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I recently returned from WDW where The Imagination Pavilion at Epcot is showing an extended preview (20 minutes) for the upcoming movie Tomorrowland. It is being release by Disney Motion Pictures on May 22nd. The movie stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Britt Robertson. It is directed by Brad Bird (previously made The Incredibles). The screenplay was co-written by Bird and Damon Lindelof (writer and co-creator of Lost).

In the extended preview, we see a young boy (assumed to be Clooney as a youth) who is taking his invention to the 1964 World’s Fair (where Walt Disney originally previewed his Carousel of Progress which is still at Magic Kingdom). His invention is rejected by Laurie but a young girl hands him a pin (the Tomorrowland pin). He began following the girl into ” It’s a Small World” ride but the something inside the ride scans the pin which causes a corridor to open. The boy falls in his boat into a room filled with water and docks beside a platform. He gets out of the boat and enters a Dr. Who-type portal that transports him to Tomorrowland. He arrives and finds himself in a very different looking world and upon a very high place which he immediately falls from. Several falls and near misses ensue before his invention (a jet-pack) begins to work. Suddenly we are looking at George Clooney and the teenage girl we see in the short preview that is being shown on tv and in theaters. Much is left as mystery and unanswered questions in this extended preview. It certainly looks like an interesting sci-fi film with plenty of action.images-2

This film promises and is said to be an epic sci-fi film from Walt Disney studios.
Disney is saying the film is about, ” two people bound by a shared destiny; one being a bright optimistic teen with scientific curiosity and the other being a former boy genius inventor jaded by disillusionment. Together they embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as Tomorrowland. What they must do there changes the world-and them-forever.”images-1

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Walt Disney World “Quotes”

Pongo here.

Some things that we hear just seem to bring a smiles our faces. The magic of Walt Disney World is in the attention to details. One part of this is the use of the spoken word to reach out to us, guide us, and entertain us. There are obviously many examples of these. Here are few that strike a chord with me.

patrick-warburton-soarin-over-california- “Hello. Welcome to Soarin’. My name is Patrick and I will be your chief flight attendant today.” Soarin’ in Epcot is one of my favorite rides and Patrick Warburton’s intro makes me smile every time.

Mickey_Mouse“It’s out of this world!” Hearing Mickey Mouse say this while riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in Magic Kingdom or hearing it on loop while on the ground is again a smile inducer.

illuminations-reflections-of-earth-00“We’ve gathered here tonight around the fire, as people of all lands have gathered for thousands of years before us, to share the light and share the story-“ The intro to Illuminations is an emotional and powerful lead in to my favorite fireworks show. I love how it ties us all together.

“Welcome home!” Hearing this from cast members when checking in at Disney resorts helps make things more personal, and however corny it may be, does help it to feel like home.

“Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas.” Who doesn’t love hearing this on the monorail.

“And now I believe your future is just about ready. Let’s take a look. Shall we?” Spaceship Earth is a great ride with a wonderful ending.  We usually do silly faces for the snapshots.

peter pan“And off we go!” Who doesn’t love Peter Pan and flying above London and Neverland.

“See you real soon!” Mickey Mouse saying this at Magic Kingdom park closing (and now in the meet and greet in Town Square) is somewhat sad, because the day, and possibly the vacation, is over. I love the optimism, though,

Do you have any sayings from WDW of which you are particularly fond?

April 24, 2015: Weekly Disney News Roundup

*  The final Exhibition Everest Challenge will be ran at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 2.  I am sad that I never had a chance to do this.

*  Registration for the Walt Disney World Marathon on January 10, 2016 opens on April 28 and will quickly fill.

*  “Live with Kelly & Michael” will host 5 shows at  Main Street, USA and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland from May 18 through May 22 as part of the Diamond Celebration.

*  Disneyland will offer several special dining experiences for Mother’s Day on May 10.  Reservations can be made at either Disneyland.com/dine or 714-781-DINE.

*  The “Tomorrowland” movie preview has replaced Captain Eo at Epcot.

*  Pandora Jewelry is now selling custom Disney themed jewelry at Uptown Jewelry in Magic Kingdom at WDW and at La Mascarade d’Orleans in Disneyland.

*  Disney’s “Tomorrowland” will premiere at the Anaheim Downtown Disney on May 9.  It is an invitation only event.

*  From May 22 through July 5 Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will host “Teen Beach 2” beach parties daily.

*  Dockside Margaritas opened this week in Disney Springs/Downtown Disney at WDW.

*  Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s Kiki Tikis Splash Water Play Area has now opened.

*  The discounts for DVC (Disney Vacation Club) members to “La Nouba by Cirque de Soleil”at Downtown Disney in Florida has been extended through June 27.

*  Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream will offer new experiences this fall.  There will be a new Star Wars themed youth area and another Disney Infinite themed youth area.  There will now also be a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on board.

*  Disney Cruise Line now offers a free app, “The Disney Cruise Navigator App,” at the Apple App Store and Google Play that will allow passengers to engage in Onboard chat and have the Personal Navigator at their disposal.  The App is available aboard all of the DCL ships.

*  “Daredevil” has been renewed for a second season on Netflix.

*  Marvel’s “The Avengers:  Age of Ultron” opens next Friday, May 1!

Perdita’s Favorite Snacks at WDW

creamMy absolute favorite snack in all of Disney World is the cream-cheese filled pretzel. It is like a desert in some ways filled with warm, gooey cream cheese but not too sweet. You can find these in various locations in Magic Kingdom such as pretzel stands and in Tomorrowland at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. In Hollywood Studios I have found them at pretzel stands. I first found one at a pretzel stand during the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and was hooked. I have even done web searches to find out where to get these special pretzels. I have never seen them at Epcot or Animal Kingdom.

Roly's favorite, the Lefou's Brew.
Roly’s favorite, the Lefou’s Brew.

Another treat which is more well known that is actually addictive is found at Gaston’s Tavern at Magic Kingdom and is known as LeFou’s Brew. It is non-alcoholic and is made with a combination of juices. The foam at the top is my favorite part. It is so good as to be indescribable. An even more well known treat that is one of my favorite’s is Dole Whip. This is found at both Magic Kingdom and at the Polynesian Resort. At Magic Kingdom you can find this wonderful treat at Aloha Isle in Adventureland. It is a frozen treat available in pineapple, orange, vanilla or swirl flavors. I think the best is pineapple. The lines for this are almost always long but it is worth it.

Some of the treats you can find in the Confectionery.
Some of the treats you can find in the Confectionery.

Rice crispy treats dipped in icing are another favorite and can be found at both the Confectionary and the Main Street Emporium. These can also be found at the resorts gift shops. These are better than any other rice crispy treat I have had anywhere else. Funnel cakes are another treat that are fantastic. They can be found at the American Pavillon at Epcot, Sleepy Hollow Refreshments at Magic Kingdom, and Oasis Canteen at Hollywood Studios.

Our Favorite Spots in Magic Kingdom

Perdita:  My favorite spot in Magic Kingdom, and maybe all of Disney World is “The Enchanted Forest ” in New Fantasyland beside Gaston’s Tavern.  This is one area that is usually peaceful and beautiful in the daytime and even prettier at night with the lights on.  It is particularly “enchanting” at Christmas when the decorations are up.  As a frequent visitor, I regularly seek out a peaceful spot to sit and rest, and this is one of the few places I have found.  A favorite routine of ours is to get a Lefou’s Brew in Gaston’s and take it outside to sit and drink.  The trees in the enchanted forest are different than any I have seen and the fountain in front of Gaston’s adds a peaceful sound that further enhances the experience.

Roly:   My favorite area in the Magic Kingdom is, like my mother, Perdita, the area outside Gaston’s tavern, but for different reasons. The area has the best looking medieval style houses.  The tavern has a treat even better than the famous Dole Whip. The Lefou’s brew is what I am talking about, since it has the tasty apple slush, topped with froth. It is good to sit and drink, while listening to the riders of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train scream nearby. The fountain, with it’s funny plaque, is perfect for the spot, right in front of the tavern. The inside of the tavern is lined with animal heads, and hunting guns, and has two sitting rooms:  one with a huge circular table under a chandelier of antlers, a fireplace, and Gaston’s own chair, the other, smaller with a few chairs. There is a giftshop, mini-forest,  and great views of Eric’s and Beast’s castles, too. This makes for a nice, and surprisingly uncrowded place to sit.

Pongo:  My favorite location in the Magic Kingdom is the center of Tomorrowland near the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, especially at nighttime.  I love the lights, the metallic facade, and the peaceful “space-age” music.  It takes me back to childhood notions of space and the future:  Star Trek, The Jetsons, and Marvin Martian with his Illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator.  Nearby, Mickey’s voice repeats on a circuit from the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, saying “It’s out of this world!”  I wholeheartedly agree.

What is your favorite spot?