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Sci-Fi Dine-In to Offer Breakfast

by on September 1, 2015

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Are you looking for breakfast reservations for your upcoming Disney’s Hollywood Studios visit? Well, For a limited time, Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be offering a great new breakfast option.

Beginning on November 1 and lasting until January 23, 2016, Guests will be able to enjoy an all-inclusive array of breakfast pastries, and a choice of an appetizer, entrée, and non-alcoholic beverage. Appetizer choices will include either a yogurt parfait or fresh fruit. Entrees will include a choice of one of the following:

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Walt Disney World Off-site Accommodations: Things to Consider

by on September 1, 2015

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While much of the focus of lodging when talking about Disney is upon the experience staying at Walt Disney World hotels, there are still throngs of people every year that for one reason or another choose to stay in off-site accommodations. There are several considerations in play with off-site lodging, both in terms of whether it is a good fit for you, and then what you should look for in selecting off-site accommodations. Let’s jump right in!

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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – August 23 to 29, 2015

by on September 1, 2015

How Did the Disney World Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

How Did the Disney World Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

Last week the Disney World Crowd Calendar missed by more than one index point only once, on Monday when crowds at Epcot were lower than expected. Other days hit the predicted crowd levels within one. See how wait times have begun a decline as we approach the September lull.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the Disney World Crowd Calendar Report:

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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! August 2015 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on August 31, 2015

MMM positiveWelcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. As you can see, thanks to a landslide vote, the Outlet Report is continuing despite it’s negative impact on my mental health (more on that later). However, no matter how crazy the Vineland Ave outlets make me, nothing can take away from the incredible month we had in the theme park world. The D23 Expo came with the announcements of Star Wars land, Toy Story Land, and more details on the incredible World of Avatar coming to Animal Kingdom. You can read both of my articles about the D23 news including one written BEFORE the convention and one written AFTER. Not to be outdone, Universal announced that it would be building a Fast & Furious attraction while getting rid of Disaster and Beetlejuice. Fast & Furious has actually quietly become one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood history. Furious 7 has made over $1.5Billion dollars this year and to put that in perspective Frozen made “just” $1.27Billion. What a great time to be a theme park fan.

Enough jibber jabber! Who is ready to hit the Outlets? Remember that clicking on any picture will open a full size version of it (don’t say we didn’t warn you).

Our first item is actually one of my favorite things that I have ever bought inside a Disney park and it was at Star Wars Weekends two years ago. This Star Wars Bowling Set was originally $21.95, marked down to $12.99. The bowling balls are the Death Star and a thermal detonator, how great is that?

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Luke Skywalker could bullseye womp rats in his T-16 but can he hit a 7-10 split?!

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If we have to get a thousand bad Star Wars items just to get one great one, I guess I can live with it.

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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever August 27, 2015: Sunday Stroll at Port Orleans

by on August 27, 2015

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Join the Best Week Ever parade and stroll through WDW’s Port Orleans resort (photos by Seth Kubersky).

Hold on to your beads, Best Week Ever readers, because we’re heading to the Big Easy! Long before the Art of Animation resort brought California Adventure’s Cars Land to Orlando in motel form, Walt Disney World’s Port Orleans hotels have stood as the East Coast analogue to Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, minus the animatronic pirates and ghosts.

 

It had been so long since I’d stayed at Port Orleans, that the last time I visited the section now known as Riverside was still named Dixie Landings. The resort has had quite a colorful history, including being partially shuttered for a time during the post-9/11 recession; check out this page at PortOrleans.org for a bit of background.

 

Since Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside are our top picks among moderate resorts at Walt Disney World, I figured I was way past due for a return visit to WDW’s NOLA. And what better time to let the good times roll than bright and early on a Sunday morning?

 

Ok, 9 a.m. isn’t exactly “bright and early” for many people, but as a congenital night owl it’s the best I could do.

 

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FastPass+ Reservations Available for Eat To The Beat Concerts

by on August 26, 2015

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One of the popular aspects of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival is the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. These concerts take place in the America Gardens Theatre at the America Adventure Pavilion nightly during the festival and feature beloved artists such as Boyz II Men, Sugar Ray, Air Supply, Wilson Phillips, and more.

Well, for the first time ever, if there is an artist that you absolutely cannot miss, you potentially won’t have to. You see, now you can make FastPass+ reservations to ensure they will definitely see their favorites.

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Force Friday Merchandise Event to Take Place on September 4

by on August 26, 2015

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Do you feel that? It must be the Force awakening.

With the upcoming latest Star Wars release coming out in December, there is, of course, going to be a large merchandise push. So for those who must have the newest or any collectible merchandise, you’ll want to take part in the Force Friday Merchandise Event. This ticketed event will take place on both coasts at Disneyland at the World of Disney Store and at Walt Disney World at Once Upon a Toy on September 4, at 12:01 a.m.

Tickets to this special event will cost $50 per person and will include the opportunity to be the first to buy new Star Wars, as well as new Star Wars: The Force Awakens themed merchandise including Disney theme park exclusives and licensed products. Guests of the event will also receive an amenity gift.

For those who wish to attend the event, they should visit www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

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Disney Introduces New Walt Disney World Tech Fun

by on August 26, 2015

The past couple of weeks, Disney has rolled out with some very interesting tech opportunities that you may want to take advantage of either in the parks, or even at home, but more on that in a second.

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The first update is that the Walt Disney World Resort finally has a Twitter account that is similar to the current @DisneylandToday Twitter account for Disneyland Resort. The new Twitter account will be known as @WDWToday. (Hmmmm…why does that sound familiar? By the way, no relation to a certain beloved podcast.) This official account will offers Guests suggestions, tips, and answers to their questions during their visit to the Walt Disney World Resort.

Moving on to the My Disney Experience app, a new upgrade has made where Guests will be able to take advantage of aspects of Disney PhotoPass including:

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Making Memorable Character Interactions

by on August 26, 2015

Interacting with all of the great Disney characters is one of the most memorable experiences guests can have at a Disney park. On all of the planning DVDs, TV specials, and commercials, kids joyously run into the open arms of Mickey and adults engaged in light-hearted sword-play with pirates. But the reality is often children cowering behind their parents and adults awkwardly posing next characters, treating them more as props or marginally liked relatives, rather than the wickedly cool physical personification of the great icons that they are. So, how do you overcome character fear and lackluster photos? Let’s explore some ways to break the ice.

Spice up your character interactions and get great photos!

Spice up your character interactions and get great photos!

First, there are two types of characters in the Disney parks, face characters and fur characters. Face characters are characters where you can see their face and they speak with you. Most princess (Aurora, Snow White, Cinderella, etc) fall into this category. Fur characters are characters that cannot speak with guests, Chip and Dale, Goofy, and Mr. Incredible are “fur” characters. But don’t be fooled, just because they don’t talk, doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to say!

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May The Course Be With You! Disney Unveils New Star Wars Half Marathon Event for Walt Disney World

by on August 25, 2015

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Do you feel that? The force appears to have awakened at Walt Disney World and fans of both runDisney and Star Wars have something to cheer (or is it chEAR) about.

Disney announced today that a brand new Star Wars Half Marathon Event will be introduced in 2016 to the official runDisney lineup. Unlike the Star Wars half that takes place in Disneyland and focuses on the light, the Walt Disney World version will channel the Dark Side of the Force.

The event weekend will take place April 14-17, 2016 and will include a 5k, 10k, and half marathon. It will also include a special challenge race for those who complete both the 10k and the half called the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge. Little ones will also be able to compete in their very own kids races too!

Among the half’s many features will be a unique 13.1-mile course that takes runners through Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and finishes at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

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