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SATURDAY SIX: Six Reasons We LOVE Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

by on April 23, 2016 11 Comments

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Reasons We LOVE Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Throughout the years Walt Disney World has created many incredible resorts including Art of Animation, Port Orleans French Quarter and the Animal Kingdom Lodge, but back when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971 it had a grand total of two: The Contemporary, and the Polynesian Village. Talk about about two hotels that have stood the test of time! In fact they may be even more popular today than they have ever been.

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While there have been many refurbishments and updates over the years, The Poly still retains the charm it has had for over 40 years. Combining the the lushness of the South Tropics with the mystery of Adventureland, this is one resort that is going make an impact with just about every Disney fan. So sit back, relax on a beachside hammock, and let’s begin counting down our top six reasons we love The Poly starting with…

# 6 – The Bungalows

One of the newest additions to The Poly is also one of the most spectacular (if not pricey). 20 two-bedroom bungalows now sit on Seven Seas Lagoon looking directly at the Magic Kingdom. With a private back deck providing an astonishing view of nighttime spectaculars such as Wishes, the bungalows are filled with subtle Disney touches along with all of today’s modern conveniences that the Disney Vacation Club provides. With prices starting around $2000 a night, you’ll probably want to spend a lot of time inside the actual bungalow to get the most bang for your buck. While relaxing, be sure to check out the Mary Blair artwork along with tributes to Tropical Serenade and the Electrical Water Pageant.

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Bora Bora Bungalows at The Poly. (photo by Laurel Stewart)

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A tribute to the Electrical Water Pageant in the pull down bed. How great is that?! (photo by Tom Bricker)

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A TV in the bathroom mirror? The Bungalows join the elusive list of E-Ticket Bathrooms which include Tangled Toilets in the Magic Kingdom, Moaning Myrtle in the Hogsmeade loo, and the Grand Flo DVC restrooms.

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Wishes explodes over Cinderella Castle as seen from the deck of a bungalow. To the right is Space Mountain. (photo by Laurel Stewart)

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of April 22, 2016

by on April 22, 2016 3 Comments

ICYMIMan…I couldn’t keep up with all the Disney Parks news this week! It sure was one heck of a ride, that’s for sure.

In addition, there may have been a lot you missed that you’ll find here in In Case You Missed It, including a Disney Channel movie marathon, a possible name for Star Wars Land, and more. Read on for all the details.

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

 

This is an interesting look at what may be going on behind the departure of Tom Staggs. Also, it clearly points to the direction the company will likely be taking going forward. I found it quite illuminating.

Disney was ranked as the World’s Most Authentic Brand.

Tom Wolber is expected to head back to manning Disney Cruise Line after a stint at Disneyland Paris.

Hong Kong Disneyland is seeing a slump and because of that, jobs have been cut at the resort.

According to SlashFilm, who heard to according to Jim Hill (am I back in high school) we may know the name of the upcoming Star Wars Land.

Former Imagineer Rolly Crump is being showcased in a documentary that will be debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival called “The Whimsical Imagineer.”

More interactive elements have been testing lately at Walt Disney World, including the Haunted Mansion and Rock n’ Roller Coaster. What do you think of these – really cool or really creepy?

Dapper Day occurred this past weekend at the Magic Kingdom. Have you ever participated in Dapper Day?

Thinking of taking a cruise? Here are some things you should consider.

Oh my god. All 100 of the Disney Channel movies are going to air Memorial Day weekend! Which movie was your all time favorite?

Captain America: Civil War is tracking for a huge opening weekend at the box office already.

The Jungle Book had a smashing opening weekend, raking in 103.6 million in box office earnings last weekend. What did you think of the film?

Pete’s Dragon opens in August, but take a look at the dragon Elliot.

Universal Orlando raised the prices of its annual passes this week. What do you think of this increase?

In Case We Missed It

 

What did we miss? Attach your ideas to Mickey Mouse Icon Silhouette Necklace and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.

Disney Haiku — Follow-Up

by on April 22, 2016 1 Comment

"Disney Haiku"

“Disney Haiku”

Hi everyone!  You may recall that a few weeks ago, we invited you to come up with Disney haiku.  A few of you posted some great little poems in the comments (thank you!), but there were many, many more posted to Twitter that you might have missed.  With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few of the better ones that I saw that day.  Read on after the jump!

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Three New Kiosks to Open at Disney Springs

by on April 21, 2016 1 Comment

Three new kiosks will be opening up at Disney Springs that are all unique and wonderful options for Guests to be able to enjoy beginning in May.

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The first is called B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. B.B. Wolf’s will feature different artisan sausage options. Choices will include:

  • The Three Little Pigs – a trio of sausages each with different toppings
  • Reuben, bacon-wrapped with black bean salsa and chili cheese
  • Portuguese sausage with pickled vegetable slaw and chili mustard
  • Sweet hot sausage with peppers, onions and marinara
  • Bavarian sausage sandwich with a mini-meterwurst, braised red cabbage and spicy brown mustard on a pretzel roll
  • Italian veggie sausage with peppers, onions and marinara.

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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – April 10 to 16, 2016

by on April 21, 2016 7 Comments

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

The majority of the crowd level figures we measured at Disney World last week were at or below what the Crowd Calendar predicted representing a good bounceback from the week before. Weekend days were somewhat busier than expected but guests who visited the parks midweek experienced some of the lowest crowd numbers we have seen in months. On Tuesday alone, three of the four parks saw crowd levels at a ‘3’ or less. Still, wait times in 2016 continue to be longer than what we have seen in years past.

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

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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – April 10 to 16, 2016

by on April 21, 2016

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

Other than slightly longer wait times than expected on Sunday, last week’s crowds at Universal Orlando were consistent with what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted. One prediction missed by three levels while most other predictions were within one. Last week was a good sign for guests of Universal parks in April since crowds stayed at or below the middle point of our scale most days, making for easily manageable parks.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Universal Crowd Calendar Report:

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 10 to 16, 2016

by on April 21, 2016 3 Comments

Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week was two weeks after Easter and the first week back to school for most of the major school districts in the Western U.S. Despite it being one of the least crowded weeks historically, Disneyland Park was shockingly packed with every day reaching a crowd level ‘8’ or higher. This continues a string of surprising crowds at Disneyland Resort in 2016. What is most interesting is that the crowds were focussed almost exclusively at Disneyland Park while Disney California Adventure stayed within a point or two of what the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report:

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Julia’s Best Week Ever, April 21, 2016: The Dark Side

by on April 21, 2016 2 Comments

Weeks with runDisney events always seem to get away from my family. Between the Expo, three different events, and recovery from those early morning days, runDisney events take a huge chunk out of our life. Truth told, I don’t really like running that much, but Disney races make it more bearable–for various degrees of bearable. I’ve done a race when it is cold enough that I’ve had to carry a supply of hand warmers. I’ve done a race when it is warm enough that we’ve been handed cooling towels at the finish line. I’ve done a race when it’s been so windy that I wasn’t sure if I’d end up at the finish line or at Oz. I’ve even had the “fun” of “running” in the rain. (It was more like ice skating on the slippery Boardwalk.) With the ever-increasing cost of a runDisney weekend of races, and my general apathy about the running experience at this point, I had decided going into this weekend that this would be my last runDisney event for the foreseeable future. (Unless they bring back the Everest Challenge–I’m totally down for doing that again.)

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This weekend was the Star Wars Dark Side set of races. For this weekend, I had cut back from my 10K usual to a 5K so that my husband could experience an inaugural 10K. For the kiddo, it was the ever-exciting 200-meter dash.

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Elena of Avalor To Meet Guests This Summer

by on April 20, 2016 1 Comment

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Guests will soon have a new Disney Princess to meet. Princess Elena from the upcoming Disney Channel show “Elena of Avalor” will begin meeting Guests this August at the Magic Kingdom.

While we don’t necessarily know a lot about Elena yet, we do know that she is a bold princess who’s love for her family and kingdom takes her on magical adventures. She is a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore and therefore, she is the first Disney Princess inspired by Latin diversities.

She will debut in a special episode of “Sofia the First” on Disney Junior next year, which will then translate into her own spin-off series. Elena is voiced by Aimee Carrero, of Freeform’s “Young & Hungry.”

“Elena of Avalor” is scheduled to debut on the Disney Channel on August 1.

Stay tuned to the blog for more details on when you and your little one can meet Princess Elena.

New Details About Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on April 20, 2016 11 Comments

This past summer, Disney announced that a brand new land was slated for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The land, called Toy Story Land would have Guests finding themselves shrunk down to the size of the toy as they enter the world of Buzz, Woody, Bo Peep, Jessie, Potato Head, Rex, and the rest of your Toy Story favorites.

Today, we have more details on the two new attractions that will be opening in this newly-built, immersive land.

On Slinky Dog Dash, a family roller coaster, Guests will find themselves on a coaster track Andy has built in his backyard using his Mega Coaster Play Kit. Toy Story characters will, of course, find their way into the attraction in fun and unique ways as Guests zip, dodge and dash around many turns and drops that Andy has created to really make Slinky and his coils stretch to his limits.

Here is a short video rendition of what Guests can expect to experience on Slinky Dog Dash:

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