Archive for November, 2013

Disneyland Handmade Candy Canes Available Now through Christmas

by on November 30, 2013

Disneyland handmade candy canes available through Christmas 2013

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A popular Anaheim tradition returns to the resort on the day after Thanksgiving, as fresh handmade candy canes are again available at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure through Christmas Day. Availability alternates between Disneyland’s Candy Palace (Fridays and Tuesdays) and Disney California Adventure’s Trolley Treats (Mondays and Saturdays) and is strictly limited to about 120 canes per day.

The complete handmade candy cane schedule is as follows:

  • At Disneyland’s Candy Palace: November 29; December 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20.
  • At DCA’s, Trolly Treats: November 30; December 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21.
  • On Christmas week only, the schedule is Candy Palace on Sunday & Tuesday (Dec 22 & 24) and Trolly Treats on Monday & Wednesday (Dec 23 & 25).

Fresh handmade candy canes sell out quickly, so if you want one you’ll need to secure a wristband at park opening and pick up your candy before 4pm. Candy canes cost $13 each, and no discounts are offered. For more details, check out the full report on the Disney Food Blog.

Are you planning to line up at dawn for one of these delicious holiday treats? Or are you unable to tell the difference between handmade candy canes and the standard store-bought ones? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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SATURDAY SIX: The Top Six Iconic Snacks at the Magic Kingdom

by on November 30, 2013

SS_CastleThis week’s SATURDAY SIX looks at the Top Six Iconic Snacks at the Magic Kingdom. Regular readers of the Saturday Six know that we love eating and drinking at the theme parks. From outrageous snacks like the Chocolate Allspark at Transformers: The Ride-3D, to signature drinks like the Flaming Moe, to a meal at the Three Broomsticks, we’re constantly on the look out for new food an drink options. But sometimes we want our old standbys… our long time favorites… the snacks which evoke memories of trips gone by and remind us of why we became fans of theme parks in the first place. The Mecca for these snacks is, of course, the Magic Kingdom.

Now it seems that pretty much everyone has an absolute favorite snack at the Magic Kingdom, but today we’re going to eschew newer snacks such as the Mickey Pretzel, LeFou’s Brew, and the incredible cup cakes and focus on the six most iconic snacks. Without further ado, let’s start the list!

# 6 – The Mickey Bar

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The Mickey Bar

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How to Get Your Joke Told at the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

by on November 30, 2013

Of the many ways to participate in the shows and attractions at Disney World, one of the easiest is getting a joke included in the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor attraction at the Magic Kingdom. Here’s how to make it happen.

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When you enter the Laugh Floor attraction, you’ll first be placed in a holding room pre-show area with several TVs hanging from the ceiling. The screens will give a message which states, “Text Your Joke Now to 12345″ (12345 is a placeholder, the actual number varies from show to show) and gives the following instructions:

  1. Start your text with the word (rotating key word).
  2. Include your first name and hometown so we can thank you!
  3. If chosen, your joke will be performed in the show and you’ll be famous.* (*Famous in monster world only. Human world fame may vary.)

While these instructions seem pretty simple, lots of folks fumble them. A common mistake is forgetting to include the show-specific key word. Without the key word, they don’t know that you’re actually at the theater and they won’t include your joke. Follow instructions and you’re ahead of the game already.

While sending a text is simple enough, the other critical part of getting your joke included in the show is sending in a good joke. In my unscientific study of a dozen shows, I’ve noticed a pattern in the jokes that were selected for inclusion. Jokes used during the show are typically short (they have to fit in a text, duh), use G-rated language, have a teeeeeny gross-out factor, or include a pun or Disney character reference. Bonus points if there’s a teeny gross-out, a pun, and a Disney reference!

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of November 29, 2013

by on November 29, 2013

Disney News and RumorsHappy Black Friday! Here it is, the weekly wrap up of Disney news and rumors, fun stuff, and other cool things that sparked our interest while you were cooking your Tofurkey, scrounging for place-settings, and planning your boycott of retailers open on Thursday this week (maybe that last one was just me):

In Case You Missed It – Disney News and Rumors

Have you ever wondered what would happen if one day the cast members at Disneyland just locked the front gates and never came back? HowStuffWorks.com (my source for every interesting thing I know) ran a slide show of abandoned places this week, and one of them was Nara Dreamland in Japan. This led to a Google search and MichaelJohnGrist.com’s article on the park and his undercover visit to document it. If you love the Urban Exploration of Discovery Island video and photos of River Country, this is for you.

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Limited Time Magic Events For December 2 – 8

by on November 29, 2013

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It’s officially the season for giving and this week’s Limited Time Magic proves just that.

At Walt Disney World, they are helping to spread cheer to families in need, and they ask for your help too!

This year, Disney is asking guests to help give a special toy to a child who needs one.  When guests visit either Once Upon a Toy or World of Disney in Downtown Disney, if they choose to donate $5.00, Disney will donate a Duffy the Disney Bear to the Toys for Tots.

In addition, Disney is joining in the spirit of giving and will also donate $200,000 to Toys for Tots this holiday season.

The Disney company has had a relationship with Toys For Tots for years, when in 1948, Walt Disney designed the famous train logo for the charity, a logo that is still currently used.

What a wonderful way to help children in need.

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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! November 2013 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on November 29, 2013

MMM positiveToday is not just any day. Today is Black Friday. The official beginning to the Christmas shopping season. A day of bargains, lines, and absolute terror excitement. There couldn’t be a better day to lather ourselves up in pixie dust, strap on our Jessie cowgirl hat, and put on our Mickey Mouse “Hang Loose” shirt as we head out for our monthly photo report of the Disney Outlet Store.

You may remember last month that the outlet stores started selling 2013 merchandise at a deep discount, and this month a whole bunch of 2013 branded items joined the clearance rack including pins, graduation hats, basketballs, and laptop covers.

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Comparing and Contrasting WDW Moderate Resorts

by on November 29, 2013

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Coronado Springs

In many ways I consider myself a lucky man. One of those ways, albeit a minor one, is that I have had the opportunity to stay in all four of Walt Disney World’s Moderate level resorts within the past 18 months or so. The first thing you may notice is that I said four, even though Disney technically lists five: Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans – French Quarter, Port Orleans – Riverside, and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. I am omitting the Cabins from this comparison for a few reasons: Firstly, the Cabins are quite a bit different than the other moderates as they are larger, capable of housing more people, and more expensive. Secondly, and more importantly, I have never stayed in one, so a writing of my personal experiences would be very, very short.

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Observations From Disneyland: November 27, 2013

by on November 28, 2013

DSC01189It was a perfect day on Wednesday in terms of weather, the skies were clear and the temperature got up to around 75 degrees. But Thanksgiving week does bring in some large crowds to Disneyland Resort.

DSC01188These were the posted wait times as of 12:30 PM. They aren’t too bad considering this was a 9 out of 10 day on our crowd calendar. But times did quickly climb as the day went on.

More pictures and observations after the jump.

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Time Traveling: Mickey’s PhilharMagic

by on November 28, 2013

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For the second in the series we’ll be looking at the site of Mickey’s PhilharMagic and time traveling all the way to 1971 to see what has lived in this space over the ages. If you haven’t already read the history of Stitch’s Great Escape in part one of the series you can find it here. One housekeeping note: a lot of this is written from my memories. If you remember it differently please let me know in the comments below – I’d love to hear from everyone.

If you hopped into the Wayback Machine and set it between 1994 and 2002 you’d emerge to find The Legend of the Lion King. This was one of my favorite shows, and I was really sad to see it close. This was one of the last few attractions to actually open WITH the movie. Can you imagine a big Rapunzel show opening at the Magic Kingdom just weeks after the movie hit theaters? This used to be common for Disney, but it seems like nowadays the company sits back and makes sure it has a hit first. (And sometimes after a mega hit…we get bathrooms!) I was a little old to buy into it completely, but for my younger sisters The Legend of the Lion King seemed “real” and was a way to visit the most recent Disney story. The fun started when you entered the pre-show area where a live actor dressed as Rafiki introduced the story before you were ushered into the theater. Inside the theater was a show like nothing before or since at Disney. The story of The Lion King was told with projection screens, puppets, and effects. I could go on about how great it was but there are several videos on YouTube that do it more justice. Not that I don’t think Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a great show, but I’ll always think Lion King was better!

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New Act Takes The Stage For Epcot’s Holidays Around The World

by on November 27, 2013

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It’s one of the best parts about Epcot’s holiday festivities…the Holidays Around The World. This edutainment event, which takes place from November 29 through December 30 this year, celebrates the festive season by introducing guests to holiday traditions from around the globe.

Guests are immersed in cultural heritage of each nation by letting them get up close and personal with holiday storytellers who share customs from each country. Some of these storytellers include Father Christmas from the United Kingdom, Père Noël from France, the Monkey King from China, and La Befana from Italy.

 

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