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Disney Vacation Club Members Can Celebrate 25 Years of DVC With 25 and Beyond Bash

by on January 14, 2016

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Disney Vacation Club is celebrating 25 years and DVC members will get to enjoy quite a few exciting events to commemorate the occasion. The fun will kick off with the Disney Vacation Club 25 and Beyond Bash at the Magic Kingdom on two nights – February 25 and March 3. The party will kick off at 9:30 p.m. and last until midnight.

Event highlights will include access to select attractions in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, as well as The Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square. There will also be a DJ dance party for Guests to groove to in Tomorrowland and complimentary refreshments available. Other items will be available for purchase.

Members and their Guests will be able to enter the park as early as 7:00 p.m., however to enter the park at 7:00 p.m., Guests must have valid theme park admission. Guests will be able to check in for the event at either the Magic Kingdom or at the lobbies of the Disney Vacation Club Resorts. Membership Card and a photo ID will be required at check-in. Attendees will be given a wristband to wear during the event.

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Goodbye Goats: Video of Big Thunder Ranch’s Closing Day at Disneyland

by on January 14, 2016

In my professional opinion, one of Disneyland’s greatest assets is its deep bench of minor attractions that can be enjoyed by all ages, to balance out the heavy-hitting E-Ticket rides. Accordingly, ever since I began working on the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, I’ve been advocating for Big Thunder Ranch‘s goats as the park’s greatest under-the-radar treasure. This year, I’ll have the sad duty of deleting all references to the Ranch from the next edition of the Unofficial Guide, as the petting zoo (along with the adjacent barbecue restaurant) ended operations for good at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2016. Of course, I had to be there for Big Thunder Ranch’s closing day — along with every annual passholder in California, apparently — to witness the end of an era.

I was wise enough to get my final scritchings in with Big Thunder Ranch’s whiskered stars on Saturday, since I knew the competition to get “last petting” bragging rights would be intense among goat groupies. Even on Saturday, the Ranch was busier than I’d ever seen before that weekend.

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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever January 14, 2016: 48 Hours at Disneyland Resort

by on January 14, 2016

I’ve just had a bittersweet Best Week Ever, because I took a weekend away from my usual Orlando assignments to say adieu to some old friends in Anaheim. January 10th marked the last day for a number of Disneyland attractions before Star Wars Land construction commences. Some, like the Railroad and Rivers of America will return next year in an altered form; others, like the Big Thunder Ranch petting zoo, are gone for good. I’ll be covering the closing of these attraction in detail over the coming days, but for this Best Week Ever I want to stash the sayonaras; instead, lets focus on some other experiences I was able to enjoy around the rest of the resort during my 24 hours in Disneyland.

My trip was largely made possible by a ludicrously low airfare ($159 round trip!) I found on Frontier. While I was delighted to get such a cheap seat between MCO and LAX, the airline makes their money back through sky-high baggage fees and some of the least comfortable seating in the sky.


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Video: Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue Closing Day

by on January 8, 2016

Beetlejuice graveyard revue closing day

Say bye bye to BJ with our Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue closing day video. (Photos/video by Seth Kubersky)

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights may have been the most beloved attraction to close so far in 2016, but it wan’t the only Orlando fan favorite to fold this week. Over at Universal Studios Florida, audiences applauded the Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue closing day cast as the boorish bio-exorcist and his monstrous bandmates went back into their tombs for the last time.

 

The closing day for Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue — also known in its latest incarnation as Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Mash-Up — came on January 5, 2016, which was extended several weeks from the orginally announced ending date by “popular demand.”

 

For the final day, a special evening performance was added exclusively for annual passholders. Some super-fans lined up before dawn to secure wristbands for the final show, but there were still hundreds available from USF’s Studio Audience Center in mid-afternoon.

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RunDisney Makes Changes to Costume Rules

by on January 6, 2016

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In a move that will surely leave a quite a few people scrambling, runDisney has announced their updated rules for costumes that participants can wear on the course. These changes come on the heels of the recent security changes that recently were announced for the parks.

Guests who participate in the race weekends can still dress in costumes as their favorite characters, however, there are a few modifications that you should know. Here is a look at the enhanced guidelines:

  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Guests who dress like characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.

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Celebrate 25 Years of DVC with a New Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge and More

by on January 4, 2016

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This year is the 25th anniversary of Disney Vacation Club and to celebrate Disney is introducing many new perks for its members.

First, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, Disney Vacation Club is creating a brand new, exclusive Member Lounge at Epcot, which is slated to open on the second floor of the Imagination Pavilion in late spring of 2016. This new lounge will be included with admission to Epcot and will give members and their guests a place to relax, access device charging stations, enjoy complimentary refreshments and other offerings, WiFi, Member Service Advisors, and mingle with other members.

Other anniversary perks will allow members to be offered additional complimentary theme park and water park events throughout the year such as the 25 and Beyond Bash and the Disney Vacation Club Safari Spectacular; discounts on multi-day theme park tickets at Walt Disney World Resort; a silver anniversary sweepstakes; fun surprises throughout the year and new memorable experiences at not only Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, but also at Aulani and onboard Disney Cruise Line.

DVC members will also receive a new personalized Disney Vacation Club Membership Card that will make it possible for members to enjoy all these new benefits, and other recognition programs, such as special anniversary buttons, photos opportunities, unique merchandise and more.

For more information about the 25th‘s festivities, check out the DVC website.

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The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Extended

by on January 3, 2016

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It’s well known that The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will be ending this year, but if you’ll be down there early this week, I bring you good news! Guests will have an additional opportunity to see the lights, as they have been extended through Wednesday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

In addition, the park will remain open until 10:00 p.m. Monday, January 4 through Wednesday, January 6. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will be available from dusk until 9:00 p.m. on the Streets of America.

So if you’ll be in town and the lights are a favorite of yours, make sure you catch them before the glow away forever on Wednesday, January 6.

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Zootopia Sneak Peek to Take Place Beginning in January

by on December 31, 2015

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Are you excited to see the latest release from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Zootopia? I have good news! You’ll soon be able to catch a sneak peek at both Disney California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Guests will be able to catch the preview beginning on January 21 at the Bug’s Life Theater with in theater effects at DCA and at in the theater at the end of One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Zootopia takes us into a world that is populated by animals, living together in habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown.

Zootopia is opening in theaters on March 4.

 

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Changes for Disney’s Hollywood Studios Begin in January

by on December 31, 2015

We all knew that changes would start at the beginning of the year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and it appears that Disney isn’t going to be resting on their laurels. In order to prepare for the expansion, two character meet and greets will be ending in the park, plus a restaurant will see a lengthy refurbishment too.

First, beginning January 4, Guests will no longer be able to meet with Phineas and Ferb or Lightning McQueen and Mater. These two meet and greets were found in the backlot area.

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Additional Details About New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World

by on December 30, 2015

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New Year’s Eve is rapidly approaching and as we say goodbye to 2015, there are a few things you should know about celebrating at the theme parks of Walt Disney World. Disney is the ultimate party atmosphere on New Year’s Eve, so you want to make sure to get the most out of your experience. Here’s what you should know, both in general and park by park:

General Tips:

  • If possible, eat at off-peak times. Avoid dining from noon-2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Stay in the parks after midnight to avoid the rush to the parking lot.

Magic Kingdom:

  • There will be two fireworks show on December 30 and 31: Holiday Wishes New Year Celebration – 6:30 p.m. and Fantasy in the Sky – 11:50 p.m.
  • Guests will be able to experience special dance parties on both December 30 and 31. One in Frontierland from 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. and one at the Castle Stage from 9:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
  • Complimentary cookies and cocoa will be available for Guests on December 31 from midnight until 1:00 a.m. at Columbia Harbour House and at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.
  • Hats and Horns will be distributed on December 31 beginning at 4 p.m. in the following locations, while supplies last:
    • Near Splash Mountain
    • Near Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
    • Tomorrowland Speedway
    • East FastPass+ viewing lawn

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