Having flown home from Disney a week ago (as of the publication of this post), I am right in the thick of the Post Disney Blues. My best plan to combat these blues is usually to plan my next Disney trip obsessively, but that’s not in the cards right now with an Aulani honeymoon already penned in for next year. Instead, I’ll do my best to relive my trip and remember every tiny detail. You folks — my lucky audience — get to come along with me. On day 1 of my last trip, Ben and I enjoyed dinner at Citricos, and it was magnificent.
At first thought, few things seem more magically perfect than spending Christmas in Walt Disney World. There’s a chill in the air, but Florida is still mercifully warm compared to those parts of the world blanketed in snow; sparkling decorations glitter on every surface; Mickey and Minnie are in their holiday garb — what more could you want? Last year, I experienced Disney twice during the holiday season — December 1-3 and December 26-30 — and let me tell you…visiting that week between Christmas and New Years was a unique experience.
Today, I am thankful for my family, my friends, this ZADD Crew, and the new teaser trailer just released for the live action version of the Lion King coming to theaters summer 2019. While you’re enjoying your food coma, check out the trailer below!! The familiar sound of the narrator will give you chills.
A special thanks to @Dizdad for the use of his photo in this post and to Walt Disney Studios for the trailer!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! I have to say, I feel just a little blasphemous for posting on Thanksgiving, and going full steam ahead about Christmas. Make sure you take a moment today to spend time with those you love and reflect on the things you’re thankful for. Then, tomorrow, use this list to not-so-casually drop hints for those loved ones to pick up some magical, Disney Christmas gifts!!
With D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse happening this weekend, Disney is pouring out all kinds of news. Some of the most exciting news has to include the list of updates Disney is giving us about Epcot. Recently, we reported that Illuminations: Reflections of Earth would end its run in 2019 after giving us 20 years of shows. Now, we know that Epcot’s new nighttime spectacular will begin in 2020. Many Epcot fans will be pleased to hear that the new show will still maintain a global focus, using floating set pieces, custom LED panels, water, light, laser, and fire elements to take park-goers around the world.
You read right, though. Illuminations will be shutting down in 2019, but the new nighttime show won’t be opening until 2020. Fear not, Epcot will fill the interim with a limited-time show in 2019 called “Epcot Forever,” featuring “classic Epcot tunes.” Epcot Forever’s music will be joined by fireworks, lighting, lasers, and special effects.
I’ve got to say — these are some changes I’m very excited about! I’m already looking at planning to make sure I get down to Florida to see Epcot Forever while it’s around!
Thank you @magicalshannonmarie for the great Illuminations shot used in this post!
Back in June, we were graced with a teaser trailer for the live action Dumbo movie arriving in theaters March 29, 2019. Last night, Disney finally gave us our first full-length trailer, peeking into the world of this adorable elephant’s adventures, including our first glimpse at a little mouse dressed as a ringleader. Timothy, is that you?? It’s just a couple of minutes long, but it’s already pulling at my heart strings. I’m excited to see what looks like a new take on a well-known story.
I’ll be soaring to see this one — will you? (I know…that was terrible.)
Thank you @magicalshannonmarie for the use of your photo and thank you to Walt Disney Studios for the new trailer!!
Since I’m not a Florida local, I’m constantly on the lookout for Disney magic closer to home. It seems as if the powers that be heard my cries because, back in September, the exhibit “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” opened at the Museum of Fine Arts right in Boston. This past week, I finally made it over, and it was just as adorable and magical as you’d imagine.
It is with a heavy heart that the world remembers the life of Stan Lee, a true legend in the comic book universe. Stan’s death was confirmed earlier today by his daughter Joan Celia (J.C.) Lee. Stan, born in 1922, has been professionally committed to comics since he started as an assistant in 1939 at Timely Comics, though he did step away to serve in World War II. Today, few don’t know his name or his legacy, which brought us X-Men, Ironman, Spider-Man, Thor, the other Avengers, and more. This creative genius was able to create a world for all of us to enjoy, and had the unique ability to step right into that world — have you spotted him in the MCU films? We have much to thank him for.
Today, the ZADD Crew mourns the loss of Stan Lee, and keeps his family in our thoughts. Rest in Peace.
Thank you to Disney for the image used in this post.
If you’re planning to drive to Hollywood Studios today, make sure to take a closer look at your arrival plan. At the beginning of last week we announced that guests arriving to Hollywood Studios by car would soon see a new entrance. Today, the entrance to parking for Hollywood Studios has officially moved. Guests who approach the old entrance are being handed a flyer with a map and being directed to the new entrance off Osecola Parkway or Victory Way. Only buses are entering the park from Buena Vista Drive.
The new entrance is large and appears to be ready to accommodate the crowds who visit Hollywood Studios every day. This arrival adjustment is part of a series of updates guests have been seeing at Hollywood Studios and which will be continuing in the coming months.
Thank you @thezipadeedoocrew for the photos in this post!
As holiday cheer pops up all over Walt Disney World, Hollywood Studios welcomes a new holiday popcorn bucket this winter season – the Santa Green Alien popcorn bucket! You may remember that the classic Green Alien popcorn bucket popped up in Hollywood Studios around the opening of Toy Story Land this summer. Considering the insane popularity of that style, we shouldn’t be surprised to see the Green Alien back and decked out for Christmas. Currently, the Santa Green Alien popcorn bucket is available at popcorn carts across Hollywood Studios, but make sure to grab one quickly before they sell out!
Each bucket is $25 and we’re being told guests are limited to purchasing a max of two per person. Remember, popcorn refills in these reusable popcorn buckets are only $2 each for the length of your stay!
Thank you @thezipadeedoocrew for snapping this photo of the new popcorn bucket!
Disney has recently released five brand new solid colors for MagicBand 2. The new colors are Navy Blue, White, Turquoise, Dark Green, and Lavender. These new MagicBands are currently available through shopdisney.com for $14.99 each and will not be offered as a free option with a Disney resort reservation.
Thank you to Shop Disney for the use of the image for this post!
It is now officially time for Christmas at the most magical place on earth. Tonight, Cinderella’s castle glittered alight with over 200,000 LED lights, bathing Main Street, U.S.A. in a magical glow that wintertime visitors to the Magic Kingdom have come to know as synonymous with the most wonderful time of year.
While Magic Kingdom’s jack-o-lanterns had vanished by rope drop on November 1, and holiday decorations and merchandise have been popping up all over Walt Disney World since the lighting of the castle brings with it feelings of our favorite winter holidays.
For more information about the holiday happenings around the parks, click here!
Thank you to @thezipadeedoocrew for this amazing photograph of the castle’s lights, taken tonight!!
On Episode 136 of the ZADD Crew Podcast you heard Producer Greg suggest that Hollywood Brown Derby face the chopping block in a game of Keep, Cancel, Replace against the 50’s Prime Time Cafe and the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. He claimed its theme is reminiscent of an older Hollywood Studios – and I agree, but I don’t think that’s any reason for it to go. Let me try to convince you…
Just because I love Disney, it doesn’t mean I love every attraction, show, or treat Disney has to offer. My skip list is about those park attractions I’d pass up and what I’d much rather do instead. When it comes to It’s Tough to be a Bug, I’d rather do anything else. Anything. Including sitting and counting back from 7000 by 14s.
Today Disney announced a brand new resort to be built along the shores of Bay Lake, settled between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. The new resort is said will be themed after the nature surrounding it (fitting with the theme of the Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resorts) and is scheduled to open in 2022.
The hotel will house over 900 rooms, and will be a Disney Vacation Club property, offering a variety of room sizes and types. Disney also announced concept art for what will become the 16th DVC property.
Being a fan of Wilderness Lodge doesn’t mean I’m not incredibly excited to see this resort!
Thank you to Disney for the use of the concept art as the featured photo.
Our favorite Disney movies would be nothing without their soundtracks. What would we badly sing while cleaning the house? What rockin’ jams would fill our cars during road trips? What few pinging notes would reduce us to sobs? Ok, sure, there’s plenty of fantastic non-Disney music out in the world that could fulfill each of these roles, but Disney songs are GREAT! Making this list was a challenge because I don’t want to pick all of the “obvious” songs. Also, my list is constantly changing. Honestly, by the time this post goes live, I might disagree with myself. Since my caveats are covered, let’s get on with it!
Everybody’s got an opinion about everything and Disney is no exception. Sometimes, we all agree and the world is a happy place full of unicorns and rainbows. Other times, somebody comes along and throws a wrench into everything, making some outlandish claim that generally causes internet fury. Today, that person is me. I’ve got some pretty unpopular opinions that I stand behind wholeheartedly. Because I stand behind my arguments for these opinions, you might be left feeling a little #laywered (Marshall? How I Met Your Mother? Anybody?).
Disney, both as a film-making company and as the curator of magical amusement parks, is known for giving us mere mortals some life-changing memories. I love Disney — that’s why I write for this blog — but even I have to admit that sometimes, we end up with a swing and a miss. While I love most aspects of Walt Disney World, there are some offerings that simply fall flat for me. In hopes of keeping each of your future Disney trips as magical as possible, I’m going to take you through those I’d skip and what I’d replace them with! First flop in my books? Muppet Vision 3D.
A few months ago, I shared my favorite places to pick up some Disney art pieces to bring home (or give as gifts if you’re more selfless than I). If you want to brush up on art sources, check out that post from early in the blog’s life here! Over the past couple of years, Ben and I have picked up a few pieces of Disney art from the parks to bring some magic into our home (and my office!). I want to share with you the ones that made the cut and why.
When you live as far from the parks as I do (I know Boston isn’t THAT far, but it’s far enough), you’ll take your Disney fix however you can get it — even if that means you only get a fast weekend turnaround trip to the parks. When vacation days are limited at work and schedules are hectic, sometimes a quick trip is the only option in the cards, but of course, you still want to make the most of your trip. We all know that you can’t properly do Disney in two-and-a-half days, but I do my best to try.