Thursday

“The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History.” at Magic Kingdom Park

The Muppets star in an all-new live show at Magic Kingdom Park, called “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History.”

The Muppets star in live show at Magic Kingdom Park, called “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History.”  Sam Eagle, the fiercely patriotic American eagle who is forever trying to set a high moral standard for the Muppets, will join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo and James Jefferson, town crier of Liberty Square, as they gather outside The Hall of Presidents to present historical tales in hysterical Muppets fashion. From the midnight ride of Paul Revere to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Muppets will appear throughout the day to share their own unique take on the founding fathers .............

Sam Eagle, the fiercely patriotic American eagle who is forever trying to set a high moral standard for the Muppets, will join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo and James Jefferson, town crier of Liberty Square, as they gather outside The Hall of Presidents to present historical tales in hysterical Muppets fashion. From the midnight ride of Paul Revere to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Muppets will appear throughout the day to share their own unique take on the founding fathers and the birth of the United States of America.

“The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History” will be presented multiple times daily and will feature an original song and wacky Muppets humor.

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Wednesday

Guests Can Meet Princess Elena of Avalor at Magic Kingdom Park


Princess Elena of Avalor – the first Disney princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures – will begin to greet guests alongside other royal friends at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park. At Princess Fairytale Hall, guests can choose between a meeting with Elena and Cinderella or a visit with Rapunzel and Tiana. FastPass+ reservations for dates that include Elena appearances will become available today, Oct. 14.


Princess Elena of Avalor first made her grand debut at Magic Kingdom Park back in August, with Cinderella officially welcoming her to the kingdom in “The Princess Elena Royal Welcome” stage show. Guests can continue to experience this show throughout the fall.

A brave and adventurous teenager, Princess Elena embodies all the qualities of a classic Disney princess, displaying thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion. She has the heart and mind of a true leader, making her a princess for everyone.

Elena’s arrival at Walt Disney World Resort follows the launch of the new animated series, “Elena of Avalor,” which premiered in a simulcast on Disney Channel and Disney Junior in July. It ranks as the #1 series telecast among all kid-targeted TV networks in total viewers, kids 2-11 and adults 18-49, for 2016 to-date.

Tuesday

“Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” celebrates the season at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


With state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and more an all-new nighttime spectacular, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!,” premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Nov. 14, sending beloved Disney animated characters on a spirited yuletide adventure to get Santa back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve.

state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and more an all-new nighttime spectacular, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!,” premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


The façade of the Chinese Theater comes alive with the merriment, music and sparkle of the Walt Disney World Resort 2016 holiday season. On, above and around the theater are state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and even snow. Adding to the immersive experience is a new musical score featuring familiar holiday tunes with an original twist. It’s a holiday show that couldn’t be more merry and bright.

It’s also a cranberry-red situation for elves Wayne and Lanny from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” as the duo leads a top-notch team on a search-and-rescue mission for Santa.

Snowy fun and holiday cheer set to the twinkling tunes of the season bring together holiday moments from Disney films including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “Bambi,” – even a journey into Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” – all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”

A special message from Santa Claus will cap off this unforgettable spectacular for the whole family.

“Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” will run from Nov. 14 to Dec. 31, adding a sparkling finale to any holiday visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Dessert Parties Make the Holidays Even Sweeter
More holiday cheer is in store for guests who book a new dessert party that will be offered nightly during the show’s run. The Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Party features holiday inspired snacks, decadent desserts and specialty beverages in the courtyard of the Chinese Theater.

Beginning one hour before each performance of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, the party is $69 for adults, and $39 for children, including all taxes and gratuities.

More Holiday Cheer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
During the holiday season, “Tinsel Town” takes on a completely different kind of meaning at this theme park that celebrates the magic of movies and television. A giant Christmas tree towers over the main entrance, holiday displays capture the imagination, and colorful garlands and lights sparkle.

In the spirit of bygone days and Old St. Nick visits to great department stores across the country, guests can share their wish list with him at the Once Upon a Time shop, a vintage setting along Sunset Boulevard.

Wednesday

#Disney Wordless Wednesday to Wednesday #Linkup

Welcome, thanks for stopping by the latest edition of The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where we gather to blog hop, link up and share our #DisneySide Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts from Wednesday to Wednesday.

My heart is so heavy this week that I am truly without words this week.


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Monday

Finding Dory Mini Tsum Tsum Collection Giveaway

To help celebrate the release of  Finding Dory, which hits theaters everywhere June 17, 2016, we have teamed up to give you the chance to win a swimmingly adorable 9-Piece Finding Dory Mini Tsum Tsum Plush Collection!


One winner will swim away with this cuddly collectible collection of nine Finding Dory mini Tsum Tsums by following the Rafflecopter form below. Contest runs 6/13/16 to 6/21/2016 at 11:59 PM EST



About Finding Dory

Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium.

In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family. Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), Disney•Pixar's 

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“Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

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Wednesday

Character Encounters for the #Disney Wordless Wednesday #Linkup

Welcome, thanks for stopping by the latest edition of The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather to blog hop, link up and share our #DisneySide Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

Today we are sharing Character Encounters! This was from a chance encounter in Magic Kingdom on my solo trip with a very sweet Snow White. I don't usually do character meets when I travel solo but on this occasion I happened upon Snow White with no line and decided to just step right up. She is just so lovely.



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Almost Wordless Wednesday | Nothing But Blue Skies

Goodbye, May and Hello June! A lot has happened since I saw you last!

It was June 1st of last year that I got the shocking news that I had a rare form of cancer. Shocked is putting it mildly, I was devastated. I don't smoke, drink and never even tasted a betel nut or had mononucleosis, which all causes of Nasopharyngeal Cancer. 


I am feeling pretty lucky 
and blessed today. Really lucky! I survived the first year. So, today is a celebration, not a pity party. When the 5-year survival rate is 64%, you learn very quickly to appreciate and celebrate each milestone no matter how small. Besides, it fun!

Today we are sharing our June calendar shots on the hop. I thought it would be fun to share not only a link to your blog post but an Instagram link (put it in your blog post) as well. I'm curious to see what you all have been up to on Instagram as well. 

Here's my calendar shot to celebrate my first year: nothing but blue skies from now on

Spaceshipearth, EPCOT Center


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Happy Goofy Day! Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

Welcome, thanks for stopping by the latest edition of The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather to blog hop, link up and share our #DisneySide Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

Today is Goofy Day! 
One of my favorite Disney characters, Goofy is celebrating his birthday today. Here he is as the Great Goofini under the Big Top in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.


Happy Birthday, Goofy!! ah-hyuck! hoo hoo hoo hoo!

Goofy as the Great Goofini

Goofy first appeared in Mickey's Revue in 1932. Golly, that was a long time ago. He didn't get the name Goofy until 1934 when he became a regular member of the gang. 


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Monday

The Teaser Trailer for Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" Has Arrived

Squee! This made my day. I've been eagerly anticipating this trailer since I first heard the news that "Beauty and the Beast" would be retold as a live-action movie.

The first sneak peek at Disney’s upcoming live-action re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast” is out. Giving audiences a glimpse at the highly anticipated film based on the animated classic which refashions the iconic characters and musical numbers from the tale as old as time, the film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. “Beauty and the Beast” opens in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.



Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

Have a magical day!

More Movie Monday


Wednesday

Disney's Relaxing Resorts Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

Welcome, thanks for stopping by the latest edition of The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather to blog hop, link up and share our #DisneySide Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

Today's theme is "Resorts & Relaxation". I must say, flipping through my vacation pictures was very relaxing. As usual, I couldn't pick just one photo for today. So here is a collage of some of my favorite relaxing resorts. Not shown here is The Wilderness Lodge (I'll post one or two later) which is my new current favorite on land and Disney Cruise Line ships that are my favorite floating resorts. I cannot wait for our next land and sea vacation!

Disney's Relaxing Resorts


What Disney Resort
 is your favorite for relaxing?

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Monday

Collect Teables Review


Agatha Chris Tea and the ShakeSpearmint teas by Collect Teables


I was so excited to receive two limited editions of  tea from Collect Teables. No further compensation was received. This post is written by me and may also contain affiliate links. All opinions are 100% mine.
Life has been a bit hectic around our house the past few weeks. Betweens Paul’s pneumonia, my continued cancer recovery, being home and trying to juggle the house and daily life has been crazy at times. …

Wednesday

Happy Eat What You Want Day With The #Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

Welcome, thanks for stopping by the latest edition of The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather to blog hop, link up and share our #DisneySide Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

Today's theme is "Food". It also happens to be one of my new favorite days of the year, Eat What You Want Day.
This is just a sampling of the foods I would eat if I could. Of course, I am at a disadvantage this year. My being far from the parks, limited ability to swallow and misinformed taste buds since the radiation treatments leaves me at a disadvantage but a girl can dream.

I have been dreaming about Dole Whips, Frushi and Tuna Poke

What would you eat if you could eat anything you want from The Disney Parks and Resorts?



Eat What You Want Day. What would you eat if you could eat anything you want from Disney Parks and Resorts?

Eat What You Want Day. Dole Whip. What would you eat if you could eat anything you want from Disney Parks and Resorts?


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The #Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop | Happy Star Wars Day!

Welcome, so glad you stopped by the latest edition of The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather to blog hop, link up and share our #DisneySide Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

Today's theme is "Your May Calendar Shot". It also happens to be May 4th, Star Wars Day.
As I am a huge Star Wars fan, I thought I would share some of my favorite Star Wars moments we've enjoyed at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

May 4th, Star Wars Day.

Celebrating Star Wars

 Star Wars Characters

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#Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop featuring Disney Nature

Hi, Disney photography fans. Welcome to the latest edition of The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather to blog hop, link up and share our #DisneySide Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

Today's theme is Disney Nature.
From films and books to the parks, you'll see nature scenes throughout. Here are a few of my favorite shots with a picture with artist and design leader at Walt Disney Imagineering, Joe Rohde who brought Animal Kingdom to life.

Disney World Animal Kingdom


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#Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: Kilimanjaro Safaris

Hi there! Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we get together to share our #Disney vacation photos and hop from blog to blog.

This week's theme is "Storytelling".

One of my favorite attractions in Disney's Animal Kingdom is Kilimanjaro Safari. It's an amazing experience for the whole family as you wind your way through this African wildlife.
Who misses Big Red?


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Wordless Wednesday #Disney Blog Hop

Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we get together to share our #DisneySide vacation photos and hop from blog to blog.

This week's theme is "Looking for a sign".

Here we have "The Goodbye Room" from the "it's a small world"  Magic Kingdom attraction in Walt Disney World, Florida.

The Goodbye Room from "it's a small world". Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.

The Goodbye Room around the world is slightly different. In Tokyo Disneyland it's shorter than Walt Disney World and in Disneyland you would see postcards and goodbye phrases from around the world.

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The #Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop - Lights, Motors,Action! Extreme Stunt Show

Hi there Disney photography fans. Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we get together to share our #DisneySide vacation photos.
This week's theme is "Your April calendar shot".

This week we are paying tribute to Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show which closed this past weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World to make room for the new Star Wars Land. My kids always enjoyed this show no matter how many times we saw it over the years.

 Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World


video

What attraction do you miss the most?

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Saturday

Her Universe Marvel New "Be A Hero" Activewear + Workout Video


There's been a Marvel Super Hero makeover for women’s activewear via a new collaboration with fangirl fashion company, Her Universe. The stylish line for teens and millennial women is inspired by the forthcoming movie Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and will launch this month at Kohl’s.

Marvel Super Hero makeover for women’s activewear via a new collaboration with fangirl fashion company, Her Universe. The stylish line for teens and millennial women is inspired by the forthcoming movie Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and will launch this month at Kohl’s stores and Kohls.com.   The capsule collection featuring looks based on Black Widow, Iron Man and Captain America will be tagged “Be A Hero”

Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday Star Wars on Parade

Hey there Disney photography fans. Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we get together to share our #DisneySide vacation photos.
This week's theme is "Parades".

I love a parade and especially a Disney parade. Not everyone in my family does. There are a few who take the opportunity to slip away from the group and take in popular attractions. Not me, I can't resist a parade. Some of my favorites at Walt Disney World have been during Star Wars Weekends.

Are you excited about the new 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? I am. I can't wait to encounter all these Star Wars characters for more than just a weekend!

Mickey Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade

Disney Wordless Wednesday - Unforgettable

Hey there Disney photography fans. Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we get together to share our #DisneySide vacation photos.
This week's theme is "Unforgettable".

Over the years we have had many magical and unforgettable moments as a family on our Disney trips. As the kids got older we were able to slip away and have date nights which were definitely unforgettable.

I cannot wait to make more unforgettable moments on our next trip.

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Monday

Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK Stunning Cast Images


“The Jungle Book” Poster

“The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, who embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known.

6 Truly stunning images to get you even more stoked from a special photo shoot featuring the cast of Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK.

Featuring Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito, each image pairs the actor with their onscreen character, as well as quotes from the actors to share with your readers.

Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK is in theaters April 15, 2016!

 Idris Elba / Shere Khan  ©Disney. All rights reserved.

Idris Elba / Shere Khan
Voiced by Idris Elba, Shere Khan bears the scars of man, which fuel his hatred of humans. Convinced that Mowgli poses a threat, the bengal tiger is determined to rid the jungle of the man-cub. "Shere Khan reigns with fear," says Elba. "He terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear."

Disney Characters Crossy Road Game Teaser Trailer #DisneyCrossyRoad

Move over Chicken, there are new road crossers in town! From Hipster Whale and Disney comes Disney Crossy Road – an all-new take on the 8-bit endless adventure to cross the road without splatting. 

Hipster Whale and Disney have teamed up for a new 8-bit adventure, Disney Crossy Road. It's an all-new take on the 8-bit endless adventure coming soon to mobile devices. . 

Based on the original Crossy Road game from Hipster Whale that has been downloaded more than 120 million times to date, the new game will take players on an adventure with more than 100 of their favorite Disney and Pixar characters. 

Disney Crossy Road lets players hop through nine different Disney and Pixar-themed worlds, each with their own unique 8-bit music.


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Will you be playing Disney Crossy Road? 
I'll be playing but I don't want to see Mickey go splat:(

Wednesday

Quoting Cinderella for the #Disney Almost #WordlessWednesday Blog Hop

Hey there Disney photography fans. Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we get together to share our #DisneySide vacation photos.
This week's theme is "Disney Royalty".

When there is kindness, there is goodness. When there is goodness, there is magic. ~ Cinderella
Cinderella Quote


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Almost Wordless Wednesday #Disney Blog Hop

Hey there Disney photography fans. Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we get together to share our #DisneySide vacation photos.

This week's theme is "Flowers & Gardens". The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival in Walt Disney World is in full bloom so I thought I would share some of the highlights I look forward to seeing. This special event is included in your park admission and runs till May 30, 2016.

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival in Walt Disney World in full bloom



Highlights:
  • Outdoor Kitchens offering delectable small plates and beverages are located throughout the World Showcase. Pictured above is Frushi,my favorite from Japan.
  • This year there is a brand new Harmony Gardens Musical Playground for the kids featuring state-of-the-art net climbers.
  • More than 70 world-renowned Disney-themed topiaries are on display throughout the park.
  • Vibrant gardens, flower towers and wildlife habitats. Check out the butterfly house!
  • Inspirational exhibits, seminars and how-to demonstrations. Oh and there is plenty of shopping!
  • Garden Rocks™ Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands.
Now it's time to link up your #DisneySide photos and hop with us? We have a theme each week that you can follow along with if you'd like and your links can be from your blog, Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, Tumblr or SmugMug. You get the idea.

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Monday

Blockbuster Experiences This Summer Across All Four Walt Disney World Theme Parks


New ‘Star Wars’ Stage Show Premieres April 4; ‘Rivers of Light’ Set for Earth Day Opening and Finding Dory Swims into Epcot this Summer

Disney's Hollywood Studios, New Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular - @Disney Artist rendering


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 2, 2016) – An unbeatable lineup of blockbuster attractions will debut at Walt Disney World Resort this year starting with the April 4 launch of a new live stage show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On Earth Day, April 22, a sweeping immersive, animal-themed theatrical production, “Rivers of Light,” will premiere as the first-ever nightly show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

An epic array of shows and attractions will continue to open throughout summer, creating exciting new guest experiences across all Disney theme parks and entertainment venues. A new Magic Kingdom castle show will bring favorite characters from “Tangled” and “Princess and the Frog” for the first time to the grandest stage in Walt Disney World. Stars of the runaway Disney hit, “Frozen,” will take a bow in multiple Disney parks, and the first Frozen-themed attraction will sail into guests’ hearts at Epcot. Even more Star Wars-themed original entertainment, nighttime Animal Kingdom experiences and Disney Springs openings will set the stage for endless summertime fun.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom all-new Rivers Of Light waterside show - @Disney Artist rendering


Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The magic of nature after dark takes center stage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom when the all-new Rivers Of Light waterside show premieres April 22, Earth Day — marking the Walt Disney World theme park’s thrilling transformation from a day-into-nighttime experience.

  • “Rivers of Light,” an immersive nighttime extravaganza blending performers, floating lanterns, special effects and stunning theatrical imagery projected upon giant water screens, will premiere in a new Discovery River waterside theater.
  • The park’s iconic Tree of Life will awaken each night amid a lively celebration of Discovery Island music and dance. Through stunning visuals, animal spirits appear and enchanted fireflies reveal stories of wonder as the tree morphs to showcase the magic of nature.
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris transitions to a new nighttime adventure. Each evening, the popular Kilimanjaro Safaris daytime experience is artfully bathed in the look of sunset with special lighting allowing guests to explore and enjoy this attraction well into the night. For the first time, hyenas and African wild dogs join the safari trail creature feature.
  • Hungry adventurers can have lunch or dinner at the new Tiffins signature restaurant, opening later this summer on Discovery Island. Guests seated in the restaurant’s travel-themed dining rooms or on the waterfront patio can sip libations and savor dishes featuring African, Asian and South American flavors.
  • Across the park, guests can experience long-time favorites such as Expedition Everest, DINOSAUR, and Kali River Rapids with more time to enjoy them into the night.

Epcot

Anna, Elsa and other beloved characters from the blockbuster film, “Frozen,” will give the summer season a warm hug at Epcot and several other Disney parks. Meanwhile “Turtle Talk with Crush” makes fun waves and Soarin’ takes guests to new heights.
  • Step into the kingdom of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and their co-stars as they welcome guests aboard the new Frozen Ever After boat ride at the Norway pavilion, featuring the most advanced Audio-Animatronics to date. Passengers will celebrate a “Summer Snow Day,” visit the ice palace, and hear beloved film tunes plus new lyrics by Oscar-winning “Let It Go” songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson.
  • Also at Norway pavilion, Anna and Elsa will greet guests in the new Royal Sommerhus, modeled after a traditional Norwegian cabin.
  • In Future World, guests will celebrate the U.S. debut of the new Soarin’ Around the World attraction at The Land pavilion this summer. Now with a third Epcot theater, plus new digital screens and projection systems, the expanded attraction takes guests on an exhilarating “flight” above spectacular global landscapes and man-made wonders.
  • Guests will also find new additions at “Turtle Talk with Crush” beginning in early-May with characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” When Crush the sea turtle swims up to the “Human Tank” at Epcot, he’ll be joined by Dory and some of her new friends that guests will get to know when “Finding Dory” swims into theaters on June 17, 2016.
Magic Kingdom Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire


Magic Kingdom

Classic Disney characters will join contemporary animated film stars this June in a new extravaganza on the grand Cinderella Castle stage; and Magic Kingdom guests can experience a new dining adventure.
  • For the first time, modern Disney characters Tiana of “Princess and the Frog,” and Rapunzel of “Tangled,” co-star with Anna and Elsa of “Frozen,” and a host of classic characters in the new Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire. Performed on the grandest stage in the kingdom, the star-studded tale of friendship presents Mickey Mouse and his troupe of Merry Makers — Minnie Mouse, Donald, Daisy and Goofy – who invite 10 new friends from different animated worlds to join the celebration. This “timeless fairytale” of a show combines grand dance, fireworks and stunts with memorable music, an original song and special effects.
  • Next door to the legendary Jungle Cruise, guests can enjoy the bold flavors of “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” served by the wisecracking crew of the new Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. It’s the first Disney full-service restaurant themed after a specific park attraction.
Star Wars Launch Bay showcases large-scale artifacts and encounters with characters including Kylo Ren - Photo credit @Disney


Disney’s Hollywood Studios

In the galactic wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, new Star-Wars-themed experiences shift into light speed.
  • The next generation of Star Wars-themed fireworks shows, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” will premiere this summer with new themed fireworks, lasers, special effects and video projections of characters and scenes from the complete saga, all set to the iconic score of the film series.
  • The live stage show “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” will debut April 4, celebrating iconic moments from the Star Wars saga with live vignettes featuring popular characters such as BB-8, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and Darth Maul.
  • The March of the First Order Stormtrooper procession led by Captain Phasma from the Star Wars Launch Bay to the park’s Center Stage adds menace to the entertainment. The just-opened Star Wars Launch Bay showcases large-scale artifacts and encounters with characters including Kylo Ren. The re-imagined Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple experience also features new characters. And at Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, guests buckle up for an enhanced high-speed journey with new Force Awakens characters and a visit to Jakku.
  • In the park’s Hyperion Theater, the Royal Historians of Arendelle host a jolly sing-along tale of their “Frozen” kingdom with special appearances by Anna, Elsa and Kristoff. And at Celebrity Spotlight, guests can meet Olaf and give him a warm hug.

Disney Springs and Water Parks Make a Splash

Disney guests will spend their first summer at Disney Springs as it continues its transformation. The charming waterfront town, comprising The Landing, Marketplace and West Side, expands to debut its fourth neighborhood, Town Center, adding more shops, restaurants and architectural detail than ever.
  • New high-profile tenants are coming onboard at Disney Springs, including Anthropologie, Under Armour, kate spade, Sephora and Lucky Brand, among others. Other new shops opening in 2016 include: Zara, Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer, UNIQLO, PANDORA, UGG, L’Occitane en Provence and Edward Beiner.
  • A total of 32 new tenants will be coming to Disney Springs this summer, including 29 retail shops and three new dining venues.
  • Morimoto Asia recently celebrated its grand opening and more new eateries are firing up the scene in 2016 including the upscale STK steakhouse with the only rooftop dining in Disney Springs; The Edison, a lavish, “industrial Gothic”-style restaurant, bar and nighttime destination; Sprinkles, the world’s first cupcake bakery; Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, a modern-day “pizza joint” with artisanal pies; and the reimagined, star-themed Planet Hollywood with new outdoor terrace and live entertainment.
  • Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless and renowned Chef Wolfgang Puck join master Chef Masaharu Morimoto in a growing collection of James Beard Award winning chefs at Disney Springs.
  • At Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba,” the new B-Boys hip-hop, breakdancing threesome showcase a rare mix of rhythm, strength and “how-did-they-do-that?” moves. As part of the show’s ongoing evolution, the masterful Aerial Bamboo act joins recent additions of madcap clowns and a breathtaking rolla bolla juggling act.

Meanwhile, Disney’s Water Parks will ramp up with playful spirits and summer fun faster than Olaf can beg for warm hugs.
  • At Blizzard Beach, Olaf from Disney’s animated hit “Frozen,” will be living his “In Summer” dream as he and Kristoff host The Frozen Games at Blizzard Beach of friendly, fun competitions.
  • Typhoon Lagoon castaways can splash down on a sandy summer beach with a cold ale and savory snack after a wild slide on Crush ‘n’ Gusher water coaster.

Disney guests will have a blockbuster summer wherever they play, dine, relax or celebrate at Walt Disney World theme parks, entertainment venues and resort hotels.

What are you most looking forward to experiencing? 

Have a magical day!


- Thanks to the @DisneyParks for the info.

Saturday

Planning the Paw-fect Walt Disney World Vacation for Puppy Pals during the Dog Days of Summer

Our fur baby Einstein came with us to Walt Disney World once a few years back when he was living with my son in Tampa. He enjoyed a paw-fect day at the Best Friends Pet Care facility while we explored the parks.
Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World Resort is a luxury, state-of-the-art pet facility that offers boarding, daycare and grooming for dogs, cats and other family pets in a safe and fun environment. Before venturing to the parks, guests can stop by Best Friends Pet Care and let the pet professionals pamper their pooch for the day. Walt Disney World Resort (Garth Vaughan, photographer)


No bones about it: Mickey Mouse’s pal Pluto loves to run and play at Walt Disney World Resort. Canine visitors to the Florida Vacation Kingdom deserve a tail-wagging good time as well. Guests can treat their special four-legged family member to an experience that will last a lifetime (which in dog years could be a very long time!).



Here are a few ideas for the perfect dog day at Walt Disney World.

1. Every great day starts with a good night’s sleep. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is the only pet-friendly resort at Walt Disney World Resort where guests and pets can rest up before a day of adventures. With site-specific camping loops that welcome pets and premium, full-hookup campsites, guests and their furry buddy will both be happy campers. For more information and to book reservations, guests may call 407/W-DISNEY.

2. Once everyone is wide awake and ready for the day, it’s time for a brief morning workout. Guests can take their pups to the Waggin’ Trails Dog Park at Fort Wilderness, where dogs of all sizes can run and play leash-free during their stay at Walt Disney World Resort. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, so canine sidekicks may want to visit again in the evening.

3. While guests have a magical time exploring Walt Disney World, furry family members can enjoy a bit of the Disney magic as well. Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World Resort is a luxury, state-of-the-art pet facility that offers boarding, daycare and grooming for dogs, cats and other family pets in a safe and fun environment. Before venturing to the parks, stop by Best Friends Pet Care and let the pet professionals pamper your pooch for the day. For more information about Best Friends Pet Care, guests may call (877) 4 WDW-PETS or (877) 493-9738.

4. As guests enjoy a day of park-hopping, doggy darlings can enjoy a relaxing day of VIP treatment in a beautiful, air-conditioned puppy suite at Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World Resort. VIP grooming packages can be purchased in advance to give your barking buddy a full-day of grooming and relaxation. For pups a bit too playful for a day at the spa, there is plenty of room to run and play at Doggy Day Camp. This fun opportunity gives dogs the chance to enjoy safe, supervised social play with certified Doggy Day Camp counselors, complete with an assortment of toys. Using the facility’s complimentary webcam, guests can even check in on their pooch throughout the day! For more information about services available at Best Friends Pet Care, guests may call (877) 4 WDW-PETS or (877) 493-9738.

5. Don’t forget to stop by Downtown Disney and visit Happy Hound before picking up your pooch. This pet accessory store has something for every dog, including trendy outfits, custom collars and one-of-a-kind squeaky toys.

6. After a long day in the Walt Disney World theme parks, it is time to retrieve your cuddly companion. For some quality playtime before heading back to the resort, visit the Best Friends Pet Care private dog park, or take a pleasant walk around the grounds. What better way to end the perfect day than with quality time with your best pal!

Do you have a pet sitter while you are away? 

Have a magical day!

               - Thanks to the @DisneyParks for the info.

Wednesday

#Disney (Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Hey there Disney photography fans. Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we get together to share our #DisneySide vacation photos.

It's so good to be back! I have missed all of you so very much. As many of you know I have been battling Nasopharyngeal cancer since it was discovered last May. I am happy to report that I am finished with my radiation and chemo treatments and am just waiting for a PET scan sometime this month that will confirm I am cancer free. The struggle isn't completely over as I still have side effects from the treatment to deal with but each day I feel better and stronger.

Huge thanks and hugs to my DF Sean of  Disney Day by Day for jumping in and keeping the WW Hop going each week. You are my hero!

Thanks to all of my Disney Friends for sending me prayers, pixie dust, happy mail and inspirational messages. Your support and love meant so much to me and helped me stay focused on the magic during a not so magical time.

Today is the start of the bloom filled Epcot Flower and Garden Festival in Walt Disney World which runs from March 2 till May 30, 2016.
Discover an event bursting with fresh, farm-to-table flavors, brilliant blooms, interactive playgrounds and rocking entertainment. "

Focused on the Magic Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: March




This week's theme is "Your March Calendar Shot". If you were to design a calendar which photo would you choose for the cover?

Now it's time to link up your #DisneySide photos and hop with us? We have a theme each week that you can follow along with if you'd like and your links can be from your blog, Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, Tumblr or SmugMug. You get the idea.

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