miss adventure falls

With Universal set to open the brand new Volcano Bay waterpark this year, it makes sense that Disney has been giving a little TLC to its own waterparks. A little while back, we learned that Typhoon Lagoon would be getting a new attraction called Miss Fortune Falls. Now, this water ride has a new title, Miss Adventure Falls (implying a wacky event instead of possible tragedy!), will be the longest attraction at any Disney water park, and will apparently open in March.

iron man experience

Meanwhile, the Iron Man Experience has officially opened its doors over at Hong Kong Disneyland, making it the first full-fledged Disney theme park to take advantage of the Marvel comic book universe. Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Bob Chapek said the following at the ride’s official unveiling:

We are always pushing the boundaries of creativity and innovation so that our guests can step into the magical worlds of their favorite stories and meet their most beloved characters. We’re thrilled to be adding the high-tech, action-packed universe of Marvel to Hong Kong Disneyland, and we’ll continue building on it as we move into the next phase of expansion.

Iron Man Experience has been in soft opening for a few weeks now and if you want to get a taste of what this 3D simulator attraction is like, you can watch the video below.

While the prices for season passes at Disney parks continues to skyrocket on an annual basis, pass holders at Walt Disney World now get a new perk: exclusive park entrances that only they can use, allowing them to skip the (surely much longer) main entrance line. And while we’re talking about updates, Walt Disney World is officially ending its private cabana rental program, which allowed people with lots of disposable income to rent a private tent in the middle of The Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland.

The official Disney parks blog has announced the return of the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, which will begin on March 10 and run through April 14:

Each day, guests are invited to celebrate some of the best of delicious California cuisine throughout Disney California Adventure park. There will be even more Festival Marketplaces to enjoy this year, plus enhanced Festival-inspired menus at existing restaurants and eateries, where guests can sip and savor delicious flavors from across the Golden State. Guests will enjoy culinary experiences created for the whole family, including a variety of food, beverage and lifestyle seminars, demonstrations and presentations.

While I haven’t attended this particular festival, its East Coast counterpart at Epcot tends to be a great way to explore the Disney parks while feeling a little too full and a little too drunk.

nemo-and-friends-searider

Disney and More has posted a complete list of every new ride, show, and event coming to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea over the next year, which includes special events based on Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Pixar characters. Of course, the biggest new addition is the Nemo & Friends SeaRider, a simulator attraction themed around the Finding Nemo characters. Here’s the basic gist:

This new attraction opening in Port Discovery is themed to the world of the Disney/Pixar films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. This indoor attraction will immerse Guests in the underwater world of these popular stories by using a ride system that seamlessly blends new visuals with a dynamic motion-base system. Boarding a submersible that “shrinks” to the size of a fish, Guests can explore the wondrous world of marine life from the same point of view as Nemo and Dory.

Nemo & Friends SeaRider is set to open on May 12, 2017.

Speaking of Tokyo Disneyland, the “Anna and Elsa Frozen Fantasy” event has begun and footage of the park’s Frozen Forever nighttime show has arrived online.

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