Theme Park Bits: Star Wars Land, Harry Potter, Haunted Mansion, Disneyland FastPass+, Captain America and More
Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Since Magic Bands launched in Disney World Resort, there have been many rumors about the technology making its way to the West Coast Disneyland parks. In September we heard that Disney was originally planning to test FastPass+ implementation this summer, but that didn’t happen.
Well, now it looks like testing has begun in Disneyland. Some park guests have tried out a new FastPass ticket which includes a barcode that gets scanned in the FastPass queue for Space Mountain. Inside The Magic first reported the test, and a Disneyland official reached out to elaborate on the testing:
According to the company representative, the test for now is just for Space Mountain, in which Disney is gauging the efficiency of using a barcode-based FastPass reader at the ride’s entrance. If the test goes well, future paper FastPasses could have bar codes printed on them for quick scanning. The Disney representative could not offer any further comment on whether the test is related to any potential inclusion of MyMagic+, MagicBands, or FastPass+ at the Disneyland Resort, only to say that they are frequently testing new technologies to see what works in the parks.
Inside Universal has released a multi-angle perspective video of Fast & Furious: Supercharged, which is of course the new addition to the world famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood. Watch it above.
Speaking of Supercharged, FXGuide has an article on the making of the visual effects for the attraction.
Last month we told you about the new Marvel Super Hero HQ coming to the former Innoventions building in Tomorrowland. We speculated that new meet-and-greets with Spider-Man could mean that we won’t see Captain America return to the expo space, and it looks like we were right. MousePlanet confirms that Captain America will be leaving the park next week and also word that many of the mechanisms that made the building rotate were also removed during the renovation:
If fans of the First Avenger wish to see him before he goes, drop by the park by November 8. Although Iron Man had been expected to be appearing at Disneyland by now, reportedly the owners of Hong Kong Disneyland will be opening an Iron Man flight simulator attraction (similar to Star Tours) and demanded exclusive rights to have the costumed character at their park. The other thing you won’t see at the Expo is the building moving. Sadly, during this current rehab, much of the mechanisms that made the building rotate were removed. And if you’re curious why, check out that hot new book, “The People v. Disneyland: How Lawsuits & Lawyers Transformed the Magic”
It does seem like an odd decision to pull the Captain America meet-and-greet right before the release of Captain America: Civil War. It seems like that would have been the kind of cross-promotional marketing synergy that Disney typically aims for. I’m guessing its an issue of a lack of room, and Disney didn’t want to get rid of the elaborate Iron Man and Thor facades.