Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Tune-Up Lounge Returns Chairs to Bar

Chairs have returned to the Tune-Up Lounge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. What’s Happening: Since the Tune-Up lounge reopened, bar stools haven’t been made available. Likely due to distancing and health protocols, the bar was made for walk-ups and standing room only. Now, bright orange chairs now align the bar for guests wanting to take a […]

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RUMOR: New Spells and Wands Coming Soon to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

One of the highlights of a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is using a wand to cast spells. This magical experience allows wizards, witches, and even Muggles to try their hand at magic at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Rumors suggest that new interactive wands will debut ahead of Epic Universe and new spells will be added around the current parks. Over the last few months, we’ve noticed changes around the different spells that indicate this rumor could be true.

New Spells and Wands Coming Soon to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Spells around Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade have been getting upgraded cameras over the last few months. Whenever a spell was having a new infrared camera installed, the window would have a sign or it would be blocked by construction walls.

The exterior of the Owl Post window and a door to Dervish and Banges in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade in Universal Islands of Adventure.

Outside of Dervish and Banges, the Owl Post window has been blocked by construction walls for the last few weeks. This was not a spell location, but it was blocked off like some of the spells have been during their upgrades.

This window was best known for having the Howler, and you could often hear it “yelling” through the window. The walls were removed from the window, showing that the display has changed slightly. Looking closer, it appears this window could be getting prepped for a new spell.

A photo of the Owl Post window in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade.

The center of the window has a brown paper-wrapped box with a perfect hole removed from it. This looks like it could be the location of a camera for a new spell.

A close-up of a hole in a brown parchment paper, likely an opening for a new infrared camera.

Upon closer inspection, it looks like the box has plenty of room inside to mount a camera. The window display has changed and there does appear to be a few spots that could have new effects.

A photo of a book prop that could be used with the addition of new spells in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade.

The bottom of the window display has a large piece of paper that looks like it will have writing magically appear on it. This could be part of a spell, or it could just be a new effect added to the Owl Post window.

Over the last few months, spells around both Wizarding World lands have been getting updated cameras. This will greatly improve guests’ ability to cast spells, but there are rumors that there are other reasons for the change. New wands that can connect to the Universal Orlando app are rumored to roll out sometime before Epic Universe opens next year.

Universal has connected gameplay for Illumination Villain-Con Minion Blast and guests can sync their blaster to their profile on the Universal Orlando app. Guests of Super Nintendo World can link a Power-Up Band to the app to collect coins and track their progress. These new interactive wands could likely be similar to Power-Up Bands and allow guests to link to the Universal Orlando app. The new wands could be used to track guests’ progress with spells and allow them to unlock new features.

Old wands would still work with the spells, but would not allow guests to connect and access new features within the resort app. New wands would be required to track progress through the Universal connected gameplay feature.

Signage for free interactive wand offer

Universal Orlando was greatly discounting interactive wands during the garage sale last year. Interactive wands were being sold at 70% off. Now, Universal Orlando is offering a free interactive wand with the purchase of a $300 merchandise gift card. Universal Orlando may be slowly getting rid of the current stock of Wizarding World wands in anticipation of rolling out a new series of wands in the future.

Details have not been released for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic — the Harry Potter-themed land coming to Epic Universe — yet, so there’s a chance more details will come soon. Stay tuned for more details on this story and for more Epic Universe announcements.

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Disney Releases the Captivating Trailer for “Mufasa: The Lion King”

Disney has unveiled the highly anticipated trailer for “Mufasa: The Lion King,” a prequel to the beloved 2019 photorealistic remake of the classic animated film. Directed by the critically acclaimed Barry Jenkins, this upcoming movie promises to delve deep into the origins of the iconic lion king, Mufasa, and his complex relationship with his brother Scar, who eventually becomes his nemesis.

The Trailer: A Glimpse into the Pridelands’ Past

The trailer opens with the wise mandrill shaman Rafiki, voiced by John Kani, setting the stage for the untold tale of Mufasa’s rise to power. “This story begins far beyond the mountains and the shadows, on the other side of the light,” Rafiki narrates. “A lion was born without a drop of nobility in his blood, a lion who would change our lives forever: Mufasa.” As the trailer unfolds, we are introduced to a young, orphaned Mufasa, voiced by Aaron Pierre, who encounters a kind lion named Taka, the heir to a royal bloodline.


Taka, portrayed by Kelvin Harrison Jr., welcomes Mufasa into his family as a brother, setting the stage for an expansive journey filled with unexpected twists and turns. The trailer teases the introduction of new, never-before-seen locations, including a stunning snowy environment, hinting at the vast and diverse landscapes that Mufasa and his companions will traverse. Additionally, the swelling score promises to continue the Disney series’ reputation for captivating music, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the film’s original songs. Original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who we all know and love!


The Star-Studded Cast

“Mufasa: The Lion King” boasts an impressive ensemble cast, featuring both returning and new voices. Reprising their roles from the 2019 remake are Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner as Timon. Joining the cast is Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, who makes her acting debut as Kiara, the daughter of Simba and Nala.


Among the new additions are Tiffany Boone as Sarabi, Kagiso Lediga as Young Rafiki, Preston Nyman as Zazu, and Mads Mikkelsen as Kiros, a formidable lion with grand ambitions for his pride. Thandiwe Newton and Lennie James lend their voices to Taka’s parents, Eshe and Obasi, respectively, while Anika Noni Rose and Keith David voice Mufasa’s parents, Afia and Masego.

Musfasa Lion King

The Creative Team

Helming the project is Barry Jenkins, the Academy Award-winning director of “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Jenkins has expressed his excitement about the opportunity to expand the beloved “Lion King” franchise, stating, “Growing up in the ’90s, I helped my sister raise two young boys. These characters have been a part of my life. The opportunity to collaborate with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love, and legacy, while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora, is a dream come true.”


Joining Jenkins is the talented songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the acclaimed Broadway musical “Hamilton.” Miranda has been tasked with writing the film’s original songs, co-producing them alongside Mark Mancina, who worked on the 2019 remake. Additionally, the legendary South African composer Lebo M, known for his contributions to the original “Lion King” soundtrack, will provide additional vocals and performances.


The Legacy Continues

“Mufasa: The Lion King” is the latest addition to Disney’s ever-expanding “Lion King” franchise, which has captivated audiences for generations. The 1994 animated classic grossed an impressive $960 million worldwide, while the 2019 photorealistic remake amassed a staggering $1.6 billion at the global box office. With its stunning visuals, star-studded cast, and the promise of an epic tale of friendship, love, and destiny, Disney Mufasa is poised to continue the franchise’s legacy and introduce a new generation to the wonders of the Pridelands.


Final Thoughts

As the release date of December 20, 2024, draws closer, anticipation for Lion King Mufasa continues to build. Disney has once again demonstrated its commitment to bringing beloved stories to life with cutting-edge technology and exceptional storytelling. With Barry Jenkins at the helm and an all-star cast, this prequel promises to be a cinematic experience that will captivate audiences of all ages and further cement the “Lion King” franchise’s place in the pantheon of timeless tales.

“it’s a small world” 60th Anniversary Photo Op Now Available at Disneyland

Celebrate 60 years of “it’s a small world” with a photo op at Disneyland Park.

“it’s a small world” 60th Anniversary

"it's a small world" 60th Anniversary photo op

This stage on the small world promenade was installed for Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite, but is now decked out with “it’s a small world” theming.

"it's a small world" 60th Anniversary sculpture prop

There are two flat 60th anniversary props that guests can hold up. One features the Tower of the Four Winds, a kinetic sculpture created by Rolly Crump for the ride’s debut at the New York World’s Fair. “it’s a small world,” “Celebrating 60 years,” “New York World’s Fair Debut 1964,” and “Disneyland Resort” are on the prop.

"it's a small world" 60th Anniversary boat prop

Another prop features a dozen “it’s a small world” characters in a blue boat. The same words are printed on this prop.

“it’s a small world” opened at the New York World’s Fair on April 22, 1964. After a successful run at the fair, it moved to Disneyland, where it opened on May 28, 1966. Other versions of the now iconic ride are at Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland. The latter will be getting a Groot-inspired Marvel overlay soon. Read our full history of “it’s a small world.”

Check out the “it’s a small world” merchandise recently released at Disneyland Resort.

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Disney Parks Foodie Guide Mother’s Day 2024

Mother’s Day this year May 12th, 2024 is a special occasion to honor and celebrate the incredible women who have nurtured, guided, and loved us unconditionally. What better way to show your appreciation than by treating your mom to a magical day at the Happiest Place on Earth? Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World Park are pulling out all the stops to make this Mother’s Day truly unforgettable, with an array of delectable dining experiences, enchanting photo opportunities, and heartwarming surprises.

This amazing foodie guide will take you on a culinary journey through the parks, highlighting the best restaurants, menus, and offerings tailored specifically for Mother’s Day 2024. From elegant character dining to indulgent buffets and themed treats, there’s something to delight every mom’s taste buds. So, get ready to embark on a gastronomic adventure that will create cherished memories for years to come.


Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

The Mara (Available May 5 through 18; mobile order available) 

  • Sunflower Cake: Marbled chocolate and vanilla cake, vanilla buttercream, and mini chocolate chips (New) 
Mother’s Day Croissant

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Beach Club Marketplace (Available May 5 through 18; mobile order available) 

  • Mother’s Day Croissant filled with raspberry jam topped with raspberry crunchies (New) 

Disney’s BoardWalk

BoardWalk Deli and Carousel Coffee (Available May 5 through 18; mobile order available at BoardWalk Deli only) 

  • Mother’s Day Croissant: Croissant dough filled with raspberry jam topped with raspberry crunchies (New) 

Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Good’s Food to Go and The Artist’s Palette (Available May 5 through 18) 

  • Bouquet of Roses Cupcake: Chocolate Cupcake, strawberry pastry cream, chocolate mousse, and buttercream


Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Pineapple Lanai (Available May 5 through 18) 

  • Makuahine DOLE Whip Float: DOLE Whip with Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red topped with shimmering edible flowers

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

The Market at Ale & Compass (Available May 5 through 18; mobile order available) 

  • Mother’s Day Croissant: Croissant dough filled with raspberry jam topped with raspberry crunchies (New) 


Available at Various Table-Service Restaurants and Lounges at Disney Resort Hotels

  • Strawberry-Orange Mimosa: Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut, orange juice, and strawberry purée topped with a strawberry (New) (Available May 5 through 18) 


Disney Springs

Amorette’s Patisserie (Available May 5 through 12; mobile order available) 

  • Mother’s Day Éclair: Lemon and lavender éclair (New) 


The Ganachery (Available May 1 through 12) 

  • Mother’s Day Chocolate Flower Box: Ganache with flavors of hibiscus-strawberry and jasmine tea (New) 


Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Park

Plaza Inn (Available May 12 only) 

  • Mother’s Day Brunch: Join in the celebration and drop “Inn” for brunch hosted by Minnie Mouse and her friends. Start with a memorable moment with Minnie Mouse and a special flower, picked just for mom.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa 

Grand Californian Great Hall Cart (Available May 3 through 13) 

  • Mickey-shaped Mother’s Day Cookie
  • Box of Assorted Cookies


Storytellers Cafe (Available May 12 only from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

  • Mother’s Day Dinner Buffet: Give your mom a gift with a glorious dinner buffet – and enjoy some beloved Disney Characters!


Available at Various Candy Locations Around Disneyland Resort Including Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen and Trolley Treats (Available May 5 through 12) 

  • Tulip Cake Pop: Vanilla tulip-shaped cake pop dipped in purple-colored white chocolate, outlined in purple sanding sugar, and adorned with marshmallow leaves dipped in green-colored white chocolate (New) 
  • Pink Minnie Caramel Apple: Granny Smith apple dipped in caramel, enrobed in milk chocolate, adorned with marshmallow ears, and dressed with pink sanding sugar and white M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candies


Mother’s Day Disney Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best restaurants for Mother’s Day at Disney World?

Some of the top restaurants for Disney World Mother’s Day are California Grill, Narcoossee’s, Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera, Sanaa, and Jiko – The Cooking Place. These restaurants offer special Mother’s Day menus, brunch buffets, and stunning views, making them perfect for celebrating the occasion.

What special treats are available for Mother’s Day at Disney World?

Disney World offers a variety of special treats for Mother’s Day, such as the Mother’s Day Cookie Bouquet at Beach Club Marketplace, the Bouquet Shake at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, and the Pistachio-raspberry Éclair at Le Petit Café. Other offerings include the Mother’s Day Flowers DOLE Whip Float at Pineapple Lanai and the Mother’s Day Donut at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café. Give her a great Disney happy Mother’s Day!

What are the best photo spots for Mother’s Day at Disney World?

Some of the best photo spots for Mother’s Day at Disney World include Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom, the Flower and Garden Festival in EPCOT, Disney’s BoardWalk, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney Springs. These locations offer beautiful backdrops and photo opportunities to capture special moments with mom.

Does Disney do anything special for Mother’s Day?

Yes, Disney Parks go all out to celebrate Mother’s Day with special dining experiences, themed treats, photo opportunities, and other offerings. At Disneyland, restaurants like Carthay Circle Restaurant, Blue Bayou Restaurant, and Napa Rose offer special Mother’s Day menus. At Walt Disney World, there are Mother’s Day brunches, dining packages, and unique food items available.

Is Disney crowded on Mother’s Day?

Crowd levels at Disney Parks on Mother’s Day can vary, but generally, it is not considered an extremely crowded time. Some reports suggest that park crowds may not be significantly higher on Mother’s Day, but restaurants offering brunch or special meals can be quite busy. It’s recommended to make dining reservations in advance if you plan to visit on Mother’s Day.

Does Disney Cruise do anything for Mother’s Day?

While specific details for Mother’s Day 2024 on Disney Cruise Line are not yet available, Disney Cruise Line typically offers special activities, treats, and surprises to honor mothers on their ships. This may include themed desserts, photo opportunities, and other unique offerings to make moms feel extra special during their cruise vacation.

How early should I make dining reservations for Mother’s Day at Disney World?

It’s recommended to make dining reservations for Mother’s Day at Disney World as early as possible, ideally 60–180 days in advance. Popular restaurants offering special Mother’s Day menus and brunches tend to book up quickly, so securing reservations well in advance is crucial to ensure availability.

What are some gift ideas for Mother’s Day at Disney World?

Some gift ideas for Mother’s Day at Disney World include spa treatments at Senses – A Disney Spa, personalized gift baskets or floral arrangements from the Disney Floral & Gifts team, and shopping at Disney Springs for merchandise from brands like Alex and Ani, Dooney & Bourke, PANDORA, and Vera Bradley


Final Thoughts

Whether you’re celebrating at Disneyland Park or Walt Disney World Park, Mother’s Day 2024 promises to be a truly magical and delicious affair. From elegant character dining to indulgent buffets and themed treats, these parks have curated a diverse array of culinary experiences to honor the special women in our lives. As you plan your Disney Mother’s Day festivities, remember to make reservations well in advance to secure your spot at these highly sought-after dining destinations.

And don’t forget to capture the precious moments with your mom, whether it’s through enchanting photo opportunities or simply savoring the joy of being together in the Happiest Place on Earth. Be sure to check out our Disney Mother’s Day gifts post! So, gather your loved ones, embrace the magic, and embark on a gastronomic journey that will create lasting memories for years to come. Happy Mother’s Day!

Photos: Inside Disney Vacation Club’s New Fort Wilderness Cabins

We recently got a preview of the new Disney Vacation Club cabins heading to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Inside, the design is filled with odes to Chip ‘n’ Dale, everyone’s favorite chipmunks. They take centerstage all over the rooms, with signatures, wood artwork, and small mural details. This collage features many a references to the […]

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Disney’s Yacht Club Resort Guest Rooms to be Refurbished in 2025

Guest rooms at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort will undergo a refurbishment in early 2025.

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort Refurbishment

Double beds in Disney's Yacht Club Resort room

An announcement on the resort’s landing page reads:

From January through May 2025, some Guest rooms at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort will be under refurbishment. While Guests may see or hear construction work during daytime hours, most Resort hotel amenities will remain available.

Note that the announcement says only “some” guest rooms will be refurbished.

We previously reported that Yacht Club’s feature pool, Stormalong Bay, will be closed for refurbishment from January to June 2025. The pool’s bridges were refurbished in 2022.

In the past few years, the lobby and exterior of Disney’s Yacht Club were also refurbished.

Read about a lake view room at Disney’s Yacht Club or watch our video tour below.

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Mother’s Day Photo Op and Flower Seed Postcards Available at Disney Springs

Celebrate mom with a Mother’s Day photo op presented by AdventHealth in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World.

Mother’s Day Photo Op

A "Mom!" photo op for Mother's Day at Disney Springs.

A “Mom!” sign is in a flowerbed where guests can take photos. Note that there will not necessarily be a PhotoPass photographer available but regular Cast Members can take your picture with your phone or camera.

A close-up of the "Mom!" sign, decorated with florals in shades of green, light pink, dark pink, blue, and dark blue.

The letters of “Mom!” are blue with pink flowers and green leaves.

An arrow-shaped sign that says "Mom's Favorite".

There are signs guests can hold up. These have borders that match the “Mom!” sign and blue lettering in the center. One is an arrow reading “Mom’s Favorite.”

A heart-shaped sign that says "Moms are incredible".

A heart-shaped sign reads “Moms are incredible.”

A rectangular sign that says "#MomLife".

A simple rectangle has “#MomLife.”

A circular sign that reads, "Mom Squad!"

A circle reads, “Mom squad!”

A rounded rectangular sign that says "Mom-To-Be".

Another rectangle says, “Mom-to-be.”

A speech bubble-shaped sign that says "We [heart] Mom".

A speech bubble sign reads “We [heart] mom,” with the heart made of flowers.

A circular sign that reads, "First Mother's Day!"

A circular sign reads “First Mother’s Day!”

A starburst-shaped sign that says, "We're Expecting!"

And a starburst sign says, “We’re expecting!” They all feature the AdventHealth for Women logo, too.

"Happy Mother's Day" flower seed postcard

Cast Members at a nearby table are handing out postcards to guests. The fronts of these white cards read, “Happy Mother’s Day!” in a circle of flowers.

The back of the postcard, with the Disney Springs logo and lines for writing the receiving address.

The cards are made of a material full of seeds that can be safely planted to grow flowers.

A wide shot of the West Side of Disney Springs, where the photo-op is located.

The photo op and postcard station is on the West Side of Disney Springs, near the Orange Garage and AMC Dine-In Theaters entrance, across from the Coca-Cola Store.

Check out the Mother’s Day menu items coming to Walt Disney World.

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Universal Orlando News: DreamWorks Land Opening, Nightime Shows & New Parade!

We’ve all been anxiously watching for news from Universal Orlando Resort about Universal Epic Universe opening in 2025, but did you know DreamWorks Land featuring characters from “Shrek,” “Trolls,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and more will open in Universal Studios Florida on June 14, 2024, including the family-friendly Trollercoaster and, believe or not, Shrek’s outhouse? But […]

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Photos: Tokyo Disney Resort’s Fantasy Springs Hotel

Tokyo Disney Resort has released official photographs of the upcoming Fantasy Springs Resort. The whimsically refined hotel is shown in the swirled architecture and the Disney characters adorning the rock formations around the outdoor paths. The indoor restaurant keeps this refined aesthetic going with large windows and lush green accents. The Fantasy Chateau rooms feature […]

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