Monday, April 18, 2022

Don't Get Fooled: Rumors are Everywhere!



 


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The Disneyland rumor mill is going crazy right now, and I'm NOT here for it! Let's separate the actual facts from the entirely made up "facts" that have been going around the internet like crazy today. 

Don't know what I'm talking about? 

I'll fill you in! Headlines from Disney bloggers are everywhere today saying that Tarzan's Treehouse is getting rethemed as Encanto. I've seen it from at least 5 sources today. Want to know who isn't one of those sources? Disney! A certain source who shall remain nameless for the moment (I may change my mind by the time I finish writing this) came out and said that Tarzan's Treehouse should be rethemed during it's closure, and then took a poll of its readers asking what the new theme should be. The readers overwhelmingly chose Encanto. The problem is that their overly sensationalized, click-bait headline made that retheme sound like a definite instead of speculation. 

What We Actually Know

Tarzan's Treehouse has been closed for refurbishment and, as part of the traffic flow improvement project all through Adventureland/New Orleans Square, the entrance is going to be redone (more like the attraction's original version) so that it's no longer way out in the already crowded walkway. 

That's literally it...

What We DON'T Know

Everything else!!

Is Tarzan being rethemed? I mean, Disney hasn't announced that, and they do tend to announce these things to build hype. They don't normally close a ride and retheme it in secret halfway through the closure. 

Should Tarzan be rethemed? If they came up with something that made sense, I guess so? But it would have to be with something that makes sense, and I don't think any of the current popular movies make any sense as a treehouse. 

Don't Get Fooled

It can be super fun to speculate about what's coming next from our favorite place. But when there's a huge announcement, check if the new info actually comes from Disney or if it's just from a source who likes to pretend they're in the room where it happens. 

Rant over, thank's for listening. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Nighttime Magic Returning to Disneyland!





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When I was (finally!) back at Disneyland last week, I was so excited to see Mickey's Mix Magic. Against my own judgements when that show was originally announced, I absolutely love it. But you know what Disneyland and California Adventure are missing? MORE NIGHTTIME ENTERTAINMENT! If you agree with me, you're in luck! There's a lot coming your way. 

Main Street Electrical Parade - Returning April 22

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I'm going to say it - I'm much rather see Paint the Night return. *But* with that being said, it's the MSEP's 50th anniversary and that is definitely something to celebrate! Along with the classic floats you know and love, we'll get a new grand finale float! It sounds like it's going to be an absolutely massive float with "characters and moments from more than a dozen beloved Disney and Pixar stories." We'll see newer hits like Encanto and Raya and the Last Dragon, along with classics like Mulan and the Jungle Book. Check out the image at the top of this post for an idea of what's in store for us.

World of Color - Returning April 22

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DCA fans rejoice! World of Color is FINALLY coming back on April 22. It's been too long!

Disneyland Forever - Returning April 22

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You know how I was just saying how much fun Mickey's Mix Magic is? Well, big shock, I love Disneyland Forever too!!! I love a show that actually celebrates Disneyland itself. Beginning April 22 until "late Spring" Disneyland Forever fireworks show will run Fridays-Sundays, with Mickey's Mix Magic as a projection only show Mondays-Thursdays. Best of both worlds? After that Mickey's Mix Magic will take a break and Disneyland Forever will run nightly during the summer. We'll have to wait and see what's in store for us in the Fall.


Fantasmic - Returning May 28


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Ok, Fantasmic fans...you'll have to wait just a little bit longer for this one. Fantasmic will be back May 28, hopefully giving Disney enough time to finish the enormous project they've been working on in New Orleans Square to give us all a little more breathing room when trying to get through that land, especially at night.

THE FOOD!!!!

Let's get to the good part.

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Fantasia Ice Cream is returning to the Gibson Girl for the Main Street Electrical Parade's anniversary. For those who don't know, it's banana, cherry and pistachio ice cream - super weird but super delicious!

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And who wants MSEP float popcorn buckets? Turtle AND Elliot will be available. 

There will also be full dining packages with food and reserved seating for World of Color and the Main Street Electrical Parade. Check out full details here.


Thursday, February 17, 2022

Toontown Closure Update: What We Know



 

We found out back in November that Toontown is slated for some big changes. Aside from some cool concept art, it was hard to tell what stays and what goes. 


But we've just got official word! Check it out:

Going or, according to Disney, being "reimagined in new and exciting ways":

  • Gadget's Go Coaster - This is a total bummer because it's a great way to ease smaller kids onto the big rides and see what they're ready for. Also, as someone who grew up with the Disney Afternoon, it's fun to see something so specifically from my childhood still hanging on in the parks. However, even with the new Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers movie coming out in May, there are not a ton of people who know who Gadget is or understand the theming. So I get it.
  • Goofy's House - I hold a special place in my heart for Goofy's House. My kids LOVED taking a little time out to play there when they were small so it'll hold a special place in my heart. But looking at the new park-like ideas for that area (keep reading for more info!), I think it's great that there will still be a nice space for littles to take a break and play.
  • Donald's Boat - I don't have too much to say about that one. Donald's Boat always felt like a missed opportunity to do...anything, really. I can see what looks like Donald's Boat in the concept art, so maybe they just have a better idea of how to execute it.


Staying:

  • Mickey's House - My favorite! I'd rather wait in line at Mickey's house and get to walk through all of its adorableness than stand in the sun on Main Street and maybe see him before he has to take a break. So glad it's staying!
  • Minnie's House - The best alternative to Mickey's House if the line is more than an hour. Minnie's is always a shorter wait. 
  • Roger Rabbit - Considering they just gave it an update, I would have been shocked if this wasn't staying! Speaking of the update, I can't believe there was so much press and "anger" over the changes to Jessica Rabbit. They're hardly even noticeable! It's weird making her a detective since the rest of the ride stays so close to the original movie. But it's an absolutely tiny change, once you're actually there looking at it.
What's new: 
  • Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway - Who's excited to see a ride starring Mickey and Minnie themselves?? It's counterpart at Walt Disney World is already open, so if you want a sneak peak there are tons of ride throughs on YouTube. It looks adorable! 
  • CenTOONial Park - This is going to be (what seems like) a very large playable space for young kids with an interactive fountain, climbable tree roots, and a large grassy area perfect for taking a break. 
Toontown has already been under very visible construction for a couple of months now, but will officially close down March 9, reopening early next year. What are you most excited for?