definitely cool!

We also got confirmation this week of the colour of this coaster, as the first track pieces were spotted. To my personal surprise the new coaster is going to be pink. Bets are still being made as to the theme of this coaster. I had expected either Wonder woman  (Blue and Red) or Flash (Red and Yellow). So pink has me scratching my head for sure. Time will tell!!

That's it for this week's News Update. For more Theme Park coverage, follow me on Twitter @themeparknut. Until next time, Cheers!


  1. Pink roller Coaster - YES!!!! :) tee hee!

    1. I've been thinking more about it, it might be Batgirl themed. She's more of a purple, but I could make a case that, that track is more magenta than pink. It's almost got to be DC related because of where it is in the park. I hope it's not just a blanket "DC SuperHero Girls" coaster with a pink track. No when Green Lantern has his own coaster.