Disney News & Listener Questions from 12/4/2016 – Episode 16

In this week’s episode, for December 4, 2016, Jon and Lysa will be discussing news and current events at Disney Destinations around the world as well as taking your listener questions on Disney travel.

Show Notes
Disney Debuts Holiday Light Show at Disney Springs
New Enhancements Arrive on the Disney Wonder
Disney Announced New “4 Park Magic Ticket”
Pandora – World of Avatar Confirmed Opening in Summer 2017
Disney Offers Private Cabanas for Rent in Magic Kingdom
Rivers of Light Opens for Cast Member Previews
Main Street Electrical Parade Returning to Disneyland on January 2

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You can submit Disney trip planning questions for us to answer on the show by e-mailing us at podcast@MouseDreamsBlog.com, by tweeting your question to @MouseDreamsBlog on Twitter, or by visiting the listener questions page on our website at www.MouseDreamsBlog.com/podcastquestions. We would love to answer your questions on travel including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line. Have a great week everyone and thanks for listening!

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Main Street Electrical Parade Coming to Disneyland Park on January 20

msep-2Guests at Disneyland Park will have a chance to take in the iconic Main Street Electrical Parade for its final run beginning on January 20, 2017 and running through June 18. This parade first premiered at Disneyland in 1972 and has been in use ever since at Disney Parks around the world.

Disney is also hosting a special preview event on January 19 where guests will get to stay in the park after closing for a special performance of the parade as well as access to select rides and restaurants from 7:30 pm to midnight. Tickets to this preview night go on sale on Tuesday, December 6 to annual pass holders and on December 13 to the general public. Tickets may be purchased at a ticket booth or by calling 714-781-INFO (714-781-4636).

Disney described the Main Street Electrical Parade as…

…treasured Disney tunes interwoven with the distinctive “Baroque Hoedown” synthesized soundtrack, the Main Street Electrical Parade brings a variety of beloved Disney stories to life in parade floats covered in approximately half a million twinkling lights. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy lead the way and Cinderella, Peter Pan, Snow White, Pinocchio and Alice in Wonderland are among the characters whose stories unfold along the parade route. Tinker Bell now appears with other fairies on the Peter Pan float.

Some of the parade’s most impressive scenes are the 23-foot-tall Clock Tower looming over Cinderella’s Ball, attended by elegant ballroom dancers in costumes covered with lights; and the 108-foot-long finale unit, a red-white-and-blue tribute to America. Elliot, the smoke-breathing, tail-wagging “Pete’s Dragon,” weighs more than 5,600 pounds and is 16 feet tall, more than 10 feet wide and 38 feet long. Guests will need to keep an eye out for Elliot, who disappears from time to time along the route.

Let us know your thoughts below on the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade to Disneyland Park.

Main Street Electrical Parade Leaving Disney World, Heading to Disneyland

MSEPAfter news not too long ago that the Paint the Night Parade was ending at Disneyland in September, Disney World has now announced that their Magic Kingdom nighttime parade, the historic Main Street Electrical Parade, will end its run on October 9, 2016. This parade, which started in 1972 at Disney Parks, returned to the Magic Kingdom in 2010 for what was called a “limited engagement”, but has been around for six years.

After this news came out it was also confirmed that the Main Street Electrical Parade will be traveling across the country and finding a new home at the Disneyland Park in what is again being called a “limited time engagement”.

The popular Paint the Night parade at Disneyland, which is closing on September 5th, now appears to be returning for select nights during the 2016 Holiday season before being completely replaced by the Main Street Electrical Parade. It remains to be seen if Paint the Night will head to Disney World, as rumored, after that time.

 

Disney News & Listener Questions from 8/7/2016 – Episode 12

In this week’s episode, for August 7, 2016, Jon and Lysa will be discussing news and current events at Disney Destinations around the world as well as taking your listener questions on Disney travel.

Please send any questions about the show to host@mousedreamsblog.com and visit our website, www.MouseDreamsBlog.com for more information. Also, like our Facebook page at Facebook.com/MouseDreamsblog and follow us on Twitter @MouseDreamsBlog.

Finally, thanks to our sponsors and friends at Big Dreams Travel, an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. Visit them at www.bigdreamstravelusa.com to help with your next vacation.

You can submit Disney trip planning questions for us to answer on the show by e-mailing us at podcast@MouseDreamsBlog.com, by tweeting your question to @MouseDreamsBlog on Twitter, or by visiting the listener questions page on our website at www.MouseDreamsBlog.com/podcastquestions. We would love to answer your questions on travel including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line. Have a great week everyone and thanks for listening!

Show Notes
PizzeRizzo Opening This Fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
My Disney Experience App Getting a Navigation Feature
Disney World Announced New Water Ride “Miss Fortune Falls”
“Frozen: A Musical Spectacular” Coming to Disney Cruise Line
Disneyland Confirms All Three Nighttime Spectaculars Are Closing…Even Paint the Night
New Details of Star Wars Land at Disneyland
Disneyland Announced Week Long Photopass Services
Guardians of the Galaxy Themed Ride to Replace Tower of Terror at Disneyland

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Disneyland Confirms All Three Nighttime Spectaculars Are Closing…Even Paint the Night

World of ColorDisneyland confirmed news most fans did not want to hear yesterday. Paint the Night, the parade at Disneyland Park, will be closing on September 5 as the Diamond Celebration comes to an end. In the last few days Disneyland has announced that both World of Color – Celebrate! and the Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks would be ending around the same time, but nothing had been said until yesterday about Paint the Night.

World of Color – Celebrate and Fantasy in the Sky were both shows that were probably slightly underwhelming. The original World of Color (which is returning) is widely thought of as a better show compared to the newer version of the last couple of years. Furthermore, the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks did bring some unique aspects with the projection technology and other elements the fireworks show itself was not quite as impressive to most guests at earlier shows in that park.

The big disappointment from fans though will come with the lost of Paint the Night. This parade has become a beloved show after having just been present in the park since the start of the Diamond Celebration. Now, it too will be going dark leaving a lot of questions as to what is coming as far as nighttime entertainment at Disneyland, especially with Fantasmic! down for refurbishment of the Rivers of America section of the park. We do know that World of Color is coming back in something close to its original form, but nothing else has been announced as nighttime entertainment. So, it remains to be seen what parades and fireworks will show up next at the Disneyland Resort.

New Details Released for Star Wars Land at Disneyland Park

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The Disney Parks Blog has just released a new piece of concept art regarding the under construction Star Wars Land at Disneyland Park. The concept art is absolutely stunning and if you view the larger version of the picture by clicking on it you can see the detail is amazing. Here is the full article from the Disney Parks Blog:

In April, we celebrated the official groundbreaking of Star Wars-themed lands coming toDisneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, and beginning today, Disneyland park guests can get a glimpse of this exciting and immersive experience. A new image has been unveiled on the fence along Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland – one of the entry points to this never-before-seen planet in the Star Wars galaxy – revealing more about what guests will find in this all-new land.

Nestled between towering spires of rock, this thriving port contains a seemingly familiar architecture of markets, landing zones and buildings. Look closely and you may find hints of some of the thrilling experiences that are coming – like the Millennium Falcon peeking out of one of the cargo bays, marking the location where guests will get the opportunity to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.

The 14-acre land will be the largest-ever single-themed land expansion at Disneyland Resort.

Let us know your thoughts on this new concept art by commenting below.

Star Wars Land Concept Art Released

This past Sunday evening during the “Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland at 60” event on ABC Disney announced several new details as well as pieces of concept are for the new Star Wars Land coming to Disneyland in California and Hollywood Studios in Florida.

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Harrison Ford, one of the stars of the Star Wars movies, presented the segment that simply referred to this project as the “Star Wars Experience”. During the presentation guests saw artwork of the Millennium Falcon attractions which it appears will actually give guests control of the infamous ship.

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Another part of the presentation look at a new ride that is going to deal with a battle sequence and some sources are describing this as a dark ride similar to Spiderman at Universal Studios. This ride is thought to center around subject matter from the newest film, The Force Awakens.

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Finally, the video showed images of a walk through Millennium Falcon, the Cantina, a street market, and a sit down “dinner club” dining experience.

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Let us know your thoughts on these new details by commenting below.