Magic Bands: New Colors, Dooney & Bourke, New Designs

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This month, Walt Disney World will introduce two more MagicBand colors, as well as several new designs based on some favorite Disney films. With Walt Disney's timeless classic "Peter Pan" marking its 65th anniversary this month, the latest color, navy blue, comes in a design that features the London night sky -- plus a bit of pixie dust. This MagicBand is currently available for purchase online and will be in stores Feb. 9. It retails for $22.99 plus tax. A second new color, cream, will be available on a limited release Dooney and Bourke MagicBand that will come in specialty suitcase-themed packaging and may be purchased exclusively in the theme parks for $48 plus tax. Another Dooney and Bourke-branded MagicBand, with a limited edition size of 500, will be offered at the 10th Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend expo beginning on Feb. 22 while supplies last for $48 plus tax. The highly anticipated Marvel Studios film, "Black Panther," hits theaters on Feb. 16. Its release is marked with a super new MagicBand that has a limited edition size of 2,500. It will be available for purchase while supplies last online and in stores beginning Feb. 16 for $32.99 plus tax. Other new MagicBand releases for February feature designs inspired by "The Lion King," "The Little Mermaid" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas," including a glow-in-the-dark Oogie Boogie-themed black MagicBand. These MagicBands will be available for purchase beginning Feb. 12 online and in stores Feb. 16.
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Disney Pic of the Week: Art of Animation Resort

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When I last stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, my room was in The Lion King section. Each time I left and returned to my room, Simba was there overlooking everywhere the light touched from Pride Rock. Simba overlooking The Lion King section of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/8, ISO 200, … Continue reading "Disney Pic of the Week: Art of Animation Resort"
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Shanghai Disney: Grand Opening with World Premiere of Disney’s THE LION KING in Mandarin

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Shanghai Disneyland will open on Thursday, June 16. Shanghai Disney Resort launched Grand Opening festivities with the global premiere of the first Mandarin production of Disney's THE LION KING on Tuesday night in a gala affair at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre. A red carpet entry to the new theater welcomed celebrities, luminaries and Julie Taymor, the Tony award-winning director of the original Broadway production of THE LION KING. The red-carpet occasion also saluted Disneytown -- the resort's international retail, dining and entertainment area -- as well as two imaginatively designed hotels and Wishing Star Park.
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The Lion Guard Adventure brings new characters to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Animal experts from Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park help ensure script accuracy with Disney Junior's new program, "The Lion Guard." And then they work on the tail end of the production - promotion of the finished product - with an activity inside the park. The Lion Guard Adventure debuted Sunday, and we were there to check it out. Even though my daughter is no longer in the target age range of 2 to 7 years for the Disney Junior network, she still is interested in "The Lion Guard" and its presence at Animal Kingdom. After all, the show is a spinoff from the very popular 1994 animated movie, "The Lion King." The franchise has had several related stories since its introduction more than two decades ago. Most recently, it has been continued with a one-hour movie, "The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar," on Nov. 22, 2015, and then the Disney Junior series began on Jan. 15.
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