My friend Mike is what I’d call a true Disneyland expert! He’s been there many times and plumbed the park for all kinds of fun experiences. He’s written many posts on this blog over the past year (see my Disney page for all of them), and he’s back at it today with a new post for you! So, Disney fans, here’s Mike:
If you’re like most families, winter has got you thinking about your next family vacation. The challenge is often when and where you should go. Disney would like to help you with both of those questions by offering all sorts of new things to thrill your family over the next year. Let’s take a look at the top things coming in 2017 that might be reason enough to travel to a Disney destination.
Disneyland Park is having a year of returns, which might be a great time to schedule a trip. To start with, during the late winter and spring, crowds will be treated to the return of the classic nighttime parade, The Main Street Electrical Parade.
The parade began in 1972 but stopped running in Disneyland in the mid-90s. Many people have never seen this first-of-its-kind parade. Watch for the Main Street Electrical Parade from mid-January to mid-June. Just as that winds down, the Rivers of America are to be fully operational again, which will bring the return of Fantasmic! Disneyland’s nighttime spectacular that tells the story of evil invading Mickey’s Dreams acted out live on Tom Sawyer’s Island. Rumor has it the show will get a few updates and upgrades from its nearly two year hiatus. Disneyland at night is already the best with World Of Color and fireworks, but adding these two shows will really up their game for 2017.
I keep hearing rumors of a few Avatar sequels someday. By in large, nobody seems to be waiting on baited breath for those speculated movies to come. So when Disney announced they were opening an Avatar themed land, many responded with a resounding “Huh?”. However, the time has come and early pictures and videos are beginning to make even the most ambivalent skeptic feel a fair amount of awe and wonder.
Opening this summer in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora – The World Of Avatar, looks amazing. Surely, the folks who brought us the incredible Carsland are putting their best foot forward recreating this bioluminescent jungle for guests to fully be immersed in. And if an entire new land wasn’t enough to consider seeing one of Disney’s most beautiful theme parks, the Animal Kingdom is also planning to open the long delayed nighttime show, Rivers of Light. This show has been delayed for over a year, which makes me think, whatever they have planned will need to blow us away to justify the many delays. 2017 might be the year to finally check out Walt Disney World with the family. [Read more…]