5 Tips for Planning a WDW Vacation Without Over Planning

WDW PlanningWalt Disney World Resort is a perfect vacation destination for families, friends or even all by yourself! I visit several times a year because there is so much to do, we rarely do the same things over and over again. Many people that have never visited WDW before or haven’t visited often, sometimes feel a little overwhelmed when they start planning. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming or confusing – it’s vacation! Go with the flow – I know-I know -every says you can’t. Everyone says that you have to plan every last detail. But you really don’t have to. I go often with very few plans except for where I will stay and maybe a handful of dining reservations. I don’t want to go on vacation and spend endless hours creating a schedule before hand. I don’t want to be on a schedule when I’m away either. There have been times that I have decided to go with only a few weeks notice so end up going with no plans at all!

There are really only a few important things to do in order to plan your trip. Before planning be sure to sign up on-line for a My Disney Experience account to make your planning easier. Also download the app so you can do some planning from your phone also!

Choose When to Go and For How Long

Many people can only travel at certain times of year due to work and/or school, so if that’s the case for you, you will need to make your reservations as early as you can. Summer and school holidays are busy times at Walt Disney World.

There are also several special events and celebrations during the year that you may want to see. Two of the biggest events at the Magic Kingdom are Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. They both occur on multiple dates over several weeks. Epcot hosts some seasonal festivals as well the International Flower and Garden Festival and the International Food and Wine Festival. You can find the exact dates when you are planning on the Walt Disney World website.

If you want to “do it all”, you will need at least a week or more. There are 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, Disney Springs shopping district, mini golf, shows, parades, etc. The more you want to do, the longer you will need to visit. Or better yet – plan two trips at once! The first trip do some and the second trip do whatever you missed! When purchasing your park passes, you save more per day on longer tickets.

Book as early as you possibly can. This will help you get not only the hotel you want to stay in but your dining reservations as well. If any specials or discounts come out from Disney after you make your reservation, you can call and ask them to apply the discount to your reservation.

Stay On-Site or Off-Site

Families that do not visit often should definitely stay on-site. Walt Disney World Resort offers several different levels of resort – value, moderate, deluxe – as well as villas. Staying on property makes things much easier for getting to and from the parks, to and from the airport, as well as many other benefits. Guests staying in a Disney resort get Extra Magic Hours when the park opens a bit earlier or stays open a bit later just for on-site guests. You can have packages delivered to your hotel from the parks, add on the Disney dining plan (or hopefully get it free on a special offer), free parking if you drive your car to the parks and so much more. If you stay off-site you will have to pay daily for parking and also risk during busy seasons the parks closing to off-site guests because of crowds.

What’s Your Budget?

Once you have decided when to go and if you will stay on-site or off-property, decide what your vacation budget will be. This will better help you in choosing a hotel for your vacation. Reservations can be made for room only or for complete packages that include your park passes and dining plan if you decide to purchase it. You can secure your package reservation for $200 deposit with the balance due 30 days prior to travel. You can secure your room only reservation for the cost of one night stay with the balance due at check-in. Once you have a reservation, you can also make periodic payments towards the balance. 

Don’t forget to budget for food and shopping too!

Dining Reservations

There are so many restaurants to choose from between the parks, Disney Springs, the resorts – it can be maddening! Dining reservations can be made up to 180 days (6 months) in advance. It is highly recommended you make reservations as soon as you can, especially if you would like to dine at a specific location. Character and specialty meals MUST have a reservation. Actually, any table service restaurant requires a reservation. The dining choices do fill up fast and you don’t want to be disappointed. 

If you can’t find the reservation you want on-line, call the dining reservation line. Sometimes – not always – a Cast Member is able to find some availability for you. You can also check back every so often since sometimes people do cancel reservations for one reason or another.

Also remember, there is nothing wrong with not having reservations for a table service location. You can eat some decent and very nice meals in many of the quick service locations without a reservation. 

Pick Your FastPasses!

Walt Disney World lets you plan your FastPasses earlier if you are staying on property with a package reservation. If certain attractions are important to you, definitely book your FastPass reservations at 60 days before if you are staying on property with a package or 30 days before if you only have park passes. Favorite attractions like the 7 Dwarfs Mine Train and Frozen Ever After will have long wait times without a FastPass.

Are you a plan every second or a fly by the seat of your pants WDW visitor?




IT’S BACK!! Star Wars: Galactic Nights Returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios December 16

Star Wars fans across the galaxy, get ready for a special Disney party you won’t want to miss.

Star Wars Galactic Nights Hollywood Studios December
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Following a sold-out event last April, Star Wars: Galactic Nights is returning Dec. 16 to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This gala evening will be filled with out-of-this-world entertainment celebrating the entire Star Wars saga.

Among many thrills in store, guests will be treated Hollywood-style to a red carpet arrival, iconic attractions with little to no wait time, amazing fireworks and projections, and experts sharing details about the Star Wars expansion coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Throughout the event (entertainment subject to change):

  • The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks and Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show will both be enhanced with special elements from the entire saga. In between, a DJ will keep things spinning at Center Stage for a Star Wars dance party.
  • The Epic Theater plays host to a special one-night-only panel discussion about Star Wars:Galaxy’s Edge, sharing some of the excitement coming to the 14-acre Star Wars-inspired expansion opening in 2019 at Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Park-wide, guests can step into immersive and iconic scenes from their favorite Star Wars films in a series of incredibly detailed photo locations, including a new backdrop inspired by Star Wars Rebels.
  • Star Wars: Galactic Nights features encounters with Star Wars characters like Ewoks, AWR Troopers and roaming droids; Jedi Knights teaching younglings in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple; rocketing to the stars aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; and stunning projection effects on park icons such as the Chinese Theatre. At Star Wars Launch Bay, home base for Star Wars fandom in the park, you never know what denizens from the light or dark side of The Force will appear.
  • Don’t miss Darth Vader and a battalion of Imperial Stormtroopers march menacingly down Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Even more specialty Star Wars-themed food and beverage and merchandise will be available.
  • Select park attractions will be open to all guests. At embarkation points to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, guests may come face-to-face with Stormtroopers on the lookout for a Rebel spy.
  • Come dressed in your finest Star Wars Arriving park guests will walk a red carpet that runs the length of Hollywood Boulevard. The street itself will be dressed in all the trappings of a Tinseltown premiere.

Callers to 407 WDW-PLAY (407 939-7529) will be able to sign on for premium offerings such as a Galactic Tasting Sampler (food and beverage items including lightsaber churros and a charcuterie with C3PO crackers).

Park access and activities will be exclusive to Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket holders. Event hours on Dec. 16 are 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are priced at $129 adults, $124 ages 3-9 (discounts available for Annual Passholders & DVC Members). Purchase tickets at DisneyWorld.com or call 407-W-DISNEY (407 934-7639).

April’s event sold out quickly so guests are encouraged to book early for Dec. 16 — a date not far, far away.




Keeping the Kids Happy at Epcot

I wanted to revive this older post because I have recently been reading on social media some recommending that people skip Epcot with kids. There is much more to Epcot than Frozen Ever After! Epcot is a wonderful way to spend a day with little ones. It’s also a much more relaxed day than the other parks so gives the kids plenty to do but at a slower pace so is an ideal mid-week park. Get a bit of a rest but still Lots of fun!

Kids Epcot

I’m always surprised when I hear people say there isn’t anything for their kids to do at EPCOT or that their young kids don’t like EPCOT. My kids loved going to EPCOT and now my granddaughter loves going to EPCOT. Admittedly, there was a little more for the little ones when my kids where young, but it’s still possible to keep the kids engaged and happy spending a day there.

Food

I like to have a meal in a different country of World Showcase each time we visit to expose the kids to different foods of the world. I know many say their kids won’t eat different food but you actually will never know if you don’t try! 

Meet the Characters

Just like every other park at Walt Disney World, EPCOT offers characters for the kids to meet and greet. There are even a few that won’t be found in any of the other parks.

Get Your Passports Stamped

Kids EpcotEPOT is home of the “Kidcot” program. All of the World Showcase countries have “Kidcot stations”. The kids are given a picture of Duffy the Bear to color and at each station they can get a stamp on their passport or autograph book and can sit and decorate their bear. Yes, “FREE” is a word rarely heard in Walt Disney World. The kids will also learn how to say “Hello” in each of the different languages. Kids love the idea of “collecting” the stamps and in the process will be taught some new skills.

Kidcot Fun Stops keep the kids motivated to travel to each country in the World Showcase country. Even young kids will have fun coloring at the free craft stations. If you purchase the passport for the kids they will also receive stickers to decorate the book and there is a scavenger hunt aspect of filling the passport and it makes a great souvenir of the day at EPCOT. If you don’t want to purchase a passport, they can still collect stamps and participate in the activities at the Kidcot station in each land using their autograph book or participate without collecting the stamps. No child is turned away!

Go Undercover

Kids EpcotSchool-aged kids LOVE Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. There are several locations where you can sign up for this FREE (yes! Free again!) activity and pick up the interactive handheld device that will guide them through the mission searching for clues throughout the countries of the World Showcase. Each mission only takes about 20 to 30 minutes and has the kids eager to explore the country pavilions.

Special Events

EPCOT hosts special events throughout the year. The EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival is held each spring and features beautiful flower displays and topiaries of favorite Disney characters. There are also various activities, seminars, and classes available for the kids to take. Holidays Around the World is another great celebration, where the kids will learn about holiday traditions from around the world. 

Fireworks

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show is the perfect way to end a day at EPCOT. Some of the restaurants in the World Showcase offer great views of the fireworks right from your dinner table. 

Pick a Pearl

Head to the Japan Pavilion and “Pick a Pearl” in the store. They will open the oyster and present your pearl. You can have them set it in a piece of jewelry or take it home as is. 

MOUSEllaneous!

Teaching children about the different countries represented throughout EPCOT is an important part of their vacation. The entire day can be educational as well as fun! 

crushdorieThe Living Seas has a focus on “Finding Nemo” and every kid loves spending time there, especially “Turtle Talk With Crush”.

Journey Into Imagination is a cute ride for all ages. When you are finished riding the attraction, there are all sorts of interactive stations for the kids to enjoy at the “ImageWorks Lab. (You don’t have to go on the ride to access this area.) 

Throughout the day most of the countries offer scheduled entertainment. All of it is family-friendly. My family can watch the acrobats in China over and over again!

“Living with the Land”  offers a boat ride. The kids will love seeing the fish and baby alligators in one section you go through!

There really is more than enough to keep the little ones busy for a day at EPCOT ~ what are some of the ways your family enjoys EPCOT with the little ones?




Holiday Time at Walt Disney World – Don’t Miss Any of It!

If you’ll be heading to Walt Disney World during the holiday season this year, there is so much you won’t want to miss! The parks will be full of special events, beautiful decorations, spectacular parades, meet and greets and more! The holiday season at Walt Disney World is one of my favorite times to visit even if it’s just to look at the transformation and beautiful decorations.

Holidays WDW

The entire Walt Disney World property – parks, resorts and Disney Springs will be magically transformed into a Dis-nified Winter Wonderland in that special way that only Disney can do. Here’s some of what you can look forward to if you’ll be traveling to Walt Disney World during the holidays this year:

All-new experiences, characters, festive treats and spectacular entertainment make it the most wonderful time of the year at all four parks and beyond!

Walt Disney World Resort is the place to be this holiday season as theme parks and resort hotels sparkle with jolly decorations that bring the spirit of the season to life. Here’s a sampling of the holiday fun in store for guests:

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Guests can get wrapped up in a Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from Nov. 9-Dec. 31, with exciting new holiday happenings around the park and the return of the nighttime projection and fireworks show “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!”

  • NEW! Sunset Seasons Greetings – This new holiday experience features spectacular projections of Mickey, Minnie and other beloved Disney characters sharing their favorite Christmas stories as a snowy Sunset Boulevard twinkles with stunning holiday decorations. Holiday magic brings billboards to life and transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel into scenes of the season – a giant pile of Christmas gifts, a gingerbread house and a frozen winter wonderland! A frosty summer-loving snowman might even make an appearance to share his holiday wish! This fantastic and heartwarming experience runs continuously throughout the night.
  • NEW! Enhanced holiday décor around Echo Lake – Extra-large ornaments, colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centered on the water will make Echo Lake the merriest of places this holiday season. Even Dinosaur Gertie will be dressed for the occasion with a dino-sized Santa hat.
  • “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Returns – The hit holiday show returns Nov. 9 sending beloved Disney animated characters on a spirited yuletide adventure to get Santa back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve. “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” combines state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, special effects and Christmas music to create a dazzling, one-of-a-kind holiday experience for guests – capped by a special message from Santa himself.
  • “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Dessert Party – Guests can wrap up their jolly holiday evenings with reserved viewing of the “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” nighttime spectacular. The nightly party includes holiday-inspired snacks, delicious desserts, wine, beer, and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. A surprise Disney character will also join the fun, posing for pictures and signing autographs. This fun-filled special event is offered Nov. 9-Dec. 30, 2017. Book online at disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining or call (407) WDW-DINE.
  • A new friend joins the cast of ‘For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration’ – Holiday fun continues at the Hyperion Theater as Anna, Elsa and Kristoff welcome Olaf to this popular sing-along celebration. Just for the holidays the show will include all-new songs from Disney’s new animated short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.”
  • Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine – Meet Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald and Goofy for lunch and dinner celebrations centered on seasonal deliciousness. From Nov. 6-Jan. 7, the mouse-with-the-mostest will deck the halls for a banquet filled with holiday cheer and the joy of the season! To make a reservation, check availability and book online visit disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining or call (407) WDW-DINE.
  • Santa Claus returns to the Once Upon a Time shop Nov. 9-Dec. 24 – The beautiful vintage setting of the Once Upon a Time shop recalls bygone days of Santa’s visits to great department stores across the country. Santa will be at the shop daily to greet guests and listen to holiday wishes. Santa Goofy will step in 25-Dec. 31 after Old Saint Nick returns to the North Pole.

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Epcot

Holidays Around the World is transforming into the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays from Nov. 9-Dec. 30, surrounding guests once again in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season.

  • NEW! Holiday Kitchens – The number of holiday kitchens doubles in size this year to a total of 15, each bringing the flavors of the season to life. New this year, guests can indulge in cookies and desserts at the holiday kitchen located inside the Odyssey complex. Sweet treats include snowflake sugar cookies and a warm apple fritter with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce. Over at the Canada pavilion, dazzling delicacies like the Maple Buche de Noel (maple mousse rolled in gingerbread chiffon cake with cranberry sauce and pecan crumble) celebrate holiday traditions from the Great White North.
  • NEW! Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree – Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree. Guests can purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise locations and travel around World Showcase looking for the famous chipmunks with their ornaments. Guests can return their completed maps for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale. Maps are available for $5.99 plus tax.
  • NEW! Candlelight Processional Narrators – One of the most popular Epcot traditions returns with new celebrity narrators in 2017. Pat Sajak, Matt Bomer and CCH Pounder will join the lineup of returning favorites like Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg and Jaci Velasquez. The Candlelight Processional is a retelling of the Christmas story as told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir. The show takes place at the America Gardens Theatre each evening at 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 30. Candlelight dinner packages can be reserved by visiting the Disney website.
  • NEW! Holiday Entertainment – Enjoy the sights and sounds of the nations of World Showcase, as each country’s holiday heritage comes to life amid joyful music and time-honored traditions. Guests will discover an entertaining celebration of Hanukkah in a new location along World Showcase promenade, where a fun and interactive band interweaves the music of Hanukkah with jazz, Latin, rock and even hip-hop influences. Other returning holiday favorites include JOYFUL! A Gospel Celebration of the Season and Canadian Holiday Voyageurs.
  • Fireworks Finale – The nightly fireworks display, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will feature a special holiday ending.

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Magic Kingdom

  • A Frozen Holiday Wish – Behold an enchanting performance to melt a frozen heart. Royal sisters Anna and Elsa lead a celebration on the Castle Forecourt Stage nightly Nov. 9-Dec. 31. Featuring special appearances by rugged mountain man Kristoff and lovable snowman Olaf, this merry-and-bright seasonal show culminates in Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom – transforming Cinderella Castle into a glimmering, shimmering ice palace for the holidays.
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – It’s a Christmas party like no other, with joyous music, a shimmering Cinderella Castle, characters in their festive finery and the Magic Kingdom decked out and made even more magical for merry-making guests of all ages. Each specially ticketed, limited-attendance event features an exclusive performance of Holiday Wishes fireworks and the earliest performances of other spectaculars like Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, the Frozen Holiday Wish castle-lighting ceremony and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show. The special party – complete with cookies, cocoa and snow flurries – begins at 7 p.m., after regular park hours. Parties will be held on November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28, and December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22.

For more information and to purchase tickets for this after-hours party, visit DisneyWorld.com/Christmasparty.

  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade – This enchanting holiday pageant sings and dances its way through the Magic Kingdom park daily Dec. 23-Dec 31. It also makes a special appearance at each Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Brimming with magic and cheer, the parade features Santa Claus, gingerbread men, elves, reindeer, toy soldiers and other friends from the North Pole. They all join Mickey and friends – including Arendelle favorites Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf – in an over-the-top celebration of the season.
  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration – From Dec 23-Dec. 31, Mickey and Minnie take to Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage where they host some of their Disney friends for an unforgettable Christmas soiree filled with classic and contemporary holiday songs. Magical holiday projections on Cinderella Castle build to a sensational, snowy finale. Performances are also featured during each Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

It’s a wild holiday time as decorations around the park frame new day-into-nighttime experiences, including Tree of Life transformations, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali Rivers Rapids and Expedition Everest. Guests will be greeted by a dramatic, animal-themed holiday tree, and festive garlands will have the park all a-glow with merriment.

Disney Springs

Every corner of Disney Springs is wrapped and ready for the season with holiday décor and special entertainment, making it the most wonderful place to shop. From top name-brands to cozy one-of-a kind retailers and, of course, all things Disney, there’s something for everyone. Busy shoppers can also take a break and enjoy a quick snack on the go or an unforgettable meal at one of Disney Springs many talked-about restaurants.

Here’s a sampling of what’s new:

  • NEW! An Even Bigger Christmas Tree Trail – To capture the spirit of the season, Marketplace guests can stroll among custom decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme. This year, the Christmas Tree Trail will expand to include ten new trees inspired by Disney classics such as Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Snow White and Dumbo.
  • Santa’s Chalet – Santa Claus is accepting Christmas wish lists and welcoming guests to his chalet newly located by the Christmas Tree Trail through Dec. 24.
  • Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt – The mischievous experiment 626 returns to Disney Springs with an expanded scavenger hunt now featuring four new stops, including a special stop at the expanded Christmas Tree Trail.

 Holiday Fun beyond the Parks:

The warmth of the holiday season brings cheer to more than 25 Disney resorts.

Every resort across Walt Disney World is decked out for the holidays. Entertainment abounds, including carolers performing on select nights at many resorts.

  • At Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, guests can take in the grandeur of quintessential Pacific Northwest yuletide cheer beneath the towering lobby Christmas tree, as they cozy up to the fire and relax with a cup of hot cider and snack on holiday treats. They can also relax lakeside and enjoy a seasonal cocktail at Geyser Point Bar & Grill, then settle around the campfire with s’mores and hot chocolate at nightfall.
  • At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, the Hoop-de-Doo Musical Revue spruces up for the season with live holiday music by the Pioneer Hall Players, including favorites like “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” and “Another Tennessee Christmas.” On select nights, the campground’s beloved carolers arrive by hay wagon spreading holiday cheer to all.

Resort guests can also experience life-sized edible creations at select Walt Disney World Resorts.

  • An annual treat, at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, is a life-sized holiday gingerbread house. This eye-filling (and aromatic) sight is in the resort lobby and is home to The Bake Shop that uses a classic gingerbread recipe from Austria for its tasty cookies and ornaments.
  • A life-sized, edible spinning carousel is a holiday tradition at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, while a holiday village with miniature train takes center stage at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

Three all-new New Year’s Eve Celebrations coming to Disney’s Contemporary Resort:

  • “Disney Countdown to Midnight” includes delightful dining, live music, libations and more. An interactive band and DJ will fill the dance floor (and we hear that Mickey and Minnie may make a special appearance). Then welcome in 2018 with a flute of bubbly and a viewing of those legendary New Year’s Eve fireworks in Magic Kingdom Park. Hours are 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. in the Fantasia Ballroom. This party is designed for guests 18 and older.
  • PIXAR PARTY– A New Year’s Eve Celebration: This party celebrates beginnings with a Disney Pixar-inspired dinner the entire family is sure to enjoy. This unique celebration lets families ring the New Year together. It features a buffet-style dinner, Disney characters, activities for the little ones, a trendy DJ and exclusive viewing of Magic Kingdom fireworks!
  • “Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience” in the Grand Republic Ballroom is a fine-dining experience inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog.” Toward the end of the evening an amazing vocalist, reminiscent of Tiana, joins the band to bring to life the Academy Award-winning classics of legendary composer, Randy Newman. Guests can then slip outside with a glass of bubbly just before midnight to ring in 2018 with a private viewing area for the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. Hours are 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.

No holiday is complete without a special dining experience. Holiday menus that celebrate the season can be found at restaurants throughout Walt Disney World Resort. For holiday dining information and reservations, call (407) WDW-DINE.




Pixar’s Coco Newest Trailer – Welcome to the Land of the Dead!

Pixar Coco Trailer Welcome Land Dead

The more I see of Pixar’s Coco, the more I am looking forward to it opening in November. This newest trailer for Pixar’s Coco is full of drama, laughs and absolutely gorgeous and colorful visuals. I am a huge fan of Mexican art because of the colorful way it all tells a story. I recently toured a museum in Texas that was so full of Mexican art I could have stayed all day moving from exhibit to exhibit. Even without the story, Coco reminds me of the Mexican art I adore. Add in the story and I can’t wait for the release of this movie.

The trailer shows Miguel finding his way to the Land of the Dead. Coco follows Miguel, who loves music but lives in a town where there is a music ban, as he learns his long deceased great-great grandfather, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), was an iconic guitarist, and Miguel wants to follow in his footsteps. After playing his great-great-grandfather’s guitar, which was kept in his crypt with his remains, Miguel enters the Land of the Dead to find Cruz. The inhabitants of that world are also looking for the living boy. If Miguel stays, he will become a skeleton. Although this all seems morbid and scary, the trailer really shows us how lighthearted and colorful the film will be.

Inspired by the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos, a time when the living honor family members who have passed, I think the film will also explain to many this Mexican tradition – because each and every Pixar film not only tells a story – but also teaches some lessons!

The Trailer

The Official Synopsis

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

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Visit the official COCO website here: http://movies.disney.com/coco

COCO opens in theaters everywhere on November 22nd!