New Attractions Revealed for Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea

New Attractions Revealed for Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are slated to get some amazing looking new attractions on 2020. Some of these new plans might be modifications of existing plans that we heard about a few years ago which included a Frozen area.

A Beauty and the Beast area of the park was previously in the plans but it looks like that idea has grown in scope. The new plans released today will see a large portion of Tomorrowland swallowed up by Fantasyland. Including the Grand Circuit Raceway and the Starjets, both set to close in 2017.

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Disney Announces Ambiguous Dates for Summer Offerings

Disney Announces Ambiguous Dates for Summer Offerings

Over the past few days, Disney has revealed their plans for the coming summer season to the blogging elite. Awaken Summer as they are calling it not only refers to new Star Wars offerings at Hollywood Studios but new additions all around the resort. While most of these announcements might sound familiar, mostly because we knew almost everything that is on the way and some new attractions still haven’t been given firm opening dates, let's try to break down what you can expect to awaken this summer.

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire has been narrowed down to June from its original summer slot. The stage show replaces Dream Along with Mickey on the Magic Kingdom's castle stage once it is finished its refurbishment. The show will feature new characters, songs, and costumes.

A Disney Junior star will be making their meet and greet debut at the Magic Kingdom. Elena of Avalor is Disney's first Latin princess. Her series will debut this summer and you can begin meeting her this August.

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Hello Kitty Begins Meeting Guests at Universal Orlando

The Hello Kitty store is officially open now in Universal Studios Florida. The shop has been open now for a few weeks, selling a wide array of Hello Kitty merchandise and treats like cupcakes and fudge. Today marks the first time you can meet Hello Kitty at the store in a new meet and greet. If you meet her, don't forget to ask, once and for all, if she is really a cat or not.

New Details on Star Wars Offerings at Hollywood Studios

Disney has released some new details and even given a sneak peek to some of the new Star Wars offerings that will be coming to Hollywood Studios starting December 1st. As the studios transforms over the next few years, guests will be desperate for options. Thankfully these new temporary and non-temporary attractions will provide adequate distractions from the endless construction walls.

Star Wars Launch Bay, which replaces the Animation Pavilion, will be host to all things Star Wars. Special exhibits and behind the scenes peeks of the Force Awakens will be there in time for the film's opening. Of course there will be all the special merchandise your little wallets can endure as well as new meet-and-greets for Chewbacca and Darth Vader.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will have several updated scenes from the Force Awakens, including a scene with the Millennium Falcon that looks very similar to one from the first trailer. You can see a sneak peek of that part below. If you ride during the first few months you'll be guaranteed to see the new scenes. After that they will fall into the the randomizer.

The Jedi Training Academy will be returning as Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple in early December. The new stage show will still feature Darth Vader but will now also feature the "Seventh Sister" who is a new character from Star Wars Rebels.

Unfortunately, the construction at the park means there will be no Star Wars Weekends this year or possibly ever again, depending on the direction Disney wants to go after the expansion is open. While these offerings are mere peanuts to the massive 14-acre expansion planned for the coming years, they are a necessary addition to a park that will need a lot of help for some time. 

First Look at Epcot's Frozen Attraction

Disney has revealed the storyline and name of the Frozen ride that is replacing Maelstrom in Epcot's Norway pavilion. 'Frozen Ever After' is a continuation of the Frozen story and not a retelling. Although some favorite moments and music from the film will be included.

You'll be transported to Arendelle's Winter in Summer Celebration where Elsa uses her magic powers to create a winter playland in the middle of summer. During the ride you'll be transported to Elsa's ice palace and then end up in the Bay of Arendelle. Sounds similar to the ending of Maelstrom. All your favorite characters will return including the Snowgies from the Frozen short. Grandpappy troll will also be there telling the story of how Anna and Kristof met.

Imagineers talked with the Wall Street Journal and confirmed that Maelstrom's track will not be changed and that the Frozen overlay will just replace the former theme. Oaken's trading post will serve as the queue. No word yet on any interactive elements but I'm sure Disney is anticipating guests spending a very long time in line. The biggest scene of the ride will be Elsa singing 'Let it Go', of course. There will be plenty of effects during this portion including simulated snow falling.

The animatronic figures that will be used in the ride are based off the same technology that is found in the dwarfs in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The dwarfs look amazing and I'm sure the technology has taken another step since their implementation. 

The biggest complaint about Frozen coming to Norway is the fact that Arendelle isn't even a real place. Disney is adding new elements to further represent real Norway in its pavilion. The name of the new building being erected to house the Anna and Elsa meet and greet will be called the 'Royal Sommerhus' and will have unique Norwegian architectural features and cultural arts and crafts of Norway. 'Frozen Ever After' is set to open in 2016.