Inside the Magic brings you the latest top stories, announcements, special events in the words of Disney and theme parks. Read through our featured and most recent articles, reviews, and news items below.
FEATURED STORY

Up close with Falcon’s Fury as Busch Gardens Tampa brings big thrills with huge new ride, dropping in for fun debut

Up close with Falcon’s Fury as Busch Gardens Tampa brings big thrills with huge new ride, dropping in for fun debut

Busch Gardens Tampa recently opened its newest thrill ride after many months of anticipation. Falcon’s Fury, the park’s new 335-foot tall drop tower, was certainly worth the wait.

Originally announced to open back in May, Falcon’s Fury was delayed until earlier this month when it finally officially debuted. Mark Rose, VP of Design & Engineering for Busch Gardens Tampa, explained there were no safety concerns with the ride but rather reliability issues that prevented it from opening on time. Now they’ve fixed those problems, enabling it to send it passengers screaming downward on a daily basis.

Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa

The video below offers an up close look at the Falcon’s Fury experience, including some rather amusing super slow motion moments. If you saw our Ihu’s Breakaway Falls video from Aquatica, consider this a sequel of sorts, once again starring our photographer Karin Yarnell – as well as myself – dropping to our doom.


Video: Slow motion ride on new Falcon’s Fury drop tower with POV at Busch Gardens Tampa


Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa

The height Falcon’s Fury reaches is no joke. It offers an incredible view stretching well past downtown Tampa and encompassing all of Busch Gardens. The ride takes about a minute to passengers get to its peek, giving plenty of time to enjoy the landscape.

But once up there, riders don’t have any time to consider what’s about to happen, as Falcon’s Fury immediately rotates seats to face everyone aboard 90 degrees downward. It’s an immediate, heart-pounding thrill to be staring straight down at the ground. Rose says the experience was inspired by skydiving – and the comparisons are obvious from that vantage point.

Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa

But unlike with the park’s Sheikra roller coaster, Busch Gardens doesn’t leave riders hanging for long on Falcon’s Fury. It takes 8 seconds to rotate 90 degrees and 5 seconds later, the fall begins – and ends just as quickly. But that brief 5-6 second thrill is unlike any other. Reaching 60mph during the drop, the ride produces laughs, screams, and tears, along with a whole lot of heavy breathing afterward.

Here are just a few of those hilarious reactions:

Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa

Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa

Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa

Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa


Click "Like" to instantly share with your friends on Facebook:
Share on:
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
Leave a Comment - No comments for this article yet. Be the first!
 
Topics: Disney, Entertainment, Movies, Special Events, Theme Parks, Walt Disney WorldTags: , , , , , , , ,

This year’s Destination D event comes with a lineup that will easily rival anything seen at past D23 Expos. D23 recently announced that Destination D: Attraction Rewind, taking place at Walt Disney World in November, will feature a presentation on the upcoming “Tomorrowland” movie as well as two delivered by Disney Legend and famed Imagineer Tony Baxter. In addition, fans are feverishly looking forward to the event’s finale that will resurrect a few Pleasure Island favorites.

D23′s resident Disney geek Jeffrey Epstein shared a few additional thoughts with us on the upcoming event.

So why is D23 looking back at attractions from the past? “In Walt’s time, he tore down Tomorrowland completely and rebuilt it while he was there,” explained Epstein. “I think that the idea of taking down some of the old and replacing it with some of the new or updating things was Walt’s philosophy from the very beginning. He never wanted Disneyland to be a museum. While obviously we appreciate that, we also know fans also love some of those attractions that are gone or maybe never had a chance to experience them so this is a really terrific opportunity to let the fans experience some of these attractions, relive some of the attractions, share some of those moments with people who care about it just as much as them.”

In addition, the event will act as a preview for “Tomorrowland,” the highly anticipated Disney film that adds some sci-fi and fantasy elements to the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. It’s not the first time a Destination D event has previewed an upcoming film. The “Feature Animation” event at Disneyland looked ahead to “Frozen,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” and “Paperman.”

This time, Epstein explains, the excitement surrounds “getting to have supervising art director Ramsey Avery to talk about how do you rebuild the World’s Fair. That to me is so cool and ties completely into us looking back as we look forward.”

To make it happen, D23 simply reached out Walt Disney Studios, who obliged knowing how devoted D23 members are.

Destination D: Attraction Rewind is packed with Disney Legends, including Bob Gurr, Marty Sklar, Alice Davis and the recently-added Tony Baxter, whom Epstein calls “an Imagineering gem.” Baxter will discuss Discovery Bay, an area of Disneyland that was never built. “While that land never came to be, so much of what he and the team created for that land has been incorporated all over the world in Disney parks,” said Epstein.

As for that grand finale, Epstein refuses to elaborate on what specific elements of Pleasure Island will be featured. But he does want to make it clear that it’s a celebration of Pleasure Island, not a recreation. “Let’s set everyone’s expectations. We are not bringing everyone into Downtown Disney and reopening Mannequins and the Adventurers Club.”

But without going to that extreme, it’s still going to have the right feel. “We are bringing elements of that. It is a celebration of that. We know a lot of our fans loved Pleasure Island, much like they loved Adventure Thru Inner Space and If You Had Wings, so what better way to end than with a New Year’s Celebration much like they did at Pleasure Island.”

The finale will tie several past clubs together in a unique way, paying tribute to Downtown Disney’s past while looking ahead to its Disney Springs future.

“It’s a really great example of Walt’s own philosophy. You take down old stuff, you build up new stuff and some of the stuff that they’re doing for Disney Springs – stuff that they’ve revealed and stuff that they haven’t revealed – is going to be really, really cool and I feel like a great evolution of that space.”

When prodded for more details, Epstein did reveal there will be “interactive pieces” that fans will “fondly remember.”

Tickets and more information about Destination D: Attraction Rewind can be found at D23.com.

You can hear more of our interview with Jeffrey Epstein on Show 492 of our podcast.


Click "Like" to instantly share with your friends on Facebook:
Share on:
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
Leave a Comment - No comments for this article yet. Be the first!
565x90 Disney Parks Store
FEATURED STORY

Paint the Night parade premieres at Hong Kong Disneyland illuminating the park with fully LED, interactive entertainment

Paint the Night parade premieres at Hong Kong Disneyland illuminating the park with fully LED, interactive entertainment

Last night Hong Kong Disneyland first unveiled their new Paint the Night parade, filling the park with brightly illuminated new floats and character costumes.

Though it won’t officially debut until October 1, the parade was previewed in the park with its seven original floats containing over 740,000 individual lights. Throughout September, the park is inviting more than 100,000 guests, including media, bloggers, celebrities, business partners, Cast Members and families, to preview the new nighttime parade.


Video: Full Disney Paint the Night parade preview at Hong Kong Disneyland



“With Disney Paint the Night, Hong Kong Disneyland will be transformed into an outdoor moving party with vibrant colors and music every night. During the Cast Members’ preview nights we staged last week, our Cast Members were completely wowed by the spectacular experience and embraced the exciting atmosphere and exhilarating fun.” said Andrew Kam, Managing Director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

The parade concept comes from Steve Davison, the man behind Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, the Festival of Fantasy Parade, and many other entertainment offerings recently added to Disney parks.

Paint the Night is the first-ever fully LED parade created by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. It took more than two years to develop more than 1,000 scenic and lighting designs.

The floats of Paint the Night feature Tinker Bell, Monsters, Inc. Unit, Cars Unit, The Little Mermaid, Belle / Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, and Mickey & Friends.

Among its more high-tech advancements are a new technique used to create fiber optic wigs and eyelashes that can be styled to create a glowing effect.

To interact with the parade, guests can also “paint the night” if they purchase the new Mickey Magic Paint Brush, which changes colors on select costumes at the touch of a button. The floats can also “talk” to all the other “Made with Magic” merchandise, including the “Mickey Glow Mitt” and “Minnie Glow Bow.


Click "Like" to instantly share with your friends on Facebook:
Share on:
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
Leave a Comment [11 Comments/Pingbacks so far...]
FEATURED STORY

The Walking Dead, Clowns 3D mazes previewed as Universal Studios Hollywood finalizes Halloween Horror Nights 2014

The Walking Dead, Clowns 3D mazes previewed as Universal Studios Hollywood finalizes Halloween Horror Nights 2014

Yesterday Universal Studios Hollywood offered us a sneak peek at two of their new haunted houses for Halloween Horror Nights 2014.

With just over a week until the event debuts, artists added finishing touches while creative director John Murdy showed off The Walking Dead: End of the Line and Clowns 3D Music by Slash.

Not all of the mazes were shown off during this preview, saving some surprises for later.

The Walking Dead

Returning for its third year at the event, The Walking Dead will now take Horror Nights guests through season 4, beginning back at the now-infected prison and continuing through the Big Spot, funeral home, caved in tunnel, and ending at Terminus.

This year’s maze features even more walkers, with bodies strewn just about everywhere. It may start similarly to last year’s maze, but once leaving the prison this is a whole new experience. “The Walking Dead” executive producer and special effects makeup designer Greg Nicotero is very involved and approves all the makeups. John Murdy trains every scare actor himself.


Video: The Walking Dead haunted house preview at Halloween Horror Nights 2014


The Walking Dead, Clownz 3D maze previews at Halloween Horror Nights 2014

The Walking Dead, Clownz 3D maze previews at Halloween Horror Nights 2014

The Walking Dead, Clownz 3D maze previews at Halloween Horror Nights 2014


Click "Like" to instantly share with your friends on Facebook:
Share on:
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
Leave a Comment [1 Comments/Pingbacks so far...]
FEATURED STORY

Review: “Captain America: The Winter Solder” Blu-ray gives behind-the-scenes look at Marvel’s superhero realism

Review: “Captain America: The Winter Solder” Blu-ray gives behind-the-scenes look at Marvel’s superhero realism

As is noted multiple times on its new Blu-ray release, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” brought a different take on Marvel superhero films by bringing the action down to Earth and in your face. With handheld cameras and hand-to-hand combat, this sequel succeeds as one of Marvel’s best yet.

A combination spy thriller and action adventure, “The Winter Soldier” follows Captain Steve Rogers in a modern day caper that ultimately shakes up the entire landscape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the aid of Black Widow and newcomer Falcon, the good guys take on a new set of villains – but it’s not always clear who exactly those baddies are. It’s a movie that stays interesting from opening moments to closing credits, mixing lots of laughter with plenty of suspense.

On Blu-ray, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is easy to get sucked into. It looks and sounds great, making just about any home surround system sound like a movie theater. It’s not necessarily a great film to show off the color range of a new TV, as much of the film is dark and desaturated, but its high energy action sequences – particularly Nick Fury’s car chase – are great demo material.

For bonus features, Marvel includes one fantastic look at how those action scenes came to be, following the film’s actors from training to rehearsal to filming both in front of green screens and on location, shutting down miles of streets. Particularly impressive are Chris Evans’ combat moves, Sebastian Stan’s agility with a knife, and Scarlett Johansson’s wire work.

On the lighter side of things, a gag reel features a few amusing flubs on set while another short extra dubbed “Cut the Check!” follows Anthony Mackie’s favorite catch phrase whenever he feels he nails a scene. Neither are over-the-top funny, but they are entertaining.

Deleted scenes are mildly interesting and perhaps reveal a tiny extra detail or two for the hardcore Marvel fans about some of the film’s minor and major characters. The movie’s running commentary has interesting stories but plays a bit drab due to the Russo brothers’ low key style of speaking.

For those following the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is certainly a must own on Blu-ray. Anyone who is a casual superhero movie fan owes it to themselves to at least pick up the original “Captain America: The First Avenger” along with “Marvel’s The Avengers” and this new release to complete the story arc. You might miss a few beats in between, but you’ll still get the best mix of storytelling, humor, and action that Marvel has released to date.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is available now on Blu-ray from Amazon and all major retailers. It’s also available in a 3D combo pack.


Click "Like" to instantly share with your friends on Facebook:
Share on:
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
Leave a Comment - No comments for this article yet. Be the first!
Advertisement
Advertisement
LISTEN
CURRENT PODCAST:

SUBSCRIBE:

Click "Like" to share with your Facebook friends:

Show 498
DOWNLOAD | PLAY NOW
Halloween in California from Disneyland to Universal Studios to Knott's Berry Farm.
Date: 10/23/14 | Duration: 00:51:46
READ MORE: Show Notes, Links, Music List | Discuss
MORE PODCASTS...
Latest Disney & theme park videos:
Follow Inside the Magic on Facebook
Walt Disney Movies