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“The Music of Pixar LIVE” to take Place This Summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on March 23, 2017

The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters

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This summer, beginning May 26, a very unique concert experience will take place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! “The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters” will be a limited time event that is designed to showcase the incredibly memorable music that can be found in your favorite Pixar films.

This show will include a live orchestra, as well as appearances by beloved Pixar characters including Woody, Jessie, Mike and Sulley, the Incredibles and more. Scores will be showcased beginning with Toy Story, all the way to Cars 3.

This show will be presented three times a night in the Theater of the Stars. (This is where Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage is performed. Don’t worry! Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage isn’t going anywhere! It will still be performed daily.)

Stay tuned to the blog for more information about this awesome upcoming experience.

New Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs

by on March 23, 2017

Amorette's Patisserie

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Have you ever wanted to go to a cake decorating class before? Well, take the education to the next level with a brand new cake decorating experience at Amorette’s Patisserie located in the Town Center section of Disney Springs.

During the experience, Guests will be able to work side by side with the experts at the bakery to learn how to decorate their own Mickey Dome Cake. They will teach how to do the gorgeous mirror glaze called glaçage and will decorate the cake all the way down to the finishing touches, including mouse ears, tail, belt, and buttons. During the event, Guests will be able to enjoy complimentary specialty coffee, mimosas and bellinis.

Oh and the best part! You get to take the cake home with you! The cost is $129 plus tax for up to two Guests who will work on a single cake. A second cake can be purchased for an additional $40. Guests must be at least 10 years of age to participate and space is extremely limited.

This experience begins on March 31 and will take place from 8:45 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. every Friday through May 5. Reservations can be made by clicking here.

 

Pandora – The World of Avatar to Offer Nightly Extra Magic Hours (Plus FastPass+ News!)

by on March 23, 2017

Pandora - The World of Avatar

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Well, there’s one more reason to stay at an on-site Walt Disney World hotel this summer. You see, for a limited time, only May 27 through July 4, Guests who are staying staying at one of the Walt Disney World hotels can explore Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom beyond regular Park hours, courtesy of nightly Extra Magic Hours.

These Evening Extra Magic Hours will certainly be right for the night owls, as they will take place from 11:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. Only Pandora – The World of Avatar will be open;  no other attractions in the park will be open to Guests. Do keep in mind that in order to visit during these extra hours, valid theme park admission and a Resort ID will be required. During this extra time in the park, Resort Guests will be able to experience both the Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage attractions.

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Celebrate Cars 3 at Disney Springs This Weekend

by on March 21, 2017

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This summer, Cars 3 will hit theaters and Disney is starting the marketing for the film early. (Hey, it worked for Beauty and the Beast, right?) This weekend, from March 23-26, Guests who visit Disney Springs will be able to take part in the kick off event for the “Road to the Races” nationwide promotional tour.

Guests who visit the shopping and dining district will be able to take part in Cars-themed activities for the whole family that include:

  • Get an extended sneak peek of the upcoming film
  • Take part in photo opportunities with three life-size character cars
  • A giant color mural will be available and is sponsored by Alamo Rent A Car
  • A racer pit crew tire-changing activity and photo opp sponsored by Coppertone
  • Prizes from the Piston Cup prize wheel and a digital postcard with Lightning McQueen courtesy of Crest and Oral-B
  • High-octane smoothies located at the Dole Refueling Station
  • Mattel’s interactive play area
  • The history and science behind NASCAR
  • Cars merchandise
  • special menu offerings at select food and beverage locations
  • DJ dance party

Guests will find the “Road to the Races” Tour in the Marketplace section located in the former Marketplace Bus Loop located near Disney Days of Christmas. It will be open on March 23 from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.; March 24 and 25 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.; and March 26 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Cars 3 will be in theaters on June 16.

Details About Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on March 20, 2017

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One of the most common questions that people have been asking since the announcement of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is what kind of food do the Na’vi eat? With today’s sneak peek, we have an idea of what the Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – The World of Avatar will offer.

As previously stated, the fast-casual dining experience will be offering dishes filled with wholesome grains, fresh vegetables, and hearty proteins. Dishes will be familiar flavors with unique twists. Here, Guests will be able to do a create your own bowl option that allows for maximum customization. Guests will start with a base of either quinoa and vegetable salad; mixed whole-grain rice; red-and sweet potato hash; or romaine and kale salad. They will then be able to add whichever protein option they would like – either slow-roasted beef, sustainable fish, wood-grilled chicken, or chili-spiced fried tofu. The bowl will then be topped with charred onion chimichurri, black bean vinaigrette, or a cream herb dressing. 

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The Dress Shop To Open at Disney Springs

by on March 14, 2017

The Dress Shop

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Disney….you just love to find ways to part me from my money, don’t you? (Of course you do…that was absolutely a rhetorical question.) This time, I really think you’ve done it though. The Dress Shop, an all new shopping experience, is coming to the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs.  This area will sell gorgeous dresses and apparel that are whimsical and full of great Disney fun.

Dresses emulate costumes that Disney Cast Members wear (hello easy way to Disney Bound!), as well as include fun Disney touches. (Oh, look! Orange Bird!) My favorite dress, hands down, is the one themed after Tower of Terror. Other designs feature Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, “it’s a small world,” and The Haunted Mansion, Minnie Mouse, Snow White from Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and Alice from Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Looking to accessorize? Handbags resembling an apple, the White Rabbit, or a Hollywood Tower Hotel suitcase will also be released.

There is no word on how much these dresses will cost. (I absolutely fear for my wallet.) Dresses will run all the way from XS to XL, with select dresses running up to 3-XL. Also, currently these dresses will only be available at select merchandise locations at the Disney parks. It is unknown if or when they will be added to the Shop Disney Parks app.

Oh and if you’re in Disneyland, you can pick up some of these items soon from this collection at Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District.

For those who don’t know, Marketplace Co-Op is home to different specialty boutiques all located under one roof. The store’s purpose is to be a testing ground for new Disney retail concepts, shops, and products.

The Dress Shop is expected to open in the Marketplace Co-Op on March 31 and there will be special activities that day and throughout the weekend to celebrate.

Celebration at the Top at California Grill Extended

by on March 14, 2017

Celebration at the Top

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I guess it’s been a popular new offering because the Celebration at the Top – Savor, Sip, and Sparkle event has officially been extended. The event, which was announced a little less than a month ago, will now occur through September 24 on select Sunday evenings at the California Grill which is located on the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

During the evening, Guests will enjoy complimentary bar offerings and a variety of small plates, including canapés, sushi rolls, flatbreads and more. Beverages will include a complimentary bar offering California wines, beers, and cordials. Guests then have the opportunity to relax and dine in the private Sonoma Room and Napa Room for one hour prior to the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Once the fireworks are about to begin, Guests will be able to head out to their private observation deck for a fantastic view,the lights dimmed and the music pipped in. Petit fours, coffee, and cordials and desserts will follow.

The cost of Celebration at the Top is $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity and complimentary valet parking is included. Reservations can be made by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

New Details and a Recap of What to Expect When Exploring Pandora – The World of Avatar

by on March 10, 2017

Pandora - The World of Avatar

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Wow! Yesterday was a flurry of new information all about Pandora – World of Avatar courtesy of a plethora of ABC shows -“The Chew”, “Good Morning America“, “The View“, and “Nightline.”  The goal of these spots were clearly to get excitement ramped up and it most certainly worked!

So if you’re looking forward to the official opening of this new land as much as I am, here’s what you should know courtesy of recent news developments. (If you want to avoid minor spoilers about the land, stop reading now. This is your only warning!)

According to James Cameron. The story is that we are found in a generation of Pandora after all the movies when the warfare between the humans and Na’vi is over. The Na’vi have welcomed us to Pandora to help us understand nature and ourselves better. Essentially, we are welcome because we are here to learn and educate ourselves.

There are two Pandoras that Guests will get to experience. Day and night. Trust me, you will want to see this place lit up at night!

Guests walk through an opening and will be immersed in the Valley of Mo’ara. Here, Guests can walk right under the enormous floating mountains. The land is lush and is a mixture of earth plants and Pandorian foliage that all helps to gives the idea that it’s a real ecosystem. Of course, these plants will come to life with beautiful bioluminescence each night.

The Valley of Mo’ara will also include a Na’vi-built drum circle that will contain instruments that are playable by all, Na’vi totems and other cultural items found. For those who are Wilderness Explorers fans, there will be brand new challenges and badges to collect in Pandora too! Guests who visit may even come across tour guides from Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE), scientists from the Pandora Conservation Initiative (PCI), or even an eclectic expat or two!

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Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns to Epcot

by on March 6, 2017

Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns at Epcot

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One of the most fun things that happens around the Easter holiday is the Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot. Last year, my husband and I decided we were going to tackle to scavenger hunt and we had the most fun searching for the eggs that feature designs themed after some of your favorite Disney characters.

Oh and let me tell you, this was not an easy egg hunt! We got stumped on a few eggs and much as we didn’t want to, we actually had to ask the Cast Members for clues to help! (Make sure you look EVERYWHERE because eggs may not always be where you think they will be! That’s my best tip!)

With all that being said, I am happy to announce that the Egg-stravaganza has returned to to Epcot and it’s slated to last even longer than normal! This year, the hunt is on until the end of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. (Which ends on May 29 – or while supplies last.).

Guests will be able to search for special hidden eggs and record your findings by placing the sticker that matches that character on the specially themed map to represent that location. There are 12 eggs to find in all; one in each country.

Map from 2016. ©Rikki Niblett

Maps and stickers can be purchased for $5.99, plus tax at Pin Central in Future World, Disney Traders at the entrance to World Showcase, or World Traveler at International Gateway.

When you complete the hunt, return to Disney Traders and you’ll be able to pick up your prize.  You do not officially have to complete the hunt to get your egg, but taking part in the hunt is really a ton of fun!

The Egg-stravaganza Easter egg hunt really is perfect for the whole family and trust me, it’s a wonderful activity for all ages!

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba to Close this Winter

by on March 3, 2017

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Do you love the Cirque du Soleil La Nouba show at Disney Springs? I bring some sad news today as the creative and entertaining show, which has been on the West Side for almost 20 years will be coming to a close this December. The show’s final performance will take place on December 31, 2017.

La Nouba included theatrics, dazzling costumes and magical lighting, unique sets and music. The show is filled with action, humor, color and light, blending the ancient traditions of circus with dance, acrobatics and street entertainment.

There is no word yet on what will be replacing La Nouba, but The Disney Parks Blog did hint that it could very well still be a Cirque du Soleil show that will occur in the theater.

To purchase tickets to this extremely popular show, make sure to visit the Walt Disney World website.

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