1 – Star Wars-Themed Attraction and Hotel Coming to Walt Disney World
February 24, 2018 • Star Wars fans cannot wait for the new themed land to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney recently released a sneak peek at what guests can expect from the new land. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open in 2019, and will include a full-sized fleet of X-wing starfighters and a life-size Millennium Falcon starship. Read More
2 – Introducing Augustus – Baby Hippo Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a Boy!
February 21, 2018 • Disney’s Animal Kingdom revealed news about a baby Nile hippopotamus born at the park on January 13. As part of a magical moment on the theme park’s Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction, roughly a dozen Guests were the first to learn that the hippo calf is a boy, and his name is Augustus. Weighing in at 168 pounds, Augustus is the first hippo born at the park in 13 years. He is often seen staying close to his mom, Tuma, and is already winning over Guests with his playful nature. Read More
3 – Black Panther Now Appearing at Disney California Adventure Park
February 19, 2018 • Now at Disney California Adventure park, guests can welcome the king of Wakanda! For this limited-time experience, Black Panther will arrive in the Hollywood Backlot area of the park flanked by his Royal Guards, the Dora Milaje. Marvel Studios’ record-breaking hit, “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and Black Panther — is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Read More
4 – Oprah, Reese Witherspoon Surprise ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Fans at Disneyland
February 23, 2018 • Oprah, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon know the drill — a pilgrimage to Disneyland’s a must anytime you’re in a Disney film. The stars — along with Storm Reid — surprised a bunch of “A Wrinkle in Time” fans Thursday at The Happiest Place on Earth. Fans never saw it coming … they were at the Sunset Showcase Theater at Disney’s California Adventure for a preview of the flick before the foursome made the surprise appearance. Read More
5 – Visual Effects Society Presents Avatar Flight of Passage with Award for Outstanding Visual Effects
February 19, 2018 • The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced the winners of their annual VES Awards last night which honor outstanding visual effects in motion pictures, television, and other media. Avatar Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom won the award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project! The multi-award winning Avatar Flight of Passage is an ingenious attraction inside Pandora: The World of Avatar that allows guests the opportunity to soar over the magnificent and lush landscape of Pandora while sitting on the back of a banshee. The multi-sensory experience uses state-of-the-art technology and complex special effects like never before. “Guests can actually feel the banshee breathe beneath them as they fly high above floating mountains, plunge through ancient caverns and skim across roaring oceans.” Read More
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