The Lion King has Arrived!

So we have Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book movies which have all been revamped and the stories have been modified. In my opinion, 2 out of 3 were hits! Maleficent took me a few tries to appreciate (I really hated the fairies!), but it was visually stunning as all the new movies have been.

Yesterday, however, the Director of The Jungle Book (2016), John Favreau announced that he would be directing a new version of…. drum roll please……..

The Lion King!

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The movie is set to be released in 2019. It has also been confirmed that the new film will have some of the original songs in it.

The Lion King is one of my all-time favorite movies, for sure. I’ve literally memorized more than half that movie word -for-word. To be honest, I’m not sure how this movie will be. It’s such a super classic and favorite that part of me is thinking, “Leave it alone!”. But another part of me is trying to imagine how freaking adorable baby Simba is going to be!

What are your thoughts?

 

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Tower of Terror Is On Its Way Out

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Ok, time to be completely honest. Walt Disney World is my soul animal, yes, everything about it I love love love. But sadly, I am inherently petrified of most rides and have not attempted to ride such classics as Splash Mount, Space Mountain, or… you guessed it… the Tower of Terror.

Does that make me any less of a Disney parks fan? No way! I’m grieving the loss of this iconic horror ride just like all the fanatics because it’s just that – an icon! The Tower of Terror is one of those rides that taunts you as you walk by, and it’s a lot of fun to watch the brave riders take the plunge, even from the safety of the ground below. And when you go to Disneyland, the ride pops out above the fences and you can see it from the street! Seriously. The ride has made an impression on me very strongly.

Now, I really enjoyed the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and I understand that it’s new and exciting and can agree that it should have a super cool ride in its honor. Although I don’t think the film deserves it more than some others (just saying), Disney is responding to something I’m sure, and today I can say confidentially that the good folks at Disney have no plans of changing there minds.

That’s because on Monday, the infamous sign which reads “The Hollywood Tower Hotel” was removed from the front of the Tower of Terror building.

The Disneyland Resort removed the sign on the top of the Tower of Terror attraction at Disney California Adventure Monday night. The sign said "The Hollywood Tower Hotel." This is being done in preparation for the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission Breakout version for the ride that will open in 2017. The ride closes Jan. 2. Photo taken in Anaheim on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The Disneyland Resort removed the sign on the top of the Tower of Terror attraction at Disney California Adventure Monday night. The sign said “The Hollywood Tower Hotel.” This is being done in preparation for the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission Breakout version for the ride that will open in 2017. The ride closes Jan. 2. Photo taken in Anaheim on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The final ride will take place in early January, and then, the attraction will be transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT

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You can read some of the initial responses here.

So what do you think? Is the ride a favorite, must-do-every-time sort of ride for you? Are you a scaredy-cat like me who just happens to be ridiculously sentimental? Or, are you super-psyched for the new ride? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below!

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Mickey’s New Look at Disneyland!

Mickey Mouse is strutting his stuff and looking newer and fresher with an updated appearance that was revealed at the end of Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Celebration! Check out that fresh face and big, animated eyes! I love it!

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At Inside the Magic’s page, they have a great clip of the “new” Mickey Mouse as he trots down Main Street and meets with his adoring fans. Check it out below. I wonder if he will make the trip over to Disney World so that I can get a picture with him next time I get down to Florida. Or maybe I’ll just need to go back to Disneyland for trip #4 – no complaints there!

Just hearing the sounds of the Magic Kingdom makes me so nostalgic. It’s always a bittersweet journey to scan through the thousands and thousands of Disney park videos, both professional and amateur ones. *sigh*

Attention Black Friday Shoppers!

Are you like me? Do you get a rush leaving your house at midnight the Friday after Thanksgiving as you drive to the stores? Love that feeling of cool air mixed with the beginning sounds of Christmas songs poking into the radio stations? Do you relish in the pre-dawn coffee treat at Starbucks as you’ve successfully ended the bulk of your Christmas shopping while many are still sleeping of their turkey dinner?

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Black Friday has become a very special tradition to me. It’s the start of the Christmas season, the most magical time of the year, and really gets me in the spirit!

Now, it can be a challenge navigating through all of the super-savings that the stores have to offer, and I spend a good amount of time clipping coupons and mapping out my trip. Of course, any help is most appreciated.

 Reg. $39.99. Now $19.99. Star Wars, other characters, available. Available at Kohl's.

Reg. $39.99. Now $19.99. Star Wars, other characters, available.                                 Available at Kohl’s.

Well, the folks over at Mickey Fix are lending a very helpful hand. They have compiled all the Disney sales that they could possibly find and listed it on one convenient place. Click here to be directed to their site!

Do you have any particular Disney items on your shopping list?

Are you Black Friday shoppers, or do you prefer to sleep in and wait for Cyber Monday?

Whatever your preference may be, I think we can all agree that a Disney deal is always in season! Have fun everyone!

All Things “Star Wars” from the D23 Expo

Holy cow! There certainly is a whole lot happening with the Star Wars franchise. New movies, new games, new products, new faces, it’s overwhelming to say the least.

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The seventh installment of the Star Wars films, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will be released December 18th. Harrison Ford will return, I’m happy to say. Below is a video of Ford thanking his entusiastic fans at D23 this past weekend.

Video is courtesy of IGN.

http://www.ign.com/videos/2015/08/17/star-wars-the-force-awakens-presentation-b-roll-d23-2015

For more information on all of the exciting Star Wars developments coming our way fairly soon, I highly recommend visiting this page.

May the force be with you alllll! 🙂