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MARCH’S MAGICAL NEWS FROM DISNEY By Vickie Black

The Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser has officially had its first cruise. On March 4, the Starcruiser blasted off for an adventure far, far away with some of Star Wars fan-favorite characters like Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, Rey, and more. The reviews are in from guests. Most of the reviews were good, but there were some kinks that guests are hoping that Disney will tweak. We don't want to give any spoilers, so we will let you decide if you want the experience spoiled for you. If you do, google Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser reviews, and learn all you ever wanted to know about Disney's newest adventure!



Former Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde is a recipient of one of the first-ever Conservation Legacy Awards by the Disney Conservation Fund. Here is a direct quote from Instagram from the Walt Disney Imagineers, "Today, former Imagineer Joe Rohde was announced as a recipient of one of the first-ever Conservation Legacy Awards by the Disney Conservation Fund. He has been recognized for going above and beyond to support wildlife and nature conservation through his work. His unique contributions to global conservation efforts through creativity and imagination have made him more than deserving of this recognition! We are beyond thrilled for Joe to be receiving this award and know it is highly deserved!" Joe Rohde retired from Disney last year. He now works for Virgin Galactic, an aerospace company manufacturing air and space vehicles and seeking to provide spaceflight to private individuals and researchers. Be on the lookout in the future; we might be able to help you take a trip like this. We will have to wait and see.



Living with the Land celebrates the 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival with special edible flower gardens and topiaries. Living With the Land constantly changes to incorporate seasonal items even if Epcot isn't hosting a festival. At the beginning of the greenhouse portion of the ride are pineapples, and water chestnuts were added across from the pineapples. There are signs throughout the ride indicating "edible flowers," even those plants that are usually visible on the ride. There is a small Mickey topiary next to the stream surrounded by potted plants. A fountain and a green archway were spotted after guests rode through the fish tunnel. Across from the fountain, Disney has placed a larger Mickey Topiary. As always, Living With the Land is sharing the beauty of their greenhouse in a unique and magical way. If you are at Epcot, jump on this ride for a look.




Great News! Since March 2020, the Magic Kingdom has been missing its magical Castle Stage Shows. On February 25, Mickey's Magical Friendship Fare debuted on the Castle Stage for the first time in almost two years!!! Mickey's Magical Friendship Faire is an updated version of Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom. Guests were packed in the hub long before the 12:15 p.m. show began. Mickey and his friends enter at the show's top and sing the new theme song, "Where Magic Feels Like Home." Each of Mickey & his friends introduces a different group of friends. Goofy brings Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, and Louis on stage. Donald brings in the ruffians from the Enchanted Forest. Vladimir and Hookhand sing, "I Have a Dream." Daisy interrupts to introduce Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Mickey then surprises Minnie with Olaf, Elsa, and Anna. Of course, Elsa sings, "Let it Go," followed by everyone coming back to the stage for the finale. If you want to see this new show, you can search for it on YouTube, and it will help you feel like you are at HOME.



There are three major Disney attractions that are going to be moving to the Genie Plus list from now until August 7. Any guesses which attractions these are? You don't have to guess, we will tell you. Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at Hollywood Studios, Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom, and Epcot's Frozen Ever After will NO LONGER be an Individual Attraction Selection. These three rides are being added to the Genie Plus Lightning Lane Program, which means, if you purchase the $15.00 a day per person Genie Plus, you may get the chance to ride these rides. Please remember that if you are using Genie Plus, you will want to get up at 7 a.m. to ensure you grab your first Genie Plus ride, especially if you want one of these highly sought-after rides.



Creating your own Magic Bands & Phone Cases have been around for at least 6 months, but this trend is catching on quickly. Creating your phone case is a great souvenir that can help you remember your magical trip every day after you leave! I created a special Magic Band for my mom at The Marketplace Co-op in Disney Springs. Guests can also create their own phone case or magic band at the Tomorrowland Light and Power Co. in the Magic Kingdom. Encanto Characters & the Princess Half Marathon Icons have even been added as choices. You can also personalize the Magic Band or Phone Case with your name for an additional $5.00 making the Magic Band $29.99 plus tax and the phone case $34.99 plus tax.




You may not know who Tim Considine is, but he was a huge part of Disney history. He was a part of a star in the original The Shaggy Dog, The Mickey Mouse Club, My Three Sons, and The Adventures of Spin and Marty. On Friday, March 4, 2022, he passed away at his home, and he was 81. He was named a Disney Legend, a HUGE honor given to individuals in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to The Walt Disney Company, in 2006. Bob Iger wrote on Twitter, "I am saddened by this news. I enjoyed my interaction with Tim over the years, and I was a big fan of Spin & Marty. Rest in Peace." We want to extend our condolences to Tim's family as well. Thanks for the memories, Tim.



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