As we reach the end of 2010, it’s always a treat to look back in the world of theme parks to see what has happened over the last year. The below list recounts the most popular stories throughout the last year, based on the number of views of each topic. Most are individual articles that include food, new technologies, announcements, and special events, but the top story of the year spanned spanned many articles and grabbed the attention of media worldwide.
So now I present to you our…
Top 10 Disney and Theme Park Stories for 2010
The highly-anticipated opening of Disney’s Via Napoli pizzeria became our most popular restaurant review to date. The article features my take on the food (as a picky Italian eater) as well as colorful photography, a video tour of the restaurant, and interviews with its creators. Since its opening, Via Napoli has continued to draw large crowds of guests at Epcot each day.
Halloween is always a popular time of year within theme parks and this year was no exception. When Busch Gardens Tampa Bay unveiled its theme for 2010, many came to InsideTheMagic.net to read about Sylvie, her band My X, and the haunted houses and scare zones the park planned to offer up. Many (including myself) were especially interested in Alone, the “personal experience in horror.”
The winner of the bizarre theme park news story of the year (and 8th most popular) goes to a group of self-proclaimed “urban explorers” who took it upon themselves to venture into the long-closed areas of Walt Disney World formerly known as Discovery Island and the River Country water park. The adventure actually took place outside of 2010, but their documentation, including pictures of the rundown Disney area, become quite popular this year.
Disney regularly surprises guests with new experiences, but this 7th most popular story of 2010 commanded attention of fans and media around the country. In what was intended as a quiet play test inside Disneyland park, Disney brought out a version of Mickey Mouse who could not only blink his eyes and move his mouth (as had been seen on various Disney stage shows) but also talk and interact with guests, all while staying completely in character. This level of verbal meet-and-greet interaction had previously been reserved only for “face” characters and not costumed ones and when one guest’s YouTube video hit the Internet, all were interested to see what Disney had to say about it. The next day, Disney admitted to the test, but would not comment on when this new technology would be used in the parks. Later in the year, talking Mickey Mouse returned during the World of Color opening.