PHOTOS: New Vault Collection 50th Anniversary Mickey Mouse Plush Arrives at Walt Disney World


A new Mickey Mouse plush is now available as part of the Vault Collection at Walt Disney World. The plush is vintage-style, just like the Minnie plush we saw with the collection’s release a couple of days ago, and we found it in the Main Street Cinema at Magic Kingdom. Conductor Mickey Mouse Plush – $49.99 Mickey is in his conductor uniform from the opening day Magic Kingdom attraction Mickey Mouse Revue. Information about the 50th anniversary is on the […]

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⚠️ The 9 Biggest Disney World News BOMBS You MISSED This Week! ⚠️

Another week has passed by in Disney World and we’ve gotten some HUGE updates!

Cinderella Castle

Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebrations are getting ready to begin, new Incredibles-themed rooms have opened at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and a beloved fireworks show has ended. Ready to catch up on ALL of the biggest Disney news from this week? Let’s dive in!

1 — BIG Star Wars Hotel News!

Attention all Star Wars fans: get ready to live your own out-of-this-world story aboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser! We knew that the Star Wars Hotel was set to open in Spring of 2022, but now Disney has officially announced that the hotel will be open for business on March 1st, 202!


Reservations for the hotel will generally open on October 28th, but select guests will be able to make their reservations early.

Click here to learn more about how select guests can book early!

This week, Disney also shared a sneak peek at the Bridge area aboard the Halcyon!


We can’t wait to see this area once the hotel is complete!

Click here to get a look at the Bridge on the Star Wars hotel!

2 — Guardians of the Galaxy News

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind was previously set to reopen in time for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, but was thereafter delayed. We hadn’t heard an updated opening timeline for this ride, until now!


This week, Disney announced that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will open in 2022! Get those space suits ready, an out-of-this-world adventure is on its way!

Curious to see what the Guardians of the Galaxy vehicles look like? We got to see them with our own eyes!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Ride Vehicle

This week we also got a first look INSIDE guardians of the galaxy — click here to read about what we saw!

Click here to learn more about Cosmic Rewind!

3 — NEW Interactive MagicBands

If you’re a big fan of MagicBands, you might be thrilled to know that a brand NEW, interactive type of MagicBand, called MagicBand+, will be coming soon to Disney World!


These new MagicBands will have the same functions as the existing ones, PLUS more! They’ll come to life with color-changing lights, feature vibrations, and will CHANGE the way you visit Disney World.


These new bands will be available for purchase starting next year.

Click here to learn more about MagicBand+!

4 — All the 50th Things!

Tomorrow, October 1st, Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebrations officially begin! But, this week we got some early looks at special things coming to the parks for the 50th.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we got a first look at the new daytime show, Disney KiteTails!

Disney KiteTails

Early Theme Park Entry for Disney World’s Resort Hotel guests started early (appropriately), and you can learn more about this hotel perk by clicking here!

Early Entry Sign

We’ve also seen Cast Members wearing their NEW 50th Anniversary name tags…

So shiny!

…and the Disney World hotels released NEW 50th Anniversary room keys!

Credit: @jimmy_farring

If you’re a fan of all things retro & Disney World, then you’ll absolutely LOVE the new vintage-looking merchandise displays for Disney World’s Vault Collection.

Mickey Display

Seriously, it’s like walking into a time machine, in the very best way possible.

Mr. Toad

And if you’re a retro-loving fan, then you’ll probably want to pick up 1 or 2 (or 20) of the awesome items released as part of Disney’s Vault Collection. They’re sure to get you feeling extra nostalgic!

Preview Center Mug

This week, we also we got a look at ALL of the treats coming to Disney World for the 50th (hint: it’s a LOT)! Click here to see some photos of the treats coming to EPCOT, and click here to get a first look at the ones coming to Magic Kingdom.

Key Lime Tart

This week we also got a look at some of the refillable hotel mugs coming to Disney World for the 50th Anniversary

50th Refillable Mugs

…as well as the new 50th Anniversary popcorn buckets…

New popcorn buckets!

…some Disney World 50th anniversary cups…

50 magical years

…and even a peek at some new Disney 50th Anniversary merchandise!

So many sequins!

At EPCOT, we got a look at Spaceship Earth’s new nighttime look and let us tell you, it is STUNNING.


But Spaceship Earth isn’t the only thing that got some special lighting in Disney World. Recently, Disney World’s monorails also got some special lights of their own!

The Monorail is glowing!

There is a LOT going on for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary and we’ll be covering it all, so be sure to stick around for all the latest updates.

Click here for your guide to Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration!

5 — New Incredibles Rooms Debut at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

This week was a big one for Disney’s Contemporary Resort too! Earlier this week, the resort’s NEW Incredibles-themed rooms debuted and we shared a FULL tour of the new room design.

Contemporary Guest Room

The rooms feature a themed closet complete with images of the Incredibles’ super suits…

A Look at the Closet

…fun details in the nightstand…

Inside the Nightstand

…a modern bathroom with a monorail design on the mirror…


…monorail designs on some of the lamp shades…

The Lamp

…and much more!

Click here for a FULL tour of a new Incredibles-themed room!

This week, some construction walls also came down in the Contemporary’s lobby and we got a look at some of the space’s new Mary Blair-inspired designs.

A Look at the Updated Lobby

Be sure to stop by this space during your next trip to see how things have changed!

6 — Steakhouse 71

This week we also got a first look at Steakhouse 71, the Contemporary’s NEW restaurant.

Steakhouse 71

Steakhouse 71 is set to open on October 1st, but we got the chance to eat at this spot today!

Sea Salt-dusted Potato Brioche

We got to sample a whole bunch of appetizers…

French Onion Soup


Steak “Frites”



…and drinks.

Some Drinks

We’ll be sharing a full review soon, so be on the lookout for that!

Click here to get a first look at Steakhouse 71!

7 — Disney Genie+ Update

This week, a Disney Cast Member told us that you won’t be able to re-ride Disney World attractions utilizing Genie+.


That means that through Genie+ you will only be able to make 1 Lightning Lane selection per ride during a single day (a.k.a. you’ll only be able to skip the standby line for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin once per day with Genie+). But, this is a fluid situation and it may change.

Where to next?

This week we also got a peek at what Genie+ will look like on your phone.

Click here to see what Genie will look like on your device!

8 — BIG Fireworks News

And finally, in BIG fireworks news — 2 fireworks shows have ENDED in Disney World, and 2 NEW ones have arrived.

Happily Ever After had its final showing on September 29th. Magic Kingdom was full of fans saying goodbye to this fantastic show on its final night.

Happily Ever After

But, starting October 1st, a BRAND NEW show will take over in Magic Kingdom — Disney Enchantment!

Click here to see how you can livestream Disney Enchantment ahead of its official debut!

The EPCOT Forever fireworks show has also ended in EPCOT. Its replacement, Harmonious, won’t officially debut until October 1st, but the show was presented to guests through a sort-of “soft-opening” on September 29th, and will be available again on September 30th.

Harmonious during its soft opening at EPCOT

And the crowds were there in FULL force to get a look at this brand new show.

Crowds waiting for ‘Harmonious’

Want to see photos & videos from Harmonious’ premiere? Click here!

Click here to listen to some of the music for Harmonious!

9 — Main Street Confectionery Reopens with a NEW Look and NEW Treats

This week, the Main Street Confectionery in Magic Kingdom reopened after some significant refurbishment. The Confectionery now has a brand NEW look that is much more open and spacious!

Main Street Confectionery

In this space, you’ll find all kinds of classic treats like cotton candy, packaged goodies, and more. But, you’ll also find some brand NEW items in the bakery case (most of them covered in candy), as well as an area where you can customize your own popcorn creation!

Of course, we had to try some of the spot’s newest sweet treats so we grabbed Skittles Fudge(?!?!), an M&M’S Brownie Pie, and more!

Rainbow Fruit-Flavored Fudge with Skittles

On a return trip, we went for a chocolate overload and grabbed Twix Fudge, a Snickers Cupcake, and a Mickey Marshmallow Topped with M&M’S! If you’ve got a serious sweet tooth, we have a feeling a stop at the updated Confectionery might be in your future!

To get FULL LOOK at the Confectionery’s new features click here!

Of course, more Disney news or news that could impact your next trip was also shared this week. Check out our links below to learn more:

Happy 50th, Disney World!

50th Celebration Spring Rolls

Disney World’s 50th Anniversary begins tomorrow (October 1st), so there will be a LOT more news coming soon! Be sure to check back with us for all the latest.

Click here to learn more about what’s happening in Disney World for the 50th Anniversary!

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New Remy PhotoPass Magic Shot To Debut In Expanded France Pavilion at EPCOT

Guests to EPCOT will be able to have their photo taken by Disney PhotoPass photographers with a little bit of extra magic added in right outside the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. What’s Happening: Disney PhotoPass has announced that a new “magic shot” featuring Remy, the star of Pixar’s Ratatouille and the new attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille […]

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PHOTOS: We’re Amazed At How Many Sparkles Fit on Disney World’s Newest Mickey Ear Hat

Disney World has already released a lot of 50th Anniversary merchandise in the parks.

New 50th Merchandise at World of Disney in Disney Springs

We’ve seen items from the Celebration, EARidescent, and Vault Collections already, along with the Minnie Ears from the Castle Collection. Now we have more information about the upscale Luxe Logo Collection, which will arrive in early November. Included in this collection are the sparkliest bedazzled ears that we’ve EVER seen. 

We got to take an early peek at the new Luxe Logo Collection as part of a special media event at Disney World.

Luxe Logo Collection

Now, we’re no stranger to sparkly, bedazzled ears. Disney loves a good sequin moment, and we’re not mad about it. But these ears take that to a whole new level. 

Gold Mickey Hat

The Luxe Logo Mickey ears hat is covered in gold sequins and THEN bedazzled all over with gold rhinestones in different shapes.

So many sequins!

Are these ears a little bit extra? No doubt. But do we love them even more for that fact? Absolutely we do. When the Luxe Logo collection is released sometime in early November of this year, you can get these ears along with several more items! Some of the other items include THREE new pairs of Minnie ears. There’s gold and black leather Minnie ears headband


bedazzled Minnie Ears with a velvet bow to match that incredible Mickey hat…

Bedazzled Minnie Ears

…and black leather Minnie ears with a sequin and velvet bow.

Black Leather Minnie Ears

You’ll also find a black leather hat with “50” logos on the front.

Black Leather Hat

So if you’re looking for some statement 50th Anniversary accessories, you’ve got a lot of items to choose from in this collection!

New Items from Luxe Logo Collection

There are also some clothing items in the Luxe Logo collection, including a puffy coat and velvety tracksuits.

Luxe Logo Clothes

The coat has gold “50” designs all over…

Puffy Coat Designs

…and the tracksuit top has sparkling pinstripes and “Walt Disney World” embroidered on the back in gold.

Back of the Tracksuit

If you prefer simplicity in your Disney World clothes, there’s also a black sweatshirt

Black Sweatshirt

…with a subtle “50” logo on the front.

50 logo

The luxury vibes of this collection are ~amazing~ and we can’t wait to see all the items appear in the parks soon! Keep following DFB for more updates on Disney World’s 50th Anniversary.

Click Here to Check Out More 50th Anniversary Merchandise Collections

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Details and Info

Click HERE for Your Guide to Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

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What do you think of the newest 50th Anniversary collection? Let us know in the comments!

Disclosure: In nearly all circumstances, Disney Food Blog writers and photographers pay full price for their own travel, hotel, food, beverage, and event tickets. We do this because it’s important to us as journalists to ensure not only that we give you unbiased opinions, but also that you can trust us to do so since we’re paying our own way. On rare occasions, when we are invited by a company to attend a preview as media, and when we choose to accept that invitation, we will always make you, our readers, aware of that situation. Today, we were invited by Disney World to attend their media preview of Disney World’s 50th Anniversary.  Note that when we attend events as media we are 1) Not required to review that event/food on any of our channels, and 2) Not required to review that event/food favorably. You can always count on DFB to give you a 100% unbiased and honest review of any event that we attend, food that we eat, or beverage that we drink. You can see more in our Disclosure Policy. Thank you for reading. — AJ

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PHOTOS: New 50th Anniversary Cup Arrives at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park


Even Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is getting in on the 50th anniversary celebration. Guests can get a new refillable cup featuring the 50th anniversary logo at the water park. 50th Anniversary Blizzard Beach Cup The blue and teal cup has Donald and Mickey relaxing in the sun beneath the 50 logo. Goofy is skiing off Summit Plummet in the background. Check out the 50th anniversary popcorn bucket that we found last week, one of new many items showing up […]

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Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade Reopens With Free Play at Magic Kingdom

With tomorrow marking the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, more and more exciting new changes keep on coming to the resort. In Magic Kingdom, the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade has reopened and is now free to play. The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade in Magic Kingdom has been closed for some time now, but guests can once […]

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ESPN To Launch “Debatable” on October 4th

ESPN is set to launch Debatable on October 4th, adding to the network’s digital library, with new 45-60 minute episodes available every weekday. What’s Happening: On Oct. 4, ESPN will launch Debatable – a new digital-exclusive series – across the network’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels and the ESPN App. The innovative series will be led […]

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ESPN2 to Launch New Weekly Hockey Series “The Point” Hosted by John Buccigross

With a new hockey season on the horizon, ESPN is bringing fans hours of coverage both on and off the ice including a new weekly series The Point. John Buccigross will host the ESPN2 show that premieres on October 7th. (Please note this article contains affiliate links. Your purchase will support LaughingPlace by providing us a […]

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PHOTOS: Primeval Whirl Track Continues to be Dismantled at Disney’s Animal Kingdom


Primeval Whirl continues to be dismantled in DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom following the attraction’s permanent closure. The coaster track is currently being taken apart piece by piece. Track removal has been underway on this side of the attraction. A platform has now been removed from this corner. The main entrance remains intact, though FastPass+ signage was removed. We noticed some damage to the Super Slamosaurus roof, which is also surrounded by construction walls. The main façade with dinos […]

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