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All the big news is below but first, here’s just a few smaller, noteworthy additions and changes that we saw today.
For those of you who don’t know, Entwined is the park’s new stage show for 2012 that is replacing the park’s longest running show ever: This is Oktoberfest. The show takes a bunch of German fairy tales and mixes them all together into one musical (hence the name). Currently, the show is just running “previews” similar to what the park did with Mix It Up last year but I believe the stage is nearly complete. Walking into Das Festhaus and seeing decorations that look like the belong in a Cirque Du Soleil stage show or a rave is, well, stunning. It’s not necessarily bad, but it is an extremely dramatic change from the traditional Das Festhaus feel that has been present in that building since Oktoberfest opened. The preview was very bare-bones and far from finished but what they did show felt very Disney-ish in style. The show has potential but it’s walking a fine line. People loved This is Oktoberfest- Entwined has some huge shoes to fill and I’m not sure that a Disney-style musical stage show is the way to do it. It will be very interesting to see what happens with this show as it gets closer to its official debut.
Since we didn’t get to go on the hard hat tour, this was the first time I had seen Verbolten in person since Christmas Town. The ride looks, to put it simply, amazing. The theming is modern but surprisingly, it doesn’t feel out of place. I was honestly blown away. Pictures simply don’t do the work they’ve put into theming this ride justice. Anyway, the pictures are ordered by how you’d experience the ride once it opens to the public. Enjoy!
A huge thanks to Shane from the forums for providing some additional shots!
Now I’ll leave you with an amazing shot that Shane took today. If you’d like the full quality version, you can find it here.