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First Mickey Mouse themed ride marks end of era for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

TheDisneyBlog.com - Mon, 2017-07-17 11:59

Mickey Mouse is the original Disney icon that started it all. The little character has created billions of moments of glee around the world, but he has never had his own ride-through attraction at a Disney park. That’s about to change as “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway” was just announced...

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Mary Poppins Returns Motion Poster

TheDisneyBlog.com - Mon, 2017-07-17 04:37

The much anticipated sequel to Walt Disney’s Classic movie Mary Poppins was celebrated at the D23 Expo when Emily Blunt took the stage with director Rob Marshall to talk about Mary Poppins Returns. Guests in the audience were treated to a preview of the first teaser trailer for movie and...

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New Space restaurant coming to EPCOT returns to an early Disney theme park trend

TheDisneyBlog.com - Mon, 2017-07-17 03:28

If you visited Disneyland during the first five years of its operation, one of the attractions you could have visited in Tomorrowland was Space Station X-1 (later renamed Satellite View of America). Guests stood on a platform that gave you the perspective of soaring above the Earth from the perspective...

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Bring home Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Digital HD this August

TheDisneyBlog.com - Mon, 2017-07-17 02:53

This August, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” the blockbuster sequel featuring the world’s favorite band of intergalactic misfits, blasts into your home and the homes of people around the galaxy. The sequel ups the fun level on the first movie to the next level with new stars,...

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Big Hero 6 animated series opening credits – Ba-la-la-la-la-la

TheDisneyBlog.com - Mon, 2017-07-17 02:09

You will be satisfied with your care after watching the first look at the animation for the new Big Hero 6: The Series. Baymax, Hiro and the gang are back and totally ready to keep on saving San Fransokyo. With all the big news coming out of D23 this last...

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Sept 10 - 17

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 23:32
HI All,

I was just able to book a last minute trip (55 Days is last minute for me) for Sept 10 -17 at Saratoga Springs. It will be DW, our 19 y/o boy / girl twins, and myself.

Everything I look at tells me this looks like a pretty good week to grab, F&W going on and we have never been, supposedly low crowd volume this week with all kids just back to school, and humidity at least starts to drop a bit.

My concern is the time frame, we are at 55 Days now, I still need to get my confirmation number from DVC to link my reservations, magic bands, tickets, etc. I am not so much concerned about dining reservations but I am concerned about fastpass +. I know this should be a low volume time of year but with the opening of Pandora do you thinks crowds will still be extreamly heavy?

I was hoping to be able to just kind of go with a low planned agenda and just go with the flow. I am just afraid I will be locked out on TSM, Soarin, and the other new E-Ticket rides seeing I am already behind the 8 ball 5 days.

Anyone with experience during this time frame that can comment on past crowd levels? Is it reasonable to think we can still expect relatively low crowd volume as compared to the heavy summer crowds?
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Sept 10 - 17

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 23:32
HI All,

I was just able to book a last minute trip (55 Days is last minute for me) for Sept 10 -17 at Saratoga Springs. It will be DW, our 19 y/o boy / girl twins, and myself.

Everything I look at tells me this looks like a pretty good week to grab, F&W going on and we have never been, supposedly low crowd volume this week with all kids just back to school, and humidity at least starts to drop a bit.

My concern is the time frame, we are at 55 Days now, I still need to get my confirmation number from DVC to link my reservations, magic bands, tickets, etc. I am not so much concerned about dining reservations but I am concerned about fastpass +. I know this should be a low volume time of year but with the opening of Pandora do you thinks crowds will still be extreamly heavy?

I was hoping to be able to just kind of go with a low planned agenda and just go with the flow. I am just afraid I will be locked out on TSM, Soarin, and the other new E-Ticket rides seeing I am already behind the 8 ball 5 days.

Anyone with experience during this time frame that can comment on past crowd levels? Is it reasonable to think we can still expect relatively low crowd volume as compared to the heavy summer crowds?
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Mark's College Tour with Some Disney Thrown In 2017 Day 5

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 21:39
We were up early on Thursday, July 13, so we could head to Tampa/St Petersburg. Mark had a tour at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg in the morning and a tour at the University of Tampa in the afternoon. Traffic is really heavy along that route!

We headed direct to Epcot following the tour at the University of Tampa. We were earlier than planned. Test Track was down so we headed into World Showcase to ride Frozen Ever After. We had about a 90 minute wait in line. I was not happy they had taken out Maelstrom. I've had to revise that now, I really enjoyed Frozen Ever After. And the walk-through theater is gone as a bonus!

We ate dinner at Electric Umbrella. I had the sausage and pepper sandwich, Mark had the cheese flatbread, and Sharon had the energy salad with roasted chicken. We had the chocolate cupcakes for dessert - they were excellent!

We had a Fastpass from 6:35pm-7:35pm Soarin' so we headed to the Land. We waited about 15 minutes in line. The new film is great! I really like what they've done with the transitions so they're no longer abrupt like they were. That never really made sense to me so I'm glad they've fixed that.

Next up was a Fastpass for Spaceship Earth from 7:40pm-8:40pm.

After riding Spaceship Earth, we walked around World Showcase starting in United Kingdom. We grabbed jumbo hot pretzels in Germany and sat there to watch Illuminations, which we still love to watch.

Following Illuminations, we made some purchases in Mouse Gear and then headed back to Pop Century.
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Mark's College Tour with Some Disney Thrown In 2017 Day 5

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 21:39
We were up early on Thursday, July 13, so we could head to Tampa/St Petersburg. Mark had a tour at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg in the morning and a tour at the University of Tampa in the afternoon. Traffic is really heavy along that route!

We headed direct to Epcot following the tour at the University of Tampa. We were earlier than planned. Test Track was down so we headed into World Showcase to ride Frozen Ever After. We had about a 90 minute wait in line. I was not happy they had taken out Maelstrom. I've had to revise that now, I really enjoyed Frozen Ever After. And the walk-through theater is gone as a bonus!

We ate dinner at Electric Umbrella. I had the sausage and pepper sandwich, Mark had the cheese flatbread, and Sharon had the energy salad with roasted chicken. We had the chocolate cupcakes for dessert - they were excellent!

We had a Fastpass from 6:35pm-7:35pm Soarin' so we headed to the Land. We waited about 15 minutes in line. The new film is great! I really like what they've done with the transitions so they're no longer abrupt like they were. That never really made sense to me so I'm glad they've fixed that.

Next up was a Fastpass for Spaceship Earth from 7:40pm-8:40pm.

After riding Spaceship Earth, we walked around World Showcase starting in United Kingdom. We grabbed jumbo hot pretzels in Germany and sat there to watch Illuminations, which we still love to watch.

Following Illuminations, we made some purchases in Mouse Gear and then headed back to Pop Century.
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Mark's College Tour with Some Disney Thrown In 2017 Day 4

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 21:23
We were up early and drove to Deland, FL for a morning tour at Stetson University on Wednesday, July 12. Following the tour, we drove to Walt Disney World for our stay at Pop Century (thank you Wendy @ Magical Journeys!). We stopped at check-in since I hadn't gotten any texts on our room yet; it wasn't ready. I did find out that if you buy annual passes in advance, you can only activate them at guest services/a ticket window at one of the theme parks or Disney Springs. We bought our refillable mugs and drove over to Animal Kingdom.

We got to Animal Kingdom about 12:30pm. We activated our annual passes and headed into the park. The rain started as we were crossing the bridge to Discovery Island (it would be on and off for the rest of the day, mostly on though). Sharon and Mark grabbed lunch at Pizzafari while I grabbed lunch at Flame Tree Barbeque. I had the pulled pork sandwich which was good. I ended up eating standing up due to the rain and people holding tables.

We had been unable to get Fastpasses for Flight of Passage. The wait time had gone from 180 minutes to 75 minutes with the rain, so we got into the standby line for Flight of Passage. We ended up waiting about 135 minutes. The queue line has lots of details and the attraction is fantastic! We had no issues with sitting on it. I'm looking forward to riding this again!

Next up was a Fastpass (4:45pm-5:45pm) for Expedition Everest. We had to wait about 12 minutes. The yeti is still down.

We pre-ordered our meal at Satu'li Canteen. It was not busy so we did not have to wait in a line to pick up our order. Cast members were blocking off the seating area, so you couldn't sit down unless you had food. I really appreciate that. Mark and I had cheeseburger steamed pods and Sharon had the chopped wood-grilled chicken bowl. It was all good!

We had a 6:35pm-7:45pm Fastpass for Na'vi River Journey; it was down and continued to be down until after 9pm. Our Fastpass ended up converting to a multi-experience Fastpass good for everything except Rivers of Light and Flight of Passage.

We ended up seeing the 7pm Festival of the Lion King show and then headed over to DinoLand to use our multi-experience Fastpass on Dinosaur. Dinosaur was down, which worked out in our favor later. We rode Primeval Whirl instead; we had about a 10 minute wait. We got the car spinning real good somehow!

Our third Fastpass of the day was for Rivers of Light at 9pm. We could have used it for something else since the rain cut the crowds down, but there was no way to know that in advance. Rivers of Light was a great show. I recommend seeing it.

After Rivers of Light, Mark checked wait times and Na'vi River Journey was running again. So we used our multi-experience Fastpass to ride it. We had about a 10 minute wait. We got the B version; the shaman was on a screen and not the audio-animatronic. It was cool to see, though I don't know that this will be a repeat attraction for us unless there's a really short wait.

After riding Na'vi River Journey, we headed back to Pop Century to turn in for the night. We were granted our requests for our room, first floor in the 50's section. We were not able to connect any of our devices to the in-room wifi at Pop Century, so that made things a challenge. We've never gotten good cellular signal in the rooms at Pop Century, either.
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Mark's College Tour with Some Disney Thrown In 2017 Day 4

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 21:23
We were up early and drove to Deland, FL for a morning tour at Stetson University on Wednesday, July 12. Following the tour, we drove to Walt Disney World for our stay at Pop Century (thank you Wendy @ Magical Journeys!). We stopped at check-in since I hadn't gotten any texts on our room yet; it wasn't ready. I did find out that if you buy annual passes in advance, you can only activate them at guest services/a ticket window at one of the theme parks or Disney Springs. We bought our refillable mugs and drove over to Animal Kingdom.

We got to Animal Kingdom about 12:30pm. We activated our annual passes and headed into the park. The rain started as we were crossing the bridge to Discovery Island (it would be on and off for the rest of the day, mostly on though). Sharon and Mark grabbed lunch at Pizzafari while I grabbed lunch at Flame Tree Barbeque. I had the pulled pork sandwich which was good. I ended up eating standing up due to the rain and people holding tables.

We had been unable to get Fastpasses for Flight of Passage. The wait time had gone from 180 minutes to 75 minutes with the rain, so we got into the standby line for Flight of Passage. We ended up waiting about 135 minutes. The queue line has lots of details and the attraction is fantastic! We had no issues with sitting on it. I'm looking forward to riding this again!

Next up was a Fastpass (4:45pm-5:45pm) for Expedition Everest. We had to wait about 12 minutes. The yeti is still down.

We pre-ordered our meal at Satu'li Canteen. It was not busy so we did not have to wait in a line to pick up our order. Cast members were blocking off the seating area, so you couldn't sit down unless you had food. I really appreciate that. Mark and I had cheeseburger steamed pods and Sharon had the chopped wood-grilled chicken bowl. It was all good!

We had a 6:35pm-7:45pm Fastpass for Na'vi River Journey; it was down and continued to be down until after 9pm. Our Fastpass ended up converting to a multi-experience Fastpass good for everything except Rivers of Light and Flight of Passage.

We ended up seeing the 7pm Festival of the Lion King show and then headed over to DinoLand to use our multi-experience Fastpass on Dinosaur. Dinosaur was down, which worked out in our favor later. We rode Primeval Whirl instead; we had about a 10 minute wait. We got the car spinning real good somehow!

Our third Fastpass of the day was for Rivers of Light at 9pm. We could have used it for something else since the rain cut the crowds down, but there was no way to know that in advance. Rivers of Light was a great show. I recommend seeing it.

After Rivers of Light, Mark checked wait times and Na'vi River Journey was running again. So we used our multi-experience Fastpass to ride it. We had about a 10 minute wait. We got the B version; the shaman was on a screen and not the audio-animatronic. It was cool to see, though I don't know that this will be a repeat attraction for us unless there's a really short wait.

After riding Na'vi River Journey, we headed back to Pop Century to turn in for the night. We were granted our requests for our room, first floor in the 50's section. We were not able to connect any of our devices to the in-room wifi at Pop Century, so that made things a challenge. We've never gotten good cellular signal in the rooms at Pop Century, either.
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Ducktales sneak peek revealed at D23 Expo

TheDisneyBlog.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 21:13

Judging by this extended sneak peek clip from the new Disney Ducktales, the team is ready for adventure, especially when Webby is along. The clip is from the “Daytrip of Doom” episode and Scrooge has invited his grand nephews over for the night. In the clip Huey, Dewey, and Louie...

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Mark's College Tour with Some Disney Thrown In 2017 Days 1-3

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 20:54
My bride, Sharon, and I took our younger son, Mark, on a road trip to tour some of the colleges on his list of where he's interested in attending. This trip focused on North Carolina and Florida, and it worked out that we could fit in some time at Walt Disney World!

We drove to North Carolina on Sunday, July 9. We spent the night at a Comfort Inn in Thomasville (I'd recommend staying there only if you absolutely must). We toured High Point University in High Point, NC in the morning on July 10 and then drove to Salisbury, NC to tour Catawba College in the afternoon. We split the trip to Jacksonville, FL; we stayed at a Comfort Inn in Walterboro, SC off of I-95.

We drove the rest of the way to Jacksonville in the morning on July 11. We toured Jacksonville University in the afternoon. Following the tour we drove to Sanford, FL to stay at the Comfort Inn there (I recommend this Comfort Inn if you need to stay in Sanford).
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Mark's College Tour with Some Disney Thrown In 2017 Days 1-3

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 20:54
My bride, Sharon, and I took our younger son, Mark, on a road trip to tour some of the colleges on his list of where he's interested in attending. This trip focused on North Carolina and Florida, and it worked out that we could fit in some time at Walt Disney World!

We drove to North Carolina on Sunday, July 9. We spent the night at a Comfort Inn in Thomasville (I'd recommend staying there only if you absolutely must). We toured High Point University in High Point, NC in the morning on July 10 and then drove to Salisbury, NC to tour Catawba College in the afternoon. We split the trip to Jacksonville, FL; we stayed at a Comfort Inn in Walterboro, SC off of I-95.

We drove the rest of the way to Jacksonville in the morning on July 11. We toured Jacksonville University in the afternoon. Following the tour we drove to Sanford, FL to stay at the Comfort Inn there (I recommend this Comfort Inn if you need to stay in Sanford).
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August Hours

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 14:51
Just an FYI for anyone going end of August, some of the park hours have been extended.
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August Hours

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 14:51
Just an FYI for anyone going end of August, some of the park hours have been extended.
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Pixar Pier = refreshed rides/parade at DCA, Pixar Fest = new Fireworks at Disneyland

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 14:30
Diving into more detail for the Disneyland Resort announcements from the D23 Expo 2017:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts ... In 2018, more of your favorite Pixar stories will come to Disney California Adventure park with the new Pixar Pier.

Pixar Pier will feature a brand-new look for the area now known as Paradise Pier, as some of your favorite characters come to life on this seaside waterfront. You will discover whimsical neighborhoods filled with your friends from “The Incredibles,” “Inside Out” and even more of your pals from “Toy Story.” Building upon the evolution of Disney California Adventure park that began in 2007, we are building more new worlds for you to step into and enjoy your favorite stories.

This permanent addition to the park will open during a new limited-time celebration taking place throughout the Disneyland Resort in 2018 — Pixar Fest! Experience the magical worlds of Pixar in brand new ways as the entire resort comes alive with some of your favorite stories.

At Disneyland park, this incredible celebration will feature a brand-new fireworks spectacular as well as the return of the guest favorite, Pixar Play Parade. That’s right! This popular parade is moving across the Esplanade, which could only mean …

The popular “Paint the Night” parade returns — this time, to Disney California Adventure park! And if you’re as excited as I am by that news, then hold onto your jet packs, Space Rangers — because we’ve also learned that there may even be a new float joining this already amazing nighttime parade.

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Pixar Pier = refreshed rides/parade at DCA, Pixar Fest = new Fireworks at Disneyland

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 14:30
Diving into more detail for the Disneyland Resort announcements from the D23 Expo 2017:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts ... In 2018, more of your favorite Pixar stories will come to Disney California Adventure park with the new Pixar Pier.

Pixar Pier will feature a brand-new look for the area now known as Paradise Pier, as some of your favorite characters come to life on this seaside waterfront. You will discover whimsical neighborhoods filled with your friends from “The Incredibles,” “Inside Out” and even more of your pals from “Toy Story.” Building upon the evolution of Disney California Adventure park that began in 2007, we are building more new worlds for you to step into and enjoy your favorite stories.

This permanent addition to the park will open during a new limited-time celebration taking place throughout the Disneyland Resort in 2018 — Pixar Fest! Experience the magical worlds of Pixar in brand new ways as the entire resort comes alive with some of your favorite stories.

At Disneyland park, this incredible celebration will feature a brand-new fireworks spectacular as well as the return of the guest favorite, Pixar Play Parade. That’s right! This popular parade is moving across the Esplanade, which could only mean …

The popular “Paint the Night” parade returns — this time, to Disney California Adventure park! And if you’re as excited as I am by that news, then hold onto your jet packs, Space Rangers — because we’ve also learned that there may even be a new float joining this already amazing nighttime parade.

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Disney 360 Vacation: New Immersive Entertainment Program at Walt Disney World

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 14:13
A little lost in the shuffle of yesterdays massive Press Release and avalanche of announcements; Disney Parks & Resorts previewed "Disney 360 Vacation"-- a new program that promises to fully immerse Guests in favorite story.

The first effort in this new program will be the announced Star Wars Hotel:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
... a Star Wars-inspired resort will debut as part of the new Disney 360 vacation concept.

... this revolutionary new vacation experience will be a living adventure that allows guests to immerse themselves in an entirely new form of Disney storytelling.

“It’s unlike anything that exists today.” Bob said. “From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.”

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Disney 360 Vacation: New Immersive Entertainment Program at Walt Disney World

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-07-16 14:13
A little lost in the shuffle of yesterdays massive Press Release and avalanche of announcements; Disney Parks & Resorts previewed "Disney 360 Vacation"-- a new program that promises to fully immerse Guests in favorite story.

The first effort in this new program will be the announced Star Wars Hotel:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
... a Star Wars-inspired resort will debut as part of the new Disney 360 vacation concept.

... this revolutionary new vacation experience will be a living adventure that allows guests to immerse themselves in an entirely new form of Disney storytelling.

“It’s unlike anything that exists today.” Bob said. “From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.”

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