Jessica C. (NDI#21) (81 Posts)

Living in Delaware her whole life, Jessica did not know much about Walt Disney World until she went at 13 years old. That initial trip, though, got her hooked on the magic. As the years went on, she did everything she could to learn more about Disney (including watching documentaries and reading books). She did not know many people that shared her passion until she discovered the wonders of the internet and the Disney community found on it. She has gotten involved with as many Disney projects as she can, including writing the weekly news articles for The Disney Driven Life and writing for her own blog, The True Disney Fan. Jessica has also taken on a position with Celebrations Magazine, working the social media aspects of the publication. Through all these platforms, Jessica strives to bring as much Disney magic as possible into her everyday life, and she works to share it with everyone she meets!

The announcements in the last week were quite exciting; they brought back something old and introduced something new.

Lets start with what was brought back, or rather extended at the Disneyland Resort in California.  To the dismay of many people, the show “Disney’s Aladdin- A Musical Spectacular” was scheduled to close in August of this year to make way for a Toy Story Musical.  These plans have been sidelined, for now anyway, and Aladdin is staying where he is.  There is scheduled construction in the area near the theater, so show times will be affected by this.  How much longer this stay is has not been said, but for now, you can go to Disneyland and enjoy seeing Aladdin, Genie and the rest of the cast singing and dancing their hearts out.

The second announcement was about a brand new resort opening on the Walt Disney World in Florida.  The new resort, called Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, will be located where the planned Legendary Years part of Pop Century Resort would have been. This resort is a value resort aimed at families and has wings themed from four different Disney movies: Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. Not much information is known about it yet, but it is set to be finished some time in 2012.

Contributed by: Jessica C. (NDI#21). Jessica is our resident “Gossip Girl” and creator of The True Disney Fan Blog.


  1. What wonderful news about the new resort… we stayed at POP in December with our room overlooking the lake and the deserted Legendary Years resort. I found it sad to gaze on the resort where so much “magic” could/should be taking place and instead it was a waste land. I am ever so glad that the space will be utilized and enjoyed as it should be.

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