Author Archives: Andrew Friedenthal

The History of That Lovable Fellow, Figment

When EPCOT first opened in 1981, it was hardly a child-friendly Park. Between the presentational and pedagogical attractions of Future World, the lack of rides in World Showcase, and the massive amount of walking required to traverse the two halves of the Park, many of the smallest Guests had nothing to get excited about when visiting Walt Disney World’s second ...

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Galaxy’s Edge, Galactic Starcruiser & the Limits of Immersion

When Universal Orlando opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in 2014, the opening shot was fired in a new battle between the world’s biggest theme park companies. Universal would spend the next decade fighting back-and-forth with the Walt Disney Company over which Park could create the most intricate, ornate, fan-desired new land ...

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5 Disney Lands That Went Extinct Way Before DinoLand U.S.A.

During his presentation at this year’s D23 expo, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro shared early blue-sky concepts from the Disney Imagineering team focusing on possible replacements for Animal Kingdom’s DinoLand U.S.A. Though some fans may have been shocked by the reveal that DinoLand was potentially on the chopping block, for others the writing has been on the ...

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