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“Glow With The Show” Changing To “Made With Magic” at Disney Parks

by on October 20, 2014 6 Comments

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Recently Disney rolled out “Glow With The Show” ears; they appeared at Walt Disney World last year and were introduced at Disneyland a year prior. Well, it seems that the concept is being re-branded, and it will now be known as “Made With Magic.”

In addition to being re-branded, new merchandise items have been created for guests to purchase and enjoy. These items include a Sorcerer Mickey wand (which will offer an additional function of changing the light patterns of other “Made with Magic” products), a Mickey Mouse glove, and a Minnie Mouse headband. The previously offered “Glow With The Show” ear hats will still be available, as well.

For those who are unaware, the “Made With Magic” items utilize interactive technology that allows the products to blink and change color in response to the environment you are in at the parks. Places in Walt Disney World that make use of the interactive elements include Fantasmic! and The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as the Celebrate the Magic castle light show and the Wishes fireworks show at Magic Kingdom. At Disneyland, the products interact with World of Color at Disney California Adventure, as well as Fantasmic! and the nighttime fireworks show at Disneyland. When the merchandise isn’t interacting with the environment, it is in a color-changing mode.

The first item to arrive will be the Minnie Mouse headband, which will be available in late October/early November. The Mickey Mouse glove and Sorcerer Mickey wand can be purchased beginning in late November/early December. The ear hats are available now. Each item will cost $25 and be available at select locations throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

With the new products being offered, are you more likely to purchase a “Made with Magic” interactive item?

The Chase Lounge at Food & Wine for 2014

by on October 20, 2014

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signIn all the busy preparations for my Walt Disney World trip and the realities of daily life, I missed this little gem on TouringPlans.com that stated that Chase – a sponsor of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival – would have a lounge for Chase cardholders in The American Adventure pavilion. Imagine my surprise when one of the cast members giving me my sweet pepper hash at the Farm Fresh booth mentioned that I could go to a lounge because of my credit card!

If you look at The American Adventure pavilion, to the right of the main entrance is a side door that leads into a stairwell. Some lovely cast members stand there, and you show them your Chase card. (On the main banner it states that the lounge is for Chase debit and credit cardholders, including Disney Visa members.) Then you follow the signs up to the third floor (there’s also an elevator) and a most wonderful sight beckons.

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Menu Monday: Snacks from the World Showcase: China!

by on October 20, 2014 1 Comment

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Epcot's Iconic Spaceship Earth, on our snacks from China Quest

It’s a perfect day to search out snacks! © Disney

It’s Menu Monday! Today we are looking once again at packaged snacks that are available in Epcot’s World Showcase, and we have already visited JapanCanadaUnited Kingdom, France, and Germany. Only a few stops remain on our snacking tour, so let’s check out what’s available as we explore today’s stop, China!

Snack Rules

  • No snacks over $10; preferably less than $5
  • As unusual as possible
  • Something I personally would eat

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Menu Monday: Ranking Every Meal and Snack I Ate At Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

by on October 20, 2014 6 Comments

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Some say math is the universal language; I completely disagree with this. The one true thing that all of mankind can understand is food. On my recent trip to Tokyo, I found that the people of Japan love food as much as I do, and this is especially true at Tokyo Disneyland and its neighboring park, Tokyo DisneySea. I am especially fond of Disney food and spend quite a bit of time tweeting and blogging about it, so naturally food was a big part of my Tokyo Disney Resort vacation. Now, for purpose of record, I rank every meal and snack I ate at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea.

 #1: Eukiwa Buns from Seaside Snacks (Tokyo DisneySea)

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Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Report – October 5 to 11, 2014

by on October 19, 2014

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Crowds at Islands of Adventure lagged behind Universal Studios most of the week with only one day where the two parks reached the same level on our scale. Halloween Horror Nights continue to draw large crowds of (mostly) locals to the Studios on certain evenings although wait times in the parks tend to be unaffected during the day.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Report:

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – October 5 to 11, 2014

by on October 19, 2014

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Disneyland Resort saw peaks and valleys on our scale this week in line with the schedule for Mickey’s Halloween Parties. When Disneyland Park hosted a party the crowds during the day were two or three points lower than days without a party. This makes a good tip for savvy guests visiting the resort who wish to experience low crowds and don’t plan on visiting during the parties. If you don’t mind the shorter park hours crowds will be much lower on days with a party – at both parks.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:

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Disney World Crowd Report – October 5 to 11, 2014

by on October 19, 2014 3 Comments

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Resort-wide crowds were busier on the weekend and days adjacent to the weekend, while crowds dipped during the middle part of the week. We predicted crowds to be flatter. Crowd numbers are slowly creeping higher as we leave behind the slower part of the Fall Season and head into the Halloween/Thanksgiving Season.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the Disney World Crowd Report:

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SATURDAY SIX: Six Things To Do On Your Next Orlando Trip (Outside of Disney and Universal)

by on October 18, 2014 1 Comment

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This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Things To Do On Your Next Orlando Trip (Outside of Disney and Universal). When I was growing up, our family trips to Orlando never meant just going to Disney. Sure, we would spend time at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, but we always built time in our vacation to travel outside of Walt Disney World and visit attractions like Cypress Gardens, the Kennedy Space Center, and SeaWorld. Now it seems many guests lock themselves into a vacation at WDW and – thanks in part to Magical Express - never leave property. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has convinced some to venture over to the dark side of the Universal Orlando Resort, and today we are going to look at six other things to do on your next Orlando trip that are worth checking out. Remember that clicking on any picture will bring it up in full size, and let’s count down the fun….

 

# 6 – Fun Spot America

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Fun Spot America. (Photo by Mike Sperduto)

 

Located near Universal off of I-Drive, Fun Spot America doesn’t away the immersive theming you will see at Universal and Disney, but still has the fun rides and at a very reasonable price. One unique feature is that admission to the park is free, so that if you have family members who don’t enjoy going on rides, they can still be with everyone without having to pay the full cost of a ticket like you do at the theme parks. For my family this is a great option because my grandmother loves coming with us to the parks but has zero interest in riding anything. She does enjoy watching the kids have fun, and at Fun Spot this entertainment costs her $0 where at Disney it’s $100. Another ticket option Fun Spot has that I wish the bigger parks would adopt is pricing of rides based on height rather than age. I’ll never understand why both Disney and Universal for all intents and purposes charge a full price ticket to kids whose height prevents them from going on many of the park’s rides.

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of October 17, 2014

by on October 17, 2014

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In Case You Missed It!

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor…hi neighbor!

I’m back again this Friday with some fun goodies! They include accolades for Aulani, a first look of the new Guardians of the Galaxy animated series, and more! Let me know your favorite article in the comments!

 

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

 

Forbes released an intriguing article this week. It took a look at how Disney is interacting with its customers in these changing times of fast-moving marketing and how to stay relevant to guests wants and needs. Of course, we know the answer is MyMagic+, but, the article shares some thought-provoking points, nonetheless.

While ground has officially broken for two new Marriott hotels in the Flamingo Crossing area of Walt Disney World property, we could actually be seeing a few more hotels in the area; potentially 5 more. Hmmm…. Read the rest of this entry »

New Italy Flag Performers at Epcot

by on October 17, 2014 2 Comments

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A brand new performing act debuted today at Epcot. Called Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro, it is a flag-throwing troupe located in the Italy Pavilion. The show, which is set to drums and horns, is beautifully choreographed and involves some very difficult tricks.

Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro performs daily on the raised stage located in the courtyard of the Italy Pavilion. Showtimes are at 11:20 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m., 4:20 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. This is the first new act to appear in the pavilion since the comedy troupe known as The Ziti Sisters were retired back in February.

This flag-throwing act is the second new entertainment offering to debut in World Showcase, as the park is currently in the process of introducing multiple new live shows. The Canadian Lumberjacks debuted on October 5 at the Canada Pavilion. The other shows that are expected to begin performing soon include a traditional Berber music and dance troupe in Morocco and a Celtic folk music ensemble at the United Kingdom Pavilion.

Although this show has officially debuted, do keep in mind that it is in a “soft opening” phase and that showtimes and show elements could potentially change.