Sunday, July 31, 2016

Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America Attractions to Reopen Summer 2017 at Disneyland Park

Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America Attractions to Reopen Summer 2017 at Disneyland Park

This includes all attractions along the Rivers of America:
  • Fantasmic!
  • Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes
Rivers of America at Disneyland Park
The new northern bank of the Rivers of America is the latest in a 60-year evolution of this classic waterway. This Disneyland original has been taking guests on a journey along four iconic American rivers since it opened on July 17, 1955. On opening day, there was just one way to travel the rivers … on board the Mark Twain Riverboat.
Rivers of America at Disneyland Park
One year later, in 1956, traffic on the Rivers of America picked up significantly with the addition of Indian War Canoes (now known as Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes) and Tom Sawyer Island Rafts (which took guests to the newly opened Tom Sawyer Island).
Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland Park
Then in 1958, another large watercraft joined Mark Twain Riverboat on trips around the Rivers of America. Sailing Ship Columbia is an exact replica of the 18th century merchant vessel, Columbia Rediviva, the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe, and the namesake of Oregon’s Columbia River.
The next significant change to the Rivers of America came in 1966 with the addition of New Orleans Square. Now guests could take a genteel stroll along the banks of the Mississippi River (one of four sections on the waterway), enjoying live music along with a lovely view.
'Fantasmic!'
In 1992, the quiet New Orleans Square nights were replaced by a fantastical journey into Mickey Mouse’s imagination with the debut of “Fantasmic!”
Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park
And next year, history will be made on the Rivers of America once again with a gorgeous new riverbank and an elevated trestle over which the iconic Disneyland Railroad will travel. For now, be sure to stop by the Main Street and New Orleans Square stations now to get an up-close look at the steam engines of the Disneyland Railroad, and we’ll be back with a look at how the railroad has changed through the years while remaining a Disneyland icon.
Get ready to hit the rails and the water again when Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America attractions reopen, summer 2017!

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Disneyland Hotel Proposal

The Walt Disney Company has submitted plans to the City of Anaheim to add a new luxury resort hotel to the Disneyland Resort. According to the OC Register, the hotel would be 700 rooms and be rated Four Diamonds by AAA. The proposed hotel will have a rooftop restaurant with a view of the fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle, as seen in this concept art.
Concept art of the rooftop restaurant at the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA
Concept art of the rooftop restaurant at the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA “Four-Diamond” hotel.
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Concept art of the lobby for the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA
Concept art of the lobby for the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA “Four-Diamond” hotel.
Photo COURTESY, THE DISNEYLAND RESORT
Concept art of the swimming pool area of the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA
Concept art of the swimming pool area of the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA “Four-Diamond” hotel.
Photo COURTESY, THE DISNEYLAND RESORT
The hotel would be located at the northern end of the Downtown Disney parking lot, essentially behind the Rainforest Cafe and ESPN Zone, on the corner of Disneyland Drive and Magic Way. The footprint of the project will occupy ten acres of the Downtown Disney parking lot, but it will include a parking structure which will service the hotel and Downtown Disney. I can't wait to try the new hotel, I don't park in Downtown Disney so that part doesn't affect me but I do sometimes walk thru it to get to Rainforest Cafe for breakfast before I hit the park. Not sure how this new hotel will affect that walk.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Awaken Summer at Walt Disney World 2016

Awaken Summer

Tree of Life Awakens rendering at Disney's Animal Kingdom
New Excitement Awakens This Summer
Awaken Summer throughout the entire Walt Disney World® Resort and discover new and immersive experiences that will bring you to worlds that, up until now, you could only imagine. All new attractions and entertainment are currently scheduled to open throughout the summer.
Must-Do's in All Four Theme Parks...and Beyond!
Be there as the magic of nature comes alive both day and night at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Feel the Force as it's unleashed at Disney's Hollywood Studios®. Sail through a world of Frozen fun at Epcot®. And have a music- and magic-filled time at Magic Kingdom® Park.
But the excitement doesn't stop there. It continues through Disney Springs™ where you can enjoy an eclectic mix of unique boutiques, one-of-a-kind eateries and jaw-dropping entertainment. You'll even be able to participate in The Frozen Games at Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park.
Prepare to Discover a Summer Unlike Any Other!
Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic Show – Begins May 28, 2016! For the summer, Discovery River becomes the stage for music and pageantry in a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney's hit live-action film The Jungle Book. The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic is a live show filled with music and special effects that celebrates the new film and the classic songs, now infused with an Indian influence.
  • Tree of Life® Awakenings – Begins May 27, 2016! The Tree of Life swirls with dramatic color throughout the evening as artistic projections tell stories of love, adventure, humor and culture.
  • Discovery Island Carnivale – Begins May 27, 2016! When this nighttime dance party hits the streets, you'll get to revel in the splendor of all living things alongside stilt walkers, musicians and more.
  • Harambe Wildlife Parti – Begins May 27, 2016! You'll be able to join singers, dancers, acrobats and musicians for a wild and wonderful street festival that kicks off when the sun sets.
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris - Extended hours begin May 27, 2016! After the sun sets, you will be able to explore Kilimanjaro Safaris and see the nighttime behavior of the wildlife and better tune in to the unique vocalization of the animals like never before.
  • Tiffins Restaurant and Nomad Lounge - Opens May 27, 2016! Tiffins, the newest Disney signature restaurant, features cuisine and beverages from places that inspired the creation of Disney's Animal Kingdom and is open for both lunch and dinner. The Nomad Lounge features waterfront views in addition to hand-crafted cocktails, beers, sustainable wines, specialty non-alcoholic beverages and small bites.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Star Wars Launch Bay – Now Open! It's the place to go for popular character encounters and more.
  • Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue – Now Open! On this thrilling attraction, you'll travel to Jakku, an all-new destination from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple – Now Open! Bring your Younglings to hone their Lightsaber skills in preparation to face the dark side.
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular – Begins June 17, 2016! Look to the skies for this nightly fireworks finale bursting with Star Wars™ music and magic.
Epcot
  • Frozen Ever After – Opens June 21, 2016! This boating adventure through Arendelle features favorite Frozen characters, songs and a visit to Elsa's Ice Palace in the cool blue world of the North Mountain.
  • Royal Sommerhus – Opens June 21, 2016! You'll have a royally good time as you meet Anna and Elsa in a charming Norwegian culture.
  • Soarin' Around the World - Opens June 17, 2016! Get ready to soar over the Great Wall of China, Switzerland's Matterhorn mountain, and spectacular scenic wonders on every continent in this brand-new adventure. Your imagination can take flight in this epic re-imagining of an Epcot classic.
  • Turtle Talk with Crush - Now Open! When Crush the sea turtle swims up to the "Human Tank" this summer, he'll be joined by Dory and some of her new friends from Disney•Pixar's "Finding Dory!"
Magic Kingdom Park
  • Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire – Begins June 17, 2016! Music and magic arrive at the castle stage for a new show featuring Mickey Mouse and pals, along with characters from The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Frozen.
  • Elena of Avalor - Debuts August 2016! Guests will be able to see Princess Elena, Disney's first princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures. Elena will debut in the Disney Channel series "Elena of Avalor" this summer.
Disney Springs
  • Town Center – Now Open! Town Center, the newest neighborhood at Disney Springs, is officially open! Featuring Spanish revival architecture, gorgeous landscaping and several new fountains and water features, this new addition is home to exceptional shopping and dining experiences. Over 30 new tenants are now open, with more shops and restaurants opening throughout the summer!
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • The Frozen Games – From May 27 - August 21, 2016! Olaf and Kristoff host daily winter-themed activities for Guests of all ages, including Snowball Toss and Ski Pole Limbo. All activities are complimentary and Guests can sign up at the park entrance to participate.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

‘Frozen – Live at the Hyperion’ Opens Today at Disney California Adventure Park

‘Frozen – Live at the Hyperion’ Opens May 27, 2016 at Disney California Adventure Park


We’re opening up the gates, and for the first time in forever you can be swept away by a full-scale theatrical interpretation of “Frozen” on stage at the Disneyland Resort.
‘Frozen – Live at the Hyperion’ at Disney California Adventure Park
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“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” officially open on May 27, 2016, bringing to the stage all the heart-warming emotion of Anna and Elsa’s story, along with show-stopping production numbers, elaborate costumes, special effects, surprising scenic transformations and a few unique theatrical twists. Here’s just a peek at some of what’s in store:
‘Frozen – Live at the Hyperion’ at Disney California Adventure Park
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‘Frozen – Live at the Hyperion’ at Disney California Adventure Park
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‘Frozen – Live at the Hyperion’ at Disney California Adventure Park
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Of course, nothing beats the magic of experiencing live theater for yourself, so you’ll definitely want to catch a performance on your next visit. “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” is now playing daily in the beautiful Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park.
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For the first time ever, experience the magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom at night beginning May 27!

 


First-Ever Night Experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Begin May 27

Beginning May 27, the park will awaken at night with new rich experiences under the stars and one day later, on May 28, The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic live show will debut at the park.
Tree of Life
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 Beginning May 27, animal spirits will be brought to life each night by magical fireflies that reveal colorful stories of wonder and enchantment along with other amazing sights at the tree.
Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Night
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After the sun sets, you’ll also be able to explore Kilimanjaro Safaris and see the nighttime behavior of the wildlife and better tune into the unique vocalization of the animals like never before. Among the new experiences, the village of Harambe in Africa will become the place to enjoy “Wildlife Parti” and the spirited community of Discovery Island will come together to celebrate their love of the natural world with the Discovery Island Carnivale.
First-Ever Night Experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Begin May 27
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And the park’s Discovery River will awaken at night and become a stunning stage for performances of the limited-engagement show The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic, inspired by the hit live-action film Disney’s The Jungle Book. Shows will feature memorable moments from the film, including the iconic Shere Khan, and will be filled with music and special effects that celebrate the movie and classic songs, infused with an Indian influence.
FastPass+ and dining packages for Disney’s Animal Kingdom night experiences will become available beginning tomorrow, May 21.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Fun Fresh Weekends at Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Fun Fresh Weekends at Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

The Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival is now in bloom at Walt Disney World® Resort. With fresh, farm-to-table flavors, vibrant gardens, interactive playgrounds and rocking entertainment the Festival boasts fun-filled exploration for every age and interest.
During Festival weekends, you can celebrate the great outdoors at nature-themed events, including:
Art in the Garden Weekend: April 1-3, 2016
You can view nature through the eyes of “Plein Air” artists and discover one-of-a-kind Disney works of art on display around World Showcase.
Outdoor Family Fun Weekend: April 8-10, 2016
Families can enjoy the benefits of sharing quality time together at select Festival gardens. As a bonus, animal specialists from Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will be on hand at the Festival Center to share how bugs play an important role in helping a garden thrive.
Earth Day Weekend: April 22- 24, 2016
Guests can take part in interactive activities, discoveries and more as they celebrate the place we all call home! Plus, they can learn about the efforts to protect coral reefs and other marine life at The Seas with Nemo & Friends―a special tribute to the amazing creatures that dwell in our vast oceans.
Florida Fresh Weekend: April 29- May 1, 2016
You can explore the bounty of the Sunshine State from Apalachicola to Zellwood at this Festival Center-based event.
Florida Federation of Garden Clubs: May 6- 8, 2016
Guests can marvel at amazing flora designs that defy description inside the Festival Center from 10 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Plus, each weekend you can reach for new horticultural heights by visiting the Festival Center for inside tips, DIY inspiration and top gardening trends. The Festival Center is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. throughout the event.
And, don’t forget … pop bands with hits spanning the decades take the stage every Festival weekend for the Garden Rocks Concert Series at America Gardens Theatre. Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice, Bad Company, former lead singer BRIAN HOWE, Georgia Satellites and Darlene Love make their Festival debut this year.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs now through May 30, 2016. Admission to Epcot is required. While most Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival events are included with your theme park ticket, many experiences require a separate purchase or a separate admission fee. Availability is limited for some experiences. Events may be rescheduled or cancelled at any time.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

New Details Unveiled on Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s ‘Rivers of Light’

When Walt Disney World's new nighttime experience “Rivers of Light” opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, it’ll be one of the most memorable and emotionally stirring shows in the park’s history. And today we’re sharing a sneak peek at some of the amazing sights the show will offer when it debuts in spring 2016.
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The show will take place on Discovery River between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest – take a close look and you can you see the Tree of Life in the background. In “Rivers of Light,” a pair of mystical hosts come to the river bearing gifts of light. During the show, the hosts set out from the shore on elaborate lantern vessels for a dramatic dance of water and light to summon animal spirits. With the storytellers as your guides, the wonders of “Rivers of Light” builds to a stunning crescendo.
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In addition to the show, you’ll also notice the park’s iconic Tree of Life will undergo an amazing awakening as the animal spirits of the tree are brought to “light” by magical fireflies, revealing moments of wonder and enchantment.
To create “Rivers of Light,” Imagineers and Creative Entertainment partnered with the talents of master puppet designer Michael Curry, composer Mark Mancina and the filmmakers at Disneynature. According to Imagineer Joe Rohde, in an interview excerpt from the latest Disney Vacation Planning DVD, the addition of “Rivers of Light” to the park’s offerings will serve as that huge “wow” moment that ends a guest’s visit to the park.
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