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75 Days of EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

75 Days of EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

Grab your passports. The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be a record setting 75 days long. This is super exciting news as it is definitely one of the best events Disney hosts. There's no better way to spend an autumn day than at Epcot eating and drinking your way around the world.

The event begins on August 31st and will conclude on November 13th.

We will be updating you as the event draws closer and more information becomes available on highlighted marketplaces, dining options and overall news.

Who's going this year?

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Happy Birthday, Disneyland

Happy Birthday, Disneyland

Today, Disneyland celebrated its 62nd birthday and we couldn't be happier! For those of you that don't know or are still getting to know us here on the blog, Disneyland holds a special place in our hearts. Disneyland left a mark on our lives. Before settling into our current home here in Chicago, Janey and I first met out west in Scottsdale. What happens when two dis-nerds come together a short drive from Anaheim? You guessed it, they fall in love over the course of many Disneyland trips and the rest is history.

So, Happy Birthday Disneyland and thank you for being such a special place and leaving a mark our lives.

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The Biggest D23 Announcements!

The Biggest D23 Announcements!

Whoa!  What a weekend for the house of mouse and its fans. As the D23 Expo comes to a close, we want to share some of the biggest updates and announcements. There were bombshells and a few more obvious confirmations, but all in all it was an exciting and historic weekend. 

Here's a list of the biggest announcements:

Parks and Resorts

780w-463h_071517_d23-expo-parks-and-resorts-presentation-1.jpgStar Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – These new Star Wars lands will open in 2019 at both Disneyland and Hollywood Studios! Chapek said, “The scale of this attraction is unlike anything that we’ve ever done before.”

Epcot News – Two new attractions! The France Pavilion will be gaining a Ratatouille ride and a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction will open up, as well. There will also be a new restaurant next to Mission: SPACE.

TRON Lightcycle Power Run – This new attraction will be opening up in Tomorrowland before Magic Kingdom’s 50th anniversary. The attraction is already running at Shanghai Disneyland.

Disney’s Hotel New York, The Art of Marvel – This new resort will be opening in Disneyland Paris.

Star Wars Resort – This completely immersive resort will be every Star Wars fan’s dream. (I think it’s time I finally watch these movies.)

780w-463h_071517_d23-expo-parks-and-resorts-presentation-2.jpgDisney Skyliner – This gondola transportation system will link Disney’s Pop Century, Caribbean Beach, Art of Animation resorts and others with Epcot and Hollywood Studios!

Disney Riviera Resort – A brand new resort near Epcot!

Disney Cruise Line – This thing is growing big time! Two new ships are in the works and a third was just announced, as well.

780w-463h_071517_d23-expo-parks-and-resorts-presentation-9.jpgToy Story Land – Opening at Hollywood Studios next summer!!!

Pixar Pier – Paradise Pier in California Adventure will make the switch to a Pixar themed boardwalk. A new Pixar parade will move to Disneyland.

Paint the Night Parade – IS COMING BACK, this time to California Adventure!!!

Super Hero AttractionsSpider-Man and Avengers will be coming to California Adventure.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway – This new ride will take you through Mickey’s story. It also will replace the iconic Great Movie Ride so I’m very upset by this one.

Upcoming Films!

  • Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (November 2017)
  • Frozen 2 (November 2019(
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2
  • Edna Mode
  • Toy Story 4
  • Coco
  • Untitled Movie by Dan Scanlon
  • Avengers
  • A Wrinkle In Time
  • Lion King Live Action
  • Dumbo Live Action
  • Aladdin Live Action
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • + more

 

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There are so many amazing things coming soon! I am most excited for all of the Pixar announcements and obviously Paint the Night Parade, my favorite show of all time! Let us know your thoughts and what you’re most looking forward to!

*All pictures from d23.com

Disney MaxPass is Coming!

Disney MaxPass is Coming!

It's official. The Disney MaxPass will be available for use starting July 19th. If you’re asking yourself, what is the Disneyland Maxpass and why is this so cool, then we’ve got you covered.

The Disney MaxPass for Disneyland is going be similar in feel and functionality to the My Disney Experience App in Walt Disney World. Park goers will be able to download the Disneyland App, register or sign in to their Disney accounts, and then enjoy the incredible convenience of mobile FASTPASS booking and unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads from the day. If you were not aware, up until this point Disneyland has still been using paper for FASTPASS. So, yeah this is huge!

The Disney MaxPass will cost you $10 for the day. You can purchase directly from the Disneyland mobile App or add it to your ticket price at the time of purchase. Are you an annual passholder to the Disneyland Resort? The MaxPass will run you $75 for the life of your AP or it will be free if you’re a Signature Plus passholder. The old-fashioned way of obtaining your FASTPASS via paper kiosk at the ride will remain free.

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In other FASTPASS news Toy Story Mania and Matterhorn Bobsleds were added to the FASTPASS family at Disneyland.

Are you excited for the MaxPass? Let us know what you think.

Rumored Announcements At This Weekend's D23 Expo

Rumored Announcements At This Weekend's D23 Expo

Disney's D23 expo will take place this weekend in Anaheim and, as always, the rumor mill is swirling. Every other year, Disney execs host the D23 expo to make announcements and showcase their upcoming plans. Let's take a look at some potential big news dropping this weekend.

Toy Story Land

Rumor has it we'll be getting a firm date for the opening of Toy Story Land inside Hollywood Studios within the next 10 months. More information on retail and dining options is also expected. If you haven't seen it yet, here's a look at the recent construction progress and the official logo!

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WDW Gondola System

This is now less of a rumor considering construction has already begun at Epcot's International Gateway.  Disney is expected to release more specifics around the timeline for its opening. The route has already been confirmed and will connect Epcot, Caribbean Beach, Pop Century, Art of Animation and Hollywood Studios.

Star Wars Land

Currently a simultaneous build going on at Disneyland and Hollywood Studios, Disney is likely to drop some specifics around these two huge expansions. Both are scheduled to open in 2019 with Disneyland finishing first and Hollywood Studios wrapping up later in the year. Although these are expected to be extremely similar, the biggest difference is the rumored boutique hotel at the Hollywood Studios land. Will we be getting confirmation on this hotel this weekend at D23? Let's just wait and see!

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The Great Movie Ride or The Great Mickey Ride?

Although the The Great Movie Ride is one of my absolute favorite classics at Hollywood Studios it is rumored to be next in line for replacement. Yes, it will most likely be closed within the next year and a new very similar experience based solely around Mickey Mouse will be taking its place. "The Great Mickey Ride" is rumored to be opening in California Adventure, as well. It is supposed to showcase trackless ride technology and projection mapping. Hopefully we'll get a confirmation and some specifics this weekend.

Here's a shortlist of other rumors swirling around Disney these days. Little to no information can be confirmed just yet.

  • Moana-themed attraction in Adventureland
  • Tron-themed attraction in Tomorrowland replacing the Speedway
  • Ratatoullie ride coming to the France pavilion at Epcot
  • Guardians of the Galaxy attractions coming to Future World at Epcot
  • Zootopia retail, dining and meet-and-greets in Animal Kingdom
  • Brazil pavilion coming to Epcot

The D23 Convention begins this Friday, July14th and ends Sunday the 16th.

Walt said it himself that the parks will never truly be finished!

What changes are you most excited about? Are there any you are disappointed about?