Calling all extreme Disney fans! This year we will be celebrating all things Disney at the 2019 D23 expo - the ultimate fan event that honors the historic and future progressions that Disney has made over the years. If you’re new to the D23 scene, you’ll want to take note of some of the most anticipated events we have lined up for the expo.
If you were around for the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration at Disneyland you’re sure to remember the fantastic and emotionally charged nighttime spectacle above Sleeping Beauty castle, Disneyland Forever! It’s the type of show that will make you cry in the most beautiful ways, and last night didn’t disappoint - or have less of an effect on me; I still cried my eyes out and proud to admit it.
This show quickly became a fan favorite and while it only had a limited run, it’s become a cherished memory to all who witnessed it. Lately it seems that the folks over at Disneyland have been taking a nostalgic approach to the past. Just last week the original version of “Soarin’ Over California” returned for a limited time, only being available to guests during the month of June. Now we’re being treated to this nighttime blast from the past! Keep spoiling us Disneyland, we’re totally ok with it.
With the popularity of this show, there are multiple viewing areas for throughout the park, including Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle, Rivers of America and near “it’s a small world.” Each spot lends a different feel to the show, and if you’re around long enough, should be experienced from each location. As a warning, bring tissues. The story ‘Disneyland Forever’ tells is breathtakingly beautiful and celebrates the unimaginable imagination of Walt Disney.
The show shouldn’t be missed and if you ever had doubts that magic exists in the world, plan a visit to Disneyland and watch this with your own eyes. You won’t be disappointed. There’s no official estimated end date for this run, with Disney offering no timeline.
New Funko Pop! alert for Disneyland
With this is the summer being the 50th celebration of the classic attraction at Disneyland, and the new Pirates of the Caribbean film, Funko has once again teamed up with Disney for an exclusive collectible under their POP! vinyl line.
The Jolly Roger (#258) was released on May 5th in select locations at Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the Shop Disney Parks app - but quickly sold out within hours. It's now slowly making its way back onto shelves so if you're headed to the parks and looking to add this little guy to your collection.. now's the time. No word yet on when/if he'll be available again for purchase online.
On the back of the box you'll find this description;
["Set sail on a swashbuckling voyage to a long-forgotten time and place when pirates wrought havoc on the high seas.
On your treacherous voyage through the 17th century, you'll come face-to-face with the rowdy rogues who ruled many a seaport town under the watchful eye of "Jolly Roger"]
The figurine retails for $19.99 but for collectors like myself.. it's a priceless addition.
Three words, that's all it took;
"I am groot."
It was that single line (repeated over and over) from the first Guardians of the Galaxy film that captured the attention of audiences everywhere and became an iconic catchphrase overnight. The world fell in love with Groot as an aduly, but when baby Groot appeared.. he stole everyones hearts and solidified his mark as the breakaway character.
Luckily for all of us, the folks over at the Disney Parks took notice (thanks guys & gals) and there's a whole lot of Groot coming your way this summer at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World.
Let's start off with California, and their "Summer of Heroes" campaign which kicks off May 27th.
The big deal with this is the reimagining of the "Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" attraction into Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. The basics are this; The Tower of Terror is no more, its gone - along with all of it's theming. In it's place you'll find a fortress claimed by Taneleer Tivan, or as we remember him.. The Collector. His towering citadel holds the largest assemblage of fauna, relics and species from across the cosmos - and from the looks of this artwork released by Disney.. The Guardians have been procured as well.
Now the attraction won't officially open until May 27th, so there's still loads of info about this attraction that's being floated around. Obviously it will use some of the same effects as Tower of Terror did, especially the coordinated drops in the elevator shaft - and some early reports are saying there's spectacularly crafted animatronic you'll encounter. Is this true? We'll have to wait a few more days. What we could begin to guess is that with the addition of this attraction, we'll start to see more Marvel characters making a presence beyond the meet & greets.
Speaking of meet & greets, that brings us to the next part of this article. Once the Summer of Heroes begins at Disney California Adventure, guests will be able to encounter Star-Lord and Gamora during the Awesome Dance Off and for the first time ever, attempt to selfie with adult Groot. That lovable hunk of treebark will make his debut in all his grandeur and honestly.. it's probably going to be one of the coolest things you'll ever see, and characters you'll ever meet.
Moving over to the east coast, Walt Disney World has also gotten in on the action by showing some love to the franchise. At Hollywood Studios there's a meet & greet already in place located inside One Man's Dream. It's there you'll find Baby Groot (from vol. 2) hanging out and interacting with Star-Lord. You read that right. Both characters have set up shop and appear together daily.
Now you can't have this amazing experience without walking away without a sweet souvenir, can you? Nope. Once again, the Disney Parks outdid themselves by offering this Baby Groot sipper cup. It has a removable lid, his arms move up and down when you walk, and it's pretty darn spectacular. This mug is currently only available at popcorn carts inside Hollywood Studios, and it's become a new "must have" item.
So if you're looking to amplify your fix on all things Guardians this summer, and have a love affair with Groot.. head on over to the Disney Parks on either coast. Sure the Disneyland Resort may have a new attraction and an epic Meet & Greet lineup (Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Widow - just to name a few) but Walt Disney World has baby Groot - and for now, that's an absolute dream come true for most of us out there.
We've all seen those random names on Coca-Cola bottles in beverage coolers across the country, and within the last few weeks, both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort have stepped into the customized name game.
Guests can now find one of three exclusive #ShareaCoke expressions written across 20oz bottles of Classic Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero;
- Share a Coke on Main Street
- Share a Diet Coke at the Castle
- Share a Coke Zero on Space Mountain
Each expression is assigned to it's designated bottle, so you won't find "Main Street" on a Diet Coke bottle - or any other combinations. It's one of those what you see is what you get scenarios.
For right now it appears that these select 3 expressions are the only ones currently available. If there's more to come later on the year, I'll be sure to keep you updated .