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New Holiday Fun for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on November 4, 2014

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Guess what? The Holidays start this week at Walt Disney World! Friday, November 7, is the first night (of many) for the Magic Kingdom hard-ticket event, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Each year, Disney adds new fun for guests to experience, and this year brings a number of great new experiences for guests to enjoy.

First, we will see new characters in this year’s “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime” Parade. Not only are Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph being added to the mix of holiday merriment, but it wouldn’t be a party now without being able to see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf from Frozen, too!

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New Moroccan Band Debuts at Epcot

by on November 3, 2014

Morocco Pavilion at Epcot

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Another act has officially debuted for Epcot’s World Showcase: a new Moroccan performance group called B’net Al Houwariyate. The group is an internationally-acclaimed ensemble of female performers, who play traditional instruments while dancing and performing songs that are based on Moroccan traditions. Musical styles include Berber chants, urban Marrakesh beats, and Andalucian rhythms.

B’net Al Houwariyate will appear on the stage located at the Morocco Pavilion on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Shows last for approximately 20 minutes and will take place at 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m.

The musical group replaces MO’ROCKIN, who could previously be found playing in the Morocco Pavilion.

This is the third act to debut in the shake up of World Showcase performers; the first act is known as the Canadian Lumberjack Show, debuting on October 5 at the Canada Pavilion, and the second was a flag throwing troupe called Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro,who began performing on October 17 in the Italy Pavilion. The fourth and final act set to debut is a Celtic folk music ensemble for the United Kingdom Pavilion. There is no official debut date currently set for this performance troupe.

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Additional Thanksgiving Day Options at Walt Disney World

by on October 30, 2014

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Previously, I shared a post detailing where you’ll be able to have your Thanksgiving meal at the Walt Disney World theme parks. But let’s say you won’t be entering the parks that day, or instead you want to escape the parks for a little while for a quieter dining experience.

Well, the good news is that you are in luck, because many of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels will be offering special Thanksgiving options. These include:

To make reservations for any of these restaurants, call (407) WDW-DINE.

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On-Ride Disney PhotoPass Photos Automatically Linked to Your My Disney Experience Account

by on October 28, 2014

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One of the things that I’ve been looking forward to since the introduction of MyMagic+ and MagicBands was the ability to see your on-ride photos (and now videos) automatically added to your My Disney Experience online account for you to be able to view at home. Today, that option officially became a reality. Now guests who are wearing a MagicBand will have their on-ride photos automatically linked to your account and you don’t have to do a thing!

For those who don’t have a MagicBand, that’s ok; you can still have the option to add the photos to your account. Simply stop at the on-ride photo display at the end of the attraction and find your photo. From there, you’ll need to have your RFID ticket scanned at a touch point and the photos will be added to your account.

Guests will be able to see on-ride photos (and videos) added to their My Disney Experience account from the following attractions:

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Two Restaurants Announced for Disney Springs

by on October 27, 2014

Two brand new restaurants have officially been announced for the Disney Springs revitalization of Downtown Disney.

The first restaurant, which will be brought to life from Japanese master chef Masaharu Morimoto and the Patina Restaurant Group, will be known as Morimoto Asia. The pan-Asian restaurant will include a two-story layout with a fabulous glass entrance, open terraces, a grand hall, private rooms, a long bar, a cocktail lounge, waterside seating, exhibition kitchens, and more. Menu items will include traditional Asian dishes such as Peking duck and dim sum.

New Morimoto Asia Restaurant to Open in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

According to Walt Disney World Resort President George Kalogridis, “We’re thrilled to bring Chef Morimoto’s renowned culinary style to Disney Springs as we expand the range of dining experiences for our resort guests as well as local Florida residents.”

Morimoto Asia is expected to open in The Landing (formerly Pleasure Island) in the Summer of 2015.

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Details on the Updated Cinderella Castle Lighting Show – “A Frozen Holiday Wish”

by on October 27, 2014

FCS796642The Holiday Season begins in a little over a week and a half at Walt Disney World! (Wait…what?!) One of the most incredible aspects of Disney’s holiday festivities is the Cinderella Castle holiday lighting show at the Magic Kingdom, which this year will see a change.

For the festive season, Cinderella Castle lights up each evening with more than 200,000 white shimmering lights, causing the castle to appear as though it has been frosted over. The effect is simply stunning, and photos do not do it justice. Prior to this year, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother performed the magic to make the castle shimmer.

However, in 2014 a brand new version of the show features a Frozen twist: “A Frozen Holiday Wish” will debut on November 5. The new show will feature Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and even Olaf; it will end with the traditional castle lighting ceremony, this time with Elsa turning the palace into an icy wonderland.

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The Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to be Removed

by on October 24, 2014

Sorcerer's Hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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All day, I’ve been seeing the rumors, but it now appears to be official! The iconic Sorcerer’s Hat at the end of Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is being removed.

The Sorcerer’s Hat was introduced into the park in 2001 as a part of the “100 Years of Magic” celebration, which honored Walt Disney’s 100th birthday and was initially supposed to be temporary. According to Disney, the hat was built as a representation of the magic of show business and the entertainment wizardry of Disney that is captured throughout shows and attractions at the park.

Not a lot of news has been released about the removal, but it certainly appears that big changes are on tap for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with multiple attractions closing over the past few months. Just today, it was announced that The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow is also closing.

Disney has not announced a date for the removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat; however, rumors are indicating that work will begin sometime in early 2015 (likely January).

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“The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Close

by on October 24, 2014

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The lackluster attraction “The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is slated to close for good; its last day of operation is November 6.

The interactive attraction takes guests through different pirate adventures in a room designed like a pirate’s cave lair. The attraction was pretty poorly presented and included sections where guests were supposed to chant and stomp their feet, which seemed to be geared more towards very young children. The show also featured somewhat scary confrontations with skeletons, singing mermaids, and a Kraken, all utilizing state of the art technology.

Over the past year the attraction also featured an unusual queuing process where guests would obtain a paper ticket with a specific show time printed on it. Guests would then return about 10 minutes prior to the show time.

The walk-through show opened in December 2012, replacing the “Journey into Narnia: Prince Caspian” attraction. Currently there has been no announcement of what may be taking the place of “The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow” attraction.

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“Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It!” Street Party Rolls Out Tomorrow at the Magic Kingdom

by on October 23, 2014

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The “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party, which was formerly known as the “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” Street Party, officially debuts tomorrow, Friday, October 24, at the Magic Kingdom.

The parade features giant gift boxes that make their way down Main Street U.S.A., towards the central hub, where the street party portion begins. During the fun, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy will dance and celebrate with guests. The show will feature a new song called “Party Up.” Guests will also get to have fun with Stitch and Phineas and Ferb. The finale ends with the “Play It” portion, where guests will get to vote for the final song that gets played.

The parade is presented several times a day. Guests should check either a Times Guide, our list of Magic Kingdom showtimes, or Lines for exact times.

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Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: October 23, 2014

by on October 23, 2014

1Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World! This week we’re visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios to check out the new location for Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and take a look at how Christmas is coming along. Then we’re heading over for a quick visit to the Magic Kingdom and ending at Epcot for Food & Wine Festival updates. We also might run into a lumberjack or two! ;) So let’s get started!

I’ll admit that when I saw the Studio Backlot Tour was closing and a Frozen gift shop was moving into this area, I had my doubts. But I’ll eat crow because it looks great! It’s obvious a lot of planning went into this move and I can only hope this much effort goes into the other changes coming to the studios. Want to check it out? Click to read more! 

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