Walt Disney World Announces Details and Opening Dates for Disney Parks Experiences

For some time we’ve known that Walt Disney World Resort is probably undergoing its most significant period of growth in quite some time.  Today, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek made public some exciting updates on a few of the experiences currently in development across the resort.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be opening on March 4, 2020, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  On Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you’ll step through the movie screen and join Mickey, Minnie and friends like never before – bursting into a world where mouse rules apply.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will begin “transporting” guests to a galaxy far, far away in 2021!  In this new type of immersive vacation, guests will become the hero of their own adventure in an experience that surrounds you 24/7 in Star Wars storytelling.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will open summer 2020 in the France pavilion at Epcot. Today Disney shared the image above showing Disney Imagineers at work creating the immersive attraction. The attraction brings guests on an adventure with Chef Remy through Gusteau’s restaurant.

Mickey Shorts Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios will show an original short film in the style of the popular Disney Channel animated series “Mickey Mouse,” and will feature photo-opportunity locations for guests.  Today Disney shared a rendering that shows the interior of the theater, including fun Mickey Mouse-themed seats.

Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure is coming to Epcot!  Guest are now invited to join Scrooge McDuck, Donald, Launchpad, Webby and the nephews in search of priceless treasure. Using the Play Disney Parks mobile app, guests will take a trip around World Showcase discovering exotic destinations, exciting mysteries, and maybe even a few thieves, villains and supernatural guardians of ancient artifacts.

Epcot will debut three new films on Jan. 17, 2020:

“Awesome Planet” in The Land pavilion showcases the Earth’s beauty and diversity in a 10-minute film featuring spectacular imagery, in-theater effects and an original musical score from Academy Award-winning® composer Steven Price.

“Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” in the France pavilion is directed and produced by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films, and invites guests to participate in a twist on a tale as old as time. It also features narration from Angela Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts in the original film. The new sing-along will run in rotation with “Impressions de France,” which will receive an upgrade to 4K projection.

“Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” in the Canada pavilion is an update to the previous “O Canada!” film with new scenes, a new musical score by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington and new narration by award-winning actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.

Space 220 Restaurant will be debuting this winter!  Space 220 is a new table-service restaurant at Epcot that will be located next to Mission: SPACE. When guests enter the restaurant, they will step into a special space elevator that will take everyone 220 miles above the earth’s surface and offer incredible celestial views.

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue will be the new fast-casual restaurant that’ll open this winter at The American Adventure in Epcot serving classic barbecue and home-style craft brews. Regal Eagle will celebrate American backyard barbecue with flavors from different regions around the United States. This is a restaurant that I’m really looking forward to eating at.  This is a restaurant that many people have longed for for some time.

Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant will be coming to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2020 and invites guests to a rootin’, tootin’ rodeo right in Andy’s backyard! This immersive restaurant will provide yet another unique, fun, family-friendly dining experience that could only be had in Toy Story Land.

 

 

DuckTales Announces Premier Date, Unveils Updated Theme Song

There’s been another DuckTales development: A premiere date! A new title sequence! An updated version of the beloved theme song that you already have stuck in your head!

DuckTales Theme Song

Check out the brand new opening credits — plus a nifty series poster — from the hotly anticipated Disney XD revival of the cherished ‘80s toon, which reboots the animated adventures of Scrooge McDuck, nephew Donald, grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, niece-by-affection Webby, and a whole expansive ensemble of heroic and villainous side-ducks.

The series will premiere with a one-hour TV movie — titled “Woo-oo!,” naturally — on Saturday, Aug. 12, which will air 24 times straight, beginning at midnight. A month later, the show will officially get started with two new episodes debuting Sept. 23 on Disney XD, VOD, and the network’s app.

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Disney has also announced an avatar creation app launching in July, an Angry Birds cameo featuring Donald Duck in August, and a slew of comic and book titles rolling out from July to well into 2018.

The voice cast of DuckTales features — get ready — David Tennant, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, Bobby Moynihan, Kate Micucci, Beck Bennett, Toks Olagundoye, Tony Anselmo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Allison Janney, Margo Martindale, Paul F. Tompkins, Kimiko Glenn, Jim Rash, Josh Brener, Keith Ferguson, Eric Bauza, and Corey Burton. The new theme song was recorded by Felicia Barton and written by Mark C. Mueller.

None of the aforementioned are actual ducks, but you hopefully knew that.

From Entertainment Weekly

New Capcom Bundle Brings Back Classic Disney Games Like DuckTales and Rescue Rangers

Six classic Disney games are being rereleased as a new bundle dubbed The Disney Afternoon Collection. The new collection features titles created by Capcom during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s for platforms like the NES and Sega Genesis, all of which were based on Disney animated series. Games include DuckTales and its sequel, Darkwing DuckTaleSpin, as well as both Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers titles.

Disney Afternoon Collection Video

Capcom says that the games have been “beautifully restored” with support for 1080p HD visuals, as well as optional filters to make them look a touch more retro. The games have also been updated with some more ways to play, with both a boss rush and time attack mode added for each of the six titles. And since classic games can be fairly challenging, Capcom has also added an “option to rewind time and enjoy a swift recovery from blunders.” Longtime fans will also be able to dig into a collection of concept art, advertisements, and music in the in-game museum.

The Disney Afternoon Collection will be launching on April 18th for $19.99 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

From The Verge

Disney Releases First Look at New ‘DuckTales’ Series

Looks like life will be like a hurricane in Duckberg once more. Not only is Disney’s DuckTales set to return with an all-new animated series in 2017, but Disney has just given us our first official look at Scrooge McDuck’s team.

Disney has unveiled the first art for the new DuckTales series, viewable above. Huey, Dewey, Louie, Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, and what appears to be Webby Vanderquack are back in action, apparently outrunning spear-throwing pursuers in their latest adventure.

When originally announced, Disney revealed that other beloved characters from the series like Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, and the Beagle Boys are also set to return.

The Emmy Award-winning Disney animated series, which aired 100 episodes between 1987 and 1990, is a cartoon with an impressive legacy and a source of many fond memories for a lot of people. Based on the Uncle Scrooge comic books by Carl Barks, it dominated The Disney Afternoon daily syndicated cartoon block and became immensely popular, winning two Daytime Emmy awards and being nominated for two more, inspiring two series of comic books, an extensive toy and merchandise line, a number of Nintendo and computer games, and even a movie in 1990.

DuckTales received widespread critical acclaim and commercial success which was recognized even years after it went off the air. In 2009, IGN listed DuckTales as number 18 on its list of Top 100 Best Animated TV Shows, and in 2013 the YouTube channel for WatchMojo.com rated DuckTales as the number one Disney animated series.

DuckTales is also well-known for having what is easily the most infectious theme song of any cartoon in history, which you can watch below in case you’ve somehow forgotten it.

 

WOO-OO! Ducktales is Back!

Ducktales

Children of the ’80s, rejoice.

“DuckTales,” the beloved animated series, will be remade for a new audience, Disney announced today.

“‘DuckTales’ has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history,” said Marc Buhaj, Disney XD’s Senior Vice President of Programming and General Manager, in a statement. “It drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks’ comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”

The new series will again feature the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his grandnephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, as well as Donald Duck.

Other characters that will return are Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell and Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley and Webbigail Vanderquack.

The reboot of the show, which originally aired from 1987-1990, is set to launch in 2017 on Disney XD channels worldwide