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Epcot International Festival of The Arts Coming to Walt Disney World

by on November 21, 2016

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Today, Disney has announced that they will be adding a brand new festival to their already stellar Epcot festival line up. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will take place from January 13 through February 20 and its goal is to combine visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world.

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will take place Fridays through Mondays, with each weekend featuring new art including pieces from both historical Disney artists like Mary Blair and Herb Ryman to current Disney artists, like Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos. Guests will not only get to see some gorgeous works of art in person, but they’ll also be able to watch the creative process live.

But that’s not all! During the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, through a collaboration with Disney Theatrical, favorite music and Broadway talent will perform at the America Gardens Theatre singing the award-winning music of Disney on Broadway, including ‪The Lion King‪, Newsies, and Aladdin.

Of course, we can’t forget the food. The festival will include Food Studios that will showcase culinary creations. These dishes will almost be able to be mistaken as works of art themselves.

There will also be hands-on experiences for the whole family to enjoy, seminars, and favorite Disney characters channeling their favorite artists.

This whole thing kind of reminds me of the Festival of the Masters that once occurred at Downtown Disney. I am curious to see how it will be similar and how it will differ.

Stay tuned to the blog as further information gets released about this all new and exciting festival.

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Cabanas Introduced at the Magic Kingdom

by on November 21, 2016

Are you looking for a relaxing experience at the Magic Kingdom? Soon, Guests will be able to experience an enjoyable day by renting cabanas in Tomorrowland, located near Space Mountain. These cabanas can accommodate up to eight Guests and are available for a rental price of $649 per day.  This is a set price, no matter how many Guests take advantage of the Cabanas, so for the best value, it’s better to have eight total Guests in one Cabana.

 

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Amenities in the Cabanas will include private, shaded seating (including a couch), snacks, a fruit basket, cold beverages, and reserved viewing for parades and fireworks. Cabanas also include a lockable storage trunk, charging stations, personalized Mickey ears, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and insect repellent, a small refrigerator, delivery of ice cream novelties (once), and food delivery service (for a price).

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New Concept Art Revealed for Star Wars Land

by on November 19, 2016

Star Wars Land is going to be an amazing land, once it officially opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland.

Today, at Destination D, Disney shared a peek at how beautiful the land will appear when it is lit up at night at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As you can see, this is clearly going to be an incredibly immersive land.

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In addition, it was also announced that Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will see a new mission added that ties into Star Wars: Episode 8. Walt Disney Imagineering and LucasFilm are currently working on the production of this new scene. The new scene will debut next year.

I can’t wait to share more Star Wars related news with you, as it gets released! Stay tuned to the blog for more!

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Pandora – The World of Avatar to Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Summer 2017

by on November 19, 2016

Who is ready to travel to Pandora? it was announced today that the lush world from the movie Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the Summer of 2017.

Guests will enter Pandora through a bridge found near the new table service restaurant, Tiffins. According to the backstory of the land, “the bridge was built during a time when a destructive company called the RDA came to Pandora. Now that they’re long gone, nature is breaking down evidence of their presence.”

Guests will enter Pandora into the Alpha Centauri Expeditions base camp. Alpha Centauri Expeditions, for those who don’t know, is the eco-tour group that is preparing Pandora for further exploration.

Pandora will feature two attractions. One is a boat ride that will take Guests into a visually stunning world where they will travel into a bioluminescent rainforest through a sacred river. The journey will end with an encounter with a Na’vi Shaman. The family friendly attraction will be called Na’vi River Journey.

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D-Living Home Decor Store to Open at Disney Springs

by on November 18, 2016

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If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for great Disney home decor to buy and utilize around the house. Well, now, both me and you will have a new shop to make sure we visit when we head to  in Disney Springs.

D-Living will open on November 23 and it will feature a wide assortment of Disney-themed products that change throughout the seasons. In every room at this new store, Guests will discover a charming selection of Disney-inspired housewares, decor, and furnishings.

D-Living will be found adjacent to UNOde50 in Town Center.

All I can say is here’s another shop where I can say goodbye to all of my money!

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Starbright Holidays Drone Show To Begin November 20 at Disney Springs

by on November 18, 2016

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Did you see the recent news about the brand new drone show called Starbright Holidays that’s scheduled to take place this holiday season on the waterfront at Disney Springs? I know many were anxious to find out more information, such as when the show would debut and what its showtimes would be. Well, I can officially tell you that the show will start this Sunday, November 20. There will be nightly performances at both 7:0o p.m. and 8:30 p.m. until January 8. The show will take place over the water on the West Side of Disney Springs.

Starbright Holidays is a first of it’s kind light show collaboration with Intel and it features 300 hundred show drones, called Shooting Star drones. The Intel Shooting Star drone weigh less than a volleyball, and it features built in LED lights that can create more than four billion color combinations. These drones are choreographed in sync with each other and the show is set to a moving score of classic holiday music.

Starbright Holidays is joining the other great holiday experiences that will be found at Disney Springs this year, including a brand-new Christmas Tree Trail, seasonal entertainment, meet and greets opportunities with Santa, and more.

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Shop at Disney Springs on Black Friday With These Great Offers

by on November 18, 2016

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Next Friday is Black Friday, which means it’s time to get your shopping on! Of course, you knew with all the new shops at Disney Springs now, that they would want to take part in the Black Friday sale action. Guests who visit Disney Springs to do their shopping will be able to take advantage of special deals on both November 25 and November 26 beginning at 8:00 a.m., which is two hours earlier than normal! More than 60 Disney Springs stores will be offering discounts and special offers throughout these two days.

At Disney owned stores in Disney Springs, Guests can take advantage of great deals including:

  • Vera Bradley “Midnight with Mickey” hipster bags for $24.99 at Marketplace Co-Op.
  • Storm Trooper Action Figures for $14.99 at Star Wars Galactic Outpost
  • A holiday wreath with lights for $16.99 at Disney’s Days of Christmas

Curious about some of the other great offers? Check out this incredible list of deals!

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Updated MagicBands Coming to Walt Disney World

by on November 18, 2016

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Disney has been playing with the idea of an updated MagicBand for a while. Matter of fact, back in August, I discussed in In Case You Missed It that a new patent had been revealed surrounding this new version. Today, the Walt Disney World Resort has introduced the MagicBand 2 during their Destination D event.

This new MagicBand 2 will work the same way that the current MagicBands do, they will just be a bit more versatile and customizable than the version that is out now. This new MagicBand 2 is being introduced due to technological advances that have come about since the first MagicBand was introduced.

MagicBand 2 works exactly the same as the current MagicBand with more comfort and flexibility. According the patent images, Guests should be able to switch out the pucks in the center and place them in new MagicBands, if they choose. The new band itself is just a little wider in the center, due to the puck. (Which is where the Mickey icon is located. You know, the one you use at touch points throughout the park.)

These MagicBands will not only be available in standard versions, but Guests will also be able to purchase graphic MagicBand 2s, limited-edition and limited release versions, and more. Additionally, Guests will be able to purchase items like key chains to place their puck in instead; so you won’t have to rely on a MagicBand, if you don’t want to.

Current MagicBands will continue to work, so don’t worry if that’s what you have. The new MagicBand 2s will be begin to be released within the next few months. Stay tuned as we find out more.

 

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Celebrate Mickey Mouse’s Birthday at Disney Parks

by on November 17, 2016

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Tomorrow, November 18, Disney is celebrating the main mouse’s birthday and Guests are invited to take part in the fun.

At Walt Disney World, to celebrate, Guests will be able to take part in a birthday edition of the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party. At Disneyland, there will be a special pre-parade prior to the A Christmas Fantasy Parade to honor Mickey.

Guests are also invited to pick up a commemorative “Happy Birthday Mickey” button at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

If you won’t be visiting one of the theme parks tomorrow, you can still celebrate Mickey Mouse’s birthday by watching ABC’s Good Morning America, as a new music video for the song, “What We Got” will debut. Everyone is invited to send their birthday wishes and show their celebrations by using the hashtag #HappyBirthdayMickey.

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Starbright Holidays Debuts at Disney Springs

by on November 16, 2016

It was a sight to behold as the brand new drone show, Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration, debuted this evening at Disney Springs. The beautiful show features hundreds of show drones (300 of them, to be exact) and is a first of its kind light show. Guests are invited to gaze upwards during this innovative nighttime show that will take place over the water on the West Side of Disney Springs.

What makes the show so fantastic is that the drones, which feature built-in LED lights, are choreographed in sync with each other and the display is set to a gorgeous blend of classic holiday music.

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