Disney World unwraps more 2017 holiday details

The holiday season at Walt Disney World will feature new entertainment options at Epcot and new decor and projections at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and other changes.

Among them:

• At Epcot, there’s a new name: The Epcot International Festival of Holidays, replacing the old Holidays Around the World designation, which didn’t quite line up with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival nomenclature.

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For live entertainment, look for Mostly Kosher, a group that will perform Hanukkah classics in the America Pavilion. Returning with be Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season and the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs.

Epcot will feature 15 Holiday Kitchens.

The festival runs from Nov. 19 through Dec. 30, including the traditional Candlelight Processional, which begins its three-show nights on Nov. 24. The events are included in regular Epcot admission.

• Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present “Sunset Seasons Greetings,” a projection show that will turn use surfaces along Sunset Boulevard — billboards, Hollywood Tower Hotel and — to display holiday imagery.

The park is upping its decor game around Echo Lake, where the big dinosaur is getting a Santa hat.

And the “Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam” projection show will return for a second year.

Hollywood Studios’ holiday festivities, which are included in park admission, kick in Nov. 9.

• At Magic Kingdom, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party begins Nov. 9. The extra-ticket event will include a “Frozen”-themed lighting of Cinderella Castle, the “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” show, “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” and the “Holiday Wishes” fireworks presentation.

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One of Disney’s Most Famous Rides Was Badly Damaged by Hurricane Irma

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has finally re-opened its doors to visitors following the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma. Guests visiting the park, however, will still not be able to access a few of its most treasured rides.

As the Orlando Sentinel reported, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are all open and running on a normal schedule. But Disney’s water park Typhoon Lagoon and the Fort Wilderness Campground remain closed. Blizzard Beach just re-opened to the public on Thursday.

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Though Irma could have spelled doom for the beloved park, cast members and crew worked tirelessly before the storm to ensure it was as protected as possible from the elements.

According to HelloGiggles, as soon as the storm clouds cleared, cast members got to work cleaning up leaves and fallen trees to ensure Disney looked as pristine as ever.

Sadly, according to cast members sharing details on social media, the World Famous Jungle Cruise will remain closed for the rest of the week. Cast member reported that the maintenance dock backstage was badly damaged in the storm and boats can no longer get to the track, meaning it will need extensive repairs.

 

Additionally, HelloGiggles reported, the Walt Disney World railroad is closed due to debris on the track, along with Tom Sawyer’s Island.

Over in the Animal Kingdom, several attractions remain offline including Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali River Rapids, Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, and Rafiki’s Planet Watch, but this appears to be due to cleanup efforts and not actual damage to the rides. And don’t worry — all the animals who live in the park were safely housed during the storm.

Thankfully, the park’s biggest attractions including Space Mountain and Tower of Terror remain unaffected, as they are both housed indoors. For more updates, travelers should regularly check Disney’s own blog.

While the Walt Disney World resorts escaped major damage from Hurricane Irma, cleanup efforts on some attractions are taking a little longer than expected to get up and running.

Both the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas resorts remain closed. So does Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

That means two popular attractions held at Fort Wilderness – the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ – have been cancelled up to and including Sept. 19. The park is offering refunds to all guests who had planned to attend the dinner theater shows.

Originally, Disney expected to reopen Treehouse Villas on the 14th. Updated estimates from the company now tentatively schedule that for Sept. 17. Fort Wilderness will remain closed until next week as the company continues cleanup operations.

Among park rides, the official Disney World app lists a few attractions as “temporarily closed”. These include the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom and Gorilla Falls Exploration Trial and Kali Rover Rapids in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Three other attractions – the Jungle Cruise, Splash Mountain and the Hall of Presidents – were already closed for refurbishments. (Disney officials did not immediately reply when asked if the storm caused any ride closures.)

The good news is Walt Disney World, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are all operating under normal hours and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, which was closed after Irma, has once again reopened.

Outside of the Orlando area, Disney’s Vero Beach and Hilton Head Island resorts will remain closed for an undefined period.

The magic is back: Disney reopens in Orlando post-Irma

ORLANDO — There was magic in the air again Tuesday in storm-squeezed central Florida.

Walt Disney World, the mega-entertainment complex and cherished theme park billed as “the most magical place on Earth,” reopened its doors in Lake Buena Vista —  two days after Hurricane Irma began its historic assault on the state.

The Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center were running their normal business hours. Also up and running: Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs.

The complex’s water parks remained shut, but Disney said it hoped to reopen later this week.

On Tuesday, Disney lovers were eager to ride the dizzying Tea Cups, travel under the sea with The Little Mermaid and brave Thunder Mountain. At Space Mountain, one of the park’s most popular rides, guests only waited 10 minutes. Usually, the wait is around an hour.

Paola Pedroso, 28, traveled from Brazil to visit Disney with her bridal party. They flew into Miami on Sunday and stayed at a hotel near Universal Studios during the worst of the storm.

“But it wasn’t scary. We thought it would be,” said Pedroso, a white Mickey Mouse house hat and veil atop her head. “Our family and friends (back home)  were scared more than us because everybody was talking about it. I thought it was going to be a huge thing, but it wasn’t.”

Even cooped up in a hotel before hitting the Magic Kingdom — where they took time to stop for foot-long hot dogs and gooey cheese dip — they still managed to have a good time.

“We had a lot of fun in the hotel,”  Pedroso said. “The hurricane didn’t stop us.”

Pedroso was among tourists from foreign countries and the U.S. who flocked to the park in a bid for a return to normalcy after the shifting and ferocious Irma caused havoc in the central corridor of the state with potent winds and torrential rain.

Irma made its first landfall in the lower Florida Keys early Sunday morning as a Category 4 hurricane before striking land a second time at Marco Island in the west later in the day. The storm then shifted east, passing west of Orlando early Monday as a Category 1, with winds of 85 mph.

Disney never lost power but was slammed with winds and rain that caused trees to topple and water to seep into some buildings. Disney resort hotels remained open during Irma, but the parks were closed Sunday and Monday.

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But strolling down Main Street to Cinderella’s Castle on Tuesday, you’d never know a villainous hurricane had just ripped through the state. There’s no debris on the pristine roads, no flooding near the ferry boat docks and not even a chip in Cinderella’s glass slipper or the Beast’s beloved encased rose — housed inside Disney’s crystal figure shop.

Almost all of the rides and attractions were open when the theme park began greeting guests, with the exception of the railroad. Workers were still busy clearing debris from the storm off the tracks. The railroad was expected to  reopen Wednesday.

The park’s restaurant lines filled out quickly as visitors craved something besides the peanut butter sandwiches, protein bars and water they’d been living on during the storm.

Andrea Brian, who lives in Winter Garden about a half hour from Disney, said her daughters were “restless and ready to get out of the house” after hunkering down for Irma.

Since her family has annual passes to Magic Kingdom, she figured it was the perfect time to come.

“We were cooped up in the house for days, and I knew the lines wouldn’t be too long,” she said, taking a break underneath Rapunzel’s castle with her daughters Addison, 6, and Mary Kate, 4.

Faced with Irma and a spooky ride on Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion — her favorite — Addison wasn’t fazed.

“I slept through the whole thing without a peep,” she said of Irma. She managed to stay awake on the Haunted Mansion ride.

But Brian called it “the most horrifying thing I’ve ever been through,” although she’s thankful she never lost power and her house had no damage.

“I’m from Tennessee originally, and there I’ve never experienced wind like that before,” she said.

Glenn reports for Florida Today. Contributing: Susan Miller, Mike Snider USA TODAY

This Is the Most Expensive Mistake You Can Make at Disney

There are a million ways to do Disney. But whether you experience the most magical place on Earth the right way or the wrong way depends on how prepared you are for your trip. Without proper planning, you could make costly mistakes, turning an already pricey vacation downright unaffordable.

Of course, Mickey hats and other Disney paraphernalia will be vastly inflated on site and not worth the expense. But other lesser known mistakes are made all the time — some without knowledge you’re even committing one. Here are 10 of the costliest Disney mistakes, ranked from minor to catastrophic.

10. Assuming your child is privy to child prices

  • Price of your mistake: $6 per day per child, plus food

Although Disney brings out the kid in all of us, guidelines for whom it considers a true child are relatively strict. Those who are 10 and over must pay adult level admission prices, as well as adult menu food prices — even if your 12-year-old only craves Mickey waffles and orange juice.

The adult breakfast at the Be Our Guest Restaurant, for example, is a full $8 dollars more expensive than the kid breakfast option. Ticket prices for adult verses child admission also vary by $6 per day, which could get pricey depending on the day of the week and the number of days you plan on staying.

Next: Food mistakes that’ll add up quickly

9. Food options in the park

  • Price of your mistake: About $15 per person

Not researching your food options before entering Disney could be costly for you and your family. Walt Disney World has a variety of in-park food options that range in price from $14.99 per adult to over $60 per adult. Snacks are obviously cheaper, but it’s not uncommon to pay $5 for ice cream Mickey ears, a prerequisite vacation buy.

People with food allergies, dietary preferences, or just a hankering for savings can bring their own food into the park. Katie, the blogger behind Kitchen Stewardship, spent a whole day at the theme park and succeeded in bringing her own food.

Many guests think leaving the park for cheaper food options is smart, but they’re just wasting time and money. The most efficient savings strategy is to eat a free resort hotel breakfast first, then pack a bag of snacks for the trip.

Next: Forgetting to alert the staff of this one thing could cost you.

8. Keeping your birthday a secret

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Disney knows how to celebrate. | David Roark/Disneyland Resort/Getty Images

  • Price of your mistake: $15 to $20 worth of freebies

Celebrating another trip around the sun is definitely not something you want to keep secret at Disney World. In fact, you’d be breaking a cardinal Disney mistake by not alerting the staff of your birthday — or any other monumental celebration occurring during your stay.

Any guest armed with a celebration button will get special treatment throughout the resort. As explained in Theme Park Tourist, this button acts as a big flag for staff who are prepared to offer you anything from free desserts and Starbucks coffees to sandwiches and impromptu birthday serenades.

Next: Ticket strategies are important for your budget.

7. Going with the wrong ticket strategy

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Make sure you take advantage of your time there. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

  • Price of your mistake: $75 for a six-day visit per person

The length of your stay is what really influences your spending habits at the park, and trying to decipher among varying ticket options can get hairy. It’s best to keep it simple. The longer you stay, the cheaper it gets. And the older your kids are, the more valuable a Park Hopper becomes.

The Disney Tourist Blog recommends first-timers stay for six to eight days to get the most out of their vacation. If you plan on going multiple days, bundle your day passes for super savings. For example, individual day passeswill run $99, but a six-day pass is only $65 per day.

In addition, upgrading to a six-day Park Hopper ticket is only $75 more. But buying this would be a waste of money — almost an entire Disney dinner meal — if your crowd is too young to withstand multiple parks back to back. Most people don’t recoup their value because there’s only so much time in a day.

Next: Some things are better left unplanned.

6. Adding on all the bells and whistles beforehand

Paying as you go will save you from paying for things you don’t need. | Mark Ashman/Disney via Getty Images

  • Price of your mistake: $90 in additional fees

If you’re prone to upgrades and sweet-sounding deals, one of the biggest — and most expensive — mistakes you can make at Disney would be going for broke when it comes to park access. Part of Disney’s magic is the art of the upsell, meaning guests have the option to purchase ticket add-ons, such as Park Hopper and Park Hopper plus. This gives you access to the main parks, the water parks, golf courses, and ESPN’s Wide World of Sports.

But it doesn’t make sense to pay for options you won’t use ahead of time. Seven days’ worth of Disney World theme park access and seven Water Parks Fun & More admissions might seem doable during planning, but actually trying to visit these in real time will feel like running an Iron Man race. Add-ons aren’t worth it if you only plan on making one visit to the other parks. And because they’re cheaper than the main park, it makes sense to purchase admission separately throughout your vacation to ensure you only pay for what you use.

Next: Perks sometimes outweigh price.

5. Forgetting available resort perks

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Disneyland Hotel at The Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Paris | Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

  • Price of your mistake: $90 at minimum

Guest who choose to stay off the Disney resort will save a bit of money, but they’ll miss out on convenient travel perks only offered to resort guests. It worth considering value when choosing accommodations, as resorts offer free entertainment, transportation, and food to hotel guests. Not only will you pass over contagious Disney magic outside the theme park, you’ll pay $20 per day to park, $50 and $70 per day in rental car fees, and likely waste money on expensive breakfasts each morning.

Planning to just sleep at your resort would be careless, as well. Many of the resorts offer free entertainment options that are instrumental in saving money on your vacation. The resort lobbies are one of the best places for character photo opportunities,and many will offer free tours to guests looking to take it all in.

Next: How much time are you wasting in line?

4. Forgoing line strategies

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  • Price of your mistake: All the time in the world

The biggest gripe about Disney is the “hurry up and wait” phenomenon that no park hopper or ingenious map route can seem to squander. Without proper preparation, you’ll spend the majority of your day waiting for a ride while withering away in the hot sun. But Disney didn’t achieve unprecedented success without a few tricks up its sleeve. Guests will commit a detrimental Disney mistake by ignoring simple wait-time hacks, such as Ride Switch, FastPass, and Single Rider policies.

FastPass allows riders to choose three attractions per day to jump the line into the “FastPass” lane. Some rides have an entirely separate lane for single riders who don’t mind strapping into a coaster alone. And Ride Switch is a timely solution for parents who must switch off with another parent to wait in line with a child who can’t ride. And if you’re not using Disneyland phone apps to scout the shortest lines in the park, then you’re doing Disney all wrong.

Next: Why it’s an expensive mistake to spend all your days at Disney

3. Spending the entire vacation at Disney

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  • Price of your mistake: $107 per day

There’s no need to splurge on five days’ worth of passes if you know you can hit everything the Magic Kingdom and Epcot have to offer in three. An adult one-day ticket is $107, all of which will go to waste if you’re stuck catching Z’s at the hotel room. It’s best to spread your Disney trip across all attractions to save money. As mentioned earlier, Water Park tickets are $45 cheaper than a theme park pass and could prove to be more relaxing than navigating a crowd at Hollywood Studios.

Disney Tourist Blog suggests that you buy one day fewer worth of tickets to enjoy other amenities available to you for less money. Visitors on the WDWinfo blog advise vacationers to take a breather with an off day. For example, take a leisurely ride on the Monorail to check out nearby Disney resorts, or wander around the Disney campgrounds.

Next: Suppress your desire to splurge.

2. Splurging on overpriced experiences

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Kids can meet their favorite characters around the park, too. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

  • Price of your mistake: $333.64 for tea with a princess, for example

Amid all the magic and music, it can be tempting to indulge in a few lavish Disney-related activities. And though they might make for an unforgettable trip, they’ll definitely be costly.

Disney Fanatic breaks down a few of Disney’s most extravagant activities, including princess teas, backstage private tours, and dolphin encounters. But if your children want to have tea with a princess, expect to pay over $300 for the royal treatment.

Next: Should you really bring the kids?

1. Bringing kids who are too young to appreciate such an expensive vacation

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These memories can last a lifetime if they’re old enough. | Todd Anderson/Disney Parks via Getty Images

  • Price of your mistake: About $370 for a six-day child’s ticket

We hate to say it, but towing young children to Disney World or Disneyland might be your most costly Disney mistake ever. Florida weather is brutal in the summer, and trudging through all 27,000 acres of the park in search for Minnie Mouse is exhausting for little legs. In fact, some would say Disney is no place for children — at least those who wouldn’t appreciate it.

What’s abundantly clear is a Disney vacation is expensive. And a toddler who cries through a character dining meal or spends afternoons and evenings napping (the prime show times) is wasting their price of admission. It’s best to wait until your child is a bit older to enjoy all the sights.

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Lyft and Disney launch ‘Minnie Van’ on-demand ride service at Walt Disney World

Lyft has a big name new partner – Disney Parks, which will introduce on-demand transportation within select resorts as an added hospitality feature for guests. The service will employ Minnie Vans, vans painted in Minnie Mouse trademark dress in committed service to a wonderful dad joke.

The vans will take guests to any destination within Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, and can each take as many as six guests. Each van is also equipped with two child seats for younger family members. The pilot is kicking off with service at Disney’s Boardwalk and Yacht & Beach Club resorts, and the vans themselves will be drive by cast members in full costume (likely without vision occluding full face masks).

Guests of the resort can call the service using the existing Lyft rider app, and the option should appear in the designated service area.

This is another interesting business model evolution from Lyft, which also recently debuted a tie-up with Taco Bell that introduces in-car native marketing, letting passengers add a Taco Bell pitstop to their ongoing trip mid-route. The resort integration highlights Lyft co-founder John Zimmer’s background in the hospitality industry, which Lyft notes in its announcement of the news.

Serving private-run tourist destinations like Disney World is an interesting avenue for Lyft, and should help it position itself as a potential partner as shuttles like these become more autonomous, something that could happen quicker than self-driving on roads, given the more controlled conditions, strict routes and absence of other unpredictable motor vehicles.

Uber’s continued need to focus on core organizational challenges remains an opportunity for Lyft, and unique partner arrangements like this one prove it’s making good use of the time.

Source:https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/31/lyft-launches-minnie-van-on-demand-ride-service-at-walt-disney-world/?ncid=rss&utm_source=tctwreshare&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29&sr_share=twitter

ALL OF THE THINGS WE LEARNED AT THE DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS PANEL AT D23 EXPO

The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts panel at D23 Expo was truly magical, especially because we got so much incredible news from it! We can’t wait to share this with you all, so let’s dive in. Here’s what we learned:

  1. THE NAME OF THE NEW DISNEY PARKS STAR WARS-INSPIRED LANDS.

    Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts in 2019, they’ll be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Not only that….

  2. THERE WILL BE A NEW EXPERIENTIAL STAR WARS-THEMED RESORT!

    This completely immersive resort experience will be at Walt Disney World Resort, and is sounds like every Star Wars fan’s dream!

  3. Toy Story Land will open in the summer of 2018.

    Toy Story Land  will include two new attractions called Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirl Saucers! You can read the details on these fun new attractions here.

  4. TRON-THEMED ATTRACTION WILL BE COMING TO WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT.

    Since TRON: Lightcycle Power Run is such a big hit at Shanghai Disneyland, we can only imagine how amazing this ride will be. Read more about it here!

  5. AN ATTRACTION CALLED MICKEY AND MINNIE’S RUNAWAY RAILWAY IS COMING TO DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT.

    This will be Disney Parks’ first-ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction! Oh, boy! Read more about this attraction here!

  6. YOU’LL BE ABLE TO DINE IN SPACE AT EPCOT.

    This will be a table-service restaurant near Mission: SPACE. Read about it here!

  7. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AND RATATOUILLE EXPERIENCES ARE COMING TO EPCOT.

    The Guardians of the Galaxy experience will be added to Future World and Ratatouille: The Adventure 4-D experience will join the France Pavilion. Read all of the details here!

  8. DISNEY’S HOTEL NEW YORK – THE ART OF MARVEL WILL BE COMING TO DISNEYLAND PARIS!

    Click here to read all about the new Marvel-themed reimagination of Disney’s Hotel New York at Disneyland Paris.

  9. THE DISNEY SKYLINER AND NEW MINNIE MOUSE-THEMED VEHICLES WILL PROVIDE A NEW MODE OF TRANSPORTATION AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT.

    See Walt Disney World Resort from above on the new Disney Skyliner! Read about it here.

  10. NEW DISNEY•PIXAR EXPERIENCES ARE COMING TO DISNEYLAND RESORT!

    Pixar Pier will be taking over Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure, and “Pixar Fest” will be coming to Disneyland Resort for a limited time.

  11. THERE IS A NEW IMMERSIVE SUPERHERO UNIVERSE IN THE WORKS AT DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE.

    There are not a lot of details yet, but Spider-Man and the Avengers will be coming to the new immersive superhero universe!

That was a lot to take in, and we are super excited about all of it! There’s so much to look forward to.

Man arrested after selling fraudulent Disney World tickets to family, deputies say

A man was arrested Tuesday on accusations he sold more than a dozen fraudulent Walt Disney World tickets to a family of tourists, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Branden Bullerin, 19, posted the tickets for sale on Craigslist, deputies said.

A woman from Tampa who was going to the theme park with her family reached out to him on June 18, wanting to buy 13 tickets, an arrest affidavit said.

She met with Bullerin at his grandparent’s home in Deltona, where she bought the tickets for a total of $1,000.

When the woman and her family went to the park, Disney employees told her the tickets were expired.

The woman called authorities.

Bullerin is facing charges of grand theft and possession of a fraudulent admission ticket.

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Walt Disney World Fourth of July Celebrations

Fourth of July and fireworks. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? Walt Disney World is ready to celebrate the good old red, white, and blue in fantastic fashion. So, if you are wanting to salute all nations, but mostly America, they have some great ways to do it!

Magic Kingdom
Celebrate with Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky which commemorates the Fourth with brilliant fireworks that are all choreographed to patriotic music. The best part about this fireworks spectacular is that they are shown on two nights – July 3 and July 4 at 9:00 p.m. So you have two chances to catch this unique and special show.
You also don’t want to miss The Muppets Present…Great Moments in History. During the show, Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie Bear and friends reenact famous moments in American history all in a fun manner. This is a live show that is performed daily in Liberty Square.
Another must see during the holiday is the Flag Retreat which takes place at 5:00 p.m. each day in Town Square on Main Street U.S.A.
The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will be shown twice on both July 3 and 4 – once at 12:00 p.m. and once at 3:30 p.m.

Epcot
At Epcot, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth will add a patriotic twist to the show, with a special finale tag that celebrates America. Illuminations takes place at 9:00 p.m.
Guests will absolutely not want to miss performances by the talented Voices of Liberty. This is an a cappella group who perform traditional Americana tunes during a 4th of July Concert at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. During the day, catch American Music Machine on the America Gardens Theater stage, as they perform pop hits, at 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 3:50 p.m.
Guests who love to meet characters can meet Disney favorites all dressed up to celebrate America’s birthday throughout the day at the American Adventure Pavilion.
Finally, Guests do not want to miss the American Adventure show which is a journey through important moments in America’s history narrated by Audio-Animatronic figures of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain. Prior to the show, make sure to stop in the American Heritage Gallery for “The Kinsey Collection.” This exhibit showcases 400 years of African-American achievement through rare art, documents, books and artifacts.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
What’s more American than Star Wars? Celebrate this great icon of our culture with the “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks spectacular. This show takes place nightly at 9:30 p.m. The show dazzles with themed fireworks, lasers, special effects and video projections of iconic characters and scenes from the Star Wars saga, all set to that unforgettable film score.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
For the first time ever, Guests can experience a nighttime show on the Fourth of July at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The new nighttime show celebrates a connection with nature through fire, water and light. Rivers of Light is shown twice nightly at 9:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Disney’s Grand Floridan Resort & Spa
The resort will be hosting an All-American July 4 cookout from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a meal of grilled steak and shrimp, hot dogs, baked beans, sides, plus specialty drinks, beer and wine. There will be a live DJ on hand and fun crafts for kids. Once dinner is over, Guests will be able to head to the Grand Floridian Marina for sweets, as well as a view of the Magic Kingdom Fourth of July fireworks. This special experience costs $120 plus tax for adults ages 10 and up, and $59 ages 3 to 11. Gratuity is included. For reservations, 407-WDW-DINE.
I will make sure to update this post as additional Fourth of July events for the resorts get announced!

As a reminder, the Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year at Walt Disney World. Make sure you come prepared with a plan and pack your patience. (Oh and be prepared for the heat!)
Fourth of July is a fun experience no matter where you are, but Disney certainly goes all out to celebrate America’s birthday.

Alton Towers Galactica ride breaks on the hottest day of the year leaving dozens of thrillseekers stuck upside down 80ft in the air

THIRLLSEEKERS were left dangling upside down 80ft in the air on the hottest day of the year after a rollercoaster at Alton Towers broke down.

The Galactica ride got stuck on its tracks leaving dozens of riders stranded for up to half-an-hour as temperatures rose to 33.9C today.

Thrillseekers were left dangling upside down on the Galactica ride at Alton Towers

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Thrillseekers were left dangling upside down on the Galactica ride at Alton Towers

The ride was stuck on its tracks for around 30 minutes

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The ride was stuck on its tracks for around 30 minutes

One flustered thrillseeker said he was left staring at a pile of rocks while others said they had to be told they were stranded as they were wearing virtual reality headsets.

Disappointed punters also reported queuing for two hours – only to discover the £12 million ride was closed.

Michelle Neale took to Twitter to say she had been trapped on the ride and wrote: “Fab day @altontowers with my favs 30mins stuck on galatica was interesting!!”

Trapped riders took to Twitter to vent their frustration

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Trapped riders took to Twitter to vent their frustration

Brendan de Bruijn said: “Just spent 10 minutes stuck on galactica looking face down at a pile of rocks about 25m below us… Not impressed.”

Cara Halton added: “oblivion, rita and galactica were all having technical difficulties…. is this a joke?”

Wendy Fowler said: “Stood in the sweaty tunnel for galactica for over 30mins to then be told it’s closed. Really annoyed. Not first time today!”

Sarah Moore posted: “Galactica now closed and been sent away for a second time. Nearly 2hrs in total wasted queuing for closed ride!!”

Alex Clarke added: “Please tell me Galactica will be open again today, this is the second time I’ve come and it’s been shut.”

The attraction is based on the tracks of former ride Air and opened on 2016 after being designed by John Wardley and tested by astronauts.

It is described as providing a “blast through advanced space travel portal to another dimension.”

It isn’t the first time the ride, which gives riders the chance to become a “space tourist” using virtual reality, has broken down.

The riders were trapped 80ft in the air on the hottest day of the year

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The riders were trapped 80ft in the air on the hottest day of the year

In May last year, 28 people were also left hanging face-down when it ground to a halt in “absolutely torrential” rain at the top of the first loop of the track.

And in 2015, two women lost a leg when a carriage of the park’s Smiler ride smashed into a stationary car.

Alton Towers confirmed on Twitter the ride was out of order.

The Sun Online has contacted Alton Towers for a comment.

Disney sued for allegedly stealing idea for Inside Out

Just three months after promising to “vigorously defend” itself against a lawsuit over Zootopia, Disney is now making the same assertion about claims that it stole the idea for Inside Out from a childhood development specialist and TV parenting expert. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Denise Daniels is suing Disney and Pixar for allegedly taking her concept for anthropomorphized emotions, which she pitched repeatedly from 2005 to 2009. Daniels helped found the National Childhood Grief Institute, where she’d counseled kids in the wake of events like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and eventually crafted the premise for The Moodsters.

What began as a TV pilot was shopped to Disney and Pixar, whom Daniels claims kind-of, sort-of led her to believe they’d give her credit if they moved forward with it. Her lawsuit alleges “breach of implied-in-fact contract,” because while she never got an offer, what she knew of “entertainment industry customs and practices” made her think she’d eventually be compensated if the project was ever produced. Her understanding of how these movers and shakers work comes from decades of close observation: Daniels has won a Peabody for her work in children’s programming, and she’s appeared on several TV shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and The Today Show, the latter of which dubbed her its first parenting expert in 1991.

A Disney spokesperson has already issued the requisite “Inside Out was an original Pixar creation” statement, and THR has the full complaint available here, which is all legalese, and not at all written from Anger or Sadness’ point of view.