This week we got some fantastic news regarding the return of live entertainment to Walt Disney World. There are also several new offerings over at Disney Springs and Epcot to check out. Rumors were finally debunked, and questions about the future of a Magic Kingdom original attraction were answered. Several of the Epcot posters everyone wanted last year are now available with more coming this year, and we got some pretty cool news out of California for Marvel fans. Check out the full details below in this week’s news roundup.
1 – Disney Announces the Return of ‘The Festival of the Lion King’
Something we have really missed at Walt Disney World is the fantastic entertainment offerings, particularly our absolute favorite, ‘The Festival of the Lion King.’ That’s why we’re so excited to learn that the show will return this summer. Learn more at the link below.
2 – More New Additions to Disney Springs
The new year has seen new restaurants and new stores come to Disney Springs. We’ve already shared our excitement for Everglazed Donuts and Cold Brew, but there is so much more to explore. Learn more at the link below.
3 – Partial Opening of Expanded France Pavilion
We recently shared a video of the newly expanded France Pavilion and photos of the new section on our Instagram account. This week, we’re happy to share that Disney has opened part of this new section, including a walkway, a great view of the water, and new bathrooms. The area in front of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure remains closed off by construction walls. Disney Cast Member, Zach Ridley, shared details on the design of the area. Learn more below.
4 – President Joe Biden will be Added to the Hall of Presidents
On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, the Hall of Presidents closed for refurbishment. Disney confirmed a Joe Biden animatronic figure would be part of the show. No other details, such as how big a role he will play or other changes to the show, were released. Rumors were swirling that the Muppets would somehow be added to the show, but that “big announcement” was that all five seasons of The Muppets Show will be released on Disney+ on February 19.
5 – Tom Holland as Peter Parker in WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure Coming to Avengers Campus at Disneyland Resort
As we long for Disneyland and the new Avengers Campus to open we’ll have to take what we can get. Disney released photos and video of Tom Holland, the actor who plays Peter Parker, checking out the new attraction WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure. Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Michael Ramierez:
When Avengers Campus opens at the Disneyland Resort at a future top-secret date, you will see a very familiar face inside the Worldwide Engineering Brigade – or WEB as the kids call it. As we shared before, Tom Holland reprises his role as Peter Parker for WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure.
We previously caught up with Tom who shared more details about his role in the attraction and his excitement for working with Walt Disney Imagineering on this new adventure. Check out this first look below!
In the WEB workshop, young engineers specialize in developing innovative technologies to equip and empower a new generation of Super Heroes. This workshop showcases the inventions of Peter Parker and the rest of the WEB Tech team, including their adorable Spider-Bots, which are designed to be robotic sidekicks capable of building anything a Super Hero might need. When Peter’s demonstration goes awry, the Spider-Bots are stuck in a replication loop, creating even more Spider-Bots!
Donning 3D glasses, your mission will be to test-drive the aspiring inventor’s latest invention, the WEB Slinger vehicle, and discover your web-slinging super powers! Through specially designed, innovative technology that recognizes body movements and gestures, you will reach out your hands and sling webs from your wrists, just like Spider-Man. As the WEB Slinger vehicles progress, you will virtually pass through several other Campus addresses, including Pym Test Kitchen, Avengers Headquarters and the Collector’s Fortress, also home to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! As the mission continues, Spider-Bots will become harder and harder to beat as they continue to multiply.
WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure is just one of the many addresses found inside Avengers Campus, an entirely new land dedicated to discovering, recruiting and training the next generation of heroes at Disney California Adventure park.
6 – Limited Release Screen Print Posters & Lithographs Inspired by EPCOT Coming to shopDisney.com
Last year Disney unveiled big plans for Epcot and the surprise stars of the show were the very cool retro styled attraction posters. We received a ton of questions from readers where they could buy copies of the posters. Until now the disappointing answer was, “you can’t.” However, we have some great news! Disney is now selling some of the posters online with more to be released as the year goes on. Disney Cast Members Anthony Armenia shares more below:
For all of our EPCOT fans like myself, I’m excited to share that if you were unable to get your hands on last year’s limited edition EPCOT posters, you’re in luck! A new collection of stunning screen print posters and lithographs featuring favorite attractions and magical park experiences of the past and future are coming to shopDisney.com throughout 2021!
“Make way, make way!” The first screen print poster themed to the upcoming Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana” experience is available now and has kicked off this yearlong series of limited release posters featuring the four EPCOT neighborhoods that are part of the park’s historic transformation currently underway. The initial set of posters – launching over the next few months – highlight experiences from the World Nature neighborhood including Soarin’ Around the World, The Land and The Living Seas.
Each poster in the collection is 24×36 inches in size and differ from previous EPCOT posters as they are screen printed on archival black paper and feature glossy, metallic art finishes! Stay tuned because new posters will be released each month throughout the year and once a new piece launches, the previous design will no longer be available…
Along with the new posters, each quarter, you’ll be able to collect fun 14×18 inch open edition EPCOT lithographs of the posters along with others from the accompanying neighborhood also available now on shopDisney.com.
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