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Hollywood Studios AtMousePhere: The Music of Hollywood Boulevard

by on December 13, 2014 3 Comments

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Welcome to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Greetings, music and theme park enthusiasts! It’s time to switch our musical gears from the whimsical fantasy world of Magic Kingdom park to the music of the silver screen in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

You might think initially that writing about the music of Hollywood Studios would be easy – it’s music from the movies! And in that point you would be correct…but only in certain parts of the park. Areas like Sunset Boulevard consist of music that’s more in tune with the style and architecture of the area, and don’t take soundtrack music based on that style and architecture.

In the area of the park that we’re covering today – namely, the entrance to Hollywood Studios, Hollywood Boulevard, and the area around The Great Movie Ride – we do discover some of the greatest music to come out of the cinema.

Some of the fantastic music that you’ll hear includes:

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SATURDAY SIX: Six MORE Surprises of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

by on December 13, 2014 4 Comments

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This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six MORE Surprises of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. We’re taking a quick break from our end-of-year celebration articles, and returning back to Loews Cabana Bay Beach Resort. You may remember we were at the hotel earlier this year during its grand opening and were blown away as it changed the definition of “value” resort within the theme park universe. Since that time the other half of the resort opened up, including the Americana and Continental wings with a combined 900 standard rooms. So today we are going to revisit Cabana Bay and look at six more surprises the resort offers to guests, starting with…

# 6 -The Fire Pits

There are a total of four fire pits throughout Cabana Bay, all within walking distance of the two pool bars (Atomic Tonic and The Hideaway Bar & Grill.) These pits can make for a great place to relax at night, especially after a late swim. As an added bonus, there are S’mores kits available in the Bayliner Diner (complete with sticks to use for roasting the marshmallows) allowing you to have a very unique experience on property.

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One of the fire pits at Cabana Bay Beach Resort. (photo by Mike Sperduto)

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of December 12, 2014

by on December 12, 2014

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In Case You Missed It!

In Case You Missed It!

Wow! This week I found a TON of great information for you, so without much delay, let’s just dive right in!

Have you heard the latest rumor of what new restaurant could be making it’s way to Disney Springs, seen the new trailer for Inside Out, or heard what latest accolade Disney Cruise Line received? I’ve got all of that and more. Check it all out on this week’s edition of “In Case You Missed It.”

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

 

Bob Iger recently talked with Variety about his experience testing out the upcoming Banshee attraction for Avatarland, as well as information about the upcoming Star Wars expansion. Finally, don’t miss the rest of the overall interview, which can be found here. All three pieces shared lots of great little nuggets. Which was the most interesting to you? (As for me, I’m certainly curious what’s going on with Star Wars…even though I’m not a Star Wars fanatic. Also, I’m wondering if it’s a great idea seemingly hitching the upcoming updates to what appears to be the new trilogy and stand-alone films. Again, we’re playing the wait and see game.)

Will another restaurant in Disney Springs be operated by the same company who operates Raglan Road? It certainly looks like it will be possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Newsworthy Notes – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Edition

by on December 12, 2014

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We all know that there is a massive amount of refurbishment work taking place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, preparing the theme park to become a full day park and to support the upcoming Avatarland, as well as Rivers of Light. A few updates have come to my attention, so I wanted to make sure to share them with you.

The first is that for those who like experiencing character dining at Tusker House, you’ll now have the option to do so at dinner. You see, beginning on March 8, the restaurant located in the Africa section of the park will introduce the Donald’s Safari Dinner. (For those who don’t know, breakfast and lunch were already character meals.) The dinner option will begin at 4:00 p.m. daily.

Tusker House

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25 Drinks of Christmas Countdown – Day 12: Sugar Cane Mojito at Dawa Bar

by on December 12, 2014 2 Comments

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The Christmas season is my absolute favorite time of the year. Growing up, one of the little things I loved most was getting an Advent calendar and counting down the days until Santa would be coming down the chimney. As I grew older, I had to leave Advent calendars in the rear view mirror,* but I still miss that daily countdown building anticipation to the big day. So, we’re going to start a virtual Advent calendar here at TouringPlans. For 2014, we are going to countdown our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort.

Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on property as well as the Disney Cruise Line. Bonus points awarded for atmosphere where drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!

DAY THIRTEEN: Sugar Cane Mojito at Dawa Bar (Animal Kingdom)

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Sugar Cane Mojito at Dawa Bar.

 

We absolutely love Animal Kingdom, and one of our favorite parts of the park is the recently expanded Harambe section. The Dawa Bar is our go-to area in Animal Kingdom for drinks, and is conveniently located near two other things we adore in Harambe, Festival of the Lion King, and the live Burudika band. The best bet at Dawa? An old classic: a Sugar Cane Mojito.

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Disney World Single Location Merchandise

by on December 12, 2014 7 Comments

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When you’re shopping at Walt Disney World, there are many (many, many, many) merchandise items you’ll see repeatedly. Basic Mickey tees and princess dresses are sold in in dozens of locations throughout the theme parks, resort gift shops, at Downtown Disney, and sometimes even on DisneyStore.com. But you should be aware that there is a subset of Disney merchandise that you can only find in a single location. If you want to buy it, there’s only one place in the World to do so.

I’ve heard many tales of guests who saw the perfect souvenir, assumed they’d encounter it again to purchase later, only to find that it slipped through their fingers because they never returned to the one sales location during their visit.

Here’s a guide to the types of merchandise items that are typically found in only one location. If you want it, buy it when you see it, because you may not find it again.

RESORT LOGO MERCHANDISE

Some, but not all, of the Disney resort hotels sell merchandise with a unique resort logo. If you want a Beach Club tee shirt, you will only find this at the Beach Club, not anywhere else on property.

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Updated Details on the Disney Vacation Club Expansion for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

by on December 11, 2014 5 Comments

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Today, Disney released some great new details, as well as renderings, of what both the Disney Vacation Club villas and bungalows will feature at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

First, we’ll take a look at the bungalows. There will be twenty bungalows available to Guests, and they will be able to sleep up to 8. They will feature a plunge pool and will have a spectacular Magic Kingdom view that is perfect for catching the evening fireworks.

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©Disney

 

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25 Drinks of Christmas Countdown – Day 11: Tongue Tying Lemon Squash at the Leaky Cauldron

by on December 11, 2014 1 Comment

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The Christmas season is my absolute favorite time of the year. Growing up, one of the little things I loved most was getting an Advent calendar and counting down the days until Santa would be coming down the chimney. As I grew older, I had to leave Advent calendars in the rear view mirror,* but I still miss that daily countdown building anticipation to the big day. So, we’re going to start a virtual Advent calendar here at TouringPlans. For 2014, we are going to countdown our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort.

Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on property as well as the Disney Cruise Line. Bonus points awarded for atmosphere where drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!

DAY ELEVEN: Tongue Tying Lemon Squash at the Leaky Cauldron (Universal Studios Florida)

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Tongue Tying Lemon Squash in Diagon Alley. (photo by Brandon Glover)

 

When Universal opened Diagon Alley early this summer, we knew there would be a variety of new drinks making their debut, but we didn’t know which ones or how good they would be. One the surprises of the bunch was Tongue Tying Lemon Squash. Filled with fresh lemon pulp along with hints of vanilla, this version of lemonade immediately became the best on property, and let’s face it, nothing beats an ice cold lemonade on a hot day touring the theme parks. Our recommendation is to head into the Leaky Cauldron, grab a Banger Sandwich and a Tongue Tying Lemon Squash, and just soak in the incredible atmosphere.

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The Spirit of Frozen In Every Day Life

by on December 11, 2014 2 Comments

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Left Photo - Disney; Right Photo - Angela Dahlgren

Angela as a Disney Princess…hmm, I like the sound of that!

Frozen is huge. It’s bigger than Elsa’s ice castle. Or her abominable snow-monster body guard. And people won’t be “letting it go” any time soon.

So, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Here are some ways to keep that Frozen spirit alive and with you every day.

Make Up

This post gave me an excuse to play with my make up for the first time in forever, so here is a look inspired by Elsa. All you need is some purple and pink eye shadow. Apply the purple all over the lid. From there, add a darker pink to the crease and blend. If you’re feeling crazy, add some glitter and fake eye lashes like I did. In order to do the side-by-side comparison justice, I had to perform a bit of photoshop magic to make me appear porcelain and blue-eyed. These things don’t come naturally!

Photo - Angela Dahlgren

Top: Snowy Arendelle Bottom: Olaf-Inspired

Nails

I tried at least four times to draw a snow flake on my nails for you all. Unfortunately, my hand is about as steady as a three-legged Sven. Although I didn’t color completely in the lines, here are two nail looks I created. For snowy Arendelle nails, paint your nails a light blue color. After the paint has dried, take a tooth pick and dot polish on the nails, alternating between white and silver. To achieve my Olaf-inspired nails, paint your nails white and use a q-tip to dot them with a black polish. Top with glitter if you like and there you have it! Read the rest of this entry »

Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: December 11, 2014

by on December 11, 2014 20 Comments

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Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World! This week we’re visiting the Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and even checking into a Little Mermaid room. Then we’re stopping by Downtown Disney, Disney’s Hollywood StudiosDisney’s Fort Wilderness Campground, and finishing off at the Magic Kingdom. There is oh so much fun this week – so let’s get going! :)

The decorations at Art of Animation might surprise you! I know I wasn’t expecting a white Christmas tree with every color of the rainbow wrapped around it! But the design couldn’t be more fitting for this bright and happy hotel. Want to see more decorations and a Little Mermaid room? Be sure to click to read more below.

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