ICYMI: Disney News March 24-31

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle Opens

This week, the new Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle! attraction opened at Hong Kong Disneyland joining the Iron Man Experience. The duo call on guests to help them take down an army of nanobots that have infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. in this shooter attraction that formerly was Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters. While the ride officially opened today, we got a sneak peek at the attraction a few days before its grand reveal. Kyle reviews the latest Marvel addition to the park and shares a ride through video as well!

Disney Announces Details for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening

Fans worried that the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be a madhouse are probably still right to think that. However, this week Disneyland revealed some details on how they plan to run the preview period of the new land, you know, before it’s fully operational. Disney outlined their plans for the “soft opening” that will require reservations to experience. Reservation holders may only have a limited window of time to enjoy Galaxy’s Edge, though details are still being worked out on how that might work. Once inside the land, all of the attractions, shops, and restaurants will be first-come first-served during the reservation-access-only period. There will be no FastPass line for the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attraction or reservations for Oga’s Cantina.

Disney Bans Ice, Oversize Strollers, and Smoking From Parks

It was a bad week to be loose ice, oversized strollers, and cigarettes as the domestic Disney Parks decided to  “cancel” them. In efforts to make a more enjoyable guest experience for everyone, Disney announced that they would be banning certain practices from Walt Disney World and Disneyland Parks. Disney will no longer have smoking areas within the parks, so guests who choose to smoke will need to head to the designated areas outside the park. Disney has also changed the size guidelines for strollers that are allowed in the parks. New guidelines read: strollers may be no larger than 31″ (79cm) wide and 52″ (132cm) long or smaller. Finally, loose ice and dry ice can no longer be brought into the parks. Guests are encouraged to bring reusable ice packs if they plan to use coolers during their visits.

Jessie’s Critter Carousel Opens at Pixar Pier

Yee haw! Guests visiting Pixar Pier were in for a fun surprise this week as Jessie’s Critter Carousel had an unexpected soft opening. Even though the ride is set to officially debut on April 5, Disney magic was at work allowing guests to join Jessie and her critter friends for rootin-tootin journey. This new attraction completes the Toy Story Boardwalk portion of Pixar Pier joining Toy Story Midway Mania, Poultry Palace, and Senior Buzz Churros.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy Opens

Ka-chow! Lightning McQueen and pals have arrived at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a supercharged new attraction. Guests can learn all the secrets to McQueen’s racing success as the legend himself takes the audience through his driving history. Of course he’s not the only one to make an appearance, Cruz Ramirez, Mack, and others will be on hand to fill fans in on how to be the best racers out there! Jeremiah was on hand for the opening day excitement and generously shared pictures and video of his experience.  

Other Stories of Note

Dumbo soars into theaters. Alex reviews the new live-action film and says, "It’s evident that Tim Burton loves the original Dumbo." Mike attended the film’s press junket and shares some interesting insights into the filming, music, and more.

Disney’s Riviera Resort presale opens for DVC members. Disney Vacation Club members can now begin purchasing at the new resort. The European-themed DVC property is slated to open this December.

Disneyland Parking Structure Gets Official Name. Get ready to leave your vehicle at the Pixar Pals structure opening soon at the Disneyland Resort.

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