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!

The Fall of an Idol at WDW

Is it true? How can this happen? I can’t believe it!

American Idol Experience Theater
American Idol Experience Theater

As you may have heard, the American Idol Experience is closing on August 31, 2014! It had been slated to originally close sometime after the holiday season, but that has changed. And, while there has been no “official” word from Disney as to what will be replacing this attraction, there have been a few rumors flying around. Let’s take a look at a few of those, and see if we can maybe come up with some other ideas of our own, shall we?

The first rumor comes as no great surprise to anyone. Star Wars! However, it seems that anything having to do with more Star Wars in the parks may be more than a few years away. It does, however, make perfect sense given the somewhat close proximity to Star Wars: The Adventure Continues attraction!

Rumor number two seems to have a bit more rubber on the road. The Frozen Sing-Along may possibly be moving into this venue. And, with the popularity of Frozen around the world, it makes sense to move IF it is a larger theater with a much larger capacity. Or, if it can move more people in a shorter amount of time. I only hope that Disney takes a little time to really make this theater shine inside and out! Let’s face it, Frozen is HUGE! And, I believe it has some longevity to it! Enough to sink a little time, money, and effort into making this a show worthy of any attraction at Walt Disney World.

So, what do you think, friends? Are there ideas that haven’t been considered? Tell us what they are! Share with everyone by sharing in the comments below!

Until next time, have a Blessed and Magical Day!!

Is The Freeze On For Norway at WDW?

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As you may have heard by now, the Norway Pavilions in the World Showcase at EPCOT may be going under an extended refurbishment during the off-season.  What does this mean?  That is the question that many in the Disney community is wanting an answer to, and quickly!

There has been some speculation that Maelstrom may receive a FROZEN overlay, others think it may be completely turned into a FROZEN attraction.  Still others are hoping that it will be a simple update, with some fresh paint and a few screws tightened up.  

What I have heard, is that the country of Norway has ceased any support for the pavilion from a financial standpoint.  I hope that the officials of this beautiful country decide to help supplement any refurbishment that may take place, if they hope to have a say in what type of changes might be made.  Otherwise, there may be a bit of Sven and Olaf in the place of some of the Vikings!  

It is only my opinion, at this time, but I think that FROZEN should NOT be a part of the Norway pavilion, as I believe it cancels out the original ideas of the Disney Imagineers in presenting something about the cultures of the countries of the World Showcase!  I like Maelstrom as it is!  It is a bit of a unique experience, and I get chills when I see the scenes, as portrayed, in this attraction that allows me to see just how beautiful this land is, and the hard work it has taken to make Norway the country that it is today!

So, where should FROZEN go?  I truly think the best place would be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  With the closing of the American Idol Experience, one has to wonder if the success of the Frozen Summer Fun may be getting a more permanent venue?  Makes sense to me, but at this point, we will just have to see how it all comes together!

For now, we’ll just sit back, and see what develops!  If you have any thoughts, please share them in the comments section below!

Thanks for reading and may you have a Blessed and Magical day, my friends!

threestandswdw EXTRA…Frozen Review

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So, I know that I am really late with this, but I had a Walt Disney World vacation, Christmas, and a few other things pop up in my life. I was finally able to take the threestrandswdw kids, including my 15 year old son, to see “Frozen” at the theater!

This movie is quite worth watching with the entire family! The animation is spotless and the soundtrack if fabulous! I know the teasers that were released early in 2013 didn’t look very enticing. I am happy to report that this film blows away any competition for the foreseeable future. I don’t know if it will get any Oscar nods, but it should!

Without giving anything away, the story is about two sisters. One has a ‘gift’. The other does not! In the end it is the sister’s love for each other that pulls the story to an exciting and touching conclusion. Don’t get out of your seat for even a minute of this movie as it moves pretty quickly.

I give “Frozen” a popcorn rating of four bags!! See it in the theater to get to full impact of the striking colors and awesome music!

Until next time, have a Blessed and Magical week, my friends

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