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Capital Breakfast co-host Vick Hope has announced she is leaving the show and the station.

Vick, who has presented the Capital Breakfast show along with Roman Kemp and Sonny Jay since 2017, hosted her final show last Friday and announced the news via social media.

At the start of the show on Monday, Roman said: “You may have noticed that Vick Hope isn’t here today. It may come to you as a bit of surprise, but Vick has left Capital Breakfast.”

He explained that Vick had left the show because she’s had some exciting TV opportunities and he’s really excited for her.

Thank you for the laughs xx

— Vick Hope (@VickNHope) February 24, 2020

Roman continued: “Vick has been part of Capital Breakfast for the past few years, since I and Sonny (Jay) started the show. We’ve had so much fun, she’s been an amazing part of the team and definitely we’re going to hear what she’s up to very, very soon.

“In the meantime, we just wanted to say a massive thank you to you Vick. You’re one of my good friends, we’ll stay in touch and will work together soon and sending so much love from all of us, the Capital Breakfast team.”

The current team took the show national in April last year. News of Vick’s next move has not been announced, nor has any replacement for her on Breakfast.

A Global Spokesperson told “Vick Hope has stepped down from ‘Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp’ to pursue new endeavours. She’s been part of the Capital Breakfast team for some time and we wish her well for the future.”

Hear the three presenters talk to RadioToday’s Stuart Clarkson recently on the RadioToday Programme:

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Monday, Feb. 24 Filming Locations for The Old Man, SVU, & more! Here’s a look at various filming locations for Feb. 24, 2020: Filming in California TV Series: The Old Man Location: 545 S Plymouth Blvd, Los Angeles Filming in Illinois TV Series: Batwoman Location: 50 S Clark St, Chicago Filming in New York TV Series: City On A Hill Location: filming in Mt. Vernon, NY TV […]

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From DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock -

"In Case Of Bernie..."

Looks like Bernie Sanders is on a roll already, building up steam heading into the Nevada Caucuses, and that can only mean one thing – it's time to drag out Russiagate again, and like our heroic "first responders" the US media are right on top of things, trying to put out the fire.

What really bugs me about this, though — and along with running as a Democrat, it made Sanders a non-starter for me — is how Sanders, despite all the centrist galaxy brains accusing him of being a Russian stooge, has actually been riding the Krazy Train almost since the beginning.

Really, Berners — is this your goddamn hero, the guy who's going to  lead your asses out of the desert? A guy who buys into the empty Russiagate hype, lets himself be rolled and Red-baited, and then bends the knee to a bunch of McCarthyists? Really?

Christ, you guys are going to get so goddamn screwed again — screwed blue and tattooed —  and I, for one, am out of sympathy for you.


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BEGIN SLIDESHOW Sonic the Hedgehog Tops Box Office for Second-Straight Weekend

Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog celebrated a second-straight weekend topping the box office after pulling in $26.3 million domestically over the weekend. The movie’s domestic cume of $106.6 million rose the global box office total to $203.1 million.

Disney’s 20th Century Studios The Call of the Wild opened with $24.8 million domestically while bringing in $15.4 million globally and landing in second place. The Harrison Ford-led adaptation has earned a worldwide total of $40.2 million during its theatrical debut.

The Call of the Wild pushed Warner Bros. Pictures’ Birds of Prey to the #3 spot at the box office after a $7 million haul over the weekend. Domestically, the Harley Quinn film now totals $72.5 million after three weeks. Worldwide, the movie’s estimated global gross is now $173.7 million.

Landing at #4, STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment’s horror sequel Brahms: The Boy II debuted with $5.9 million domestically and $2.2 million globally, totaling an $8.1 million worldwide opening.

Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life retained its spot in fifth place after earning an additional $5.9 million over the weekend, bringing the domestic total up to $191.2 million after six weeks. The movie’s worldwide cume now sits at $391.2 million.

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Final Two Live Action Rurouni Kenshin Movies Looking Highly Climactic Sun, 23 Feb 2020 18:00:12 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Movies Trailer Anime Live Action Adaptations Continuations Rurouni Kenshin Attempts to Fund Translations of LINDA’s Ero-Manga Return to Kickstarter Sun, 23 Feb 2020 16:00:58 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Japan Crowd Funding Artists Kickstarter English Anime Manga Linda H Ero-manga Mikandi PUSH! Publication Model and Lifestyle Guru B. Smith Dies at 70 Years Old

(NEW YORK) — Model, restaurateur and lifestyle guru Barbara “B.” Smith has died at her Long Island home, her family announced in a statement on social media. She was 70.

Smith died Saturday evening after battling early onset Alzheimer’s disease, which she was diagnosed with in 2013. She and her husband, Dan Gasby, raised awareness of the disease, and particularly its impacts on the African-American community, following her diagnosis.

“Heaven is shining even brighter now that it is graced with B.’s dazzling and unforgettable smile,” Gasby said in a lengthy Facebook post honoring her life.

Smith wrote three cookbooks, founded three successful restaurants and launched a nationally syndicated television show and a magazine. Her successful home products line was the first from a black woman to be sold at a nationwide retailer when it debuted in 2001 at Bed Bath & Beyond. In 1976, she became the second black model to be on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine, after Joli Jones in 1969.

Some described Smith as a “black Martha Stewart,” a comparison she said she didn’t mind though she believed the two lifestyle mavens were quite different.

“Martha Stewart has presented herself doing the things domestics and African Americans have done for years,” she said in a 1997 interview with New York magazine. “We were always expected to redo the chairs and use everything in the garden. This is the legacy that I was left. Martha just got there first.”

In the same interview, Gasby said, “Martha is perfection and Barbara is passion.”

Smith began suffering from memory problems years before her diagnosis. She once froze for several seconds while being interviewed on the “Today Show,” prompting a doctor’s visit that led to her diagnosis. A few months later, she wandered away and was missing in New York City for a day.

In 2018, Gasby revealed that he was in a relationship with another woman while caring for his ailing wife, leading to harsh criticism from some of her fans. He fired back at critics with a Facebook post about the pain of living with Alzheimer’s in the family. “I love my wife but I can’t let her take away my life,” he wrote.

The couple co-authored a book, “Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our fight Against Alzheimer’s,” and have partnered with the Brain Health Registry.

Smith, a native of Pennsylvania, began her career as a fashion model in Pittsburgh and went on to serve as a spokeswoman for Verizon, Colgate, Palmolive Oxy and McCormick’s Lawry seasonings. She hosted the nationally syndicated television show “B. Smith with Style” for nearly a decade, which aired on NBC stations.

Smith is survived by Gasby, whom she married in 1992, and her stepdaughter Dana Gasby.


This story has been corrected to show the spelling of the seasonings brand Smith was a spokeswoman for is McCormick not McCornick.

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‘Micro Mayhem’ Stop-Motion Series From Jon Favreau and Seth Green Coming to Quibi Micro Mayhem Quibi

Quibi is putting the pedal to the metal with a new stop-motion animated series based on a viral short film.

Micro Mayhem, “a series of over-the-top shorts where the cars are the characters,” uses toy cars to tell violent, action-packed stories. Jon Favreau‘s Golem Creations is executive producing, while Seth Green‘s Stoopid Buddy Studios will co-produce alongside eOne. Check out the original viral short below.

Deadline reports that Quibi has given a green light to the new series, which is created and executive produced by Eric Towner (Robot Chicken). Here’s how they describe it:

Inspired by the original Micro Mayhem viral short created by Towner and John Harvatine IV, in each self-contained short-form episode, the cars set the stage with an immense amount of attitude and personality in the dialogue-free grindhouse action series. Per the logline: “The series combines miniature filmmaking and stop-motion artistry in a wild (and comically violent) ride like no other!”

Back in 2016, the Micro Mayhem YouTube channel posted the following two videos, which give us a very good idea of what we can expect from this new Quibi series:

Green is obviously no stranger to the world of stop-motion, having been one of the primary creative voices behind the long-running Cartoon Network series Robot Chicken. He’s also produced stop-motion shows like SuperMansion, Buddy Thunderstruck, and Titan Maximum, and as you can see from the end-credits tags on the videos above, he and his Stoopid Buddy Studios have been hooked up with these guys for years already. While Favreau has typically worked in live-action, he also has some experience with stop-motion, having used it in his 2003 film Elf to recreate the look of Rankin/Bass Christmas classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Micro Mayhem brings to life the car chases I imagined as a kid, and combines my love of technology and stop-motion artistry,” Towner said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be teaming with Golem Creations to bring this dream project to life.”

Greg Clayman, an executive at production company eOne, released a statement of his own: “Quibi’s focus on micro storytelling provides the perfect platform for Micro Mayhem. We are excited to work with Eric and his team at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, to bring this wild ride to audiences one turn at a time.”

Quibi, which launches on April 6, 2020, is the mobile-only platform that will release new content every day in the form of videos that are 10 minutes or less. You can read more about it here.

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‘The Call of the Wild’ Is Heard at the Box Office Sun, 23 Feb 2020 14:30:46 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs London Movies News Ford Box Office Jack Harrison Jack London Sonic the Hedgehog (Movie Call of the Wild (Movie Otomo Katsuhiro Illustrates Album Covers for Skapara Otomo Katsuhiro Illustrates Album Covers for Skapara

Akira manga artist/anime director Otomo Katsuhiro has illustrated three album art covers for the 30th anniversary special album by the Japanese Jazz/Ska band Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (東京スカパラダイスオーケストラ), often abbreviated as Skapara. Check it out below –

Otomo Katsuhiro Illustrates Album Covers for Skapara
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I cannot say I’m familiar with the music of the band, but I’ve definitely seen their music posters and albums when I was living in Tokyo. This is not the first time that Otomo has taken on commercial illustration work of course; many of his previous commercial pieces can be found in his art book Kaba and Kaba 2.

The new album for Skapara can be purchased here.

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‘Sumo’ Comedy Coming From ‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci sumo

Veep creator Armando Iannucci will executive produce a new film about amateur Sumo wrestling, which is a sentence I never thought I’d have to type. The comedy Sumo tells the story of an overweight kid who trains for the US Sumo Open, with Natalie Bailey – who has worked with Iannucci on Avenue 5 – set to direct and Death of Stalin producer Yann Zenou producing alongside Iannucci, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto, and Gianluca Chakra. Richard Galazka is writing the script.

Deadline has the news on Sumo, describing it as “a coming-of-age comedy set in the world of amateur Sumo wrestling.” Here’s the logline:

The film follows the story of Jonah, a silver tongued and overweight kid with low self-esteem who meets Hana, a Japanese female janitor at his school – and an ex Sumo wrestler. Along with a pedantic and friendless building manager, the unlikely trio set about building a Dohjo, and training for the US Sumo Open.

Avenue 5‘s Suzy Nakamura is set to play Hana. So this is entire production seems to be made up with people Iannucci has worked with before, and that’s nothing to complain about, since he has a pretty good track record.

“As with other films I’ve been involved with in the past, Sumo is the perfect feel-good movie with a heartfelt message at its core that audiences love all around the world,” said producer Yann Zenou. “Richard’s script is literally laugh-out-loud funny whilst delicately exploring themes around body issues, bullying and self-worth. We cannot wait to bring it — and the explosive power of sumo wrestling — to the big screen.”

According to THR, the project is being compared to Little Miss SunshineSuperbad and Booksmartso make of that what you will. Casting is currently underway for the film, which is set to start shooting in Cape Town, South Africa this spring. Also coming this spring: Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, which is just delightful and worth checking out.

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Ishuzoku Reviewers Gets off on Egg-Laying Sun, 23 Feb 2020 14:00:25 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Comedy Prostitution Anime Fetish Oppai H Image Gallery Monster Girls Ero-anime Passione Ishuzoku Reviewers ‘Onward’ Clips: Tom Holland and Chris Pratt’s Brothers Meet Octavia Spencer’s Manticore onward clips

The first reactions are out for Pixar’s latest animated film Onward, and while the fantasy-comedy film doesn’t seem to be casting a spell on all critics, there’s plenty of reason to be excited for the road trip movie starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt.

Two new Onward clips help feed into that excitement, showing a sneak peek at the scene in which Holland and Pratt’s elf brothers, on a quest to magic their dead father to life for a day, come face to face with the not-so-fearsome Manticore, played by Octavia Spencer. Accompanying that clip is a behind-the-scenes featurette showing Holland and Pratt’s sibling relationship, and exactly what kind of performance Spencer is giving here. Watch the new Onward clips below.

Onward Clips

The buzz is out, and Onward is mostly okay. But Pratt and Holland prove in the new Onward clip, as well as the below behind-the-scenes sneak peek, that they’re reason enough to see the Pixar fantasy-comedy film, which follows two elf brothers who must go on an old-fashioned quest to spend one last day with their dead father. The quest takes them face-to-face with a fearsome Manticore — only she’s not so fearsome as she is frazzled, running a restaurant that gives out novelty quest maps. It’s a fun little scene that shows how Pratt and Holland work together, and proves that Spencer has a talent for voice acting, sounding virtually unrecognizable.

A new behind-the-scenes clips also gives a peek at Pratt and Holland’s brotherly dynamic, as well as Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ mission as their mother to find them on their quest, which also brings her face-to-face with Spencer’s harried Manticore.

Directed by Dan Scanlon from a script written by Scanlon, Jason Headley and Keith BuninOnward also stars Ali Wong, Lena Waithe, and Mel Rodriguez. Onward opens in theaters on March 6, 2020.

Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on an journey to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.

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Why ‘Days of Our Lives’ axing its gay characters was the worst decision ever

Daytime soap fans are as loyal as The Lord of the Rings’ Samwise Gamgee. If they weren’t, soap operas wouldn’t be be passed along from generation to generation, sometimes remaining on air and in production for more than half a century. When was the last time a primetime drama series did that?

In 2020, Days of Our Lives, the longest-running of the four surviving network soaps after General Hospital, is celebrating its 55th year of love in the afternoon. To commemorate the occasion, the powers that be at Days have jettisoned four of their lead actors, including Emmy winners Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith, who play, respectively, Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis, aka “WilSon,” daytime’s first gay supercouple. They reportedly will air for the final time on September 18.

The actors say they didn’t find out their characters were heading into the soap sunset until they read it in the sixth script of the season. Although Days has rotated characters in and out for years, and the door will be left open for Will and Sonny to return, the handling of the heave-ho is almost as egregious as the heave-ho itself. Is this any way to treat two fan favorites who portray two of the show’s most popular — and socially significant — characters?

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Despite Middle America’s objections to Will and Sonny over the actors’ near-decade on the show, they became one of daytime’s hottest couples (in fan appeal, if not steam appeal). In April 3, 2014, they made TV history as the grooms in daytime’s first-ever legal gay wedding. (At the time, Guy Wilson had taken over the role of Will from Massey, who left the show in 2014 and returned in 2017.)

There have been several others since, but WilSon’s marriage sparked a still-evolving LGBTQ soap scene. Following their ground-breaking “I do” exchange, The Bold and the Beautiful introduced daytime’s first transgender main character (Maya Avant), The Young and the Restless introduced its first lesbian couple (Mariah Copeland and Tessa Porter), and General Hospital introduced its first baby-switch storyline featuring a married gay couple (Lucas Jones and Brad Cooper, the grooms in daytime’s second legal gay wedding, in 2016).

WilSon’s influence extended beyond daytime. They helped smooth the path for TV’s golden age of gays. As antecedents to the current crop of LGBTQ small-screen characters, they’ve never been as sexy as the gays on Eastenders, as amusing as David Rose on Schitt’s Creek, or as spectacularly attired and coiffured as Phillipe I, Duke of Orléans, and Chevalier de Lorraine on Versailles. Will and Sonny represent a sort-of crewnecks and plaid shirts middle-of-the-road Pete Buttigieg gayness, even when one of them is coming back from the dead several years after being strangled by “The Necktie Killer.”

In the early 2010s, Will and Sonny were revolutionary in a way their storylines since then haven’t been, at least by daytime’s outrageous standards. Once Will came out, they faced many of the same trials and tribulations heterosexual soap couples face: parenthood, blackmail, interlopers, infidelity, murder, resurrection, amnesia, divorce, remarriage, and, currently, false imprisonment.

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Will and Sonny are like any other star-crossed soap spouses. They just happen to be gay. Why would the powers that be at Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, the companies that produces Days, and NBC, the network that has aired it since 1965, undervalue such groundbreaking assets and let them go? If it’s a cost-cutting measure, surely there are far more expendable straight characters on the canvas. Cutting Will and Sonny is like cutting Bo and Hope in the ’80s. Yes, longtime Days viewers, I’m going there.

Hallowed and iconic as Bo and Hope might be, it’s actually a fitting comparison. Shortly after news of the firings broke, fan Chris Bedell of Ridgefield, CT, created a petition to NBC to bring the actors back, as social media lit up with viewers expressing their outrage and support.

Beyond pissing off fans, Days is jeopardizing a huge part of its legacy. Will and Sonny may not have brought the show back to its ratings heyday of he ’90s, but it gave the soap prominent standing in the LGBTQ community. Between 2012 and 2015, it won four consecutive GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Daily Drama.

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Days owes it to its own LGBTQ legacy to treat these revolutionary characters and the actors who made them a top soap supercouple with more care. Since the ’80s, it’s been known mostly for its bad boy-good girl pairings (Bo and Hope, Patch and Kayla, Jack and Jennifer, and, recently, Ben and Ciara) and for its literally out-of-this-world storylines, like the one in which Dr. Marlena Evans was possessed by the devil. Until Will and Sonny, though, the soap had been largely lacking in social relevance since the ’70s.

They gave gay men and the people who love them characters they recognized, even when they were faced with the kind of obstacles most of us likely will never encounter. Days is not the house that WilSon built, but over the last decade, they’ve been such a vital part of its foundation. Unlike in primetime, no character is indispensable on a daytime soap. Departures and recasts happen without significant damage to ratings. The show will go on without WilSon. Some viewers won’t even notice they’re gone.

The effect of their absence will be more symbolic. It says when it comes to love in the afternoon, straight is more valuable and viable than gay, that two legacy gay characters who, between them, cover four of the show’s primary families aren’t important enough to keep around. Will and Sonny have stuck with each other through ordeals that would have destroyed most straight soap couples. Fans have been with them all the way. It’s too bad the powers that be at Days aren’t devoted enough to continue telling their story.

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Jeremy Helligar is a New York City-based journalist from the U.S. Virgin Islands and the author of the travelogue/memoir Is It True What They Say About Black Men?

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Mandatory Vasectomy Bill Proposed For Alabama Sun, 23 Feb 2020 12:00:23 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Politics Law International Alabama Feminism Abortion Contraception Anime Theme Park Bits: Cinderella Castle Makeover, Frozen in Disneyland Paris, and More Cinderella Castle

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • More details about Disneyland’s new parade are available.
  • Take a look at the proposed layout for a Frozen-themed land in Disneyland Paris.
  • The Cinderella Castle is getting a questionable makeover.
  • And more!

We’re still about 18 months away from the 50th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom in Orlando. The landmark symbol of the Orlando theme park is the Cinderella Castle, and as the old saying goes, make it blue! Oh, sorry, I was too busy looking at this concept art of the Cinderella Castle after the royal makeover that was absolutely dominating Disney Twitter earlier this week. The makeover has its fans, but it’s very…uh…colorful. One might call it gaudy. (I might be that one calling it gaudy.) The reality of the situation might end up being more palatable, but this is a makeover that might be too extreme. (Extreme Makeover is still a TV show, right?)

By now, you may have heard that Frozen is making its way to Disneyland Paris, in a big way. The 2013 smash hit is going to be the foundation for a whole new land inspired by the fictional country of Arendelle. Though it’s still early days in development, you can take a peek now at the blueprints and proposed layout for the area. Per the link there, it looks like there will be shops, a restaurant, and a meet-and-greet area. The area will also get a version of the Frozen Ever After attraction from Epcot (which means that Disneyland Paris will really get a version of the old, sadly departed Maelstrom attraction from Epcot, but never mind). It’s slated to open in 2023, so we’ll see if things end up shifting between now and then.

Over in Anaheim, Disneyland is gearing up for the arrival of the new daytime parade titled “Magic Happens”. As part of the run-up, the park has unveiled some new merchandise you can find in the parks, from Mickey ears to shirts to cups. (Short version: you better like the color purple, because there’s a lot of it on this merch.) It’ll be available on the same day the parade starts, February 28. The purple color scheme makes sense when you take a look at Mickey Mouse, decked out as he leads the parade itself. His outfit is very snazzy, and also with a dash or two of purple. Seems like a specific theme, hmm?

Orlando, of course, is gearing up for an arrival of its own starring Mickey Mouse. That would, of course, be the new attraction Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Recently, Orange County Register journalist Brady McDonald sat down with Imagineer Kevin Rafferty to discuss a particularly curious question: why is it that this is the first Mickey-themed ride in the Disney parks? Rafferty’s answers are all centered around the real problem of Mickey Mouse – for a long time, he’s been a symbol as opposed to a character, thus making a ride about him or his paramou(se)r Minnie fairly difficult. Now that we have the fast-paced new short series, at least, there’s something to build on with Mickey as more than just a happy, smiling corporate symbol.

Depending on how active you are on Twitter, specifically Disney Parks Twitter (and yes, I promise you, that’s a real thing), you may have seen that Disneyland Park recently had a literally fiery incident in view of guests. An area between Main Street, U.S.A. and Adventureland was on fire for a brief period one night recently; fortunately, the fire was quickly extinguished and no one was injured. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health deemed that the cause of the fire was related to a nearby power generator. The two lands reopened the next day, but it was certainly jarring to see reports of a fire via Twitter; I can only imagine how weird it was for guests in the park that night.

Let’s close out today’s column in the other Disney park in Anaheim, Disney California Adventure. You may recall that I recently highlighted the inclusion of FastPass and MaxPass at the Monsters, Inc.: Mike and Sulley to the Rescue! attraction in the park. Per some tweets over the President’s Day weekend, the effect of FastPass on the dark ride is immediately quite clear, and quite disastrous. That is, at least, one man’s opinion (mine), because here’s the thing: Monsters, Inc. is a perfectly enjoyable attraction, and it should absolutely never have a standby wait of an hour or more. The outdoor queue for the attraction was so heavily full that the line extended well outside of the entrance. While I’ve waited for upwards of 30 minutes in the queue before, there’s no good reason to wait twice as long. But that’s the effect of FastPass: enough people snatch up the pass, leaving standby guests stranded for far too long. It’s hard to imagine that Disney will reverse their decision anytime soon, but still distressing to see such an unappealing sight so soon after the inclusion of the pass.

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