Explore Disney Adventure World: Disneyland Paris’ Brand-New Creative Vision for Second Park

By Alison Stateman

Disney Parks fans are sure to say “ooh la la” when they witness the brand-new creative vision for Disneyland Paris, including an expansive update to its second park, unveiled during an immersive presentation Friday before an audience of 1,000 fans and cast members.

To celebrate this fresh chapter, Walt Disney Studios Park will be renamed Disney Adventure World when World of Frozen, a new immersive area dedicated to the magical world of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen, comes to life, bordering a majestic bay. This is the third Disney Park iteration of the beloved film and follows the opening of World of Frozen at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and upcoming debut of Frozen Kingdom as part of the new Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea.

When Walt Disney Studios Park opened in 2002, the original idea driving the creation of the second park was to give guests a behind-the-scenes look into the making of movies, animated feature films, and television shows. The park concept has since evolved creatively to offer more immersive worlds, and in 2007 it embarked on an exciting expansion journey with the launch of multiple large-scale, immersive projects like The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror, Toy Story Playland, and Ratatouille: The Adventure.

“Today, we are changing the story of Walt Disney Studios Park, evolving from ‘how it’s done’ soundstages to celebratory theaters and adventures that come to life in immersive worlds,” said Tom Fitzgerald, Walt Disney Imagineering Chief Storytelling Executive and Senior Creative Executive for Disneyland Paris. “These fully realized adventure worlds will become the focus of the park’s new identity and appear as realms that guests discover as they navigate deeper within the park and are invited to participate in adventures inspired by our most beloved stories.”

Concept art for World of Frozen at the newly imagined Disney Adventure World showcases the village of Arendelle with its colorful facades and remarkable North Mountain as it gradually comes into view.

World of Frozen will be located on the edge of Adventure Bay, a 70,000-cubic-meter body of water surrounded by picturesque banks and a promenade at the heart of the park expansion, serving as a gateway to the new themed universes that will surround it. More than a scenic icon, Adventure Bay will serve as a unique entertainment stage with a 360-degree viewing area. It will be fitted with the latest technologies to provide exciting water-based entertainment, complete with fountains, music, lights, and special effects that are sure to delight guests.

The resort has seen an unprecedented number of projects brought to life to reinvigorate the guest experience and make the Disneyland Paris Resort a must-visit destination. One of the top priorities of this exceptional transformation plan—coming to fruition thanks to a two-billion-euro investment—is a complete makeover of Walt Disney Studios Park while continuing to expand its footprint with new themed areas that will join Marvel Avengers Campus, which welcomed its very first recruits back in 2022, and Worlds of Pixar. At the end of its expansion journey, the soon-to-be-renamed park will have roughly doubled its footprint and become a can’t-miss experience for an all-day getaway.

Transformations at the second park at Disneyland Paris to begin this month include revamping the entrance area to immerse guests in the brand-new story as soon as they enter, as seen in this concept image featuring a glowing neon marquee reading “Disney Theater World Premieres” amid an expansive promenade.

Beginning this month, the park’s transformation work will extend to the entrance area to immerse guests in the brand-new story as soon as they step inside. After passing through the turnstiles, guests will be transported into a vibrant, contemporary open-air movie studio before becoming special guests of a glamorous film premiere in the heart of Hollywood on a starry night. To bring this all-new immersive experience to life, the interior décor of the “soundstage,” which currently depicts a filming scene on Hollywood Boulevard, will be replaced with crafted décor that pays homage to historic movie theaters in Hollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole. The new entrance building, renamed World Premiere, will reopen in Spring 2025.

A concept image shows the all-new family attraction Raiponce Tangled Spin. Guests awaiting their turn stand watching guests enjoy spinning amid canoe-shaped ride vehicles as twinkling lanterns glow above the enclosed outdoor attraction.

To gain access to the park’s immersive worlds, guests will be able to walk along Adventure Way, a beautiful promenade surrounded by lush landscape and themed gardens—the perfect spot for magical daydreams. As guests wander through this enchanting area, they will discover Raiponce Tangled Spin, an all-new family attraction offering a fun take on a classic ride, inspired by the beloved Disney Animation movie Tangled. It will invite guests to “take a spin” through the iconic floating lanterns scene that has touched the hearts of viewers of all ages.

While the ongoing transformation of the park is sure to take the guest experience to an entirely new level, the entire resort will continue to elevate its offerings in the coming years.

Spark Magic in the Everyday with Products for Every Moment of Play

By Lauren O’Donnell

Time goes by so fast—treasure every moment of play, no matter how big or small. We have gathered toys from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel that will inspire imagination and endless playtime with the little ones in your life.

Disney

Mickey in a red racing vehicle in image one. Image 2 in the grouping is a Sparks plush from SuperKitties. The third image in the group is a Ginny mask from SuperKitties.

Rev up your engines with the Mickey Mouse Rev ‘n Glow Vehicle Racer inspired by Disney Junior’s Mickey Mouse Funhouse series. For more Disney Junior fun, favorites from SuperKitties include Ginny, Buddy, Bitsy, and Sparks plushes and a Ginny Mask for little ones to transform into the kitty-cat hero.

The first image in the group is a Frozen LEGO castle with accessories and minifigures. The second image in the group is a Wish keepsake box inside the packaging that features Asha. The third image is toys with different Princess characters and their friends.

Do you want to build Elsa’s Frozen Castle? With an ice-cream kitchen, swing and slide, plus a campfire and ice canoe, kids will love spending time at Elsa’s castle from LEGO®. Inspired by Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest film Wish, Asha’s Musical Wishing Keepsake Box allows kids to make their wish and write it down on the wishing paper, then put it in the special capsule. For Disney Princess fans, this adorable Fisher Price Disney Princess Story Duos Figure Set features Disney Princess characters and their best friends!

Pixar

Cars Glow Racers Transforming Mack Playset truck toy.

Ready, set, GLOW! With the Cars Glow Racers Transforming Mack Playset, kids can light up playtime with glow-in-the-dark elements and twice the fun.

Star Wars

First image is a LEGO set of a ship from Young Jedi Adventures and the second image is a plush of Nubs from Young Jedi Adventures.

Inspire your little one to role-play action-packed Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures and spark excitement in the everyday with The Crimson Firehawk LEGO® set and the Fuzzy Force Nubs Plush.

Marvel

First image is a LEGO set from Spidey and His Amazing Friends with Marvel character minifigures. Second image in the grouping is a Ghost-Spider plush.

Team up for some Super Hero fun and spark adventure in the everyday with the Team Spidey Web Spinner Headquarters and Marvel Spidey and His Amazing Friends Gwen The Ghost-Spider Pillow Buddy.

D23 Magic All Year at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel, CA

Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel is situated on 13 acres of strolling gardens—with a koi pond, refreshing outdoor pool and spa, and fitness center. We feature indoor and outdoor dining options ranging from a quick bite in the California Deli; a more relaxed experience in the Garden Court Bistro; or an exciting culinary adventure at Hanagi Japanese Restaurant. Additionally, the Garden Court Bar & Lounge is perfect for a casual snack and cocktails.

The magic starts the moment you step through the door... with visits from our very own Princess Corinne, summertime outdoor movies on the lawn, and poolside dining!

Located just around the corner from Disneyland® Resort, Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel offers a garden oasis and castle-themed fun for your next trip. 

With this special offer, D23 Gold Members will enjoy 15% off the best available rate, an extra-large room, free parking, late checkout, a D23 special gift, a one-time 15% dining voucher for Garden Court Bistro or the Garden Court Lounge, and a complimentary Dream Machine Shuttle to and from Disneyland® Resort provided with every stay at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel.

Your castle getaway is sure to mean a stay filled with enchantment and accommodations that exceed your expectations!

D23 Gold Members will receive:

  • 15% off the best available rate (blockout dates apply)
  • An Extra-Large Room (nearly 500 square feet)
  • 15% Dining Voucher in Garden Court Bistro or Garden Court Lounge (excludes alcohol) 
  • Complimentary Dream Machine Shuttle to Disneyland Resort
  • Complimentary Parking for one vehicle ($30 per day savings)
  • Late checkout
  • A D23 Special Gift upon check-in – 1 (one) per room, while supplies last

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D23 Gold Member Exclusive: Free Star Wars Celebration Japan Mini Poster with Ticket Purchase

Next spring, the rebellion is rising in Japan.

Fans of all ages from all over the world will come together to celebrate the cultural phenomenon of Star Wars April 18-20, 2025, at Makuhari Messe in Japan. Star Wars Celebration revels in the excitement of new movies, television shows, books, art, and comics while also commemorating the vast history of the Star Wars universe.

Star Wars Celebration is an event filled with major announcements, immersive exhibits, an interactive show floor, screenings, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, autograph sessions, fan-inspired activities, costumes, and other surprises! This event is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience where memories are made, families are brought together, old friends are reunited, and new friendships forged—all in the setting of the ever-evolving Star Wars universe.

D23 Gold Members will receive an exclusive mini poster of the Star Wars Celebration Key Art with the purchase of any 3-Day, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday Adult or Kids ticket using the D23 ticket purchasing link.

Inspired by the traditional Japanese ink painting style known as sumi-e, the 2025 Key Art features the looming presence of Darth Vader accompanied by beautiful cherry blossoms and sweeping ink strokes. X-wings, TIE fighters, and Imperial AT-AT walkers feature prominently in the foreground, while the Rising Su—Mount Fuji contained within—completes the stunning piece.

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D23 Gold Members will receive an exclusive 8” x 6” mini poster of the Star Wars Celebration Key Art (pictured above) with the purchase of any 3-Day, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday Adult or Kids ticket using the D23 ticket purchasing link.

To claim your free mini poster, you must purchase your Star Wars Celebration tickets using the D23 ticket purchasing link. It will be added here by Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 PM ET, when Star Wars Celebration tickets go on sale to the public.

The poster will be mailed to you directly with your ticket prior to the event at the address provided during checkout.

Offer begins at 7:00 p.m. ET May 2, 2024, and expires at 11:59 p.m. ET July 1, 2024. Limited time offer, while supplies last. Gift with purchase applies on orders of new tickets to Star Wars Celebration to be held April 18-20, 2024 at Makuhari Messe in Japan (“Event”). Must purchase online using the D23 Gold Member ticket purchasing link to qualify. Only one (1) exclusive mini poster of the Star Wars Celebration Key Art (“Mini Poster”) per ticket order (including order of multiple tickets).  The Mini Poster will be shipped with purchased Event ticket(s) prior to the Event at the address provided during checkout.  Offer is not transferable and not redeemable for cash. Offer subject to change or termination without notice. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Event ticket purchases are subject to Star Wars Celebration’s Terms and Conditions, available at point of ticket purchase. Offer available to U.S. residents only.

D23 Gold Members: 20% Off at Columbia Sportswear in Disney Springs, FL

Prepare for your next great adventure with Columbia Sportswear! D23 Gold Members can receive 20% off your entire purchase at Columbia’s Disney Springs location. Proof of membership must be presented at checkout, or mention code DISNEYD23 to redeem the discount.

To redeem your offer in-person, please follow the instructions below:

Proof of D23 Gold Membership must be presented, or mention code DISNEYD23 at checkout to redeem the discount.

Offer valid for 20% off your entire single purchase (excluding tax and shipping) at participating Columbia Sportswear-owned retail brand store in Disney Springs location only.

Limit one (1) discount per household. Offer is non-transferable and may not be applied to prior purchases, combined with any other offer or discount, used online, redeemed by employees, or applied to gift card purchases, tax, or shipping charges. If any portion of the purchase is returned or exchanged, you will be refunded (in the case of a return) or credited (in the case of an exchange) the price paid after discount (prorated per item based on price), and prorated discount amount will be void.  

All refunds are in the form of the initial payment. Columbia reserves the right to change or cancel this offer at any time. Void if altered or reproduced, and where prohibited, restricted, or taxed.

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Inside the Heeler Household: Everything You Need to Know About Bluey’s “The Sign” with Melanie Zanetti and Dave McCormack

By Cecilia Sarantopoulos

The vibrant world of Bluey, the beloved Australian animated series that topped charts as the most-streamed children’s series in America in 2023, is set to captivate fans once again with a special episode premiering on Disney+ on Sunday, April 14.

“The Sign,” an extended episode brimming with heartwarming moments and poignant narratives, offers a deeper glimpse into the lives of the Heeler family and their contemplation of the meaning of “home”—is it a physical place or a feeling?

D23 had the exclusive opportunity to delve behind the scenes of Bluey with Melanie Zanetti and Dave McCormack, the talented voices behind Bluey and Bingo’s parents, Chilli and Bandit, respectively.

“When I rewatched ‘The Sign,’ there is some heavy stuff going on down there,” says McCormack. The Heeler family packing up their belongings and putting them into boxes are some of the episode’s moments that McCormack teases might bring fans to tears. “It’s a long episode with so many chapters in it,” he adds. Not only is the Heeler house up for sale, but there is also a wedding happening in the same episode! Talk about plot twists.

In a scene from the series Bluey, Bingo, a playful Red Heeler puppy, joyfully pursues her father, Bandit, a Blue Heeler dog. Bandit wears a turtle atop his head, prompting Bingo's enthusiastic pursuit. The backdrop features a lush grass floor, framed by a fence and trees.

Through the ups and downs of “The Sign,” Chilli and Bandit remain great parents, showcasing their unwavering love and support amidst the tumultuous events unfolding around them. “Chilli is so smart, warm, and funny—I think her and Bandit’s realness and vulnerability throughout the series is what makes them so relatable to parents watching Bluey,” says Zanetti.

Fans often praise Chilli and Bandit for their dedication to spending quality time with their children, actively participating in games, and enjoying themselves in the process. “There’s equity in the amount of domestic and emotional labor they’re doing, and I think that’s a really wonderful portrayal for families to see,” says Zanetti. “Deep down, there’s profound respect for each other,” adds McCormack. “They always share these fun jabs here and there, but deep down, respect is what makes their relationship so admirable—and we definitely explore more of it in ‘The Sign.’”

The episode does not shy away from showing how the Heelers also struggle with confusion and doubt—it’s hard to always Keepy Uppy. “I think that life has so many ups and downs, and our job is to stay present, do our best in the moment, and not hold too tightly because things can change in an instant,” says Zanetti. “‘The Sign’ reminds Bluey fans that we’re all trying to do our best and make the best decisions with the information we have at the time but also how to be open to what the universe can bring out,” she adds.

In a scene from the series Bluey, Chilli, Bandit, Bluey, and Bingo, a family of Australian Cattle dogs, are playfully dancing in their living room. Chilli, the family’s mother, and Bingo, the family’s youngest, are Red Heelers, and Bandit, the family’s father, and Bluey, the family’s first child, are Blue Heelers. The living room has a red and orange carpet, orange chairs, and orange-tinted walls.

“The Sign” emphasizes the importance of community in navigating challenging moments, a theme often found in beloved Disney movies and shows. “There’s a moment in Toy Story 3 where the toys are about to go into the incinerator, they all make peace with what’s about to happen, and they hold hands,” Zanetti says. “That moment really reminds me of some of the events transpiring in ‘The Sign’ that require an element of surrender from the Heelers.”

Zanetti and McCormack also reveal that they recorded the episode in two halves, putting both in the position that fans will be in when watching the new episode—at the edge of their seats! “When I was recording the first half of the episode,” McCormack says, “I was like ‘Woah, this is big! What’s going on?’”

Groot Takes Root at EPCOT: 5 Fun Facts About the NEW Groot Topiary

By Lauren O’Donnell

“I AM GROOT!” For the first time, Groot has taken root at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival! And for this topiary, that is not the only first… Here are five fun facts about this new Groot topiary—and make sure you check out Groot at EPCOT near Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in World Discovery, now through May 27, 2024.

1. First Topiary Featuring a Musical Element

An Imagineer in an orange safety vest and helmet is seen installing the Groot topiary in the early morning hours at EPCOT.

It’s dance-off time—because Groot holds a dynamic mix tape titled “Green House Mix Vol. 1,” with his own soundtrack playing! This is the first time a musical element has been incorporated into a topiary at EPCOT.

The music featured includes songs from the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction that are sure to get you in the dancing spirit:

  • “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps
  • “Conga” by Gloria Estefan
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears
  • “I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls
  • “One Way or Another” by Blondie

2. A Nod to the Horticulture Team

 The mix tape title, “Green House Mix Vol. 1,” is actually a nod to the incredible horticulture team at the Walt Disney World Resort that helps to bring the topiaries to life.

3. The Greenery Behind Groot’s Leaves

Speaking of the horticulture team, for Groot’s leaves, they utilized the Ficus pumila plant—commonly known as the climbing fig. The leaves stay small while the plant is young, growing larger over time. It creeps and secretes latex which allows the plant to adhere to surfaces when it dries. How cool!

4. Inspired by the I Am Groot Series

In a still from Disney+’s I Am Groot series, Baby Groot sits in a forest surrounded by plants and a bug creature.

The design for the Groot topiary draws inspiration from the “Groot Takes a Bath” episode featured in Season 1 of I Am Groot on Disney+. Here’s the synopsis: Groot’s attempts at using bath toys, candles, and bath bombs lead to an epic leafy mess; after his leaves grow to bushy-like proportions, Groot decides to take his haircut into his own hands and get inventive with his new hairdo.

A gif of Baby Groot being silly, while covered in leaves.

5. Not-So-Little Groot

A vertical image of the new Groot topiary at EPCOT, surrounded by plants. 

Groot himself stands tall at 5 feet, with the full topiary reaching a total height of 13 feet ,8 inches!

It is so exciting that Groot has joined the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Don’t forget: You can find him near Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in World Discovery, now through May 27.

For those who want to further celebrate their Groot fandom, here are some fun products featuring our favorite flora colossus from the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy:

A triptych of images featuring Groot products: First, a Groot Funko toy with leaves on him; second, a Groot big foot plush toy; and third, a LEGO Groot set with a cassette tape.

·      Funko Pop! I Am Groot, Fancy Groot

·      Baby Groot Big Feet Plush – Guardians of the Galaxy

·      LEGO I Am Groot – The Infinity Saga

·      I Am Groot Mystery Minis

·      I Am Groot Mini Figure Collection

·      I Am Groot Groove ‘N Grow Groot

·      Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Groot Role Play Mask

Enjoy 10% Off at eet by Maneet Chauhan, Disney Springs, FL

Come to eet at Disney Springs Marketplace, one of the newest restaurants on Disney property, from the mind and heart of celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan.

D23 Gold Members will enjoy modern Indian cuisine and a vibrant atmosphere, in addition to 10% off your final check, excluding alcohol. 

To redeem your offer in person, please show proof of D23 Gold Membership to your server in order to receive discount.

10% off food and non-alcoholic beverages. No other discounts can be applied. Cannot be combined with another offer. Discount not valid on alcohol. 

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Save on Tickets to Drawn to Life by Cirque du Soleil and Disney!

D23 Gold Members can experience the magic of Drawn to Life presented by Cirque du Soleil and Disney and save on tickets to 2024 performances!

Limit four tickets per guest. Valid on performances through Dec. 15, 2024, subject to availability. Restrictions and blockout dates apply.

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Limit four tickets per valid D23 Gold Member for the entire program period. Tickets are subject to taxes and fees. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
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D23 Gold Members: 10% Off Your Purchase at Sunshine Churros—Disney Springs

Guests are in for a treat at Sunshine Churros in Disney Springs Marketplace, where they’re serving up both classic and gourmet variations of the staple Disney Parks sweet snack.

Visiting Disney Springs? D23 Gold Members can receive 10% off their entire purchase at Sunshine Churros... don’t miss the delicious fun!

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