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New Film for Epcot’s China Pavilion in World Showcase

by on July 16, 2017
Filed under: Epcot, Recent News


While there are clearly a lot of major changes on tap for Epcot’s future, there was also a smaller, but still significant, change announced during the D23 Expo.

A brand-new film will replace the current Reflections of China film at Epcot’s China Pavilion in World Showcase.

The film will still be a 360 Circlevision film, but will include new and innovative technology. Disney will film this new version utilizing a next-generation digital camera system and the presentation will be shown on a seamless Circlevision screen. That’s going to be a first! It will be incredible to see the landscapes of China in a very realistic way.

This update was mentioned briefly during the Parks and Resorts presentation, so not much else is known about the China film or when it will make its debut, but I will keep you posted when further information gets released!

Ratatouille Attraction Coming to France Pavilion at Epcot

by on July 15, 2017
Filed under: Epcot, Recent News 2 Comments

Ever since I had heard about the Ratatouille-themed attraction located at Disneyland Paris, I have wished I would have the ability to experience it. Looks like that wish will come true without a trip to Paris.

A brand new Ratatouille-themed attraction will be added to the France Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase.

Ratatouille Inspired ride coming to France Pavilion at Epcot

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The attraction will be similar to the 4-D attraction Ratatouille: The Adventure that opened at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction Coming to Epcot

by on July 15, 2017
Filed under: Epcot, Recent News 7 Comments

Guardians of the Galaxy is an incredibly popular franchise. With its second movie doing very well this year, it’s no surprise that an attraction based on these characters is coming to Walt Disney World.

Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction at Epcot

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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on July 15, 2017
Filed under: Hollywood Studios, Recent News 12 Comments

Everyone’s pal Mickey Mouse is getting his own attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

In Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you’ll step through the movie screen and into the unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse cartoon. You are the star and anything can happen in this zany and out-of-control adventure that will feature surprising twists and turns, dazzling visual effects, and mind-boggling transformations happening right before your eyes.

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

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The attraction will be based off the new Mickey Mouse shorts that can be seen on Disney Channel.

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Official Name for Star Wars Land

by on July 15, 2017
Filed under: Disneyland (CA), Star Wars, Walt Disney World (FL) 2 Comments

Star Wars Land has been announced previously for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, but we didn’t know what these lands would actually be called. That is until today.

Both Star Wars lands will officially be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a remote trading post found on the edge of wild space.

These new lands will feature two major attractions that will put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Both the attractions, as well as the land itself, will offer guests the chance to immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe like never before. The story will truly come alive for guests who visit.

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One attraction will make you feel like you’re on a Star Destroyer inside a hangar bay. It will be built on a scale that hasn’t been done before.

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

by on July 15, 2017
Filed under: D23 Expo, Disneyland (CA), Saturday Six, Walt Disney World (FL) 3 Comments

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
Filed under: D23 Expo, Disneyland (CA), Walt Disney World (FL) 5 Comments

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
Filed under: Disney California Adventure, Disneyland (CA), Disneyland Park, Weather 1 Comment

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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Disney Cruise Line Preview – Week of July 15th

by on July 14, 2017
Filed under: Disney Cruise Line 8 Comments

Welcome to the premier edition of Disney Cruise Line Preview! I’m Brand Glover, your personal navigator, entertainment director, and possible flotation device in the event this article goes overboard. You may remember me from such blogs as The Saturday Six or have noticed my name in the photo captions across multiple TouringPlans features, but today we’re leaving that ashore for uncharted waters to deliver a weekly preview of the happenings from the Disney Cruise Line. Each week we are going to give you, dear reader, a comprehensive guide to help plan and fully enjoy your vacation. With that, it’s time to point our compass out to sea…

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of July 14, 2017

by on July 14, 2017
Filed under: In Case You Missed It

This is it! The big weekend of what I’m going to assume is a ton of Disney news! What Disney rumor do you think will come true out of D23 this weekend? Are you going? What are you looking forward to experiencing? I’m supremely jealous of those of you going, by the way.

This week, take a look at a new treat at The Ganachery, find a new adult coloring page that you likely didn’t know existed but definitely want to color, and more! Let’s go!

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors


Did you know that The Ganachery at Disney Springs serves up delicious Mickey S’mores! Oh I think I’m going to have to pick up one of these!

Given that I’m currently on a Disney Cruise, this certainly makes me happy. Disney Cruise Line was named as one of the cruise lines that has some of the cleanest ships.  Read the rest of this entry »