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News Updates About Disney Springs Restaurants

by on May 10, 2016

Disney Springs

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Wow! I can’t believe it! Disney Springs “second” opening will be taking place this weekend, on May 15! Opening this weekend are many different shops, restaurants, and the Town Center area.

A few newer locations have released updated information about what you can expect to experience.

YeSake is a kiosk, with dining options that include Chinese-style pulled pork to a Sombrero with ground beef, pico de gallo, guacamole, cheese and corn chips. In addition, try a Sake Cosmo Freeze or Sake Bourbon Slush among other offerings, such as beer.

At Morimoto Asia Street Food, a new walk-up window on the patio of Morimoto Asia, will offer sushi, donburi rice bowls and bao tacos. Other options include things like takoyaki (octopus, nori, okomiyaki sauce), Morimoto sticky ribs, curry rice croquettes, pork egg rolls and taiyaki (snapper-shaped pancake filled with sweet adzuki red been paste). Beverages include popping boba tea and an assortment of Asian-influenced beers and beverages.

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 5/9/16

by on May 9, 2016

I’m back with the Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes! These are little things that I’ve come across over the past few days that have piled on my desk, and I want to make sure to share them with you! If you’re heading to Walt Disney World soon, you may want to be aware of some of these news bites!

  • The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has introduced an update to the Castle Package. The Castle Package will now include a Disney Princess necklace. Due to this change, Disney PhotoPass photographic prints will no longer be included in the Castle Package. Guests will still be able to purchase prints as an add-on to any package for $34.95, plus tax. The photo add-on will include one 6×8 and four 4×6 photos in a special photo holder.In addition, pricing will change:
    • The Castle Package – $199.95 plus tax
    • The Courtyard Package – $99.95 plus tax
    • The Crown Package – $59.95 plus tax (no change)
    • The Knight Package – $19.95 plus tax (no change)

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Alberta Bound Now Performing at Epcot’s Canada Pavilion

by on May 9, 2016

©Disney

©Disney

A brand new live entertainment act has debuted in World Showcase at Epcot.  A new live band called Alberta Bound is now playing at The Mill Stage in the Canada Pavilion. The band plays Canadian music that includes traditional fiddle styles from across the country, as well as performing songs from beloved Canadian songwriters.

Alberta Bound’s light and energetic show offers lots of opportunities for clapping and singing along as they take you on a musical journey of our neighbors to the north. They play Wednesday through Sunday with showtimes at 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 5:0o p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

As part of this entertainment change, the former band TradNation gave their final performance back in April. Alberta Bound will be performing in a limited engagement, as seems to be customary as of late with performers in World Showcase.

 

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Characters from Finding Dory Now in Turtle Talk with Crush

by on May 9, 2016

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©Rikki Niblett

This weekend, Dory and friends joined the interactive attraction Turtle Talk with Crush. Guests can now head to Epcot to join Crush in the “human tank” and find Dory, alongside new characters Destiny the whale shark, Bailey the beluga whale, and Hank the “septopus” (a seven-legged octopus). Ina addition, Squirt, Nemo and his dad Marlin also appear in this fun-filled show.

Turtle Talk with Crush is found in The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion and invites Guests to talk to crush in a completely unique experience. During the show, Guests may ask Crush questions and they will receive answers from the famous sea turtle. The improvised show lasts about 15 minutes and I’m certainly curious to see how the addition of these new characters plays out in front of Guests!

Finding Dory swims into theaters on June 17, 2016.

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New Stage Show for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on May 5, 2016

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©Disney

This year, during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a brand new stage show will be replacing the Celebrate the Season stage show. Called Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, Mickey and his pals will celebrate with an unforgettable Christmas party filled with music, dancing, color and fun. Friends are invited for the fun, including, Woody and Jessie from Toy Story, Peter Pan, Alice, Pinocchio, Snow White, and many more!

According to the official synopsis:

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Tickets On Sale For Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on May 5, 2016

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©Disney

Disney has previously released the dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and I can officially tell you that tickets are now on sale for this fun-filled holiday event!  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held in November and December at the Magic Kingdom.

As with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket prices, tickets did jump quite a bit in pricing over the previous year.

Party dates and pricing for this year is as follows:

  • November 10, 13: $86 plus tax (ages 10+), $81 plus tax (ages 3-9) for advance purchase
  • November 7, 8, 11, 15, December 1: $91 plus tax (ages 10+), $86 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • November 18, 27, 29, December 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13: $92 plus tax (ages 10+), $87 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • December 9, 15: $96 plus tax (ages 10+), $91 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • December 16, 18, 22: $99 plus tax (ages 10+), $94 plus tax (ages 3-9)

Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts are available on select dates.

This year’s event will include Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, Holiday Wishes fireworks spectacular, cookies and hot cocoa, the Castle Dream Lights, and the Celebrate the Season castle stage show.

What a great way to celebrate the Holidays than in the Magic Kingdom with Mickey and the gang.

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Tickets on Sale for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

by on May 5, 2016

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©Disney

Back in March, I let you all know the dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2016, with the note that tickets were not yet on sale, but I would let you know when they did go on sale. Well, today is the day! Tickets are now on sale for the popular Halloween event that is held annual at the Magic Kingdom in the months of September and October.

And, as was expected, tickets has jumped considerably, with the most expensive ticket costing $105 for Halloween night.

Party dates and pricing for this year is as follows:

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New Character Meet and Greets Begin at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on May 4, 2016

If you’re a fan of character meet and greets, you’ll want to head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to experience some of the newest meeting opportunities.

Today, Guests can meet Olaf from Frozen at the Celebrity Spotlight located in the Echo Lake area. Guests will be able to meet Olaf, who is ready to give warm hugs, as he’s chilling on the beach.

Olaf

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Anna and Elsa Will Leave the Magic Kingdom

by on April 27, 2016

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©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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