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D23 EXPO DAY 2 -  DISNEY PARKS ANNOUNCEMENTS

STAR WARS LANDS (GALAXY’S EDGE)

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the official name of the Star Wars themed lands at Walt Disney World and Disneyland California.🌟
  • The lands will be totally immersive.🌟
  • In the remote trading port, on the light side of the lands, guests will have a chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon, and whether you land or crash it will determine how people treat you throughout the day! (THAT level of immersion) Also, depending on how you do in the ride, characters from “Star Wars: Rebels” will make appearances, either congratulating you on a job well done or sending a bounty hunter after you🌟
  • There will also be another ride on the dark side of the Star Wars lands, which will be set inside a Star Destroyer hangar bay.🌟
  • Throughout the Star Wars lands, guests can meet BB-8, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and Rex from Star Tours.🌟
  • There will also be a cantina restaurant, similar to the one in the movie, where guests can try Blue Milk.🌟
  • There will be also “100% immersive” luxury Star Wars hotel coming to Walt Disney World only!🌟
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open first in Disneyland California, then in Walt Disney World.🌟


DISNEYLAND & CALIRFONIA ADVENTURE

  • Marvel Land confirmed for California Adventure. Spider-Man and Avengers experience coming to Disney’s California Adventure! Disney hasn’t announced much, except that it’ll be a totally immersive experience.😱💥
  • Fantasmic will return to Disneyland✨
  • Cars Land will get Halloween makeover.
  • Paradise Pier will turn into Pixar Pier at Disney’s California Adventure, with Pixar characters all over the area and permanent changes to the park include building new areas to help bring the worlds of Pixar to life.🎢
  • Fantasmic will return to Disneyland✨
  • Disneyland will get a new fireworks show, and the Pixar Play Parade will return to the park.💥

DISNEYLAND PARIS

A Marvel hotel is coming to Disneyland Paris! “Disney’s Hotel New York” as it’s now called, will be reimagined into a Marvel themed wonderland!
“We’re going to create a hotel at Disneyland Paris that would make Tony Stark proud.”- Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek

EPCOT

  • The park is apparently set for a MAJOR upgrade & overhaul, but Disney did revealed very little about their overall plan for the park. They shared a concept art photo for what it could look like in the future.🌐
  • A Guardians of the Galaxy ride will replace Universe of Energy, which will close August 13, 2017. Epcot is becoming part of the story, as Peter Quill enjoyed visiting the park when he was a kid on Terra / Earth.☄️
  • The Ratatouille ride from Disneyland Paris is coming to the France pavilion.🐭🇫🇷
  • China will be getting a new seamless CircleVision film. 🇨🇳
  • A new outer space-themed restaurant is also coming to the area next to Mission: Space.🌌
  • Disney Skyliner will connect Disney resorts to Epcot.🚡

MAGIC KINGDOM

  • It’s official! The famous TRON coaster from Disneyland Shanghai is coming to the Magic Kingdom! The ride will be built in a new area next to Space Mountain, and will NOT replace any existing rides. It will be open before 2021.💙
  • A new entertainment venue will be added on Main Street at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. It is inspired by Kansas City’s Willis Wood Theatre in 1920s Kansas City, where Walt lived after he left Marceline. There’s no word on what this venue will hold yet.

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

  • The Great Movie ride will close on August 13, 2017 to make way for a new attraction “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway”! There will be “a great new theme song” for the attraction. Guests will step into the movie screen and onto Goofy’s train, riding through a Mickey and Minnie cartoon short.” 🐭The Imagineers says it’s not in 3D but rather “2 and a half D”, and this attraction will have more Hidden Mickeys than any other attraction ever!🐭
  • TOY STORY LAND WILL OFFICIALY OPEN SUMMER 2018.🎪 The whole concept of the land is that you’ll find yourself shrunk to the size of a toy to explore the world of Andy’s backyard with your favorite Toy Story characters, including Woody and Buzz. There will be 2 major attractions: Slinky Dog Dash & Alien Swirling Saucers.🎪
  • Slinky Dog Dash will be a family coaster attraction where you’ll zip, dodge and dash around many turns and drops that Andy has created to really make Slinky and his coils stretch to his limits.🐶
  • Alien Swirling Saucers will also be a new attraction at Toy Story Land. It’s designed as a toy play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet, inspired by the first “Toy Story” film. Aliens are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture your rocket toy vehicle with “The Claw.”👽

WALT DISNEY WORLD TRANSPORTATION

The Disney Skyliner will give guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World & will transport guests form resorts to Hollywood Studios & Epcot! Disney has also announced Minnie Mouse themed cars that will act as an Uber-like service within Walt Disney World, that will take guests anywhere they want to go within the Walt Disney World Resort.

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The Moroccan Pavilion by Day by Eddison Esteban
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The sun was shining and blue was beginning to peak through the clouds, it was a marvelous day to visit “Morocco”! Epcot World Showcase Walt Disney World Resort

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Une Belle Soirée (Explore)

Photographer:  Marc Perrella

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Geodesic Colors by Aaron Hodges
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This Day in Disney History

July 1, 1996: Disney’s Boardwalk Resort opens on the shores of Crescent Lake at Walt Disney World.

Disney’s Boardwalk is a fun place to spend the afternoon or evening, with plenty of restaurants and things to do on the Boardwalk you can easily spend a few hours relaxing here. There is complimentary boat transportation connecting Epcot, the Yacht and Beach Club, the Boardwalk, the Swan and Dolphin, and Disney’y Hollywood Studios, so you can easily park hop or take a midday break at your resort! 

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Looking up at EPCOT

Photographer:  Ben

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Fresh EPCOT Views by Trevor Aydelotte

This Day in Disney History

November 5, 1990:  The Yacht Club Resort, sister of the Beach Club, opens on the shores of Crescent Lake.

Slightly larger than the Beach Club, this deluxe Epcot area resort resembles 1800s era  New England seaboard architecture.  The two resorts also share an amazing pool, Stormalong Bay, which features an amazing water slide, a lazy river, a whirlpool, and white sandy bottomed pools. 

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Vintage footage of a Mark IV Monorail ride to Epcot Center in January 1991. You begin at the TTC and pass the Contemporary Resort, STALPort, Epcot Entrance and parking lot, Future World pavilions including Horizons, World of Motion, Imagination and more!

This is so cool. I love seeing the “Old Epcot” in all it’s glory.

(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhr4R5-dkcg)

The Hollywood Tower Hotel Finally Coming to Fruition!

In light of the huge 20 year success at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, formerly MGM Studios, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has brought new life, so to speak, to the park. Launching sister attractions around the world, opening in California Adventure in 2004, and again in 2006 at Tokyo DisneySea. Not only has it given the opportunity to ride in variation around the Disney Parks, but it has also been re-imagined over the years to add a little thrill to it. In the summer of 2010, the event Summer Nightastic took place, and the imagineers mixed things up a bit within the attraction. It was a love/hate relationship among the guests, but it was only for a short while until it returned to it original state.

Disney Imagineers always like to test out their ideas before making them permanent, and that is exactly what this was. In the recent years Disney came out with a test interactive queue prop for The Haunted Mansion, and due to the success, they supplied a full scale queue for the guests in 2011. What the Imagineers were looking for in the change to ToT was the guests reaction to missing the original concept, and how much they still love it. Well, what they got from it was that we absolutely loved the normal version, and that it would be a shame to change it in any way. Thus making them extremely comfortable in creating the concept of an on property Hollywood Tower Hotel. This would be Disney’s 26th owned hotel if your counting the villas, and is due to open the end of 2015, roughly 3 years after the new Art of Animation Resort.

It will be located in the Epcot Resort area and will house 764 rooms featuring your typical room, to concierge level suites, but will all be set to the theme of the good old 1930’s. Although it will not be highly themed towards the darker, scarier side, it will still have that empty feel you’d expect when walking through the front door. It is dated to take place in the early 30’s, years before the lightning incident ever happened. All in all I feel this has GREAT potential, and only time will tell how it will turn out. No other concept art has been released but this small rendering.

Construction is planned to begin later this year and if things stay on schedule it is set to open Spring of 2016! When Disney has more to display I’m sure we’ll see it soon!

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Best Lobby and Overall Grandeur 

Disney’s Grand Floridian 

  • recommended for couples or romantic getaways 
  • honeymoons
  • peaceful stays 

Best Epcot Area Resort 

The Boardwalk 

  • recommended for families and people who enjoy the boardwalk nightlife
  • an exciting place to stay, always things to do 

Best Moderate Resort

Port Orleans Riverside 

  • wonderful clean atmosphere 
  • always good music 
  • good for families
  • takes you away from the park atmosphere 

Best Value Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation

  • very family oriented
  • good value
  • brand new and very clean 

Well there you have it! My own personal views and recommendations for disney resorts!

Have a magical day!

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Fountain of Nations! by Andrew Carter

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Mark IV Monorail by Bobby Meade
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Lighthouse Sunrise by Chad Sparkes
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Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club sunrise from Beach Club Lighthouse on StormAlong Bay