Disney Park and Resort Photo Updates
Disney Park and Resort Photo Updates
The upcoming Toy Story Land entrance location now has Toy Story artwork on walls in front of it. There has been no exact date given for Toy Story Land, but so far it looks like sometime in 2018. The date will be announced at the D23 Expo in July. Pandora - The World of Avatar has opened at Disney's Animal Kingdom park, then Toy Story Land is next, followed by Star Wars Land - also at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
"Cars 3" Artwork & Maquette Display Available During Movie Preview at Disney's Hollywood Studios (Photos, Video)
Disney-Pixar Cars 3 drives into theaters on June 16th, 2017 - and Disney's Hollywood Studios is not only showing a preview for at least the next few weeks, but also has an artwork display with several maquettes inside One Man's Dream just before the theater. We actually didn't end up watching the preview and probably won't since we've seen a few different previews already, but I really enjoyed seeing the artwork set up in a similar fashion as it used to be at the Magic of Disney Animation building (before it became Star Wars Launch Bay). I have been photographing the concept art displays for upcoming movies since 2009 or earlier, and it is nice to continue that.
We went to a preview of Pandora -The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park last weekend. The land officially opens to all guests on May 27th, 2017. Even though we ended up staying for about 8 hours within the land, nearly half of that was waiting out rain, and then there was a delay inside Flight of Passage due to technical difficulties. So my time walking around the land was minimal, but it allowed for enough photos and video for the first visit.
As someone who is not a fan of Avatar, I don't personally feel a huge connection to it yet and I am not sure if that will happen. The land is very pretty and lush with waterfalls and the floating mountains. I look forward to seeing it at night, evening photos I have seen are stunning. I would ride the Na'vi River Journey again if there is a short wait, but Flight of Passage is a bigger commitment and I am not sure we will be able to get Fastpasses often (so I expect to ride that seldom, just like Frozen Ever After at Epcot). The food at the Satu'li Canteen is better than I anticipated. So before showing photos and video, those are my first thoughts in a nutshell. Jeff actually is a big fan of both Avatar and the new land.
The photos and videos are on 2 pages.
The new Happily Ever After projection and fireworks show debuted on May 12th, 2017, just one night after the last showing of the longtime guest favorite Wishes. For myself, I was ready for something new and was completely wowed by Happily Ever After, and it was easy to see that most or all of the guests around me felt the same way. The show has a similar feel to the former Disney Dreams castle show at Disneyland Paris, utilizing some underused characters (such as Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame) as well as current ones like Moana. Even the Frozen segment is different, staying away from the oft-used "Let it Go" in favor of "Love is an Open Door". Here is a look at photos and video from the first night, including some merchandise and other photos.
This is our full video of the fireworks show, followed by about 60 photos from the day and evening.
Star-Lord and Baby Groot Now Meeting in Disney's Hollywood Studios at "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2." Meet & Greet (Photos and Video)
Star-Lord and Baby Groot started meeting guests today at Disney's Hollywood Studios inside One Man's Dream, where Moana met guests until recently. My favorite character from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is Baby Groot, and the character is just as adorable here as in the film. Here is a look at photos and video from today!
- Disney-Pixar's "Cars 3" Nationwide Tour Kicks off at Walt Disney World's Disney Springs, Including First Public Appearance of Jackson Storm (Photos, Video)
- Miss Adventure Falls Family Raft Ride Opens at Typhoon Lagoon (Photos, Video)
- Disney's Port Orleans Resort Mardi Gras Pargo Cart Parade Celebrates Disney Transportation (Photos, Video)
- Belle Topiary Debuts New Look as Beauty and the Beast Characters Are Added for Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2017
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