Orlando focus may shift back to Disney with Fantasyland expansion

Posted Monday, January 9, 2012 8:54 AM | Contributed by Jeff

After nearly two years largely focused on Universal Orlando and Harry Potter, 2012 may be the year that Walt Disney World wrests back the spotlight from its smaller theme-park rival. Two of Disney World's biggest capital projects in recent memory are expected to begin bearing fruit this year: the expansion of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, which analysts have estimated will cost $425 million, and the sweeping technology initiative dubbed "Next Generation Experience," projected to cost at least $1 billion.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 2:33 PM

I agree - $5K for a camera is nuts;)

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Friday, January 13, 2012 4:22 AM

That's dirt cheap for a camera that is, I'm guessing, of high enough quality (or close to it) to be used for shooting studio films.

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Friday, January 13, 2012 10:11 AM

Well, it can do the resolution, but because of the smaller sensor and fixed lens, you can't get the shallow depth of field that you're accustomed to seeing in films. That's the other part of the film aesthetic that people see as "film like." When you watch the news, notice how everything is in focus? Movies are often shot with lenses that have wide open apertures, which result in shallow depth of field.

And that, by the way, is why the video DSLR's are so popular for indie filmmakers with no budget. You can get the film look for the price of a couple grand and a good lens. They shot several episodes of House last year on Canon 5D Mark II's, the "sequel" to the camera many of my photos here and on PointBuzz were shot on.

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Friday, January 13, 2012 10:39 AM

We were talking about this last night - the expansion, not the camera stuff....the "phases" of the expansion, IMO, will likely prevent any major explosion in attendance. I'm thinking more diesel, less gasoline...a slow but steady increase.

I doubt seriously that Universal is freaking out in any way...the Potter-verse will keep them from suffering too much.

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Friday, January 13, 2012 4:23 PM

These next-gen queues sound great. If I have to wait 30 minutes for a ride, I would much rather be able to wander around doing things, even if in a limited area, then slowly working my way through a queue.

However, the next-gen queue is going to have some sort of maximum capacity, so at what point do you end up with a regular queue before you get to the next-gen queue?

I'm sure Disney will tweak until they get an optimum sized queue area. It will be fun to watch how this develops.

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