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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes 3/13/15

by on March 13, 2015

I am back from another great trip to Walt Disney World, and I have some news that I learned that you need to know for your upcoming trips. There are lots of great tidbits that I think are of great interest, so let’s dive right into the fun!

  • Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the fantastic macaw show, Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight, will see a small change. The landing perch has been relocated in front of the Tree of Life. The show will continue to be performed at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

 

Previous location of the Winged Encounters perch. And yes, the birds DO fly AT you!

Previous location of the Winged Encounters perch. And yes, the birds DO fly AT you!

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Doc McStuffins to Meet Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on March 13, 2015

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Do you have a little one who likes to watch Doc McStuffins? (Or do you secretly enjoy it yourself?) Well, soon you and your family will have the opportunity to get meet Doc in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. She will appear against a backdrop that’s reminiscent of her playhouse clinic and she will join fellow Disney Junior stars Sofia the First and Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates in this section of the park.

In addition, Guests looking for Doc McStuffins will also still be able to see her at Disney Junior Play n’ Dine for breakfast of lunch at Hollywood & Vine, as well as at Disney Junior – Live on Stage, also found in the Animation Courtyard.

While she’ll begin meeting guests in May, there is no official start date announced, as of yet, so stay tuned.

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Disneyland Announces 24 Hour Event To Kick Off 60th Anniversary

by on March 11, 2015

Disneyland-Leap-Day-212What if I told you that you could spend 24 hours in Disneyland, again… for the fifth time? Today Disney announced that the popular 24 hour event will return May 22-23. This year’s event will mark the official start to Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary “Diamond Celebration.” Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be open for a full 24 hours, and you may need all that time if you want to see the three, yes three, new entertainment spectaculars that will premiere that day (“Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “Paint the Night” parade in Disneyland, and “World of Color – Celebrate!” over in DCA ).  Our Disneyland Crowd Calendar shows Friday, May 22, as a 7 out of 10, but I’m guessing our statisticians are busy updating that number now that they know about the event.

From the press release:

On the West Coast, Disneyland Resort will kick off the summer with a dynamic 24-hour event of its own, May 22-23, to launch the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Marking the 60th anniversary of the resort, the Diamond Celebration includes the premieres of three new nighttime spectaculars: “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “Paint the Night” parade and “World of Color – Celebrate!”

The all-day/all-night revelry of the 24-hour party will include dancing and special character encounters at locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, along with enchanting Diamond décor throughout the resort and the exciting shows and attractions that bring guests back year after year. The Disneyland Resort invites guests of all ages to kick off the summer travel season in Southern California, celebrating 60 years of magic at a resort that remains forever young.

– See more at: http://wdwnews.com/releases/2015/03/11/sand-castle-in-the-snow-announces-24-hour-event-to-kick-off-coolest-summer-ever-at-walt-disney-world-resort/#sthash.HX1Suc8v.dpuf

Will you be attending this year’s 24 hour event? Have you attended one before? Let me know in the comments below.

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Frozen Summer Fun to Return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on March 11, 2015

1901332_10204152401803409_4662566858848695794_nIt’s back! The Frozen Summer Fun event will be returning for the second year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! This is a must for those of you with Frozen fans in the family!

The day includes lots of special events to soak in all the Frozen goodness! They are:

  • The Frozen Procession – This special mini-parade down Hollywood Boulevard will include Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf, plus a regal cavalcade of Arendelle’s finest, including skaters, skiers, ice cutters, and the Arendelle Flag Corps.
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen-Sing Along Celebration – We all know the songs from Frozen. Come sing along in this comedic retelling of the history of Arendelle, brought to life by the Arendelle Historians.
  • Olaf’s Summer Cool Down – Olaf will appear on the event stage throughout the day to cool things down as the summer sun gets hotter.
  • Hot Frozen Nights DJ Dance Party – When the sun goes down, the party gets hot! DJ Chill will be on hand at the event stage spinning great tunes. Guests will be able to share song requests and photos through social media that will be featured onscreen during the party.
  • Frozen Fireworks – Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf will come together at the event stage for a fantastic fireworks spectacular, set to the soundtrack of Frozen!

For those looking to meet Anna and Elsa in person, there will be no meet and greet opportunities at the Frozen Fun event. To actually meet the sisters, you’ll need to head to Princess Fairytale Hall at the Magic Kingdom.

The Frozen Summer Fun event will take place from June 17 through September 7 and is included in your park admission.

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Coolest Summer Ever Announced for Walt Disney World

by on March 11, 2015

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Who’s ready for the “Coolest Summer Ever”? The special event, which, of course, is themed after Frozen, is filled with a ton of fun. Starting it all is a 24-hour party on Memorial Day weekend at Walt Disney World.

The fun will take place at the Magic Kingdom from 6:00 a.m. on May 22 and will last until 6:00 a.m. on May 23. Guests will be able to dress up and show their Disney Sides, so get your best Disney Princess dress or your Disney Bounding outfit ready! (Do keep in mind that costumes must follow the same rules that apply during events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.) In addition, there will be special entertainment, merchandise, food and beverages during the day. The event will also feature Disney character greetings, dance parties and special surprises.

More details will be announced the closer we get to the event, and I’ll make sure to share those with you as soon as I can!

This is the fourth year for a 24-hour, all-night party for Walt Disney World, which started in 2012 with the “One More Disney Day” promotion.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Raglan Road with the Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival

by on March 6, 2015

©Raglan RoadSt. Patrick’s Day is in about a week and a half and if you’ll be visiting Walt Disney World from March 13-17, then there is only one place where you should be to get your Irish on and that’s at Raglan Road for the Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival!

The five day event is an authentic St. Paddy’s Day celebration featuring great Irish cuisine, live music, performances by award-winning Irish dancers, complimentary face painting, and of course, lots of green everywhere!

Raglan Road guests ready to “get their green on” can participate in festivities that run from 4 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. March 13 and from noon until 1:30 a.m. March 14-17.

The highlight is the music courtesy of the fantastic bands that will take one of three different stages. This year, bands will include the very best of native Irish talent – Drops of Green, Reel Ó Gránde, The Brayzen Heads and The West Coast Trio. Topping off the Festival are Scythian and $3 Band — two of the very best Irish bands in America.

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Magic Kingdom Express Monorail Route to See Reduction in Hours Through Summer

by on March 6, 2015

monorailThe Walt Disney World monorail is currently undergoing enhancements where they are updating the system’s infrastructure in an attempt to make the process automated. With this enhancement process, the monorail schedules have been changing periodically over the past year. I am here to share yet another schedule change, as the Magic Kingdom Express Monorail Beam will once again see reduced hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. beginning March 10.

Guests who will be visiting the Magic Kingdom during these hours should utilize the Magic Kingdom Resort Beam or watercraft to reach their destinations. In addition, the Epcot Beam will continue to run as normal.

There has been no end date announced, however work is expected to occur through the summer.

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Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace To Swap Places at the Magic Kingdom

by on March 6, 2015

2014-05-03 13.22.49If you are a fan of Dole Whips and Citrus Swirls…take notice!  These two Adventureland snack kiosks will be swapping locations, as well as menus next week, on March 12.

So for those of you looking for Dole Whips and other pineapple goodness, you’ll need to head Aloha Isle’s new location, the former location of Sunshine Tree Terrace. (Behind the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, for those who don’t know.) For those of you looking looking for citrus delights, then you’ll need to head to the updated Sunshine Tree Terrace, located where Aloha Isle used to be.

There is no reason given behind the switch of these two popular Magic Kingdom shops, but recent reports indicate that the Adventureland Veranda is going to be refurbished into a restaurant location once again and recent rumors have indicated that the current Aloha Isle location may be impacted by this work.

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Two Popular Attractions at Walt Disney World to Receive Expansions

by on March 5, 2015

Soarin-Toy Story ManiaIf you’ve been paying attention to the rumor mill lately, you’ll likely have heard about the supposed expansions for two major attractions at Walt Disney World. One was for Soarin’ and one was for Toy Story Midway Mania! It seems as if those rumors were indeed true, because today, Disney officially announced both of those expansions were coming to fruition.

At Epcot, Soarin’ will be adding a third theater; currently there are two theaters in use with the popular attraction. In addition to the extra theater, there will be updates to the screens, as well as the projection system. (Let’s hope this means we will finally stop Soarin’ with big random spots floating on the screen.)

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the extremely popular Toy Story Midway Mania! will also see an addition in the form of an extra track. If you’ve been to the park lately, you’ll notice that the Soundstage 1 (the recent former location of both Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Darth’s Mall) has walls around it, which was done in preparation of the expansion.

Both of these expansions are in an effort to increase guest throughput, as both are extremely popular with very long waits most days and FastPass+ reservations often difficult to obtain, especially if you are trying to get one on the day you are visiting the park.

These expansions are expected to be completed by late 2016 and as of right now, both attractions are currently open for guests to enjoy with no refurbishment dates announced.

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2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Details

by on March 4, 2015

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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Today is the first day of the 75 day Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, which lasts through May 17. This year marks the 22nd year of the Festival and the event’s main purpose is to celebrate everything that’s wonderful about horticulture and spring.

Each year the Festival offers guests the opportunity to see beautiful gardens, topiaries, and butterfly gardens; listen to special presentations; enjoy the smooth sounds of the Garden Rocks Concert Series; and try delights from garden-themed food booths! The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is really one of the most gorgeous times of the year to visit, as the park is completely FULL of color. It is simply a glorious time to visit Epcot.

Today, I’m going to share what’s new and what’s changed for this year’s Festival.

What’s New

Of course, the main focus of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival is the gorgeous topiaries that can be found around property. These incredible plants are shaped and molded to create works of art that resemble Disney characters. Each year brings about some new designs, and of course 2015 is no exception. You didn’t think Disney could hold an event now without the Frozen sisters present, did you? Both Anna and Elsa are being introduced and can be found in the World Showcase Plaza.

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