Disney news roundup:Star Wars, Pixar, Maleficent and more!


It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Disney. From huge movie announcements, to theme park announcements, and merchandise, there’s just a lot of stuff going in the wonderful world of Disney! In this week’s huge, update we take a look at the huge film announcements the parks have made, as well as the many new small experiences that are coming to the parks in the near future.


The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster ride has an all new logo. The logo features the entire gang in all their glory. There is no opening date on the attraction, but rumor has it that there could be a media event for as soon as April 30th(ish). Media event usually means a grand opening. Seeing that more and more walls are coming down every day, it’s a good bet that we could see a soft opening in just a few weeks.

Get a POV on the all new coaster at Magic Kingdom:


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For all you fans of exclusive Disney merchandise, there will be a huge Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise event in June. There will be unique items that you can only get at the Disneyland event. The merchandise will include special pins, T-shirts and more. Those wishing to participate must register, beginning April 1st at 11a.m. PST. For more information, click here.


For those on the East Coast, there will be a “magic carpet event” at Epcot, where guests can purchase exclusive pins, bid on pre-released pins and purchase exclusive merchandise for the event. Tickets become available on April 22nd. Click here for more info


The Perfect Petals Brunch will be coming to Disney on May 4th. Guests will be able to purchase tickets for this event beginning March 20th, which will include a menu of items inspired by the Flower and Garden Festival, and the chance to purchase new exclusive Vera Bradley merchandise. Click here for more info

This fall Tokyo Disneyland will roll out an all new Jungle Cruise:Wildlife Expedition. The newly revamped version will include new effects, and an all new nighttime version of the attraction. It will be exclusive to Tokyo Disneyland…for now.

In September, guests at the Magic Kingdom will be able to take part in the Disney Fit Challenge. The all new event presented by ESPN will be from September 26-28th and will test your speed, endurance, strength and power. Registration is now open! Click here for more info

D23 is back in Anaheim for 2015. The event and dates have been announced, and promises to be the biggest event yet! Tickets go on sale for D23 members in August. Click here for more info

Are you a fan of Frozen? Of course you are, what a stupid question. Currently you can meet up with Elsa and Anna at Epcot’s Norway pavilion, but beginning April 20th, they will be making the trek all the way to Princess Fairy Tale Hall where they will be the guests of Cinderella for a while in the Magic Kingdom.

Guests looking forward to seeing Angelina Jolie take on the role of Maleficent will have to wait until May until the film hits theaters. However, beginning April 18th guests at the ABC Sound Studio in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Bugs Life Theater at Disney’s California Adventure can get an extended sneak peek of the new film. Speaking of which, get a glimpse at the all new trailer…This fairy had wings!


Did you see last nights huge Marvel special on ABC? If you didn’t you missed a sneak peek, which included concept art for The Avengers 2:Age of Ultron. Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver were present but most importantly…so was Iron Man’s Hulk Buster…that means that Hulk starts some mess and can’t be controlled….maybe we’ll see Planet Hulk after all? Yeah, we won’t bore you with details, but it’s friggin awesome!

Star Wars Episode 7 hits theaters next year. While we don’t officially know what will be going on, and who will appear in it…we do know that it will take place about 30 years after Return of the Jedi and will be a sort of passing of the torch to a new generation of younger Jedi. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia are all rumored to be involved…and Carrie Fisher has blurted it out several times, but no official word yet.

Pixar has announced that they will be rolling out with…ugh…Cars 3. You can blame Cars Land for that one. Cars 2 was the second lowest grossing Pixar branded film, right above A Bugs Life…but still a financial success. It’s all in the merchandising kids. Meanwhile, The Incredibles 2  will also hit screens, with Brad Bird as director. Brad Bird is the director of the first film and currently directing Tomorrowland for Disney, which stars George Clooney…and Dr. House and is about something…that’s really about all we know. This is very exciting news for Pixar, as The Incredibles came in at the beginning of the superhero craze and is still an amazing piece of storytelling. There will be no Pixar film this year, but next year will see audiences “Finding Dory”…yes another sequel, and then two original Pixar ideas. The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out. There’s also a movie about the day of the dead in there, but we will see the Paar family sometime within the next decade.

Stay tuned for even more Disney updates, and check back next week for another Wonderful Wednesday of Disney Wrap Up. Be sure to follow along with us on Twitter @BehindThrills  for the latest updates!