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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:

Stitch’s Great Escape to Be Open at Magic Kingdom

by on March 13, 2017

Stitch's Great Escape

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One thing is for certain. Spring break is officially here. Know how I know? It’s because the currently seasonal attraction, Stitch’s Great Escape is currently open for Guests. Guests can stop by the Tomorrowland attraction until March 17 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily. The attraction will then return back to seasonal status beginning March 18.

Stitch’s Great Escape initially became a seasonal attraction back on October 2. Rumors indicate that a new attraction themed after the film Wreck-It Ralph have been floated around, however nothing is concrete yet about what will eventually happen with the attraction. (For those who are unaware, most of the time, seasonal attractions don’t come out of seasonal status until they are replaced.)

If you will be in the Magic Kingdom and you want to make sure to see Stitch’s Great Escape, now is your change to do it!

Daisy’s Best Week Ever March 9, 2017: A Meal & Some Magic

by on March 9, 2017

Hello, friends! You might not have expected to see me for two weeks in a row. Dani has sailed away on a fabulous cruise, so I’m lucky enough to be filling in. I was trying to decide where to take you this week and wanted it to be somewhere special. Where have we not visited in a while on Best Week Ever? After some thought I decided on….

Wait! It isn’t what you think! Click to read more! 🙂

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New Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosk Opening at the Magic Kingdom

by on February 17, 2017

Joffrey's Coffee

Guests will soon be able to get their Joffrey’s Coffee fix at the Magic Kingdom in Tomorrowland, as a brand new Joffrey’s kiosk is expected to open in March. This is the first Joffrey’s Coffee kiosk to be located at the Magic Kingdom.

The new location is expected to serve a specialty coffee that is specific to Tomorrowland and that is their brand new s’mores latte, which includes Joffrey’s espresso mixed with chocolate sauce and marshmallow syrup, topped with whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs, and marshmallows. (Which you can get either hot or iced.) Oh does that sound delightful!

Currently, the two closest kiosks to the Magic Kingdom could be found at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and at the Transportation and Ticket Center.

This new kiosk is perfect for those looking for a great pick me up, as well as for those who have been wishing for an alternative to Starbucks at the Main Street Bakery.

Daisy’s Best Week Ever February 9, 2017: Magic at the Magic Kingdom

by on February 10, 2017

Hello, my lovelies! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week and you’re ready for it to get even better! It’s been forever since I took you along with me for an evening in the Magic Kingdom. I decided to head over on Super Bowl Sunday to report what the most magical place on Earth is like on game day. As you can see below the crowds on Main Street weren’t too intimidating when I arrived a little before 7pm.

Want to see the rest of my adventure? Click to read more.

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New Happily Ever After Nighttime Spectacular To Debut at Magic Kingdom

by on February 9, 2017

Happily Ever After

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Are you ready for a new Magic Kingdom nighttime spectacular? The new show called Happily Ever After will debut May 12.

Happily Ever After will showcase some of the greatest adventures Disney characters have taken to achieve their dreams. It is a story of friendship, perseverance and overcoming obstacles. The nighttime spectacular will feature the latest in fireworks, pyrotechnics and lasers. The show will include a brand new, original score. Oh and we can’t forget the state-of-the-art projection mapping technology that’s been utilized more and more recently by Disney.

This new 18 minute show will feature more Disney characters than ever before including moments from Moana, Brave, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, The Princess & The Frog, Aladdin and more. The show will also feature Quasimodo from Hunchback of Notre Dame who will swings from the turrets, Woody and his pals from Toy Story recreate the castle entirely out of toys, and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty envelops the castle in her signature green flames.

The story will begin with scenes of fantastic dreams full of hope, wonder, magic and light. Of course, as with most Disney nighttime spectaculars, the Disney villains will attempting to quash those dreams and forcing the heroes to fight for what they believe in. Characters will have to overcoming their fears, the heroes will triumph and are celebrated with fireworks. 

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New England Patriots Super Bowl Players Headed to Walt Disney World

by on February 6, 2017

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They’re going to Walt Disney World! With their incredible win, the New England Patriots’ James White is going to continue the tradition that started 30 years ago, in 1987. White is scheduled to take part in a celebration parade down Main Street U.S.A., this afternoon at the Magic Kingdom, before cheering fans and park guests. White, will be joined in the parade by Mickey Mouse and his pals and a sea of confetti.

During the game, White caught 14 passes for 110 yards and scored three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, in the team’s 34-28 win.

This marks the fourth time that a member of the New England Patriots has participated in the Super Bowl parade at Disney, dating to 2002. No NFL team has had a player appear more than four times in the iconic parade.

If you are in the Magic Kingdom today, make sure you stop and catch the Super Bowl parade.

Walt Disney World Introduces New Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour

by on February 3, 2017

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Do you love the classic Magic Kingdom attractions? Is no trip complete without riding Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, and more? Well, now there is a new tour to help you with that fete.

Guests now have the option to purchase the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour. During the four hour tour, Guests will be able to experience up to 10 of the most beloved Magic Kingdom attractions. This includes Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise,Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, “it’s a small world,” Peter Pan’s Flight, meeting Mickey Mouse, and more attractions throughout the park. This tour is especially great for families with small kids since all of the attractions you will visit won’t have any height requirements.

The Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour costs $199 plus tax.  In addition, Magic Kingdom admission is required and is not included with the cost of the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour. Tours are offered on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays and begin at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

To book this tour, call (407) WDW-PLAY.

The alternate reality of Disney World’s posted wait times (short, wonkish)

by on January 30, 2017

The alternate reality of Disney's posted wait times

I’m preparing for a talk with UCF data science students later this month on the statistical and machine learning tools we use for our Disney World wait time predictions.

After covering the basics – how we collect wait times, the hundreds of things we consider (everything from Extra Magic Hours to public school holidays, to the state of Brazil’s economy six months ago) – I wanted to say a little about how to handle the situation where you know in advance that Disney’s posted wait times will be wrong.

I’m comparing Buzz Lightyear’s actual wait times and posted wait times using the graph below. If the time you actually spent in line was exactly the posted wait time, every red dot shown below would fall on the black diagonal line.

As you can see, the red dots do not all fall on the diagonal. Some aren’t even close. The dot in the lower right that I highlighted is an example of someone waiting 5 minutes to ride Buzz Lightyear when the posted wait time said they’d wait 70 minutes.

The other dot I highlighted, in the upper left, represents someone actually waiting 65 minutes when the posted wait said they’d be there for 30 minutes.

The average difference between the actual wait time and the posted wait time at Buzz Lightyear is around 40% – roughly 8 minutes, plus or minus – out of 20 minutes (the average posted wait at Buzz). But as you can see, it varies. A lot.

Even a Crystal Ball Wouldn’t Help

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Theme Park Classroom: Magic Kingdom American History Lesson Plan Part II

by on January 27, 2017

Walt Disney World is known for its magic and entertainment, but did you know that the ultimate vacation destination is also educational? As an educator, and a huge fan of Walt Disney World, I see the Disney Parks as the ultimate classroom and a pixie dusted learning experience. If you’re a homeschool parent or interested in how your kids can learn while on vacation or during the summer months, take a look at this latest installment of Theme Park Classroom: American History Lesson Plan for the Magic Kingdom Part II.

Subject: American History

Grade Level: 4th-12th  Note: Children learn in different ways and at different speeds and no lesson or lesson plan is ever one size fits all. Please use this plan as an outline, or a source of inspiration, and tailor it to meet your child’s needs, abilities, and age level.

Supplies: Park Map, Smart Phone, Notebook, Pen/Pencil

Itinerary: Liberty Square

Learning Objectives

  1. Understanding of Colonization
  2. Motives for the American Revolutionary War
  3. Reason for Paul Revere’s Ride and the Liberty Tree
  4. Life in the Colonies
  5. Understanding of the Declaration of Independence
  6. Understanding of the United States Constitution

Lesson #2: What Caused the War?

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Content:

After Europe sent explorers to the New World, colonization became the new focus. People left Europe for the New World for freedom of religion, economic opportunities, or simply for adventure! There, they lived and created communities, but all under the rule of their home countries. England eventually had thirteen colonies in the New World.

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