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Aug 1, 2022

August 2022 Disney+ Releases

     Each month Disney+ graces us with new releases to enjoy. These can be totally new projects from the Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and so on universes, or older shows and movies that are just arriving on the platform for the fist time. Since first releasing, Disney+ has done a good job offering desirable new releases and August is no different. Here, we'll share some of the ones we're most looking forward to!

     The beginning of the month brings the new Lightyear film on August 3rd. The film is supposedly the movie Andy from Toy Story saw that made him want a Buzz Lightyeaar toy. 

     Two days later (Aug 5th) LEGO Star War Summer Vacation will be available as another "special" much like the recent Christmas one. We also get the first of a series of sing-along versions of popular Disney classics in Lion King. 

     We'll see our first new Marvel offering of the month on the 10th with the release of the I Am Groot shorts. That same day we'll also get a personal favorite in our house when season 3 of Bluey will be made available . 

     Perhaps our most highly anticipated entry, Marvel will premiere it's She Hulk: Attorney at Law series on the 17th! (hopefully the CGI is better than the early trailers we saw). 

     On August 19th, we'll get 3 more sing alongs including: both the animated and live-action Beauty and the Beasts and Tangled. 

     Finally, our original pick for most anticipated was supposed to release on August 31st, but was recently pushed to a later date (Sept 21), was the latest entry into the Star Wars universe in Andor (but we'll talk about that net month).

     There are many other new additions to Disney+ this month to go along with the above. To see the full slate use the link below!

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May 29, 2022

Star Wars Celebration 2022 Wraps!

     Every year, Star Wars fans gather in celebration of our favorite story and are gifted with a number of announcements of upcoming adventures in a galaxy far, far away. this year was no different and below we'll be sharing some of those announcements in case you missed them!

     Disney+ screened a trailer for its upcoming show Andor which will premiere on August 31, 2022 and have 12 episodes!  

     For anyone who played Jedi: Fallen Order, a sequel to the game continuing Cal Kestis's story called Jedi: Survivor was also announced to release sometime in 2023.

     Disney+ also shared a first look at the upcoming Ashoka series  which will include a number of characters from the Rebel's series in live action! 

     Disney+ also announced a new project called Skeleton Crew starring Jude Law would be coming in 2023.

     A number of shows will also be returning: Season 3 of the beloved Mandalorian story will be releasing in February 2023 (and Favreau announced his already writing for season 4!). We'll be getting season 2 of The Bad Batch sometime this Fall and Visons in Spring 2023. 

     Another exciting project coming to Disney+ is Tales of the Jedi (animated) which will feature Qui-Gon Jin and others and is coming this Fall.

     Hayden Christianson sent the celebration into a frenzy when he said "This is where the fun begins" - could be be getting more Vader in our future? 

     There were also a few other announcements from Star Wars books to Lego as well. AND even sneak peaks at Indiana Jones 5 and the Willow series (both Lucasfilm properties).

Use the link below to get the full story from IGN! 

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Mar. 31, 2022

Disney Character Meet-and-Greets Returning!

     When COVID first hit the US, WDW closed it's doors to guests for the first time in History as a safety precaution. When they finally reopened, fans around the world were excited to return to the most magical place on Earth. However, it was not the same as before and rightfully so. 

     Limited park capacity, no parades and fireworks, temperature screenings, and social distancing were now all part of a WDW visit. That also meant that character meet-and-greets would not be the same and the fan-favorite hugs were a thing of the past. Now over two years later and most of the park returning to pre-pandemic "norms" Disney has announced that it will be bringing back non-distanced character interaction starting April 18th! 

     Disney Park blogs has announced that as of that date they will start reintroducing these interactions (hinting that it might be a slower roll out rather than an all-at-once return). 

     Regardless of how long it takes to get all the way back to "normal" we CAN NOT WAIT to get ourselves a Mickey hug!

Use the link below to get the full story from Disney Parks Blog! 

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Oct. 19, 2021 

Disney's New Genie Service Repleases

     For longtime visitors of WDW you have no doubt utilized Disney's FastPass service in the past to shorten your wait on line for some of your favorite attractions and when the pandemic hit and FastPass dissappeared many wondered when it or IF ir would return. We have known for some time now that it would not be coming back as it once was, but instead as a brand new service called Genie. 

      Well, Genie (along with Genie+ and Lightening Lanes) have rolled out today and so far it seems to being going smoothly. At the time of this writing Rise of the Resistence and Slinky Dog slots were sold out (done by 10 am), but other than that it seems to be going ok. The biggest debate still seems to be whether or not Disney should have replaced its free FastPass service with the new Genie Service. While the standard Genie service is free to park guests, the Genie+ version costs $15 per day per person and grants more Lightening Lane access to skip longer lines. It also offers an "ala" carte menu to purchase individual lightening lane passes for the more popular attractions (like RotR and Slinky Dog). 

     While this is different for WDW, paid "fastpass" like programs have been the norm in the theme park industry for a long time. But then again, Disney is not just another theme park. While that debate will rage on, it's unfair to judge the new system on it's first day as everyone gets used to using it. Disney has released a quick video talking about how to use the new service in the parks which you can check out in the link below. 

     Once  you take a look, be sure to head over to our FB group to continue the convo and let us know what you think! 

      

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Sept 30, 2021 (10:15am) 

Disney Set to Release MagicBand+

     Disney just announced a new Magic Band coming to the parks as part of the 50th celebration! MagicBand+ (set to release sometime in 2022) will have all the expected features of current magic bands, but will allow you interact in different ways depending on where you are! 

 

For example:

     - Play a Bounty Hunter game            in Galaxy's Edge

     - Interact with the Golden                  Statues around the parks

     - Become part of the new                  nightime spectaculars as                your magicband lights up in          connection with the                          fireworks in the sky!

 

     Today's release did not include many other specifics (like an actual release date or pricing), but they did mention that discounts will be available when preordering as a resort guest!

To scheck out the full release from Disney Parks Blog, click the link below! 

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Sept 28, 2021

Disney  and Amazon Partner for "Hey Disney"

     Disney announced today that in conjunction with Amazon, they have created a new custom assistant called "Hey Disney." The new assistant (which utilizes Amazon's Alexa tech) will be available for use in both WDW resort rooms and at home! 

     The new assistant looks to provide a combo of both utility (making your WDW stay easier) and entertainment allowing you to interact with your favorite characters! 

     Disney hasn't announced too many details about what the new system will offer or how it will help with your vacation (maybe link with the new Genie+ in some way?), but we've always wondered when smart speakers and assistants would make their way to the resorts...looks like that will be sooner rather than later! 

     Check out the entire release from Disney by clikcing the link below from the Disney Parks Blog! 

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August 4, 2021

Disney Announces New Info on the Galactic Starcruiser!

     Today Disney released more information regarding their brand new Star Wars hotel "The Galactic Starcruiser" which is set to open in Spring 2022! We've known for some time that this will be a brand new "hotel" experience which acts more like cruise on land, but we're finally starting to get some more info on what that means, as well as...how much it'll cost. 

     Unlike other hotels, this is not just a place to sleep but instead you will essentially be doing EVERYTHING on this "star cruiser" from sleeping to eating, and fighting against the first order to taking an included excursion to Batuu, it has been designed as an all-inclusive and all-immersive experience! 

     A stay in a Galaxy far, far away will include a 2-night accommodation in a cabin/suite, meals, and interactive activities and excursions! You can check out the hotels newly updated website for a sample itinerary HERE! And what does it cost to experience this? We'll trips start at $4,809 for 2 people in a standard cabin, ($5,299 for 3 and $5,999 for 4) and then go up from their depending on time of travel, room type, and so on! 

Click on the link below for the  official release by Disney Parks Blog to check it out!

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July 8, 2021

Avengers: Quantum Encounter!

     Today, Disney released a sneak peek of the Worlds of Marvel dining option that will be onboard their newest cruise ship, the Wish! 

     This new take on dinner and a show will follow Ant-Man and the Wasp on their first public speaking on behalf of the Avengers as they show off some of our favorite heroes tech! 

     While not giving too much away, they did say that the highlight of the experience involves a hands-on demonstration of the Quantum Core that allows the user to grow or shrink a target at a push of a button....giant food anyone?

     Be sure to check out the video released by Kevin Fiege and Disney by clicking the link below! 

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June 15, 2021

FIREWORKS to Return to WDW and WDL July 1st!

     After more than a year of waiting and hoping, Disney announced the return of their nighttime fireworks displays in both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT beginning July 1st at WDW and July 4th at WDL!

     WDW will have two shows: Magic Kingdom's "Happily Ever After" and EPCOT's "EPCOT Forever" while WDL will showcase "Mickey's Mix Magic in Magic Kingdom. 

Check out the official story from Disney Parks Blog below! 

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May 7, 2021

Halloween Returns to WDW!

This morning, Disney announced that Halloween will be returning to WDW this year. While it's not the same scale as MNSSHP (it seems?) Disney is ensuring that guests do get the opportunity to enjoy a little treat at Magic Kingdom with the "Boo Bash."  

 

The event looks to be a scaled down version of MNSSHP (with cavalcades, performances, and some form of trick-or-treating) that will run on select nights from Aug 10th-Oct 31st from 9pm-12am! Check out the official story from Disney Parks Blog by clicking the link below, then head over to our FB page and let us know if you've ever celebrated Halloween in WDW and if you're excited for Boo Bash! I know we are!  

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May 3, 2021

Marvel Reveals Release dates for 4 Major Films!

This morning, Marvel revealed the release dates for 4 of its major upcoming titles (all of them sequels). Of course these dates are subject to change but as of now we can expect to the see the following MCU entries. 

 

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever  on 7/8/22, The Marvels (Captain Marvel sequel) on 11/11/22, Antman and the Wasp: Quantumania on 2/17/23, and GotG Vol 3 on 5/5/23!

Which one are you MOST excited about seeing? Head over to the FB group to continue the conversation! 

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