Archive for September, 2017

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

by on September 30, 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, secret shopper Daisy Lauren and I found a whole bunch of neat items this month including tons of Star Wars items, emoji plush, fidget spinners, and one of the weirdest Christmas ornaments to ever make the Outlets (and imagine what ground that is covering.)

Ready to see what we else we found? Alright, let’s go!

Last month we speculated that a whole bunch of MagicBands would be coming to the Outlets and boy did they ever. The only MagicBand 2.0 however was this one for the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. This was “limited to 2500,” had a special lighting effect when you used it on an Epcot touchpoint, and originally cost $32.99. It was reduced to $5.99.

Flower and Garden MagicBand.

The rest of the MagicBands were all of the original variety and prices were SLASHED down to $1.99.  So even though I have more MagicBands than any human in their right mind should ever own, I picked up one of these featuring the little Orange Bird because it’s not like you’re not not going to buy one, right?

Orange bird.

Also picked up this one featuring Figment against the backdrop of Spaceship Earth. Just a warning, for those of you who try to keep a “mental track” of how much I spend at the Outlets, you’re gonna need a big piece of paper this time, and don’t forget to carry the two.

Figment

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SATURDAY SIX: 6 Things Disney Can Take to the Dump Along with The Great Movie Ride

by on September 30, 2017

This week’s SATURDAY SIX makes its long awaited return to the Disney Dump! With Walt Disney World doing a little “Spring cleaning” this summer and deciding to get rid of even more attractions (Great Movie Ride, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, and the Music of Pixar Live! among others) we here at the SATURDAY SIX have put our noggins together and figured out a couple more things they can take to the dump as well.

The world famous Disney Dump. (art by Matt Cleary)

We made our first trip to the Disney Dump a couple years ago, and anything that was asked for then would not be eligible for this article. This is why you won’t see Dinoland USA, Electric Umbrella, ABC Commissary, BoardWalk Pizza Window, Journey Into Imagination with Figment and Stitch’s Great Escape. Look at that list again and keep in mind Stitch’s Great Escape is still around while the Great Movie Ride – the heart and soul of DHS – is now gone. Today we’re going to take a look at things we’d all be better off without, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival

When Captain EO made its debut in 1986, it was the epitome of what made Disney Disney. Produced by George Lucas, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, score by James Horner, starring Michael Jackson, EO was an all star collaboration of the highest order. The movie itself was one of the first true “4D” films, in which the theater itself became part of the experience with seat movement, laser and smoke effects. There was absolutely nothing outside of Epcot Center that could be compared to Captain EO.

Now, if you have a DVD player in your house (or NETFLIX) you can have your very own replacement for Captain EO with the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival. Unlike Captain EO, several of the short films used in the “festival” have been converted into 3D, despite the fact they weren’t made with 3D in mind. This is the difference between buying a beautiful bouquet of flowers for your significant other, and just grabbing something off your front lawn right before you get home. Captain EO represents a certain era of Disney, when only imagination was the limit to what could be achieved. In a way, the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival also represents an era of Disney; one in which intellectual property, branding, and corporate synergy supersedes “outdated” concepts like “theme.” Do yourself a favor, stream a Pixar short on your mobile device while waiting in line for a better attraction.

Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival. (photo by Brandon Glover)

When “air conditioning” is your number one selling point. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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New ‘Remember Me!’ La Celebración del Día de Muertos Exhibit at Epcot

by on September 29, 2017

‘Remember Me!’ La Celebración del Día de Muertos

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In case you didn’t know, Pixar has a movie coming out this Thanksgiving holiday called Coco. Well, in an obvious attempt to tie in the movie with the theme parks, Disney is introducing a brand new exhibit for the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot called ‘Remember Me!’ La Celebración del Día de Muertos.

The exhibit features artwork of prominent Mexican and Mexican-American artists that explores the traditions of Día de Muertos. (The main premise behind Coco.) For those who are unaware, Día de los Muertos is a two-day celebration that honors departed children and adults and takes place on November 1st and 2nd each year.

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BaseLine Tap House Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 29, 2017

BaseLine Tap House

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Recently, Disney announced that there would be a brand new lounge introduced for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Called BaseLine Tap House, the restaurant’s theme would be that would be a cheerful corner pub that specializes in beer and wines from California. Plus, there would be small plate options to nibble on too!

Well, today, BaseLine Tap House officially opened for Guests! It can be found in the former location of the Writer’s Stop, near Sci Fi Din-In, in a brand new area of the theme park called Grand Avenue. Grand Avenue features vintage office buildings and warehouses in Downtown Los Angeles.

BaseLine Tap House pays homage to the Figueroa Printing Company, which at one time was a mom-and-pop print house that once enjoyed a flourishing partnership with Disney Studios. Guests can dine inside, or if they would prefer can sit in the shade on the the terrace outside.

The menu includes a Bavarian pretzel with fondue, a charcuterie board, and spiced almonds. Of course, the restaurant also includes many different beverages, including beers and wines from the Golden State of California, featuring craft ales, lagers and cider. Can’t choose which beer to choose? BaseLine Tap House features customizable beer flights, with up to 126 possible combinations of craft beers. That’s a lot of choices! There are also California wines on tap and specialty cocktails available. There are also non-alcoholic options in gourmet lemonade and soda on tap.

BaseLine Tap House will be open daily beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Walt Disney World Annual Passholder 45th Anniversary Dining Benefits Extended

by on September 29, 2017

Annual Passholder

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I bring good news today! According to the Walt Disney World Annual Passholder website, the current discount that was rolled out in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort has been extended…for a limited time.

Guests with Annual Passes will continue to receive the 20% discount at 45 select Walt Disney World restaurants now through December 23, 2017. This discount is available through all meal periods. This discount will continue to be available at the following restaurants:

Magic Kingdom

  • Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of September 30

by on September 29, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of September 30th! I’m Brand Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. We’re back this week with a look at some of the exciting events coming to the high seas in the next few weeks.

Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)

Castaway Cay

Disney Magic

  • 30 September – Saint John (59/40, 0%)
  • 1 October – Sea Day
  • 2 October – New York (75/59, 0%)
  • 3 October – Sea Day
  • 4 October – Saint John (68/52, 10%)
  • 5 October – Sea Day
  • 6 October – New York (80/62, 0%)

Disney Wonder

  • 30 September – Sea Day
  • 1 October – San Diego (74/65, 10%)
  • 2 October – Sea Day
  • 3 October – Cabo San Lucas (88/78, 20%)
  • 4 October – Sea Day
  • 5 October – San Diego (75/63, 0%)
  • 6 October – Ensenada (81/63, 0%)

Disney Dream

Disney Dream

  • 30 September – Nassau (89/80, 10%)
  • 1 October – Castaway Cay (87/79, 80%)
  • 2 October – Port Canaveral (83/76, 60%)
  • 3 October – Nassau (87/79, 80%)
  • 4 October – Castaway Cay (85/77, 80%)
  • 5 October – Sea Day
  • 6 October – Port Canaveral (83/75, 60%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 30 September – Port Canaveral (84/76, 60%)
  • 1 October – Sea Day
  • 2 October – Cozumel (85/77, 80%)
  • 3 October – Grand Cayman (86/81, 50%)
  • 4 October – Falmouth (85/80, 80%)
  • 5 October – Sea Day
  • 6 October – Castaway Cay (86/78, 80%)

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Disneyland Preview — Week of September 30

by on September 29, 2017

It’s a great time to be at Disneyland Resort! Halloween decor is up all over the resort and the festivities are in full swing.  Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Photo: James Rosemergy

Halloween season is upon us at the Disneyland Resort now, and if you’re a fan of all things spooky, now is a great time for a visit. As per usual, Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy are available this week and through the end of October, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout has received a Halloween makeover as well. In the evenings, it transforms into Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark. Expect long lines in the evenings for this attraction, and snag a FastPass timed for the end of the night if you can.  The attraction will remain in its normal mode during the day.

Mickey’s Halloween Party continues this week, and will be happening on Tuesday and Friday.  Make sure you check out Guy’s preview for all of the details, and to learn how to get the most out of it. Note that this week’s parties are sold out (as are all other parties this season). There is, of course, special merchandise available in conjunction with the parties.

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of September 29, 2017

by on September 29, 2017

Wow…this weekend starts October! What happened to 2017? It has most definitely flown by, at least for me. Not sure about you.

So, what kind of fun do we have this week? Well, we learn what’s happening with the Atlanta Braves spring training, see some new Pixar Easter Eggs, and more.

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

An interesting debate is going on in Anaheim. The first article in the series by The Los Angeles Times asked the question, is Disney paying their share? The second looks at how the recent elections created change for the city. What do you think about all of this?

The Moana-themed attraction in Walt Disney World’s Adventureland  idea just won’t die. Here’s the latest rumor. What do you think of this one?

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10 Frequently Asked Questions About Disney’s Military Salute for 2018

by on September 28, 2017

It’s time for Disney to salute our Armed Forces!  Again!  Yay!  I’d like to start this post by thanking Disney for renewing the Armed Forces Salute for 2018.  As a military spouse of 28 years (and a military brat before that), I am very familiar with the sacrifices military members and their families make each and every day.  Having said that, Disney doesn’t owe us a thing, and yet they are very generous with their discounts for military.  On behalf of military families, I would like to say it is greatly appreciated.

For as long as I can remember, Disney has had slightly discounted tickets for the Armed Forces at military bases.  For the last several years, Disney has also offered a very large discount, usually referred to as the Armed Forces Salute.  I’ve written blog posts on previous offers, but details change a little each year, so this is an update of those previous posts!

For what should be a pretty straightforward offer, the Armed Forces Salute can be a bit confusing.  To be fair, the military has lots of categories of military personnel (active duty, Reserve, National Guard, retired, separated, Allied military assigned to the US, etc…), so it’s no surprise there are lots of nuances to Disney’s Armed Forces Salute.  It seems like every time it’s announced, there are small details and restrictions that have changed and need clarification.  So let me see if I can help clear some things up!

1. Who is Eligible? – Any active duty or retired Service member, National Guardsman, Reservist, or Coast Guardsman is eligible.  Foreign military assigned to US military bases (with a US ID card) in the United States are eligible, as are 100% disabled members with an ID card that says “DAV/PRIM”.  Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are also eligible.  If the eligible member is not present, their spouse is eligible.  That’s it, though.  No matter how deserving some others are, Disney did not choose to include those groups within this promotion.  Even within these rules there are complicated situations, so call Disney (or ask in the comments section below) if you still have questions.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a Special Meal at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ

by on September 28, 2017

Mickey's Backyard BBQ

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According to the Walt Disney World site, Guests are invited to ring in 2018 with a special themed meal at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. The New Year’s Eve BBQ will include great entertainment offerings, as well as a delicious meal.

Guests who attend the event will be able to enjoy spirited bluegrass music and there will also be a DJ on hand, there will be a live video feed of the ball drop at Times Square, and of course, there will be characters, such as Mickey, Minnie, and Chip ‘n Dale.

The Mickey’s Backyard BBQ menu will include mouthwatering favorites including:

  • A variety of meats, including smoked chicken, baked salmon, beef brisket and Italian sausage
  • Lobster macaroni and cheese
  • Baked potatoes and assorted toppings
  • Hot vegetarian meal
  • Assorted cold salads, including kale salad, jicama carrot salad and roasted beet salad
  • Appetizers, including a cheese board, vegetable crudités, crackers, breads and fresh fruit
  • Kids’ options, like chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh green beans and salad
  • Assorted desserts, like mini s’mores mason jars, cherry cheesecake and chocolate truffles

 

The evening will be capped off with champagne as you enjoy a breathtaking fireworks display from the Magic Kingdom.

The New Year’s Eve BBQ will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Fort Wilderness Pavilion and costs $95 per adult and $75 per child (ages 3-9).

To book this special experience, call (407) WDW-DINE.