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Premium Parking Now Available at Disney Springs

by on June 2, 2017

Disney Springs ParkingIf you are looking to park at Disney Springs, you now have a brand new option, though it will come at a cost. Two new “Preferred Lots” have been introduced. For only $10 Guests can conveniently park in either the Lemon lot (near World of Disney on the Marketplace side) or Grapefruit Lot (on the West Side.)

Parking is still available for free in both the Orange and Lime garages, as well as the Watermelon and Strawberry surface lots.

In addition, Disney is currently building a third garage located across from Disney Springs near the Casting and Speedway parking lot that will add approximately 2,000 additional parking spaces for the area.

The Walt Disney World theme parks recently rolled out preferred parking which is currently a $20 upcharge, in addition to regular parking fees.

 

New Restaurants Announced for Disney Springs

by on May 31, 2017

Disney Springs

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Disney Springs has been rocking and rolling since its official debut one year ago, but the fun isn’t stopping, as there are still a few restaurants that are on their way and this week, a couple more got announced!

The first of these new restaurants is called Jaleo. This will be a concept brought to life by world-renowned Chef José Andrés and will bring flavors of Spain with a menu that features tapas, including paella cooked over a wood fire, hand-carved Jamon Iberico de Bellota and wood-grilled Iberico pork. This will be a multi-level restaurant that will also include a grab and go storefront with Spanish-style sandwiches on the first floor. The restaurant’s design will feature vibrant decor that represents the colorful culture of Spain. This new restaurant will open in 2018 on the West Side.

Wolfgang Puck will be represented with a new new concept that will open in Town Center. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will modernize the bar and grill concept. The restaurant will be inspired by traditional farmhouses with a touch of elegance. The restaurant, which will be designed by tonychi, will capture the essence of laid-back California dining made popular at Spago. The menu will highlight the best of Puck’s signature dishes with Mediterranean influences, innovative takes on comfort food classics and handcrafted specialty cocktails, beer and wine. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will open in 2018.

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New Nighttime Show Now Taking Place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on May 31, 2017

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I was in Walt Disney World this past weekend, for the Memorial Day holiday, when the resort quietly debuted a brand new nighttime show for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The new show, called Disney Movie Magic is a projection mapping show that takes place on the Chinese Theater. Disney Movie Magic is not a replacement for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. Instead, it is a considered as a sort of pre-show that takes place 30 minutes prior to the big nighttime spectacular.

Disney Movie Magic features clips from both classic and new Disney movies including Mary Poppins, Pirates of the Caribbean, Tron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Indiana Jones, and more. The new show really does drive home the values of the park and showcases the movies that make Disney, well Disney.

The show is presented in the park nightly.

Springs Street Eats Food Truck Rally at Disney Springs This June

by on May 22, 2017

Disney Springs Food Trucks

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Looking for a unique weekend at Disney Springs? On June 2 and June 3, Guests will be able to take part in the Springs Street Eats Food Truck Rally!

During the event, Guests will be able to sample delights from eight different food trucks, both in the form of Disney food trucks, as well as some Central Florida favorites. Here is a list of the different trucks you’ll be able to find:

  • Fantasy Fare: Fan favorites from around Disney theme parks from around the globe, including the famous hand-dipped corn dog
  • World Showcase of Flavors: Sandwiches inspired by cuisine found at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Marketplaces
  • Philly’s Best Cheesesteaks – Plain and simple. The best cheesesteak sandwiches
  • 900 Degreez Pizza – Pizza cooked in 90 seconds courtesy of an imported Italian wood-fired oven? Ok!
  • Magic 4 UR Palate – Dishes that are appealing to the eye as they are to the stomach
  • The London Fish and Chippy – Beer battered haddock and chips, as well as other fresh fried seafood flavors.
  • Caketeer – Gourmet cupcakes and custom cake products
  • Tikiz Shaved Ice – Ice Cream, as well as Hawaiian Shaved Ice where Guests can dispense their own custom shaved ice syrup creations.

 

There will also be live entertainment to enjoy too!

The event will take place on the West Side of Disney Springs, outside of Cirque du Soleil from 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2 and from 12:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3.

 

Additional Attractions Open During Extra Evening Extra Magic Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on May 19, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom

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A while back, the news came out that from May 27 through July 4, Disney’s Animal Kingdom would be open for extra Evening Extra Magic Hours. Resort Guests would have the exclusive opportunity to be in the park from 11:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. to enjoy the beauty and splendor that is Pandora – The World of Avatar at night.  Well, due to the expected heavy crowds, Disney has announced that a few more attractions will be open, in addition to the attractions found in Pandora.

Guests will now also be able to experience the following attractions during these extra late night hours:

Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
Primeval Whirl
TriceraTop Spin
Fossil Fun Games
Tree of Life awakenings
Rivers of Light
Discovery Island Carnivale

 

In addition, select Food and Beverage locations and Merchandise options will be available, as well.

Looks like it will be a good time to visit the park if you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel and plan on visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Unique Way to Contribute to the Disney Conservation Fund

by on May 19, 2017

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With the opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar rapidly approaching, Disney has announced a creative way for Guests to help contribute to the Disney Conservation Fund, which supports conservation efforts here on Earth.

With the new mobile adventure called Connect to Protect, when Guests enter the land, by utilizing the My Disney Experience app, Guests are invited to participate in conservation missions to help protect the habits of at-risk animals. During the missions, you will be able to interact with a digital scientist all while exploring the land. Guests will instant message with one of the moon’s ecological specialists, Fitsimti “Fits” Buckley. Fits will share information about conservation along the way that applies to both Earth and Pandora.

Once Guests complete at least one mission, they will be able to unlock a $10 contribution from Disney Parks. If you just discuss conservation, you’ll be able to contribute $5 through the Disney Conservation Fund. Guests will have the option to choose where their money gets donated. They can choose from one of 10 threatened animal categories – butterflies, apes, coral reefs, cranes, elephants, monkeys, rhinos, rays and sharks, sea turtles, or tigers.

Pretty cool way to help raise funds for endangered animals, right? I know I’m going to make sure to complete a mission when I’m visiting Pandora on opening day!

 

Tickets on Sale for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on May 10, 2017

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

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Looking to get your jingle bells on? Then you should attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Dates for this year were announced back in April for this annual event that occurs each November and December. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a very popular hard-ticketed holiday event and a fan favorite experience.

For 2017, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is currently scheduled to take place on the following dates with the following pricing:

  • November 12, 14, 16: $89 plus tax (ages 10+), $84 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • November 9: $94 plus tax (ages 10+), $89 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • November 10, 17, 26, 28 and December 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17: $95 plus tax (ages 10+), $90 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • December 8, 15: $99 plus tax (ages 10+), $94 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • December 19, 21, 22: $109 plus tax (ages 10+), $104 plus tax (ages 3-9)

Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts are available on select dates.

This year’s event will include Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, a fireworks spectacular, cookies and hot cocoa, the Castle Dream Lights, and more.

There really is nothing better than celebrating the holidays with Mickey and pals!

 

Tickets on Sale for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

by on May 10, 2017

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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Hooray! Tickets are now on sale for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

The popular Halloween event that is held annually at the Magic Kingdom in the months of September and October is a fan favorite. Dates for this year’s event were announce back in April. For 2017, ticket pricing only increased a few dollars over 2016.

Party dates and pricing for this year is as follows:

  • August 25, 29, September 1, 7, 10, 12, 17, 24: $74 plus tax (ages 10+), $69 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • September 19, 26: $79 plus tax (ages 10+), $74 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • September 15, 22, 29 and October 1: $88 plus tax (ages 10+), $83 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • October 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and November 1: $94 plus tax (ages 10+), $89 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • October 6, 13, 20, 27, 29: $99 plus tax (ages 10+), $94 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • October 31: $115 plus tax (ages 10+) $110 plus tax (ages 3-9)

Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts are available on select dates.

This year’s event will include Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade, HallowWishes fireworks spectacular, trick or treating, and the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.

As far as the costuming guidelines go for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, costumes may be worn, however, Guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.

Are you looking forward to having a spook-tacular time at this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties this year?

Cars 3 Sneak Preview to Occur at Disney Parks

by on May 5, 2017

Cars 3

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Speed….I am Speed.

Guests who love the Cars franchise should speedily head over to Disney California Adventure or Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a special sneak preview of the upcoming Pixar film, Cars 3.

Beginning May 12, at Disney California Adventure, the preview of will be presented in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Bug’s Life Theater.

Then, beginning on May 26, Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get to see this advance look at One Man’s Dream. Here Guests will also be able to see artwork and maquettes from the production on display.

In Cars 3, Lightning McQueen finds that he needs to get back in the race and gets help from a newcomer, Cruz Ramirez who has her own plans on how to win.

Are you anxious to see Cars 3  when it races into theaters nationwide on June 16?

Guests Can Now Meet Guardians of the Galaxy Characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on May 5, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy meet and greet at One Man's Dream

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The hype is big behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and for those of you who are fans of the movie, there is a brand new meet and greet you are going to want to experience.

Both Star-Lord and baby Groot are now meeting Guests as part of the One Man’s Dream exhibit at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Groot and Star-Lord took over the spot that was once occupied by Moana. It is rumored that Moana may be moving the the Magic Kingdom, but nothing official has been announced about that yet.

While there is no end date currently announced for when Star-Lord and Groot would be leaving, it is expected that they will greet Guests daily through the holiday season.