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East and Further East: Welcome to the Weekend Update for June 14, 2008.

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by , 06-13-2008 at 08:44 PM

It seems that most of our staff were on the East Coast this week, so the Update consists predominantly of photos from the Orlando area. Then sir clinksalot takes us even further east to a couple of wacky theme parks in the Phillipines.

Walt Disney World
Orlando, Florida

First up, Fishbulb shares these wonderful photos of the Tin Toy exhibit in Japan at Epcot's World Showcase.

The rest of Fishbulb's trip report can be viewed HERE.

Denise nbodyhome Preskitt shares more great photos from Walt Disney World. (Does she miss anything that goes on there?) More of Denise's photo albums can be viewed at

Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios

From the Walt Disney World website:

Event Dates:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 6 - June 29, 2008

Experience the power of the Force during Star Wars™ Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios™ every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 6 - June 29, 2008. It's the biggest event in the galaxy!

Encounter over 50 Star Wars™ characters from the entire saga. From Darth Vader and Darth Maul to Anakin and Chewbacca, you'll find some of your favorite heroes and villains from a galaxy far, far away.

Meet and greet your favorite Star Wars™ celebrities, snap a picture of the Legends of the Force celebrity motorcade, and discover the stories behind the movies during the eye-opening Stars of the Saga – Talk Show and Q & A.

Warwick Davis (host of this year's Star Wars Weekends

Jeremy Bullock (Boba Fett)

Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett)

Disney Dreams Come True Parade on GayDays in the Magic Kingdom:

Other Magic Kingdom shots:



The Wave restaurant at the Contemporary which opened (soft opening) on July 7th

Former location of The Concourse Steakhouse, now boarded up

TDLFAN stayed a little closer to home this past weekend and shares these photos taken at the Magic Kingdom during GayDays.

One of the main events for gay guests in the 3:00 p.m. parade.

Gay guests are encouraged to wear red and are advised to follow the parade.

Cinderella's Castle

Wannabe Queens were greeting guests.

Haunted Mansion

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Cindrella's Castle wears red for GayDays.

Finally, this construction photo and comment from TDLFAN:

The badly placed Kingdom Tower next to what was one of the most striking landscapes at Walt Disney World. So sad...

Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Orlando
Orlando, Florida

MickeyMaxx was on the East Coast this week also (one guess why ) and shares these great architectural photos with us:

Fort Santiago
Manila, Phillipines

sir clinksalot shares some photos from his recent trip to the Phillipines. (Be sure to hang in there until the end - sir clinks has a special treat for you at the end of this report.)

Fort Santiago is a Spanish Fort built by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in the 1500's. During WWII it was captured by the Japanese and sustained heavy damage in the Battle of Manila in February 1945. It was restored by the Intramuros Administration in the 1980's.

Outside the entrance to the Fort.

This part of the Fort was built in 1662.

They have beautiful gardens and fountains.

The entrance to Fort Santiago Proper.

The oldest part of Fort Santiago still standing, built in 1593.

A dedication to the over 600 Filipino's and Americans who were killed in February 1945.

Statues depicting the guards.

The dungeons were not open to the public.

The grounds offer some great views of Manila.

Manila Bay

Manila, Phillipines

The Mega-Mall in Manila is 5 stories tall and 1/2 mile long. It also contains a small indoor amusement park.

The malls in Manila do not have air conditioning, so this was the coolest part of Mega-Mall.

Glico's is located on the top floor. You'd think an amusement park would be on the bottom, but it's not.

My goal was to ride Quantum Leap, the small powered coaster.

I saw this AFTER my ride ... scary.

Star City
Manila, Phillipines

After that adventure, I headed to an actual theme park, Star City located on Manila Bay. Which kind of turned out to be "Disneyland Philippines".

First stop, the Zyclon Loop.

I'm thinking "If I die on a Filipino coaster, I'm going to be quite upset.

They had a Lion King boat ride, but it was closed.

Yes, that's Simba.

Inside, a wacky dragon.

Interesting artwork on the walls.

Peter Pan attraction, right this way.

This walk-through attraction was just like getting walked off of the ride at Disneyland.

The Little Mermaid looked like a Fantasyland dark ride - I didn't get to ride it.

And a Snow White ride.

I never did find the penguin house, but have you meet them?


Each week, we provide you with Disney details which we challenge you to identify. Where in the universe can you find these little beauties?

Eye Spy #1

Eye Spy #2

Eye Spy Answer from last week:

These photos were taken in the locker area on Main Street in Disneyland.

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:

Jack Hollywood 1939 Wixom
Denise nbodyhome Preskitt
sir clinksalot
This Week's Editor - Rixter

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Updated 06-14-2008 at 06:40 AM by Weekend Update



  1. Monorail Man's Avatar
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    That penguin exhibit expired almost 2 years ago!

    As for the great Disney ripoffs, I'm sure someone will be getting a C&D after this post.

    Great pictures this weekend, as always.
  2. RenMan's Avatar
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    These knock-off parks are amazing. I've seen pictures of this one in the Philippines - I especially like the fire extinguisher right next to Captain Hook!

    I'll never forget the photo expose of Nara Dreamland that I saw a few years ago. It's closed now, but it was clearly designed to be as close an imitation to DL as possible. And it's already on its way out in this trip report. Scary how empty it is!
  3. TDLFAN's Avatar
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    EyeSpy number one...I believe that cow appears in one of the paintings used in either the films from American Adventure or the Hall of Presidents.
  4. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Nice Report!
  5. hollywoodphony's Avatar
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    I love the Mega-Mall banner reminding you to sign up for the 2006 Ice Skating Summer Clinic.
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    How can that Park get away with that? Those rides may not be exact copies, but the paintings on the walls and all the adverts are direct steals. I know boot leg CDs and DVDs are rampant over there and counterfeit merchandise as well, but that is just a blatant rip off of Disney. Why would they be so unaware of this? It makes no sense. They will sue a Child Care Center for using their character images here, but but over there they do nothing??? I don't get it.
  7. MTdizzle94's Avatar
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    That park also has a teacup ride, a ride like the old Flying Saucers, a Red Baron ride (Snoopy, anyone?), a Cirque show, and a ride based of "The Mummy."
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    The Snow White poster was classic.
  9. Dustysage's Avatar
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    Just look how filthy these characters are. Classic. I've got to see this park:

  10. Evan's Avatar
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    Have You Meet Penguin?
  11. Wreckless Abrandon's Avatar
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    The park can get away with it probably because it's in a third world country, and it's not like the majority of patrons of that park can afford to fly over to Disneyland or WDW or
    Tokyo Disneyland. I agree that it's wrong, but how much money do you think Disney would actually save by stopping that park? It may cost more to go through the legal battle to shut the Disney Aspect of the park down.

    A Child Care Center in the US, Canada, or the UK can lead to lawsuits that people might think are related to Disney. The last thing Disney wants is for the world to think that a "Disney" Child Care Center doesn't treat children right, or lost a child, or whatever.
  12. Baloo's Avatar
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    also, its not always easy to stop an international corporation from infringing in copyrights. Sometimes the governemets do little to stop it
  13. MickeysImagination's Avatar
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    Wow. Are you sure those pictures are from a park in the Phillipines. It looked a lot like D'land under Pressler and Harriss.

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