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One Man’s Dream to be Renamed & Add Preview Center

by on August 11, 2017

It looks like Derek Burgan was right. The “Everything Must Go” sale appears to be on at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as that park continually grapples with what its identity is going to be going forward into the future.


Today, Disney announced that One Man’s Dream will be seeing a bit of an update….but the update mostly comes in a name change. The walk through attraction will soon be renamed as Walt Disney Presents.

The overall exhibit itself won’t change much. You’ll still be able to see those significant items from Walt Disney’s history, such as sketches, photos, storyboards, and more. Guests will also be able to still catch previews for upcoming Disney films. (Or if there’s no preview at the time, you’ll be able to catch the wonderful film about Walt Disney.) And yes, you’ll still be able to take part in meet and greet opportunities, like the current one where you can meet Star-Lord and Baby Groot! 

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Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! to Return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this Holiday Season

by on August 9, 2017


Jingle Bell….Jingle BAM! I just love shouting that.

That’s right – the nighttime spectacular during the holiday season at Disney’s Hollywood Studios called Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will be returning once again. The dazzling special effects and fireworks extravaganza will be back beginning November 9 through December 30.

During the show, the façade of the Chinese Theater serves as the main backdrop for this show, which is an immersive experience, that is paired with great musical score including holiday classics with a twist.

The show includes scenes from the ABC special Prep & LandingBeauty and the BeastBambiThe Nightmare Before Christmas, and two of my favorite Disney Christmas stories, Pluto’s Christmas Tree and Mickey’s Christmas Carol. The show will build to a very festive finale and a special message from Santa Claus.

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Walt Disney World Offering Dining Discounts at Many Restaurants

by on August 8, 2017

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Disney really wants you to eat at its Walt Disney World resort hotel restaurants. How do I know? Well, lately they’ve been offering a lot of special discounts and offers geared to entice Guests to many dining establishments.

The most recent of which is for Florida residents. To encourage Guests to dine at a few select signature restaurants, Jiko, Citricos, and Artist Point, Disney will be offering Florida residents a complimentary appetizer with each adult entree that’s purchased. This offer is only valid during dinner. In addition, Guests who are Florida residents who dine at these three restaurants will receive free valet parking. This limited time offer is only available through September 30.

That’s not the only recent discount though that the Walt Disney World Resort is offering. For those who missed it, some of the most popular table-service restaurants at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels have added an extra discount for both Disney Vacation Club Members, as well as Annual Passholders.  Guests will be able to receive a 30% discount only during dinner and only before 6:30 p.m. or after 8:30 p.m. There is also a similar 30% discount available for Tables in Wonderland members. The restaurants offering these discounts include:

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Parking Policy Changes at Downtown Disney in Disneyland

by on August 8, 2017


Changes are taking place at Disneyland in regards to the parking policies at Downtown Disney.

Beginning on August 16, Guests will only be able to receive two hours of free parking when they make a $20 minimum purchase where they will be able to receive validation from any Downtown Disney location, including kiosks and quick service dining locations. For those who dine at a Downtown Disney table service restaurant or who watch a movie at the AMC Theatres, Guests will be able to receive up to four hours of free parking with validation.

Any additional hours will cost $12, which will be charged in 30 minute increments, with a minimum $6 charge after the initial 15 minute grace period. The maximum daily parking fee and lost ticket fees will be increased as well, from $36 to $48.

Currently, any Guest can park in the lot for free for up to two hours.


Disney PhotoPass Day Coming to Walt Disney World

by on August 8, 2017

Disney PhotoPass Day


Do you love Disney PhotoPass Service? You know, the ability to preserve your family’s vacation memories courtesy of photographers that can be found throughout the parks and other areas.

With Disney PhotoPass, Disney will take your pictures with everyone in the family, that you can then view online or via the My Disney Experience app. You can even choose to purchase Memory Maker which allows you to download and share your vacation memories.

Ok…so now you’re up to speed on what Disney PhotoPass is, but to celebrate the service, Walt Disney World will be holding a special Disney PhotoPass Day  on August 19 where they will be offering unique experiences that are only available on that day.

Here are the special offerings that will be available for Disney PhotoPass Day: 

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Disneyland’s Cafe Orleans Offering Fantasmic! Dining Package

by on August 7, 2017

Cafe Orleans Fantasmic Dining Package


Fantasmic! just returned at Disneyland and with the fervor to see the show, the Fantasmic! Dining Package may be a good way to do it. But while River Belle Terrace is under refurbishment, Guests can make dining package reservations at Cafe Orleans beginning August 15. These packages are available for Guests to purchase from September 5 through November 16.

The Cafe Orleans Fantasmic! Dining Package include one three course meal including an appetizer, entree, and dessert, as well as a voucher for the Fantasmic! reserved viewing area. Pricing is as follows:

  • $45.00 – Adult
  • $25.00 – Children (ages 3-9)

Dining package reservations are available from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

For reservations for the Cafe Orleans Fantasmic! Dining Package, call 714-781-DINE.



Changes Coming to Fantasmic! Dining Package at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on August 7, 2017


Are you a fan of the Fantasmic! Dining Package at Walt Disney World? For many, the package can be a great deal, but head’s up, because in 2018, there will be a change that you will want to be aware of.

Guests who have the Fantasmic! Dining Package booked beginning January 1, 2018 will have the option when dining at Mama Melrose or The Hollywood Brown Derby of selecting one entrée, one dessert, and one non-alcoholic beverage in addition to VIP seating at the show as part of their dining package. This is a change from the 2017 version, where Guests also received an appetizer as part of the package.

With that change, there has been a decrease in the pricing. 2018 pricing will now be as follows:

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Brand New Immersive Star Wars Experience Coming to Disney Springs and Downtown Disney

by on August 3, 2017

Today, it was announced that a brand new collaboration between Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and THE VOID will take Guests literally into the Star Wars world via a hyper-reality experience. Called Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, Guests will be able to be thrust into the Star Wars universe at two new new VOID Experience Centers. These centers will be found at unannounced locations at both Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort and at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will allow fans to move freely in an untethered, social, and multi-sensory experience. Guests will be able to interact with friends, fans, and even some characters.

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“At THE VOID, we combine the magic of illusions, advanced technology and virtual reality to create fully immersive social experiences that take guests to new worlds,” said Curtis Hickman, co-founder and chief creative officer at THE VOID. “A truly transformative experience is so much more than what you see with your eyes; it’s what you hear, feel, touch, and even smell. Through the power of THE VOID, guests who step into Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire won’t just see this world, they’ll know that they are part of this amazing story.”

The fun begins sometime during this holiday season. Stay tuned to the blog as I find out more information about this ground-breaking experience.

American Idol Auditions to Begin at Disney Springs

by on August 3, 2017

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Have you always wanted to hear the words “This is American Idol” in person? Well, you may very well be in luck.

For those who don’t know, ABC is bringing back the singing competition and auditions for this new season are kicking off at Disney Springs on August 17. So, if you think you can be the next “American Idol“, you’ll want to audition in front of of the American Idol producers as they cruise into town with their bus tour. (Sorry, Katy Perry – one of the new celebrity judges – won’t be there.)

Guests are encouraged to arrive early, as parking will be available beginning at 4:00 a.m.  There will be no overnight camping, so don’t arrive before 4:00 a.m.! Parking will be available at the surface parking lot on the West Side of Disney Springs, near House of Blues and Cirque du Soleil.

Registration will begin at 6:00 a.m. and auditions will start at 8:00 a.m. Do keep in mind that registration will close at 12:00 p.m or sooner, depending on capacity. Do keep in mind that auditions will take place outdoors. 

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 8/1/17

by on August 1, 2017

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Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve done the Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes, but this week, as always when you get a Newsworthy Notes update, I have a few things that have landed on my desk that are important to know, but they are pretty small things. They may impact your vacations though, which is why I want to make sure to share them with you! So, here we go:

  • The quick service location found at Yak & Yeti Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom known as Local Foods Café is now offering breakfast in addition to lunch and dinner. The new menu items include a variety of meat and egg sandwiches, a breakfast burrito, and breakfast tacos. Breakfast will be served daily from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • The fun interactive game, A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas  found in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom has had a time change. It will now be available for Guests to enjoy from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily.
  • This one makes me excited. The extremely popular store, The Dress Shop is back at Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs. For those who don’t know, The Dress Shop draws inspiration from classic Disney characters and theme park attractions in their clothing designs, including Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, “it’s a small world,” Minnie Mouse, Snow White, and the Orange Bird.
  • United World Soccer found in the West Side of Disney Springs has been rebranded as Pelé Soccer. This soccer retail location offers jerseys from clubs and countries around the world, footwear, and accessories.

That’s it for this edition of Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes! Any thoughts?