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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 17:25

Fun Facts about Disney’s Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain Opened today at Disneyland Park back in 1989!

It is easily one of the most recognized landmarks in Disneyland, this magnificent mountain towers 87 feet above Critter Country. Guests depart on a journey inside of a hollowed-out log and are transported into the world of Brer Rabbit. You quickly join the adventures of Brer Rabbit as he leaves his home and is pursued by Brer Fox and Brer Bear.

As you travel through backwoods swamps and bayous, your adventure culminates in a high-speed 52‐foot drop (more than five stories) at a 45‐degree angle!

Here are some fun facts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Splash Mountain:

  • Splash Mountain was the first thrilling water flume ride created for a Disney theme park. In fact, at the time of its opening, the attraction had the longest flume ride drop in the world!
  • The original working title of Splash Mountain was the “Zip-A-Dee River Run.”
  • There are more than 100 colorful critters in the attraction.
  • The woodsy architecture in and around Splash Mountain is rounder, softer and more cartoon-like than typical human construction.
  • Color plays a major role in setting the mood of each interior scene. At the beginning of the attraction, the colors are bright and gradually become darker as Brer Rabbit gets into more and more trouble. Vibrant, festive colors are used once again following Brer Rabbit’s escape.
  • The large cast of singing Audio-Animatronics figures in the Splash Mountain finale originally made their Disneyland park debut in America Sings, where they performed traditional and patriotic melodies in Tomorrowland from 1974 to 1988. Disney Legend Marc Davis, who was one of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” designed many of them.
  • In 1988, during the construction of Splash Mountain at Disneyland, Bear Country became known as Critter Country.

Head on over to Disneyland to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Splash Mountain!


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Final Construction Continues For Galaxy’s Edge At Night

Star War’s: Galaxy’s Edge at the Walt Disney World Resort is set to open in a matter of weeks! The after hours construction is lighting up the land as it’s in the final production stages.

As cast member and annual passholder previews  begin during the first week of August, excitement is rising in anticipation of the new land. Minor construction of some areas are still in progress. However, newly themed lighting of the land is lighting up the highlights it has to offer. In these aerial pictures of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you can really see all the details of the land come to life!

In the pictures below, you can see the complete immersion guests will find themselves while in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The closeup aerial shot of the Millennium Falcon shows how guests will experience the queue for the Smuggler’s Run attraction.

The last photo, shows more of the landscape of the land. You can see the themed lighting of the spires. At the bottom right, you can also see the layout of the Marketplace.

Disney Hollywood Studios Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at the Walt Disney World Resort on August 29.

Are you excited to experience all that Galaxy’s Edge has to offer? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Inside the Magic

Photo Source: @bioreconstruct



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Are you headed to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for the first time this summer? Or are you a MNSSHP expert who goes every year, hoping that the Headless Horseman will pass you right by during the “Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade”?

Whether a newbie or veteran attendee, there are many new enhancements that are sure to make your spine tingle! The all-new fireworks show will feature lasers, new lighting, and fireworks display, as well as new, state of the art projection effects.

If you plan on filling your treat bags with goodies along the treat trail, be sure to follow the path into the Monster World at the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor to interact with the monsters in an exciting new way exclusive to the party.

Be sure to take a ride on Pirates of the Caribbean to discover live pirates on their search for treasure. Ride Space Mountain in pitch darkness with a rocking soundtrack for an all-new thrill. If you want to go deeper into madness, take a ride on the Teacups with special event only lighting and music.

There’s also the amazing “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball and, for the younger attendees “Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam,” where Nancy Clancy from the hit Disney Junior series “Fancy Nancy” is set to join other Disney Junior pals like Vampirina and Doc McStuffins.

Don’t miss this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, on select nights August 16-November 1, 2019. Grab your tickets (and bring your extra-large treat bags) now!


photo credit: Disney

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Recently the most adorable windbreaker jackets showed up at the Disney Parks! The Disney Parks Windbreakers are perfect warm weather jackets, and feature inspirations from around the parks. There are six jackets in total, and I might want every single one!

Get ready to embark on high adventure on a hilarious riverboat tour with the Jungle Cruise jacket! This white windbreaker features lush green silhouettes of everyone’s favorite comedic boat tour of the exotic rivers across Asia, Africa and South America.

After touring the rivers around the world’s jungles it’s time to stop off for a selfie at Walt Disney World’s most popular photo spot, the Purple Wall! This Tomorrowland inspired jacket features the geometric design showcased on the purple wall just outside of the futuristic land.

Of course some of us are more about the thrills, than the sights when visiting Tomorrowland. Disney thrill seekers will love this steely blue and grey windbreaker dedicated to the beloved roller coaster.

I’m really in love with the bright colors, and dashes of “pixie dust” on the Fantasyland windbreaker. The colors on it also reminds me of Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony!

Toy Story Land gets some representation too! The iconic Luxo ball has bounced into a beautiful design of red, yellow, and blue for this bold and exciting windbreaker.

Last but not least is the Animal Kingdom jacket! This jacket features the unique hidden Mickey wall found at the Harambe Market. The windbreaker has a graphic of the Mickey found on that wall with the words “Fichwa! Fellow” just like you see on the original wall. In Swahili, “fichwa” means “hidden”! Colorful striping adorns the front and back of the jacket. The sleeves also pay homage to another Animal Kingdom wall with the “You are most beautiful” quote on each one.

Each of the Disney Parks Windbreakers are sold separately and retail for $49.99. You can find them at various locations throughout Walt Disney World, like Mouse Gear, World of Disney, and The Emporium.

Special thanks to our friend Susan for the fabulous pictures!

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Since the day Walt Disney boldly opened the gates to Disneyland Park – on July 17, 1955 – the concept of a Disney theme park has grown from a place where families could play together to multiple, world-class resorts where families and friends enjoy vacations around the globe. This July on its 64th anniversary, Disneyland is celebrating its largest expansion ever – the land of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – while continuing to open its gates with an enduring, magical invitation: “To all who come to this happy place, welcome!”

With imagination and innovation, the single park in Anaheim has expanded to become the Disneyland Resort, with two renowned theme parks, nearly 100 exciting attractions, three hotels and the shopping, dining and entertainment area known as Downtown Disney District.

Disneyland will commemorate its role as the original Disney theme park Wednesday, July 17, with festivities that include the “Happiest March on Earth” down Main Street, U.S.A. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will make a special appearance along with beloved Disney characters.

More ways to celebrate summer at Disneyland Park

The July 17 festivities are only part of the fun this summer. For a limited time, guests may see Mickey Mouse and his friends join the Disneyland Band for performances of “Mickey and Friends Band-Tastic Cavalcade” at Disneyland. This delightful procession will run twice daily, from July 18 through Aug. 1, featuring live music and a host of favorite Disney characters.

Beginning Aug. 2, the beloved “Main Street Electrical Parade” returns to Disneyland for a limited-time, bringing guests of multiple generations a sense of wonder, joy and – for some – warm nostalgia. This popular nighttime parade will travel down Main Street, U.S.A., each night through Sept. 30.

Guests will also enjoy the ninth and newest land at Disneyland, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Guests may live their own Star Wars adventure as they are transported to a galaxy far, far away, on the remote planet of Batuu. Guests will sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Summer Fun at Disney California Adventure Park

For a limited time, Disney California Adventure is celebrating the beloved characters and music of Disney’s “The Lion King” with an imaginative new adaptation of this timeless story, presented as a highly-theatrical outdoor musical production entitled, “Tale of the Lion King.” The show features a cast of performers who form an ensemble called the Storytellers of the Pride Lands. This traveling troupe specializes in retelling revered stories in their own contemporary style, weaving their tale through language, song and dance.

Pixar Pier, the whimsical land where stories and characters from Pixar films come to life, celebrated its first anniversary in June. Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, a new attraction on the Pier, is inspired by the Disney and Pixar film, “Inside Out.” Guests step into the world of Riley’s Emotions – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger – and board one of eight Memory Movers for a sense-ational spin. Guests at the Pier are also enjoying the rootin’ tootin’ fun of  Jessie’s Critter Carousel, and encountering characters such as BoPeep and Woody.

The aerial adventure Soarin’ Over California has returned for a limited time, through Aug. 31. This virtual tour celebrates the beauty and wonder of the Golden State. Guests are raised high into the air and surrounded by an immersive, 80-foot projection dome to simulate the graceful motion of flight, while their senses are teased with iconic scenes and scents found throughout California.

A Place Where Dreams Come True

The popularity of Disneyland through the past 64 years celebrates Walt Disney’s dream of a place where family members of all ages can have fun together in a safe, clean atmosphere that emphasizes imagination and extraordinary guest service. Since 1955, dignitaries, heads of state, celebrities and more than 800 million guests have passed through its gates.

As part of the tribute to opening day, a recording of Walt Disney’s speech will be played again on July 17, 2019: “To all who come to this happy place, welcome!  Disneyland is your land. Here, age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

With that goal, Disneyland transformed the amusement industry. It delivered an entirely new concept in family entertainment: a “theme park” where rides, shows and characters become part of a total storytelling environment. Creativity, technology and innovation continue to bring stories to life, while fulfilling Walt’s promise that “Disneyland will never be completed … as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

The success of Disneyland Resort also results in $5.7 billion in total economic activity to the Southern California economy annually. The resort’s workforce of more than 31,000 cast members makes it the largest single-site employer in Orange County. The Disney Parks entertainment experience has expanded worldwide and is enjoyed by guests at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disney Resort in mainland China.

Disneyland Resort Fun Facts:

  • Mickey and friends’ “ears” are the most popular Disneyland Resort souvenirs of all time, with more than 90 million “ears” sold since 1955.
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which opened May 31, is the largest single-themed land expansion ever at a Disney Park.
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is an anchor attraction at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, allowing guests 38 inches or taller to climb aboard the Falcon and settle into the cockpit to operate “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.” This new attraction combines immersive storytelling with interactive gameplay to make guests the protagonists of their own Star Wars adventures in a way never before undertaken by Disney Parks.
  • The Matterhorn Bobsleds – which celebrated its 60th anniversary on June 14 – was the first tubular steel roller coaster in the world when it opened in 1959. It set the standard for modern-day roller-coaster design.
  • Disneyland Park created the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere. It opened June 14, 1959, and the attraction also celebrated its 60th anniversary this year.
  • Cast members work in many cool jobs at the Disneyland Resort, including candy makers, scuba divers who maintain the water-related attractions, and resort enhancement specialists who work year-round to prepare for the seasonal transformations for Halloween and Holidays.
  • More than 32 different languages are spoken among Disneyland Resort cast members.

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Have you heard about the new Disneyland AP tumbler? Well from July 17th through to 5th September 2019, there is a new Disneyland AP tumbler with 99 cents refill! That’s right, Annual Passholders can purchase this collectable tumbler from select locations in either park at Disneyland Resort for only $14.99 plus tax (while supplies last)―and receive refills for just 99 cents each.

How does it work?

Well, Annual Passholders can visit select locations throughout Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park to buy the refillable tumbler for $14.99 plus tax. Then, simply present your Annual Passport and the tumbler at any participating location to enjoy a refill of fountain soda, regular coffee, hot tea or hot chocolate for 99 cents.

Disneyland Park Locations:

Disney California Adventure Park Locations:

Note: drink refills are not available at Downtown Disney District or the Disneyland Resort hotels.

Know Before You Go

  • Offer only available at select food and beverage locations in the theme parks.
  • Check Passports for blockout dates that may affect admission and the ability to redeem offer.
  • Guests must present a valid Annual Passport at time of purchase and refill—photo ID may also be required.
  • Refill offer only applies to new Disneyland AP tumbler purchased July 17 through September 5, 2019.
  • Purchase is nonrefundable and no discounts can be applied.
  • Limit one (1) tumbler purchase per Passhholder during the offer period.
  • Offer, including participating locations, is subject to availability, restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.

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late night disney springs enzos edison

Disney Springs has turned into a wonderful place to spend an evening with your special people.  The live music is always a draw.  Now, a couple of restaurants are premiering late-night menus and specials.

First let’s start with The Edison, who will feature some excellent evening specials in addition to their current Happy Hour (Sunday to Thursday from 3:00-6:00 pm).  Their late-night specials will run from Monday to Thursday from 10:00 pm – 12:00 am and feature their classic Clothesline Bacon for $5!  The Philly (my personal favorite) and the Bacon Cheeseburger will also be $5 with hand-cut fries.

The Edison’s late-night menu will also feature 5 unique cocktails ($7) along with certain beers and wines ($5-$7).  The Edison has such a fun atmosphere and an outdoor patio making it a wonderful spot to spend your evening at Disney Springs.

Right next door is Enzo’s Hideaway.  The Italian influence is apparent in the plates and drinks offered at late-night here.  My favorite is the Fontina in Carozza (pictured above).  Also served will be meat and cheese trays and Chicken Parmesan Sliders.

The featured drinks are their most popular Luciano Spritz and the Limoncello Gimlet.  All of the food and drink items on the late-night menu at Enzo’s Hideaway will range from $14-$18. Hours for this menu will be Sunday to Thursday 10:00 pm to 12:00 am and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am.

The Cherry Cheesecake Trifle is another dessert to add to a creative existing menu (available all day) and a wonderful delight to your tastebuds.  Think fresh cherries and light cheesecake.  Honestly all of the food at both restaurants tasted so fresh.  If you are headed to Disney Springs any time soon be sure to check out one or both of these outstanding restaurants.

Julie de la Fe


Find us park hopping all summer long to the beat of our Lion King popcorn bucket.

Photo Source: Julie de la Fe and Enzo’s Hideaway

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Disney+ Star Wars Series “The Mandalorian” Reported to Cost $15 Million Per Episode. Writer and Executive Producer, Jon Favreau, is already working on a second season for the Disney+ Series.

A report from The Wall Street Journal stated that each episode of The Mandalorian cost $15 million to create. The first season of The Mandalorian is set to have 8 episodes, meaning the whole season cost the studios around $120 million to produce. If Disney and Lucasfilm are putting that much into creating the Star Wars Series they must be heavily invested in making sure it is being done the right way. With Jon Favreau and Pedro Pascal at the helm, the series is likely to be a wild success once in premieres on Disney+ streaming service later this year.

the mandalorian

A second season for The Mandalorian was announced by Jon Favreau during a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, “I keep getting pulled deeper into the orbit of Disney, but fortunately the stuff that Disney’s working on is the stuff that I love. I wanted to do a Star Wars TV show like The Mandalorian and pitched it to them and they were very open to it. I even wrote four episodes before I even was hired to do it because I was excited as a fan to see what these stories might be and see if they were interested in doing what I was interested in, which they were. And I was actually writing Season 2 this morning before I came here.”

The Mandalorian will be one of many series that will be exclusive to the Disney+ streaming service and is expected to premiere with the launch of Disney+ later this year.

Be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for all things Star Wars and Disney+!

Photo Credit: Disney+/Disney/Lucasfilm

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James and the Giant Peach” Remake In Development By Disney. The popular children’s book by Roald Dahl was first adapted by the studio in the 90’s and premiered in 1996.

It was first announced in 2016 that Disney was looking to revamp the franchise. Disney even hired Sam Mendes as director and approved Nick Hornby to pen a script for the film. This time, it appears Disney is going in a different direction after the flop of another Roald Dahl story based film by the studio, The BFG. The BFG didn’t take with most audiences back in 2016 which caused Disney to reevaluate the idea of a James and the Giant Peach remake.

According to the listing on IMDb the new version of  James and the Giant Peach is currently “in development” and early in the pre-production process. A telling sign that this may come to fruition is the possible tie to Tim Burton.

It is not yet know if Tim Burton will be a part of this project, but with his involvement in the 1996 classic and his participation in more recent Disney remakes/live-action films such as Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Dumbo, there is a high chance he will be a part of the remake for James and the Giant Peach.

Disney has yet to set a release date for the film and there are currently no production team members or casting choices listed for the James and the Giant Peach remake.

Be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for all things Disney!

Photo Credit: Disney/Walt Disney Pictures

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Disney Seeking Harry Styles To Play Prince Eric in Live-Action The Little Mermaid. Though most fans know Harry Styles from his days as a member of One Direction, Styles has started transitioning to film, making his film debut in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.

With the casting of Halle Bailey as Ariel and Disney seeking Harry Styles for the role of Prince Eric, all signs point to Disney making this live-action film with a musical focus. Though Prince Eric does not sing in the animated classic, the Broadway adaption of the film has Prince Eric in multiple songs and even performing two solos.

Halle Bailey still remains the only confirmed cast member for the film, with Melissa McCarthy still “in-talks” with Disney for the role of Ursula. Also in-talks with the House of Mouse are Jacob Tremblay as Flounder and Awkwafina as Scuttle.

In the same report from TheHollywoodReporter, Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda will work together to update the scores and lyrics to the popular soundtrack for the live-action remake. The Little Mermaid is scheduled to begin production in early 2020.

Be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for all things Disney and The Little Mermaid!

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