The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921 - 1968 dropped in price from the list of $200.00 to in the $65.00 range this week on Amazon. That became too inexpensive not to purchase, and I wanted to write up a quick review. Weighing in at upwards of 15 pounds (according to Amazon, I didn't weigh it) it is a beast of a book as far as size and will want its own coffee table. The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968 feels like a $200.00 book, not only in size but the scope of content on its over 600 pages. Here is a little about what you'll find within the pages - and even if the price raises back up over $100.00, it would still be a great price for a book that you'll want to reference for years to come.
Disneyland Paris turned 25 years old this month, and we were fortunate enough to be there for both the March 26th kickoff and the spectacular April 12th official anniversary. I'm not sure how long the 25th anniversary will continue for, but some of the elements will likely last well past the year and a half or so that I expect. This is a great time to visit the Disneyland Paris resort, we were able to snag a three week trip that won't be much different in price than one week in Anaheim this summer (staying offsite in both locations). The dollar in France is very strong right now compared with 2014 and some previous trips I've taken.
Here are 10 reasons to make plans now to go to Disneyland Paris for the 25th!
New Free Dining Offer For Fall, 2017 - Available Many Nights 8/21/17 - 12/23/17, Book by July 7th, 2017
The Free Dining Offer at Walt Disney World is back, with many nights included this fall. Book a non-discounted Walt Disney World Magic Your Way Package and you get a dining plan included with this package, while supplies last. It is a little different this year than previous years, with the Moderate resorts receiving the Quick Service Dining Plan. Read below for more information! We recommend MEI Mouse Fan Travel for booking, it costs nothing to do so and they can recommend restaurants and assist with dining reservations once booked with them. October isn't included, that is a really busy time for resorts and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is at its peak.
Book early for the best chance at booking the resort and package you want! I used to be a travel agent and remember it didn't take long until certain resorts sold out of the packages.
Photo by Denise Preskitt, Mousesteps
One of our California correspondents sent along some photos of Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission Breakout! as it readies for a May 27th, 2017 official opening at Disney California Adventure. The ride is a total retheming of the former Tower of Terror that was in the same building. The attraction anchors Summer of Heroes, which runs from May 27th - September 10th, 2017. According to the Disney Parks Blog, As you help Rocket bust his pals out of the Collector’s Fortress, you will experience randomized ride experiences complete with all-new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks.
Here are a few photos from today!
Limited Release YesterEars Tees & Magic Bands Include Epcot, Blizzard Beach & WDW Vintage Artwork - Order Through April 27th, 2017
Disney Parks has a new set of YesterEars t-shirts AND matching MagicBands, with vintage artwork from the 70s, 80s and 90s for Epcot, Walt Disney World and Blizzard Beach. Epcot celebrates 35 years this year (I still remember the 25th anniversary like it was almost yesterday). These shirts are available to order only through April 27th, 2017 and can take 3-5 weeks for the shirts and 6-8 weeks for the MagicBands to arrive (limit 5 of each MagicBand). The shirts are buy 1, get 1 40% off and free shipping kicks in at $75.00 with code SPRING (so team up with a few friends for the discounts!) - these should be fun to wear at both the Epcot 30 anniversary as well as the D23 Expo this year. Any purchase made does help support Mousesteps, thank you! Here are the shirts and Magic Band, with information on the shirts.
Disney's Grand Floridian Easter Egg Display 2017 Includes "Zootopia", "Big Hero 6", "Born in China" Themes
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort is offering up its chocolate Easter egg display for the 6th year in a row. We've posted about these since the beginning, and the display grows every year (in part due to some of past eggs displayed along with new ones). I didn't photograph all of them yesterday, I mostly stuck with new eggs - the Zootopia egg is especially detailed with so many characters! There has been a discrepancy over whether the eggs would be displayed through April 19th or 29th, Disney has stated the 29th online and that makes more sense since they didn't go up until about the 11th. But we'll see. If you get a chance to see this display, it is worth the visit. Each egg stands 16-20 inches and weighs 9-12 pounds! The pastry team is so talented.
Disneyland Paris Pulls Out the Stops for 25th Anniversary on April 12th, 2017 - Overview with Photos & Video, Including Rare Characters
We returned a few days ago from a nearly three week trip in Paris, beginning with the kickoff of the Disneyland Paris 25th anniversary on March 26th and ending with the official anniversary on April 12th, 2017. The big day was certainly the most grand event I have ever experienced in a Disney park over 40 years, with upwards of 150 characters (many very rare), a huge Disneyland Paris Cast Member flash mob and hundreds of performers - along with costumes created just for the day.
This was the second time I've been in Disneyland Paris during a big anniversary milestone. The first was for the 10th anniversary in 2002. It was really just a quick one-day event, which extended out to a week. Five years later, I was in Disneyland Paris a few weeks after the 15th kicked off, and I believe that celebration lasted a couple of years. I'm not sure how long the 25th will go on for, with the new Disney Stars on Parade, Disney Illuminations and other shows and decorations that were created for the anniversary.
I'll have an article soon about what daily guests can expect, but here is a look at April 12th, 2017 with almost 150 photos and several videos. It was an exciting day, one of the most exciting I have certainly experienced in any Disney park and it was wonderful to share it with friends. The song "Everyday's a Celebration" was played all day long, as the official song of the 25th day.
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