Disney Confirm Brand New Cirque Du Soleil for 2020

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It seems like a long time ago that we saw the Cirque Du Soleil show at Disney World, so long so that people have actually stopped asking us about it… however that’s set to change.

Disney confirmed at their D23 expo that for the first time, Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Animation Studios have joined forces with Cirque du Soleil to create a show that will combine Disney storytelling and heart with Cirque du Soleil’s signature artistry.

What?

Disney describe it as a love letter to Disney Animation – Set your imagination in motion with an all-new collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering in a show inspired by Disney animation for an all-new experience. Journey into a world where an animator’s desk becomes the stage and drawings come to life. This love letter to the heART of Disney animation transports you in a celebration of life and all of its deliberate, unanticipated movements of Cirque du Soleil’s acrobatic mastery.

When?

Previews will begin March 20, 2020, leading up to the world premiere on April 17.

Cost?

We’re hearing that seats will cost approx anywhere from $69 to $169 based on where you sit.

More information to follow when we git it.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Disney Confirm Moana, Tron Coaster Name and a Bit More Star Wars

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Disney annual conference D23 kicks off this weekend and even before a visitor has stepped foot inside the convention centre in California Disney have dropped some some welcome news.

Epcot

Disney have big plans for Epcot, the development with be done over multiple years and will see new experiences added that will make the park more Disney, more family, more timeless and more relevant to the millions of guests who visit each year.

The reinvention of Epcot will include Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana.” This first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film, “Moana,” will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

And this October, guests will be able to visualize all of the exciting plans for Epcot at a new experience center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion, called Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience. Inside this first-of-its-kind offering within a Disney park, guests will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow you to step inside the relentless innovation, energy and excitement and see some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot all throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.

Tron

Disney also confirmed the name of the Tron ride coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom in 2021.

Disney have confirmed the name will be Tron Lightcycle Run

Star Wars

Although not strictly theme park related I thought I’d also include the Start Wars hotel news.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a new, first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship.  Once onboard, guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey. 

We’re expecting lots more information this weekend and as usual we’ll keep you in the loop.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary

Hey thrill seekers,

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is set to celebrate its 30th Anniversary on the 1st May, it is going to be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the past, present, and the new, exciting future of Disney’s Hollywood Studios as the park continues to evolve into a thrilling destination where you can let your adventure begin. 

Disney's Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary logo with Slinky Dog

Here’s a taste of how guests can celebrate the milestone anniversary at the park on May 1:

  • View a Star Studded Celebration – A Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary Star-Studded Celebration cavalcade starring Mickey and friends will step off at 10 a.m. and will head down Hollywood Blvd.
  • Pick Up a Commemorative 30th Anniversary Guide Map & Button – Guests entering the park can grab a special 30th anniversary commemorative guide map and button.
  • Grab Exclusive 30th Anniversary Merchandise – Special 30th anniversary merchandise will be unveiled on May 1, including a new adult T-shirt, baseball cap, Tervis 24-oz tumbler, MagicBand, ornament and much more.
  • Taste Special Food & Beverage Items – A slew of special anniversary food & beverage items will be available throughout the park, including Kylo Ren Cupcakes, Incredibles Macarons, Tres Leches Verrine and many more. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog next week for an official foodie guide!
  • Stay For the Debut of “Wonderful World of Animation” – The park’s new nighttime projection show will light up the park for its official debut on May 1. Watch in wonder as the façade of the Chinese Theatre is magically transformed – displaying this stirring tribute to animation. Behold spectacular sequences celebrating themes like magic, family, adventure, romance andfriendship. Each theme is brought to life through unforgettable moments from beloved films—like “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Incredibles,” “Coco” and many more. The show will debut at 9:05 p.m. ET, just prior to the park’s “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show

Smiles included,

Abby

Dates announced for Epcots new Nighttime Spectaculars

Hey Thrill seekers,

After a 20-year run, Disney bid a fond farewell to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot on September 30, 2019, for the last time guests can gather around World Showcase Lagoon to enjoy the breathtaking display of lasers, lights and fireworks, as they get ready to launch two new nighttime spectaculars as part of the park’s unprecedented, multi-year transformation.

Debuting October 1, 2019, Epcot Forever will be an all-new, limited-time spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers and choreographed, special effects kites. The show will take you on a journey through the past, present and future of Epcot. Featuring a stirring collection of songs that paint a colorful picture of the park, this nighttime extravaganza will offer both a trip down memory lane and a look towards the future and all the magical possibilities still to come.

Disney Parks Live Entertainment is busy getting “Epcot Forever” ready for its opening day. Show Director Alan Bruun recently shared some details about the concept behind the show and the team’s collaboration with noted conductor and composer Don Harper, who is producing new arrangements of classic Epcot tunes to weave into the soundtrack of “Epcot Forever.” Check out this video for all the info!!

Epcot Forever will continue into 2020 which when the next epic nighttime extravaganza makes its debut… No details have been released on this yet but stay tuned!

Who’s excited to see Epcot Forever and to see the new spectacular in 2020?!

Smiles included,

Abby

in-park images, Food and Merch coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So we said yesterday that Disney were going to be releasing more information on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and we’ve got a hell of a lot to show you!

New ‘in park’ imaged as some concept art have been released which show different locations, shops, dining and more. Let’s take a look..

new village illustration!

This is a multi-purpose transport shuttle which looks as though it is docked on top of a large hangar

This location will be called Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities and will feature rare items from across the galaxy. Guests will be able to get their hands on holocrons, ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, lightsabers and more.
Guests will also be able to walk through the corridors of a Star Destroyer on their way to the Rise of the Resistance attraction

We’ve also got some images and descriptions of the food you will be able to re-charge on when visiting Batuu!

These ‘out of this world’ looking food and beverages can be found at
Oga’s Cantina and the Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo Beverages.

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo Beverages.


For dessert guests will be able to choose between a raspberry créme puff with passion fruit mousse (left) or chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse and coffee custard (right).

The Phattro and Moof Juice (Non-Alcoholic)

Oga’s Cantina

Here are some drinks that can be found at Oga’s Cantina


Carbon Freeze, Oga’s Obsession, and Cliff Dweller (Non-Alcoholic)

The Outer Rim, Bespin Fizz, Yup Nub, and Fuzzy Tauntaun (Alcoholic)
These are breakfast beverages.
From left to right: Moogan Tea, Blue Bantha, Bloody Rancor (contains alcohol), and the Black Spire Brew.

Other food and drink that you’ll be able to find in Black Spire Outpost

Merchandise

Just like at WWOHP at Universal Orlando you’ll be able to get your hands on loads of immersive merchandise and apparel. Here’s a first look at some of the merch up for grabs.

Apparel

Jedi outfits for the whole family

Personally, I think these are THE coolest ^^

Merch

At Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities guests can find loads of rare and unique items, including these Jedi artifacts.
You will be able to find Holocrons, relics left behind by the Sith and Kyber crystals can unlock even more content in both the Jedi and Sith Holocrons. These look expensive!

The Toydarian Toymaker stall in Black Spire Outpost will offer a line of artisan-style plush characters, wood and tin toys, as well as musical instruments and the Creature Stall will offer creatures from all over the galaxy, including porgs, tauntauns, and more.

Savi’s Workshop is where guests can craft their very own lightsaber – guided by ancient wisdom, but crafted based upon the decisions they make on their adventure. Each build will start with a personal connection to a cyber crystal that will ignite the lightsaber. – How cool!
Guests can also stop by the Droid Depot to build their own R-series or BB-series droids that will be their friend throughout the village of Black Spire Outpost.

Now we have more information on what to expect from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which is opening at Hollywood Studios this Fall (with the California one opening in summer) i’m more excited than ever to step into the world of Star Wars!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Disney announce new Pavilion and more for Epcot

Hey Thrill Seekers,

New Pavilion

As part of their big multi-year transformation of Epcot Disney have announced that there are now plans in place for a play pavilion that will ‘be unlike anything you’ve ever seen at the park’ The new pavilion will be devoted to playful fun and will feature an innovative city that ‘will come to life’ under the dome of this un-named pavilion which was previously known as ‘Wonders of Life’ Disney have said:

‘The pavilion’s city will be bursting with interactive experiences, your favorite Disney characters, hands-on activities and engaging entertainment when it opens just in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort!’

“This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we’ve ever created and is completely unique to Epcot,” said Zach Riddley, portfolio executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Built on the power of play, it introduces an immersive and interactive ‘city’ where you can explore, create, and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters. This is an experience worthy of our bold vision for Epcot – and another signature element of our transformation.”

New entrance

Not only can we look forward to a whole new pavilion, Disney have also announced that changes are going to be happening to the main entrance of Epcot. The plaza will welcome guests with new pathways, sweeping green spaces and a newly reimagined fountain. This new design will pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements. Also as part of the new entry experience ‘Leave A Legacy’ photos will move in to a setting which will be just outside the park’s gateway.
Other redevelopment will also begin between Spaceship Earth and the World Showcase Promenade – more details on this transformation are going to be released at a later date too.

Experience Center

Disney have also announced a Discovery Center which will be coming to Epcot later this year. Guests will soon be able to look into the future at this new center which will be located in Odyssey Events Pavilion and will feature interactive exhibits which main aims are to help visualise park projects throughout the transformation.

These aren’t the only new things that have been announced for Epcot. Here are some of the other new experiences / attractions coming to Epcot.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster
  • Space themed table service restaurant
  • Epcot Forever – limited nighttime show over the lagoon
  • New permanent nighttime spectacular (2020)
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – France Pavilion
  • Circle Vision 360 film for China Pavilion
  • Beauty and the Beast sing-a-long in France Pavilion
  • Signature dining experience inspired by Japan and its natural beauty

I feel Disney are doing everything right with Epcot to bring it back to life! (even though it is one of my fave parks anyway!)

Smiled Included,

Abby

Quick Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party & tickets!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

This year we’re happy to announce that we are offering Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) tickets (at real competitive pricing may i add)

As it’s a new product I thought I would give you all the information you need about the event and your tickets!

What is MNSSHP?

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is Disney’s yearly Halloween event with frightfully delightful treats, grim grinning ghosts, eerie entertainment and Disney Characters that go bump in the night. so get your favourite costume ready for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. On select nights and as the seasons change, new experiences come to life across the parks. Take in all the special lighting, music, theming effects and magical decorations as you look for many of your favourite Disney Characters and Disney Villains dressed up for the occasion. Discover world-class theatrical entertainment, enjoy special goodies and experience all the excitement of villainous entertainment!



Where is MNSSHP?

Magic Kingdom






When is MNSSHP?

It is running on the following select evenings from 7pm until midnight.

16, 20, 23, 27 and 30 August

2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27 and 29 September

1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31 October

1 November

How do I purchase MNSSHP tickets?

Easy peasy! Simply visit our website and select your preferred date from the calendar and then all you need to so is go through the easy booking process and viola!

How do I use my MNSSHP tickets?

So, once you have paid in full for your tickets we will make them available inside your customer account online (which you will make during the booking process) and send you an email to advise when they are ready.
If you are booking the party tickets alongside, say, 14 day Disney tickets we will post the tickets to you with your Disney tickets as well as putting them in your online account.

Once you receive your email to advise that they are ready all you need to do is print them out and keep them in a safe place as the next time you will need them will be when you’re having them scanned at the turnstiles! No need to queue at Will Call or wait in ticket purchase queues!

Then all you need to do is have fun and collect as much candy as possible (that will fit in your suitcase on the way home!)

Smiles Included,

Abby

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy due to open early 2019!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We all know next year is going to be HUGE for Hollywood Studios, especially with the opening of Galaxy’s Edge but lets not forget about all of the awesome other attractions due to open at HS next year too and today in particular, Lighting McQueen’s Racing Academy!

***UPDATE***

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is opening on the 31st March 2019!

Disney have recently released some additional information to add to what we already know about this attraction.

The show will be performed daily in the Sunset Showcase Theatre and there will be a giant wraparound screen that is said to be nearly 2 stories tall and more than 200 feet from end to end!

This show is going to be a sequel to Cars 3 so will basically take place after the events that happened in the film and we will see McQueen looking back on some career highlights and demonstrates what he’s learned over the years plus he will test a new racing simulator. Guests will then take on the role of rookie racer and come face to face with Lighting McQueen as they cruise into the theatre to see him ‘live’ on stage to join his journey where something is bound to go wrong! Other favourite characters from Radiator Springs such as Cruz Ramierz and Tow Mater will feature in Lighting McQueens Racing Academy as Disney are working closely with Pixar to bring this to life and have it as close to the films as possible.

Even though a lot of the action will be carried out on the giant screens you will also be able to see a live Lighting McQueen jump into a giant racing simulator like what was used in the training in Cars 3 which is said to be a huge prop with moving parts and its own screen, again, just like the film!

It’s been a while since there was a Cars meet and greet at Hollywood studios and this attraction will open the door to bring them back. It looks as though there will be a post show meet and greet area to meet Cruz Ramirez.

We still don’t have an exact opening date for this show however Disney have confirmed that it will open ‘early in 2019’ which isn’t far away at all!

Who’s excited?

Smiles Included,

Abby

D23: Destination D – announcements!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Check out everything that was announced for Epcot and Hollywood Studios during D23 ‘Destination D’ over the past weekend!

Hollywood Studios

  • The names of the 2 rides coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge have been announced!  Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run & Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Check out the videos Disney have released for these below:

  • New Nighttime experience ‘Wonderful World of Animation‘ will debut in May 2019 as part of Hollywood Studios 30th anniversary. It will use state of the art tech and take you through a journey through 90 years of Disney animation.

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – construction is expected to be finished by fall 2019. The attraction will feature an original story and theme song as it takes guests into the wacky world of the award winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts.

Epcot

  • Not one, but TWO nighttime shows were announced for Epcot! The new nighttime spectacular will open in 2020 and will celebrate how Disney music inspires people across the world. There will be floating set pieces, custom built LED panels, moving fountains, lights and lasers. Before this unnamed show debuts guests will have the opportunity to see a limited time experience ‘Epcot Forever‘ starting in fall 2019 featuring classic Epcot tunes beginning with a spark of imagination that ends in an epic spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting and special effects.

  • The name of the Ratatouille attraction was announced! ‘Remy’s Ratatouille Attraction’ set to open in the France pavilion as a dark ride in time for the 50th anniversary celebrations.
  • Also coming soon to the France pavilion, a new Beauty and the Beast sing along was announced created by Don Hahn who is the producer of the animated classic and live-action re-imagining. 

The Gondolas for Disney’s Skyliner were also revealed.

Which one of these are you most looking forward to?

Smiles included,

Abby

Is Disney’s new patent application for Lightsabers?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Lets talk LIGHTSABERS!!

We came across a patent at the beginning of this year which looked as though it was Disney’s door to having pretty much real life lightsabers in their park when Galaxy’s Edge opens HOWEVER a new patent has recently been filed which also points to lightsabers but using completely different and more realistic technology.

Let’s take a look at what we learned in Jan and what we’ve learned today..

January Patent

Back in January Disney filed a patent called ‘audience interaction projection system’ which looked like they were developing a system that will allow guests to ‘carry a physical hilt that can interact with an augmented reality apparatus of some type.

According to the patent the physical hilt would contain positioning and motion sensors – like a Wii controller. The patent didn’t specifically mention Star Wars however they do look like weapons in lightsaber shapes and it mentioned ways in which users can use the technology to interact with the environment and fight enemies.

The patent stated the following:

 “An audience interaction projection system provides a lighting feature that provides a new way for an audience member to participate in an entertainment experience; e.g., theatrical performance, theme park feature, concert, sporting event, movie, etc. The audience member may actually feel as if they are launching powerful beams of laser-like light toward objects on the stage.”

The patent also appeared to discuss drones and how the ‘lightsabers’ could communicate with drones.. It stated “Multiple LEDs can be activated in sequence at various times to give the user the impression that the movement by the user of the faux lightsaber is deflecting multiple laser beams,”

From what we understood from this patent back in January, there is a projector beaming light toward it. The projector technology would then be able to project visible light that is invisible until it hits the intended device — again, a lightsaber — and “rendering the visible light as a beam that appears to emanate from the object rather than from the light source.”

Newest Patent

Now this patent shows a completely different and in my opinion, more realistic way to bring lightsabers to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Called ‘Sword Device with Retractable, Internally Illuminated Blade’ shows a lightsaber style design which allows the ‘beam’ to shoot out of the hilt and retract in a way that is more realistic than the current replica’s and toys you can purchase which are either triangle shaped or you end up having to screw the blade in.

The patent application states:

“Briefly, the inventors recognised that there was a need for a new special effects device that can be used as a theatrical prop, toy, or collector’s item that effectively simulates fictional energy swords including the lightsabers found in many popular films. Particularly, the special effects device (or energy sword, lightsaber prop, or the like) is specially configured to provide an extendable and retractable energy blade that appears to emanate from a handheld hilt due to a lighting effect that appears to provide bright hilt-based lighting.”

In a post by wdwinfo.com they break down the idea of this patent to a simpler explanation.. “The idea behind how it works is genius, because it is based in an action many of us nerds performed in our youth (or last Tuesday). Have you ever extended a tape measure and retracted it, pretending it was a lightsaber? I have, and I had no idea that what I was doing would be used by Disney inventors years later. Imagine two tape measures, both with half-circle cross sections, placed together to create a tube. Disney’s lightsaber hilt would include two spools, one for each half of a cylinder; when extended by a motor the spools would shoot out the two halves, joining them together and producing a lightsaber-blade shape. The opening of the hilt is shaped to overlap the sides or “zip” them together, making for one solid blade. A lightsaber’s gotta light, so LEDs or other lighting elements could be affixed to the “tape” to create the effect, evened out by an anisotropic diffuser to give the appearance of one long, solid light.”

This technology could be used for lightsabers to be purchased in the parks and hotel, for shows that will take place in Galaxy’s Edge and of course for collectors to add to their stashes. 😉

Now I think what we’ve seen in the second patent will be what Disney go with, do you? Obviously Disney file patents all the time with some never coming to life but I think this really goes to show that they are working real hard towards having light sabers in the parks for Galaxy’s Edge.

Smiles Included,

Abby