DLW 285: Disneyana and Star Wars Nite

May 10, 2023

This week, no signs of Murphy anymore, a lot of Fantasyland attractions will be down together, new Make a Wish windows, new Guardian’s items and a new Guardian’s character, we talk about our Star Wars Nite and Disneyana event experience and more!

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On the heels of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3’s huge weekend debut, there’s a new face at their Awesome Dance Off. Mantis has taken Gamora’s place for the street show bringing some new humor. Along with Mantis, there are new treats inside Avengers Campus including Milky Fizz, a dessert pear-flavored soda water with cream, now available at Pym Test Kitchen is the Orloni on a Stick, a Salmon Poke Pretzel, and Experiment 7290: Cookies & Cream Cold Brew. And next door at Pym Tasting Lab, enjoy the Zarg-Bits, a tasty snack inspired by the Zarg Nuts eaten in the film! – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/05/awesome-guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol-3-additions-coming-to-disney-parks/

Along with World Wish Day, a celebration of the founding of the Make a Wish Foundation, the windows were dedicated around the corner on Main Street. The three windows include a center window dedicated to Make-A-Wish and all the wish kids past, present and future; and side windows honoring Chris Greicius, the wish that inspired the creation of Make-A-Wish, and Frank “Bopsy” Salazar, the first official wish granted by Make-A-Wish (and the first Disney wish). Disney as a whole has made nearly 150,000 wishes come true and Disneyland was part of the first official wish. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/04/disneyland-resort-dedicates-3-windows-on-main-street-usa-to-make-a-wish-to-celebrate-world-wish-day/

An unexpected pause in Disney entertainment doesn’t get much more adorable than this. Last month Magic Happens had to pause as a Mama duck and her ducklings crashed the parade and ran in front of the Coco float. Miguel noticed and started waving. Cast members helped guide them to safety and the parade continued. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/04/28/the-disney-parade-was-unexpectedly-delayed-for-the-cutest-reason-ever/

There’s a new big dog at Imagineering in Florida. No, really. It’s the first canine imagineer in the U.S. Noodle is a service dog for imagineer Jacklyn, assisting with her cardiac and respiratory issues. In her spare time, Noodle tends to dozens of rubber ducks under Jacklyn’s desk, lounges in her orthopedic bed, or visits cubicles searching for pets and cuddles. Jacklyn’s team recently threw Noodle a surprise fourth birthday party, “complete with puppy presents and a cake.” – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/05/disney-introduces-noodle-the-first-canine-imagineer/

A new twist for the backdrop of World of Color: ONE. The Orange County register reporst the Incredicoaster, Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind and Jumpin’ Jellyfish will stay open during the nighttime spectacular for the first time. Jessie’s Critter Carousel and the Pixar Pal A Around will remain closed. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/05/confirmed-incredicoaster-inside-out-emotional-whirlwind-jumpin-jellyfish-will-run-during-world-of-color-one/

As of May 8th, the scrims have come down around the Fantasmic! stage on Tom Sawyer Island. There is almost no indication that a fire happened on the stage, with the exception of a small amount of soot near the edge of the platform that covers the lift which rases Murphy into place. – https://www.micechat.com/354214-shocking-news-disneylands-fantasmic-dragon-engulfed-in-flames/

We saw the biggest lines ever for Dok Ondor’s on May the Fourth. Star Wars day brought out the fans and many of them were on the hunt for the limited edition Cal Kestis lightsaber hilt. It appears to have made it onto ShopDisney now for those looking to pick up a $400 collectible. We’ll talk more about Star Wars Nite in our discussion topic this week. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/04/new-limited-edition-cal-kestis-lightsaber-coming-soon-luke-skywalker-return-of-the-jedi-40th-anniversary-lightsaber-available-now-on-shopdisney/

With the live action Little Mermaid coming out later this month, guests can look forward to meeting the new Ariel some time in the parks. Halle Bailey who plays Ariel announced it, but didn’t provide any dates. When she arrives from Atlantica, you’ll be able to say hello on the promenade near it’s a small world. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/04/confirmed-live-action-ariel-character-meet-greet-coming-to-disneyland-disneys-hollywood-studios-and-disneyland-paris-this-summer/

Lots of refurbishment is coming to Fantasyland next month. According to the park calendar, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Peter Pan’s Flight and Alice in Wonderland will be down starting Monday, June 5. The calendar shows Alice and Toad coming back Friday the 16th, but no date is set for Peter Pan. The good news is, the Matterhorn should be back before all of these closures. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/04/25/3-disney-rides-are-temporarily-closing-soon/

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