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We got to see the eighth wonder of the world – the back of the water – in a preview of the revamped Jungle Cruise. Columnist Robert Niles talks about Disney ticket prices. And while it’s scary to start thinking about fall while it’s still July, we have more news on Southern California theme park Halloween plans. More: Meet The Disneyland Dad Who Built Star Tours In His Garage And So Much More In This Week’s Edition Of Park Life.
Floating directly on a boat
Take a first look at the new Jungle Cruise, which may be 66 years old, but got a makeover and a new plot involving a sunken steamboat and stranded passengers. Don’t worry, there are still some man-eating piranhas out there. Read more.
Dad of Star Tours> Dad of Luke Skywalker
This former Disneyland pass holder built a replica of Star Tours in his garage for a few hundred dollars – far less than the millions Walt Disney Imagineering is spending on new attractions. He also built a spinning teacup for his daughter’s birthday party. Read more.
Blame it on (Oogie) Boogie
Halloween Time will return to Disneyland on September 3, including the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure. The Haunted Mansion will once again be transformed into a Nightmare Before Christmas-themed Haunted Mansion Vacation and the Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark overlay will return. Read more.
Halloween Horror Nights will host the ‘Haunting of Hill House’ maze
Try to say this five times faster. Universal Studios Hollywood will launch a maze based on the Netflix show for its popular Halloween Horror Nights, which return in September. Read more.
Do you believe in “PhilharMagic”?
The 4D concert film ‘Mickey’s PhilharMagic’ opens at Disney California Adventure on July 17, and the redesign will include the first Disney / Pixar animated crossover, with a new song based on “Coco.” Read more.
Pay now for later?
Columnist Robert Niles says the park has taken steps to be more inclusive, but the cost of the visit excludes many. Read more.