Thursday, January 3, 2013
In a competitive move, Universal Studios Theme Park Entertainment will soon announce that they now own the theme park rights to the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchise.
This is an amazing move and a direct response to what Disney will be doing with Avatar, Star Wars, and its own Disney/Pixar franchises.
The future looks very bright to this Theme Park enthusiast.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
First it came to Walt Disney World and now Disneyland is getting ready to follow suit. Of course I am talking about the removal of the Fastpass leniency, aka known as being able to use a Fastpass any time after the return time that is posted on the ticket.
Guests will now be expected to show up between the designated time, but will also be given a 5 minute window to make it. Of course this all changes when an attraction breaks down as Cast Members will tell guests that they will be able to use their Fastpass after the posted time due to the closure of the attraction.
From my inside source you can expect the first official word to go out to the Annual Passholders this month and then an official launch in February.
My personal thoughts are that Disney is tired of giving away the Fastpass feature for free. Expect a paid Fastpass service to come to Hotel guests first, followed by a Annual Passholder system, a Day Guest option, and finally the removal of the current free Fastpass system as we know it.