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Pete’s Dragon Sneak Peek to Occur at Disney Parks

by on June 24, 2016

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Are you excited about the upcoming re-imagined version of Pete’s Dragon? Well, beginning on July 1, Guests at both Disney California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get the opportunity to catch a sneak peek of this film.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Guests can make a stop at One Man’s Dream’s theater while while Guests at Disney California Adventure will get to see this advance look in 3D with in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater (formerly Crown Jewel Theater) in Hollywood Land. The sneak peek will last about 10 minutes.

Pete’s Dragon is the tale of an orphaned boy, named Pete and his best friend Elliot. Oh and did I mention that Elliot happens to be a dragon?

Pete’s Dragon opens in theaters on August 12.

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Walt Disney World Resort Beaches and Recreation Update

by on June 24, 2016

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Following that terrible alligator attack last week, the beaches and recreation around the Walt Disney World Resort are now available to Guests once again, with some modifications.

First, the resort beaches are not going to be open at night. They are now currently available to Guests one hour after sunrise until one hour prior to sunset. In addition, temporary signage and barriers are now up to keep Guests safe. Cast Members will be on hand to assist Guests’ needs. In addition the “Movies Under the Stars” that had been held on the beaches for years will now take place on the hotel lawns.

Also, the marinas at the hotels are now offering boat rentals for all Guests, including Sammy Duvall’s Watersports, who will be offering activities from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

During the hunt for the alligator who attacked in Bay Lake, six alligators had been trapped from the area.

 

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Refillable Popcorn Bucket to be Offered at Walt Disney World

by on June 24, 2016

PopcornAre you a fan of that delicious, buttery goodness that you can smell from a mile away? That’s right, I’m talking about popcorn found throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

Well, I have good news for those who may be making a trip (or a few trips) to the resort between June 26 and September 1. Disney will be offering a souvenir popcorn bucket that may be refilled. (For a price, of course!) The bucket can be purchased for an initial cost of $10 and refills will cost $1.50 each after.

Guests can purchase the bucket at select cart locations and the refillable popcorn can be purchased at the four theme parks, two water parks, Disney Springs, and ESPN Wide World of Sports wherever you see a popcorn cart.

Honestly, I’m hungry just thinking about it and I plan on eating as much popcorn as possible on my next trip!

 

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A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas Now Offering FastPass+ Bonus

by on June 22, 2016

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Guests who participate in the interactive game, A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas at the Magic Kingdom will have the opportunity to earn a bonus FastPass+ for Pirates of the Caribbean. To earn your extra FastPass, Guests will need to complete at least three of the five different missions of the game to earn this FastPass bonus.

Guests will continue to receive the Collectible Treasurer Finder Cards after completing each mission, as well.

The game, takes Guests on five missions on a quest to find lost treasure with Captain Jack Sparrow around Adventureland. To sign up for the adventure, Guests must visit The Crow’s Nest located in between Pirates of the Caribbean and the Golden Oak Outpost. Each mission takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Keep in mind this is a limited test; no official end date has been announced.

 

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Mexico Pavilion Now Opens Early at Epcot

by on June 21, 2016

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With the opening of Frozen Ever After today, another World Showcase Pavilion will be opening at 9:00 a.m. with the rest of the park. Most of the Mexico Pavilion will be available for Guests to experience. This includes the shops, as well as the Gran Fiesta Tour.

In addition, Guests will now have the option to enjoy a delightful breakfast at La Cantina de San Angel. Menu items at the counter service location will include:

  • Chilquiles con huevos: two fried eggs, layers of fried corn tortilla, with green tomatillo sauce, topped with queso fresco, onions, and sour cream – $8.75
  • Tamal verde con huevos: scrambled eggs, corn dough filled with pork chorizo, covered with green tomatillo sauce – $8.75
  • Pambazo de chorizo con huevo: bread roll filled with scrambled eggs, chorizo, jack cheese, red onion, lettuce, and guacamole – $9.95

For kids, they can enjoy huevos revueltos, which are scrambled eggs topped with cheese, served with potatoes and fruit for $5.99.

One “attraction” not open at 9:00 a.m. at the Mexico Pavilion is La Cava del Tequila, which opens at 11:30 a.m.

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What’s New With Walt Disney World Disney Vacation Packages for 2017

by on June 21, 2016

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Are you ready to book your 2017 Walt Disney World vacation? Today is the day! And with this release, a few changes have occurred, mostly with the 2017 Disney Dining Plans. Let’s take a look at what’s changed.

First, let’s take a look at the 2017 Disney Dining Plans. For those who are looking to enjoy the Quick Service Dining or the Regular Dining Plan, Quick Service meals will no longer include a dessert for both packages. However, Disney has made the change where Guests on both dining packages can now have the ability to enjoy two snacks each day instead of just one. This means that you are no longer forced to enjoy the traditional chocolate cake just because it comes with your Counter Service meal, and now you can grab a Mickey Premium Bar and a popcorn whenever you want to enjoy them! (That is unless you want the cake…which will then be counted as one of your snack credits.)

For those on the Magic Your Way Package Plus Deluxe Dining, Quick Service Meals will also no longer include a dessert with lunch or dinner.

Here’s how the new Dining Plans shake out:

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Get a Glimpse of Shanghai Disneyland at Epcot

by on June 17, 2016

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Guests who would like to see just what Shanghai Disneyland has to offer, but won’t be able to make it to China any time soon will now be able to do so at Epcot. The Hose of the Whispering Willows gallery in the China Pavilion found in World Showcase will be hosting a new exhibit called “Inside Shanghai Disney Resort.”

This new showcase will feature artwork and props that show the attractions and more found in the all new Shanghai Disneyland Park. The exhibit will also show how the Chinese culture is present at the resort, making it authentically Disney, yet distinctly Chinese. Guests will see how the Imagineers took Chinese inspiration to create the park, as well as the two hotels, and the Disneytown shopping district.

So, if you’re curious about this new resort in Shanghai, make sure to head to the China Pavilion at Epcot to learn more.

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Princess Character Changes at the Magic Kingdom

by on June 17, 2016

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A few weeks ago, I let you all know that there would be some changes in regards to which Disney Princesses would be meeting at Princess Fairytale Hall. In that post, I shared that Anna and Elsa would be leaving, since they would be moving over to the new Royal Sommerhaus in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion. Now I can fill you in on the rest of the details.

Because of this change, starting today, Cinderella and Rapunzel are now meeting Guests separately at Princess Fairytale Hall. Guests will be able to now meet Cinderella alongside a visiting princess and Rapunzel alongside a visiting princess. So who are these visiting princesses going to be? One will be Princess Tiana and one will be Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty).

For those looking for Snow White, she will be meeting Guests in the Town Square Courtyard next to City Hall.

This information could always change, so make sure to double check the My Disney Experience app while in the park for official details.

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Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter’s Food Court To See Refurbishment

by on June 15, 2016

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Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort’s food court, known as Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory will be seeing a very lengthy refurbishment. This work will begin on July 11 and will last until sometime this fall. (It appears that it will be November 21, 2016.)

Guests staying at this resort will be able to dine at an alternative location, which will serve dishes such as jambalaya, po-boy sandwiches, gumbo, and more. Don’t worry beignet fans! They will be available at this temporary location too. There will also be a selection of grab n’ go meals available for purchase here too.

In addition, Guests will also be able to head over to Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside and enjoy either the Riverside Mill Food Court or enjoy dinner at Boatwright’s Dining Hall.

Guests can also enjoy in-room pizza delivery, which is available from 4:00 p.m. until midnight.

We’ll make sure to keep you updated on further details about this refurbishment.

 

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The Plaza Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom to Offer More Walk-Up Availability

by on June 10, 2016

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Guests will soon be able to have an easier time getting a walk-up at The Plaza Restaurant located on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom.

Starting on July 17, Advance Dining Reservations will only be offered for one hour, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. For those wishing to dine at any other time throughout the day, they will need to visit the restaurant’s podium to inquire if there is any availability for walk-ups. This will allow for more Guests without reservations to have more opportunities to enjoy dining at a table service location on the fly.

For those who have already pre-booked their reservations, those will continue to be honored, however new reservations not within that one hour window will not be able to be made.

The Plaza Restaurant is a casual table service dining establishment that specializes in sandwiches, soups, salads, and ice cream treats.

This news comes on the heels that Jungle Skipper Canteen, which previously was offering walk-ups and day of reservations only, has now been added to the regular 180- day Advance Dining Reservations system.

 

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