Sunday, August 31, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 8/25/14 - 8/31/14

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


Magic Kingdom

  • For those attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, consider taking part in the special ticketed, “Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle” Dessert Party. The event will include many perks, including a preferred viewing area for the 8:15 p.m. “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade,” preferred viewing location for “Happy HalloWishes”, and a special dessert party at Cinderella’s Royal Table, hosted by Lady Tremaine. For the dessert party, the restaurant will be transformed into a villainous atmosphere, with a piano player and and singing courtesy of Cinderella’s evil step-mother. The menu will include over-the-top desserts and non-alcoholic beverages, plus an autograph card and a souvenir Maleficent Dragon cup. Cost is $99, plus tax. 
  • The Jingle Cruise returns to the Jungle Cruise on November 7.


  • Four acts are leaving World Showcase.  They are Off Kilter, Mo'Rockin, The Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps, who all have a last day of September 27 and the World Showcase Players whose last day is September 25.  Four new acts will be added throughout the Fall.  They are Sbandieratori Flags (Italy – flag choreography), Canadian Lumberjack Show (Canada - thrill show), B’net Houariyat (Morocco – musical/dance act) and Scottish Musical Trio (UK – Celtic musical act).

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Starbucks will be making its way to the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards.  The new shop will open in February and will be called the Trolley Car Cafe.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Part of Pangani Forest Exploration Trail will be closed from September 3 until mid November. The underwater hippo exhibit, the aviary, and the research outpost will all be closed at this time.
  • Construction will begin this week for the beginning stages of the new Rivers of Light show.

Walt Disney World Resorts

  • The Pineapple Lanai has now opened at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, serving Dole Whips.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How Many Days Makes For The Ideal Walt Disney World Vacation?

It's a common question that many ask when planning a Walt Disney World vacation? How many days should I consider for the ideal Walt Disney World vacation? The ideal answer would be an indefinite vacation, however, unless you are retired (which I know some people who do have that luxury), the indefinite vacation is not something that is a reality.

So, that means we need to take a look at some other factors.

Walt Disney World contains four theme parks, two water parks, many different resorts, a shopping/dining district, and so very much more.  You'll want to make sure you see it "all" (I use that in quotes cause even in my many vacations, I still haven't seen it all) but you also want to make sure that you get to relax a bit and full out enjoy your vacation.

For most people, who are just looking for a theme park experience, I would suggest one day for Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios and two days at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.  So, I would say that ideally 6 days is probably the best option, with an added day or two for travel.  So, technically we're looking at 7 or 8 or so days.  (Depending on departure times, as well as other factors.)

So, let's say that time was a factor, in that you had a limited number of days for vacation. You could potentially do a majority of things in a full day at Epcot, two full days at the Magic Kingdom (though you could get away with one if necessary), and a full day at the combination of Disney's Animal Kingdom/Disney's Hollywood Studios. The last two parks can conceivably be seen in a half a day each and you'll still feel somewhat fulfilled.  It isn't ideal, but if you are limited, this is, to me the best plan.  So, let's see, add a couple of travel days and you are at 5 or so days.  Again, not ideal...but it's the best option for those with limited time.

But let's say that the number of vacation days you had weren't really a factor. You have three weeks vacation from work, so you can plan for a longer trip. So, with that being said, I would say, one day at Disney's Hollywood Studios, one day at Disney's Animal Kingdom, two days at Epcot, two days at Magic Kingdom, one day at Blizzard Beach/Downtown Disney, one day at Typhoon Lagoon/resort exploring, plus two days travel.  So, with that being the ideal Disney vacation, with times in all of the parks, plus some ample time to relax, I would say you are in the 9 to 10 day vacation range, which really could be perfect.

Here, to me, is the best way you can accomplish this.  Leave after work on Friday or early Saturday morning.  Spend the full week at the Resort and stay all the way through to the following Sunday, taking a later afternoon/early evening flight. To me, this is honestly the ideal number of days for a Disney trip and what I often suggest that people who take trips only once a year, or maybe every few years try to accomplish. 

Of course, for me, living so close to Orlando, we've discovered our own "ideal trip."  We leave after work on Thursday, stay Friday through Monday, and leave either Monday or Tuesday afternoon.  We hit most of the parks, do some park hopping, relax a bit, shop at Downtown Disney and enjoy our time.  What's great, for us, is we know that we'll be back in just a few short months. 

So, let me ask you....what is your ideal number of days to take a Walt Disney World vacation?  Let me know in the comments or on the Facebook page.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 8/18/14 - 8/24/14

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

Magic Kingdom
  •  Mickey's PhilharMagic's refurbishment will last longer; it will now reopening September 28. 
  • Disney releasaed some new information for Mickey's Not So-So-Scary Halloween Party including Club Villain at Diamond Horseshoe featuring Cruella De Vil, Dr. Facilier, Anastasia, Drizella, and Lady Tremaine. Also, Jafar, Queen of Hearts, and Losto will be meeting guests at the party this year.  In addition, meeting with Aurora will be Maleficient and meeting with Snow White will be the Queen at Princess Fairytale Hall.  Also Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope will take part in the Creepa Crew.
  • The "Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It" Street Party will see a new name, the "Move It, Shake It, Dance and Play It" Street Party, as well as new characters, like Stitch and Phineas and Ferb, and the dance party will culminate in a new twist where guests will decide the final song to be played for the “Play It” portion by voting for one of three current hits. The new version debuts in the Fall. 
  • The Enchanted Tiki Room will be closed for a refurb from September 27 through October 3.

  •  The Cranberry Bog will not return this year for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
  • Four new ChargePoint charging spaces are now available at the front of the Journey parking lot are available for Guests to use by scanning their pre-ordered ChargePoint card, which can be easily acquired by registering for a free ChargePoint account

Downtown Disney
  • The Irish Hooley will return to Raglan Road for Labor Day Weekend. 

General Walt Disney World News
  •  The Festival of the Masters has been cancelled for 2014 due to construction at Downtown Disney. 
  • Monorail service will see a different schedule during the month of September
    • Magic Kingdom Resort beam - 8:30am to 11pm (midnight on hard-ticket events evenings)
    • Magic Kingdom Express beam - 9:30am to 1 hour after fireworks
    • Epcot beam - 9am to 11pm

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Complete Guide to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014

The Fall is one of my favorite times to be down at Walt Disney World.  Crowds are lighter and you have two fantastic events--the Epcot Food and Wine Festival (a guide to that will be coming soon) and what I'm here to discuss today, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party takes place on various nights in both September and October.  Party nights for this year's event are:

September: 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28
October: 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31

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 be handed a trick or treat bag (typically themed around a recent Disney movie or an upcoming one). These bags are kind of small though, so if you want to, bring your own bag, or purchase a trick or treat bucket from shops like the Emporium.

To me, this is a can't miss event.  I attempt to go just about every year. I love the parade (it's the best one Walt Disney World offers), I love the fireworks, I love the way the park feels, and I love trick or treating. I have even dressed up! It's a lot of fun for the whole family, no matter what age!

What's New

  • Club Villain, which is a dance party with Disney Villains in the Diamond Horseshoe.  Guests will be able to dance and celebrate with their favorite bad guys and gals!
  • New from last year was the Phineas and Ferb Creepa Crew.  Disney is bringing this fun pre-parade back and adding both Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope to the mix.
  • Meet and greets are extremely popular, so guests will see additional new meet and greet opportunities during this year's parties.  Jafar will be in Adventureland, the Queen of Hearts will be found near The Mad Tea Party, and Lotso will be located in Tomorrowland near Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.  Plus, Princess Fairy Tale Hall will see The Queen with Snow White and Maleficent with Aurora.  

  • Cinderella's evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine and her villainous friends, invite guests to a new dessert party, located at Cinderella's Royal Table, called the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. This special ticketed event allows guests to meet characters such as Evil Queen, Maleficent, Cruella de Vil and Dr. Facilier while they indulging in decadent desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. Also Lady Tremaine will welcome guests, and her personal piano player will provide live music, as well as solos by the host. Guests also will also have preferred viewing for the 8:15 p.m. Mickey’s “Boo-too-You” Halloween Parade, as well as preferred viewing for Happy HalloWishes Fireworks.  The cost is $99 ages 3 and older, plus tax (gratuity included) and admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is required. For reservations, call (407) 939-5262.

Ticket Costs

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 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:

September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26 & 28

Advance Purchase Discount: $66.03 (Adult) $60.71 (Ages 3-9)
Day of Event: $72.42 (Adult) $67.10 (Ages 3-9)
Annual Passholder and DVC Member: $61.77 (Adult) $56.45 (Ages 3-9)

October 2, 3, 5, 9, 13, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28
Advance Purchase Discount: $71.36 (Adult) $66.03 (Ages 3-9)
Day of Event: $75.62 (Adult) $70.29 (Ages 3-9)

October 2, 5, 9, 13, 16, 19, 21
Annual Passholder and DVC Member: $68.16 (Adult) $62.84 (Ages 3-9)

October 10, 17, 24, 30
Premium/Day of Event: $75.62 (Adult) $70.29 (Ages 3-9)

October 31
Premium/Day of Event: $82.01 (Adult) $76.68 (Ages 3-9)

Ok, so I know you must be thinking, wait...what are all those distinctions? Let me break those 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.

Party Events

Mickey's Boo-To-You Parade

This fantastic parade is, hands down, to me, the best parade Disney puts on.

The pre-parade kicks off with the can't-miss Headless Horseman, who rides about 10 minutes prior to the parade's start. There is also more pre-parade fun in the form of the Cadaver Dans dressed as dead Frontiersmen, who perform in Frontierland.

Taking place on Main Street U.S.A. is another special pre-parade.  This one is called the Phineas and Ferb Creepa Crew pre-parade and this year, it will see a brand new addition of both Wreck-It Ralph, as well as Vanellope, who will join Phineas and Ferb in the fun.


The parade features floats themed around Disney Villains, Disney characters dressed for Halloween, Haunted Mansion, barnyard hoedown, Pirates, and Goofy's Candy Co. The most popular and largest section of this parade has to be The Haunted Mansion section. It features dancing ghosts, the caretaker and his dog, gravediggers, and more!

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 have a unique feel to it. Also, keep in mind the second parade is often less crowded than the first.

Check out the full parade here:


You know how I said that the Boo To You Parade was one of the best parades, well HalloWishes is one of the best fireworks shows. It's just stellar.  This just feels like Disney showing off what they do best.  The show is themed around The Haunted Mansion's Ghost Host, who invites his friends (Disney Villains) to create mayhem.  They easily accept the challenge.

What makes this fireworks show even more spectacular, besides the incredibly fun story line, is that the fireworks are shot all around you, in 360 degrees!

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.

Also, you don't want to miss the Halloween version of the "Celebrate the Magic" Castle Projection Show.  It's so cool to see this show anyway, no matter what time of year, but the villains give it a special twist. The show begins at 9:15 p.m.

Villains Mix and Mingle Dance Party

This spooktacular show sees the Disney Villains do what they do best...create havoc. The Villains are there to party on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle.

The show takes place multiple times a night:  7:45 p.m., 8:50 p.m., 10:05 p.m., 11:15 p.m.

If you are a fan of meeting characters, this is a rare opportunity to meet the baddies, who meet with guests after the show, but warning, these meet and greets are extremely popular, so you may have to get in line prior to the show to potentially catch your favorite. 

Dance Parties

Club Villain

This brand new dance party will feature the Disney Villains getting down and boogieing with guests at the Diamond Horseshoe.  Club Villain will feature a glowing decor and a lively atmosphere, plus appearances by Cruella De Vil, Dr. Faciler, and Cindrella's Step-Family, Anastasia, Drizella, and Lady Tremaine.

Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball


This dance party will take place at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland and features your favorite scarers from Monster's Inc. Guests will be able to party with Mike Wazowski, Sulley, and other friends at this rocking dance party.

Trick or Treating


By far, one of the most fun things about the Halloween party, and why I think it's a better party to attend than the Christmas party, is that you can actually go trick or treating...yes, even as an adult!  It is so much fun taking your trick or treat bag around to the different stations, marked on the map, as well as by a Goofy's Candy Co. inflatable sign.  You can go to the stations as many times as you want throughout the night, but just know that if you use Disney's bag that they hand you, you won't get as much candy as if you bring your own bag.

It's typically best to wait and get candy later in the evening for a couple of reasons. 1. Less people are vying for candy at that point in the night and 2.  The Cast Members hand out GOBS of candy to guests at the end of the night.

Treat Locations

The treat locations can change each year, but typically don't.  Here's where you can expect to see Trick or Treat spots.

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Pirates of the Caribbean

 Splash Mountain (Treat Trail)

Liberty Square
Liberty Square Riverboat

Pinocchio's Village House
Peter Pan's Flight
Storybook Circus, near Pete's Silly Sideshow

Tomorrowland Speedway
Space Mountain
Stitch's Great Escape
Treat Trail near Space Mountain



Meeting the characters during the party is a lot of fun.  Many are dressed in their Halloween costumes.  In addition, quite a few unique characters come out for appearances.

There are two character greeting opportunities that seem to be the most popular each year.  The first is the opportunity to meet Snow White with all Seven Dwarfs.  This is very rare.  In addition, last year, they added the opportunity to meet Jack Skellington and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas.  Both see lines that last hours.


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

 Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain
Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square
Haunted Mansion

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

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


Main Street USA

Main Street Bakery - special themed treats
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
Casey's Corner

Aloha Isle

Pecos Bill's
Westward Ho
Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart
Frontierland Churro Cart

Liberty Square
Sleepy Hollow - special themed treats

Storybook Treats - special themed treats
Gaston's Tavern - special themed treats

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
The Lunching Pad


Special merchandise is created for the event and can be picked up at the following locations:
  • Emporium
  • Frontierland Trading Post
  • Big Top Souvineers
  • Ursa's Major Minor Cart


  • Make sure to dress up!  It really is part of the fun
  • One of the highlights on party nights is to hit up The Haunted Mansion.  You'll also see the spectral Madame Carlotta or Renatta who are a riot!
  • 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. 
  • Candy handed out is typically the good stuff, M&Ms, Snickers, Twix, Reeses, Hershey's, etc.
  • If you have dietary issues, make sure to stop at City Hall.  They have treats for specialty diets.  
  • The park is decorated to the nines for Halloween and Fall.  Make sure to take in those unique touches!   

  • For those who enjoy playing the interactive game, Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom, guests with a Mickey's Not-So-Scary ticket can pick up a special Sorcerer's spell card, featuring the Helmsman pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean.  Guests may pick up this special card at the Firehouse on Main Street U.S.A.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a great time for both the young and the young at heart!  It is truly a hauntingly good time!

What are your thoughts about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party?  Let me know in the comments or on the Facebook Page.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 8/11/14 - 8/17/14

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


Magic Kingdom
  • The Golden Oak Outpost has introduced covered waffle fries.  There are four options: BLT Waffle Fries topped with Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Ranch Dressing; Brown Gravy and Cheese Waffle Fries topped with Brown Gravy and White Cheddar; Barbecue Pork Waffle Fries topped with Barbecue Pork and Coleslaw; and Tex-Mex Waffle Fries topped with Black Bean Cucumber Relish, warm Cheddar and Slice Jalapenos.

  •  A new VIP Tour has been introduced for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.  It will include
    • A welcome featuring champagne and appetizers at the VIP Lounge in the Festival Center.
    • A ride on select attractions: Test Track, Soarin', Spaceship Earth and Seas with Nemo and Friends.
    • A beverage tasting at the VIP Lounge, as well as a six course tapas-style lunch including drink pairings.
    • A backstage tour of the greenhouses in The Land Pavilion.
    • A hosted tasting of three food and beverage pairings from the World Showcase Marketplace.
    • VIP seating to one Eat to the Beat Concert.
    • Reserved viewing spot for IllumiNations.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  •  The American Idol Experience will close for good on August 30. Rumors indicate that the reason behind moving up the closure (which was slated for January originally) is because the Frozen Sing-Along may be heading to that theater.
  • FastPass+ is now available for the "For the First Time In Forever - A Frozen Sing-Along" beginning September 2.
  • The American Film Institute Showcase has now closed.  The shop/exhibit featured movie memorabilia and was the exit location for The Backlot Tour.
  • Guests who have purchased the Memory Maker will now be able to have an on-ride video of their experience on Tower of Terror.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
  •  The Sunrise Safari will be ending on December 28.

Disney Resorts
  • The newly refurbished Captain Cook's has reopened at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.  The counter service restaurant has some new menu options and has removed the touch-screen ordering system. 
General Walt Disney World News
  • Disney is testing where guests no longer have to activate a MagicBand at the time of purchase.  This will only be applicable for the original 7 colors, not any of the special edition MagicBands.  Guests will be able to link them at a future date, The stores included in this test are: Disney Outfitters, Creature Comforts, Chester and Hester's, as well as and other Walt Disney World Resort locations. 
  • Disney has entered into an agreement with PANDORA Jewelry.  The jewelry will be sold at the parks and PANDORA will be the new sponsor of Wishes. 
  • Guests using the My Disney Experience app will now be able to view restaurant availability to make Advance Dining Reservations from 20 minutes out.  Previously, you could only see availability up to an hour out.

  • Work on Star Wars may begin as early as January 2015 and the new area will likely take over much of Echo Lake. 
  • Illuminations should see new lasers by the end of the year. 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Goofy's Candy Company at Downtown Disney

Picture it:  You are on the last day of your Walt Disney World vacation, with only a few hours remaining, so you choose to spend the rest of your time soaking up the Disney atmosphere by visiting Downtown Disney.

It's a great way to get that extra Disney magic.  So, you go around the shopping/dining district. You have lunch at one of the many restaurants, you buy a few last minute souvenirs, you take your last few Disney photos. But what you should also do whenever you make a stop on your Walt Disney World vacation to Downtown Disney is to make sure you stop at Goofy's Candy Co.

Goofy's is found on the Marketplace section and the brightly-colored store is famous for their sweet treats.  One reason why this is a must stop for me is that the place serves up anything sweet you can think of: cookies, cupcakes, fudge, and caramel apples.  The middle section of the store features a couple of large cases filled with wonderful delicacies.  The options are so varied.

 Looking for something to take maybe back to your hotel room and enjoy throughout the rest of your trip? Along the outer walls, you'll find pre-bagged, as well as bulk candy options. They even offer quite a few sugar free choices.

Of course the thing they are most famous for are the create your own options. They actually have two create your own sections.  The first is the Goofy's Glaciers.  If it's hot out or you are a fan of slushies, you absolutely need to make a stop in here as they serve up some of the best options.

Guests can choose a cup (which comes with fun toppers and feet you get to pick out). You will then get to choose which flavors of slushie go into the cup.  There are eight flavors to choose from and you can mix and match however you choose!

The second section (and my favorite) is the create your own treat option. This is, by far to me, the best reason to make a stop at Goofy's. 

Guests pick up a form and choose which type of treat they want.  Options include apples, rice krispy treats, marshmallows, gingerbread cookies, and pretzel rods.  After that decision, you choose whether you want your treat coated in dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate. Then you can choose one topping from a multitude of toppings, such as Reeces pieces, chocolate chips, M&Ms, nuts, white chocolate chips, coconut, graham cracker crumbs, Oreos, and much more.  After that, you get to choose to have your treat drizzled with milk chocolate, white chocolate, or dark chocolate.

Once you turn in your form and pay for the treat, the magic starts to work.  A Cast Member will create your treat and they make sure to COVER it!

This is honestly my preferred choice of treat from Goofy's because the treats cost the same as those that can be found in the large cases and many times are coated better with topping. Plus, you can choose to have them made your way. Nothing is better than that!  A customized treat.

The Cast Member will then call out your name and you can collect your treat!  It will look something like this: 

So why do I love Goofy's Candy Co. and why do I think you should to?  Because if you are in the mood for something sweet, they have it.  It really is your one stop shop.  Best of all, because of the portability, I think these treats are super easy to take home with you to have as a Disney Blues snack.

What are your thoughts?  Do you enjoy stopping at Goofy's Candy Co.? Have you never been here before? Let me know in the comments section or on the Facebook page.  

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 8/4/14 - 8/10/14

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


Magic Kingdom
  • The refurbishment of Yankee Trader to the Haunted Mansion gift shop is going to last a little bit longer.  (Ok, a lot longer.) It was originally slated to debut around October 1, but now, it's looking like it won't debut until January 1, 2015. 
  • The Haunted Mansion will see a closure from December 1 through 19. 
  • The "Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It" street party will have an amended schedule for August 12, 13, 19, 20 and 29.  Performances will only take place at 5:40 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • The First Aid Center will be temporarily relocated to the lounge next to Space Mountain. until August 19. 
  • A new test of the Be Our Guest Restaurant is taking place, where standby guests are given a paper FastPass, with a return time when you will be able to dine at the restaurant.  This test is only taking place during the lunch period. Dinner will remain as a table service location.
  • Club Villain, a dance party, will be a new addition for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. It will take place in the Diamond Horseshoe throughout the night.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • The Frozen Summer Fun event has been extended. It will now last until September 28, however the fireworks will only take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, starting Sept. 5. Also, the Premium Packages are back on sale, for the weekend events only.
  • Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights to run from November 7 through January 4, 2015.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • It's Tough To Be A Bug's refurbishment has been extended. The attraction was originally supposed to reopen on August 11, but it will now be closed until September 27. 

General Walt Disney World News
  • Characters from the upcoming movie Big Hero 6, Hiro and Baymax, will be debuting at Walt Disney World this Fall.  They will likely be meeting at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Art of Disney Animation.


  • There will likely be a surprise character during the Villains Unleashed event. 
  • At this year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party's "Boo To You Parade," expect some changes to characters represented. The Winnie the Pooh float may be removed and Vanellope may take over Goofy's Candy Float. 
  • The new version of the "Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It" street party could begin October 4. 
  • Could the Yeti be slated to be fixed soon? 

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Walt Disney World Travel Tip: Explore the Maharajah Jungle Trek

At Disney's Animal Kingdom, of course, the focus of the park would be on animals. (I mean, it's in the name, right?) There are lots of places where you can take in some of the animal exhibits. You can take the train ride back to Rafiki's Planet Watch and see surgery happen, or you can see animals in a naturalistic habitat on Kilimanjaro Safaris, but did you know there are actually two really great self-guided trails with which you can explore and learn about some of Earth's marvelous creatures...the Pangani Forest and the Maharajah Jungle Trek.

My favorite of these two is the Maharajah Jungle Trek because I think it allows you to get the chance to experience more exotic animals. Though, of course, with the exotic label also comes the "some people are scared" label.  (More on that later.)  The trek, which is located in the Asia section of the park includes lots of animals, however there are three major ones that guests mostly think of. (I think anyway.)

When you enter the pathway to go down the Maharajah Jungle Trek, you will immediately be enveloped by trees and plants that help set the mood.  You are actually on a jungle trek.

You will quickly come upon your first animal along the trail, which is the Komodo Dragon. You may need to search, but you will usually find the Komodo Dragon on the rocks or sunning. (Though sometimes they can be hiding in the shade.)

You will then cross over a a bridge towards the second section, and the one that people are likely terrified of, the bats.  These are harmless fruit bats, but if you truly are scared, never fear!  You don't have to bypass this attraction completely.  Instead, you can just bypass the bat section without so much as seeing them.

For those brave enough to enter the "bat house", you will enter via a door which allows you to get much closer to the bats. The area also features some learning exhibits. The bats can be seen hanging on a line, upside down.  They are actually quite large but are extremely cute!  (Yep, I said bats and cute in the same sentence.)  Most of the time they will be sleeping, but if you catch them awake, make sure you marvel at their huge wing-span.  Disney claims on the walls that they look like winged foxes, and I think they are right. 

Next, (or if you decided to bypass the bats) you'll come upon the most popular section of the Maharajah Jungle Trek, the tigers. To me, the tiger section is also the most beautiful section of the attraction.  There are paintings and "ruins" all around.  The Disney Detail just astounds.

The tigers are just like my house cats....lazy.  You will most often catch them sleeping.  However, occasionally you may see them playing. If you catch them awake, you truly see what beautiful animals they are.

Further along the trail though you will end up seeing deer grazing, or a Banteng.  The attraction ends with a bird exhibit, where guests can grab a guide and go bird watching. Make sure to look up and down, as you never know where you'll find birds. For those who enjoy bird watching, I don't think you can get any better than doing it here.

Throughout the exhibit, you'll find Cast Members stationed everywhere.  If you have any questions about any of the animals you see, make sure you ask them.  They are full of information and would be more than happy to help educate you on the animals of the trek. 

Overall, the Maharajah Jungle Trek really is a wonderful zoological exhibit, featuring lots of different animals and incredible theming. The thing I like about this trek is that I think it (better than the Pangani) transports you to the story this attraction is trying to tell. (For the full story on that, check out this post from Jambo Everyone.  Really, for more details about Disney's Animal Kingdom, check out their site.)

I do wish that there were a few more exotic animals that could be found along the pathway, but as it is now, there's still plenty to experience. 

If you enjoy learning about and seeing unique animals that aren't going to be necessarily found at your local zoo, this is the trek for you. 

What are your thoughts?  Do you enjoy the Maharajah Jungle Trek?  Think Pangani is better?  Let me know your thoughts about this attraction in the comments section or on the Facebook page.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 7/28/14 - 8/3/14

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


Magic Kingdom

  • Disney has announced that the Yankee Trader store is indeed turning into a Haunted Mansion gift shop.
  • AstroOrbiter's refurbishment has been extended until September 27.


  • Disney has added a dining package for the Eat to the Beat Concert series.
  • Two new events have been added for this year's Epcot Food and Wine Festival. They include The Epcot Food and Wine Festival Premium Package which is available for guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Monday through Thursday, where these guests will be able to visit the "premium Package Areas" giving them access to 10 VIP areas situated around World Showcase from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. from September 22 through November 6.  At these VIP areas, guests will be able to order items from select Marketplaces and have them delivered to them. The package will cost $199, plus tax (plus Epcot admission). The package will also include an in-room gift with wine (for those who are 21 and older); a festival wine glass; truffles; and a special Epcot International Food & Wine Festival MagicBand plus a $50 Disney Gift Card.  Also included in this Premium Package will be one admission to Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Late Nights LIVE!  (This is the second new event.)  Late Nights LIVE is a street party that will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays during the festival, from 9:45 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. and will include six tastes (food and beverages) from select marketplaces, live music, a DJ, and other additional entertainment offerings. The street party will be located between the United Kingdom Pavilion and World Showcase Plaza.  The cost of this event is $79, plus tax for those who are not taking part in the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Premium Event.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  •  The Wild By Design tour is being cancelled.  The last tour will be given on September 26.

Disney Resorts

  •  While the Volcano Pool is closed guests of Disney's Polynesian Resort will receive admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach for any day of their stay. Also guests of the Poly can bring their refillable mug and refill it at the water park. 
  • The Kona Island sushi bar at the Polynesian will be closed for a refurbishment from August 8 through September 30.

General Walt Disney World News

  • Effective now, Victoria and Albert's will no longer participate in Tables in Wonderland.  In addition, select restaurants will see Tables in Wonderland blackout dates that are in addition to the normal blackout dates.  The new dates include–November 23-29; December 21-27; March 8-April 4, 2015; and May 31-June 20, 2015. The restaurants that are impacted are:
    • 1900 Park Fare
    • Chef Mickey’s
    • ‘Ohana (Dinner Only)
    • Cinderella’s Royal Table
    • Les Chefs de France
    • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
    • Le Cellier Steakhouse

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