Recent News

Disney is Looking For a Million Dollar Arm

by on April 16, 2014

©Disney

©Disney

Do you have a Million Dollar Arm? That’s what Disney is looking for in this new contest. If you can throw a 100-mph fastball, you could potentially win $1 million.

How? Well, to promote Disney’s upcoming movie, Million Dollar Arm, on April 25-26 Walt Disney Studios is holding a competition where contestants will have three chances to throw the fastest strike they can.

Participants can attempt the feat at one of three locations. Guests can test their arms at Downtown Disney at Disneyland (California) and at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World (Florida) from 7:00 a.m-6:00 p.m. local time. In New York, the competition will take place at the Tribeca Family Festival on April 26, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. All who participate in the contest get complimentary tickets for themselves and a guest to attend an advance screening of Million Dollar Arm at a nearby AMC Theatre.

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest

PotterWatch: Diagon Alley Construction Photos and Early April Rumors

by on April 13, 2014

It’s been a couple weeks since our last PotterWatch look at Wizarding World of Harry Potter progress around Universal Orlando. While visible exterior changes are not as dramatic as as they were in earlier months, we can definitely see that the project is gaining new details as the expansion’s summer opening approaches. Enjoy these Hogsmeade Station and Diagon Alley construction photos from a few days ago, followed by a survey of the latest Potter rumors circulating on the net.

 

Diagon Alley Construction Photos

This is Universal Studios Florida‘s London Waterfront facade, behind which hides Diagon Alley, as it looked on April 7, 2014.

Diagon Alley construction photos

Note the trees that have been added to the area in front of the facade.

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest

Easter Activities at Walt Disney World Resort

by on April 12, 2014

©Disney

©Disney

Easter is just a week away (April 20) and Walt Disney World is gearing up for the holiday with some great events the whole family can enjoy. Many different facets across the resort are getting in on the fun.

In The Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom

  • From April 13-20, guests will be able to meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny on Main Street, U.S.A., in Town Square, between City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce.
  • A special pre-parade will take place on April 19 and 20, featuring Mr. Easter Bunny, springtime characters, dancers, and the Azalea Trail Maids.
  • Speaking of parades, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will be shown twice from April 13-20. Showtimes are at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest

Epcot To Introduce After Hours Wind Down Experience

by on April 11, 2014

Have you ever walked around Epcot’s World Showcase after IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth has ended and thought, “I wish one of these restaurants were open so I could grab a drink and a light snack.” Well, now that option is a possibility!

Disney is introducing the new After Hours Wind Down. During this special experience, guests will be able to sit down in an intimate setting and sample appetizers and beverages from one of four different lounges found in World Showcase. The lounges guests can choose from include: La Cava del Tequila (Mexico), Spice Road Table (Morocco), Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Italy), and Rose & Crown Pub (United Kingdom). You may only choose one dining location per night.

Menu offerings include a selection of small bites, paired with one beverage flight. Additional beverages can be purchased, if guests choose.

The event is for adults, 21 and up, and takes place Thursdays-Sundays, from 9:20 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. It is scheduled to run from April 17 – September 15.

The cost is $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity. A special ticket is needed to take part in this experience, and admission to Epcot is required but not included in the price.

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest

A Look at the Seven Dwarfs Characters in Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

by on April 11, 2014

©Disney

©Disney

So, I don’t usually post all the updates that Disney shares about the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, but this video was too good to pass up.

The short clip takes a look at the upcoming New Fantasyland attraction at the Magic Kingdom and shares how the Seven Dwarfs will appear in the mining portion of the ride. The Audio-Amatronics used for this new attraction are some of the most advanced I’ve ever seen. They move in ways that are incredible, and their faces are super-realistic. (Created in a similar fashion that the Cars characters appear at Radiator Springs Racers in Disney California Adventure.) This is our first glimpse into how these characters will look in the new ride, and it’s a huge step up from how they appeared in the former Snow White’s Scary Adventure attraction.

If you don’t want to see spoilers about the attraction, I highly suggest that you not view the video.

In addition, if you want more information, I recently posted a ride description sharing what to expect with the attraction.

As a reminder, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will have a height requirement of 38 inches, and FastPass+ will be available.

I am in awe of how good this portion of the attraction looks and cannot wait to ride it when it officially opens. As if I wasn’t already excited enough!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest

Epcot After Hours Alcohol Tasting Events Begin April 17

by on April 10, 2014

Epcot After Hours alcohol tasting events

Drink up! Epcot After Hours alcohol tasting events begin April 17. (photo courtesy Stacey Lantz)

Do you like Epcot? Do you like staying late at Walt Disney World theme parks? Do you like adult beverages? If, like us, your answer to all three questions is “heck yes,” then Epcot has a new treat for you. Beginning on April 17, several venues around World Showcase will begin holding Epcot After Hours Wind Down alcohol tasting events on select nights after the park officially ends operations for the day.

The after hours events will run from 9:20 p.m. (immediately after the end of IllumiNations) until 11:00 p.m., and are scheduled to run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening. Each tasting session will cost $35 per person (plus your park admission), and includes wine or spirits samplers and small bites at one four different locations.

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest

D-Tech Me Experience Returns for Star Wars Weekends

by on April 9, 2014

©Disney

©Disney

One of the more popular activities for Star Wars Weekends is returning again this year. The D-Tech Me experience is back for this year’s event and is where guests can have their faces cast on a mold of a Star Wars figurine.

This year, there will be four exciting options to choose from. They include the previous two: the Carbon-Freeze Me mold (similar to what happens to Han Solo in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back) and the Stormtrooper mold.  New this year are molds of the Alderaan Princess and the X-Wing Pilot.

The process works as follows: Guests will take part in a 3D face scan. From, there, the scan will be sent to a 3D printer. Once created, the figurine will be mailed to guests in approximately 7-8 weeks. (International shipping may take a bit longer.)

The experience will take place in Darth’s Mall, a special merchandise location only available during Star Wars Weekends.  This year Darth’s Mall will be located on Soundstage 1, between Toy Story Mania and the Studio Backlot Tour.

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest

Celebrate Earth Day at Walt Disney World

by on April 9, 2014

©Disney

©Disney

Earth Day (April 22) is always special, but Walt Disney World makes it even more so, because both Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom get in on the celebration.

Starting at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the park puts on an exciting party…The Party for the Planet. Here, guests can experience a myriad of activities to help them learn how to connect with nature and be more conscious of conservation efforts. This year’s event revolves around the upcoming Disneynature movie, Bears, which debuts in theaters on April 18. Some of the fun guests can participate in includes:

  • Pick up a Party for the Planet postcard, which will found at a display located in the front of the park.
  • Learn about the brown bear – a tie-in the movie, Bears.
  • Take part in nature activities.

    Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest

New Ride Details for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

by on April 7, 2014

Construction views back in February

Construction views back in February

When will it ever open?! I think that’s how all of us feel about this much anticipated attraction - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It is the final piece of the New Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom and we have watched, with bated breath, as it has grown up in the land.

While we still don’t know the exact opening date (though rumors have indicated May 2, keep in mind those are still rumors…nothing official has come from Disney yet), we are getting closer to the opening of the attraction, as I have come across some brand new information, detailing what you can expect with this new attraction. Let’s go on a journey, shall we?

First, we will start with the queue. As previously mentioned, this will be an interactive queue, and there will be three different interactive sections. You enter the queue and pass by a cottage as you make your way towards the mountain. You will then enter the mine of the Seven Dwarfs. Here, Doc will have a series of tasks that need to be completed, and you are invited to help!

First, guests will begin by sorting the jewels. Guests are asked to match jewels by color and shape as they flow down a wooden trough (created by touch screen video screens). After that, they will then wash the jewels by using a musical water spigot. Make sure to listen, as each spigot plays notes that together should create a familiar tune. Finally, guests enter the vault, where they see wooden barrels with stones. As the stones are turned, the ceiling above transforms.

Ok, so now we are going to get into the actual ride spoilers. If you want to be spoiled, click on to continue…

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest

New Muppet Scavenger Hunt At Epcot

by on April 6, 2014

Muppets Scavenger HuntIn an effort to promote Muppets Most Wanted, a brand new scavenger hunt has been introduced to Epcot’s World Showcase. The scavenger hunt starts with guests stopping to pick up a clue packet in the World Showcase Plaza. From there, they can choose to take part in one of two missions: Team Napoleon or Team Eagle. (These are the two law enforcement agents in the movie.) During the hunt, guests are on a search for the famous villain, Constantine.

After you pick up your clues and choose your mission, you will then go around World Showcase, solving the clues at various checkpoints found around the World Showcase countries. There are three checkpoints for each mission. Your clue packet will include documents and information on how to solve the case.

Luckily, the game is short enough that if you wish to do both missions, you should be able to accomplish them in one day.

It appears to be an interesting little distraction and especially fun for you Muppet fans! The scavenger hunt is expected to take place for the remainder of Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival. (P.S.: Be on the lookout for a review from Daisy about this experience tomorrow!)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest