New details unveiled on Animal Kingdom’s “Rivers of Light” featured show. Looks like this will be incredible when it is unveiled spring 2016, and is an awesome step in expanding the offerings at Animal Kingdom!
Speaking of Animal Kingdom, a new signature restaurant, Tiffans, will open in 2016.
The Good Dinosaur merchandise is now available in Disney parks. The Good Dinosaur will be released on November 25th!
Hey howdy hey everyone! Here’s your Disney news roundup for this week!
•You can watch the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights LIVE this Wednesday at 10:30EST! Follow this link for more info.
•Santa has arrived at Disney Springs!! Starting now through December 24th, you can meet Santa utilizing a virtual queue (much like restaurant pagers) so you can wait to see him while enjoying all of the fun of Disney Springs!
Hey everyone!! It’s time for your weekly Disney news roundup!
•Hey Amy, this one’s for you! There’s a new game out called Disney’s Dream Sweets and just might make fans of candy crush drool. This game had me, (obviously a big Disney parks fan if I’ve been blogging about them for over 2 yrs lol) from the opening screen! You get to customize the game to your family and the levels are various restaurants around the world. And I don’t mean just around WDW, since some refer to it as such, I mean the entire world! There are levels from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris. And since I’ve only play around 22 levels, I can only assume that in the following 108 levels we’ll visit more Disney destinations. My girls loved the customization part too. And the animation of them eating the treat once they make the correct amount of matches is quite funny. “Hahahaha! Mommy, Daddy just ate 9 Dole Whips!!” Lots of fun for kiddos! Check it out here. Or better yet, just go download it here (ios) or here (droid).
•Starting November 27, you will be able to experience the holidays around the world in Epcot’s World Showcase. This event looks like something you won’t want to miss if you’re vacationing during its run. There will be lots to choose from including live music and opportunities to learn and experience how different cultures celebrate their holidays.
•Okay, so I don’t wanna sound crazy but this one is KIND OF a big deal. You can now visit the Retail MagicBand on Demand store to create your own custom magic bands! They’ve even got the most desirous yet elusive purple magic band! Check this post out for all the details.
•Pretty sure I’m most excited about this one: The Disney Cruise Line has just released a little bit about the Disney Infinity experience that they’re premiered yesterday aboard the Disney Dream. I know for a fact my kids are going to LOVE standing on a huge infinity base and becoming a real infinity character! And the fact that you get to download all of the exclusive content (including custom toy boxes you make while onboard) is the best part!! SO very cool!
•Speaking of the Disney Cruise Line, the sailings’ (both the Dream and Fantasy) iteneraries for this past weekend were altered to avoid hurricane Joaquin. Below is a video from one of the Fantasy’s passengers on board on October 1st. As of now, both ships and all passengers and crew were safe and sound though it is unclear if the Fantasy encountered some technical difficulties. The Fantasy’s debarkation time was pushed back.
•This one’s not directly Disney-related but I couldn’t resist (after one of my good friends shared it with me) including this in today’s news! Not sure if I could actually eat them, they’re so cool! You can check him out on instagram or youtube.
And that’s all I have folks. Stay tuned to hear back from Amy and her exciting trip report from her trip on the Disney Dream! ~Meredith ºoº
Here’s our weekly news roundup for you! Lots of great stuff this week! Y’all ready for this??
•A Night of Joy was a night to remember for American Idol finalist Colton Dixon at this year’s annual special event at Disney’s Magic Kingdom held this past Friday and Saturday. This year’s event was sold out for both nights! You can see the full lineup of who performed when here.
•The winner of Walt Disney World’s Best Grandparent Contest Winner was announced. The contest was held to celebrate Grandparent’s Day and the announcement included an excerpt from the winner’s entry.
•Sarah covered this week’s announcement all about the Halloween Treats to be available beginning tomorrow at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party. The event runs through November 1st of this year. Ticket prices start at $68 and can be purchased directly through the WDW website or by contacting your Disney travel agent. For me, this is one of my very favorites. It’s such a fun and different way to experience the Magic Kingdom and it’s worth it to see the MK transform for a night. And if I haven’t already said it enough on here, the fireworks are the BEST of any fireworks show there. ‘Nuff said! And I can’t wait to see and hear about Sarah’s MNSSHP experience next month!
•Hong Kong Disneyland celebrated 10 years on Friday. The celebrations included special fireworks and an announcement that Fairy Tale Forest will be coming to Fantasyland. The concept art looks a bit familiar, could it be this new area will be akin to the Tangled bathrooms at WDW’s Magic Kingdom?
•This Halloween time, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is also getting into the season’s fun with a special Minnie Mouse transformation. This looks adorable and will be perfect for parents looking to attend the Halloween party but don’t necessarily want to make or buy a costume and either return to the resort to change, or carry the costumes all day long and change in the park bathrooms (People do this. I know, I did it with my girls haha!) It also looks as though you’ll be able to ask for just the hairstyle only during your child’s transformation in case she wants a Princess dress, but the fun Halloween ribbons. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended and the sooner you book, the better!
•The photos taken from this year’s Disneyland’s Half Marathon are awesome and can be found here. The Walt and Mickey couple was super cute, but I think I have to give it to the running churro for best running costume!
•In case you missed it, last night this year’s Miss America was crowned and aired on ABC, But did you know that the contestants actually visited the WDW resort last month as part of their preparations? And can I just say, they picked the perfect CM’s for this video?! Tiana was spot-on and Belle’s voice was near perfect.
And the winner of the Rubba Ducks giveaway is Trish McKenzie! Email us your mailing address to email@example.com and we will get your prize sent to you. Congrats and thanks to everyone for entering!
That’s it for today. Join us back tomorrow for more Disney fun! ~Amy ºoº
Here is your roundup of news around the Disney universe for the week:
Reservations may now be booked for a new holiday dining experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine Dinner. There is no where else you can dine with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy in their Christmas attire! This dinner option is $52.99 per adult and $31.99 per child age 3 to 9 (plus tax and gratuity) and includes VIP seating for Fantasmic! You can make reservations now online or via 407 939-3463.
The Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s BoardWalk resort will be closed February 2016 through November 2016 for a major refurb.
New merchandise has debuted at Aulani, and I for one think this necklace is beautiful!
The 8th Annual Tour de Turtles took place last weekend at Disney’s Vero Beach resort. Reseachers from Disney’s Animal Programs and the Sea Turtle Conservancy attached satellite transmitters to two loggerhead sea turtles, Tinker Bell and Marina and then sent them on their merry way in the deep blue ocean!
Applications are now being accepted for the Disney Dreamers Academy. High school students can apply to be part of this life changing program.
•Our first bit of news comes straight from and completely about us! And we’re all super excited to announce (drumroll please), that we’re now in the process of recording a weekly podcast for all our readers! That’s right! We’ll be recording and posting a weekly podcast and covering a plethora of Disney topics. We’ve been working hard to get this ready to go and we’re so excited to finally let everyone listen. You can listen to our very first episode NOW!! Yep! Head on over here to listen to episode 1. We chatted about the rumors and truths about Hollywood Studios and what it could potentially mean for that park. So, if you’re interested in hearing about Star Wars, Pixar Place, and more from HS, definitely head on over and listen. And please, let us know what you think? What could we do better? What did you like about it? What would make the next episode better? And is there a topic that you’d like us to discuss? Comment, tweet, or PM us!
You can listen to our podcast either by listening or downloading the episode straight from our website, or you can access us on iTunes by searching for ” The Mouse and the Monorail ” in podcasts. (If you look today and don’t see us, please use the web page for this episode. Apple has informed us that sometimes it takes a few days for it to show up on everyone’s devices). Updated to add: We should be visible and searchable in iTunes now.
And, we can also be found in the Google PlayStore by using the Podcast Addict app to find us.
•We’re gonna go ahead and officially call this one a rumor, but only because we haven’t gotten an official confirmation from Disney. John C. Reilly has confirmed that he will reprise his role as Ralph, from Wreck-Ralph, in a movie sequel!
•A little fun from San Diego Comic Con here: the stars from both Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Peggy Carter had quite a bit of fun taking social media over with their #secretdubsmashwarriors posts. These are super fun and it’s so refreshing to see celebrities enjoying themselves, being real, and letting everyone watch their shenanigans.
•Disneyland is celebrating 60 years and I saw this little article about the first kids in the park and thought it’d be nice and interesting to include in today’s news.
•D23 EXPO 2015 will feature the biggest Star Wars™ and Disney video games in a special presentation in the signature 7,500-seat Hall D23 theater and in Disney Interactive’s pavilion on the show floor.