New look for Walt Disney World buses

Walt Disney World buses are taking on a new look
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opens at Disneyland

Set precise calculations and engage your hyperdrive to visit Disney Parks Blog for information about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Each image will take  you to a different article about this new, highly-immersive world in Disneyland. Are you going to be among the first to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? 

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Celebrated During Spectacular Dedication Ceremony at Disneyland Park

To dedicate Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger was joined in front of the Millennium Falcon by Star Wars icons including George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Now Open for Guests at Disneyland Park

Guest visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

First Guests Land at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Park

First Guests Land at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Taking Control of Millennium Falcon

Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

“Epcot Forever” Debuts October 1

The Mature Mouse™ enjoyed IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, but it is time for a change. However, Disney is planning of replacing IllumiNations in stages. Epcot Forever will be a placeholder until a permanent replacement show is ready. Diehard Disney fans do not like change, but Walt Disney warned us about change this famous quote: “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” What are your thoughts about the new nighttime spectacular coming to Epcot? 

Disney Parks Blog recently published this article about the premier of “Epcot Forever.”

by Shawn Slater, Senior Communications Manager, Disney Parks Live Entertainment

After a dazzling 20-year run, we will bid a fond farewell to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot on September 30, 2019. So come and gather around World Showcase Lagoon this summer to enjoy this breathtaking display of lasers, lights and fireworks, as we 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 us 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.”

“Epcot Forever” will continue into 2020, when the next epic nighttime extravaganza makes its debut. Keep reading Disney Parks Blog in the months ahead for more on both those shows and all the other new experiences on the way to “Wow!” guests, while keeping true to the original vision of this amazing park.

Disney PhotoPass Adds 13th Attraction Photo at the Haunted Mansion

It is no secret that the Haunted Mansion attraction at Walt Disney World is a fan favorite of The Mature Mouse™. Now you and your family will be able to have your photo taken with some of the 999 grim grinning ghosts that inhabit the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World. Here is the announcement from Disney Parks Blog

Disney PhotoPass Service’s 13th Attraction Photo Opportunity at Walt Disney World Resort Materializes at the Haunted Mansion


by , Marketing & Communications Coordinator

The Grim Grinning Ghosts are ready for their photo. Are you?

Beginning today, Disney PhotoPass Service will capture a spirited photo of you as your Doom Buggy journeys through a labyrinth of haunted chambers in the Haunted Mansion attraction at Walt Disney World Resort! You might even notice a few silly spooks that fill in the dead space of your photo.

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This is the 13th attraction photo capture opportunity in Florida and joins more than 100 places where Disney PhotoPass Service captures memories throughout Walt Disney World Resort. At Character Experiences, participating dining locations, and the most scenic locations around the parks, Disney PhotoPass Service is committed to ensuring you have photos of your favorite vacation moments to treasure long after you’ve departed.  

To preview, purchase and download this attraction photo, you must be wearing a MagicBand or MagicBand 2 Icon in a MagicKeeper that’s linked to your Disney account. When you do, your photo will be automatically linked to your account, where it can be previewed at Disneyworld.com/PhotoPass or in the My Disney Experience app.

And with Memory Maker, all of these Disney PhotoPass photos will follow you home! Make final arrangements to purchase Memory Maker at least three days prior to your vacation at the advance purchase price of $169. Purchase Memory Maker after your vacation for $199.*

In celebration of the launch of our 13th attraction with photo capture at Walt Disney World Resort, we’ll be offering a few special opportunities around the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park on April 13! Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog and Disney PhotoPass Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for more details.

Hop aboard your Doom Buggy and share your Haunted Mansion attraction photos using #HauntedPhotoPass!

*Disney PhotoPass Service and Memory Maker are subject to the applicable terms and policies. Includes photos taken during the applicable Memory Maker Window as defined in such terms (generally, photos taken (i) within one day for Memory Maker One Day or (ii) within 30 days from the date of first activation for standard Memory Maker). If Memory Maker is purchased at the advance purchase price, any photos taken within 3 days of the date Memory Maker is purchased are not included and must be purchased separately. A MagicBand is required to receive certain attraction photos and other digital content. Online registration required. Disney PhotoPass Photos in your account will expire pursuant to the expiration policy. Downloads are restricted to personal use only. Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Valid theme park admission required for certain photo locations.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Open May 31 at Disneyland Resort, August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios | Disney Parks Blog

Minutes ago, we shared an exciting announcement many of you have been waiting to hear – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening ahead of schedule on May 31 at Disneyland Resort in Southern California and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in
— Read on disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/03/star-wars-galaxys-edge-to-open-may-31-at-disneyland-resort-august-29-at-disneys-hollywood-studios/

More Changes Announced for Epcot

The Mature Mouse™ has not had the opportunity to publish original content over the past few months. However, I have tried to share with you new, valid, news concerning Walt Disney World, and occasionally Disneyland. Although nothing has yet been planned, The Mature Mouse™ is considering a west coast trip in 2020. I was only 12 the last time I was in Disneyland; it is time to go back to Walt’s original theme park. 

Thank you for sticking with me. There will be more original conect forthcoming. 

from Disney Parks Blog

First-of-its-Kind Play Pavilion, New Park Entrance Part of Epcot’s Historic Transformation

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

 

As many of you know, we’ve got BIG plans for our multi-year transformation of Epcot, with new experiences that’ll “Wow!” guests while keeping true to the original vision of the park. Today, we’re excited to share even more of what’s to come.

The ongoing evolution of Epcot includes plans for a play pavilion that’ll be unlike anything you’ve ever seen at the park. This new space will be devoted to playful fun and feature an innovative city that’ll come to life under the dome of the un-named pavilion previously known as Wonders of Life. The pavilion’s city will be bursting with interactive experiences, your favorite Disney characters, hands-on activities and engaging entertainment when it opens just in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort!

“This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we’ve ever created and is completely unique to Epcot,” said Zach Riddley, portfolio executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Built on the power of play, it introduces an immersive and interactive ‘city’ where you can explore, create, and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters. This is an experience worthy of our bold vision for Epcot – and another signature element of our transformation.”

There will also be exciting changes to the way you come and go at Epcot! As you can see above, changes are coming to the Epcot main entrance, where the plaza will welcome guests with new pathways, sweeping green spaces and a newly reimagined fountain. This new design will pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements.

As part of the new entry experience, Leave A Legacy photos will be moving into a beautiful setting just outside the park’s gateway. Additional significant redevelopment will begin between Spaceship Earth attraction and the World Showcase Promenade. More details about the transformation of this area will be announced at a later date.

And if you’re as excited as we are about these upcoming projects, you’ll soon be able to look into the future with us at a new Experience Center coming to Epcot later this year. The Experience Center will be located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion and feature interactive exhibits to help visualize park projects throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.

Here are some of the other exciting Epcot experiences we’ve shared:

Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the continuing transformation of Epcot.

More Details on the Disney Skyliner Gondola

This is a link to my previous post from Disney Parks Blog, Details of Skyliner at Walt Disney World.

The Mature Mouse™️ is concerned about the news regarding the lack of air conditioning on these gondolas. A special venting system, along with tinted windows, does not seem enough relief from the intense Florida sun. I hope I am wrong.

Update on the Disney Skyliner Gondola at Walt Disney World Resort

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Earlier this week, we shared the exciting update that our new Disney Skyliner gondola system will be operating at the Walt Disney World Resort in fall of 2019. Today, we’ve got more to share – a first look at one of the actual gondolas!

Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled the gondola to Disney fans during D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse event. And as you can see, Disney Skyliner will be fun and offer a new way to experience Walt Disney World Resort with amazing views only available from the sky. 

Follow this link to a short YouTube video: https://youtu.be/lgwa65BSmJM

Once operating, the gondola system will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort 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.

And select gondolas will have iconic Disney characters incorporated into their exterior design to give the appearance that a Disney pal is riding along with guests, such as characters from the ‘Fab Five,’ figures from Disney attractions, fan favorites from movies, and more.

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