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The SATURDAY SIX Has an IN-DEPTH Look at the 2017 D23 Expo (So Far)

by on July 15, 2017

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at the 2017 D23 Expo!  Coming along once every two years, the D23 Expo is not just a Disney Convention, it is THE Disney Convention. With blockbuster brands Marvel and Star Wars now in the Disney family, D23 Expo actually competes with the much larger San Diego Comic Con for pop culture attention. Already big news is coming out of the Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, including the public display of the incredible scale model of Star Wars Land, giving us a glimpse of what will soon be coming to Disney Hollywood Studios. It is here at the Expo where we will find out what is coming to the Disney parks across the world. We here at the SATURDAY SIX are going to cover what happened during the first two days of the Expo, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – Star Wars Land

We’ve all been on pins and needles waiting for more details on the upcoming Star Wars Land (rumored to be called Star Wars: Galaxy Edge) and Disney blew our collective minds with a 1/2 inch-to-1 foot scale model that is so good that it makes the Pandora: World of Avatar model look like the Metal Earth thing I tried to put together. While we won’t get the full details on what is exactly is contained in this model until several hours after this posting, we here at the SATURDAY SIX have made our guesses as to what we’ll see when it finally debuts in DHS.

Star Wars Land model. (copyright Disney)

A more accurate representation of the crowds we’ll see at Star Wars Land. (photo by @AvoidTIMtation)

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D23 Expo 2017’s Insane Star Wars Land Model

by on July 14, 2017

One of the most impressive exhibits at D23 Expo 2017 is the Parks & Resorts pavilion, home to the massive model of the Star Wars land coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Lets take a look.

The entrance to the Parks & Resorts pavilion.

A view of Star Wars land from the far left.

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Disneyland Preview – Week of July 15th

by on July 14, 2017

Sooooo, you’ve planned a trip to Disneyland this week, or you’re kicking around the idea for a visit. What are you in for? As luck would have it, I’m kicking off a new weekly column to give you a preview of what’s on the immediate horizon at Disneyland each week.  As for this week, well, it’s summer, and the kids are out of school, so spoiler alert, it’s going to be hot, and it’s going to be crowded. That said, there’s still plenty of fun to be had, so let’s see what’s on tap in this week’s Disneyland preview!

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Review of Breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen in Disneyland Hotel

by on June 22, 2017

It’s the morning on your last day of your trip to Disneyland Resort. You still have several characters you need to meet so you can complete you Disney character checklist. The problem is you also need a place to stuff your face with ungodly amounts of unlimited food before you return to your soul crushing job the next day. This restaurant may be for you. Here’s my review of breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen in Disneyland Hotel.

When you check in you will be required to pay upfront. Before the shock of $36 per adult and $21 per child can hit you, a cast member will inform you it is time to meet Goofy. He’s decked out in appropriate attire, as are the rest of the characters you will meet later (Minnie Mouse is the dessert chef, Chip & Dale are dressed as waiters, etc). Goofy thankfully doesn’t show any signs of stress and pressure of owning a busy and successful restaurant. He is as fun and playful as he would be if you met him in the parks. At some point in your meal you will be given the option of buying expensive picture packages of your meet and greet with Goofy. I noticed most people politely decline this offer, as did my group due to the $20+ charge.

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Cruz Ramirez from Cars 3 to Meet Guests

by on June 16, 2017

©Rikki Niblett

One of the newest characters in the Cars franchise is Cruz Ramirez. She’s the bright yellow Dinaco-sponsored vehicle who is a technician at the Rusteze Racing Center and has the task of helping Lightning McQueen. I’m happy to report that Guests who visit both Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort are now going to have the opportunity to meet her!

Over in Disney California Adventure, Guests will find her in Cars Land where she will join Lightning and Mater. (Appropriately enough!)

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Guests will find Cruz at the end of Pixar Place. Guests who can’t get enough Cars at Hollywood Studios can also (for a limited time) see a preview of the film at One Man’s Dream, as well as see maquettes and artwork of the new characters.

So, if you are a Cars fan or you have one in your family, this is certainly a meet and greet experience you don’t want to miss!

 

SATURDAY SIX: 6 Reasons We Love DCA’s Summer of Heroes

by on June 3, 2017

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Reasons We Love DCA’s Summer of Heroes!  When Disney announced that it would be transforming Hollywood Tower of Terror in DCA into a brand new attraction featuring the wildly popular Guardians of the Galaxy characters, the response was – at best – mixed. While no one is going to argue that DCA’s Tower of Terror could hold a candle compared to the version in Florida, it still had the iconic Hollywood Hotel facade, and was the perfect fit for the newly rebranded DCA and the park’s emphasis on Walt coming to Hollywood in the early 20th Century. The new ride would be called Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! and the facade now looked like the old hotel got into a head on collision with a Crayola factory.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! (photo by Brian Pinsky)

The debate on the new Guardians attraction raged on while it was being built (with even the SATURDAY SIX getting in on the fun.) On May 27th, the very same day Disney World opened Pandora – The World of Avatar – Mission: Breakout! was unveiled to the masses. However, unlike Animal Kingdom with Pandora, DCA also introduced a whole bunch of other Marvel related activities into the park to enhance the superhero experience. Today we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite parts of DCA’s Summer of Heroes, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – Marvel Super Hero Food and Drinks

Down here in Florida we may have more Disney hotels and overall theme parks than out in California, but one area they blow us away is with themed snacks. Believe it or not they are still making new and unique snacks just for the Main Street Electrical Parade. For the Summer of Heroes promotion DCA has introduced 30 new snacks and drinks themed towards superheroes. As a WDW Annual Passholder, this number is almost incomprehensible. Our favorite of the new food options is a piece of sourdough bread made in the shape of Groot.

I Am Bread. (photo by Guy Selga)

The Most Dangerous Tacos In The Galaxy. (photo by Brian Pinsky)

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Video: Eating Marvel Super Hero Food at Disney California Adventure

by on June 2, 2017

The Summer of Heroes promotion is currently taking place at Disney California Adventure. There you’ll find a dance party, super hero training, Marvel character meet and greets, and more. The most interesting part is obviously the special limited time food created for the event. If you’re wondering what the super heroes eat when they’re not punching bad guys in the face, the answer is boatloads of junk food.  I called my friends Iron Tom and Super Sarah from Disney Tourist Blog to help me out with this one. Watch the video to find out what we thought:

Disneyland Rides That Disney World Fans Can Skip

by on May 11, 2017

Disneyland rides you can skip if you've been to WDW

Guy Selga is back this week with more advice for your Disneyland visit. Today he looks at what you can skip if you’ve already been to Walt Disney World. Got more questions for our Disneyland expert? Ask in the comments. We’re always looking for more article ideas.

If you’re a regular Walt Disney World visitor that visits Disneyland you will find many exclusive rides to enjoy. Other rides, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, exist in both resorts but Disneyland’s version is arguably better due to it being longer and more richly detailed. On the flip side, some rides in Walt Disney World are better. Many people pick Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion as an example of this. Here are 6 Disneyland rides that Disney World fans can skip, as well as some suggestions from some friends of mine.

 

Star Tours

Star Tours fits naturally in to Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, but there’s no differences beyond the exterior to make is stand out over the attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you do chose to ride it at Disneyland you may find yourself waiting a bit longer than you would have to at The Studios. At Disneyland there are 4 Starspeeders to accommodate guests, while at DHS there are 6.

Little Mermaid ride at DCA (left) and Magic Kingdom (right)

Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

The two Little Mermaid rides are the same at DCA and Magic Kingdom (except for a cameo by Incredible Mr. Limpet in the Under the Sea scene). Sure, both the queue and exterior are way nicer at Magic Kingdom, but DCA has the benefit of being a walk-on pretty much every day of the year.

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SATURDAY SIX: 6 Disneyland Rides BETTER Than Their Disney World Counterparts

by on May 6, 2017

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Disneyland Rides That Are BETTER Than Their Disney World Counterparts! In previous editions of the SATURDAY SIX we have reached out to our all-star blue ribbon panel made up of theme park experts to vote on their favorite attractions at Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort. This week we reached out again – while also including the unwashed masses of DisTwitter – to give their thoughts on which rides at Disneyland are better than their Disney World counterparts. 

it’s a small world in Disneyland is a completely different experience than the one in Walt Disney World. (photo by Brandon Glover)

One interesting thing about the voting process is that there was a clear favorite after the first day of voting, but spots two through six were close enough that they were all up for grabs. However, when all the votes were counted, the rides ranked 1-6 after the first day each held their position, so it seems clear there is a pretty strong consensus among people who have been to both Orlando and Anaheim. Today we’re going to take a look at six rides which were voted as being BETTER than their Disney World counterparts, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder makes the list in part because of a fantastic refurb the ride went through a couple years ago which added a thrilling finale sequence as well as recontructing the ramshackle Rainbow Ridge mining town. Rainbow Ridge doesn’t exist in Walt Disney World, but has been in Disneyland since 1956 as part of the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train attraction. The finale now includes an amazing lift hill experience where guests are surrounded by projection map technology and real props to give the sensation of the mine about to explode (with a blast of smoke amping up the sensory level.)

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. (photo by Brian Pinsky)

Rainbow Ridge. (photo by Seth Kubersky)

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Cars 3 Sneak Preview to Occur at Disney Parks

by on May 5, 2017

Cars 3

©Disney

Speed….I am Speed.

Guests who love the Cars franchise should speedily head over to Disney California Adventure or Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a special sneak preview of the upcoming Pixar film, Cars 3.

Beginning May 12, at Disney California Adventure, the preview of will be presented in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Bug’s Life Theater.

Then, beginning on May 26, Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get to see this advance look at One Man’s Dream. Here Guests will also be able to see artwork and maquettes from the production on display.

In Cars 3, Lightning McQueen finds that he needs to get back in the race and gets help from a newcomer, Cruz Ramirez who has her own plans on how to win.

Are you anxious to see Cars 3  when it races into theaters nationwide on June 16?