LightBox Expo Recap: How “Big City Greens” Became the Best Animated Series to Work On

The number one show on Disney Channel, Big City Greens, is now in its 4th season, with a feature-length adventure just around the corner. At LightBox Expo, Co-Executive Producer Stephen Sandoval brought along a team of talented artists who are helping to shape the current season in addition to the upcoming feature film. While there […]

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Release Date Announced for ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Kanan Jarrus Legacy Lightsaber Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland

The “Star Wars” X account announced the release date for the new Kanan Jarrus Legacy Lightsaber coming to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

Kanan Jarrus Legacy Lightsaber Release Date

The lightsaber will be available at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities on both coasts on Tuesday, November 1, 2023. It will be available on shopDisney later this fall. The hilt was first teased back in the summer of 2022.

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In the video “Star Wars” posted on X, they included a look at the lightsaber hilt.

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WDWNT reader Darci C. also previously shared photos with us of the hilt on display at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland.

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The lightsaber hilt is relatively simple, with black on the handle and a guard before the silver emitter. It has a touch of orange on the pommel and a brown button.

Legacy Lightsaber hilts usually start at $159.99. Blades are sold separately for $50-$55.

Kanan Jarrus

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Kanan Jarrus was a main character in “Star Wars Rebels.” His name was originally Caleb Dume, but he changed it when he went into hiding following Order 66. Kanan was a Jedi Padawan at the time, training under Master Depa Billaba. Billaba sacrificed herself to ensure Kanan’s escape. He was also assisted by “The Bad Batch,” as seen in the first episode of the spinoff series. While in hiding, Kanan kept his lightsaber in two pieces on his belt so he couldn’t be easily identified as a Jedi.

Kanan eventually joined the rebel cell led by Hera Syndulla, and the two fell in love. Ezra Bridger later joined their group and Kanan taught Ezra the ways of the Jedi. Kanan, like his master, ultimately sacrificed himself to save Ezra, Hera, and the rest of the crew. He never met his son, Jacen, who Hera gave birth to sometime later.

“Star Wars Rebels” characters Jacen, Hera, Ezra, Chopper, and Sabine Wren all appear in “Ahsoka,” currently airing on Disney+. The last member of their team, Zeb, made his live-action debut as a cameo in “The Mandalorian.”

Kanan, who was voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., hasn’t appeared in live-action and isn’t expected to, but a photo of him is just barely visible on the dash of Hera’s ship, the Ghost, during “Ahsoka.”

Ezra’s second lightsaber, later used by Sabine, was released at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge earlier this year.

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Walt Disney World Railroad Reopens After Four Year Closure

After a four-year closure, the iconic Walt Disney World Railroad has reopened at Magic Kingdom just in time for the 2022 holiday season. This opening day attraction is a fan favorite that takes guests on a relaxing 20-minute, 1.5-mile scenic round-trip tour around the park’s perimeter. The railroad originally opened with the park on October 1, 1971 but closed in late 2018 due to construction on the highly anticipated TRON Lightcycle Run rollercoaster coming to Tomorrowland. This closure allowed Disney to fully refresh the railroad tracks as well as introduce exciting new updates to the classic attraction.

A Fully Refreshed Track

The railroad now features completely new track looping around the park, including a brand new tunnel constructed near TRON Lightcycle Run. The old railroad tracks had to be removed to make way for TRON’s massive show building, so this offered the perfect opportunity to replace the 50-year-old tracks. The refreshed tracks allow the train to follow an updated route through the park while maintaining the same familiar journey. The new tunnel provides a seamless transition as the train passes under the TRON coaster, keeping guests immersed in the magic.

An All-New Voiceover

In addition to the refreshed track, the railroad also features an entirely new narration and voiceover. Disney Imagineers wanted to revisit the storytelling of this classic attraction and introduce a new voice to guide the journey. The new narrator is a charming, humble conductor character who acts as an “unofficial mayor” of the railroad. He grew up dreaming of working on the railroad and now revels in sharing his love and knowledge of the park as he transports guests from land to land. The voiceover provides delightful narration, historical facts, and fun anecdotes about the sights and attractions seen along the route. The conductor’s warm and welcoming personality brings a sense of nostalgia while blending in fresh commentary.

Glimpse of Upcoming Attractions

The refreshed railroad also offers guests unique views of new and upcoming attractions at Magic Kingdom. As the train passes through Tomorrowland, guests can catch an exclusive sneak peek at TRON Lightcycle Run before it officially opens in spring 2023.The new narration even references TRON and the railroad’s rerouted track around the coaster’s massive, glowing show building. This provides a behind-the-scenes view of the highly anticipated new attraction coming to the park.

The Same Nostalgic Experience

While the refreshed railroad offers some exciting new updates, the heart of this classic attraction remains the same. Guests can still experience the nostalgia of Walt Disney World’s opening day as they enjoy a relaxing, scenic tour of the park aboard an authentic steam-powered locomotive. The four trains in operation are still the original 1916-1928 locomotives straight from Walt’s own vision. The railroad continues to be a fun way for guests to rest their feet and conveniently travel between lands. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the timeless experience of riding a vintage train at the Most Magical Place on Earth.

The Perfect Holiday Surprise

The return of this fan favorite just before the holidays is the perfect surprise gift from Disney. The railroad reopening restores the nostalgic feeling of Magic Kingdom and provides a new experience with the updated narration and track route. Riding the Walt Disney World Railroad is a quintessential Disney Parks experience, and many guests will be thrilled to climb aboard again after four long years. There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than taking a festive train ride around the Most Magical Place on Earth. All aboard! The Walt Disney World Railroad is steaming into Magic Kingdom once again, bringing its own special brand of magic to Disney guests this holiday season and beyond. This refreshed version of a classic attraction offers the perfect blend of nostalgia and new surprises.

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Disney After Hours Events Returning 2024

The popular Disney After Hours events are returning to Walt Disney World in 2024, bringing back extra late night magic to three theme parks. These separately ticketed events allow guests to enjoy the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios for three additional hours after regular park close with lower crowds and wait times. Disney has announced the After Hours event dates for 2024 which kick off on January 10th at Hollywood Studios, January 11th at Magic Kingdom, and February 2nd at Epcot. The events run select nights through early April. Here’s an overview of the 2024 Disney After Hours events:

Hollywood Studios After Hours

  • Dates: January 10 – April 10, 2024
  • Time: 9:30pm – 12:30am
  • Ticket prices: $155 – $175 for general admission, discounts for Annual Passholders and DVC members

During Hollywood Studios After Hours, guests can experience popular attractions like Slinky Dog Dash, Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance with minimal wait times. Character greetings, stage shows, and complimentary ice cream novelties and popcorn are also available.

Magic Kingdom After Hours

  • Dates: January 11 – April 8, 2024
  • Time: 10pm – 1am
  • Ticket prices: $155 – $175 for general admission, discounts for Annual Passholders and DVC members

The Magic Kingdom After Hours event allows guests to experience over 20 attractions like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, and the new TRON Lightcycle Run. For 2024, Disney is bringing back the nighttime fireworks show Enchantment exclusively during the After Hours events. Magic Kingdom will also offer a standby queue for TRON Lightcycle Run, allowing guests to experience the high-demand ride without needing a Lightning Lane reservation.

Epcot After Hours

  • Dates: February 2 – April 4, 2024
  • Time: 10pm – 1am
  • Ticket prices: $149 – $159 for general admission, discounts for Annual Passholders and DVC members

Epcot After Hours provides short wait access to fan favorites like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Frozen Ever After, and the high-thrill Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. The park’s Soarin’, Test Track, and Spaceship Earth attractions will also be open.

Tron Lightcycle After Hours

Benefits of Disney After Hours

The Disney After Hours events provide a unique late night park experience with several advantages:

  • Lower crowds and wait times – With limited ticket availability, crowds are capped at a lower level than regular park days. This allows guests to experience more attractions in less time.
  • Complimentary snacks – Unlimited ice cream novelties, popcorn, and select beverages are included throughout the event.
  • Exclusive entertainment – Magic Kingdom After Hours brings back the Enchantment fireworks show only during these events.
  • Bonus park time – After Hours tickets allow entry as early as 7pm, giving guests 2-3 extra hours in the park before the event starts.
  • Standby access options – Magic Kingdom provides standby access for TRON Lightcycle Run, while Epcot is expected to offer standby for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind based on past events.

After Hours Event Tickets

Tickets for the 2024 After Hours events at all three parks go on sale November 14, 2023 for the general public. Guests staying at select Walt Disney World hotels can purchase them earlier starting November 7 by calling 407-W-Disney.Pricing ranges from $155-$175 for Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios events. Epcot After Hours tickets are $149-$159 for advance purchase. Further discounts are offered to Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members. It’s recommended to purchase tickets early, as popular event nights may sell out. The limited tickets help maintain lower crowds and wait times.

France Pavilion at night in World Showcase at EPCOT

Tips for Disney After Hours Events

To maximize your time during Disney After Hours, here are some tips:

  • Arrive early – Enter the park at 7pm to get a head start on attractions before the event begins.
  • Prioritize the most popular rides – Focus first on attractions like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Rise of the Resistance which will have the longest waits during regular hours.
  • Plan an efficient route – Criss-crossing the park can waste valuable time. Develop an optimal route hitting must-do rides.
  • Grab snacks along the way – Take advantage of the free treats to refuel while continuing to ride.
  • Meet characters with no wait – Lines for characters are much shorter during After Hours events.
  • See both fireworks shows at Magic Kingdom – Catch Happily Ever After before the event starts, then see Enchantment during After Hours.
  • Stay until the end – Ride waits often get even shorter in the last hour as guests leave early.

Experience the Magic After Hours

Disney After Hours events provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the parks like never before. Take advantage of nearly empty queues on some of Disney’s most popular attractions, all while enjoying free snacks and exclusive entertainment. After Hours allows you to pack more magic into your Walt Disney World vacation by extending your theme park days into the late night hours. With the ability to enter at 7pm and stay until 1am, After Hours events are a splurge that avid Disney park fans will find worthwhile. Be sure to purchase your tickets early as nights can sell out. Then arrive prepared to maximize every minute and create special memories under the moonlight!

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BREAKING: Disney Reveals Portrait of The Captain, a New Character for the Haunted Mansion Parlor on the Disney Treasure Cruise Ship

To celebrate Halloween, Disney has released a ghoulish new portrait of the Captain, one of the happy haunts sailing on the new Disney Treasure.

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GUYS. There’s an EXCLUSIVE Parade at a Disney World Hotel and Some of These “Floats” Are AMAZING

Halloween is here, and we are doing ALL the fun and spooky things in Disney World.

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We’ve checked out all the Halloween decorations in Magic Kingdom. We’ve already been to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We’ve also eaten a TON of Halloween snacks (and we have ZERO regrets). But now, we’re going to have some fun at one of Disney World’s resorts: Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

So you may not know about it, but there’s a fun tradition that takes place at Fort Wilderness every Halloween season. It’s a golf cart parade, but these are not like golf carts you’ve seen anywhere else. These golf carts have been decked out in FULL costumes and they take a ride around the resort for guests to enjoy.

Woody’s Roundup wagon

Here’s what happens: the golf carts are rented out by guests and then they put their creative skills to good use to decorate them. So much fun, right?

Halloween Golf Cart Parade Extravaganza

We spoke with Cast Members at Fort Wilderness who have a hand in making this parade possible each year and they stressed to us that this is all “guest-led”. Although the parade has been officially running with Disney for the past 13 years, it was all started by campground guests looking to have some fun.

Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho!

The parade starts at the hitching area right by the front entrance and follows the longer (straighter) stretch of road through the Meadow section…

AT-AT golf cart

… where they’ll eventually be routed past the judge’s tent and scored points in categories based on creativity and theme.

The parade kicks off with Grand Marshalls (just like the parade in Magic Kingdom) flanked by horses from the Tri-Circle D Ranch on site. These Grand Marshalls are typically cast members.

Grand Marshalls

Just look at how creative some of these golf carts are!

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Some are almost unrecognizable — we loved this Haunted Mansion stretching room one!

Is this haunted golf cart actually stretching?

Does this design look familiar? It’s the Mayor’s car from The Nightmare Before Christmas and also the popcorn bucket from this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

This is Halloween

Some folks get really into this, like Cruella. Every time she saw a puppy she stopped, checked for spots, and would keep moving past.

Look out!

Who are youuu?

Caterpillar themed

The judges will deliberate with each other and narrow the hundreds of entries down to just 6. These finalists will then be judged by others staying at the campground and one will go on to be crowned the winner.

Meet the Judges!

If you’re wondering how to get in to be considered for next year’s event here’s how to do it! First, you’ll need to be staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground as only these folks are allowed to participate. Then, about a week before the parade starts, visit the Bike Barn to get on the official lineup and receive your order number. All that’s left is to stick to the rules and regulations that Disney provides participants to ensure safety.

TRON Lightcycle / Run golf cart

If you’re looking to spectate at this event, well… that gets a bit tricky. Because of its immense popularity among resort campers and day spectators, this parade is limited to those who are actual guests of the campground — meaning, if you don’t have a resort reservation, you won’t be able to come over to watch.


However, this isn’t Fort Wilderness’ only golf cart extravaganza — they offer parades for holidays like the 4th of July, Christmas, and most recently Halfway to Halloween.

We really enjoy seeing what people come up with each year for the golf cart parade, and we highly suggest you check it out if you get a chance!

Stay tuned to DFB for more!

How YOU Can Celebrate Halloween At Disney World Without A Park Ticket


Get ready for the spookiest season of the year at Disney World! We are beyond thrilled to announce the arrival of our brand-new guide — Halloween at Disney World: DFB’s Spook-tacular Guide!

From the thrills of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to the enchanting resort decorations that’ll send shivers down your spine, our guide is packed with tips and tricks to help you squeeze every ounce of ghoulish fun out of your visit. Plus, we’ve got the inside scoop on all the limited-time-only bone-chilling activities happening across the parks!

Get the Halloween at Disney World: DFB’s Spook-tacular Guide to make your frightfully delightful adventure even more magical!

Have you ever seen or participated in the Fort Wilderness Halloween Golf Cart parade? 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 the golf cart parade. 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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D23 Expo Disney Lorcana Elsa Promo Card Sells for Over $7,000

Another Disney Lorcana Elsa card has sold for over $1,000. But this time, bidding didn’t stop at $1,099.99. It reached $7,050.

While the previous high-value card was a holofoil Elsa – Spirit of Winter, this one was an even rarer D23 Expo Elsa – Snow Queen promo card.

Disney Lorcana promo cards

At D23 Expo 2022, Disney and Ravensburger handed out a limited amount of promotional versions of six Disney Lorcana: The First Chapter cards. These cards had a special D23 Expo stamp on the bottom.

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Source: recklessmob on eBay

The Elsa – Snow Queen promo card was sold on eBay for $7,050 on October 15. It was graded Gem Mint 10 by Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), meaning it had very few or no signs of wear, and was sold by user recklessmob.

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Another Elsa – Snow Queen promo card was listed for $7,500 before an unknown best offer was accepted.

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More eBay users have listed their Elsa – Snow Queen promo cards for up to $15,000.

So far, the $7,050 price is the highest-known sale for a single Disney Lorcana.

The high sale prices aren’t just because of the card’s already rare status. Ravensburger recently announced they would change how they publish promo cards in the future. Starting next year, they will replace convention-specific promo cards with three special cards available at all events that year. This means an overall promo card stamp will be used instead of the con-specific ones like the D23 Expo logo, making the original promo cards even more valuable.

The 2024 Disney Lorcana promo cards will be Pinocchio – Talkative Puppet, Rapunzel – Gifted Artist, and Four Dozen Eggs.

Disney Lorcana restocks are expected at local game stores this week. Disney Lorcana: Rise of the Floodborn will be released to game stores on November 17, followed by a wide release on December 1. A Disney100 edition of Disney Lorcana will also be released on December 1.

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REVIEW: This Limited-Time EPCOT Treat Is a Chocolate Lover’s DREAM

The holidays might be right around the corner, but we’re still taking in the last remnants of spooky season!

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Disney World is too, because now that Halloween is officially here we’ve got a NEW treat to try. Come with us over to EPCOT to see what we’re snackin’ on today!

We picked up the Mickey Halloween Liege Waffle from Connections Cafe in EPCOT! This is a Dark Chocolate Liege Waffle with Purple and Green Icing and Mickey on top! You can get it on Halloween day only for $4.19.

Chocolate waffle

The chocolate is dark and rich and only lightly sweetened. It’s not a super sweet treat which can be a good thing for some people! It’s got a fluffy overall feel and is more yeasty in flavor than it is sweet. The waffle was soft and cake-like and easily melted in our mouth when we took a bite, though we do wish it had been warmer.

Heya, Mickey!

You won’t find a whole lot of depth here, as chocolate is pretty much the only flavor. It’s also very messy to eat which can be a nightmare when you’re in the parks.

We would say this is a good treat for chocolate lovers and people who like the other liege waffles at Connections but want a chocolate version. If you’re expecting a regular waffle or don’t like getting messy when eating, we’d suggest skipping this one.

We enjoyed it

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The ULTIMATE Guide to the Best Snacks in EPCOT

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See What Happens When a Disney Jungle Cruise Boat Just STOPS WORKING

It’s not too often that a ride completely breaks down while you’re on it.


Yes, sometimes a ride can shut down temporarily while guests are on it, but generally, it starts moving again shortly. If it doesn’t keep moving, you may end up getting walked off. But what if you’re on a boat in the middle of the Nile River when all of a sudden the boat no longer works? Well, one reader recently found out!

If you’re in Disneyland and Rise of the Resistance shuts down, you just get walked off the ride. But what if you’re on a Jungle Cruise boat and it just decides it’s done for the day and won’t turn on once you’ve already left the dock?

Barb Close, one of our readers, filled us in on what does happen if one of these boats no longer works.

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Barb was recently on a trip to Disneyland when the Jungle Cruise boat she was on stopped working shortly after beginning their trek down the river. She said the boat started kinda sputtering and slowed down. It appeared that the boat had its check engine light come on. This is nearly as unlucky as a sleeping zebra being looked after by hungry lions!

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Barb sent us a video during which you can hear the skippers saying that the engine wouldn’t turn over (not unlike a jeep we’ve all seen).

Photo from Barb Close

It made sounds like it was trying, but there was no luck getting it on. So a second boat had to come out to tug to them back to shore, dodging crocodiles and hippos the whole way!

Photo from Barb Close

Don’t worry, Skipper Darren took very good care of them, ensuring them that they were all going to die. You know, normal consoling things you say to people stranded on a wild river.

Photo from Barb Close

Check out the video here!

What we really want to know is, did they still get to see the back side of water? 

A True Wonder of the World

She did say that it was a very fun ride and the skipper was genuinely fantastic! This is definitely not something you see every day and goes to show that this ride really does leave your life in the hands of a punny skipper (we’re not sure how we feel about that anymore).

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Holidays at Goofy’s Kitchen Character Meals

Goofy’s Kitchen is the flagship character dining experience at Disneyland Resort, featuring fun food and cool culinary character costumes. For Thanksgiving and Christmas 2023, Disney is taking this a step further with even more unique themed meals at this restaurant. This follows up on the success of Halloween 2023, when Goofy’s Kitchen hosted a special […]

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