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Take an Spin on the Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, Now Open at Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure Park

Whether or not you’ve seen the Disney/Pixar film “Inside Out,” you can still enjoy this newly opened attraction at Disney’s Pixar Pier inside Disney California Adventure Park. This is attraction is both whimsical and family friendly.

Inspired by “Inside Out,” this attraction takes you on a sense-ational spin while riding one of eight Memory Movers. You can help Riley’s Emotions (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear) sort through her memories that have been collected.

Emotional Whirlwind can be found at the Inside Out Headquarters neighborhood of Pixar Pier–which recently celebrated its one-year birthday! You can find the stories and characters of beloved Pixar films with attractions, themed neighborhoods, and fun places to eat.

Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland Resort for Limited Time This Summer

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If you’re headed to Disneyland Resort this summer, you have a limited-time opportunity to enjoy the classic “Main Street Electrical Parade.” The parade has half a million sparking lights along with “electro-syntho-magnetic musical sounds”.

This limited-time parade will begin nightly beginning August 2, 2020 and will have performances through September 30, 2020.

Disneyland continues to be an excellent choice to visit this summer. You can explore the new adventures along Pixar Pier as well as enjoy fantastic entertainment including the new “Tales of the Lion King” located in Disney California Adventure park. You can also enjoy the newly refurbished Sleeping Beauty Castle — and definitely not to be missed Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge located in Disneyland Park.

Five Reasons We Loved Seeing 4th of July Fireworks by Cruise

My husband and I had been wanting to try the Argosy 4th of July Fireworks Cruise for several years. This is the first year where timing worked in our favor. Hubby had been closely watching the Argosy website and stalking their Facebook page waiting for the news that they were booking for this year.

Would we like it? Um…we absolutely loved it! Here are five of the reasons we enjoyed our evening excursion.

1. We Didn’t Have to Drive to Seattle

We decided to take the ship leaving out of Kirkland. It is closer to our house–and more importantly, the traffic to Kirkland is much better than that going into Seattle. I think it was about 20 minutes door-to-door from our house to Carillon Point where we met the Argosy ship. Seattle has some of the worst traffic in the nation. The fact we were able to enjoy the Seattle fireworks without having to drive there was a huge bonus for us.

Salish Explorer – Argosy Cruises – Boarding in Kirkland

2. We Got to Sit Back and Relax

Relaxing on the Ship as We Set Sail

Once on board the ship, we got to sit back and relax and let someone else do the driving. This was a 21+ only cruise, which meant there were no children on board. Although seating was a bit hectic when we first boarded, once we settled in, hubby went down and got us some sodas. We, literally, just got to sit back, relax, and enjoy the music that was being played by the DJ. There were three decks for passengers–decks one and two were indoors and had bars and the top deck was outside. We pretty much stayed on the third deck the entire time.

3. Gorgeous Views of Seattle

View of Seattle from Lake Union

The weather was comfortable–no rain, just gray skies with the sun trying to peek through. The itinerary had us leaving Kirkland and cruising across Lake Washington. We then went through the Montlake Cut and passed the University of Washington and took in some great scenery. Hubby did some reminiscing of his college days as we passed by the buildings of the UW. The views of Seattle and Lake Union were breathtaking.

4. Missing the Crowds at Gasworks Park

Gasworks Park Set Up for 4th of July Fireworks

We set anchor right by Gasworks Park. The crowds down at Gasworks Park were huge. We braved the crowds there once years ago…and once was definitely enough. I am not a big fan of crowds. Getting to experience the fireworks so closely without being in the hordes was fantastic.

5. Best Seats in the House for Fireworks

I don’t think you could have had a better view of the fireworks. Although there were other boats in the area, we were so high up that we didn’t have anything blocking our views. We were close enough that we could hear the music playing on the loudspeaker from the park. The video below gives you a better idea of the entire experience.

An added bonus to the evening was the boat ride back to Kirkland. Everything was calm and peaceful and beautifully lit up with fireworks on the shore and the lights of all the boats headed back in for the night.

This experience rated a 9 out of 10 for us. We’ll definitely do it again in the future. I think the only thing we we’ll do differently is bring more friends with us to enjoy the festivities.

New Restaurant Named Takumi-Tei Has Opened in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot

Takumi-Tei has officially opened at Epcot in World Showcase at the Japan pavilion. The restaurant will appeal to guests looking for a unique place to dine. It is a new signature table-service restaurant. Guests are able to enjoy an upscale dining experience within a unique atmosphere.

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The dining experience at Takumi-Tei is meant to give guests an understanding of Japanese culture presented by Japanese cast members. As guests enter the restaurant, they can feel like they have been transported to the island nation and can learn about Japanese traditions and how they connect to the world.

Takumi-Tei will offer an prix fixe multi-course tasting menu as well as a chef’s table experience. Dinner menu will include items such as wagyu beef, sushi, sashimi, desserts, signature cocktails, sake, and much more.

As of July 5, 2019, Takumi-Tei is open 4:00 p.m. daily for dinner in the Japan pavilion at Epcot. Walk-ups are being accepted and reservations will be available beginning July 16, 2019, with bookings starting that same day.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland Park Has Had a Striking Makeover

Last month Sleeping Beauty’s Castle was unveiled having had a striking makeover. The castle had been “hiding” for several months while it was being refurbished and it is now even more stunning. The new makeover features more vibrant colors, a new roof along with some subtle pixie dust applied.

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The colors and details on Sleeping Beauty Castle have been updated several times since the original concept art of the castle that was first drawn in the 1950s.

Kim Irvine, art director of Walt Disney Imagineering said, “What’s interesting about this time is that we used an ages-old painting technique called atmospheric perspective to visually heighten the castle. We warmed the pink hues on the lower towers and gradually added blue to lighten the colors toward the top.” The same technique was also used along the new roof adding spectacular cobalt hues. A little bit of pixie dust has been sprinkled on the center roof.

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“We focused the golden accents and pixie dust around the entrance to the castle, as though it has been magically enchanted,” said Irvine. The walkthrough exhibit inside Sleeping Beauty Castle also received a new coat of paint and changes to lighting.

I can’t wait to make it to Disneyland so I can check out the new reimagined castle myself. The photos I’ve seen are all gorgeous.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Guidemap for Disneyland Park

Now that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has opened at the Disneyland Park, the Disneyland Park map has been updated to show the location of this new area.

The map shows the new 14-acre area and its three entrances: one in Fantasyland, one in Frontierland, and one in Critter Country. It also shows the location for the attractions and dining that can be found within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

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It’s also possible to navigate Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on your mobile phone through the Disneyland App or on your desktop through the Disneyland.com website.

Special Limited-Time ‘The Lion King’ Food Offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

During the summer of 2019, there will be new limited-time food offerings celebrating characters from “The Lion King.”

Items will be available through the end of the summer. You can find things from latte art to special cones to ice cream sandwiches. There is something to suit everyone’s taste buds.

Tamu Tamu – Simba Ice Cream Sandwich

Delicious vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies and decorated with a chocolate tail and an image of Simba.

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Tamu Tamu – Simba’s Sunset Dole Whip

A pineapple Dole Whip topped off with a red syrup made up of watermelon and cononut.

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Tamu Tamu – King’s Cooler

A pineapple Dole Whip with rum topped with red syrup made of watermelon and coconut.

Shave Ice Car Near Harambe Market – Asante Slush

A shaved iced which has been topped with a watermelon and a passion fruit-mango syrup.

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Dawa Bar at Harambe Market and Boneyard Bar – Serengeti Sangria

This is a red sangria.

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Anandapur Bus and Trilo-Bites – Bugs ‘n Grub Waffle Cone

This is a chocolate soft-serve ice cream served in a green cone with cookies and cream “dirt” crumbles, a chocolate beetle, and gummy worms.

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Various Outdoor Vending Locations throughout Animal Kingdom Park – A “Lion King” Novelty Popcorn Bucket and Sipper Cup

This item will only be available while supplies last.

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Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. – A “The Lion King” Latte Art

This will be adorable latte art featuring Simba.

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Pizzafari – Simba Cupcake

This is a yellow vanilla cupcake bursting with white chocolate mousse in the middle and topped off with buttercream frosting along with an edible Simba candy surrounded by a mane of yellow and orange frosting.

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Tusker House (Breakfast Only) – Simba and Nala Waffles

These are kid-sized waffles featuring the faces of Simba and Nala from “The Lion King.”

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