BREAKING NEWS: Walt Disney World Resort’s Soarin’ at Epcot and Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Both Expanding

5 Mar Enter Soarin' at Epcot—and get ready for a thrilling hang-gliding ride over California. Photo © Disney.
Walt Disney World attractions lifestyle shoot. April 2013 © Disney (Photographer: Cynthia Perez)

Walt Disney World attractions lifestyle shoot. April 2013 © Disney (Photographer: Cynthia Perez)

Rumors of an expanded Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have now been confirmed by the Disney Parks Blog. Soarin’ at Epcot will also be expanding with a new theater.


Enter Soarin’ at Epcot—and get ready for a thrilling hang-gliding ride over California. Photo © Disney.

Read the following excerpt from the Disney Parks Blog:

One of the things we’ve heard from our guests is that a visit to Walt Disney World Resort just isn’t complete without enjoying the spectacular views at Soarin’ in Epcot or a spin through Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Well, I’m excited to share that we are expanding both attractions by adding another theater at Soarin’ and more midway track at Toy Story Mania! We’ll also be updating the screens and projection system at Soarin,’ bringing a visually enhanced experience.

These expansions are expected to be complete by late 2016, offering even more opportunities for you to enjoy these beloved attractions during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

I am excited about this news. These two attractions are favorites of our family, and it is well known how popular they are with Guests of all ages when you look at the wait times. These expansions should help alleviate some of the pains.

The Eyes of a Little Baby

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“If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when she wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because she sees the sun shining on her cradle.”
—Vincent van Gogh

I’ve shared this quote with photos of my other children in the past. It is one of my favorite quotes, which my favorite artist happened to share. There truly is something magical in the eyes of a child—the innocence and wonder of life around them—and babies have that glimmer even more so. What a blessing it is to experience God through our children.

Creating More Magic on the #DisneyMP

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Last January, I started helping Guests on the Disney Parks Moms Panel as a Walt Disney World Resort Specialist. It was an honor to serve in 2014 and will be an honor to serve again this year. I am very excited to announce that I was asked to return to the Moms Panel for another year!

Since joining the Panel I have answered over 525 questions. My profile has been updated for the new year and I have already begun answering more questions from Walt Disney World Resort Guests.


If you have a Walt Disney World question, stop by and ask me today. Here’s to helping many more Walt Disney World Resort Guests in 2015!

Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

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Today is Mickey Mouse’s 86th birthday! And who better to tell us a little about him than Uncle Walt?

“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse.”
—Walt Disney

Walt and Mickey

“The life and ventures of Mickey Mouse have been closely bound up with my own personal and professional life. It is understandable that I should have sentimental attachment for the little personage who played so big a part in the course of Disney Productions and has been so happily accepted as an amusing friend wherever films are shown around the world. He still speaks for me and I still speak for him.”
—Walt Disney


“All we ever intended for him or expected of him was that he should continue to make people everywhere chuckle with him and at him.We didn’t burden him with any social symbolism, we made him no mouth piece for frustrations or harsh satire. Mickey was simply a little personality assigned to the purposes of laughter.”
—Walt Disney


“When people laugh at Mickey Mouse it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.”
—Walt Disney


Back to School

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Around this time each year, I like to share a few words to the students, teachers, and parents preparing for back-to-school time. While this is only my personal view, I do hope it offers some solace to what can be a hectic and emotional time of year.


Have a great first day in 1st Grade, Robert!

To all the students starting school, be appreciative of the freedom you have to learn. Some children are not as fortunate. Be proud of who you are and believe in yourself. Be kind to those you meet. Some of your peers may be struggling to make friends or struggling with their own insecurities. If you see someone being bullied or picked on because he/she may seem a little different, step in and do what you know is right. Say “hi” or smile at them in the hallway. You never know what that person might be facing outside of school or battling inside. Your small act of kindness may make a BIG difference in someone’s life this school year!

To all the teachers, both new and “seasoned,” know that you have been called to the teaching profession for a reason. The minds and hearts of the students you teach will forever be changed. You have been given the chance to be an influence and an inspiration to your students. As hard as it is to deal with the politics of school systems and new policies, just remember why you are there—to educate and provide a safe environment for the young people you have been given. What you offer them today may have a lifelong impact on who they become.

To all the parents sending your little ones off to school for the first time, stay strong. I know it’s hard. You can cry as soon as you get back to your car or walk back inside. Your kids will be fine. The excellent women and men who will be teaching them this year will pour into their little minds and hearts.

For those of you with children starting middle school or high school, stay positive and encourage your child. Build them up and be available when they need you. This is a big step and there will be trials. However, your children will succeed with the support of you, their friends, and their teachers.

To the parents of seniors, this year is critical for your child. The journey to college is exciting and challenging. Enjoy the time you have with your senior and get involved in their lives if you are not already. As much as they may seem like they don’t need or want you, they do. Check in on them and ask about their studies and their lives. Be present.

Good luck this year, and know that each of you have my thoughts, prayers, and support. Have a great school year, everyone!


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