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D23 2017: The Top Questions We Hope Are Answered

Ahead of the 2017 Disney D23 Expo, many rumors swirled around the internet about what will be revealed. Yesterday began with the unveiling of an amazing Star Wars Land model that shows the amazing detail planned for this new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We also learned more about Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2. Today, we expect to get more of the big questions addressed. Here are the top questions we hope are answered this weekend.

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What changes are coming for the Epcot entrance plaza? This area has received little change since opening in 1982, and could definitely use an update. We are hearing the Leave a Legacy sculptures will be moving, which would open up the area and make room for something new and modern.

Will Journey into Imagination with Figment be overhauled with new Inside Out theming? If this one is true, we hope Figment remains in the attraction – he’s one of our favorite characters.

Is a new country being added to World Showcase, and it will be Brazil as the rumors say? The area between Italy and Germany would be the prime space for this new pavilion and Brazil would be the first South American country at Epcot.

Will Guardians of the Galaxy be replacing Ellen’s Energy Adventure? We can only hope! No offense to Ellen and Bill Nye, but this attraction is very outdated and takes up a lot of space in Future World that could be better utilized.


Hollywood Studios:

Is The Great Movie Ride going to be replaced with a new attraction based on Mickey Mouse? Mickey definitely deserves his own ride. After all, where would we be without him?

Will Hollywood Studios be getting a new name soon?  This park began a MGM Studios, and got its first name change in 2008. In 2015, CEO Bob Iger confirmed that a name change was in the near future due to all the changes coming to the park. A rumored candidate for the new name is Disney’s Movie Adventure.


What Else?

We are sure to hear updates for Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, and beyond the parks. What updates are you looking forward to hearing out of The D23 Expo this year? Follow along with us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for the latest news.


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Disney World 4th of July Fireworks Live Stream

Disney World will live stream its 4th of July fireworks, “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” from Magic Kingdom tonight at 8:55. Head on over to the Disney Parks Blog (look for their most recent post) to watch the show if you can’t be there in person. Fireworks will begin at 9:00.

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From Wishes to Happily Ever After – Walt Disney World Replacing its Nighttime Show at Magic Kingdom

Faith steps in and sees you through.

On May 11, 2017, Disney’s nighttime fireworks show at Magic Kingdom, Wishes, will have its final show. Happily Ever After, the new show, will debut May 12. Reactions from Disney fans range from devastated to hopeful.

Over the past 14 years, Wishes has been a favorite of visitors to Walt Disney World. The story of believing in your wishes and dreams, and being careful what you wish for, has tugged at the heartstrings of the young and old. So the new show has a lot to live up to.

We first saw Wishes in 2005 on our honeymoon, so it has special meaning to us. We make a point to see it multiple times every trip, even getting park hopper passes just so we can return to Magic Kingdom after spending the day at another park. We’ve even watched Wishes from the Polynesian beach on a trip to Orlando when we didn’t have any park tickets. When we heard that Wishes would be ending, we were not happy at all! So, you can say it’s going to take a lot for this new show to impress us.

That being said, I’ve learned to never judge something from Disney before you have experienced it yourself. This past week, the Disney Parks Blog released a preview of Happily Ever After and I have to admit the music was promising. Disney’s castle projections have always been impressive and who doesn’t like lasers, but I hope the story makes it a show that goes beyond just visually appealing.

In just a few days (hopefully sometime this summer for us) people will get to experience it for themselves. I predict that some will hate it, some will love it, and others will be somewhere in the middle. Or maybe it will be so amazing that we all develop a new love. Only time will tell.