How to Claim Your Spot on Cinderella Castle, plus Cosmic Rewind News

You can now claim your own special real estate on Cinderella Castle with a unique new Disney offering. This story plus how they chose six songs from a list of 100 to power Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind, and more Disney travel news.
Claim Your Own Unique Place on Cinderella Castle as it transforms with Disney PhotoPass Photos

Disney PhotoPass Service is introducing a unique new offer called “Cinderella Castle Mural of Memories.” It will let you transform Cinderella Castle with your PhotoPass photos using augmented reality technology, brought to life through Disney’s collaboration with Snap.

Here's how it works:

Step 1: Claim Your Place on Cinderella Castle
While in Magic Kingdom park, go to Cinderella Castle and open the My Disney Experience app to see available areas where you can pin a photo. Then select an available area on Cinderella Castle.

Step 2: Select Your Disney PhotoPass Photo
Choose one of your eligible photos (to be eligible, the photo must be taken by a Disney PhotoPass photographer in a picturesque theme park location). Or, use an iconic Disney photo for your memory.

Step 3: Explore Memories and Share Your Own
See the memories of family, friends and other park Guests. You can also download your memory and share it, too! 
There's a one-time fee of $9.99 per memory and includes the download of your memory photo.
Here's what you get for $9.99:
  • A spot on Cinderella Castle to digitally pin a photo, which will be waiting for you (and all guests) to view during visits to Magic Kingdom Park throughout the 50th celebration and beyond (for at least three years).
  • A video of your PhotoPass photos photos flying from the castle for downloading and sharing.
  • The ability to download a high-resolution version of the pinned photo from your Disney PhotoPass gallery (a $16.95 value) both in its original form and a version with a special border that includes your first name. If you’re a Disney cast member, Annual Passholder, Disney Vacation Club Member, or Club 33 Member you’ll get a personalized border fora your affiliation.
Over time, new sections of the castle will be released, so they'll be new spots to pin your memories. 


Final Playlist and a Villain are Revealed for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT

Not surprisingly when Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind launches on May 27 it will have its own playlist to power your journey.
Disney Imagineers came up with a list of more than 100 potential songs for the Starjumpers’ onboard sound system. How did they narrow it down to six? The team rode the attraction over and over again testing how various tracks fit with the spirit and the movement of the coaster. They finally settled on the following six songs in their original classic versions:
  • “September”
  • “Disco Inferno”
  • “Conga”
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
  • “I Ran”
  • “One Way or Another”
You won’t know which track you're going to hear until you blast off. Plus we now know that the theme of the ride is to help stop Eson, the Celestial villain who is trying to complete an evil plan. 


Connections Café & Eatery is Now Open at EPCOT

Connections Café & Eatery is open and ready to serve in the World Celebration neighborhood.

The restaurant’s design includes nods to Walt Disney’s original plans for EPCOT. There are two experiences – an eatery on one side serving lunch and dinner menus, and a café and pastry shop on the other open all day long. 

When walking past Spaceship Earth on the way into the park, Connections Café and Eatery is on the left. Floor-to-ceiling windows give a full view of the open space featuring modern décor and tempting smells of pastries baking, fresh coffee brewing and burgers on the grill. Since World Celebration is located in the center of the park, Connections Café & Eatery offers some great views as well.

A colorful mural called “Global Gathering” covers one wall and reflects the heart of the restaurant – people from around the world gathering around food. It’s one of the biggest murals Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created. Take note how the scenes blend seamlessly from sunrise to sunset.

You can also see chefs at work in three show kitchens. Watch them grilling, sautéing and baking everything from burgers to pizzas and sprinkling pixie dust on fun desserts from milkshakes to waffles.

Whether it's coffee or tea, you'll find it here showcasing how various cultures enjoy their favorite drinks.

As always at WDW, don’t forget to look down. There are three original floor inlays inspired by Walt’s 1966 “Florida Project” site plans, where EPCOT was to serve as the “center” of Walt Disney World. These details honor Walt's original dream of EPCOT. 


‘Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!’ Opening Summer 2022 at Animal Kingdom Park

The Nemo show is getting an update: “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!” – opens this summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.

The fully updated, 25-minute show incorporates live performers and puppets, along with many of the favorite songs from the original “Finding Nemo: The Musical.”

In addition to a new script, the show features new set pieces and a new LED video wall designed to visually extend the world created by the physical sets on stage. We aren’t talking small set pieces either. Watch for a 32-foot-long sunken submarine and a fish tank volcano standing nearly 15 feet tall.


How to Treat Mom for Mother's Day at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

Mother’s Day May 8 is almost here and Disney chefs have put their best creations forward to celebrate. 

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Park

Plaza Inn 
  • Mother’s Day Brunch: Drop “inn” to enjoy a meal with family on Main Street, U.S.A. with classic American fare joined by Minnie Mouse and her friends. Reserve your spot now.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

GCH Holiday Cart
  • Enjoy various Mother's Day-themed treats including chocolate covered strawberries, macarons, and cookie shots available with milk or liqueur
Storytellers Cafe 
  • Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner: Enjoy delicious dishes with the whole family with decadent flavors and characters in this brunch and dinner celebration. Reserve your spot now.
Disneyland Hotel

Goofy’s Kitchen
  • Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner: Celebrate over tasty plates and appearances from beloved Disney friends! Reserve your spot now.

Walt Disney World Resort


Coral Reef Restaurant (available on May 8) 
  • Mother’s Day Dessert: Strawberry-pistachio dome with strawberry-lemon gel and ruby chocolate powder (New) 
Le Cellier Steakhouse (available on May 8) 
  • Mother’s Day Dessert: Strawberry mousseline, pistachio chiffon, strawberry jelly, caramelized chocolate crumble, and raspberry meringue (New)
Sunshine Seasons (available on May 8) 
  • Mother’s Day Cupcake: Red velvet cupcake with chocolate chip fudge filling and caramel buttercream
Disney’s All-Star Movies, Music, and Sports Resorts, World Premiere Food Court, Intermission Food Court, End Zone Food Court (available on Mobile Order from May 4 through 11) 
  • Mother's Day Dessert: Strawberry mousse with strawberry compote and lemon curd (New) 
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort , Landscape of Flavors (Mobile Order from May 4 through 11) 
  • Strawberry Bliss Cupcake: Yellow cupcake filled with strawberry boba topped with strawberry buttercream and white vanilla wafers with white chocolate and nonpareils (New) 
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boma – Flavors of Africa (available on May 8) 
  • MOM-mosa: A refreshing combination of Sparkling South African Graham Beck Brut Rose, X-Fusion organic mango and passion fruit liqueur, and pomegranate juice (New)
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, BoardWalk Bakery (available on Mobile Order from May 5 through 8) 
  • Jumbo Cupcake: Chocolate cupcake, peanut butter filling, vanilla buttercream, white crispy pearls, and a white chocolate Mrs. Jumbo and Dumbo (New)
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Centertown Market & Spyglass Grill (Mobile Order from May 4 to 11) 
  • Strawberry Rose Cupcake: Rose-scented cupcake filled with strawberry rose mousse topped with strawberry buttercream and white chocolate décor (New) 
Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Contempo Café (available on Mobile Order on May 8) 
  • Chocolate Strawberry Tart: Chocolate mousse tart topped with strawberry crémaux and strawberry balsamic compote (New) 
Steakhouse 71 (available on May 8)
  • Mother’s Day Brunch: Spring into the seasons with a scrumptious brunch as you celebrate your family legacy over dishes like Walt’s Prime Rib Hash, Floridian Eggs Benedict, and Bacon & Eggs. (New)
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Gasparilla’s Island Grill (Mobile Order from May 6 through 8) 
  • Mother’s Day Mimosa Cake: Golden sponge cake topped with a chocolate Cinderella slipper filled with mimosa-flavored mousse (contains alcohol)
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Capt. Cook’s (Mobile Order from May 6 through 8) 
  • Mother’s Day Sweet Treats Box: Guava macarons, a coconut macaroon with white chocolate drizzle, and a pineapple cheesecake crème puff (New)
Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Everything POP Shopping & Dinning (Mobile Order from May 4 through 11) 
  • Strawberry Bliss Cupcake: Yellow cupcake filled with strawberry boba topped with strawberry buttercream and white vanilla wafers with white chocolate and nonpareils (New)
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside, Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory and Riverside Mill (available on Mobile Order from May 4 through 11) 
  • Mother’s Day Cupcake: Lemon-scented cupcake filled with fresh blueberry compote topped with vanilla buttercream and fondant flowers (New) 
Disney’s Riviera Resort, Le Petit Cafe (available May 8) 
  • Mini Dessert Chocolate Box: Hand-crafted chocolate box with a ganache brownie, raspberry macaron, and lemon madeleines (New)
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Roaring Fork (available on Mobile Order from May 6 through 9) 
  • Mother’s Day Cupcake: Raspberry swirl cupcake filled with raspberry custard and crispy pearls topped with lemon buttercream and chocolate and fondant décor (New)
Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, The Marketplace at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace (available on Mobile Order from May 5 through 8) 
  • Sweeter Than Roses: Raspberry mousse and chocolate cake with a ruby red raspberry center and chocolate and fondant décor
Disney Springs, Amorette's Patisserie (available from May 6 through 9) 
  • “I Love You Mom” Dessert: Coconut cream, chocolate mousse, and Grand Marnier jam on a coconut chiffon (New)  

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