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Disney Updates February 2018!

There are so many changes and magic happening in the world of Disney that I know I won’t come close to covering, so I picked out a few updates on WDW, Disneyland, and Disney Channel.


Walt Disney World:

  • Toy Story Land is opening up this summer so Disney’s Hollywood studios will soon be rolling out the red carpet before we know it! I’m excited to ride the Alien Swirling Saucers where I hope I get chosen by the claw, and I am really excited to ride Slinky Dog Dash because who doesn’t love Slinky? I also can not wait to see how awesome Andy’s backyard will look and of course just hanging out.
  • Hollywood Studios is keeping its name!! HOORAY! Since, the park is about movies, music, TV, and theater Disney has decided to keep its name because it just makes sense.
  • The exclusive Club 33 will be in all WDW parks. The Magic Kingdom will most likely be located in Adventureland  Veranda. Even though it is still under construction, the membership invites have begun! Membership price is $25,000 for joining fee and annual dues of $15,000. Members will be able to access all four Club 33 lounges at WDW but will NOT automatically be a member of Club 33 in Disneyland. Although Disney has not released an opening date, its speculated to open this year.



  • If you have recently visited the park, you have heard that Rancho Del Zocalo had stopped serving breakfast February 6, to make room for Red Rose Taverne’s breakfast which will be served from park opening to 11am that started February 7!
  • There is a single rider line for Space Mountain, which is crazy and amazing! Can I also just say FINALLY!!! I am very excited about this update.
  • Starting February 16, Black Panther will be joining the Marvel Meet and Greet characters in DCA’s Hollywood Backlot.
  • Today February 8 in 2001, marks the opening day of Dinsey California Adventure. Its crazy to think how much DCA has changed since opening day in 2001!


Disney Channel:

  • Premiering on DC in 2002 with 87 episodes and two animated movies, this typical high school redhead will have a Live action movie! Now it is still in early production, so there is no cast yet, BUT the series creator Mark McCorkle, Robert Schooley, and Josh Cagan will write the scripts and act as executive producer while Adam B Stein and Zach Lipovsky will co-produce. I am hoping for a cameo by Christie Carlson-Romano and of course, Will Friedle who voiced Kim and Ron.
  • ZOMBIES the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie will premier February 16, 2018. ITs starring Meg Donnelly, Milo Manhel, Emilia McCarthy and directed by Paul Hoen who also directed other DCOM’s and Disney Series such as Eddies Million Dollar Cook-Off, Jump In, Let It Shine, Even Stevens, Andi Mack, Jonas and so many more. So I’m sure ZOMBIES will be an amazing contribution to the DCOM family.



New Disney Park:

A brand new park rumored to open in the next four years to Tokyo Disney Resort. According to a Japanese Newspaper plans are being finalized for a space and flight-inspired theme park called Tokyo DisneySky. It sounds pretty interesting and I would love to see the concept art for this DisneySky.

I think the top things I am most excited for to see is Toy Story Land in WDW, and of course the Live-action Kim Possible! I grew up watching Kim Possible and it’s really quite exciting to see it come back after about 16 years.



Kingdom Keepers Series: Ridley Pearson

I love reading, I love how it takes me to an entirely different world and lets my imagination run free. The only bad thing is I am very picky about books, and I love reading series because I kind of get obsessed with reading and I will stay up all night reading, it will consume my life.


So, my last trip to Disneyland I went to Off the Page (the store in the Animation Academy building) and of course looking around when I came across a book that had Maleficent on it (favorite villain), I immediately picked it up and read the back instantly deciding I NEEDED this book. David (a cast member) came over and started talking to me about the book letting me know that the book I picked up is one of the newer books and I should start at the beginning of the series for it all to make more sense.


The series starts off with a group of middle school kids in Walt Disney World trying to defeat the Overtakers. The story follows the kids around as they grow up and go all throughout the parks (WDW and Disneyland) and of course the cruise line. David told me that Ridley Pearson before writing the books, got an exclusive tour of the parks so he could use as many details (on stage and backstage) where the kids are in the story.


There are (as of right now) eleven books in the series. In the Kingdom Keepers series, there are; Disney After Dark, Disney At Dawn, Disney in Shadow, Power Play, Shell Game, Dark Passage, and The Insider.

In the Kingdom Keepers: The Return series there are; Legacy of Secrets, Disney at Last Legacy of Secrets and The Syndrome. Now, David said this is around the time Pearson should be announcing a new book, and he thinks Pearson is going to have the kids in the international parks. Honestly, that would be amazing to me because I have only been to Disneyland Paris and reading about the other parks my imagination would seriously go wild. Will you join me in reading The Kingdom Keepers series?


25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 14

For $52.4 billion in stock, the Walt Dinsey Company acquire Twenty-First Century Fox. They announced that they have entered into an agreement for Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox, including the film and television studios, along with cable and international TV businesses. Disney’s commitment to deliver the highest quality branded entertainment, the acquisition of these complementary assets that allow Disney to create more appealing content, and building a direct relationship with consumers around the world delivering more of a compelling entertainment experience.


21st Century Fox will separate from the Fox Broadcasting network and stations: Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network into newly listed companies that will be spun off to its shareholders. Popular entertainment joining the Disney family include Avatar, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Anastasia, Modern Family, The Simpsons, and so much more.


As cool as I think this is, I do have my worries, BUT I think that is completely normal. I think this is a great step for Disney, now everyone who says Anastasia is a Disney Princess isn’t completely wrong. Although, for me, she is still an unofficial official Disney Princess. I’m curious to see if Disney will have a coronation ceremony for her or if she will stay an unofficial Disney princess? There are so many arguments going on in my head, what are your thoughts on everything going on? Let me know in the comments below!


Aladdin vs Aladdin!

As you may know, I absolutely LOVE Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular that performed at the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure. It was my ALL TIME FAVORITE show to watch and I was always in that theater. I felt like I was in actually in the movie and the Genie was PERFECTION he definitely stole the show hands down. He was everyone’s favorite with all his up to date jokes.


Aladdin on Broadway made me a little nervous because was it going to live up to my DCA’s version? Well, I had to find out and YES it was just as amazing but in its own way. I feel like the Genie still had a major part in the show (obviously) but in a different way than DCA’s. They were both completely different but similar in the same ways…if that makes sense.


For me, DCA’s version focused more on the comedic side of the movie, whereas the Broadway version focused more on the love story. Essentially the same storyline but told from different views. Genie was my favorite at DCA whereas I absolutely fell in love with Aladdin’s friends Babkak, Omar and Kassim. They, for me, were the most comedic for me. With a new show comes new music, and I immediately bought the soundtrack and still play all the time. My favorite songs that I listen to on replay non-stop is High Adventure and A Million Miles Away.


One thing I really miss was definitely the “animals” running around the audience, they did this for Prince Ali and A Whole New World in the DCA version and I loved it. I didn’t understand why they didn’t incorporate that in the Broadway version because they had animal puppets in the audiences for Lion King.


I know that they are two completely different shows and honestly they did an AMAZING job on both them. I would really love it if they came out on iTunes with a DCA version and Broadway version because I would buy it just like I bought Newsies!


On This Day!

November 25, 1992, Aladdin took us on a magic carpet ride and showed us a whole new world. The story, if you haven’t heard goes like this: A poor street rat named Aladdin spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. The adventure begins when he meets a girl who happens to be a princess running from her father trying to marry her to an acceptable suitor. Aladdin’s luck changes when he finds a magic lamp in the cave of wonders, but like any good story, there’s a twist when the Sultans sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp.


Scott Weinger (Aladdin), Robin Williams (Genie/Peddler), Lina Larkin (Princess Jasmine), Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), Frank Welker (Abu?Cave of wonders/Raja), Gilbert Gottfried (Iago) and so much more magical actors and actresses who bring our favorite and loveable  character to life along with the help of the directors Ron Clements and Jon Musker. Disney made two more movies about Aladdin, the sequel being Aladdin The Return of Jafar which came out May 20, 1994, and the third and final movie Aladdin and The King of Thieves came out August 13, 1996.


During the course of recording the voices, Robin Williams improvised so much they had almost sixteen hours of material. Because Robin Williams ad-libbed so many of his lines, the scripts were rejected for the best Adoption Screenplay Academy Award nomination. Originally, Jafar was more hot-tempered, while  Iago was a cool haughty British-type. The filmmakers felt having Jafar losing his temper too much made him less menacing so the personalities of the two characters were switched. The film became the 14th (and the first animated) movie to gross more than 200 million dollars. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken originally conceived the opening song “Arabian Nights” to be recurrent throughout the film, acting as narration. The idea was dropped when the visual and storytelling proved strong enough in their own right.


On Jan 17, 2003, Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular became a Broadway-style show that was performed at the Hyperion Theatre in Dinsey California Adventure which sadly ended 13 years later on Jan 10, 2016. It ran approximately 45 minutes seating 2,011, guests. There were 250 costume changes per show, 48 custom scenery change, and about 36 cast members. This was my all-time favorite show because it was truly a spectacular Broadway show that brought extra magic to the park.


Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar, ended up playing the live-action version in the Broadway musical. Aladdin premiered at the 5th avenue theater in Seattle in 2011. In 2012 after several regional and international productions. The musical was given a Toronto tryout in 2013 it opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam theater on March 20, 2014. There are 337 costumes in the show, over two million Swarovski crystals were used in the costuming. One pair of gold trousers used in “A Friend Like Me” uses 1,428 crystals alone.The cave of wonders where Aladdin first meets the Genie was built for the stage using the same golden material that was used for C-3PO in the Star Wars films. ‘Friend Like Me’ in the 1992 film was two minutes, but on the stage production, it became an eight-minute extravaganza. It takes 75 people to deliver each performance of Aladdin on tour.

Happy Birthday, Aladdin thank you so much for the adventure of love and laughter you bring to me everytime I watch your movie, show or listen to your soundtrack. Whatever way I watch or listen I always feel like I’m on a magic carpet ride.


Club Mickey Mouse Cast! 

The Mickey Mouse Club premiered back in 1955 and last aired in 1994 launching the careers of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and more. Club Mickey Mouse will premiere September 12, 2017, which will be for the digital age and consist of short videos no longer than three minutes a piece and will appear on Facebook and Instagram.

The cast includes:

-Regan Aliyah (17)
-WIll Simmons (17)
-Gabe de Guzman (16)
-Jenna Alverez (15)
-Leanne Tessa Lanston (17)
-Ky Baldwin (16)
-Sean Oliu (15)
-Brianna Mazzola (17)

2017 Club Mickey Mouse Mouseketeers. Photo courtesy of Disney Digital Network.

These new generation Mouseketeers will be starting in the new series along with their mentor Todrick Hall. I think Disney is doing a great job appealing to the new generation, which is all about social media. What are your thoughts on this new generation of Mouseketeers? Let me know in the comments below.


This Is Halloween!

The Pumpkin King has taken over the Disney cruise line and made it into a ghoulish wonderland. Starting With the Disney Fantasy September 2nd,(Disney Dream Sept. 4, Disney Wonder Sept. 15 and Disney Magic Sept. 27). You can take part in some haunted adventures. From Sing and scream to gathering around the pumpkin trees for spooky fun through the end of October.


On the ships, you can watch as the pumpkin trees magically transform as sprouting Jack-O-Lanterns and flickering lights appear. Dance the night away at the Mouse-Querade with your favorite Disney characters for a spooky costume party games, dance, and a LOT of candy.

Halloween on the High Seas—The Pumpkin Tree aboard the Disney Dream

In a special meet and greet with Jack and Sally, guests can enjoy sing and scream of Tim Burtons Nightmare Before Christmas. While listening to a mysterious sea captain tell the tales of the legends who once sailed the high seas.

Will you be joining this spooky fun?


AP Holders!


If you are a current Disney Annual Pass holder you are eligible for advanced tickets to Aladdin when it comes to the Hollywood Pantages Theater in January! All you have to do is enter the code 5PASS at checkout. Your tickets must be purchased by September 13, 2017!


Disney Did You Know?!

Did you know,


Before Walt Disney chose Anaheim, he almost built his park on a 7 acre studio lot in burbank where the park was almost named “Walt Disney’s America.” Disneyland was built on a 160 acre orange grove, displacing  more than 12,000 orange trees. Jack and Bill Evans, the landscapers made up for it though by planting more than 40 species of flowers and 700 exotic trees that grow along the Jungle Cruise alone. The iconic Mickey-head topiary contains 10,000 flowers which are replanted 6 times a year!


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