During the last few days of 2017, Inside the Magic looked back over the exciting year, which brought the opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar, the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction, and a new “Star Wars” movie, to name a few. We captured those fun moments on video to share with all of you, and now we’re revealing our Top 17 Most-Viewed Videos of 2017.
Popular videos feature announcements from D23 Expo 2017 and experiences from Na’vi River Journey in Pandora – The World of Avatar and Star Wars Celebration 2017. There’s even something for the younger crowd with a Disney Junior experience.
Without further ado, our Top 17-Most Viewed Videos of 2017 are below.
17. The Dress Shop opens at Walt Disney World – Disney Springs
In March 2017, The Dress Shop opened at Disney Springs, offering a selection of vintage-style Disney character and attraction dresses. With fashion inspired by Minnie Mouse, Haunted Mansion, Orange Bird, and more, The Dress Shop brought some highly coveted outfits to the Disney style scene.
16. “The ‘IT’ Experience” immersive haunted house highlights in Hollywood, California
Stephen King’s classic horror film “IT” got a reboot in 2017, with a new movie starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise. To promote the film, New Line Cinema created “The IT Experience,” a haunted house in Hollywood, California. Go inside the immersive “IT” experience in our video, if you dare.
15. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Ride (Queue & POV) at Disneyland Resort
Disney California Adventure said goodbye to the popular Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction to welcome the Guardians of the Galaxy. The new ride opened on May 27, 2017, less than a month after the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.,” and revolves around Rocket Raccoon trying to free the Guardians of the Galaxy from the Collector’s fortress.
14. John Williams conducts surprise concert at Star Wars Celebration 2017
Star Wars Celebration 2017 took place from April 13 – 16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. During the event, legendary composer John Williams surprised the audience by conducting the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra as they played classic “Star Wars” songs.
13. New Magic Kingdom Welcome Show – Let the Magic Begin
Starting January 9, 2017, a new show began welcoming guests to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Just prior to the official park opening, guests are invited to make their way down Main Street, U.S.A. to witness the Royal Herald procession in front of Cinderella Castle. Mickey and friends await, along with more surprises.
12. NEW Na’vi River Journey ride POV in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World
The highly-anticipated Pandora – The World of Avatar opened at Walt Disney World on May 27, 2017, bringing the world of James Cameron’s “Avatar” to life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Na’vi River Journey ride is one of the most stunning new experiences found in Pandora, and this video includes highlights from the entrance, queue, and ride itself.
11. NEW Horror movie costumes and props display at Warner Bros: IT/The Conjuring/Annabelle
October is the month to celebrate all things horror, and Warner Bros. did just that with a display of costumes and props from several of their scary movies. Take a look at some of the macabre items used in “IT,” “The Conjuring,” and “Annabelle: Creation” with our walk-through video.
10. “Incredibles 2” cast assembled at D23 Expo 2017
The long-awaited sequel to 2004’s “The Incredibles” finally arrives in theaters on June 15, 2018, and the cast assembled for an appearance at D23 Expo 2017 in July. Returning cast members Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sarah Vowell were joined onstage by new cast member Huck Milner, who takes over the role of Dash.
9. Amazing Shaman Animatronic in Na’vi River Journey, Pandora – The World of Avatar
The Na’vi River Journey ride includes an amazing Shaman animatronic, which you can see up close in this video. A highlight of the attraction, the lifelike Shaman sings as passengers float by on their serene river ride through Pandora.
8. FULL Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage at Walt Disney World
This stage production of “Beauty and the Beast” is part of the entertainment offered at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the tale as old as time is as popular as ever. Our video from March 2017 shows the full stage show, along with the Beast’s updated look.
7. FAN REACTION: “The Last Jedi” trailer debuts at Star Wars Celebration 2017
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which arrived in theaters on December 15, dominated the news in 2017. The highly-anticipated film trailer debuted at Star Wars Celebration 2017 in April, and you can experience what it was like to be in the room with thousands of “Star Wars” fans as they watched the footage for the first time.
6. Johnny Depp surprises Disneyland guests as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean ride
Disneyland guests riding Pirates of the Caribbean in April 2017 got the surprise of a lifetime when the Jack Sparrow animatronic turned out to be Johnny Depp himself. The actor stepped into the iconic attraction during promotion for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which arrived in theaters on May 26, 2017.
5. “Gaston” live – Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Alan Menken at “Beauty and the Beast” press conference
Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” was one of the biggest box office hits of 2017, taking in $1.264 billion worldwide. During a press conference promoting the movie in March, we were treated to a live performance of “Gaston” by composer Alan Menken and stars Josh Gad and Luke Evans. It was a fun preview of the pair’s chemistry in the film, which arrived in theaters on March 17.
4. A Musical Celebration of “Coco” FULL SHOW at Disneyland Resort
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco,” which you can still catch in theaters now, was another movie highlight of 2017. In October, we captured “A Musical Celebration of Coco” outside Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure, which features memorable and catchy songs from the movie.
3. NEW Flight of Passage ride queue, pre-show in Pandora – The World of Avatar, Walt Disney World
Flight of Passage, another major attraction in Pandora – The World of Avatar, invites guests to fly on the back of a mountain banshee for an exhilarating 3D ride. The queue plays a big part in the experience, bringing the world of “Avatar” to life in stunning detail. Take a walk through the pre-show ride queue in our video from April 2017.
2. HUGE Avengers: Infinity War cast gathering for Marvel panel at D23 Expo 2017
“Avengers: Infinity War,” which hits theaters on May 4, 2018, assembles a huge roster of Marvel superheroes as they attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos. During D23 Expo 2017 in July, many members of the star-studded cast gathered on stage for this Marvel panel, previewing what it will be like to see all these characters on screen together in 2018.
1. NEW Disney Junior Dance Party FULL SHOW at Disneyland Resort
In May 2017, this all-new “Disney Junior Dance Party” show debuted at Disney California Adventure. Featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, and Timon, the high-energy show delights young Disney fans with music and dance.
Thanks for making these our Top 17-Most Viewed Videos of 2017. We can’t wait to see what 2018 brings and wish everyone a Happy New Year!