October 13th, 2008 marked the arrival of Elmo Live; the dancing, rapping and storytelling animatronic doll that’ll be burning up retail this holiday season! We’ve thoroughly evaluated his MC skills, jokes and hugging ability. He’s a really fun little animatronic dude, at least for a short little while. Elmo has four touch sensitive buttons that allow you to touch his foot, back, nose and stomach- and he does different things depending on where you press. It’s good to see that Elmo still raps, and his instant classic “Elmo’s gotta get on up” is as head-bobbing as ever! When you touch him on his back, he says all kinds of insanely lovable things such as asking for hugs or asking you to scratch his itch, etc. In reality, Elmo can get downright clingy!
The Grand Canal Shoppes bill themselves as a “Streetmosphere” with cobblestone walkways that meander along a canal and a variety of live street performers. With over 80 boutiques and restaurants, this shopping stroll is quite an experience. Most of the shops are typical, although I feel the photo gallery near the Venetian main entrance is fabulous.
Under the animatronic dinosaur suppliers management of Leisure Parcs,and the direction of bandleader Greg Francis the Blackpool Tower Big Band was reformed in after an absence of years. The New Squadronaires, The Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra and The Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra also performed. Themed nights were also introduced along with the sixteen piece orchestra, with resident singers, including Robert Young, Tony Benedict, Lynn Kennedy, and Mark Porter. In 2005 the Empress Orchestra became resident in the ballroom alongside the specially created and smaller Empress Dance Band.
The battery is rechargeable. That means, whenever the batteries run out of juice, you want have to wait for hours for new ones or go through the trouble of going out to get batteries. Just plug it in and wait for a while. The toy will be up and running in no time.
Tower of Terror at Disney Hollywood Studio and Dr. Doom’s Fear Fall at Islands of Adventure. As you’ve been reading so far, you might have sensed a bit of a bias towards the Universal rides. I have to admit that in the previous three descriptions, I prefer the Universal offers. But out of these two, Tower of Terror wins hands-down. Doom is a standard shoot ’em up into the sky ride, while Tower is the opposite because it drops you down. But they both bounce you up and down, so I’m classifying them together. For Doom, the drop is the big excitement factor, but other than the view there’s nothing really special about it. I love the dark ride effects on Tower that lead up to the big moment. It’s especially fun to ride at night, when the park lights sparkle below like a neon and halogen rainbow.
Besides the animals the Brookfield Zoo comes complete with many other attractions such as the Seven Seas dolphin show, Conservation Educations Programs and Dinasours Alive! Dinasoars Alive will have a total of 18 lifesize dinasaurs and the Ruyang Yellow Dinasaur will stand tall as the biggest animatronic dinosaur dinasaur in the world. The dinasaurs have been positioned at the Roosevelt Fountain and can be seen immediately from the north gate entrance.
Kalahari Resort is a great three day getaway any time of year. The indoor water park is great when it’s cold out or on a rainy summer day. Kalahari’s outdoor water park features activity pools, hot tubs, dry play, expanded sun deck, sand volleyball courts, and shuffleboard courts.
It is easy to see why “It’s a Small World After All” and “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad” are so popular. They both have appealing themes and lots of attention to detail. They are very different from each other but both are great examples of why Disney theme parks are so much fun. I never get tired of them.