Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Wins Thea Award
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, the new indoor roller coaster at Epcot in Walt Disney World, has won the prestigious Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement as an Attraction. The award was given by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and recognizes Cosmic Rewind’s groundbreaking ride system and storytelling. Cosmic Rewind features several notable firsts, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster and a unique ride system where vehicles rotate 360 degrees to immerse riders.
It has an original story based on the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy films with appearances by popular characters. The award validates Disney’s continued commitment to innovation and immersive storytelling with cutting-edge attractions like Cosmic Rewind. TEA’s Thea Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the themed entertainment industry. Cosmic Rewind’s recognition is a well-deserved achievement for Walt Disney Imagineering. The award will be formally presented at the Thea Awards Gala in March 2024 in Hollywood.
Eligible Military Member Discounts For Disneyland Hotels and Park Tickets 2024
The military discounts provide great savings for eligible service members on tickets and hotels at Disneyland Resort for 2024 vacations. Be sure to purchase tickets early to secure park reservations. Here are the discounted prices:
- 3-day and 4-day Park Hopper tickets available with or without Genie+
- Purchase by Dec 10, 2024 through military base ticket offices
- Valid Jan 2 – Dec 13, 2024 with blockouts April 2-15
- 3-day Hopper: $269
- 3-day Hopper with Genie+: $359
- 4-day Hopper: $315
- 4-day Hopper with Genie+: $435
- Discounts up to 30% at Paradise Pier, 35% at Disneyland Hotel, 40% at Grand Californian
- Book by Dec 10 for stays Jan 2 – Dec 13, 2024
- Valid military ID required at check-in
- Call (407) 939-7830 for availability
Other Key Details
- Separate park tickets and reservations are required for park entry
- Tickets do not expire 14 days after first use like regular tickets
- A max of 6 tickets can be purchased per eligible member or spouse
- 1 of the 6 must be used by a member/spouse
- Tickets are non-transferable
Disney’s New Animated Film “Wish” Coming Out November 22, 2023
Disney’s latest animated musical fantasy film “Wish” will be released in theaters on November 22, 2023. The film is produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn. Wish tells the story of 17-year-old Asha, voiced by Ariana DeBose, who makes a passionate wish to the stars in the night sky.
Her wish is answered by a fallen star named Star, voiced by Rachel Zegler. Together, Asha and Star must confront the powerful sorcerer King Magnifico, voiced by Chris Pine, who has the ability to grant wishes but rarely does. The music of Wish sets it apart from other recent Disney films, with an original soundtrack written by Julia Michaels and Benjamin Rice. Michaels is the youngest person to have written all the songs for a Disney animated film.
The animation also combines 2D and 3D techniques as an homage to Disney’s long history of animated films. Early reactions to Wish have been somewhat mixed, with critics praising the music and DeBose’s performance but finding the story and themes relatively safe and predictable. Overall, the film aims to honor Disney’s legacy while looking ahead to the future.