In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of May 23, 2014

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While I’m not at the Rock Your Disney Side event tonight, I am dressed up. As you read this I am sitting in my office in my own villain costume right now, and I think I look good as Drizella from Cinderella. 🙂

If you are like me and not partying it up in either Disneyland or Walt Disney World, here’s some fun that will hopefully make things a little better.

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

 

Wow! This is neat! Here is a copy of the Disneyland Prospectus. This was used to promote the idea of Disneyland to potential backers. There is some great detail in the map, as well as the documents that go along with it.

In news that makes you go, hmmmm…the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the “Disney Exec Who Led MyMagic+ Will Leave the Company.” What are your thoughts about this move?

The Huffington Post shared an article titled, “5 Reasons Why Disney World is Better Than Ever.” See what aspects of the Orlando parks have this reporter super excited.

We all know that the meet and greet opportunity with Anna and Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall is extremely popular, reaching posted waits of up to 5 hours. To help with the massive crowds heading straight for the meet at park opening, Disney decided to change their rope drop procedure. Here’s a description of how the new Frozen meet and greet rope drop procedure works.

In a let’s throw everything at the wall and see what sticks moment, rumors were flying everywhere about attractions that may or may not be changing out completely at Walt Disney World. The Maelstrom-to-Frozen rumor we’ve heard before, thanks to our friend Jim Hill. The Soarin’ rumor of a new movie could very well be true, based on the fact that Disney recently flew helicopters over the Walt Disney World resort for filming purposes. We also know that they are creating a brand new film for the Soarin’ in Shanghai Disneyland, which could easily be re-purposed in Epcot. Captain EO is kind of a no-brainer for an eventual closure, though I don’t expect them to close that down until Disney decides on what to do with the entirety of the Imagination Pavilion. The last one about the possible Great Movie Ride closure is news to me. While it’s not surprising in that the attraction could use an update, those rumors had gone quiet lately.

In exciting news for fans of Disney, Frozen, and ice skating, Frozen is coming to Disney On Ice! Who else is purchasing tickets to catch this show?

Disney’s next animated release is called Big Hero 6 and the first teaser trailer was released to audiences this week. This movie, to be released November 7, marks Disney Animation’s first crack at Marvel superheroes. What are your thoughts on this new movie?

Do you watch The Middle on ABC? They went to Walt Disney World on this week’s season finale. If you missed the episode, catch it on ABC.com.

Want a chance to actually BE in Star Wars: Episode VII? Here’s your opportunity to potentially win a spot and donate money to help a worthy cause!

Speaking of Star Wars news, it appears that Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) first found out that George Lucas wanted him to be a part of the newest Star Wars movie at a lunch in Orlando. Reminder: Don’t miss Mark Hamill at Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from June 6-8.

This June, The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon will be appearing at Universal Orlando Resort! While tickets are unfortunately long gone for this event, you can still potentially win a spot to see the show, as well as to see the brand new Diagon Alley! I personally cannot wait to get the chance to watch the show live on NBC, June 16-19!

 

In Case We Missed It

What did we miss? Send your idea attached to a Misty Mate (this weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and it gets hot out there in the parks) and send both to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.

Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs

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