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Anna and Elsa Will Leave the Magic Kingdom

by on April 27, 2016

©Rikki Niblett

©Rikki Niblett

When the Royal Sommerhus meet and greet opens at Epcot in the Norway Pavilion this summer, it appears as though the Frozen sisters will be leaving the Magic Kingdom’s Princess Fairytale Hall. No official date has been announced for when exactly they will leave, but it will coincide with the opening of the Royal Sommerhus, and one would assume, the Frozen Ever After attraction.

The Royal Sommerhus will be Anna and Elsa’s summer home that was opened for visitors and was inspired by a Norwegian countryside cabin.

Currently, Princess Fairytale Hall is still offering FastPass+ reservations to meet Anna and Elsa through early June, however, once the sisters move to Epcot, other characters will replace them in the meet and greet area.

For Guests still looking to see Anna and Elsa in the Magic Kingdom, you’ll be able to at least see them in both the Festival of Fantasy Parade and the upcoming new Cinderella Castle stage show, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.

Stay tuned to the blog for more details about when you’ll be able to meet Anna and Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus, as well as more details about all the Frozen fun heading to Epcot in June.

 

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Disney After Hours Discounts for Annual Passholders and DVC Members

by on April 26, 2016

Disney After Hours Event Guide

©Laurel Stewart

The Disney After Hours event is a fun late-night experience where you can enjoy the Magic Kingdom with little to no wait. The event lasts for 3 hours after the park closes for the evening. Also during the event, Guests will receive ice cream treats and bottled beverages. This special evening will occur on select nights throughout the months of April and May.

Well, going forward, Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members will be able to get a discount on this special event. The regular price for the event is $149, however AP holders and DVC Members will be able to get their tickets for $75 each. Guests can purchase their discounted tickets by calling (407) 560-PASS or by visiting any Walt Disney World ticket window.

The following nights are available for the discounted event:

  • April 28
  • May 5
  • May 8
  • May 12
  • May 19

If you are curious as to whether or not the event is worth it, Laurel recently experienced one of these evenings, so make sure to check out her post.

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Fulton’s Crab House to Become Paddlefish at Disney Springs

by on April 25, 2016

Fulton's Crab House/Paddlefish

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Currently, Fulton’s Crab House at Disney Springs is closed for refurbishment. The restaurant closed at the beginning of this month to make way for a new theme, menu items, and now it has been revealed, a new name. When Fulton’s reopens from its lengthy refurbishment, it will be known as Paddlefish.

Paddlefish will feature a newly updated interior that includes a modern yachting theme, as well as a rooftop lounge that will overlook Disney Springs. Guests will also get to experience an outdoor waterfront bar featuring a “build your own” fish boil and private dining areas.

The menu will see slight changes, as the restaurant will feature fresh seafood and steaks. Specialties will include oyster shucking bar, Florida stone crab and Alaskan king crab, steaks and chops, as well as classic and curated cocktails.

The table service location will continue to serve both lunch and dinner.

There is no official reopening date for Paddlefish. All we know is that it will reopen this fall. Stay tuned to the blog for further information!

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Three New Kiosks to Open at Disney Springs

by on April 21, 2016

Three new kiosks will be opening up at Disney Springs that are all unique and wonderful options for Guests to be able to enjoy beginning in May.

BB Wolf's

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The first is called B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. B.B. Wolf’s will feature different artisan sausage options. Choices will include:

  • The Three Little Pigs – a trio of sausages each with different toppings
  • Reuben, bacon-wrapped with black bean salsa and chili cheese
  • Portuguese sausage with pickled vegetable slaw and chili mustard
  • Sweet hot sausage with peppers, onions and marinara
  • Bavarian sausage sandwich with a mini-meterwurst, braised red cabbage and spicy brown mustard on a pretzel roll
  • Italian veggie sausage with peppers, onions and marinara.

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Elena of Avalor To Meet Guests This Summer

by on April 20, 2016

©Disney

©Disney

Guests will soon have a new Disney Princess to meet. Princess Elena from the upcoming Disney Channel show “Elena of Avalor” will begin meeting Guests this August at the Magic Kingdom.

While we don’t necessarily know a lot about Elena yet, we do know that she is a bold princess who’s love for her family and kingdom takes her on magical adventures. She is a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore and therefore, she is the first Disney Princess inspired by Latin diversities.

She will debut in a special episode of “Sofia the First” on Disney Junior next year, which will then translate into her own spin-off series. Elena is voiced by Aimee Carrero, of Freeform’s “Young & Hungry.”

“Elena of Avalor” is scheduled to debut on the Disney Channel on August 1.

Stay tuned to the blog for more details on when you and your little one can meet Princess Elena.

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New Details About Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on April 20, 2016

This past summer, Disney announced that a brand new land was slated for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The land, called Toy Story Land would have Guests finding themselves shrunk down to the size of the toy as they enter the world of Buzz, Woody, Bo Peep, Jessie, Potato Head, Rex, and the rest of your Toy Story favorites.

Today, we have more details on the two new attractions that will be opening in this newly-built, immersive land.

On Slinky Dog Dash, a family roller coaster, Guests will find themselves on a coaster track Andy has built in his backyard using his Mega Coaster Play Kit. Toy Story characters will, of course, find their way into the attraction in fun and unique ways as Guests zip, dodge and dash around many turns and drops that Andy has created to really make Slinky and his coils stretch to his limits.

Here is a short video rendition of what Guests can expect to experience on Slinky Dog Dash:

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Celebrate Earth Day at Epcot

by on April 20, 2016

©Rikki Niblett

©Rikki Niblett

Earth Day is on April 22, and while most of the focus is always on the events that will occur at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot also gets in on the Earth Day fun.

This year, Earth Day will be celebrated during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival all weekend long, from April 22-24.

Guests will be able to participate in numerous activities to celebrate the day including:

  • The Jungle Book Matching Activity at The Jungle Book Sand SculptureGuests will be able to play a matching game in which they match species that were featured in The Jungle Book to a fun fact about the animals.
  • Butterfly Citizen Science at Pollinator Garden – Here, Guests will have the opportunity to be a part of a science project by collecting data that will then in turn help conservation and horticulture teams learn about  native Floridian butterflies and their plant preference.
  • Meet Captain Ron at The Seas with Nemo & Friends – No…you won’t be able to meet Kurt Russell as a salty seafarer. Instead, you’ll meet a beagle named Captain Ron who helps conservation experts by sniffing out turtle egg nests to help protect them. Captain Ron and his trainer Pepe Peruyero will have appearances at 10:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Earth Day weekend. The duo will also give a short presentation about their work, and will be available for photos.
  • At the Festival Center  Guests can catch horticulture and wildlife experts leading seminars about aquaponics, making your property wildlife-friendly and how to grow new plants from the plants you already have.
  • Participate in a National Park Foundation map activity
  • At 11:00 a.m. each day during Earth Day weekend, you can get an up-close look at a nest with a purple martin expert, presented by the The Florida Audubon.
  • Guests can enjoy the Leap for Wildlife at National Wildlife Federation Garden
  • Guests can discover their footprint at The Nature Conservancy Garden

It seems like a great weekend is in store for those looking to celebrate Earth Day at Epcot this weekend!

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Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire Castle Show to Debut in June

by on April 20, 2016

Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire

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Disney recently announced that a new show on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage would be debuting at the Magic Kingdom to replace Dream Along With Mickey called Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire. I now have an update and can share that the show will debut in June. (No official date has been announced, just June.)

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire will invite Mickey and his Merry makers to prepare to host a festival and are inviting friends from other lands to join the celebration. The will feature characters from recent films, such as Tiana and Naveen from The Princess and the Frog, Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled, and Anna and Elsa from Frozen. The finale will end with a grand dance including both the Merry Makers (which include Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Minnie) and the new friends.

The new show will feature fantastic costumes, special effects, and dancing. The music will include an original song called “On This Day” that was written by songwriters Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda who also wrote songs for Toy Story: The Musical and Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings.

Stay tuned to the blog as an official date is announced for the debut of this new show.

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Wishes Fireworks Dessert Parties Expand

by on April 20, 2016

Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party

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The Wishes Fireworks Dessert Parties at the Magic Kingdom have been expanded so that more Guests can enjoy the fun festivities.

During the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party, Guests are offered the opportunity to enjoy delicious treats and beverages in a buffet setting. In addition, they have a private viewing area to in which to catch Wishes. Previously, Guests were required to make their reservations in advance, but now, with the expansion, same-day reservations can easily be accommodated.

All Guests attending the fireworks dessert party will still be able to enjoy a variety of desserts at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. Then, going forward, Guests with same-day reservations will then move to the Plaza Garden area for the fireworks show. (This is the former location of the Wises FastPass+ viewing area.) Keep in mind that desserts will not be available, nor will there be seating for Guests in the Plaza Garden area.

Guests who have booked in advance will view the fireworks from the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. If Guests who are scheduled to view the fireworks at the Tomorrowland Terrace and they wish to view them at the Plaza Garden, they may have the opportunity to do so, if space is available.

Pricing for the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party is $59 for adults and $35 for children. (Includes tax.) Reservations for the Tomorrowland Terrace viewing location can be made in advance by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dine, or calling 407-WDW-DINE. For those looking to make same-day reservations, they will be available at the Tomorrowland Terrace podium starting at 10:30 a.m. each day.

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Soarin’ Around the World to Debut at Epcot and Disney California Adventure in June

by on April 20, 2016

Soarin' Around the World

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Guests will finally be able to see the world on Soarin’ at both Epcot and Disney California Adventure.

Beginning on June 17, Soarin’ Around the World will debut giving Guests a glimpse of the Great Wall of China, Sydney Harbor in Australia, and the Matterhorn in Switzerland. The ride will immerse Guests in a multi-sensory experience with sights, sounds, and smells.

The soundtrack of the attraction will see a bit of a change that fits with the new destinations, but will still be based on the current version. There will also be a surprise ending for Guests to experience.

Here is a preview of what Guests will be able to expect with the new film:

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