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May 15: Weekly Disney News Roundup

*  Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios begins this weekend.

*  The Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World kicks off with Magic Kingdom staying open for 24 hours from 6 a.m. Friday May 22, through 6 a.m. Saturday May 23.

*  Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration opens on May 22 by staying open 24 hours  and will debut the “Paint the Night” parade, “World of Color – Celebrate!  The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks.

*  Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney’s California Adventure opens today.

*  The Hatbox Ghost has returned to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.

*  New oil can themed souvenir cups are coming to Cars Land in Disney’s California Adventure for the Diamond Celebration.

*  Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, an ‘Indiana Jones’-themed restaurant is scheduled to open this fall at Disney Springs in Orlando.

*  Online advanced reservations can now be made for “Rebel Hangar – A Star Wars Lounge Experience” at Hollywood Studios.

*  Disneyland Paris Half Marathon, to be ran on September 25, 2016, has released a promotional video for the inaugural event.  Registration dates have not yet been announced.

*  A new DVC Preview Center has opened in Downtown Disney at Disneyland in Anaheim.

*  ABC will air a live Disneyland Diamond Anniversary special.

*  Johnny Depp tried to sneak his Yorkshire terriers into Australia while filming the fifth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie.  He was caught, and now, they must either return to the US or be euthanized.

*  The Muppets are coming to ABC during prime-time this fall!!

“Laughing Places” in Walt Disney World

“Everybody’s got a laughing place
a laughing place to go
Take a frown, turn it upside down
And you’ll find yours we know.” (from “Song of the South”/Splash Mountain)

It always seems strange to me when I see people walking around WDW with frowns, looking (and sometimes behaving) like a grouch. WDW is the most magical place on Earth (Disneyland is the happiest. officially). There are plenty of places to “take a frown, turn it upside down.” For me personally, it’s the thrill rides. I laugh uncontrollably being hurled from 0 to 60 into a loop on the Rock n Roller Coaster; or, darting around in the dark on Space Mountain. Obviously, thrill rides are not for everyone, though. Here are some places that I believe will bring a smile and illicit a laugh from almost anyone.

Magic Kingdom

monsters inc.Monsters Inc. Laughing Floor – This one is certain to make you laugh. Especially if you are with “that guy” or any of the other audience members brought into the act. It is a stand-up comedy routine hosted by Mike Wazowski and starring other monsters trying to collect laughs to power Monstropolis. The show is reliably funny and will make you laugh out loud.

country bearThe Country Bear Jamboree is often overlooked and even occasionally maligned. I don’t know why. It is funny and you will laugh. There are almost never lines, either.


As I have blogged about before, the demise of the World Showcase Players was a big hit to the laughs available at Epcot.

turtle_talk_with_crush3Fortunately, Turtle Talk with Crush is still available. It is an “educational,” interactive chat with Crush from “Finding Nemo.” Even though it is directed at children, it will bring laughs from kids of all ages.

Hollywood Studios

streetStreetmosphere – Roly loves this and blogged about it a few weeks ago. These are street performers that wander Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards from park opening till about 5 p.m. If you see someone dressed like they are from the 1930s, slow down and see what happens. You will be glad you did.

MuppetVision 3D – The Muppets and 3D: that pretty much explains it. Hilarity ensues. This has the funniest queue in all of WDW. Don’t miss it.

Mushu_character“Where Disney Characters Come From,” in “The Magic of Disney Animation” is an attraction starring a Disney animator and Mushu from Mulan. This is another overlooked attraction that is not to be missed. Eddie Murphy is hilarious in this. His answer to “Do you know where dragons come from?” is classic.

Animal Kingdom

Flights of wonder – This is the only laugh inducing option that I can think of at Animal Kingdom. While not a comedy act, humor is worked into it and should bring a couple of laughs. It is a great show anyway.

So, if you have a cranky person with you and are looking for rib ticklers, knee slappers, and side splitters to help “take a frown, turn it upside down,” then give these attractions a try. They will brighten your day.