It is the middle of June which means we are just about 2 short weeks away from July! Which means guess what? CHRISTMAS IN JULY! That is just a roundabout excuse for this Christmas-loving girl to talk about my favorite holiday! But in all seriousness now is the perfect time to start thinking ahead to your Christmas season travel plans!
Walt Disney World is a wonderful destination to visit year round but during the holidays the magic increases even more with festive decorations in every inch of the parks and resorts as well as special Christmas events and holiday offerings! I always love planning a visit to the parks around the holiday season, which in Disney typically begins the first week in November and runs through the first week of the new year! During this time you can take in all the breathtaking holiday decorations at both the parks and resorts as well as take part in some of those special Christmas offerings I mentioned!
A fan favorite holiday event at Disney year after year is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! This is an extra-ticketed special event that takes place on select nights at the Magic Kingdom Park during the Christmas season. During the event you can enjoy a plethora of special holiday themed entertainment offerings and experiences! You will receive complimentary treats and refreshments throughout the park! Enjoy a special Christmas parade and wonderful holiday stage show and more! One of the main events during this festive evening is the specialty Christmas fireworks show!
This year a brand-new Christmas fireworks show will premiere as part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! The new show will be called, “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks!” That’s right! This brand-new fireworks spectacular, will light up the skies above Magic Kingdom during Christmas Party nights!
This new show will be hosted by Minnie Mouse herself and feature medleys of Christmas songs like “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Halls,” “Up on the House Top,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas!” What a perfect way to celebrate the season!’
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place this year on select nights from November 8 – December 22, 2019. If you are interested in a special way to experience this new show, consider adding on a fireworks dessert party. This experience gives you the chance to enjoy sweet treats all while enjoying a special reserved viewing area to take in the show!
Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner today for more information and to start planning your holiday travels! For now, Merry Christmas in June!
It is safe to say that Epcot is one of my all-time favorite parks at Walt Disney World! I love everything this park embodies, from the spirit of innovation in Future World to the spirit of travel in the World Showcase! Not to mention that throughout the year Epcot hosts several different festivals and events so there will always be something new to discover and enjoy! Yes, I think it is safe to say it is MY FAVORITE PARK!
Recently there has been a lot of announcements surrounding the future of Epcot! There are many new additions such as new attractions and dining experiences being added to the park as well as some intriguing changes that will be made to some existing sections of the park. If you have been to Disney World recently you know that Hollywood Studios has been going through a massive overhaul with the addition of Toy Story Land and the very soon to be Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge! Hollywood Studios now feels completely refreshed and the way I see it, with the announcements Disney has made it would appear that Epcot seems to be next on the list to receive a major revamp!
At D23 several years ago Disney announced several big additions including Toy Story Land, Galaxy’s Edge and Magic Kingdom’s Tron Coaster. Toward the end of that presentation Disney officials very briefly mention a reimagining coming to Epcot and they showed the following Blue Sky concept art. However, with all the other changes that were happening first they really didn’t give too much information about this future for Epcot. All this time myself and many other fans have been wondering when we would hear and know more about what will be coming to Epcot!
Well now we are starting to find out those details! Epcot is going to see several exciting enhancements in the coming months and years! Today I am excited to share with you what we have known and what has recently been announced for Epcot’s future!
The Future of Future World
Back at that D23 presentation that I mentioned we saw that piece of concept art that got everyone talking! Here you see the main hub of Epcot Future World and if you are familiar with that section of the park you would know that the scene proposed in this image is drastically different! First off, the iconic Fountain of Nations appears to be gone. Additionally, the large Innoventions buildings on both sides of the hub area are also completely gone. What I think is exciting about this image is the landscaping and the way that the area truly looks like a futurist city! This to me looks very reminiscent of Walt Disney’s original vision for Progress City which served as the inspiration for Epcot! Disney has still been quite about these changes but it is becoming highly rumored recently that the Innoventions buildings will soon be on their way out to make way for new plans. Very interesting!
About a week ago Disney did officially announce that the front entrance of Epcot will be revamped and they shared their concept art for this project! I am a big fan of their vision for the renovations to the entrance! I like that they are moving the leave-a-legacy plaques and bringing in more landscaped areas. The entrance area looks a lot more open and very pretty! I can imagine this will allow the Disney Landscaping team to get even more creative with their front entrance displays for the various festivals!
Guardians of the Galaxy
A brand-new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction will be coming to the area of Future World that once housed Ellen’s Energy Adventure! They are also bumping this area out to make for a very immersive new section of the park that will transport guests into the Marvel Universe! We don’t know too much yet about the attraction coming in here but we do know it will be along the lines of some type of a roller coaster like attraction.
Another new announcement Disney just recently made was about the Play pavilion. This name is not yet official but Disney for now is referring to this area as the Play Pavilion. This new pavilion will be coming to the building that was once the Wonders of Life Pavilion and in recent years has been used as the Festival Center for the various Epcot Festival
Adjacent from Test Track will be a brand-new restaurant themed to outer space! The restaurant will feature large windows showing scenes from outer space! This is going to be a very unique dining experience! I can’t wait for Disney to release more details about this restaurant!
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
Ratatouille is one of my favorite Disney Pixar movies so I have been so excited about the fact that we are getting a brand-new attraction based on Ratatouille coming to Epcot’s France Pavilion! This attraction will feature a state-of-the-art trackless ride system!
France Pavilion Expansion
With the addition of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, we will also be receiving a new extension to the France Pavilion itself featuring new side-streets and areas to explore! The concept art looks beautiful. Recently Disney also announced that one of the new additions to this France Pavilion expansion will be a brand-new Crêperie that will serve both sweet and savory crepe creations!
New Epcot Nighttime Spectacular
Epcot’s Nighttime Spectacular IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will be coming to an end at the end of this year to make way for a brand-new Nighttime Spectacular! I personally am very excited for this new show update. As much as I love IllumiNations, I am excited to see what Disney has up their sleeve with this new fireworks spectacular! We know that the new show will showcase how Disney music plays a role in cultures around the world! Before the new show premiers there will first be a limited-time show called ‘Epcot Forever’ which will pay tribute to the classic Epcot! I can’t wait to see that!
To hear more about the new additions and changes coming to Epcot watch our new YouTube video!
Contact your Kingdom Magic vacations Travel Planner to book your next adventure to Walt Disney World or to whatever destination you are dreaming of visiting next! Our knowledgeable team is excited to help your vacation dreams become a reality.
Today Disney made the announcement of all announcements! The news we have all been waiting for… the exact opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge at both Disneyland and Disney World! After months of us Disney fans speculating and crafting our own theories and opening day predictions, we now know officially when we will be able to journey to this galaxy far far away!
Galaxy’s Edge will be a brand new land that will completely immerse guests into the Star Wars universe! The land will feature two brand new, revolutionary attractions, unique food and beverage offerings, character interactions, specialty merchandise and more! The new land will be coming to both the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida! Galaxy’s Edge will be groundbreaking for the Disney Parks!
Alright so now lets talk about the opening dates! Drumroll please! ………..
Galaxy’s Edge: Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort – Anaheim California
May 31, 2019
Galaxy’s Edge: Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort – Orlando Florida
August 29, 2019
These opening dates were an exciting surprise! Prior to finding out the official opening dates this morning, the rumor going around was that the opening dates were going to be much later in the year. Thats why so many including myself are beyond thrilled that the openings are a lot closer than we expected! These openings are just right around the corner!
Lets take a look at some of the fun you can look forward to in Galaxy’s Edge!
Galaxy’s Edge will be home to two brand new state-of-the-art attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance! These attractions will be first of their kind and introduce new technology never before seen in theme parks!
In Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, guests will find themselves right in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order! From the information we know this attraction will hold the longest duration for a Disney attraction! The experience will actually have multiple rides within the same attraction! This is a first for the Disney Parks!
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, will be very interactive and allow guests to take the controls of the fastest ship in the galaxy on a special mission! How you perform your task during the mission will actually effect the outcome of your missions success! We know that there will be multiple ride sequences and every time you ride the attraction it will be a different experience!
Food and Beverage Offerings!
Galaxy’s Edge will be a complete immersion into the Star Wars Universe! Every aspect of the land will be fully themed and that includes the food and beverage offerings! There will be many unique items that guest can taste!
You can visit Oga’s Cantina which will be a great place to grab a drink and catch up on the latest gossip while R-3X, formerly the Starspeeder pilot on the original Star Tours, DJ’s a collection of new music! Throughout the land you will find everything from quick-service meals to specialty drinks and snacks!
SO MUCH MORE!
In addition to world-class attractions and galactic culinary offerings there will be so much more to discover in Galaxy’s Edge! You can shop for specialty Star Wars merchandise that will be exclusive to the land! An item that we know will be very popular is the create your own light saber experience!
Throughout the land you will also get to have many exciting character interactions with your favorite Star Wars characters! Not only will you get to interact with characters but you will get to become a character in the story yourself! Depending on how you perform during such attractions such as Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run you will gain a reputation that you can get asked about during your visit in the land! This technology will be groundbreaking and truly give you the experience of being fully transported into the Star Wars Universe!
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Rooms are filling up quickly now that we know the opening dates so be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan your next vacation and get to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for yourself!
Did you just have the trip of a lifetime, and now you’re back home wishing you were back at the kingdom?
What do you do when the reality of life may make you a bit blue in the heart? Well, the best thing for you to do is a have a mini vacay with the kingdom magic at home. Here are some great ideas for that.
The cupcakes are coming to Disney Springs. What’s that you say? Cupcakes. NO. Actually, let me make a correction.
Sprinkles Cupcakes are coming to Disney Springs. Yes! If you have never tasted the joy that is a Sprinkles cupcake, well…make sure you pay a visit to Disney Springs and enjoy. It truly is a delectable experience.
Excited about your trip to Disneyland for the whole family, but dreading the thought of those long lines and crowds? You know the lines will be there, but now you can also plan ahead for a time when they will be a bit more manageable. What are we talking about? Take a look at the new crowd forecaster that was recently put out. Essential for your trip planning to the magic kingdom.
If you loved the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and let’s face it…who didn’t? Well, you will be happy to know that there will be more Guardians coming your way on the small screen before you have to wait for their next adventure in the movie theatre. What are we talking about? The new Guardians of the Galaxy animated series. And we have the details here.
So you’re planning your trip to Florida and Disneyworld and you want to know what else there is to do out there. Well, we have you covered with some interesting suggestions from one family that took a trip out that direction.
Take a look at their adventure and get some ideas for your own adventures.
The D23 Expo is this year at Disneyland, and it’s going to be a magical time for many a fan. If you are interested in finding out more about this event, flyers and details were made recently and can be found online for your perusal. Take a moment to look through this entry for more details.
Disneyland in Anaheim, CA is still the original, and many people make it their dream family vacation destination. But when you get here, be sure you are prepared for the fullest experience you can possibly have. And how might you get that? Well, it’s a secret…but one worth sharing with you. Take a look at some of the best Disneyland secrets to help you get ready for your trip.
Ever wonder about visiting Trader Sam’s tiki bar at the Disney Hotel? Did you ever wonder what a tiki bar is in the first place? Well, wonder no more as we bring you this great article not only on the history of Trader Sam’s, but also on the history of the tiki bar itself. Take a look and enjoy.
Calling all food and wine fans! The Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be starting on September 25th this year, and this week Disney has released the full menus for all the marketplace booths that you’ll be able to sample food and wine from! There are even a few new booths inspired by the ABC daytime show The Chew for you to check out in Future World! You can download the menus and locations of the marketplace booths, and start planning how you’re going to wine and dine around the world at Epcot this fall!
Right now at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests are enjoying Frozen Summer Fun which includes the opportunity for kids ages 3-12 to be transformed into an ice princess at the new Ice Palace Boutique! The Frozen fun begins July 26th and not only includes a makeover package but also an Ice Palace Cafe where guests can enjoy Frozen-inspired treats! So if you have a little one who loves Frozen (and let’s be serious, who doesn’t?) make sure you plan your Disney vacation this summer for lots of Frozen fun!
When Walt Disney had the dream to build a magical theme park, he looked to a few venues to observe and research to figure out how to make it. After lots of research, visits, and considerations, he finally created what is known as the first theme park in the world, and one of the most popular as well. So which venues did Disney look at when creating his masterpiece? Electric Park in Missouri, Coney Island in New York, Griffith Park in Los Angeles, Henry Ford’s Museum and Greenfield Village, and Children’s Fairyland in San Francisco.