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Walt Disney World Resorts Newsworthy Notes – 3/27/14

by on March 27, 2014

There are a few small newsworthy items occurring at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels that I thought you should know:

  • A brand new experience will be testing at the Atlantic Dance Hall found on the boardwalk area at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. Guests are invited to rock out at the “Tom Casey’s Let’s Get Rockin’” interactive band experience. The party gets started every Thursday night, starting at 9:00 p.m. Here, guests will have the opportunity to get up on stage and sing karaoke style or play an instrument, both with a live band. It’s like The American Idol Experience on steroids! Guests can choose from over 400 songs to play or sing, from all genres. There is a $5 cover charge per person. For more information, visit their website.
  • Over at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, guests are invited to enjoy the 3rd annual Easter egg display in the lobby of the hotel. These eggs are gorgeous works of art. Best of all, they are all edible. These enormous eggs are all created with modeling chocolate, fondant, sculpted sugar and royal icing. Each egg will depict a different Disney story, like Tangled or The Little Mermaid. Guests will be able to view all 18 eggs from April 4-22.

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Star Wars Character Meals to Take Place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios During Star Wars Weekends

by on March 26, 2014

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Are you a fan of Star Wars and character meals? Well, if you are, for the first time ever, select Star Wars characters will take part in not one, but two, different character meal opportunities at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from May 4 to June 15.

Guests will be able to partake in either a breakfast option that will be available at Sci-Fi Dine In Theater or a dinner option that will be available at Hollywood & Vine.

The best news is that these character meals won’t just take place during Star Wars Weekends. Instead, they are scheduled to occur throughout the whole week!

Here’s a look at your options:

The Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine

Takes place at Hollywood and Vine for dinner. This meal will have guests meeting Disney characters dressed as their favorite Star Wars character. Guests will get to meet Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, Stormtrooper Donald, and Ewoks Chip & Dale. Dinner starts at 4:15pm and lasts until park close. The prices are $55.99 for adults ages 10 and up (or $59.99 with Fantasmic! Dinner Package), and $33.99 for children ages 3-9 (or $36.99 with Fantasmic! Dinner Package). Guests will receive a digital download copy of their photograph with Chip and Dale.

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Kouzzina at Disney’s BoardWalk to Close in September

by on March 24, 2014

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Kouzzina by Cat Cora will be closing its doors at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort permanently in September. Its last day of operation is September 30.

This celebrity chef-run, Greek-inspired restaurant serves delicious and unique items including Spanakopita (spinach pie), cinnamon-stewed chicken, fisherman’s stew, and traditional whole fish. There is also a great breakfast menu, featuring turkey/sweet potato hash, Greek yogurt with fresh berries, and spinach, tomato, and feta scrambled eggs.

A new restaurant will open in its place sometime in late 2014.

If you would like to make a reservation before it officially closes, you may do so by visiting the Disney dining website or calling (407) WDW-DINE.

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Join The Egg-Stravaganza Egg Hunt at Epcot from April 10-20

by on March 22, 2014

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Last year during Limited Time Magic, Disney introduced the Egg-stravganza Egg Hunt. As Guy has already mentioned, it will be returning to Disneyland, but what we didn’t know was that is was also coming back to Epcot.

From April 10-20, guests will be able to search for hidden eggs that are themed after Disney characters all around the park in World Showcase.

Here’s how it works. Guests can purchase a map for $4.95, plus tax, then take to the park to search for hidden eggs. You’ll then be able to record the finds by placing the right character sticker in the matching location on the map. Once you do that, you’ll be able to return the map at the redemption spot, Disney Traders, and will be able to pick up a special surprise.

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A Few Walt Disney World Downtown Disney News Notes

by on March 21, 2014

If you’ve visited Downtown Disney lately, you know it’s a sea of construction. You’ve got it in the parking lots, you’ve got it taking place throughout the shopping district: it’s just everywhere. Granted, it’s all to make for a better experience when Disney Springs officially unveils. And I have to admit that it’s still a fun atmosphere to visit, shop, and dine in even while everything is taking place!

Today, I thought I’d bring you a couple of news notes about things that are taking place at Downtown Disney:

  • For those who may have missed my earlier announcement, the mega dining complex that was Pollo Campero, Bodie’s All-American, and BabyCakes NYC has now closed to guests. Guests looking for BabyCakes treats can still get them in many resort food courts and at the Gardens Kiosk at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • The parking lot is still quite a mess at Downtown Disney. If you are staying on property, try taking the bus. It may be the easiest way to get around. However, if you are driving, be aware that certain lots are closed. Those include parking lots E, F, G, H, I, J, and K. Your best bet is to park over by Cirque du Soleil.
  • A brand new shop/outdoor kiosk has opened up on the Marketplace side! Called Happy Hound, this kiosk sells accessories for your pets, including leashes, glamour collars, food bowls, outfits, jackets, and squeaky toys!
  • It appears that a brand new Food Truck Park is being built at Downtown Disney. This new permanent home for the four food trucks introduced last year s being built on the West Side near Bongos Cuban Cafe. It is expected to be unveiled sometime in the summer. Currently, the Food Trucks can be found Wednesday through Sunday near Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues.

That’s gonna do it for this edition of News Notes! Thoughts?

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Disney Parks To Hold Global Celebration Honoring the 50th Anniversary of “it’s a small world”

by on March 21, 2014

IT'S A SMALL WORLD AT THE 1964 WORLD'S FAIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY

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This year marks a momentous occasion. We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the happiest cruise that ever sailed – “it’s a small world.” The attraction originally opened in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair and was a tribute to peace.

To celebrate the attraction’s debut all those years ago, a global event will see guests and Cast Members at Disney Parks around the world unite and sing the famous song.

On Thursday, April 10, hundreds of voices from Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will sing the unforgettable theme song. Throughout the day, Disney Parks also will sponsor Google Hangouts that invite people from around the world to participate in the anniversary events.

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Mark Hamill Will Appear At Star Wars Weekends for the First Time

by on March 20, 2014

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Did you all just hear that collective gasp? No…it wasn’t because of a busted March Madness bracket…it’s because for the first time ever, Mark Hamill (otherwise known in the Star Wars saga as Luke Skywalker) will appear during Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The actor will make his debut during the fourth weekend of Star Wars Weekends, June 6-8.

Fans will have the opportunity to see him in the daily “Legends of the Force” Star Wars-themed motorcade and in a featured talk show, which will likely be held at the Premiere Theater. (The location isn’t official, as of yet. Just speculation on my part.). Hamill will not participate in any autograph signings.

Could this be a great indicator of how amazing Star Wars Weekends will be this year? We’ve already learned that there will be a new fireworks show this year. Only time will tell as to how Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm will further enhance these fantastic fun-filled weekends.

This year, Star Wars Weekends will take place during five consecutive weekends (Friday-Sunday), from May 16 to June 15.

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2014 Disney Dining Plans Increase In Price

by on March 19, 2014

Disney Dining PlanDisney has been pretty good lately at quietly increasing prices. First Walt Disney World park admission prices increased with little warning last month, and it appears Disney is at it again. Though, this time instead of raising ticket prices, it has seemingly increased the price of the Dining Plan, as all three Disney Dining Plan prices appear to have seen a small uptick.

Here is a look at what you can expect now when purchasing the Disney Dining Plans:

Quick-Service Plan
Adult 10+: $41.99
Child 3-9: $16.03

(Increased from $39.64 for Adults and $15.75 for Children)

The Quick Service Dining Plan allows each guest to get 2 Quick Service Meals per day. For Breakfast you’ll receive an entrée or combo meal and a non-alcoholic beverage. For Lunch and Dinner you’ll receive an entrée or a complete combo meal, dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage. You’ll also get 1 Snack Option per day, and 1 Refillable Mug per person for the length of your stay.

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Maleficent Sneak Peek Coming To Walt Disney World and Disneyland

by on March 18, 2014

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The upcoming movie Maleficent premieres in movie theaters around the country starting on May 30, but those who are anxious to learn more about this film will soon be able to do so at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

Starting April 18, a special extended sneak peek will take place at Disney California Adventure in the Bug’s Life Theater and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the ABC Sound Studio (the former location of Sounds Dangerous). The preview will be shown daily.

This is similar to what took place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last year, when Disney was promoting The Lone Ranger.

Who’s excited for Maleficent?

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D23 Expo Returns To Anaheim in 2015

by on March 18, 2014

D23expologoToday, Disney held its annual shareholder meeting in Portland, Oregon. During it, they announced quite a few bits of news (like that we should look for a Cars 3 and Incredibles 2 to hit movie theaters in the future), but one of the most interesting aspects was that they officially announced that they will once again be holding the D23 Expo in 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. This will be the fourth ultimate Disney fan event and will take place August 14-16, 2015.

For those who are unaware, the D23 Expo highlights each of Disney’s wonderful worlds. They will all come together to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon for theme parks, television, music, games, and films, including Pixar, the Muppets, Star Wars, and Marvel.

Highlights planned for D23 Expo 2015 include:

  • The 2015 Disney Legends Ceremony-honoring the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy
  • Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives-a collection of one-of-a-kind assets, props and costumes curated by the Walt Disney Archives

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