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

Hey Thrill Seekers,

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

Check out Woody’s Lunchbox Menu!

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Gavin wanted to write this blog but because of his childlike mind I though it would be safer for me to tell you all about what you can find inside Woody’s Lunchbox. 😀

You’ll find Woody’s Lunchbox inside Toy Story Land which is opening in Hollywood Studios on June 30th and will see guests shrink to the size of a toy to be able to explore Woody, Buzz, Jessie and friends world. Yesterday we spoke a bit about some of the food and drink that they’ll be serving up at the walk-up window on OAT Live. (please feel free to skip the first few minutes as Gavin broke the microphone)

Disney have put a hell of a lot of effort in to this menu and the team at Flavor Lab – the concept development kitchen have created ‘sentimental food favourites’ and put a modern twist on them both in the flavours and look of the food. Lenny DeGeorge – Concept Development Culinary Director of WDW said “Everyone has a special food memory, so it can be tricky putting a modern spin on the favorites, we honoured these classic dishes by using the best ingredients to elevate the flavors. How we constructed the sandwiches was important, such as layering the ingredients in a specific order, to maximize textures and flavors. Why have a cold sandwich when you can have a toasted hot, gooey cheese-filled one?” The menu has been in development for around a YEAR!!!

Check out this snippet of what you will be able to get at Woody’s Lunchbox come June 30th..

S’more French Toast Breakfast SandwichOozy goodness in a chocolate ganache- and marshmallow-stuffed French toast topped with graham cracker crumbles. Inspired by the classic American campfire treat. This actually sounds veeerrrryyyyy tempting to me, although maybe not for breakfast.. or before a big ride..

Smoked Turkey, Eggs, Swiss, Peppers, and Onions on SourdoughThe perfect hand-held stack of breakfast goodness.

Breakfast BowlThe green army men line up for this hearty bowl of potato barrels, brisket-country gravy, and scrambled eggs. Scrambled Eggs and GRAVY?!?!

BBQ Brisket MeltWith a nod to cowboy Woody, this Texas-style smoked brisket features cheddar, Monterey Jack, pickles, and BBQ sauce on garlic butter-grilled sourdough. 

Monte Cristo with Raspberry JamWoody’s version of this classic sandwich has layers of ham, turkey, Swiss, and raspberry jam…and is grilled to a golden brown.

Smoked Turkey, Tomato, and Lettuce on Multigrain Bread – This quintessential lunch box sandwich is a light and fresh option. And to give it a kick of flavor, we add a creamy Dijonnaise.

TotchosPotato barrels, corn chips, chili, and cheese – what’s not to love?? 

The younger toys can get a grilled cheese sandwich or turkey sandwich, both served with potato barrels and mandarin oranges.

Sides Include: tomato basil soup, vegetable macaroni salad, and potato barrels. Mini Babybel snack cheese, the official snack cheese of Walt Disney World Resort, is also an option to eat with your meal or as an on-the-go snack.

And now for pudding mmmmm…
Raspberry Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Dried Fruit and Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Caramelized Bacon
Even toys need a sweet treat! Inspired by breakfast toaster pastries, this modern interpretation, with its uniquely delicate crust, is the perfect hand-held pastry.

Banana Split Yogurt ParfaitLayers of banana-vanilla Greek yogurt (with a hint of honey), fresh bananas, strawberries, and pineapple topped with granola and chocolate chips. A delicious and healthful way to start the day! Take out the honey (yuck) and i’m all for this!!

Also, check out this really cool Alien Sipper cup which can be bought and filled with any fountain drink or ‘the signature Mystic Portal Punch – Powerade Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of lemon-lime and tangerine.’

Adults or the ‘big kids’ as they will be known in Toy Story Land can try the ‘Grown-Up’s Lemonade cocktail’ which consists of cherry vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, and black cherry purée or the usual beer, or cider.

It’s not long now until Toy Story Land opens (it’s77 days away to be precise) and its looking better and better each time Disney give us some more info, who’s excited?!

Smiles Included..

Abby

UP! A Great Bird Adventure will debut on April 22nd!

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Disney have just announced that UP! A Great Bird Adventure will debut in Animal Kingdom on the 22nd April 2018, in exactly 2 months time!

Back in December as part of their 12 days of Disney parks Christmas Disney announced that an all new show was coming to Animal Kingdom that will feature Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s film ‘UP’ and will take place at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur village. At the time it didn’t have a name but we now know that it is going to be called ‘UP! A Great Bird Adventure’.

It will start just in time for Animal Kingdoms 20th anniversary and will be a family friendly experience where you will be able to see Russell and Dug discover species of birds from around the world in an adventure around Anandapur Village with ‘UP’ close encounter every day with lots of winged creatures!

Who’s looking forward (or up) to this?

Smiles Included

Abby

Disney Release New Images of their Star Wards Inspired Resort

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Last week on OAT Live we spoke a bit about the new Star Wars Hotel coming to Walt Disney World in the future. It is definitely going to be a one of a kind resort  with a groundbreaking concept which will combine luxury with complete immersion putting customers straight in to a Star Wars story throughout their stay.

Today, Disney have released some more visuals of the resort..

https://www.facebook.com/orlandoattractiontickets/videos/1879709088707532/

 

“The immerse experience offered at this hotel will stand out among all of our resorts around the globe. As you can see, families visiting this resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during their voyage through the galaxy – and every window has a view of space!”

Disney state that the resort will be ‘seamlessly connected’ to Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge which is coming to Hollywood Studios in 2019 (we think) and guests will also be able to wear Star Wars attire to really fit the part!!

I’m not personally a huge Star Wars fan but even I can’t wait for this!! Especially with the rumour of interactive lightsabers flying around.. 😉

Smiles Included,

Abby

 

Walt Disney World’s Incredible Summer

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The summer of 2018 is set to be a big one at Walt Disney World. We’ll be seeing new attractions, entertainment, experiences and much more at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom this summer and Disney have stated that it is going to be an ‘Incredible Summer’…

Lets take a look into what we can expect…

Magic Kingdom

The Incredibles Take Over Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park – Guests can party with Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone from Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and the soon-to-be blockbuster “Incredibles 2.” Edna Mode, the greatest superhero costume designer, will also make her debut appearance. Each evening, guests can enjoy a “SUPER” dance party on the Rocket Tower Stage. 

EPCOT

The Guardians of the Galaxy Take the Stage at Epcot – StarLord, and Gamora from “The Guardians of the Galaxy” will join an alien band, taking guests on a journey through the cosmos. The party will feature hits from Awesome Mix Tapes 1 and 2 – fun and favorite tunes from the two movies’ soundtracks – building the anticipation for a new Epcot Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.

Animal Kingdom

“Adventurers Meet UP! A Great Bird Adventure” & A “Dino-Tastic” Celebration for Donald Duck Will Debut At Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Two new can’t-miss offerings will debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in time for the park’s 20th anniversary. First, guests can discover new bird species from around the world at the new show “Adventurers Meet UP! A Great Bird Adventure,” which will star Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug. The park will also launch a “dino-tastic” celebration, in which Donald Duck takes over Dinoland, U.S.A., in a new character celebration.

Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Land Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – One major highlight of “Incredible Summer” will be the grand opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This new 11-acre land will shrink guests to the size of a toy and allow them go explore the fun and adventure of Andy’s backyard. There, guests can experience two new attractions: the family coaster Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. Toy Story Land also will feature an existing guest-favourite attraction, Toy Story Mania!, which will expand to add a third track into the rotation. The land’s Woody’s Lunch Box will be a new quick-service restaurant that will offer up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats to Toy Story Land guests.

We are still anxiously awaiting an exact opening date for Toy Story Land though….

Who can’t wait to get to Walt Disney World this summer?!

Smiles Included,

Abby

 

REAL Lightsabers at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?!

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This is the first time we’re talking about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2018 and this is definitely an exciting one…

We pretty much know for sure that Galaxy’s Edge is going to be super immersive and interactive. For example, how you fly the Millennium Falcon can affect how you are treated within the land. Disney haven’t really confirmed any other ways that the land will make guests feel as though they are really in another Galaxy however, a new patent called ‘Audience Interaction Projection System’ may have just given us a pretty concrete idea of another way Disney are going to have guests ‘fully immersed’ in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

It looks as though Blooloop have discovered some patents that lead us to believe that Disney may be 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 will contain positioning and motion sensors – sort of like a Wii controller. The patent doesn’t specifically mention Star Wars however they do point to weapons that look like lightsabers and mentions ways in which users can use the technology to interact with the environment and fight enemies. It looks as though it will also include a speaker for audio feedback and the ‘lightsaber’ will vibrate when the blade is engaged and make noise when it’s waved. Maybe there will be a part of the Disney App or a new App altogether where guests will be able to see how well they are doing? Who knows!

The patent states 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 appears to discuss Drones and how the lightsabers could be able to communicate with drones . The patent states “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,”

Now the ‘blades’ of the lightsabers wouldn’t be physical and i’m not a very ‘techy’ girl so from what I understand and from an image provided with the patent which shows a person holding a lightsaber. 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.”

Obviously the interactive wands at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter were, and still are a huge hit with guests as you can use the wands to interact with various different types of physical props around. Surely it would be obvious that Disney would introduce lightsabers although there is always the costs, logistics, safety and time to take in to consideration. Oh and also the fact that Disney file patents all the time with some never seeing the light of day again but it would a very smart move in my opinion.

We still have no confirmation or way of knowing if this is really going to happen but as Walt Disney himself has said, if you can dream it, you can do it and Disney have clearly had some dreams about this… 😉

Smiles Included,

Abby