Weekend Update – Free Ticket Contest, Tokyo, News/Rumors, Fireworks!

Last weekend we were wrapping up a holiday weekend visit to Walt Disney World where we photographed fireworks on four consecutive nights thanks to the Limited Time Magic “Salute America” event. This photo was shot on the last night of our visit, when I managed to grab a spot right in front of Partners and use my new Zenitar 16mm fisheye and Nikon D600 to take the photo above. Also got to see the fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the first time in years; it was a surprisingly awesome show. Stay tuned for more of these fireworks photos as I continue to play catch up…

We’ve already had a few blog posts about our visits to Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon from this recent trip. It sounds like they helped convince several of you to visit the water parks. We’re glad to hear this, as the water parks are some of Disney’s finest design work. If you haven’t checked out those posts yet, head back to the home page and take a look! Even if you don’t normally care for water parks, fans of the “Disney Details” owe it to themselves to visit Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.


Our friends at Undercover Tourist have been so gracious to provide us with 2 Walt Disney World 5-Day Park Hopper Tickets for giveaway! As always, we highly recommend Undercover Tourist for all of your Walt Disney World ticket purchases. They’re an authorized third party ticket broker, and in many cases, significantly cheaper than buying tickets directly from Disney. They’re who we bought our tickets from long before this blog (before we got APs).

Enter the contest by signing-up for our newsletter. If you are already signed up for the newsletter, you’re already entered to win. The contest closes next Sunday night at midnight, so sign up before then! We will select one random winner to receive both tickets, and announce that winner in our July Newsletter! We reserve the right to disqualify from the contest anyone who signs up for the mailing list with email addresses.

Tokyo Trip Report

Lots of you have asked about it, and the Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Report is NOW LIVE. Click here to read the report!

Since there isn’t much Tokyo Disney Resort trip planning info online, we’ll be doing a bunch of focused single-subject articles in addition to the report itself. Our goal is to convince you all to visit the amazing parks in Tokyo, and perhaps convince the Japan National Tourism Organization to cut us a lucrative sponsorship deal. We really appreciate your sharing of these posts to help us achieve this noble goal! 😉

Since we know a lot of you probably don’t care about Tokyo, it won’t be a complete “Take Takeover” on the blog. We have a lot of posts in the pipeline, and for most, it’s just a matter of finding the time to write them. If you have any suggestions, we’re more than happy to hear them. A lot of our blog posts here are directly inspired by questions that are frequently asked to us!

Other Blog Updates

A couple of recent topics that you should check out if you’re planning on enjoying fireworks in the parks this summer are our Best Disneyland Fireworks Spots and Best Magic Kingdom Fireworks Spots. Both have maps and sample photos from select locations.

We also updated our popular iPhoneography Tips and Photography Reviews articles this week based on some new products released in 2013. If you are in the market for some new toys, check these out.

News & Stuff

MiceChat had a new update last week with a variety of rumors concerning Disneyland Resort, some of which we hear are very close to becoming realities…

The Jungle Cruise at Tokyo Disneyland is slated to close in early 2014 and reopen in the fall after an extensive refurbishment which will bring new effects, a new soundtrack, and a special night version reports Inside the Magic.

Rumors are swirling that Journey into Imagination is going down this winter for all of 2014 in what is expected to be a serious overhaul that will spell the end of Captain EO and also a fourth version of the Journey into Imagination attraction, according to trusted insider WDW1974 on the WDWMagic forums.

Passport to Dreams had a great article this week on the problems facing Walt Disney Imagineering when designing Tomorrowland’s architecture.

Guy over at TouringPlans had some more fun videos this week, including a look at the shockingly good “Mickey’s American Streetbeat” at Epcot.

Disney Photography Blog had a great look at some “Photography Dos and Don’ts” with which I totally agree, even if some of my personal preferences differ (of course, variety is the spice of life).

That’s it for this update! To follow our adventures, find us on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Flickr!

Your Thoughts…

Have any comments about this update? Thoughts on all of the big rumors about things coming to the Disney theme parks in the near future? Any article suggestions? Share in the comments!

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