Archive for March, 2017

The SATURDAY SIX Looks at the (possible) future of Walt Disney World

by on March 25, 2017

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at the (possible) future of Walt Disney World!  As part of an annual tradition, TouringPlans’ own Len Testa teamed up with industry icon Jim Hill to record an episode of the Disney Dish podcast discussing the future of Walt Disney World (there is also a Disneyland edition available via Bandcamp.) The two theme park titans discussed many rumored additions and changes to the resort, as well as giving reasons why they may – and may not – actually come to fruition. Today we’re going to take a look at some of the more important items, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – Is Cinderella’s Royal Table a “canary in the coal mine?”

For a long time Cinderella’s Royal Table (CRT) in the Magic Kingdom was the hardest dining reservation to get in all of Walt Disney World. Guests would need to wake up at the crack of dawn 180 days out from their vacation to call and attempt and get a coveted ADR. In the last couple years, Be Our Guest Restaurant has become the hardest ticket to get in town, but CRT has been a close second. However, Cast Members have reported that usual high demand ADRs for CRT breakfast and dinner have been available…and no one knows why. This could be computer glitch, but it could also be a sign of a very soft summer for Disney. In theory, if CRT was a proverbial “canary in the coal mine,” Disney would be well served to put on a full court press of advertising to get people to the resort this Summer and Fall. Getting near unprecedented coverage on ABC show’s Nightline,  The View, and The Chew would probably be a step in the right direction.

As a little princess looks out into Fantasyland, Cinderella’s Royal Table has that “million dollar view.”

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Updated FastPass+ Listing for Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on March 24, 2017

FastPass+ information for Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Well, we all had a feeling the tiering system was coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and turns out, it was. With the roll out of FastPass+ for the attractions that will be found in Pandora – The World of Avatar, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will officially become a park that offers the tiered FastPass+ system.

Here are the FastPass+ options that you have to choose from going forward:

Tier 1 (Choose 1):

  • Na’vi River Journey
  • Avatar Flight of Passage

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Annual Passholders Can Sign Up to Get Preview of Pandora – The World of Avatar

by on March 24, 2017

 

Pandora - The World of Avatar

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Annual Passholders can now made reservations to get an early peek of Pandora – The World of Avatar! This preview opportunity is only available for a limited time beginning May 13.

AP Holders will be able to ride both the attractions, Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. They will also be able to purchase cuisine from Satu’li Canteen and make purchases at Windtraders. Do keep in mind that because this is a preview, some areas may not be open to Guests and attractions may go down at any time.

Guests will only have a two hour window with which to preview this new land.

Here is what you need to know about registering for this event:

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Back to the Basics: Disney Dining Plan + Video

by on March 24, 2017

Photo - Angela DahlgrenToday’s Back to the Basics episode covers a controversial topic:

The Disney Dining Plan.

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of March 24, 2017

by on March 24, 2017

I have Beauty and the Beast fever. It really is like I’m back to being a kid! I’ve had the songs from the film on repeat (now, of course, on Spotify versus my cassette tape that was at one time constantly rewound!), and I keep belting them out like I really am Belle! It’s a sickness that I’m absolutely not ashamed of!

This week, come with me down the Beauty and the Beast rabbit hole, as there are a bunch of stories about the film, as well as quite a bit of news/rumors coming out of Universal! Come with me on this journey!

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

 

Disney is planning to overcome those of us (myself included) who think…really….you went with Avatar as a themed land? See why they say Pandora ties in perfectly with Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Planet Hollywood Observatory is doing everything it can to increase its social presence. The restaurant is going to keep bringing in celebs to enhance visibility.

Dole Whip flavored cotton candy…it’s a thing…at least at Disneyland

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“The Music of Pixar LIVE” to take Place This Summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on March 23, 2017

The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters

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This summer, beginning May 26, a very unique concert experience will take place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! “The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters” will be a limited time event that is designed to showcase the incredibly memorable music that can be found in your favorite Pixar films.

This show will include a live orchestra, as well as appearances by beloved Pixar characters including Woody, Jessie, Mike and Sulley, the Incredibles and more. Scores will be showcased beginning with Toy Story, all the way to Cars 3.

This show will be presented three times a night in the Theater of the Stars. (This is where Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage is performed. Don’t worry! Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage isn’t going anywhere! It will still be performed daily.)

Stay tuned to the blog for more information about this awesome upcoming experience.

New Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs

by on March 23, 2017

Amorette's Patisserie

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Have you ever wanted to go to a cake decorating class before? Well, take the education to the next level with a brand new cake decorating experience at Amorette’s Patisserie located in the Town Center section of Disney Springs.

During the experience, Guests will be able to work side by side with the experts at the bakery to learn how to decorate their own Mickey Dome Cake. They will teach how to do the gorgeous mirror glaze called glaçage and will decorate the cake all the way down to the finishing touches, including mouse ears, tail, belt, and buttons. During the event, Guests will be able to enjoy complimentary specialty coffee, mimosas and bellinis.

Oh and the best part! You get to take the cake home with you! The cost is $129 plus tax for up to two Guests who will work on a single cake. A second cake can be purchased for an additional $40. Guests must be at least 10 years of age to participate and space is extremely limited.

This experience begins on March 31 and will take place from 8:45 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. every Friday through May 5. Reservations can be made by clicking here.

 

Pandora – The World of Avatar to Offer Nightly Extra Magic Hours (Plus FastPass+ News!)

by on March 23, 2017

Pandora - The World of Avatar

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Well, there’s one more reason to stay at an on-site Walt Disney World hotel this summer. You see, for a limited time, only May 27 through July 4, Guests who are staying staying at one of the Walt Disney World hotels can explore Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom beyond regular Park hours, courtesy of nightly Extra Magic Hours.

These Evening Extra Magic Hours will certainly be right for the night owls, as they will take place from 11:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. Only Pandora – The World of Avatar will be open;  no other attractions in the park will be open to Guests. Do keep in mind that in order to visit during these extra hours, valid theme park admission and a Resort ID will be required. During this extra time in the park, Resort Guests will be able to experience both the Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage attractions.

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Dani’s Best Week Ever March 23, 2017: Disney’s Hollywood Studios (again!) and Disney Springs

by on March 23, 2017

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, and there are no signs of slowing down. I am very fortunate to have the ability to visit Orlando’s theme parks at least once during most weekends, even with a hectic schedule. This past weekend brought new adventures in a part of Florida I hardly ever venture to.

It also brought commitments, including my commitment to spend time in the theme parks. The conundrum: which park to visit. The further conundrum: visit the parks I want to visit just for fun, or head to where needed research could be completed. The latter won out and we ventured to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And just to add to the craziness of an already jam packed weekend we decided to throw in an trip to Disney Springs too! Won’t you join the madness?

 

Spring Break has arrived

The thing about Spring Break is, it’s not just a week anymore. It is spread out over a couple weeks before the Easter holidays. It has certainly arrived and Orlando is showing all the signs. Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and all of Orlando’s theme parks are showing elevated wait times, and definitely matching up to what is indicated in the Touring Plans Crowd Calendars.

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Ask It: One Magic Kingdom Land for the Day

by on March 22, 2017

It’s Wednesday, and time for the results of this week Ask It. You voted on the blog, you voted on Facebook, you voted on Twitter. Even better, you shared your opinions on this question:

If you could only visit one land in Magic Kingdom for a full day, which land would you visit?

The results are in, with more than 1300 votes on Facebook, Twitter, and the Blog… here’s the order from last to first:

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