This Week in Disney News – Disneyland Diamond Celebration News, Flower & Garden Updates, and the Epcot Starbucks Coffee Mug

sleeping beauty castleHappy February! We made it through the first month of 2015 and the exciting Disney news just keeps coming! This past week was full of news and announcements and it’s shaping up to be a rather magical year!

If you have a chance to visit Disneyland this year – take it! Disneyland Resort is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary this year (that’s 60 years) and the party starts May 22! Guests will be treated to an all-new fireworks display, new parade, and a celebratory World of Color at Disney’s California Adventure.

We’re just a little more than a month away from the start of the 2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and this year guests will get a chance to see Disney’s first topiaries of Anna and Elsa from Frozen. The festival will also feature 10 new gardens, and a new Outdoor Kitchen – Bonitas Botanico.

This month is going to be a busy month for merchandise events at Walt Disney World and Friday, February 13 is the launch of the all-new Hollywood Tower Hotel authentic collection at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Fans can even meet Disney Design Group artists at Tower Hotel Gifts in DHS!

Speaking of merchandise – the new Starbucks “You Are Here” mug that recently debuted at Epcot was pulled from the shelves this week. The coffee mug featured a Monorail with a purple stripe – and back in 2009 it was Monorail Purple that was involved in a deadly crash with Monorail Pink. Both Monorail colors were retired after the crash. A new mug – presumably featuring a different color Monorail – will be back on shelves soon.

In movie news, it was announced this week that Emma Watson (Harry Potter films) will play Belle in the new live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The film is expected to start production later this year.

And if you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World this year, listen up! Our friends at the Disney Food Blog are celebrating the grand launch of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2015 ebook! And to celebrate the launch of this full-color guide to all things dining and food at Walt Disney World, the Disney Food Blog is giving readers a $4 discount off the cover price if you use the code 2015 at checkout!

We hope the first month of 2015 has been amazing for you! Keep an eye on DisZine as we bring you the most up-to-date Disney news every week. And be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us over on Facebook.


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