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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Sneak Preview Now Taking Place

by on April 24, 2017

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If you are a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise and you cannot wait to catch the newest upcoming release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, then you need to make sure you head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, or even catch the preview onboard the Disney Cruise Line.

For Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios, stop by One Man’s Dream to catch the sneak peek. The preview is being shown in the theater at the end of the attraction.

Over at Disney California Adventure, the preview is being shown in 3D and will include in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land.

Finally, onboard all four Disney Cruise Line ships, Guests are able to enjoy a sneak peek too!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released in theaters on May 26.

How Time of Year Affects Your Disney World Trip

by on April 24, 2017

Time of year will have a huge impact on your Disney vacation. Here we talk about how to use the calendar to determine your best time to go to Disney World.

Any time someone asks me for trip planning assistance, there are several questions I have before offering any advice to sort of make sure I’m steering them to a trip that they will actually enjoy. One of the first and most important is “do you have any flexibility in when you go?” This is a big one, and travelers — especially inexperienced travelers — often fail to appreciate that there is a best time to go to Disney World or understand the significance that the time that you choose to go can have on your trip.

For a lot of families in particular, the thinking may be, “OK, Spring Break is this week, so we’ll go this week,” and if that’s truly the only time you can go, que sera sera. If you DO have the ability to be more selective about when you go, however, you absolutely weigh the pros and cons of visiting at different times of year. The date you go can have a huge impact upon crowds, what you get to experience, weather, and even price, so it is worth devoting some effort into it. Read on to find out why it’s important, and how you can pick the best time to go to Disney and plan a trip that you’re going to love!

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New Room-Only Dates For Late Summer 2017

by on April 24, 2017

Thanks for Annette Johnson of Mouse Trip Travel for the heads up.

Save 25% off the rack rate of your Disney hotel room (largest discounts for deluxe/villas).

Book: April 24 to August 31

Travel: August 1 to October 7

Exceptions:

  • 3-bedroom villas
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Bungalows
  • Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Book or rebook with your travel agent or via Disney.com with “Enchanted Escape Room Offer.”

Disney World Free Dining For Fall 2017

by on April 24, 2017

Thanks to Sue Pisaturo from Small World Vacations for the heads up. We have dates for the Disney Free Dining 2017.

Book: April 24 to July 7

Travel: August 21 (edit 1:30pm – August 13 for Disney Visa holders) to September 30, November 14 to 20, November 25-27, December 8 to 23

Details: Value and Moderate – Free Quick Service Plan, Deluxe and Villas – Free Dining Plan

Package must include Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus tickets.

Disney says minimum 5 night/6 day stay, but says other discounts may be available for other trip lengths.

Exceptions:

  • Campsites
  • 3-bedroom Villas
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Bungalows
  • Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Exception for November and December dates: Riverside

Book or rebook with your travel agent with the “Free Delicious Offer” or via Disney.com. For more on the dining plans and Free Dining, read our summary.

 

Celebrate Earth Day at Walt Disney World

by on April 19, 2017

Earth Day at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Each Earth Day, Disney’s Animal Kingdom brings out the fun. The annual celebration is presented by Disneynature. The celebrations will take place for three days, April 21-23 and Guests are encouraged to connect with nature by participating in engaging activities found throughout the park.  Those include:

  • A Leopard’s Journey activity at Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • Animals, Science and Environment-created Born in China activity pack distribution at Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • Born in China Disney PhotoPass Magic Shot at select photo locations
  •  In the Oasis, select one of 10 different animal cut-outs to enhance your experience while raising awareness of the animals Disney Conservation Fund is helping protect through the Reverse the Decline, Increase the Time initiative.
  • Shop special vendors in Discovery Island and Africa who are in the park for Earth Day celebrations.
  • Guests can interact with some of the park’s conservation specialists to see how Disney cares for its animals and works to save endangered species.
  • You can’t have an event at Disney without treats and of course, Earth Day is no exceptions. Be on the lookout for some great sweets like the  Party for the Planet chocolate cupcake with chocolate mousse filling and buttercream icing at Creature Comforts and Isle of Java in Discovery Island or the panda-themed cookies and candy apples at Zuri’s Sweets Shop in Africa.

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Ask It: Best Current Use of Star Wars

by on April 19, 2017

 

Even though Star Wars land is still years away from completion, Star Wars still has a strong presence in the parks. Here’s this week’s question:

What is the best use of Star Wars at Walt Disney World?

  • Star Tours (61%, 357 Votes)
  • Galactic Spectacular Fireworks (20%, 118 Votes)
  • Jedi Training (12%, 71 Votes)
  • Launch Bay (7%, 43 Votes)

Total Voters: 589

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You can vote here or on Twitter, and feel free to share your views about why you made the choice you did here in the comments.

 

 

 

Gondola System Officially Announced for Walt Disney World Resort

by on April 18, 2017

This is a version of a gondola system in use in New Mexico. ©Rikki Niblett

According to The Orlando Sentinel, it’s official. The Walt Disney World Resort is getting a gondola transportation system. The gondola idea had been floating around the rumor mill for the past few months, but documents from the Reedy Creek Improvement District confirm that the project is actually going forward.

This gondola system appears to connect both resort hotels and theme parks. According to the article, there will be six stations and three different lines that will link Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. The plans also seem to indicate that each cab would hold 10 Guests. It is also theorized that the gondolas would be enclosed to protect Guests from the elements.

Gondola systems are gaining in popularity around the globe and many mountain resort areas use similar means to transport Guests up their mountains. (For example, when I lived in New Mexico, my husband and I took a gondola system up to the top of the Sandia mountains, known as the Sandia Peak Tramway.)

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Campfires at Walt Disney World Cancelled Due to Dry Weather Conditions

by on April 18, 2017

Walt Disney World Campfires

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It’s been pretty dry in the Orlando area lately. Matter of fact, if you have followed social media or any of the Orlando news sites, you will have noticed that a number of fires have broken out all over town due to the lack of rain. Thanks to these dry weather conditions, there are now fire restrictions that are being enforced throughout Central Florida.

So what does this mean for Walt Disney World? Well, because of this restriction, campfires at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels are currently not taking place as scheduled. Resorts that are impacted include:

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Frozen Summer Games Returning to Blizzard Beach This Summer

by on April 17, 2017

Frozen Summer Games

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Last year, Frozen fans could be found in droves at Disney’s Blizzard Beach taking part in the inaugural Frozen Summer Games. Well, this year, the festivities are once again taking place, meaning even more summer fun for the park, that is once again taking advantage of the freak snowstorm that has happened over Central Florida.

Beginning May 26 at the popular water park, Guests can join Team Olaf or Team Kristoff in a variety of fun activities including a Snowball Toss, Slide Races, Ski Pole Limbo and Ice Pail Relays. There will also be crafts, games, and yes, a DJ on hand throughout the day for Guests to enjoy.

Even better news is that this year, Guests will be able to meet and take photos with both Kristoff and Olaf! (This is the first time Guests will have the opportunity to meet Kristoff at Walt Disney World.)

Don’t delay though! The Frozen Summer Games are a limited time event and will end on August 13!

 

Club 33 Is Coming to Walt Disney World

by on April 13, 2017

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Have you ever wished you could join Club 33, but traveled more frequently to Walt Disney World than Disneyland? Well, it appears that now, not only will you have one, but you’ll soon have four different versions of Club 33 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, versions of Club 33 will be built at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As of right now, details about this project are still very sketchy. We do not know where exactly Club 33 will be built inside the four theme parks, and we have no idea how much it will cost to join the club. (I’m gonna expect it’ll be pricey!) However, one thing is for sure – getting to experience Club 33 is on many Disney fans’ bucket lists, and it looks like Disney is attempting to make it a little bit easier for those of us on the East Coast to mark it off our lists. (Or I should say easier for those who have the cash?)

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