A Look at Disney Dreamers Academy 2024

Recently, Walt Disney World hosted its 17th Disney Dreamers Academy — and I was lucky enough to to be invited to learn more about this amazing program. For those who have no idea what DDA was all about, 100 students (primarily Black teens and students from underrepresented communities) are selected from thousands of nationwide applicants and, […]

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Hallmark Unveils 2024 Dream Book Featuring Even More Disney Designs Coming in October

Happy Holidays! Sure we’ve got a way to go before we can start stringing up the lights and singing Christmas carols, but that isn’t stopping Hallmark from releasing their 2024 Dream Book. Wonderful, whimsical, wintry ornaments, and holiday decor will be coming soon with designs celebrating the best of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. (Please […]

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Full List of Food and Beverages Coming to Disney Parks for May the 4th & More: Daily Recap (4/15/24)

New food and beverages coming to Disney Parks for Star Wars Day, the first 2024 Disney Pride collection items arrive, and Disney reveals the medals for the snack-themed runDisney Summer Virtual Series — all this and more in today’s daily recap for Monday, April 15, 2024.

Daily Recap for 4/15/2024

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

A new sign in a planter teasing the arrival of Smellephants on Parade in Magic Kingdom. WDWNT Daily Recap 4-15-24

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A three-photo collage with Ezra Bridger's lightsaber hilt on the top left, a sign showing its discount on the bottom left, and the animated version of the character on the right. WDWNT Daily Recap 4-15-24

New Merchandise

A reporter's hand holding a set of two 2024 Disney Pride collection pins. WDWNT Daily Recap 4-15-24

Other Walt Disney World News

A four-photo collage featuring items that will be available for May the 4th at Disney Parks. WDWNT Daily Recap 4-15-24

Disneyland Resort

Disney CEO Bob Iger, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Disney Experiences Chairman Josh D'Amaro. WDWNT Daily Recap 4-15-24

Entertainment and Media

A LEGO Star Wars 25th anniversary build sitting on a table. WDWNT Daily Recap 4-15-24

WDW News Today

DVC Cabins Arrive at Fort Wilderness, New Haunted Mansion Hallmark Ornaments

That’s it for today; we hope you enjoyed this Daily Recap. Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you tomorrow!

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Work Continues Around Universal Studios Florida for New Nighttime Lagoon Show

Universal Studios Florida is preparing for a new nighttime lagoon show, expected to debut by the summer. Work has been happening both inside the lagoon and around it for the last few weeks. Let’s take a look at the latest progress.

A wooden dock being built along the lagoon for the new nighttime lagoon show.

Nighttime Lagoon Show Construction

a new dock added to the lagoon

Construction walls have been blocking off part of the park near Starbucks for a few weeks. A new platform is being built in this area and it appears the dock is being extended. You can see the wooden railings and a new metal pole have been added here.

a green construction wall blocking the entrance to Central Park at Universal Studios Florida

Now, even more walls have gone up around Central Park, blocking off the pathway along the water. Walls have been set up at each end of Central Park to keep guests from entering the area.

metal scaffolding around the rock facade by the lagoon

On the side of the lagoon where guests will watch the show, scaffolding has started to go up around the rock facade in the water.

The rocks along the side of Central Park have been in rough shape for a while and have some broken spots, so it looks like this will be getting repaired next.

a shot of the lagoon with just the nozzles of the fountain showing above the water

The water level has started to rise and is almost at a normal level. Now, only the tops of the fountains are visible and most of the fountain platform is underwater.

a close up of a fountain with multiple nozzles and lights

More nozzles and lights were added to the fountains over the last few weeks. The above photo shows the fountains just before the water levels were raised.

wide shot of the lagoon at universal studios florida

A new trademark application has suggested the new nighttime lagoon show might be named Cinesational: A Symphonic Spectacular. At this time, no official announcements have been made, but drones are also rumored to be a part of the new nighttime show.

Universal Orlando Resort has not offered a nighttime lagoon show since 2022. The Halloween Horror Nights show Ghoulish: A Halloween Tale was canceled after a hurricane damaged the projectors around the lagoon. In 2023, Universal announced that Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration would not be returning and a new show would take its place. Since then, we have seen new projectors and new fountains installed. We even caught the fountains testing a few weeks ago. It can’t be much longer before an official announcement is made.

Watch our video of Ghoulish! A Halloween Tale below:

Are you looking forward to having more nighttime entertainment at Universal Orlando Resort? Be sure to stay tuned for more updates.

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ESPN Lays Out 2024 NFL Draft Coverage Across Multiple Platforms

ESPN and The Walt Disney Company will present the 2024 NFL Draft across ESPN, ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and ESPN’s social media platforms, as the NFL takes their marquee offseason event to Detroit (April 25-27). On-site studio programming will surround the multiplatform presentation, as ESPN further deepens its commitment to the annual NFL tentpole event. […]

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Disney+ Could Soon Feature Always-On Channels Similar To Other Streaming Platforms

Disney+ could soon feature always-on channels dedicated to Star Wars and Marvel shows, according to a report from The Information. What’s Happening: Disney+ could potentially feature always-on channels, which are reportedly similar to those on free ad-supported streaming services like Pluto or Tubi, that could take away the choice when it comes to picking out what to watch next. […]

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New ‘Star Wars’ Sands of Tatooine Collection Includes Loungefly Backpack & Spirit Jersey

There’s a new “Star Wars” merchandise collection inspired by the Sands of Tatooine, now available at Walt Disney World.

Sands of Tatooine Collection

Sands of Tatooine Collection on display in Tatooine Traders.

The new collection, themed to the desert planet of Tatooine, can be found at Tatooine Traders in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Sands of Tatooine Loungefly Mini Backpack – $78

A reporter's hand holding the Sands of Tatooine Loungefly Mini Backpack

The Sands of Tatooine Loungefly mini backpack features an ombre effect with embroidery that replicates the look of Tatooine, the desert home planet of Luke Skywalker.

A close-up of the top half of the Sands of Tatooine Loungefly Mini Backpack

The top half of the backpack has a pink-brown Star Wars x Loungfly plate. To the right, embroidered in white are Tatooine’s twin suns.

A close-up of the bottom half of the Sands of Tatooine Loungefly Mini Backpack

On the bottom zip front compartment, the Lars homestead, moisture vaporators, and the town of Mos Eisley are embroidered in a dark pink-brown thread.

A reporter's hand showing the inside of the Sands of Tatooine Loungefly Mini Backpack

There are two top compartments. The front zip is designed with a space to hold an ear headband, with a slip pocket and snap straps. The interior lining for both the front and main zip compartments features an Alliance Starbird symbol print.

A reporter's hand showing the side of the Sands of Tatooine Loungefly Mini Backpack

The sides are a plain light brown. The hardware is a rose gold tone.

A reporter's hand showing the back of the Sands of Tatooine Loungefly Mini Backpack

As usual with Loungefly mini backpacks, there is a top handle and adjustable shoulder straps. Printed on the bottom right is “Star Wars” in a sans-serif font. The backpack can also be found online at the Disney Store.

Sands of Tatooine Spirit Jersey – $79.99

The Sands of Tatooine Spirit Jersey hanging on a merchandise rack.

The Spirit Jersey in the collection is very similar to the Loungefly backpack, with a peach-into-light-brown ombre effect. The top half of the jersey is printed with the twin suns of Tatooine and the bottom half is printed with its skyline.

The back of the Sands of Tatooine Spirit Jersey.

On the back, puffy white ink is used to spell out “Star Wars.” The Tatooine skyline wraps around the bottom. This is also available on the Disney Store.

Sands of Tatooine Loungefly Ear Headband – $44.99

A reporter's hand holding the Sands of Tatooine ear headband.

The Sands of Tatooine Loungefly ear headband features a velour bow at the center.

A close-up of the right ear on the headband.

The right ear includes “Star Wars” embroidered around the edge. The Lars homestead and moisture vaporators are embroidered in brown.

A close-up of the left ear, showing Tatooine's twin suns.

The two suns are seen on the left ear, alongside more moisture vaporators and Mos Eisley.

A reporter's hand showing the Star Wars x Loungefly plaque on the headband.

There is a blush pink Star Wars x Loungefly plate on the band.

A reporter's hand showing the back of the ear headband.

The back of the ears are blank. You can find it online at the Disney Store.

Which item in the Sands of Tatooine collection is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

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Disney+ Announces New Korean Original “Big Bet” To Arrive On Platform And Hulu

Disney+ has set the latest Korean series to debut on the platform with the announcement of the new Big Bet, which will also arrive on Hulu. What’s Happening: Disney+ has unveiled another series from Korea, added to the lineup of programming from the country that was announced two months ago. Titled Low Life, the series will star […]

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Win a Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip with Disney+ and National Geographic’s ourHOME Sweepstakes

Ahead of Earth Day, National Geographic and Disney+ announced today the ourHOME sweepstakes, part of the company’s Earth Month celebration. As a special perk for Disney+ subscribers, there is a chance to win a National Geographic Expeditions trip to the Galápagos for two. Ever dreamed of interacting with giant tortoises, snorkeling crystal-clear waters, or learning how […]

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VIDEO: Guest Climbs Skull Island: Reign of Kong Sign for Photo

Welcome to Skull Island: Reign of Kid. A guest visiting Universal Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort was spotted climbing to the top of the Skull Island: Reign of Kong attraction sign to pose for a photo. The entrance to the ride makes a great photo op, but one family took it to the extreme.

Guest Climbs Skull Island: Reign of Kong Sign

A three-photo collage showing a guest climbing the attraction sign for Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

A young guest was spotted climbing all the way to the top of the Skull Island: Reign of Kong sign to pose for a photo, being taken by family down below. The entrance to the attraction is surrounded by large, jagged rocks that are covered in torches and skulls, and is not designed to be climbed.

In the video, the family of the guest appears to be encouraging the behavior as he climbs to the top of the sign. You can watch the video of the incident below.

The video above also stirred up reactions from fellow theme park fans who have been giving their takes on the guest and their family’s actions.

This isn’t the only time that a guest has gone to great lengths to capture a photo at Universal Orlando Resort. On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2024, a guest dressed like the Once-ler from the animated film “The Lorax” crashed the Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras parade.

How do you feel about bad guest behavior? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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