All posts tagged disney world

→ Elyssa’s Definitive WDW Land Rankings

Elyssa weighs in on the debate from Mighty Men of Mouse Ep. 26 about ranking WDW Lands.

→ Welcome to Rope Drop [dot] Net

Here’s the explanation of what Elyssa and I are trying to do with Rope Drop [dot] Net.

→ Possible Wreck-It Ralph Sequel in the Works

Makes sense to me. The first Wreck-It Ralph was a major success.

→ New Flyover to Allow Resort Guests to Bypass Magic Kingdom Toll Plaza

Two questions about this:

  1. Is “Flyover” really a term?

  2. Why won’t this let people going to the Floridian to also bypass the toll plaza?

→ New Disney Twitter Account to Connect with Guests during Vacation

Hopefully it’s a little better than the infamous “ComcastCares”.

→ EasyWDW Report on Disney World 2015 Halloween Merchandise

I have a feeling that Elyssa is going to want something from this list.

→ Port Orleans Food Court menus updated on 19 August

They added corn dog nuggets to the menu. I assume Elyssa will approve.

D23 Might Have Left Me a Little Excited

This weekend was Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. There was tons of Disney theme park related news at the event, but here is what has got me the most excited:

Star Wars Land at The Studios

The rumors are now a reality: Star Wars land is coming to The Studios. In what is being described as 14-acre, immersive experience, The Studios is getting a whole section dedicated to one of my favorite film franchises. I expected the land to have great theming, retail, and dining, but I didn’t expect these kinds of attractions:

These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

I get to fly a Millennium Falcon? Are you kidding me? That sounds amazing. With the level of detail expected in this area, it will come as no surprise that Jim Hill has recently said Joe Parinella, who was one of the keys to bringing Harry Potter to Universal Orlando, is the one leading this effort.

Relatedly, and in order to satisfy Star Wars fans while Star Wars land is being constructed, Disney also announced the Star Wars Launch Bay for later this year. The Launch Bar will feature “special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, including opportunities to visit with new and favorite Star Wars character.” It also sounds like Star Wars Weekends will be upgraded to the new Season of the Force promotion in “early 2016”, and will include new fireworks show set to Star Wars music.

If you want to hear more about Star Wars land, here a video clip by The DIS from when it was announced during the Disney Parks Panel.

Toy Story Land at The Studios

Though I heard rumors that there might be something Pixar-related coming to The Studios, I did not anticipate it would be an area completely focused on Toy Story. That said, I am pretty pleased with what it appears that we are getting. Yes, the green aliens attraction is only a spinner, but the Slinky Dog coaster looks pretty cool. Also, anything that increases capacity at Toy Story Midway Mania is a welcome addition.

Much like Star Wars land, what really impresses me here is how much detail is being paid to the theming. For example, the story being the coaster is that Andy used a roller coaster set in his back yard, but decided to use Slinky Dog instead of a regular coaster car to go around the track. I love it.

Also, Jim Hill has already said that Toy Story land is just the beginning for Pixar at The Studios. He is still hearing rumors about some kind of Cars Land being added, as well as one other Pixar section (which currently hasn’t been decided.)

If you want more details about Toy Story Land check out thisvideo clip nu The DIS when it was announced.

Jungle Cruise Restaurant at Magic Kingdom

The rumors about this were pretty spot on: [Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen] is coming to the Magic Kingdom. The restaurant is described as follows:

At the Jungle Skipper Canteen, guests will be able to experience “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” in one of several unique dining rooms – including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The restaurant will also be staffed by Jungle Cruise Skippers.

I would assume that means we get the campy humor that the Jungle Cruise is known for, but the announcement is kind of light on details. For example, will this be a table service only restaurant? Or will it be similar to Be Our Guest, with quick service lunch (and breakfast?) and table service dinner? Personally, I’m kind of hoping they follow the Be Our Guest model.

Pandora – The World of Avatar

Disney announced the official name of Avatarland: Pandora – The World of Avatar. Until I have time to create an auto-replace (and to keep from confusing things with the jewelry brand of the same name), however, I’m going to just stick with Avatarland .

The model of Avatarland was spectacular. The idea of floating mountains, the special animatronic animals and Na’vi, and the change over from day to night make this place seem like it could be really special. Of course, the new land also includes a couple of new attractions: AVATAR: Flight of Passage that will “allow guests to experience what it’s like to fly with a banshee”, and a currently unnamed (??) boat ride.

Here’s a video from The DIS if you want to see more of the model and its exhibit.

Night Time Activities at the Animal Kingdom

In addition to Avatarland, Disney also provided more details on two new nighttime editions to Animal Kingdom. Rivers of Light “will combine live performers with floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery”, while Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris will be “a new nighttime adventure that will allow guests to travel through the African savanna amid the orange glow of the setting sun.” As someone who has enjoyed Animal Kingdom the first day I visited it, I cannot wait to have additional nighttime entertainment to keep me in the park longer. I am especially interested in seeing how they extend “the orange glow of the setting sun” into the night.

Soarin’ Around the World Coming to Epcot Next Year

The original rumors were that Disney’s new Soarin’ Around the World film would be exclusive to Shanghai for five years. Thankfully, those rumors turned out to be false and Epcot will see the new Soarin’ film and a digital projection upgrade “beginning next year.” I am, of course, excited to see this upgrade to Soarin’, but I am also excited to see this pattern of Disney updating or enhancing attractions at multiple parks at the same time. I understand the logic behind having certain parks be “the place you go to see Attraction X”, but I feel like this new approach of updating things everywhere is going to cause more overall excitement to Disney fans.

→ Combine Disney Gift Card Balance

I didn’t realize you could combine and transfer Disney gift card balances. Registration of your cards on this site might be useful as a protection measure if you lose one of your cards.

→ More Delicious Details for Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, Opening This Fall at Downtown Disney

I think I’d give the calamari flatbread a shot.

→ Disney to reinvent the theme park shopping experience with new mobile app

From WDW Magic:

Called ‘Shop Disney Parks,’ the app will allow guests to locate, order, and ship merchandise from any Disney operated retail store at Walt Disney World.

By linking in with My Disney Experience, the app will also honor discounts, such as Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts.

Though I don’t have any doubts about the “Shop Disney Parks” rumor, I will be the “honor discounts” part when I see it.

→ Breakfast at ‘Be Our Guest Restaurant’ becomes a permanent addition at the Magic Kingdom

Shocking. I’m shocked.

→ Newest Rumor: One Man’s Dream and Voyage of the Little Mermaid to Close in September

It will be interesting to see if this takes place. If they’re going to do this, D23 better have some big announcements.

→ Garden Grill Restaurant Breakfast and Lunch Reservations Open Today

I wonder how this will impact early morning touring. Being right next to Soarin’ before the park opens could be a “game changer.”

→ Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Is It Still Worth Your Time?

Linking this to give James Rosemergy a plug on his first piece at TouringPlans. Congrats, James!

→ Complete Guide to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Tiki Mugs

I admit, I really want a Hippopatamaitai in one of the tiki mugs.

→ The Princess and the Frog, Frozen, and Tangled Added to Fantasmic! at Walt Disney World

I’m glad to see they are working to revamp this show, even in advance of the more full revamp rumored for next year.

→ Dates confirmed for this year’s Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

It looks like Elyssa and I will be running through the Osborne Lights in November.

→ Celebrity Spotting: Marvel’s Falcon, Anthony Mackie, at the Magic Kingdom

I just think this is awesome.

→ New and Returning Marketplace Items to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — easyWDW

Speaking of Food and Wine, here’s the Easy WDW post about all of this year’s menu changes.