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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MagicBand+ Coming to Disney World in 2022


As Walt Disney once said, “We’ll always be introducing and testing and demonstrating new materials and new systems.” Well, that promise will come true once again next year when the Walt Disney World Resort plans to release their next-generation wearable technology, MagicBand+. 

It is hard to believe that the original MagicBand was introduced in 2013, and made things like park and guest room entry, retail and dining, Disney PhotoPass, and more hands-free for the first time.

While MagicBand+ will retain those popular features, and the new bands will add functionality to unlock new moments of magic. 


After guests enter a theme park, MagicBand+ will come alive at various times with color-changing lights, haptic vibrations, and gesture recognition.

The wearable will allow you to engage with favorite Disney moments in new ways, including:

  • Play like a bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away and find virtual bounties throughout Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 
  • Interact with the “Disney Fab 50 Character Collection,” the golden sculptures spread throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks.
  • Experience nighttime spectaculars in a new way as you see your band light up and complement the magic in the skies, including the new “Harmonious” at EPCOT and “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom Park.

MagicBand+ will be available for purchase beginning next year, including a discounted, pre-arrival price for Disney Resort hotel guests as well as new and renewing Walt Disney World Annual Passholders.

Current MagicBands will continue to be available, too, along with the complimentary Disney MagicMobile service that extends MagicBand features, such as park entry, to smart devices. 

MagicBand+ will help immerse you in Disney stories and connect with characters you love like never before.

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Disney Twenty-Three Summer 2013 Issue

 Disney Twenty-Three Summer Issue is now available

exclusively to D23 Memebers

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Insider Glimpses of Monsters University, Iron Man 3, The Lone Ranger and Disney’s Planes

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Plus an Extensive Feature Saluting 60 Years of Walt Disney Imagineering


The summer issue of Disney twenty-three, the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, features a mega summer movie preview of Disney’s upcoming theatrical releases. D23 gets readers back in the saddle with filmmakers Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski for Johnny Depp’s upcomingThe Lone Ranger; Billy Crystal talks about scaring up big laughs for Monsters University; the masterminds behind Marvel’s newest film, Iron Man 3, offer an inside look at how they’re bringing Iron Man back to basics; and John Lasseter shows us how the upcoming animated film Disney’s Planes will soar.

Disney twenty-three also celebrates 60 years of Walt Disney Imagineering with a special commemorative back cover. Imagineer Tony Baxter discusses his work on some of the world’s most iconic attractions, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, SplashMountain, and Star Tours. “You Do What?” profiles some of the most unusual jobs Imagineers have had over the years, from rock designer to castle architect. “Imagineering Fact? Or Fiction!” debunks some of the long-time myths and legends of the Disney Parks. And there’s much more, including “23 Imagineering Game Changers” and a salute from Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs to the thousands of creative individuals whose contributions have changed the way guests experience Disney around the world.

Beginning with the summer issue, Disney twenty-three, hailed by critics for its superlative fan content and collectability, will be offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members who will continue to receive the magazine as a benefit of their membership. Disney twenty-three is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, and this issue contains a special member gift—a metallic D23 keychain, signifying how members hold the key to unlocking the magic of Disney through D23.

Disney twenty-three’s favorite sections are back with new images and content, too. In this issue:

  • An image of Walt and Lillian celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary just prior to the opening ofDisneyland in “PHOTOfiles”
  • “A Walk with Walt” takes readers back to 1946, the year following the end of World War II—a transitional one for Walt and his company
  • In “D Society,” Ne-Yo, Rod Stewart, and Tina Fey are among the stars shown visiting the parks


The Disney discoveries don’t stop with the end of the summer publication. In conjunction with the summer issue of Disney will feature original and exclusive stories that complement the contents of D23’s glossy magazine. Beginning May 14, only on you’ll find an exclusive video interview with Imagineer Tony Baxter.

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About D23

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the remarkable past, present, and future of Disney, taking its name from 1923, the year Walt Disney founded his world-famous company. D23 brings its members a host of exclusive benefits, including a weekly e-mail newsletter; an array of discounts and special offers; and exclusive, member-only special events.

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