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5 Disney Things You Should Know This Week – July 15, 2016

Each Friday, I provide 5 Disney things all Disney fans should know from this past week, just in case you missed them. This week, we feature news about Star Wars, Star Wars and some other stuff. OK, it isn’t all Star Wars, there is a new breakfast event in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Halloween parties announced for both Disneyland and Hollywood Studios, but mostly Star Wars.

Disney Early Morning Magic – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

disney early morning magic

Launched back in April, 2016, the very first Disney Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland has been very popular. This week, a new version located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been announced. Early Morning Magic gives you access to the theme park 75 minutes before anyone else and exclusive access to a few rides and character meet and greets as well as breakfast. In Hollywood Studios, guests will have access to Star Tours as well as Toy Story Midway Mania, two of the most popular Walt Disney World attractions, as well as several new character meet and greets.

The party starts begin August 1, and prices are $69 per adult and $59 per child (ages 3 through 9) plus tax.

For more information: Disney Early Morning Magic – Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party

star wars dessert party

Staying with the Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme, Walt Disney World has announced a new Star Wars themed dessert party, located in the Star Wars Launch Bay. Guests will be served drinks and desserts and have time to enjoy the Star Wars Launch Bay without crowds, before heading over to a reserved area to watch the Star Wars: A Galactic Experience fireworks and show. Reservations are currently available.

For more information: Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party

Star Wars Land Sneak Peek

Disneyland Star Wars

Everything Star Wars related is happening this week apparently. Disneyland has released a sneak peek of the upcoming Star Wars Land opening soon in the Disneyland park. When I say soon, I really mean sometime probably in 2018, not that anyone knows. The new sneak peek features an overview of the 14 acre Star Wars Land, and a good idea where each previously announced attraction will be placed. Looks fantastic!

Club Villain Halloween Party

Club Villain

How does a halloween party with your favorite Disney villain sound? Awesome, right? On Friday and Saturday nights from September 2 – October 29, 2016 (and also on October 31), Sunset Showcase will host “Club Villain,” a special ticketed event filled with fabulous performances, delicious food, bewitching cocktails and enchanting encounters with some legendary Disney villains.

The mysterious Dr. Facilier will serve as host, welcoming his guests and “friends from the other side” into his parlor of mystical mishaps, with musical numbers and a wicked mix from his house DJ. Also stopping by to socialize will be several divas of evil: Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, Cruella De Vil and the Evil Queen. Guests can also enjoy complimentary drinks from the Potions Bar, savor culinary delights from New Orleans and beyond, mingle with the villains and dance the night away.

Two “Club Villain” experiences will be held each Friday and Saturday night, with starting times at 5:15 and 8:30 p.m. 

Disneyland Halloween

Disneyland Halloween

Information for the Disneyland Halloween events have been announced this week, including a surprise additional of the headless horeseman!

Mickey’s Halloween Party guests can enjoy trick-or-treating, the exclusive “Halloween Screams” fireworks and more. And new this year, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow will make his spooky ride through the heart of Disneyland park each night of the party!

Be sure to purchase your Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets early and mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • July 21, 2016: Tickets on sale to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa card holders and Disney Vacation Club members
  • July 28, 2016: Tickets on sale to general public
  • Mickey’s Halloween Party 2016 dates: Friday, September 23; Monday, September 26; Wednesday, September 28; Friday, September 30; Monday, October 3; Wednesday, October 5; Friday, October 7; Monday, October 10; Wednesday, October 12; Friday, October 14; Monday, October 17; Wednesday, October 19; Friday, October 21; Monday, October 24; Wednesday, October 26; Saturday, October 29; and Monday, October 31

Don’t forget that in addition the party, Disneyland comes alive during Halloween with changes to attractions such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday. I love Disneyland during Halloween.

Did I miss any Disney news this week that should have been included?

Disney Things June 3

5 Disney Things You Should Know This Week – June 3, 2016

Each Friday, I provide 5 Disney things all Disney fans should know from this past week, just in case you missed them. This week was a very, very slow Disney news week. Here are the super important Disney news items for this week:

Disney Wonder Enhancements

Disney Wonder Upgrades

Something that should have happened years ago, the Disney Wonder is finally going to get a major upgrade! Upgrades include a new water slide, new water play areas, two new restaurants, a new adults only area complete with an English Pub and a Marvel Super Hero Academy for the kids, plus many, many more.

For more information on the Disney Wonder upgrades: Disney Wonder to be Updated

Star Wars D-Tech On Demand

star wars phone case

Walt Disney World is constantly adding new designs to their D-Tech, on demand service. With this service, you can create custom cell phone and other cases and more recently, Magic Bands. Are you sick of your boring purple magic band? Customize a new one with D-Tech, and choose from hundreds of designs, and even put your name right on the outside of the Magic Band. This month, Disney is adding new Star Wars designs into the system, and some are down right desirable.

Personally, I think the red x-wing fighter Magic Band is calling my name.

For more information: D-Tech on Demand Awakens This Summer with Limited Release Star Wars Artwork

China Stamps

Disney Stamps China

With the opening of Shanghai Disneyland just a few days away, China has announced two super cute stamps in commemoration of the grand opening. The stamps features Mickey and Minnie in one stamp and Cinderella’s Castle with Tinker Bell on the second. No word on whether the stamps will be made available to purchase outside of China.

Savor the Savanna Experience

savor savanna

Today, Walt Disney World announced a new evening experience at the Animal Kingdom called Savor the Savanna: Evening Safari Experience. This new event takes you on a private safari ride through Kilimanjaro Safaris, finally stopping at the best overlook in all the savanna. Once there, you will be treated to drinks and tapas while you over look the savanna.

For more information: Savor the Savanna: Evening Safari Experience

Frozen Games

frozen summer games

This week marks the grand opening of the Summer Frozen Games at Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park. Kristoff and Olaf from Disney’s hit animated film “Frozen” are on their way from Arendelle to help host the inaugural “Frozen” Games at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park this summer.

Starting May 27 and running through Aug. 21, our “Frozen” friends will invite guests visiting Blizzard Beach to join Team Kristoff or Team Olaf each day to participate in a variety of winter-themed activities including:

  • Ice Pail Relays where teams line up and pass pails of water to one another, trying to be the first to fill a container at the end.
  • A “Snowball” Toss where pairs compete in a snow-themed water balloon toss.
  • Ski Pole Limbo, a snowy twist on traditional limbo—using a ski pole as the limbo bar!
  • Slide Races that allow teams to race down one of the signature water slides at Blizzard Beach.

Olaf and Kristoff will be on hand, appearing on the Observation Deck near Summit Plummet to take part in the opening and closing ceremonies, and giving updates on their teams’ progress throughout the day.

The “Frozen” Games will be an all-day event that guests can sign up for when they arrive at the park entrance. All activities are included with regular admission to Blizzard Beach.

Did I miss any Disney news this week that should have been included?

Disney Things

5 Disney Things You Should Know This Week – March 18, 2016

Each Friday, I provide 5 Disney things all Disney fans should know about from this past week, just in case you missed them. Here are the super important items for this week:

Awaken Summer Discount at Walt Disney World

Disney Summer Discount

Walt Disney World has released a brand new discount for Summer travel dates, save up to 30% on your Walt Disney World Resort room! The Awaken Summer discount is available now, for travel dates between June 12 and August 25, 2016.

Find out more: Awaken Summer Walt Disney World discount

Disney March Magic limited t-shirts now available

disney march magic

For the last few years, Disney has done their own kind of March Madness, starting with 32 “teams” based on Disney attractions, including such teams as the Dole Whips, the Space Mountain Blast and the 2015 champions, the Gracey Manor Ghouls. Disney makes limited edition (by time) t-shirts and posters available for each team, but as the teams are eliminated from the tournament, their shirts become no longer available. If you have a fondness for one of the teams, you may want to grab a t-shirt or two before they are gone. 16 of the 32 teams will be out of the tournament by March 24, and then half the remaining teams will be out every few days.

Disney Store Link: 2016 Disney March Magic T-shirts and Posters

Star Wars Day at Sea

star wars cruise

Disney Cruise Line tested out a “Star Wars Day at Sea” on select 2016 Disney Cruises, basically only the Western Caribbean cruises on the Disney Fantasy. It was so successful, it is returning for 2017, but this time, it will be featured on 17 different cruises on the Fantasy during January, February and March, 2017.

During this day-long celebration, Star Wars Day at Sea combines the power of the Force and the magic of Disney for an out-of-this-galaxy cruise experience unlike any other.

Each sailing features a full day of dark side and light side fun, including official appearances of Star Wars characters, a deck party and fireworks, Star Wars-themed family and youth activities, at-sea screenings of Star Wars films, unique food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise.

Throughout the day, Star Wars Younglings, Padawans and Jedi Masters alike can enjoy the immersive and intergalactic entertainment, including a deck party and fireworks display, exclusive event merchandise, and specialtyStar Wars-themed food and beverage items.

Characters from across the Star Wars galaxy will also be onboard for interactions, photos and also may be seen patrolling the decks. And, in “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple,” Force-sensitive children learn the ways of the Jedi and use their new-found skill in a final face off with Darth Vader.

More information here on 2017 Star Wars Day at Sea.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters now open

It’s not every week a brand new ride opens up in a Disney theme parks. This week, a new ride has opened in Cars Land in Disney California Adventure, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters. This ride has replaced the oft broken and poorly received Luigi’s Flying Tires. Each ride is different, as the cars “dance” around the area, finishing with a mighty twirl. While it won’t entertain the average teenager for too long, the ride is very cute, well done, and should be a crowd favorite for years to come.

Disney Magic Kingdoms App Launches

Today, Disney Games has launched Disney Magic Kingdom, a new app available on both iOS and Android. This app allows you to build your own Magic Kingdom, and is getting rave reviews from all who have downloaded and played it. The game is free to download and play, but with most free apps these days, there are in app purchased you can make if you have the money to spend.


  • When Maleficent casts an evil spell on the Kingdom, ridding it of all of its powerful magic, can you help bring it all back? Relive the thrill of Disney Parks and create the most fantastical Park of your dreams in Disney Magic Kingdoms!


  • Charming attractions such as “”it’s a small world,”” Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor and Space Mountain from Disney Parks around the world, including Disneyland, California Adventure, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris!
  • Dazzling new attractions found only in the game such as WALL-E’s House and Cyclops Sushi — all uniquely inspired by their movies!
  • Relive magical moments from the Parks with lively Parades featuring beautiful floats and fireworks!


  • Share spectacular moments with beloved characters such as the ever-optimistic Mickey Mouse, the spirited princess Rapunzel, brave space ranger Buzz Lightyear, the sweet and sassy Tinker Bell and more!
  • Hundreds of whimsical and animated quests that bring every pixel of your Kingdom to life!
  • Collect memorable Disney-themed items to bring each character back from Maleficent’s evil spell!


  • Unravel a magical story and an exciting adventure with every tap!
  • Stand off against menacing villains such as Pete, Mother Gothel, and Zurg to save the Kingdom!

Did I miss any Disney news this week that should have been included?