Here is the latest News From the World of Disney parks and entertainment including Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line for April 20 – May 4, 2018.
Highlights from the World of Disney:
- Disney partied like it was 1998.
- Two Walt Disney World theme parks are getting daily Extra Magic Hours.
- Adventures by Disney is going on a new adventure.
- Dates for this summer’s “Disney After Hours” has been announced.
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THE WALT DISNEY WORLD COMPANY
April 20 – Using a Toy Story theme, Disney started their massive charitable given campaign by giving $500,000 to five not-for-profits in the Central Florida area. (Link)
April 23 – Legendary Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde will lead an Adventures by Disney expedition to Africa. (Link)
April 30 – The Walt Disney Company and Twitter announced they have reach an agreement to create live content and advertising opportunities from across the entire Disney portfolio on the Twitter platform. (Link)
May 5 – Travel Blogger Lindsey Nemeth set a world record for visiting 12 Disney Parks worldwide in 75 hours and six minutes. (Link)
WALT DISNEY WORLD
April 22 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrated their 20th anniversary with a Party for the Planet.
April 22 – The Disney Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark side was won by an Olympic qualifier and a Brazillian. Brittany Charboneau, 29 of Denver, won the women’s division in 1:21:39. Two-time Disney World Marathon runner-up Vanilson Neves of São Paulo, Brazil, was the top men’s finisher in 1:09:55. (Link)
April 22 – A new 25-minute stage show features Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug, from the Disney•Pixar animated film “UP,” premiered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as part of the 20th anniversary spectacular. During the show, Dug and Russell discover bird species from around the world.
April 22 – The 4.2-ton Pandora Utility Suit made its debuts at Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as part of the park’s 20th anniversary celebration. The suit, which is ten feet tall, has a human pilot who controls articulated hands and walks through the park while teaching Guests about the advantages of preserving nature.
April 24 – The performers for the annual Eat to the Beat concert series have been announced. While there are many returners from previous years, there are some new performers this year as well such as Sheila E., Glass Tiger and 98 Degrees. (Link)
April 28 – Legendary Disney Imagineer Bob Gurr, during a taping for a documentary called Walt Disney: Masters of Dreamers. confirmed that new monorail trains are on the way to Walt Disney World. (Link)
April 30 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be offering daily Extra Magic Hours this spring and summer. Animal Kingdom’s hours will take place from April 29 – June 30 and Hollywood Studios will be in July and August 2018. (Link)
May 2 – The specially ticketed “Disney After Hours” dates for 2018 have been announced. This summer the selected dates will begin June 28 and conclude September 20. The cost for this event is $119 for advance purchase and $124 for the day of the event. (Link)
May 2 – Disney released a ride-along video for the Slinky Dog Rollercoaster at Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
May 3 – There are new babies at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Two female Grevy’s zebra foals are bonding with their moms in a backstage area and will join the rest of the herd sometime this summer. (Link)
April 25 – Mickey’s Fun Wheel at Disney California Adventure will be reimagined as Pixar’s Pal-A-Round on June 23. (Link)
April 27 – Several unique super hero experiences will be coming to Disney California Adventure. (Link)
DISNEY CRUISE LINE
April 27 – “Stars Set Sail” is returning to Disney Cruise Line. Performers from Disney Theatrical Productions will be on select sailings beginning on the May 13th Disney Magic sailing through the December 29th sailing on the Disney Fantasy. (Link) DPB
DISNEY MOVIE/ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
April 20 – Amazon Prime members can get caught up on several Star Wars and Marvel universe movies… for the time being. The titles now available for free to Prime members are: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ant-Man, The Avengers, Captain America: First Avenger, Captain American: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Iron Man 3, Spiderman: Homecoming, and Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok (Link)
April 23 – The next DisneyNature film, Penguins, released it’s first trailer.
April 24 – It appears that young Han Solo could be getting two more movies… that is assuming the Solo: A Star Wars does well at the box office. (Link)
April 29 – As expected, Avengers: Infinity War had a record setting weekend. The film pulled in $250mm domestic, breaking the previous record set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Link)
May 1 – The newest Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer was released.
May 1 – Disney is launching a digital food channel called Disney Eats. (Link)
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Sue Nowicki is an alumnae of the 2014/15 Disney Parks Moms Panel. She is a recovering team mom trying to find out how to fill her time now that her Team Mom days are over. When not planning her next Walt Disney World vacation she is the Business Sales & Incentive Coordinator for a community bank in Northern Indiana. You can follow her on Twitter @MQPodcast.