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The SATURDAY SIX Uses Disney Villains to Explain Theme Park Blogging

by on February 18, 2017 7 Comments

This week’s SATURDAY SIX is a very special one as we use Disney Villains to Explain Theme Park Blogging! Now, many of you reading this know the online Disney blogging community is one filled with many unique and colorful characters. What kind of person would spend 10 minutes photographing a single piece of Frushi at Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival from every possible angle? What kind of adult man has an awkward meet and greet with Elena of Avalor in order to be #First? With all the white noise, a hapless person at home trying to plan a vacation may be overwhelmed. Today, the SATURDAY SIX is here to help guide you through this wacky community – using some Disney Villains to put everything into context – and get you the info you need to achieve a great trip. Let’s kickoff the list with…

# 6 – SYNDROME – “Because when everything’s BREAKING, nothing is…”

A recent trend in all of blogging – including our precious theme park world – is websites using the term “BREAKING!” to cover pretty much anything. For those of us who like movies, the Hollywood blogs have become inundated with BREAKING! and EXCLUSIVE! headlines only to reveal the casting of a minor character, played by someone you’ve never heard of, in a movie coming out in three years. For those of us inside the theme park bubble, we get subjected to BREAKING! reports of a new cupcake being offered in the Magic Kingdom or the EXCLUSIVE! news of merchandise coming out for Flower & Garden (the best part of all the EXCLUSIVE! reports is that every single one of them is just copying the exact pictures and verbiage from the Disney Parks Blog.)

Are gondolas on their way to WDW? (art by Kinny M Brown)

Sometimes not all news needs to be BREAKING! (art by Kinny M Brown)

Some “news” probably shouldn’t be news at all…(art by Kinny M Brown)

The reason “Fake News” has run rampant is because so many websites are more interested in getting you to click on their links, rather than making sure what they are telling you is based in any sort of fact. The good news is that there are plenty of theme park news options available that avoid the sizzle when giving you the steak. Some of my favorites are TouringPlans’ own Rikki Niblett, theme park icon Jim Hill, Attractions Magazine, and the Orlando Sentinel’s Caitlin Dineen.

# 5 – GASTON – The Shameless Self Promoter

Ah, the most vain blogger of them all. This type of theme park blogger retweets themselves on Twitter, making sure to tag every single person they know in every single post. They watermark their pictures, as if there is some sort of black market offering big money for photos of theme park attractions. They even do podcasts talking endlessly about the parks because they are secretly in love with the sound of their own voice. Who are we kidding though? We love these devilishly handsome scallywags!

“You’re the most amazing thing in the entire world. No one deserves you.” (art by Kinny M Brown)

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of February 17, 2017

by on February 17, 2017 1 Comment

In Case You Missed ItAgain, it was a pretty newsworthy week. Ticket price increases, Mission: BREAKOUT news, and of course, tonight is the official debut of Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! What was most intriguing to you this week?

Speaking of intriguing bits of news, I have a lot for you, like info about unique patents being filed, filming news, and more.

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

 

Have I stepped into the past this week? Is Walt Disney World going to see a new aerial tramway? What do you think of this latest rumor?

Disney has another interesting patent this week that’s been making the rounds. This patent is expected to prevent sneaky drones peering at their construction projects or movie sets.

This week, there was a fire at the Disneyland parking garage, as several cars caught fire. Luckily, no one was injured.  Read the rest of this entry »

Price comparison of Orlando’s water parks

by on February 17, 2017 1 Comment

Summer is coming and this year will be unlike any previous year in Orlando because Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay erupts onto the scene. It’s hard not to call Volcano Bay a water park, because well, that’s what it is, but it is indeed so much more. It is said to have technology and features unlike anything we’ve seen before, especially in Orlando. Still, chances are as you think about planning your Orlando vacation, you’re thinking about Volcano Bay as if it is a water park. Most likely you are trying to decide how to spend the time you’ve allocated for a water park and debating between Volcano Bay, Disney’s water parks, Aquatica, or even Discovery Cove.

Price comparison of Orlando’s water parks

Without diving too deep into the strenuous detail between all of Orlando’s water parks, let’s take a look at this price comparison.

Prices below do not include tax, prices are as of 2/17/2017

Ticket type Volcano Bay Disney Water Parks
 Single day Single day tickets are not officially available as of yet, but can be purchased only as part of a vacation package through select travel booking services. Several sources indicate $124 as the price per person.

 $62.00 adult

$56.00 child

Multi day regular theme parks plus water parks

(park to park / park hopper)

3 days

  $314.99 adult

($105 per day)

$304.99 child

($102 per day)

 $364 adult

($121.33 per day)

$346 child

($115.33 per day)

Multi day regular theme parks plus water park

(park to park / park hopper)

4 days

$324.99 adult

($81.24 per day)

$314.99 child

($78.75 per day)

 $440 adult

($110 per day)

$420 child

($105 per day)

Multi day regular theme parks plus water parks

(one park per day)

3 days

 $259.99 adult

($86.66 per day)

$249.99 child

($83.33 per day)

 water parks are not available without Park Hopper option

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Back to the Basics: Park Tickets at Walt Disney World

by on February 17, 2017

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You Guys, this is my 100th post with TouringPlans!

What better way to celebrate than another Back to the Basics episode?

To learn about park tickets at Walt Disney World, click below.

Park Ticket Video

Enjoy!

If I missed anything, leave a comment and I’ll do a FAQ video!

New Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosk Opening at the Magic Kingdom

by on February 17, 2017 2 Comments

Joffrey's Coffee

Guests will soon be able to get their Joffrey’s Coffee fix at the Magic Kingdom in Tomorrowland, as a brand new Joffrey’s kiosk is expected to open in March. This is the first Joffrey’s Coffee kiosk to be located at the Magic Kingdom.

The new location is expected to serve a specialty coffee that is specific to Tomorrowland and that is their brand new s’mores latte, which includes Joffrey’s espresso mixed with chocolate sauce and marshmallow syrup, topped with whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs, and marshmallows. (Which you can get either hot or iced.) Oh does that sound delightful!

Currently, the two closest kiosks to the Magic Kingdom could be found at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and at the Transportation and Ticket Center.

This new kiosk is perfect for those looking for a great pick me up, as well as for those who have been wishing for an alternative to Starbucks at the Main Street Bakery.

Doc McStuffins Meet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Starts This Weekend

by on February 17, 2017

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Recently, I let you all know that Guests will be able to meet Doc McStuffins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Well, it appears that she will officially start meeting Guests beginning this Sunday, February 19.

Doc will be meeting with Guests just outside the veterinary clinic of Rafiki’s Planet Watch. The popular toy doctor will make daily visits taking photos and signing autographs. While at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, make sure to stop and learn all about the different conservation efforts that Disney is helping with, as well as how Disney’s vets care for the numerous animals that live at the park.

Guests will still be able to meet Doc McStuffins in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where she appears alongside fellow Disney Junior stars Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Sofia from Sofia the First. Guests looking to dine with Doc are still able to do so at Disney Junior Play n’ Dine for breakfast at Hollywood & Vine.

Guests Will Be Able to Meet BB-8 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 17, 2017 1 Comment

BB-8

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Ok, this is cool. Soon, Guests will have the opportunity to meet the lovable Star Wars droid, BB-8 at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This meet and greet opportunity will begin later this spring.

BB-8 will appear in addition to Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, two characters who meet Guests regularly in the Star Wars Launch Bay.

The Star Wars Launch Bay is a fantastic overall experience for Guests who are Star Wars fans. Located in the Animation Courtyard, Star Wars Launch Bay is a multi-sensory space where Guests will see special concept art, tour galleries featuring memorabilia and replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including ones from Rogue One, and have the ability to purchase special Star Wars merchandise.

Big Changes for Disney’s Coronado Springs and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resorts

by on February 16, 2017 8 Comments

There are some thrilling new changes that are on the horizons for two of Walt Disney World’s moderate category resorts.

The first is an expansion of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, which will be getting a new 15-story tower adding 500 rooms to the resort. The tower, which will overlook Lago Dorado, the resort’s lake, will include suites and concierge level services. Oh and there will be unique rooftop dining added to this new tower with a great view of some of the theme park’s fireworks spectaculars. Of course, Coronado Springs’ current rooms will be getting a refurbishment. Oh and the landscape of the resort will gain floating gardens and an island oasis that will connect the resorts through a series of bridges.

Here is a look at what to expect with the new work at Disney’s Coronado Springs.

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Dani’s Best Week Ever February 16, 2017: Universal Mardi Gras and a pinch of Disney

by on February 16, 2017 5 Comments

The Big Easy has arrived in Orlando. Universal Mardi Gras 2017 is now in full swing, through March 25, 2017. This year marks the first time that Mardi Gras fills the streets of Universal Studios Florida every single night. It’s nice to know more guests are able to enjoy this lively celebration no matter the day of the week. I paid a visit to Universal Orlando to get some Mardi Gras flavor in my life, and I even managed to make it over to Walt Disney World and visit two parks in two hours!

Universal Mardi Gras 2017

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Ask It: Best Splurges at Walt Disney World

by on February 15, 2017 8 Comments

It’s Wednesday again, and we’re putting you in the driver’s seat for another round of Ask It!

Last week we asked you:

Which of the following WDW Splurges is the best use of money?

Truthfully, any would have been a great Valentine’s Surprise, but here’s how more than 700 of you voted (in order from least to greatest):

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