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Construction Starting to Take Shape at Flamingo Crossings

by on January 29, 2015

As we noted back in October (Flamingo Crossings Project Finally Moving Forward?), work on the Flamingo Crossings project at the western end of Walt Disney World is well underway. Currently under construction are two large hotel buildings: one for the SpringHill Suites Orlando (with 248 suites) and the other for the TownePlace Suites (with 250 suites and studios). The area across the street from these hotels is fully prepared for development, with paved roads, traffic lights, and sidewalks. There is still no word when the retail development will begin, however. The hotels are scheduled to open in early 2016. Flamingo Crossings is located in the area just west of State Road 429 near Western Way, to the west of Walt Disney World property.

Work progresses at the site of TownePlace Suites at Flamingo Crossings. When completed, there will be 250 suites and studios in this building. (Photo by Julia Mascardo)

Work progresses at the site of TownePlace Suites at Flamingo Crossings. When completed, there will be 250 suites and studios in this building. (Photo by Julia Mascardo)

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Early Details about 2015 Night of Joy at the Magic Kingdom

by on January 27, 2015

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Night of Joy is a hard-ticketed event that takes place in the Fall where contemporary Christian artists visit and perform at the Magic Kingdom. This year the event is scheduled to take place on Friday, September 11, and Saturday, September 12.

Today, a list of artists was released on the Disney Parks Blog that Guests who attend the event can look forward to seeing. They include:

Friday, September 11  ­

  • TobyMac
  • MercyMe
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Colton Dixon
  • Big Daddy Weave
  • Francesca Battistelli
  • Rend Collective
  • I Am They
  • Veridia

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Walt Disney World Monorails Will See Temporary Modified Routes in February and March

by on January 27, 2015

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©Rikki Niblett

For those of you unaware, the Walt Disney World monorail is currently undergoing enhancements where they are updating the infrastructure of the system, in an attempt to make the process automated. With this enhancement process, the monorail schedules have been changing periodically over the past year. It appears that on select dates in February and March, the monorails will be running a modified way, yet again.

The monorails on the Resort and Express beams will see different stops on select dates which include: February 3-5, February 9-12, February 23-26 and March 2-5 and these updated routes will occur from from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

On these dates, the Magic Kingdom Resort Beam will have trains travel only between Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and the Magic Kingdom.  (The Resort loop will not stop at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or the Transportation and Ticket Center.)  Over on the Express Beam, the trains will stop at the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and the Transportation and Ticket Center.  (The stop at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is new on these specific dates.)

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Some Disney Springs Shop Tenants Revealed

by on January 26, 2015

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According to The Orlando Sentinel, we have an official listing of some of the new stores that will take up residence of The Landing section of Disney Springs. They include:

  • APEX by Sunglass Hut - Sells high end sunglasses with a focus on sports. These are the perfect sunglasses to wear when getting out there, being active.
  • Art of Shaving – A high-end shaving products store, including aromatherapy-based grooming products and elegant shaving instruments. This brand is concerned with getting you that “perfect shave.”
  • Chapel Hats – Offers hats and headwear that are perfect for a night on the town or maybe even that special event. They don’t offer your traditional baseball cap, instead they sell headwear like fedoras, Panama hats, pork pies, and even top hats. They also offer a selection of beautiful hats for women, such as derby hats, floppy hats, and more.

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 1/19/15

by on January 19, 2015

Happy Monday! I’m back again with a few little news notes that may be helpful for your next trip to Walt Disney World. These fun little nuggets include new fun for Peter Pan’s Flight, where you can find Flame Tree Barbecue’s treats during its refurbishment, and more! So, here we go!

  • For those of you who are fans of Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you may be worried about where you can get the delightful treats that you know and love while the restaurant is closed for a refurbishment that’s scheduled to last until sometime in April. (During the refurb work, they are working on the current seating areas.) Today, I come bearing the answers of where those yummy bites can be found. Guests looking for the half chicken, the half slab of ribs, or the combo of ribs and chicken should head to the Gardens Kiosk or the Beastly Kiosk. For those searching for the turkey leg, you’ll need to visit Trilo-bites, and for the pork sandwich, stop at a cart found in near Trilo-bites. All of these locations are near Flame Tree Barbecue.
  • Moving over to the Magic Kingdom, a brand new interactive queue has been introduced for Peter Pan’s Flight. The new queue takes guests into the Darling household, and new interactive elements include Tinker Bell flying around and interacting with Wendy, John, and Michael’s toys, guests’ own shadows coming alive on the wall in the children’s nursery, and a sprinkle of pixie dust before heading off into Never Land. The queue’s new effects are currently in testing and should be fully rolled out within the next week, or so.

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Cinderella Sneak Peek Taking Place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on January 17, 2015

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Are you looking forward to the upcoming live-action version of Cinderella? Well guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will soon get two chances to participate in unique experiences that relate back to the film.

The first starts today. At the ABC Sound Studio (the former location of Sounds Dangerous, for those of you who remember that attraction), guests will be able to catch a special preview of the film. The experience will take place every 30 minutes, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and it will contain several clips from the movie, plus more. Overall, the preview will last approximately 10 minutes.

Clearly the ABC Sound Studio has become upcoming Disney movie sneak peek central, because previously the location has recently shown previews of The Lone Ranger, Maleficent, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Cinderella sneak peek will be presented until March 21.

I did mention that there will be one additional Cinderella experience that guests will be able to take part in. For that, Guests will be able to head to the Streets of America and will be able to take photos with Cinderella’s gorgeous golden coach, which is featured in the movie. The coach will be available for guests to see from February 1 until April 11.

Cinderella hits theaters on March 13.

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Artists Announced for the Garden Rocks Concert Series for the 2015 Flower and Garden Festival

by on January 16, 2015

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Today is full of details about the Epcot special events. First, the dates were released for the 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and now we have the line-up of artists who will be performing during the Garden Rocks Concert Series for the 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. (For those keeping score, the Garden Rocks Concert Series was previously called the Flower Power Concert Series. Since all the artists who are performing nowadays weren’t necessarily around during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, I guess Disney felt the “Flower Power” name didn’t really fit any more.)

Some of the artists performing at this year’s Garden Rocks Concert Series have previously played during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series during the Food & Wine Festival, including Taylor Dane and Starship, and some have been performing at the Flower Power Concert Series for years, such as Peter Noone and The Village People. This year’s list of artists is really an eclectic mix. 

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Dates Announced for the 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

by on January 16, 2015

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It’s the tastiest time of the year…the dates for the 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival have been announced. The fantastic fall event will take place for a grand total of 53 days from September 25 through November 16.

The Epcot Food & Wine Festival features such highlights as nearly 30 Marketplace Booths (featuring lots of yummy sweet and savory tapas-sized food and beverages options), the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, celebrity chef demonstrations, beverage seminars, signature dining experiences, and much, much more!

More details for the event will be released later this year, so I’ll be sure to let you know the info when they do! I cannot wait to once again enjoy the deliciousness that is this great annual event.

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New Details About Frozen Addition for Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

by on January 14, 2015

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Good news, Frozen fans! Reports say that documents have been filed with the South Florida Water Management District and the Reedy Creek Improvement District that share some new details about what we can expect with the updated Norway Pavilion at Epcot.

The paperwork indicates that a brand new 13,000 square foot building will be added in what is currently a backstage area that is situated between the Mexico Pavilion and the Norway Pavilion. This new section will house the previously announced Frozen meet and greet, women’s restrooms, and more.

For a map overlay of how the project may fit in Epcot, check out Theme Park Insider.

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Guests Can Purchase DVC at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Soon

by on January 7, 2015

Ed. note – Disney has not released points charts or pricing information for this Disney Vacation Resort yet.

Good news for those of you who are looking into purchasing DVC at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. You may begin to do so soon! Sales for the Disney Vacation Club property go on sale for current Disney DVC members on January 12. They’ll then go on sale for everyone else beginning February 9 .

The first phase of this property is scheduled to open on April 1 with the introduction of the Bora Bora Bungalows and the first connecting Deluxe Studios.

DisneyÕs Polynesian Villas & Bungalows at DisneyÕs Polynesian Village Resort

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