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Entertainment Changes in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom

by on April 28, 2017

Tomorrowland entertainment

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For those who are fans of the #INCREDIBLESSuperDanceParty, I have sad news. The intergalactic dance party which takes place on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom and featuring characters from the hit Pixar film, The Incredibles will be ending. The dance party occurs on select evenings and transforms as Mr. Spin puts together the beats for those looking to rock out.

The last day to dance the night away with Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, and Frozone will be April 30.

It does appear that Mr. Incredible will still be meeting with Guests for a limited time. He will be found in a temporary location from May 1 through May 18.

A new dance party is slated to take its place called the Cosmic Dance Party. No word on which characters will be appearing or an official start date. (Though one would expect it would be May 19, but that’s just a guess on my part.)

The Music of Pixar Live! Dining Packages Now Available

by on April 27, 2017

The Music of Pixar Live

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Did you miss the announcement that this summer there will be a fantastic new nightly event called Music of Pixar Live! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Beginning May 26, in the Theater of the Stars, which is where Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage is held, Guests will be able to enjoy a live orchestra performing scores of your favorite Pixar stories, from Toy Story, all the way to Cars 3, as well as appearances by beloved Pixar characters. The show will also include movie montages, outtakes and interview clips from the people behind the music!

Well, for Guests who want to make sure that they don’t miss this entertaining experience, Disney is introducing the Music of Pixar Live! Dining Package. Guests who purchase the Dining Package can enjoy one of three performances of The Music of Pixar Live! each evening, as well as a meal at either Hollywood & Vine, The Hollywood Brown Derby, or Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano.

For those who would like to catch both The Music of Pixar Live! and Fantasmic, there is a The Music of Pixar Live! and Fantasmic! Dining Package too!

Pricing for the Dining Packages are as follows:

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Disney Springs’ Portobello Country Italian Trattoria Closed for Refurbishment

by on April 24, 2017

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The table service dining establishment, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria is now closed for a lengthy refurbishment.

James Beard Award winner Chef Tony Mantauno is helping to lead the charge on the reimagining of this restaurant, which is located in The Landing section of Disney Springs. When it reopens, the restaurant is expected to feature an authentic Italian concept that will include a family style menu, alongside craft beers and wines.

Portobello is expected to welcome Guests once again when it reopens in early fall.

Stay tuned to the blog for further information about additional changes coming to this restaurant.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Sneak Preview Now Taking Place

by on April 24, 2017

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If you are a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise and you cannot wait to catch the newest upcoming release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, then you need to make sure you head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, or even catch the preview onboard the Disney Cruise Line.

For Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios, stop by One Man’s Dream to catch the sneak peek. The preview is being shown in the theater at the end of the attraction.

Over at Disney California Adventure, the preview is being shown in 3D and will include in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land.

Finally, onboard all four Disney Cruise Line ships, Guests are able to enjoy a sneak peek too!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released in theaters on May 26.

Preview of Beverages for Pandora – The World of Avatar

by on April 19, 2017

We already know about some of the unique food offerings Guests will be able to enjoy when they enter Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Today, we have a first look at some of the beverages that Guests will be able to purchase.

First, Guests who visit Pongu Pongu will be able to enjoy the Night Blossom. This frozen non-alcoholic drink is a mixture of limeade, apple, and desert pear that is topped with passion fruit boba balls. (This drink can be served in a souvenir mug and can become “bioluminecent” courtesy of a purchased glow cube.) There’s also the Mo’ara Frozen Margarita. This one is made with Sauza Conmemorativo Añejo Tequila with strawberry and blood orange flavor topped with strawberry boba balls.

Pandora - The World of Avatar Beverages

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Celebrate Earth Day at Walt Disney World

by on April 19, 2017

Earth Day at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Each Earth Day, Disney’s Animal Kingdom brings out the fun. The annual celebration is presented by Disneynature. The celebrations will take place for three days, April 21-23 and Guests are encouraged to connect with nature by participating in engaging activities found throughout the park.  Those include:

  • A Leopard’s Journey activity at Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • Animals, Science and Environment-created Born in China activity pack distribution at Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • Born in China Disney PhotoPass Magic Shot at select photo locations
  •  In the Oasis, select one of 10 different animal cut-outs to enhance your experience while raising awareness of the animals Disney Conservation Fund is helping protect through the Reverse the Decline, Increase the Time initiative.
  • Shop special vendors in Discovery Island and Africa who are in the park for Earth Day celebrations.
  • Guests can interact with some of the park’s conservation specialists to see how Disney cares for its animals and works to save endangered species.
  • You can’t have an event at Disney without treats and of course, Earth Day is no exceptions. Be on the lookout for some great sweets like the  Party for the Planet chocolate cupcake with chocolate mousse filling and buttercream icing at Creature Comforts and Isle of Java in Discovery Island or the panda-themed cookies and candy apples at Zuri’s Sweets Shop in Africa.

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Gondola System Officially Announced for Walt Disney World Resort

by on April 18, 2017

This is a version of a gondola system in use in New Mexico. ©Rikki Niblett

According to The Orlando Sentinel, it’s official. The Walt Disney World Resort is getting a gondola transportation system. The gondola idea had been floating around the rumor mill for the past few months, but documents from the Reedy Creek Improvement District confirm that the project is actually going forward.

This gondola system appears to connect both resort hotels and theme parks. According to the article, there will be six stations and three different lines that will link Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. The plans also seem to indicate that each cab would hold 10 Guests. It is also theorized that the gondolas would be enclosed to protect Guests from the elements.

Gondola systems are gaining in popularity around the globe and many mountain resort areas use similar means to transport Guests up their mountains. (For example, when I lived in New Mexico, my husband and I took a gondola system up to the top of the Sandia mountains, known as the Sandia Peak Tramway.)

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Campfires at Walt Disney World Cancelled Due to Dry Weather Conditions

by on April 18, 2017

Walt Disney World Campfires

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It’s been pretty dry in the Orlando area lately. Matter of fact, if you have followed social media or any of the Orlando news sites, you will have noticed that a number of fires have broken out all over town due to the lack of rain. Thanks to these dry weather conditions, there are now fire restrictions that are being enforced throughout Central Florida.

So what does this mean for Walt Disney World? Well, because of this restriction, campfires at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels are currently not taking place as scheduled. Resorts that are impacted include:

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Frozen Summer Games Returning to Blizzard Beach This Summer

by on April 17, 2017

Frozen Summer Games

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Last year, Frozen fans could be found in droves at Disney’s Blizzard Beach taking part in the inaugural Frozen Summer Games. Well, this year, the festivities are once again taking place, meaning even more summer fun for the park, that is once again taking advantage of the freak snowstorm that has happened over Central Florida.

Beginning May 26 at the popular water park, Guests can join Team Olaf or Team Kristoff in a variety of fun activities including a Snowball Toss, Slide Races, Ski Pole Limbo and Ice Pail Relays. There will also be crafts, games, and yes, a DJ on hand throughout the day for Guests to enjoy.

Even better news is that this year, Guests will be able to meet and take photos with both Kristoff and Olaf! (This is the first time Guests will have the opportunity to meet Kristoff at Walt Disney World.)

Don’t delay though! The Frozen Summer Games are a limited time event and will end on August 13!

 

Club 33 Is Coming to Walt Disney World

by on April 13, 2017

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Have you ever wished you could join Club 33, but traveled more frequently to Walt Disney World than Disneyland? Well, it appears that now, not only will you have one, but you’ll soon have four different versions of Club 33 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, versions of Club 33 will be built at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As of right now, details about this project are still very sketchy. We do not know where exactly Club 33 will be built inside the four theme parks, and we have no idea how much it will cost to join the club. (I’m gonna expect it’ll be pricey!) However, one thing is for sure – getting to experience Club 33 is on many Disney fans’ bucket lists, and it looks like Disney is attempting to make it a little bit easier for those of us on the East Coast to mark it off our lists. (Or I should say easier for those who have the cash?)

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