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The Language of Aloha at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa: Kukuna o ka la

The Language of Aloha at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa: Kukuna o ka la

Disney World

Kukuna o ka la means rays of the sun. In this series, we’ve been diving into the Hawaiian language, which…

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Summertime Update for Eats at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Summertime Update for Eats at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney World

With Florida temperatures heating up, some cool news from Disney Springs’ dining spots: More shade, big umbrellas and new frozen…

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Disneyland's new MaxPass Option

Disneyland's new MaxPass Option

Disneyland

DisneyLand Resort's new MaxPass Option  Here is a short video on how MaxPass works at the Disneyland Resort. {youtube}oDZgSz5t31g{/youtube} Source:…

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Every Thought We Had While Watching Descendants 2

Every Thought We Had While Watching Descendants 2

General Disney

Descendants 2 is finally upon us, and we had a wicked good time watching it last night! Because this is…

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Episode 60 D23 Expo with Guest Rick Webster

Episode 60 D23 Expo with Guest Rick Webster

Disney

Hello everyone!! We are very excited to have our very first guest on the show!! Our friend Rick (@captianNemo86) joins…

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Disney Castaway Cay named Top Cruise Line Private Island in the 2017 Cruise Critic’s Cruisers Choice Destination Awards

Disney Castaway Cay named Top Cruise Line Private Island in the 2017 Cruise Critic’s Cruisers Choice Destination Awards

Disney Cruise Line

CELEBRATION, Fla. (July 26, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, Cruise Critic Members have recognized Disney Castaway Cay in…

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New Baseline Tap House Part of New Grand Avenue Area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New Baseline Tap House Part of New Grand Avenue Area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney World

Debuting this fall, the new Grand Avenue area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is being re-imagined by Walt Disney Imagineers to…

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If you’re lucky enough to have tasted the new gourmet donuts on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, then you may have noticed the confectionary creativity is endless. You might even describe them as pure deliciousness! (Is that even a word???) Nonetheless, guests are lovin’ the donuts so much, we thought we’d ask Executive Chef Jason Martin about his inspiration for large variety of flavors.

How many flavors of donuts are sold at the cart on Main Street, U.S.A., each day?
There are, usually, three flavors of donuts to choose from daily. There’s just no limit to what we will put on a donut! So far, we’ve introduced 40 different flavor combos.

How do you get inspiration for new flavors? What’s the creation process like?
We’re always looking for what’s hot, what’s new, what’s trending. The ideas can be related to people, parades, events and seasons. I ask members of my team for ideas and inspiration — and invite anyone who has an idea to make suggestions.

Matterhorn Macaroon Donut at Disneyland Resort

What’s the most extravagant over-the-top flavor you’ve created?
I’d say, the Matterhorn Macaroon donut or the Chocolate Covered Potato Chip donut.

Chocolate Covered Potato Chip Donut at Disneyland Resort

How often do flavors change or rotate?
Every Friday, we introduce the new donut flavors.

Now that your mouth may be watering, I should mention — you can find the gourmet donuts at The Coffee Cart on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park.

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ESPN Events has revealed the bracket for the 12th annual AdvoCare Invitational which will be played Nov. 23, 24 & 26 at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

The bracket-format tournament features 12 games over three days. Teams will compete once per day, advancing with a victory. The two teams that remain undefeated will face off in the championship game on Sun., Nov. 26, at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The AdvoCare Invitational features 2016 NCAA Sweet 16 participant West Virginia, as well as NIT semifinalist UCF. Other participants include Long Beach State, Marist, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon State and St. John’s.

Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the AdvoCare Invitational web site.

Date Time Game Network
Thu, Nov 23 11:30 p.m. Missouri vs. Long Beach State ESPN2
2 p.m. St. John’s vs. Oregon State ESPNU
6 p.m. UCF vs. Nebraska ESPN3
8:30 p.m. West Virginia vs. Marist ESPNEWS
Fri, Nov 24 11 a.m. Semifinal #1 ESPNEWS
1:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPN3
5:00 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
7:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN3
Sun, Nov 27 12 p.m. 3rd Place Game ESPNU
2 p.m. 5th Place Game ESPNU
7 p.m. 7th Place Game ESPN3
9:30 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2

 

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 15:17

#DisneyFamilia: Planning for Rainy Days!

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Summer days at Walt Disney World Resort are beautifully sunny but they can also be filled with humidity and lots of rain! Here are some consejos to make your vacation ‘rain’ proof!

The first thing is to have a rain plan that includes enjoying indoor attractions and shows. These are my favorites: “it’s a small world,” Pirates of the Caribbean, Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom Park; Soarin’, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, World Showcase Pavilions at Epcot; Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Tours, Toy Story Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the amazing shows “The Festival of the Lion King” and “Finding Nemo – The Musical” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Second, you and your familia need to pack clothing that is appropriate for all type of weather. It’s hot and humid so you need clothes that are light but also that can dry easily. You also need comfortable shoes and socks! Brings extra pairs of socks because your feet will be the first thing to get soaked during a summer downpour. Wet socks are not fun!

Also be sure to pack rain jackets or ponchos and bring umbrellas. If you forgot them, you can always buy them at the stores in the resorts and the parks.

And last but not least, my favorite thing to do, rain or shine, is to find the character greeting locations – in this case, the indoor ones! – and take photos and ask for autographs where they are allowed. Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell at Tony’s Town Square in Magic Kingdom Park, Mickey and Minnie at the Outpost at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Epcot Character Spot and BB-8 and Kylo Ren at Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are some of the best options!

What are your favorite things to do when it rains? Would love to hear your tips as well.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 14:06

John Powell to Score Untitled Han Solo Movie

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Composer John Powell, who may be best known for his memorable soundtracks to the Matt Damon Bourne series, ShrekKung Fu Panda (1 and 2), and How to Train Your Dragon (1 and 2), will be lifting the baton to score the upcoming young Han Solo movie, due in theaters next year.

Powell, a London native, has written music for dozens of films since moving to the US in 1997, earning an Academy Award nomination for his stirring score to How to Train Your Dragon.  Powell is only the third composer to be welcomed into the exclusive family of Star Wars live-action music writers, which includes the legendary John Williams (the eight Skywalker saga movies) and Michael Giacchino, who scored last December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The untitled Han Solo movie will be scored in the style of the original Star Wars movies but retain Powell’s distinctive voice.  

The untitled young Han Solo movie, which is being directed by Ron Howard, will be released on May 25, 2018.

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Jason Bateman voices Nick Wilde in Zootopia, so naturally we are thrilled that he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today! Zootopia, which won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, wouldn’t have been the same without Bateman’s vocal talents as the smart, cunning, and charismatic fox who helps police officer bunny Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) solve the mysterious case of missing animals in the bustling metropolis of Zootopia. Bateman is a Golden Globe Award-winning actor who also directs and produces, and we Disney fans are so excited the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has honored him in the motion picture category! The live stream of Jason Bateman’s Star ceremony bring us joy. Take a look:

Speaking of voicing character Nick Wilde, Jason Bateman says that it was “completely satisfying for a 4-year-old, but also timely.”

He also said this of his of career:

As I became older, the character actor route was something I lost a little interest in as the style of acting that I liked switched into more of the everyman as opposed to the leading man. I really enjoy doing these characters that are the proxy for the audience. I am sort of your representative in this world next to these crazy people. The closer I am to behaving like an audience member the easier access I have to your funny bone.

Congratulations, Jason Bateman! You’re our fave!

Okay, BRB, we’ll be taking selfies with Jason Bateman’s Star on Hollywood Boulevard.

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Iden Versio and Inferno Squad will take center stage in Battlefront II when the game arrives in November, but you don’t have to wait until then to learn more about her and the special forces group she leads. Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, the prequel novel by Christie Golden, is available now and delves into the beginnings of Inferno Squad in the weeks after the Battle of Yavin. The elite group is comprised of four members, all in possession of exceptional abilities — especially Iden Versio. These are just a few of the reasons why she stands out.

Spoiler warning: This article discusses major plot details for Battlefront II: Inferno Squad!

1. Rising on merit.

With a father in a powerful position within the Empire — Inspector General in the Imperial Security Bureau, to be precise — Iden devoted herself to climbing to the top of the pile on her own merit. She worked harder and practiced more to ensure any advancement was due to her efforts, not because of favoritism. Other students still credited Garrick Versio’s role for Iden’s success, but she fought for every opportunity or win despite her father’s title.

Iden didn’t bow under the pressure. She pushed herself and earned her place in the Empire and in Inferno Squad.

2. A will to survive.

When the Death Star was destroyed in the Battle of Yavin, most Imperials serving on the battle station were eliminated, too. Darth Vader was an exception. So was Iden. She was piloting a TIE fighter. Though it was damaged in the fight, she got to the surface of Yavin 4 in one piece. In order to survive, she remained calm and quickly processed that the impossible had become the possible.

Then she made a splint from the debris of her crash landing, schlepped through the jungle, took out a rebel, and stole a cargo ship to fly into Imperial territory. No big deal, right? It’s more impressive when you realize she didn’t have much experience with the outdoors.

3. Special forces.

Iden’s resume and experience landed her an invitation to join Inferno Squad, an elite special force tasked with stopping Imperial leaks before they happened. Born from the traitorous actions of Galen Erso and the loss of the Death Star, Inferno Squad’s overarching mission was to prevent the selling of secrets and information from within, sometimes at a painful cost. That she was asked to be part of the group says much about her talents and character.

4. Master planner.

When Garrick pulled together the four members of Inferno Squad, he tested them in order to discern who would be the best leader. Each recruit had to put together a mission plan, and Iden received top marks and scored the leadership position. Rather than rely on only her specific skill set and knowledge, she looked at the bigger picture and incorporated the specialties of everyone on the team. The result was a well-rounded plan with the highest likelihood of success. Being an architect behind covert operations is no small feat.

5. Unwavering devotion.

From the perspective of Iden and other Imperials, the Rebel Alliance’s action against the Death Star was a terrorist attack. She thinks the treason of the rebels was enough of a reason to eliminate Alderaan. She grew up on Vardos, an Imperial world. All of this is to say, Iden knows her beliefs well and is one thousand percent loyal to the Empire and its objectives. She thinks the Imperial way is the best path to a peaceful galaxy.

Though she’s put in positions that show the ugliness of the Empire, she’s also witness to the horrifying actions of partisan extremists on the rebel side. The latter only serves to reinforce Iden’s commitment to her convictions.

6. Room for improvement.

One of Iden’s strengths is her ability to examine a scenario from an objective perspective. She is occasionally swayed by emotion, but for the most part, she can assess what went right and wrong on a mission — particularly when it comes to herself. Iden’s father taught her to be humble, and she took the advice. She can recognize her accomplishments without being arrogant about them, and at the same time, she can see when she’s taken a misstep in a sort of calculating, logical way and takes steps to course correct to avoid repeating the mistakes in the future.

7. Knowing when to compromise.

In a military organization like the Empire, the black-and-white rules often don’t leave room for interpretation. Rigidity is especially important for a special forces group. Inferno Squad is sent into situations that put more than only their lives at stake; they need to have protocols in place so they can easily make a call in the midst of an intense assignment. But at the same time, independent thought and compromise is important, and Iden demonstrated an understanding of compromise in Inferno Squad.

Instead of killing the Mentor or turning him over to the Empire, after the mission was complete, Iden let him live. Whether her action came from a place of compassion or knowing he wouldn’t surrender more information, she made a choice her superiors probably wouldn’t have supported. That willingness to play outside the rule book makes Iden even more of a force to be reckoned with.

For more on Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, check out StarWars.com’s interview with author Christie Golden, Mitch Dyer’s post on why it’s a perfect prequel to the game, and read an exclusive excerpt.

Above screenshots are from the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II game.

Amy Ratcliffe is a writer obsessed with Star Wars, Disney, and coffee. Follow her on Twitter at @amy_geek.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:04

Disneyland Railroad Through the Years

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With the return of the Disneyland Railroad on Saturday, July 29, guests will once again embark on the classic grand circle tour of Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom. Earlier this week, we looked back at the history of the Rivers of America, also reopening July 29, so today let’s take a look at the Disneyland Railroad through its more than 60 years of travel.

“C.K.

The Disneyland Railroad was one of our opening-day attractions on July 17, 1955, with two steam engines in operation. Engine No. 1 – C.K. Holliday – was named for Cyrus Kurtz Holliday, founder of the Atchison & Topeka Railroad (later the Santa Fe Railroad, established in 1859). The locomotive was built by WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering) in Burbank, Calif., from a design inspired by Walt Disney’s model train engine, the Lilly Belle – centerpiece of his backyard railroad, the Carolwood Pacific.

E.P. Ripley, One of the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad

C.K.’s fellow opening-day steam engine, No. 2 – E.P. Ripley – was named for Edward Payson Ripley, who was the first president of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, and was also built by WED Enterprises.

Fred Gurley, One of the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad

In 1958, the Disneyland Railroad expanded with its third – and in fact, oldest – steam engine. Engine No. 3 – Fred Gurley – was named after Fred G. Gurley, who was president of the Santa Fe Railway from 1944-1957. It is the oldest steam engine operating on the Disneyland Railroad, built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Penn., in 1894. It was first put into service in August 1895, and began circling the Happiest Place on Earth on March 28, 1958.

Ernest S. Marsh, One of the Steam Engines on the Disneyland Railroad

Engine No. 4 – Ernest S. Marsh – was added the following year, on July 25, 1959, and was named for Ernest S. Marsh – who was the president of Santa Fe Railroad at the time. It was built in 1925 by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Penn. – the same company that built its fellow Disneyland Railroad engine, the Fred Gurley.

Meet the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad: Engine No. 5 - the Ward Kimball

Nearly 50 years would pass before the fifth steam engine would join the Disneyland Railroad. Engine No. 5 – Ward Kimball – is unique among its fellow steam engines, as it was named not for an icon of the railroad, but for an icon of the Walt Disney Company. Ward Kimball was a Disney animator and one of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men”; among his many achievements was the creation of Jiminy Cricket. He was named a Disney Legend in 1989. Ward was a railroad enthusiast, whose passion for the hobby inspired Walt’s own love of trains and railroading. The Ward Kimball was put into service on the Disneyland Railroad on June 25, 2005, and dedicated on February 15, 2006, as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland.

The Disneyland Railroad reopening this week will bring new and enhanced adventures to this classic experience. For the very first time, the Disneyland Railroad will make a left-hand turn as it circles Disneyland park, and Walt Disney’s legendary dioramas of the Grand Canyon and Primeval World have been carefully restored to their original splendor, with a bit of new magic added to both!

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 11:00

7 Things to Never Say to a Disney Fan

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We Disney fans pretty much have our own language when it comes to living our best Disney lives. We possess an unspoken understanding that is built on the characters, movies, television shows, and Disney Parks attractions we all know and love. We also know that there are many phrases that one should never, ever say to a fellow Disney fan. Here are some of those shocking remarks:

  1. “What is a churro?”

    Churros at DisneylandWhat! You should not say this to a Disney fan unless you want to be immediately driven to the nearest Disney Park and fed churros. Wait, actually you should totally do this because that means you’ll get to have churros. It’s the perfect plan.

  2. “This is a fork.”

    imageOh sweet, innocent non-Disney fan. That is not a fork. That a dinglehopper, and the literal only use for it is to comb our hair.

  3. “Touch nothing but the lamp.”

    Abu-with-Ruby-in-AladdinOh, we’re definitely going to touch everything in the Cave of Wonders if you tell us that. Actual footage of us:
    Abu from Aladdin looking at diamond

  4. “What’s a motto?”

    Surprisingly-profound-disney-quotes--the-lion-king-timon-pumbaa“NOTHING WHAT’S A MOTTO WITH YOU?” This is what you will immediately hear us shriek in response to this question, followed by a mandatory viewing of The Lion King. You’re welcome.

  5. “No, thank you. I would not like a Dole Whip.”

    Pineapple Dole WhipWe are confused. We can’t even compute this statement. Everyone should want a Dole Whip at all times. This is another example of a good way to get a Disney fan to buy you a Dole whip at a Disney Park ASAP.

  6. “Who is Troy Bolton?”

    imageOnly the most iconic basketball player/singer/dancer of our time! You going to want take a seat because we’re now going to have to perform every single song and dance from High School Musical 1, 2, and 3 for you, from memory. Accurate depiction of our emotions:
    imageUs pledging to make sure you never forget who Troy Bolton is ever again:
    Troy Bolton High School Musical 2

  7. “You have too much Disney swag.”

    imageThere will never be too much Disney swag. Never. Ever. Ever. Accurate depiction of us running to the Disney Store right now:
    Colors of the Wind PocahontasWe hope any non-Disney fans found this information helpful on how to deal with your Disney fan friends. BRB going to get churro.

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CELEBRATION, Fla. (July 26, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, Cruise Critic Members have recognized Disney Castaway Cay in the Bahamas as the “Top Cruise Line Private Island” in the second annual Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. Castaway Cay was also the most highly-rated Caribbean island overall among members.

The Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards are selected based on thousands of first-hand reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website this year. Cruise Critic offers one of the largest online cruise communities with more than 150,000 cruise reviews. Cruisers frequently praised the island’s beautiful beaches, endless activities for kids and adults alike and delicious food offerings. For a full list of Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Destination Award winners, visit CruiseCritic.com.

Disney Castaway Cay is a 1,000-acre private island with turquoise waters, powdery white-sand beaches and swaying palm trees that is exclusive to Disney Cruise Line guests. With an authentic island barbecue and plenty of snorkeling and water sports, Castaway Cay provides Disney Cruise Line guests with a day of adventure, relaxation and quality time with the family.

Since first setting sail in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has received more than 250 distinguished awards from the travel industry praising all aspects of the operation. For additional information on Disney Cruise Line honors, photos, and videos visit Disney Cruise Line Public Affairs.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, Guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or visit disneytravelagents.com.

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Debuting this fall, the new Grand Avenue area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is being re-imagined by Walt Disney Imagineers to capture the spirit of present-day Downtown Los Angeles, showing vintage office buildings and warehouses representing the different vibrant districts and cultures of the city. One prominent hot spot to spring up is the Baseline Tap House, a cheerful corner pub specializing in beer and wines from California.

In a quaint brick building, Baseline Tap House celebrates the revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles by paying homage to the building’s former life as the Figueroa Printing Company, a mom-and-pop print house that had ties to the Disney studios in nearby Burbank. The space retains many of its cool architectural and mechanical details with exposed walls and old printing equipment and artifacts, blending the past and present in an inviting space. Outside is a charming tree-shaded terrace, perfect for a relaxing break in the day.

New Baseline Tap House Part of New Grand Avenue Area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

California craft ales, lagers and cider are the stars of the drink menu. California wines on tap along with specialty cocktails are not to be missed either. A gourmet non-alcoholic lemonade and soda on tap round out the drink selection.

If you’re feeling peckish, try one of the small bites, including a Bavarian pretzel with mustard and beer-cheese fondue, spiced almonds or a charcuterie board featuring California cheeses.

Baseline Tap House will open daily at 11 a.m. Check the Disney Parks Blog for an announcement of the opening date.

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