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    Quote Originally Posted by DCADon
    And yes there are other parks out there people and they are fun too.
    Exactly. Disneyland is (imho) the best one ever created. But USH is not a "bad park"... I mean, it isn't the type of park that you can go to over and over and over within a small time period, but you'll have a better time there than, say, DCA.

    That aside, what Al and others find fascinating about USH is that it is a theme park/tram tour revolving around an actual working studio (unlike other parks where there's a fakey studio revolving around a tram tour). You can see actual sets and filming going on, which is thrilling for people who enjoy that sort of thing. I enjoyed seeing the pictures from War of the Worlds, for sure!

    Honestly, if you find the Miceage reports on USH "baffling and irksome" then nobody's forcing you to read.

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    I don't see any problem with Al writing about the other parks, after all, they all affect eachother, and therefore, Disney parks.

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    In fact, it kinda reminds we in a wistful way of the early days of the "E" Ticket magazine, when they used to cover bits of Knott's, Pacific Ocean Park, or Corriganville Movie Ranch along with their early Disneyland reports.

    I liked it better when their magazine went 100% Disneyland, but the overview of other SoCal theme parks was charming. I like to look at Al's Universal stuff the same way (even though I don't plan on hitting USH more than once per decade).

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    Thanks for the Update Al. I am sure of it that Space will open by July



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    I wouldnt mind seeing some updates on knotts every now and then. little fact about a AP to knotts - it works at all cedar fair parks.

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    Hey, Al, if the site is called "Mice Age", then why is there all this crap about Universal Studios?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith157
    They just cast Bootstrap Bill
    Woah -- with Stellan Skarsgard, one of my favorite actors! That's excellent!

    Now I'm all excited about the sequels -- thanks for making my day, jsmith!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinker Bell
    Hey, Al, if the site is called "Mice Age", then why is there all this crap about Universal Studios?
    What, there are no mice over at Universal Studios?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinker Bell
    Hey, Al, if the site is called "Mice Age", then why is there all this crap about Universal Studios?
    Because calling it the Universal Mice Farm Mountain at the Sea Age would be too long!

    In all honesty, though, Disneyland does not exist in a vacuum. It's a business, too, and it's interesting to see what the competition comes up with. I happen to think Universal has a great twist on the theme park model with an actual motion picture studio. If we ignore other theme parks to focus on solely on place, then w're putting blinders on our eyes to observe other models of this idea. Think of it as finding do's and don't's for theme parks outside of Disney. Or just enjoy updates for other parks and not have to visit more webpages to find out these things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith157
    Something that I didn't see addressed: does anyone know what happened to the Fantasy Waters show at the Disneyland Hotel? It looks like it's dried up and the signs have been painted over. Great update as always Al. Thanks.

    It Hasnt returned to regular show and has been dried up since last Christmas 03 and has offically off the list of attractions and referb lists, so its pretty much another show thats gone to Yesterland.

    Al, the smells from the Lemonade stall are from drains and someone needs to hose out the Toontown enterance under the bridge .. smells strongly like Tom Sawyers Island caves aka like stale pee. Gagged alot of people this last Friday. 1/27/04 The tinkerbell wires are not only two wires they are now at six wires and hopefully done .. kinda an eyesore but they are new and will eventually blend in like the old wire. There was an black pole in the Sleeping Beautys castle right side moat from Main Street. Looked like it was haphazerdly thrown into it. The Fantasmic! stage towers were up an hour before the start of the show and stayed up throughout the show and afterwards. Its seeming like the lift mech. broke. Tech staff said it was a malfunction. They were off timing to the soundtrack. But great show especially after the downpour that afternoon.
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    Noo.. why send a classic like that to yesterland.. Darn and just when i was going to see it.. oh well....

    I still enjoy the Disney & universal update.... Makes me happy this palce exists.... and as stated before... doesn't have the horse eye blockers on....

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    Keep those lemonade stands AWAY!!!!!!!

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    Why don't theme parks lower prices as more attractions go into refurbishment? Is there a difinitive answer for this?

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    Because they know people will pay. Plus, it balances out their overhead charges for having to employ the same number of people even though there is less to see.
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    I confess my jaw dropped when I read that Disney(!) is filming at Universal. Did Disney get rid of its own soundstages and backlot there in Hollywood (as they're in the process of doing here in Florida)?

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    Thanks for the update, Al. I have only one quibble for you. In your text about the big nightly fireworks extraveganza in DL, you call it Fantasmic. As far as I know, the "!" is part of the name. You wouldn't call it Antasmic, would you? C'mon, show some respect and give Fantasmic! its proper due. Thanks!!!
    So does the DL version of Fantasmic! have more fireworks than the Disney-MGM Studios version, enough to call it a "fireworks extrav[a]ganza"? Here at D/MGM, there are a few low-level pyrotechics going off at the finale, but hardly enough to warrant calling it a "fireworks show" (despite what it seems 90% of the Guests I've directed to the amphitheater seem to think ). Maybe the DL version does...

    Oh, and as long as we're quibbling... the name of Marvel Comics' arachnid superhero is Spider-Man, not "Spiderman". (Hey, someone whose own last name is so frequently misspelled with only one "t" notices things like this.)
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