Category Archives: Official Disney News for 2016

iNSIDE Disney Parks – Episode 1


Here is the premiere episode of Disney’s official “iNSIDE Disney Parks!” This first-of-its-kind video series will feature the best of everything happening at Disney Parks right now for you and your family! With the latest Disney news and top stories worldwide, it’s an official insider’s look at what’s happening now and in the future – with a touch of nostalgia.

Warning: This just may make you want to book a Disney vacation. 🙂 And if it does, contact me to help customize it especially for you! As always, my services are free.

In this episode:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Awakens at Night – Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, guests can enjoy a plethora of new experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Jennifer Fickley Baker takes us behind the scenes as the Tree of Life prepares for nighttime awakenings.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters at Disney California Adventure park – Luigi turns the tire storage yard behind his Casa Della Tires into a dance floor. Erin Glover goes for a spin with blog author Michelle Harker for a special look at the attraction.

Neel Sethi visits Disney’s Animal Kingdom – For the summer, Discovery River will become the stage for a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film “The Jungle Book.” Neel Sethi spent some time talking about the film and enjoying the park.

Timelapse of Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – The Tree of Life is the centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From our “Vault” segment, check out the construction of the tree from ground up.

New Star Wars-Themed Experiences This Summer – There’s a lot of fun in store for Star Wars fans this summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Shawn Slater, Sr. Creative Entertainment manager and blog author, shared details and more during this episode.


New at Disney Parks this summer!
New at Disney Parks this summer!

Disney Cruise Line announces two new ships

Two new Disney ships are scheduled for 2021 and 2023
Two new Disney ships are scheduled for 2021 and 2023

Here’s some big cruise news that we’re very excited about! The Disney Cruise Line announced plans today to build two additional cruise ships.

Now, when we say “big” news, we mean big! The new ships, each approximately 135,000 gross tons with about 1,250 guest staterooms, will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy! These new vessels will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, but you’ll have to wait until 2021 and 2023 to experience these Disney resorts on the sea.

While design plans, ship names and itineraries are still in development, the Walt Disney Imagineering team is already dreaming up exciting new ways to create the world’s most magical oceangoing adventures and we’ll share details with you as soon as we learn more.

Ill be happy to help you set sail on these new ships in the future, but if you haven’t experienced a Disney Cruise yet, I’d love to help you plan a Disney Cruise on one of the four existing ships, for a vacation you’ll never forget!

“SEA” ya real soon!


Disney Springs continues to expand

Disney Springs: Town Center concept art
Disney Springs: Town Center concept art

Disney Springs in Walt Disney World (formerly Downtown Disney), which was inspired by Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, is nearing completion on its largest expansion in history. It is exciting to see the area emerge as a new waterfront district with world-class shopping, unique dining and high-quality entertainment. Disney Springs has four distinct neighborhoods to explore: The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center and will eventually have more than 150 retail, dining and entertainment offerings.

Just announced, here’s a complete list of the new shops and dining venues that’ll be opening in phases at Disney Springs beginning May 15, 2016:

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Under Armour
M·A·C Cosmetics
Vince Camuto
Vera Bradley
Lucky Brand
Coca-Cola Store
Na Hoku – Hawaii’s Finest Jewelers Since 1924
American Threads
Melissa Shoes
Johnston & Murphy
Everything But Water
Free People
Luxury of Time by Diamonds
D-Luxe Burger
Amorette’s Patisserie
Tablas Frontera
Homecoming – Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar

View a sneak peak of the new waterfront of Disneyland’s Rivers of America

Concept art of the new section of Rivers of America at Disneyland Park

Beginning tomorrow, January 12, 2016, the Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park are temporarily closed as they prepare to make room for the all-new Star Wars-themed land.

When these areas reopen, the north bank of the Rivers of America will feature a beautiful new waterfront. The new riverbank will also include an elevated trestle over which the Disneyland Railroad will travel. Take a look at the above Walt Disney Imagineering artist rendering for a sneak peek!