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Get your Disney news and updates including trailers and movie posters.  Today we’re talking about Mary Poppins, Aladdin, and Theme Park ticket prices.




Poppins Returns


Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award® nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design, and best production design. Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall, who helmed screen adaptations of “Chicago,” “Nine” and “Into the Woods,” and starring Emily Blunt, Golden Globe®-nominated for her role as practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins, and award-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda as charming lamplighter Jack, the fantastical film arrives into homes instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD™/HD and Movies Anywhere March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 19 – with a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus features.

Bonus material

Explores the making of “Mary Poppins Returns,” going behind the scenes with the star-studded cast and crew who collaborated to make even the impossible possible. Extensive extras include a trip down Cherry Tree Lane with original cast member Dick Van Dyke, a sing-along version including the heartfelt Academy Award®-nominated “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” bloopers, deleted scenes, a deleted song and filmmaker commentary. Features also reveal the magic and moxie that went into creating large-scale musical production numbers, such as “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” a rousing song-and-dance number led by Jack and his fellow lamplighters; “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” and “A Cover Is Not the Book,” showcasing the tremendous talents of  Blunt and Miranda; “Turning Turtle,” an upside-down sequence featuring Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy; and “Can You Imagine That?” an underwater adventure with Mary Poppins and the Banks children.

About Mary Poppins Returns

In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) – just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane – is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, Jack, they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures, encountering colorful characters like Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy (Streep), Jack’s lovable band of leeries and bank executives William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth) and Mr. Dawes Jr. (Van Dyke) – bringing life, love and laughter back into the home.
“Mary Poppins Returns” will be packaged and released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can instantly watch the film in Digital UHD, HD, and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray, and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Code), a single DVD or a Digital Bundle with both “Mary Poppins Returns” and the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins.”

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The brand new trailer and poster for Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Aladdin,” directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, and Naomi Scott, is here.  Aladdin flies into theaters nationwide May 24, 2019, and we are so excited.  DIVA’s middle name is Jasmin and just worked out that her favorite movie is Aladdin.


Aladdin update


About Aladdin

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia and Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders.



“Aladdin” is produced by Dan Lin, p.g.a., and Jonathan Eirich, p.g.a., with Kevin De La Noy and Marc Platt serving as executive producers. Eight-time Academy Award®-winning composer Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Oscar®-winning lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and includes two new songs written by Menken and lyrics by Oscar and Tony Award®-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

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This is something I actually expected to be announced sooner than now.  Every year Disney does raise their park ticket price and while it is not happy news, it is not bad when you consider most do visit for more than one day and get a much better deal.  The ticket calendar on the Walt Disney Website shows the increase in prices. A 1-day, 1-park tickets now range between $109 and $159, depending on the season. 1-day, park hopper tickets also went up, now costing between $169 and $219.


How You Can Save

As I briefly mentioned, Disney tickets offer a ‘the more you stay, the more you save’ type of pricing.  For example, the most common is the 4-Park Magic Select Ticket.  You enjoy one admission to each of the theme parks (one park per day): Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.  Total price? $356 which is $89 a day!


Also, plan the time of year you visit.  As you may have noticed there is a price range.  If you go during the busier times of the year, you are going to pay a higher price.  For example Christmas time.  Personally, I avoid these times of year as it means more people and longer wait times.  I want to go and enjoy my visit to the Happiest Place On Earth.  I want to see and do as much as I can without standing in a line for 2 plus hours.


New Rides/Lands

Both Disneyland and Disney World are always changing.  New attractions and even themed lands with multi rides and more keep guests coming back for more.  Grand openings and even months later also result in larger crowds and higher ticket prices.  The newest adventure coming to both theme parks is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.


The opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Walt Disney Company’s California and Florida parks have been revealed. The Millennium Falcon will be blasting off from Disneyland on May 31 and at Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 29. 


What Disney news are you most excited about? 





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Stephanie is the owner and author of The Autism Diva - a blog that focuses on Travel, Lifestyle, Family and Autism. The Autism Diva is listed among Top Disney Blogs, Top Mommy Bloggers, Ultimate Bloggers List and was a 2018 WEGO Health Nominee for BEST KEPT SECRET. Stephanie values family first and enjoys travel, food, and wine. Her family currently lives outside Boston, MA with ties in Atlanta, GA.

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