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Cinderella Coach Photo Opportunity Now Available at Magic Kingdom

by on April 12, 2017

Magic Kingdom Cinderella Coach

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During this busy Easter week, Guests will have the unique opportunity to have their photo taken in front of Cinderella’s Carriage! The coach will be located at the Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland from April 12-19. This unique photo moment can be found located near the castle walls, which are part of New Fantasyland, near Enchanted Tales with Belle.

All who visit the park are welcome to take advantage of this rare opportunity and Disney’s PhotoPass will be on hand to capture these special moments.

First Look at Night of Joy 2017

by on April 11, 2017

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Each September, Walt Disney World holds its annual Night of Joy event. The popular event is a Christian music festival that invites Guests to celebrate with fun and fellowship. This year’s event will take place on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Last year was the first year for the event to be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports and because of that, the event was able to be expanded with Guests having more options than ever with ample seating at indoor and outdoor venues, amazing performances on multiple stages, including Champion Stadium, activities and more.

This year, the Night of Joy event will be hosted by Matthew West.

Performers for each night include:

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Stitch’s Great Escape Open at the Magic Kingdom

by on April 11, 2017

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Once again, it’s busy season at Walt Disney World because the seasonal attraction, Stitch’s Great Escape is open for Guests to experience at the Magic Kingdom!

Guests can stop by the Tomorrowland attraction until April 19 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily. The attraction will then return back to seasonal status beginning April 20.

In addition, for those planning their summer vacations, you’ll have the opportunity to to experience the attraction from May 28 through August 19 daily.

Stitch’s Great Escape became a seasonal attraction back on October 2. Rumors indicate that a new attraction themed after the film Wreck-It Ralph have been floated around, however, as of right now, there has been no concrete information regarding Stitch’s Great Escape’s official closure, nor about any potential replacement for the attraction.

So, for those of you who like the smell of chili dog, make sure you get yourself over to Stitch’s Great Escape!

Rivers of Light Now Being Shown Nightly

by on April 9, 2017

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As a reminder, beginning tonight and throughout the spring and summer seasons, the new nighttime spectacular for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Rivers of Light, will now be shown on a nightly basis.

The show, which takes place on the Discovery River, will be performed twice nightly during this busy spring break/Easter season, from April 9 until April 22. Then, beginning April 23 and running through September 4, the show is currently scheduled to be performed once each evening.

The show begins with an awakening of fireflies that lead to a procession across the water. From there, clusters of lanterns appear as one of four beautiful animal spirit forms—the Tiger, Turtle, Elephant and Owl. Rivers of Light features song, light, color water, shaman storytellers, and more. I found the show to be beautiful. Rivers of Light lasts approximately 15 minutes.

For those looking to guarantee that they get to see the show, FastPass+ reservations are available to be made. In addition, Rivers of Light dining packages are also available at either Tiffins or at Tusker House.

For more helpful information, make sure to read up on our tips.

Dates Announced for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on April 6, 2017

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

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Are you ready for Christmas trees, hot cocoa, and Mickey Mouse? Well, if you are, you’re ready to celebrate the holidays in style with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The dates for this year’s parties have been announced. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a very popular hard-ticketed holiday event and a fan favorite experience.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights in November and December (21 nights in all) and for 2017, is currently scheduled to take place on the following dates:

 

  • November 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28
  • December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22

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.

Do keep in mind that separate admission to attend this event is required. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale in early May. We do not know what this year’s ticket pricing will look like. Stay posted to the blog, as I’ll make sure to post these details as soon as I have them!

Dates Announced for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

by on April 6, 2017

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We know you’ve been clamoring for them and now we are able to share them with you! The dates are now out for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

This popular Magic Kingdom hard-ticket event is not to be missed by many. This year there will be more nights than ever to experience the spooktacular event; 32 in all. And they start incredibly early too….August 25 is the first party date.

Tickets will be available for purchase later this spring for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on the following dates:

  • August 25 and 29
  • September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29
  • October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31
  • November 1

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

Do keep in mind that separate admission is required. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale in early May. No word on the pricing, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

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STK Orlando Debuts New Brunch Option

by on April 5, 2017

STK Orlando

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If you’re a fan of brunch, you very may well want to try the brand new brunch offering at STK Orlando located in The Landing in Disney Springs.

Menu offerings include starters like Cinnamon Monkey Bread or a Bag of Stuffed Donuts. Appetizers include seafood dishes like a half dozen or dozen oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, tuna tartare, and the house specialty of Lil’ BRGs.  Entrees include Beef Short Rib & Egg Sandwich, 6 oz Filet Medallion, 16 oz Sirloin, Shrimp & Grits,  Crab Cakes Benedict, Fried Chicken & Funnel Cake, and Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes.

There is also a brunch for two option which includes Dry Aged Tomahawk Steak, Butter-poached 2 lb. Lobster, King Crab Scrambled Eggs, and a Bottle of Veuve Clicquot for the price of $275.00.

As far as beverages are concerned, STK will offer mimosas, frose (raspberry sorbet in rose), martinis and more for brunch.

Brunch at STK Orlando is only available on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Polite Pig to Open at Disney Springs This Month

by on April 5, 2017

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The Polite Pig (which is the sister restaurant to the Orlando restaurant The Ravenous Pig) will officially open on April 10 in the Town Center section of Disney Springs! Award-winning Orlando Chefs, husband and wife team, James and Julie Petrakis are opening this newest concept with James Petrakis’ brother Brian.

The Polite Pig will be a fast causal dining experience that will feature an open kitchen and is going to be a southern delight!  The 5,000-square-foot eatery will be open daily, and will offer seating for 190 guests. In addition to indoor seating, The Polite Pig will have a great outdoor patio for Guests to enjoy.

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Disney Changing Magic Kingdom Security Procedures

by on March 29, 2017

Security Procedures Update

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Big changes are coming soon for Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom, as far as bag check and security procedures go.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, beginning on April 3, Magic Kingdom visitors who drive to the theme park and park at the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) will go through metal detection and have their bags screen at the TTC. Once Guests are scanned at the Transportation and Ticket Center, they will then be able to board the ferry or monorail to head to the Magic Kingdom; Guests will not need to go through security measures once they get to the theme park itself.

In addition, Guests who are staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will go through security at the resorts’ monorail stations prior to heading to the Magic Kingdom.

Currently, all Guests have to have their bags checked and go through metal detection directly in front of the Magic Kingdom’s gates.

This change is being done in an effort to make the security procedures go more efficiently for both Disney, as well as park Guests. If you have been to the Magic Kingdom on an exceptionally busy day, you will understand how crazy crowded and backed up that area right in front of the park can get, so it seems like this new process will be exceptionally helpful.

For even more explanation, here’s a video where Brian goes through the entire process:

Disney’s Water Parks Testing Virtual Lines

by on March 29, 2017

Water Parks

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Universal Orlando Resort is going to be doing it with Volcano Bay, so it was only a matter of time before Disney tried their hand at virtual lines. The Walt Disney World water parks, both Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon are currently testing a virtual line queuing system until April 7.

Guests who visit the water parks will be able to reserve a place in line for specific attractions and will not have to physically wait in said line. Instead, they can go ahead and do something else. When their time to ride the attraction is ready, they will then be able to do so with a minimal wait.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Guests are given a printed card with a rubber band, making the whole thing wearable. Guests are given a 15 minute time window with which to return to ride the attraction.

This test is currently taking place at Blizzard Beach on Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher, and Downhill Double Dipper and at the all-new Miss Adventure Falls attraction at Typhoon Lagoon.

This current test is not connected to FastPass+, therefore, you cannot book reserved times ahead of your vacation via the My Disney Experience app.

 

 

 

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