Archive for October, 2017

SATURDAY SIX: 6 Reasons We Love Disney’s WILDERNESS LODGE

by on October 7, 2017

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Reasons We Love Disney’s WILDERNESS LODGE. Disney has three classifications for their resorts: Value (including Pop Century and Art of Animation), Moderate (Port Orleans Riverside and Fort Wildnerness), and Deluxe (The Poly and BoardWalk). Today we are going to look at one of the Deluxe offerings with Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

 

Inspired national park lodges and inns of the early 20th century, Wilderness Lodge was designed by Peter Dominick, an architect who also was a major influence in Disney’s Grand Californian Lodge and Florida’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Sitting alongside Bay Lake, Wilderness Lodge is in between The Contemporary and the Fort Wilderness campground and offers relaxing boat rides to both locations as well as the Magic Kingdom. Like many other guests, we here at the SATURDAY SIX have fallen head over heels in love with Wilderness Lodge, and today we are going to count down our reasons why, starting with…

# 6 – Fire Rock Geyser

With the entire resort in effect a tribute to our great American national parks, the hourly eruption of Fire Rock Geyser gives guests a taste of what people experience when seeing Old Faithful at Yellowstone in Wyoming. Taking place at the top of every hour, Fire Rock Geyser’s explosion of water is a unique event at the Wilderness Lodge and a true piece of “Disney Magic” that separates the mouse house from its competitors.

Fire Rock Geyser.

Fire Rock Geyser erupting its plume of water at the top of every hour.

Fire Rock Geyser. (photo by Daisy Lauren)

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Ferrytale Fireworks Dessert Party to Return This Winter

by on October 6, 2017

Ferrytale Fireworks

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Walt Disney World is bringing back its Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise during select nights in the winter months. Guests will be able to experience the fireworks in a unique way, via the Seven Seas Lagoon onboard the iconic double stack ferryboat, the General Joe Potter ferryboat.

Guests who wish to take part in this unique party will be able to board the ferryboat at the Transportation and Ticket Center. Throughout out evening, they will enjoy decadent desserts and  specialty beverages (served either with or without alcohol). The evening will conclude with a viewing of the Magic Kingdom’s nighttime fireworks spectacular (or special holiday fireworks on event evenings) from the unique vantage point on the water. The music will also be pipped in for Guest’s enjoyment.

Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise will take place on select Fridays and Sundays from December 1 through January 28.  (Keep in mind that the Ferrytale Fireworks cruise won’t take place during the busy holiday weeks.) The cost is $99 per adult and $69 (ages 3-9). This price includes tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

 

Disneyland Preview — Week of October 7

by on October 6, 2017

Thinking of coming to Disneyland this week to check out Gay Days, the Halloween festivities, or just because? Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

The week starts with the continuation of Gay Days at Disneyland Resort. Gay Days are way for members of the LGBT community to get together with their friends and families and enjoy a few days at the parks. It is not an official, Disney-run event, so there are no special activities or merchandise provided by Disney, but the event organizers will designate one park for Gay Day participants to visit on each day. Disneyland Park is the designated park for Saturday and California Adventure is the designated park on Sunday, so expect more participants at those parks on those days. As with any large group converging upon the parks, we’re expecting an uptick in crowds for the weekend, with both days at level 8 for the resort. For more information, check out the official website for Gay Days Anaheim.

Monday is Columbus Day, which means that schools will be closed, and the parks will be busier than they would ordinarily be on a typical Monday. On the upside, bigger crowds means a more complete show schedule, so it’s an opportunity to see Fantasmic! and/or the fireworks if you can’t make it over the weekend.

Also, while Mickey Mouse has been talking at Walt Disney World for some time now, Disneyland is now testing a meet and greet at Disney’s California Adventure where Mickey, Minnie, AND Donald all talk, TOGETHER, to you and each other.  It’s pretty fantastic, so check out a video of it here. Note that because it’s currently being tested, no set schedule is available as this goes to press. We’ll let you know as soon as it becomes something you can plan for; for now, just keep your eyes peeled!

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of October 7

by on October 6, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of October 7th! I’m Brandon 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)

Cabanas, Disney Fantasy

Disney Magic

  • 7 October – At Sea
  • 8 October – At Sea
  • 9 October – Nassau (88/80, 20%)
  • 10 October – Castaway Cay (87/79, 20%)
  • 11 October – Port Canaveral (84/76, 40%)
  • 12 October – At Sea
  • 13 October – At Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 7 October – At Sea
  • 8 October – San Diego (74/63, 0%)
  • 9 October – Ensenada (75/63, 0%)
  • 10 October – At Sea
  • 11 October – Cabo San Lucas (87/77, 30%)
  • 12 October – At Sea
  • 13 October – San Diego (75/64, 0%)

Disney Fantasy

Disney Dream

  • 7 October – Nassau (89/80, 10%)
  • 8 October – Castaway Cay (87/80, 20%)
  • 9 October – Port Canaveral (86/77, 50%)
  • 10 October – Nassau (87/79, 40%)
  • 11 October – Castaway Cay (86/78, 50%)
  • 12 October – At Sea
  • 13 October – Port Canaveral (81/74, 40%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 7 October – Port Canaveral (85/78, 80%)
  • 8 October – At Sea
  • 9 October – Cozumel (86/77, 60%)
  • 10 October – Grand Cayman (86/79,20%)
  • 11 October – Falmouth (87/76, 50%)
  • 12 October – At Sea
  • 13 October – Castaway Cay (85/78, 60%)

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of October 6, 2017

by on October 6, 2017

In Case You Missed ItThis week was a hard one. I’m not going to lie. Please, let’s take care of one another going into this weekend. Do a random act of kindness. I think we all could use it.

This week, see which shows are filming at Walt Disney World this month, see which remakes are coming to the Disney Channel and more.

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

 

This past week, we said goodbye to the longest tenured Cast Member at Disneyland. Thanks for everything Oscar.

Ugh…the sound of the crunch. Yikes! Did you hear about how the Disney Dream smacked into the dock in Nassau?

It’s official. The Guardians of the Galaxy attraction for Epcot will be some sort of coaster.

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Julia’s Best Week Ever, October 5, 2017: Epcot 35–Something Old, Something New

by on October 5, 2017

 

Ever have one of those weekends when you really don’t have plans? This weekend was one of those. With the weather predicted to be a washout, we thought about just staying at home. But when we got up on October 1 and the weather wasn’t too horrible, we piled in the car (with umbrellas) and headed over to Epcot for the visionary park’s 35th anniversary. We weren’t the only ones–the line of cars extended as far as the eye could see.

 

When we arrived, we got a special Epcot 35 button and a unique map for the day. We unfolded the map, and it was a neat poster souvenir.

 

We had no interest in buying merchandise, but I think we were the only people in all of Walt Disney World who didn’t. The line for I Was There merchandise stretched from Innoventions all the way to the main entrance. On the other hand, this was the “line” for Spaceship Earth.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of October 7

by on October 5, 2017

I hope you’re hungry, because this week’s preview will definitely build up an appetite!

Special Events

  • BaseLine Tap House is now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Located on Grand Avenue (near Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater), this restaurant features small plates, specialty cocktails, and California-based beers and wines.
  • There’s a new exhibit in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion. ‘Remember Me!’ La Celebración del Día de Muertos features artwork and artifacts based on the traditions of Día de los Muertos, a main focus in the upcoming Pixar film Coco. Will you check it out? Let me know in the comments!
  • Dining discounts have been extended for Annual Passholders! Through December 23rd, these Passholders will continue to receive a 20% discount at 45 select Walt Disney World restaurants. For a list of participating restaurants, check out Rikki’s article!

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of October 7

by on October 5, 2017

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“In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue”….and for that we celebrate with a long weekend! Hooray for more time to play!

Weekly Crowd Level

You will definitely see the effects of the holiday weekend at the parks, but with careful planning using a personalized touring plan, it will be easy peasy!

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Seniors

by on October 4, 2017

The Best of Walt Disney World for Seniors

Welcome back to Part 6 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, teens and adults. Next up are the still-going-strong seniors. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the seniors surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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Ask It: What is the Best Age for a Kid’s First Disney Trip?

by on October 4, 2017

If you ask any Disney fan, they can tell you when their first trip was to a Disney park. Depending on the age of that trip, they may or may not remember much about it, but you can bet that whatever age, their families remember that trip! There are so many considerations when it comes to planning a kid’s first Disney trip, but is there a perfect age for that first trip? This week, we’re asking you:

What is the best age for a kid’s first Disney trip?

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Voting is live here and on Twitter. Feel free to share your views in the comments, and we’ll have your results here next week on Ask It.