Disneyland has a new fireworks spectacular, and I’m happy to report it’s a worthy successor to the long running and beloved Remember: Dreams Come True show. Disneyland Forever uses fireworks, lasers, projections, and music to take the viewer through a history of Disneyland and Disney’s animated features. The films represented in the show include classic animated features like The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh and Pinocchio, as well as modern features like The Lion King and Frozen. One of the highlights of the show is the projection technology used on Sleeping Beauty Castle and the buildings up and down Main Street. This means you don’t have to be standing directly in front of the castle to get a good view like the previous fireworks shows. Via the projections, Main Street buildings may be covered in honey during the Winnie the Pooh segment, or look like they’re submerged in water during the Little Mermaid segment. It’s a beautiful effect that works well. This also means you may need multiple viewings in different areas to get the full scope of the show.
Disneyland Forever premieres tonight at Disneyland. We now have video of a full performance on our YouTube channel. Let me know what you think of the new Disneyland Forever fireworks in the comments below.
The first of three new Disneyland Resort nighttime spectaculars premiered tonight at Disney California Adventure. ‘World of Color – Celebrate’ (there’s a dash in the name!) is the latest version of the popular water show in DCA’s Paradise Bay. Celebrate is hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, and boy Disney got their moneys worth with him because he’s in almost every scene of the show. If I had to rank the top four things you’ll see and hear in the show it’s 1) water, 2) color, 3) Neil Patrick Harris, and 4) the word celebrate. This time around the show flows a lot better and is less like a clip show, Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey do a good job of threading everything together. Plus it features a ton of Walt Disney, which we can all agree is a good thing.
World of Color – Celebrate officially premieres Friday, but if you can’t wait here’s our video of a full performance of the show, shot from the front row:
Disneyland’s new fireworks spectacular, Disneyland Forever, doesn’t officially premier until May 22. Guests leaving Disney California Adventure last night caught a sneak peek of the show from the esplanade between the two parks. The following video is of the complete Disneyland Forever fireworks show. Because this video was taken from outside the park you can not hear the music or see the projections on Main Street that will be a major part of the show.
After a long day of travel to Walt Disney World, you check into your hotel completely exhausted. All you want to do is plop down on the bed and catch some zzzz’s.
Just as you’re about to close your eyes, you remember – You haven’t packed your backpack for the parks tomorrow!
Not to worry! I’ve provided a list of park essentials to make packing efficient and easy.
Not in a reading mood? Check out my video at the bottom of this post!
The Bare Necessities
Top 3: Wallet, Ticket, Phone
Park Ticket: Don’t forget that golden ticket at the hotel! Yes, you can use your MagicBand to get into the parks, but it’s nice to have a hard copy if you run into issues at the turnstile.
Wallet: License, cash, cards, insurance info, etc.
MagicBand: Linking your My Disney Experience account to your MagicBand will give you quick access to your park ticket, room key, FastPass+ and dining reservations as its conveniently located around your wrist. You can even pay with your MagicBand! Since your MB is your room key, there is no back-up key (unless you ask for one at check-in), so make sure it’s with you before you leave!
Phone: If you have a smart phone, there are two apps I recommend checking out. The TouringPlans Disney World Lines App helps you plan out your day at the parks with crowd calendars, wait times and customized Touring Plans. The second app is My Disney Experience which, if you have an account, holds all of your reservations, tickets and itineraries.
Camera: Disney World is full of endless photo opportunities. Don’t be without a camera!
If you’ve never visited during this time of year you might not know about a special display at the Grand Floridian. For just a few special weeks, incredible hand painted candy eggs are put out on display in the lobby of the hotel. Each of these eggs weigh between 9 and 12 pounds and stand anywhere from 16 to 20 inches tall. It’s pretty incredible to see! Starting with this special egg that’s on display in the lobby at the villas:
Want to see more of this awesome Easter display? Be sure to click to read more!
During my recent trip to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to test MDE’s new lunch preordering procedures at Be Our Guest, I filled up my daily FastPass+ dance card with dwarfs, enchanted furniture, and a certain mermaid, leaving no room for a pre-reserved trip to Neverland.
Accordingly, I took this opportunity to record a full walk through of the Peter Pan’s Flight interactive queue elements, which are themed around an exploration of the Darling children’s bedroom.
Magic Kingdom’s Little Mermaid ride has reopened with new figures and improved lighting. (Photos and video by Seth Kubersky)
Ever since it originally opened in Disney California Adventure, and then again when it was cloned at Walt Disney World as the first new ride in the Magic Kingdom‘s New Fantasyland, the Little Mermaid dark ride has drawn mixed reviews. Known in Orlando as Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, and as The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure in Anaheim, this slow-moving Omnimover attraction is a family-friendly people-eater, but has been criticized as lacking in polish and pacing. Now the Florida attraction has been refurbished and upgraded, much as its older sibling had been months earlier, and we have brought you a full POV video of WDW’s Little Mermaid ride with additional figures and enhanced lighting, recorded on March 5, 2015.
As you’ll notice in the below video, the biggest improvement is in the centerpiece “Under the Sea” scene, whose lighting has been reimagined with blacklight. The results are still eye-popping, while better concealing the exposed ceilings, making for a much more immersive experience.
I have a confession to make. I have not always been the perfect theme park traveler. I know it may seem that way but unfortunately I am not. Out of the many different mistakes I have made going to theme parks, the first was thinking I could handle more than I should. It was my first time at Knott’s Berry Farm–maybe when I was around 10 or so–and one of their main attractions was metal roller coaster called Boomerang (which is still there today). It is a short, fast, metal coaster that sends you barreling forwards and backwards at 47 mphs with two quick loops. I remember hearing about this attraction on commercials, and I was hyped to experience it. Even when I was in line, I believed I could handle it. Well, I was wrong.
Right after the ride ended, I was the first one to run off, crying, and not ever wanting to experience any roller coaster again. As a matter of fact, I was not able to go on any other roller coaster again for a few years. When I look back at this incident, I wish there was something that would have given me the ability to know what it was like to encounter this attraction beforehand. Even while standing in line, I did not truly understand what it would feel like to sit in one of those coast seats. This is why my advice to everyone–first timers or not–is to take advantage of ride through videos. It is the only way to truly know what you are going to get yourself into before stepping one foot into any theme park.
Disney California Adventure is home to, in my opinion, the best Christmas entertainment in any Disney park, Viva Navidad. But did you know it’s also home to an annual celebration of Lunar New Year? Starting today and running until Sunday at Paradise Gardens, you can find cultural entertainment, food, activites, and Disney characters all decked out in Lunar New Year gear. The main attraction is the Lunar New Year Procession hosted by Mulan and Mushu. It features a group of performers in elaborate costumes that dance and drum along with the music (listen closely and you’ll notice the music is from the old Mulan parade at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios).