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Downtown Disney District to Offer Special Holiday Fun

by on November 28, 2017

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The holiday season is officially here and the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort is fully embracing the festiveness. Guests will see that the planters around the shopping and dining district are bursting with oversized ornaments and bright holiday lighting. There is also Christmas tree found in the center of the promenade.

Of course, there is lots of entertainment to experience, including a brand new caroling act called Holiday Harmony. The group is clad in ugly sweaters and they will perform fun Christmas carols.

Looking to meet the big man himself? Guests can attend Breakfast with Santa, which will take place at Catal Restaurant. Here, Guests are invited to join Santa Claus and his elves for a family-style breakfast, carolers and more! All kids will receive a Build-A-Bear Workshop teddy bear from Santa himself! This breakfast will take place on December 16 and December 21-22.

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Disney Vacation Club’s Moonlight Magic Returns for 2018

by on November 28, 2017

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Attention Disney Vacation Club owners! The incredibly fun Moonlight Magic event will be returning for 2018! What is Moonlight Magic? They are exclusive parties for DVC members that allow them to have “private” time in the parks, riding attraction and meeting characters, some of which are rare! There are also complimentary treats and beverages, as well as special dance parties.

Moonlight Magic will take place on both coasts. Here’s a look at the 2018 Moonlight Magic schedule:

Magic Kingdom

January 11 and 28, and February 6
(Booking begins for Members with Resort reservations on the event dates December 7. Pending availability, booking opens for all Members on December 21.)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

March 21, April 17 and May 16
(Booking begins for Members with Resort reservations on the event dates February 8. Pending availability, booking opens for all Members on February 22.)

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El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia Now Performing at Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

by on November 28, 2017

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Have you had the chance to see Coco yet? Well, to tie the film into its Mexican heritage, the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot has introduced a new musical act for a limited time.

El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia is a musical act that was inspired by the film and they will be entertaining Guests through January 6. The group gets their name courtesy of  the town of Santa Cecilia, which is featured in Coco.  El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia will perform songs from the movie including “Remember Me” and “The World Es Mi Familia.”

In addition, a new interactive exhibit and festive dioramas that showcase scenes from the film will be added to the Mexico Folk Art Gallery. Currently the gallery features an exhibit called Remember Me.

Coco is now in theaters.

Handmade Candy Canes are Back at Disneyland Resort

by on November 27, 2017

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One of the most popular events that takes place during the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort is the making of hand-pulled candy canes. It is not only entertaining to watch in the window, but they are also delicious to purchase. There is one small caveat though. The candy canes are in limited quantities! Very limited quantities.

The making of candy canes has been around for 49 years, since 1968 and they are made completely from scratch. This includes the mixing the ingredients and hand-pulling the candy to rolling, twisting and wrapping up the final products which end up measuring 18 inches long.

You’ll find these hand-pulled treats at the following locations on the following dates going forward:

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Full Menus for the Epcot International Festival of Holidays

by on November 22, 2017

Epcot International Festival of Holidays

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This year, the Walt Disney World Resort has introduced a new holiday festival. Well, sort of. What was previously known as the Epcot Holidays Around the World is now known as the Epcot International Festival of Holidays. With this name change comes a few additional bonuses, one of which is brand new Holiday Kitchen Marketplace Booths where you can try holiday delights from around the world.

Here are the 12 different Holiday Kitchens and their menus:

Alsace Holiday Kitchen – France Pavilion

Food

  • Napoléon de Saumon Fumé, Brioche á l’aneth: Smoked Salmon Napoleon in a Dill Brioche
  • Le Réveillon de Noël: Turkey Breast Stuffed with Mushrooms and Chestnuts with Sweet Potato Purée
  • Bûche de Noël au Chocolat: Slice of Chocolate Chirstmas Yule Log

Beverages

  • Spiced Rum Punch Slush: Spiced Rum, Rhum Clement V.S.O.P., Orange and Pineapple Juice with Cinnamon
  • Merlot & Cabernet Blend, Château de Bechuad, Saint Emilion
  • Holiday Kir: Sparkling Wine and Monin Cranberry Syrup
  • Champagne Brut, Nicolas Feuillatte

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Disney California Adventure to Celebrate Lunar New Year

by on November 21, 2017

Lunar New Year

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Once again, Disney California Adventure will be offering fun Lunar New Year events in celebration of the Year of the Dog. This year’s festivities will last even longer than ever, as the celebration has been expanded to 24 days and will include incredible food, live entertainment, and more.  Plus, you’ll want to be on the lookout for Disney Characters dressed in traditional garb! During Lunar New Year, Guests will be able to stroll beneath strings of ornamental lanterns and banners wishing guests a Happy Lunar New Year in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, pay a visit to the Lucky Wishing Wall. and see artwork courtesy of local artisans!

This year’s event will include:

  • Hurry Home, a nighttime water show celebrating Lunar New Year Celebration on Paradise Bay. This heartwarming tale plays out across a captivating mist screen and features Mulan, Mushu and their friend, a little lantern. During the show, Guests will be able to watch the little lantern’s quest to reunite with family during their annual gathering to celebrate good fortune for the upcoming year. The story is told with 2 distinctive styles of animation, while fountains and light effects dance along to tell the tale. A moving musical score that was originally created for the opening ceremony of Shanghai Disney Resort by award-winning composer Tan Dun will also accompanies this breathtaking show.
  • Disney characters such as Mulan and Mushu, along with Mickey Mouse and his pals, all dressed up for the occasion. Goofy will even be dressed as the God of Good Fortune
  • Specialty Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese foods at Paradise Garden Grill
  • Commemorative merchandise featuring designs inspired by the different cultures of East Asia including items all the way from Shanghai Disney Resort such as traditional red envelopes for gift-giving, Mickey Mouse plush, Minnie Mouse snow globes and a limited-edition pin. There will also be items featuring special Lunar New Year designs, including adult tees and hoodies.
  • Lucky Wishing Wall – a space where you can add your own wish
  • The festive Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession. Here Guests will be able to catch a magical march honoring the Lunar New Year, family and friendship.  Mulan and Mushu welcome all to witness a spellbinding spectacle for the senses. The procession will also feature performers that will flow gracefully through the streets.

Lunar New Year will take place from January 26 through February 18.

Changes Made to Disney’s Magical Express Pick-Up Times

by on November 20, 2017

Disney's Magical Express

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If you are someone who is going to be using Disney’s Magical Express when visiting Walt Disney World this holiday season, you are going to want to take notice of an important update.

Due to security enhancements from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Orlando International Airport (otherwise known as MCO) has updated their advisory times and is recommending that travelers arrive at the airport earlier than they previously were supposed to. Guests flying out of MCO are now supposed arrive at least three hours prior to their scheduled departure time.

This means that there is now a change in the departure times for Disney Magical Express resort motorcoaches. Disney’s Magical Express will now be scheduled to pick up Guests approximately four hours prior their scheduled flight departure time for both domestic and international flights. This means that Guests may have a motorcoach departure time ranging anywhere from 3 hours and 45 minutes prior to flight time, to 4 hours and 15 minutes prior to flight time. This change has been enacted so that it will ensure the Guest’s luggage arrives at the aircraft in time for their scheduled flight departure time.

In addition, Guests using the Resort Airline Check-in service must now check in for their flight at least four hours prior to their scheduled departure time. Also, the Resort Airline Check-in desks at Walt Disney World Resort hotels will operate 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. daily.

Keep in mind that this is currently only a temporary measure. The Walt Disney World Resort is working closely with Orlando International Airport. This process is currently expected to be in place through early January 2018.

 

Experience New Planets on Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

by on November 20, 2017

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

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This weekend, Guests were surprised with an all new location that they could now visit as a part of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at both Disneyland and at Walt Disney World.

Now, when Guests board their Star Tours: The Adventures Continue Starspeeders at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Park, you’ll not only be able to visit the planet of Crait, which will be featured as part of The Last Jedi, but you’re also able to make a stop on another planet…one that is located on the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy. This particular planet is known C-3PO, and now to us, as Batuu.

Never heard of Batuu? It’s a remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge that was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. The planet is now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream. Batuu has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe haven for those intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order. Now does it sound familiar? It’s the Star Wars land where Guests will be visiting as part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Guests will be able to visit the planet in person when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge officially opens in 2019.

Black Top Craft Burgers Coming to Downtown Disney

by on November 17, 2017

Black Top Craft Burgers

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A fantastic new restaurant, known for their crazy shakes and award winning burgers, is coming to Downtown Disney in the Disneyland Resort. Black Top Craft Burgers is creating a customized concept for its Downtown Disney District location which will be found across from Catal and the Uva Bar. The restaurant will offer a casual vibe reminiscent of a classic American luncheonette with a distinctly New York feel, (given that the restaurant originated in New York) and it will feature both indoor and outdoor seating.

“We can’t wait to share the magic of Black Tap with guests from all over the world,” says Black Tap owner and Michelin Star awarded chef Joe Isidori. “From delicious burgers to awesome CrazyShake milkshakes, Black Tap will be the cherry on top of an incredible experience at Disneyland Resort.”

Black Tap’s menu will include burgers ranging from the classic All-American to The Vegan Burger. In addition, their specialty “CrazyShakes” will boast over-the-top decorations and flavors, such as The Cotton Candy Shake and The Bam Bam Shake.

Black Tap Craft Burgers is slated to open at Disneyland Resort in the winter of 2018.

Thanksgiving Options at Disney Parks

by on November 17, 2017

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Wow! Can you believe that we are less than a week away from Thanksgiving?! If you’re going to be spending the holiday in the parks, you will have a number of places where you can choose to dine and grab a traditional (or even non-traditional) turkey meal.  They include:

 

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe will offer turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and gravy

Epcot

  • Sunshine Seasons will offer turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Biergarten
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse

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