Plus, the six songs that will power your ride on Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT
You can now claim your very own special real estate on Cinderella Castle with a unique new Walt Disney World offering. This story, plus how they chose six songs from a list of 100 to power Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind, and more Disney travel news.
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Claim Your Own Unique Place on Cinderella Castle as it transforms with Disney PhotoPass Photos
Disney PhotoPass Service is introducing a unique new offer called “Cinderella Castle Mural of Memories.” It will let you transform Cinderella Castle with your PhotoPass photos using augmented reality technology, brought to life through Disney’s collaboration with Snap.
Here's how it works:
Step 1: Claim Your Place on Cinderella Castle
While in Magic Kingdom park, go to Cinderella Castle and open the My Disney Experience app to see available areas where you can pin a photo. Then select an available area on Cinderella Castle.
Step 2: Select Your Disney PhotoPass Photo
Choose one of your eligible photos (to be eligible, the photo must be taken by a Disney PhotoPass photographer in a picturesque theme park location). Or, use an iconic Disney photo for your memory.
Step 3: Explore Memories and Share Your Own
See the memories of family, friends and other park Guests. You can also download your memory and share it, too!
There's a one-time fee of $9.99 per memory and includes the download of your memory photo.
Here's what you get for $9.99:
Over time, new sections of the castle will be released, so they'll be new spots to pin your memories.
Final Playlist and a Villain are Revealed for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT
Not surprisingly when Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind launches on May 27 it will have its own playlist to power your journey.
Disney Imagineers came up with a list of more than 100 potential songs for the Starjumpers’ onboard sound system. How did they narrow it down to six? The team rode the attraction over and over again testing how various tracks fit with the spirit and the movement of the coaster. They finally settled on the following six songs in their original classic versions:
You won’t know which song you're going to hear until you blast off. Plus we now know that the theme of the ride is to help stop Eson, the Celestial villain who is trying to complete an evil plan.
Connections Café & Eatery is Now Open at EPCOT
Connections Café & Eatery is open and ready to serve in the World Celebration neighborhood.
The restaurant’s design includes nods to Walt Disney’s original plans for EPCOT. There are two experiences – an eatery on one side serving lunch and dinner menus, and a café and pastry shop on the other open all day long.
When walking past Spaceship Earth on the way into the park, Connections Café and Eatery is on the left. Floor-to-ceiling windows give a full view of the open space featuring modern décor and tempting smells of pastries baking, fresh coffee brewing and burgers on the grill. Since World Celebration is located in the center of the park, Connections Café & Eatery offers some great views as well.
A colorful mural called “Global Gathering” covers one wall and reflects the heart of the restaurant – people from around the world gathering around food. It’s one of the biggest murals Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created. Take note how the scenes blend seamlessly from sunrise to sunset.
You can also see chefs at work in three show kitchens. Watch them grilling, sautéing and baking everything from burgers to pizzas and sprinkling pixie dust on fun desserts from milkshakes to waffles.
Whether it's coffee or tea, you'll find it here showcasing how various cultures enjoy their favorite drinks.
As always at WDW, don’t forget to look down. There are three original floor inlays inspired by Walt’s 1966 “Florida Project” site plans, where EPCOT was to serve as the “center” of Walt Disney World. These details honor Walt's original dream of EPCOT.
‘Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!’ Opening Summer 2022 at Animal Kingdom Park
The Nemo show is getting an update: “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!” – opens this summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.
The fully updated, 25-minute show incorporates live performers and puppets, along with many of the favorite songs from the original “Finding Nemo: The Musical.”
In addition to a new script, the show features new set pieces and a new LED video wall designed to visually extend the world created by the physical sets on stage. We aren’t talking small set pieces either. Watch for a 32-foot-long sunken submarine and a fish tank volcano standing nearly 15 feet tall.
How to Treat Mom for Mother's Day at Disneyland and Walt Disney World
Mother’s Day May 8 is almost here and Disney chefs have put their best creations forward to celebrate.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
GCH Holiday Cart
Walt Disney World Resort
Coral Reef Restaurant (available on May 8)
Disney’s All-Star Movies, Music, and Sports Resorts, World Premiere Food Court, Intermission
Food Court, End Zone Food Court (available on Mobile Order from May 4 through 11)
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Landscape of Flavors (Mobile Order from May 4 through 11)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Boma – Flavors of Africa (available on May 8)
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
BoardWalk Bakery (available on Mobile Order from May 5 through 8)
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Centertown Market & Spyglass Grill (Mobile Order from May 4 to 11)
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Contempo Café (available on Mobile Order on May 8)
Steakhouse 71 (available on May 8)
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Gasparilla’s Island Grill (Mobile Order from May 6 through 8)
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Capt. Cook’s (Mobile Order from May 6 through 8)
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Everything POP Shopping & Dinning (Mobile Order from May 4 through 11)
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside
Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory and Riverside Mill (available on Mobile Order from May 4 through 11)
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Le Petit Cafe (available May 8)
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Roaring Fork (available on Mobile Order from May 6 through 9)
Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts,
The Marketplace at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace (available on Mobile Order from May 5 through 8)
Amorette's Patisserie (available from May 6 through 9)
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