Weekend Roundup: WDW is Busy for Thanksgiving, Ratatouille Construction Permits, Incredibles 2, Mickey’s Birthday, and More

Here’s a roundup of all the Disney news you may have missed over the weekend. As always, keep up to date on Disney news with our Facebook and Twitter pages.


WDW Thanksgiving Attendance

While some schools only give students a half week of vacation for the Thanksgiving holiday, many families make special plans to travel to a Disney park. Although Thankgiving isn’t for another 3 days, Walt Disney World and Disneyland, saw huge crowds last weekend as the Winter holiday peak season really gets going.

While Disney does not typically release attendance at its parks, it’s pretty easy to spot a crazy busy day from business as usual. Although it seems like the parks are always busy nowadays (7% growth in parks revenue last quarter), the holidays will surely bring more craziness.

Here are some pictures from the parks this weekend:

An incredibly busy Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom (Shown on left) is a similar image to crowds bustling around Disneyland Park (shown on right.

Ratatouille Attraction Construction Begins in Epcot’s France Pavillion

Since its announcement at D23 back in July, there has been some speculation about just how similar Epcot’s new Ratatouille attraction will be to the attraction of the same name at Walt Disney Studios in France. Now, new construction permits give us a glimpse at exactly what is coming to the France Pavilion in World Showcase.

This new attraction is part of a complete expansion of the France Pavilion at Epcot. Concept art (shown below) released at D23 shows an expanded walking area and grand entrance for the new attraction.

Land clearing has already begun for the new attraction and these permits give us a really clear look at the new attraction’s show building. Hopefully, we’ll continue to get new information regularly about this attraction as it is not set to open till around 2021. For now, here’s some pictures of permits filed for construction on the show building:

“Incredibles 2” Trailer Released Featuring Jack-Jack and Bob Par (Mr. Incredible)

After quite the wait, we finally get a closer look at Pixar’s Incredibles 2 in a new trailer. The trailer debuted Saturday morning during ESPN’s College Gameday.

The trailer features baby Jack-Jack, who is discovering his super powers with his father. Obviously, Mr. Incredible is happy that his youngest son also has something incredible about him.

All of your favorite characters are back for another adventure including Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, Violet, Dash and Jack Jack. Of course, favorites like Frozone, voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, will also be returning.

The movie is set to release in theaters on June 15th, 2018.

Mickey Mouse Celebrates 89th Birthday All Over the World, Runaway Railway Details Unveiled

Celebrating the premeire of Steamboat Willie way back on November 18th, 1928, Mickey Mouse celebrated his 89th birthday Saturday at Disney Parks and all over the world. Although Mickey’s birthday has been changed a few times over the years, The Walt Disney Family Museum lists his big day as the day he premiered in 1928.

In the parks, guests were greeted with special events and souvenirs like this button which was handed out at Magic KingdomDO7Nqb6X4AA0B17.jpg-large.jpeg

Special appearances were also added to shows and parades like this one at Disneyland:

The festivities lasted all day on Mickey’s special day, with special announcements about the upcoming attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Through internal Disney documents, we have now learned that the all new attraction, which will fill the empty Chinese Theater, is projected to open sometime in April 2019. That would put the opening of this ride just a few months before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens. Not bad timing Disney, not bad at all.

Original concept art from D23 in July, 2016. CREDIT: Disney Parks

We also got new information from Disney sources about the ride vehicles and layout of the ride. The ride will feature a trackless vehicle similar to Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland and will hold between 16 and 20 people per train. Themed around a train that Goofy will be conductor of, guests will ride through many scenes featuring state-of-the-art animatronics and projection technology. Although, the ride seems similar to The Great Movie Ride (R.I.P.), sources say the track layout will be a complete makeover beyond the loading area. More details are still unclear, but we expect to learn more as new permits are released for this project. We already learned that Disney Imagineering was working to pioneer new glasses-less 2-and-a-half-D technology for this ride.


That’s it. The biggest stories from the weekend summed up into one read. Just for you! Keep up to date with us on Facebook and Twitter and tweet us your Disney holiday pictures to be featured in a future article.

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Mitchell Brown

I'm just a 22 year old college student who loves Disney and technology. This blog is supposed to keep me out of trouble.

1 thought on “Weekend Roundup: WDW is Busy for Thanksgiving, Ratatouille Construction Permits, Incredibles 2, Mickey’s Birthday, and More

  1. Great article so excited about the changes to Epcot and HS !!

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