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Echo Lake Eats Kiosks to Debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on May 20, 2016 1 Comment

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We all know that dining options have been minimized greatly at Disney’s Hollywood Studios over the past few months. With Studio Catering Co. closed for good and Pizza Planet currently closed for refurbishment, choices are extremely slim when it comes to counter service dining in the park.

To help with that, three new quick service options have opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for this summer. Guests can visit Echo Lake Eats where they will have the option to choose from three different tastes that sound delightful.

Hollywood Waffles of Fame will serve sandwiches including:

  • Shaved Turkey and Gouda Waffle Sandwich with mixed greens, bacon, tomato and herb-cheese pesto served with chips
  • Shaved Ham and Cheddar Focaccia with water cress and spicy mustard served with chips
  • Freshly-baked Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Nighttime Activity Dates Officially Announced

by on May 20, 2016 13 Comments

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We’ve all know that the new nighttime events for Disney’s Animal Kingdom were debuting Memorial Day Weekend. That was pretty much the only information that Disney would give us though; no official dates for these events had been released. That is until today. I have a whole host of information for you to prepare your trek into Disney’s Animal Kingdom at night!

First and foremost, beginning in one week, on May 27, Guests will be able to experience Kilimanjaro Safaris at night, with the savanna basked in an eternal sunset. Also debuting on May 27 will the the Tree of Life Awakening, which will include different short projection shows on the Tree of Life that will occur at various times throughout the evening. In addition, Guests will be able to dance the night away with the Discovery Island Carnivale and experience the spectacle that is the Harambe Wildlife Parti.

Also debuting on May 27 will be the signature restaurant Tiffins, as well as the Nomad Lounge. The restaurant is situated near Pizzafari on Discovery Island and will feature African, Asian and South American flavors. Here is a look at the menu offerings that was shared today. I have to say, Tiffins has an intriguing menu, as does the Nomad Lounge. Read the rest of this entry »

In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of May 20 , 2016

by on May 20, 2016 4 Comments

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Wow! We are one week from the unofficial start of summer! Where has the time gone so far? I’ve got my swim suit and my flippy floppies ready to go.

This week catch a glimpse of Rogue One, see which shows will be must sees this fall on ABC, and more.

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

Permits have been filed to remove the Fantasyland Skyway station from Disneyland. It’s officially the end of an era.

Angry Splash Mountain Lady is back and this time she’s singing a different tune.

What would you do if you found an old ticket to Walt Disney World? This woman found an old ticket from when she was four and had an epic day.

This week, we said goodbye to Disney Dollars. See the backstory of how they were originally created. Will you miss them? Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks Celebration Debut Date Announced

by on May 20, 2016 1 Comment

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June 17. That seems like it’s going to be an exceptionally popular day to be at Walt Disney World this year. Not only will the Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire be debuting at the Magic Kingdom, and Soarin’ Around the World be debuting at Epcot, but the Star Wars: A Galactic Fireworks Spectacular will also be debuting on that date.

This all new nighttime show for the park will be the most elaborate fireworks extravaganza in the park’s history. The show will feature fireworks, special effects, fireworks and video projections that will show up on the Chinese Theatre and other surrounding buildings. With these projections Guests will be able to gaze at the twin suns of Tatooine, push through a field of battle droids, navigate through an asteroid field, soar down the trench of the Death Star and deliver the final blow to destroy Starkiller Base. To make the nighttime spectacular all the more better, the classic music from the films will be featured, oh and don’t forget about the spotlight beams which will resemble lightsabers in the sky and a tower of fire. (What?! A tower of fire?! Sweet.)

This is just another piece in the Star Wars puzzle at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Just last month, two new experiences premiered. The first is the Stormtrooper March featuring Captain Phasma, who leads the First Order Stormtroopers from the Center Stage to the Star Wars Launch Bay. Do keep in mind that this is a short show, and only lasts a couple of minutes. The second new Star Wars spectacle to debut was the live stage show that takes place at the Center Stage called Star Wars: A Galaxy, Far, Far Away. This new show celebrates all the iconic moments from the Star Wars stories and features characters from the universe including Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and Chewbacca.

Summer is awakening this year at Walt Disney World and you are going to want to be there to experience it!

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire Debuts at the Magic Kingdom on June 17

by on May 20, 2016 1 Comment

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Recently, Disney announced that the upcoming Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage show would take place in June. Now, we have an exact premiere date for the Magic Kingdom show – June 17.

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire will bring to life classic Disney tales in a spectacular performance featuring memorable music, dancing, incredible costumes, and special effects. There will also be a brand new original song called “On This Day” that was written by songwriters Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda who also wrote songs for Toy Story: The Musical and Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings.

The show features Mickey’s troupe of Merry Makers and beloved characters from Frozen, The Princess and the Frog, and Tangled. It is slated to celebrate the unique stories of the inhabitants of the Magic Kingdom, as well as all the wonderful things that can happen when new things are experienced, such as meeting new friends, trying new things or visiting new places.

Show times are not yet scheduled for Mickeys’ Royal Friendship Faire and they could vary day to day, however the show is expected to be performed several times a day from mid-morning until late afternoon.

Take a Last Flight on Soarin’ Before it Becomes Soarin’ Around the World

by on May 20, 2016 3 Comments

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©Rikki Niblett

On June 17, Soarin will officially see its new film debut with Soarin’ Around the World, but for those who want to take their farewell flights and experience the original film one last time, you will now be able to do so!

The classic Soarin’ film will be available for Guests to experience at The Land Pavilion in Epcot for a limited time starting on May 27 through June 16. Guests may book FastPass+ reservations to experience the classic film one last time beginning May 21.

In addition, at Disney California Adventure, Soarin’ Over California will be showing now through June 15.

For those unaware, when Soarin’ Around the World official debuts will take Guests to unique locations across the globe including the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and more.

Ok, let’s review, that is seat, seatbelt, carry-on items, safety strap, fear of heights, keep your hands and arms inside at all times…anything else? Oh yeah…have a nice flight on classic Soarin’ one last time!

Epcot’s Frozen Ever After and Royal Sommerhaus Debut Date Set

by on May 20, 2016 18 Comments

It is time to get Frozen at Epcot! Both Frozen Ever After and the Royal Sommerhaus are slated to debut on June 21!

These two attractions, both located in the Norway Pavilion will give Guests a chance to experience the Frozen story in a whole new way.

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With the Frozen Ever After attraction, the timeline for the ride, which replaced Maelstrom, will occur after the film takes place. It will take guests on a boat tour through Arendelle during a “Winter in Summer” celebration where Queen Elsa who has embraced will create a winter-in-summer day. During the adventure Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, trolls and Marshmallow join Guests on their boat journey through the frozen willow forest, past Troll Valley and up to the North Mountain to Elsa’s ice palace, returning to the Bay of Arendelle. Read the rest of this entry »

WDW Passholder’s Adventures in Disneyland

by on May 20, 2016 2 Comments

Let me confess. Though I’m a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder, my first love was Disneyland. Like many of us, my first introduction to Disney Parks was at Disneyland as a young child with my family. Through the course of my childhood and teen years, my family visited Disneyland three times (which was a lot on our limited finances!). Disneyland was also the destination of my first adult vacation, visiting there after I graduated college, in fact, that was my last trip to Disneyland, back in 2004. In 2008, I made my first trip to visit Walt Disney World, and have made it priority to go back as often as my pocketbook will allow!

Disneyland, dressed to the nines for the 60th!

Disneyland, dressed to the nines for the 60th!

Like any Disney aficionado, I keep up with blogs, websites, vlogs, and books written about all things Disney. I’ve been keeping abreast of the changes to Disneyland and California Adventure. When the opportunity came up for a work-trip which took me out to California (and only 14 miles from Disneyland!) I had to work in a trip to visit this magical place. Now, I knew my Disney World experience would only have a limited application to visit this west coast sister park. So, I made sure to pick up a copy of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland to help fill in the gaps where my Disney World knowledge feel short. Read the rest of this entry »

DVC Lounge at Epcot to Open in June

by on May 20, 2016

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In order to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Disney Vacation Club, Disney is creating a brand new, exclusive Member Lounge at Epcot, which is slated to open on the second floor of the Imagination Pavilion on June 6. The lounge is slated to welcome DVC Member, as well as their guests daily.

The entrance for the lounge will be located through the pavilion’s merchandise shop and is included with admission to Epcot.  It will give DVC members and their guests a place to relax, access device charging stations, enjoy complimentary refreshments and other offerings, device charging stations, WiFi, computer stations with printers, Member Service Advisors, and mingle with other members. Members will also be able to purchase DVC merchandise. The lounge will be the perfect place for Guests to cool off (or warm up, depending on the season) and relax.

This year, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, DVC is rolling out all the stops. Other anniversary perks will allow members to be offered additional complimentary events throughout the year; discounts on multi-day theme park tickets at Walt Disney World Resort; a silver anniversary sweepstakes; fun surprises; and new memorable experiences at not only Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, but also at Aulani and onboard Disney Cruise Line.

For more information about the anniversary festivities, make sure to check out the DVC website.

Castaway Cay Excursion Review – Abaco Backcountry Fishing Adventure

by on May 20, 2016 3 Comments

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West Side of Castaway Cay

 

I am not much of a fisherman, but for my 13 year old son Alec, it has become his number one obsession. More than girls, gaming, and grilled cheese sandwiches combined. Alec was supposed to join the Hazelton/Brazeau clan for our Touringplans #Everywhere trip in 2014, but a medical issue kept him home. He and I finally completed the #Everywhere adventure this March when we flew to Miami and boarded the Disney Wonder for a 5-night Western Caribbean Itinerary C. Alec’s only request: “Can we go fishing?”

At Castaway Cay there are four fishing excursions to choose from.

  • Abaco Flats Fly Fishing ($215.25 / person)
  • Castaway Cay Bottom Fishing ($139 / person)
  • Castaway Cay Troll Fishing by Troll Boat ($163.75 / person)

and the excursion we chose,

  • Abaco Backcountry Fishing Adventure ($154 / person)

Every fisherman will tell you that when it comes to a day of fishing there are no guarantees. You might catch the fish of your life or come home without so much as a nibble. We met our guides at Marge’s Barges at 1:00pm and learned that the morning group did not have much luck. Our guides were quick to remind us of the “no guarantee rule”. We caught several fish throughout the afternoon but the real adventure was in the hunt for the elusive Bonefish. A hard to land sport fish, the Bonefish is considered by some as the best fighting fish, pound for pound. Plus, it requires a specific set of conditions and equipment to find, hook and get in the boat. “Let’s get dem Bones”, our guides cheered as we left the dock. Read the rest of this entry »