90th Anniversary of Mickey and Minnie Celebrations

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It was all started by a  mouse 90 years ago and Disney are definitely going big with the celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse! All Disney Park sites will hold events to celebrate this milestone including the ‘World’s Biggest Mouse Party – a limited time, global celebration of Mickey and Minnie’ and even an exhibition in New York City!

Here’s what to expect from the Florida parks:

Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will celebrate Mickey’s birthday from November 16-18 with special merchandise and food & beverage items as well as the chance for guests to celebrate at Magic Kingdom Park during the “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party, sing “Happy Birthday” along with the Dapper Dans on Main Street, U.S.A., and join in a special birthday dance party at Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. Then in 2019, Walt Disney World will continue celebrating when World’s Biggest Mouse Party comes to the resort.

This week we got a sneak peek at the outfits Mickey and Minnie will be wearing for the big celebration. “Mickey Mouse’s crisp white suit will feature a shower of colorful confetti, while fashion icon Minnie Mouse will don a puff-sleeve dress adorned with pompons and a buoyant bubble skirt for the celebration at some of our parks.”

According to Senior Costume Designer Joe Kucharski, their outfits will reflect the party spirit of the celebration:

“The looks that Mickey and Minnie will be wearing to celebrate their 90th anniversary represent all of the colourful exuberance of a party and birthday party decorations, complete with confetti, balloons, pompoms, streamers and more!” he said. “These playful bursts of colour and texture are set against crisp white, meant to evoke the nostalgic feeling of frosting, crisp linens and tissue paper.”

The new outfits will be seen at Walt Disney World Resort in “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party,” opening January 18 during Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration at Magic Kingdom Park – a limited-time celebration that will include new entertainment, merchandise and speciality food and beverage.

As Walt said, ‘I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse’ and these celebrations are gunna make sure of that!!

Smiles included,

Abby

Is an Indiana Jones Land coming to Hollywood Studios?

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Orlando Weekly recently posted a rumour that an Indiana Jones themed land could be the next big project for Disney and it would be coming to Hollywood Studios after the opening of Galaxy’s edge. According to many rumour sites they have had the idea of expanding Indiana Jones for a while. There was some speculation a while ago surrounding Indiana Jones moving to Animal Kingdom with the Dinosaur ride being changed up to fit in with the theme but surely it would make more sense for it to go to Hollywood Studios seeing as it would be a land based on an iconic movie hero.

If this does happen it will most likely be where the current Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is and according to Orlando Weekly, it could even expand to cover 8 acres and cover the land where Star Tours currently lives. – This is a lot bigger than what was rumoured for Animal Kingdom!

Word on the street is that it would feature multiple attractions including an indoor family attraction which will be up there with the two new Star Wars attractions and an outdoor roller coaster like Disneyland Paris and Tokyo DisneySea. The peeps in the know however, have been keeping very quiet about this and no details have been shared yet but check out some of the Indiana Jones attractions that can be found at Paris and Tokyo:

An Indiana Jones land is viewed as post-50th Anniversary addition to Walt Disney World with an opening rumoured sometime after 2021 but within the next 10 years but don’t worry because we’ve still got Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening soon enough!

Would you be a fan of an Indiana Jones mini land?

Smiles Included,

Abby

More information released on Disney Skyliner!

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Last year, Walt Disney World released some details about the Disney Skyliner system. The gondola system will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT to four  hotels: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort as well as the proposed 15th Disney Vacation Club property, Disney’s Riviera Resort.

In the above recent video from Disney we learn the 6 key points..

6. More than 6 miles of cable.

5. Five loading stations

4. Servicing four resort hotels

3. Three lines

2. Connecting two theme parks

1. One amazing experience!

Check out the route:

support towers have been popping up across the Walt Disney World Resort and will soon be joined by a series of cables to carry guests in themed gondolas. The gondolas won’t be the only themed part though as the stations are said to be themed to their locations too.

Smiles Included,

Abby

 

 

Are Disney Planning a 5th Park?

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20 years ago Disney opened their most recent Orlando park – Animal Kingdom. Don’t we think its time for a new one?

With new attractions and hotels arriving all the time and attendance increasing anyway, why not expand? They’ve got loads of land and on a post seen on disneyandorlandogeeks.com where they have said ‘I believe that there is a deal between Marriott and Disney and at the time of the new Marriott hotels being built told them that in the future they would have a 5th park on their doorstep and that would also open up new investor possibilities for Disney.’ We think it’s time 😉

Now this is all a big, fat rumour and has been for a few years but Disney do own one hell of a lot of land in Lake Buena Vista and it wouldn’t make sense for them to just keep building accommodation without another park to fit all the visitors in, right?

Disney are very good at keeping secrets secret until they’re well and truly ready to announce them which is more than often at the latest opportunity so even if this is true its unlikely any concrete info will be leaked before Disney are ready. There are so many more reason for this idea than there are against it and that’s not just because i’m a Disney lover (promise).

What would we like to see in a new Disney park?

Personally, I think Disney could do with some more outdoor thrilling coasters as lets be honest, their coasters are no where near Universal and SeaWorld’s.. Yes, yes I know that Disney is the most family orientated but take this for an example, Gavins son.. who’s 9.. LOVED Rip Ride Rockit, The Incredible Hulk coaster and Mako so i don’t really see what’s stopping Disney embracing even just one proper thrill coaster.

Other things I would like to see at a Disney park are: A water ride themed to Moana, a 101 Dalmatians attraction – just a room full of dalmatian pups would be good for me! A Jungle book themed rapids, A CoCo show and an Incredible’s attraction – maybe a 4d ride? These are just off the top of my head, I could probably go on all day but we don’t have time 😉

What would you like to see?

Smiles Included,

Abby

10 NEW exciting things to look forward to at Walt Disney World!

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Let’s take a look at what we can expect from Walt Disney World in the next few years!

What? Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Where? Disney’s Hollywood Studios When? 2019

I think this is the most anticipated new addition to Orlando in a good few years! Fly the millennium falcon, interact with Star Wars characters and the possibility of REAL light sabers.. it’s safe to say we cannot wait for this to open!

What? Star Wars Resort Where? south of Hollywood Studios When? 2019/2020

What’t not to absolutely LOVE about this?! A whole hotel themed to Star Wars where you will become part of the galaxy itself in the most immersive hotel ever.

What? Walt Disney World Skyliner Where? Walt Disney World When? 2019

Above is a map of the expected routes for the Skyliner which is a Gondola system that will transport guests to and from the above parks and resorts.

What? New nighttime show Where? Epcot When? 2019

Sadly, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is ending in the summer of 2019 but fear not, Disney have promised that we should expect something even better to replace it with more information set to be released soon!

What? Mickey and Minnie’s runaway railway Where? Hollywood Studios When? 2019

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new catchy theme song created especially for the attraction as well as a new experience that defies logic, called 2 ½-D. No glasses required.

What? Lightning McQueen Racing Academy Where? Hollywood Studios When? 2019

Step right into the action in a high-octane first-of-its-kind new show that’ll put you right in the middle of the world of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars.”

What? Guardians of the Galaxy attraction Where? Epcot When? 2021

This one has been confirmed as a coaster and we are soooo happy about that!

What? Tron Lightcycle Power Run Where? Magic Kingdom When? 2021

The Lightcycle ride will momentarily place fans into the world of Tron in a lightening speed roller coaster.

What? Space themed restaurant Where? Future World – Epcot When? TBD

This restaurant will be built in a newly developed area located between the park’s Mission: SPACE and Test Track attractions.

What? Ratatouille attraction Where? Epcot When? TBD

This is going to be in a whole new area just past the Eiffel tower and just like the attraction at DLP.

Which one are you most looking forward to and what else would you like to see Disney add?

Smiles Included

Abby

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth to end in 2019

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After its fantastic 20 year run Disney have announced that Epcot’s IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will finish at the end of summer 2019. Fear not though as the Disney Parks Liver Entertainment team are already busy creating something new that will debut immediately after the last IllimuNations so the tradition of a nightly show on the World Showcase Lagoon will continue.

 

Disney and Epcot have big plans for their transformation of the park that is sometimes overlooked (wrongly in my opinion) and they’re going to be bringing new experiences that will’ “WOW!” guests while still keeping true to the original vision of the park and the new fireworks spectacular will be a part of this exciting evolution.

Earth Globe reveals a torch at IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

We already have lots of things to look forward to coming to Epcot in the future such as the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, Ratatouille inspired attraction and a new restaurant next to mission: SPACE.

Cant’ wait for updates about this show and if you haven’t already seen IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth then i suggest you get your butt over to Orlando to experience it before it ends!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Oga’s Cantina Coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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It’s been a while since we’ve had an update on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge but over the weekend Disney announced that Black Spire Outpost (which is the village in Galaxy’s Edge) is going to be home to Oga’s Cantina which will serve  yummy food and drink to bounty hunters, pilots, smugglers, locals, galactic travellers and you when it opens next year.

Oga Garra – an Alien Proprietor will be running the joint which will have a strict code of conduct to keep unruly patrons in check due to its past of being a safe haven and stopping point for those who are avoiding the authorities.

Oga’s Cantina is the kind of establishment that attracts some of the most interesting and disreputable characters in the galaxy. And you never know when a stormtrooper or a familiar face will show up. Patrons of the cantina come from across the galaxy to sample the famous concoctions created with exotic ingredients using “otherworldly” methods, served in unique vessels. With choices for kids and libations for adults, the cantina will make for a great stop!

Imagine eating your lunch and a stormtrooper just happens to interrupt!! Disney have said ‘you never know what will happen at the Catina!’ so be sure to look out for many surprises on your visits!

I can’t wait to see what not only the food looks like but the ‘vessels’ they’ll be served up in

It’s not just food & drink that will be ‘out of this world’ in Oga’s Catina. Musical entertainment will be provided  by RX-24 – the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid (who you should know from Star Tours) who has re-envisioned himself as a quirky DJ sharing all the unique tunes he has picked up throughout the galaxies.

 

Oga’s Cantina opens its doors at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019 at Hollywood Studios!

Who’s excited?!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Minnie Vans For All!

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Last year we let you know about our very favourite theme park pun, Disney’s Minnie Vans the service powered by car sharing service Lyft. Back then it was only available to guests staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts however now anyone at Walt Disney World Resort can use them through the Lyft app.

The service offers a comfy and convenient way for guests to travel to and from our theme parks, to dining reservations at our resort hotels, family gatherings, shopping sprees at Disney Springs and much more in a jiffy.

Disney have said that the private vans are roomy and comfortable and are usually just minutes away from you. The Minnie Vans are driven by a Disney cast member who is specially trained to transport you to where you need to be with a smile. Awwwww 😉

If you want to take advantage of this, all you need to do is download the Lyft app on your phone, open it up, select the Minnie Van Service option and follow these simple steps:

  • Confirm your current pickup location.
  • Enter your Walt Disney World Resort destination and tap “Request.”
  • The app will display a map tracking the vehicle en route and give you an identifying vehicle number to help you spot your car.

The service is currently available from 6.30am – 12.30am and $25.00 per trip, per vehicle and you can pay through the app – easy peasy!

I cant wait to ride in one of these next time i’m at Disney! Can you?

Smiles Included

Abby

Disney have revealed the name of the Village in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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Over the bank holiday weekend Disney announced the name of the village within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which is coming to Hollywood Studios in the fall of 2019.

Black Spire Outpost.

We already know that the planet is called Batuu and guests who attended a panel discussion on the 27th May at Star Wars: Galatic Nights were among the first to hear the breaking news. Disney’s Story Editor Margaret Kerrison shared the news during the discussion and also told guests the story behind the name and how it is associated with the geological formations that surround it.

Here’s Disney’s official description.

The largest settlement on the planet Batuu, Black Spire Outpost is an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space. Off the beaten path, this outpost has become a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful — and notorious — characters. Widely known for the petrified remains of its once towering ancient trees, the spires now stand guard across the river valleys and plains and have long captured the imagination of travelers to this planet. To the first settlers, these petrified spires became more than just landmarks; they became the heart of the outpost itself.

There is set to be more news in the coming months and of course, we will keep you updated. Not in the know about Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge then check out this blog. (plus where have you been?!)

Smiles Included,

Abby

Disney Updates It’s Purple Wall

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Have you got an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World?

The Famous purple wall in Tomorrowland At Disney’s Magic Kingdom has been updated and in my opinion looks better then ever! Disney have repainted a section of the purple wall in a kind of off-white and light-purple colour with a geometric design,the rest of the 50ft area remains purple.

What is the purple wall?

In very basic terms it’s a purple wall where you’ll find lots of instagrammers snapping selfies and pouting like their life depends upon it. The wall’s purple colour is a photographers dream and makes for an amazing back drop.

Currently the hashtag #Purplewall has 30,998 photo’s associated to it and with summer holiday’s on the way we’ll definitely see that rise, who knew a wall could be so popular?

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So why is this purple wall so popular?

In a nutshell, its cool…. Not only does it provide the perfect Instagram background but its also pretty popular when it comes to trending topics. Influencers and bloggers can often be found hanging around this wall and by association its become a thing.

The redesign has split opinions which isn’t surprising as Disneyheads (is that a thing?) hate change but we’ll have to wait a while to see what effect the redesign has.

Personally I think the purple wall is cool and i will 100% be taking a selfie there next year when i go, well maybe… depending on how busy this wall is.

Will you be taking a selfie in front of the Purple Wall? If so make sure you tag us in your pics.

Smiles included…

Chloe