What a trip!

I don’t know about any of you, but I love to hear Walt Disney World trip reports on the podcasts I listen to everyday. I also love reading what people share on Facebook, or other sharing sites. So, I was thinking that it might be fun to share through this medium!

Today, I would like to ask for some input from my readers and their friends. I would like to share trip reports with everyone who loves Disney vacations. Whether Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise, or Adventures by Disney, I’d love to know more about your personal adventures. Simply type something up, sharing as much as you want, and be sure to include some pictures.

Send your stories to threestrandswdw@hotmail.com.

Thank you and have a blessed, magic filled day!

Weekly Wind-Up October 7 – 14, 2013

Today, begins a new endeavor for this blog.  I just want to give some bits and pieces of the news coming out of Walt Disney World for the past week.  And, maybe give just a little feedback, when warranted.

This week’s Limited Time Magic was An Imagineer’s Tour of Expedition Everest.  This looks like it would have been really fun!  I am thankful to a few faithful friends who post on YouTube and were able to capture this tour for those of us who couldn’t be there.  The detail in the entire story make me want to evaluate how much time needs to be spent in Animal Kingdom.

Tuesday saw the new Disability Access Service go into affect.  This new system allows anyone with need for assistance to make use of a FastPass type system that allows them to enter a ride or attraction within the posted wait time.  Guests with disabilities who need to, may choose to wait for their ride time somewhere more comfortable for them.  So far, I haven’t heard of any real issues with the new system and I believe that Disney will work out any of the issues that arise as quickly as they are able.  Maybe, this will eventually be linked to the MagicBands.

Finally, the big news came from the D23 Japan Expo, when Disney announced the 2017 opening of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  With the concept art being displayed, Avatar looks like it may actually add something to the park.  We only hope the real thing comes close to the concepts shown.  This will also see the introduction of some evening activities and a feature stage.  While I am optimistic that this will happen, I am cautiously looking forward to seeing this once it opens.

One more thing, If I may…

I would love to start sharing trip reports via my blog.  If you would like to share your experiences at any Disney venue, I’d love to know about it and share it with other Disney fans.  Just send your reports to threestrandswdw@outlook.com.  I will do no editing of your material.

 

Have a Blessed, and Magic-Filled Week!

Avatar set to premiere at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

This has hit the Disney Fan Community! Here is the official announcement…

From the Disney Parks Blog…

From the moment AVATAR was released, people were captivated by the mythical world of Pandora. When we announced that we’d be working with James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment to bring this world to life in our parks, we felt certain that this partnership and combination of talent and imagination would produce an experience unlike any other ever created.

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Artist Rendering of AVATAR-Themed Land During the Day, Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

Our combined team has taken huge steps forward in “imagineering” Pandora as a real place for our guests to see, hear and touch. At the first-ever D23 Expo in Japan, we shared an early glimpse of the plans for AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and I wanted to share some of these breathtaking images and a short preview of what’s to come with all of you.

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Artist Rendering of AVATAR-Themed Land at Night, Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

As these concept renderings show in epic scale, in the world of AVATAR guests will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound. Guests will also discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.

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Guests Will Discover What it Feels Like to Soar into the Sky Riding a Banshee When AVATAR Comes to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

And the new AVATAR-inspired land won’t be the only change coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
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Live Performers on Discovery Island Will be Part of New Entertainment Experiences Available to Guests as Part of Expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

As part of the largest expansion in the history of the park, we’ll be adding all-new entertainment experiences, including a new nighttime spectacular where live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery all combine to bring a show to Discovery River that will delight our guests and truly cap off their day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The park will introduce more nighttime entertainment as well, including live performers on Discovery Island (pictured above) and a new nighttime version of the Kilimanjaro Safaris.

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James Cameron, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs and Imagineer Joe Rohde View a Model of the AVATAR-Themed Land Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

As the world of AVATAR becomes real at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the energy and passion shared by our Imagineers and the Lightstorm team for this monumental task continues to be remarkable. I can’t wait to see the reactions of our guests as they step into a world that until now has only existed on the screen.

Writer’s Note:

There has been much talk about the introduction of Avatar to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. My personal thoughts are simple! It seems that Disney has a fairly good track record at developing a story that fits the attractions. It is my hope that this will again be the case when Pandora comes to life. At this point, I am looking forward to see what develops over the next few years. I raise an ice cold glass of water in honor of this announcement!