• Kathy Copcutt

Bob Chapek, the Chairman of Walt Disney Parks Gave us The Inside Scoop and I'm Sharing it with Y


DisneySMMC was packed full of surprises and mind-blowing moments, the first one was when Bob Chapek walked out on stage. When Bob Chapek, the Chairman of Walt Disney Parks graced the stage, for a split second I thought we were being punked. Let this moment sink in, the man who deals with Dignitaries, Presidents, Heads of State, Men and Women whom can change the course of life, is standing in front of us with a warm smile. He was here to talk to 150 Disney Influencers, Mr. Chapek took time out to share what was in store for Disney but most importantly to welcome us to Walt Disney World. Mind blown, I didn’t even interact with him and I was nervous, listening to him was inspirational. Before I tell you what’s happening you need to know what Mr. Chapek oversees to know why I was so excited.

The iconic Mr. Bob Chapek spearheads the Company’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. He leads a global team of more than 145,000 Cast Members, Crew Members, and Imagineers charged with delivering magical experiences and exceeding the expectations of millions of guests each year. Imagine knowing all this about someone and then, viola, the man, the myth, the legend has just taken the stage.

Some pretty exciting things are taking place if you haven’t heard already heard. On Earth Day, April 22, 2018, Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort will debut “UP! A Great Bird Adventure,” a brand-new show featuring Russell and Dug from the Disney•Pixar animated comedy adventure film “UP.” The show will give guests the chance to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his fuzzy friend Dug in a new adventure that includes encounters with exotic birds from around the world. (Disney•Pixar/Walt Disney World Resort) Up is one of my favorite animations, a story about believing in love, hope and knowing that there is a little kid in all of us that just needs to be let out. This is exactly what “UP! A Great Bird Adventure,” will be, I can’t wait to experience it.

STAR WARS-INSPIRED HOTEL at LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida. Now this means I MUST go back to experience this fantastic hotel. Families visiting the new Star Wars-inspired hotel coming to Walt Disney World Resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold during their voyage through the galaxy and every window has a view of space. The resort will be seamlessly connected to the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Guests a complete Star Wars experience. (Disney)

STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE — Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Imagineering team members review the Millennium Falcon under development for Stars Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will transport guests to a remote trading port on the edge of space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. The land will open at both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California in 2019.

STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE — X-wing Starfighter pictured under development for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will transport guests to a remote trading port on the edge of space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. The land will open at both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland in California in 2019.

The magic of Disney is incomparable when I say Pixie Dust is truly sprinkled throughout all the Parks, Hotels, Cruise Liners, Shop Disney Stores, everywhere and anywhere where Mickey is, it’s truly charming. All the exciting upcoming ventures occurring will be enchanting. Now here’s the inside scoop on getting the deals for Disney, visit Magic Your Way Vacation Packages. Walt Disney World is so much more than just the Magic Kingdom it’s Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here’s the scoop, when you stay at Disney hotel you’re privy to a number of things. Early Access to FastPass+ Planning, you’ll be able to enjoy first access to Disney with your FastPass up to 60 days before check-in! This is HUGE, you can get fast passes for your favorite rides, that means no waiting in line. You can have EXTRA MAGIC HOURS, do you know what that means? You’ll spend additional time at different theme parks so you can enjoy select parks without the crowd. Ask your resort for the Magic Hours schedule so you may schedule your days appropriately. Complimentary Resort Transportation, from motor coaches, ferry-boats, monorail and complimentary standard parking at all theme parks and resorts. Complimentary airport transportation, complimentary magic bands which I think is the coolest thing next to apple pie. Each family member receives a magic band, the magic band works as your room key, you can enter theme parks, check-in at the Fast-Pass entrance, connect your Disney Photopass and charge food and merchandise purchases to your Disney Resort hotel room (only available during your hotel stay). You need to know all of this when you visit for Star Wars!

Now when you’re on a Disney vacation it’s all about the food! Make sure to sign up for Disney Dining Plan, They have several different dining options which gives you the flexibility and convenience to enjoy prepaid meals. Keep an eye out for my next post it's about Disney Cruise! I’m going to give you the ins’ and out about the Cruise Liner(s) and new cruise destination! Most importantly why you have to take a Disney Cruise and I promise you, you will only take Disney Cruise going forward!

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