The show will feature hilarious hijinks in the form of improvisational comedy (for those who may remember the Comedy Warehouse at Pleasure Island or have seen Whose Line Is It Anyway? on TV, it’s the same premise). It is completely interactive, and sometimes guests will be asked to participate in the fun.
During the show, comedic actors will field suggestions from the crowd, needing help in composing funny Christmas songs, putting their own spin on classic stories, and creating hilarious scenarios. The entire act will be festive and family-friendly. I particularly love that due to the improvisational nature, the show is also different each time. (And as someone who’s tried her hand at improv, it is not an easy art-form. These performers are extremely talented, witty, and quick on their feet.)
There’s been no noticeable progress on the Hogwarts Express since it completed its first test run, as reported in our last installment. Instead, let’s take a nighttime look at the London Waterfront, the facade that conceals Diagon Alley.
I almost don’t want to report this since it is regarding a restaurant that I frequent on almost every trip. Plus, I’ve always loved the fact that I could only dine there via walk up. But as of December 18, 2013, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort will accept Advanced Dining Reservations.
When checking, I did notice that it seems you will only be able to make reservations for parties of four or smaller. This quirk is likely due to the teeny size of the restaurant and its tables. (The restaurant boasts about 10 tables total and limited counter seating.)
Guests wishing to make Advanced Dining Reservations can do so both online and by calling (407) WDW-DINE. For those looking for just ice cream, you can still order some items at the Beaches & Cream To Go counter.
New Year’s Eve is just three short weeks away, and those lucky enough to be at Walt Disney World during this time are in for some amazing treats! Here is an idea of some of the fun you can expect to see at Walt Disney World for New Year’s Eve.
Celebrate 2014 with a bang…literally…as the Magic Kingdom will show not one, but two fireworks spectaculars on two separate nights. On December 30 and 31, guests may take in Holiday Wishes: Celebrate The Season at 9 p.m. and then Fantasy in the Sky, which is scheduled for 11:50 p.m.
This year, World Showcase will feature a variety of DJs found situated throughout the different pavilions. Guests can dance in the New Year at the Future World Fountain Stage, near the Italy Stage, at the America Gardens Theatre, and by the United Kingdom Stage, among others. As we mentioned a few weeks back, many World Showcase restaurants are also offering special dining opportunities.
Two showings of IllumiNations will light up the sky on New Year’s Eve, ending with the Holiday Tag after the 6:30 p.m. show and the New Year’s Eve Countdown spectacular after the 11:40 p.m. show.
A brand new dance party is scheduled to begin tonight (December 9) at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom.
Called Incredibles Super Dance Party, this new energetic celebration will feature characters from the hit Disney-Pixar movie, The Incredibles. Guests will be able to boogie down with Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, and Frozone.
The party is scheduled to take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Make sure to check a Times Guide for specific details.
With the introduction of this new party, Club 626, which featured Chip n’ Dale, Pluto, and Stitch, is officially retired.
Yesterday, I told you about a brand new photo package that will be available at Walt Disney World called Memory Maker. With it, guests will be able to enjoy unlimited downloads of digital photos that were taken during their stay at the Walt Disney World Resort.
We now have a few more details that we wanted to pass along to you.
First, if you decide to pre-purchase the Memory Maker, it will cost you $149.00, which is a savings of $50. (If you purchase the new service at select merchandise locations at Walt Disney World, it will cost $199.00) Once you purchase Memory Maker, you will be able to obtain any photos taken by PhotoPass photographers. Also included will be some candid shots, dining location photos, and attraction photos.
Here is a look at the video that explains in detail what Memory Maker offers.
The process of how it will work seems to be quite easy:
For this week’s Limited Time Magic event at Walt Disney World, Disney is once again offering special tours. During this tour, called A Walk in the Park, guests will be able to partake in a walk through the Magic Kingdom with none other than the Vice President of the Magic Kingdom himself, Phil Holmes.
This unique tour is scheduled for:
Monday, December 9
Tuesday, December 10
Wednesday, December 11
Wednesday, December 18
Friday, December 20
Check in will begin at 7 a.m. and the tour will begin at 7:45 a.m. The tour is scheduled to last one hour and will have attendees learning about how the park still gains it’s inspiration from Walt Disney. There will be 25 guests selected each day.
Making memories. Making memories. Taking pictures is making memories.
I love that song, and it’s fitting for today because Walt Disney World is rolling out a brand new way of making memories with its Memory Maker package. Part of the MyMagic+ system, this new offering will allow guests to collect, view, download, and share all of their Walt Disney World vacation photos that are linked to My Disney Experience. This system will contain the exact same access to photographs that was once available with Disney’s PhotoPass+, with the main difference being that this system is all digital.
Memory Maker will allow for unlimited downloading of photographs from the My Disney Experience portal. Guests can do this starting from the date the photos were taken until their expiration, which will be 45 days later. Disney’s PhotoPass+ will no longer be sold now that this new evolutionary version is available.
Slow-speed Hogwarts Express testing has begun at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter (photo by Seth Kubersky)
Exciting news, Harry Potter fans: Hogwarts Express testing has commenced at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando Resort! The iconic Hogwarts Express trains, which were lifted onto their elevated rails in late October, began slow-speed movement tests over the weekend.
It will still be many months before guests get to ride the Hogwarts Express attraction, which is expected to officially debut in June 2014. When complete, the Hogwarts Express will provide transportation between the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley expansion in Universal Studios Florida, and the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure.
Ordinarily, the Touring Plans team would be the first to bring you footage of the Hogwarts Express testing, but this time our friends at Orlando Attractions Magazine have beat us to the punch (blame our post-Thanksgivukha turkey & latke hangovers). Check out their video below, which also includes some shots of the London Waterfront construction, and check back here often for further PotterWatch progress updates on Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The first test recently rolled out at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, but now Disney is ready to start a new version of this testing at all three of Disney’s All-Star Resorts. As part of the MyMagic+ assessment, upon check in at one of these three resorts, guests will be issued only a MagicBand for use throughout their stay at the Walt Disney World Resort.