Archive for March, 2017

My Disney Experience App Sees Redesign

by on March 31, 2017

My Disney Experience For those of you planning your summer Walt Disney World vacations, you’ll want to make sure you download (or update) to the newly redesigned My Disney Experience app!

With the updated My Disney Experience app, Guests will still be able to experience all things Disney. So you can still access FastPass+ information, wait times, dining information, PhotoPass photos, maps, merchandise, and more, but it’s all so much more spelled out. The app now opens to the park maps to help guests find attractions, restaurants, restrooms things easier.

The app now also has a new feature called “My Resort Dashboard.” This helps Guests who may be staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel access their reservation details all in one place. My Resort Dashboard gives directions to the resort, a map showing the location of a Guest’s room (once you know what it is) and a link to directly call the Resort Front Desk.

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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! March 2017 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on March 31, 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo came across some pretty interesting stuff in March including more Turkey Leg merchandise, the first Outlet appearance of a Metal Earth product, and even discovered more nefarious tricks from the eBay pirates  that haunt the stores. 

Ready to see what we found? Let’s go!

First up was this truly fantastic Jungle Cruise glass. This design is based off a print from one of my personal favorite Disney artists, Shag. I absolutely adore the retro style. Bought one of these and it is now my everyday juice glass. Originally $14.95, now $9.99.

Jungle Cruise.

This next item was a tough one to pass up. On one hand, it’s based around the old 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction, which is normally something I would buy no matter what just on principle. However, I’m not a fan of drinking out of these types of glasses, so ended up passing despite the great price. Originally $12.95, now $4.99.

20, 000 Leagues glass.

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of March 31, 2017

by on March 31, 2017

Please tell me how it’s already the end of March?! (Maybe it’s because I just recently took a much needed weekend trip down to Orlando to catch some rays, experience springtime excitement, and just get away. I am recharged and energized once again!) No matter, it is in fact the last day of the month, and the excitement of spring is now upon us! Who else is taking a vacay down to Florida for a little getaway?

This week, we learn about pricing for Volcano Bay, updates for Disney Cruise Line, and just who really did break the internet?

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

 

Bob Iger is staying on as Disney CEO for at least one more year.

Disney Parks won’t be going the way of virtual reality, according to Bob Iger. That certainly makes this Disney fan happy.

Disneyland’s Autopia saw a nice little update. What do you think of this additional story line?

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Julia’s Best Week Ever, March 30, 2017: Eggs and Tea

by on March 30, 2017

Towards the end of the week, one of my neighbors stopped by and asked how Spring Break was going. I looked at her and said “Going? I think you mean GONE!” This year is flying by, and it seems that every item on my to-do list that disappears is replaced by one or more overnight. Of course it doesn’t help the feeling of time flying by that Orange County schools schedule their Spring Break for several weeks before Easter. But having Spring Break for this week meant family coming into town, and that meant we got to do a few things that were out of the norm…

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Disney Changing Magic Kingdom Security Procedures

by on March 29, 2017

Security Procedures Update

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Big changes are coming soon for Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom, as far as bag check and security procedures go.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, beginning on April 3, Magic Kingdom visitors who drive to the theme park and park at the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) will go through metal detection and have their bags screen at the TTC. Once Guests are scanned at the Transportation and Ticket Center, they will then be able to board the ferry or monorail to head to the Magic Kingdom; Guests will not need to go through security measures once they get to the theme park itself.

In addition, Guests who are staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will go through security at the resorts’ monorail stations prior to heading to the Magic Kingdom.

Currently, all Guests have to have their bags checked and go through metal detection directly in front of the Magic Kingdom’s gates.

This change is being done in an effort to make the security procedures go more efficiently for both Disney, as well as park Guests. If you have been to the Magic Kingdom on an exceptionally busy day, you will understand how crazy crowded and backed up that area right in front of the park can get, so it seems like this new process will be exceptionally helpful.

For even more explanation, here’s a video where Brian goes through the entire process:

Disney’s Water Parks Testing Virtual Lines

by on March 29, 2017

Water Parks

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Universal Orlando Resort is going to be doing it with Volcano Bay, so it was only a matter of time before Disney tried their hand at virtual lines. The Walt Disney World water parks, both Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon are currently testing a virtual line queuing system until April 7.

Guests who visit the water parks will be able to reserve a place in line for specific attractions and will not have to physically wait in said line. Instead, they can go ahead and do something else. When their time to ride the attraction is ready, they will then be able to do so with a minimal wait.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Guests are given a printed card with a rubber band, making the whole thing wearable. Guests are given a 15 minute time window with which to return to ride the attraction.

This test is currently taking place at Blizzard Beach on Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher, and Downhill Double Dipper and at the all-new Miss Adventure Falls attraction at Typhoon Lagoon.

This current test is not connected to FastPass+, therefore, you cannot book reserved times ahead of your vacation via the My Disney Experience app.

 

 

 

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Ask It Results: Most Iconic Disney Parks Snack

by on March 29, 2017

It’s Wednesday again, and time for another Ask It.

Last week we asked you:

Which do you think is the iconic Disney Parks snack?

There was much discussion of what makes a snack iconic. There were many people bemoaning not being able to have any one of those for a mid-afternoon snack. But in the end, one snack rose above the rest to claim the title of iconic Disney Parks snack. With more than 1,000 votes, here’s your choices, from least to greatest.

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Ask It: Favorite Nighttime Show at WDW

by on March 29, 2017

 

As I’m writing this up, I can hear the sounds of the fireworks from Wishes from outside my home office. Without looking up, I can tell from the sounds of the shells what “scene” is going on for the show. It will certainly be an adjustment when the new “Happily Ever After” nighttime spectacular debuts later this spring. It seems that everyone has a favorite nighttime show at Walt Disney World — so here’s this week’s question:

What is your favorite current nighttime show at Walt Disney World

  • Wishes (46%, 358 Votes)
  • Illuminations (30%, 230 Votes)
  • Fantasmic (21%, 163 Votes)
  • Rivers of Light (3%, 23 Votes)

Total Voters: 774

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Voting is open now here and on Twitter, and feel free to comment about why you made your choice. We’ll see you next week to crown yet another winner in the saga of Ask It!

Dining Showdown: The Best Pizza At Disney World

by on March 28, 2017

Best Pizza at Disney

It’s always controversial ranking restaurants at Walt Disney World – everyone has their tried and true favorites, after all. Sometimes, though, it’s the only way to figure out where best to spend your precious vacation time and money. Luckily for me, I got to do all the hard work for you, and have definitively (for now, in my opinion) figured out where to find the best pizza in Walt Disney World. I ranked the pizza at ten of the most well-known “pizza” places on property (both quick service and table service) based on flavor, crust, toppings, size – all the basics you’d look for in your favorite pie! Let’s take a look and see how your favorites fared…

Best Pizza at Disney World

The Rankings

Trattoria al Forno's margherita pizza

“Pizza” at Trattoria al Forno

10. Trattoria al Forno (Disney’s BoardWalk; table service; $17-19)

I had never tried Trattoria’s pizza before a recent visit, but after that meal, it’s safe to say I can never afford to again. At 6-7 inches in size, the fresh-fired pizzas are tiny, essentially individual sizes, but that’s not the real issue. I can handle small pizza, especially if I have some great appetizers beforehand to complete the meal, but each pizza came with barely a handful of toppings on it, and a plain cheese pizza was $17 (the specialty mushroom was $19)! If you like overpriced, plain pizza dough, Trattoria’s your best bet  – seriously, the only flavor we got was from dipping it into the house olive oil that came with our bread service. Otherwise, avoid this abysmal attempt at upscale pizza.

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Attraction Overview: Great Movie Ride + Video

by on March 28, 2017

Photo - Angela DahlgrenGood morning!

Start your day off with a cup of coffee (or two) and my latest Attraction Overview.

I now present…The Great Movie Ride!

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