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#1 User is offline   QuickGold 

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Posted 21 April 2005 - 12:46 PM

Three years ago today MGMStudios.Org was launched and it blows my mind that I've stuck with this site for that long. I know that I would have given up long ago if not for the wonderful contributions from our users. Whether it was wait times, pictures, news tidbits, suggestions or rumors, they've all been greatly appreciated and I really want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Many of you have gone out of your way to really help this site grow in ways I can't begin to describe. I would list some names of folks who have helped out but I don't want to forget anyone so I'm sure you know who you are and again, thank you.

I also want to thank all the great people who frequent these message boards on a daily basis. I've had the honor of meeting some of you in person, chatted with more online and exhcnaged some PMs with still others. The relationships I've built as a result of some people joining this message board has really changed my life for the better and I cherish being able to call you my friends. To those members of the site that are either new or I haven't had a chance to get to know very well yet, I really hope you'll stick around so we can become friends. If there's one thing I've learned, it's that the people on this site have been simply wonderful people.

As a means of giving back to you, the users, I came up with a trifecta of new features for the website that I wanted to debut today. Some of these came out in "test form" earlier this year, but here's a recap:

Studios Central Radio - SCR is an online radio station that broadcasts nothing but Studios recordings all day long. In it's 2 months of existence, it's been going strong and developed some initial fans who listen to it even longer than I do. I'm looking to spreading the word about SCR and hope for further growth in the future.

Star Wars Weekend Planning Site - This site is dedicated to one of the most fun and interesting annual events that occur at the Studios. I wanted to create a real place for people to get all the information they ever wanted on the event in one place and I think it's off to a great start.

The final part will be debuting tonight (as in once I get home from work and "flip the switch to activate it") and is an extension of the information on the major attractions at the Disney-MGM Studios. Star Tours, Fantasmic! and The Great Movie Ride will have extended information on it including photos, trivia, hidden mickeys, extended attraction descriptions and more! (What about Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror? Rock 'n' Roller Coaster allready got the "treatment" at RocknRollerCoaster.com and Tower of Terror will get the same with TowerofTerror.org).

Again, thanks to everyone for helping to make the site as successful as it has become. How succesful? We've gone from a high of 14,000 visitors & half a million hits in one month back in 2003 to 25,000 visitors and 1.5 million hits last month. It's been truely amazing and every month has been getting better since the last. And the best part is we've been able to stay 100% ad-free. In today's day and age, I think that really says something.

Of course, I want to also thank the great moderators we have on the site who I regularly consult for advice on new features and policies and to whom I owe a great deal of gratitude. Last, but not least, the newly appointed MGMStudios.Org Advisors deserve a good pat on the back for helping to spread the cheer that the rest of us experience on a daily basis on this board.
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Posted 21 April 2005 - 01:45 PM

Congrats on all the success Matt!! I'm lovin this site and especially SCR!! Keep up the great work and i will definately stick around!! ;)
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Posted 21 April 2005 - 03:18 PM

Congrats Matt! Thanks for letting me be a part of it!
-Josh
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Posted 21 April 2005 - 03:55 PM

Aww Matt's getting mushy. Congrats. :-D
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Posted 21 April 2005 - 05:16 PM

PixieDust said:

Aww Matt's getting mushy.

;) Quiet you
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Posted 21 April 2005 - 05:51 PM

Yes, Congrats! ;) Thank you for creating such an amazing site! :D
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Posted 21 April 2005 - 08:00 PM

QuickGold said:

PixieDust said:

Aww Matt's getting mushy.

;) Quiet you


it's cute. We love the site. :-)
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Posted 21 April 2005 - 08:19 PM

Matt, just wanted to say THANK YOU for making a place where Studios fans could come and talk! You're the best! Congrats!
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Posted 21 April 2005 - 08:28 PM

Congrats!
MGM will never be more cherished than you cherish it Matt!
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Posted 22 April 2005 - 12:12 PM

Congratulations Matt!
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Posted 22 April 2005 - 12:55 PM

Thank you all for the kind words. It really means alot :heart:

The new updates to The Great Movie Ride, Fantasmic! & Star Tours have been uploaded. Enjoy!
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Posted 22 April 2005 - 01:37 PM

mazel tov Matt!!!!!!!!!!!!! i lurked for a long time and registered only last summer and i must say that you have a very nice and haimish site :thumleft:

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Posted 22 April 2005 - 02:26 PM

Congrats and good job Matt! :thumleft:
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Posted 22 April 2005 - 02:52 PM

Hºoºwie said:

mazel tov Matt!!!!!!!!!!!!! i lurked for a long time and registered only last summer and i must say that you have a very nice and haimish site :evil:

:king:

:thumright: Oy vey.... Thanks :P
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Posted 23 April 2005 - 07:57 PM

3 Years ago,
-the Angels were World Series Champs
-the Buccaneers were Super Bowl Champs
-the Lakers were NBA Champions
-George Bush was President(For some reasons, unfortunate)
-the War of Terror was just beginning(Very unfortunate)

A lot has happened since then:
-Red Sox broke the curse(yay)
-MGMStudios.org had its first meet(Congrats)
-2 other sites made by Matt were born(Very well done)

Yea, I think we all agree 3 years is good. ^_^
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Posted 23 April 2005 - 08:00 PM

Also three years ago:

Tower of Terror was getting ready for a brand new drop sequence :wink:
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Posted 23 April 2005 - 08:03 PM

Yep, can't forget that. :surprised:
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Posted 23 April 2005 - 08:30 PM

CoasterManiac45 said:

Yea, I think we all agree 3 years is good. ^_^

Well said my man
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Posted 23 April 2005 - 09:54 PM

:thumleft: Thank you other man!
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