Saturday, April 29, 2017

Photos of Mickey Mouse and his Roadster Racer in London

Mickey Mouse and his model Roadster Racer were seen around  London in mid-April as part of the new Disney Junior series "Mickey and the Roadster Racers."

The Roadster Racer  measures 7.8 feet in length and took about eight weeks to make. On the side of the car is "28," representing 1928, the year Mickey first appeared on the screen in "Steamboat Willie."

Disney Wonder is first to go through new Panama Canal locks

The Disney Wonder has become the first passenger vessel to go through the Panama Canal's new set of locks.

The Disney Wonder Panama Canal crossing is part of a 14-night voyage from Port Canaveral, Fla., to San Diego. The  2,713-passenger ship was transformed in late 2016, expanding the length of the Disney Wonder to 984 feet. 

New rides and attractions opening May 2017 at Disneyland

May should be dubbed Super Hero month at Disneyland with the opening a new attraction, a super hero-themed dance party and special super hero encounters. Oh, and the smaller ones get a new attraction as well. And, year, there's a half marathon as well.

Starting May 27, 2017 the super heroes descend upon California Adventure at Disneyland.
Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission Breakout!
The big attraction is Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! This is is a redress of the Tower of Terror ride which dropped guests multiple times. In this adventure guests board a gantry lift and join Rocket to breakout the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy from The Collector’s Fortress. There are six different adventures and six different rock songs which act as soundtracks.

In addition to the ride are two year-round new experiences:
  • Super Hero Encounters: For the first time Groot will be available for a meet and greet. In addition to Captain America, Spider-Man and others. 
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!”: Star-Lord fires up his old-school boom box to get the party going. 

From May 27 - Sept. 10 are special Summer of Heroes events:
  • “Avengers Training Initiative”: Black Widow and Hawkeye assemble young recruits for a series of tests to see if they have what it takes to join the ranks of the Avengers. 
  • Heroic Encounter: Black Widow: Black Widow arrives on the scene several times throughout the day in an armored Avengers vehicle for her heroic encounter with park guests. 
  • Grab a Piece (or Bite) of the Action: Special themed merchandise, plus food and beverage items, will be available throughout Hollywood Land. 
For the little one there is a new year-round show debuts on May 26:

“Disney Junior Dance Party”: Is a concert experience that invites adults and kids to dance and sing along with characters from Disney Junior TV shows “Doc McStuffins,” “Sofia the First” and “The Lion Guard.” They are joined by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from the new series “Mickey and the Roadster Racers.”

And, let's not forget The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, May 11 to May 14.

The weekend races kick off with the 5K and Kids Races on May 12, followed by the 10K on May 13 and the half marathon on May 14.


4 new rides and shows opening in May 2017 at Disney World

May is a busy month at Disney World with the opening of major attractions at Animal Kingdom, a new fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom and a new concert series at Hollywood Studios.

Disney Publicity photo
Here's a quick look at what's coming in May:

Magic Kingdom
On May 12, a new fireworks show debuts behind the Cinderella Castle.  The 18-minute spectacle is called  “Happily Ever After” with projections on the castle featuring moments from  “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” as well as modern blockbusters “Moana” and “Zootopia.”

Hollywood Studios
A new limited-time concert event debuts May 26. “The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters” showcases  music from Pixar Animation Studios films, with appearances by beloved Disney-Pixar characters. A live orchestra provides the soundtrack for this 40-minute concert that will be presented three times nightly at Theater of the Stars.

Animal Kingdom
A new land is opening in Animal Kingdom on May 27, 2017 giving guests a view of James Cameron's Pandora from Avatar.

Pandora – The World of Avatar will have two big rides, Avatar Flight of Passage sends guests flying above the jungle on a Mountain Banshee. The Na’vi River Journey, is a family-friendly boat ride that sails down a sacred river hidden within a glowing rainforest.

There are two new places to eat in Pandora, the Satu’li Canteen, the main dining location and  Pongu Pongu, a drink kiosk. Wind traders is the shopping area for the land.