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New Restaurants Added to Tables in Wonderland Program

by on August 8, 2016

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Do you have a Tables in Wonderland card? Then I bring good news! Four new dining establishments have been added to the special dining program. Those restaurants are:

  • Jungle Skipper at Magic Kingdom
  • Tiffins and the Nomad Lounge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs

So, what is the Tables in Wonderland program?  It is an exclusive for Disney Vacation Members, Florida Residents and Annual Passholders. Membership in Tables in Wonderland includes a 20 percent discount on all food and beverage at participating Walt Disney World table-service restaurants and lounges. Guests also receive complimentary valet parking for dining purposes.

Tables in Wonderland does come at an extra cost. It costs $175 for Florida Residents and $150 for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. To purchase a membership, you should visit any Guest Relations kiosk located one of the four Theme Parks or at Disney Springs.

For more information about Tables in Wonderland, make sure to check out their website.

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Night of Joy Schedule of Events for 2016

by on August 5, 2016

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It is almost time for Night of Joy, the Christian music festival that occurs at Walt Disney World each September. This year, the popular event will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex for the first time ever on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10.

Due to the new location, the event will be expanded for 2016. Guests will have more options than ever with two nights of music, ample seating at indoor and outdoor venues, amazing performances on multiple stages, including Champion Stadium, and opportunities for fellowship and fun.

This year’s Christian artist lineup features 18 great artists. The lineup for each evening is as follows:

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Limited Time Character Experience with Memory Maker

by on August 5, 2016

Belle - Memory Maker

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If you have Memory Maker for your Walt Disney World vacation this month, you’ll be able to soon take part in a limited time character meet and greet experience test.

From August 7-31, Guests who visit the Magic Kingdom who have purchased Memory Maker, Memory Maker One Day, or have an Annual Pass with complimentary Disney PhotoPass available, will be able to take advantage of a special character experience with Belle in her formal gown. This meet and greet experience will occur at the Heritage House in Liberty Square from 11:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Only one person in your party needs to have purchased Memory Maker in order for your entire group to take part in this opportunity.

This seems like a great way to meet one of your favorite Disney Princesses with minimal wait!

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Blaze Pizza Opens at Disney Springs

by on August 5, 2016

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Today, the newest restaurant opens at Disney Springs. Blaze Pizza, the counter service location that serves artisanal pizzas cooked in a blazing hot oven in just 180 seconds, invites Guests to create their own pizzas. The focus at Blaze is all on being an individual.

The Disney Springs location is themed as the town’s local sawmill. You will see touches indicating this throughout the restaurant including a lathe above the menu board and touches of Cypress trees that have been used in decoration of the dining establishment.

At Blaze, you get to build your pizza your way. Here are the toppings you can choose from to make your pie:

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Celebrate Art in August at Disney Springs

by on August 3, 2016

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Disney Springs is in full celebration of its grand opening and this August, the shopping and dining district will be hosting a special event called “Art in August.” This event will be a vibrant open-air art stroll that celebrates art of all forms throughout the promenade featuring fantastic works of art.

Throughout the month, the “Art in August” event will feature Disney and local artists who specialize in a variety of different art forms. Artisans will include crafters, jewelry makers, photographers, painters, and more. Guests who visit the event will also be able to participate in demonstrations, as well as meet some of the artists behind the creations. Artists that will be on hand will include: Don “Ducky” Williams, Greg McCullough, Darren Wilson, William Silvers, Quynh Kimball, Joe Kaminski, and Richard Terpstra.

“Art in August” will take place in the Marketplace section of Disney Springs, every weekend (Thursday through Saturday) in August through Labor Day Weekend.

For a full list of “Art in August” events, make sure to click here.

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New Miss Fortune Falls Attraction Announced for Typhoon Lagoon

by on August 3, 2016

Miss Fortune Falls Water Raft Ride

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It had been known for months that Disney was going to be adding a new attraction to their water park, Typhoon Lagoon. We now have details what Guests can expect to experience with this fun-filled family water ride.

Miss Fortune Falls (haha…I love a good pun) will be a family-style raft attraction that takes Guests through the fabled Captain Mary Oceanear’s past. The story goes that Captain Oceanear, a treasure-hunting heroine, traveled across the sea collecting unique artifacts before she became stranded at the water park by a rogue storm.

Once Guests board their treasure rafts, they will journey through Captain Oceaneer’s past before plunging into a white-water adventure. During their ride, Guests will be able to see some of the artifacts that Captain Mary Oceaneer has collected as she adventured around the world.

Miss Fortune Falls will be located near Crush n’ Gusher. Lasting about two minutes, it will be the longest ride for any Disney water park.

The new Typhoon Lagoon attraction will open in the spring of 2017. Stay tuned to the blog for more details!

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New Musical Act Coming to the Germany Pavilion at Epcot

by on July 29, 2016

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For months, I’ve been wondering what was going on with this little gazebo that was built in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion in World Showcase. It at first looked like it was just going to be for meet and greets, but as I got closer to examine it, it appeared to be a stage.

Well, now, after months of wondering, I can share that it is indeed a stage and it will showcase a new musical act – the world famous yodeler Margret Almer & The Bavarian Band. This new act will bring spirited and authentic music to Germany’s gazebo.

Margret Almer & The Bavarian Band is now performing at the Germany Pavilion five days a week.

 

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Flying Fish Reopens August 3

by on July 28, 2016

The Flying Fish has been closed for refurbishment for the past few months, but I bring news that it will be reopening soon! Reservations for the popular BoardWalk Resort restaurant open tomorrow, July 29 for dates beginning August 3.

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©Disney

The entire interior has been completely redesigned. Diners will be welcomed to a sophisticated space that pays homage to the golden era of seaside boardwalks. The refreshed interior will feature an all-new onstage kitchen and gorgeous dining room. The tone of the restaurant will be reminiscent of the sea with fantastic architectural accents and a gorgeous chandelier.

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The Muppets Are Coming to the Magic Kingdom

by on July 28, 2016

The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History

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Are you a fan of The Muppets? Then you will want to make sure to visit the Magic Kingdom this fall when a brand new live show will debut. This show, called The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History will feature your favorites, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggie, Fozzie, and Gonzo. Oh yes, and it wouldn’t be a patriotic show without Sam Eagle. This new show will take place in Liberty Square outside The Hall of Presidents.

The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History  will see the characters presenting historical tales such as the midnight ride of Paul Revere and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, presented in the fun and irreverent way that only the Muppets know how to do best. The characters will pop up throughout the day to share their own spin on how the founding fathers and the birth of our nation occurred. This show will also feature a song created especially for it.

Honestly, I have no idea what to expect from this new show. It is the Muppets after all, so anything will be possible with their zany humor. I guess I’ll just have to wait until it debuts in October to really find out what kind of high jinks the characters will get into! One thing is for sure, I’m positive it will be a salute to mostly America.

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AbracadaBar Now Open at Disney’s BoardWalk

by on July 25, 2016

This weekend, the AbracadaBar opened at Disney’s BoardWalk. The cocktail lounge is located next to the soon-to-be-opening Flying Fish (opening in August) and the Italian restaurant Trattoria al Forno.

AbracadaBar Exterior

 

The lounge itself is not very large, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is room for Guests to be seated at either couches or tables, whichever they choose.

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