Toy Story Land Model Now on Display at Walt Disney Presents

Today, Walt Disney Presents opened its doors to  a re-imagined version of the One Man’s Dream attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to offering guests a new look at the past, present and future of Disney Parks.

One of the exciting pieces of the “future” that Walt Disney Presents showcases is a model of the park’s Toy Story Land expansion, which will be on display for guests to view starting today.

The Toy Story Land expansion, which will open in Summer 2018, will shrink guests to the size of a toy and allow them to explore all the fun of Andy’s backyard, which as you can see in these images, has been delightfully filled with familiar toys and sights from the “Toy Story” films.

You can also see some of the charming detail our Imagineers have created for this new land and its two major attractions – Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers.

The Slinky Dog Dash attraction will be a family coaster themed as if Andy used his Mega Coaster Play Kit to build the ultimate coaster for Slinky. The land’s other major attraction, Alien Swirling Saucers, has been designed as a toy play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet, in which Aliens are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture guests’ rocket toy vehicles with “The Claw.”

But the Toy Story Land model isn’t the only exciting draw to Walt Disney Presents. Tracing Disney history from Walt Disney’s beginning sketches, photos and storyboards, the attraction celebrates milestones in Disney film and theme park history up through today and beyond. Expect to see models, maquettes, sketches, artist renderings, a portion of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge model, concept art for the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction and more.

Walt Disney Presents will also continue to host greetings with characters like Star-Lord and baby Groot, plus special sneak previews of upcoming Disney films.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Offer Fantasmic Dessert and VIP Viewing Experience

Beginning September 8th, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will offer a new Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience.

It will all start at the Fantasmic! theater where guests will pick up their snacks inspired by the show. Menu items will feature a variety of sweet and salty treats for adults or children such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheese and crackers and make-your-own “worms and dirt” pudding.

Each guest also receives a light-up cup with a specialty drink (alcoholic optional for Guests 21 and older), along with a bottle of water.

After everyone  picks up their food and beverage, they’ll be directed to a VIP reserved seating area for Fantasmic!

The Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience costs $39 per adult  and $19 per child (ages 3 to 9).

Reservations can be made now online.

Chef Mickey’s Relocation to Convention Center Cancelled

Three weeks ago we had reported that Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort would be moving to the resort’s convention center due to the restaurant needing some unplanned maintenance.  Walt Disney World has now announced that Chef Mickey’s will no longer be temporarily relocating to the convention center in late July.

The maintenance that was scheduled expected to begin on July 28th and last through August 13th has now been cancelled, and the restaurant will be operating as normal.

D23 Announces 2016 Event Schedule

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In 2016, D23 will expand member events with more experiences on the East Coast and new twists on current favorites.*

D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experiences

In 2015, D23 Members had the opportunity to explore hidden Disney gems—such as the Animation Research Library—while hearing stories from Disney luminaries such as Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith and animator Andreas Deja. In 2016, D23 will bring back this popular event with incredible guests and new locations, while adding even more surprises and a special gift.

Special Screenings on the Disney Studio Lot and at Walt Disney World Resort

 In 2016, D23 will once again offer special screenings on both coasts of Disney favorites including Alice in WonderlandFinding Nemo, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Plus, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Reluctant Dragon, D23 will hold a special screening event on the Studio lot including special guests, picture spots, and more surprises.

D23’s Lunch With a Disney Legend

 Following a year that included exclusive luncheons with such luminaries as former Imagineer Orlando Ferrante and voice actress Kathryn Beaumont, D23 will be bringing back the popular event series on the Walt Disney Studios lot, as well as adding events on the East Coast. The first event will be at Walt Disney World Resort with Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway, who helped open Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, and Disneyland Paris.

D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives

 D23 Gold Member-exclusive tours of the historic Studio lot and Walt Disney Archives in Burbank return, highlighting historic moments from Disney film, television, and theme parks—and in 2016 we will be enhancing the experience with a very special new location to be announced soon.

Advance Screenings

This year, D23 Members were able to attend previews of Cinderella and Inside Out in cities such as New York, Orlando, Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Next year, in partnership with The Walt Disney Studios, D23 will screen a selection of upcoming releases. And for those guests who may not live in the cities where movies are screened, D23 Gold Members across the country will be selected at random to receive complimentary movie passes, which will be included in issues of Disney twenty-three, D23’s quarterly publication.

D23 Member Nights at Newsies—On Tour

 Disney fans are cheering for the Tony® Award-winning Newsies, now on tour. In 2016, guests in Salt Lake City, Portland, and other cities around the country are invited to see the show with premium seats on special nights and a talk-back with the cast following the show.

Member Mixers Around the Country

After giving members a peek at the reimagined Disney Stores in Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Kentucky, in 2016, Disney Store will once again invite D23 Members for exclusive mornings of shopping, discounts, games, and goodies. Also this past year, D23 held mixers including Breakfast on Broadway in New York and Never Had a Friend Like D23 events to celebrate Aladdin in Phoenix, Sacramento, and Seattle. Look for more mixers in cities around the country in 2016.

Mickey’s of Glendale

The Walt Disney Imagineering employee store will once again offer shopping opportunities to D23 Gold Members at Walt Disney World Resort and in Southern California. Guests will be able to peruse collectibles and pick up official Imagineering merchandise. Dates to be announced in 2016.

D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration—Beauty and the Beast

Following D23’s first “Home Edition” of Fanniversary, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Lady and the Tramp, D23 in 2016 will bring fans around the world unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the spectacular, Academy Award®-winning animated feature Beauty and the Beast, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.

 Signature Events

Look for the return of some favorites, including Sip & Scream (a Halloween twist on D23’s Sip & Stroll event at Walt Disney World in the fall), as well as special holiday events on both the East and West Coasts. More details will be announced in 2016.

The following is the full even schedule as it currently stands:

January 29
D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experience
Burbank, California

February 20
Alice in Wonderland
Burbank, California

March 18
Lunch with a Disney Legend: Charlie Ridgway
Walt Disney World Resort

March 19
Alice in Wonderland
Walt Disney World Resort

April 8
Lunch with a Disney Legend
Burbank, California

April 9
D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives
Burbank, California

April 20
D23 Member Night at Newsies—On Tour
Portland, Oregon

May 21
Finding Nemo
Walt Disney World Resort

June 4
Finding Nemo
Burbank, California

June 8
D23 Member Night at Newsies—On Tour
Salt Lake City, Utah

June 25
D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives
Burbank, California

July 18
D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experience
Burbank, California

August 20
The Reluctant Dragon 75th anniversary screening event
Burbank, California

September 23
Lunch with a Disney Legend
Walt Disney World Resort

September 24:
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Walt Disney World Resort

Fall
D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration: Beauty and the Beast
(More information coming in 2016)

October 8
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Burbank, California

October 22
Sip & Scream
Walt Disney World Resort

November 18
Lunch with a Disney Legend
Burbank, California

November 19
D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives
Burbank, California

*All events and dates are subject to change.