Sunday, January 31, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 1/24/16 - 1/31/16







News

Epcot

  • Two new Outdoor Kitchens will join this year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. They will be La Isla Fresca, serving Jamaican Braised Beef with Pigeon-Pea Rice, Jerk-Spiced Grouper, or Chicken with Mango Salsa, as well as the Cider House which will serve dishes like a Field Greens salad with greens harvested from The Land Pavilion, heirloom apples, Stilton cheese and dried blueberries and a blueberry hard cider from Plant City, Fl.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Club Disney has officially closed.

General Walt Disney World News
  • Guests will now be able to enjoy the ‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort from 7:30 a.m. until noon daily.
  • Guests can make changes to existing dining reservations via Disney’s website, up to 20 minutes prior to your reservation. The new feature is currently only available on the website, and not on the My Disney Experience app. Previously, any changes to your date or time, or the number of guests had to be done by calling Disney or by cancelling the reservation and completely starting over. 
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 1/18/16 - 1/24/16






News

Magic Kingdom

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will see a multi-month refurbishment beginning April 4 through sometime in July.

Epcot

  • Habit Heroes at Innoventions has closed permanently.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Beginning on January 29 inside Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Guests will be able to experience a new exhibit featuring behind-the-scenes research that the filmmakers participated in to prepare for “Zootopia.”

Rumors

  • Joy and Sadness from "Inside Out" could be meeting guests soon at Epcot. 
  • Could the World of Coca-Cola be coming to Disney Springs?


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Review of The Cigna Blogger Meet Up During Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Did you know that Cigna was a sponsor for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend? Cigna focuses on health issues by teaching people the things that people need to know in order to prevent common health issues and they invited me to a very special blogger event that was held this same weekend.

Cigna Blogger Event 7

The event was held at The Odyssey at Epcot. Guests were asked to participate in a "game show" setting with the main purpose to showcase just how imperative it is for us to make sure that we check our important health numbers such as Body Mass Index (BMI), cholesterol and blood pressure. 

Cigna shared with us the importance of these numbers through the afternoon by utilizing fun games and activities.
Cigna Blogger Event 6


The event started with an introduction and then we did the pencil test. 

Cigna Blogger Event 3
Pencil test

We also had to answer trivia questions, take part in a balloon game, did the pedometer test, and played Survey Says.

Cigna Blogger Event 13
Trivia questions



Cigna Blogger Event 9
Survey Says

Cigna Blogger Event 10
Pedometer test

Then we tested our balance and did the pasta test, where you had to pick up a piece of penne pasta using a piece of spaghetti that was placed in your mouth.

We all worked as a team to win, but unfortunately, our table lost. The event was a lot of fun overall and I learned a lot.

And yes, Mickey and Minnie showed up to greet us too!


Cigna Blogger Event 12

Cigna also created a great wrap-up video of the overall event.




So, what did I learn from this event? Well mostly, that it's actually super easy to get your important numbers checked, if you take advantage of visiting your doctor annually for your yearly check up.  


It’s a new year, and it’s time to make new habits and prioritize our health. So Go, Know and Take Control. For more information and tips, visit www.Cigna.com/takecontrol.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 1/11/16 - 1/17/16






News

Magic Kingdom

  • Lady Tremaine, the Stepsisters and Fairy Godmother will be greeting Guests near the castle walls next to Pinocchio Village Haus.


Epcot

  • A new musical ensemble called TradNation now performs at the Canada Pavilion. TradNation showcases a repertoire of traditional songs as well as original family compositions passed down through the ages.


Disney's Hollywood Studios


  • Beginning in February, Guests visiting the Star Wars Launch Bay will get to interact with Kylo Ren on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer. Once this change takes place, Darth Vader will not be available in Star Wars Launch Bay.
  • To prepare for this expansion, Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show!, Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure, Studio Catering Co., the Monsters Inc Meet and Greet will close April 2.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Beginning January 25, Flights of Wonder will be temporarily closed for refurbishment.  Flights of Wonder is anticipated to reopen in March.
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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 12/28/15 - 1/3/16




News

Epcot

  • Soarin’ will be closed for refurbishment beginning January 4 and will reopen in the summer of 2016.
  • A new DVC Lounge is slated to open in the old Imageworks section of The Imagination Pavilion. This new lounge will include resting areas, kids sections, and more. 


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights has been extended through January 6.
  • For a limited time beginning January 21, a sneak peek of Zootopia will be presented as part of the finale of Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream. The current finale of Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream will go on a brief hiatus during this time.
  • Guests will no longer be able to meet Phineas & Ferb and Lightning McQueen & Mater after January 4.
  • From January 4 – March 20 at Hollywood & Vine, Guests can experience Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine at Hollywood & Vine.


Disney Springs

  • Planet Hollywood will undergo construction beginning January 6. When the restaurant reopens in the summer of 2016, it will be renamed the Planet Hollywood Observatory and will have a fresh new look and feel and be expand by 13,000 square feet with a new patio bar, new terrace and more outdoor seating.


General Walt Disney World News

  • The Yard and the ESPN Club merchandise shop will close January 6.


Rumors

  • There may be a new Star Wars character dining experience this year. 
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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 12/21/15 - 12/27/15



News

Epcot
  • Guests can now experience the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival at the Magic Eye Theater at the Imagination Pavilion. Three short films will play in 4D: “Get a Horse”, “For The Birds”, and “La Luna”.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Guests will be able to enjoy entertainment on December 31, from 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Africa, including Burudika Band, DJ Khalifa and character greetings with Rafiki and friends.

Rumors
  • Could a new stage show be coming to the Magic Kingdom in 2016?
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 12/14/15 - 12/20/15







News

Magic Kingdom
  • Christmas Entertainment offerings will be available in daily operation until December 31.
    • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade: presented twice daily at 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    • Celebrate the Season:  presented daily
    • A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas:  presented daily
    • Holiday Wishes: presented daily, prior to Disney’s Electrical Parade

Epcot
  • Epcot Character Spot has expanded to Innoventions West. Guests can now meet with Baymax Big Hero 6. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy will continue to greet Guests on the opposite side of the breezeway.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Some of the Food & Beverage kiosks have changed names. They are the following:
    • Terra Treats on Discovery Island – previously known locally as the Allergy Kiosk
    • Mahindi in Africa – previously known locally as the Harambe Popcorn Cart
    • Caravan Road in Asia – previously known locally as Bradley Falls
    • Warung Outpost in Asia – previously known locally as Upcountry
    • Chakranadi in Asia – previously known locally as Maharajah Pretzel
    • Eight Spoon CafĂ© on Discovery Island – previously known as Beastly Kiosk
    • Smiling Crocodile on Discovery Island – previously known as Gardens Kiosk
    • Feeding Ground on Discovery Island – previously known locally as DI Popcorn

Disney Springs
  • Disney Springs is proud to announce The Ganachery is now open in The Landing.
  • D-Street in the West Side is now the Star Wars Galactic Outpost.

General Walt Disney World News

  • Due to heightened security threats, Walt Disney World theme parks have installed metal detectors ahead of each of the park’s front gates. In addition, Disney will no longer sell toy guns in their parks or resorts. Also, Guests over the age of 14 will no longer be allowed to wear costumes in the parks. This appears to include Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties.
  • Memory Maker has updated their pricing. The advance-purchase Memory Maker is now $149 and the standard Memory Maker is $169. In addition, a new standalone $59 Memory Maker One Day entitlement product is available for purchase in the My Disney Experience mobile app.


Rumors

  • Frozen Ever After may be behind schedule. 
  • Disney may now be aiming to open Pandora - The World of Avatar by the end of next year. 
  • FastPass+ may be removed for some stage shows. 
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 12/7/15 - 12/13/15







News

Magic Kingdom


  • The Jungle Skipper Canteen will open in Adventureland on December 16. Dishes include grilled steak, head-on shrimp and a rice noodle bowl, as well as vanilla chiffon cake or African-inspired chocolate cake for dessert. Themed, non-alcoholic specialty drinks such as the Punch Line Punch and Schweitzer Slush. 
  • At the Magic Kingdom, during the busy holiday season, guests can enjoy additional holiday food and beverages options from December 19 through January 2. These include:
    • Diamond Horseshoe: Quick Service lunch (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.), Table Service dinner (starting at 4:30 p.m.) daily
    • Market Street Sandwich Cart:  Italian-themed sandwiches and salads
    • Storybook Circus Sandwich Cart: Sandwiches and salads
    • Tomorrowland Terrace: burgers
    • Prince Eric’s Village Market: prepackaged sandwiches, caprese cups and salads
    • Aunt Polly’s: prepackaged sandwiches and salads
    • Westward Ho: corn dogs
    • Turkey Legs: Cool Ship, Frontierland Turkey Leg Wagon, Tomorrowland Turkey Leg Cart, Liberty Square Turkey Leg Cart, Heritage House Turkey Leg Cart
    • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe: southwest burger


Disney's Hollywood Studios


  •  The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special will return to the Premiere Theater from December 19 through January 2. There will be six shows daily: 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 11/30/15 - 12/6/15






News

Magic Kingdom

  • The Diamond Horseshoe will operate seasonally through December 18. The menu will include a ham and cheese sandwich, BBQ turkey and a chef salad.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Star Wars has now arrived. Guests can experience Jedi Training: Trails of the Temple, Star Wars Launch Bay, meet and greet opportunities, special food, Star Wars: Path of the Jedi movie, and more.
  • “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular!” will begin on December 18.
  • Starting Jan. 5, 2016, and continuing nightly through March 19, guests can take part in a Star Wars-themed dessert party called Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party. It will include Star Wars-themed desserts, a souvenir Chewbacca stein, and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, all with an up-close view of “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular!” 


Disney's Animal Kingdom


  • Painted dogs are joining the savanna at Kilimanjaro Safari. 
General Walt Disney World News
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge the Uzima Pool and Uzima Springs Pool Bar at Jambo House will be down for refurbishment December 14-16.
  • At Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, three Pixar Animation Studios artists recently signed the chandelier in the lobby. Guests can now look for signatures from:
    • Pete Docter – Director and Vice President, Creative, Pixar Animation Studios. His credits include “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters Inc.,” “WALL*E,” “Up” and “Inside Out.”
    • Jerome Ranft – Sculptor, Pixar Animation Studios. His credits include, “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters Inc.,” “Cars,” “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatoullie,” “WALL*E,” “Toy Story 3,” “Cars 2,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and James and the Giant Peach.”
    • Jay Ward – Cars Creative Director and Legacy Guardian, Pixar Animation Studios. His credits include “Monsters Inc.,” “Cars,” “Cars 2,” “Ratatouille,” “Brave,” and “Inside Out.”
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 11/23/15 - 11/29/15






News

Magic Kingdom

  • Through December 24, Santa Claus will greet Guests in the Town Square Courtyard. During this time, Princess Aurora’s will be meeting Guests as the Castle Wall in Fantasyland.
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle will no longer be offered during evening Extra Magic Hours.


Epcot

  • In the UK Pavilion a new four member acoustic group called Quickstep has begun performing. 
  • The Canadian Lumberjacks will no longer be performing on The Mill Stage at the Canada Pavilion.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Holidays Happen Here Dance Party will begin on December 1 and last through the holiday season where from 5:00 p.m. until park close, Guests are invited to join the party at Center Stage. A DJ will be spinning a holiday mix and some surprise Disney friends stop by to dance along.


Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks will open in Asia on December 12. The location will offer grab-and-go snacks along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Disney Springs
  • The Ganachery chocolate shop will open on December 15.


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