Category Archives: Walt Disney World

Disney’s Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary Merchandise Revealed

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will mark its 20th anniversary on Earth Day, April 22, and celebrate by offering guests animal encounters, family-friendly activities, specialty desserts and of course special merchandise commemorating the milestone year.  The park  has created an unforgettable collection of merchandise inspired by the theme park’s iconic centerpiece.

© Disney

“We mixed earth tone colors with images of animals and icons reminiscent of the beautifully sculpted animal carvings found on the breathtaking Tree of Life,” explained Cody Reynolds, Senior Creative Director with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Creative Group.

From a banshee at Pandora – The World of Avatar to a Baobab tree from the Kilimanjaro Safaris attractions, artists drew more than 50 stylized animals, icons and graphics for an artwork style guide. Merchandise developers referenced this guide when creating items to ensure the overall assortment had a consistent look.

Artwork on a t-shirt and matching water bottle captures the park’s tremendous transformation during the past 20 years, and includes nods to attractions from opening day to the more recent other-worldly additions of Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage.

© Disney

“Guests love merchandise that commemorates significant moments in time,” said Katie Thompson from Global Merchandise Strategy at Disney Parks Merchandise. “This new merchandise builds on the success of recent theme park anniversary collections, and offers something for everyone looking to celebrate at Animal Kingdom throughout the upcoming year.”

© Disney

Designed to complement each other, merchandise offered includes a mix of apparel for adults and kids, home décor, accessories and other collectibles such as trading pins or jewelry by ALEX AND ANI.

© Disney

On select products, the merchandise team added hidden surprises in the artwork. A closer examination of drinkware reveals images of tiny ants strategically placed for guests to discover.

© Disney

Island Mercantile in Disney’s Animal Kingdom serves as the headquarters for the 20th anniversary assortment. Select products may also be found in shops throughout the park or via Shop Disney Parks.

Stay tuned for details about new limited release items being released at the “Party for the Planet” celebration that kicks off on Earth Day, April 22.

Reminder: Disney’s Blizzard Beach Closed Today Due to Low Temps

Disney’s Blizzard Beach will be closed Monday, April 16 due to low temperatures in the area.  The water park is expected to reopen on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will remain open to guests during this time.

For a complete list of current and upcoming refurbishments at Walt Disney World Resort, please visit our refurbishment page.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Closed Monday April 16 Due to Low Temps

Disney’s Blizzard Beach will be closed Monday, April 16 due to low temperatures in the area.  The water park is expected to reopen on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will remain open to guests during this time.

For a complete list of current and upcoming refurbishments at Walt Disney World Resort, please visit our refurbishment page.

Pixar Play Zone Opens at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Kids, ages 4–12, can now star in an adventure-packed evening filled with interactive fun, arcade games and dinner. It’s all part of the new Pixar Play Zone that opens April 13 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

While the kids play, parents can enjoy their own getaway throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

The new Walt Disney World entertainment experience is a pilot program that takes place nightly from 6-10:30 p.m. It transports young guests to a world full of excitement and adventure with their favorite characters from Disney•Pixar animated films “Toy Story” and “The Incredibles!”

Pixar Play Zone encompasses several elaborately themed spaces.

© Disney

Big time fun awaits in The Living Room. There’s Space Ranger Training where kids learn what it takes to become a Jr. Space Ranger of Star Command, including how to master the call of the Space Ranger, “To infinity and beyond!”

© Disney

Then, Woody and Jessie will show them the ropes of the Wild West during Woody’s Roundup – complete with a sing along for a rootin’ tootin’ good time.

Around the corner, toys of all kinds are waiting to play in Bonnie’s Play Room.

© Disney

Radiator Springs Racetrack is where youngsters can build their own racecars and send them down a soapbox derby racetrack in the Piston Cup Derby Races.

© Disney

The evening builds to an Incredibles Super Dance Party where kids learn super sweet moves with Mr. Incredible and Mrs. Incredible.

© Disney

Doors open for registration at 5 p.m. nightly. Children must be toilet-trained. Activities and entertainment are subject to change.

© Disney

The immersive Pixar Play Zone experience costs $65 plus tax per child. Availability is limited and reservations are strongly recommended, by calling 407-824- KIDS (5437).

‘Incredibles 2’ Sneak Peek Coming Soon to Disney Parks

For a limited time, guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort can catch a sneak peek of  Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2.”

Disney Parks guests will be the first to enjoy an exclusive glimpse at the first ten minutes of the film during the sneak peek. Check out this special message from film star Samuel L. Jackson as he shares his excitement for the upcoming offering.

 

The sneak peek will arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure park on May 18.  Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios can stop by the Walt Disney Presents theater and enjoy clips from the upcoming film. Guests visiting Disney California Adventure park can stop by Sunset Showcase Theater, where the sneak peek will be presented in 3D with stunning in-theater special effects.

In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.

While the Parr family captivates audiences on the big screen, Guests at Disney Parks will enjoy incredible new offerings this summer. The Incredicoaster opens with Pixar Pier on June 23 and will bring the Parr family racing alongside you in an attempt to catch baby Jack-Jack! In addition to the upcoming Pixar Pier, guests can already experience Pixar Fest, a limited-time celebration of friendship and beyond featuring new nighttime celebrations, beloved Pixar characters and more.

You can check out the official trailer below:

Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2 opens in theaters June 15, 2018.