Disney World Unveils Sculpture Honoring Toddler Killed by Gator Last Year

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The Lane Thomas Lighthouse

Disney World has unveiled a statue honoring a toddler killed by an alligator at the Grand Floridian Resort last year.

Disney installed a lighthouse sculpture this week in memory of 2-year-old Lane Graves.

In June 2016, the toddler from Nebraska was playing in the water at the Seven Seas Lagoon beach at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Suddenly, a gator pulled the child underwater. His father tried to free the boy but it was too late. Lane’s body was found 16 hours later and his death was ruled an accident.

The sculpture is of a lighthouse, which is a symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was created in memory of the child. Disney teamed up with the Lane Thomas Foundation to erect the memorial.

Video of dedication:  Lighthouse Unveiling.

“The lighthouse sculpture has been installed to help spread awareness of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was established to provide assistance and support to families whose children need organ transplants,” a Disney spokesperson said.

If you would like to donate to the Lane Thomas Foundation, click here.

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New signs were put up within a week of the gator attack along with rope barriers.

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Headless Horseman will be Appearing at Fort Wilderness

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He’s at Fort Wilderness in the early evening, then heads on over to the Magic Kingdom to lead off the Boo to You Parade during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights.

Attention, everyone! The Headless Horseman is returning to the Fort Wilderness Campground this fall. Fort Wilderness will be offering an “up-close-and-personal” encounter with the Headless Horseman as part of a spooky event themed around the Disney classic “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” film.

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One of our all time favorite Disney movies! Movie starts at 8pm.

The main attraction of the event is a screening of the 1949 Disney animated Halloween classic. (One of our favorite movies!!!)

Guests will then have an opportunity to interact with, and have their photos taken with, the Headless Horseman himself. All party attendees will receive a limited-edition Headless Horseman pin.

General admission is $22 per person, while premium seating is $38. The special Headless Horseman event will take place from 8:00-10:00pm on select nights. Be sure to reserve your spot in advance by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.

Movie Party Dates:

September 29, 30

October 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-31*

Premium seating allows you to sit up close in the first 5 rows, first meets with the Headless Horseman, the limited edition pin, and a special goodie bag filled with candy and more treats.

*Halloween Night is sure to sell out early for this event!

Headless Horseman Leads Parade

The Headless Horseman leads the Boo to You nighttime Halloween parade at Magic Kingdom.

If you can’t make this event, be sure to check out 2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Details.

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Our favorite time of the year at Disney World.


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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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What Are the Disney College Program Start Dates?

Program Dates

There are 5 main DCP programs at WDW and 4 main DCP programs at DLR.

Feeling adventurous?  Made a resolution this year to change your life?

The Disney College Program might be just what you’re looking for!

July 26, 2017:  BREAKING NEWS!  There’s a new program for DCP Alumni at WDW!

The Winter Alumni Program is coming:

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There are five main DCP programs at Disney World and four at Disneyland:

Spring 2018 Program  

Students should apply and will interview in late August 2017– late October 2017

Program begins mid/late January and ends in early/mid May 2018

Spring Advantage 2018 Program 

Students should apply and interview late August 2017 – late October 2017

Program begins late January/early February and ends in early/mid August 2018

Fall 2017 Program  

Students should have applied/interviewed January 2017 – late March 2017

Program begins mid/late August and ends in early January 2018

Fall Advantage 2017 Program 

Students should have applied/interviewed February 2017 – late March 2017

Program begins late May/early June and ends in early January 2018

Quarter Session Programs

There are also specialized program time frames for students who attend schools that follow a quarter or trimester academic calendar.

Summer Programs

The summer-only program is only for DCP Alumni who have successfully completed their program and are in Good Standing with the company. The application was open for ONE DAY:  February 6, 2017 only!  The 2017 DCP Summer Alumni Program.

Program began mid-to-late May/early June and ends in early August 2017 (10 weeks).

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Disney College Program Careers

This program is currently offered at both at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, FL and the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. During the application process, candidates will be given the opportunity to express interest in one or both locations. (It is not necessary to apply separately.) A Disney College Program participant’s wage will vary between $10.00 – $12.31 per hour, based upon the role that he/she is selected to perform. Participants may also be eligible for premium pay in select roles and will learn their exact rate of pay upon receiving an invitation.

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Link to get email notifications for future openings:  Disney College Program Updates

DCP Program info

DCP Program info

To join the DCP Alumni Association:

How to Join the DCP Alumni Group

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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23 Changes Coming to Disney Parks Soon

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WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!

Here’s a rundown of the 23 official Disney announcements that came out of the D23 convention in Anaheim last week.  Simply AMAZING!!!

Over the next few years, Disney is planning a mind-boggling array of park developments and expansions, signaling an explosive growth period for the US parks.

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We’ve checked out the recent construction progress for Star Wars Land at both Disneyland and Disney World and it’s amazing!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
We’ve known for a while that new 14-acre Star Wars-themed lands would be coming to both Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. The expo revealed models of the highly anticipated lands and more details, including that they would be named Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Both will open in 2019, with the California version debuting first. Visitors will be able to interact with characters such as Kylo Ren and BB-8, dine at the Cantina, and otherwise geek out in the highly immersive, sci-fi havens.

Millennium Falcon attraction
One of the two featured rides at Galaxy’s Edge will hand visitors the reins of the Millennium Falcon, the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” according to Lando Calrissian. There’s no word whether Han Solo and Chewbacca will help the rookie pilots in their mission aboard the famed starship.

Star Wars battle attraction
The other major experience at Galaxy’s Edge will drop visitors into a raging battle between the Resistance and the First Order. Chapek said that guests will feel like they are inside a Star Destroyer and that “the scale of the attraction is unlike anything we’ve ever done before.”

Star Wars-themed hotel
For those who just can’t get enough of the galaxy far, far away, Disney World visitors will soon be able to sleep among wookies and Jedi knights. Calling it Disney’s “most experiential concept ever,” Chapek announced that a new Star Wars-themed luxury resort will invite guests on a multi-day voyage aboard a starship. Every window, the parks chairman promised, will have a view of space.

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary
As with many of the D23 Expo announcements, there were no opening dates given for the Star Wars-themed hotel. But much was made of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, which will take place in 2021. It’s likely that everything revealed for the Florida resort will be up and running by then, and that there will be a blowout celebration.

Epcot makeover
Epcot, which opened in 1982 and has been showing its age, will be getting a lot of Imagineering love. In its initial inception, the park struck a serious tone and had an edutainment focus geared largely to adults. The company plans to continue injecting more whimsy into Epcot.

“We want to keep it true to the original vision, while making it more timeless, more relevant, more family, and more Disney,” Chapek said. In addition to specific announcements, he shared a blue-sky rendering of a significantly updated Future World, the area at the front of the park. Among other changes, the Innoventions science and technology exhibit building appeared to be missing in the image.

Guardians of the Galaxy attraction
A new attraction based on the popular Marvel franchise will take over Ellen’s Energy Adventure in the former Universe of Energy pavilion. While it sounds more “family” (and potentially a whole lot of fun), the connection to the park’s vision seems tenuous. What are the Guardians doing in Epcot? Chapek says that the attraction will have something to do with Peter Quill’s visit to the park when he was a child.

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We’re looking forward to this Epcot update the most!

Ratatouille Ride attraction
Coming to the France pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, the new ride will be based on the popular Disneyland Paris attraction. That 4D ride shrinks visitors down to the size of Remy, the gourmet chef who happens to be a rat, and sends them on an adventure using sophisticated trackless vehicles.

New mission for Mission: Space
In addition to sending passengers on a mission to Mars (which will be getting new media), the Epcot attraction will offer a toned-down experience that will take guests on an orbital adventure above Earth. Younger kids will be able to blast off on the revamped ride which will reopen later this summer.

Space-themed restaurant
Next to Mission: Space, Epcot will be adding a table-service restaurant that will transport diners to a space station high above Earth. It promises to have great views.

New film for the China Pavilion
A new in-the-round movie about China will be presented at Epcot’s pavilion. It will use a new digital “Circle-Vision 360” film and projection system that will replace the circular theater’s multiple screens with one seamless screen and image.

Tron ride
Next to the Star Wars-themed hotel, perhaps the most exciting new announcement made at the D23 Expo was about the Tron attraction coming to Tomorrowland in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It will be based on Shanghai Disneyland’s Tron Lightcycle Power Run, which is arguably Disney’s most intense and best themed roller coaster. Using cycle-like cars, launched trains will blast riders into the videogame-like “Grid” of the films.

New theater and show at MK
The Magic Kingdom will also be getting a new live show in a theater that will be based on an early 20th-century Kansas City playhouse. Located on Main Street, U.S.A., it will complement the area’s architecture and theme, which is tied to Walt Disney’s boyhood town.

Toy Story Land at DHS
In addition to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming in 2019, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open Toy Story Land in summer 2018. Capitalizing on the existing Toy Story Mania attraction, the land will invite visitors into Andy’s backyard for adventures among his playthings. It will include a new Alien Swirling Saucers ride featuring the green aliens from the movies.

Slinky Dog-themed coaster
Also on its way to Toy Story Land will be a roller coaster themed to the films’ Slinky Dog. It appears that it will be a family-level ride and offer moderate thrills.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
The curtain will come down on The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In its place at the park’s centerpiece Chinese Theatre will be a new ride-through attraction based on the hip, retro-style Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts broadcast on the Disney Channel.

According to Walt Disney Imagineering’s Kevin Rafferty, the E-Ticket ride will feature a “sing-able and lovable theme song” and will be presented in “2-and-a-half-D.” The breakthrough concept will present dimensional media without the need for 3-D glasses. He adds that passengers will step into the flat movie screen and onto a train – presumably a runaway locomotive – that will be operated by Goofy.

Disney Riviera Resort
A new Disney World hotel will be part of Disney Vacation Club, the company’s membership-based vacation ownership program. It will be located near Epcot.

Disney Skyliner Gondolas
Moving visitors around the vast property has always been a challenge for Disney World. Instead of expanding the monorail system to address the need for more capacity, the resort is building a gondola system. It will connect Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with some of the hotels near those parks (including the new Disney Riviera).

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The Minnie Van service. Finally! We’ve been using Uber to get around WDW for years now!

Minnie Van service
Another new transportation option will move Disney World guests from door to door using “Minnie Vans” (great name!). They will use an Uber-like ride-hailing service.

Marvel Land
The Guardians of the Galaxy ride that recently opened at Disney California Adventure will expand into a full-fledged Marvel Land. Chapek said that attractions based on The Avengers and Spider-Man will be part of the superhero mix. It would be interesting to have competing Spider-Man rides from Disney and Universal, which has been featuring the web-slinger in a highly regarded attraction at Islands of Adventure for years.

Pixar Pier
Pixar has long been prominently represented at Disney California Adventure with Cars Land, A Bug’s Land, and Turtle Talk with Crush. Soon, Paradise Pier, which is already home to Toy Story Midway Mania, will be transformed into Pixar Pier. The Incredibles and Inside Out will be added to the mix at the “seaside” boardwalk.

Pixar Fest
In 2018, Disneyland Resort will celebrate Pixar Fest. Disneyland Park will feature the returning Pixar Play Parade and a Pixar-themed fireworks and projection show, while Disney California Adventure will bring back the Paint the Night Parade.

The Art of Marvel
Disney’s Hotel New York at Disneyland Paris will transform into a Marvel-themed resort with the incorporation of The Avengers, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and other superheroes.

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Disney cruises are the best!

Three new Cruise Ships
Yes, you read that right!  Three (3) new multi-billion dollar Disney cruise ships have been commissioned!

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Love this photo from last week of the Disney princesses and Olaf!!!


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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Upcoming Disney Movies Release Schedule 2017 – 2019

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Disney announcing movie release schedule through 2019 at D23 last week.

Disney just announced all their movies to be released over the next 4 years at the D23 convention in Anaheim, California last week.

And, here they are, starting in mid-2017:

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Cars 3

Cars 3

The third Cars movie was just released July 7, 2017.

Thor: Ragnarok

Chris Hemsworth is back on the screen for the third instalment of the Thor films, and it’s rumored that The Hulk will be making an appearance, too. Thor: Ragnarok will be released November 2017.

Coco

Inspired by Mexican celebration, Day of the Dead. Expected in December 2017.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The eighth episode of the Star Wars franchise is due December 2017.

Cruella

Disney’s live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians will focus on Cruella De Vil – played by Emma Stone – and her back story, out December 2017.

 

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Mary Poppins Returns.  Christmas 2018


2018 Movies

Black Panther

The introduction of a new Marvel superhero movie starring Chadwick Boseman. Black Panther is due out February 2018.

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Starring Oprah Winfrey


A Wrinkle in Time

The remake of the 1963 Madeleine L’Engle novel star Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Zach Galifianakis. Out March 2018.

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

The retro-gaming animation is back for a sequel, due to be released March 2018.

Magic Camp

This live action family film is out April 2018.

Avengers: Infinity War

The 2018 sequel will apparently be a two-part film – with the first part Infinity War coming out on April 2018.

Star Wars Prequel: Currently untitled Star Wars spin-off

A Star Wars spin-off movie is in the works and will be a prequel about Han Solo.  May 2018.

Ant-Man 2: The Wasp

Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man embarks on a new adventure with The Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly. Out June 2018.

The Incredibles 2

The main characters – Elastigirl, Mr. Incredible, Violet, Frozone, Dash and Jack-Jack – are back, this time for a story that focusses mainly on Elastigirl’s life of fighting crime.  Out July 2018.

Mulan 2

Following the success of the live-action version of Cinderella, Disney announced loads of other cartoons were being made into real life productions, too – Mulan 2 out November 2018.

Mary Poppins Returns

With Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in the live-action sequel to the original. Christmas 2018.  See more movie stills here:  Mary Poppins Returns

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2019 Movies:

Captain Marvel

Another awesome female led superhero film hits up our screens, out March 2019.

Dumbo

The live-action adaptation of the story of the big-eared flying Elephant stars Eva Green, Michael Keaton and Colin Farrell, and directed by Tim Burton.  March 2019.

Avengers: Infinity War- Part II

The third and final instalment of Avengers will be released on April 2019.

Star Wars: Episode IX

Directed by Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow with a release date May 2019.

Toy Story 4
Yep, they’re doing another one. The story will be a love story between Woody and Bo Beep. Current release date June 21, 2019.

Indiana Jones:  Untitled Indiana Jones sequel

Details are sparse, but we do know it’ll be directed by Steven Spielberg. Current release date: July 2019.

The Lion King

Directed by the man behind the live action version of The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau, a remake of The Lion King is coming and will be AMAZING. July 2019.

Frozen 2

Not going to let this one go… out Thanksgiving 2019.

Aladdin

Disney live action film with Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Mena Massoud as Prince Ali and Will Smith as the Genie. Summer 2019.

2020

Gigantic

Inspired by classic story Jack and the Beanstalk, the movie will follow Jack, who stumbles upon giants in the sky and befriends a 60 ft., 11-year-old girl named Imma. Release date November 2020.

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Also coming, some additional live action remakes: 2018 – 2021:

UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRYTALE (LIVE ACTION) August 3, 2018

UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION August 9, 2019

UNTITLED MARVEL (3D) July 7, 2020

UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION April 3, 2020

UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION (3D) November 24, 2021

UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION March 12, 2021

UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION (3D) June 18, 2021

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Celebrating the 4th of July 2017 at Disney World

Mickey and Minnie on 4th of July

Mickey and Minnie at Epcot on 4th of July

Yes, it’s the most crowded day in July (which is the busiest attendance month at WDW), but, heck yes it’s a lot of fun!

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July 4th, 8pm:  Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom.  VERY CROWDED AND HOT!!!!

Expect the parks to be packed, especially the Magic Kingdom, with crazy long ride lines and food lines, and just go with the flow. 🙂

The celebration starts on July 3rd and continues into July 4th!

Can’t make it?  Watch the Live Fireworks Stream of the fireworks! (8:55pm EDT)

Info for cast members

Info for  Disney cast members

Magic Kingdom – Special ‘Celebrate America’ Fireworks Over the Castle!

Expect 15 minutes of impressive – and LOUD – pyrotechnics rising not just above the Cinderella Castle, but all around the park. Independence Day is one of the few fireworks displays, along with the Halloween and Christmas versions, that utilize the perimeter bursts, making it seem like the fireworks are all around you.

As you may expect, the fireworks display is accompanied by a rousing patriotic soundtrack that is designed to speak to the soul of America.

DJ Dance Parties!
Boogie down with 2 uniquely themed dance parties at Magic Kingdom park:

  • Independence Day Party in Frontierland: Mosey on over to Frontierland for a star-spangled celebration featuring some favorite country tunes.
  • Independence Day Party in Tomorrowland:Moonwalk your way to Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland for a rockin’ revelry featuring a live DJ and terrestrial tunes.
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2017 gang at Epcot

These DJ dance parties will be held the following dates and times:

  • Monday, July 3, 2017 — From 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday, July 4, 2017 — From 7:00 PM to midnight
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July 4, 2017:  Mickey at his meet & greet in Epcot outside American Pavilion.

Unofficial Tip:  Think you’ll watch the fireworks from the beach at the Polynesian Resort? You and a lot of other folks are thinking the same thing! Disney will be checking room keys for beach guests on the 3rd and 4th , and parking will be restricted to resort guests only.

Celebrate America - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky fireworks over Cinderella Castle

‘Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky’ Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

July 3, 2017:

9:00 pm – “Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” Fireworks

Castle 4th of July

Expect special lighting on Cinderella Caste both before and during the show.

July 4, 2017:

9:00 pm – “Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” Fireworks

Epcot – Special Characters will be out and Special Fireworks Show: Heartbeat of Freedom!

Goofy is from France, Donald from Mexico, Minnie from USA.

We saw Statue of Liberty Minnie Mouse!

July 4, 2017: Throughout the day, Disney characters in their patriotic costumes will appear on the promenade near The American Adventure.

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Hello 4th of july Minnie and Mickey!

12:30, 1:45, 3:00pm – Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert (features an expanded cast performing a patriotic salute, including the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps and Disney characters) – on the America Gardens Theater stage.

4:15 and 5:00pm – Voices of Liberty inside the American Adventure Rotunda

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July 4, 2017:  Special fireworks show at Epcot, The Heartbeat of Freedom. WOW!!!

10:00 pm – IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will feature “The Heartbeat of Freedom” fireworks show, a special 5-minute patriotic fireworks finale added onto illumiNations. [Note that this is 1 hour later than the usual 9pm IllumiNations show.]

Mickey and pals.

Mickey and pals in their 4th of July outfits.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  Rock the 4th with special fireworks!

July 4, 2017:   10:15 pm – Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration: Fireworks with a rock n’ roll soundtrack for the evening’s celebrations.

July 4th fireworks at DHS

July 4th fireworks at DHS

Animal Kingdom:  See the new Rivers of Light Show!

There are no special 4th of July events planned at Animal Kingdom. There are never firework events at DAK as they would scare the animals.  But, the new light show around the Tree of Life is cool!

Disney Springs

There are no special holiday events planned at DS.

It's the 4th of July!  One of the Top 5 busiest days of the year!!

It’s the 4th of July! One of the Top 5 busiest days of the year at MK!!

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Nobody does 4th of July fireworks shows better than Disney!  WOW!!!

Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

Seeing special fireworks over Cinderella Castle with special music.  🙂

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Mickey in yet another one of his patriotic outfits!

Caroline wrote a blog about celebrating the 4th of July at Disney World in 2015:

Read it here:  4th of July at Disney!

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07/04/2017, 9pm:  One last Castle shot before the fireworks show began.

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program  and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Trump Will Speak at Hall of Presidents Now

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Current signage outside the Hall of Presidents.

The Hall of Presidents show at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World closed in January 2017 and is still not scheduled to reopen yet. (Normally, it would reopen the last week in June right before the 4th of July holiday.)

Many people have wondered what role the new, very unpopular president would play in the Magic Kingdom attraction since he was elected.

On June 23, 2017, Disney announced it plans for Trump to speak.

“The same thing that we’ve done with other presidents, is the same plan we have for President Trump,” said Jacquee Wahler, vice president of communications. When asked if Trump would have a speaking role, Wahler said that he would.

6/27/2017:  Update from Disney Parks Blog:

Since the Magic Kingdom Park opened in 1971, The Hall of Presidents has brought together a one-of-a-kind look at the office of the President of the United States through film and the magic of Disney’s Audio-Animatronics technology. Despite some media reports to the contrary, President Trump will have a speaking role in The Hall of Presidents, like every president since 1993. We have been working closely with the current White House — just as we have with previous administrations — and the president’s recording session has been scheduled. The attraction will re-open in late 2017.

Whenever we refurbish one of our attractions, we take the opportunity to consider a broad range of enhancements. In this case, The Hall of Presidents is getting a new show, and a complete theater upgrade including a new sound system, lighting and high-definition projection system. The multi-screen viewing experience you may have seen in prior versions of the attraction is returning with an even wider vantage point of our country’s history.

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Since Bill Clinton, every sitting president has recited a speech during the attraction.  However, since Trump is functionally illiterate and reads at a 4th grade level, it has proven difficult for Disney to get an audio from him.  They may end up using some pieced audio from a previous TV appearances.

Initially, the Walt Disney World website said the attraction would be closed between January 17th and June 29, 2017. No specific reopening date has been announced, but Disney Parks Blog says The Hall of Presidents will now reopen in “late 2017.”

The delay is because Trump has been “unavailable” to tape a 2 minute speech and he has yet to donate one of his personal Trump suits with an oversized red tie for the animatronic to wear.  They may end up having to buy a suit from Trump’s business in NYC for it to wear. (Hard to believe that a “billionaire” can’t afford to donate one of his suits to Disney!)  Rumor has it that Trump also didn’t approve of the animatronic sketches and wanted the avatar to look “thinner”.

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46% of voters chose unwisely in November 2016!

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President Obama giving a 2 minute message of hope and freedom.

We will not step foot inside Hall of Presidents while Mr. Trump is center on that stage babbling about ‘Making America Great Again’.

For a behind-the-scenes look at President Obama recording his address for Hall of Presidents, watch this:

Coolest president ever!  President Obama Records Voice for Hall of Presidents

Thank you President Obama for 8 successful years as the leader of the free world.

See more video of Obama here:  President Obama Comes To Hall of Presidents

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale