Over the next two years Disney's Coronado Springs Resort will undergo an expansion that will include a new 15 story tower, this will add 500 rooms to the resort and will feature suites and concierge level services. The resorts current inventory of rooms will also see refurbishments and improvements. Additionally the landscape will also be reworked to include an island oasis and floating gardens all connected with a series of bridges.
A new rooftop dining experience will be opened at the top of the new tower allowing guests to experience unique panoramic views of the nighttime fireworks from Disney's theme parks.
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort will be reimagined with new additions to the resort's current marketplace, Centertown, including new waterfront dining and retail shopping areas. This centralized location will offer the resort's guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining.
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Happily Ever After, a new nighttime spectacular that replaces wishes will debut at Disney's Magic Kingdom on 12th May 2017. The new show will combine the magic of Disney storytelling, beloved Disney characters, fireworks and much more.
Wishes has been 'wowing' guests at the Magic Kingdom since 9 October 2003 and will have its final performance on 11 May 2017
For anyone that has a Wishes cruise or Wishes Dessert Party booked for 12 May and after, all bookings will become the Happily Ever After cruise or Happily Ever After Dessert Party.
from disney parks blog...
"The spectacular will inspire guests to seek out and find their own 'Happily Ever After' by showcasing some of the greatest adventures Disney characters have taken to achieve their dreams.
The show will feature the latest fireworks and pyrotechnics and original animation, plus a heart-tugging original score. And thanks to the inclusion of state-of-the-art projection mapping technology, more Disney characters than ever before will be featured in the show, including moments from “Moana,” “Brave,” “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia,” “The Princess & The Frog,” “Aladdin” and many others."
Pandora - The World of Avatar will open at Disney's Animal Kingdom on Saturday, May 27, it was announced today by Disney CEO Bob Iger during The Walt Disney Company Shareholders meeting.
Inspired by Academy-award winning filmmaker James Cameron's box-office hit, "AVATAR," the new 12-acre land will immerse guests in the lush world of Pandora about a generation after the film's human-Na'vi conflict.
The magical new land will transport guests to a mystical world of bioluminescent rainforests, floating mountains and soaring Banshees. Two main adventures will beckon Disney's Animal Kingdom guests:
Riding a magnificent Mountain Banshee, guests will soar across Pandora on Avatar Flight of Passage. This high-tech adventure will offer a thrilling flight through the jungles and floating mountains, and over the majestic oceans of this colourful world. On the family-friendly Na'vi River Journey guests will sail down a sacred river hidden within a glowing rainforest. The expedition will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na'vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora.
Guests will also be able to dine at Satu'li Canteen, grab a drink at Pongu Pongu or shop for Na'vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more at Windtraders.
The expansion completes the transformation of Disney's Animal Kingdom from a day into nighttime theme park with captivating offerings and extended entertainment.
Pandora – The World of Avatar is a creative collaboration by Walt Disney Imagineering, Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment to bring to life the mythical world of Pandora.
Once again the America Gardens Theatre will come alive with some of the best music from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s as the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presents the "Garden Rocks" concert series. And, for the first time this year performances are scheduled not just Friday through Sunday, but every Monday, too!
- March 3-4 – Jon Secada – "Just Another Day"
- March 5-6 – Dennis DeYoung – The Music of STYX – "Grand Illusion"
- March 10-13 – Pointer Sisters – "“I'm So Excited"
- March 17-18 – Simple Plan – "Welcome to My Life" – NEW
- March 19-20 – Plain White T’s – "Hey There Delilah"
- March 24-27 – Night Ranger – "Sister Christian"
- March 31-April 3 – Little River Band – "Reminiscing"
- April 7-10 – Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice – "Spinning Wheel"
- April 14-17 – Gin Blossoms – "Hey Jealousy"
- April 21-24 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO – "Evil Woman"
- April 28-29 – Exposé – "Point of No Return" – NEW
- April 30-May 1 – Berlin featuring Terri Nunn – "Take My Breath Away" – NEW
- May 5-8 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas – "We Built This City"
- May 12-15 – The Guess Who – "American Woman"
- May 19-22 – Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone – "I'm Henry VIII, I Am"
- May 26-29 – The Spinners – “Working My Way Back To You”
The opening date for the newly re-themed Space Mountain attraction at Disneyland Paris is set for the 6th May 2017.
Star Wars will take over a legendary space attraction that offers a unique experience. Space Mountain will transform into Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. On this new adventure, guests will be able to join, in a brand new ambiance, the famous Rebel Alliance and enjoy an epic and sensational ride with total immersion in the Star Wars universe.
A brand-new mission into space. Guests will be briefed by the famous Admiral Ackbar. "The Rebel Alliance needs your help monitoring a threat above the planet Jakku…". With the Rebellion, blast off aboard a spaceship that crosses the galaxy at intense speed and enjoy the thrill of evading TIE fighters and an intimidating Star Destroyer.
Epic music from the Star Wars saga will provide the soundtrack to this new galactic adventure. The experience will also have amazing visuals with breath-taking special effects.
The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort is coming to Disney Springs. This basketball-themed experience will replace DisneyQuest in the West Side area.
The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort will be a one-of-a-kind basketball-themed experience featuring hands-on activities that put guests of all ages right in the middle of NBA game action. There will be immersive NBA video productions and numerous interactive experiences, as well as a restaurant and a retail store.
DisneyQuest will close on the 3rd July 2017 with no set opening date for the new attraction.
Disney has released a new Adult Colouring Book app called 'Colour by Disney', this is the only adult colouring app to bring the magic of Disney to life with a simple tap of colour.
Enjoy a relaxing colouring experience with your favourite Disney & Pixar characters from Frozen, The Lion King, Monsters Inc, Snow White and more. With your subscription, you can select from an ever growing library of classic & modern Disney images to unwind, colour, create and relax
Share options are available so you can share your masterpieces on social media.
The App is free to download and has in app purchases, for example of pricing the Princess Vol 1 pack is £2.29 and the Art of Colouring Super Pack is £8.99
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