Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 In Review!

Well, 2012 is pretty much over! Here's what happened:

California Adventure finally got its crap together and became an actual vacation destination instead of "the park we hurry up and get out of the way so we can spend the bulk of our time at Disneyland." They opened Cars Land and Buena Vista Street! See?
Looking down the main drag of Cars Land

Red Car Trolley chugging down Buena Vista Street
Meanwhile, across the plaza, Disneyland's Matterhorn received new bobsleds. Gone is the lap-sitting and the days of trying to nonchalantly get an "accidental" boob graze chipping your teeth on the back of your girl's head because you thought it would be a good cuddle ride. Here are the days of single plastic seats and cracked ribs. I still see this as an improvement.
New sleds up front, old sleds in the back.
New Fantasyland concept art
Now we skip our happy asses across the country to Walt Disney World, where the big announcements this year consisted of adding benches to the Fantasmic show at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and having a grand opening at the Magic Kingdom for a Fantasyland expansion that won't even be completed until 2014. But in all fairness, the new expansion looks great!
On a sad note, we did lose the atrociousness that was Mickey's Toon Town Fair (you know, two houses, a boat and some circus tents) to Dumbo's Circus (which is two elephants, a train, and some circus tents).

Over at Epcot, Test Track was down most of the year (yes it was scheduled) for a complete overhaul. The ride reopened to rave reviews and looks like it stepped right out of the world of Tron.
I'm glad Disney World management was able to pull off this redo of Test Track so well, but now they have some explaining to do to Test Track's neighbor, the old Wonders of Life pavilion that just sits as an empty shell. Epcot also introduced Agent P's World Showcase Adventure, basically the Kim Possible thing wearing a platypus tunic, but awesome and noteworthy.