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Rivers of Light and Other Nighttime Experiences Delayed for Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on April 5, 2016

Today, I bring some bad news. Disney announced that the Rivers of Light nighttime show, as well as the other nighttime experiences for Disney’s Animal Kingdom have been delayed and will now NOT be debuting on April 22, as it was previously announced that they would.

Details about the nighttime event are expected to be released in mid-late May, with no exact date listed any longer.

For those who are unaware, Rivers of Light is the upcoming nighttime experience that is set on the Discovery River in the Asia section of the park and will feature two storytellers who guide you through an ancient lantern festival. There will be large floats of animals, water, fire, and more.

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Rumors have persisted that Rivers of Light was seeing technical difficulties and would potentially cause delays.

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Sense of Africa – A New Behind The Scenes Tour For Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

by on April 5, 2016

Sense of Africa

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One of the neat things to do at Walt Disney World is to take the different backstage tours that are offered. This week, Disney is debuting a brand new tour that sounds like it will be a very unique experience.

Sense of Africa will take place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and it will give Guests a behind-the-scenes look at the people art, animals, and food of Africa. The tour is a three and a half hour experience that begins with Guests enjoying breakfast at Boma, where Guests will be able to enjoy the buffet, as well as delight in a few exclusive African dishes, while learning from Cast Members stories of Africa.

Once Guests finish their meal, they will be able to board a special safari truck that will then take them backstage for some unique up close encounters with some of the animals of the lodge. Animals that Guests may get to see include okapi, ostrich, red river hogs, and giraffes. This will be an unpredictable experience, for sure!

The tour costs $249 per person and Guests must be at least 10 years old. 15% discounts are available for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. The tour will begin on April 9 and will occur on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Reservations can be made by calling reservations will be available by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.

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Major Change for Disney Vacation Club Resales

by on April 5, 2016

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If you’re looking to purchase into Disney Vacation Club, you need to be aware of a major change that could make a difference in how you decide to purchase your points in the future.

Going forward, new Disney Vacation Club members who do not purchase their ownership interest directly from Disney will no longer have access to exclusive Membership extras. Membership extras include things like discounts on annual passes, restaurants, and merchandise. Other Membership extras that resale owners will not be able to take advantage of include exclusive movie screenings, membership cruises, the upcoming DVC lounge that will be found in Epcot’s Imagination Pavilion, and Member exclusive events. (Plus, any additional perks that come down the pipeline going forward.)

This is the second removal of perks for those who purchase their Disney Vacation Club points on the resale market. Back in 2011, DVC stopped allowing those buying resale points to use them for Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, and outside hotel chains.

One thing is for certain with these announced changes – it will certainly be interesting to see how this change impacts the Disney Vacation Club secondary market going forward.

 

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Writer’s Stop To Remain Open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on April 1, 2016

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This weekend marks the closure of may Disney’s Hollywood Studios attractions. They include Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure, the Monster’s Inc. meet and greet, and Studio Catering Co. One of the places that was also slated to close was the Writer’s Stop. Now it appears as though that will be changing, at least temporarily.

Guests will be able to still continue to visit the Writer’s Stop, which will nowserve as a lounge/waiting area for Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. Guests will be able to enjoy refreshments and small plates beginning at 11:30 a.m. and lasting until one hour prior to Sci-Fi’s closure.

Guests will be able to purchase and enjoy appetizers, a selection of wine and beer, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Do keep in mind that this is only slated to be open on a limited time basis, so stay tuned to the blog for its official closure.

 

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Get Ready to Rock Out With the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series

by on April 1, 2016

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Each year, during the summer, Epcot holds the ridiculously fun Sounds Like Summer Concert Series. The concerts feature tribute bands that perform your favorite artists hits and let me tell you, watching these concerts is almost like experiencing the real thing.

The concerts take place nightly from June 5 through July 23 and feature tributes to bands like the Eagles, the Bee Gees and Journey.

The full lineup includes:

June 5-11: Don’t Look Back – A Tribute to Boston

June 12-18: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles

June 19-24: Rumours – A Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band

June 25-July 1: Simply Tina – A Tribute to Tina Turner

July 2-9: Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees

July 10-16: Bruce in the USA – A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen

July 17-23: DSB – A Tribute to Journey

Do keep in mind that entertainment is subject to change.

These fun concerts take place at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre, which is found at the American Adventure Pavilion. Show times are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily and shows are included with your Epcot admission.

So get be prepared to shake your booty and make sure you stop to enjoy the Sounds Like Summer concert series during your summer vacations this year!

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Joy and Sadness from Inside Out to Begin Meeting Guests This Weekend

by on April 1, 2016

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If you’re excited about being able to meet Joy and Sadness from the hit Pixar film, Inside Out, you’ll be able to beginning this weekend! Joy and Sadness will be found at the Epcot Character Spot beginning Sunday, April 3.

The duo will be found in the same Epcot Character Spot space at Baymax from Big Hero 6. (As a reminder, Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy will continue to meet in the original Epcot Character Spot across the Innoventions breezeway.) Joy and Sadness will be found at the end of their own separate queue. Keep in mind that FastPass will not be available for this meet and greet option.

The meet and greet will take Guests into Headquarters. On the way to Headquarters, you’ll journey through Riley’s long-term memory, catching a glimpse of her Islands of Personality before joining Joy and Sadness at the console.

Who else is excited to meet these two?

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New Details About Tiffins Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on March 31, 2016

Can I just tell you how excited I am about the upcoming restaurant, Tiffins, that is slated to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the Discovery Island section of the park? (For those who are unaware, the restaurant is named after a lunch tin used by travelers.) The signature restaurant will feature dishes inspired by African, Asian, European, and American cuisines.

The newest Walt Disney World table-service restaurant is part of the biggest expansion in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and will offer dishes inspired by the world travels of the park’s creators.

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Tiffins specializes in the theme of travel which can be seen and felt everywhere you look. When you enter the rustic front doors, you’ll come upon an enormous map of the globe.  There restaurant will seat 252 people and will be separated into three different sections – The Trek Gallery will focus on Asia, the Safari Gallery will focus on Africa, and the Grand Gallery will focus on the animals that Disney protects through the Disney Conservation Fund.

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 3/25/16

by on March 25, 2016

Spring is here and the busy Spring Break season is upon us! That means we have a few news notes that I need to share with you all to make your upcoming trips better. Here are the details you should be aware of, especially if you’re traveling to Walt Disney World this weekend:

 

  • Looking for an Easter-inspired cupcake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? You’re in luck! Guests can pick up a white chocolate raspberry Thumper specialty cupcake at the following locations through April 14:
    • ABC Commissary
    • Backlot Express
    • Catalina Eddie’s
    • Fairfax Fare
    • Rosie’s All-American CafĂ©
    • Starring Rolls CafĂ©
    • Trolley Car CafĂ©
  • Guests who would like to play Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at Epcot will now have the option to use their own smartphone. Guests may still opt to receive a F.O.N.E. or Field Operative Notification Equipment to help maneuver through their mission as well, if they choose, but for the first time, Guests will have the option.

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What to Expect With New Live Entertainment Offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on March 25, 2016

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Details are slowly trickling out about the new nighttime experiences that will be a part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom beginning on April 22. Last week, we learned about what Guests can expect with Kilimanjaro Safaris. We now know some more information about what Guests will be able to experience during the nighttime entertainment offerings.

Each night, there will be two evening parties. The Discovery Island Carnivale invites Guests into a dance party experience that features Latin drumming and worldly rhythms. The Discovery Island Carnivale will occur on Discovery Island. The Carnivale will celebrate the magic of nature and will include Spirited Islanders, who are dancers and stilt walkers; The Viva Gaia band; and Danza del Arpa, a Paraguayan harpist.

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Dates Released for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for 2016

by on March 23, 2016

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Earlier today, we got information about the dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and now, we know the dates for this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! 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 and for 2016, is currently scheduled to take place on the following dates:

  • November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29
  • December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22

This year’s event will include Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, Holiday Wishes fireworks spectacular, cookies and hot cocoa, the Castle Dream Lights, and the Celebrate the Season castle stage show.

We do not yet know when tickets will go on sale, nor do we 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!

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