Guardians of Galaxy takes over the classic Tower of Terror !

Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride at the Disney California Adventure is going to be remodeled with a Guardians of the Galaxy theme!!

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The attraction is called Mission: Breakout is said to open in the summer of 2017. Tower of Terror will have its final drop in early January.

The concept for the revised theme is said that when you walk in you will be walking into a fortress-like museum run by the mysterious Collector.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy have become the Collector’s latest prized possession, suspended in display cases over a vast abyss.

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Rocket the raccoon escapes and plans to rescue his fellow Guardians involving the audience and the museum’s elevator.

How do you feel about the new take of “Guardians of Galaxy” on an old classic ride?

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Disney Legend Robin Williams Passes Away but Continues to Live On

It was only yesterday that I found out that Robin Williams had passed away, age 63, he committed suicide and one of the leading cause was depression. I’m still processing the news and it’s shocking– I’ve watched the movies he made and he had is always an inspiration to me. I believe his genuine love to help others and make others laugh can be felt through his work from “Patch Adams”, “Hook”, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, and of course, as Genie in “Aladdin”.

Photo from our friends at Discovering The Magic Kingdom: An Unofficial Disneyland Vacation Guide

I wonder what had happened to make him leave this world and only wished that there was something I could’ve done. Depression is a very hard enemy to fight, it’s not physical or tangible, even though there may be someone there, often times it is in the inner level of a person that is the biggest struggle.  

To the Robin Williams’ family and friends, I’m so sorry for your loss, Robin Williams is a true legend and his legacy will live on. I hope that Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California will plan a tribute to Robin Williams, a genuine kind individual. Genie would say, “you’ve never had a friend like me” and he’s right– I’ve never had a friend like Robin Williams who has been a part of my life and will continue to be a part of my life and continue on through my future kids.

Do you think they should pay a tribute to Robin Williams? If so, how do you think they should? Let us know below, and thank you. 

Ten Tips for First Timers

A Disney vacation is something every child dreams about. So whether you’re taking your kids, or are just young at heart, a first trip (or any trip for that matter) can be a wonderful and magical vacation. It isn’t called, “the Happiest Place on Earth” for nothing! While Disney does have its own Vacation Planning Guide DVD, here are my top 10 tips for first timers!

1. Look at the online maps. You can find them here. By looking at the maps ahead of time, you can get a rough idea of what rides you want to ride, what restaurants you want to eat, where the nearest bathrooms or baby centers are, and where you can find the character meet and greets. Even if you decide to be spontaneous and skip using a map (or a map app) in the park, it still helps to have a tentative game plan. This way, you won’t be wasting valuable time scrambling around trying to zig zag from one area to the next in order to get everything you want done.

aua2. Make a list of what everyone in your party wants to do, and have everyone pick their “Top Three”. For example, if your toddler loves the movie, The Little Mermaid, eating at Ariel’s Grotto or riding the Ariel’s Undersea Adventure may be good choices for your family. If your son is really into Star Wars, you might want to take him on Star Tours or have him train with the Jedi Academy. You get the idea.

htot3. Rides- Everyone has their favorites… since I am a native Californian and have more experience with Disneyland than Disney World, here are my recommendations:

For kids: Dumbo, the Teacups, and in California Adventure, there’s the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Live Puppet Show.

For thrill seekers: Hollywood Tower of Terror (in California Adventure), Space Mountain, and Splash Mountain (it’s pretty slow for 99% of the ride, but the drop makes it worth it).

For tired feet and for people who just want to relax: The Disneyland Train, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and watching parades they have going on.

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4. Parades- Parades are wonderful. I have always loved The Electrical Parade and was thoroughly devastated when they moved it to Disney World… both the first and second time. But Disney does have a lot of wonderful live entertainment and their parade floats are beautifully detailed and everything is exceptionally choreographed. Just remember, whatever you are seeing, make sure you get there early!!!!! Prime locations fill up quickly, and it isn’t very pleasant to go and watch the parade standing three or four rows back and trying to bob and weave around other guests.

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5. Eating– If you’re traveling with another person, or in a group where you are able to leave someone behind (obviously if you have small children and are by yourself, this won’t work), waiting for a parade to start can be a great time to eat! You can select where you’d like to watch the parade, and then send someone in your party to order food and drinks, and bring it back to your location. This way, you can have a nice picnic on the curb (or wherever you’re sitting). It’s perfect for filling your stomach, and making the time go by faster… which is great if you have kids… or just get impatient like me.

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6. Characters– If you’re going with kids, or are as obsessed as I am, taking pictures and getting autographs with the characters is a must. As mentioned above, try to make a list of which characters you would like to see. Due to the popularity of the movie Frozen, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa are in high demand, and guests can be waiting hours to see them (though I have heard Disneyland’s line is shorter than Disney World’s, but who’s to say on any given day?). Talk to a cast member and try and find out when the best time to see a character is or where they will be.

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7. Prepare beforehand! If your child is terrified of Santa and the Easter Bunny, he probably won’t be too thrilled about hugging a five foot mouse, no matter how many times he has seen Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or worn images of him on his clothing. You can get a general idea of how your child will react if your child has met other mascots at a local community event.

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8. Shopping– Like preparing to meet characters, there are some things you can do beforehand, like shopping. Target, Walmart, Dollar Tree, and the Disney Store are all great places to get Disney merchandise and souvenirs. You can either give your child and family as gifts to announce your trip, a way to entertain them while traveling in the car or on the plane, or you can give them while you’re on your vacation. Odds are your child will be equally happy to have a Minnie Mouse fan or a light up Buzz Lightyear, or even just some simple glowsticks, that might have costed you a fortune at a Disney theme park.

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9. Souvenirs– You may want to peruse Disneystore.com in their Disney Parks section to see some of the souvenirs you can find there. In addition to clothing and toys, you can find autograph books, Mickey Mouse glove mitts, and a wide variety of Duffy the Disney Bear items. (Think Flat Stanley Meets Build-a-Bear… ). If you do want to buy souvenirs from one of the theme parks, I recommend doing it at the very end, so you won’t be carrying the souvenirs around.

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10. Fastpasses– While the fastpass system is changing (they are moving away from a paper system to a band system at Disney World, and assuming that goes well, it will most likely occur at Disneyland and the other parks as well), fastpasses are worth taking advantage of. First, they are free. Second, they allow you to go on certain rides during a scheduled time (you have an hour time slot to get in line for whatever attraction you have), which depending on the wait, can mean that you have a much shorter wait. Just remember, when it comes to fastpasses, there are some very important tips to remember: They are very strict about the timeslot, so make sure you are in line sometime during that hour and if you are early, they will not let you through, and they have gotten very strict about people returning late and may not be able to use it at all.

Make sure you see how long the “Standby” wait is. It may not be worth it to get a fastpass if the wait time is only ten or fifteen minutes. Finally, since you are only allowed one fastpass at a time, I recommend waiting near the fastpass machine of something else you want to go on, right around the time of your first fastpass being ready to use. For example, if you have a fastpass from 12:00-1:00pm for Space Mountain, and want to go on Splash Mountain next, I would go to Splash Mountain right at 12:00pm. Then you can get a fastpass for that and start waiting for that one to become available while walking back to Space Mountain to ride that.

Those are a few of my favorite Disneyland tips for newbies. What are yours?

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This Friday: Happy Lunar New Year 2014, Year of the Horse!

Happy Lunar New Year!

I want to wish everyone a Happy Lunar New Year, coming from an Asian background, I wish to accept my culture and enjoy the weekend celebration.horseyear

Every year of the Chinese lunar calendar, one of 12 animal symbols of the Chinese zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar are represented. This year is the year of the Horse (馬 午), if you’re born on these years: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918, 1906— it’s your year. I’m told that the horse year is a year of improving oneself, those who are the year of the horse are bright, warm-hearted, intelligent, and energetic.

disneylandlunarAt Disneyland, the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration begins January 31 – February 2, at Disney California Adventure park from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be a Chinese dragon dance troupe, lion dancers and Vietnamese and Korean dance groups will join Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Mulan and Mushu in Paradise Garden for the celebration.

Chinese Mandarin: 新年快乐 (xin nian kuai le) / 新年好 (xin nian hao)

Chinese Cantonese: sun lin fi lok / kung hé fat tsoi

Indonesian: selamat tahun baru

Korean: 새해 복 많이 받으세요 (seh heh bok mani bat uh seyo)

Vietnamese: Chúc Mừng Nǎm Mới / Cung Chúc Tân Niên / Cung Chúc Tân Xuân

Japanese: あけまして おめでとう ございます (akemashite omedetô gozaimasu)

This Could Affect You– Disney Creates New Disability Program!!

Beginning next month, Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort no longer allows visitors with disabilities instant access to rides, why? It is all thanks to those who have abused the policy— Disney visitors were able to get guest assistance card to get quicker access to rides, either by entering through exit doors or by bypassing the main lines.

While researching a book, a social researcher, found out that some wealthy park visitors were hiring disabled people to pretend to be family members so they could skip lines.

Why can’t disabled guests show proof of disability and just keep doing what they are doing? Well, confidentiality laws prohibit pertinent questions to be asked, Disney has worked with disability groups, such as Autism Speaks, to develop this new process.

It has been rumored that starting October 9th, guests with a new disability access card will be issued a ticket with a time to enter an attraction, so they don’t have to stay in line– much like a fastpass… but not.

How is it different? Well, FastPasses are issues a limited number per hour for certain attractions, but guests using the new disability card would get a return time based on the actual wait time for the ride.

Disney will release more details of the program as soon as we get closer to October 9th.

UPDATE: Info on the new program can be found on the Disney Parks site at http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/disney-parks-disability-access-service-card-fact-sheet/

 

What do you think of Disney’s new program? Will this affect you? Comment below.

 

Jenny and Nick Engaged at Disney California Adventure

Our home away from home is Disneyland. We booked a small vacation through Linda Galloup from Mouse Vacations and More (her e-mail is lingallo2@aol.com) www.facebook.com/mickeyvacationsbylindagalloup, and she got us an awesome deal for 2 nights and 3 days at Disneyland’s Paradise Pier Hotel with premium view. She even took the time to wait for when the amount of the hotel room would drop in order to book the lowest price on top of taking the initiative to ask about our annual pass to get a further discount. Linda even surprised us with a free VIP World of Color Dining experience where we could choose where to eat from 3 places: Carthay Circle, Ariel’s Grotto, or the Winery. We choose the Carthay Circle because we’ve never been there and the atmosphere is romantic.

I received a letter in the mail which was from Linda and I assumed it was just a “Thank you” letter, but when I opened the Cinderella and Prince Charming card, there was a $25 Disney gift card to celebrate our anniversary with a note that thanked us for everything.

Look what came in the mail!

I was really surprised to receive something after we had booked spontaneously and in a hurry. I asked her for help in booking my trip and she responded in less than 30 minutes, and I don’t know about you, but I value fast response time. Linda and I messaged through Facebook which was just an easier way of communication for me, and she was very open to help me that way– there was none of that “fill out this form” deal, just good old fashion communication.

The day finally arrived! It was a beautiful day August 26, 2013. I had packed the night before, and I was looking forward to the night—my boyfriend, Nick, and I had been going out for 6 years and we needed a little vacation away from our worries, stress, and pressure. We walked into the Paradise Pier Hotel and checked in, they gave us “Happy Anniversary” buttons and we were told that Mickey and Minnie stopped by to drop off a signed photo for us. Another surprise occurred when our hotel room was upgraded to the 10th floor.

Entrance into the lobby of Paradise Pier

We came to our room and, to me, it felt like a huge weight from my shoulders was lifted. The room was beautifully adorned with Disney themes; a Mickey Mouse lamp, a Goofy poster, and the view… The view was breathtaking.

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What a dream! We had brought Martinelli Sparkling Apple Cider with us to celebrate our special occasion and loved every moment of our trip so far. There was a doorknob menu where you can check mark what you wanted for breakfast and room service would bring it up to you in the morning. Nick and I decided to try it out and we both wanted Mickey waffles, Nick got bananas and I got wild berries, after putting it on the doorknob it was lights out for us because we knew the next day was going to be a big day for us.

August 27, 2013—6 years together seems like a long time, but I remember the days when we first met at Redlands Emergency Services Academy for police and firefighters. He ran behind me and cheered me on as I struggled to keep running, shared his tater tots with me during lunch, and consoled me when I had a hard time in the academy. I never knew we would be together, but now I look back and I realize, he had always been there for me.

We began our anniversary morning with a long bath and shower and then we got dressed. The Mickey waffles came right on time, it was a real treat to have breakfast in the room especially Mickey waffles with a beautiful Disney view just outside the window.

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After we ate we went to the Alice in Wonderland ride (because it’s usually crowded), then we went to the Buzz Lightyear ride for a little competition fun, and on some other rides until we decided to go back to the hotel to change and get ready for the Carthay Circle dinner.

We approached the Carthay Circle at Disney California Adventure and we were really excited, this was a new restaurant to try out, and from the pictures on the internet the food looked amazing and the atmosphere was romantic and adorned with intricate details that replicate what Walt Disney saw in Los Angeles’ Carthay Circle Theater.

The beautiful Carthay Circle

In the front lounge area there was a bar in the right room, but people not dining could order snacks in the front lounge.

Areas for ordering snacks

The second story is where the diners eat and they are very strict about who goes up.

Steps leading to where the diners eat

Nick and I were ushered upstairs and sat down to begin our celebratory dinner. The service was amazing and our waitress was very nice in explaining that the Carthay Circle Restaurant was built after the Carthay Circle Theater which was one of the most famous movie palaces back in 1926. Walt Disney’s first animated feature length film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and even Disney’s Fantasia (1940) were shown in the old theater. The restaurant, therefore, allows guests to experience the ambiance of how the Carthay Circle Theater might have been like back in the days.

Foods they offered at the Carthay Circle Restaurant

In the middle of the appetizers and main course, a little boy ran up to Nick handing him a white box which I mistook for a toy, because it was bigger than the ring boxes that are normally given.

In my mind, I was thinking “Really! Someone needs to watch their kid better”, but the little boy was too cute so it was hard not to smile since Nick was so nice to the little boy and then I took a second look and said out loud, “Is that Phoenix?” and I was right! Phoenix is Nick’s nephew who was only one and half years old. I turned around and saw Crystal (Nick’s sister) and my initial reaction was to give her a hug/hello.

Nick got up and came around the other side of the table (I bet he was thinking wait, don’t leave to give her a hug) because at that moment, he went down on one knee—and opened the white box.

Nick proposing to me

Nick proposing to me

It was so surreal, I just remember hearing, “6 years together” and “Will you marry me?” , I was so happy and when I said “Yes”, in the background I heard, “she said yes” and all of a sudden everyone including some of the cast members who came out to watch were clapping and saying congratulations.

At that moment, I wished that I could freeze everything. The moment was something I could never describe in words. Happiness? New beginning? Or perhaps, it is simply true love.

My engagement ring designed as a crown. Yes, there is a story behind this, but for another time

My engagement ring designed as a crown. Yes, there is a story behind this, but for another time

We finished our meal and ended the night watching World of Color. My favorite part of World of Color is when they play “So Close” from Disney’s Enchanted—Nick and I would look at each other and we knew, in our hearts, we were meant for each other.

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Thanks for reading!

JennyandNick

With Disney Love,

Jenny and Nick

3 Park- All Night at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

Have you been following MyDisneyCloud’s Official Facebook page? When we heard about the 3 park all nighter event that will be happening at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, we immediately posted about it on our page. Well, here’s a little bit more info on the event.

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This 3 park all-night party is happening at the Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland, as well as at Disney California Adventure park in California. The parks will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time.

Where: Florida, Magic Kingdom Park

  •  “Monsters University” theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” day parade.
  •  Appearances in Tomorrowland and extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning.
  • Dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella Castle.

Where: California

  • Party at both parks with special entertainment including: a “Monsters University” “TLT Monstrous” Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland and late-night Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s ToonTown at Disneyland park.
  • The new Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre at Disneyland park will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing.
  • Disney California Adventure park will have photo opportunities with new “Monsters University” “Dorms” in Hollywood Land.
  • New “Monsters University” float leading the Pixar Play Parade.

Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis and Mike shared the news, “This summer, Disney Parks are bursting with a monstrous lineup of new thrills, shows and happenings…Guests can start Memorial Day Weekend with a 24-hour-marathon of memory-making as three parks stay open all day and all night to celebrate the bi-coastal kick-off of our Disney Parks Monstrous Summer.”

All three parks will feature limited-edition specialty merchandise and food and beverage offerings plus other surprises throughout the entire day.

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