Theme Park Thursday: #IKYMI

One of my favorite segments for icFlorida (RIP) was Theme Park Thursday where I would chat about the theme parks.

Well…guess what?

It’s back baby!!!

Every week will be either a round-up of the news you’ll want to know, a deep dive into holiday events, or maybe even me rambling…we’ll see how this goes!!!

Theme Park Thursday: #IKYMI

Theme Park Thursday Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind
Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind

EPCOT will welcome its first coaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind!, on May 27, 2022.

This family-friendly coaster will have riders jamming to a mixtape soundtrack as they blast through an awesome intergalactic chase through time and space like their favorite cosmic misfits – Rocket, Groot, Drax, Gamora, and Star-Lord. 

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will also be the first “other-world” showcase pavilion at EPCOT.

The Wonders of Xandar pavilion features ‘The Galaxarium’ showcasing the intergalactic wonders that connect Terra and Xandar and ‘The Xandar Gallery’ highlighting the Xandarian people, culture, and history. 

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H20 Glow After Hours Returns 

When the sun goes down, Disney H20 Glow After Hours once again light up Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon every Saturday from May 28 through August 27. 

In addition to enjoying popular attractions after hours, H20 Glow After Hours fills the water park with vibrant décor, complimentary food and beverages, high-energy DJ dance parties, adult-only areas, and so much more!

Disney H20 Glow After Hours is a separately ticketed event, and select nights offer Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Discounts as well as Disney Vacation Club discounts.


HOOP-DEE-DOO MUSICAL REVUE IS RETURNING JUNE 23! WE REPEAT, JUNE 23! #Disney #DisneyParks #DisneyWorld #FortWilderness #FriedChicken #Musical

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Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue 

The Pioneer Hall Players and cast members will be welcoming back guests to enjoy platefuls of frontier-style family fun as the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue returns to Pioneer Hall this summer. 

Since debuting in 1974, Hoop-Dee-Doo will once again have audiences laughing and singing as they enjoy a feast of fried chicken, smoked BBQ ribs, a variety of savory sides, and strawberry shortcake.

The Walt Disney World Resort has also shared details about updates to the show. “Hoop-Dee-Doo will return with a few updates to its script and scenery while staying true to the treasured experience the whole family can enjoy – with the hilarious, high-spirited entertainment that it’s been known for all these years.”

Reservations for the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue will be available via starting May 26 for showtimes beginning June 23.

Theme Park Thursday Character Meet and Greets
Disney Character Meet and Greets Return

For two years, guests have been waving and blowing kisses to their favorite Disney characters, and now traditional character greetings at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts and aboard Disney Cruise Line have returned.

These meet and greet opportunities will be reopening in phases for hugs, autographs, and even more memories!

Theme Park Thursday One Family Pin Trading 2022
One Family — 2022 Pin Celebration

If Disney Pin Trading is a part of your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, you won’t want to miss the One Family – 2022 Pin Celebration this August at EPCOT.

The two-day event at the World ShowPlace is inspired by Walt Disney’s love for his daughters and his dream of building a place where parents and children could have fun together.

“Whether it is Family that you are born into or one that you make yourself – Family is the most magical story of all. The journey from Neverland to Arendelle, from any one of the multi-verses to a bioluminescent world, from a galaxy far, far away to infinity and beyond, with an eclectic, quirky, heartfelt collection of pins that inspires us to laugh, share, and connect as ONE Family.”

Registration for the event will begin soon at

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