Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: July 3, 2014

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Hi everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World! This week we’re starting off with some changes to the Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. If you’ve tried it before, you’re probably used to the ancient flip phones used to play the game. This week those were upgraded, and it has definitely made the game more popular. They actually aren’t distributing phones in Future World anymore to help keep up with demand. Even with that change I had to stop at two different locations before finding an available phone to play with! I don’t think I’ve ever had to wait in the past.

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Here’s a look at the new graphics in action. You can really see that the upgrade made a huge difference. However, Disney hasn’t done a great job locking down the phones. My husband was out of the game and playing with other phone features in a minute flat. They’ve actually put a sticker over the camera lens rather than locking down that feature. I imagine this is going to cause some problems down the road.

So you can tell the size, I asked my hubby to model the new phone for you. As you can see, I’m not sure they’re going to survive many drops. With Disney’s relationship with Apple I was surprised to see a Windows phone. Maybe they’re expecting them to get dropped and broken frequently? I don’t even feel like I could throw this phone in my purse without scratching it.

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As we walked around the World Showcase playing with the new phone, I spotted this wedding reception setting up. I thought it was worth including for every little girl (or little girl at heart) who is still dreaming of a Disney wedding!

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Next, let’s park hop over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to check out the Rock Your Summer Side Dance Party. It seems like this will be one of the shortest lived events in Disney history as it’s being replace next week with the Coolest Summer Ever. I stopped for a few other photos on my way to the stage. Taking a look at the photo below you can see the rumored location for Starbucks under renovation. Personally, I hope those rumors are true! (Of course, now where do we go for all our Duffy needs at the Studios?!)

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Another thing that caught my eye was the below sign. If you ever see this, RUN! (Just kidding!) I stopped to talk the to cast members about this sign, and it turns out they have a special FastPass+ process for tour groups. Anyone who was ever stuck behind one person with 100 tickets will be relieved to hear this news. All in all, FastPass+ is slowly but surely getting better. It will be interesting when we head back to Disneyland and try the old system. I’m not sure which I’ll prefer.

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Okay, now let’s get over to the Rock Your Summer Side Dance Party! For starters the characters aren’t out for the whole time: the band and the characters alternate. This video will give you an idea what the crowd looked like for Mulch, Sweat, & Shears.

Not bad, right? I was thinking that with it being a slow night, maybe I’d have luck with the characters. But, wow, once they were out they were immediately mobbed. This is as close as I got to my girl, Daisy. :(

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Here’s another group of characters before the crowds moved in.

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I got to dance a little bit with Mickey before he moved on through the crowd.

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Dale loved my camera and struck several poses for me.

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After my first couple character interactions the crowds pushed in all around me. I’m not one to fight for attention, so I took that as my cue to head towards the back and take it all in. Below you can see a really quick clip of the big crowd swarming the characters.

We decided we were all done with this party pretty quickly, and not just because it was crowded. We were ready to go when they started playing Jason Derulo’s, “Talk Dirty To Me.” Maybe I’m turning into an old lady, but that just isn’t Disney appropriate. How is Daisy supposed to dance to that?! What do you guys think? Am I just an old poot?

Leaving did have benefits. Check out this beautiful pink sunset!

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That wraps up the news for this week, so I was left with a dilemma. Do I leave you with a short week? Or add in some park fun? I decided to take you for an evening spin around the Magic Kingdom. You know it’s going to be a good night when there’s a rainbow over the ferry boat.

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Here’s the classic look down Main Street from last week. If you’ve been keeping up with my articles the last few weeks you’ll be able to tell from this photo that the crowds are really picking up. I’m sure next weekend will be nuts for the holiday!

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We wanted to be in Frontierland for Wishes, so we headed that way. We decided to see Country Bear Jamboree’s last show of the night. Did you know that it normally closes at 9pm even when the park stays open until midnight or later? Make sure you don’t save this one for last. Here’s my favorite part of the show: 

I also wanted to be sure to include a photo of Trixie. If anyone was confused about the Park Star from last week then this should clear it up!

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After the show we were just a few minutes away from Wishes. I keep talking about doing an article on all my favorite spots for Wishes. This is one of them. Here’s the finale as seen from Frontierland.

After the fireworks we were able to walk right onto Pirates of the Caribbean. I think this is still our favorite scene after all these years!

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I also grabbed a few shots from The Haunted Mansion that were worth sharing. This chamber has no windows and no doors!

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I also wanted to share this one of the ballroom because it really feels like you’re there.

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Next we hopped over to “it’s a small world” for one last ride of the night. Something I don’t think I’ve ever shown before is the queue area. While Disneyland still has us beat by miles, it’s much prettier than it used to be. The clock featured chimes every 15 minutes and displays characters.

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I had to share this photo because it’s my favorite from this week. I’m always trying to get a shot of this room that shows all the elements. I think I finally captured it! :)

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And with that we’ll say goodbye to the week of July 3 and get ready for next week. There’s so much to share!

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If you’re heading to Disney World next week, here’s a look at what you can expect:

Crowd Calendar: The July 4th holiday is a very crowded time at Walt Disney World. Be prepared for crowds. Remember, the Magic Kingdom will feature holiday fireworks on July 3. It’s always easier to see them the day before and skip the 4th at Magic Kingdom.

Weather: The heat has been sweltering lately. Be sure to stay hydrated and reapply that sunblock! While the afternoon rain has been missing us some days, it’s always a good idea to come ready for rain or shine this time of year.

Starting July 5 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios there will be an all new Frozen Themed event! You can read all about it here, and you can count on me to share all the fun with you next week!

Remember: the Garden View Tea Room is closed for renovation and won’t reopen until August 30. To see all Walt Disney World refurbishments, click here.

Here’s my top tip for this week: Did you know there are peaceful boats that do nothing but transport guests between Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Swan and Dolphin Hotels, Yacht and Beach Club Hotels, BoardWalk, and Epcot? It isn’t the fastest way to get around, but it can be the most fun. Here’s a video I took earlier this week as we approached Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

http://youtu.be/mHafb8onWoY

Next week I’ll also have some every special, not Walt Disney World news to share with you. But you’ll have to tune in next week to see the surprise! :)

Do you have any news I missed or any requests for coverage next week? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, and thanks so much for reading! I’m wishing all of you the Best Week Ever, until next time!

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Posted on July 3, 2014

25 Responses to “Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: July 3, 2014”

  • You are not an “old poot.” That song is ridiculously inappropriate for children! It certainly is not in line with Disney family-style entertainment offerings. I’m disappointed to hear that they allowed the DJ to play it.

    • I agree, I’m certainly not someone who’s easily shocked, but this is not appropriate at all. To be fair though, my boyfriend was a little surprised by the song the three little bears sing in the Country Bear Jamboree, but that’s not even close!

      • by Daisy Lauren on July 7, 2014, at 11:03 pm EDT

        Hi Ladies – I’m so sorry you’ve waited so long with no reply. Please know that if I ever don’t respond it’s for a very good reason. In this case it’s because I just got home from Disneyland!! (Shhh… don’t tell. It’s a surprise for this Thursday) ;)

        I’m glad you agree on the music. It really bugged me!

  • I wonder when they’ll just make it so you can download the Agent P app on your personal phone and play without having to borrow a phone. They could just keep the loaner phones for international guests or people without smart phones.

    • by Daisy Lauren on July 7, 2014, at 11:04 pm EDT

      Hi Sarah – I completely agree with you. Plus there could be a play from home element. I can’t imagine why they don’t do it?

  • I agree that a downloadable app would just be amazing, but they would have to figure out how to handle traffic flow and capacity first. I would guess that is the only thing tethering the app to the loaner phones.

    • by Daisy Lauren on July 7, 2014, at 11:06 pm EDT

      Hi Zac! I know they are using GPS on the current phones. (My hubby was looking at that when he got out of the app.) It seems like it would be easy. I’ll be curious to see if this happens…

  • Thanks for the picture of the dining room scene from The Haunted Mansion! That is my favorite scene of the ride :)

  • Loved it as usual! No shopping this time? ;)

    Two quick questions on the Agent’P adventure, first if you know if it’s only available in english and where do you get it know, Italy and Norway?

    Great sunset picture! :)

    • by Daisy Lauren on July 7, 2014, at 11:10 pm EDT

      Hello my Ludvig! Sorry for the late reply – I ran off to Disneyland. (Shh.. I’ll tell you more this Thursday)

      I want to say other languages are available but I’ll have to check. You can pick up phones in Norway, Italy, and at the International Gateway. (assuming they are available)

      Thanks for reading!! :)

  • Thank you so much for the Wishes video. Our family will be in WDW for the first time in over 7 yrs at the end of this month. Seeing those fireworks is so exciting!

    • by Daisy Lauren on July 7, 2014, at 11:11 pm EDT

      Hi Tracy! I’m so excited for you! Do you have any questions for your trip? Or any blog requests before you get here? Let me know. :)

  • Wonderful pictures of Small World. Definitely my favorite ride even if my family says I’m crazy.

  • The new phones look big enough for me to see without my glasses. Very glad to see Windows phones, and surprised also because of the close ties Disney has with Apple. If they wanted a phone that was locked down hard then they should have used iPhones. :)

    • by Daisy Lauren on July 7, 2014, at 11:13 pm EDT

      Haha – Roland, you are SO right there!! We’ll see how long they last. I just can’t imagine kids taking care of these. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • GREAT sunset pic! Really fantastic.

    Good news about the Agent P phones, it will be interesting to see their survival rate.

    I am old poot who doesn’t like ANY modern music in the theme parks, so I’m right there with you.

    • by Daisy Lauren on July 7, 2014, at 11:13 pm EDT

      Thanks, Natalie! I don’t really even like modern music so I thought maybe it was just me being a dork. ;)

  • Loved watching the end of Wishes! It still amazes me to see people walking in the opposite direction not even pausing to watch.

    • by Daisy Lauren on July 7, 2014, at 11:15 pm EDT

      As many times as I see the fireworks I still stop in awe. I even still cry sometimes. I don’t know how people walk by like nothing is happening! I’m glad I’m not the only one! :)

  • by Vanessa Schomberg on July 7, 2014, at 3:49 pm EDT

    :-D Fantastic as always dear Daisy! :) Very excited to read your next blog! Thanks for taking the “Disney Magic” and my love alive! ♥

    • by Daisy Lauren on July 7, 2014, at 11:16 pm EDT

      Vanessa!!! I hope you’re doing great, my friend. Shhh… I went to DISNEYLAND!! I’m going to blog all about it next week. I even think the Frozen stuff is going to have to get put off a week. I can’t wait to share!! :D