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Mission: Space ‘Relaunches’ August 13th with Brand New Experiences

July 28, 2017

New Mission Space

 

Starting Aug. 13, 2017, Walt Disney World® Resort will relaunch Mission: SPACE with a brand new experience and an enhanced version of the “classic” attraction.

  • If you think you’ve got “the right stuff,” you can take on the Orange Mission for a truly intense experience that lets you feel the force of an actual space launch en route to Mars. On this mission, you’ll dodge meteoroids, slingshot around the moon and attempt a precision landing on the Red Planet’s alien surface. This “mission” has been enhanced with new, HD video to make it even clearer.
  • Or, you can embark on the more family-friendly Green Mission – a new mission that takes you on an exciting orbit around Earth. On this amazing new adventure, you’ll take in sites like the Hawaiian Islands, Italy’s “boot” and the Northern Lights—as seen from space, of course—before finally landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. No matter which mission you choose, it’ll be a journey that’s totally out of this world.

In addition to all the “mission” updates, the amazing people at Walt Disney Imagineering have also made this attraction MORE family-friendly. Younger astronauts can now ride – the height restriction will be changed for the Green Mission side with the addition of new X-2 booster seats allowing children 40-44” to ride.

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“Once Upon A Time” replaces “Celebrate the Magic” on November 4th!

October 26, 2016

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I always felt like Celebrate the Magic got the short end of the stick.  Most often stuck right in between a showing of the Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes, it never garnered the attention I thought it should.  I really loved it, though.  And while I’m sad to see Celebrate the Magic go (especially the Wreck-It Ralph sequence), this new show looks to be amazing.

Here’s the official line:

Classic Disney fairy tales light up Cinderella Castle as the projection show “Once Upon a Time” debuts at Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort on Nov. 4, 2016.

This new show uses projection-mapping technology to produce a dazzling three-dimensional effect that fits every nook and contour of the Castle, from its base to the tips of its towers and turrets.

The result: Cinderella Castle opens like a storybook and becomes living art, the canvas for a kaleidoscopic and eye-filling feast of fantasy.

Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the timeless animated classic, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the new projection show is narrated by Mrs. Potts who shares “once upon a time” bedtime stories with Chip.

Projected scenes let you relive some of your favorite Disney moments. You’ll fly with Peter Pan high above the rooftops of London to Never Land, drop in on a whimsical tea party hosted by the Mad Hatter, and watch Winnie the Pooh rise to the top of the Castle while he hangs from a colorful balloon. And these are just some of the enchanting tales that come to life in “Once Upon a Time.”

The awe-inspiring show culminates with classic scenes from “Beauty and the Beast” – the Beast waltzing with his beloved Belle, his duel with Gaston, and finally his transformation back to the Prince. As Mrs. Potts and Chip conclude their bedtime story, the show moves to its grand finale including appearances by characters from some of Disney’s most beloved animated tales. Fireworks bursting above the Castle add to the magic.

“Once Upon a Time” takes its inspiration from a projection show that has thrilled guests at Tokyo Disney Resort since May 2014. The new show replaces the “Celebrate the Magic” Castle projection show that will end its four-year run on Nov. 3, 2016.

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Soarin’ Around the World to debut on June 17, 2016

April 20, 2016

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Technically, that’s not correct.  It’s really going to debut in Shanghai Disneyland on June 16th as “Soarin’ Over the Horizon,” but in the United States it will debut on the 17th.

While I’m sad to see the original film retired, I’m really excited about this new film!  I wonder what kind of scents we’ll get this time?

Here’s a little preview of what’s to come:

All-New Disney World Castle Show Coming to Magic Kingdom Park

February 16, 2016

This summer, an all-new live Walt Disney World Castle Show is coming! “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” will grace the grandest stage at Walt Disney World® Resort with magic, music and merriment! Against the majestic backdrop of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom® Park, Mickey Mouse and his friends will welcome favorite characters from some of Disney’s newest classics: “The Princess and the Frog,” “Tangled” and “Frozen.”

 

Disney World Castle Show

 

In “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire,” Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers have been preparing to host a joyous festival and have ventured far and wide to invite friends from other lands to join their celebration. From the Land of the Bewitching Bayous, Goofy has invited Tiana, Naveen and Louis to add a little spice of New Orleans jazz to the party. From the Land of the Enchanted Woods, Donald Duck brings some new friends he met at the Snuggly Duckling, and Daisy introduces us to her special guests, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Finally, Mickey shares a surprise with Minnie, as he has traveled to the Land of the Mystic Mountains to invite Olaf, Anna and Elsa, who contributes a blast of her icy magic. It all culminates in a grand dance, as the Merry Makers invite all their special guests to join in the fun on this special day in Magic Kingdom Park!

 

Marking the first appearances by Tiana and Rapunzel in a show on the castle stage, “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” brings to life beloved Disney stories both classic and contemporary in a spectacular performance featuring an original song, memorable music, lively dancing and special effects magic.

 

“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” will make its Walt Disney World Castle Show debut in summer 2016!

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New Star Wars Experiences Arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

December 5, 2015

Star Wars Launch Bay

 

The Force is growing stronger at the Walt Disney World® Resort with the addition of new Star Wars-inspired entertainment now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

Star Wars Launch Bay

At Star Wars Launch Bay, located in Animation Courtyard, you can interact with Star Wars characters by choosing to encounter the Dark Side in a Star Destroyer themed area, or visit with the brave Rebels in a makeshift Rebel Base. One path may lead to Darth Vader, while the other leads to Chewbacca.

Guests can also visit two different exhibits – Celebration Gallery and Celebration Hallway to view iconic ships from the Rebel Alliance and Imperial Navy fleet, as well as replica Star Wars props and murals. Guests excited for the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens can head to Preview Gallery to explore an area filled with costumes, artwork, models and more from the new film. And of course, shoppers can get their fix at Launch Bay Cargo, a unique shop that will offer a wide selection of Star Wars merchandise, including original artwork.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

This popular attraction, which takes Guests on a daring journey through the Star Wars galaxy, has been enhanced to feature new characters and adventures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

Younglings can get in on the fun over at Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. This popular offering, which allows young Guests to step into the shoes of a Jedi in training, has been enhanced to feature new characters, including a new villain – the Seventh Sister Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

If you wish to be introduced to (or relive) the adventure and excitement of the Star Wars film franchise you  can do so at Star Wars: Path of the Jedi. Here, you can view an abridged cinematic reel that reviews Star Wars episodes I-VII.

Galactic Food

New Star Wars-inspired items have been added to menus at Food & Beverage locations throughout the park. You can enjoy Blue Milk Panna Cotta, Padawan Limeade, BB-8 Lemon and Butter Cream Cupcakes, and much more.

But the fun doesn’t end there. The “Symphony In The Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” nightly fireworks show will begin blasting off Dec.18, 2015. And, beginning Jan. 5, 2016, you can watch the fireworks from a reserved viewing area during a special dessert party – “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party.” You can enjoy Star Wars-themed desserts and drinks. Plus, you’ll receive a souvenir stein featuring one of the most beloved Star Wars characters, Chewbacca. The dessert party costs $69 for adults and $39 for children. Tax and gratuity are included.  Advance reservations are recommended.

 

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The end of Star Wars Weekends and new permanent Star Wars experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

November 9, 2015

 

the end of Star Wars Weekends

There has been a great disturbance in the Force!  Changes in the Star Wars experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are coming, and these changes are both good and bad.

Very soon, you’ll have the opportunity to experience Star Wars in the park in an all-new way – every day! New experiences will open starting Dec. 1, 2015, bringing that galaxy far, far away, a little bit closer.

Star Wars Launch Bay will take Guests into the Star Wars saga and the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, special merchandise and opportunities to encounter Chewbacca and Darth Vader.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will be home to a brand new adventure inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. During the opening months, Disney will make sure that everyone who rides Star Tours will experience the new adventure. After that, it will be up to the will of the Force.

There is also new information about “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi.” It will feature scenes from the complete Star Wars saga, giving anyone new to the Star Wars galaxy an opportunity to get acquainted with the films.

Last, but certainly not least, is Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, which will open in early December. This reimagined Jedi Training experience will take younglings to the secret site of an ancient Jedi temple where they will face Darth Vader along with the Seventh Sister – a new villain from the Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.”

And work begins next year on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The new construction, unfortunately, means the end of Star Wars Weekends. While Star Wars Weekends has been a great way to enjoy the saga for a few days every year, now the Force will be with Disney’s Hollywood Studios every day.  Even Yoda cannot foresee whether Disney will resume the special events and celebrity appearances once the new land is complete.  (My guess is they will not.)

With Star Wars Launch Bay, the new Jedi Training experience, “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi,” and a new destination in the Star Tours attraction opening in December, you’ll be able to step into the Star Wars saga every time you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Canadian Lumberjacks Show at Epcot

October 16, 2014
You won't find them on a Disney Cruise...

You won’t find them on a Disney Cruise…

 

The Canadian Lumberjacks show is now officially appearing as World Showcase Entertainment in Canada.  These lumbermen, representing Canada’s great timber and logging areas, demonstrate their skills in time-honored games of the great forest — axe throwing, chopping, sawing, beaver skinning, and lots more.

 

And it’s a good thing the Lumberjacks are experts with axes; it’s the only thing keeping disgruntled Off Kilter fans from storming the stage and lynching them.

 

Construction begins on “Rivers of Life”

September 6, 2014

Rivers of Light Concept Painting

 

You’ve no doubt heard about “Rivers of Light” at Animal Kingdom. Or maybe you missed that announcement in your excitement to hear more news about Avatarland. Or maybe Rivers of Light is part of Avatarland. Who knows anymore? The official announcement says that Rivers of Light is part of the largest expansion in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I interpret this as being part of the Avatar expansion.

So what is Rivers of Light? I don’t know that either. All I know is the official announcement said that it “promises to be an innovative show unlike anything ever seen in Disney Parks, combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. The show will magically come to life on the broad, natural stage of the Discovery River, between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest, delighting our guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.” Whatever it is, if it keeps Animal Kingdom open later than 5:00pm and is even half of what “World of Color” is at Disneyland, I will be a happy camper.

At this point, the only people really being affected by the construction are smokers. (It amazes me that there are still people who smoke.) Construction walls will be installed in Asia and additional walls will be installed around Discovery River throughout Asia and into DinoLand U.S.A.. As a result, the smoking location across from Expedition Everest will be removed as the wall is installed. The smoking location at Rafiki’s Planet Watch also will be removed. For those of you reading this who smoke, remaining Guest smoking locations can be found near Pizzafari in Discovery Island, behind Dino Sue in DinoLand U.S.A., and next to Rainforest Cafe outside the main entrance. Given the inconvenience, it’s probably just easier for smokers to quit smoking.

The construction wall in Asia also will impact the Wilderness Explorers Telescope Badge activity. Instead of taking part in the assigned activity (using a telescope to determine the height of the Forbidden Mountain Peak),Wilderness Explorers can identify the correct answer on a Himalayan Vista image that will appear on the construction wall and earn their badge.

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

November 22, 2013

What’s the story behind the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

 

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The display started in Arkansas in 1986 when Jennings Osborne and his family set up an elaborate collection of holiday lights at his home.

The display grew bigger every year, and by 1993, was lit for 35 days during the Christmas season, from sunset to about midnight every day. Six neighbors filed a lawsuit, saying traffic congestion made trips to the corner store take two hours, and they feared emergency vehicles could not get down the street. Osborne responded by adding three million more lights.

 

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The county court ordered an injunction against the display, limiting it to 15 days and directing that it be lighted only from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Osborne appealed first to the Arkansas Supreme Court and lost, then in 1994 to the United States Supreme Court, where Justice Clarence Thomas refused to halt the order. In 1995, the state Supreme Court shut the display down altogether.

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The story of the light display’s court case brought national attention, including offers from several cities to host the display. Walt Disney World project director John Phelan offered Walt Disney World as a permanent home for this exceptional exhibition of holiday cheer.  Happily, Osborne accepted the offer.  The light display now appears from mid-November until the first week of January on the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios every year.

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As great as the pictures are, they really don’t do the display justice.  The lights aren’t static; they’re alive with motion.  The whole area has a soundtrack of festive holiday music!  Scroll down through the pictures and at the end of this post you’ll find a video that will give you a better idea of how awesome these lights can be!

 

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If you’d like to visit Walt Disney World to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights for yourself, fill out the form on the right side of the screen, or call James at 855-434-9397.

The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness!

October 11, 2013

When I was younger, I was not a fan of roller coasters.  I soured on them back when I was around six years old at a friend’s birthday party.  The children’s amusement center has this little roller coaster that had the typical wavy, oval-shaped track and a train of cars that jerked along every rise and every dip.  Without fail, riding that thing gave me a huge, whiplash-induced headache.  A few years later, my family went to Great Adventure (i.e., Six Flags) and the mere sight of the giant, steel-framed monstrosities with multiple inversions instilled fear into my heart.  Watching my brother puke his guts out after riding one of the bigger coasters led me to the conclusion that roller coasters were not for me.

Then came my first trip to Walt Disney World.  My intense study of my aunt’s park map and her description of the indoor roller coaster where it was as black as space cemented my decision to have nothing to do with Space Mountain.  I was confounded, however, by the “runaway mine train” concept of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  My aunt described it as her favorite ride besides “it’s a small world” and told me it had neither loops nor big drops, and that you could see dinosaur bones and geysers. I should clarify here:  My aunt was actually my great-aunt, and about 70 years old at that time.  I figured it couldn’t be that bad if it was one of her favorite rides, and I really wanted to see those dinosaur bones!  (Ah! The logic of a ten-year-old!)

 

Big Thunder Mountain, home of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

 

So I included Big Thunder Mountain on our itinerary for the first day in the Magic Kingdom.  I made sure to put it after our jaunt to Tom Sawyer Island and before Pirates of the Caribbean.  I bravely approached the queue, only to read a warning that loose items, such as my giant coke-bottle eyeglasses, were in danger of being ripped from my face by the wind as the runaway mine car hurtled down the track at speeds that would almost breach the sound barrier. Despite the cajoling of my mother and my brother, I decided to wait until AFTER my brother rode it.  If he didn’t puke after he got off, I would consider getting in line again.

 

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad entrance sign

 

After a 30 minute wait, followed by the three-and-a-half minute ride, my brother emerged from the depths of the gold mine with absolutely no nausea at all.  I followed through on my promise and got on line to experience it for myself.

What did I think of it?  How wild is the wildest ride in the wilderness?  Could a ten-year-old boy actually think that this roller coaster was too much to handle?  Well, let’s see what a four-year-old boy thinks of it…

 

The Jersey Momma's boy rides Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Hey! Isn’t that The Jersey Momma?!?

 

He doesn’t look terrified at all, does he?  Yeah.  Neither was I.  It turned out that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a ton of fun.  My aunt was right — there are no crazy drops, there are no loops.  But there’s a whole lot of fun!  Geysers, the “dried out” mining town of Tumbleweed, possums hanging overhead, an earthquake, a flash flood (complete with a guy in long johns floating away in a bathtub), and yes, even dinosaur bones!  Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was the first roller coaster I ever enjoyed and it was the gateway for me to become the lover of Disney roller coasters that I am today.  In fact, up until I went to Disneyland Paris and rode the French version of Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was my favorite Disney roller coaster in the world, and it remains my favorite roller coaster at Walt Disney World.

 

Geysers at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

 

Fun Facts:

• At an average speed of 30 mph, a ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is faster than a ride on Space Mountain.  Also, the hotter the day, the faster the ride.  Sun-heated grease can increase the train’s speed up to 33 mph.

• At night, the town of Tumbleweed lights up and you can see the silhouettes of people having fun in the saloon.

• The mine trains all have names: U.R. Courageous, I.M. Brave, I.M. Bold, U.R. Fearless, I.B. Hearty and U.R. Daring.

 

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad speeds by the Rivers of America

 

Finally, here’s an extremely well-done ride through for your viewing pleasure.