Fan-favorite nighttime spectacular Fortunately Ever After lights up the evening sky over Cinderella Fortress at Walt Disney World Resort. Picture/Disney
Disney’s 100 Years of Marvel sprinkles that particular toon contact at Disney locations worldwide. Cassie Tannenberg shares the place to rejoice the Home of Mouse in 2023.
The Walt Disney Firm is a worldwide phenomenon with six resorts and 12 theme parks all over the world, 5 cruise ships (and counting) and a film studio community that features Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm.
Based in 1923, Disney’s centennial celebrations kicked off in late 2022 and proceed all through this yr, highlighting the model’s previous, current and future.
Disney100 is the biggest worldwide celebration within the firm’s historical past and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim would be the epicenter of the epic festivities.
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To get within the celebratory spirit, we check out the six resorts all over the world and what they have arising this yr.
Disneyland Resort, California, USA
Disneyland Resort is the unique Walt Disney-designed theme park in Anaheim, California. Opened in July 1955, the Disneyland Resort is residence to 2 parks – Disneyland Park and Disney California Journey Park – and 17 themed lands and areas. Well-known for its atmosphere and magical moments, Disneyland is the quintessential Home of Mouse expertise.
Park highlights: From January 27, Disneyland Resort is the centerpiece of Disney100 celebrations, starting with the brand new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction and adopted by Mickey’s Toontown reopening with new additions CenTOONial Park, Chip ‘n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster and extra on March 8.
To mark the anniversary, two new night-time spectaculars will mild up the sky: Wondrous Journeys, which references all 60 Walt Disney Animation Studios movies, and World of Colour – One, highlighting Disney’s storytelling legacy.
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Later within the yr, Mickey, Minnie and pals will don a brand new platinum anniversary finery within the daytime parade, Magic Occurs. The long-lasting Sleeping Magnificence Fortress additionally will get a glowup with platinum banners and bunting. Friends can take residence limited-edition souvenirs starting from clothes to sipper cups.
Greatest rides: Stuffed with traditional and new sights, widespread rides embody Indiana Jones Journey, Jungle Cruise, Incredicoaster, Radiator Springs Racers, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and Soarin’ Across the World. The Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and new WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Journey sights are additionally sizzling tickets.
Greatest place to remain: Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa is the priciest of the three onsite motels however the VIP gate to Disney California Journey Park is definitely worth the fee. For a finances choice, check-in on the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance, a 10-minute stroll away.
Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA
When evaluating Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, it is necessary to notice one is a ‘land’ and the opposite is a ‘world’. To place it in context, Walt Disney World is roughly the dimensions of San Francisco – 51 Disneylands may match inside its huge space.
Positioned in Orlando, Florida, Walt Disney World opened in 1971 and boasts 4 theme parks (Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park) and two water parks (Disney’s Storm Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Seaside Water Park ).
Park highlights: Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary till March 31, Walt Disney World is at the moment abuzz with ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration’, which incorporates golden Disney Fab 50 Characters dotted all through the resort, commemorative gadgets and unique parades and night-time leisure. For Disney100, Walt Disney World will debut a brand-new night-time present at EPCOT in late 2023.
Greatest rides: This yr introduces TRON Lightcycle / Run alongside Remy’s Ratatouille Journey, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey.
Greatest place to remain: Walt Disney World has 25-plus resort motels and on account of its immense measurement, it is a good suggestion to remain on website. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge provides an African safari expertise whereas Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is one other fan favorite, beloved for its proximity to Magic Kingdom Park. Star Wars followers can e book into the brand new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser for an immersive, all-inclusive two-night keep aboard the ‘ship’.
Tokyo Disney Resort, Japan
Amongst discerning Disney park followers, Tokyo Disney Resort (particularly Tokyo DisneySea) is taken into account to be among the best Disney theme parks. With two parks, Tokyo Disneyland (the primary to open exterior the US in 1983) and Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo Disney Resort is simply 10km from central Tokyo on the Disney Resort Line. Tokyo Disney Resort will rejoice its fortieth anniversary in 2023 with new daytime parade Disney Concord in Colour, plus particular merchandise and menu gadgets to commemorate the occasion till March 31 2024.
Park highlights: Tokyo DisneySea is distinct from different Disney parks with ‘ports’ as an alternative of ‘lands’. It has 35 sights throughout seven themed ports (quickly to be eight with the addition of Fantasy Springs in 2024) and unique gems embody Journey to the Heart of the Earth, Fortress Explorations, Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage and Teddy Roosevelt Lounge.
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Greatest rides: Tokyo Disneyland Park is modeled after the unique Disneyland Park and accommodates many traditional rides with Pooh’s Honey Hunt and Monsters, Inc. Experience & Go Search notable exceptions. At Tokyo DisneySea, try Indiana Jones Journey: Temple of the Crystal Cranium, the New York-themed Tower of Terror and Nemo & Associates SeaRider.
Greatest place to remain: There are 5 on-property motels, together with the deluxe Tokyo DisneySea Resort MiraCosta with non-public Tokyo DisneySea entry within the foyer. Hilton Tokyo Bay and Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Resort are widespread offsite choices with a handy location on the Disney Resort Line monorail loop.
Disneyland Paris, France
Opened as Euro Disney in 1992, Disneyland Paris is distinguished by its beautiful consideration to element. Whereas that could be a hallmark of all Disney theme parks, Disneyland Paris takes design to a brand new stage of excellence and is taken into account to be probably the most lovely areas.
With two theme parks – Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park – and 7 resort motels, Disneyland Paris is round 32km from Paris. Disneyland Paris hosts its thirtieth anniversary soiree till September 30 with new decorations and artworks on show in addition to the D-Gentle night-time present.
Park highlights: For excellent views, head to the Swiss Household Treehouse and the Queen of Hearts’ fortress in Alice’s Curious Labyrinth. Disneyland Paris just lately opened the Avengers Campus, Europe’s first Marvel-themed attraction, with a Frozen-themed space additionally slated.
Greatest rides: Disneyland Park provides many quintessential rides with Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain offering a galactic twist on the traditional. Unique to Walt Disney Studio Park, get pleasure from Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Avengers Assemble: Flight Pressure.
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Greatest place to remain: B&B Resort is a well-liked offsite worth choice with a free shuttle to Disneyland Paris and each day breakfast included. For a premium immersive keep, the reimagined Disney Resort New York – The Artwork of Marvel is good for superhero followers.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Since opening in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has differentiated itself with first-of-its-kind sights tailor-made for a various viewers. Comprising one theme park with seven areas, together with the world’s first Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Level lands, Hong Kong Disneyland additionally has the world’s first Marvel attraction that includes Ant-Man and the Wasp. Disneyland Hong Kong is positioned 10 minutes’ drive from Hong Kong Worldwide Airport on Lantau Island and 20 minutes from Central through the Disneyland Resort Line.
Park highlights: The brand-new Fortress of Magical Goals, impressed by Disney princesses and queens, contains musical leisure and the Momentous night-time spectacular. An immersive Duffy and Associates-themed leisure expertise will debut in March adopted by the first-ever World of Frozen land later within the yr. An unique Walt Disney and Mickey statue will even be unveiled on the end result of Disney100 celebrations.
Greatest rides: Hong Kong Disneyland’s one-of-a-kind rides, resembling Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!, Large Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine, Mystic Manor and Iron Man Expertise, are those to line up for.
Greatest place to remain: Of Hong Kong Disneyland’s three onsite motels, Disney Explorers Lodge is the theme park’s latest and largest resort with heaps of family-friendly options. For an offsite choice on Lantau Island, the top-rated Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong has luxurious resort enchantment in addition to a park shuttle service.
Shanghai Disney Resort, China
Disney’s sixth and latest resort opened in 2016 with Shanghai Disneyland, a Magic Kingdom-style park with seven lands that blends genuine Disney storytelling and distinctly Chinese language cultural enchantment. Located in Shanghai’s Pudong New District, Mainland China’s first Disney vacation spot is round 40 minutes’ drive from Shanghai Pudong Airport.
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Park highlights: The center of the park is the world’s tallest and largest Disney fortress, the Enchanted Storybook Fortress, that includes all Disney princesses. Shanghai Disneyland additionally has the one Zootopia-themed land and the primary garden-inspired land, Gardens of Creativeness.
Greatest rides: Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Sunken Treasure elevates this archetypal Disney attraction for its most immersive and superior expertise up to now, whereas the world-first TRON Lightcycle Energy Run is without doubt one of the quickest rollercoaster rides in any Disney park. The Problem Trails at Camp Discovery elevated ropes course is one other must-do attraction.
Greatest place to remain: Shanghai Disney Resort has two resort motels – the upscale Shanghai Disneyland Resort (with a pool) and the Toy Story Resort – each with precedence entry to the theme park. Meliá Shanghai Parkside has a tranquil lakeside location inside 1km of the Shanghai Disney Resort and a handy shuttle service to the theme park and metro station.