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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of October 6, 2017

by on October 6, 2017
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In Case You Missed ItThis week was a hard one. I’m not going to lie. Please, let’s take care of one another going into this weekend. Do a random act of kindness. I think we all could use it.

This week, see which shows are filming at Walt Disney World this month, see which remakes are coming to the Disney Channel and more.

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


This past week, we said goodbye to the longest tenured Cast Member at Disneyland. Thanks for everything Oscar.

Ugh…the sound of the crunch. Yikes! Did you hear about how the Disney Dream smacked into the dock in Nassau?

It’s official. The Guardians of the Galaxy attraction for Epcot will be some sort of coaster. Read the rest of this entry »

Julia’s Best Week Ever, October 5, 2017: Epcot 35–Something Old, Something New

by on October 5, 2017
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Ever have one of those weekends when you really don’t have plans? This weekend was one of those. With the weather predicted to be a washout, we thought about just staying at home. But when we got up on October 1 and the weather wasn’t too horrible, we piled in the car (with umbrellas) and headed over to Epcot for the visionary park’s 35th anniversary. We weren’t the only ones–the line of cars extended as far as the eye could see.


When we arrived, we got a special Epcot 35 button and a unique map for the day. We unfolded the map, and it was a neat poster souvenir.


We had no interest in buying merchandise, but I think we were the only people in all of Walt Disney World who didn’t. The line for I Was There merchandise stretched from Innoventions all the way to the main entrance. On the other hand, this was the “line” for Spaceship Earth.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of October 7

by on October 5, 2017
Filed under: Walt Disney World (FL), Weekly Preview

I hope you’re hungry, because this week’s preview will definitely build up an appetite!

Special Events

  • BaseLine Tap House is now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Located on Grand Avenue (near Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater), this restaurant features small plates, specialty cocktails, and California-based beers and wines.
  • There’s a new exhibit in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion. ‘Remember Me!’ La Celebración del Día de Muertos features artwork and artifacts based on the traditions of Día de los Muertos, a main focus in the upcoming Pixar film Coco. Will you check it out? Let me know in the comments!
  • Dining discounts have been extended for Annual Passholders! Through December 23rd, these Passholders will continue to receive a 20% discount at 45 select Walt Disney World restaurants. For a list of participating restaurants, check out Rikki’s article!

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of October 7

by on October 5, 2017
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“In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue”….and for that we celebrate with a long weekend! Hooray for more time to play!

Weekly Crowd Level

You will definitely see the effects of the holiday weekend at the parks, but with careful planning using a personalized touring plan, it will be easy peasy!

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Seniors

by on October 4, 2017
Filed under: Adults, Animal Kingdom, Attractions, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, In the Parks, Magic Kingdom, Trip Planning, Walt Disney World (FL) 14 Comments

The Best of Walt Disney World for Seniors

Welcome back to Part 6 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, teens and adults. Next up are the still-going-strong seniors. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the seniors surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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Ask It: What is the Best Age for a Kid’s First Disney Trip?

by on October 4, 2017
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If you ask any Disney fan, they can tell you when their first trip was to a Disney park. Depending on the age of that trip, they may or may not remember much about it, but you can bet that whatever age, their families remember that trip! There are so many considerations when it comes to planning a kid’s first Disney trip, but is there a perfect age for that first trip? This week, we’re asking you:

What is the best age for a kid’s first Disney trip?

  • 3-6 (60%, 518 Votes)
  • 7-9 (27%, 230 Votes)
  • 0-2 (11%, 97 Votes)
  • 10+ (2%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 863

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Voting is live here and on Twitter. Feel free to share your views in the comments, and we’ll have your results here next week on Ask It.

Ask It Results: Is It Okay to Take Kids Out of School for a Disney Vacation?

by on October 4, 2017
Filed under: Just For Fun, kids 6 Comments

Wow! You all certainly turned in your assignment for this week’s Ask It. It is a topic that comes up frequently in discussions as soon as kids enter school. With limited vacation time from school, those times of year tend to have high crowd levels and high prices, and so they aren’t the best times to travel on a Disney vacation. In general, almost everyone realizes that education is important, and that school has to be a priority in the lives of children. But is it the highest priority, or are memories made with families more important? So many people have their own views on this, and we got an amazing amount of comments and votes. With more than 3,600 votes, we have answers to the question:

Is it okay to take kids out of school for a Disney vacation?

Here’s your results.

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Food And Wine’s Mexican Tequila Lunch: Not Your Average Upcharge

by on October 4, 2017
Filed under: Dining, Epcot, Events, Walt Disney World (FL) 2 Comments


It’s likely your tasting schedule for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is already jam-packed with sampling some of the hundreds of items on sale at the booths around Future World and World Showcase, but if you’re looking for a slower-paced, more educational dining experience, look no further than the festival’s special events. Though the slate of available events changes from year to year, a few staples, including the Mexican Tequila Lunch, have stuck around the last few years, proving popular options that are both educational and entertaining.

The Mexican Tequila Lunch features excellent food, drinks, and views.

This year, I’ll be reviewing two such popular events that run throughout the festival season. First up: the Mexican Tequila Lunch, held select Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the festival season from noon to 1:30 PM at La Hacienda de San Angel in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion. Hosted by the tequila experts from La Cava del Tequila, this $85 event includes a four-course Mexican-inspired meal as well as tastings of several tequila varieties. I attended the first tequila lunch held during the 2017 festival season, and here, I’ll try to give you a sense of all the great information, food, and of course, spirits, I got to sample during the meal.

Check-in takes place just outside La Hacienda, after which Cast Members welcome guests into the restaurant with a warm greeting and an ice-cold margarita just before seating us in assigned areas of the dining room. Honestly, as soon as I sat down, I was overwhelmed at the sheer amount of liquor in front of me. I had been concerned that $85 was a bit steep for a lunch, even featuring alcohol, but upon looking at the table setup and the menu in front of me, I was very, very excited to see what the meal had in store. I sampled my welcome drink, a silky smooth, slightly sweet Tequila Avion cucumber margarita, as the remainder of the guests settled in around me, and soon, we were off to the races. Read the rest of this entry »

Tokyo Dining: A Hidden Jewel in Epcot Dining

by on October 3, 2017
Filed under: Dining, Epcot 10 Comments

One of my favorite places in Epcot to dine is one of the places that I don’t hear people talk about very often – Tokyo Dining. Located on the second floor of Mitsukoshi in the Japan pavilion, Tokyo Dining offers interesting food options, and you can often snag a dining reservation at the last minute. I’ve never had a disappointing meal here. So, what makes Tokyo Dining so special?

Tokyo Dining menu

Tokyo Dining is a great restaurant for a last-minute ADR.

First, the atmosphere in Tokyo Dining is top-notch. The décor is sleek and contemporary, yet comfortable. The restaurant also offers fantastic views of World Showcase with gigantic floor to ceiling windows on one side. Don’t feel like gazing out at the torii gate? Request a table next to the sushi counter and watch the chefs work their magic. Another thing that I really love about this location is that, since it is on the second floor, I feel much more removed from the chaos of World Showcase. To me it is a nice, quiet(er), getaway from the hubbub of people. Read the rest of this entry »

Ask It Results: Epcot 35 Edition

by on October 3, 2017
Filed under: Epcot, Just For Fun 3 Comments

In honor of Epcot’s 35th anniversary, we spent the day with quick hour-long polls dedicated to Epcot’s history. So many times we hear comments about how “old Epcot was best Epcot” or that the park today is in a state of decline from its glory days. Here’s the day’s worth of polls with your results. Do you agree or disagree with the results? Let us know in the comments.

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

Who was the best narrator for Spaceship Earth?

Lawrence Dobkin (0%), Walter Cronkite (33%), Jeremy Irons (30%), Judi Dench (37%)

No love for Larry, I guess. This one really was a three-way race, with everyone having their favorite. And really, each of the three popular choices has their own charms. (Is anyone able to say The Renaissance without doing a Jeremy Irons impression anymore?) In some ways, Judi Dench combines the down-to-earth conversational tone of Walter Cronkite with the formal diction of Jeremy Irons. The fact that Judi Dench is able to take a sometimes cringeworthy script and make it still appealing is a testament to her performance.

Universe of Energy

Which Energy pavilion was the best version?

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