Football At WDW, Sort Of

The NFL has partnered with Walt Disney World for this season’s pre-Pro Bowl Festivities taking place at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex.  And, some of the players have been announced!

There will be a total of 88 players in attendance  Some of the players scheduled to play are Aaron Rodgers (GB), Tom Brady (NE), Odell Beckham Jr.(NYG), and rookies Daks Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott (my favorite) from the Dallas Cowboys.

There will be a lot of special events taking place that will culminate in a parade on Main Street U.S.A. that will include the players, cheerleaders, and several community based groups.

The Pro Bowl game is scheduled for January 29 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando!  See Pro Bowl Ticket Information for more! For more on the activities at WDW visit The ESPN Wide World Of Sports Page.

Happy New Year from threestrandswdw.com! Where we are working to Keep The Magic Alive!

 

WDW Podcasts Round 2

First round voting had a few strong, out of the gate leaders.  And, some had a nearly four way draw.  But, here are the top vote getters from round one.  I tried to set it up give us a clearer view of what we ‘wdw addicts’ like to listen to through our week.  And, with a few of them cutting back, the choices may get a little more difficult to make.  So, here we are with two groups of five.  For the final round, I will be taking the top three from each group and making the final an all out round of six.  Happy Voting and may the best WDW Podcast win!

I think we will do a poll on favorite podcast hosts next.  Have a nomination?  Send to me at threestrandswdw@outlook.com and I’ll include that host in our next poll sometime in the next few weeks.

News from around the Disney Galaxy

Partner's Statue, Magic Kingdom ParkAs we all prepare for the debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, news of two new offerings came out of the Disney Company Annual Meeting.  First up is a new spinoff titled Rogue One. At this point the only announced actress is Felicity Jones.  There hasn’t been anything said about the story or other roles.  This film is set to be released on December 16, 2016.  And, Star Wars Episode VIII is set for release on May 26, 2017 with Rian Johnson in the director’s chair.  And, again, no other information has been given about the story or who will be playing in this next chapter of the Star Wars franchise.
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Frozen 2 has also been announced (BIG SURPRISE).  The original film making team will be at the helm of this newest production.  However, there are no details about the original cast, songwriters, or story. So, we shall have to wait and see!

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And finally, Disney CEO Bob Iger let it slip that Disney’s Hollywood Studios WILL be undergoing a name change.  However, he said nothing about the new name or the timing of this change.  There has been some speculation that the new name could be Disney’s Florida Adventure to reflect it’s California counterpart.

All this to say, we have few details, but some excitement coming along within the Disney Galaxy!

Newsbits from around Disney Destinations

Richard Petty Driving Experience set to close in Late June of 2015.  While no plans have been officially released by Disney, it is speculated that it will become a part of the TTC parking lot.

Tom Staggs has been named COO of The Walt Disney Company.  He will continue his duties as Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts until his successor has been selected.

The Mad T Party returns to Disney California Adventure on May 22, 2015.

Star Wars is coming to Disney Cruise Lines in 2016.  Special sailings aboard the Disney Fantasy will feature one night during each cruise with a Star Wars theming.  There will be viewings of Star Wars films and Star Wars Rebels from Disney XD.  Cruises depart from Port Canaveral on Jan. 9, 23; Feb 6, 20; Mar 5, 19; and Apr. 2, 19, 2016.  It will be a 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise including port call at Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Caymen; and Disney Castaway Cay.

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The addition of Turner Classic Movies sponsorship of The Great Movie Ride could be a fabulous partnership at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  The possibilities are nearly endless when it comes to putting new scenes together to both update the ride and keep the classic feel of the ride!  And, IF memory serves correctly, TCM still has a partnership with MGM…hmmmm!

I am curious if there are going to be any changes to the facade of the theater, with the demolition of the Sorcerer Mickey Hat, to  enhance the view as we walk up Hollywood Blvd.

Now to see what OTHER news will come out of DHS!

In the end, I think we all win!

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers…and a Magical Weekend to you all!!

When, Oh When WDW, Will You Tell Us?

With the announcements that Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be closing The Legend of Jack Sparrow, and possibly moving the Sorcerer’s Hat, one question is still left unanswered…

Sorcerer HatWHAT’S COMING TO THE STUDIOS!?

The short answer is: We Don’t Know!  The Walt Disney company has not shared any plans for new attractions, major refurbishments, or anything else.  We know that some studio elite toured the park over the past few months.  We assume that there will be an expansion to Pixar Place and possibly the addition of something Star Wars related.  And, how could we forget, the rumor of a name change to Disney’s Hollywood Adventure?  Keep in mind that nothing has been confirmed, or denied, by Disney!

This tactic, while potentially wise, drives Disney fans, like myself, a bit crazy!  And, if I had to guess, nothing major will be announced until Spring at the earliest.  But, I suspect any BIG news will have to wait until D23 next August.  Wow!  That’s a long time!

For now, we will just have to sit back and take a wait and see stance.  So, until next time, may you have a Blessed and Magical Day, my friends!!

This JUST In…Arendelle is coming to the Norway Pavilion and MORE

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman, Tom Staggs, announced today that Frozen will indeed be moving into the Norway Pavilion with a target opening in early 2016.  The new attraction will be replacing Maelstrom, the popular attraction currently occupying the space where Arendelle will be taking up residence.

The attraction will present the looks and music made popular in Disney’s record-breaking hit, Frozen!  And, there will also be, what is being called, a royal greeting area where Anna and Elsa will greet park guests!  There is no word, yet, on how this may affect the meet and greet currently taking place at The Magic Kingdom.

The Frozen Summer Fun attractions are also being extended at Disney’s Hollywood Studios…well, some of them anyway.  the Sing-along is set to continue and Wandering Oaken’s is going to be moved to a new location closer to the same area.  It will have a larger play area, and will have real snow!

Finally, the holiday season at The Magic Kingdom will take on a bit of a different feel and Queen Elsa will transform Cinderella’s Castle into a real Ice Palace in the evenings.  And, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf will join the queen in the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade during the party.

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