Disney Announces Rivers of Light: We Are One

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Just over 2 years go Rivers of Light debuted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and has since enchanted guests with a nighttime pageant of illuminated lantern floats, grand theatrical imagery, music and special effects and now, not even 3 years after it’s debut Disney have decided it’s time that guests get to see the next chapter of this spectacle called Rivers of Light: We Are One

“Rivers of Light: We Are One” introduces additional, stunning imagery and familiar animal characters from Disneynature films, along with a colorful tapestry of classic moments from Disney animation, to express our connection with animals and the emotions and milestones we all share in our journey through the great circle of life.

The music of “Rivers of Light: We Are One” weaves together the original musical score and familiar Disney themes to create a powerful arrangement that inspires and carries you through moments of discovery, fun, friendship, fear, love and family.

“Rivers of Light: We Are One” comes to the Discovery River Amphitheater at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, beginning Memorial Day Weekend 2019 which i believe is the weekend beginning 25th May… 🙂

What do you think of this addition? I personally think it’s gunna be awesome, hoping to hear and see lots of Lion King references too!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Centaurs confirmed for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

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Next up to be confirmed for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure are the majestic Centaurs.

Here’s what Universal had to say:

A Centaur is a magical creature with a human head, torso and arms, joined to a horse’s body. They are, however, their own species and should be treated with great respect.

As you make your way into the dark forest on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, look out for this mysterious archer in the distance ready to strike. He stands at 8 ft. tall, which would probably make him a great athlete in the Muggle world.

Fun Facts:

  • In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Hagrid is friendly with the Centaur herds as he regularly enters the Forbidden Forest to help injured creatures
  • According to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, these forest-dwelling beings usually live in herds of between 10 and 50 and are well-versed in magical healing, divination, archery and astronomy
  • Centaurs made their first appearance in the films during Harry Potter’s detention in the Forbidden Forest in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

As the reveal week comes to an end, next up will be the final creature – not seen before in the films. Careful, you may want to approach from the front… Here’s a hint…

Looks a bit.. Wingy to me….

What do you reckon?

Smiles Included,

Abby

Devil’s Snare confirmed for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

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News just in (as we guessed) that Devil’s Snare is the latest announcement for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

This coaster that is set to be the most immersive, highly-themed coaster experience yet, and take you on a thrilling journey with Hagrid to the Forbidden Forest to discover the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures. We’ve already had Fluffy and Cornish Pixies announced and today even though it’s not a creature, Universal said they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mention this perilous plant from the wizarding world – often strangling people who touch it with its dexterous vines. Devil’s Snare flourishes in damp, dark environments and it has a strong dislike of light and fire – remember that for your journey!

Speaking of your journey, Devil’s Snare is one of the many challenges you’ll face on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. You may even find yourself entangled in a thicket of this dangerous plant but remember to remain calm! If you don’t, you may end up entangled in hundreds of its vines…

And fun fact about Devil’s Snare, it made its first film appearance in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when the brave Hermione told her friends how to defeat this dangerous force.

The fourth creature is a majestic being not to be confused with a horse or human….

Centaur

Smiles Included,

Abby

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

More Creatures revealed for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Coaster

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We told you Universal would be announcing another creature today and our guess at what it would be was correct… Say hello to the Cornish Pixies!

Cornish pixies are electric blue tricksters who love to create mischief – often at the expense of others. These mischievous creatures fly, and have also been known to seize unwary humans by the ears and deposit them at the tops of tall trees and buildings – poor Neville Longbottom…

In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, you’ll see these troublesome creatures wreaking havoc on an infamous blue car… and in places you may not expect. They’re about 13 inches tall and you’ll find more than 20 pixies throughout your adventure. Happy hunting!

🙂

Fun Facts:

  • According to Pottermore, Cornish pixies can produce a high-pitched jabbering that’s only comprehensible to other pixies
  • Cornish pixies made their first film appearance in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets during Gilderoy Lockhart’s Defense Against the Dark Arts class

The next creature to be announced is ‘an extraordinary plant with constricting magical abilities. WARNING – STRUGGLING WILL ONLY CAUSE IT TO TIGHTEN ITS GRIP.’ Devils Snare anyone?….

Remember Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens on the 13th June!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Special Coca-Cola bottles for Batuu

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Everything in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been carefully crafted to ensure that everyone who visits experience has an immersive experience that has never been seen before. Disney have released lots of food and drink options that will be available to get in Galaxy’s Edge and yesterday they revealed speciality Coca-Cola bottles that travellers will only be able to find in Batuu.

In order: Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite and Water

As we were developing the incredible experiences that guests will explore when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens we knew that we wanted to create something truly special – something that will bring your own Star Wars adventure to life in a whole new way. We reached out to our friends at Coca-Cola, and along with Lucasfilm Ltd. came up with specially designed Coca-Cola bottles that are designed to fit authentically within the Star Wars universe.

The unique Coca-Cola products were created with storytelling in mind and are unlike anything Disney have done before.

These are sure to be in high demand throughout the galaxy and will make a great memento that you can use time and time again. Mine will definitely be used as a water bottle for my desk when I get my hands on one!

Are you going to be grabbing one of these on your visit to Galaxy’s Edge?

Smiles included,

Abby.

Universal Reveal Fluffy Pic’s

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The closer we get to the 13th June the more information Universal are going to be revealing about their new attraction! Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will be found at Islands of Adventure in the Hogsmeade section of the park and is the replacement for the much loved coaster, Dragon’s Challenge.

Today Universal gave us an up close look at Hagrid’s favourite canine Fluffy.

Fluffy is a giant three-headed dog that’s known for being the trusted guard dog of the Sorcerer’s Stone. And, as many of you know, Fluffy has a weakness – he falls asleep to the sound of music.

In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, you’ll confront this gigantic, beloved creature deep in the Forbidden Forest. Proceed with caution – he’s a guard dog first and foremost. And in this new adventure, Fluffy weighs 8,000 Ibs., which is roughly as big as two standard Muggle cars.

Fun Facts:

  • In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Fluffy belongs to Hagrid, who adopted him from a “Greek chappie” he met in a pub
  • Experts on Pottermore say Fluffy was inspired by Cerberus – the dog that in Greek mythology guarded the gates of the Underworld – and, just like Fluffy, he fell asleep to the sound of music
  • Fluffy made his first and only appearance in the film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

We’re expecting more creatures to be revealed all this, our guess is Cornish Pixies tomorrow…

Smiles included…

Jamie

Universal Confirm Nightingales: Blood Pit House for HHN29

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We thought we’d be getting Halloween Horror Nights news yesterday and when it didn’t come we were all a little glum… so when we got this confirmation today we did a little spooky dance in celebration.

Here’s what Universal had to say about Nightingales: Blood Pit;

Imagine yourself transported back to Ancient Rome where a ruthless emperor reigns and gladiatorial games are put on for bloody entertainment. Add in bloodthirsty creatures and you’ll find yourself in the middle of Nightingales: Blood Pit – an all-new haunted house at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.

Here’s what you need to know about the next chapter in this fan-favorite original storyline of the nightingales.

Story

Ancient Rome is suffering its worst drought in centuries. The ruthless emperor has declared the gladiatorial games to continue nonstop until the rains return. The gruesome bloodshed of the games is horrifying enough, but then come the creatures.

The Nightingales

As the blood soaks into the earth, the nightingales feed on the dead and dying. The nightingales are a grisly race of creatures that have been here since the dawn of time. You may think you’re familiar with their past feeding frenzies, but you haven’t seen them like this. You’ll try to survive alongside the gladiators as the ravenous nightingales tear into their victims and notice that fresh blood has come into their midst…

Nightingales: Blood Pit joins Stranger Things for this year Halloween Horror Nights which will offer 10 haunted houses, 5 scare zones, live entertainment and more. You can grab your tickets for this award winning event at Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Bigfire Restaurant to open this summer at CityWalk.

Hey thrill seekers,

A new restaurant is coming to Universals City Walk. Bigfire will take open-fire cooking to the next level, as each dish will be expertly paired with the perfect type of wood, to bring out the smoky taste in each bite.

It will be located between VIVO Italian Kitchen and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville on the edge of the lagoon – offering incredible views of Universal CityWalk.

You’ll be able to dine on classic American dishes like the Bigfire bison burger, chili and cocoa rubbed steak, delectable freshwater cuisine and mouth-watering smoked salads. At the heart of the venue will be a custom built wood fire grill that will allow you to see your meal being made right before your eyes. Make sure you save room for the best part of any meal – dessert! We guarantee one of the most popular desserts will be the Baked Alaska.

This summer, we’ve got you covered for a relaxing night out with delicious open-fire cooking. Bigfire – the newest, full-service restaurant that draws inspiration from the nostalgia of cooking over open flames during memorable family vacations – will leave you feeling as though you have stepped into a lakeside summer house, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of summer evenings spent by the water, surrounded by family and friends.

THE THEME

This two-story venue will feature natural design elements of mix and matched fabrics and seating, cast iron, twinkling lights, camp lanterns – and even a canoe suspended from the overhead rafters – to complete the outdoor ambience inside the restaurant. We can’t think of a better way to unwind after a fun-filled day in the parks.

THE FOOD

At the heart of the venue will be a custom wood fire grill where chefs will prepare signature dishes inspired by the style of open-fire cooking – but with a significant and modern twist.

Inspired by the way food would be prepared on an open campfire, chefs will carefully match each food with wood species that have been carefully chosen based on the flavor they exude, resulting in delectable dishes, sides, desserts – and even cocktails – that all infuse the smoky spirits. The pairings will add bold flavors to create elevated American fare, including a signature bison burger, coffee, chili and cocoa rubbed top sirloin, delectable freshwater trout, mouth-watering smoked salads and more.

Check out some of the dishes that will be on offer..

Bigfire Signature Bison Burger
Bigfire Smokin’ Salmon and Avocado Toast
Bigfire Outdoorsman Family Celebration
Bigfire Premium Steak – 16 oz Cowboy Ribeye
Bigfire Baked Alaska
Bigfire Farmers Roasted Vegetable Gathering
Bigfire Farmers Harvest

aaaaand now i’m hungry.

Who else can’t wait to check it out this summer?

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