Archive for May, 2013

End Zone Food Court At All Star Sports To Undergo Lengthy Refurbishment

by on May 31, 2013

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According to a couple of sources (like stitchkingdom.com), the End Zone Food Court, found at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, is expected to undergo a very lengthy renovation from August 5 – December 20, 2013.

For those who are looking for quick grab-and-go items, you’ll be able to get those in a temporary food service location that will overtake the Game Point Arcade.

If you are looking for something more substantial, or if you want to visit an arcade, you will need to travel to one of the other All-Star Resorts (Music or Movies). Buses will run continuously throughout the day from All-Star Sports, or you can walk. (Rooms in the Homerun Hotel section of All-Star Sports are just across the parking lot from Melody Hall at All-Star Music Resort.)

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Subscribe to the New TouringPlans YouTube Channel!

by on May 31, 2013

I’m happy to announce our newly revamped YouTube channel! On it you will find Disney Dining Reviews, Hotel Room Tours, Attraction Ride Throughs, and other fun and informative videos. Our YouTube channel allows us to bring you even more high quality content. We will be updating the channel with new videos multiple times a week from Walt Disney World and Disneyland, so be sure to subscribe on YouTube so you don’t miss anything!

YouTube.com/TouringPlans

Here are a few of the videos we’ve added so far:

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Ride Through

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Pirates Adventure Now Open At The Magic Kingdom

by on May 31, 2013

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Guests of the Magic Kingdom are invited to journey over to Adventureland to the Headquarters for A Pirates Adventure – Treasure of the Seven Seas, as the game is now officially open!

This is a brand new interactive game where guests participate in pirate raids using special pirate maps. There are five different raids in all, each taking approximately 20 minutes to complete.

(For a more detailed description, check out Scarlett’s blog post about the game.)

Blogger’s Note: I have also recently played the game, and this should be more or less considered as a great distraction for the park. Your kids will more than likely enjoy it. It will also likely take you through different nooks and crannies of Adventureland that you may have never visited before.

The game is included with your Magic Kingdom theme park admission and will be a great addition to your summer visit to the park.

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Limited Time Magic For Disneyland Resort – Come Along On Mickey’s Compass Quest

by on May 31, 2013

 

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Disneyland guests are invited help celebrate the all new show, Mickey and the Magical Map, playing in the Fantasyland Theatre.

From June 3 – 9, park guests may take park in Mickey’s Compass Quest. Once you have seen the brand new stage show and joined Mickey on his magical journey, grab a special map and follow the show inspired clues all around the park.

From there, when you have uncovered the hidden markers and completed the challenge, you’ll get to take home a special reward.

Let the quest begin!

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Limited Time Magic For Walt Disney World – Summer Trolley Show

by on May 31, 2013

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Starting June 2 and throughout the summer, make sure to stop to catch the Citizens of Main Street, U.S.A., as they perform summer toe-tapping melodies at the Magic Kingdom in the Summer Trolley Show.  The characters will be decked in their red, white, and blue finest as they celebrate summertime fun!

Make sure to check the times guide for exact showtimes.

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New L’Artisan des Glaces Ice Cream Parlor Opens In Epcot’s France

by on May 31, 2013

075This week a new ice cream shop, L’Artisan des Glaces, opened in Epcot. The shop features artisan ice cream and sorbets that can be served in a cup or cone or even topped with alcohol! I stopped by yesterday to try it out.

The shop is decorated with old country-style milk bottles, cows, and other things associated with ice cream ingredients…it reminded me of what I would find in my grandmother’s kitchen, but more upscale. They even had a fantastic chandelier made out of milk bottles!

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10 Restaurants with a View at Disneyland

by on May 30, 2013

Instead of a room with a view, we’re going to talk restaurants with a view! I think most of us need to slow down when we’re at Disney. It’s too easy to get caught up in the rush to Cars Land, the rush to get to the parks in the morning, the rush to eat, the rush to do most anything! I know when my husband gets ahead of me in the mornings because I’ve stopped to take pictures and turns to see masses of people passing him while he waits, it stresses him out. There may even be an occasional dirty look when I catch up. Maybe. If you find, like us, you’re having a hard time slowing down, meals are the perfect time to catch your breath. Everybody has to eat right? And what better way to relax and take it slow than eating at a restaurant with a great view. Here are 10 of them!

1. Chef’s Counter at Napa Rose – While many of the tables at Napa Rose in the Grand Californian have a neat view of a small section of Disney California Adventure, the views at the Chef’s Counter are the best there are. When you’re sitting at the Chef’s Counter you are just a counter away from the working kitchen. And working they are. Stunning dishes are prepared right before your eyes. They go out at a furious pace. I recently was able to experience the Chef’s Counter firsthand, and I was amazed at the experience as the chef answered our questions, gave us made-to-order entrees, and told us everything he was doing. It’s an incredible experience and one I’d recommend everyone try at least once.

2. Blue Bayou – Some would say you only eat here for the view and not the food, but I’ve never had a bad meal at Blue Bayou in Disneyland. A dark meal, sure, but not bad! The general darkness of the dining table area is all part of the atmosphere. Diners are literally just a few feet away from the Pirates of the Caribbean boats floating by. You feel like you are dining on someone’s back porch in Louisiana, and a beautiful back porch at that. There are lanterns overhead, fireflies, weeping willows and more. The atmosphere and views are just wonderful. It’s a don’t-miss restaurant for me.

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Red Carpet Premiere for “The Lone Ranger” Scheduled at Disney California Adventure

by on May 29, 2013

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The Lone Ranger, Disney’s latest big-screen collaboration between Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp, rides into American cinemas on July 3, 2013, but the masked hero will be making an early appearance at Disney California Adventure for an exclusive audience. On June 22 the film will have its red carpet premiere inside the second Anaheim theme park in a charity event benefiting the American Indian College Fund.

In past years, premieres for the Pirates of the Caribbean films have been held along Disneyland’s Rivers of America, necessitating the closure of parts of Frontierland and New Orleans Square to regular guests. The Lone Ranger premier will be held inside DCA’s Hyperion Theater and should have minimal impact on guests outside of the Hollywood Land area. A limited number of tickets to the premiere are available online for $1000 each. Regular guests will not be able to attend the private screening, but will be able to see celebrities (including the Lone Ranger’s horse, Silver) parade down Hollywood Boulevard, and a life-sized train engine from the film will be on display.

We’ll bring more details of the event, and any anticipated effect on visitors, as they become available. In the meantime, here is the complete press release about the premiere:

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Surrey Bike Rentals at Disney World

by on May 29, 2013

Not all the fun at Walt Disney World is found in the parks. A nice alternative form of recreation are the surrey bike rentals found at many of the moderate and deluxe resorts. Here’s what you need to know about renting a surrey.

Let’s start with the basics – what exactly is a surrey bike?

Surrey bikes are multi-person pedaled conveyances. They look a bit like a golf cart, but powered by humans rather than a motor.

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How many people can a surrey bike seat?

Disney offers different sizes of surrey bike rentals. Some are one-bench bikes built for two pedalers, some are two-bench bikes built for four pedalers, and some are three-bench Grand Surrey bikes built for six pedalers.

You can actually fit several more people on the bike than the number of pedalers. The bikes all have a front basket area which seats up to two small children, up to about age six or seven depending on their height. Additionally, each main bench seat of the bike can fit two adult-sized pedalers, plus a child or small adult. When my three children were small, we could fit our entire family of five in a two-pedal surrey bike. Now that my children are all teens, we would need a four-pedal bike.

My fellow Moms Panelist Darcie once got a total of ten people (which included several small children) on a three-bench bike.

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Observations from Islands of Adventure: May 23, 2013

by on May 29, 2013

029Even though I usually visit Disney parks I decided to spend a day over at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort. We arrived just after rope drop and headed straight for Spider-Man. Okay, I know that most people head straight for Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but since there is early entry for hotel guests and we weren’t there first thing when the park opened, we knew it would already be packed and decided to skip it. Spider-Man, however, is always a must do for me, especially since last year’s update with digital projectors.

I had heard that Spider-Man added a fourth Stan Lee cameo, and I was anxious to find it. Honestly I can’t even tell you which one was new since I hadn’t spotted all the other ones before…but on this ride I found all four appearances! You can spot him driving the dump truck that almost hits you near the beginning of the ride, and then 3 other times he is a person on the streets you can see in the background of the scene. Looking for this hidden bonus made riding an attraction I love even more engaging.

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