Walt Disney World Announces Toy Story Land to Open June 30, 2018

Walt Disney World Announces Toy Story Land to Open June 30, 2018

We’ve been waiting for an exact date, and Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” parent company Walt Disney World announced the official opening date of Toy Story Land will be June 30, 2018.

Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story films, guests who enter Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will feel like they have shrunk to the size of a toy as Woody, Jessie, Buzz, Slinky Dog, the Aliens, Green Army Men and other fun-loving Toy Story characters come to life in the larger-than-life outdoor setting of Andy’s backyard.

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Breaking: Walt Disney World Raises Ticket, Pass, and Parking Prices Effective Feb 11, 2018

Walt Disney World - Fireworks during the day at Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World announced it is raising the prices of daily tickets, as well as annual passes and parking fees, effective Sunday, February 11, 2018.

The cost increase on one-day one-park tickets will vary according to season and park, going up as much as $7 a ticket.

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Culinary Arts Menus Revealed for 2018 Epcot International Festival of Arts

Returning to Walt Disney World for a second year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will celebrate performing, visual and culinary arts from January 12 - February 19, 2018.

The 2nd annual Epcot International Festival of Arts celebrates all types of art, including culinary, and we have the menus for this year’s festival.

Not only are the dishes delicious, but they’re designed to be visually pleasing, as well.

Here are the kiosks and their menus [menu items marked with (GF) are gluten/wheat-friendly and those with (V) are vegetarian]:

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UCF Knights Celebrated with Parade at Magic Kingdom

UCF Knights Celebrated with Parade at Magic Kingdom Park - photos courtesy Walt Disney World

Sunday, January 7, the Magic Kingdom was filled with crowds of black and gold as the undefeated UCF Knights football team was honored with a parade down Main Street U.S.A.

The parade also included UCF cheerleaders and The Marching Knights, the university’s official band.

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Walt Disney World To Live Stream Magic Kingdom’s Fantasy In The Sky Fireworks Dec 31, 2017

Walt Disney World To Live Stream Magic Kingdom's Fantasy In The Sky Fireworks Dec 31

To close out 2017, Walt Disney World will be live streaming its “Fantasy In the Sky” fireworks from the Magic Kingdom on December 31.

If you can’t be there in person, this is the next best way to ring in the new year with Disney.

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Walt Disney World Gives Update on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Walt Disney World Gives Update on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

During the Dec 16 special event, Star Wars: Galactic Nights, Walt Disney World revealed more details on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which will open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2019.

Walt Disney Imagineers Scott Trowbridge, Robin Reardon and Chris Beatty, along with Doug Chiang from Lucasfilm told a packed audience they were working hard to get the details right.

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Garden Rocks Concerts Announced for the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Jack Blades of Night Ranger - photo by M.Snow

The full Garden Rocks concerts line-up has just been announced by Walt Disney World for the 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

The annual festival runs from February. 28 through May 28, and every weekend will feature free concerts by music legends from the 1960s through 1990s.

Of the 17 acts booked, seven are new to Garden Rocks, and three of those new to Epcot festivals: Foghat, Lonestar, and Don Felder former of The Eagles.

Get your calendars ready, here is the the full listing of shows you can catch during the Garden Rocks Concerts series:

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New Cirque du Soleil Show to Replace La Nouba at Disney Springs

New Cirque du Soleil Show to Replace La Nouba at Disney Springs

Earlier this year it was announced Cirque du Soleil‘s “La Nouba” would close at Disney Springs at the end of this year, and it’s been revealed what will be replacing it.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will re-team for an entirely new show developed just for Walt Disney World.

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Flights of Wonder to Close at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Flights of Wonder to Close at Disney's Animal Kingdom - owl flying

To make room for the previously announced “UP” show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Flights of Wonder will close on December 31, 2017.

This 25-minute show, performed several times a day, features more than 20 species of free-flying exotic birds, including Harris hawks, Barbary falcons, macaws, ibis and yellow-naped Amazon parrots.

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks To Celebrate Christmas Week 2017 In Orlando

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks to Celebrate Christmas Week 2014 in Orlando

Whether you live here or you’re vacationing here during Christmas week, it can be overwhelming trying to decide from among all of the holiday offerings happening in the Orlando area.

Here are our picks for the best Holiday events for celebrating Christmas 2017 in Orlando:

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New Show Based on Disney*Pixar’s ‘UP’ Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World has announced an all-new show coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Spring 2018 featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “UP.”

Walt Disney World has announced an all-new show coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Spring 2018 featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “UP.”

Beginning just in time for the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom next year, this new experience will offer guests the chance to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug as they discover species of birds from around the world in their newest adventure at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur village.

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Walt Disney World Releases Details on the Disney Skyliner System Stations

Walt Disney World Releases Details on the Disney Skyliner System Stations

At this summer’s D23 Expo, it was announced a new transportation system at Walt Disney World called the Disney Skyliner would be coming to the resort, and this week we learned more about it.

The gondola-style system will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot via stops at Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts, plus other locations yet to be announced.

Select Disney Skyliner cabins will feature Disney characters on their exterior design, including favorites from films, Disney attractions, and of course, the “Fab Five.”

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Walt Disney World To Live Stream ‘Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!’ From Disney’s Hollywood Studios Dec 4, 2017

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! from Disney's Hollywood Studios

As part of their on-going series of event streaming, Walt Disney World has announced they will live broadcast “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios Dec 4, 2017

The show, which takes place nightly throughout the holiday season, stars elves Wayne and Lanny from “Prep & Landing.” In it, Christmas Day is almost here, but Jolly Old Saint Nick is nowhere to be found. Luckily, Wayne and Lanny are on the job, and they won’t rest until the big guy is back at the North Pole.

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2017 Epcot Candlelight Processional Narrators At Walt Disney World

Candlelight Processional at Epcot - Neil Patrick Harris

The Candlelight Processional at Epcot is a highlight of the holidays in Orlando, and this is the full list of the narrators for the 2017 shows, which start November 24 and run through December 30.

A part of Disney’s Holidays Around the World celebration, the Candlelight Processional is a nightly dramatic re-telling of the Christmas story with celebrity narrators, and a mass choir singing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs with the symphonic strains of the Walt Disney World orchestra.

Here are the 2017 narrators. Many are returning favorites (Neil Patrick Harris tends to be very popular), but there are also a few new names (Matt Bomer and Kurt Russell are among those):

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Walt Disney World Releases First Look at Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World Releases First Look at Woody's Lunch Box in Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney has released the first details of a new area in their upcoming Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios called Woody’s Lunch Box.

This eatery is fashioned from Andy’s lunch box and thermos, and will feature a walk-up quick-service window that will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats.

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