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Australia's Movie World Christmas Party; Strange Hometown Christmas Tradition

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by , 12-24-2010 at 08:52 PM



Thanks for visiting the Weekend Update on this special weekend. We hope that everyone has a fantastic time with friends and family and that your travels are safe.

Our Christmas edition has a report from Rya86n who attended the Christmas party at Aussie theme park Movie World. RegionsBeyond shares photos from a strange Christmas tradition in his hometown. We also have some assorted Christmas goodies to celebrate the season.

We'll see you all next year!




We'll start out this week with some shots of Cinderella's Castle decked out for the holidays from Roger55










Here are a few Christmas themed post cards from the collection of DisneylandPostcards.net
















Australia's Movie World offered a hard ticket Christmas event this year. The rumor is that it was a logistical nightmare, but it sure looks like fun in Rya86n's photos!




Snowing at 90F.

The Summer season has truly kicked in Down Under. Rain, thunder storms and rising temperatures have been around all week! All of which have yet to dampen any Christmas spirit at Warner Brothers Movie World's inaugural White Christmas event. As Gold Coast temperatures peaked at 90F, snow continued to fall on Movie World's Main Street and crowds have flocked to the themepark to experience it.

During daylight hours all the Christmas trimmings are easily seen.

So too, are the crowds.


There's Decorations...


Christmas Trees...

Ice Skating...

Chirstmas attractions...

Lights...

Millions of tiny lights...

...and a giant On/Off switch.

Which means things only get better at night!
So as the sun sets and the park reaches capacity crowds...




...the Christmas spirit ignites!










There were Looney Toons on Ice.

And a Christmas themed parade; which proved so popular, they had to add it to the daily entertainment schedule for this week up until Christmas Day!








Merry Christmas to all, from Australia!






Coheteboy shows us how Sleeping Beauty decorates for Christmas












RegionsBeyond shares photos of a charming Christmas tradition in his hometown


For your holiday viewing pleasure, a quick group of photos from my town's local "Christmas street". Classic and strangely dated characters mingle via large cutout figures on a series of 3 or 4 courts along a downtown side street. Here is the website for the event, and enjoy some photos from this year: Crippsmas Place


Giant Remy the rat menaces his human co-stars......FLEE! COOKING RODENT!



The famous...Christmas dragon, I guess.







The worst Harry Potter ever...yikes.

No one wants a Charlie in the box!



For those California locals: I was pleased and slightly surprised to see the Big Boy included.











It's-a-me, Mario, from my bad cartoon show no one remembers!

NINNYMUGGINS.




Nothing says "holiday" and "still relevant" like Pokemon.

Thanks for looking, and may all enjoy their holiday festivities! Don't drink much eggnog..come to think of it, just skip the eggnog. Not tasty.




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Updated 12-25-2010 at 10:30 AM by Weekend Update

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  1. Dustysage's Avatar
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    Merry Christmas to the editor and crew of the always fabulous Weekend Update.

    Thank you for a year of amazing adventures!!!

    -Dusty
  2. Timekeeper's Avatar
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    Merry Christmas too! and more great photos too!


    Timekeeper
  3. hadesthecat's Avatar
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    Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!
  4. BC_DisneyGeek's Avatar
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    Posting an update on Christmas, now that's dedication!

    Merry Christmas!
  5. Fairy Godmother Travel's Avatar
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    Merry Christmas to all--thank you for sharing all the Christmas displays!
  6. Crazee4mm's Avatar
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    The "Polar Express 4-D Experience"? I love this movie and have seen it in IMAX 3-D at least a dozen times but I never knew of this attraction. Do we have one here in the states? Does anyone know anything abou this attraction? I nearly jumped out of my seat when I saw that marquee in this weekend update. Time to put on my Sherlock Holmes hat and smokeless pipe. I must know more of this attraction.

    Thanks to everyone for making yet another year here on MiceChat a wonderfully social affair. I have never agreed (and argued) with so many kindred souls in my life and I thank each and every one of you for the discourse. I have met some terriffic new friends and have even done a few "park" days with some of them. I look forward to meeting more and more fellow Disney "nuts" who actually "get" what I'm talking about and don't look at me oddly whenever I refer to something so "inside Hollywood" as a Hidden Mickey. It's great to have a place to go where I can talk freely about my interests and concerns. Thanks all for listening and for voicing your opinions as well. It's never boring and I feel like I'm a member of an extended family. One that's not as dysfunctional as the one I have out here in the "real world".
  7. Timmy55's Avatar
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    Merry Christmas to the Weekend Update Crew. You all do a wonderful job!
  8. Terrytiger's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazee4mm
    The "Polar Express 4-D Experience"? I love this movie and have seen it in IMAX 3-D at least a dozen times but I never knew of this attraction. Do we have one here in the states? Does anyone know anything abou this attraction? I nearly jumped out of my seat when I saw that marquee in this weekend update. Time to put on my Sherlock Holmes hat and smokeless pipe. I must know more of this attraction.
    Sea World rethemes the ride film portion of the Wild Arctic Polar Bear Exhibit with the Polar Express. I believe they do it both in Orlando and San Diego.
  9. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Wow, thought you guys would take the day off. Much thanks for the update. Merry Christmas everyone!
  10. Internitty's Avatar
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    The White Xmas event turned VERY controversial with Movie World dishonouring pre-paid tickets and calling Police on upset guests, upset because they had paid weeks in advance only to be turned away on the night because Movie World in their infinite greed couldn't calculate;

    "X = PARK_CAPACITY;
    Y = PRESOLD_TICKETS;
    PARK_CAPACITY - PRESOLD_TICKETS = AMOUNT_OF_ADDITIONAL_GUESTS_TO_ENTER_PARK;"

    Movie World's variation was to presell as many tickets as possible then fill the park to capacity by 2PM and close the gates on an event that was supposed to start at 6PM. Movie World was to cease regular daily operations at 5PM prepare for the event then allow the guests who had prepaid for the event to enter the park along with guests who bought tickets to the event (remember this is an extra after hours event not included in regular admission) on the day plus a certain number of annual pass holders, instead people with prepaid tickets were turned away before they even reached the gate unless they sat in the Queensland summer sun for 6 or more hours with no shelter waiting.

    Movie World knows their park capacity and they know how many tickets were presold it's not brain surgery to know what to do next, or apparently it is to the management of Warner Brothers Movie World on The Gold Coast.

    To add insult to injury Movie World has announced it will take 2 weeks to refund the $40 cost per ticket plus booking fee after a claim is made.

    We couldn't even get into the car park, we bought tickets two weeks in advance for a special occassion, arrived in what should have been plenty of time, we were turned away as we entered the far gate of the car park.

    While they were giving us a number to call for a refund I commented on how bad the organisation of the event was and one of the security people said "Tell me about it I have to work for them". While we were being rejected for an event we paid in advance for a woman with 5 kids came up she too had bought the tickets 2 weeks in advance for her daughter's birthday that night, they had driven 3 hours to get there and were told too bad call for a refund or come back Monday night. Why? So they can be rejected again and have the birthday treat ruined twice? Will Movie World pay for the fuel a 3 hour drive takes?

    This link is to the Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper website story about other people's experience Families slam `Grinch' Movie World | Courier Mail

    Thank you for the photo's it looks like it would have been fun had we been able to get in.

    Movie World had made some effort in theming which was nice since Dreamworld has thrown all theming out and is now nothing more than a disorganised amusemement park, however no amount of theming can make being treated like this worth while. I'll just continue my once a year pilgrimage to Disneyland and leave my theme park attendance to the experts.

    From the Courier Mail article: "A Village Roadshow Theme Parks spokeswoman said there was an unforeseen level of interest in the promotion and the same problems would not occur next year." AGAIN how hard was this to organise? There are no excuses especially ones as feeble as that. Most people will not give them another chance next year.
  11. bamato's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update
  12. Country Bear's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrytiger
    Sea World rethemes the ride film portion of the Wild Arctic Polar Bear Exhibit with the Polar Express. I believe they do it both in Orlando and San Diego.
    Sea World has done an amazing job of this attraction. We have seen it in Florida and it was a real treat. The experience extends beyond the ride with an excellently themed Que area. I highly recommend this to everyone to try.