Disney Studio Backlot Tour Closing Permanently

Big Changes for Disney’s Hollywood Studios–Let the Makeover Begin! The Studio Backlot TourDisney has announced that Disney’s long-heralded attraction, The Studio Backlot Tour, will close permanently on September 27, 2014. This attraction will be really the biggest closure of any park attraction ever at Walt Disney World. Up until Kilimanjaro Safaris, no attraction took up more space. And … Read more

Big Walt Disney World Attraction Changes Ahead

New and Revised Attractions Involving Frozen, Toy Story, Soarin’, Indiana Jones, & Star Wars This morning, my article on MousePlanet.com supports the claim that Frozen is indeed coming to Maelstrom. My sources have indicated that this is indeed well underway. I’m not exactly sure as to when, or to what degree it will replace Maelstrom, but … Read more

A Disney Frozen One-Two Punch to Diagon Alley

It’s the summer of 2014, the summer the theme park aficionados have  been waiting for. This morning, Universal Studios Florida will formally open their new Harry Potter experience for all its guests. Based on the advanced press coverage, there’s little doubt that Diagon Alley will be a home run for Universal Studios Florida. That’s good news as … Read more

Soarin’ and Toy Story Midway Mania Slated For Changes

What do you do with decreasing the wait times for your two most popular attractions at Walt Disney World? Guests know not only how quickly FastPass+ options run out for Soarin’ and Toy Story Midway Mania, but that waiting in the standby line can be grueling with waits on any day usually passing the 60 … Read more

American Idol and Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Closing

This week, Laughing Place and Orlando Attractions Magazine reported that American Idol was closing at the end of the year. In the case of the latter, a statement was posted between the Walt Disney World Company, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment: “After more than five successful years, The American Idol Experience will be coming to a close … Read more

Facing an Uncertain Future at the Tower of Terror

Lessons From the Tower of Terror Are Just a Part of the Insights From My New Book, Disney’s Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz This week is the 25th Silver Anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In tribute to this remarkable park, we’re capturing some of the amazing details many guests never see. This … Read more

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz

This newest book by J. Jeff Kober celebrates Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the stories, tales, and lessons behind it! I am so very excited to announce today my newest book, Disney’s Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz, published by Theme Park Press. I’m thrilled that it’s available in time for this week’s 25th silver anniversary … Read more

Disney’s MyMagic+ Initiative: Where’s the Magic?

It’s been talked about–so what is Disney’s MyMagic+? A recent Walt Disney World Eyes & Ears described Disney’s MyMagic+ program by summing up  by these main touch points: Set up My Disney Experience online and plan your vacation Receive customized MagicBands Make FastPass+ selections Receive the MagicBands Check in Online via My Disney Experience Breeze … Read more

Form Follows Parking–Rumors at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  There’s an expression in the architectural world, “Form Follows Function.” That principle suggests that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose. Well in Disney architectural circles there is a different phrase. Robert A.M. Stern who played a major role in the development of Disney … Read more

Disney Story Maker: Prop #2 at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Last week I wrote about Disney’s NextGen Next Step: Story Maker Installation. I also showed the first prop that I know of to be installed, one at Muppet Vision 3-D. I then went on to talk about Disney’s use of data in the context of Congressman Markey’s letter to Bob Iger about child privacy issues. … Read more