Cosmic Rewind tips, the journey of the Marilyn Monroe dress – Orlando Sentinel

On the theme park Rangers Radar this week, you’ll find tips from Epcot’s Xandar Pavilion and fashion news, including the location of Marilyn Monroe’s dress before and after Kim Kardashian. What role did Orlando play in the Met Gala gallops?

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I’ve rounded up five tips to consider before embarking on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, the roller coaster coming to Epcot this month. Not that my head is spinning yet.

Some Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members are getting a preview of the thrill ride, but its official launch date is May 27.

· I ate, but not much, before boarding. My first Rewind was on an empty stomach except for a cold brew coffee. This is not recommended.

· Another advice based on nausea: keep looking directly at the car. Transport vehicles do, in effect, swerve and spin (in a controlled fashion) along the rail, and it is tempting to look elsewhere. It’s hard not to wonder where you’re flying in the giant sky-blue building, but the story makes more sense if you look where the Imagineers wanted you to look, at least on maiden voyages.

· This is a coaster that allows bags to be loaded, wedged between the riders’ feet. This should be a reassuring sign for the nervous as it reaffirms that there will be no reversals. There is also a pocket suitable for cell phone storage, although to be on the safe side I put my phone in the bag.

· It’s roller coaster tradition that row 1 is reserved for the bravest of thrill seekers. But with Cosmic Rewind, also consider Row 9, which, not to be a spoiler, has similar effectiveness.

The ride’s onboard music selection doesn’t start until the ride is in progress, so you won’t know if you’re getting “Conga” or “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” or one of the other four pieces until it’s too late. It’s only one song per ride, and there’s no voting. “Love Rollercoaster” is not part of this mixtape.

Official Walt Disney World Ambassadors have a new way to accessorize. The official pin has been redesigned and team members around the world now wear it on duty.

“This brooch has morphed and changed into something different over the years,” said Raevon Redding, one of WDW’s two current ambassadors.

The gold pin, worn just above the name tag, incorporates the outline of Mickey Mouse’s head, a castle and a ribbon at the bottom with the word “Ambassador” engraved on it.

“We have a pin to signify who we are, what we do,” Redding said. “We are the official distribution representatives and spokespersons for our properties, and that just means who we are, very similar to our guest relations D-pins or tourist guide D-pins that you might see around. ”

But which theme park castle is it?

“The design of the castle is sort of a combination of all of our castles around the world, so it embodies all of that because every ambassador around the world will be wearing the same pin,” said Ali Manion, WDW’s other ambassador. “Our name tags may be different depending on our location, but we all have the Disney Ambassador pin.”

In other Disney Ambassador pin developments, former title holders began wearing a gold tag designed in November. It’s the same look for ex-ambassadors around the world, Manion said.

“It was designed after Walt Disney’s first name tag, that’s why we have the color gold,” she said. “You’ll see it has Mickey Mouse around the top, and so it’s similar to our [Disney] Legacy name tag,” the blue version that cast members earn for great service.

“Once we complete our tenure, we will receive a gold tag when we pass the pin on to the next team of ambassadors.”

Manion and Redding are set to serve as Disney World ambassadors through 2023.

If your company took you on a road trip with a $10 million dress, what would you do?

“He slept in my room with me one night,” said Amanda Joiner, vice president of licensing and publishing at Orlando-based Ripley Entertainment.

The company purchased the dress that Marilyn Monroe wore while singing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy at an auction in 2016. The dress was on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not attraction on International Drive for a while, but didn’t. didn’t see much until its recent Met Gala outing while worn by Kim Kardashian.

In the meantime, it was in Ripley’s safe in Orlando.

“It’s stored in a dark place where we can control temperature and humidity and things along those lines,” Joiner said. “It has been stored so that we can ensure that the preservation and conservation of the dress has been maintained.”

The dress and company flew to New York for the event.

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“We had security with her, armed guards with us the whole time,” Joiner said the morning after the gala and after an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” And then, of course, there are two representatives of Ripley with the dress. We wear gloves at all times to ensure safety by keeping the dress in pristine condition.

And despite all the hype, Kardashian didn’t spend much time in the dress.

“We actually dressed Kim in a dressing room on the side, in a tent on the side of the red carpet. So she didn’t wear it in the car or anything like that,” he said. Joiner said “Then I met her at the top of the stairs and we changed the original dress for the replica dress.”

Borrowing the outfit was Kardashian’s idea, Joiner said. She contacted the auction house who sold it to Ripley and then agreed to all of the company’s stipulations regarding security and transportation. Ripley didn’t fully approve of it until a second fitting in Orlando two days before the gala.

Kardashian has publicly stated that she lost weight to fit into Monroe’s dress.

“I can 100% confirm that there were no alterations to the dress,” Joiner said.

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