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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 6/24/14

by on June 24, 2014

It’s been almost a month since we’ve had some Newsworthy Notes, but today, I’ve compiled quite a list that I wanted to share with you all since some of these updates may potentially impact your vacations to Walt Disney World. Let’s dive right in!

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Fourth of July Festivities for Walt Disney World

by on June 23, 2014

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While I will be celebrating this year’s Fourth of July with a box of sparklers in my backyard, Walt Disney World is getting ready to put on a fantastic show for guests who visit during the patriotic holiday.

At the Magic Kingdom, the festivities kick off on July 3, with a two day celebration. Both days, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will run at 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Each night will then culminates in the “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” fireworks extravaganza. The show will take place on both July 3 and July 4 at 9:00 p.m. After the fireworks, there will be two performances of the Main Street Electrical Parade, one at 10:00 p.m. and one at 12:00 a.m. The Magic Kingdom will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. both days.

Epcot will offer tons of fun activities to help celebrate the occasion. First, guests will be able to meet their favorite Disney characters dressed in patriotic attire outside of the American Adventure.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Invites Guests To Rock Your Summer Side

by on June 23, 2014

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While I myself was on summer vacay last week (not to a Disney destination…unfortunately), Disney introduced an all new dance party for you to experience while you are visiting the Walt Disney World Resort on your summer vacation. The party, which takes place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is called “Rock Your Summer Side.”

During this event, guests have the opportunity to dance along to both a DJ spinning hot tunes, as well as to a live band called The Hollywood Rockers (otherwise known as Mulch, Sweat, and Shears). Guests may also meet and dance with their favorite Disney characters, who are dressed for summer fun. Finally, guests can take a photo with a giant postcard backdrop.

The action all takes place at the Sorcerer’s Hat Stage nightly from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Guests will be able to rock their summer side until August 22.

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Two New Animal Encounters Introduced at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on June 19, 2014

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Lately it seems like Disney has been introducing quite a few new offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The park has seen some new food options (like pineapple soft serve), new animals (like the Grevy’s Zebra and Sumatran Tigers), and new experiences.  Today, I’m here to tell you about two new, relatively minor experiences that you should certainly check out on your next visit, especially if you are an animal lover.

The first is one that had been announced about a month ago, “Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight,” which is now being performed daily at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. While there are set showtimes, the show is still technically in testing mode, so times are subject to change.

The show is an animal experience featuring macaws that fly over the park, back and forth between a perch found on Discovery Island and a perch found near the DinoLand U.S.A. bridge. The main component of this new show features an up-close encounter where avian experts share conservation stories and insightful information about the birds. The experience features six different types of macaws: hyacinth, green-winged, blue and gold, scarlet, blue-throated, and military. 

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Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: June 19, 2014

by on June 19, 2014

Hi, everyone! Welcome to the best week ever! This week we’re starting with the 4th annual Car Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney. If you can believe it, I’d never attended this event before last year. Even then, we only caught it by accident during the last few hours. Since then, my hubby hasn’t stopped talking about it. This year we were there bright and early, an hour before the event officially opened. Doing so allowed me to get some photos without tons of people in the frame, but don’t be fooled, it was pretty busy even this early!

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The event featured over 100 cars. My favorite were the classic vehicles, but there were lots of modern muscles cars featured, too. Many had signs declaring they weren’t street legal! That’s a little too fast for me, but it was fun to look. And looking was pretty much all you could do, as many cars had big signs demanding that you not touch the cars. I can understand why, but there were many disappointed kids who wanted to sit in the cars desperately! Just be aware if you’re taking your little one that very few cars are kid friendly. There were a few cars with signs declaring they were kid-friendly, and I think Disney should put them in a section together to make it easier for parents.

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Walt Disney World Resorts Testing New Check-In Process

by on June 18, 2014

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Select Walt Disney World Resort hotels are currently testing a brand new check-in process where guests are able to bypass the check-in desk and head immediately to their hotel room. Hotels participating in this test include Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas.

Guests who are eligible to take part in this test must have already created their My Disney Experience account, making sure their profiles are complete. They also must make sure they have completed the online check-in process, and their balances must be paid in full.

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The American Idol Experience Will Close at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on June 17, 2014

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We talked earlier about how it was a rumor, but it now is official: The American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will close in January 2015.

The attraction, which is based on the experience that performers have in real life on the hit Fox television show, has guests performing in front of a live audience. The audience then, much like on the television show, votes on which performer was the best. The winner of the day receives a Golden Ticket, allowing special front-of-the-line access at any American Idol audition (if their age fell within the television show’s age restriction.)

In a joint statement, Disney and FreemantleMedia said, “After more than five successful years, ‘The American Idol Experience’ will be coming to a close at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in January 2015. Our partnership with FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment has been a great addition to the park, and we are very appreciative of the amazing cast and guests who have devoted their time and talent to make this experience special and memorable.”

Since the attraction’s debut in 2009, many of the performers on the American Idol  TV show auditioned and performed first on The American Idol Experience stage. Last year alone, three of the top 13 contestants were discovered originally in the park.

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Walt Disney World Monorails to See New Summer Operating Schedule

by on June 14, 2014

The Walt Disney World monorail system is currently in the process of being updated with an automated operating system. To accommodate for this work, monorail service will be adjusted for the summer. Both Magic Kingdom loops, as well as the Epcot loop, will see service impacted.

Work will begin on June 22 and the monorail line will see a fixed schedule all summer long. Here is a look at the temporary monorail schedule and when you’ll be able to catch a ride on the monorail.

  • Magic Kingdom Resort Beam: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
  • Magic Kingdom Express Beam: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Epcot Beam: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

During this time, additional watercraft and buses will be available to transport guests.

When completed, the new automated system will allow for faster switching trains on and off the beams, a more frequent dispatch of trains, a more consistent running monorail, and monorail arrival information.

There is currently no time table for when the monorails will return to their normal operation.

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Aurora and Snow White Moving to Town Square at the Magic Kingdom

by on June 14, 2014

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Beginning this Sunday, June 15, two princesses will be moving locations at the Magic Kingdom.

First, we’ll see Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) moving out of Princess Fairytale Hall over to the Town Square Courtyard on Main Street, U.S.A. Aurora will be meeting guests each afternoon, into the early evening. Also, Snow White will be start meeting guests daily at Center Street on Main Street, U.S.A.

Anna and Elsa will continue to meet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland. Their schedule recently changed; they are now available from park open until about a half hour before park closing. With this change, there will be no “visiting princess” greeting along with the sisters.

Cinderella and Rapunzel will continue to meet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall as per usual.

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Food Truck Event at Downtown Disney on June 21

by on June 12, 2014

New Food Trucks Open Nightly at Downtown Disney

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If you’ve been to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World recently, you’ll have noticed that the food truck phenomenon has arrived. Most evenings of the week, Disney has four different food truck options spread throughout the shopping district. They include Namaste Cafe, World Showcase of Flavors,  Fantasy Fare, and Superstar Catering.

However, if you visit Downtown Disney’s West Side on June 21, you’ll have not only get the option to stop and grab a bite from one of the four Disney trucks, but there will also be local trucks on-site. This is part of the first-ever event called “Trucks on the Town at Downtown Disney West Side.”  The event will take place from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in the Cirque du Soleil courtyard. and there will be 14 different options in all for guests to enjoy. Dishes will include empenadas, cupcakes, cheesesteaks, barbecue, seafood, sliders, flatbreads, and more. The trucks that will be featured are:

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