The Disneyland Resort will unveil World of Color-ONE on January 27th as part of their Disney100 celebration. This new nighttime show, produced by Disney Live Entertainment, celebrates the storytelling legacy of Walt Disney and will be presented at Disney California Adventure park. In honor of The Walt Disney Company’s 100th anniversary in 2023, the Disneyland Resort will also host the premiere of the Wondrous Journeys nighttime spectacular at Disneyland park, among other special events and experiences.
Here’s a look at what you can expect from this newest Disney California attraction:
The virtual queue for the viewing areas of World of Color-ONE will be accessible exclusively through the Disneyland app. The complimentary virtual queue will be open for distribution at noon each day, subject to availability, for guests who have entered Disney California Adventure park for the day or have a Park Hopper ticket for admission to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks.
As the curtain rises for multiple showtimes, the virtual queue for additional performances will open up immediately after the first show ends. Guests who have secured a virtual queue selection should make their way to the Blue or Yellow entrance points for their designated viewing area about 30-45 minutes before showtime. For more guidance on navigating the virtual queue system, visit Disneyland.com.
If the virtual queue for becomes fully booked, you can still snag a spot for the show by checking in with a cast member at the Paradise Bay viewing area just before the performance begins. While joining the virtual queue is not a requirement, it is highly recommended as walk-up viewing options are limited and given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t miss out on this spectacular show and make sure to secure your spot, either through the virtual queue or by showing up early for walk-up options.
The Walt Disney Company must address several important issues in the coming year, particularly regarding its Disney Parks at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Although the Disney Parks Division is the most lucrative division within The Walt Disney Company, it is possible that major Disney World changes can happen anytime soon.
After Bob Chapek was terminated and Bob Iger resumed the role of CEO, many Disney Park enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating announcements of changes. However, no updates have been made thus far. It remains to be seen whether Bob Iger will implement any alterations or maintain the status quo. Let’s try to see what Disney fans have to say about the changes that they want to see and if Bob Iger will give us a listening ear.
Good or Bad: the Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Lightning Lane Services
Whether it’s a thumbs up for you or not, the Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Lightning Lane add-on services will remain in place. This controversial service is generating significant daily revenue for Disney and guests continue to utilize it despite its frequent price increases.
In case you missed it, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane are paid services that allow guests to reserve slots for popular attractions. During their designated time window, they can use the Lightning Lane to bypass the regular queue and enter attractions directly like a sort of VIP lane.
According to Disney, guests can typically visit 2-3 attractions or experiences per day using Lightning Lane entrances, provided that they make their first selection early in the day. Each guest is allowed to utilize the Disney Genie+ service and access the Lightning Lane entrance once per day. If you wish to revisit an attraction or catch a particular show again on the same day, you will only be allowed to use the standby line.
Dining at Disney
Disney may need to provide an update on the future of the Disney Dining Plan, which has been indefinitely suspended to the disappointment of many Disney World guests who were hoping for its return. It is currently unclear what changes, if any, will be made to the Dining Plan.
This week, Disney unveiled a new offering that may give us insight into their plans later on. If you book a 5-night, 4-day non-discounted room and ticket package at participating resorts, you will receive a Disney Dining Promo Card worth up to $750. The card can then be used to purchase food and beverages at selected participating locations throughout Walt Disney World. Perhaps we can see similar dining promos in the future, however, it will be better if these promo cards are accepted at all dining locations.
Reservation Booking System
There has been speculation about whether or not the Disney Park Reservation System and related park hopping rules might be modified now that Bob Iger is back in charge, but there have been no announcements at this time. In fact, park visitors have noted that there have been no changes at all while Disney has increased capacity similar to pre-pandemic levels. I know it’s inconvenient to some, but the current reservation booking system is here to stay.
Before purchasing tickets, be sure to check for theme park reservation availability online. Keep in mind that theme park reservations are limited and are subject to availability. It may fluctuate until the theme park reservation is completed.
The Return of Disney World Annual Passes
Disney has made it clear that Annual Passes will be back at Disney World, though exactly when is uncertain. If there are any indications of its return, it will most likely start with a price hike once it is made available.
The new prices for Annual Passes may include Pixie ($399), Pirate ($749), Sorcerer ($969), and the Incredi-Pass ($1,399). For more details on the mechanics of Disney Annual passes, be sure to visit the Disney website.
Other Changes That Bob Iger Needs to Make in 2023
What major Disney World changes that Bob Iger needs to bring to Walt Disney World Resort in 2023? It is possible that Iger could work towards giving Disney cast members a pay increase, though this is not guaranteed. If this were to happen, it could allow Disney to hire more cast members and create a more positive working environment, which could potentially lead to the restoration of some of the magic that makes the Disney World experience so special.
However, as they say, it’s better to hold on to our horses no matter how exciting these anticipated changes may seem to be. There might be no major splashes with these changes but will most likely be expanded upon and augmented with more features rather than being altered or removed entirely.
So what do you think of these potential changes? Are there any other things that you wish Bob Iger and Disney’s top management to look into? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.
Ever since its establishment in 1987 the Disney Legend Awards honored people whose works have been integral to the success of the House of Mouse. Whether they were animators, theme park designers, musicians, film/TV production personnel, and artists, many have been named Disney Legends. Now, the 2019 awardees are revealed.
Disney announced the ten names that make up this year’s class of Disney Legends on May 16. Two are from the company’s theme park arm, two are from ABC News. The rest made their marks in Disney films and television. Some of them however, are from the MCU film franchise.
It’s perhaps appropriate that following the decade-one culmination of the MCU storyline, some of its stars will be honored. Some of them will continue with the franchise’s future installments and shows. One however, may have taken his final bow for the MCU. Becoming a Disney Legend makes a proper sendoff.
Here’s a list of the honorees for Disney Legends 2019:
Robert Downey Jr. – Tony Stark/Iron Man, Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008-2019)
Jon Favreau – Happy Hogan, MCU; also film director for “Iron Man” 1-2, “Jungle Book” and “Lion King” remakes (2016, 2019)
Ming-Na Wen – voice of “Mulan” (1998); also Melinda May in ABC-MCU series “Agents of SHIELD”
Hans Zimmer – composer for “Lion King” (animation and remake) and the first four “Pirates of the Caribbean” films
James Earl Jones – voices of Darth Vader (“Star Wars”) and Mufasa (“Lion King”)
Kenny Ortega – film director; currently famous for Disney Channel originals (“High School Musical” and “Descendants”)
Bette Midler – film star for Disney (“Hocus Pocus” and Touchstone label
Robin Roberts – ABC journalist
Diane Sawyer – ABC journalist
Barnette Ricci – Walt Disney Studios President/Show Director
Wing Chao – Disney Parks and Resorts Asia Pacific VP (Development); Disney Imagineering Executive VP
As the month of April rolls along, the season of spring north of the equator is beginning to transition into summer. It’s still a ways off, but it never hurts to start promoting early. Just look at Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. They’ve got some summer events lined up soon.
First up is Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer in Tokyo Disneyland. Its centerpiece will be the “O! Summer Banzai!” spectacle. This marks the first time in six years that Tokyo Disneyland is performing an evening stage show in front of Cinderella Castle. Donald Duck will be joined by Daisy, Mickey and Minnie for a twice-a-night 20-minute bonanza with lots of performers, projection visuals and “fire/water sprays.”
Speaking of sprays, there will be plenty of flying water at Tokyo Disney Sea at the same time. That’s because they’re celebrating Disney Pirates Summer. Their counterpart central event is the “Pirates Summer Battle! Get Wet!” adventure spectacular, with “Pirates of the Caribbean” taking charge.
Captains Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa will lead their pirate crews on a 25-minute presentation with lots of exploding water and similar effects on Disney Sea’s central lagoon, with the Black Pearl on the water shooting its water cannons while Mount Prometheus looms in the background. The show runs three times all day for audiences.
Naturally, these two events aren’t the only things happening on Tokyo Disney Resort. Sharing the spotlight with Donald at Tokyo Disneyland are the main characters of “Zootopia” taking the lead for a four-times-daily daytime stage show, “Judy and Nick’s Jumpin’ Splash,” to the tune of hit theme song “Try Everything.”
Back in Disney Sea, the pirates won’t be content to just dance to their captains’ tunes, and will roam the park for some pirate-y photo ops. Alternatively the guests might prefer to pose on a pirate ship’s wheel set-piece instead. Both events will run July 9 until September 1, and will be commemorated by specialty menu items, merchandise and tickets.
Who can say no to Disney-themed apparel? For fans of the House of Mouse, the Disney logo on clothing can be as valuable as big-name fashion brands. And there’s a new series of apparel that’s now available on the commercial districts of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Their theme: Disney in a vintage look.
Designing brand-new clothes to look like they’ve been around for years or decades isn’t an original concept. But when applied to Disney apparel, it sells the idea that the brand has been a part of many lives and generations not only in America, but worldwide.
Here’s a list of these Vintage Disney clothing line available:
Disney has long held in consideration that there are guests who would like to avoid the usual crowds. For them they developed the “After Hours” program, offering tickets allowing guests into Magic Kingdom in Disney World after 7 PM. Not only does it cut down on waiting lines, Disney After Hours also offers special events on nights when they’re held.
One such special occasion has been announced for Magic Kingdom. It’ll fall on selected After Hours evenings between June 6 and August 8. “Villains Unite the Night” will see several famous antagonists from Disney animated films performing a grand stage show on the chosen nights.
Hades from “Hercules” (with Meg)
Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” (dragon form will also roam the theme park)
Evil Queen from “Snow White”
Jafar from “Aladdin” (celebrating the live-action film premiere no doubt)
Dr. Facilier from “The Princess and the Frog”
Aside from the baddie-dominated stage show, which will be held near Cinderella Castle, some attractions will also be “villainized” for the duration of these villain-centered After Hours evenings. Prominent examples are the fabled (for long lines) Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean as well.
Lastly, villain-themed food and beverages, plus merchandising will be brought out at all stalls and shops during these nights. About the only thing Villains Unite the Night won’t certainly have are meet and greet moments with the Disney bad guys.
Here’s a list of dates where the Disney After Hours will be designated Villain Nights:
June – 6, 13, 20, 27
July – 1, 11, 18, 26
August – 1, 8
Magic Kingdom tickets for Disney After Hours Villain Nights will be $139 if booked ahead of the date, $144 when bought on the day itself, and discounted to $109 for AP/DVC members.
For years, the system of having two Disney theme parks on opposite coasts of the country meant that there are certain attractions that one had first, before the other got them. This meant that solid Disney fans with spending money would have to visit both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World to any exclusive attractions both may have to offer.
But eventually, what one had before the other might eventually be featured in both. That’s the rationale behind a WDW Magic Kingdom attraction soon coming west to Disneyland, particularly the Disney California Adventure theme park.
This new addition to DCA will be housed in the Sunset Showcase Theatre. At the same time, the “Toy Story”-themed Pixar Pier area will add a new ride based on the show-within-the-film “Woody’s Roundup” as seen in “Toy Story 2.” Both of these attractions will become officially open before the month of April is out.
Mickey’s PhilharMagic – first featured on the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, Disneyland will get its own counterpart over at Disney California Adventure. It’s a 3D audiovisual experience featuring famous Disney Animated Canon songs, as well as Donald Duck taking a prominent role in the presentation.
Jessie’s Critter Carousel – opening soon in DCA’s Pixar Pier, it’s a merry-go-round ride with the ridden animals based on “Woody’s Roundup” from the second “Toy Story” film, with Jessie as the central character. Even before the official launch, DCA is allowing the Critter Carousel to be taken on test rides.
These attractions ought to tide over Disneyland guests and maintain interest before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the long-awaited theme park expansion area, opens at last in Disneyland, then Disney World.
One of Disney’s current theme park-related projects is to increasingly integrate the Marvel brand with all its high-flying superhero flair. We’ve seen these first steps in Disneyland Park (at Disney’s California Adventure) and Hong Kong. The former has “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!” while the latter has the “Iron Man Experience,” the first Marvel attraction in a Disney park.
While Iron man Experience has been the lone Marvel attraction in Hong Kong Disneyland since 2017, it changes this Sunday. A new Marvel-themed ride is coming this March 31: “Ant-Man & the Wasp: Nano Battle!”
But before the new indoor interactive dark ride opens to HKD guests, there was a formal launch ceremony held Thursday, March 28. What’s especially awesome about this was, in addition to officials from HKD and Hong Kong SAR welcoming the attraction, “Ant-Man” star Paul Rudd himself was as special guest along with director Peyton Reed.
Drawing on his comedy background, Rudd was able to engage the launch event audience with his great wit and appreciation, not just for the ride but for Hong Kong. Following the ceremonial start-button-press, Rudd and select passengers went on the first full ride for “Ant-Man & the Wasp: Nano Battle!”
The attraction has its passengers assisting Scott /Ant-Man and Hope/Wasp in a mission to disable a HYDRA doomsday machine. On the ride-train, guests use blasters to hit hostile targets on the videogame screen surroundings to rack up high scores. “Nano Battle!” was repurposed from HKD’s original Buzz Lightyear ride, but is now an exciting interactive indoor adventure. Hong Kong Disneyland guests can check it out for themselves this March 31.
Pretty soon there will be only two months left before Disneyland Park can take its guests to a Galaxy Far, Far Away. The promise of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” is so overwhelming to Disney theme park-goers that they’ll certainly crowd Disneyland on the Opening Day for Galaxy’s Edge, May 31.
That’s probably why, according to CNN, California’s Disneyland as well as Florida’s Walt Disney World will be issuing a ban on smoking and large strollers within theme park premises. This prohibition also extends to WDW’s waterparks or Anaheim’s Downtown Disney.
A Disney spokesperson notes that with the expansion of their resort offerings – Galaxy’s Edge for one – they must take measures to make the guest experience universally enjoyable. Banning smoking will cut down on pollution while keeping strollers under mandated sizes would reduce guest foot traffic.
Of course, smokers will still be given some consideration, as they’re still free to light up in Florida’s Disney Springs. Designated smoking areas within Disney resort hotels will remain, and similar areas will be set up near theme park entryways. And strollers to be allowed in the theme parks must now no longer exceed 39 inches/79 cm in width, and 52 inches/132 cm in length.
These are but the latest new changes that Disney is implementing in both Disneyland and Disney World with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming. Way back in January they have already introduced a wide variation of ticket price hikes for guests.
Sometimes there are ways to gain from a loss. Walt Disney World seems to think so with their plans for the personalized hexagonal decorative bricks at the Disney’s “Walk Around the World” attraction in Magic Kingdom theme park. These bricks were sponsored by guests when they were installed years ago, and while they’e being removed those sponsors will be able to claim commemorative replicas.
Disney World is thus opening Commemorative Brick Kiosks at Magic Kingdom as well as Disney Springs, to both facilitate old sponsors in redeeming commemorative versions of the Walk Around the World bricks, as well as to print blank bricks with customizable text for interested buyers.
Verified sponsors of Disney’s Walk Around the World bricks from years ago will be given a one-time-use voucher (or code if done online at shopDisney.com) with which to purchase a commemorative 6-inch hexagonal brick for $10 plus tax this spring.
Non-sponsors on the other hand can proceed to the Commemorative Brick Kiosks in Magic Kingdom’s Tommorowland Light & Power Co., or Disney Springs’ Marketplace Co-Op. There they’ll find a special digital printing service that’ll print blank commemorative bricks with their choice of logos, personalized names or special occasion and date.
It should be noted that collectors will have limited customization options compared to the Walk Around the World sponsors. Non-sponsor commemorative bricks can range from 6 inches at $29.99, 8 inches at $49.99, and the coming-soon ornament ($24.99), all with tax to be added. This opportunity for keeping a remembrance of “Walk Around the World” lasts only until August 31.