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New Muppet Scavenger Hunt At Epcot

by on April 6, 2014

Muppets Scavenger HuntIn an effort to promote Muppets Most Wanted, a brand new scavenger hunt has been introduced to Epcot’s World Showcase. The scavenger hunt starts with guests stopping to pick up a clue packet in the World Showcase Plaza. From there, they can choose to take part in one of two missions: Team Napoleon or Team Eagle. (These are the two law enforcement agents in the movie.) During the hunt, guests are on a search for the famous villain, Constantine.

After you pick up your clues and choose your mission, you will then go around World Showcase, solving the clues at various checkpoints found around the World Showcase countries. There are three checkpoints for each mission. Your clue packet will include documents and information on how to solve the case.

Luckily, the game is short enough that if you wish to do both missions, you should be able to accomplish them in one day.

It appears to be an interesting little distraction and especially fun for you Muppet fans! The scavenger hunt is expected to take place for the remainder of Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival. (P.S.: Be on the lookout for a review from Daisy about this experience tomorrow!)

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New FastPass+ Changes Coming Soon to Walt Disney World

by on April 2, 2014

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On Monday, Disney rolled out FastPass+ to all guests. Now anyone with valid park admission can make advance attraction reservations, but the testing of this new system continues.

Currently, Disney is working on two new enhancements to the FastPass+ experience. This is proof that Disney is listening to guest feedback about this new service, as both of these changes address common complaints about the FastPass+ system.

The first problem being addressed is the limited number of FastPass+ entitlements that guests receive in a day. Currently that number sits at three. Disney is working to add the ability for guests to book additional FastPass+ reservations during their visits. (Yay!) Here’s how it will eventually work. Once guests have used their original three FastPass+ reservations, they will be able to head to a FastPass+ kiosk (which can be found throughout the park) and add a fourth choice. This fourth FastPass entitlement will then be a rolling entitlement. As soon as guests use this fourth FastPass+ reservation, they can then go back to a FastPass+ kiosk to select yet another FastPass+, and so on.

The other issue that Disney is currently working on deals with the ability to make FastPass+ reservations in more than one park in a single day. Currently, guests who Park Hop cannot make FastPass+ reservations in all the parks they choose to visit; they can only make reservations in a single park. This will change. as Disney is adding a Park Hopping feature to FastPass+. (Yay, again!)

Currently, there is no official timeline that has been announced, but be on the lookout for these changes to take place over the next few months. We’ll make sure to keep you posted as the perks get rolled out.

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Photo Gallery: First look at Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

by on April 1, 2014

Welcome to 1962! The first phase of Cabana Bay Beach Resort opened on March 31, and we are bringing you a photographic peek at Universal Orlando Resort’s first moderately priced hotel. As you can see, the new resort is inspired by the mid-century modern motor lodges from Wildwood, New Jersey, to Miami Beach, which once defined the American family vacation. We’ll be back in the near future with a fully detailed review of the resort, but for now enjoy this pictorial guide to the newly launched property.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Exterior

 

Universal Cabana Bay Beach Resort photos

Photos by Seth Kubersky

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Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Returns to Epcot

by on March 31, 2014

Sounds Like Summer Concert SeriesThe Sounds Like Summer concert series is returning, yet again, starting this June. These fun concerts take place at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre, which is found at the American Adventure Pavilion. These concerts feature tribute band performers that are extremely talented, singing classic songs you know and love.

Seven acts will light up the stage this year. Each band will perform for a week at a time. This year’s concert line up includes:

  • June 8-14: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles
  • June 15-21: Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey Tribute Band
  • June 22-28: Good Vibrations – A Tribute to The Beach Boys
  • June 29-July 5: Don’t Look Back – Boston Tribute Band
  • July 6-12: Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • July 13-19: Slippery When Wet – The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
  • July 20-26: 2U – A Tribute to U2

Show times are at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m., with the exception of July 4, when show times are at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 9 p.m. Do keep in mind that shows are subject to change.

Best of all, the Sounds Like Summer concerts are included with Epcot admission.

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2014 Night of Joy Tickets to go on Sale Soon

by on March 30, 2014

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Tickets for this year’s Night of Joy event will go on sale tomorrow (March 31).

Single day tickets will cost $59, plus tax, if purchased ahead of time. They will be $69, plus tax, at the door. There will also be a two night ticket option available that will cost $108 for both nights, plus tax, and it will include one day admission to Blizzard BeachTyphoon Lagoon, or DisneyQuest. The two day ticket must be purchased by August 5.

The artists for the event include:

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Parking Fees Increase at Walt Disney World

by on March 30, 2014

2014-02-18 09.11Parking fees at the four Walt Disney World theme parks have increased across the board. In addition, valet fees at the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels have also seen a price increase.

At the theme parks, parking has increased by $2. Here is the new breakdown:

  • Automobile, taxi, limo, or motorcycle: $17 (up from $15)
  • Camper, trailer or RV: $18 (up from $16)
  • Bus or tractor trailer: $21 (up from $19)

Do keep in mind that once you pay that rate for the day, you may utilize any of parking lots at any of the four theme parks (just show your receipt). Also, keep in mind that if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, your parking is complimentary for the length of your stay and valid resort identification is required for the privilege. Annual Passholders also have complimentary parking.

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Off-site Guests Will Have Access to FastPass+ Starting March 31

by on March 28, 2014

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Beginning March 31, guests who are not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort will be able to make FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance. Day guests will be able to accomplish this by logging in to their My Disney Experience account via the app or via the website.

In order to have the ability to schedule advance FastPass+ reservations, off-site guests must first link their single or multi-day tickets into their My Disney Experience account.  Off-site guests will no longer be forced to make reservations on the day of their visit via the in-park kiosks.

If off-site guests would like, they will eventually be able to purchase MagicBands. The cost is said to be $12.95, plus tax, per band. Keep in mind that MagicBands are not required; day guests will still have the ability to use their RFID-enabled ticket media, if they prefer.

Those guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel will still be able to make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days out. This means that guests staying on-site will still have a bit of an advantage. Annual Passholders will also be able to make FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance.

FastPass+ kiosks will still be available in the parks for guests who wish to use them.

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Walt Disney World Resorts Newsworthy Notes – 3/27/14

by on March 27, 2014

There are a few small newsworthy items occurring at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels that I thought you should know:

  • A brand new experience will be testing at the Atlantic Dance Hall found on the boardwalk area at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. Guests are invited to rock out at the “Tom Casey’s Let’s Get Rockin’” interactive band experience. The party gets started every Thursday night, starting at 9:00 p.m. Here, guests will have the opportunity to get up on stage and sing karaoke style or play an instrument, both with a live band. It’s like The American Idol Experience on steroids! Guests can choose from over 400 songs to play or sing, from all genres. There is a $5 cover charge per person. For more information, visit their website.
  • Over at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, guests are invited to enjoy the 3rd annual Easter egg display in the lobby of the hotel. These eggs are gorgeous works of art. Best of all, they are all edible. These enormous eggs are all created with modeling chocolate, fondant, sculpted sugar and royal icing. Each egg will depict a different Disney story, like Tangled or The Little Mermaid. Guests will be able to view all 18 eggs from April 4-22.

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Star Wars Character Meals to Take Place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios During Star Wars Weekends

by on March 26, 2014

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Are you a fan of Star Wars and character meals? Well, if you are, for the first time ever, select Star Wars characters will take part in not one, but two, different character meal opportunities at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from May 4 to June 15.

Guests will be able to partake in either a breakfast option that will be available at Sci-Fi Dine In Theater or a dinner option that will be available at Hollywood & Vine.

The best news is that these character meals won’t just take place during Star Wars Weekends. Instead, they are scheduled to occur throughout the whole week!

Here’s a look at your options:

The Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine

Takes place at Hollywood and Vine for dinner. This meal will have guests meeting Disney characters dressed as their favorite Star Wars character. Guests will get to meet Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, Stormtrooper Donald, and Ewoks Chip & Dale. Dinner starts at 4:15pm and lasts until park close. The prices are $55.99 for adults ages 10 and up (or $59.99 with Fantasmic! Dinner Package), and $33.99 for children ages 3-9 (or $36.99 with Fantasmic! Dinner Package). Guests will receive a digital download copy of their photograph with Chip and Dale.

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Kouzzina at Disney’s BoardWalk to Close in September

by on March 24, 2014

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Kouzzina by Cat Cora will be closing its doors at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort permanently in September. Its last day of operation is September 30.

This celebrity chef-run, Greek-inspired restaurant serves delicious and unique items including Spanakopita (spinach pie), cinnamon-stewed chicken, fisherman’s stew, and traditional whole fish. There is also a great breakfast menu, featuring turkey/sweet potato hash, Greek yogurt with fresh berries, and spinach, tomato, and feta scrambled eggs.

A new restaurant will open in its place sometime in late 2014.

If you would like to make a reservation before it officially closes, you may do so by visiting the Disney dining website or calling (407) WDW-DINE.

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