Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Disney this weekend unveiled another new attraction for Disney's Hollywood Studios, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway.

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, the first attraction ever to star Mickey Mouse, is headed to DHS and will replace the beloved, yet often polarizing Great Movie Ride (the only remaining opening day attraction).

The attraction will put you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where you’re the star and anything can happen. This zany out-of-control adventure features surprising twists and turns, dazzling visual effects and mind-boggling transformations that happen before your very eyes. - Thomas Smith, Disney Parks Blog

What's incredibly revealing about this announcement, paired with all of the others about DHS, is that you are PART of the story, not observing it. When MGM Studios debuted, it was a movie set that you got to walk onto. Now, you're the star. Very interesting.

Photo Courtesy Disney Parks Blog

Photo Courtesy Disney Parks Blog

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge First Look

This weekend, Disney unveiled the first detailed look at a scale model for the new lands coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Resort.

The lands, which we now know are called Star War: Galaxy's Edge, are incredibly immersive and provide the biggest Star Wars fans with an opportunity to become part of the story for the very first time.

This is going to be EASILY the most detailed undertaking by WDI to date. [Hard] Hats off to them for the amazing work they are in the process of doing to allow us to live our dreams on the dark side.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge debuts in 2019

We're happy to pull back the curtain and give you the first detailed look at the model of this new land, which will be on display this weekend at the 2017 D23 Expo.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

This weekend, Bob Chapel, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, unveiled the official name for what we have been referring to as Star Wars Land: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

You know, I never really gave much thought to the idea that it wasn't going to be called Star Wars Land (I mean, we have Adventureland, Tomorrowland, etc.) but with Disney announcing it's official name, I definitely understand why it needed one. Oh, and I love the name.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens first in Disneyland followed by Walt Disney World in 2019.

Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, revealed the official name of the Star Wars-inspired lands that are currently under construction at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, and shared details on the immersive experiences guests will be able to enjoy when the lands open in 2019!

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'Through the Years Collection' to Debut at D23 Expo

The incredible Steven Miller reporting originally on Disney Parks Blog: Article Link

These merchandise collections will celebrate key milestones at Disney Parks, such as the Pirates of the Caribbean 50th Anniversary, Space Mountain 40th Anniversary, Epcot 35th Anniversary, and Star Tours 30th Anniversary.

Richard Terpstra, Graphic Designer with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Creative Group, and his team knocked it out of the park (no pun intended...) with these collections.

Our home office already has a lot of Disney memorabilia in it but if I can get my hands on the EPCOT poster, pin or shirt with the Dreamfinder and Figment trust me I will add it to my collection with no hesitation.

If you're headed to D23 this year, make sure to check out these awesome collections while you're there.

Photo Courtesy Disney Parks Blog

Photo Courtesy Disney Parks Blog

Disney's Redhead Auctions Coming to an End

Marc Eades originally reporting for the Orange County Register: Article Link

"The pirates will no longer be saying “We wants the Redhead” in the Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, after the ride’s auction scene undergoes a modification in 2018."

It's absolutely incredible to me to see the varying opinions expressed on this here internet about this change. Those who are nostalgia say that this is an over-reaction and then there are those who say this should have never been a part of the ride.

"In the auction scene, the Redhead will become a pirate, helping the Auctioneer gather valuables from the townspeople to auction off to the pirates."

I think that this is Disney showing sensitivity towards something very important; equality.

Yes, it's only an attraction. And yes, meant to be humorous. But Disney is taking a stand for equality in a way that will only make this attraction better.

Plus, do we really think the Imagineers will get this wrong?

Concept Art for Attraction Revision. Photo courtesy, The Disneyland Resort

Concept Art for Attraction Revision. Photo courtesy, The Disneyland Resort

Disney Quest is Powered Down One Last Time

As was planned for all the way back in January, DisneyQuest at Disney Spring's closed it's doors this week for one last time, making way for an all-new NBA Experience.

DisneyQuest at Disney Spring's was once planned to be just one of many locations for DisneyQuest across the country but in the end, it stood alone.

While I only got to visit once, it's always a bit sad to see something that you thought would always be a mainstay close.

Here's to you DisneyQuest and all of the fun you enabled over the last 19 years.

Photo Courtesy Disney Parks Blog

Photo Courtesy Disney Parks Blog

President Trump to Speak in Hall of Presidents

As most of you have probably heard (or assumed), President Donald Trump will in fact have a speaking role in The Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom Park.

According to Thomas Smith of Disney Parks Blog, they have scheduled the recording session with the President and plan to re-open this beloved attraction later in 2017.

Smith also went on to share that the theater is getting a complete upgrade with a new sound system, lighting and more to go alongside the new storyline.

President Trump is can be a bit polarizing but no matter which side of the fence you sit, it's great to see Disney sticking to tradition and making this attraction historically accurate, entertaining and informative with this 2017 revision.

Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog