In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of November 11, 2016

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ICYMIWhat a whirlwind of a week! That is certainly for sure. In addition to Election Day this week, today is Veterans Day. So a big thank you to those who served our country, as well as those with family members who have served our country. Your sacrifices are appreciated.

This week, we take a look at a new experiment with custodial workers at Walt Disney World, TapuTapu technology at Universal, and more. What else did I find? Come along and let’s find out!

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

The Hall of Presidents will be seeing some changes, as it goes down for a six month refurbishment beginning in January. Take a look at the history of the attraction and how the technology has changed over time.

This could be intriguing. Walt Disney World has begun experimenting with using iPhones to track some of its custodial workers and direct them to do specific tasks.

Have you been curious about how “The Muppets Present … Great Moments in American History” came about? You’ll want to make sure to read this article for the fascinating story.

DisneyQuest is like that illness that you just can’t shake. It just keeps hanging on. Looks like the dated entertainment complex is hanging around for another year, despite the fact that a new attraction had previously been announced for the space.

Speaking of Disney Springs…are you curious about what the menu will look like for Planet Hollywood Observatory? Here’s your first look. What looks good?

Changes are occurring at Disneyland in regards to security. Disneyland is looking to make things easier for guests by moving one of its checkpoints so that Downtown Disney will be inside its secured area.

Dapper Day recently occurred at Disneyland this week. People came dressed in their theme park finest. Take a look at how Guests dressed up in style. Speaking of Dapper Day, if you will be in Epcot tomorrow, you’ll be able to participate!

My goodness I fall in love with Neil Patrick Harris more and more when I hear about him talk about Disney. First he said if he weren’t an actor, he would have tried to be an Imagineer and second he’s raising his family right…with his two children having the theme parks being a part of their DNA! (Also, how awesome would it have been to attend the Walt Disney Family Museum Gala, which he hosted.)

If you’ll be going to Hong Kong Disneyland soon, you’ll be able to experience the Iron Man Experience found in Tomorrowland and will be a unique motion simulator attraction. It looks like it’s going to be really cool.

Disney has now crossed the 6 Billion global box office mark. This is the first time ever.

In sad news, a technician passed away at Men In Black this week. Our thoughts are with their family.

The rumor mill is heating up! Could Dragon Challenge be on its way out? What do you think would be good to replace it with?

It’s official. The sixth Universal Hotel will be called Adventura Hotel, will be 16 stories, and will feature a loft-style lobby. What do you think of this new resort? Would you stay here?

What do you think about Volcano Bay’s new TapuTapu technology? Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? What do you think it means for the theme park experience overall?

In Case We Missed It

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Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs

5 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of November 11, 2016

  • November 11, 2016 at 4:34 pm
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    I always thought the Dragon Challenge was a wedge pushed to fit. A family friendly dark ride or boat ride would be great!

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  • November 11, 2016 at 10:36 pm
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    Hurray for DisneyQuest!

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  • November 12, 2016 at 9:48 am
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    My Disney prejudice may be showing, but TapuTapu just seems like a complete copycat of Magic Bands with the one cool addition of the band buzzing when your fastpass time comes up. That certainly isn’t enough of a big deal to warrant all the hype in my mind. You can add a reminder like that on your phone or watch if you care about that.

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  • November 14, 2016 at 3:28 pm
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    I like the idea of Disneyland expanding the safe are for security. The security at the gates is a mess right now. I wish Disney could find a way to secure all of Disney World property, at least if you take Disney transportation. Don’t know if that’s possible. Disney Pre-Check?? 🙂

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  • November 21, 2016 at 12:37 pm
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    I would love to see Universal put in any ride that is not a roller coaster or 3-D movie ride. That is all they have there and something different would be awesome.

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