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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Nighttime Festivities Begin Memorial Weekend

by on April 20, 2016

While Rivers of Light may be delayed for who-knows-how-long at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney has announced that they will begin showcasing their nighttime events staring this Memorial Day Weekend.

In the interim, while the issues delaying Rivers of Light are being addressed, a temporary nighttime show will take place on the Discovery River. The show, which will take place during the summer, will take it’s influence from the recent release of the live action version of The Jungle Book. Called Jungle Book: Alive with Magic, this limited-engagement show will include music and special effects that celebrate the film and the classic songs, while being infused with an Indian flair.

In addition, the other nighttime elements that had previously been announced will also debut Memorial Day Weekend.  They include:

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  • Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark – Enjoy the attraction in the evening thanks to special lighting that will allow guests to explore the savanna even in the nighttime hours.  Plus, there are two new species to discover: African wild dogs and hyenas.

 

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Alice Through The Looking Glass Sneak Preview to Occur at Disney Parks

by on April 19, 2016

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You won’t want to be late! There’s a great new sequel to Alice in Wonderland called Alice Through the Looking Glass coming to theaters soon. To get you ready for the upcoming film, you’ll soon be able to catch a sneak preview of the movie at both Disney California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Beginning May 6, for a limited time, you’ll be able to catch a preview of the upcoming film at the theater at the end of One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and for those Guests who will be visiting the west coast, they will be able to catch the 3D preview at Disney California Adventure in the Sunset Showcase Theater (formerly Crown Jewel Theater) with special in-theater effects. This sneak preview of Alice Through the Looking Glass will last for 10 minutes from May 6 through June 12.

The film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, returns Alice to the whimsical world of Underland where she travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.

Time is of the essence! You won’t want to miss this preview before the clock runs out!

Are you anxious to catch Alice Through the Looking Glass which debuts in theaters on May 27?

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Amorette’s Patisserie to Open at Disney Springs on May 15

by on April 15, 2016

Amorette's Patisserie

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If you’re looking for a dessert that is almost too pretty to eat (I said ALMOST), then beginning May 15, you will want to stop at the Town Center in Disney Springs to try Amorette’s Patisserie. The new pastry shop will feature delectable goodies from classic and contemporary cakes and pastries, to macaroons, to blondies, to eclairs, and more. There will be multiple delicious items on hand to tantalize your sweet tooth.

Menu items will include macarons;  pavlova; chocolate-chocolate chunk cookie; eclairs; New York-style cheesecake; opera cake; sacher torte; peanut blondie with bacon, banana and chocolate; strawberry mousse with basil sugar and lemon curd; and Amorette’s Signature Cake featuring 10 layers of delectable flavors and textures.

Guests will be able to enjoy many different beverage options as well, including Champagne; sparkling wine; Amorette’s Hot Chocolate Ganache, a cupful of sippable chocolate with Chantilly and shaved dark chocolate on top; milk, coffee or tea.  

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Tickets Now on Sale for Night of Joy

by on April 15, 2016

Night of JoyFor those of you who were looking to attend this year’s Night of Joy event at Walt Disney World, I have good news! Tickets are now on sale!

This year’s Night of Joy will be different than previous years events. You see this year, the Christian concerts will take place on Friday, September 9 and Saturday September 10 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports for the first time ever. During the event this year, Guests having more options than ever with two nights of music, ample seating at indoor and outdoor venues, amazing performances on multiple stages, including Champion Stadium, and opportunities for fellowship and fun.

Performers for each night include:

Friday, September 9

  • MercyMe
  • Casting Crowns
  • Chris Tomlin
  • Francesca Battistelli
  • Crowder
  • Matthew West
  • Stars Go Dim
  • Zealand Worship

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Celebrate Earth Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Party for the Planet

by on April 15, 2016

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While Rivers of Light may not be debuting now on Earth Day (April 22) there is still going to be a party for Guests to experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Party for the Planet, which is presented this year by Disneynature, will celebrate and encourage Guests to connect with nature by participating in exciting and engaging activities.

Guests will be able to learn about the world around them, enjoy special food offerings (I smell cupcakes), purchase unique merchandise, and even meet a rare character. Each land in the park will feature a unique activity to help celebrate.

In the Oasis, Guests can uncover little known facts about animals featured in the live action version of “The Jungle Book.” Also, in celebration of the film’s release, Guests can take photos of “The Jungle Book” sand sculpture through April 24.

Over in Discovery Island, Guests are invited to discover the size of their environmental footprint and learn some new ways you can make it smaller to protect our planet. Guests will also be able to meet Imagineer Joe Rohde. Joe will be at Discovery Trading Company from 1:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m. signing original art and the new Disney Conservation Fund book. A wristband is required to meet Joe Rohde.  A limited number of wristbands will be distributed at the time of art or book purchase at Discovery Trading Company on April 22. Wristbands are available while supplies last. In addition, Boiled Books will be selling stationery items stained with real plants and flowers (from April 20-24) and the Fairy House Ladies will sell fairy houses made from material found in nature (from April 21-24).

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Big Changes for FastPass+ at Walt Disney World

by on April 9, 2016

MagicBand / FastPass+ / My Disney ExperienceMyMagic+ and FastPass+ have been ever evolving for the Walt Disney World Resort. Tweaks and changes to both programs have occurred due to demands of how Guests wished to utilize the technology, including allowing Guests to make a fourth rolling FastPass, changes in the tiering system, being able to make reservations at a park you park-hopped to, and more. Throughout the years, news and tips about FastPass+ have been plentiful and the questions have been many and varied.

Well, today I bring more news that I think will be greatly appreciated. Going forward, Disney is going to be making it easier to make and customize FastPass+ choices.

Beginning this Sunday, Guests will now no longer need to visit a kiosk to make their fourth rolling FastPass+ choice. Instead, Guests will now be able to use the My Disney Experience app to make additional selections after your first three FastPass+ reservations have been used. (Hooray!) Guests may still choose to visit a FastPass+ kiosk, which will still be located in strategic locations around the four theme parks, if they so choose. Let me tell you though, it will be great to finally be able to make the additional choices on my phone going forward.

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Ample Hills Creamery Opening at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

by on April 8, 2016

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A brand new ice cream parlor will be opening soon at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. Ample Hills Creamery, a Brooklyn-based company will be opening a location at the Walt Disney World Resort. The ice cream parlor will feature creative menu offerings, as well as a one-of-a-kind flavor for the resort.

While strolling by the shop, Guests will be able to peek into the promenade-facing kitchen windows, where ice cream and mix-ins will be showcased the old-fashioned way. Unique flavors will include Malty Salty Pretzel Punch, Coffee Toffee Coffee, Cotton Candy and Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.

The Ample Hills Creamery will open some time this spring. I’ll make sure to share more details on the blog as I learn them.

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D23 Destination D Returning to Walt Disney World in November

by on April 8, 2016

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Every other year, D23 celebrates the Walt Disney Company’s heritage with its Destination D event at Walt Disney World. This year’s event is called D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures and will be a celebration of Disney adventures of the past, present, and future. The event will be a two day conference and will take place at the convention center found at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on November 19 and 20.

This year’s event will celebrate the excitement and wonder of the spirit of adventure that the Walt Disney Company is so famous for. Presenters at this year’s event will include: Disney Legends Marty Sklar and Tony Baxter; Walt Disney Imagineers Joe Rohde, Chris Merritt, Jason Grandt, and Wyatt Winter; producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast); and Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline.

The full list of presentations is quite impressive for this year’s event with many fascinating stories that I’m sure will be told. The highlights will include:

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New Options and Perks for runDisney Events

by on April 7, 2016

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Many of you are getting ready for the Star Wars – The Dark Side Half Marathon next weekend. (Who’s ready to run 13.1 miles?) Well, I have recently come across a few tidbits that may help to make your runDisney experience this month just a little bit better.

First, Disney is allowing those people who cannot make it to the Expo before their race to purchase the ability to retrieve your race packet (bib number, race shirt and any pre-purchased merchandise) the day of your scheduled race. Runners can pick up their packets at the VIP Packet Pick-Up Tent. A photo ID and signed waiver is required and must be picked up by the registered runner. The cost for this perk is $39 per race registration and you will need to register for the service here. Do keep in mind that this is only available to a limited number of people, so if you absolutely have to, you can take advantage of this option now.

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Disney Early Morning Magic Heading to Magic Kingdom

by on April 6, 2016

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We’ve been talking a lot about these special extra ticketed events taking place at Walt Disney World. Well, beginning on April 26, Guests will be able to experience a new one. Disney Early Morning Magic will allow Guests extra time in the Magic Kingdom in the morning, the ability to ride attractions that commonly have long lines throughout the day, and enjoy a great breakfast.

Upon entry at this special event, Guests will have the option to ride 3 popular Magic Kingdom attractions – Seven Dwarf Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Plus, in addition to getting in some some early morning fun, Guests will also be able to enjoy a fantastic breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus. Breakfast will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Menu items will include:

  • Chilled juices, coffee and teas
  • Seasonal fruit and berries
  • Freshly baked pastries
  • Cheese and cured meats
  • Scrambled eggs with assorted toppings
  • Vegetable frittata
  • Smoked bacon
  • Pork and turkey sausages
  • Fried potatoes with caramelized onions
  • Waffles with butter and syrup

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