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Taste of Hollywood To Go Packages Returning for Holiday Season at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on December 9, 2014

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The busy holiday season is rapidly approaching, and over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios there is a great option for guests to have the chance to grab a quick meal, as well as a reserved seating for Fantasmic!

The Taste of Hollywood To Go Winter Fantasmic! Package Meals are pre-packaged offerings that are available from December 24 through 31. There will be five different picnic-style choices that guests can choose from. They are:

  • Golden fried chicken with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sweet corn and carrots and warm apple crisp
  • Veggie sandwich made with ginger-marinated tomatoes and cucumbers, with quinoa salad, and chocolate cake
  • California and tuna sushi roll with avocado, orange and tomato salad, ginger-marinated tomatoes and cucumbers and a spicy pecan chocolate cluster
  • shrimp salad with fresh pita, ginger-marinated tomato and cucumbers, and mandarin orange cheesecake
  • cold-cut roast beef with creamy horseradish, potato salad, grilled asparagus and chocolate cake

In addition, there will be two kids options:

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Guests Can Now Purchase Tickets Through My Disney Experience App

by on December 9, 2014

Disney has now made it even easier to purchase tickets. Through an app update, guests can choose to purchase them through the My Disney Experience app.

And trust me when I say it is so easy to do! Simply tap on the giant circle with the + sign. Pictorial options will pop up, allowing you to easily make FastPass+ reservations, make dining reservations or add any extras. Of course, the final option allows guests to purchase tickets.

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Intermission Food Court Has Reopened at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

by on December 5, 2014

Intermission Food CourtFor the past few months, the Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort has been under a large scale refurbishment. The area was originally supposed to open on December 21, but surprise, it reopened a few weeks early!

The resort’s counter service location’s refurbishment is similar to what happened at the End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, with lots of clean lines, wood decor, tons of lighting, and very meticulous theming which can be found hidden throughout the eatery, including murals featuring Mickey, Minnie, and the gang. (Which are based off the new Mickey Mouse shorts currently airing on the Disney Channel. Which also means no more creepy musician murals…so that’s a major win!) Overall, it’s a nice upgrade from what was there before, aesthetically.

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Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: December 4, 2014

by on December 4, 2014

Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World! This week we’re popping into the Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney for quick updates, exploring the Christmas decorations at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort, then wrapping up with some holidays around the world at Epcot. Sounds like fun, right? Well then let’s get started! :)

About five years ago I decided to have Thanksgiving lunch in the Magic Kingdom. After spending almost an hour fighting to park and catch the monorail over, I vowed never to visit on the holiday again. Well, with the park open until 1am that night I broke down and decided to give it a try this weekend. I was pleasantly surprised, it was crowded but not too bad. We were able to hop on a couple rides with FastPass+ and noticed the Totally Tomorrowland Christmas show was already playing during regular park hours! This show is always offered during the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but it was nice to see it without paying for the additional ticket. It’s a cute show that I recommend! Want to see what else is new this week? Be sure to click below the photo to read more.

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 12/3/14

by on December 3, 2014

It’s been a while since I’ve brought you the Newsworthy Notes, but now I have a whole bundle of new small Walt Disney World news pieces to share with you all! So, let’s jump right in and get to it.

  • For those who will be in the Magic Kingdom during the beginning of next week, you’ll be able to catch the taping of the Disney Christmas Day Parade. (I mean the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration.) The parade will be filmed on Monday, December 8 and Tuesday, December 9.
  • Guests can now make Advanced Dining Reservations for the Morocco Pavilion’s Spice Road Table. In addition, the restaurant has seen an updated menu; while most of the tapas options are still offered, now as appetizers, the restaurant is also serving full entrees as well. The new entrees include: Mix Grill Skewers – Beef and Chicken skewers; Coriander-crusted Rack of Lamb; Yellowfin Tuna; All Natural Roasted Chicken; and Mediterranean Vegetable Platter. Hopefully these changes will cause more guests to visit this fledgling Epcot restaurant.

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Star Wars Weekends Dates and More Announced for 2015

by on December 3, 2014

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Star Wars fans – Star Wars Weekends dates have officially been announced. The good news is that once again, for the second year in a row, this fantastic Disney’s Hollywood Studios special event will take place five weekends between the months of May and June. The special event is scheduled to take place on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) from May 15 through June 14. Actual dates are:

  • Weekend I: May 15-17
  • Weekend II: May 22-24
  • Weekend III: May 29-31
  • Weekend IV: June 5-7
  • Weekend V: June 12-14

In addition, also returning this year are the special Star Wars character meals that was introduced last year. The first is the Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine, which is available daily from May 4 through June 14. At this character meal, guests can meet Disney characters dressed as those from the Star Wars universe, such as, Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Vader Goofy, Storm Trooper Donald, and Ewoks Chip ‘n’ Dale. The cost for this meal is $57.99 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $34.99 per child (ages 3 to 9). (Tax is included, but gratuity is not). The Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine is only available for dinner.

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Memory Maker Price to Increase

by on December 2, 2014

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Attention Memory Maker fans! For guests wishing to pre-purchase the photo package, be aware that it will be increasing in price by $20 tomorrow, December 3, 2014.  This will increase the Advance Purchase option from $149 to $169 (plus tax). The non-advanced purchase price will continue to cost $199.

For those who are unaware, Memory Maker is a special photo package, sold by Disney, that allows for everyone to be in the photos. Guests can accomplish this by having their family pictures taken by Disney PhotoPass photographers at various locations throughout the resort that guests can then download when they return home. In addition, as part of the Memory Maker package, guests will be able to download on-ride photos too.

In addition, Memory Maker has seen many changes over the past few months. Recent additions to the package have included on-ride videos of certain attractions (like Tower of Terror and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train) and special enhanced Animated Magic Shots. Both of these options are available for guests who purchased the special package to easily download when they return home. One would suspect that these new additions are part of the reason behind the price increase.

For guests who would like to purchase Memory Maker, but at the cheaper price, you can still purchase the package today for the price of $149, plus tax.

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The New United Kingdom Band Has Officially Debuted at Epcot

by on December 2, 2014

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The fourth and final new World Showcase act quietly debuted this weekend in the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot. The Celtic folk band hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, is called The Paul McKenna Band. Their music is very light and traditional, featuring a guitar, flute, drum, and violin.

The band can be found playing in the United Kingdom courtyard with show times at 11:00 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:40 p.m., 2:35 p.m., 3:35 p.m. and 4:50 p.m.

Fans of The British Revolution need not fret, because that band will continue playing in the United Kingdom pavilion, as well.

The other entertainment acts that have debuted this fall are: the Canadian Lumberjack Show, which debuted in early October; the Italian flag-throwing troupe called Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro, which debuted in the middle of October; and B’net Al Houwariyate, which began performing in the beginning of November.

The Paul McKenna Band seems as though it is a great new addition to the park and fits in with the pavilion quite well.

 

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Disney and Turner Classic Movies to Pair Up

by on November 26, 2014

Adco-superJumboWe all know that there are major changes on the horizon for Disney’s Hollywood Studios and now another interesting development has come to light – cable channel, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be the official sponsor for The Great Movie Ride.

This paring will marry the two in perfect harmony, with TCM receiving credit as the sponsor on all signage and marketing for the attraction. In the queue, guests will enjoy new digital movie posters and will be able to view a new pre-ride video featuring Robert Osborne, the host of many Turner Classic Movies programs, who will provide insights from movies guests will experience in the attraction. In addition, an updated finale will feature a new movie montage of classic movie moments. Finally, when guests exit the attraction, they’ll have the opportunity to take photos with a classic movie theme.

In addition, as part of this deal, Disney will allow TCM to play classic movies and TV programs in special reoccurring programming blocks that will happen approximately four to five times a year. These blocks will be called “Treasures from the Disney Vault.” (And I need to make sure that I have TCM on my satellite now…)  This programming will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST December 21 through 5:15 a.m. EST on December 22.

According to the initial report which was released late last night, TCM executives say the agreement began with an administrative assistant, Amanda Tymeson, who returned from a visit to Disney World and suggested “that TCM and Disney would be great partners” in revamping the Great Movie Ride.

These changes for The Great Movie Ride will take place in Spring 2015. The Great Movie Ride was an initial 1989 opening day attraction for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Officially Open

by on November 24, 2014

This past weekend I was in Walt Disney World, and I just happened to be there on the day that the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort‘s Gingerbread House officially debuted for this season! The house is huge and so gorgeous, and the best part is that you won’t be able to miss the delightful smell of gingerbread that permeates the lobby. Overall, it screams holiday cheer and is legitimately incredible to see in person.

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