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The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Dates for 2015

by on July 24, 2015

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Let the rejoicing begin! The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights dates have officially been announced for this year’s holiday season. The unique light show which takes place on the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will occur from November 6, 2015 through January 3, 2016.

Each year, guests marvel as they walk along the street, gazing up at the beautiful lights, made even more spectacular when they start to blink and dance to the musical tracks. It’s great to grab a beverage (my choice is a cup of hot chocolate or coffee…no matter what the temps are…it is Christmas after all) and walk along marveling at the gorgeousness.

In addition,  continuing for 2015, guests who purchase Made with Magic items will see them interact with the lights as these items have been programmed to light up, both matching the colors of your surroundings and flashing to the beat of the holiday music.

For those who are unaware, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights started modestly in Arkansas as each year, Jennings Osborne and his family set up an elaborate collection of holiday lights. Over time, the collection of lights grew until 1995, when the lights were brought to Walt Disney World Resort and have remained ever since.

Oh and the best thing about this spectacular is that it is included in your park admission!

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More Details about the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on July 22, 2015

The Hawai'i kiosk at Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

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Are you ready for fall? Well, if you are, details are abounding now about this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival! If this is your favorite time of year to visit the parks, like it is mine, you count down the days until you can start making your plans! (I’m drinking pumpkin spice tea to get me in the mood as we speak!)

Well, now, we are only just a little over two months away from opening date, which starts on September 25 and will last a total of 53 days through November 16. What makes this year even more special is it is the 20th anniversary of the event! We’ve already heard some initial details, but we now know things like Marketplace Kiosk menus, special event details, and more.

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GLIDDEN’S Colortopia Coming to Epcot’s Innoventions

by on July 21, 2015

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Have you been curious about what’s been going on with Epcot’s Innoventions lately? Well, wonder no more! The paint brand, Glidden has been collaborating with Walt Disney Imagineering to create a brand new interactive exhibit called Colortopia.

Guests of all ages who experience the Colortopia exhibit will encounter unique and surprising hands-on activities. In addition, park visitors will be able to extend the Colortopia exhibit experience with a mobile app and website which are set to to launch later this year.

“Pairing the magic of the park experience with the magical role color plays in our lives is an exciting opportunity for the Glidden brand,” said Mark Lancia, Senior Brand Manager at Glidden. “We’re excited to share the Colortopia experience with the park’s visitors from around the world.”

There is no official opening date for this new experience, but it is expected to open sometime later this fall.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Gets Ice Palace Boutique for Frozen Summer Fun Event

by on July 16, 2015

Have a little Frozen fan who wants to prepare for Coronation Day? Well, soon, they will be able to at the Ice Palace Boutique at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the Frozen Summer Fun event! Here, guests will be able to to undergo a transformation at the wintry-themed salon which will be located on Commissary Lane across the way from ABC Commissary.

So how does this differ from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique? Well here, the whole family can get in on the fun, because there are select packages that will be available where families can enjoy the excitement too! Members of the party will be able to enjoy the exclusive Ice Palace Cafe, where there will be Frozen-inspired snacks. Also, Guests will get a reserved seating for one showing of “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at Hyperion Theater.

There will be three different packages that Guests can select from. They are:

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Candlelight Processional Dining Packages Now on Sale

by on July 7, 2015

Candlelight Processional

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If you are a fan of Candlelight Processional, that incredibly moving show that happens each year around the holiday season at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot, then you are in luck! Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are now available to book!

The show is honestly one of the best parts of the holiday season at Walt Disney World. What is better than a celebrity narrator, a mass choir, and an orchestra performing a re-telling of the Christmas Story? To ensure that you get to see this fantastic show, which is extremely popular, booking the dining package is really the way to go.

This year’s Candlelight Processional takes place from November 27 through December 30. Showtimes are at 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. nightly. (With the exception of December 6, which will only have showtimes at 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.) While most of the celebrity narrators haven’t yet been announced, we do know a few of them. The list currently includes:

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 7/7/15

by on July 7, 2015

Happy Tuesday! I’m here with some more little nuggets that will help make your next Walt Disney World vacation that much better. (Well, hopefully.) Who’s ready to jump right in to the fun?

  • The Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party at the Magic Kingdom has officially been replaced by the Wishes Dessert Party. The new version is relatively similar to the previous version, with a few additional desserts, and a higher cost–$49.00 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $29.00 per child (ages 3-9).
  • Also at the Magic Kingdom, as a reminder, Liberty Tree Tavern is now closed for refurbishment as they work on the kitchen area.
  • There has also been a character meet and greet location change. Now guests can meet some of your favorite characters from The Princess and the Frog at Heritage House in Liberty Square. The location was previously a FastPass+ Kiosk Station and prior to that, the location sold merchandise.
  • The Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party will be presented at only 12:30 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. on the following dates:  July 10, July 14, July 15, July 21, and July 22.

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More Details About Two New Downtown Disney Dining Establishments for Walt Disney World

by on July 6, 2015

Today, I am here to share some updated information about two of the new Downtown Disney/Disney Springs dining establishments; one of which has opened already and one which is to come in the future.

Let’s start with the one that recently opened. Tea Trader’s Cafe by Joffrey’s has officially opened its location this week in The Landing and can be found near The BOATHOUSE.

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New Backstage Experience at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

by on July 2, 2015

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Are you a foodie family? Then you should consider taking part in the brand new Disney Family Culinary Adventure experience at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. During this interactive evening that lasts approximately four hours, guests will be able to prepare and cook a five-course dinner to be served in the kitchen. The Disney Family Culinary Adventure is aimed for the whole family, beginning with guests age 9 or older and the tour can accommodate up to 30 guests.

Experiences can include learning how to make pasta from scratch, roll sushi, or make farmer cheese.

Upon arrival in the kitchen, guests will be broken into groups and assigned a portion of the meal, which they’ll prepare with the aid of a Chef.  Teams will regroup to introduce their menu item before sitting down to a wonderful group dinner. At the conclusion of the adventure, guests will be presented with a cookbook signed by the Chefs and a white Chef’s hat. In addition, beer and wine are included for Guests 21 years and over.

Also on hand will be a Disney PhotoPass photographer who will capture photos of the group during the experience.

This will be taking place at the Convention Center at the resort, and guests should check in for the event on the second floor of the Convention Center, near Atlantic Room B. The program is planned two evenings a week (days vary), starting at 5:00 p.m.

This experience costs $175 per adults and $125 for those ages 9-12.

 

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DisneyQuest Will Close at Downtown Disney

by on June 30, 2015

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Bye bye Cyber Space Mountain. See you later Buzz Lightyear’s AstroBlasters. Sayonara Virtual Jungle Cruise. DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park will be officially closing its doors sometime in 2016. The extremely dated video and virtual game center which featured 5 floors of virtual worlds, 3D encounters, and classic video games will be making way for the recently announced NBA Experience.

NBA Experience will feature hands-on activities that put guests right in the middle of the NBA action, creating an immersive experience of both the game and its players. Guests will enjoy unique NBA video productions, a restaurant, and a store.

DisneyQuest opened in 1998 in Downtown Disney’s West Side and was originally supposed to become a chain, however, the idea didn’t take off like Disney had hoped.

There has been no official closing date announced, so I’ll make sure to keep you posted in the future.

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The Magic of Disney Animation to Close at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on June 29, 2015

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One more attraction will close its doors at Disney’s Hollywood Studios later this July. The Magic of Disney Animation will be closing on July 12. This impacts not only the meet and greet opportunities with Mickey, Minnie, Baymax and Hiro, but also means that guests may no longer view the video featuring Mushu from Mulan teaching guests about the animation process or access the Animation Academy.

Guests will still have the opportunity to meet Mickey and Minnie at the park in yet-to-be-disclosed locations; however, Hiro and Baymax are unlikely to make the move to another location. (The Incredibles meet and greet quietly left the area earlier this month.)

The Animation Gallery will remain open until late August.

This is just another closure in a long line at this park lately, starting with The American Idol Experience, the Studio Backlot Tour, The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow, and more. Of course all of this appears to be ahead of the impending Star Wars announcement (and one would assume additional changes); however, I think many are getting exceptionally frustrated (I can’t be the only one) with the number closed attractions combined with no knowledge of what is actually coming to this theme park.

I am anxiously waiting for an announcement of whatever is in store for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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