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Hong Kong Halloween; Crazy Aussie Buzzsaw Ride; Georgia Aquarium; South Korea

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by , 09-23-2011 at 08:00 PM



As I worked on this week's Weekend Update over the past few nights, there was a definite chill in the air in Oceanside. Tonight I'm putting the finishing touches on the Update sitting in my hotel room in Fresno with the air conditioning cranked up to "high". It's 99 degrees outside and the local news is reporting that high school football games are being postponed or cancelled!

We have some awesome photos from Hong Kong Disneyland, courtesy of Alain Littaye and the Disney and More blog. It looks like HKDL is giving Tokyo Disneyland a run for their money.

Rya86n teased us last week with the backstory for Dreamworld's new Buzzsaw Ride. This week we have photos from opening day. This new roller coaster is sick! I love the big steel coasters, but I'm not so sure that I would take a spin on this crazy thing. Would you?

Sir Clinksalot has the first installment of his "detours" in Georgia. In the next few weeks, he'll be taking us to the World of Coke, The Margaret Mitchell House and of course Six Flags Over Georgia. This week we take a trip to the Georgia Aquarium.

Finally, we have another photo report from South Korea courtesy of The Disneylander. Join him as he tours Busan.

Have a great weekend!



Alain Littaye brings us full coverage of Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland



Here is a full report on HKDL 2011 Halloween season, with plenty of pictures and videos. I will talk about the new Headless Horseman who is introduced for the first time this year, but before that let's begin by showing pics of the Halloween decor in the park and the Halloween characters.
















The Thaddeus Oswald amazing circus appears for the first time at HKDL Halloween and a morbid curiosity will bring Guests to this traveling show set up in the heart of Adventureland, but one can only hope they will all make it out with their heads intact. The con artist exhibitor claims to have the head of the Headless Horseman as the main exhibit, and the Headless Horseman himself has come to seek revenge.








They've also created nice visuals for each of the circus characters as well as great circus posters inviting HKDL guests to enter to "lose their head"...














Always in Adventureland black magic and ancient incantations have released nocturnal creatures and ghoulish souls. HKDL guests inevitably come face to face with the many new jungle inhabitants as they lie in wait around every cursed corner.










Here is a TV Ad:



Next, pictures and video of the full Glow in the Dark Parade and pre-show with the Headless Horseman opening the parade. Great parade as usual, i always love the giant Jack Skellington and all of the floats!





















They also had the incredibly good idea to do projection effects on Main Street facades and the Main Street Station. On the first video below you will see the projections on the Main Street Station...







But the projections on Main Street buildings are even more spectacularly creepy. I hope that someone at Disneyland Paris will watch these videos, and get inspiration from this to do something similar on the DLP Main Street facades...






In Tomorrowland, Space Mountain is turned once again in its Halloween theming and lighting, and HKDL guests are warned at the entrance that they will experience a different and ghostly experience!




Always in Tomorrowland the guests are welcome to engage in the infectious energy and array of activities at the new show 93Tomorrowland - Party Zone 94. Tomorrowland Street Jam hypes up the party fun for every Guest with their stylish, high energy Hip Hop performance. They, too, are loosing their heads and it's a great effect as you will see on the video below.





If you plan to visit the park and stay at HKDL hotel during the Halloween season you'll be pleased to learn that even the rooms have a Halloween theming...


...as well do the meals!


Hope you enjoyed this Halloween update and see you soon for a new HKDL update!

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Aussie Themepark Reporter Rya86n brings us photos from the opening of Dreamworld's Buzzsaw Thrill Ride


As I mentioned last weekend, I spent Saturday taking on Dreamworld's brand new thrill ride Buzzsaw!

It is a fantastic edition to the Big 7 Thrill Rides, clearly visible from the park entry.

Once inside the park you make your way to the town of Gold Rush.

In park advertising marked to the special occasion.

Which was also supported by local radio station, 90.9 Sea FM.



The whole area has recieved a bit of a facelift to fit in with the new attraction.

Which becomes visible...



...looming over the more subtle thematic elements.

We waited beyond closed gates, anticipating the first adrenaline fueled ride.





Riders enter the old saw mill.

The queue weaves through some switchbacks in a large entrance hall

with some spooky, natural lighting effects.

Keep an eye out for some supernatural occurances and hints of arson.

The queue line then weaves past warning signs...

...some ominous, dark conrners and...

...the milling machinery.

Including the namesake...

"Buzzsaw"

Ignoring your last warning, riders emerge on the load platfrom.

Where you're seated in an open carriage.

Held in only by a single waist harness.

The ride begins...

...as riders are lifted up a 46m vertical ascent.



At its peak, riders are flipped.

And left to dangle 15 stories in the air.

Before the coaster free falls...

...through a 360degree heart roll...



...and then plummets to the ground...

...in a final vertical drop...

...reaching speeds of up to 105km/hour.

It goes real fast!

Dont forget to smile!

Upon disembarking the ride...



you get a nice view up at the ride structure.

Before exiting...

...through the giftshop.

It makes for one incredibly impressive, iconic, adrenaline fueled ride, which I cannot wait to ride again and again!

You simply cannot miss Dreamworld's Buzzsaw!




Georgia Detours with Sir Clinksalot


On a recent trip to Georgia to attend Theme Park Review's "Deep South Bash", Sir Clinksalot made a couple of detours at the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, The Margaret Mitchell House and of course Six Flags Over Georgia.

He will be sharing his pictures with us over the next few weeks and we'll be starting with the Georgia Aquarium.

The Georgia Aquarium is located in an all new area called Pemberton Place and is directly across from Centennial Park.

The outside of the Aquarium

Fish

Upon entering the aquarium, we made our way to the Ocean Explorer

The Ocean Voyage is the largest tank in the world

That's because they have four Whale Sharks

When we arrived in the main feeding area, they were feeding the fish



They feed the Whale Sharks by hand using rubber boats

Next was the Cold Water Quest

The had anemones and other things you could touch

Beluga Whales

Sea Otters ... warning, the next few pictures have a complete overload of cuteness







The Penguin exhibit had a penguin crawl tube which was very cool



Penguins as seen from the peek-in's!



As you can see, the peek in's from the tube allow you to get very close

Now that Conan is on TBS ... they have a Conan dolphin

River Scout

Some very cool fishes from the Amazon



Albino Alligator

Red Piranha

Tropical Diver



Some kind of sea snake thing



These fish liked to burrow

Next week we'll head next door and to the World of Coke.




The Disneylander's Life In Korea: Busan, Part I (부산)

A few weeks before I was due back in the States, I took a three-day weekend from my work to head down to Busan, the biggest port city in Korea and the second-largest city in the peninsula, after the capital city of Seoul.

Although it’s only a 4-hour train ride away, Busanites are proud of their unique culture that separates them from their Korean kin, just like New Englanders are intensely proud of their region, and Southerners refuse to give up their heritage, and so on and so forth. It might be a hard concept to grasp within a country that can literally be traversed in thirty minutes by plane, but back in the old horse-and-buggy era, each region developed its own unique identity that they maintain to this day.

So on a slightly cloudy Friday morning, I found myself at Suwon Station, a few kilometers outside Seoul,waiting for the train to bear me to unknown shores…

Suwon Station in the morning.


Hmm...which train to take?


There's our train! The 8:53 KTX, headed for Busan.


Here's our train, waiting for us. On a side note, public transportation is extremely effective in South Korea - with it being a small country, there's very little problem getting from here to there without a car. I managed just fine getting around, just with the subway, buses, and the occasional taxi.


We're on our way, going down South!


And we've arrived at Busan! It was HOT! Like, "start-sweating-immediately-after-leaving-the-train" kind of hot!


Thank god, let's go inside...


What? We're going out again? Say it ain't so!


Heading down the escalator...


...and into the baking-hot concrete plaza.


Looking back at the station from the plaza, right before we descended into...


...the subway! Yes, Busan also has its own extensive subway system, and I used it quite often during my trip. Thank God my transportation card still works here!


And this was my first destination of the day...what could it be? Stay tuned for more Busan, coming up next.





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And that brings us to the end of another week. Our photographers have just enough time to reload their cameras before we see you all again next weekend. Thank you to all of our wonderful readers, and as always, a huge thank you to our amazing team of global photographers, spies, and gossips:

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  1. switttdrfan's Avatar
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    Hong Kong Disneyland has the best Halloween ever!
  2. rya86n's Avatar
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    Great to see the Halloween content start to make the update! I was lucky enough to attend HKDL's Halloween a couple of years ago, it was great!
    I'll have a glimpse (and later, full coverage) of the Australian Halloween events in the coming weeks.
  3. Wendygirl's Avatar
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    Al is wondering at the top of the MiceAge page today if Disney forgot it was Jim Hensen's Birthday today. Well, they may have but Google didn't!
    LOVE the HKDL Halloween offerings!!!!
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    OMG! LOVE LOVE LOVE Georgia Aquarium. My parents moved to South Carolina this summer and when I went down in August we took a day trip to Atlanta just for the aquarium. BEST AQUARIUM EVER! Ocean Voyager was my favorite exhibit. We sat in the shark viewing room for an hour. I was mesmerized. Can't wait to go back.
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    The town of Thunder Mesa in Paris Disneyland, is the perfect destination for a "Something Wicked this Way Comes" Halloween event. From the train to the riverboats and all the mystical happenings at the Phantom Manor. Just imagine a very spirited Lucky Nugget revival like none before. PD
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    Buizz Saw looks like a lot of fun. Riding saw mill themed rides, be it a log ride or roller coaster, brings back fond memories for me. I had the great privledge of touring an old fashioned saw mill that used to be in Northern California and seeing old fashioned equipment in regular use. Modern saw mills are computerized but in the old mills there were no modern safety appliances. I knew several people whom had lost fingers at that old mill. Thus the horrible accident themeing isn't too far off LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DisWedWay
    The town of Thunder Mesa in Paris Disneyland, is the perfect destination for a "Something Wicked this Way Comes" Halloween event. From the train to the riverboats and all the mystical happenings at the Phantom Manor. Just imagine a very spirited Lucky Nugget revival like none before. PD
    That sounds like a lot of fun!
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    The Hong Kong Halloween parade and map lighting are amazing, and I wonder if the charge an extra price for these events. In any case Disneyland itself should be doing this and then the extra cost would be worth it. That parade is awesome and the light show is much better than that sad thing they have at Small World. This is much bigger and better. Disneyland, being the Crown Jewel of the Disney Theme Parks should be doing things like this instead of letting Tokyo and Hong Kong push the envelope for parades and decoration up and up every year.
  9. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Those projections at HKDL are amazing. Some of the best I've seen. Wished they'd do that in Anaheim. Great update!
  10. Dadoo's Avatar
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    That HKDL parade MUST be brought to DLR!! That's SPECTACULAR!! I also LOVE the building projections! However, I must admit, the projections are a little too creepy/spooky to be at DLR, IMO!

    I also think it's funny to hear Jack Skellington and Mickey Mouse speak in Chinese. I'm so used to hearing them in English. But, it doesn't diminish the quality and enjoyment of the show in any way! And did you see the crowd for the parade? WOW! If only crowds were that light at DLR, then things would be MUCH more enjoyable! No jockeying for positions or spending HOURS saving a place just to see a 15 minute parade! (Not that I do that, but you know what I mean!)
  11. rya86n's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Boy
    The Hong Kong Halloween parade and map lighting are amazing, and I wonder if the charge an extra price for these events. In any case Disneyland itself should be doing this and then the extra cost would be worth it. That parade is awesome and the light show is much better than that sad thing they have at Small World. This is much bigger and better. Disneyland, being the Crown Jewel of the Disney Theme Parks should be doing things like this instead of letting Tokyo and Hong Kong push the envelope for parades and decoration up and up every year.
    Glow In The Park was a great parade, and was part of general admission when I went two years ago. I believe the extended hours for the mazes was an upcharge back then.
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    HKDL Halloween is in a league of its own. Amazing.
  13. Timekeeper's Avatar
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    Actually, they (HKDL) could tie their "losing your head" Halloween Theme further in Fantasyland with The Queen of Hearts and her game of cards, where, if you lost, you would quickly lose your head! That was just a thought.


    Timekeeper
  14. bamato's Avatar
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    WOW! HKDL's Halloween looks really cool!!
  15. Wreckless Abrandon's Avatar
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    This is awesome! Wish I could go to HKDL for Halloween!

    One correction: the Headdroppers section should read "losing their heads" not "loosing their heads"
    #corrections