Monday, August 3, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 7/27/15 - 8/3/15


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

News


Epcot
  • Starting Nov. 8, Guests can enjoy Character dining at Garden Grill at the Land Pavilion all day long. Served family style and all-you-care-to-enjoy, the menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner are inspired by the garden-grown theme of The Land.

Downtown Disney

  • Guests visiting Downtown Disney Marketplace can now find items dedicated to some of their favorite characters from Disney Junior and Duffy the Disney Bear at Marketplace Fun Finds.

Rumors

  • Could a similar Rebel Hangar version of Disney Villains be headed to Disney's Hollywood Studios?
  • Disney Springs could become the name of Downtown Disney officially on October 1. 
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 7/20/15 - 7/26/15


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

News

Magic Kingdom
  • Dream Along with Mickey is dark until August 19.

Epcot
  • Glidden will soon present a new exhibit in Innoventions called “Colortopia” which will open fall 2015. Guests to the exhibit will be greeted and guided by a narrator, who will encourage unique interactions through fun hands-on activities.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Updates have been made to the bubble scene in Fantasmic! adding scenes from The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Frozen.
  • The dates for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights have been confirmed. They are November 6 through January 3, 2016.


Downtown Disney
  • The United World Soccer Store has reopened at the West Side.
 

General Walt Disney World News
  • Walt Disney World Resort Guests are now able to choose to opt out of customizing and receiving a new MagicBand if they already have a MagicBand from a previous visit linked to their account on My Disney Experience. In addition, Guests with more than one reservation during the same visit will only receive one MagicBand for the whole visit if they do not customize a MagicBand for the second reservation.  
  • The Escape to Walt’s Wilderness Tour takes place at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and gives Guests a glance at the natural surroundings that became the perfect setting to accommodate Walt Disney’s grand dreams.  The adventure begins at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Marina where guests will board pontoon boats for an eco-history tour of Bay Lake. After arriving at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Guests will head to the shore of Marshmallow Marsh for breakfast on the beach. After fueling up, the group will travel by horse-drawn wagon to the Settlement and Pioneer Hall before hiking over the railroad tracks into a clearing in the trees for an archery opportunity. Finally, Guests will head to the Tri-Circle-D Ranch horse barn to meet the celebrity horses who live and work at Walt Disney World Resort.  This tour will be a 5-hour interactive experience that is available twice a week and costs $109 per person, plus tax and participants must be at least 7 years of age. 

Rumors
  • Could a new or updated show be headed toward the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater? That's where Fantasmic! is shown. (This is one I have my doubts on, but hey...you never know.)
  • Mickey Mouse could be moving his meet and greet for Disney's Hollywood Studios near Disney Junior - Live on Stage. 
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 7/13/15 - 7/19/15




News 


Epcot 
  • New details have been released about the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. This year, there will be Marketplace Kiosks in Future World for the first time ever. One of them will be called the Artistry of Wine & Cheese area will feature the Cheese Studio and Wine Studio, found along the walkway to Future World West. There will also be new premium event including:
    • the Yelloween Masquerade Party for the Senses 31, an elegant, dance-the-night-away, gourmet tasting party with Champagne, wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails paired with food. Guests will be encouraged to masquerade in chic yellow and black.
    • “The Chew” cast will host a new premium event: the Rockin’ Burger Block Party, with specialty burgers and sliders inspired by top names in the music industry such as Dave Matthews and his Dreaming Tree Wines and Carlos Santana’s Casa Noble Tequila. Two additional Burger Block Parties are set for Sept. 25 and Nov. 6.
    The Marketplace Kiosk booths have also been announced, along with their menus.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open the Ice Palace Boutique across from the ABC Commissary on July 26 and it will last through the end of the Frozen Summer Fun event. Here, guests ages 3-12 can undergo a Frozen inspired transformation and there will be four different packages that guests can select from. They are:
    • Frozen Summer Fun Boutique Package – This package includes Anna or Elsa-inspired shimmering makeup palette, face gems, nail polish, a braided hair piece with sparkling snowflake accessory and an exclusive photo opportunity. Cost is $75 and includes tax.
    • Ice Palace Boutique Package – This package includes the items offered in the Frozen Summer Fun Boutique Package. It also includes access to the Ice Palace CafĂ© and reserved seating at one of the “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” shows. Cost is $175 and includes tax.
    • Ice Palace Boutique Deluxe Package – This package includes an Anna or Elsa costume plus the items offered in the Ice Palace Boutique Package. Cost is $240 and includes tax.
    • Olaf-Inspired Package –  The Olaf-inspired package includes a glitter hairstyle and Olaf tee-shirt and is designed for the boys in the family. Reservations are not required for this package and will only be available on-site at the location. Cost is $19.95, plus tax.
    The Ice Palace Boutique Package and the Ice Palace Boutique Deluxe Package can accommodate up to 6 guests, including the child getting the magical transformation.


Downtown Disney

  • The BOATHOUSE now offers discounts for Annual Passholders and DVC members. 

General Walt Disney World News
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will be undergoing multiple refurbishment projects through 2017. Work will begin in October, with the Hidden Springs leisure pool area, resort beach, playground and Recreation fire pit closing for renovation as early as October 26.

Rumors

  • Hollywood and Vine could be come Minnie's Holiday and Dine character meal during the holiday season featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy in holiday attire and Santa Goofy.  
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 7/6/15 - 7/12/15






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

News

Magic Kingdom

  • The Princess and the Frog meet and greet location has moved to Heritage House in Liberty Square.


Epcot

  • Candlelight Processional dining packages are now on sale.  In addition, we know who some of the celebrity narrators are going to be.  The preliminary list includes:
    • TBD - November 27 to 29
    • Neil Patrick Harris - November 30 to December 3
    • Whoopi Goldberg - December 4 and 5
    • Joe Morton - December 6 to 8
    • TBD  - December 9 to 11
    • Meredith Vieira - December 12 to 14
    • TBD - December 15 to 23
    • Edward James Olmos - December 24 to 26
    • TBD - December 27 to 28
    • Amy Grant - December 29 to 30


Downtown Disney

  • Blaze Pizza is expected to open in Disney Springs in May 2016.  
  • The Tea Traders Cafe is now open in The Landing section.


Rumors


  • Chef Arts Florida Fish Camp could be heading to Disney Springs in the Spring of 2016.  
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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 6/29/15 - 7/5/15



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

Epcot 
  • “The Chew” will tape live at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival on Oct. 7, 8 and 9 and the episodes will air Oct. 12 -16. Also, for the first time ever, there will be two Marketplace booths found in Future World in the new Next Eats area.  The first new booth is the Sustainable Chew Marketplace where festival-goers can enjoy dishes inspired by “The Chew” co-hosts, including savory pork spareribs with red wine and fennel with cheesy mascarpone grits; ricotta & zucchini ravioli with tomato sauce; and vanilla panna cotta with fresh figs and pistachio brittle. The second new Future World Marketplace found at the Next Eats section will feature the Chew Lab, where Disney chefs will work with “The Chew,” hosts to create a cutting-edge marketplace inspired by food-science labs and culinary tech trends.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • The Magic of Disney Animation will officially close on July 12. This will include the meet and greets, the movie with Mushu and the Animation Academy.


Downtown Disney 

  • DisneyQuest will officially be closing in 2016 to make way for the NBA Experience.  

General Walt Disney World News
  • At Disney's Contemporary Resort, a brand new experience called the Disney Family Culinary Adventure is being introduced. During this interactive evening that lasts approximately four hours, guests will be able to prepare and cook a five-course dinner and is aimed for the whole family. The program is planned two evenings a week (days vary), starting at 5:00 p.m.  This experience costs $175 per adults and $125 for those ages 9-12.

Rumors

  • One Man's Dream could be leaving Disney's Hollywood Studios too. 
  • A Frozen-themed Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique could be added to Disney's Hollywood Studios as a part of the Frozen Summer Fun. 
  • The Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights should be returning for 2015.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 6/22/15 - 6/29/15




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


Epcot
  • A new lounge called D-Zone has popped up behind the Character Spot. Guests can sit and relax in the air conditioning with a cool beverage.
  • Captain EO will be returning on July 19.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Flame Tree Barbeque will open on June 30.
  • Disney has already stopped selling the animal poop treats because people were offended by them.
General Walt Disney World News
  • Selfie sticks are banned across Walt Disney World property.
  • Typhoon Lagoon will be closed for its annual refurbishment from October 25 through to January 2 2016. Blizzard Beach will be closed from January 3 through to March 12, 2016.

Rumors
  • With rumors of Disney's Art of Animation closing soon, it's also being rumored that Mickey and Minnie will be meeting in a new area, as will Hiro and Baymax.  
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 6/15/15 - 6/21/15






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

News

Magic Kingdom

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant is now taking breakfast reservations until October 3.


Epcot

  • Living with the Land will be closed from September 8-17.



General Walt Disney World News

  • The Richard Petty Driving Experience is indeed closing to make way for more Magic Kingdom parking.


Rumors


  • New waterfront cabins should be headed to Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 6/8/15 - 6/14/15


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

News

Epcot
  • The new attraction for the Norway Pavilion currently under construction will be called Frozen Ever After. Through the attraction, Guests will discover that Elsa has created a winter-in-summer day for everyone to experience. Guests will experience some of their favorite Frozen characters, including the Snowgies from the animated short “Frozen Fever.” This new attraction will share favorite moments and music from the film in a new unique way, new technology and classic Disney storytelling. In addition, the “Royal Sommerhus” will be the charming setting for Guests to meet Anna and Elsa.  The attraction is expected to open in Spring 2016. (Rumored to be May 1.)


Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • As the latest addition to Harambe Market, Zuri’s Sweets Shop will be the newest merchandise location for Disney's Animal Kingdom. Guests will be able to purchase treats with an African twist will feature 80 exclusive food items. Guests can buy assorted bulk trail mixes, bottles of the signature sweet and spicy sauce from Flame Tree Barbecue, themed sweets from “The Lion King,” and much more. The shop will open on June 17.

Downtown Disney
  • Vivoli Gelateria is now open in The Landing. 
  • We have some new details about The Edison. The restaurant will be themed to a 1920's period electric company power plant.  It will feature a number of distinct spaces like The Lab performance space, The Ember Parlour, Telegraph Lounge, The Patent Office, The Tesla Lounge, The Radio Room, and a Waterfront Patio. In addition, entertainment options will include things such as contortionists, palm readers, live DJs and more. The Edison is expected to open in 2016.

General Walt Disney World News
  • The 2016 Walt Disney World Vacation Packages go on sale on June 22.

Rumors

  • This may be the last year for the Jedi Mickey's Dine at Hollywood and Vine.
  • Morimoto Asia will open in September.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

24 Hours at Walt Disney World






Have you ever thought of attempting a 24 Hour Day at Walt Disney World?

Wait...you can spend 24 Hours in Walt Disney World?  Yep! You sure can!  Each year for Memorial Day Weekend, guests are able to spend from 6:00 a.m. on a Friday until 6:00 a.m. on Saturday in the Magic Kingdom.  It is a feat that I NEVER though I would accomplish...however, this year, I actually did.

So, let's back up.  Disney started these 24 hour days back in 2012.  That event was held on February 29 to celebrate Leap Year.  The event was so popular that Disney moved it to Memorial Day Weekend and the rest is history.  They announced that another 24 hour day was occurring this Memorial Day Weekend back in March, however, the hubby and I didn't decide to make the trip until just a couple of weeks prior.

We knew we had annual passes and we knew that we had a place to stay that weekend, since my brother lives in Orlando, and we knew we had the three day weekend off, so we thought...hmm....this could be fun.

So, we started planning.  We would have to work on Friday until 5 p.m. and then we'd have to make the 7 hour (with Atlanta traffic) drive down to Orlando, so that meant we'd arrive at around 1:00 a.m.  We weren't planning on spending the whole rest of the evening in the Magic Kingdom; I figured we'd leave around 3:30 or 4:00 a.m. out of sheer exhaustion.  I know my sleepy limit and that's typically it.  We'd also do some Star Wars Weekends stuff, cause I'd never visited during that time of year, and we'd go home on Monday.  A short, but effective trip.

We did the first part as planned, but I was actually able to leave work a little early, however, ATL traffic, caused more delays than I was expecting.  We got into Orlando at around 12:30 and walked into the Magic Kingdom at 1:00 a.m. and we were feeling good.  The adrenaline had kicked in nicely.

Our first stop was at Starbucks.  We had to get some caffeine.



Now, before our trip, I decided to make FastPass+ reservations for the times I was estimating we'd be in the park.  I made an 11:30-12:30 reservation, a 12:30-1:30 reservation, and a 1:30-2:30 reservation for the three mountains.  Unfortunately, I wasn't quick enough to get us into the Magic Kingdom in time for the first one, however, after we'd been fully caffeinated, we were able to use the second and third ones, and the best part is, that because we'd arrived so late, no one else had FastPasses!  The standby lines were astronomical for Big Thunder Mountain and Splash, but we breezed right on.

What was especially awesome about this event was the party atmosphere.  It was so weird hearing Taylor Swift playing from Tomorrowland, but at 2:00 a.m., you don't care.  Whatever will keep you awake is great!


After about 2:00 a.m. the wait times for most attractions died down.  We were able to breeze on most things in Fantasyland and Storybook Circus.  By that time it was almost 4:00 and I have to admit...we were still feeling good.  The tiredness hadn't set in yet.  I started thinking...we can do this.  We can make it two more hours.  

That is until we sat down on the Wedway Peoplemover at about 4:45 a.m.  At that point, I realized just how tired I was and I thought...should we go home?  We heavily debated it, but as we were walking past Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor, I saw that it had a 10 minute wait, so I thought...we can handle that.


It ended up being the best experience I've ever had at Monster's Inc Laugh Floor.  Because at that time of the night, the crowd was all adults, the monsters were able to go a little more adult with their show (not rated R...more like PG-13.)  It was fantastically fun!



By the time we got out of Monster's Inc, we started making our way to the front of the park, because we'd heard there was going to be a special goodbye ceremony.  The ceremony was ok.  It was kind of cute with the characters in their PJs, but just alright.





Holy cow!  It's 6:00 a.m.!  I'd made it!  I couldn't believe it.  And I wasn't as stupidly tired as I thought I would be.  It was so cool to be in the Magic Kingdom that early in the morning.





When all was said and done, I was actually awake for 27 hours, by the time I got back home and settled.

The question is....would I do this event again and stay awake for 24 hours?  You know....I wouldn't say I would never do it again.  It was a lot of fun.  The energy was fantastic.  And I can say I did it.  I may not stay awake the full 24 hours.  I may choose to nap next time, but I think I would do an event like this again.

So now, I as you...would you do a 24 Hour Day at Walt Disney World?  Why or why not?  Let me know in the comments. 

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 6/1/15 - 6/7/15




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

  • Frozen Summer Fun kicks off soon and this year guests will be able to catch both Frozen Fever and a behind the scenes look at making the short, in the ABC Sound Studio.  The short will air twice each hour, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  
  • A new preview area for the upcoming Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Star Wars game is now open to the side of the Hyperion Theater, where guests can see the new Star Wars playlets, and take a test play on the game itself.

Disney's Animal Kingdom  

  • Creature Comforts will reopen June 18 as the newest Starbucks location. The menu will include coffee and espresso beverages, Frappuccinos, signature breakfast sandwiches and pastries, as well as a few Disney snacks. 
  • Beginning June 17, Pizzafari will no longer offer breakfast.  The restaurant will open at 11:00 a.m. for lunch.


Downtown Disney

  • The NBA Experience is slated to come to at Disney Springs.  This expansive, one-of-a-kind destination will feature hands-on activities that puts guests right in the middle of NBA game action. Guests will enjoy immersive NBA video productions and numerous interactive experiences, as well as a restaurant and a retail store.
  • Vivoli Gelateria will open this month.


General Walt Disney World News

  • Mickey's Backyard Barbeque will take place this summer on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.


Rumors


  • Rebel Hangar may last past Star Wars Weekends.
  • Could more attractions be on the docket to close at Disney's Hollywood Studios by the end of the year?
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