Category Archives: Disney

Disney’s Haunted Mansion – Man in the Spiderweb: Real or Hoax?

For years I’ve heard this story about the Haunted Mansion staircase scene at Walt Disney World that I wanted to dig into. Like many legends regarding Disney’s mansions, you often never know fact from fiction.  In this particular yarn, the story goes that when the Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion first opened in 1971, there

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Final Performance of The Lion King at Shanghai Disneyland October 8, 2017

As predicted months ago here at Theme Park University, the first Broadway version of The Lion King performed in Mandarin at Shanghai Disneyland will come to a close on October 8, 2017. Shanghai Disneyland recently made the announcement via their WeChat account (the Chinese equivalent of Facebook) to let their followers know that there are

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Halloween Version of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout Opening Fall 2017?

By now, you’ve probably heard about Disneyland’s annual Mickey’s Halloween Party expanding to Disney’s California Adventure for the 2017 season. As announced at the D23 Expo, Cars Land will get a Halloween makeover just in time for the start of the Halloween parties. Two attractions will get their own unique seasonal make-over where Mater’s Junkyard

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Tomorrowland Speedway STAYING In the Magic Kingdom Despite Rumors

Isn’t the internet wonderful? A few days ago rumor leaked that a Tron coaster clone of Shanghai Disneyland was headed to the Magic Kingdom. And as we recently found out at the 2017 D23 Parks panel, they were right! Pitchforks were at the ready for many and I’m sure there was some sort of silly

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Universe of Energy Closing August 13th 2017

At the D23 Expo 2017, it was announced that a new Guardians of the Galaxy would be replacing the Universe of Energy at Epcot. We now have confirmation that the attraction will be closing August 13, 2017. The Universe of Energy was an original opening attraction at Epcot and even though Ellen DeGeneres was added

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CONFIRMED: 3rd New Cruise Ship Announced for Disney Cruise Line

Originally announced at the 2016 Walt Disney Company Annual Shareholders meeting, Bob Iger told investors that two new ships would be joining the Disney Cruise Line fleet. It turns out that they decided to up the ante by adding a 3rd new cruise ship to the existing fleet, bringing the number of Disney Cruise Line

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SURPRISE! New Broadway Style Theater Coming to the Magic Kingdom

In a surprise announcement, D23 announced a new Broadway Style theater will be headed to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The new theater will be located just behind Main Street and will be accessed via the new walkway between The Plaza Restaurant and the Tomorrowland Terrace. This new theater will be similar in

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CONFIRMED Star Wars Hotel Opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Pack your bags! Dreams of a Star Wars Hotel are indeed a reality. Disney confirmed the opening of the new ultra themed Star Wars hotel at the 2017 D23 Disney Parks and Resorts panel.  Opening at Walt Disney World.   “It’s unlike anything that exists today.” Bob said. “From the second you arrive, you will become

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Ratatouille Ride Confirmed for Epcot at 2017 D23

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story said Impressions De France was going away. We have been unofficially informed that this attraction will stay and is being updated.  As part of the major overhaul for Epcot, it has been officially confirmed at the 2017 D23 convention that Ratatouille: The Adventure will be opening in

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Great Movie Ride Officially Closing August 13th

At the D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, it was announced that the Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios would close on August 13, 2017. It will be replaced with Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad. From the Disney Parks Blog:   On Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you’ll step through the movie screen and join Mickey and

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