Although the Walt Disney World Resort is in the middle of its Most Magical Celebration on Earth, we are looking forward to celebrating the most wonderful time of the year! And this year is sure to be just as magical.

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Recently, Disney announced the return of the iconic Candlelight Processional and its return to EPCOT. At the American Gardens Theatre a Disney Cast Member choir along with a live orchestra will tell a traditional Christmas story. Usually, this happens with a the help of a guest celebrity narrator, but it was unsure if there would still celebrity narrators this year. Thank goodness that the answer is yes!

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Disney has just announced the return of celebrity narrators to the Candlelight Processional! During select nights from November 26 through December 30, this nighttime holiday classic will take place. And we just so happen to have a list of what celebrities Guests can expect so far:

  • Jodi Benson
  • Chita Rivera
  • Alton Fitzgerald White
  • Pat Sajak
  • Blair Underwood
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Lisa Ling

Keep in mind that more celebrities will be added to this list as things continue to develop. But we will keep you updated on all of the latest!

What celebrity are you excited to see at the Candlelight Processional? Let us know in the comments!

The Walt Disney Studios is known for their storytelling and so much more. Now, Disney is looking to combine their storytelling and the Disneyland theme park in a feature film.

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Disney has had some great success with their live action films and adaptations over the past decade. And although there have been plenty of documentaries about Disneyland, fans haven’t seen anything quite like this, aside from 2013’s Saving Mr. Banks. In the film, about the inspiration behind Mary Poppins, Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney. We get to see glimpses and glimmers of what it took to make a feature film with the great Walt Disney and Disneyland is featured in the film. Yet, we haven’t seen a film depicting what it must have been like to bring Walt’s dream of Disneyland to reality.

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According to Variety, now we will get that chance! Taking on the massive task of bringing the Happiest Place on Earth to a screen near you, is director David Gordon Green. Evan Spiliotopolous, will be in charge of adapting the screenplay. Spiliotopolous is no stranger to Disney, as he was the writer for the live action Beauty and the Beast.

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At the moment there is no title for the film. However, we do know that this film will debut on Disney+ for now. This film is still in very early developments, so plenty could change along the way. But, we will keep you updated on the latest as it develops!

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What would you like to see in a film about the creation of Disneyland? Let us know in the comments!

The Disneyland Monorail is back and ready to escort Guests on a ride throughout the resort!

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Along with the parks and the Downtown Disney District, the monorail paused operations amid the global pandemic. However, this famed mode of transportation around the park has remained closed until now!

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There had been multiple sightings of the Monorail doing some testing above the resort in hopes of this day!

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The famous Disneyland Monorail has been transporting Guests across the resort for over 60 years now! And there are currently 2 locations to hitch a ride on the Monorail: Downtown Disney and Tomorrowland.

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You won’t regret taking a ride taking in all the sights and sounds throughout the Disneyland Resort!

What do you think about the return of the iconic Disneyland Monorail? Let us know in the comments!

EPCOT recently unveiled its newest attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Disney fans are loving it! But now fans are starting to shift their attention to a new attraction making its way to EPCOT. And now we even have an opening date for the up and coming Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction!

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The Cosmic Rewind attraction has been in development for quite some time as a part of EPCOT’s whole park enhancement. The attractions will be a part of a new area, now known as World Discovery.

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We first learned of the attraction during the 2019 D23 Expo. As it was first presented, this is was Disney had to say about the attraction:

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will feature the first reverse launch into space! The thrilling, family-friendly attraction will feature a never-before-seen storytelling coaster that rotates to focus on the action – wherever it may be.

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In mid to late 2020, we got not only a glimpse of the ride vehicle but how the attraction will operate. Cosmic Rewind will be the first of what’s known as the Omnicoaster. What this means is that the ride vehicles will rotate a full 360 degrees while in motion. That’s not all though, this attraction will also begin with a reverse launch!

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Disney Imagineers have been hard at work to complete this massive attraction. And once completed, Cosmic Rewind will be noted as one of the longest enclosed coasters in the world!

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All of that hard work will surely be paid off when Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens in 2022. No officially date has been announced, but we will surely keep you updated as this attraction continues to develop.

Are you excited for the new Cosmic Rewind attraction? Let us know in the comments!

Disney has just released brand new details regarding their new up and coming Genie+ service!

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From what we knew already, the Genie system was supposed to come with your Disneyland Mobile and My Disney Experience Apps. But to upgrade to the Genie+ system with more amenities, that would cost a little extra. Overall, the service is meant to improve the Disney Guest experience and offer different itineraries to improve your Disney day.

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Now, Guests have already started seeing the effects of the new system pop up all over Walt Disney World. Guests will gain access to new Lightning Lanes by purchasing admission a la carte or by purchasing the Genie+ for the day. This service will be available to over 40 attractions.

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Prices for the individual selection will depend on day, attraction, and park. Prices could eventually lower or increase depending on busier days or holiday weeks, for example. This individual attraction option can be purchased up to 2 different attractions per day. For a list of all the attractions that will feature the Lightning Lanes at Walt Disney World, click HERE!

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It’s important to keep in mind that traditional stand by queues will also still be available. Also, currently, there is no news of Disneyland changing any of their signage from FastPass lanes to Lightning Lanes, but the system will work the same for attractions that already have a standard stand by queue and FastPass queue. As we learn more about the Genie+ system, we will continue to update you. So stay tuned!

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The all new Genie+ service will be available at the Walt Disney World resort beginning October 19, 2021. For more information, please visit the Genie service website.

What do you think of the new Disney Genie service? Let us know in the comments!

What’s better than a Disney firework spectacular? How about enjoying a spread of all-you-can eat dessert with a near perfect view of the new Disney Enchantment fireworks?

Walt Disney World has just debuted its newest nighttime spectacular just in time for their 50th anniversary. To celebrate, the Magic Kingdom park is hosting a dessert party. Recently, we got to enjoy all that this party had to offer and get a great spot to view the Disney Enchantment firework show!

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In order to enjoy the pre-party, we checked into the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant early to indulge in some pre-show treats! Guests are allowed to check in at least 60 minutes prior to the firework show.

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Once inside, there were plenty of delicious treats and drinks to delight in.

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More than just desserts, there were also small bites like cheese and crackers to snack on. However, the desserts were still the main event.

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Most of the desserts to choose from are also available at different locations throughout Magic Kingdom.

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This Dork’s favorite dessert was the Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

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After satisfying our sweet tooth, it was time to head to our secured spot on the Tomorrowland Terrace patio for Disney Enchantment! Both the show and the dessert party did not disappoint and are so worth it. Admission to the dessert party is $114 for adults and $69 for children, ages 3-9. For more information and to book admission, click HERE!

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Have you ever experienced a firework dessert party? Let us know in the comments!

It is officially Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary! There is so much going on for the celebration, that we would like to say thank you to the Cast Members making it possible!

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Cast Members had quite the unique year and a half, brought on by the global pandemic. A lot of Cast Members were placed on furlough and times were definitely uncertain.

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Thank goodness, Disney and the Walt Disney World Resort has been working hard to bring back Cast Members back to their roles! And now these Cast Members are being recognized in a big way!

Walt Disney World has dedicated 2 of their new golden statues to their Cast Members. Located in the hub of Magic Kingdom is a plaque commemorating this dedication.

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The plaque says:

Walt Disney World Cast Members have always been a part of our magic. These statues of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are dedicated to celebrate Cast Members past, present and future. Thank you for making Walt Disney’s dream a reality. Dedicated this 15th day of September 2021.

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In addition to the plaque and statues, the resort also gifted Cast Members all new name tags celebrating the 50th anniversary. These new tags even have the EARidescent hue!

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Now, through your My Disney Experience App, you can leave a compliment for an individual Cast Member that made your experience magical.

Using the 50th anniversary guide tab in your My Disney Experience app, scroll down to the bottom and you will see a “Share Your Compliment” button.

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Then you will receive a few prompts to fill out two prompts. One asks what you would like to send magic for. The second asks for the location of the Cast Member that made your experience extra magical!

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We here at the Dorky Parks Dad blog would love to express our thanks and our love for the Cast Members we have had the pleasure and any and every Cast Member that continues to make magic for Guests daily.

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It’s important to keep in mind that as we are in the midst of this big celebration and moving closer towards the big holiday season, that the parks and resorts get a little more crowded and a little busier for Cast Members. Try to be as patient and as kind a possible while visiting the parks.

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Do you know a Cast Member that deserves extra recognition? Let us know in the comments!

The Walt Disney World Resort is the place to be right now as it’s on full celebration of its 50th anniversary. And if you can believe it, there is still so much more to come during this months long celebration!

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Now, we are learning that the resort is preparing to bring back even more live entertainment and one of a kind character experiences!

Thanks to the expansion of Guest experiences come to Walt Disney World, more Cast Members are returning! Now even more are being hired to expand even further to bring back more fun and unique Guest experiences and live performances!

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Although character experiences have been different for over a year now, things will be changing. Not to worry though, your Disney favorites will still be appearing in cavalcades and flotillas! But, get ready to start seeing Princesses return to Fairytale Hall at the Magic a kingdom. Also at Magic Kingdom, make sure to start your day with “Let the Magic Begin”, located at the stage in front of Cinderella Castle. And don’t forget to make your way down Main Street, U.S.A. to welcome back the ragtime piano player at Casey’s Corner. And Mickey Mouse will still be at the Town Square Theater, but he will be all decked out in the new 50th anniversary EARidescent garb!

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Soon you’ll be able to spot Minnie Mouse at Red Carpet Dreams at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Also making a grand reappearance November 7, will be “Movie Magic” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. However, that’s not all, prepare yourself to welcome back the “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular”. This action packed show will be back December 19, 2021.

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Yet, as soon a next week, Guests can expect to see more live performances return at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you’re visiting Asia in the park, enjoy the musical sounds of Chakranadi. And in Africa, please enjoy Kora Tinga Tinga. And later in November, Guests can expect to see the Tam Tam Drummers as they return to Africa.

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Over at EPCOT, at the World Showcase, in Canada Guests can enjoy the musical stylings of Alberta Bound. Performer, Sergio, will be returning to Italy. Also, the Taiko drummers of Matsuriza will make their comeback at the Japan Pavilion.

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That’s not all! At Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, Yeehaw Bob returns to delight audiences beginning October 14 in the River Roost Lounge. And performers will be back along the waterfront of Disney’s Boardwalk Resort!

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As the Walt Disney World Resort moves forward in this direction, we are sure there is plenty more to come!

What live performance or character experience are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!

The most magical time of the year is on its way, and Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort looks a little different this year. With the addition of a be separately ticketed Merriest Nites events and the new Genie+ service, what exactly can we expect this holiday season? And can we expect the return of the Candlelight Processional?

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It was announced recently that EPCOT will welcome back their Candlelight Processional. The Processional will be welcomed back as a part of the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.

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Disney released a few details about the Candlelight Processional:

“Candlelight Processional” is a long-standing Disney Parks tradition, dating back to 1958 at Disneyland park. Walt Disney World guests have enjoyed the annual “Candlelight Processional” since 1971, initially at Magic Kingdom Park and since 1994 at EPCOT. After being greatly missed during last year’s holiday season, this magnificent production will once again grace the America Gardens Theatre with a live orchestra, cast choir, and celebrity narrator retelling the traditional Christmas story in spectacular and heartwarming fashion.

All who are participating in the performance will need to be fully vaccinated. This includes the special celebrity narrators. And instead of inviting singers from schools and choral groups in the area, Walt Disney World will be using and expanding their Cast Member choir.

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We hope that the announcement of Disneyland bringing back their Candlelight Processional will follow – especially if they plan to use the same health and safety measures as EPCOT’s performances. This nighttime holiday tradition will take place on select evenings from November 26 through December 30, 2021 at EPCOT.

Do you think the Disneyland Resort will bring back the Candlelight Processional this holiday season? Let us know in the comments!

Just in time for the holiday season, Disneyland is about to welcome a new holiday-themed shoppe. The Plaza Point will soon be on Main Street, U.S.A. and ready for all of your holiday needs.

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Disney describes this shop as follows:

This Victorian-era space will envelop you in the warmth of the holidays as soon as you step into the wood-paneled space decorated with garlands, nutcrackers and festive décor! Careful observers will notice displays that reflect seasonal holidays around the world and our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Throughout the year, Plaza Point will have plenty of items for all different holidays. However, they will also carry Christmas items all year long. So make sure you pop into the shoppe every once in a while as it will always be updated depending on the time of year. They have everything from trinkets to décor and so much more!

The Plaza Point holiday shoppe will be coming soon to the Disneyland Resort. We will keep you updated on new developments and official opening date, so stay tuned!

What do you think of this new holiday shoppe, Plaza Point? Let us know in the comments!

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