Five Tips For Enjoying Nighttime Photography in Disney Parks

I am by no means a photography expert and wouldn’t even consider myself to be a good photographer.  With that being said, taking photos has become an integral part of going to Disney Parks.  Some of my favorite memories are walking around empty streets with Melissa, snapping pictures around every corner.  While taking photos is different and easier, in some aspects, during the day, I prefer taking photos at night.

Tomorrowland lagoon night

A large part of the reason for that is because I just enjoy the park more at night.  The illuminated areas hold a little more whimsy once dusk falls and the capturing that in photo is both a challenge and exciting.  But, photography at night is much different from the day, which leads me to the topic for today’s post.

Before I get into a few tips on taking photos at night, I should explain that I’m generally taking photos with a Nikon DSLR.  While I use my iPhone camera from time to time this post mainly pertains to those using DSLR’s.  That’s not to say there is anything wrong with iPhone photos, in fact phones can take comparable pictures to those of high quality cameras.  The set-up will be different depending on the camera and I would say nighttime photography is harder with phones than daytime.  If you have specific questions on equipment or photography in general, please ask below in the comments (again, not that I’m an expert).

One other warning is that these aren’t really tips to help you take great photos at night.  I know a few things but you can find much better information elsewhere.  These are simply tips on helping you enjoy the experience more.  Sure, some of that enjoyment will come from taking photos that turn out to your liking but some of that experience is separate from just taking photos.

MK fountain castle

On to the tips! 

Use a tripod… or garbage can

Nighttime photography requires longer shutter speeds.  To achieve longer shutter speeds, something to rest your camera on is essential.  A tripod is the best way to balance your camera.  Unfortunately, this usually means carrying a tripod around with your camera gear all day.  This isn’t the worst thing but if you don’t want to spend money on a tripod or don’t want to carry it then finding something else to balance a camera on isn’t hard.

Tomorrowland Night

The ground and garbage cans are probably the most common ways to take photos at night without a tripod.  Yes, this will lead to people looking at you funny but it’s all in the name of art!  Or something like that.  There are also plenty of mini-tripod options to buy that mostly range between 10 and 20 dollars.

While shooting handheld photos at night is an option, it is hard to balance out a scene without using a slow shutter speed.  A flash will illuminate areas but not an entire scene, which is much of what photography and Disney is.  A tripod, or something of the like, is essential to nighttime photos at the parks.

ToL Awakenings Jungle Book AK

Find a different scene than park icon

The castles, Spaceship Earth and other park icons are some of the most photographed items in the world.  That doesn’t make them any less spectacular.  By all means, take photos there.

But my favorite experiences photographing at night have been in other places.  Part of this is because I feel like I can be more artistic and original.  There is something extremely inviting about photographing the icons but it is very hard to find a unique perspective.  Other places in the parks haven’t been quite so overdone and are easier to do something more original.

Ferry boat higher

The other enjoyable part of not just photographing the icons is that you’ll likely be by yourself.  Once the park closes, most people are near the icons.  While you should get there eventually, other areas are still available to walk through.  Empty areas with beautiful lights makes for a serene night which leads me to…

Start as far back in the park as possible

My favorite plan of attack when it comes to nighttime photography in Disney Parks is to start in the very back of the park as it closes.  This involves picking an area of the park to start in.  On my latest trip to Magic Kingdom, Melissa and I rode Pirates right before park closing.  Upon exiting I took photos there then headed back into Frontierland for photos of Big Thunder and Splash Mountain.  Eventually I ended up in Liberty Square before a subtle push towards Main Street by security.

Italy canal night Epcot

If you start near the back of the park as park closes, security is likely to give you a little leeway, as people are exiting attractions still.  Slowly make your way to the front of the park while taking photos.  Security is generally very kind and will allow you to take your time exiting.  As long as you’re courteous to them then the favor will probably be returned.

Use different settings

This goes for all times of day when it comes to photography.  And this tip is mainly for beginners, like myself.  With today’s technology it’s easy to rest on an automatic setting but the experience is far more rewarding (and usually comes up with better photos) if you do things manually.  For a long time I was unhappy that my nighttime photos ended up with a red tint.  I had always been afraid to mess with my white balance because I had read that I had placed where it needed to be.  Finally I decided to change it and my results turned out way better.  Like anything, experimenting can be nerve-wracking but it will make you a better photographer in the long run.  In that same vein, if you have the time then take multiple photos with different shutter speeds and apertures.  This will help you find a style that you like.

Haunted Mansion night

Bring someone with you… Or don’t

Last of all, make the experience into exactly that – an experience.  This doesn’t just need to be a few minutes of taking photos.  Instead it can be a romantic stroll in a beautifully lit park with some photography mixed in.  Or if you’re tired of being around people, take an hour and walk around the park alone while snapping photos.  This is my favorite time of day to take in all the sights and sounds, it doesn’t need to just be rushing from area to area taking photos.  As with all things in Disney Parks, take the time and enjoy yourself!

Splash mt. night

If you have any questions or comments about taking photos at Disney Parks, I’d love to answer them below in the comments.  Thank you for reading Wandering in Disney, if you enjoy our posts please subscribe to the blog and follow our social media pages.  You can find both of those on the right side of this page. 

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A New Area(?) Coming To Hollywood Studios

This week will be a little light on content as I’m out-of-town and won’t have much time to write.  We’ll be back to a more normal schedule next week!

D23 ended less than 2 weeks ago but Disney is already making more news.  Word came today that a new, or perhaps reused is a better word, section is coming to Hollywood Studios.  This area will be called Grand Ave, inspired the present day street in L.A. with the same name.  Grand Ave will take up what is left of the former Streets of America, lying next to Muppet Courtyard.  This area will most likely be the last spot you go through before entering Star Wars Land.

Grand Avenue in downtown L.A. holds special meaning to Disney because of the Walt Disney Concert Hall put there.  While the street is not known for repurposed buildings, many other older buildings in L.A. (and nearly every other big city) are being repurposed and that’s where the theme of this area kicks in.

PizzaRizzo street

Grand Ave will take these older looking facades and repurpose them, creating a new pub called the Baseline Tap House.  This space was previously occupied by Writer’s Shop in Hollywood Studios.  Baseline Tap House will feature Californian beers and wines, as well as some small bites.

The back story behind Baseline Tap House (which seems unnecessary) is that this place is repurposing an old family owned print shop that had ties to Disney Studios in Burbank.  It is unclear if there will be anything else in this area or if there will just be remnants of the old Streets of America.

My reaction to the news:

I nearly didn’t write this post because I don’t have much of a reaction.  I’m not as nostalgic for Streets of America as many other Disney fans but I don’t think this addition harms anything.  The tap house will be a little different from what Disney has in most of their parks and I’m hopeful that the drink selection will be adventurous.

PizzeRizzo facade

What I do find most interesting about this addition of Grand Ave is what it says about the entire theming of the park.  Hollywood Studios never fully committed to have that 30’s Hollywood style but it was nearly there.  Sunset Boulevard and Streets of America certainly invoked a feeling of stepping back in time.  Now, they are keeping some of that Streets of America facade but trying to move the feeling into the 21st century.

Once again, I don’t have much reaction to that thought.  My hot takes aren’t coming out so hot today.  Updating themes to present day is an interesting idea and one that isn’t done all that often.  You can point to World Showcase Pavilions as an idealization of present day countries.  Grand Ave won’t be on that scale though.  Same goes for Asia and Africa in Animal Kingdom.  The castle parks don’t have any lands that are set in present day.  Lastly, California Adventure has a few areas set in present day, Paradise Pier and Grizzly Peak Airfield, but neither of those areas are city based.  All this to say, I’m curious what Disney ends up doing to make Grand Ave feel current.

Muppet Vision 3D sign

I’m also curious how well it will flow from Muppet Courtyard into Grand Ave into Star Wars.  I think the first two will be fine, as Muppet Courtyard has more generic architecture that can match most eras if framed right.  Grand Ave flowing into Star Wars will be more interesting but I think there will be a gap in between them.

All in all, this news is fine.  I’m glad Disney is doing something with this area and I get why there isn’t much to it.  The park is heavy on projects right now and they don’t want to add anything substantial to an already overloaded budget.  With that said, I’m slightly concerned about how many rides this park will have when Hollywood Studios reopens once all these projects are finished.  Muppets Courtyard or Grand Ave would be nice spots to add a small, little ride and the park could sure benefit from spreading more people out.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be in the cards for now.  But, the new land seems to fit in fine with the park and will be a nice little area to walk through.

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Question of the Week (7/23/17)

Every few weeks our writers get together and answer a Disney related question.  Here is this week’s question and answers.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: As we finish off our D23 coverage, what Expo announcement are you most excited about moving forward?

via Disney Tourist Blog

Leslie – For me I would have to say Star Wars land is what I am most excited and anxious for. I remember when the Launch Bay came out as well as Star Wars weekends and how magical these were for me. To have a whole area to marvel and bask in the wonder of one of my favorite universes is amazing. I cannot wait to see the care and detail that will go into it and definitely am planning already my trip to see its completion.

Melissa – I think I’m most excited for the changes they have planned for Epcot. I’m still not sure what all they are changing, but I know part of it is to Spruce up the entrance and update Future World! I think it’s in need of something, so I’m excited to see what they will do!

UoE

Andrew – I would probably go with Star Wars Land as well but, since it’s already been said and it had already been announced, I’ll say Tron going into Tomorrowland. I think Tomorrowland has been somewhat of a wasted space for the last decade or so. While it should be a bustling, hopeful look at tomorrow, it felt more like an abandoned town with still working neon. The Tron: Lightcycle should help this immensely as it is partially outdoors which will bring some kinetic energy throughout the area. I also think the architecture looks more futuristic than any other facade in Tomorrowland aside from Space Mountain. It will be a welcome addition!

Tomorrowland monster

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2017 D23 Expo Announcements

In an effort to keep this site at least a little bit tidy, I’m going to put up this post with all of the D23 Expo Announcements on it.  I will link to each individual post I do on them.  This will make it slightly easier to find the post.  I will be adding several new posts over the next few days, along with updating the ones that I’ve already written.

Via Disney Parks Blog

This year’s D23 brought an unprecedented number of announcements and there is surely plenty to discuss.  And don’t call me Shirley.  So, here’s a list of what I’ve written about thus far.  Click on each individual one to get to the specific post.

That’s all for now, I’ll keep updating and posting new content as the week goes on.  While I’m still catching up, here’s a very quick rundown of what was announced.  I look forward to discussing all of this over the next week!

D23 Expo Announcements: Updates on Star Wars Land

I’m still catching up on D23 Expo news and will be writing short updates about each one.  Once finished with that, I will be adding my own commentary to each post.  I’ll put the new post on top of the blog with each update.  On to the news!

While much of the news at D23 Expo wasn’t announced until the parks presentation on Saturday, Star Wars Land stole the show on Friday.  A model of the land was revealed on Thursday night and was impressive to say the least.

If videos aren’t your thing, here are a few photos via Disney Tourist Blog.

As usual, wonderful photos by Tom Bricker.  Check out his in-depth post on this subject here.  I will add my thoughts on the giant model in the commentary.

Here’s a list of other Star Wars related news that they rolled out at the D23 Expo:

  • The land’s name will be Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.  This will be the name of the land on both coasts.
  • Both lands will be largely the same, and both will open in 2019.  Disneyland’s expansion will open first.
  • The land will feature two attractions that will put guests in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order.  One of these rides will be flying the Millennium Falcon while the other will be (supposedly) a trackless ride going through a Star Destroyer.
  • The Millennium Falcon ride will be interactive, with the outcome being based on how guests perform on the attraction.
  • Captain Rex (former pilot of the early version of Star Tours) will be the DJ at the land’s cantina.  There will also be classic Star Wars characters throughout the land.
  • The land is based on a space port at the edge of the galaxy.  Resistance and First Order camps will be on the edge of these lands with more of a market/city Star Wars atmosphere in the middle.

These were the noteworthy updates, although some of them were already common knowledge.  Stay tuned for some commentary!

Here’s the Disney Parks Blog post on the topic.

My reaction to the updates:

Turn the hype level up to 11.  A Star Wars themed land feels more and more like a reality instead of a pipe dream, especially after revealing this gigantic model.  Since there were quite a few little updates above I’m going to go through the bullet points one-by-one and give my thoughts on each.

It seems fitting to start with the name.  I don’t really like the name.  There’s nothing really wrong with it.  I do think Disney has gotten needlessly wordy with their titles.  Galaxy’s Edge would be fine.  Star Wars Land would be fine.  Together, it seems like a bit much.  All that said, it doesn’t actually matter.  Wizarding World of Harry Potter is constantly referred to as Harry Potter Land.  The name won’t be a difference maker one way or the other.

Via Disney Parks Blog

We already knew that the lands would basically be the same on both coasts.  I’m fine with that.  It may cost Disney some money in the long run but will likely save many vacationers money as there isn’t an argent need to visit two different Star Wars themed lands.  On the other hand, for those that have money to spare maybe two different lands would be fun.

The attractions sound amazing to me.  I think Disney will hit these out of the park.  A trackless ride through actual scenes and a simulator seems like a nice compromise of modern day technology and classic theme park design.  These attractions will likely change theme parks forever, I eagerly await their debuts.

Adding Captain Rex to the land is a wonderful tribute to Star Wars theme park history. This will be a great detail for the older generation to share with the younger generation.  I love the decision to include him.

The land’s layout makes a ton of sense.  Being a home to nearly every type of personality, including both good and evil, is a smart and tidy way to keep everyone’s favorite characters and themes from Star Wars.  I’m most excited to see the middle of the land where the market atmosphere is.  This is the part that most reminds me of a Star Wars universe that I always wanted to visit as a kid (and an adult).

Via Disney Parks Blog

Last but not least, the model looks incredible.  There seem to be beautiful areas, side streets to explore, iconic fixtures, and stories throughout.  That’s everything I can hope for in a land.

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D23 Expo Announcements: California Adventure News

I’m still catching up on D23 Expo news and will be writing short updates about each one.  Once finished with that, I will be adding my own commentary to each post.  I’ll put the new post on top of the blog with each update.  On to the news!

While most of the D23 Expo announcements centered around Walt Disney World, the west coast got a little love.  Here is what was announced:

  • A Marvel themed area will be coming to the park, although not many details were given on the upcoming land.  The area will be around the already built Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT! Here’s the Disney Parks post on the subject. 
  • Paradise Pier will be renamed Pixar Pier in 2018 and there may be some new additions or layovers to make the area fit.  I’ve read a few blog posts on this and listened to the actual announcement.  To be honest, I’m still really confused about what exactly this is.  I’ll have more reaction below.
  • Paint the Night will make it’s grand reappearance across the esplanade at California Adventure, and will feature a new float.
  • I’m going to sneak in some Disneyland news here because it’s loosely attached to these other announcements.  Pixar Play Parade will be moving to Disneyland and a Pixar themed fireworks show will be debuting.  This is all part of a Pixar festival that’s starting in 2018.  Again, pretty confused about all of this but more commentary is on the way.

Via Disney Parks Blog

Here is the Disney Park’s Blog post on the Pixar news.

My reaction to the news:

Since I threw all of the announcements into one big Disneyland thread, I’ll react to each of them individually.

The Marvel Land announcement was no surprise.  What was somewhat surprising is the lack of details that went along with it.  They didn’t announce what will go into the land, what characters would be in there, or where the land would go.  This was a “We’ve got something coming and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT! isn’t totally out of place” announcement.  That’s fine.  Until there’s more details I don’t have many thoughts here.  It will be cool to have Marvel in the parks if used and placed correctly.

Paint the Night moving to California Adventure is a good move to help counterbalance the crowds for Disneyland’s nighttime spectaculars.  I think the mood of Paint the Night fits better in California Adventure anyway.  What I don’t get is Pixar Play Parade moving to Disneyland.  I don’t like that parade and certainly don’t think it commands the day parade slot at one of the best parks on earth.  Hopefully a new daytime parade is on the way to Disneyland once this ‘Pixar Fest’ ends.  Frankly, I wish they had kept the Pixar Festival just as a part of California Adventure instead of having it at both parks.  Disneyland doesn’t have much in the way of Pixar so why try to shoehorn it in an already crowded park?  In that same vein, I don’t like a fireworks show themed to Pixar in a Disney park.  I get why most people wouldn’t care, but having a fireworks show based off a non-Disney franchise as the nighttime spectacular in Disney’s original park doesn’t leave the best taste in my mouth.  It’s not a big deal, just a little annoyance.

Via Disney Parks Blog

That all leads to the most confusing moment of the expo to me – Paradise Pier becoming Pixar Pier.  I’m hopeful that this new Pixar Pier will just be a subsection of a larger Paradise Pier.  Pixar Pier could stretch from Toy Story Midway Mania to the Paradise Garden Grill.  The concept art shows a candy store and ‘theater’ coming into that stretch.  If that’s all it is then this announcement is pretty harmless and could even enhance a somewhat rundown area.

What I worry about though is the whole area being rethemed as Pixar Pier.  Will California Screaming be cheaply overlaid?  What about Cove Bar and Ariel’s Grotto?  The Little Mermaid attraction?  This won’t make sense if the whole area is dubbed Pixar Pier.  Frankly, I’m not a big fan of Paradise Pier as an area but it is better than a cheaply thrown together area.  I’m worried about this certain announcement but am curious to hear more details.

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D23 Expo Announcements: Star Wars-Inspired Resort (and new DVC) Coming to Walt Disney World

I’m still catching up on D23 Expo news and will be writing short updates about each one.  Once finished with that, I will be adding my own commentary to each post.  I’ll put the new post on top of the blog with each update.  On to the news!

If an update on Star Wars Land (now Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge) wasn’t enough for fans, Disney announced a little something extra for fans of the franchise.  I guess little isn’t the right word.

A Star Wars themed resort will be added to Disney World property, near Hollywood Studios.  This resort will be incredibly immersive and will be themed to a starship that guests would be staying in.  Guests staying here will be a part of a Star Wars-inspired story that fits each person.

There was no announcement on when the hotel will open but I would guess somewhere in the next 2 or 3 years to coincide with Star Wars Land opening.  I would expect the prices to be incredibly high, as the capacity for the hotel looks to be fairly small.

A link to the Disney Parks Blog post on this topic.

In addition to this new resort, a DVC resort is being added to Disney World.  The resort will be themed to the Riviera and will lay adjacent to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Construction has already started on this site and will be wrapped up in a few years.

My reaction to the news:

The Star Wars-inspired hotel is a nice addition that I’m not very interested in.  The totally immersive story and vacation doesn’t really appeal to me as I like to plan my own my travel and could potentially get frustrated if the itinerary ended up having something that I didn’t want to do.  Add on what could be a very high price tag on top of that and I will likely never stay here.

Via Disney Parks Blog

With that said, I think this is an ambitious concept that will appeal to many people.  Many guests can’t get enough of Star Wars and this could be a great place to stay for those that want even more of the franchise.  I’ll be curious to hear more of the details over the next few years.


As for the Riviera DVC hotel, this is a bit of a mixed bag.  The location of the hotel sounds great and I’m all for new places to stay inside of Walt Disney World.  The hotel will have a rooftop restaurant that will overlook both Epcot and Hollywood Studios fireworks.  That will be a nice addition to the dining scene.

The negative is all based on the concept art, as I think this looks very generic and not themed.  While it looks nice enough, I want a place with a little more character.  Of course, this is all based on one picture and could end up being nothing like what is shown.

Overall, Disney World will be receiving some exciting additions to the hotel scene.

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D23 Expo Announcements: Disney Skyliner (Gondolas) Coming to Walt Disney World

I’m still catching up on D23 Expo news and will be writing short updates about each one.  Once finished with that, I will be adding my own commentary to each post.  I’ll put the new post on top of the blog with each update.  On to the news!

Disney announced several new transportation options that are coming to Walt Disney World in the near future.  One new option will be an user-like service that will take guests directly from location-to-location.  This will be an extra cost to guests instead of the free bus, monorail, and boat transportation.  The cars will be mini-vans themed to Minnie Mouse.  Minnie Vans.  Eye roll.

Via Disney Parks Blog

The more exciting announcement is that Disney is adding a gondola system called Disney Skyliner.  This form of transportation will have stops at Art of Animation and Pop Century, Caribbean Beach Resort, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios.  I’m guessing that this transportation option will be free to guests.  Work has begun on this and I would think this will open in the next year or two.

Disney Parks Blog post on the topic.

My reaction to the news:

Honestly, there’s not much to say aside from this being good news.  I’m all for extra modes of transportation and this certainly fits that bill.

The Minnie Vans make sense, as Disney will try to take away any need for Uber inside of the resort.  I don’t see myself using this very often but I do think it’s a smart service that Disney didn’t already offer.  This should make resort hopping much easier, which appeals to me.

The Disney Skyliner is far more exciting to me.  Gondolas are a fun mode of transportation that should offer some views you couldn’t previously get.  All the better that a few stops will be at cheaper resorts.  The monorails and boat transportation are usually reserved for deluxe resorts, so this is a nice change of pace.

All in all, these are smart and good additions to Walt Disney World that will help transportation for years.

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D23 Expo Announcements: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway to Replace The Great Movie Ride

Hollywood Studios is home to many ongoing projects.  Disney made another project official yesterday while signaling the end of a classic attraction.  A new ride based on Mickey Mouse will be taking the place of The Great Movie Ride.  The new attraction will be based on the Mickey Shorts that play on Disney Channel and occasionally in front of new films.  These are wacky, zany short films that the attraction will try to imitate.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway (quite a mouthful, I would have preferred The Great Mickey Ride) will be utilizing some concepts of The Great Movie Ride but it remains to be seen what technology will be utilized.  Via the Disney Parks Blog:

“Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new story and a new singable attraction theme song as well as a new experience we’re calling “2 1/2 D.” No glasses required. Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty said teams are inventing new technologies that turn the flat world of a colorful cartoon short into a “dimensional display of amazingness.”

I’ll be back with more commentary on the attraction in the next few days.  Here’s a link to the previously mentioned Disney Parks Blog post.

My reaction to the news:

A Mickey attraction is a good idea.  Replacing The Great Movie Ride is disappointing and a little bit frustrating.  Where does that leave the trade-off?  Probably a net positive, however slight it is.  First, the bad.

Losing The Great Movie Ride is disappointing and a definite end to whatever was left of the original Hollywood Studios.  I’m not so sad about losing any connection to the original park, that ship sailed a few years back.  What I do find disappointing is that I think The Great Movie Ride could have fit in thematically with whatever this next version of the Studios is.  It seems that Disney will be concentrating on putting guests into the movies in this new park.  What better way to start that experience than putting guests straight into scenes from classic movies?  Still, the attraction was in pretty bad shape and would have needed a substantial update with a few new scenes.  An addition would have been preferable, but with massive projects underway in other areas of the park I can understand a budget crunch.  Over time the Studios will need more attractions to draw the hordes of crowds away from Star Wars, but I guess we’ll worry about that later.  Oh, I don’t like the name either.

Via Disney Parks Blog

Now that we’re through with negative, a Mickey ride is a great idea!  How there has never been one in the history of Disney Parks is strange and surprising.  Basing this on the Mickey Shorts is a great choice as they are weird, zany and fun.  The layout of The Great Movie Ride makes a lot of sense for the attraction that was described above.  Dashing through scenes in a ride vehicle is already what kind of happens in The Great Movie Ride.  I imagine they’ll turn up the energy a little more in this version than the attraction that preceded it.  All in all, I think what was described is exciting and the subject matter is even better.  If this was an addition instead of a replacement the news would be even better.  As is, I think this is a great idea that could have gone in a better place.

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D23 Expo Announcement: Tron Attraction Coming to Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland

Magic Kingdom didn’t let Hollywood Studios and Epcot have all of the announcements yesterday.  One of the bigger reveals came when Disney announced that a Tron coaster will be coming to Tomorrowland.  To some surprise, this attraction will not be replacing Tomorrowland Speedway but will instead be on an expansion pad.

Via Disney Parks Blog

Tron: Lightcycle has been one of the smashing successes in Shanghai Disneyland’s first year and now guests will be able to experience this attraction stateside.  Disney did announce that they plan to have this done by 2021, Disney World’s 50th anniversary.

Another small bit news about Magic Kingdom is the addition of a new theater on Main Street that will hold substantial crowds.  Judging by the announcement, the aim of this theater is to house more elaborate shows like California Adventure does with Frozen Live at The Hyperion.

Via Disney Parks Blog

I’ll be back with more commentary on both of these additions over the course of this week.

Link to Tron post from Disney Parks Blog
Link to new theater post from Disney Parks Blog

My thoughts on these announcements:

As opposed to the Epcot and Hollywood Studios announcements, I found the Magic Kingdom additions to be overwhelmingly positive.  Mostly because they are just that, additions.  Many of the new items that were announced at D23 were replacing existing attractions.  In reality, the parks are getting busier and busier.  Extra capacity is needed and replacing attractions will make a minimal impact on this.  The new Tron attraction and theater will hold another few thousand people an hour (depending on how many shows a day and ride capacity) and that makes the big picture here a rosy one.

When zooming in on these new additions, I’m still very happy about the additions.  The Tron: Lightcycle attraction will give Tomorrowland a shot in the arm to match the pleasing aesthetic changes.  If this attraction closely matches Shanghai’s then I think the coaster could bring a newfound energy to the park, especially at night.  While I am far from a fan of Tomorrowland Speedway, I’m happy that this coaster is going on an expansion pad.  For now, Tomorrowland Speedway survives and there’s still a chance that it could be replaced in the future.  Again, capacity additions are a definite plus in Magic Kingdom.  As for the attraction, I’m very excited for a new E-ticket in Magic Kingdom.

The theater was maybe the biggest surprise of the expo and is a very nice addition.  Magic Kingdom doesn’t have anything in the way of a big venue to host large-scale shows.  That will change now and Disney has proven apt and adding Broadway-esque productions to the parks.  If this show equals Frozen Live at the Hyperion then this is a great addition.  If it’s Mickey and the Magical Map then this is a good addition.  Heck, even if it opens with a new show that bombs then they’ll replace that one in a few years and this will end up being a positive.  I also like that the theater’s outside facade is inspired by a theater near Walt’s hometown in Missouri.

While other parks were the subject of bigger news and updates, Magic Kingdom may have had the best day as far as what’s coming.  I look forward to both the new attraction and theater arriving in the next few years.

What are your thoughts on a Tron attraction and a new theater coming to Magic Kingdom?  Let us know in the comments.  Thank you for reading Wandering in Disney, if you enjoy the blog please subscribe and like our social media pages.  You can find both of those items on the right side of this page.