Sunday, August 30, 2015

Star Wars Half Marathon coming to Walt Disney World

Source: Orlando Sentinel

When it comes to Star Wars-themed races at Disney parks, Disneyland Resort in California will be known as the "Light Side," while Walt Disney World assumes the role of the "Dark Side."

Disney Parks and runDisney have announced that the Star Wars Half Marathon weekend that debuted at Disneyland last year will come to Walt Disney World Resort April 14-17, 2016.

Known as "Star Wars Half Marathon - the Dark Side," the weekend will include a 5K, 10K and kids' races, in addition to the half marathon, which will take runners through Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, before finishing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

"Ever since we launched the Star Wars race at Disneyland Resort, runners have been clamoring for more, so we're thrilled to bring the Star Wars franchise together with the runDisney brand to Walt Disney World Resort," Maribeth Bisienere, senior vice president of Disney Sports Enterprises, said in a release.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen To Open at Magic Kingdom Park

Source: Disney Parks Blog

The Jungle Cruise, one of Magic Kingdom Park’s most popular attractions, has delighted guests for years. And as it was just announced at the D23 Expo moments ago, Jungle Cruise fans will have even more to look forward to later this year when the brand-new Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen restaurant opens in Adventureland.

At the Jungle Skipper Canteen, guests will be able to experience “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” in one of several unique dining rooms – including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The restaurant will also be staffed by Jungle Cruise Skippers.

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'Toy Story' land coming to Disney World

Source: WKMG Orlando

A new 11-acre "Toy Story" land has been announced for Disney's Hollywood Studios, along with an update on how Disney's Animal Kingdom will invite guests into the world of "Avatar."

Park guests will be able to become part of Andy's backyard, including two new Disney Parks attractions and an expanded favorite, park officials said.

A family-friendly roller coaster will take guests on a toy-filled adventure throughout the new land on the back of Slinky Dog. Officials said the green aliens from the movie will take guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers.

Finally, guests will be able to glide into the Toy Story Midway Games Play Set and take aim at 3-D objects in a variety of games, with an expansion that adds an additional track to the attraction, officials said.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Star Wars Theme Parks Are Coming to Disney World and Disneyland

Source: TIME

Disney announced Saturday that it plans to create two Star Wars theme parks, in Florida’s Disney World and California’s Disneyland.

Each park will be 14 acres and will be populated with actors playing aliens, droids and other creatures from the Star Wars universe. Disney head Bob Iger assured fans that there would be both a Millennium Falcon ride and a Creature Cantina recreation.

“These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance,” Iger said.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Could Shanghai’s Disneyland Be Cooler Than Walt Disney World?

Source: Yahoo! Travel

The folks at Disney are on a roll lately — renovating, building, and generally making their parks even happier places on Earth. Orlando’s Magic Kingdom is getting a makeover of its main plaza, and EPCOT will soon see the arrival of the Frozen attraction in the Norway section (RIP troll flume). But it’s Shanghai’s Disneyland that’s really getting all the love.

Set for a grand opening in spring of 2016, the park will pack in a lot of new attractions and features not seen before in any other Disney destination.

The lay of this Disneyland will be similar to what Mickey fans are familiar with: six themed areas that include Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove and Fantasyland. And because it’s Disney, there will be shopping at the creatively named Disneytown (because, you shop in a town, and ride roller coasters in a land, obvs), home to the largest gift shop and a theater showcasing the first-ever Mandarin production of The Lion King.

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