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News From the World of Disney – February 10 – 23, 2017

Here is your latest News From the World of Disney for the period of February 10 – February 23, 2017. As the parks ramp up for major changes over the next few month we have news about progress as it happens.

WALT DISNEY WORLD PARKS NEWS

February 10 – A new website was created to let guests get a preview of the new World of Avatar. (Link)

February 10 – The runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series is returning this summer. The races include doing three 5Ks of your choosing either on your own or as part of an organized race. The Virtual Races will go on sale Tuesday, April 11. (Link)

February 11 – Theme park ticket and annual pass prices increased. One day tickets increased approximately $5 for each of the three tiers. Preferred parking is also increasing from $35 to $40.  (Link)

February 13 – Geyser Point Bar & Grill is now open Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. A great feature of Geyser Point is the fact that it is located on the water’s edge with a wonderful view of Bay lake.  (Link)

February 15 – The 20th year of Atlanta Braves spring training has started and on February 25 you can see them as well when game begin. (Link)

February 16 – BB-8 will begin greeting guests this spring. (Link)

February 16 – Permits have been submitted for a proposed gondola system which will transport guests between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with possible stops at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation and Disney’s Pop Century. (Link)

News From the World of DisneyFebruary 16 – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach are getting expansions. The biggest addition is a 15-story tower with 500 suites and concierge level rooms at Coronado Springs. Caribbean Beach  will be getting a new waterfront and retail shopping area.  (Link)

February 21 – A new fireworks viewing opportunity is coming. Sip, Savor and Sparkle will debut February 24 at California Grille at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The cost is $99 per person plus tax and gratuity.  (Link)

February 23 – Aerial photos of the progress at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have been released. (Link)

DISNEYLAND NEWS

February 13 – A fire broke out at the Disneyland Mickey & Friend parking structure. There was damage to seven vehicles and four Disney cast members were treated for smoke inhalation. (Link)

February 14 – A tale as old as time is coming to Disneyland. For a limited time, special dining options, merchandise and shows will take place. (Link)

February 16 – The opening date for Disney’s California Adventure’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout will be May 27. (Link)

DISNEY MOVIE/ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

February 13 – The Disney Channel show Elena of Avalor has been renewed for a third season. (Link)

February 14 – Niki Caro has been tapped to direct the new live action version of Mulan. Caro has previously directed The Zookeeper’s Wife and McFarland, USA. Also announced as executive producer was Hong Kong-based super producer Bill Kong who is known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. (Link)

News From the World of DisneyFebruary 15 – Season one of Tangled: The Series hasn’t even premiered yet a second season has already been ordered. The season one premiere takes place on March 24. There will also be a new Disney Channel Original movie, Tangled Before Ever After on March 10. (Link)

February 16 – A deleted scene from Moana will be included on the DVD release. The scene will feature Moana’s six older brothers. (Link)

February 16 – Star Wars Force Friday II is coming on September 1, 2017. Beginning at 12:01am merchandise such as toys, collectibles, books and apparel will go on sale starting the countdown to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  (Link)

February 17 – Angela Lansbury will star as the balloon lady in the Mary Poppins Returns. (Link)

February 17 – Entertainment Weekly is doing a March Madness style bracket challenge to find the best Disney Song. Be prepared: some of these choices are hard. (Link)

February 18 – James Earl Jones and Donald Glover will star in the live-action remake of The Lion King. Jones will revive his role at Mufasa while Glover will voice the adult Simba. (Link)

February 20 – A new mini-trailer was released for Beauty and the Beast showing Bell (Emma Watson) singing the opening number for the movie.

February 20 – Lindsay Lohan has taken to social media to promote herself as Ariel if Disney ever does a live-action remake. (Link)

February 20 – In a studio-by-studio comparison of profitability, Disney, with a profit of $2.5B, comes out on top for the third straight year followed by Time Warner ($1.7B), 21st Century Fox ($1.3B), NBC Universal ($697M), Sony ($440M) and Viacom which actually lost $384M. (Link)

News From the World of DisneyFebruary 21 – Disney has released a cast photo of the new Han Solo spin-off movie including Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke and Alden Ehrenreich who will portray Solo. (Link)

February 23 – Williams Sonoma has introduced a limited addition Beauty and the Beast inspired cast iron soup pot. The pots will be available at Williams-sonoma.com, lecreuset.com and Le Creuset Signature Stores. (Link)

DISNEY CRUISE LINE

February 15 – Several staterooms on the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic are being upgraded to Category V Concierge Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah. These staterooms are 8024, 8044, 8050, 8076, 8082, 8084, 8524, 8544, 8550, 8584. The work will be completely by October 2, 2017. Guest who have already booked one of these staterooms will be able to enjoy the upgraded room amenities but will not have access to the concierge lounge or concierge staff.  (Link)

February 15 – The Cruise Critics’ Awards have been announced and Disney Cruise Line was a big winner. (Link)

  • Best Large Ship – Disney Dream (1st), Disney Fantasy (5th)
  • Best Mid-Sized Ship – Disney Magic (1st), Disney Wonder (4th)
  • Best Cruise Ship Cabin: Large Ships – Disney Dream (1st), Disney Fantasy (2nd)
  • Best Cruise Ship Cabin: Mid-Sized Ships – Disney Wonder (6th)
  • Best for Dining: Large Ship – Disney Dream (3rd), Disney Fantasy (4th)
  • Best for Dining: Mid-Sized Ship – Disney Wonder (10th)
  • Best for Embarkation: Large Ship – Disney Dream (2nd), Disney Fantasy (5th)
  • Best for Embarkation: Mid-Sized Ship – Disney Wonder (8th)
  • Best for Entertainment: Large Ships – Disney Dream (2nd), Disney Fantasy (3rd)
  • Best for Entertainment: Mid-Sized Ships – Disney Wonder (2nd)
  • Best for Fitness & Recreation: Large Ships – Disney Fantasy (1st), Disney Fantasy (4th)
  • Best for Fitness & Recreation: Mid-Sized Ships – Disney Wonder (2nd)
  • Best for Public Rooms: Large Ships – Disney Dream (1st), Disney Fantasy (2nd)
  • Best for Public Rooms: Mid-Sized Ships – Disney Wonder (3rd)
  • Best for Service: Large Ships – Disney Dream (1st), Disney Fantasy (4th)
  • Best for Service: Mid-Sized Ships – Disney Wonder (7th)
  • Best for Shore Excursions: Large Ships – Disney Dream (1st)
  • Best for Shore Excursions: Mid-Sized Ships – Disney Wonder (4th)
  • Best for Value: Large Ships – Disney Fantasy (8th)
  • Best for Families – Disney Magic (1st), Disney Dream (2nd), Disney Fantasy (3rd), Disney Wonder (5th)
  • Best for First Timers – Disney Dream (5th)

February 21 – Disney Cruise Line released their Summer 2018 destinations which includes Italy, the British Isles, the Baltic Sea and the Norwegian Fjords for the Disney Magic and Alaska for the Disney Wonder. (Link)

DISNEY FUNNY OF THE WEEK

This video of a ‘train wreck’ at Epcot from 2009 has been making the round on the internet lately. It’s still funny today.

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Sue Nowicki is an alumnae of the 2014/15 Disney Parks Moms Panel. She splits her time between planning her next Walt Disney World vacation and being team mom to ten high-energy volleyball players where she fills the roles of secretary, navigator, head cheerleader, treasurer, athletic trainer and team psychologist. You can follow her on Twitter @JazzinDisneyMom.

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