Matt Paul’s 3/25/10 WDW Photo Report

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WDWNT Reporter Matt Paul’s trip to the Walt Disney World Resort continued on Thursday, and once again he has a number of photos to share with us:

Blizzard Beach has re-opened from its annual refurbishment

Lodge Picnic Area offers plenty of shady spaces for your family to rent for the day

Some attractions are still not open due to weather

Wait times

A little too cold for Blizzard Beach, even though it’s covered in snow…

Work continues in the park

Spring Break 2010 shirt

Expect to see many of these trendy shirts for sale in D Street once it opens in a few days

Ridemakerz has opened in a temporary space on Downtown Disney’s West Side

Ridemakerz also opened a location at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney a few months ago

An official description of the store:

The RIDEMAKERZ experience invites guests into the ultimate car customizing shop where they can build a one-of-a-kind radio control car or “RIDE”. Between bodystyles and colors, tires and wheels, lights and sounds, accessories and decals, RIDEMAKERZ estimates there are more than 649 million possible build combinations, not including individual decal placement.

“The RIDEMAKERZ experience is pure fun, and the process is designed to spark creativity, encourage collaboration and build confidence,” says RIDEMAKERZ ZEO (CEO) Larry Andreini.

In a nod to real-world car culture, RIDEMAKERZ has agreements with several automotive manufacturers to offer versions of today’s most popular cars in its line-up. Guests, or “Customizers” can choose from the Ford Mustang and F-250 Super Chief Alternative Fuel Concept Truck, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R and C6RS, Dodge Ram, Challenger, and Viper, MINI Cooper S, and Scion xB. Retro hot rods, fire engines, racecars, cab-over tow and dump trucks, and many more favorites are also available.

Complete RIDEZ range in price from $10 to $32, depending on body and paint style chosen. Radio remote control can be added for an additional $25, and custom accessories range in price from $2 for grill guards, spoilers and hoods scoops to $15 for themed kits that include a wide range of complementary accessories. RIDEZ measure approximately 12 inches long, or 1:18 scale, and are easy to assemble with snap-in, snap-on components that do not require glue.

A car testing area is set-up for guests to take a vehicle on a “test drive”

Some display models

Pick a body

Pick a “sound system” for your car to play music

Pick your tires

Building station

This is a big space….

D Street will be opening in a few days

Moving over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, wait times are a bit long

Backlot Tour still closed

Despite rumors, it will return with a refreshed Catastrophe Canyon on March 28th

Matt decided to get artsy…

I know it isn’t popular, but I like the Sorcerer’s Hat just for moments like this

We move into one of my favorite parts of the park, Pixar Place

Rumors indicate that the Toy Story 3 version of Toy Story Midway Mania we first reported in June 2008 may open after a short refurbishment in September

Closed Backlot Tour

Wish the real New York City had traffic like this….

Studio Catering Co. has re-opened from refurbishment

A quick look at the updated menu

More nice pictures of the Sorcerer’s Hat (yes, it’s possible)

Time to hit the road!

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About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
Contact Tom at [email protected]

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