Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks Book Review

Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks Book Review

Missing the holidays at the Disney Parks this year? Check out George’s review of Holiday Magic at Disney Parks, the new book by Graham Allen, Rebecca Cline, and Charlie Price. The new Disney book celebrating Christmas and Halloween at the Disney Parks features over 1,900 photos!

Disney Publishing sent a review copy and I couldn’t wait to make a preview video for you.

Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks Video Review

If you won’t be able to visit this parks this year, is this book a good substitute?

This large-format coffee table-sized book will enchant you with photos from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and more. It’s hard to imagine that Disney could capture all of the magical details of their celebrations worldwide. They cover the twelve parks, cruise ships, resorts, and shopping districts. There is something for every fan of the parks, including a rich look at the history of the holidays starting at Disneyland.

The price tag seems hefty at first, until you crack it open and leaf through the pages. You’ll notice that there are four to five pictures per page. And at 384 pages, that’s almost as many photos as I take each visit!

 

Along with the Disney Monorail book, you have two fantastic reads for this holiday season. Are you going to get both? As a general rule, Disney books have small print runs and go out-of-print fairly quickly. If you wait too long, the price will skyrocket.

Are you going to order the holiday book for yourself or as a gift?


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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Spoiler-Free Review

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Spoiler-Free Review

Have you had a chance to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, yet?

The state-of-the-art attraction opened on December 5, 2019. I had the opportunity to check it out about a week later. I had to show up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at 6:00 A.M. to try and get in a boarding group. At the time, Disney was letting guests into the park up to two hours before official opening times, but they weren’t letting people know beforehand. After talking to friends, it seems like Disney has gone back to a more normal schedule.

Is Rise of the Resistance Worth It? Check out my video:

I’m not a fan of spoilers. Case in point, I don’t watch trailers of forthcoming films. I also stay away from as much information about future attractions, which includes avoiding social media until I’ve experienced the attraction. During the build-up to Rise of the Resistance, I had only seen two images, which still offered major spoilers.

Let’s see…if I-4 is backed up to Turkey Lake Road, then who do I get to Islands of Adventure to ride the Spider-Man attraction?

Disney had been giving out 125 boarding passes per day, with each boarding pass allowing 40 guests. During the previous week and the past week, Disney shuttered the attraction before the final boarding groups (usually around 3:00-5:00, but not always).

So, if you weren’t in one of the first 50 groups, the chances were that your boarding group could be cancelled. If that happened, Disney has been giving out return fast passes and single day ticket media (but don’t quote me on that). The return fast passes are causing Disney to schedule fewer boarding passes, as well.

I’ve compared notes with other people, and it seems as if Disney has two queues that they are currently using. I think that I experienced the normal standby queue. There also seems to be a Fast Pass queue and there might be a singe ride queue opening soon.

Do I Still Dislike Galaxy’s Edge?

After visiting the first time (shortly after opening), I wasn’t excited about Galaxy’s Edge. The Smuggler’s Run attraction disappointed me more than I thought it would. Frankly, I had only visited Galaxy’s Edge once in since the opening.

Check out my initial thoughts on Galaxy’s Edge!

I have to admit that my thoughts and feelings about Galaxy’s Edge changed after experiencing Rise of the Resistance. I wish Disney had waited to debut the entire land at one time.

What Do You Think About Rise of the Resistance?

 

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge…Hit or Miss?

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge…Hit or Miss?

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open but not necessarily to rave reviews. I visited the week after opening and a second time to make sure I felt the same way.

Any time that a new land is open, it should be cause for celebration. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure saw saw a lengthy wait to even get into the land. When Pandora opened at Animal Kingdom, people waited hours to get visit the 12-acre area.

She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid. She’s the most expensive photo opp in the galaxy.

When Galaxy’s Edge opened at Disneyland, the reviews were disastrous. I spoke with colleagues at Mice Chat who were flummoxed at how disappointing the experience was.

So, how does the 14-acre Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios fare?

Is it a hit or a miss?

Check out my video review and walk-though of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World

What did you think about this brand new land at Disney World? Was it missing anything? What was your favorite part?

Check out my visit to Toy Story Land and Star Wars Launch Bay from last year. I really had high expectations for Galaxy’s Edge.

Check out the trash cans: they look gross and dirty. Going for realism is fine, but trash cans shouldn’t look gross.

What do you think about Galaxy’s Edge? Is it s hit or a miss?


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Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at Hollywood Studios

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at Hollywood Studios

Anytime Disney debuts a new ride, it’s cause for excitement. How does Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios stack up to the competition?

Check out my video review below to hear my thoughts on this new attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The Sunset Showcase building originally opened in December 2015 as a special events space. It originally hosted Club Disney (a dance party for kids) and a Club Villains show.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy Video Review

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The Lightning McQueen animatronic is one of the most impressive figures that I’ve seen in a long time. It’s not a long attraction, but it is a people eater and it’s a much-needed attraction for the transitional Hollywood Studios park. There’s not a lot of younger kids to do, especially with their families.

I like that Disney was able to create an attraction that is temporary and I would like to see it happen more often. It’s a great to capitalize on an extremely popular franchise.

What do you think about the new Lightning McQueen attraction?


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Muppetvison Posters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Muppetvison Posters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Now that I’m a Florida resident, my time spent in the parks is more relaxed. Instead of rushing from attraction-to-attraction, I spend time milling around and being a general nuisance. No, strike that…I spend time checking out all of the details. I used to pay attention, but now there is more time to linger and soak things in. I’ve always been enchanted with the Muppets and MuppetVision is  tour-de-force when it comes to properly presenting a franchise. As you exit the theater, there are several posters that always caught my attention, but I never had the time to stop and check them out.

The Muppet Posters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Ricky Rat Show – wonderful Muppet gags featuring wordplay lampooning popular songs and plays. Who doesn’t love Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem? Frankie’s Formal Wear is a nod to the penguin orchestra. Make sure to check out their guarantee! Rowlf the Dog is a fan-favorite and has been since 1962. Rowlf is available exclusively on Dog-Eared Records. Fozzie Bear has always been my favorite Muppet. He was dad jokes long before dad jokes became a thing.

Who is your favorite Muppet and why? What do you think about MuppetVision?


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Disney’s Hollywood Studios VLOG

Disney’s Hollywood Studios VLOG

I spent some time hanging out at Disney’s Hollywood Studios exploring the Star Wars, Muppets and Toy Story areas. I ran into a lot of new things and some older Disney details that I had not seen in a while.

Check out my video: Jedi, Toy Story, Muppets, Oh My!

What is your favorite thing to do at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?



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