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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of March 20, 2015

by on March 20, 2015 5 Comments

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In Case You Missed It!

It’s finally spring! Yippee! Bye, bye crummy weather…well for the most part. Are you as happy as I am that spring is here?

This week, I’ve got some very interesting pieces to share, including a look at the artwork on the Disney Dream, lots of good old fashioned Muppet fun, and much more!

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

 

While it was all started by a mouse…the parks may have never happened if it weren’t for Walt’s love of trains. Find out why.

Ever wonder what the Utilidors (the tunnels beneath the Magic Kingdom) looked like…in the 1970s? See the fun details and some fantastic graphics that I wish would be used today to represent the different lands in the park. Read the rest of this entry »

Innoventions West at Epcot to See Massive Changes

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InnoventionsUpdated on 3/21/15 with additional information.

The rumors had been floating around this week and the Orlando Sentinel has confirmed it — Epcot is making massive changes to Innoventions West beginning this spring.

So what does this all mean? Well it means that we can say goodbye to the THINK exhibit, Where’s the Fire, and The Great Piggy Bank Adventure. (Nooo!!!  Save the piggies!!!) All three are slated to be leaving and will be replaced.

To make way for this massive overhaul of Innoventions West, the area’s last day of operation will be on April 29.

It does appear that the Disney Visa Cardmember character meet and greet will be staying, though no word on if it will be moved to a different location during the closure of the space or if it will also temporarily close while work is being done.

In addition, another attraction is closing in Innoventions East — the Vision House, which will no longer be available starting April 22.

Innoventions has always been a place where Guests could learn and discover amazing technologies and how those technologies are making life better through hands-on, walk-through exhibits that are sponsored by corporations. The various exhibits found inside the pavilion have been known to rotate periodically.

There is no word on what exactly will replace these exhibits. Innoventions East (which houses Sum of All Thrills, StormStruck, and Habit Heroes) will remain open.

The Cove: Best Port Canaveral Dining

by on March 20, 2015

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Waterfront dining at The Cove in Port Canaveral, with something for everyone.

Waterfront dining at The Cove in Port Canaveral, with something for everyone.

Port Canaveral has always been unique — a commercial fishing port sharing space with recreation and dining. Today, it’s becoming one of the busiest cruise ports in the United States, as a home port for Disney, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival Cruise Lines, as well as numerous deep-sea fishing, casino, and sight-seeing boats. Despite all the tourism, Port Canaveral remains a thriving port for fishermen, and that makes its restaurant and bar corridor, The Cove, an awesome place to check out local, fresh-caught seafood.

What restaurant should you visit while you’re at the Cove? Well, they’re so close together, a bar crawl isn’t out of the question. But if you’re looking for the perfect Port Canaveral dining for you and your family, we’re here to help! My family and I have sampled the dining, drinks, and atmosphere at several Cove restaurants, and we’ve ranked them for you based on the best for vacation atmosphere, fresh seafood, family dining, and hanging with the locals. Take a look!

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Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party Will Change to Wishes Dessert Party

by on March 19, 2015 12 Comments

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©Disney

A few years ago, the Magic Kingdom rolled out the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party, which takes place at the Tomorrowland Terrace on select nights. The party offers Guests the opportunity to enjoy delicious treats and beverages in a buffet setting, as well as having a private viewing area to in which to catch Wishes. (Before the dessert party took over, this was always a favorite spot of mine to view Wishes from.)

Guess I’m not getting my favorite spot back any time soon because beginning July 5, Disney is revamping and enhancing this special dessert party, renaming it the Wishes Dessert Party. (Gotta make it simple.) The party will include desserts such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse, seasonal fruits and cheeses, Disney character-themed cupcakes, ice cream and more. Guests can also enjoy hot chocolate, signature lemonades, coffee, and tea.  Then as the fireworks begin, there will be a sparkling cider toast.

Also changing…the cost. The price will double, with it now costing $49.00 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $29.00 per child (ages 3-9) and includes tax. (Previous cost of the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party was $25.99 for adults and $13.99 for kids.)

Reservations for the Wishes Dessert Party can begin to be made tomorrow, March 20 at DisneyWorld.com/Dine.

For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration Will Be Moving and More Frozen Summer Fun LIVE News

by on March 19, 2015

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Last week, I let you all know about Frozen Summer Fun LIVE returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Well, now it’s been released that as part of the extremely popular event returning, the “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” show will be moving!

The fun show will be relocated to the newly named Hyperion Theater (formerly known as the Superstar Television Theater and the previous location of the American Idol Experience) just in time for the special summer event.  “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” features the Royal Historians of Arendelle retelling the story of Frozen in a comedic way, mixed with sing-along portions from the audience, as well as appearances by Anna, Kristoff, and Elsa. The move to the new theater will also allow for new in-theater effects!

For the First Time in Forever-A Frozen Sing Along Celebration

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Universal Studios Florida Photo Update: Mardi Gras, Furious 7, and Garden of Allah

by on March 19, 2015 1 Comment

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Spring break is shifting into high gear at all theme parks right now, and Universal Orlando is no exception. If you don’t feel like struggling through the crowds, come take a virtual tour with me in today’s Universal Studios Florida photo update, featuring a look at construction on Garden of Allah Villas, the new Furious 7 car display, and last weekend’s Mardi Gras concert.

Garden of Allah Villas Construction

The Garden of Allah Villas complex between Hollywood and KidZone is still behind construction walls, behind which is what permit filings describe as a “NBCUniversal Media Lab.” Leave your thoughts in the comments as to what exactly that means.

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Be Our Guest Lunch Preorder and MDE: A First-Hand Report

by on March 19, 2015 24 Comments

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Be our guest lunch preorder

Enjoy enchanted eats with less anxiety using Be Our Guest lunch preordering though My Disney Experience (photos by Seth Kubersky)

Believe it or not, it’s now been over two years since we first began reporting on FastPass+ lunch reservations at the Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest restaurant. In that time, we’ve covered the seemingly never ending saga of Disney’s experiments with managing demand for the popular venue, and now they finally seem to have settled on a (hopefully?) long-term solution. On March 12, the My Disney Experience (MDE) app for iOS devices was updated to accommodate Be Our Guest lunch preordering for guests making dining reservations, and I was among the first wave of guests to take advantage of this newly streamlined process.

To begin, make sure that the MDE app on your mobile device is updated to the latest version.

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Disney Visa Discount for WDW Travel June 16 to August 27

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Disney Reward VISA Card does not have an annual fee. But do the perks and rewards balance our the interest rate?

Discounts for Walt Disney World travel are available for Disney Visa card holders

Thanks to Tammy Whiting of Storybook Destinations and Sue Pisaturo of Small World Vacations for both letting us know this morning about new Disney Visa discounts on Walt Disney World travel June 16 to August 27, 2015. The discounts are released today for Disney Visa cardholders and expected to be released to the general public Monday.

Discounts range from 15 to 30% with the larger discounts being for Deluxe rooms and for travel August 10 to 27.

There are exclusions for Art of Animation Mermaid rooms, Fort Wilderness Campsites, All Star Movies, Port Orleans French Quarter, Grand Floridian Villas, Bay Lake Tower, Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, and Disney Vacation Club 3 Bedroom Grand Villas.

Contact your travel agent or Disney directly for full details or to book.

Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: March 19, 2015

by on March 19, 2015 11 Comments

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Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World. This week we’re visiting the  Magic Kingdom, making a quick stop at Downtown Disney, and spending an evening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Not to mention we’re enjoying a quiet dinner at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano! Who is ready for some fun?

I normally try to put things in order, but this week I decided to start with this killer sunset instead! From all the way in Tomorrowland I had no idea the sky was lighting up until we breezed by on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. Luckily, I managed to snap this one shot! It seemed like the perfect way to start this week. :)

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Want to see what other trouble we got into? Be sure to click to read more!

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Video: Peter Pan’s Flight Interactive Queue at WDW’s Magic Kingdom

by on March 18, 2015 1 Comment

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Take a tour of the Peter Pan’s Flight interactive queue without waiting in line. (Photos/video by Seth Kubersky)

As we reported earlier this year, the new interactive queue at Peter Pan’s Flight has now been active for several weeks. However, thanks to the wonders of FastPass+, I’d managed to avoid experiencing Fantasyland’s newest high-tech holding pen…until now.

During my recent trip to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to test MDE’s new lunch preordering procedures at Be Our Guest, I filled up my daily FastPass+ dance card with dwarfs, enchanted furniture, and a certain mermaid, leaving no room for a pre-reserved trip to Neverland.

Accordingly, I took this opportunity to record a full walk through of the Peter Pan’s Flight interactive queue elements, which are themed around an exploration of the Darling children’s bedroom. Read the rest of this entry »