Episode 61 – Dapper Disneyland

Welcome to Episode 61 “Dapper Disneyland!” 

In this episode we cover the latest news from the parks and in our main segment we look ahead to our upcoming trip to Disneyland at the end of April! In particular, we look at the Dapper Day festivities planned for that weekend, as well as all the new entertainment of Fireworks, Parades and the return of World of Color! 

As a reminder, we are moving to a once a month schedule for the podcast for the foreseeable future. While it will be difficult to not talk Disney more through the month, we are excited to cover the month’s happenings for you all!

Castle Chronicles:

https://www.mouseplanet.com/13137/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_March_21__27_2022

Shop Drop:

https://popcreativedesigns.com/collections/personalized-family-name-tag-hanging-sign

https://popcreativedesigns.com/collections/wristlet-purses

https://popcreativedesigns.com/collections/minnie-ears/products/wdw-50th-anniversary-minnie-ears

https://www.shopdisney.com/winnie-the-pooh-glass-honey-jar-464016281455.html?isProductSearch=0&plpPosition=3

https://www.shopdisney.com/winnie-the-pooh-and-pals-ceramic-container-set-464016281523.html?isProductSearch=0&plpPosition=1

https://www.shopdisney.com/winnie-the-pooh-kitchen-utensil-set-and-holder-464016281295.html?isProductSearch=0&plpPosition=2

https://www.shopdisney.com/winnie-the-pooh-ceramic-bread-bin-464016280953.html?isProductSearch=0&plpPosition=3

https://www.shopdisney.com/winnie-the-pooh-figural-shelving-unit-465046507355.html?isProductSearch=0&plpPosition=4

https://www.shopdisney.com/uniquely-disney/parks-inspired/the-epcot-collection/?srule=sorting-option-96

Episode 57 – Disney+ Day

Welcome to episode 57 of Castle Cast, “Disney+ Day!” In this episode we talk about ALL the news from the parks, especially the amazing selection of Holiday snacks at the Disneyland Resort. For our main segment, we are talking about all the news from DISNEY+ DAY, including the latest updates from Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel. We then give our spoiler-free and spoiler-filled reviews of the latest MCU movie, Eternals. Thanks for listening!

Castle Chronicles:

Holiday Food at Disneyland:

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/11/foodie-guide-to-holidays-at-disneyland-resort-the-merriest-place-on-earth/

PLAZA POINT:

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/10/plaza-point-the-all-new-holiday-store-on-main-street-usa-is-now-open-in-disneyland-park/

OTHER NEWS

Disney+ Day

https://www.ign.com/articles/disney-plus-day-2021-everything-announced-star-wars-marvel

Episode 37 – This is the Way

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Welcome to episode 37 of Castle Cast, “This Is The Way!” In this episode we are talking about all things The Mandalorian!! Season 2 is premiering on Disney+ on October 30th and this week the teaser trailer dropped! We will chat about what we saw in the trailer and what we are hoping to see in this upcoming season! All along with the latest news and of course shopping in the world of Disney! So sit back and relax and enjoy this week’s edition of the show!

 

News

https://www.mouseplanet.com/12752/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_September_1420_2020

https://www.micechat.com/269678-disneyland-code-red-orange-county-california-restrictions-loosened/

https://blogmickey.com/2020/09/new-fantasyland-and-beauty-and-the-beast-dark-ride-opening-september-28th-at-tokyo-disneyland/

https://blogmickey.com/2020/09/first-look-inside-new-beauty-and-the-beast-dark-ride-coming-to-tokyo-disneyland/

https://www.mouseplanet.com/12753/Walt_Disney_World_Resort_Update_for_September_1521_2020

Shop Drop

https://www.shopdisney.com/star-wars-content/

https://www.shopdisney.com/uniquely-disney/parks-inspired/disney-nba-experience-collection/

https://www.micechat.com/270115-disneyland-65th-anniversary-merchandise-coming-to-target-boxlunch-amazon/

https://www.shopdisney.com/mickey-mouse-steamboat-willie-grayscale-spirit-jersey-for-adults-2025058380586M.html?isProductSearch=0&plpPosition=4

 

Main Topic: The Mandalorian

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW7Twd85m2g&ab_channel=StarWars

Season 2 Trailer Breakdown by NewRockstars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_bKLFIGJBY&ab_channel=NewRockstars

https://parade.com/1083907/alexandra-hurtado/the-mandalorian-season-2/

https://www.emmys.com/shows/mandalorian

 

The Sims 4: Journey to Batuu: https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/packs/game-packs/the-sims-4-star-wars-journey-to-batuu

 

Sounds of Disneyland: http://soundsofdisneyland.com/

 

 

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Episode 26 – The Roux is on Fire

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Welcome to the 26th episode of Castle Cast!! This one is a wild ride as we go on a field trip for our Shop Drop segment and we attempt to cook a three course Disney inspired meal in a special super-Cookin’ in the Castle. As always thank you for listening and make sure to like and subscribe if you enjoyed the episode!

Castle Chronicles:

https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/02/soarin-over-california-returning-to-disney-california-adventure-for-full-run-of-food-wine-festival-2020/

https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/02/disney-fastpass-to-return-to-autopia-at-disneyland-debut-at-monsters-inc-mike-sulley-to-the-rescue-at-disney-california-adventure/

https://allears.net/2020/02/05/celebrate-the-70th-anniversary-of-cinderella-with-afternoon-tea-at-disneyland/

https://allears.net/2020/01/30/celebrate-classic-disney-animation-with-the-new-ink-and-paint-collection-in-disneyland/

https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/02/photos-even-more-disney-ink-paint-collection-merchandise-items-shirts-dresses-and-more-draws-you-in-at-disneyland-resort/

https://allears.net/2020/02/06/new-steamboat-minnie-popcorn-bucket-has-sailed-into-disneyland/

https://www.ocregister.com/2020/02/06/whats-next-for-disney-california-adventure-as-the-park-enters-its-20th-year/

https://allears.net/2020/02/07/new-details-revealed-for-the-upcoming-avengers-campus-at-disney-california-adventure/

Cookin’ in the Castle Recipes

Au Gratin Macaroni – https://allears.net/walt-disney-world/wdw-planning/recipes-au-gratin-macaroni-be-our-guest/

Instant Pot Disneyland’s Blue Bayou Gumbo – http://foodisafourletterword.com/recipe/instant-pot-disneylands-blue-bayou-gumbo-recipe/

Grey Stuff – https://myfrugaladventures.com/2017/03/grey-stuff-recipe-disney/

 

 

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Episode 25 – Disney Desert Island

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Welcome to the 25th episode of Castle Cast!! Happy one year anniversary to the founding of our little show that could! Thank you to everyone who has joined us along the way, listened, downloaded, shared, subscribed and joined us on this Disney journey! We are just getting started! For our 25th episode we decided to revisit some of our favorite things in a little game of: Disney Desert Island! We talk about what we would take with us if marooned to a super special Desert Island if we could have: 1 Disney Movie, 1 Disney soundtrack, 1 Disney Food, 1 Disney parks ride and 1 piece of Disney merchandise. So join us for this fun little game and share with us: what would you choose for your Disney Desert Island?

Castle Chronicles:

https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/01/millennium-falcon-smugglers-run-to-continue-as-standby-only-at-star-wars-galaxys-edge-in-disneyland/

https://allears.net/2020/01/16/may-the-snacks-be-with-you-three-new-menu-items-coming-to-disneylands-galaxys-edge/

https://allears.net/2020/01/23/disneyland-to-host-star-wars-nite-after-hours-event-during-star-wars-celebration/

https://allears.net/2020/01/23/disneyland-construction-update-haunted-mansion-snow-whites-scary-adventures-and-king-arthur-carousel-01-23-20/

https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/01/photos-construction-walls-and-vintage-concept-art-rise-at-the-haunted-mansion-for-two-month-refurbishment-at-disneyland/

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/01/special-look-at-disney-and-pixars-onward-coming-soon-to-disney-parks/

https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/01/new-concept-art-revealed-of-princess-and-the-frog-sword-in-the-stone-and-cinderella-floats-for-magic-happens-parade-at-disneyland/

https://blooloop.com/news/disneyland-magic-happens-parade-floats/

https://insidethemagic.net/2020/01/disneyland-vacation-club-resort-mickey-spa-bb1/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2020/01/24/shanghai-disneyland-temporarily-closed-wake-coronavirus/4570457002/

Disney Shop Drop:

https://www.shopdisney.com/minnie-the-main-attraction-content/

Disney Desert Island Merch:

https://www.shopdisney.com/mickey-mouse-ka-explorer-play-set-461055026719.html

https://www.shopdisney.com/mickey-mouse-picnic-table-with-seats-099967428811.html

https://www.shopdisney.com/disney-princess-6v-vespa-scooter-ride-on-toy-038675196537.html

 

 

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Episode 24 – 2020 Disney Vision

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Welcome to a new episode of Castle Cast! Episode 24 “2020 Disney Vision” is HERE and we are talking about some of the MOST exciting things to expect from the Disney parks this year! We are counting down our top 5  events for the year! We also discuss the latest Disneyland news, including updated information for the opening of the highly anticipated Rise of the Resistance on January 17! So sit back, relax and enjoy this episode and let us know what you are most looking forward to from the Disney parks in 2020!

Castle Chronicles:

https://allears.net/2020/01/11/rad-find-out-what-you-can-expect-when-disneyland-after-dark-goes-80s/

https://allears.net/2020/01/08/theyre-here-the-2020-lunar-new-year-menus-have-arrived-for-the-celebration-at-disney-california-adventure/

https://www.ocregister.com/how-to-snag-a-spot-in-the-disneyland-virtual-queue-for-rise-of-the-resistance-at-star-wars-galaxys-edg

https://allears.net/2020/01/10/this-is-the-attraction-youre-looking-for-rise-of-the-resistance-at-disneyland-to-use-virtual-queue-as-needed/

https://allears.net/2020/01/07/star-wars-y-new-mural-and-sign-spotted-in-disneylands-tomorrowland/

https://wdwnt.com/2020/01/sword-in-the-stone-missing-from-king-arthur-carrousel-in-disneyland/

Disney RUMOR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoN8BVZuqAs&t=414s

 

Disney Shop Drop:

https://wdwnt.com/2020/01/photos-new-tiki-tiki-tiki-tiki-tiki-bowls-and-sporks-at-disneyland-park/

https://www.simplemost.com/disneyland-has-millennium-falcon-french-fry-bucket/

https://wdwnt.com/2020/01/photos-new-additions-to-the-park-life-merchandise-collection-towel-sticky-notes-ornaments-arrive-at-disneyland-resort/

https://wdwnt.com/2020/01/photos-even-more-new-park-life-merchandise-stationary-leggings-cards-arrive-at-disneyland-resort/

 

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Episode 23 – It’s a Great Big Beautiful Trip Report!

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Welcome to Episode 23 of Castle Cast! In this episode we deliver part ONE of our trip report from our first ever visit to Walt Disney World! We recap our general thoughts and experiences from all 4 parks: Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, EPCOT and Animal Kingdom! We also deliver the latest news and updates from the World of Disney and Disneyland park! As mentioned and NO surprise to any of our listeners I am sure, there will be an additional episode for our trip report where we will cover the food and dining experiences, the resorts and our first ever Disney park Christmas party: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom! So stay tuned for that bonus episode to release after the holidays!

From Anna & Rachel at Castle Cast we wish everyone a merry and happy holiday season and hope you all share with your loved ones or yourself the gift of Disney magic in some way! Thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy!

Castle Chronicles:

 

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Episode 21 – Be Prepared: The Re-Prepping

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Welcome to episode 21 of Castle Cast, “Be Prepared: The Re-Prepping.” In this episode we talk more about our upcoming trip to Walt Disney World! This will be our first official trip to the parks in Orlando, Florida and we are so excited to share what we have learned so far (and since our last trip that had to be cancelled back in April) with you all! We share what we have reserved for dining and fast passes so far and all the excitement for our first time attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party! Sit back, relax, enjoy and share in our excitement to visit Walt Disney World for the first time!

Castle Chronicles:

GORDO CONFIRMED FOR LIZZIE MCGUIRE REBOOT

https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/lizzie-mcguire-reboot-disney-plus-gordo-hillary-duff.html

Newest Star Wars Trailer

https://wdwnt.com/2019/11/video-new-tv-spot-for-star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-shows-new-footage-new-poster/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsp8iOt76YU

New Rise of the Resistance TV Spot: https://www.ocregister.com/2019/11/20/disneylands-first-rise-of-the-resistance-commercial-reveals-new-details-about-star-wars-galaxys-edge-ride/

(the ad: https://www.ispot.tv/ad/ZwH3/star-wars-rise-of-the-resistance-launching-january-2020)

Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite by John Williams nominated for Grammy

https://wdwnt.com/2019/11/john-williams-star-wars-galaxys-edge-symphonic-suite-nominated-for-2020-grammy-award/

New poster for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway https://www.ocregister.com/2019/11/21/mickey-minnies-runaway-railway-attraction-poster-reveals-new-details-about-disneyland-dark-ride/

New AP ticket design launches

https://wdwnt.com/2019/11/photos-new-annual-passholder-ticket-design-debuts-at-disneyland/

JANGO FETT SIPPER :O

https://dlnewstoday.com/2019/11/photos-new-jango-fett-sipper-rockets-into-disneyland/

Construction in front of Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout for further work on trolley line

https://wdwnt.com/2019/11/photos-construction-walls-up-in-front-of-guardians-of-the-galaxy-mission-breakout-for-work-on-red-car-trolley-tracks/

Carthay Circle restaurant to close for refurb

https://dlnewstoday.com/2019/11/carthay-circle-restaurant-closing-for-refurbishment-in-january-2020-at-disney-california-adventure/

Indiana Jones to undergo refurb

https://allears.net/2019/11/13/popular-disneyland-ride-to-undergo-major-refurbishment-in-2020/

Matterhorn is back to full function

https://allears.net/2019/11/21/the-matterhorns-second-track-is-back-at-disneyland/

New Tomorrowland Entrance revealed

https://www.micechat.com/242575-tomorrowland-new-entry-revealed-theater-troubles-synergy-strikes/

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/11/a-great-big-beautiful-tomorrowland-entrance-coming-soon-to-disneyland-park/

 

MAIN STORY – Walt Disney World Prep

Our First Prep Episode

https://castlecastradio.podbean.com/e/castle-cast-episode-4-be-prepared/

Christmas Party

https://www.wdwinfo.com/holidays/mvmcp.htm

Disney World Dining Plans

https://www.disneytouristblog.com/disney-dining-plan-costs-info-tips/

 

 

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Episode 19 – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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Welcome to episode 19 of Castle Cast, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” In this episode we talk all about the upcoming winter holiday season at Disneyland resort! We talk about what can be expected from this year’s holiday festival and give an insight to our experience visiting the parks for the holidays! Whether you are planning a holiday trip or have always wanted to see Disneyland lit up for the holidays we hope you come along on our journey into the magic of Christmas time at Disneyland!

Castle Chronicles:

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/10/here-we-go-again-exciting-updates-to-star-tours-the-adventures-continue/

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/entertainment/disneyland/mickey-friends-band-tastic-cavalcade/

https://allears.net/2019/10/29/disney-california-adventure-food-wine-festival-dates-released-for-2020/

https://wdwnt.com/2019/10/photos-menu-item-name-changes-arrive-at-docking-bay-7-food-cargo-in-star-wars-galaxys-edge-in-disneyland/

https://wdwnt.com/2019/10/new-mickey-and-friends-ray-ban-wayfarer-sunglasses-debuting-at-disney-parks-on-november-1st/

https://wdwnt.com/2019/10/disney-california-adventure-festival-of-holidays-2019-pins-revealed/

https://wdwnt.com/2019/10/exclusive-gingerbread-and-holiday-bell-resort-2019-limited-edition-pins-revealed/

https://www.wdwinfo.com/walt-disney-world/docking-bay-7-food-cargo-entree-names-changed-to-reflect-star-wars-universe-once-again/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qn_spdM5Zg

 

SPOILERS: In Depth look at Rise of the Resistance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8yfuJ1cXNM

Compare to — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeDx6V8dmXg

 

https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Disneyland-announces-60-day-reservations-for-14551290.php

https://www.mouseplanet.com/12508/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_October_21__27_2019

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/10/new-play-disney-parks-app-digital-achievements-and-commemorative-trading-pins-available-at-disneyland-resort-and-walt-disney-world-resort/

https://allears.net/2019/10/21/disneylands-tomorrowland-fastpass-kiosks-now-open/

https://allears.net/2019/10/15/disneylands-star-wars-galaxys-edge-update-new-sweet-savory-and-plant-based-menu-items-plus-60-day-advanced-reservations/

https://www.micechat.com/239737-disneyland-update-crowds-construction-christmas/

https://wdwnt.com/2019/10/photos-christmas-tree-little-green-men-holiday-popcorn-buckets-coming-to-disneyland-and-hong-kong-disneyland/

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/10/lunar-new-year-and-disney-california-adventure-food-wine-festival-return-to-disneyland-resort-in-2020/

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/10/get-a-special-look-at-disneys-frozen-2-now-at-disney-parks/

 

Shop Drop:

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/10/unwrap-new-holiday-merchandise-now-available-at-disney-parks/

https://www.shopdisney.com/mickey-and-minnie-mouse-hooded-winter-jacket-for-women-7505057372960M.html

https://www.shopdisney.com/sleeping-beauty-castle-ornament-disneyland-400034501021.html

https://www.shopdisney.com/toys-for-tots/

 

Holidays at Disneyland:

http://www.disneyhistoryinstitute.com/2015/12/disneyland-the-first-christmas.html

https://disneylandnews.com/2019/07/25/disneyland-resort-will-let-it-snow-with-festive-traditions-and-sparkling-decor-to-celebrate-the-holiday-season-from-nov-8-2019-to-jan-6-2020/

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/holiday-decorations/

https://www.disneytouristblog.com/disneyland-christmas-guide/

https://mickeyvisit.com/disneyland-christmas-guide/

http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/10/08/get-a-sneak-peek-at-the-christmas-treats-coming-to-disneyland-resort/

 

 

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D23 2019 Day 3 Recap

Our last day of D23 was focused on hearing news about the parks, and we were especially interested in hearing any Disneyland news, and we were not disappointed. So here are some of our favorite parts of the panel Sneak Peek! Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

 

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One of the first announcements was for Disneyland and that was a new parade coming to the park called, ‘Magic Happens.’ We were shown art depicting new floats featuring Moana, Coco and Sleeping Beauty and we heard some of the music, from Todrick Hall.

 

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We also got information about the new ride Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. While previously announced, we got more details and some photos of the Imagineers on the job building this new ride. We also got to see art depicting the entrance design for Disneyland’s Toon Town and Disneyworld’s Hollywood Studios. Disneyland’s iteration of this ride will see a Toon Town version of the El Capitan Theater aptly named ‘The El Capitoon Theater,’ while Hollywood Studios’ iteration will be located in the Chinese Grauman’s Theater (previous home to The Great Movie Ride). Overall the ride is looking very cute, unique and creative and we loved the concept art for the entrance at the El Capitoon Theater! We are thinking this will be a great addition to Toon Town.

 

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Many were waiting to hear more about the Avengers Campuses (name released for the D23 weekend) coming to Anaheim, Paris, and Hong Kong.

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Anaheim will get a new Spiderman attraction that, based on descriptions, will be an interactive experience where riders help Spiderman catch rogue Spider-Bots. There will also be a restaurant themed after Pym Technologies of Ant-Man fame. They hinted this will be reflected in the food, but what that means is still a mystery. (Giant corn dogs perhaps? Let’s hope)

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Fans of Doctor Strange will be happy to hear that there will be a presence in the form of an attraction, a special Sanctum. According to details on the expo floor, guest will “meet with (Doctor Strange) here, when the time comes, and (he) shall help you unravel the mysteries of the multiverse.”  A brand new e-ticket attraction will be coming in phase 2 of the campus, allowing guests to step into a Quinjet with the Avengers on a mission to Wakanda where they will have to help save the world.

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Paris, another campus location, will also be getting a Marvel themed hotel: Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel. It will feature themed rooms, such as an art of Spiderman room.

 

There was A LOT of Disneyworld news especially that many changes are coming to EPCOT.

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While the World Showcase will remain, but also see some changes and additions, the front part of EPCOT will become three new areas: World Discovery, World Celebration, and World Nature.

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World Celebration will be the entrance portion of EPCOT, and will be redesigned with a greener look, an updated version of the original EPCOT fountain, and, at the exit of Spaceship Earth, a new area called Dreamers Point will feature a new stature of Walt Disney himself.

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World Discovery will include interstellar components, including a Guardians of the Galaxy rollercoaster attraction called Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, different from DCA’s Mission Breakthrough in style and story. Also, there will be a new restaurant called Space 220 where diners will ride an elevator that looks like you are rising 220 miles up to dine in space. Views from the restaurant windows will be of Earth down below. This land will also feature an area focused on the magic of play, including an Incredibles experience with Edna Mode and an attraction involving Wreck-It Ralph.

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World Nature will feature a new Moana walk-through attraction about water, a friend and ally of Moana in the film.

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World Showcase will see changes as well, including a Beauty and the Beast Sing-A-Long show, a Ratatouille attraction, and a quick and table service creperie restaurant In the France Pavillion  and a Mary Poppins attraction along with the addition of Cherry Tree Lane in the United Kingdom Pavillion. Mr. Dick Van Dyke himself was in attendance to reveal this new ride and area! There will also be a new nighttime show, EPCOT Forever, with music from Pinar Toprak.

A new show is being created by Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Animation Studios in partnership with Cirque Du Soleil. This will be in Disney Springs when opened and will tell the story of an animator’s daughter whose father sends her on a magical journey through animation.

Some details were shared about the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2021, including that all four parks will have celebrations, not just the Magic Kingdom.

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Another new development that will start in Disneyworld, but may see replication in other parks, is Disney Genie, a new app designed to create your Disneyworld itinerary via the app itself, with automatic recommendations based on personal interests and availability. As opposed to making dining reservations over here and Fastpasses over there, this app will do all of it for you. There will be beta opportunities for D23 members and it should be ready for use in 2021.

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A new resort will be opening soon called Reflections. It will have a lodge-like feel with A-Frame house rentals and tree-house styled rooms. This resort there will feature a The Princess and the Frog themed restaurant.

 

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Also in Disneyworld, we got more information about the upcoming Star Wars hotel experience. The resort will be called Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser and will be a very ambitious project. It will be a two-day experience, with a “planet excursion, or port day on Batuu,” but otherwise you are one the ‘spaceship’ the rest of the time. It will be like a cruise ship experience but without the sea.

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Guest will be checked in here on Earth before riding a transport up to the Starcruiser. All windows, including those in the rooms, will have views of space. Familiar characters will make approaches, including Chewbacca, Rey and Kylo Ren and it was said that your interactions with cast, crew and fellow guests will determine the story of your stay.

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There will be special dining experiences, as well as classes and activities such as lightsaber training for ALL ages. A cabin will start at $3,300 and an opening date is not yet known.

 

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Hong Kong Disneyland will see a new castle and land. Their iconic castle will become the Castle of Magical Dreams, inspired by 13 Disney princesses and heroines. They will also be getting a new Frozen themed land, with two attractions.

 

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All of us will have a new shopping opportunity soon. A partnership with Target will lead to 25 locations gaining Disney Stores within their Target stores on October 4, followed by 40 more locations in 2020. Target.com will also have a Disney Store component for those who won’t be near physical locations.

 

 

The rest of our day was spent on the Expo floor and we will be uploading the photos and videos as soon as we are able to.

 

Overall, we had a great time at D23 and we will have LOTS to talk about on our next episode, available next Monday, September 2.

 

Until then, have a magical day everyone!