Star Tours 3D Official Commercial

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Enjoy the official commercial for the new Star Tours attraction in Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.

A Pirate’s Ship, a Mousekedances Album and Walt’s Signature

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Are you a Disney collector looking for something special that can’t be found in the Disney stores and Theme Parks. How about visiting auctions? You can always find something special there. In about 3 days Julien’s Live will action of some amazing stuff in their “Hollywood Legends Auction”. Some of this stuff is truly awesome. From the TV hit “Heroes” to the fantastic movie Serenity, from Star Wars to Marlene Dietrich and a lot more. There are 602 different lots starting from $50 to well over $10000.

For the Disney fanatics and specialist collectors there are three lots to look out for. All three of them pretty amazing. The three lots are…

An architectural drawing for the Disneyland Inc. Fantasyland Pirate Ship. Drawing is dated “5-7-55,” showing the side and end elevations of the ship, marked “Sheet No. A3.” Designed by WED Enterprises. Designed to resemble Captain Hook’s pirate ship, it served as a restaurant at Disneyland from 1955 to 1982. (lot 357)

This lot is estimated $500 to $700.

The second item is…

A 10″ 78 rpm copy of “Mousekedances” signed on record label by Walt Disney and on the reverse label by members of The Mickey Mouse Club including: Annette, Doreen, Karen, Tommy, Cheryl, Roy, Cubby, Jimmie Dodd and Bobby. (lot 358)

An amazing item signed by 9 people. This is an absolute rare find and is estimated to bring $800 to $1000.

And item number three…

An original vintage photograph inscribed and signed by Walt Disney. (lot 359)

A gem for sure and something many Walt Disney fans would love to own. Estimated at $600 to $800, but I see this item selling for more beating the higher end estimate. Beautiful Disney collectible. For those that want to place a bit; happy bidding and good luck and if you win it let us know…

Picture copyrights Julien’s Auctions. Click picture to see full size on their page

54 Different Experiences for Star Tours II

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Not only will Star Tours become a new and improved version, you will have to ride it at least 54 times to be able to see every variation possible. The new version was already going to make sure many guest would come and ride the attraction, but with a possible 54 different and randomized experiences the former “walk on” attraction will be turned into a revised attraction with very long queues. No worries though because not only the attraction is great but the pre-show is also filled with scenes never shown before, taped especially for the attraction.

Anthony Daniels, the man who is C-3PO, gave a great interview on his involvement on the attraction. He was very happy when they asked him to not only return as C-3PO but play a main role in Star Tours II.

“Threepio is the pilot, and it’s huge for me,” (full interview here)


Star Tours II: the Planets

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Coruscant and Tatooine where already revealed as planets guest will visit during the new Star Tours experience, but according to a 8 pin set that will be released for the new attraction there might be some more locations on the trip. From the Episode II movie guest might get to visit Geonosis where Boba Fett could be chasing you in his Slave I vehicle. Darth Vader will be on the look out for you on his Death Star. Chewbacca was already rumored to be part of the new movie, so it’s no surprise his home planet Kashyyk is on the list. You’ll be encountering some beast on the planet Hoth too. Another location might be Bespin, the cloud city from Episode V. Last but not lease could be Queen Amidala’s home planet Naboo.

These are not confirmed at the time, but because they appear on the pin set could be a good indication that they will be in the movie.

Star Tours II opening Dates (Update)

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Looks like Disney has the opening dates set for Star Tours II in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Disneyland will open first on May 9th 10th 2011, while Walt Disney World has its date set for a week later on May 16th 17th. This dates are tentative and changes could still occur so be aware of this if you plan your next trip and you would want to ride the updated attraction.

Update: Above dates have been confirmed by Disney

New Star Tours II Art

Monday, June 14th, 2010

A new picture from the announced Star Tours II attraction has been released by Disney. You see the skyline of Coruscant with a Starspeeder flying over it. It is said the new voyage will take you to many well known Star Wars locations. The new attraction will debut in 2011 in Disneyland Park in Anaheim and in the Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

Picture Copyrights Disney

Planning the Next Disney Trip

Friday, June 11th, 2010

You can never start planning a Walt Disney World trip early enough. Not because it’s that difficult, but it’s just so much fun planning and thinking about the next trip.

With a planned trip in August 2011 we still have about 14 months to go, but as a Disney Vacation Club member the 11 month window for booking will be there soon enough.

So the first thing to plan, after dates have been picked, is the location. With our main Disney Vacation Club points being for Disney’s Old Key West it’s no surprise we will be there for the majority of our time. We can squeeze 9 days into it. That leaves me with some points from my Animal Kingdom Villas points. Although we did love the Animal Kingdom Villas, we might be using the points elsewhere.


Will the Tower of Terror get a Smoke Monster?

Monday, June 7th, 2010

According to the latest rumors Disney is testing a new drop sequence for the Tower of Terror in the Disney Hollywood Studios. The new drop could replace the 4 random drops that are taking place at the moment. Cast Member previews could happen today, while some guest might already have had the opportunity to be a test dummy during some early tests. Even so, those tests did not got all new effects turned on. One of the effect that could find its way into the elevator shafts might be some sort of green smoke. The smoke might get blown into the elevators and when the doors open on top of the building some of this might escape. This would give the the tower a new and scarier look when walking up to it.

Remember, these are rumors and have not been verified at all yet. However, if you are at Walt Disney World this week make sure to check it out and let us know about it.

Via Screamscape

Flights to Endor Canceled

Friday, May 7th, 2010

If you want to visit Endor you will have to hurry as Disney is going to cancel the tour. Could it be the dangerous pilot that made Disney take the decision? Of course not! A new adventure is planned, but for some reason I think the pilot will be promoted and might be back too. We will have to wait and see.

Those brave travelers that want to go to Endor for the last time can do so during a special event on Saturday August 14th. The party starts at 8pm and will go on until 1am. There will be themed party zones, Star Wars shows, a Death Star Disco and a special Fireworks extravanganza display.

This, including your last trip to Endor, sounds like a lot of fun. Tickets can be pre-booked and will cost you $75 (plus tax) per person. Hurry up, don’t miss the flight!

Minnie Style

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Just a fun picture of some girls in their element when visiting Walt Disney World. According to the Disney’s Human Element blog photographer only the Japanese have this sense for style and can pull it off. I just think it’s a great picture.

For more Disney’s Human element pictures check out the great blog where you’ll find pictures of the people in and around the Disney Theme Parks.

Picture copyrights Scott Smith – Disney’s Human Element

Disney Annual Pass for all US parks

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Disney has announced what so many US Disney fans have asked for many years, an annual pass for all US Disney parks.

The Premium pass will cost $700 and will give guess the opportunity to visit all 4 Disney theme parks in Orlando, the two water parks and both Disney parks in Anaheim.

If you own annual passes for both parks you will automatically get the new premium pass.

Next step; an annual pass for all Disney theme parks globally. Too much? I know I would get one…

Via Orlando Sentinel

Summer Nightastic With Main Street Electrical Parade

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Disney released some exiting news for all Main Street Electrical Parade fan that ill be in Walt Disney World during the summer period. The long time fan favorite will once again light up the summer nights in the Magic Kingdom.

The parade will be part of this summer special celebration they’ll call Summer Nightastic! The parade will also feature the new floats used in Disneyland; the new Pinocchio and the new Tinker Bell float.

Read on for Disney’s Press release: (more…)

A Disney Fun Boom De Ya Da

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Created by BanksLeeProductions comes this fun video from Walt Disney World: Boom De Ya Da 2 – Walt Disney World 2010

You can see more of their videos on youtube.

Star Wars Weekends 2010

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The dates for the 2010 Star Wars weekends at the Hollywood Studios have been release. Get ready for your jedi training on the following weekends.

May 21 – 23
May 28 – 30
June 4 – 6
June 11 – 13

In 2009 following guest appeared; Ray Park, Warwick Davis, James Arnold Taylor, Peter Mayhew, Matthew Wood, Jeremy Bulloch, David Prowse, Matt Lanter, Dave Filoni and Temuera Morrison. Guests for this year are not listed yet but one can expect to see some or even most of the above list return.

Gallery 2 – Hollywood (1923-1928)

Friday, July 24th, 2009

oswaldReady for another treat coming straight from the Walt Disney Family Museum? Well here it is. The second gallery will again host some amazing Walt Disney treasures, including the telegram send by Roy to Walt which read “Don’t worry everything OK will give details when arrive”.

There is also picture of the marriage license and certificate of Walt and Lillian and a great drawing of Oswald from 1927. Feast your eyes on these gems in this second preview…