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First Look at Menu Offerings for Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

by on August 11, 2015

Jock Lindsay's Hangar BarA couple of months ago, Disney introduced us to about a brand new restaurant coming to Downtown Disney/Disney Springs called Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.  The restaurant is themed after Indy’s pilot in the Indiana Jones movies and will feature a heavy aviation theme, including airplane parts and mementos from Jock’s travels.

Today, Disney released some of the eclectic menu offerings that will be found at this kitschy restaurant.  It appears that menu offerings will be on the appetizer/small plates side with items that are named after many of the characters and events from the movies.

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Havaianas Strikes Alliance With Disney

by on August 10, 2015

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Are you a fan of Havaianas? Well, if you are, you will be happy to know that the Brazilian footwear company has partnered with Disney in a strategic alliance and guests will soon be able to purchase the popular flip flops in stores throughout Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Vacation Club Resorts. Matter of fact, the shoes will soon be available for purchase in 22 different retail locations, including spots at Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney’s California Adventure.

“We are thrilled to have entered into this relationship with the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort and Disney Vacation Club because they embody instant joy much like Havaianas,” said Marcio Moura, Havaianas’ USA President. “We look forward to creating a harmonious relationship and further expanding opportunities within the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort and Disney Vacation Club in the coming years.”

The company is also working with Disney Theme Park Merchandise to create exclusive co-branded flip flops.

In addition, beginning in November, Havaianas will become an official sponsor of all runDisney races, providing runners with a unique Disney experience.

Guests don’t have to wait to experience Havaianas at Walt Disney World; they currently have a location at Downtown Disney in The Landing.

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Minnie’s Holiday Dine Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios This Holiday Season

by on August 6, 2015

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It is time to plan your Disney holiday vacations and if you’ll be heading to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to catch the holiday festivities, I have one more thing you’ll want to make sure you experience.

A new character dinner called Minnie’s Holiday Dine will occur from November 7 through January 3 at Hollywood & Vine. Characters that guests will have the chance to meet will include Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy in all-new holiday costumes. The restaurant will be decked out in holiday-themed décor, American-style cuisine, music and activities that your family is going to love.

The cost is $46.99 for adults ages 10 and up and $27.99 for children ages 3 to 9 (plus tax and gratuity).

This meal can also be booked with reserved seating for Fantasmic! and the cost is $52.99 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $31.99 per child age 3 to 9 (plus tax and gratuity).

Keep in mind that the Disney Junior Play and Dine meal will still take place for breakfast and lunch and during that meal, guests will be able to meet their favorite Disney Junior stars like Sofia the First, Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Doc McStuffins.

Advanced reservations are highly recommended for Minnie’s Holiday Dine. Please book online or call (407) WDW-DINE.

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – August 4, 2015

by on August 4, 2015

Hello again all!  This edition of Newsworthy Notes should have just been called “Refurbishment List for Walt Disney World Updated” because holy cow are there a lot of refurbishments that I am here to let you know about. Get ready, because some of these will impact your trips for both this fall, as well as some refurbishments that are slated for 2016 as well. (So make sure you look at the dates, because yes, some will say 2016 and some of those that say 2016 are extremely lengthy.)

[Ed: The below information was found on Disney’s Travel Agent site. Disney has since reverted the site back to the old refurbishment list, but we think this was a case of them giving away info that they didn’t mean to give away, so we’re sticking with it. You should be aware, however, that this means the refurbishments far in the future may fluctuate even more than usual.]

Magic Kingdom: 

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Be Our Guest Restaurant Now Offering Breakfast Permanently

by on August 3, 2015

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The test of Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom is now over, and like we all suspected, the ever popular breakfast offerings will be offered permanently beginning on October 4. Breakfast will continue to be a prix fixe meal that is served from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. daily.

The meal will increase in price just a little. Beginning on October 4, it will cost $21.99 plus tax for adults (ages 10 and up) and $13.99 plus tax for kids (ages 3-9).

Guests at this counter service location may enjoy a pastry basket for sharing, followed by a choice of entree and a self-service beverage.

Adults can choose among entree items such as:

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Garden Grill to Start Serving Breakfast and Lunch

by on July 28, 2015

The LandAre you a fan of Garden Grill at The Land Pavilion at Epcot? Well, now you can enjoy two new character meals at the popular Table Service location – breakfast and lunch.

Chip n’ Dale’s Breakfast Harvest Feast will include delights like biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, Mickey waffles, and Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake. (Oh yum…I can feel the sugar coma.)

Lunch will include similar items that are currently served at dinner, like the “Living with the Land” harvest-inspired farmer’s salad, char grilled filet of beef, turkey breast, veggies, and more.

Breakfast and lunch will both be served family-style and will continue to be an all-you-care-to-enjoy meal. Breakfast and lunch offerings will begin on November 8. To make reservations, call (407) WDW-DINE.

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Details on Chase Lounge for Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on July 27, 2015

Chase Lounge 1Chase is the official sponsor of the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which means that once again, the Chase Lounge will be returning to the American Adventure Parlor at the American Adventure Pavilion. This lounge is found on the third floor,with its entrance found between the attraction and the gift shop.

The lounge allows guests to have a seat, relax, grab a complimentary soft drink, recharge batteries, learn about exclusive perks and benefits of the Chase Visa Card and – most importantly – soak up some much needed air conditioning! (Trust me. Touring and eating around World Showcase can be extremely HOT, especially during those peak afternoon times! Just because it’s September, October, or November doesn’t mean that you won’t feel like a puddle of goo after touring around in the blazing Florida sun.)

During last year’s festival, beer and wine were also available to purchase; however, it is unclear if this will be available at this year’s festival. Also, in previous years guests could obtain preferred viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth as long as wristbands (which were distributed on a first come, first served basis) were available. No word yet on if that will be available for guests, either. I’ll make sure to keep you posted. 

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Guests Can Now Choose To Opt-Out Of Receiving MagicBands

by on July 27, 2015

MagicBandAre you like me? Do you have boxes and boxes of MagicBands? Do you wish that you could opt out of receiving additional MagicBands on subsequent visits? Well now you can!

You see, before, if you had a room reservation or package you would automatically be forced to receive MagicBands, whether you needed them or not. For example, this happened a lot to people who do a lot of split stays. (You’d get a new set of MagicBands for each resort you’d be staying in during your trip.) Many people had expressed the desire to have the opportunity to opt out of receiving subsequent MagicBands.

Well now, Walt Disney World Resort Guests are able to choose to opt out of customizing and receiving a new MagicBand if they already have a MagicBand from a previous visit linked to their account on My Disney Experience. (This can only be done if the existing MagicBand is less than 1 year old, as MagicBands operational lifespan is limited and MagicBands have non-replaceable batteries in them.)

In addition, Guests with more than one reservation during the same visit will only receive one MagicBand for the whole visit if they do not customize a MagicBand for the second reservation.

To opt out, Guests can manage their MagicBand preferences through the ‘Customize Your MagicBand’ section on their My Disney Experience account by either declining a new MagicBand if they prefer to use an existing one or if they choose to reactivate a MagicBand. If you change your mind and decide that you do want the MagicBand sent to you, you will be able to do that.

 

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Disney Introduces New Tour – Escape to Walt’s Wilderness

by on July 24, 2015

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Are you a fan of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort? Or do you really enjoy the outdoors? Well, then I have the tour for you with the brand new, Escape to Walt’s Wilderness Tour. This experience gives Guests a glance at the natural surroundings that became the perfect setting to accommodate Walt Disney’s grand dreams.

The adventure begins at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Marina where tour guides will take guests on-board pontoon boats for an eco-history tour of Bay Lake.

After arriving at Disney’s Fort Wilderness, Guests will head to the shore of Marshmallow Marsh for breakfast on the beach beside a giant bonfire and a enjoy camp-style breakfast that will include locally-sourced citrus salad, egg frittata, cinnamon rolls, biscuits, granola, coffee and juice. From there, the group will travel by horse-drawn wagon to the Settlement and Pioneer Hall and then will make their way over take part in an archery opportunity. (It’s time to get your inner Merida flowing!) Guests will also take a walk along the railroad tracks to learn more about Walt’s fascination with trains. Finally, Guests will head to the Tri-Circle-D Ranch horse barn to meet the celebrity horses who live and work at the Walt Disney World Resort.

In addition, A photographer will be on hand to capture photos of the group during the experience and for those who have purchased Memory Maker, those photos will be included. If you haven’t purchased Memory Maker, the photos will also be available a la carte on the Disney Photopass website.

This tour is a unique 5-hour experience that is available twice a week from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on select days and costs $109 per person, plus tax. Participants must be at least 7 years of age and availability is limited.

To book or for more information, call 407-WDW-PLAY.

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The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Dates for 2015

by on July 24, 2015

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©Rikki Niblett

Let the rejoicing begin! The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights dates have officially been announced for this year’s holiday season. The unique light show which takes place on the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will occur from November 6, 2015 through January 3, 2016.

Each year, guests marvel as they walk along the street, gazing up at the beautiful lights, made even more spectacular when they start to blink and dance to the musical tracks. It’s great to grab a beverage (my choice is a cup of hot chocolate or coffee…no matter what the temps are…it is Christmas after all) and walk along marveling at the gorgeousness.

In addition,  continuing for 2015, guests who purchase Made with Magic items will see them interact with the lights as these items have been programmed to light up, both matching the colors of your surroundings and flashing to the beat of the holiday music.

For those who are unaware, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights started modestly in Arkansas as each year, Jennings Osborne and his family set up an elaborate collection of holiday lights. Over time, the collection of lights grew until 1995, when the lights were brought to Walt Disney World Resort and have remained ever since.

Oh and the best thing about this spectacular is that it is included in your park admission!

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