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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 4/3/15

by on April 3, 2015

It’s the weekend before Easter and one of the busiest times of the year for Walt Disney World, so you knew I would have some little things that would help to make your trip more successful, plus a few other things thrown in to share with you! Are you ready to find out the latest in Newsworthy Notes? Ok!  Let’s go!

  • A couple of special dining options are open in the Magic Kingdom during this extremely busy week.  The first is Aunt Polly’s on Tom Sawyer Island. (Wait…say what?! Aunt Polly’s is offering food again?!) Yep, the snack spot is offering both turkey sandwiches and peanut butter and jelly Uncrustables. In addition, you can pick up a few different kinds of lemonade. While it isn’t much, it is nice to see this kiosk open again.
  • Also open temporarily is The Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square. The restaurant is offering quick service lunch offerings. Items include Barbecued Turkey Sandwich, Hand-carved Pork Brisket Sandwich, Portobello Sandwich, Hand-carved Turkey Sandwich, and Tuna Salad with Croissant. The cost is $9.49 for each meal. Lunch is offered from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Dinner will be a table service meal that’s pretty much identical to what you’d get at Liberty Tree Tavern. Menu items include Roasted Turkey Breast, Carved Beef, and Sliced Pork with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Herb Bread Stuffing, and Macaroni & Cheese. Desert will include White Cake filled with Apples and Craisins Dried Cranberries, topped with Ice Cream. Dinner costs $34.07 for adults (ages 10 and up), and $17.03 (ages 3-9). Both The Diamond Horseshoe and Aunt Polly’s will be open until April 11.
  • Parking is being restricted at select resorts during the busy week. Until April 11, only guests with a dining or recreation reservation or guests staying at the resort may park at these resorts.  The resorts are:

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2015 Star Wars Weekends Celebrity Lineup Announced

by on April 3, 2015

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One of the things people get excited for during Star Wars Weekends, which takes place select weekends in May and June at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is the opportunity to meet some of their favorite Star Wars celebrities. The list of stars is always eclectic and often includes celebrities who were in the first trilogy, the second trilogy, the Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels.

Today the full list of celebrities who are scheduled to appear at this year’s event were announced and it’s a great looking list. Personally, I am surprised that we aren’t seeing anyone yet for Star Wars VII, but I’m sure that will change next year, after the movie comes out and we have a better understanding of who the newer characters are.

This year’s list of celebrities include:

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Olaf’s Frozen Escape! Coming to Magic Kingdom in 2016

by on April 1, 2015

Do you hear that sound? It’s the sound of Disney fanatics screaming in joy! (Or maybe it’s sounds of disgust…) Why? Because Stitch is out and Olaf is in.

According to a leaked press release dated for next week, Olaf’s Frozen Escape! will be joining the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. The updated attraction will find guests in a brand new interstellar attraction featuring the lovable snowman from Frozen, Olaf. This new attraction will see the popular and adorable character mistakenly captured by the galactic authorities who send him to a containment facility, where all kinds of mayhem breaks out.

According to the concept art, the Olaf! pre-show includes other characters from Frozen:

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Once guests are seated in the round theater, they will receive a warm hug helping to encourage them to remain seated. The lights will dim and Olaf will appear right in front of guest’s eyes! Then, because he doesn’t have his personal snow cloud with him, Olaf starts melting, causing him to short-circuit the laser beams, therefore allowing him to be able to interact with guests.

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Easter Egg Excitement Enters Epcot

by on March 30, 2015

Easter has sprung all around the Walt Disney World resort. From the magnificent Easter egg displays at the Grand Floridian to Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny meeting their friends over at the Magic Kingdom, spring is in the air. Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 8.11.12 PM

One special event is the Disney Egg-stravaganza 2015, a Disney Easter egg hunt, held at Epcot from March 27, 2015 through April 5, 2015.

For a $4.95 fee (with no discounts available), guests can purchase a packet containing a map and themed egg-shaped stickers. Then the fun really begins. Every country in World Showcase (plus the Outpost) has a large Disney character egg hidden somewhere in the pavilion. As you find each egg, place the sticker with the correct character on the spot on the map for that location. Once you have found all twelve hidden eggs, return to the Port of Entry and show your completed map for a special reward. The map and the reward are yours to keep as a souvenir.

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D-Tech Me Experience Returns With Two New Figures for Star Wars Weekends

by on March 27, 2015

One of the more popular activities for Disney’s Hollywood StudiosStar Wars Weekends is returning this year–the D-Tech Me experience. This unique opportunity allows guests to have their face cast on a mold of a Star Wars figurine.

This year, Disney is adding two new options into the mix; they are a Jedi Knight and a TIE-Fighter Pilot.

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Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto to Officially Open in April

by on March 27, 2015

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Are you excited about Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort? If you’ve been like me and counting down the days until it opens, I have some news for you that I think you are going to like! Your wait is soon coming to an end!

Trader Sam’s will officially open in late April. (There is no official opening date because Disney is apparently waiting on a shipment of tiki glasses.) However, for those of you visiting in the next month, you could still be able to get in on a sneak preview. You see, beginning tomorrow, March 28, Trader Sam’s will be in soft opening mode.

Do keep in mind that the lounge is actually very intimate with only 50 indoor seats and seating for only 82 on the outdoor patio.  With that knowledge, I cannot stress enough that if you decide to try to experience the bar during this time period that you will need to pack your patience and be prepared to wait for a while before being able to enter. (Who am I kidding…even after it officially opens, the bar will likely have long waits for a while.  This place is going to be PACKED!) 

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Tomorrowland Preview Coming to Disney Parks

by on March 26, 2015

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Are you excited about the upcoming film, Tomorrowland? (How can you not be?! It looks fantastic.) Well, if you are anxious about the movie, which stars George Clooney, then you’ll need to make sure to catch the official sneak preview taking place at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

For those visiting Walt Disney World, you’ll need to head to Epcot and the Imagination Pavilion. I’m sorry to report that at least temporarily, fans of Captain EO, Hooter, Odie, Idie, and Fuzzball will not get to see the rag-tag band attempt to deliver a gift to The Supreme Leader. The preview for Tomorrowland will be taking place in the Imagination Theater, and will include in-theater effects. (Captain EO will see its last day of operation on April 9.)

Over on the west coast, at Disneyland, guests can go to Tomorrowland (good place for a preview about a movie named Tomorrowland) where they can catch the sneak peek replete with in-theater effects in the Tomorrowland Theater. In addition, in the Starcade, there will also be an exhibit available for guests to enjoy production art and props used in the movie.

The official sneak preview will begin in mid-April (no official date has been announced) and the preview will last approximately 15-20 minutes. Tomorrowland heads to theaters on May 22.

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Easter Happenings at Walt Disney World for 2015

by on March 24, 2015

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Updated: 4/3/15

Can you believe it? Easter is just a week and a half away! Wow has time flown.

With Easter upon us, I wanted to share a few things that those of you traveling down during the next couple of weeks may want to take advantage of!

First, for those visiting the Magic Kingdom, you’ll be able to meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny! The duo have hopped over to the Main Street U.S.A.’s Town Square Courtyard at the Bunny Lane Garden, located next to City Hall. They can be found meeting guests from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and guests will receive a pre-autographed card before they exit. Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be at the Magic Kingdom through April 5.

In addition, there will be a special Easter pre-parade that will take place before each showing of the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. (Remember, there are two showings of Festival of Fantasy–one at 12:00 p.m. and one at 3:00 p.m.) The pre-parade will take place at 11:45 a.m. and at 2:45 p.m. and will include special Disney character, Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, and the Azalea Trail Maids. This pre-parade will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday.

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Innoventions West at Epcot to See Massive Changes

by on March 20, 2015

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The rumors had been floating around this week and the Orlando Sentinel has confirmed it — Epcot is making massive changes to Innoventions West beginning this spring.

So what does this all mean? Well it means that we can say goodbye to the THINK exhibit, Where’s the Fire, and The Great Piggy Bank Adventure. (Nooo!!!  Save the piggies!!!) All three are slated to be leaving and will be replaced.

To make way for this massive overhaul of Innoventions West, the area’s last day of operation will be on April 29.

It does appear that the Disney Visa Cardmember character meet and greet will be staying, though no word on if it will be moved to a different location during the closure of the space or if it will also temporarily close while work is being done.

In addition, another attraction is closing in Innoventions East — the Vision House, which will no longer be available starting April 22.

Innoventions has always been a place where Guests could learn and discover amazing technologies and how those technologies are making life better through hands-on, walk-through exhibits that are sponsored by corporations. The various exhibits found inside the pavilion have been known to rotate periodically.

There is no word on what exactly will replace these exhibits. Innoventions East (which houses Sum of All Thrills, StormStruck, and Habit Heroes) will remain open.

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Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party Will Change to Wishes Dessert Party

by on March 19, 2015

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A few years ago, the Magic Kingdom rolled out the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party, which takes place at the Tomorrowland Terrace on select nights. The party offers Guests the opportunity to enjoy delicious treats and beverages in a buffet setting, as well as having a private viewing area to in which to catch Wishes. (Before the dessert party took over, this was always a favorite spot of mine to view Wishes from.)

Guess I’m not getting my favorite spot back any time soon because beginning July 5, Disney is revamping and enhancing this special dessert party, renaming it the Wishes Dessert Party. (Gotta make it simple.) The party will include desserts such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse, seasonal fruits and cheeses, Disney character-themed cupcakes, ice cream and more. Guests can also enjoy hot chocolate, signature lemonades, coffee, and tea.  Then as the fireworks begin, there will be a sparkling cider toast.

Also changing…the cost. The price will double, with it now costing $49.00 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $29.00 per child (ages 3-9) and includes tax. (Previous cost of the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party was $25.99 for adults and $13.99 for kids.)

Reservations for the Wishes Dessert Party can begin to be made tomorrow, March 20 at DisneyWorld.com/Dine.

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