Cars Land To Open Summer 2017

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The Happiest Place on Earth will get even happier Summer 2017, with the grand opening of Cars Land at the soon to be renamed Disneytoon Studios. The exciting, new addition is the first of the upcoming expansions to the Disney Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.

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Cars Land expands Disney’s Hollywood Studios by reclaiming backlot area from the Studio Backlot Tour which closed September 27, 2014. Additionally, Cars Land will tie in with the existing Lights, Motor, Action Stunt Show, which will be closed later this year to allow for tighter integration with the Cars brand.

Cars Land will include many of your favorite attractions from California Adventure Park, like Radiator Springs Races, but will include many new attractions to be announced at a later date.



UPDATE: runDisney Frozen Princess 5K – Princess Half Marathon Weekend

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In a follow up to yesterday’s blog post about the possibility of the Princess Half Marathon Weekend, Princess 5K and Enchanted 10K races being themed Frozen this year due to the popularity of Frozen, I have an update for you.

Rumors are starting to float around the Internet about the Frozen themed 5K and 10K for Princess Half Marathon Weekend. We saw one site that stated that runDisney had released a Press Release with more details on the Frozen themed races. I am not sure if this site has been given an advanced copy of the Press Release by runDisney so they could get their blog post ready for the official release today. The quotes they are using from the PR sound very Disneyish.

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Don’t forget today at noon EST, that 9 am Pacific for you in Rio Linda, open registration for the Princess Half Marathon Weekend begins. We expect the races to sell out quickly, especially the 5k due to the prospect of a Frozen theme.

I’m hoping that this will become true as I’m looking forward to running as Olaf.

Stay tuned for more Frozen updates, as we will post them as they become available.



runDisney Frozen Princess 5K – Princess Half Marathon Weekend

frozen family 5k princess half marathon weekend If you have been paying any attention lately to the world of Disney, you will have noticed that Frozen has been a mad success. So much of a success, that Frozen has taken control of almost the entire Hollywood Studios Park for the entire summer. The Frozen Summer Fun includes a special sing-a-long with Anna and Elsa, a parade, a Frozen Funland and a special Frozen Fireworks to cap off the day.

Frozen merchandise has been flying off the shelves and the lines to see the Frozen Duo Anna and Elsa has been crazy, sometime reaching 5 hours.

For the inaugural Enchanted 10K during last year’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend, Elsa even made a special appearance at the beginning of the race.

Each year for the Princess Half Marathon, they change up the Princess 5K with a different princess. Recently they have renamed it from the Royal Family 5K to the Princess 5K. Last year it was Cinderella, in 2011 it was Mickey and Minnie Royal Family 5K. This year, could it be the Frozen 5K. Signs are there, but there is no telling, as runDisney keeps their races quiet until they are ready to Let It Go. We are also thinking that there is a possibility of the Enchanted 10K becoming the Frozen 10K, but this seems a bit less likely.

Have fun racing and don’t forget that this week marks the opening of registration for the Princess Half Marathon Weekend!



Sneak Peek Of Disney On Ice Frozen


The show we are all waiting for is set to launch in Orlando on September 5-7, 2014 as Disney on Ice takes on Frozen. Shows are mostly sold out in Orlando, but there are some tickets available for resale. Although the prices I found started at about $100 per ticket. In the mean time, check out this sneak peek video of the new show.

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Do you have tickets yet for the show? Let us know in the comments below.



Indiana Jones and Idol Out, Star Wars In… Big Changes Happening at Hollywood Studios

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Big rumors are spreading like wildfire around about the possibilities of a new Star Wars Land coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With the recent announcement by Disney stating that the American Idol Experience will be closing in January 2015, combined with the rumor from that the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular will be closing around the same time.

At statement form the Walt Disney World Company:

“After more than five successful years, The American Idol Experience will be coming to a close at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in January 2015. Our partnership with FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment has been a great addition to the park and we are very appreciative of the amazing cast and guests who have devoted their time and talent to make this experience special and memorable. We are incredibly proud of the more than 2,000 Dream Tickets that have given guests a chance to live their very own Cinderella story and audition for ‘American Idol’. This past season alone, three of the Top 13 contestants were originally discovered through The American Idol Experience and we expect the attraction to continue providing top contestants for ‘American Idol’ XIV in the coming year.”

According to Disneyatwork:

“My sources also suggest that Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is also slated to close at the end of the year. All of this is happening to make way for the major Star Wars additions coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It will surround that end of the Echo Lake corner of the park, and supposedly extend further out as well, though in what direction(s) is uncertain. What is coming in remains to be formally announced, as the attraction is also being tied to a very anticipated follow-up series starting in 2015.”

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A Star Wars Land would bring an extra exciting element to the already popular Star Wars Weekends and the new Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend put on by runDisney.

There have also been rumors suggesting WDW will be putting Cars Land in Hollywood studios. This is rumored to be slated to replace the Back Lot Tour and Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area.

What will happen when it all plays out remains to be seen, but this is exciting news as Hollywood Studios is due for some major change as much of the facility is dated.



Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Registration Opens Today

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After much anticipation, the Registration for the long awaited Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend opened today at 12 pm EST. This much sought after event is filling up fast with the Star Wars Rebel Challenge completely Sold Out, and the remaining races filling up fast. If you want this race then you better head on over to runDisney’s website and get registered.

Once you get your bib, it’s time to get a hotel room. We have a block of rooms booked at the Fairfield Anaheim, which is a quick walk over to the start of the race. We stayed at this hotel for Dumbo Double Dare last year and were very pleased with the convenience and cleanliness. You are about a 5 minute walk to the gates of Disneyland and California Adventure and about a 10 minute walk to the start line. Rooms are $135 per night plus tax and resort fees. Head on over to Destinations in Florida travel, fill out a quick form and our travel guru Jennifer will get right back to you.

While you are wrapping up your travel plans, don’t forget that special race costume. We have our brand new “The Force Runs With Me” shirts available in Men’s and Women’s sizes on Etsy. You’ll be race ready with they awesome shirt from Behind The Mouse.

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