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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of November 25, 2016

by on November 25, 2016 1 Comment

ICYMIDid you go Black Friday shopping? Who’s bought all their Christmas presents? I have a few, but need to get a few more still.

Since it’s been a busy week, we’ll just dive right in! Take a look at the changes coming to Hong Kong Disneyland, see the new teaser trailer for Cars 3, and more!

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

What can you buy for the same $700 you would be able to buy a cabana at the Magic Kingdom for? The Orlando Sentinel takes a look.

Curious about the new drone technology being used in Disney Springs’ new holiday show? Learn how fireworks may soon become passe. What do you think of this new technology and its potential use? Read the rest of this entry »

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Dates Announced

by on November 25, 2016

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This year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival has just ended, but we now know when the 2017 festival will occur. Next year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival is slated to take place for a record number of days – 75 days total; it will now occur from August 31 until November 13.

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival not only features incredible new and favorite dishes at the marketplace kiosks, but guests can also experience seminars, concerts, events, private meals, celebrity chefs, and more.

Each year, the Festival is a blast and as more details get released, I’ll make sure to let you know them!

SATURDAY SIX THANKSGIVING SPECIAL: Six Reasons for Theme Park Fans to Give Thanks in 2016

by on November 24, 2016 7 Comments

This week’s SATURDAY SIX  is our annual Thanksgiving Special and takes a look at Six Reasons for Theme Park Fans to Give Thanks. 2016 was another great year to be a theme park fan, and for this Thanksgiving we are going to take a quick break from all the turkey, football games, and Black Friday pre-planning to count our blessings and thank the parks and resorts that we love so much. So, for one day only, we ask that all Disney and Universal fans put aside their differences and spend a brief moment appreciating all the wonderful things that we can share together, starting with…

# 6 – More Muppets in Walt Disney World!

With two major expansions coming to Disney Hollywood Studios, many fans of The Muppets were afraid that the Muppets courtyard and Muppet Vision 3D would be bulldozed as Disney prepared for our new Star Wars overlords. It didn’t help that in 2014 Muppets Most Wanted underperformed at the box office (making $30M less than The Muppets film which came out in 2011) and The Muppets television show on ABC had a major creative shakeup halfway through its first season, ultimately being cancelled earlier this year. Muppets fans breathed a sigh of relief when Disney officially released their plans for Star Wars at the D23 Expo, leaving the Muppets area of the park untouched.

Then, appearing like an early Christmas present, came a whole bunch of incredible great Muppet news. In October, The Muppets entered the Magic Kingdom for a hilarious new attraction in Liberty Square. The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History is filled with the perfect Muppet humor that can appeal to both adults and children. Over in EPCOT, the Muppet Mobile Lab featuring Beaker and Dr. Honeydew returned after being gone for many years. Meanwhile, back at DHS, the restaurant formerly known as Pizza Planet was completely transformed into the Muppet-themed PizzeRizzo.

So Muppets fans – like myself – started the year fearing we could be seeing the end of The Muppets in Walt Disney World, but by the end of the year we have more Muppets than ever before. Long Live The Muppets!

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The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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PizzeRizzo at DHS. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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PizzeRizzo. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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Clever rat. (photo by Brian Carey)

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Daisy’s Best Week Ever November 24, 2016: So Much To Be Thankful For!

by on November 24, 2016

Hello Friends! First, let me start by wishing the very happiest Thanksgiving to those that celebrate. Personally, I’ll be enjoying more than my fair share of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie today! Due to the crowds I’ll be steering clear of the parks this holiday weekend. But that didn’t stop me from getting some amazing shots to share with you over the last few weeks. For starters, check out this glorious sunset at Epcot!

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Please click below to read more. This week we’ve got holiday decorations, Dr. Strange, PizzeRizzo, and more!

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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to Receive New Amenities

by on November 23, 2016

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Recently, I shared that the Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge was renamed as Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. But that was just the start of the changes.

Boulder Ridge Cove will open in the summer of 2017. This new area will feature an expanded sun deck and a zero-depth-entry pool in an area themed around an abandoned rock quarry. A nearby Boulder Ridge Railway and Mining Co. water tower will serve as the pool area’s landmark. Besides the pool, there will also be a new quick-service location called Geyser Point Bar & Grill. The new areas will include ample outdoor seating.

Stay tuned to the blog for further information about the changes coming to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

 

Tiana’s Riverboat Party Coming to the Magic Kingdom

by on November 23, 2016 2 Comments

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If you or your child is a fan of Princess Tiana, I have a new offering that will soon be available to experience. Tiana’s Riverboat Party will take Guests aboard the Liberty Square Riverboat in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom to enjoy an ice cream social and unique parade viewing spot for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. Following the party, Guests will take a scenic cruise on the Rivers of America and be able to meet Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen.

Menu items include a variety of desserts, hand dipped ice cream, ice cream novelties, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Guests who wish to ride the Liberty Square Riverboat during the day will continue to be able to do so, however, the Riverboat will not operate two hours prior to the parade and will start running again approximately one hour after the parade has stepped off.

The cost of the dessert party will be $49 for adults and $29 for children (ages 3-9). To make reservations, call (407) WDW-DINE. This event will begin on November 29.

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TBT: Six Reasons for Theme Park Fans to Give Thanks in 2015

by on November 23, 2016

Greetings! TouringPlans.com Blog Manager Brian here to welcome you to the continuation of TBT: Throwback Thanksgiving week here on the blog. All this week we will be revisiting a few wonderful Thanksgiving-related posts from the past. This wonderful entry from 2015 highlighting the six things that Derek Burgan gave thanks for during that year.

Make sure you come back Thursday at 9:00am for this years items to give thanks for!

 

This week’s SATURDAY SIX  is our annual Thanksgiving Special and takes a look at Six Reasons for Theme Park Fans to Give Thanks. 2015 was another great year to be a theme park fan, and for this Thanksgiving we are going to take a quick break from all the turkey, football games, and Black Friday planning to count our blessings and thank the parks and resorts we love so much. So, for one day only, we ask that all Disney and Universal fans put aside their differences and spend a moment appreciating all the wonderful things that we can share together, starting with…

# 6 – Selfie Stick Ban at Walt Disney World

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no_more_selfie_sticks_pamphlet_sethIf you noticed any #Millenials or narcissists wearing black armbands this summer, it was because after banning selfie sticks on Disney attractions earlier in the spring, Walt Disney World completely banned the use of selfie sticks at the parks. Seemingly out of nowhere, the edict came down right after another high profile news story of Disney California Adventure’s California Screamin’ roller coaster being stopped mid ride because of a guest using a selfie stick. On June 26th, WDW guests were given a pamphlet at the parking plaza explaining the selfie stick ban, signage was displayed on the walkways to the parks along with bag check explaining the new policy.

The selfie stick ban was definitely a controversial move to be sure. Universal had earlier become more strict on preventing selfie sticks on rides, but Disney outright stopped people from even entering the park with them. Now we joked earlier about only kids and narcissists using them, the truth is that selfie sticks have become increasingly popular across almost all demographics. While people using selfie sticks inside the parks can be a nuisance, they were starting to become a serious safety factor on attractions. You may have seen what is called an Envelope of Protection as Imagineers test out the attractions. This device makes sure that all the attractions are safe for every rider, basically simulating the possible reach of every guest in the ride vehicle. This is why while it may seem like your may lose your arms in Space Mountain if you hold them up during the ride, but in actuality you are nowhere close to hitting anything. What the Envelope of Protection doesn’t take into account though, is guests holding on to anything that extends their reach.

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TouringPlansTV: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2016 + Video

by on November 22, 2016

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Ho-ho-hope you’re having a great day!

You may be thinking, “What’s with the holiday pun? It’s not even December yet!”

You see, I’m already in the Christmas spirit as I’ve just been to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World!

Allow me to share my tips and tricks below! Read the rest of this entry »

TBT: Do-It-Yourself Thanksgiving Feast in the Magic Kingdom

by on November 22, 2016 2 Comments

Greetings! TouringPlans.com Blog Manager Brian here to welcome you to the continuation of TBT: Throwback Thanksgiving week here on the blog. All this week we will be revisiting a few wonderful Thanksgiving-related posts from the past. This amazing story is from Statistician Steve Bloom, whose family decided in 2014 to REALLY do Thanksgiving in the Magic Kingdom.

 

There are many choices for Thanksgiving dinner at Walt Disney World. Most every resort restaurant has some option, and within the parks many of the sit down restaurants offer a Thanksgiving meal. We decided to do something a little bit different. We brought our own Thanksgiving dinner into the Magic Kingdom.

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When my parents invited us down to Orlando for Thanksgiving this year, the first thing I thought about was pulling off this stunt. For ten years Len Testa has been saying that Disney allows people to bring food into the parks. To make his point he’s said that guests could even bring in a full Thanksgiving meal. So we did. Read the rest of this entry »

Epcot International Festival of The Arts Coming to Walt Disney World

by on November 21, 2016

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Today, Disney has announced that they will be adding a brand new festival to their already stellar Epcot festival line up. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will take place from January 13 through February 20 and its goal is to combine visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world.

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will take place Fridays through Mondays, with each weekend featuring new art including pieces from both historical Disney artists like Mary Blair and Herb Ryman to current Disney artists, like Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos. Guests will not only get to see some gorgeous works of art in person, but they’ll also be able to watch the creative process live.

But that’s not all! During the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, through a collaboration with Disney Theatrical, favorite music and Broadway talent will perform at the America Gardens Theatre singing the award-winning music of Disney on Broadway, including ‪The Lion King‪, Newsies, and Aladdin.

Of course, we can’t forget the food. The festival will include Food Studios that will showcase culinary creations. These dishes will almost be able to be mistaken as works of art themselves.

There will also be hands-on experiences for the whole family to enjoy, seminars, and favorite Disney characters channeling their favorite artists.

This whole thing kind of reminds me of the Festival of the Masters that once occurred at Downtown Disney. I am curious to see how it will be similar and how it will differ.

Stay tuned to the blog as further information gets released about this all new and exciting festival.