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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure to Open Summer 2020 at Epcot

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will open summer 2020 in the France pavilion at Epcot and suddenly I want to fast forward to June! Disney Imagineers are busy at work, creating the immersive attraction that will bring guests on an adventure with Chef Remy through Gusteau’s restaurant.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is an attraction based on Disney and Pixar’s hit film, “Ratatouille,” The family-friendly attraction will invite you to shrink down to the scale of a rat for a culinary adventure with Chef Remy.

You’ll race across Gusteau’s kitchen floor aboard special trackless ride vehicles, which you can see in the image at the top of this post – just released today – as Disney Imagineers work on bringing this attraction to life.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is one of several new experiences coming to Epcot as part of the park’s major transformation which is already underway.

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Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Set to Open March 4, 2020 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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I’m more excited than ever about Spring Break 2020 because we’re headed to Walt Disney World and now Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is set to open right before we get there! Yep, the Disney Parks Blog released more details today about this brand new attraction opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the official opening date is and is opening March 4, 2020!

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be the first Disney ride-through attraction featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, that will draw guests inside a Mickey cartoon for a fun-filled adventure where “Mouse rules apply” and anything can happen! I can’t wait to experience it! Have you already made travel plans to visit there, too? If so, when are you going on your next trip to Walt Disney World?

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“Mickey’s Happy Holidays” Joins Holiday Entertainment Lineup at Disney California Adventure

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With the Holdiays at Disneyland Resort just around the corner beginning November 8, there’s more exciting news for guests visiting the resort. Just announced today, “Mickey’s Happy Holidays” will be a part of the holiday entertainment lineup at Disney California Adventure. This character celebration will include Mickey Mouse and pals. Guests will dance and sing along with Mickey Mouse and friends during the all new *“Mickey’s Happy Holidays” celebration. Mickey is joined by favorite Disney and Pixar characters as they dance along to high-energy music, led by the merry rhythms of the Holiday Toy Drummers. Mickey, Minnie, Chip n’ Dale, Goofy and Clarabelle all don new Festival of Holidays attire, specifically for the “Mickey’s Happy Holidays” celebration. The Country Bears and the Pixar characters also sport fun seasonal overlays for the show.
Returning in 2019 is the dazzling “World of Color – Season of Light,” a holiday-themed production of this nighttime spectacular that features lights, lasers, water, fire and hundreds of fountains bringing animation to life.
Disney Festival of Holidays brings the spirit of the season to life through lively entertainment, festive food and beverage and special traditions. Children will enjoy craft stations and everyone will appreciate the delicious food at Festival Foods Marketplace, featuring a mix of holiday dishes and beverages that bridge many diverse cultures and family traditions.

The Holiday Sunset Concerts features new music this year from The Suffragettes, who rock holiday chart-topping hits from favorite musical artists (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights). This new band joins the explosive energy of Phat Cat Swinger, the West Coast’s “Little-Big Band” that plays a swinging selection of irresistible holiday music, presented with a fresh new twist (Wednesday through Saturday nights).

Additional Festival of Holidays entertainment includes musical and dance performances by Mostly Kosher, Blue13 Dance Company, The Sound and the GRAMMY® Award-winning Mariachi Divas.

The Three Caballeros host the popular “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” celebration, featuring folklórico and samba dancers, live musicians, and Mickey and Minnie in their fiesta best.

Disney Festival of Holidays begins on November 8 and continues through January 6, 2020. For more information, including showtimes, pleae visit

*“Mickey’s Happy Holidays” will run twice daily, with show moments at Paradise Gardens Park and Carthay Circle.

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Celebrate the Holiday Season at Disneyland Resort from Nov. 8, 2019 to Jan. 6, 2020

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
It’s November 1st, so in my book, it’s perfectly acceptable to now start talking about Christmas and all things surrounding the holidays. I don’t think I’ve ever been more ready for the Holidays at The Disneyland Resort than I am now! This year, the resort will be transformed into the Merriest Place on Earth and guests can experience the holidays beginning Friday, November 8, 2019 through Jan. 6, 2020.

Resort guests will be dazzled by the return of “World of Color – Season of Light,” a holiday-themed production of this nighttime spectacular that features lights, lasers, water, fire and hundreds of fountains bringing animation to life. Also returning are guest-favorite holiday experiences and entertainment, including Disney Festival of Holidays – which honors the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas/Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day (Jan. 3-6) – and the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular. Guests may even partake in a “Frozen” adventure as they encounter Anna and Elsa in the theme parks, just in time to celebrate the release of Disney’s new animated film, “Frozen 2,” in theaters Nov. 22, 2019.

Guests plan their seasonal visits to Disneyland Resort year after year to experience beloved Holiday traditions and festive cheer, from snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A., to glistening décor, Disney-themed treats and merchandise, holiday entertainment and the one-of-a-kind transformations that create “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday.

Here are some of the holday offerings you’ll find at Disneyland Park: 

Guests entering Disneyland are greeted by a magnificent. 60-foot tall Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A., decorated with nearly 1,800 ornaments. The classic tree is an ideal location for holiday photos, to document the magical memory for a lifetime.

Mickey, Minnie, Disney Princesses and Santa celebrate the season in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a daily procession with floats, music and marching “tin soldiers.” Guests may wave to Anna, Elsa and Olaf, who bid them a warm winter welcome from their fantastic “Frozen” float.

The holiday magic shines brightly with the glow of the shimmering icicles and twinkling lights on Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, enchanting guests from day to night.In the evening, the spectacular “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular and its magical snowfall finale create lasting holiday memories for guests.

Disneyland guests also will want to experience the popular seasonal transformations of these attractions:
“it’s a small world” is transformed each evening into “it’s a small world” Holiday, with 50,000-plus colorful lights, music and video projections. Inside the attraction, holiday magic takes guests around the world and back as dolls and toys representing children enjoy the distinctive holiday traditions of their countries.‘Twas “The Nightmare before Christmas” and all through the Haunted Mansion, Jack Skellington and his friends are causing a collision between Christmas and Halloween to transform the Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday.**Haunted Mansion Holiday is inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Here’s what you can find at Disney California Adventure Park: 

The nighttime spectacular “World of Color – Season of Light” wraps guests in the warm glow of holiday magic. Fusing cherished holiday music sung by beloved artists with memorable moments from treasured Disney animated films, this sparkling winter fantasy is magical for all ages. This production of “World of Color” is made extra brilliant with dazzling lights, lasers and high-definition projections.

Disney Festival of Holidays brings the spirit of the season to life through lively entertainment and special traditions. Children will enjoy craft stations and everyone will appreciate the delicious food at Festive Foods Marketplace, featuring a mix of holiday dishes and beverages that bridge many diverse cultures and family traditions.The Three Caballeros host the popular “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” celebration, featuring folklórico and samba dancers, live musicians, and Mickey and Minnie in their fiesta best.The holidays are zooming into Cars Land and the residents are racing to celebrate the season. Two attractions rely on holiday magic to transform into Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree. The whimsical “Snowcar” greets guests on the road to Radiator Springs, and each “Cars” character also gets a holiday makeover at their Route 66 address to reflect their personality.Santa Claus is coming to town! Guests will enjoy special holiday-themed activities with Santa and his sleigh full of mischievous elves at Santa’s Holiday Visit at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.As guests enter the park and stroll along Buena Vista Street, a dazzling, 50-foot Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle to help guests get in the holiday spirit. The tree and surrounding buildings are decorated with vintage-style ornaments in keeping with the theme of Buena Vista Street, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920’s. Pacific Wharf, Hollywood Land and Grizzly Peak will also sparkle with holiday décor throughout the season.Guests will drift into a wintry mood as they encounter the splendid sisters Anna and Elsa inside the Disney Animation building. Guests may also relive the story of the Disney blockbuster film “Frozen” as they immerse themselves in the wondrous magic and music in the spectacular stage musical, “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion.”

Throughout the resort, guests will discover holiday culinary treats and festive fare, along with special merchandise for the merry season.
Also during the holiday season, the Downtown Disney District will be full of festive shopping, dining and entertainment and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort also join in the yuletide celebration with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and holiday-inspired eats and treats.

What are YOU most excited for this holiday season? Are you planning a visit to the Disneyland Resort? Share your plans with me in the comments. I’d love to hear all about them!

For more information about the Holidays at Disneyland Resort, please visit HERE.

All-New ‘Epcot Forever’ Nighttime Spectactular Debuts at Walt Disney World

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 
Epcot Forever”, a new nighttime spectacular at Walt Disney World Resort, debuted last night on World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot. The limited-time show is a celebration of the past, present and future of Epcot and built around the magical soundtrack guests have come to know and love at the park. The new show will feature fireworks, lighting, lasers and choreographed, special effects kites, accompanied by a stirring collection of songs that paints a colorful picture of Epcot. Disney Parks Live Entertainment is collaborating on the show with noted conductor and composer Don Harper, who is producing all-new arrangements of classic Epcot tunes to weave into the soundtrack of “Epcot Forever.”

“‘Epcot Forever’ is a celebration of what Epcot has been and what Epcot is going to become, Music is the star of the show, and we use songs going back to the very beginnings of Epcot to music in the park today – from attractions, spectaculars and other shows – and put them into a fireworks spectacular on the lagoon every night. Guests are going to hear music they know and love but in a whole new way.”- Alan Bruun, show director for Disney Parks Live Entertainment.

I felt so fortunate to have gotten to watch a live stream of the “Epcot Forever” debut via the Disney Parks Blog and I not only did I have goosebumps watching, I also had (happy) tears streaming down my cheeks. This nighttime spectacular is beautiful and I cannot wait to see it in person on my next trip to Walt Disney World Resort. If you didn’t get to watch the stream, you can check the replay here:

Do you have a favorite nighttime spectacular at Walt Disney World Resort? Share with me in the comments.

For more information about the Walt Disney World Resort and to book your next vacation, visit their site HERE.

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Celebrate the Holiday Season at Disneyland Resort Nov. 8 – Jan. 6

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

Do you love the holidays as much as I do? Well this year, The Disneyland Resort will transform into the Merriest Place on Earth beginning November 8, 2019 and will run through January 6, 2020.Guests will be dazzled by the return of “World of Color – Season of Light”,  a holiday-themed production of this nighttime spectacular that features lights, lasers, water, fire and hundreds of fountains bringing animation to life. Also returning are guest-favorite holiday experiences and entertainment, including Disney Festival of Holidays – which honors the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas/Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day (Jan. 3-6) – and the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular. Guests may even partake in a “Frozen” adventure as they encounter Anna and Elsa in the theme parks, just in time to celebrate the release of Disney’s new animated film, “Frozen 2,” in theaters Nov. 22, 2019.Guests plan their seasonal visits to Disneyland Resort year after year to experience beloved Holiday traditions and festive cheer, from snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A., to glistening décor, Disney-themed treats and merchandise, holiday entertainment and the one-of-a-kind transformations that create “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday.Here’s what you will find at each park this holiday season:

At Disney California Adventure Park

  • The nighttime spectacular “World of Color – Season of Light” wraps guests in the warm glow of holiday magic. Fusing cherished holiday music sung by beloved artists with memorable moments from treasured Disney animated films, this sparkling winter fantasy is magical for all ages. This production of “World of Color” is made extra brilliant with dazzling lights, lasers and high-definition projections.
  • Disney Festival of Holidays brings the spirit of the season to life through lively entertainment and special traditions. Children will enjoy craft stations and everyone will appreciate the delicious food at Festive Foods Marketplace, featuring a mix of holiday dishes and beverages that bridge many diverse cultures and family traditions.
  • The Three Caballeros host the popular “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” celebration, featuring folklórico and samba dancers, live musicians, and Mickey and Minnie in their fiesta best.
  • The holidays are zooming into Cars Land and the residents are racing to celebrate the season. Two attractions rely on holiday magic to transform into Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree. The whimsical “Snowcar” greets guests on the road to Radiator Springs, and each “Cars” character also gets a holiday makeover at their Route 66 address to reflect their personality.
  • Santa Claus is coming to town! Guests will enjoy special holiday-themed activities with Santa and his sleigh full of mischievous elves at Santa’s Holiday Visit at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.
  • As guests enter the park and stroll along Buena Vista Street, a dazzling, 50-foot Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle to help guests get in the holiday spirit. The tree and surrounding buildings are decorated with vintage-style ornaments in keeping with the theme of Buena Vista Street, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920’s. Pacific Wharf, Hollywood Land and Grizzly Peak will also sparkle with holiday décor throughout the season.
  • Guests will drift into a wintry mood as they encounter the splendid sisters Anna and Elsa inside the Disney Animation building. Guests may also relive the story of the Disney blockbuster film “Frozen” as they immerse themselves in the wondrous magic and music in the spectacular stage musical, “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion.”

At Disneyland Park

  • In the evening, the spectacular “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular and its magical snowfall finale create lasting holiday memories for guests.
  • Mickey, Minnie, Disney Princesses and Santa celebrate the season in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a daily procession with floats, music and marching “tin soldiers.” Guests may wave to Anna, Elsa and Olaf, who bid them a warm winter welcome from their fantastic “Frozen” float.
  • The holiday magic shines brightly with the glow of the shimmering icicles and twinkling lights on Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, enchanting guests from day to night.
  • Guests entering Disneyland are greeted by a magnificent. 60-foot tall Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A., decorated with nearly 1,800 ornaments. The classic tree is an ideal location for holiday photos, to document the magical memory for a lifetime.

Disneyland guests also will want to experience the popular seasonal transformations of these attractions:

“it’s a small world” is transformed each evening into “it’s a small world”
Holiday, with 50,000-plus colorful lights, music and video projections. Inside the
attraction, holiday magic takes guests around the world and back as dolls and
toys representing children enjoy the distinctive holiday traditions of their
countries.‘Twas “The Nightmare before Christmas” and all through the Haunted Mansion,
Jack Skellington and his friends are causing a collision between Christmas and
Halloween to transform the Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday.*Throughout the resort, guests will also discover holiday culinary treats and festive fare, along with special merchandise for the merry season.Also during the holiday season, the Downtown Disney District will be full of festive shopping, dining and entertainment and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort also join in the yuletide celebration with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and holiday-inspired eats and treats. Will YOU be visiting DIsneyland Resort this holiday season? For more information about the Resort and to plan your trip, please go HERE.

Some images are property of Disneyland Resort and used with permission. 

The Secret Menu at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort Food Court

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Every time our family travels to Walt Disney World Resort, I’m always excited for our new adventures. There is so much to see and do and Disney Magic seems to be a part of each Disney vacation we go on.On a recent visit to Walt Disney World, we stayed at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. It was our first time staying there so I had no idea they had a SECRET MENU and I was SO excited to learn about it! The All-Star Movies is one of the 5 “Value” Resorts at Walt Disney World so the food options are set up “quick service” style in their “World Premiere Food Court“. Guests can choose from 5 different food stations, each named after a famous theater: The Lyric, Majestic and Roxy all serve full meals, The Grand serves snacks and Rialto serves fabulous desserts!We arrived late on the night we traveled to Florida and were famished when we stepped into the World Premiere Food Court. One of the Cast Members working that night, Josh,  mentioned a “Secret Menu” and asked if we’d be interested in learning more about it? Um, YES! I felt so special as he brought out a metal briefcase, opened it and handed each of us a View-Master®. Not everyone will know what these retro toys are, including my own daughter, but we, adults, instantly knew what one was and became instantly giddy at this nod to my childhood!The Secret Menu is actually listed inside of the View-Master, so you can’t see it until you peek into it! So cool, right? Since it was so late at night when we learned about this, we didn’t actually get a chance to try any of these items, but you can be sure we will on our next visit! I just love learning about things like this! Don’t you?
Normally, I don’t like to post spoilers but if you must know about the 3 items on the secret menu at All-Star Movies, they are:

  • Poutine with Gravy and Cheese Curds – This generous serving of french fries is topped with gravy and
  • Cinnamon Roll Bacon Cheeseburger – This one is literally a cheeseburger, topped with white cheddar cheese and candied bacon, and served sandwiched between 2 gooey cinnamon rolls. THIS is the one I’m going back for!
  • Bacon Mac n Cheese Hot Dog – This delicious hot dog is topped with Mac n Cheese AND bacon! Mmm!

If you’re interested in checking out the Secret Menu at the World Premiere Food Court inside Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, just cruise up to a Cast Member and ask for it. I’m sure they’ll guide you from there! If you’ve already experienced this Secret Menu, share about it with me in the comments. I’d love to hear about your experience.

 

2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets Now on Sale

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Some people think it’s silly to even think about Halloween when the first day of Summer barely passed. Disney people don’t think it’s silly though! I am 100% OK with Halloween being celebrated earlier and earlier each year in the Parks. This year, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, a specially ticketed, spook-tacular celebration inside Magic Kingdom Park, returns for a record 36 select nights from Aug. 16-Nov. 1,Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a specially ticketed event that captures the spirit of the season with spooky décor, lighting and music parkwide, along with returning favorites such as “Mickey’s Boo to You Parade,” the “Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular” castle stage show and trick-or-treating throughout the park. Also returning for this year’s party will be special attraction experiences for Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain. Children are encouraged to dress in costume and enjoy the spirit of Halloween with their families.Here are the 2019 event dates:

  • August 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30
  • September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27 and 29
  • October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31
  • November 1

New for 2019
An all-new Halloween-themed fireworks show will debut this year during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This new show will feature state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks that come together to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night. The show will take guests along for a trick-or-treating adventure, where four friends – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy – find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house.Our family was fortunate enough to attend this event a couple of years ago and my daughter has been asking to go again ever since. If you’d like to read my “Tips to Know Before You Go: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party post, please click HERE or click on the image below. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a ticketed, after-hours special event, with ticket prices starting at just $79. For more information or to purchase your tickets, please visit  Disneyworld.com or call 407.827.7350.

 

 

Disneyland Annual Passholders “Bring a Friend” $99 Ticket Offer

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Summer is well underway and as usual, there are a lot of exciting, new things happening at the Disneyland Resort! To make it even better, a very special “Bring a Friend” $99 ticket offer! That’s right, now through August 30, Disneyland Annual Passholders can purchase up to three (3) $99 Park Hopper tickets per day! Also, if a Passholder is blocked out on that day, they, too, may purchase a $99 Park Hopper ticket for entrance that day. This is an amazing deal for a Park Hopper ticket, especially with some of the newest offerings at the Resort right now:

  • Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – Now open to the public with the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction open and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance scheduled to open later this year.
  • The “Tale of the Lion King” – an all-new, outdoor live musical production in Disney California Adventure Park
  • The newest attractions to open on the re-imagined Pixar Pier, Jessie’s Critter Carousel and Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
  • The limited-time return of “Soarin’ Over California
  • And returning for a limited-time encore run is The Main Street Electrical Parade! Beginning August 2!

Disneyland Annual Passholders may purchase $99 “Bring a Friend” tickets at any Disneyland Resort Ticket Booth. Tickets are only valid on the day of purchase. Also, Passholder must accompany guests into the first entry of a theme park that day.

*Passholder must present valid Annual Passport at time of purchase and admission. (Government-issued photo ID may be required.) This offer ends August 30, 2019. Tickets valid for ages 3 and above and may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Subject to capacity, restrictions and change without notice.