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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.

 

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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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.

Halloween Time Hits the Downtown Disney District

by on September 22, 2017

Halloween Time

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With today being the official first day of fall, it’s time to celebrate the Halloween Time season at Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney District.

Guests will be welcomed into Downtown Disney with festive Halloween décor, seasonal entertainment and for the first time, special fall-themed landscaping.

To start with, there will be more than 1,600 real pumpkins that have been integrated into the landscaping in unique ways. There will be themed plants nestled into planters among flowers and raised high above in towers. Guests will find a mix of tropical fall plants, such as canna lilies and copperleaves, as well as traditional plants, including mums and marigolds.

If you’re looking for a Halloween treats, Guests can pick up a Sprinkles Halloween BOO box loaded with Vanilla Milk Chocolate, Red Velvet, Black and White and Caramel Apple cupcakes. Or if you head over to Wetzel’s Pretzels, you can enjoy pumpkin spice bitz with pumpkin caramel dipping sauce. (What?!) If you’re in the mood for a beverage,  pick up a Halloween-inspired cocktails at UVA Bar and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. Or choose a pumpkin-flavored smoothie at Jamba Juice.

Finally, Guests will be able to enjoy SCAREolers who will entertain guests with ghoulish songs on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in October. (And, yes, also on Halloween night.) They will perform songs such as “Grim Grinning Ghosts” and “I Put A Spell On You.”

Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort this year just seems to be getting better and better, and with these events at Downtown Disney, it going to be a spooktacular time!

Special Events to Mark Epcot’s 35th Anniversary

by on September 22, 2017

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Wow! I can’t believe it’s already been almost 35 years since Epcot first opened its doors! To celebrate the park’s anniversary on October 1, Walt Disney World is offering a few special opportunities for those who would like to partake.

First, there will be a special commemorative map and times guide! So, you map collectors, make sure to pick up yours! (And maybe grab one for your favorite blogger who isn’t gonna get to be there this year. I’m just saying…she did tell you about it! 😉 )

Then, beginning at 10:01 a.m., there will be a special ceremony that will be held on the Fountain View stage. The ceremony will include performances by both Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty. 

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Sneak Preview of Thor: Ragnarok at Disney California Adventure

by on September 20, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok

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If you’re a fan of Marvel films and you are looking forward to seeing Thor: Ragnarok, you should make sure to visit Disney California Adventure.

Here, Guests will be able to catch a sneak preview of the upcoming movie at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land.  The preview will be shown in 3D and will include with special in-theater effects. Guests will also be able to see displays of props and costumes that were used in the production of the film.

The sneak peek for Thor: Ragnarok will begin on October 6 and the film will hit theaters on November 3.

Disney After Hours Event Returning to the Magic Kingdom

by on September 14, 2017

Disney After Hours

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Last year, Disney introduced a special ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom called Disney After Hours. The event, overall didn’t have a large number of Guests attend, however for those who did experience Disney After Hours, they said that it was one of the best experiences they’d had. So, Disney has decided to bring it back once again.

During Disney After Hours, Guests are able to enjoy quicker access to select rides and character greeting locations. The event enables Guests to maximize their time in the park with quicker access to over 25 attractions and character greetings. In addition, Ice cream novelties, popcorn, and bottled beverages are available free of charge. For those who would like to enjoy other options, Guests can also purchase select menu items at Main Street Bakery and at other select locations throughout the park.

Disney After Hours will take place once the park closes on select nights in January, February and March. Event Guests may enter the park as early as 7:00 p.m. and will then be able to remain in the park for three hours past the scheduled closing time for the event.

Dates and times for Disney After Hours for 2018 are:

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Sneak Preview of Pixar’s “Coco” Coming to Disney Parks

by on September 13, 2017

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Are you anxious for the upcoming Pixar film Coco? Well, soon, you’ll be able to catch a sneak preview of the movie at both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort.

Starting at Walt Disney World, the preview will be taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios inside the theater in the new Walt Disney Presents. (Formerly One Man’s Dream.) In addition to the special sneak peek, Guests will also be able to view character sculptures and artwork from the production that will be on display.

Moving over to the Disneyland Resort, Guests at Disney California Adventure will get to see this advance look at scenes from Coco in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. In addition, Guests should also make sure to check out the Plaza de la Familia, an all-new festivity at Paradise Gardens that celebrates the film too which takes place from September 15 – November 2.

These special sneak previews are set to begin November 3. Coco hits theaters on November 22.