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There are a few news worthy items this week at the Disneyland Resort. Disney has announced two additional Starbucks locations will open in the Downtown Disney District this fall. The “Hall of Promise” scene in Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye has received a major upgrade. The new effect does away with the simple smoke and strobe light effect and introduces impressive projection mapping which brings the Mara idol to life. What seems to be the more controversial change was made to the voice of Mara, which is quite a bit different from the original.
Disney Infinity went on sale this week and the new game has taken over the Microsoft Xbox 360 exhibit inside Innoventions. Limited Time Magic brought Long Lost Friends Week back (which began today and runs though this week), and Halloween Time merchandise is beginning to show up across the Resort.
Coffee, Coffee and (yes) more Coffee
Disney announced two more additional Starbucks locations for the Disneyland Resort, brining the total of the popular retail locations to four. The first to open was on Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street in 2012. The second location (seen below) is still under construction on Disneyland’s Main Street USA. These two new locations will be in the Downtown Disney District. The actual store will be located in the space most recently occupied by Blink, and another will be a kiosk near the Disneyland Hotel.
Walls went up around the former Blink store in Downtown Disney this past week.
Who Dares to Look into the Pupils of Mara
Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye received a major update this past week. The “Hall of Promise” scene at the start of the attraction was updated with projection mapping. The same technology that we’ve seen over the past several years on Sleeping Beauty Castle and “it’s a small world” Holiday is now being used on Mara the idol.
Now when guests “look” into the eyes of the forbidden idol, Mara opens her eyes which quickly turn to red. Since the attraction opened in 1995 the effect was much more subtle consisting only of strobe lights and smoke. The new effect gives Mara a personality. It also produces an impressive melting effect.
What seems to be the most controversial change is to Mara’s voice. Not as deep and commanding as before, the voice of Mara is quite a bit different and can be heard in the video below.
The few photos shows the series of changes as you approach Mara the forbidden Idol.
To Infinity …
Disney Interactive’s latest video game release, Disney Infinity, has moved into the Microsoft Xbox 360 exhibit inside Innoventions.
Long Lost Friends Week … 2.0
The popular Limited Time Magic event, Long Lost Friends Week, has returned. Voted in by Disney Parks Blog readers a few weeks ago, this second time around includes characters from Hercules, Pinocchio and what is proving to be the most popular, Merlin from Sword in the Stone.
Boo … it’s Halloween
The popular Halloween Time is starting to show up around the Disneyland Resort in the form of merchandise. Costumes, gifts and apparel can be found at the World of Disney in Downtown Disney and on Main Street USA.
Around the Resort
The Matterhorn Bobsleds closed for a short refurbishment this week and will reopen by Friday.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad continues with it’s refurbishment. Official the reopening date is still set for October 31, however credible rumors are circulating that it may be pushed back to February 2014 … we’ll keep you posted on this.
Disney has decided to add some rather tacky decals to the Condor Flats billboard in an attempt to promote the new animated movie Planes.
On Paradise Pier some interesting rails have been placed around the front edge of the Golden Zephyr. It’s unclear exactly why these obtrusive railings have been installed, although with all the recent “safety” concerns it could be just another victim of the preemptive safety upgrades.
The Phineas and Ferb “Waffle-Inator”, which was originally set up at the D23 Expo, was placed in Downtown Disney this past weekend.
That’s going to do it for this week’s update. You can see the past updates here.
See You At Disneyland!
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