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8 Things We’re Excited About in 2018 at Disney Destinations

While it’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost over, we are overflowing with excitement and anticipation of what’s coming in 2018 for Disney Destinations!

Here’s 8 things (in no particular order) that we can’t wait to experience!

1 Toy Story Land- In Summer 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the all-new Toy Story Land will open to guests. Shrinking guests to the size of a toy, three attractions and a new quick-service dining location will await guests in the 11-acre play space. Slinky Dog Dash (a family-style coaster) and Alien Swirling Saucers will be the new attractions joining the already existing guest favorite Toy Story Mania!®. Woody’s Lunch Box will offer several meals and old-fashioned soda floats. No exact opening date in 2018 has been announced.

2 Disney Springs™ Additions- When you’re visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Springs™ is your place to eat, drink, and shop! And in 2018, the list of options is growing! Eight new dining concepts will open in 2018! The Edison will open as a lavish “Industrial Gothic” restaurant, bar and nighttime destination. Adjacent to that is a trio of modern Italian restaurant and bar concepts – Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, and Pizza Ponte. Terralina Crafted Italian will feature dishes inspired by “Top Chef Master” Chef Tony Mantuano ‘s adventures in Italy. Master Sommelier George Miliotes’ Wine Bar George will offer more than 100 wine selections by the bottle and glass along with shareable plates, cheese and charcuterie. Jaleo, a Spanish concept by world-renowned Chef José Andrés’ and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill are also slated to open in 2018.

3 Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Celebrates 20 Years- Opening its gates for the first time on Earth Day in 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will celebrate 20 years in 2018! As part of the celebration, the Flights of Wonder show is being retired to make room for the debut of a new show featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s film UP! The new show will feature species of birds from around the world at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur Village. We’re sure that more special events will be announced before the big day, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details!

4 Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Transformation- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is currently receiving some major enhancements that are set to be completed late Summer 2018! For our guests that have stayed at the resort before, the biggest change will be the elimination of the Customs House! Old Port Royale will act as a centralized location for check in/out as well as merchandise and dining. Other updates include an all-new Centertown Market for casual eats, waterfront dining at an all-new Shutters restaurant, a new Banana Cabana outdoor bar and lounge, and an refurbished Calypso Trading Post for shopping.

5 Return of Disney on Broadway Much to our delight, the Epcot® International Festival of the Arts will return from Jan. 12 – Feb. 19, 2018! Also returning is what we believe to the highlight of the festival, the Disney On Broadway performances which happen each weekend (Fridays through Mondays at 5:30p, 6:45p and 8:00p) in the America Gardens Theatre. This years performers include:

  • Jan. 12-15 and 19-22: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
  • Jan. 26-29 and Feb. 2-5: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
  • Feb. 9-12 and 16-19: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

The concerts are included with standard Epcot® admission but because of popularity, we suggest experiencing Disney on Broadway with a dining package that includes preferred seating!

6 Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier For over 20 years, the beloved characters of Pixar Animation Studios have found a special place in our hearts. And in 2018, they’ll come to life like never before with the addition of Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier at the Disneyland® Resort! Pixar Fest, the biggest theme park celebration of stories and characters from Pixar, will feature a new “Together Forever—A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” plus the return of ‘Paint the Night’ and ‘Pixar Play Parade.Pixar Pier will transform the area that is now Paradise Pier inside Disney California Adventure® Park with the thrilling, reimagined Incredicoaster, four new imaginative neighborhoods, plus entertainment, themed food and beverage, and more! CLICK HERE for more details on everything Pixar coming to Disneyland® Resort.

7 Downtown Disney® District Additions- There’s no doubt that the west end of the Disneyland® Resort’s Downtown Disney® District will see a lot of changes in the next 4 years with the construction of a new Disney-owned Four Diamond hotel that is set to open in 2021! But in 2018, you’ll see a few new locations open for your enjoyment. Splitsville Luxury Lanes will open in early 2018 with 20 bowling lanes, four dining areas, and much more. The New York-based Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer will open its first California location offering award-winning burgers and signature CrazyShake™ milkshakes that boast whimsical and over-the-top decorations and flavors. And in early 2018, D-Street will be re-imagined into a Disney-themed home goods store with products that change with each season.

8 Enchanting Enhancements for Disney Magic- Exciting new spaces and new experiences are coming to the Disney Magic in March 2018! An all-new enchanting dining experience will be created for families at Rapunzel’s Royal Table! Guests will be treated to live entertainment during their dinner, and maybe even an appearance by Princess Rapunzel herself. A redesign is coming for the Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for teens ages 14-17, which will be transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. And Cove Café, an adult-exclusive retreat located near the Quiet Cove Pool, will be redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style. The new enhancements debut on the Disney Magic’s Mar. 9, 2018 sailing.

What new addition at Disney Destinations are you excited about? Contact your Magic Maker® today and start planning your next getaway!

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Pixar-Themed Additions Coming to the Disneyland® Resort

This year, many of your favorite Disney•Pixar stories will take center stage at the Disneyland® Resort!

Pixar Fest

Starting Apr. 13, 2018, a one-of-a-kind celebration called Pixar Fest will begin! This limited-time event will featuring the debut of an all-new nighttime spectacular, the return of two fan-favorite parades, new Pixar experiences, and entertainment.

Here’s just a taste of what’s in store:

Disneyland® Park

  • Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular will light up Disneyland® Park with dazzling pyrotechnics and amazing projections at iconic park locations like Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens of the Rivers of America, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Pixar Play Parade will make its debut inside Disneyland® Park for the very first time with new show elements –  the Pixar lamp, and Characters from Up and Inside Out.

Disney California Adventure® Park

  • Paint the Night parade returns to the Disneyland® Resort, making Disney California Adventure® Park its home! This mesmerizing procession will spotlight many Pixar stories, including characters from Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and Cars—in addition to an all-new “The Incredibles” float joining the parade later in June.

Pixar Pier

And on June 23, the area that was known as Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure® Park will be transformed into Pixar Pier! This new land will introduce four whimsical neighborhoods and a transformation of the old California Screamin’ to the new Incredicoaster!

Here’s a preview of the changes:

  • Neighborhood #1 inspired by Disney·Pixar’s “The Incredibles” involves a transformation of California Screamin’ to the new Incredicoaster where the Parr family races alongside guests in an attempt to catch baby Jack-Jack!
  • Neighborhood #2 inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” will be developed around the popular Toy Story Mania! attraction.
  • Neighborhood #3 inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” will introduce a new and yet unannounced family-friendly attraction that will open at a later date.
  • Neighborhood #4 will include Mickey’s Fun Wheel and will celebrate a collection of favorite Pixar stories. Mickey’s Fun Wheel will get a new look with each gondolas showcasing a different Pixar character. The Games of the Boardwalk will also be refreshed to match the new theme.
  • Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar will be transformed into a Pixar-themed lounge.
  • All of the remaining areas of Paradise Pier will become a new land called Paradise Park.

NOTE: To prepare for the changes to Pixar Pier, California Screamin’, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Games of the Boardwalk, Sideshow Shirts, Ariel’s Grotto and Cove Bar are now closed!

We’re really excited to experience these changes coming to the Disneyland® Resort! Contact your Magic Maker® today to start planning your vacation To Infinity and Beyond!

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