Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will become even more droid-friendly this spring as everyone’s favorite droid, BB-8, will begin character meet-and-greets starting April 14, 2017. [Read more…]
If returning to the front of the park for a free ride puts a crimp in your park-hopping plans, Walt Disney World is now offering an Express Transportation option that will pick guests up inside their theme park gates and deliver them across property, for a price. [Read more…]
First they banned them on rides, now Disney has taken it a step further and will ban all selfie sticks from Disney World theme parks, water parks and DisneyQuest. [Read more…]
The next time you’re at Epcot, be sure to check out the new rainbow-colored lasers that were recently added to the nighttime show. They’re not only pretty, they’re also environmentally friendly.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth has been thrilling Epcot guests for 15 years. but the show now has new environmentally friendly lasers bursting over the lagoon to enhance the dynamic display. Guests familiar with IllumiNations will see a major difference in the brightness and precision of the solid-state lasers.
The new lasers use about as much power as an average hair dryer compared to the original ion lasers, and saves approximately 64,000 watts of energy for each show. The new lasers will reduce water consumption by thousands of gallons, and eliminates the need for a water-cooling system.
“Normally you’d see a fuzzy beam coming off of the islands [in World Showcase Lagoon],” Tony Zmorenski, Principal Safety Professional and Laser Safety Officer said. “That’s cool, but now… we can change patterns. We can do complex graphics and multiple beam paths.”
In addition to the environmentally friendly aspect of the show, Tony is excited about the versatility and power of the lasers, and what it means for the show and the Cast Members who put it on every night.
“Everywhere you look it’s a win for everybody. For our guests, for the Cast… it’s going to save us money, it’s going to be easier to maintain, it’s going to be safer to operate,” Tony said. “It’s going to be a gorgeous show.”
Although you can see the lasers in use during the regular show, they can also be seen during the holiday finale too. Here’s a look:
Some long-time entertainment at Epcot at Walt Disney World will be ending in September, and will be replaced with some different kinds of shows. Disney officials have told cast members they’re planning on refreshing some of existing acts and retiring others over the next few months. [Read more…]
By Nick Russo
On this episode of Photo Finds, we take a look around Epcot during a low volume day during the Flower & Garden Festival. Plus we present a new Attractions Rewind. [Read more…]
Two of the most requested updates to the new FastPass+ system at Walt Disney World will be going live to guests on Monday, April 28, 2014. [Read more…]
A talking trash can known as Push has been surprising and delighting Disney guests since 1995, most recently in the Tomorrowland area of the Magic Kingdom. But that long run came to an end this week as Disney’s contract the man behind Push ran out Saturday and was not renewed.
We first reported hearing rumors of Push’s possible demise last Wednesday. As more and more fans heard about it, a movement was started online to #savePUSH and a Save Push the talking trash can Facebook page was started (which has more than 7,000 likes). Then the Orlando Sentinel posted a story last Friday which quoted a Disney spokesperson as saying there’s “nothing to” the rumors and that Push “isn’t going anywhere.”
At that point it seemed like the #savePUSH movement had worked. But two days later, Disney posted an alert on their cast member only website saying, “We will no longer have a talking trashcan performing act at Walt Disney World Resort effective Sunday, Feb. 9. We will continue to offer a rich mix of atmosphere entertainment for our guests, including the new #INCREDIBLESSuperDanceParty at Rockettower Plaza Stage.” The alert went on to say they have no immediate plans for a similar performance.
Push first appeared at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in 1995. His recycling cousin known as Pipa (Swahili for trash can) (owned and operated by the same man as Push) first appeared in 1999 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. A talking tree called Wes Palm also made appearances at Animal Kingdom until both were retired in 2009. Push expanded beyond Walt Disney World in 1998 when he “learned Japanese” and started appearing at Tokyo Disneyland. Push has also met guests at both parks in the Disneyland Resort in California (painted brown for the Grizzly Gulch area of Disney California Adventure), Hong Kong Disneyland (speaking English, Cantonese and Mandarin) and Disneyland Paris (speaking English and French).
Over the years, Push has assisted in several marriage proposals, danced with Michael Jackson (who offered to buy him) and even unofficially ran for mayor of Tomorrowland.
For now, the only place to meet Push is at Hong Kong Disneyland where he meets guests regularly, or at Disneyland Paris, where he rarely makes appearances.
Here’s a look at Push entertaining guests before a parade:
By Kevin Yee
We travel around Walt Disney World to most of the parks (American Idol Junior for Limited Time Magic, new Animal Kingdom character Bamboo, Seven Dwarfs coaster updates, new MyMagic+ kiosks), but also journey to Universal to see the Simpsons expansion plus even Falcon’s Fury construction at Busch Gardens Tampa. [Read more…]
On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the Main Street Bakery at Disney’s Magic Kingdom will officially reopen with a new look and new coffee and other offerings by Starbucks. A preview was held today and we got a look inside.