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Cirque du Soleil La Nouba’s Dinner and a Show Option Returns

by on January 6, 2015

Cirque-du-Soleil-300x400If you’re wanting to experience La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil this winter, you should consider taking part in the “Dinner and a Show” specialty package. This unique option is back again, for a limited time, and allows Guests the opportunity to receive a ticket to the 6:00 p.m. La Nouba show, as well as delight in a great dinner. Guests will be able to enjoy an entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage at one of four Walt Disney World Downtown Disney restaurants – Wolfgang Puck Grand Café, Planet Hollywood, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria, or Splitsville Luxury Lanes. and they will have the option to dine at the restaurant of their choice either prior to the show or after.

The cost for a Category 2 ticket is $99 plus tax for adults and $89 plus tax for children ages 3 to 9. A Category 1 ticket is $119 plus tax for adults and $109 plus tax for children ages 3 to 9. The special offer is available for performances Tuesday through Saturday nights January 20 through March 28. (There will be no performance on March 24.)

To book the special event, call (407) 939-7328.

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A Frozen Holiday Wish Extended For a Limited Run

by on January 5, 2015

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Good news for those of you running during marathon weekend, those of you who love the holidays, or for those of you who just really love Frozen! Over at the Magic Kingdom, Guests will continue to have the opportunity to see the castle lighting show, “A Frozen Holiday Wish“. The new holiday treat has been extended for a limited time, lasting until Monday, January 12, with a daily showtime of 6:30 p.m. (Unlike during the holiday season, there will only be one performance nightly.)

During the show, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf help to convince Elsa to utilize her icy powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a gorgeous winter wonderland. This Frozen-themed castle lighting show replaced “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish” earlier this holiday season.

So if you missed out on this spectacular during the holiday season, or you just really love the show, you’ll still have the chance to catch the gorgeous castle lighting ceremony for one extra week!

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Backstage Safari to Become Backstage Tales at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on January 2, 2015

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For those who love taking part in the tours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there will be a brand new one available to enjoy, however, in order for this new tour to begin, we must say goodbye to another. “The Backstage Safari” tour will be retired effective February 27. In its place, an enhanced version of the tour called “Backstage Tales” will debut on March 1.

The “Backstage Tales” tour will give Guests the opportunity to take part in unique behind-the-scenes experiences. During the tour Guests will get a look at the innovative ways Disney is meeting challenges in areas such as conservation, animal nutrition and medicine, animal care and behavioral studies. The tour will give guests the chance to visit the Animal Nutrition Center and see how more than 3 tons of food are prepared and distributed each day; go behind the scenes and explore a backstage animal-housing area; tour the park’s state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, where they may have the opportunity to witness animals being treated; and stop by the Animal Programs Administration building and learn how Disney promotes global wildlife conservation, as well as showcasing they handle animal well-being.

The “Backstage Tales” Tour is available daily for Guests ages 12 and up will last from 7:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. The cost is $90 per person (plus tax). Guests can book the new tour now by calling (407) WDW-TOUR.

 

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The Sorcerer’s Hat To Be Removed Next Week

by on January 2, 2015

Sorcerer's Hat

As you can see, The Sorcerer’s Hat was in a bit of disrepair here at the end.

It’s here! The date is finally here! We now know that The Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will begin to be dismantled starting on January 7. The park icon’s removal won’t happen overnight; instead it will happen in phases. This work will also include other important enhancements for the area as well.

For years, the Hat has also served as a pin store location. The merchandise from this shop will be relocated to Sunset Ranch. So for those of you looking for pins, make sure to head to Sunset Boulevard.

The iconic Hat which is located at the end of Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was introduced in 2001 as a part of the “100 Years of Magic” celebration, honoring Walt Disney’s 100th birthday and was initially supposed to be temporary.

It was officially announced that The Sorcerer’s Hat would be removed back in October.

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes 12/30/14

by on December 30, 2014

The year is almost over, and I’m back again with one more newsworthy update for 2014! There are quite a few things that guests should know about the Walt Disney World Resort for the beginning of the new year, so I’m here to share everything with you. Ready to get to it? Let’s go!

  • Back a few months ago, (October to be exact), we found out that Island Supply shop would be closing in Adventureland for a new concept. Many in the Disney community were hopeful…would we be getting a shop featuring some of the great Adventureland-themed merchandise sold at the Marketplace Co-Op? Well, I have your answer, and the answer is, “No.” The shop will reopen on January 8 as Island Supply by Sunglass Hut. That means you can purchase high-end sunglasses and other products offered by this new operating participant. In addition, another store selling similar merchandise will open on January 4 at Typhoon Lagoon: Sal’s Shades by Sunglass Hut.
  • Two of Epcot’s Innoventions exhibits will close in the beginning of January. The first is the THINK Exhibit by IBM. This exhibit in Innoventions East allowed guests to take part in three unique experiences that allowed them to engage in a conversation about how we can improve the way we live and work. This exhibit will close January 1. Also closing in Innoventions East is the Test the Limits Lab. Here guests can “test” products to make sure they are safe for consumers by shattering a TV screen, dropping a safe, and more. It will close on January 6. There is no word on whether anything will be replacing either of these two exhibits.

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Contactless Payments Are Now Accepted at Walt Disney World

by on December 24, 2014

Applepay-logoA few months ago, I mentioned that Apple Pay was going to be accepted across the Walt Disney World Resort. Well, beginning today, officially not only will Apple Pay begin to be accepted, but also Google Wallet and other contactless credit cards may be utilized at most Disney-operated locations. These include ticket sales locations, merchandise locations, quick-service restaurants, bars and lounges, spas, and more. Do keep in mind that this type of payment will not immediately be accepted at table-service locations.

Guests can make payments by holding either their mobile device or contactless credit card near the touch-to-pay MyMagic+ devices, and the funds will be charged to your account. Guests will know that a terminal accepts electronic payments because it will include the EMVCo symbol, which looks like a series of curved lines.

EVMCo Contactless Symbol

EVMCo Contactless Symbol

More locations across Walt Disney World, as well as at select locations at the Disneyland Resort, will soon have the ability to accept electronic payments.

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STK Orlando Announced for Disney Springs

by on December 17, 2014

STK707059The rumors were indeed true…a new restaurant, brought to life by The ONE Group, called STK Orlando will be taking residence in the new Disney Springs.

STK Orlando will blend a modern steakhouse with a chic lounge to make for a superior fine dining experience. The restaurant will feature two dining floors, including a main level and the only rooftop dining venue in Disney Springs, plus a lounge that will feature a DJ who is on hand to create an electric vibe.

“We are thrilled to join the Disney Springs family with the launch of STK Orlando,” said Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group. “The combination of an innovative menu and high-energy atmosphere has driven the success of STK, and we believe it will be an ideal addition to Disney Springs, and will help further cement its status as a place for friends and family to gather for fine dining and entertainment.”

In addition to steak, STK’s other specialties include dishes like Parmesan Truffle Fries, Lil BRG’s, Shrimp Rice Krispies, Sweet Corn Pudding, and Jump Lump Crab Salad.

There are multiple STK locations worldwide, including New York, Atlanta (hmm…a research trip may be in order), Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Miami, and London.

The restaurant will open in The Landing section of the updated shopping and dining complex in Spring 2015.

Two additional restaurants have officially been announced for Disney Springs–Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE. With the first deadline date for Disney Springs rapidly approaching (Spring 2015) I would expect we’ll be hearing details on additional new restaurants and shops slated to open with the first phase of Disney Springs’ re-branding soon.

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Newsworthy Notes – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Edition

by on December 12, 2014

We all know that there is a massive amount of refurbishment work taking place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, preparing the theme park to become a full day park and to support the upcoming Avatarland, as well as Rivers of Light. A few updates have come to my attention, so I wanted to make sure to share them with you.

The first is that for those who like experiencing character dining at Tusker House, you’ll now have the option to do so at dinner. You see, beginning on March 8, the restaurant located in the Africa section of the park will introduce the Donald’s Safari Dinner. (For those who don’t know, breakfast and lunch were already character meals.) The dinner option will begin at 4:00 p.m. daily.

Tusker House

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Updated Details on the Disney Vacation Club Expansion for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

by on December 11, 2014

Today, Disney released some great new details, as well as renderings, of what both the Disney Vacation Club villas and bungalows will feature at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

First, we’ll take a look at the bungalows. There will be twenty bungalows available to Guests, and they will be able to sleep up to 8. They will feature a plunge pool and will have a spectacular Magic Kingdom view that is perfect for catching the evening fireworks.

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The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on December 10, 2014

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Due to the busy holiday season, Disney brings out special entertainment offerings to entertain guests. One of the more popular offerings each year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special.

The holiday-themed show will feature hilarious improvisational comedy (a la, the former Comedy Warehouse at Pleasure Island or the TV show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? It’s the same premise). The show is completely interactive, and sometimes guests will be asked to participate in the hijinks. During the show, the live performers will field suggestions from the crowd, obtaining help composing funny Christmas songs, putting their own spin on classic stories, and creating hilarious scenarios. The entire act will be festive and family-friendly. One of the best part is that due to the improvisational nature, the show is different each time. These performers are extremely witty, quick, and talented.

The show takes place in the Superstar Television Theater (the former home of the American Idol Experience) from December 20 to January 4. The show lasts 20 minutes and show times are scheduled at

The show is sure to be a rip-roaring time for the whole family!

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