Photos: Mattel Creations Showcases SDCC Exclusives While Promising Announcements During Convention

Mattel’s premium collector brand, Mattel Creations, returned to San Diego Comic-Con with a lineup of event-exclusive items, plus a showcase of the latest and greatest toys for the young and young at heart. Take a virtual tour of Mattel’s booth with us, and visit beginning Thursday, July 25th, at 9:00 am PT for your chance to […]

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Photos: “Planet of the Apes” Experience at SDCC 2024

A Planet of the Apes Experience has opened as a part of San Diego Comic Con. The installation is a celebration of the entire Planet of the Apes franchise, including the original series, the early aughts remake, and the newest series of prequels. Included are props, artwork, and maquettes of the characters from the films. The finale […]

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Pricing for Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Single Pass Announced & More: Daily Recap (7/24/24)

Pricing for the new Lightning Lane system at Walt Disney World, how the new Lightning Lane system works with Park Hopper, and Disneyland reaches a tentative contract agreement with union Cast Members — all this and more in today’s daily recap for Wednesday, July 24, 2024.

Daily Recap for July 24, 2024

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Magic Kingdom

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New Merchandise

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Other Walt Disney World News

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Entertainment and Media

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Genie+ Removed From Disney Parks, Haunted Mansion Reopening Early

Bringing the Pixar to Disney? We’re Reviewing Disney’s Wreck It Ralph!

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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Photos: “The Acolyte” On Full Display AT Star Wars’ SDCC 2024 Booth

The convention floor at San Diego Comic-Con has opened for excited fans and we got a look at the Star Wars booth filled with costumes, art, and props from The Acolyte. Numerous props from the Disney+ series were available to view, including a multitude of characters’ lightsabers. Costumes were also on display from the series, with the immense […]

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Marvel Announces Con-Exclusive Pin Giveaways For SDCC 2024

The Marvel booths at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend will be offering exclusive pins for fans. What’s Happening: During this weekend’s Comic Con, Marvel is giving away con-exclusive pins for those enjoying booth activities. Pins will be given away daily from 9am-7pm on Thursday through Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday. Pins are limited quantity and will […]

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Pyro Elements Ended Mid-Show in Latest ‘Fantasmic’ Malfunction Following Rogue Firework at Disneyland

During the first performance of “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland Park on Tuesday, July 23, 2024, a rogue firework went off during the jungle segment, causing pyrotechnics to be cut from the remainder of the show.

Rogue Pyro Incident at ‘Fantasmic!’

In the clip below, you can see the moment the rogue fireworks went off, right in the midst of the jungle segment of the show that includes the monkeys on one of the floating barges.

The barges were traveling through the Rivers of America as normal with the monkeys dancing onboard when a green firework went off at the wrong time. The performers didn’t miss a beat, though, and continued on as if nothing had happened.

The show continued following the incident but with no pyrotechnic effects being used. In the above video, you can see the finale of the first performance without its pyro effects.

The second show of the evening included “essential pyro” only, which excludes the pyrotechnic effects in the Rivers of America and on the barges. Only select effects are used in this case, like Mickey’s finger pyro, his disappearance during the Genie segment, the disappearance following the Magic Mirror segment, the mirror breaking, spinner pyro, Mickey’s appearance on the Mark Twain Riverboat in the finale, and his final appearance and disappearance that bring the show to a close.

Mickey Mouse wearing red pants and tuxedo jacket stands on a stage with sparklers shooting from each hand. A wooden structure is in the background.

This is the third pyrotechnic-related incident in recent memory for “Fantasmic!” since the show returned to Disneyland Park in May; the first was Mickey’s finger pyro misfire, and the second was another rogue firework incident during the Disney Princess section of the show on July 14, 2024. In June, Mickey fell onstage at the top of the show, but managed to get back up in time for his iconic finger pyro moment.

The show returned in May 2024 following a one-year closure after the Maleficent dragon caught fire in 2023. The incident led to six Cast Members being treated for smoke inhalation.

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Q&A – “Deadpool & Wolverine” Stars Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman Discuss the Making of Marvel Studios’ New Film

The theatrical release of Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated new movie Deadpool & Wolverine is just a couple days away, and last week Laughing Place was invited to participate in a press conference with its cast and creators. Below are some of the more interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits we learned from the film’s two stars Ryan Reynolds (who […]

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9 Things The Disney World Skyliner Desperately Needs

If you’ve ever taken a ride on the Disney World Skyliner, you know it’s a pretty special experience!

Disney World’s Skyliner

I mean, where else can you float high above the crowds, skip those bus lines, and even get sneak peeks of the parks? We haven’t even talked about how convenient it makes travel between many of the Disney World Resort hotels and the parks. But let’s be real. As great as it is, there are some things it desperately needs, and we’re going to talk about them now!

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Here are the nine things we think the Disney World Skyliner desperately needs!

Skyliner Scavenger Hunt

Imagine gliding through the air and being on a mission to find hidden Mickeys or Disney trivia clues on the buildings below.

Skyliner over Caribbean Beach

Maybe there could be a special section in the My Disney Experience to track your progress and unlock virtual badges. This would be a fun way to keep the whole family entertained, especially during those slower stretches between stops.

Single Rider Line

You know how sometimes you find yourself flying solo to EPCOT from your hotel for a quick Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure fix? Well, sometimes, waiting in line for a full gondola can feel like it takes forever.

Skyliner Station

A single-rider line could be a lifesaver, especially during peak hours. Plus, it would allow Cast Members to fill those empty seats and keep the gondolas moving faster.


Okay, so in our opinion, this one’s a no-brainer. Florida heat plus an enclosed gondola equals a major sweat fest.

We LOVE the Skyliner!

The views are already spectacular, so a little air conditioning would make the overall Skyliner experience infinitely more comfortable.

“Staying On Board” Tag

Let’s talk about that awkward moment when your gondola pulls into the Riviera, and everyone piles out, except you, the lone wolf, heading off to EPCOT. There needs to be a way to discreetly signal you’re staying on board.


Maybe a “Staying On” tag would help to avoid the mass exodus immediately followed by the “Oh, you’re not getting off?” side-eye.


We all know that feeling when you’re stuck in a silent gondola with strangers, desperately trying to avoid eye contact. A little light Disney-themed background music would be a lifesaver.


It wouldn’t have to be loud, just enough to fill the awkward silence and create a more relaxed atmosphere.

Padded Bench Seats

The current bench seats in the Skyliner are functional but not exactly comfy.

Inside a Skyliner Gondola

A little padding would go a long way in making the ride more comfortable, especially after a long day of park hopping.

Clear Route Maps

Okay, maybe it’s just me, but navigating the Skyliner system can sometimes be a little confusing, especially for first-timers.

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A map that clearly shows all the stops and connections would be a huge help, and bonus points if it’s interactive and even shows real-time wait times in the parks!

Hand Sanitizer Stations

Hand sanitization is more important than ever. It would be a welcome addition if we could have hand sanitizer stations available either in the gondolas or right when you get off.

Inside a gondola

It would be a simple way to help keep everyone healthy and comfortable, especially after we all touch the same gondola doors, rails, and seats.

Inter-Gondola Snack Delivery System

Okay, so hear me out on this one. Imagine that you’re soaring towards the Riviera, daydreaming about a Dole Whip, when a sudden craving for a Gaston’s Cinnamon Roll hits you.

Disney Skyliner

Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a way to order snacks mid-flight and have them magically appear at your next stop? How about a dedicated Skyliner snack cart that could zipline between gondolas? I mean, we can dream about it, right?

Learn more about the Skyliner here!

We’ll keep you updated with all the latest news, so stay tuned to DFB.

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Our Disney World App Just Sent Us a SURPRISING Message in EPCOT

Another major change has just rolled out at Disney World, so of course we’re bringing you everything you need to know!


Genie+ has officially been renamed to Lightning Lane Multi Pass (and Individual Lightning Lanes are now Lightning Lane Single Pass)! We’ve been testing the new system out all day long and have learned a bit more about how it all works. But, we definitely weren’t expecting to see this message on our Disney World app today.

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As of July 24th, Disney World has officially switched over to Lightning Lane Multi Pass  and Lightning Lane Single Passes. Under the new system, you can:

  • Make Lightning Lane plans BEFORE you’re in the parks
  • Choose experiences and times prior to purchasing so you know what you’re getting with your purchase
  • Book Lightning Lane passes for MULTIPLE vacation days, all at once

Lightning Lanes!

Genie+ is now called Lightning Lane Multi Pass. This is an optional, PAID service available on the My Disney Experience app. Lightning Lane Multi Pass users are able to bypass standby lines and utilize the Lightning Lane (previously known as the FastPass line) at select attractions in the parks by paying a single fee for multiple attractions. 

Lightning Lane

With Lightning Lane Single Pass, you can pay a fee to utilize the Lightning Lane for an individual, in-demand attraction. The only major change here is that you can make your purchase before your trip in order to plan in advance! Just like the Multi Pass, you can select your first THREE Lightning Lane Single Passes up to seven days in advance if you’re staying at a Disney World hotel. All other guests can purchase and select their first three Lightning Lane Single Passes three days in advance.

Learn More About These Changes in Our Full Guide Here!

But then, there are also Virtual Queues for more popular rides. With these rides, you still have a window of time you need to return to the attraction in order to ride. Disney has been lax with these return times sometimes in the past (aside from at TRON), but the My Disney Experience app has always shown the hour return window.

Cosmic Rewind

Now, though, it seems like that has changed! When one of our team members booked a Virtual Queue for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, the app notified them that it was time to ride, and there was a message that said they could return anytime during the day to ride — not just during their window!


But, another one of our team members also had a Virtual Queue for Cosmic Rewind, and they didn’t have that same message. Instead, their app still showed that they had to arrive by a certain time in order to ride.


So, while Disney hasn’t been too strict with Virtual Queue return times in the past at most rides, it does seem like that rule is more official now — at least in certain circumstances. We’re not totally sure yet why one Virtual Queue would still have a return time listed while the other one doesn’t, but it could be something Disney will work out or announce in time.

We did speak with a Cast Member at Cosmic Rewind, and they said the only time that notification is sent is if something special has been done by Guest Relations, and that that may be a glitch related to the new system. We asked if it’s possible it could be a new policy and we were told that it will likely be done on a case-by-case basis.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

We’re running a number of experiments with the new Lightning Lane system to answer ALL of your questions. Don’t want to miss a thing? You can sign up for our newsletter to catch all of the latest and follow along on our social channels like Instagram and Facebook.

In the meantime, we’ve put together some guides for you! Take a look at some of our posts below:

We know this is a massive change that can feel very confusing, but we’re here to experience it all with you in real time — we’re all learning together, so stay tuned to DFB!

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Oh boy, planning a Disney trip can be quite the adventure, and we totally get it! But fear not, dear friends, we compiled EVERYTHING you need (and the things to avoid!) to plan the ULTIMATE Disney vacation.

Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned pro, our insider tips and tricks will have you exploring the parks like never before. So come along with us, and get planning your most magical vacation ever!

What do you think of the new Lightning Lane system? Tell us in the comments.

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