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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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©Disney

 

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

Disney Wonder In The Distance

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 »

Disney Grad Nite H2O Coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in 2017

by on May 19, 2016 2 Comments

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©Disney

Many years ago, Walt Disney World held Grad Nights. During these special evenings, high school seniors would be able to celebrate their graduation with friends and classmates at the Magic Kingdom in a fun evening. The event was ended a few years back, but I bring good news, because beginning in 2017, Disney Grad Nite H2O will be debuting at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon!

The Disney Grad Nite H2O event will occur on select Friday nights in April 2017 and will be themed as a beach party. The evening, which lasts from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. will include Disney characters, a DJ, music, dance parties, and water park fun.

This special ticketed event will be offered on April 7, 21 and 28 for a cost of $55 plus tax, which includes complimentary food and beverage offerings and a commemorative mug. Guests will also have the ability to add-on specially priced one day Walt Disney World Theme Park Ticket for an additional $70 plus tax. The add on theme park ticket will be valid to be used anywhere from April 1 – May 5, 2017.

Do keep in mind that this event is an exclusive in-park celebration for graduating high school seniors, however it is open to eligible graduates across the country. Interested schools will need to register online by visiting Disneygradnite.com to reserve space for Disney Grad Night H2O, as the program requires registration of your group before you can purchase tickets.

Julia’s Best Week Ever, May 19, 2016: Sea World and Artegon

by on May 19, 2016

I can’t say that I spend the most time at Disney of any theme park aficionado. I try to make it to the parks once a week solo for research or live tweeting, and then most weekends we spend some family time at Disney. There are some weekends when Disney just doesn’t feel like the right weekend excursion. So after begging and pleading not to be sent all over Disney in search for Disney Dollars or to rope drop Disney Springs for the chance of blowing my diet with one bite of cupcakes, pastries, or poutine, the weekend plans had me looking outside the Disney bubble. That is truly one joy of living here–it would be almost impossible to run out of things to do for a weekend.

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Sometimes, it’s time to step outside the bubble.

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Disney Makes Change to FastPass+ Reservations

by on May 18, 2016 12 Comments

MagicBandDisney has decided to adjust the time in which Guests can begin to make their FastPass+ reservations for their vacations. Prior to today, Guests were able to book their reservations beginning at 12:00 a.m. EST in advance of their trip, however, as of today, the FastPass+ selection window will now be open for Guests at 7:00 a.m. EST within their applicable window.

The manner in which FastPass+ selections are made will still remain the same. Guests who are staying onsite at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel will still have the ability to make their FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance and Guests who are staying off-site, but have their ticket medium purchased will continue to be able to book reservations up to 30 days prior. Read the rest of this entry »

First Impressions of Disney Springs Town Center

by on May 18, 2016 6 Comments

When I first heard the concept of Disney Springs, three years ago, I had a hard time adjusting to it. Downtown Disney has had its share of evolutionary challenges, but it seems to have finally come together and transform into a place people thoroughly enjoy visiting. There are still some more stores and restaurants that have not yet opened, but with this weekend’s official opening of the Town Center, Disney Springs is practically complete.

The Town Center brings something that we’ve not really seen in a world class theme park based vacation destination: a shopping mall. It is beautiful and lovely, but there is no denying that Town Center is a mall. And that’s ok. There seems to be enough demand for such a shopping experience on Disney property, and if shopping isn’t your forte, the atmosphere and design of Town Center are enough to enjoy, and then there’s the long list of dining options.

Let’s take a look at the first impressions of Disney Springs Town Center. We’ll also take a look at a few new dining and shopping locations that opened on the edge of the Marketplace and The Landing sections.

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The Springs

Besides the large amount of brand name stores, the springs themselves seem to be getting the most attention. The crystal clear water of the Disney created springs winds through most of the Town Center area. It is incredibly picturesque. The atmosphere of Town Center revolves around these springs.

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Exploring Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris: Part 2

by on May 17, 2016 5 Comments

This is Part 2 of a photo-centric post related to a stay at Disneyland Hotel in Disneyland Paris in late January 2016. This post focuses on my hotel room. See Part 1 for photos of the hotel and its breakfast buffet.

To set the stage appropriately, note that I stayed in the cheapest class of hotel room (Chambre classique) during the cheapest season (Basse saison) at Disneyland Hotel. I checked in very early (around 9:30 AM) on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, and was pleasantly surprised to learn that Room 1420 was ready for my family.

 

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My Floor 4 (fifth floor in US nomenclature) was above the second floor bridge that connects the registration building (where my room was) to the central building of the hotel (where the restaurants, stores, etc. are). Although Room 1420 by no means had a premium view, I could glimpse into Disneyland Park and saw Tower of Terror looming in the distance. It also was a great location in that it was the closest room on my floor to the elevator, minimizing travel time during my stay.

 

Looking Directly Out the Window

Looking Straight Out the Window

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Tuesday Video: Disneyland Hotel

by on May 17, 2016 2 Comments

Photo - Brian McNichols

Disneyland Hotel

Another Tuesday, another video!

Today, I’ll be sharing the details of the Disneyland Hotel, found on Disneyland Resort property in Anaheim, California.

 

Enjoy!

Have ideas for future videos? Let me know in the comments or on my Twitter @AngelaDahlgren.