Sunday, December 21, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 12/15/14 - 12/21/14






News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.

News

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • In the ABC Sound Studio this holiday season, until January 4, guests will be able to enjoy holiday Disney animated shorts from 10:30 a.m. until park close.


Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Creature Comforts will close January 4. The location is expect to roeopen as that park's Starbucks. 
  • Kali River Rapids will have a brief closure from March 10 - 13.


Downtown Disney


  • A brand new steakhouse has been announced for Disney Springs called STK Orlando.  The restaurant is expected to open in the Spring of 2015 in The Landing. 


Walt Disney World Resorts


  • Trattoria al Forno has opened at Disney's BoardWalk 
  • The Polynesian lobby has reopened with an open look, large balled light fixtures, and a smaller fountain that is reminiscent of the old larger one.


General Walt Disney World News

  • ApplePay will be available this week.


Rumors


  • Inside Out characters will be meeting at Disney's Hollywood Studios this Spring.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Complete Guide To the Holidays at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom



The Holidays are a magical time at Walt Disney World and both Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios have great offerings for guests.  Disney's Hollywood Studios takes holiday Hollywood glamor to the next level. At Disney's Animal Kingdom, it's a wild time, yes even around the Christmas season. 

Let's start with Disney's Hollywood Studios, as this one of the most magical are the experiences that you can participate in.  While this park has only a few things that they do for the holiday season, what they do do is ridiculously awesome!


What's New

  • A new Frozen package, called the Frozen Holiday Premium Package is available for the holiday season. The cost of these premium event is $89 per adult and $59 per child (age 3-9). Gratuity is included. Tax not included. Guests purchasing the package will get:
    • Reserved seating for your choice of a performance of "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration."
    • Reserved Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights viewing section.
    • Frozen-themed dessert party.
    • Holiday themed lithograph
    • "Frozen" pin.


Disney's Hollywood Studios Events


The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

This is one of the best Christmas experiences and the best part is that it's included in the price of admission! While it's the common definition of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, it really is like experiencing Clark Griswold's house from Christmas Vacation, but on steroids!  The entirety of the Streets of America are filled with thousands and thousands of lights, decorations, and more.  You really won't believe your eyes and huge apparatuses twirl and spin high in the air. In addition, every 15 minutes or so the lights will dance to special music! It's truly a sight to behold. Oh and did I mention that it snows?! (Ok, it's snoap, but still...it's cool!)

The lights take place from November 7 until January 4, 2015

Miscellaneous

  • Meet Santa Goofy on the Streets of America beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

  • Take a look at the decorations that line Sunset and Hollywood Boulevard.  They are made of tinsel to represent Tinsel Town.  I love that little touch.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Events


Unfortunately, with the removal of the Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade earlier this year, Disney's Animal Kingdom doesn't have a lot of events for the Holidays.  One wonders what the park will have in store for us in the next few years with the expansions going on in the park.

Character Meet and Greets
  •  At the Adventurer's Outpost, guests can meet Mickey and Minnie in holiday attire.
  • In Dinoland, guests can meet Santa Goofy, as well as Pluto, who's dressed in his holiday finest.

Miscellaneous


  • The decorations here are great. Some are even animal themed! So be on the lookout!


The holiday season at these two parks is a lot of fun.  While they aren't nearly as elaborate as they are in the other two parks, they are still a great way to get in the festive mood.  

What's your favorite part of either Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom? Let me know in the comments or on the Facebook page.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 12/8/14 - 12/15/14


News

Magic Kingdom
  • The Haunted Mansion has reopened early from its refurbishment.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
  •  Tusker House will introduce a character meal dinner beginning March 8.

Walt Disney World Resorts
  • New details have emerged about DVC accommodations at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.  There will be 20 bungalows on the water which sleep up to 8. These will have plunge pools and fantastic views of the fireworks. There will also be 360 Deluxe Studios which will sleep up to five and will have a bathroom separated into two areas, one with a shower and sink and the other with a sink and tub/shower. They also will have kitchenettes and enhanced storage space. 


General Walt Disney World News
  •  The Star Wars expansion will be focused on the new movies.
  • Guests can now purchase tickets via the My Disney Experience app. Tickets can be purchased for anywhere from 1 to 10 days, as well as adding the ability to add park hopping. Tickets will be automatically linked and assigned to Family and Friends in your My Disney Experience network. Also, tickets are automatically linked, which means that FastPass+ privileges are automatically assigned at the time of purchase.

Rumors
  • Beginning Star Wars work will likely begin next year.
  • A new version of Illuminations could be on tap for 2015. 



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Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Complete Guide to Holidays at Epcot



Epcot is one of the best places for the holidays at Walt Disney World.  I love the real world experiences that take place, the sharing of different culture's holiday experiences, and the different stories that are told. It's a fantastic experience filled with that traditional edu-tainment that we all know and love.

There are a few main components to the Epcot Holiday experience.  They include Holidays Around the World, Candlelight Processional, Illuminations.  Let's dive right into the fun!

What's New?

  • There are a few new experiences taking place with the Holidays Around The World performers.  In Mexico, guests will be able to experience “Fiesta de Navidad,” which will feature dancers and mariachis celebrating the holiday customs of the country. In Morocco, a new storyteller will share holiday traditions and festivals. Finally, in China, we’ll see the Chinese Lion Dance, which will take place to honor the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival.
  • A newly updated Holiday Tag has been added to Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
  • New celebrity narrators for this year's Candlelight Processional include Jonathan Groff, Ana Gasteyer, and Joe Morton.  
Epcot Events

Holidays Around The World

Holiday Storytellers

Each country features storytellers that teach Guests about how that specific area celebrates the Holiday. They include:

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  • Canada: The Canadian Holiday Voyageurs take guests on a musical journey across the Great White North. 
  • United Kingdom: Father Christmas tells tales of Christmas past dating back to 15th century England. 
  •  France: Pere Noel unfolds the magic of Christmas with a letter from a child.   
  • Morocco: A new storyteller will share holiday traditions and festivals. 
  • Japan: Hear the story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year.  
  • American Adventure: Hear three different stories.  The first is the story of Hanukkah and the  Maccabees and the lamp that burned miraculously for eight days.  Also, experience the spirit of Kwanzaa, a celebration of family, creativity and community. In addition, don't miss seeing Santa Claus who will be on hand from November 29 – December 24 at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Also, don't miss the Voices of Liberty Dickens Carolers, who are an a cappella group singing holiday songs.
  • Italy: La Befana is Italy's good Christmas witch. She comes down the chimney of the little ones and leaves treats.  
  • Germany: Listen as Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree and the tale of her first Nutcracker.  
  • China: See the Chinese Lion Dance, which will take place to honor the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival. 
  • Norway: Sigrid will tell you of the mischievous Julenissen, or Christmas Gnome.  
  • Mexico: Celebrate Fiesta de Navidad,” which will feature dancers and mariachis celebrating the holiday customs of the country. 
In addition to the Holiday Storytellers, there's also the option to stop in each country and delight in different dishes and beverages from around the world with the Tastes Around The Globe. Special dishes include:
  • World Showcase Promenade: turkey waffle (a sweet potato waffle with roast turkey and green bean casserole)
  • Canada Pavilion: pecan-maple bark
  • United Kingdom Pavilion: hot applejack cider with whiskey and a blend of seasonal spices
  • France Pavilion: bûche de noël au chocolate (chocolate cake shaped like a log) from Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie and gingerbread ice cream from L’Artisan des Glaces.
  • Morocco Pavilion: honey walnut baklava from the Morocco Juice Bar
  • Japan Pavilion: teriyaki chicken karaage, (crispy fried chicken bites with teriyaki sauce) at Kabuki Cafe
  • American Adventure Pavilion: gingerbread men, chocolate chunk cookies and sugar cookies, hot chocolate, hot apple cider and peppermint bark at the Sugar and Spice Holiday Bakery
  • Italy Pavilion: panettone, the sweet bread loaf, moscato wine, and ciocolata calda (hot chocolate)
  • Germany Pavilion: stollen fruit cake and sip glühwein (hot spiced wine)
  • China Pavilion: kaikouxiao (happy face fried cake) from The Joy of Tea kiosk
  • Norway Pavilion: rice cream from Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
  • Mexico Pavilion: sweet tamales at La Catina de San Angel

Candlelight Processional



The premiere portion of Epcot’s celebrations is the Candlelight Processional. This incredibly beautiful performance includes a mass choir, a 50-piece orchestra, and a celebrity narrator who all combine together beautifully to share and delight in the story of Christmas. Here is the full list of the 2014 celebrity narrators:

  • November 28 – 29: Jodi Benson
  • November 30 – December 2: Neil Patrick Harris
  • December 3 – 4: Jonathan Groff (NEW!) 
  • December 5 – 6: Whoopi Goldberg
  • December 7 – 9: Levar Burton
  • December 10 – 11: Edward James Olmos
  • December 12 – 14: Joe Morton
  • December 15 – 17: Chita Rivera
  • December 18 – 20: Ana Gasteyer (NEW!)
  • December 21 – 23: Marlee Matlin
  • December 24 – 25: Isabella Rossellini
  • December 26 – 27: Blair Underwood
  • December 28 – 30: Steven Curtis Chapman
Show times occur three times each evening, 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. in the American Gardens Theater. The show available to guests on a first-come, first –served basis, however, Disney offers Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages at select restaurants that will allow you to enjoy dinner and guaranteed seating for a show.

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth Holiday Tag

This beautiful show includes a special holiday ending from November 28 - December 25 at 9:30 p.m. nightly and from December 26 - 30 at 10:00 p.m. nightly. The "Peace on Earth" holiday finale is gorgeously narrated and includes some incredible pyrotechnics.


Miscellaneous


  • The Christmas Tree is set up in World Showcase Plaza and it showcases ornaments signifying each country found in World Showcase. 

  • Don't miss the gospel group, Joyful! Taking place on Future World's Fountain Stage from November 28 until December 30.

  • Make sure you keep an eye out for a few Disney Christmas-themed topiaries! 

  • A few countries have some special decorations...I won't tell you which ones, but make sure you explore. 
  • Did you know there was a gingerbread display in the American Adventure Pavilion? 
 Epcot at the Holidays is truly a fantastic experience that you cannot miss. What are your thoughts about this fun event?  Let me know on the Facebook page or on Twitter!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 12/1/14 - 12/7/14




News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.

News

Magic Kingdom
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be closed for a refurbishment from March 4 - 8. 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean will be closed December 17

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Star Wars Weekends dates have been announced.  They are:
    • Weekend I: May 15-17
    • Weekend II: May 22-24
    • Weekend III: May 29-31
    • Weekend IV: June 5-7
    • Weekend V: June 12-14
  • In addition, also announced for Star Wars Weekends, the fact that the character meals are returning.  Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine Dinner at Hollywood and Vine will have guests meeting Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Vader Goofy, Storm Trooper Donald, and Ewoks Chip ‘n’ Dale. The cost for this meal is $57.99 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $34.99 per child (ages 3 to 9).  The second character meal that will also be returning is the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast at Sci Fi Dine-In Theater and guests can meet characters from the Star Wars universe including Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Greedo, Jawas, and Stormtroopers. The cost for this breakfast is $49.99 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $31.99 per child (ages 3 to 9). These meals are available daily from May 4 through June 14. 

Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • There has been some character meet and greet shake ups.  Daisy is no longer meeting guests, Tarzan is meeting guests now, and Pocahontas has moved to Discovery Island Landing.

Disney Resorts
  •  The Intermission Food Court at Disney's All-Star Music Resort has reopened from it's refurbishment.  It has a new color scheme, clean lines, and new murals involving the Disney characters.

General Walt Disney World News
  • Winter Summerland Mini Golf Course will be closed for a refurbishment beginning January 4. The refurb is expect to last approximately 6 weeks.
  • The pre-purchase price of Memory Maker has increased to $169.00. 

Rumors  

  • Hiro and Baymax may not stick around too much longer
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Friday, December 5, 2014

A Complete Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party



There are so many different great aspects to the Holidays at Walt Disney World.  There's Holidays Around the World, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, and at the Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party takes place on select nights in both November and December.


This year's party dates are:

November: 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, and 30
December: 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 19

The parties run from 7:00 p.m. through midnight.  Guests are typically able to enter the Magic Kingdom at around 4:00 p.m. with their party ticket. When guests enter, they will need to obtain a wristband, which will be necessary to stay at the party.

The party is a can't miss event. There's the fireworks, the cookies and hot cocoa, and a wonderfully classic parade, plus more.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a hard-ticket event, which means you'll need to purchase separate admission to attend. Different dates have different costs associated with them.  Ticket prices are as follows:

November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20
December 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16
Advance Purchase Discount: $71.36 Adult: $66.03 (Ages 3-9)
Day of Event: $75.62 Adult; $70.29 (Ages 3-9)

November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20
December 2, 4, 9

Annual Passholder and DVC Member: $66.03 Adult; $60.71 (Ages 3-9)

November 21, 30
December 5, 12, 18
Premium/Day of Event: $75.62 Adult; $70.29 (Ages 3-9)

December 19
Premium/Day of Event: $78.81 Adult; $73.49 (Ages 3-9)


Ok, so I know you must be thinking, wait...what on earth does all that mean? Let me break it down for you.

Advance Purchase Discount: Tickets sold at least one day in advance that are designated with the Advance Purchase Discount will pay a cheaper rate. This is the best general public discount available.

Day of Event: Tickets sold on the day of the party will pay a slightly higher cost.

Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Member Tickets:  AP holder and DVC Members pay a discounted rate for tickets, if purchased in advance. Annual Passholders who purchased tickets online must show a valid Passholder ID at park entrance for each ticket or pass purchased. Disney Vacation Club members must call Member Services to purchase.

Premium Tickets: These are the most popular nights, and offer no discounts.

Tickets can be ordered by calling 407-W-DISNEY or online on Disney's Web site. Payment is required at time of purchase and tickets are non-refundable after purchase.


What's New

 

  • A Frozen Holiday Wish - a special stage show, where Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and and Olaf appear on the Castle Forecourt Stage where Elsa's icy powers are on hand and utilized to present a gift to everyone, transforming Cinderella Castle into an icy wonderland. This stage show isn't only presented during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and is, instead presented daily from Nov. 5 until December 31.  The Castle being all iced over is one sight you do not want to miss!  It is simply stunning!
  • A meet and greet opportunity with Jack Skellington, dressed as Sandy Claws in Storybook Circus.  Get in line early.  This is a super popular meet and greet! 
  • The Holiday Hootenanny, which takes place in The Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square and is a dance party that features Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, Clara Cluck, and The Country Bears. It takes place from 7:00 p.m. until 12 midnight.


Party Events

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

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This spectacularly fun parade which brings good tidings and cheer.

The parade features all of your favorites that you see in the Christmas Day Parade, including snowmen, dancing reindeer, Disney characters, tin toy soldiers, and of course, Santa! Honestly, this parade features a ton of characters and is, I believe, one of the longest (though the Main Street Electrical Parade may be longer). It's a fun and fanciful romp! (Also, be on the lookout for some fantastic scents that are piped in, like peppermint, evergreen trees, and gingerbread!)

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New for this year are Anna and Elsa, plus Kristoff and Olaf too!  Actually Frozen is a large part of the parade this year. Also new this year are Vanellope and Wreck-It Ralph.

The parade steps off in Frontierland twice nightly, at 8:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

If you would like to view it in a less crowded area, consider heading towards Frontierland or Liberty Square, however Main Street USA does offer a very a unique feel to it. This is one parade where I would actually wait on Main Street to catch it, and that's saying a lot.  Also, keep in mind the second parade is often less crowded than the first.
 
Holiday Wishes

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Here, Jimminy Cricket shares with guests, through fireworks, why home really is where the heart is. It really is the Spirit of the Season!

This show features beautiful holiday music, as well as perimeter fireworks, which are a sight to see. My favorite part is the "O Christmas Tree" section.  It's so beautiful. Overall, I find that the story on this show is really secondary to the music and the fireworks. And the fireworks are plentiful for sure!

The show takes place nightly at 9:30 p.m.

For the best view, make sure to be standing on Main Street, about halfway down the street.  You don't want to be too close to the castle.

Celebrate The Magic Castle Show

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The Castle Show gets a special holiday tag included on the end of it's regular show.  The holiday tag includes the castle looking like a Christmas present, it being decorated with "lights", and it looking like a candy cane and a gingerbread house! (PS:  look out for The Big Guy!)

Celebrate the Magic is shown at 9:15 p.m.

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show

Um...ever thought of combining Buzz Lightyear, Stitch, and Mike Wazowski in a show together?  Well, for the Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show, they did! The trio band together to fight holiday doldrums across the galaxy in a jolly musical revue.  I swear I am not making this up.

The show features many rockin' versions of different classic Christmas anthems. Also, it features Stitch trying to track down Santa.  Make sure you don't miss the finale. The performers are really what sell this show.  You can tell they are really having fun and into it.

The show takes place on the Rockettower Plaza Stage at 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 10:50 p.m., and 11:45 p.m.
 

 Celebrate The Season Stage Show

This stage show, which features your favorite Disney characters, like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, plus Pluto and (my favorites) Chip n' Dale as well as other favorites. I know that a unique version of the Nutcracker is told, but I'm not sure there's much of a story here; it's just a fun show and a musical spectacle.

The show takes place at 7:45 p.m., 10:05 p.m., and 11:20 p.m.

If you are wanting to watch one show, this is the one to watch, in my opinion, over A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas.

Club Tinsel

This dance party takes place at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe and features the fun Phineas and Ferb! Get down with your bad elf (get it?) from 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight.

Holiday Hootananny

Another dance party, which is new this year.  Takes place in The Diamond Horseshoe from 7:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight.


Special Treats

One of the best part of the event are the complimentary cookies and hot cocoa that are available for guests to enjoy.  Cookies are of the snickerdoodle variety.  If you would prefer though, you can choose to get apples or apple juice.

To find the treats, be on the lookout for the giant candy cane inflatables! Holiday treats can be picked up at many different locations, which include: 

Adventureland
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace
  • Tortouga Tavern
Liberty Square
  • Columbia Harbor House
Fantasyland
  • Pinocchio's Village House
Tomorrowland
  • Tomorrowland Terrace
  • Cosmic Ray's
Main Street USA
  • Crystal Palace
Do keep in mind that lines can sometimes be very long for these treats.   But the best part is you can stop for as many treats as you want!  But if you want to grab the treats with minimal wait, go more towards the end of the evening.

Characters
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Meeting the characters is a lot of fun for this event!  Many times special characters are brought out and many characters are dressed in their holiday finest.

There are two character greeting opportunities that seem to be the most popular.  The first is the opportunity to meet all Seven Dwarfs.  This is very rare and they can be found near the entrance to New Fantasyland.  In addition, new for this year, they added the opportunity to meet Jack Skellington dressed as Sandy Claws from Nightmare Before Christmas.  Both see lines that last hours.

Attractions


Adventureland
Swiss Family Treehouse
Pirates of the Caribbean
Jingle Cruise
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
A Pirates Adventure

Frontierland
 Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain
Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square
Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland
it's a small world
Peter Pan's Flight
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Prince Charming's Regal Carousel
Princess Fairytale Hall
The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
Mad Tea Party
Dumbo
Barnstormer
Casey Jr's Splash n' Soak
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Ariel's Grotto

Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland Speedway
Space Mountain
Astro Oribter
Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Stitch's Great Escape
Monster's Inc Laugh Floor


Merchandise

Special merchandise is created for the event and can be picked up at the following locations:

  • Emporium
  • Frontierland Trading Post
  • Big Top Souvineers
  • Ye Olde Christmas Shop
  • Mickey's Star Traders
Food
 
Main Street USA
  • Main Street Bakery
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
  • Casey's Corner
 Frontierland
  • Pecos Bill's
  • Westward Ho
  • Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart
  • Frontierland Churro Wagon
 Liberty Square
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Liberty Square Market
Fantasyland
  • The Friar's Nook
  • Storybook Treats
  • Gaston's Tavern
 Tomorrowland
  •  Cosmic Ray's
  • The Lunching Pad
Miscellaneous

  • Make sure to dress up!  It really is part of the fun to be dressed for the holiday season.
  • Try to make sure you eat a substantial meal before attending the party.  Your time is so limited that if you spend it dining on a full meal, you are essentially wasting quality party time. 
  • Try to stay the full night.  Again, you paid a lot of money for the event; it seems like a waste to leave early. 
  • Make sure to pick up a park map ahead of time to know where exactly locations. 

  • The park is decorated to the nines for Christmas.  Make sure to take in those unique touches! And do not miss seeing the iced out castle.  (Not that you can miss it.)

  • Don't miss The Jingle Cruise!  This fun holiday overlay sees the skippers homesick, so they attempt to decorate the jungle.  Unfortunately, not everything they had shipped made it to them. 

  • Snow on Main Street is SO cool!  There's nothing like walking in the middle of it.  (PS: it's really soap.)
  • For those who enjoy playing the interactive game, Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom, guests with a Mickey's Very Merry ticket can pick up a special Sorcerer's spell card, featuring Elsa.  Guests may pick up this special card at the Firehouse on Main Street U.S.A.   
  • If you visit the park after December 19 through December 31, during the day, you will see the Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and at night you will see Holiday Wishes. (Holiday Wishes is not shown Dec. 30 and 31, as they special New Year's Eve fireworks are shown instead.)
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a great time for both the young and the young at heart!  It is truly a magical time!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 11/24/14 - 11/30/14



News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.
News

Magic Kingdom
  • There's a new indoor queue for Peter Pan's Flight that guests can experience.

Epcot
  • The Paul McKenna Band has now debuted at the UK Pavilion. They are an acoustic folk band outside the Crown and Crest shop.  

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Turner Classic Movies has signed a deal to partner and sponsor The Great Movie Ride. They will be re-working the pre-show and will be re-doing the finale movie.


Downtown Disney
  • The Food Truck Park on Downtown Disney's West Side has officially opened. The Food Trucks typically open around 4:00 p.m. 


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Great Movie Ride to See Changes at Disney's Hollywood Studios...Now Let's Brainstorm



Well...that news came out of left field! I'm sure by now you've read all about how Turner Classic Movies is partnering up with Disney to sponsor the Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

I came across the news late last night, but thought immediately, wow...that's a perfect pairing.  Honestly, could you get a more perfect sponsor for this attraction, which tells the history of movies via audio anamatronic? Currently, the refresh of the attraction will just see additions in the pre-show (with a video featuring TCM host Robert Osborne providing illuminating insights from the movies) and an updated movie montage, which is a main feature, found at the end of the attraction. All of these changes are expected to take place in Spring 2015.

But let's take a look further....what if that isn't all that happens with this rehash of this attraction? What if, in the future, after some of the new things that are rumored for this park officially open, this attraction can go down for a good, lengthy refurbishment that is so desperately needs.

If we could imagineer anything to update this attraction, what would we do? This is what I'm most excited about, because for an attraction that hasn't seen a massive refurbishment since it opened, we now have a greater possibility that some of the show scenes could be updated and the script could see changes.

That's really the first change I'd like to see.  Forget adding new scenes right now.  I would love to see a new script.  Something that's a lot more fluid than it is right now. For those who don't know, the script for Great Movie Ride must be said word for word with no changes or additions from the Cast Members. Personally, I'd maybe like to see something where the Cast Members could have a little more fun, like they can with the Jungle Cruise. It would spice things up a bit....because I mean, not every Cast Member's favorite genre is the horror film.

Of course, if we're blue skying things, I'd like to see a few scenes swapped out for new ones.  Perhaps we could see the Tarzan scene go. While Tarzan is a great film, it's probably one of the easiest to remove. This scene also seems to have a lot of space you can work with...maybe it could be cut up into two show scenes.

I'd also like to see the Fantasia scene removed. If you're a Disney nerd, you know that that scene was temporary when Disney over did it on the budget while building the attraction, so they kept the "tornado" motif from The Wizard of Oz (which is what the scene was originally supposed to be), but replaced it with a video screen of Fantasia instead to tie everything in.

The hard part to me is deciding what new scenes to put in the attraction. I'd say we could try for Star Wars, as that's clearly a classic, but I mean, there's already an attraction based off the movie in the park (and there's likely gonna be more here soon...) so, that's out.  There's Harry Potter...nope...wait...that belongs to the park across the way.  Then there's Lord of the Rings, but I think that that camp would rather have a full land, ala The Wizarding World than just have a single scene depicted in an attraction like this. Of course, those are "recent" movies that have become blockbusters and withstood the test of time. 

Is there a classic movie that's not depicted that I think would work? Maybe an It's a Wonderful Life scene? That movie lives on with its annual showing each year.

See that's where the problem lies with me...what movies should replace what scenes in The Great Movie Ride, if the attraction was to get a decent refurbishment?  Clearly, it's a lot more difficult than it looks to pick a good replacement.

So, that's where I ask you to help.  Let me know in the comments or on the Facebook page, or on Twitter, your brainstormed ideas for which movie scene should be replaced and what movie should replace it. 

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 11/17/14 - 11/23/14



News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such. 

 
News

Epcot
  • This year's Epcot Flower and Garden Festival will feature Anna and Elsa topiaries, who will be found in the World Showcase Plaza section.  Chip and Dale will join the main front topiary display.  Ten new mini-gardens will be added to the festival, as well as a southwest desert garden.  Finally new artists will be performing in the Flower Power Concert Series that include Gin Blossoms and Pablo Cruise. 
  • Guests can now make Advanced Dining Reservations for Spice Road Table beginning on December 2.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • The Comedy Warehouse will return for the Holidays from December 21 - January 4.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Flame Tree Barbeque will be closing for a remodel beginning January 5. More covered areas will be installed and the work is expected to be done by April.
Disney Resorts
  • The Gingerbread House is officially open at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.
  • At Disney's Polynesian Resort, the children's club, which was known as Club Disney, will now be known as Lilo's Playhouse.

Downtown Disney
  • The new parking garage has officially opened for guest use.


Rumors
  • Could Be Our Guest Restaurant be offering breakfast the beginning of March.
  • A new area in the Africa section could be called Africa Marketplace.  It will feature a restaurant called Harambe Marketplace, which will feature walk-up windows and African-inspired cuisine. In addition, this new section will feature a shopping area and the whole area will allow to ease congestion from Africa to Asia. The section should open in Spring 2015.
  • In addition, a new table service location could be added to Discovery Island.  Part of Pizzafari will be turned into a sit down location.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 11/10/14 - 11/16/14



News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.  



Walt Disney World News


Magic Kingdom
  • The Christmas Day Parade taping schedule will take place on December 8 and 9.

Epcot
  • New Holidays Around the World performances will be taking place at Mexico, Morocco, and China this year.  They will include“Fiesta de Navidad” in Mexico, featuring colorful dancers and mariachis, who celebrate the holiday customs of Mexico.  In Morocco, a storyteller invites guests to join her on a journey to experience the festivals, holiday traditions, and celebrations of the country. And the China pavilion will see the Chinese Lion Dance, to honor of major holidays, the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival.


Disney Resorts
  •  At Disney's Contemporary, they have a new gingerbread decoration up.  It's a Frozen theme with Mary Blair stylization.
  • A new and temporary princess dining experience will take place at Citricos for breakfast and brunch from January 8 - March 3. The meal will offer breakfast and brunch and be known as Cinderella's Dining at Citricos. This dining experience is taking place because Cinderella's Royal Table will be closed for a two month refurbishment during roughly the same time period.
  • The pools at Disney's Art of Animation Resort will see quick refurbishments.  The Big Blue Pool will be closed from November 17 - 19, the Flipping Fins pool will be closed from November 20 and 21, and the Cozy Cone Pool will be closed from November 24 - 26.

Downtown Disney
  • The Festival of the Season has officially kicked off. Guests can meet Santa from now until December 24.  After December 24, guests will get to meet Santa Goofy!



Rumors
  • The Intermission Food Court at Disney's All-Star Music should open a few weeks early from its refurbishment.  It is now expected to reopen on December 3. 
  • The Illuminations Holiday tag may very well not feature Walter Cronkite any longer.


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