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Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns to Epcot

by on March 6, 2017

Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns at Epcot

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One of the most fun things that happens around the Easter holiday is the Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot. Last year, my husband and I decided we were going to tackle to scavenger hunt and we had the most fun searching for the eggs that feature designs themed after some of your favorite Disney characters.

Oh and let me tell you, this was not an easy egg hunt! We got stumped on a few eggs and much as we didn’t want to, we actually had to ask the Cast Members for clues to help! (Make sure you look EVERYWHERE because eggs may not always be where you think they will be! That’s my best tip!)

With all that being said, I am happy to announce that the Egg-stravaganza has returned to to Epcot and it’s slated to last even longer than normal! This year, the hunt is on until the end of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. (Which ends on May 29 – or while supplies last.).

Guests will be able to search for special hidden eggs and record your findings by placing the sticker that matches that character on the specially themed map to represent that location. There are 12 eggs to find in all; one in each country.

Map from 2016. ©Rikki Niblett

Maps and stickers can be purchased for $5.99, plus tax at Pin Central in Future World, Disney Traders at the entrance to World Showcase, or World Traveler at International Gateway.

When you complete the hunt, return to Disney Traders and you’ll be able to pick up your prize.  You do not officially have to complete the hunt to get your egg, but taking part in the hunt is really a ton of fun!

The Egg-stravaganza Easter egg hunt really is perfect for the whole family and trust me, it’s a wonderful activity for all ages!

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba to Close this Winter

by on March 3, 2017

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Do you love the Cirque du Soleil La Nouba show at Disney Springs? I bring some sad news today as the creative and entertaining show, which has been on the West Side for almost 20 years will be coming to a close this December. The show’s final performance will take place on December 31, 2017.

La Nouba included theatrics, dazzling costumes and magical lighting, unique sets and music. The show is filled with action, humor, color and light, blending the ancient traditions of circus with dance, acrobatics and street entertainment.

There is no word yet on what will be replacing La Nouba, but The Disney Parks Blog did hint that it could very well still be a Cirque du Soleil show that will occur in the theater.

To purchase tickets to this extremely popular show, make sure to visit the Walt Disney World website.

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Copper Creek Villas & Cabins to Open at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge This Summer

by on March 2, 2017

Exciting news for Disney Vacation Club members (or those looking to become members.) Disney’s newest DVC resort, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins will open on July 17! Sales for the latest resort in the DVC category will begin on March 8 for current Disney Vacation Club Members with general sales following on April 5. Guests looking to book stays in these new rooms at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will be able to do so beginning March 21.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins will feature the comforts of home and the wonders of the wilderness. The resort area has been inspired by the legendary mining and railroad history of the Pacific Northwest. Resort rooms will include rustic elegance, cozy touches, and modern designs.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins will include deluxe studios, one and two bedroom villas, as well as three-bedroom Grand Villas that will sleep up to 12. Each unit will include a well-appointed kitchen, expanded storage space and private patios or balconies.

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Take a peek at what you’ll be able to experience with the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins:

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Miss Adventure Falls to Open at Typhoon Lagoon Soon

by on March 2, 2017

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon‘s newest water attraction, Miss Adventure Falls (formerly known as Miss Fortune Falls) will be opening on March 12!

During the attraction, Guests will be introduced to treasure hunting, Captain Mary Oceaneer. She got stranded with her pet parrot at Typhoon Lagoon years ago by the rogue storm. During the attraction, Guests will be transported in their treasure rafts to the top of the slide where they will pass by Mary’s wrecked ship and see her parrot who is found among her treasures. That’s when the white-water rapids adventure will take Guests through twists and turns, all while seeing artifacts from Captain Oceaneer’s worldwide treasure hunts.

Miss Adventure Falls will be the longest attraction at Typhoon Lagoon – clocking in at two minutes – and will be a ride the whole family can enjoy.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Introduce Caring for Giants Tour

by on February 24, 2017

Caring for Giants

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If you love getting to learn more about the animals that are found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, then you will want to make sure to sign up for this brand new tour. Caring for Giants is a brand-new unique, family-friendly backstage viewing experience featuring the park’s African elephants.

The tour has Guests meeting with Disney’s Animal Kingdom animal care specialists who help provided for the wellness of the park’s elephant herd. In addition, Guests will be able to hear stories of Disney’s conservation efforts that have been made toward perserving wild populations. The tour will bring Guests up close to the action…well, as close as you’ll want to comfortably be, anyway – approximately 80-100 feet.

The Caring for Giants tour will last 60 minutes beginning March 12. Tours will occur daily between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Guests must be at least 4 years or older to particpate in the tour. Guests will need to check in 15 minutes prior to start of experience at the Animal Experiences booth, located across from the Kilimanjaro Safaris entrance. The cost is $30 per person (tax included) and park admission is required, but not included.

To book this tour, call (407) WDW-PLAY.

Trattoria al Forno Character Meal to Debut in April

by on February 24, 2017

Trattoria al Forno

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Are you excited about the upcoming all new character meal that’s slated to debut at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk on April 2? The new breakfast option called Bon Voyage Breakfast, will feature some of your favorite Disney couples – Rapuzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled and Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid.

The breakfast menu will include items with an Italian inspiration with names that are fitting of the characters who are hosting the meal.

Breakfast will begin with your choice of either a mixed berry parfait or fresh fruit salad and a frying pan of pastries featuring braided breakfast bread and clam shell pastries.

Main dishes will include:

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Disney Dining Plan Rates Increase for 2017

by on February 23, 2017

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If you’re a fan of the Disney Dining Plan, you’re going to be paying just a little more going forward, as new rates have been released for Walt Disney World. Increases this year were relatively small. Here’s a breakdown of the changes (prices include tax):

Note: Disney doesn’t actually announce pricing. These costs were figured using a booking at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and a calculator. Please note that there may be a slight difference when booking your vacation package. (The difference typically tends to be within a few cents.)

Plan Inclusions (per night) Previous Price
(per night)
NEW Price
(per night)
Quick Service Dining Plan 2 Quick Service Meals
2 Snack
1 Refillable Mug
Adult $46.34
Child $20.18
Adult $48.19
Child $21.00
Regular Dining Plan 1 Table Service Meal
1 Quick Service Meal
2 Snacks
1 Refillable Mug
Adult $67.33
Child $24.22
Adult $69.35
Child $24.95
Deluxe Dining Plan 3 Table (or Quick) Service Meals
2 Snacks
1 Refillable Mug
Adult $103.57
Child $37.62
Adult $106.68
Child $38.75

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Swan and Dolphin Hotels Offering Great Deal For Patriots and Falcons Fans

by on February 23, 2017

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Well, while I may still be licking my own wounds from this year’s Super Bowl (darn those Falcons!), at least there is a little bit of a silver lining.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels are rewarding Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots fans with their “I’m off to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel” deal. Residents of Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Georgia will be able to receive a free night stay at either the Swan or the Dolphin when booking two nights at the standard rate for stays through January 31, 2018.

Of course, while residents of Georgia will be able to take part in this deal, even though our team lost, residents of the northeast will be able to celebrate the big win in style as they will recieve a upgraded accommodations in the form of a complimentary automatic room upgrade.

For additional information about this offer or to make your reservation, call 1-800-227-1500 and you must mention your homestate. Guests must have appropriate valid state ID to present upon check-in. This offer is not available from the dates of December 22-31, 2017. Additional fees and other restrictions may apply.

Hurry! To take advantage of this deal, you must book by February 28, 2017!

California Grill Introduces Celebration at the Top Event

by on February 21, 2017

Celebration at the Top - Disney's California Grill

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Are you looking for an intimate, semi-private special experience at the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort? Beginning February 26, Guests will be able to take part in the new Celebration at the Top – Savor, Sip, and Sparkle event which celebrates both fine food and fireworks.

During this event, which takes place on Sunday evenings, Guests will be able to savor small plates and enjoy fine libations that take their inspirations from the California Grill’s menu. Guests will be able to enjoy culinary offerings including canapés, sushi and other small plates. Beverages will include a complimentary bar offering California wines, beers, and cordials. Guests can relax and dine in the private Sonoma Room and Napa Room for one hour prior to the nightly Magic Kingdom fireworks extravaganza.

Then, as showtime approaches, Guests will be able to step out on the private observation deck that is reserved exclusively for Celebration at the Top Guests. Enjoy Wishes with the lights dimmed and the music pipped in.

Once the fireworks are over, Guests are invited to go back inside and enjoy petit fours, cordials, and coffee.

The cost of this event is $99 plus gratuity and tax per person. Complimentary valet parking is included with this event. Reservations can be made by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

 

Celebrate the Oscars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 20, 2017

Oscars

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Many people dream of walking the red carpet and holding that beautiful golden statue, thanking their friends and family. Well, since I doubt you’ll have the opportunity to do that, here’s the next best thing for those of you who are fans of The Oscars.

For a limited time, Guests who visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios’s One Man’s Dream will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see and take a photo with a gorgeous Oscar statuette.

During this unique experience, Guests will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet and pose with the Oscar statue, against a signature Oscar backdrop. Oh and make sure to share your experience on social media using the hashtag, #Oscars.

This wonderful opportunity will be available for Guests to take part in only until February 26.

The Oscars will air this Sunday, February 26, on ABC at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT and will feature host Jimmy Kimmel.