The worst of Hurricane Irma has come and gone through Florida, and left mostly minimal damage to Central Florida’s attractions and theme parks in her wake. [Read more…]
The Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World has unveiled a memorial lighthouse to honor the late Lane Thomas Graves. [Read more…]
The Walt Disney World Resort has added a new feature to the My Disney Experience app, which will allow guests to check into their Disney resort online to speed up their arrival process. [Read more…]
Dining at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is getting a refresh with a major re-imagining of The Market at Ale & Compass, formerly known as Captain’s Grille. [Read more…]
This week, the Kerrigan’s take the family to Disney’s Pop Century Resort to travel through the decades. [Read more…]
Universal Orlando Resort has released new details about its newest on-site hotel, Universal’s Aventura Hotel. [Read more…]
Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa at the Disneyland Resort is about to go through a hotel-wide refurbishment to bring new magic in 2017. The refurb will include completely redesigned guest rooms, a new lobby, pool areas, as well as the Craftsman Club on the concierge level. [Read more…]
By Gavin Hatch
Learn about the history of and get some tips for several Walt Disney World resorts on this week’s Photo Finds. [Read more…]
Dance, dine and laugh into the New Year with the “Countdown to Midnight” event at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center. [Read more…]
The DreamVision Company recently revealed plans for two multi-billion dollar theme parks. One in Texas and one in Alabama. [Read more…]
By Nick Russo
Take a look back at some of Nick’s favorite Photo Finds from the past year of hosting the show. [Read more…]
By Nick Russo
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is currently undergoing a resort-wide refurbishment. In this episode of Photo Finds, we check in on the progress of those refurbishments, and then take a complete tour of the neighboring Grand Floridian Resort! [Read more…]
Sonesta ES Suites on International Drive has been reimagined to offer guests more than just a place to stay. [Read more…]
Orlando’s newest lifestyle hotel, B Resort, will be opening soon in the Downtown Disney area of Walt Disney World. [Read more…]
We were able to be part of the testing for Disney’s new MyMagic+ recently, which includes the MagicBands, FastPass+ and more. After testing and researching, we can answer many of your frequently asked questions [Read more…]
Hosts Banks Lee and JeniLynn Knopp bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news from the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
The former Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites in Orlando recently completed a $25 million transformation centered around a new pool courtyard and new name, “Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort”. [Read more…]
The Walt Disney Park & Resorts exhibit at the D23 Expo is one of the must-see areas of the exhibition floor for any Disney theme park fan. Not only does it feature models, artwork, animatronics, and plenty more from upcoming new attractions but each of the areas is staffed by actual Walt Disney Imagineers who have worked on those projects, eager and ready to tell you all about them.
Here is a video tour of the exhibit followed by a photo walkthrough, revealing some new details about upcoming attractions:
Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty was on hand yesterday to tell all about the Radiator Springs Racers attraction coming to Disney’s California Adventure. Whether you’re a fan of the Disney/Pixar film “Cars” or not, it sounds to me like you will love this ride.
The roughly 4.5 minute journey will take guests through every element of the film, including a slow drive through the mountains and past a stunning waterfall, a character-filled journey through the town, and culminating in a race against another vehicle over bridges and around tight turns.
Several models from Cars Land are at the Disney Parks & Resorts exhibit, showing the layout of the entire land as well as details from each of its attractions.
Here’s a close-up of two cars traveling through Radiator Springs Racers. The vehicles will be very similar to those found at Test Track in Epcot but with a modified chassis for a more “Cars”-like styling. The vehicles won’t travel as fast as on Test Track, but they will be paired side-by-side in a race. Until the race portion of the ride, the cars will travel individually through the first scenes of the ride. The track will then split off sending guests in opposite directions to prepare for their races.
The characters featured in Radiator Springs Racers are lovingly being referred to as “auto-animatronics.” They each feature animated eyes and a mouth that makes the cars really appear to be talking. One particularly fun moment during the ride will be when Mater, the tow truck, pulls out in front of the guests’ car. Since Mater drives always backwards, he will actually be facing guests and talking to them while driving backwards in front of them.
Audio-animatronics is prominently featured within the Disney Parks & Resorts exhibit. This decades’ old control panel features original sketches drawn directly onto its surface by one of Disney’s animators from the past.
Wall-E made his first public appearance in several months within the Disney Parks & Resorts exhibit. Guests can interact with Wall-E and also get their picture with him.
Lucky the Dinosaur also appears at the Disney Parks & Resorts exhibit when Wall-E isn’t around.
The final section of the Disney Parks & Resorts exhibit is a huge area devoted to the upcoming Hong Kong Disneyland expansion. Mystic Manor, pictured above, has a very large portion of the exhibit area, with many different models and concept art walking guests through the entire ride.
This full ride layout of Mystic Manor shows how Imagineers take their flat drawings and turn them into a 3-dimensional work to get a sense of how everything flows together.
The ride vehicles for Mystic Manor are rather unique and will “float” around the attraction on a trackless system.
We will be bringing much more video and photos from the D23 Expo later today so keep checking back! While there hasn’t been any Orlando-specific news or announcements yet, we certainly plan to hear a few at tomorrow’s Walt Disney Parks and Resorts talk.