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Attraction Overview: Gran Fiesta Tour + Video

by on September 26, 2017
Filed under: Attractions, Video, Walt Disney World (FL)

It’s Attraction Overview Day!

Today, enjoy a video all about the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros.

This attraction is found inside the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.

Have fun! Read the rest of this entry »

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Checking into Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

by on September 25, 2017
Filed under: Resorts 6 Comments

Ahh…Disney’s All-Star Resorts. With their bright bold colors, over-sized pop culture icons, and low price tag, these Disney Value resorts are a popular option for families, young adults, and large groups. If you have only stayed at a Moderate or Deluxe resort, you might wonder: How is a Disney All-Star Resort different?

The lower room rates should be a clear sign that you will be offered fewer amenities than the pricier resort categories. For instance All-Star Resorts have smaller rooms, no full-service restaurants on site, only offer bus transportation (instead of boat or monorail options), and have no water features that accommodate boating, fishing, and so on. The All-Star Resorts do offer a feature pool with lifeguards, daily activities, and a nearby pool bar plus additional quiet pools on opposite ends of the resort, a food court, a gift shop, and in-room pizza delivery. Simply put, Value resorts like Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort offer a “more fun less frills” atmosphere. Aside from these basic differences, there are a few other things that you might wish to know before checking in to Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort that aren’t quite as obvious by looking at a list of amenities.

At least one of the amenities is a bar. Honestly, what else do you really need?

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Hurricane Irma Bounceback Affect May Be Increasing Wait Times At Disney World

by on September 25, 2017
Filed under: Crowd Blog, Walt Disney World (FL) 18 Comments

For the second year in a row a hurricane interrupted operations at Walt Disney World. Last year, Hurricane Matthew forced the closure of Disney Parks in early October, after which we saw a slight bump in attendance when guests returned. This year, the bounceback as guests return after Hurricane Irma may be more significant.

Crowds are up since Disney World re-opened after Hurricane Irma

In the 90 days leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Irma the Disney World Crowd Calendar correctly predicted the crowd level at Walt Disney World within 1 index point most days. Occasionally, the crowds would come in at a 2 point difference. Last week we saw a three-day stretch between Monday and Wednesday when the parks were two points higher than predicted each day. This could be an indicator that something is different. It may be that most visitors affected by Irma chose to rebook their vacations immediately after the storm passed.

Or, this may be a random fluctuation in crowd patterns. On Saturday (and Sunday) we noticed that the crowd levels were within the normal range for this time of year.

Regardless, we wanted to share what we have seen so far and let you know that we are monitoring the crowds daily and will announce if we decide to make any further adjustments to the crowd levels going forward.

Question: Were your travel plans affected by Hurricane Irma? 

 

Creating Your Own Custom Pin Art: A Tutorial

by on September 25, 2017
Filed under: Disneyland (CA), geeky, Just For Fun, Merchandise, Walt Disney World (FL) 8 Comments

Rapunzel Pin Art

A great way to showcase your pin collection is by making pin art!

As far as souvenirs go, Disney pins are pretty high on the list for unique and fun merchandise. They have pins for characters, pins for rides, pins for special events and anniversaries, and pins for everything in between. Chances are you’ve seen a wide variety of pin offerings on your trips to various Disney locales. I love Disney pins. My husband and I are always quick to buy pins for special events and to mark specific trips. If we stay at a new resort, we’ve got to get the pin. If we visit during Food and Wine or Flower and Garden, we’ve got to get the pin. This is one of our traditions, and it isn’t one that will be going away any time soon.

The big question then becomes – what do you do with all these Disney pins? As someone who uses the pins to remember our trips, it is important to me that they don’t end up packed in a shoe box under the bed, never to see the light of day again. Enter my crafty side. Through trial and error (the first few attempts were NOT GOOD) I came up with a method for creating pin art. This is a fairly simple craft project that just about anyone can do. (Truthfully, the hardest part of this process is laying out the pins and getting them situated just right in the artwork.) This tutorial will walk you through the entire process and gives tips and lessons I’ve learned in creating a few of these over the years. (Spoiler alert – I learned a brand-new lesson with the pin art I created for this tutorial!) Read the rest of this entry »

SATURDAY SIX: 6 Reasons We Love Universal’s HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 27

by on September 23, 2017
Filed under: Halloween, Saturday Six, Universal Orlando Resort 2 Comments

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Universal’s 27th Annual HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS! While Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is arguably Disney’s best hard ticket event, the premiere Halloween party in Florida takes place down the road at Universal Studios Florida. Halloween Horror Nights (HHN), transforms the entire park after day guests leave. When HHN begins, out come elaborate street experiences throughout the park, 9 insanely detailed haunted houses, and two great stage shows.

(photo by @bioreconstruct)

A perennial Golden Ticket winner for Best Halloween Event, HHN 27 faced two rather large challenges in 2017. For the first time in four years. the blockbuster sensation AMC’s The Walking Dead IP would not be part of the event. More importantly, longtime HHN creative lead Michael Aiello moved up on the corporate ladder at Universal, leaving the event in the hands of show director Patrick Braillard. Today we’re going to look at our favorite parts of HHN, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – The Scare Zones

During HHN, the streets of Universal that are normally lined with churro carts become home to elaborately designed set pieces filled with costumed characters. This year’s lineup includes The Altars of Horror as you walk into the park in Production Central, The Purge in New York, Invasion! in San Francisco, Trick ‘r Treat in Central Park, and Festival of the Deadliest in Hollywood. Each of these locations have unique characters, and there is also “roaming hordes” of clowns wielding the ubiquitous HHN chainsaw that you will see mostly in the Springfield USA area. Lots of great photo opportunities here.

The Purge. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Trick ‘r Treat. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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Halloween Time Hits the Downtown Disney District

by on September 22, 2017
Filed under: Downtown Disney, Recent News

Halloween Time

©Disney

With today being the official first day of fall, it’s time to celebrate the Halloween Time season at Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney District.

Guests will be welcomed into Downtown Disney with festive Halloween décor, seasonal entertainment and for the first time, special fall-themed landscaping.

To start with, there will be more than 1,600 real pumpkins that have been integrated into the landscaping in unique ways. There will be themed plants nestled into planters among flowers and raised high above in towers. Guests will find a mix of tropical fall plants, such as canna lilies and copperleaves, as well as traditional plants, including mums and marigolds.

If you’re looking for a Halloween treats, Guests can pick up a Sprinkles Halloween BOO box loaded with Vanilla Milk Chocolate, Red Velvet, Black and White and Caramel Apple cupcakes. Or if you head over to Wetzel’s Pretzels, you can enjoy pumpkin spice bitz with pumpkin caramel dipping sauce. (What?!) If you’re in the mood for a beverage,  pick up a Halloween-inspired cocktails at UVA Bar and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. Or choose a pumpkin-flavored smoothie at Jamba Juice.

Finally, Guests will be able to enjoy SCAREolers who will entertain guests with ghoulish songs on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in October. (And, yes, also on Halloween night.) They will perform songs such as “Grim Grinning Ghosts” and “I Put A Spell On You.”

Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort this year just seems to be getting better and better, and with these events at Downtown Disney, it going to be a spooktacular time!

Special Events to Mark Epcot’s 35th Anniversary

by on September 22, 2017
Filed under: Epcot, Recent News 2 Comments

©Disney

Wow! I can’t believe it’s already been almost 35 years since Epcot first opened its doors! To celebrate the park’s anniversary on October 1, Walt Disney World is offering a few special opportunities for those who would like to partake.

First, there will be a special commemorative map and times guide! So, you map collectors, make sure to pick up yours! (And maybe grab one for your favorite blogger who isn’t gonna get to be there this year. I’m just saying…she did tell you about it! 😉 )

Then, beginning at 10:01 a.m., there will be a special ceremony that will be held on the Fountain View stage. The ceremony will include performances by both Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty.  Read the rest of this entry »

Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of September 23

by on September 22, 2017
Filed under: Disney Cruise Line, Weekly Preview

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of September 23! I’m Brand Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. We’re back this week with a look at some of the exciting events coming to the high seas in the next few weeks.

Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)

Sint Maarten

Disney Magic

  • 23 September – Day at Sea
  • 24 September – Day at Sea*
  • 25 September – Day at Sea
  • 26 September – New York* (82/70, 10%)
  • 27 September – New York (78/69, 30%)
  • 28 September – Day at Sea
  • 29 September – Bar Harbor (67/51, 60%)

*Itinerary changes noted en route due to weather concerns.

Disney Wonder

  • 23 September – Ensenada (71/60, 0%)
  • 24 September – San Diego (77/63, 0%)
  • 25 September – Day at Sea
  • 26 September – Day at Sea
  • 27 September – Puerto Vallarta (88/74, 60%)
  • 28 September – Mazatlan (88/76, 50%)
  • 29 September – Cabo San Lucas (86/77, 20%)

Sint Maarten

Disney Dream

  • 23 September – Nassau (89/82, 20%)
  • 24 September – Castaway Cay (89/81, 10%)
  • 25 September – Port Canaveral (86/74, 10%)
  • 26 September – Nassau (90/80, 20%)
  • 27 September – Castaway Cay (88/80, 10%)
  • 28 September – Day at Sea
  • 29 September – Port Canaveral (87/76, 10%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 23 September – Port Canaveral (84/76, 90%)
  • 24 September – Day at Sea
  • 25 September – Cozumel (86/77, 40%)
  • 26 September – Grand Cayman (87/82, 20%)
  • 27 September – Falmouth (89/78, 90%)
  • 28 September – Day at Sea
  • 29 September – Castaway Cay (88/80, 40%)

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Disneyland Preview — Week of September 23

by on September 22, 2017
Filed under: Disney California Adventure, Disneyland (CA), Disneyland Park, Trip Planning, Uncategorized, Weather, Weekly Preview

Halloween festivities continue this week at Disneyland, with even more Halloween parties! Read on to learn more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Photo – Disney (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland)

Halloween season is officially in full swing at the Disneyland Resort now. In addition to yearly favorites Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout is getting a new Halloween makeover of its own — in the evenings, it will transform into Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark. The attraction will remain in its normal mode during the day. Read the rest of this entry »

In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of September 22, 2017

by on September 22, 2017
Filed under: In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed ItDo you have the feeling of autumn yet? (I mean it is officially fall as of today.) I won’t get that cool feeling for at least another couple of months here, but I am enjoying the concept of experiencing fall right now. For example, I’m thinking of cuddling up on the couch with a nice flannel blanket, a cup of hot tea, and a slice of pumpkin pie. That sounds amazing right now. What about you? What’s your favorite part of fall?

This week, see what new treats Disneyland has for Guests, learn what Disney partnership will be continuing and so much more! Let’s get to the fun!

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

 

Following Hurricane Irma’s wrath, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort reopened this week.

Also, due to Irma, the Magical Dining Month has been expanded! As a reminder, it’s a great offer and a fun way to try new restaurants in the Orlando area, including some Disney restaurants.  Read the rest of this entry »