In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of December 21, 2018

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This is it! We’re in the homestretch! Christmas is next week and we’re getting ready to head down to Orlando to celebrate the season. It’s become a fun little tradition for this former Missouri girl to head down to Florida to celebrate the holidays. There’s something so fun about being with all the crowds celebrating the most magical time of the year. Granted….it can be bananas….but it’s totally worth it. So, from me to you, Happy Holidays to you and yours!

This week, we learn what Universal may have up their sleeves that they’ve been pretty quiet about, see which Disney Parks merchandise item you can now buy online, and more.

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

Thank goodness he’s ok! Santa accidentally fell out of his float at Disneyland.

The Walt Disney Company has purchased 965 acres of ranch land in Osceola County, just south of Disney World for $23 million. Curious as to what they have planned for this land. What do you think it will be used for?

It’s not too late! You can still get me a Christmas present…and I will take these. You can now get the Starbucks/Disney “You Are Here” mugs online!

This week we got our first in-depth look at the upcoming live action version of Aladdin. What do you think so far?

Cinderella is going to be added to the National Film Registry.

Not only did we learn the name of the 2020 Pixar film, Onward, but we learned that it will feature a cast that includes Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer.  Does this movie intrigue you?

Did Universal Orlando accidentally release the dates for Halloween Horror Nights for 2019? If they did, expect the event to be even earlier than ever.

It looks like the rumors were true. Guests will be able to ride on Hagrid’s motorbike when the upcoming coaster opens next year. This is gonna be awesome.

Universal Orlando is getting in on the dessert party game. The Resort will offer an all-new “Exclusive Holiday Viewing Area & Dessert Party” experience from December 24 to December 30, which will give guests an exclusive way to experience both Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration.

Looks like some big news leaked out this week about Universal’s future plans. Not only will they likely be spending beaucoup bucks on Universal Orlando, but it looks like we may also have the name of the new park they are looking to build.

In Case We Missed It

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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

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