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American Idol attraction coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios

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    ok, so this is old news for Disney but new news for here so :)


    American Idol attraction coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2008) -- Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will create an "American Idol" attraction that will bring the television and pop culture phenomenon to life at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, it was jointly announced today by Jay Rasulo, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts; Simon Fuller, CEO of 19 Entertainment; and Keith Hindle, executive vice president of FremantleMedia Licensing.

    The attraction, slated to debut in late 2008, will be located at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park and will follow the model of the high-energy show. Disney guests will be able to experience the challenge of auditioning, the rush of performing on stage in competition, or the thrill of judging the performances in a live interactive entertainment setting with all the glitz and glamour of the distinctive "American Idol" set.

    That experience will include an audition process, open to all who register, where guests perform “live” in front of a Disney’s Hollywood Studios producer to be cast in a theme park show. After backstage preparation -- working with a vocal coach, hair and make-up -- it’s lights up and showtime in front of a “live” audience and a panel of judges.

    Guest performers with the highest votes will compete in an end-of-day Grand Finale show at Walt Disney World, and the winner of the Grand Finale show will receive a guaranteed reservation for a future regional stadium audition -- to ensure no waiting in long lines. But when it comes down to the television show auditions, everyone is treated equal.

    "Millions of people have imagined themselves standing on the 'American Idol' stage," said Rasulo. "We're excited that we will be bringing this dream to life every day at Walt Disney World."

    Added Fuller, "One of the most remarkable elements about 'American Idol' is that for a brief moment each week, we can provide TV viewers the opportunity to imagine life as America's next superstar. Disney's new attraction perfectly captures what we at 'American Idol' feel is the heart and soul of this brand, real people getting a shot to make their dream a reality."

    "This partnership," noted Hindle, "brings the number one show on television, watched in over 100 countries, to the number one theme park destination in the world. It's a perfect combination and opportunity to offer everyone a taste of the 'American Idol' experience."

    The coming "American Idol" attraction will reflect the best and brightest of the TV show, giving starry-eyed park guests a chance to become a star on the attraction's stage. It joins an all-star lineup at Disney's Hollywood Studios, a celebration of today's Hollywood in movies, television, music and theater. Among the new adventures debuting in 2008 is the just-opened "Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage!" plus coming attractions "Block Party Bash," an interactive and moving Disney-Pixar spectacle filling the theme park streets; and Toy Story Mania! immersing guests in a 3-D interactive ride-through video game starring popular Disney-Pixar "Toy Story" characters.

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    i will of course try it out buuuuuuuuuuuuuttttttttttttttttt


    is there anything worse that someone who thinks they can sing getting up on stage and giving us 10 verses of out of tune rubbish?

    discuss..............;)
     
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    :p015: :lol: all I can say is thank goodness it's in the studios where at least they serve alcohol! It'd be a nightmare in Magic Kingdom :shocked025:
     
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    don't you think that would make it worse??? 100s more people who may have not bothered but now they can do anything after a little liquid lunch!!!:shocked025::shocked025::lol::lol:

    my tip- go first thing:p015:
     
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    I think the worse it is, the funnier it'll be :gy:
     
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    good point! never thought of it like that - do you think people will laugh?
     
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    I guess it really depends on how the "producer" works and how the audiences react. my guess is they'll start by only letting passably good ones through but will test the reaction with a few less good ones. See if the audiences stay disneylike and supportive
     
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    hopefully they will,:yes:
     
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    I hope this opens on time....I can't wait to have a laugh at the end of the year!
     
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    will we be seeing you up on stage isa? :wave:
     
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    can she sing?
     
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    Now you know only too well the answer to that one bro'

    I sing like a lark.....(a lark in pain with it's vocal chords tied and some one squeezing where it hurts!)
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    It's not that bad surely Diane :lol:
     
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    you're not going Aug 2010 are you:shocked025::shocked025:
     
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    :lol: I think you'll be safe, Diane only goes in December :D
     
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    I can't even imagine! :eek: I don't watch the one on television, so I'm not much interested in this one either. :eek: I know it's a favorite of many folks though! :yes:
     
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    Is that an invite? Duet? :p015::207:

    But.....britchick wants to duet with me :confused: If I start saving now, I maybe, just maybe, be able to squeeze a week in August.....I'm always on holiday from work in August :happy114:
     
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