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Walt Disney Presents Debuts on September 8 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 1, 2017

Walt Disney Presents

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I recently told you about the reimagining on Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The walk-through exhibit would be renamed as Walt Disney Presents and will debut on September 8.

The newly updated attraction will also include a preview of both new lands, as well as the attractions, coming to the park soon. There will now be a gallery featuring the model of Toy Story Land which opens in the summer of 2018, a model of the marketplace from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and concept art for the new ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

Walt Disney Presents will still include the opportunity to take the self-guided tour about Walt Disney’s life, meet characters like Star-Lord and baby Groot, and see special sneak previews of upcoming Disney films. (Or if there’s no preview at the time, you’ll be able to catch the wonderful film about Walt Disney.)

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Introduce the Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour

by on September 1, 2017

Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour

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If you’re looking for a great new tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, have I got a suggestion for you! Disney is rolling out the Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour. With this tour, Guests will be able to experience the magic of nature in a unique way throughout the evening.

During the Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour, your tour guides will treat you like a VIP as they impart knowledge of the park and its animals while you explore the different lands. You will also get to enjoy certain attractions with FastPass+ access. During the evening, Guests will be able to experience Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, DINOSAUR, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Rivers of Light. In addition, you’ll be able to dine at Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – The World of Avatar where they will enjoy the sampler option, as well as a beverage. Guests will also receive popcorn.

The tour is only available on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays and lasts for approximately four hours. The cost is $265.19 per person. (Tax is included. Must have valid theme park admission in addition to the tour.) There is a discount available for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa cardholders. Bookings are now available for dates beginning October 1. For more information, call 407-WDW-PLAY.

Get in the Spooky Spirit with the “Return to Sleepy Hollow” at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

by on September 1, 2017

Return to Sleepy Hollow

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The Headless Horseman is one of the most spooky things in Disney lore. He is a fan favorite during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but goes by in a flash. What if you want the ability to have a more personal experience?

Well, at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, you can with the Return to Sleepy Hollow experience.  During this event, Guests will be able to view the 1949 Disney animated classic film The Legend of Sleepy Hollow inside the resort’s Tri-Circle-D Ranch stables, but you should also be ready for an up close encounter with the Headless Horseman.

The Return to Sleepy Hollow opportunity will take place at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on:

  • September 29-October 2
  • October 5-9
  • October 12-16
  • October 19-23
  • October 26-31

The offering costs $22 per person, however there is also a premium seating option for $38 per person, which includes a priority photo opportunity with the Headless Horseman and a Halloween treat bag. Guests age 3 and older, will receive an exclusive limited edition pin. Guests age 2 and younger will receive complimentary admission with their families, but they are asked to sit in a parent’s lap. The Return to Sleepy Hollow experience can be reserved by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.

Halloween Time Expands to Cars Land and Buena Vista Street in Fun Ways

by on August 31, 2017

Disney California Adventure is absolutely getting in on the Halloween fun this year. With the brand new mission on Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT! called Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, as well as fun new decor for both Cars Land and Buena Vista Street, it’s sure to be a spooktacular time! With Halloween Time rapidly approaching (it starts on September 15), we have a brief glimpse at what Guests will be able to expect this year.

First, the main entryway for Disney California Adventure will be seeing some already announced Nightmare Before Christmas themed decor, but that’s not all. There will also be a new 10-foot-tall statue of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow! He will be holding his jack-o’-lantern head and will haunt Carthay Circle. If you’re a character fan, you’ll want to catch Mickey Mouse dressed as a bat, Goofy as a ghost, and Daisy Duck dressed as a witch. There will also be new, themed background music that further creates the appropriately eerie, but still fun, mood.

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New Entertainment for Epcot This Fall

by on August 29, 2017

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For the past few years, the entertainment that can be found around World Showcase has been updated quite frequently. New entertainment acts grace the stages of the different countries of Epcot with unique representations of that country’s culture. One thing is for sure though; these acts, for the most part, are exceptionally entertaining. This fall, there will be some great new acts that join the Epcot entertainment roster, as well as some great fan favorites that will be returning. (Oh and I also bring good news as there are no lumberjacks that are returning!)

 

  • Suroît – This band is new to Epcot. They come from Canada’s Magdalen Islands in eastern Quebec and their sound has embraced influences from Cajun, Celtic, bluegrass and rock music. Suroît will perform on the Mill Stage at the Canada pavilion from August 31 – October 1.
  • Bodh’aktan – Returning once again, Bodh’aktan mixes Quebecois, folk and polka to make fantastic rock and dance music. This popular, kilted band is returning Canada Pavilion’s Mill Stage from October 2 – 22.
  • Raffy – This musical quartet makes their Epcot debut from October 23 – November 26 on the Mill Stage at the Canada Pavilion. Raffy has an infectious energy that they will be bringing to the park.
  • Margret Almer & The Bavarian Band – World-famous yodeler Margret Almer will be returning to the Germany Pavilion this fall. She’ll be performing with The Bavarian Band beginning August 31 and continuing through the holiday season.
  • Musique Aramenco – Returning to the stage at the Morocco Pavilion from September 1 – December 30. Musique Aramenco presents a fusion of traditional and modern Moroccan music.

I know I can’t wait to catch some of these great musical acts when touring around Epcot’s World Showcase this fall. What about you?

Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark to Debut at Disney California Adventure for Halloween

by on August 25, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy - Monsters After Dark

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Things are getting exciting at the Disneyland Resort with all the new fall offerings that are being introduced at Disney California Adventure, including Cars Land’s Haul-O-Ween, Buena Vista Street getting the Oogie Boogie treatment, and more. Well, it was announced that the park’s newest attraction is also going to be getting in on the fun. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! has been a fun addition, but during the fall, when the sun goes down, things are about to get even more interesting.

Mission: BREAKOUT! will be transformed nightly into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. With Mission: BREAKOUT!,  Rocket finds his Guardians of the Galaxy pals trapped in the Fortress of The Collector, Taneleer Tivan, and during the day, Guests assist Rocket with a daring escape plan. During Monsters After Dark,  the action picks up moments after. Rocket has discovered that in the hurry to free his friends, they have accidentally left Groot behind. Now Rocket needs to distract all the monsters he has unleashed inside the Fortress, enlisting you, the Guest, to help while he rescues his friend.

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Force Friday II Is Coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World

by on August 24, 2017

Force Friday

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Do you feel that? It’s the force….Force Friday that is, and it’s coming soon! Force Friday II is going to be a merchandise event that will be held at both Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and at Downtown Disney at Disneyland. During the event, new Star Wars themed merchandise will be released. This will be the very first time you can get your hands on Star Wars: The Last Jedi themed merchandise, including unique products found only at Disney Parks.  Items will include apparel, pins, toys, retail MagicBands, Vinylmation, and more. The event will take place on September 1 beginning at 12:01 a.m.

 

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Force Friday II will take place at the World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District
. This is a free event, however, you must register to get to attend. Registration will be accepted only on DisneyParksMerchandise.com beginning August 24 at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific) / 2:00 p.m. (Eastern). Once registered, guests will receive additional instructions via email. Doors open for the event at 12:01 a.m. on September 1.

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Special Bambi Meet and Greet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom This Weekend

by on August 22, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

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Wow! Can you believe that the animated classic, Bambi is 75 years old?! Crazy! To celebrate this milestone, the Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating with special Bambi themed photographic opportunities this weekend at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

First, Guests can meet both Thumper and Miss Bunny outside of Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch from 10:20 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. from August 25-27.

In addition, the Disney PhotoPass photographers will be on hand with special Magic Shots to commemorate the occasion. They include:

  • Bambi and Friends Magic Shot or Bambi prop sign at Rafiki’s Planet Watch
  • Butterfly Magic Shot at the park’s main entrance, Discovery Island, Asia, Africa and Rafiki’s Planet Watch

If you are looking to have Magic Shots taken during your trip, make sure you ask what Magic Shots the Disney PhotoPass photographer can do for you when you’re getting your photos taken! I’ve noticed in my past dealings with PhotoPass that the photographers don’t always ask you if you want Magic Shots taken.

Walt Disney World and the Solar Eclipse

by on August 20, 2017

Tomorrow is the big day! Do you have your solar eclipse glasses? (Or were you one of those who was scrambling to find a spare pair anywhere this weekend?) I’ve got my glasses and I’m ready to go! (Thank goodness I didn’t buy one of the recalled pairs from Amazon cause I almost did!)

Well, the eclipse will also be impacting those who are visiting Walt Disney World on Monday from around 1:15 p.m. until around 4:30 p.m. So here is what you need to know due to the low visibility that will occur in the parks due to this natural phenomenon.

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Raglan Road’s Great Irish Hooley Returns This Labor Day Weekend

by on August 17, 2017

Great Irish HooleyLooking for something fun to do at Walt Disney World this upcoming Labor Day Weekend? Consider visiting Raglan Road for their Great Irish Hooley! The Hooley is a unique Irish festival that is packed with some of the best Irish music you’ll hear, as well as other entertainment opportunities.

Guests who attend The Great Irish Hooley will be able to also enjoy contemporary Irish cuisine, Irish craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails. The Great Irish Hooley promises a fantastic music festival for all who drop by or reserve a table. This year’s Hooley entertainment include:

  • Elevation: Appearing at Raglan Road for the first time in four years, Elevation is a U2 tribute act who will play two special nighttime shows on September 2 and 3. The band will be paying homage to the U2 world tour celebrating 30 years of the ground-breaking Joshua Tree album.
  • Lisa Canny Band: Combining traditional Irish, R&B and Hip Hop, the Lisa Canney Band will appear at Raglan Road for three weeks beginning August 30 and will perform nightly during the Hooley.
  • Gary O’Meara Band: A traditional Irish banjo player with a prolific career as a solo artist and as a member of multiple legendary Irish music acts.
  • The Raglan Roots Coalition: This authentic Irish house band will be performing Roots style. Think soul-rocking Celtic bluegrass with some funky roots beats.
  • Jake Richardson: A singer-songwriter-musician from Dublin whose passion for music inspires audiences as he entertains with unique vocals and catchy songs.
  • Over the Bar: A vibrant four-piece, predominantly Irish traditional group that includes folk, blues and soul.
  • Rollickin’ Rua: This fresh traditional Irish music ensemble from Ireland and Scotland create a cacophonous crescendo of music and song with their clash of Celtic cultures.
  • Aaron O’Sullivan: A singer-songwriter and guitarist from County Cork who mixes traditional Irish ballads and modern Irish songs.

In addition, The Great Irish Hooley will include The Raglan Road Irish Dancers. And champion Irish dancer Ciaran Keating, Raglan Road’s show choreographer, will host an entertaining event that traces the origins of Irish dance from earliest jigs and reels through contemporary times.

The event will also include Celtic face painting.

The Great Irish Hooley kicks off beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1, and continues each day and night through late Monday evening.

To book a table for the event, click here. Reservations are strongly encouraged.