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Guests May Make Same-Day Reservations at Jungle Skipper Canteen

by on February 8, 2016

Skipper Canteen

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The Magic Kingdom’s most recent restaurant, Jungle Skipper Canteen has, in the past, not allowed for advance reservations. Instead, Guests were able to walk up to the restaurant, put down their name, and they would be notified that their table was ready via text.

Well, as part of a test, from February 12-27, Guests will have the opportunity to make same-day reservations for either lunch or dinner at the Adventureland table service location. To do so, Guests can visit jungleskippercanteen.com or call 407-939-1933 on the day of their visit. A credit card will be required at the time of the reservation and the standard cancellation policies still apply.

Guests who do not wish to made advance reservations will still have the opportunity to inquire about the restaurant availability at the restaurant’s podium.

 

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Guests Can Now Meet Kylo Ren at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 7, 2016

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Are you anxious to meet the newest villain in the Star Wars universe? Well, now you can at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Kylo Ren, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now appearing and greeting Guests at the Star Wars Launch Bay.

Guests will be able to meet Kylo Ren on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer in the Dark Side section of the Launch Bay. This means that Darth Vader will no longer be meeting Guests here, but he can still be seen in Jedi Training:

In the Launch Bay area, Guests will also be able to meet Chewbacca, come across Stormtroopers or even Jawas. Guests visiting this area can also experience a film showcasing some of the people behind the film, see concept art, tour galleries of memorabilia, see Star Wars artifacts, play video games and more.

The Star Wars Launch Bay is likely going to be a fluid experience going forward, with new artifacts, art work and more debuting as the upcoming Star Wars movies get ready to be released. Stay tuned for more information about this great area where you are able to get in touch with The Force. (Or the Dark Side…)

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Club Disney at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Now Seasonal

by on February 7, 2016

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The brand new flex space called Sunset Showcase over near Rock n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith recently debuted Club Disney back in early December. Club Disney was essentially a dance party space where Guests could interact and boogie down with their favorite Disney characters throughout the day. Guests were also able to digitally “color” giant screens that resembled coloring book pages, grab a snack, or just relax.

Well, now it appears that Club Disney at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has turned into just another seasonal offering for the park. There is no word on when the dance party offering will be available for Guests to visit going forward.

The Sunset Showcase is also currently holding a special event called Club Villain, where guests can enjoy a dinner party and mix and mingle with their favorite bad guys. Club Villain is going to continue in this space on select dates until March.

It is unclear what the Sunset Showcase space will be used for going forward after Club Villain has finished, but I’m sure we’ll be hearing more information soon.

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Celebrate Black History Month at Epcot

by on February 5, 2016

The Kinsey Collection

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Guests at Walt Disney World will be able to celebrate Black History Month at the America Adventure Pavilion in Epcot throughout the month of February. Guests will find new historical artifacts, learn history about the influence of African-American culture, and take part in book signings.

First, Guests will have the opportunity to meet three acclaimed African-American authors on select Saturdays. Book signings will be open to all guests. Authors include:

Terry McMillan, author of “Who Asked You?” 
Saturday, February 6 – 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

Critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan is known for her powerful novels and short stories about African American women. Many will remember her novel, “Waiting to Exhale,” which was adapted into a film starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett back in 1995. Other novels by McMillan include “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Disappearing Acts,” and “A Day Late and a Dollar Short.” McMillan recently published her eighth novel, “Who Asked You?,” a story about the challenges and strength of a family.

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Take Part in The Lion Guard Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on February 5, 2016

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Have you heard of the Disney Junior show, The Lion Guard? Well beginning this Sunday, February 7, Guests who visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be able to become an honorary member of the Lion Guard with The Lion Guard Adventure.

The Lion Guard Adventure is a self-guided experience that encourages Guests to protect the environment and care for animals. Guests can do this by finding small statues of some of the characters from the TV show.

To take part in the fun, Guests may pick up a Lion Guard Adventure map at one of the following locations:

  • Oasis: The Outpost
  • Discovery Island: Island Mercantile
  • Africa: Zuri’s Sweets Shop, Mombasa Marketplace, and the Festival of the Lion King merchandise cart
  • Asia: Maharajah merchandise cart
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Guests will be able to find the following statues throughout the park: Kion (lion), Fuli (cheetah), Beshte (hippo), Ono (egret), Bunga (honey badger). Once you have found all the statues, you will need to return your map to Rafiki’s Planet Watch where you will take a special pledge to become an honorary member of The Lion Guard and receive a special button.

This opportunity will take place through early April.

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Artists Announced for the Garden Rocks Concert Series for the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

by on February 3, 2016

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©Rikki Niblett

This year, the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival will take place for an unprecedented 90 days, from March 2 through May 30. Of course, this means that the Garden Rocks Concert Series will include more acts than ever before!

The Garden Rocks Concert Series (which was formerly known as the Flower Power Concert Series) is performed on weekend evenings during the festival at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion. Many favorite performers will be returning, but there will also be quite a few new artists on hand to celebrate with Guests.

This year’s lineup includes:

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Updated Information About the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

by on February 2, 2016

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We are officially one month away from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! I have to admit, this one always sneaks up on me so fast, but I also love when it’s back because that means that spring is almost here! Details about the event for 2016 are slowly trickling out.

First, we have word that there will be two new Outdoor Kitchens for this year’s event. The first will be known as La Isla Fresca, where they will serve up dishes like Jamaican Braised Beef with Pigeon-Pea Rice and Jerk-Spiced Grouper or Chicken with Mango Salsa. There will also be the Cider House, which will offer a Field Greens salad with greens harvested from The Land pavilion, heirloom apples, Stilton cheese and dried blueberries will pair well with a blueberry hard cider from Plant City, Fla. Of course, the festival’s other 11 booths will also offer delicious returning favorites, as well as some new food and beverage options.

Also new for this year will be the Harmony Gardens musical playground, which will include interactive drums, chimes, and xylophones where children can create their own musical sounds or have fun at the innovative outdoor playground. The area will also debut debut featuring topiaries of the Fab Five with “band leader” Mickey Mouse plus Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck.

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Guests Can Modify Disney Dining Reservations Online

by on January 27, 2016

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Have you ever made an Advance Dining Reservation and then realized that you needed to make an adjustment because you had a conflict that popped up or because the number of Guests you were bringing to the dining experience changed? It’s happened to me multiple times, however, in the past, I was unable to change my reservation, so I had to either cancel the reservation and start over or beg and be at the mercy of the Cast Member upon arrival at the restaurant.

Well no more! Now, Guests are able to easily modify their Advance Dining Reservations online, right from their computer. No more calling reservations to change seating time or number of Guests in the party!

Guests can make these modifications up to 20 minutes prior to their reserved seating time, however, keep in mind that this option is only available to be able to do through the website, not through a smart phone app, such as My Disney Experience or the Disneyland app. Guests looking to modify reservations can do so by visiting http://www.disneyworld.com/dining or www.disneyland.com/dining

Guests will still have the option to call can also call (714) 781-DINE for Disneyland or 407-WDW-DINE for Walt Disney World to speak with a Dining Reservation agent.

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 1/26/16

by on January 26, 2016

I’m back again! Looks like we have quite a few small nuggets for you all today that can help you with you next trip. These nuggets range from all four parks, as well as a few of the resorts too.

  • Habit Heroes at Epcot’s Innoventions has officially closed.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom will be closed for a lengthy refurbishment, from April 4 through sometime in July 2016.
  • The Writer’s Stop is officially on the chopping block for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Flights of Wonder at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is closed for two months, until March 17. The attraction will be gaining the addition of a permanent roof over the seating area.

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Universal Orlando Releases 2016 Celebration of Harry Potter Schedule

by on January 24, 2016

2016 Celebration of Harry Potter schedule

Plan you Wizarding weekend with the 2016 Celebration of Harry Potter schedule

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting an official 2016 Celebration of Harry Potter schedule of events from Universal Orlando, you can relax because your owl has arrived! Universal has just announced the full rundown of public happenings during their annual Wizarding World weekend, which runs January 29-31, 2016.

Activities over the three day Celebration of Harry Potter include Q&A sessions with cast members from the hit movies, panels with artists who worked on the films and parks, and special demonstrations and exhibits relating to Potter lore. In 2016, the Music Plaza stage in Universal Studios Florida will be dedicated during the day to kids activities, in addition to hosting the headliner events in the evenings, while Toon Lagoon amphitheater in Islands of Adventure will reopen during the daytime for sessions aimed at adult fans.

All of the below listed activities are open to all park goers, including annual passholder, without needing an extra ticket. One thing you won’t see on the list is autograph sessions with the film stars. After the intense demand for limited autograph tickets last year, Universal has restricted the signings solely to those who purchased special hotel packages (which sold out long ago).

Here is the full schedule of 2016 Celebration of Harry Potter activities:

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