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Memory Maker Price to Increase

by on December 2, 2014

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Attention Memory Maker fans! For guests wishing to pre-purchase the photo package, be aware that it will be increasing in price by $20 tomorrow, December 3, 2014.  This will increase the Advance Purchase option from $149 to $169 (plus tax). The non-advanced purchase price will continue to cost $199.

For those who are unaware, Memory Maker is a special photo package, sold by Disney, that allows for everyone to be in the photos. Guests can accomplish this by having their family pictures taken by Disney PhotoPass photographers at various locations throughout the resort that guests can then download when they return home. In addition, as part of the Memory Maker package, guests will be able to download on-ride photos too.

In addition, Memory Maker has seen many changes over the past few months. Recent additions to the package have included on-ride videos of certain attractions (like Tower of Terror and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train) and special enhanced Animated Magic Shots. Both of these options are available for guests who purchased the special package to easily download when they return home. One would suspect that these new additions are part of the reason behind the price increase.

For guests who would like to purchase Memory Maker, but at the cheaper price, you can still purchase the package today for the price of $149, plus tax.

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The New United Kingdom Band Has Officially Debuted at Epcot

by on December 2, 2014

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The fourth and final new World Showcase act quietly debuted this weekend in the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot. The Celtic folk band hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, is called The Paul McKenna Band. Their music is very light and traditional, featuring a guitar, flute, drum, and violin.

The band can be found playing in the United Kingdom courtyard with show times at 11:00 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:40 p.m., 2:35 p.m., 3:35 p.m. and 4:50 p.m.

Fans of The British Revolution need not fret, because that band will continue playing in the United Kingdom pavilion, as well.

The other entertainment acts that have debuted this fall are: the Canadian Lumberjack Show, which debuted in early October; the Italian flag-throwing troupe called Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro, which debuted in the middle of October; and B’net Al Houwariyate, which began performing in the beginning of November.

The Paul McKenna Band seems as though it is a great new addition to the park and fits in with the pavilion quite well.

 

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Disney and Turner Classic Movies to Pair Up

by on November 26, 2014

Adco-superJumboWe all know that there are major changes on the horizon for Disney’s Hollywood Studios and now another interesting development has come to light – cable channel, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be the official sponsor for The Great Movie Ride.

This paring will marry the two in perfect harmony, with TCM receiving credit as the sponsor on all signage and marketing for the attraction. In the queue, guests will enjoy new digital movie posters and will be able to view a new pre-ride video featuring Robert Osborne, the host of many Turner Classic Movies programs, who will provide insights from movies guests will experience in the attraction. In addition, an updated finale will feature a new movie montage of classic movie moments. Finally, when guests exit the attraction, they’ll have the opportunity to take photos with a classic movie theme.

In addition, as part of this deal, Disney will allow TCM to play classic movies and TV programs in special reoccurring programming blocks that will happen approximately four to five times a year. These blocks will be called “Treasures from the Disney Vault.” (And I need to make sure that I have TCM on my satellite now…)  This programming will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST December 21 through 5:15 a.m. EST on December 22.

According to the initial report which was released late last night, TCM executives say the agreement began with an administrative assistant, Amanda Tymeson, who returned from a visit to Disney World and suggested “that TCM and Disney would be great partners” in revamping the Great Movie Ride.

These changes for The Great Movie Ride will take place in Spring 2015. The Great Movie Ride was an initial 1989 opening day attraction for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Officially Open

by on November 24, 2014

This past weekend I was in Walt Disney World, and I just happened to be there on the day that the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort‘s Gingerbread House officially debuted for this season! The house is huge and so gorgeous, and the best part is that you won’t be able to miss the delightful smell of gingerbread that permeates the lobby. Overall, it screams holiday cheer and is legitimately incredible to see in person.

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Downtown Disney Parking Garage Opens at Walt Disney World

by on November 21, 2014

That sound you hear is the cheering of thousands of guests (ok, maybe I’m the only one and I’m cheering really loudly) – part of the first Downtown Disney parking garage is open! This means that for the busy holiday season, Downtown Disney parking hopefully won’t be the catastrophic nightmare it has been.

The new garage is located on the West Side portion of Downtown Disney. Currently there is a pathway that you can take to and from the garage to the shopping district located near the Downtown Disney AMC.

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You Could Be a Part of the “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration”

by on November 20, 2014

The holidays are such a magical time of the year, with loved ones getting together to celebrate. However, for some, unforeseen circumstances keep families and friends away from each other.

This year, during the annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (which will be called “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration”), distance and circumstances won’t matter! You see, a few deserving families who want the opportunity to reunite with their loved ones will have their wishes granted!

A nationwide casting call is searching to bring families and friends together for this year’s parade special, who, for whatever reason, are separated from the important people in their lives. It could be because finances have made travel difficult; or a spouse is in the Military and they are stationed far away; or some of your family or friends may not live in the same part of the country as you. It doesn’t matter what the circumstance is, all kinds of stories are welcome!

Participants who are selected to take part in this special surprise will be reunited at either one of the theme parks or even potentially on a Disney Cruise, all expenses paid, and they will be filmed enjoying their time together. The entire story will end up on the “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” which is set to air on Christmas Day, December 25.

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So if you’ll be separated for someone you love this Holiday Season, submit your family for a chance to be reunited. Or, if you know of a family who would be deserving of this special opportunity, make sure to nominate them!

But wait…how do I submit an entry? All you’ll need to do is send an email to frozen@gmvsound.com with who you would like to be reunited with, a contact number, a photo, and the ages and locations of the participants.

Keep in mind that time is of the essence! If you would like the chance to possibly participate, you must get your entries in before Thanksgiving!

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Disney Cruise Line Testing Palo/Remy Brunch on Nassau Port Days

by on November 17, 2014

Guests sailing on recent 3-day Disney Cruise Line voyages on the Dream have reported that DCL is now testing brunch service at both Remy and Palo during port days at Nassau, Bahamas. Previously, brunch at these locations had only been offered on days at sea.

Typical Palo brunch offerings.

Typical Palo brunch offerings.

Remy and Palo are the Dream’s premier restaurants, offering enhanced food, beverages, and service for an upcharge over the ship’s other dining venues. Brunch during sea days has typically been popular, often with higher demand than availability.

A few guests have reported seeing booking for this available via their DCL Planning Center online, but this is inconsistent. Others have been told about the expanded dining options while speaking with cast members on board the ship. If dining at Remy or Palo during a port day is something you’re interested in, check your Planning Center frequently and/or stop by Guest Services on your embarkation day to ask about availability.

I’m happy to see Disney attempting to provide more dining choices for guests opting to stay on board during the Nassau port call.

Please let us know if you’re offered Palo or Remy brunch during your Nassau stop on the Dream, or on any of the Disney ships. We’re eager to learn more about this new offering.

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Details About the Candlelight Processional and Holidays Around the World at Epcot

by on November 14, 2014

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While the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios have already started celebrating the holiday season with their special events, we are just two weeks away from the holiday festivities beginning at Epcot. Each year, Epcot celebrates in its own unique way, showing the global reach of Christmas (and other related holidays).

The premiere portion of Epcot’s celebrations is the Candlelight Processional. This incredibly beautiful performance includes a mass choir, a 50-piece orchestra, and a celebrity narrator who all combine in a gorgeous manner to share the story of Christmas. This year’s celebrity narrators include some favorites (Neil Patrick Harris…some day I will see you perform this) and some newbies (like Jonathan Groff, the voice of Kristoff from Frozen). Here is the full list of celebrity narrators:

  • November 28 – 29: Jodi Benson
  • November 30 – December 2: Neil Patrick Harris
  • December 3 – 4: Jonathan Groff (NEW!) 
  • December 5 – 6: Whoopi Goldberg
  • December 7 – 9: Levar Burton
  • December 10 – 11: Edward James Olmos
  • December 12 – 14: Joe Morton
  • December 15 – 17: Chita Rivera
  • December 18 – 20: Ana Gasteyer (NEW!)
  • December 21 – 23: Marlee Matlin
  • December 24 – 25: Isabella Rossellini
  • December 26 – 27: Blair Underwood
  • December 28 – 30: Steven Curtis Chapman

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Fresh Details About the 2015 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

by on November 13, 2014

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While winter is still on the horizon and most of the country is currently going through some extremely cold weather, so many of us are already dreaming of spring and warmer weather! With spring comes the 22nd annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. The 2015 Festival runs from March 4 through May 17, and we already know some early details about the event. There are a lot of new things on tap, as well as fantastic things that are returning once again.

For the first time (in forever), Anna and Elsa appear in topiary form at the World Showcase Plaza. In addition, the front entrance plaza will see new scene called “Goofy About Spring” and will feature a couple of new characters – two of my favorites – Chip ‘n’ Dale!

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New Princess Dining Option at Citricos Beginning in January

by on November 12, 2014

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For those who were unaware, Cinderella’s Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom will undergo a two month refurbishment, from January 5 through March 6, reopening on March 7, 2015. The good news is beginning on January 8, if you head to to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, your little princess or prince still has the opportunity to partake in a character meal featuring Cinderella and her Disney Princess friends. It’s called “Cinderella’s Dining at Citricos – Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses.”

The meal will allow guests to enjoy a good meal, meet some of their favorite princesses, and participate in an interactive “Magical Wishing Ceremony” using wishing wands and wishing swords. One thing to note is that currently Disney has not announced which Princesses will be appearing at this meal, but one would expect it would be similar to the Princesses that were available at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Guests will delight in a three course meal and choose from many different options that include: 

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