Disneyland 60, a special two-hour television event which will mark the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, will air this Sunday, February 21 on the ABC Television Network and should be a must watch for every Disneyland, Disney World and Star Wars fan. Why?
The show will be hosted by two-time Emmy winner, Derek Hough, and will take place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, as well as most iconic locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including Sleeping Beauty Castle, Main Street, U.S.A., and Cars Land. Details below:
A once-in-a-lifetime television event is now only a few days away, and a star-studded lineup of music, film and television personalities have now been announced as part of “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.”
We’ve previously shared that Sir Elton John and Josh Gad are appearing, and now joining in the excitement of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will be Harrison Ford, Jessica Alba, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sabrina Carpenter, Sofia Carson, Priyanka Chopra, Viola Davis, Hilary Duff, Fall Out Boy, Ginnifer Goodwin, Nolan Gould, Neil Patrick Harris, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sarah Hyland, Jessie J, Tori Kelly, Kermit the Frog, Jimmy Kimmel, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Dame Helen Mirren, Ne-Yo, Lupita Nyong’o, Pentatonix, Pink, Alfonso Ribeiro, John Stamos, Eric Stonestreet, Kiefer Sutherland, Kerry Washington, Ariel Winter, Zendaya – and more!
Also announced is a Star Wars Land sneak peak given by none other than Harrison Ford, who portrays Han Solo in the Star Wars movies. Ford will reveal new details about the large Star Wars expansions at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Go set your DVR right now to tape ABC Sunday night, February 21 then check out the behind the scenes preview here.
Top 10 First Timer Mistakes at Disney World
By Paula Kennedy
A first trip to Walt Disney World can be overwhelming. Most people do not realize exactly how big it is, and they also underestimate how much there is to do. Your rookie Walt Disney World vacation should be magical, and you don’t want to waste a moment of it. Here are ten mistakes that first time visitors make. This list is intended to help you to avoid making them yourself.
10 – Not Taking an Off Day
Walt Disney World can be exhausting. First time visitors don’t realize how much being in a theme park several days in a row will wear them out. You will walk literally miles each day. Plan to take a day off from the parks in the middle of your vacation. Sleep in, then spend the afternoon at the pool or at Disney Springs. You’ll relax and recharge, and then you’ll be ready to hit the parks again the next day.
9 – Skipping the Sunscreen
The Florida sun can be brutal at any time of the year. Don’t assume that you won’t burn in January or that you can’t get a sunburn on a cloudy day. Even if you don’t normally burn, you need to apply the sunscreen generously while in Central Florida. Don’t let a miserable sunburn ruin your vacation.
8 – Not Drinking Enough Water
The sun and heat can take a toil on more than just your skin. You and your family need to stay hydrated while on your vacation. Plain water is best, so bring a few empty water bottles and fill them up at the plenteous water fountains. Ask for free ice water with your meals. Don’t take a chance that you will become dehydrated, which can make you very sick. Drink your water.
7 – Showing Up Late
The parks are the least crowded when they first open in the morning. If you wait until noon, you’ll end up waiting in longer lines. You also don’t want to miss the Welcome Show at the Magic Kingdom, which takes place a few minutes before rope drop. If you arrive early you can hit the popular rides that you weren’t able to get a FastPass+ for.
6 – Skipping a Park
All four Walt Disney World theme parks are unique and have must-do rides and attractions. You might think that it’s not a big deal to skip a park, especially with all the construction and changes taking place. Don’t skip a park, or you’ll miss out on a huge part of the magic.
5 – Spending too Much
Keep your spending under control while on your first Walt Disney World vacation. You do not have to purchase dozens of T-shirts, toys, and hats. Don’t impulse buy souvenirs, wait until the end of the day or your trip to pick up the things that you really want. It’s also easy to overspend when it comes to meals. Only order what you will eat, and consider splitting dessert or even an entree. The food is too expensive to throw some of it out.
4 – Not Making Dining Reservations
The table service restaurants at Walt Disney World are all unique and exciting. You will find world class food in fun or upscale surroundings. If there is a restaurant that you really want to try, make your reservation as soon as you can. Dining reservations can be made 180 days in advance. Cancel them if you’re not going to use them or else your credit card will be charged. Speaking of dining, don’t forget the resort restaurants. Some of the best restaurants at Walt Disney World are not located within the theme parks.
3 – Not Making FastPass+ Reservations
There are some rides at Walt Disney World that are so popular that the line can grow to be over an hour long in just a few minutes. With FastPass+ you can make reservations for three rides or attractions before you ever hit a park. Sign up for a My Disney Experience account and take advantage of the service, and cut down on your Wait Times. Disney Resort guests can make the reservations 60 days in advance, it’s 30 days for everyone else. All three choices for the day need to be in the same park. After you’ve used all three, you can make a fourth reservation at a FastPass+ kiosk. With FastPass+, that’s at least three fewer lines that you’ll have to wait in.
2 – Trying to Wing It
Do not hit any of the Walt Disney World theme parks without a plan. Do your research before you leave home. Watch videos of the rides, read reviews of the restaurants, and study the park maps. Don’t think that you can just show up at a park and wing it. You’ll waste time and possibly end up lost.
1 – Trying to Do It All
As already mentioned, Walt Disney World is huge. There are four theme parks, two water parks, over 300 restaurants, countless rides, live shows, and so much more. You are not going to do it all in one trip. Make three lists for each park before you leave home. On the first list have all of your must-dos. The second list is for the things that you want to do if you have time. The third list should contain things that can wait until your second visit. Don’t worry about the third list until you’ve done everything on the other two. Knowing before you leave home that you won’t do everything at Walt Disney World will take off a lot of pressure, and you’ll be able to better enjoy your vacation.