Disney Live-Action Remakes: What Is and Will Be!

Disney's been going all-in on the Live-Action remakes over the last handful of years, but you might remember it's a realm they went into before with titles like 101 Dalmatians! While they've released several in the 2010's, there are promises for even more coming down the production line, and they're something we're very excited for! Check out this comprehensive list of all of the current Live-Action remakes for you to watch, as well as the ones you'll want to put on your calendar! *Keep in mind, we are talking about remakes exclusively here. Christopher Robin, although delightful, is not the remake of another film, as much as we want to include it here! Also, Pete's Dragon was originally a live-action animation-mix, so we didn't feel like it fit here either. 

1. 101 Dalmatians (1996) | Original: One Hundred and One Dalmatians

The original One Hundred and One Dalmatians was an instant-classic; definitely a movie I remember watching and loving so much! When the Live-Action remake was released in 1996, I was so excited. I was very little at the time, so it was right around the age that I saw the original. I absolutely loved the remake, but in my opinion, it is not the strongest of the other Live-Action remakes we've been exposed to as of late.

2. Maleficent (2014) | Original: Sleeping Beauty

Okay, we barely get away with including this movie on the list, since it's not a direct remake, but it definitely is a Live-Action "re-look" at an old story! While the original was a fairytale from top to bottom, the remake has a darker feeling and focuses primarily on the antagonist of the original.

3. Cinderella (2015) | Original: Cinderella

Not their most-successful remake to-date, but definitely one that people enjoyed, Cinderella was a Live-Action look at the old, and ever-infamous, story of Cinderella and the ball. It's beautifully done, with so many amazing colors and effects, and I personally feel like they did a great job of capturing the essence of the original film.

4. The Jungle Book (2016) | Original: The Jungle Book

None of the preceding Live-Action movies even came close to the success of The Jungle Book by the public's standards, as this particular remake was so widely loved, it was hard to miss! With some big-name players involved in the cast, there was certainly a bubbling of anticipation, and in my opinion, Jon Favreau and those who were involved absolutely nailed it! To date, it's my favorite Live-Action remake. Hands down. (I'm holding my breath for another upcoming movie, though.)

5. Beauty and the Beast (2017) | Original: Beauty and the Beast

Certainly, the most-successful commercially of all of the remakes, Beauty and the Beast featured another star-studded cast of characters, and an incredible blend of song, dance, and regular acting just like the original! Emma Watson played the beloved Belle, and critics and fans alike have certainly approved of her work. It's a visual masterpiece, and if you haven't seen it yet, you owe yourself the treat.

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6. Dumbo (2019) | Original: Dumbo

The first time I saw the trailer for this movie I cried. I'm not lying. I actually cried. Granted, I'm a notoriously emotional person, and I cry all the time. However, this movie just looks like it's going to be so incredible and will have some really powerful messages; just like the original! I cannot wait to see what Disney has in store for us with this one.

7. Aladdin (2019) | Original: Aladdin

Make way for Prince Ali! The original, featuring one of my favorite actors ever (Robin Williams), was on repeat in my house as a kid. I swear, I watched that movie a thousand times. It always makes me so happy, and I won't lie to you, I used to walk around doing the voices in the movie all the time! “Ten thousand years will give you such a crick in the neck!” lol. I loved the original so much. I hope Will Smith and the rest of the cast lives up to expectations!

8. The Lion King (2019) | Original: The Lion King

Remember earlier when I said I was holding my breath...this is what I'm holding it for. If there's a single movie I watched more than Aladdin as a child, it was The Lion King. The dynamic duo of Timmone and Pumbaa was just so funny back then! (...still is if you ask me!) Also, the story (a re-imagining of Hamlet) is done so well, and really taught some important lessons to me. I hope that the new version is the "movie of the generation" like the original was, because they deserve a movie just as fantastic!

"Save-The-Dates" for Disney World Events!

We're gearing up for some of the most Magical events of the year at Disney World, and you should be too! We've compiled a list of our "must-see, must-witness" events at the Parks for the remainder of 2018, so you can make sure to "save-the-dates" and make it in time! Check out our List and the schedule below!

  • Disney After Hours - From now until September 20th, 2018!
    • During the Disney After Hours special event, Magic Kingdom park stays open for 3 extra hours! There are only a limited number of tickets available for this event, so it's your chance to enjoy over 25 attractions and rides with little to no wait time!
  • Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - From now until October 31st, 2018!
    • This is your chance to see the Magic Kingdom in a way that you've never seen it before! It's a wonderful event, and gives you (guests) the freedom to explore the Park and the attractions, all while surrounded by delightful Halloween treats and celebration!
  • International Food and Wine Festival - Starts on August 30th and goes until November 12th, 2018!
    • Use this chance to "travel the world" without ever leaving the country or even Epcot! It's bound to be one of your favorite events of the year! Taste delicious food, sip incredible drinks, and explore the cultures of the Festival!
  • Jingle Ball, Jingle BAM! - Starts November 6th and ends on December 31st, 2018!
    • One of the most beautiful attractions of the year, the Jingle Ball, Jingle BAM Fireworks show is so much fun! Find your spot at Hollywood Studios and sit-back to enjoy an incredible display!
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Starts on November 8th and goes until December 21st, 2018!
    • Get in the Holiday spirit alongside your favorite Disney characters in the Magic Kingdom! Enjoy tasty treats, character greetings, rides, and all kinds of beautiful decorations between November and the Holidays!
  • Festival of the Holidays and Candlelight Processional - From November 18th until December 30th, 2018!
    • Epcot is also home to a wonderful Holiday celebration! Head over to the World Showcase and enjoy the Holiday traditions of several different countries along with foods and drinks that match the season!
  • Pixar Party New Year! - New Years Eve!
    • Turn over a new leaf with your Disney favorites during the New Year Party at Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Is Back! | Aug-Oct 2018

It's that Magical time of year again! The slightly spooky and entirely delightful Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is back! Check out the list of new and returning entertainment!

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A new addition to the Party is the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam, which is a Dance Party for all of our Junior Disney Fans! Head to Storybook Circus on the days of the festival for a fun and spirited trick, treat, and dance party!

Other new additions include a twist on the Mad Tea Party ride, with new lights, effects, and music! It promises to be a whole new experience! There will also be a new interactive addition to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in which guests will get to interact with new characters on the quest to find "Gunpowder Pete"! Finally, if you make your way over to Space Mountain (and we highly suggest you do), you'll get to ride through space to a brand new tune and light show that will inevitably make the ride even cooler than it already is!

Your favorites will certainly be returning to the Party as well, so don't worry about that! Make your way over to Main Street U.S.A. for the Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom adventure!

If you find yourself near Adventureland, make a stop at The Magic Carpets of Aladdin for their twist on the Halloween spirit, and perch out at the Swiss Family Treehouse while you're there! 

Frontierland is only a stop away, so you might as well make your way over to Big Thunder Mountain for a great ride through the desert and the mines! Splash Mountain is right around the corner, and if you're in need of a cool-off, you'd better make the trip down!

Now, you can't really say you went to the Halloween Party if you didn't go to the Haunted Mansion, can you? Stop at Liberty Square and experience the spooky fun at the perfect time of the year!

Fantasyland will have several available rides, including the classics like "It's a small world" and the Regal Carrousel, as well as Peter Pan's Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pook, Under the Sea, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! Get your FastPasses+ ready for these so you can experience them all while you're there! 

Finally, Tomorrowland promises to be quite the outer-space Halloween experience! Stop at the Astro Orbiter, Buzz's Space Ranger Spin, and Tomorrowland Speedway for tons of fun!

The Best of Epcot and What's Coming Next!

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EPCOT Center, or as it is called now, Epcot, is one of four Themeparks at Disney World, but you already knew that! Today, we're going to list our Top 3 favorite attractions at Epcot, and will conclude with some upcoming attractions that you can look forward to! Let's dive in!

1. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
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Arguably one of the greatest recurring fireworks shows on Earth, IllumiNations is a remarkable show with a history lesson tied in! While it's not directly tied to any historical themes, the show slides through segments that look at the past, present, and future of humanity! Not only is it a wonderful fireworks show, there's music and other entertainment tied in, making it a really well-rounded attraction. Stake out your spot to sit during the show with at least 25 minutes to spare, and that should be plenty of time to make sure you're comfortable and ready for a mind-blowing show!
2. The American Adventure
Epcot isn't really known for the rides it has, although there are several, it's the shows at Epcot that really bring the Magic. The American Adventure is no exception! This Animatronic attraction features a "timeline" of key moments in American history, intertwined with movement and music! Although it's not going to be the most exciting attraction for the kiddos, it's definitely very educational and has a touch of Patriotism that warms your heart. If you're in for a great show, you'd better head over to the American Adventure and take it all in!

3. Turtle Talk with Crush
The first two attractions may not have been cookie-cut for kiddos, but this one definitely is! Featuring excellent audio and visual technology, this interactive showcase allows kids to have an exchange with the World's coolest sea turtle! Due to the awesome tech, kids can actually talk to Crush and, wait for it...he talks back! So neat! While it's designed for kids, Disney doesn't forget about their adult fan-base either. If you're interested in bringing your kids, you'll find that some of Crush's jokes and material will definitely go over a kid's head, and will make you giggle, too!

Coming Soon...
We've mentioned both of these upcoming attractions before, but a little reminder never hurt anyone! Also, who doesn't want a little more Magic in their life? Lol!

Ratatouille at Epcot
Modeled after Ratatouille: The Adventure at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, France, this upcoming epic Epcot attraction is sure to have you feeling the Magic! Set to be included in a remodeled and expanded France Pavilion, the experiences is reportedly set to be a "walkthrough" of a kitchen, with guests being "shrunk" to Remy's size! "Walkthrough" is definitely not going to be the case with this one, as you'll be on deck to scurry to safety like our favorite rat had to in his movie! According to the folks in charge at Disney, this will be an attraction available to visitors starting in 2021, just in time for the 50th Anniversary of WDW!

Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!
After the attraction of the same name took off like a, for lack of a better word, rocketship at Disney California Adventure Park, Disney Executives decided it would be the perfect attraction to replace Universe of Energy attraction that was closed last year. The ride is a free-fall experience, dedicated to assisting our Guardians out of the Collector's Fortress alongside our favorite galactic racoon, Rocket! It promises to be quite the entertainment feature, and will be ready for the 50th Anniversary of WDW in 2021!