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Julia’s Best Week Ever, August 10, 2017: Port Orleans Staycation

by on August 10, 2017

School. Starts. Monday. No matter how many times I look at the calendar, I still can’t believe it. This summer has flown by. With family visits and our ah-maze-ing cruise, it seems like we just got started on summer and it is already gone. We were able to find a reasonable rate at Port Orleans French Quarter, and since we haven’t stayed there in 10 years (yipes!), it sounded like a perfect choice for an end-of-summer staycation.

Port Orleans French Quarter has been a sentimental favorite for us–it’s where we stayed on our honeymoon. Although it is a moderate resort, I actually prefer it to some deluxe resorts. The fact it is so small also means that there’s not really a bad building to stay in, because everything is convenient. We arrived early in the morning to check in because we wanted to take the bus from the resort to Magic Kingdom. Because we weren’t planning to sleep there–just pay for the room as a place to change and hang out and watch Mickey cartoons if it rained–we took the option to skip Mousekeeping service for our stay and snagged a $15 gift card for the two nights. Time for breakfast!

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Magic Kingdom to add an all-new Theater

by on July 16, 2017

A brand new entertainment space is coming to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

The performance space is coming to Main Street U.S.A. and will be based on the iconic Willis Theater in 1920s Kansas City. This new theater gives Disney many more options in live entertainment in the park. The design of the theater looks right at home on Main Street!

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Details about the theater were few and far between. We don’t know what shows will be performed at this new venue. It is expected that it will feature Broadway-style entertainment like Aladdin and Frozen at Disney California Adventure.

One thing is for sure and that is that you can bet that as soon as I learn more information, I’ll make sure to share it with you!



TRON Coaster Coming to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

by on July 16, 2017

Turns out those rumors were indeed true! The TRON Coaster that has been so popular over at Shanghai Disneyland will be making its way to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

This new attraction will be situated in a brand-new location in the park, next to Space Mountain and extending past the railroad tracks. Fans of the Tomorrowland Speedway, don’t need to fear; concept art shows that the Speedway will remain.

TRON Inspired Coaster Magic Kingdom


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#AskIt Results: Which Magic Kingdom Hard-Ticket Party Is Best?

by on July 12, 2017

Hard-ticket seasonal parties at the Magic Kingdom offer a great opportunity for some unique experiences, such as special shows and fireworks, along with special character meets and reduced lines for attractions. Both Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are incredibly popular, often selling out on select nights during their run, but is one better than the other? We asked, and you answered with a clear favorite. Here’s your results.


Neither is better than the other

(226 votes, 15%)


For some people, each event provides such a unique experience that picking a favorite event would be like picking your favorite child. For others, the high ticket price means that the events just aren’t worth it. Whatever your reason, 15 percent of you felt that it was impossible to pick one over the other. Everyone else had very clear feelings on which was the better party…

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Dessert Party Information for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on June 13, 2017

dessert party infoAre you excited about this year’s holiday festivities at Walt Disney World this year? If you are planning on attending either Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, then you may want to partake in their special Fireworks Dessert Party offerings.

During the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests will be able to participate in a bewitching buffet at the Tomorrowland Terrace. Guests will be able to enjoy Halloween-themed treats and then will have a private viewing area for the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks.

The Holiday Wishes Dessert Premium Package for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will also take place at the Tomorrowland Terrace, as Guests will be able to enjoy tantalizing treats and fantastic views of Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season.

Both parties will include the following treats:

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Daisy’s Best Week Ever, May 25, 2017: Steam Trains, Pandora, and Magic Kingdom

by on May 25, 2017

Best Week Ever at Pandora and Magic Kingdom

Hello, friends! I have another amazing week to share with you, but first a confession. These things didn’t all happen in the space of one week. They were so cool I couldn’t not include them here. So let’s start with a view of the Magic Kingdom and what it looks like at 7:00am where we were taking the Magic Behind the Steam Trains tour! We easily found the rest of our tour group since there were so few people at the gates. We lined up and waited to get started at 7:30am.

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Review: The Magic Kingdom’s fantastic new Happily Ever After show

by on May 13, 2017

About ten minutes into the Magic Kingdom’s new Happily Ever After nighttime fireworks show, my friend Steve turned and said “I almost don’t need to see the fireworks.Happily Ever After - Pink Castle” And that’s true because the visual effects being projecting on to and around Cinderella Castle for Happily are so incredibly vibrant and rich, with so much detail, that you can’t take your eyes off them. When combined with the new fireworks, lasers, and area lighting, the whole show is so good that I’d recommend a special trip to the Magic Kingdom just to see it.

New Projection Technology Makes a Huge Difference

Happily is one giant leap ahead of previous projection shows because of how the film clips are displayed on the castle. In previous projection shows, the film clips were played directly on to the castle, essentially using it as a giant movie screen. In Happily, however, it looks like Disney edited the film scenes so they fit into architecturally correct parts of the castle.

Along with that, Disney seems to have added firefly-like laser light effects to the trees around the Magic Kingdom central hub, plus landscape lighting surrounding the castle that’s color-matched to the  show scenes. It’s far more ambitious that anything Disney’s done at the park, and it all seems to work, both technically and artistically.

Happily Ever After - Scroll DetailThere’s a scene in Happily, for example, from Hunchback of Notre Dame, where a circular stained glass window is projected on the front center of the castle, while a perfectly scaled image of Quasimodo climbs one of the towers to the right. The stained glass window projection is so clear, so realistic that I had to stare at it for a few second to remember that there isn’t a real stained-glass window there.

Besides Hunchback, characters from every major new Disney film make an appearance in the show. The scene from Moana seemed to get a lot of cheers from the audience, as did the one from Brave, and, of course, Frozen. Speaking of Frozen, Disney deserves credit for not using Let it Go in the Happily soundtrack. It’s not needed here – the visual elements do all the work – and including that overplayed song would have just meant that the show writers had a checklist to go through. I don’t think the Happily soundtrack is quite as memorable as Wishes, a classic, but Happily is good enough.

Because there’s so much detail, I think it’ll be possible to watch Happily several times without seeing everything. I’m looking forward to going back.

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Tickets on Sale for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on May 10, 2017

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

©Rikki Niblett

Looking to get your jingle bells on? Then you should attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Dates for this year were announced back in April for this annual event that occurs each November and December. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a very popular hard-ticketed holiday event and a fan favorite experience.

For 2017, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is currently scheduled to take place on the following dates with the following pricing:

  • November 12, 14, 16: $89 plus tax (ages 10+), $84 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • November 9: $94 plus tax (ages 10+), $89 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • November 10, 17, 26, 28 and December 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17: $95 plus tax (ages 10+), $90 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • December 8, 15: $99 plus tax (ages 10+), $94 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • December 19, 21, 22: $109 plus tax (ages 10+), $104 plus tax (ages 3-9)

Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts are available on select dates.

This year’s event will include Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, a fireworks spectacular, cookies and hot cocoa, the Castle Dream Lights, and more.

There really is nothing better than celebrating the holidays with Mickey and pals!


Tickets on Sale for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

by on May 10, 2017

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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Hooray! Tickets are now on sale for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

The popular Halloween event that is held annually at the Magic Kingdom in the months of September and October is a fan favorite. Dates for this year’s event were announce back in April. For 2017, ticket pricing only increased a few dollars over 2016.

Party dates and pricing for this year is as follows:

  • August 25, 29, September 1, 7, 10, 12, 17, 24: $74 plus tax (ages 10+), $69 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • September 19, 26: $79 plus tax (ages 10+), $74 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • September 15, 22, 29 and October 1: $88 plus tax (ages 10+), $83 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • October 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and November 1: $94 plus tax (ages 10+), $89 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • October 6, 13, 20, 27, 29: $99 plus tax (ages 10+), $94 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • October 31: $115 plus tax (ages 10+) $110 plus tax (ages 3-9)

Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts are available on select dates.

This year’s event will include Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade, HallowWishes fireworks spectacular, trick or treating, and the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.

As far as the costuming guidelines go for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, costumes may be worn, however, Guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.

Are you looking forward to having a spook-tacular time at this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties this year?

Attraction Overview: Splash Mountain + Video

by on May 2, 2017

Photo - Angela DahlgrenIt’s been a looooong two weeks away from Youtube (P.S. I’ve missed you all!), but I’m finally back with a new video!

Enjoy this overview of Splash Mountain, featured at Walt Disney World, Disneyland,and Tokyo Disneyland.

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