FIRST LOOK: New moving concept art for Star Wars Hotel at Walt Disney World

Earlier this month, we learned a little more about how the new Star Wars Hotelwill seamlessly connect to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge when it opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Now, Disney is sharing another look inside the highly-anticipated Star Wars Hotel.


Foodie Guide to Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing and my stomach is rumbling for this year’s International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot! From February 28 to May 28, 2018, welcome the arrival of spring with brilliant topiaries, interactive play gardens, rocking entertainment, and of course, fresh flavors. This year’s Outdoor Kitchens feature creative cuisine and highlight fresh and vibrant ingredients. Here is your official foodie guide to all of the sips, dishes and desserts that you can find around the World Showcase!


  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips
  • Pineapple Soft-serve


  • Coastal Empire Beer Co. Coco Piña Gose, Savannah, GA
  • Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat, Kihei, HI
  • SweetWater Brewing Company Goin’ Coastal IPA with Pineapple, Atlanta, GA
  • Pineapple Beer Flight
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Pineapple Soft-serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic)
  • Pineapple Soft-serve with Fanta (non-alcoholic)


  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream
  • Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries


  • Hugo- Charles De Fère “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint
  • Paulaner Original Munich Lager, Munich, Germany
  • Ayinger Bräu Weisse Hefeweizen, Munich, Germany
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager, Bad Köstritz, Germany
  • Beer Flight


  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans


  • Zen of Zin Old Vine Zinfandel, California
  • Central 28 Brewing Company Sunshine Greetings Orange Hibiscus Wheat Ale, DeBary, FL
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Phantasmas Spicy Double IPA, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL
  • Beer Flight
  • Simply Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine
  • Simply Frozen Lemonade (non-alcoholic

FLORIDA FRESH (Between France and Morocco):

  • Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro-lime Sour Cream
  • Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish
  • Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue


  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Key Lime Sparkling Wine, St Petersburg, FL
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company Quat Seasonal Fruit Ale, Tampa, FL
  • Big Top Brewing Company Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat, Sarasota, FL
  • First Magnitude Brewing Co. Monarch Milk Stout, Gainesville, FL
  • Beer Flight
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Tamiami Florida Gin
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slushy (non-alcoholic

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted By National Honey BoardTM (Showcase Plaza):

  • Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Purée, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey Blistered Grapes and Sunflower Brittle
  • Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, Charred Vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Watercress
  • Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses


  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Orange Blossom Honey Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Orange Blossom Brewing Co. Orange Blossom Pilsner, Orlando, FL
  • Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze with Blueberry Vodka
  • Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze (non-alcoholic

CIDER HOUSE (United Kingdom):

  • Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage, Pears and Branston Dressing
  • House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare
  • Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries


  • McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, West Seneca, NY
  • Florida Beer Company Caribé Blood Orange Tropical Hard Cider, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Ciderboys Grand Mimosa Apple Orange Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI
  • Cider Flight
  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, California (non-alcoholic)

LA ISLA FRESCA (Showcase Plaza):

  • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut-lime Sauce
  • Caribbean Conch Salad with Mango, Papaya and Pickled Red Onions
  • Tropical Mousse Cake: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple


  • Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tropical Freeze with Cruzan Mango Rum
  • Tropical Freeze (non-alcoholic)
Lamb Chop at The Berry Basket at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Field Greens with Fresh Strawberries at The Berry Basket at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

THE BERRY BASKET (Showcase Plaza):

  • Lamb Chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique
  • Field Greens with Fresh Strawberries, Crisp Quinoa, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spiced Pecans
  • Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepper Berry Gelato


  • JDub’s Brewing Company Blueberry IPA, Sarasota, FL
  • Island Grove Blueberry Moscato, Hawthorne, FL
  • Twinings® Green Tea Berry Mint Julep
  • Twinings® Green Tea Berry Mint Julep (non-alcoholic)


  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoked Bacon
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables
  • Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato


  • Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whisky
  • Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic)
  • Unibroue Maudite Amber Ale, Chambly, Québec
  • Unibroue À Tout Le Monde Saison, Chambly, Québec
  • Unibroue Éphémère White Ale, Chambly, Québec
  • Beer Flight

FLEUR DE LYS (France):

  • Tarte à la Tomate Provençale: Provencal Tomato Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Pastry Crust
  • Canard Confit Aux Gnocchi à la Parisienne: Braised Duck Confit with Parisian Gnocchi
  • Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop


  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush: Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice
  • Kir Pomegranate: Sparkling Wine and Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Village de France
  • Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc


  • Pork Taco: Slow-braised Pork Taco served with Apple Relish, Goat Cheese, and Chile de Árbol Sauce
  • Chilaquiles: Chilaquiles served with Ranchera Sauce, Chorizo, Mexican Cream, and Cotija Cheese
  • Capirotada: Bread Pudding served with Rompope


  • Tiger Lily Sangria
  • Rose Margarita
  • Violet Cassis Punch
  • Daisy Spicy Beer


  • Spicy Meatballs with Crispy Tofu
  • Fried Chicken Dumplings with Peanut Sauce
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls


  • Oolong Peach Bubble Tea (non-alcoholic)
  • BaiJoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice
  • Plum Wine Cooler
  • Tsingtao Lager


  • Frittata di Asparagi: Asparagus Frittata, Mixed Greens and Citrus Dressing
  • Fritto Misto: Crispy Shrimps, Zucchini and Spicy Sauces
  • Ravioli all’ Aragosta, Germogli di Piselli: Maine Lobster Ravioli, Veloute Sauce, Pea Sprouts, Pear Drop Tomatoes and Salmon Roe
  • Panna Cotta al Melone: Cantaloupe Panna Cotta


  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Corbinello
  • Moscato
  • Bellini: Sparkling Wine and Peach Purée
  • Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
  • Moretti Lager L’Autentica
  • Moretti La Rossa


  • Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad
  • Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley and Chili Ranch Sauce
  • Walnut Honey Baklava


  • Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur
  • White Sangria
  • Casa Beer

HANAMI (Japan):

  • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice, Sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream with Raspberry Sauce on the side
  • Ginger Beef Yaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions, and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger

Teriyaki Salmon with Furikake Seasoned Brown Rice


  • Pineapple Momo Sake Cocktail
  • Karatamba “Dry Wave” Sake
  • Sapporo Draft Beer in a Kampai Cup


  • Future World East – The Final Lap: Iced Tea topped with Frozen Passion Fruit with Vodka
  • Canada – Orange Blossom Twist: Frozen Orange Pineapple topped with Vodka
  • Showcase Plaza – Garden of Guava: Frozen Pink Guava topped with Rum or Vodka
  • The American Adventure – Strawberry Piña Colada: Frozen Piña Colada and Strawberry with Rum

New ‘UP! A Great Bird Adventure’ Show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Opens April 22

Just minutes ago, we shared an exciting update that our new show “UP! A Great Bird Adventure,”
featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “UP” will be debuting at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on April 22, 2018!

Beginning just in time for the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, this new entertainment experience for the whole family offers guests the chance to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug as they discover species of birds from around the world in their newest adventure in Anandapur village. There will be “UP” close encounters each day with amazing winged creatures!

Toy Story Land to Open at Walt Disney World Resort June 30

It’s official! Toy Story Land, the highly-anticipated toy-filled land inspired by the beloved “Toy Story” films, will open to guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 30, 2018.

When it opens, guests visiting Toy Story Land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard. Here, guests can take a ride on Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit and topped off with Slinky and Jessie. (Check out the time-lapse video above of one of Slinky Dog Dash’s first test runs).

Families will also be able to take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won from Pizza Planet. Here, adorable little green aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.

Guests can also walk through a new carnival game box to experience Toy Story Mania!, which has been a guest-favorite attraction at the park since it opened in 2008. Now expanded with a third track, the popular attraction will put even more guests in the action taking aim at 3D objects – using everything from baseballs to cream pies – in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced games.

Woody’s Lunch Box – actually, Andy’s lunch box that he’s set on its side – will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats from a walk-up window setting. The entire land will serve as a visual celebration of toys, with Crayons, Cooties, Green Army Men, Rubik’s Cubes, Tinkertoys, and other familiar toys and game pieces incorporated into the land’s design.

So, which attraction are you most excited to see when the land opens this June? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

D23 EXPO JAPAN: Epcot’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” attraction will be among longest indoor roller coasters in the world

With Walt Disney World’s very first Marvelsuperheroes-based attraction already under construction at Epcot, any tiny tidbit of information is always welcome on the still-unnamed “Guardians of the Galaxy” attraction replacing Universe of Energy / Ellen’s Energy Adventure in the park’s Future World area.

Today at D23 Expo Japan 2018, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapekrevealed just a few more details for the highly-anticipated new ride. Though it has been confirmed once again to be a roller coaster, it was emphasized during the Parks and Resorts presentation that the attraction will be family-oriented.

However, just because it’s suitable for kids doesn’t mean it can’t be state-of-the-art. Chapek also announced that Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy attraction will feature a “brand-new innovation ride system” and after opening will become “one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world!”

While no opening date has been announced for the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, knowing just a bit more about it will certainly make the wait more tolerable. More news from the Disney Parks and Resorts presentation at D23 Expo Japan 2018 coming very soon!

D23 EXPO JAPAN: NEW Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway concept art revealed for Walt Disney World

D23 Expo 2018 showed off new concept art for the coming Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction.

The D23 Expo has brought exciting announcements of new Disney theme parks, resorts, films and attractions since its beginning in 2009. And today Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, presented several thrilling updates that all Disney fans will be excited to hear about. One special surprise was more concept art from Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

It is said that guests to Walt Disney World Resort experiencing this ride will step through the movie screen and join Mickey and pals on a wacky adventure. Set to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida in 2019, the ride will be the first-ever ride through attraction themed to Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and will reportedly feature dazzling visual effects, a lovable theme song, and twists and turns ideal for the whole family.

No official opening date is known for the coming attraction. Be sure to check out the rest of our coverage from D23 Expo Japan 2018.

D23 EXPO JAPAN: “Star Wars” Hotel will seamlessly attach to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World

When Disney announced the upcoming “Star Wars”-themed hotel for Walt Disney World at this past summer’s D23 Expo 2017, millions of Star Wars fans suddenly cried out in excitement. What cooler way to experience the all-new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge area coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park than by staying at a fully-immersive luxury resort that will completely surround guests with the Star Wars universe?

Today at D23 Expo Japan 2018, Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek revealed another thrilling new piece of information: the Star Wars hotel “will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” That means from the time you check in to the time you leave, you could live, sleep, eat, and breathe nothing but Star Wars. If you don’t mind missing out on the rest of Walt Disney World, that is.

Here’s the full statement from Disney:

The Star Wars-themed hotel at Walt Disney World Resort will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The luxury resort, announced at D23 Expo 2017, will completely immerse guests into an authentic Star Wars story at Walt Disney Resort—and that immersion will start the moment guests arrive! The journey through space will begin as you board a star ship and depart with your fellow guests on a multi-day Star Wars adventure that will be connected to the new land being built at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

While no specific opening date has been announced for the Star Wars hotel at Walt Disney World, let’s hope Disney is aiming to have it complete and ready not too long after Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge begins welcoming guests in 2019. With today’s announcements, Disney has assured fans that “it’s going to be incredible.”

Ticket prices increase at Walt Disney World

    BAY LAKE, Fla. – Ticket prices at Walt Disney World in Orlando and at Disneyland in California are increasing, company officials said Sunday.

    Starting Sunday, “value” days for Magic Kingdom will cost $109 for adults and $103 for children, which represent a $2 increase. During “regular” time, park visitors will pay $4 more with prices jumping to $119 for adults and $113 for children. The “peak” prices will be $129 for adults and $123 for children.

    At Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, “value” one-day tickets will now be $102 for adults and $96 for children, which is a $2 bump for both. “Regular” times for adults will be $114 for adults and $108 for children, and “peak” tickets jump to $122 and $116, respectively for adults and children.

    At Disneyland, the regular price of admission at the Anaheim, California, park will rise to $117, a $7 change. A single-day ticket during peak periods will climb to $135, an $11 increase. And the value ticket will cost $97, no change.

    Prices for Florida residents have also changed. All of the increases are reflected on the parks’ websites.

    Other changes in the company’s flexible pricing program will come later in the year.

    In October 2015, Disney introduced flexible pricing at U.S. parks as an incentive for guests to visit during less busy times. Each month was divided into value, regular and peak days with an 8-11 month calendar available online, hoping to prevent overcrowding during the theme parks’ busiest times.

    Company officials said Sunday that this program will evolve in 2018 to address the visitation patterns of their guests. As the next step, they said, date-specific tickets – with prices published in advance – will be rolled out at Walt Disney World.

    “Given the small percentage of guests that purchase a 1-day ticket at Walt Disney World, extending pre-published, date-specific pricing to multi-day tickets will further advance our efforts spread to attendance throughout the year,” said Andrea Finger, spokeswoman for Walt Disney World.

    Walt Disney World Resort’s ‘Incredible Summer’ Will Bring New Experiences to All Four Parks

    This summer, beloved stories from several Disney films will come to life at Walt Disney World in the form of new attractions, entertainment, experiences and more at all four parks, setting up summer 2018 to truly be an “Incredible Summer.”

    Here’s what to expect at each Walt Disney World Resort location.

    The Incredibles Take Over Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park – Guests can party with Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone from Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and the soon-to-be blockbuster “Incredibles 2.” Edna Mode, the greatest superhero costume designer, will also make her debut appearance. Each evening, guests can enjoy a “SUPER” dance party on the Rocket Tower Stage. [NOTE: Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” opens in theaters June 15, 2018.]

    The Guardians of the Galaxy Take the Stage at Epcot – Star-Lord and Gamora from “Guardians of the Galaxy” will join an alien band, taking guests on a journey through the cosmos. The party will feature hits from Awesome Mixtapes 1 and 2 – fun and favorite tunes from the two movies’ soundtracks – building the anticipation for a new Epcot Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.

    “Explorers Meet UP! A Great Bird Adventure” & A “Dino-Tastic” Celebration for Donald Duck Will Debut At Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Two new can’t-miss offerings will debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in time for the park’s 20th anniversary. First, guests can discover new bird species from around the world at the new show “Explorers Meet UP! A Great Bird Adventure,” which will star Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug. The park will also launch a “dino-tastic” celebration, in which Donald Duck takes over Dinoland, U.S.A., in a new character celebration.

    See “The Incredibles 2” at AMC Disney Springs – Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen is in the spotlight, while Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack, whose superpowers are emerging. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible. “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018.

    And last, but not least

    Toy Story Land Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – One major highlight of “Incredible Summer” will be the grand opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This new 11-acre land will shrink guests to the size of a toy and allow them go explore the fun and adventure of Andy’s backyard. There, guests can experience two new attractions: the family coaster Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. Toy Story Land also will feature an existing guest-favorite attraction, Toy Story Mania!, which will expand to add a third track into the rotation. The land’s Woody’s Lunch Box will be a new quick-service restaurant that will offer up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats to Toy Story Land guests.

    Disney is reportedly considering changing the name of Hollywood Studios to ‘Cinemagine Park’

    The name change rumors died down until Mickey Views, a YouTube channel focused on WDW news, broke the news in late August of last year that a survey regarding the name change was currently making the rounds. The survey listed 8 names but didn’t include the strongly rumored Disney Hollywood Adventure name that many had speculated.

    Respondents were asked to rank their choice for the new name from a list that included:

    • Disney Beyond Park
    • Disney Cinemagic Park
    • Disney Cinemagine Park
    • Disney Hyperia Park
    • Disney Kaleidoscope Park
    • Disney Legends Park
    • Disney Storyverse Park
    • Disney XL Park

    Len Testa, a well-known insider who founded the extremely popular real-time Disney vacation planning app TouringPlans, posted on the WDWMagic forums that Disney has settled on a new name. “I also hear that Disney has settled on ‘Disney Cinemagine Park’ for the DHS rename.”

    The choice seems to be an odd one with many fans complaining online how difficult it is to say and spell, a concern that is especially true when considering how many guests to Orlando don’t claim English as their first language. The name is similar to a show that ran at the studio-themed Disney park in Paris, but otherwise seems to be a completely made-up word.

    It should be noted that Len Testa and his close business partner and podcast co-host Jim Hill both were part of the group saying Disney was moving ahead with the Hollywood Adventure name, though they have remained silent on the topic for quite some time.

    Disney has yet to confirm the new name, but it is expected to roll out before the WDW 50th Anniversary in 2021. Some have speculated the change will happen before the new Star Wars area opens in the park, while others say it will happen just afterward.

    Either way, we should see a new name within the next 30 months.