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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of June 10, 2016

by on June 10, 2016 4 Comments

ICYMIDid you pick up your copy of Zootopia yet? I can’t wait to see it again from the comfort of my couch!

This week, catch a glimpse of Shanghai Disneyland, learn things you didn’t know about some of your favorite Disney movies, we learn about the #ChanceofReign and the #ReignofChance, and more.

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

 

Is Disneyland looking to build a new luxury resort? Looks like it. What are your thoughts?

Is a new droid being tested for Star Wars land at Disneyland? Seems like it could be!

Typhoon Lagoon appears to be getting a new family attraction. This is exciting, as it’s been a while since either theme park has seen any love. Read the rest of this entry »

New Entertainment Group for Canada Pavilion at Epcot

by on June 10, 2016 3 Comments

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We’ve been seeing a revolving door of new entertainment acts in the Canada Pavilion lately and now we have a brand new one that’s taking the Mill Stage.

Les Parfaits Inconnus will combine music, circus art and comedy to create an unforgettable show. The group who hails from Québec, consist of talented artists and athletes. Les Parfaits Inconnus will demonstrate a mastery of several circus disciplines as well as proficiency with musical instruments. These off-the-wall characters will showcase a stunning performance that will take place multiple times a day.

As part of this entertainment change, the former band Alberta Bound gave their final performance recently.

No word on how long Les Parfaits Inconnus will be performing at Epcot, but one would assume that this group will also be on stage for a limited engagement, as that seems to be customary as of late with World Showcase performers. (Particularly those who perform in the Canada Pavilion.)

Disney Hacks #4: Magic Kingdom Shortcuts

by on June 10, 2016 7 Comments

disney-hacksDid you know that when you first walk into the Magic Kingdom, you’re actually closer to parts of the Jungle Cruise than you are to Casey’s Corner at the end of Main Street U.S.A.? Seems crazy, because from that point in the park, it would take you several minutes to walk to the queue of that attraction. The reality, however, is that if you were to walk through the large doors by the Harmony Barber Shop where the parades enter and exit and walk to the west, you’d find yourself at the backside of the Jungle Cruise (which also houses the backside of water!) within a few steps; as the crow flies, you are very, very close to the Jungle Cruise the moment you walk into the park.  

 

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a shortcut that would zip you backstage and directly where you wanted to go?  Heck yeah, it would!  Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to save the general public the trouble of walking all the way around to the Jungle Cruise, but there ARE several shortcuts or alternative routes within the park that will help those in the know move around much more quickly — sometimes because they are less congested, and sometimes because they are just more direct. Read on to learn more about Magic Kingdom shortcuts! Read the rest of this entry »

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Now Open in New Location at Disney Springs

by on June 9, 2016 1 Comment

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If you have a little one who is looking to have a princess or knight makeover, you’ll be able to do so in a brand new location at Disney Springs.

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has moved to a new location near Once Upon a Toy at the Marketplace section of the Disney Springs shopping and dining district. This new location is themed after a country parlor. It features an expanded salon area, as well as a brand new room for photo sessions. In addition, there will be great new interactive elements found throughout the shop for Guests to experience.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique offers their makeovers for ages 3-12 and packages range from $59.95 to $199.95 for princesses and cost $19.95 for knights.

It is recommended that you make reservations, and they can be made by calling (407)WDW-STYLE. Appointments can be made up to 180 days in advance. What’s great about this location is that because it is located at Disney Springs, you do not need any theme park admission to take part in the makeover sessions.

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has been delighting Guests for 10 years now and is a fun way to have a very special time with the princess or knight in your family!

Dani’s Best Week Ever June 9, 2016: Live Entertainment at Universal Studios Florida

by on June 9, 2016 2 Comments

Many fans of Universal Orlando have been focusing on rides lately, with good reason. Skull Island: Reign of Kong has done Team Member previews and it appears soft openings could happen any day now. The Incredible Hulk roller coaster has been testing for a few weeks and should reopen very soon. And two more rides are under construction: Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon and Fast and Furious Supercharged. However, Universal Orlando has debuted new entertainment at both its parks, especially at Universal Studios, throughout the past year.

These shows take place out along the streets and aren’t meant to be main attractions. However they add atmosphere and entertainment in easily accessible ways. I enjoy these additions because they don’t require much advance planning, you can easily walk up at show time and have a great vantage point.

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I ventured out to Universal Studios Florida to enjoy as many live performances as possible. Turns out you can pack a whole lot of fun into just a few hours when your focus is on live entertainment. For someone like me who is apprehensive toward thrill rides, this is a refreshing reminder that there is still lots to enjoy at Universal Orlando even if you’re not that into rides.

As seems to be typical for my weekend theme park visits, I arrived later than I hoped. I decided to take my doggy (#DodgertheDog) to try out Universal Orlando’s Kennel Services. Getting to the parking for the kennel is very easy. It is in the lower back corner of the parking structure, part of the Jaws section.

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Checking in took about ten minutes, as is standard for any kennel service I needed to provide proof that Dodger’s vaccinations were up to date. The form is themed to Hollywood, the pets are called actors and the pet owners are agents. The cost is $15.00 for the day (no discounts available) and the great thing is the kennel is open two hours after park closing, giving agents plenty of time to enjoy the parks.

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2017 Walt Disney World Vacation Packages Available Soon

by on June 8, 2016 2 Comments

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©Rikki Niblett

We know you all have been anxiously booking your 2017 Walt Disney World vacation and now I am able to bring great news.

The 2017 Walt Disney World Vacation Packages will be available to book beginning on June 21. These vacation packages will be available for Guests who are looking to arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort beginning January 1, 2017 and after. One thing that you do need to keep in mind is that the last date of your vacation cannot be booked more than 499 days into the future.

So contact your favorite travel planner and get ready to officially start the planning process for your 2017 vacations now!

Seven Things to Skip on a Repeat Disney Cruise

by on June 8, 2016 11 Comments

If you are preparing for your first, second, or even third cruise, I highly advise NOT following the suggestions listed here. (Instead, check out my Seven Must-Dos on Your First Disney Cruise here.) Everything that I list in this article is worth doing, especially if you are new to Disney Cruise Line. I recently sailed on my fifth Disney Cruise (three on the Dream, two on the Fantasy), and decided I wanted to mix things up a bit. Although there are several activities, foods, and so on during a Disney Cruise that are “must do” items on my list, I skipped some of those items to change things up a bit. In the end, I found that there are benefits to skipping even very popular activities on board. On upcoming cruises, I won’t likely skip everything that I skipped on this cruise, but there may be some activities that I won’t do every cruise. Here are some suggestions for repeat cruisers on what to skip on a Disney Cruise.

 

1. Skip the Sailaway Party

An air-conditioned window view at Vista Café or a deck chair are far more relaxing (and cooler) than the sailaway party.

A window view at Vista Café or a deck chair are far less crowded than the sailaway party.

I’ve watched many other ships leave port, but the level of excitement on a Disney Cruise is much more tangible than on other cruise lines. I think the reason behind that is the infectious energy of the Sailaway Party. But to mix things up a bit, or if you want to avoid the blistering heat that can happen on some cruise itineraries, grab a drink, and sail away from a more comfortable and quiet location. On our most recent cruise, we sat for a while in the air conditioned comfort of Vista Café on the Dream, and then headed outside to play some shuffleboard so that we could hear the ship horn. On the walking track, there are several places with loungers, if that’s more your speed. And, of course, if you have a verandah room, you can enjoy sailing away from the comfort of your stateroom.

2. Skip Heavy Entrees

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The Ghost Post Box: Part III

by on June 8, 2016 6 Comments

Welcome to part three of the Ghost Post mystery box series, reviewing the contents of Disney Merchandise’s Haunted Mansion puzzle subscription. To catch up with where we are, you’ll want to take a quick peek at Ghost Post Part 1 and Part 2.

The third Ghost Post box retains the now-familiar format. The only differences to the external carton are that this box is labeled for “N.E. Plott,” while the others were addressed to “M.T. Graves” and “I.M. Mortal,” and the back of the box had, as I predicted, a drawing of the roofline of the mansion, thus completing the picture.

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Opening the box, we agin see a few displayed artifacts and an envelope. Read the rest of this entry »

Universal Orlando Photo Update, June 6, 2016

by on June 7, 2016 3 Comments

Welcome back to another Universal Orlando Photo Update! We’re in the middle of a very exciting time here at the resort, with two attractions opening up in the coming weeks and a brand new resort hotel not too far behind. We’ll start this week’s update with a look at Toothsome’s Chocolate Emporium before taking a trip around Universal Studios Florida and a look at some smaller updates, including Fast and Furious: Supercharged and the Hello Kitty Store. Over at Islands of Adventure we’ve got a short look at The Incredible Hulk as well as some new information about Skull Island: Reign of Kong. Then we’ll close our update out with some shots of the nearly completed Sapphire Falls as well as next year’s Volcano Bay. All that and much more, so let’s get started!

Toothsome’s Chocolate Emporium

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Toothsome’s Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen is Universal’s latest restaurant concept, opening this fall. It replaces the former NBA City concept and is currently undergoing a complete makeover to turn the form basketball restaurant into a chocolate factory.

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The giant windows are leftover from NBA City and will again afford guests a great view of the CityWalk lagoon.

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TouringPlansTV: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort + Video

by on June 7, 2016 16 Comments

Photo - TouringPlans.comHowdy TouringPlans friends!

Welcome to another episode of TouringPlansTV. Today, I’m delving into Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort; a moderate resort in Walt Disney World.  Read the rest of this entry »