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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of November 7, 2014

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In Case You Missed It!

We are so excited here in our house! You see, today is opening day for Big Hero 6! My hubby has been anxiously awaiting this film. Honestly, I think he’s more excited than I am. (Anytime we came across a Big Hero 6 preview when catching up on our DVRed shows, he’d always go back to watch it.) So, you know where we’ll be this evening! Who else is excited to finally meet the squishy Baymax via the big screen?

This week, check out the Marvel special that aired on ABC, find out just how many Elsa dresses have been sold in the past year, and so much more!

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

 

I’m sure you heard about the fire on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. If not, it was caused by a stray firework, and you can read all about it here.

Every time you go to Disney parks, you see little girls dressed as Elsa, and I’m sure that during Halloween you saw quite a few on your doorsteps. But just how many Elsa dresses have been sold? The “Reader’s Digest” version is: a lot.  (Find out the actual number by reading the article.) Read the rest of this entry »

Disneyland Announces Fantasmic! FASTPASS Viewing Options and Dining Packages

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3925500104_0e09eb9e3e_bThe time honored tradition of camping out 3 hours for a Fantasmic! viewing spot is now a little less necessary. Disneyland has announced that Fantasmic! will get a FASTPASS-only viewing area starting December 12. Disney also made it clear that there will still be a stand-by viewing area for those who want to keep it old school, but it’s unclear large or how good that viewing section will be. FastPass tickets will be distributed on Big Thunder Trail (that’s the path to the left of Big Thunder Mountain) and will be distributed until they run out or 1 hour before showtime. Even with a FASTPASS in hand, I’d still recommend that you get in line for the reserved section a bit early. If it’s anything like World of Color’s FASTPASS line in DCA, it is safe to assume that it will be very long and take a good amount of time to get through.

It wouldn’t be a Disney “Nighttime Spectacular” without dinner packages, so they have also announced a variety dining options that will get you FASTPASSes for the show.

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Jingle Cruise Debuts Today at the Magic Kingdom

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Jingle CruiseToday marks the start of the Jingle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. This holiday overlay of the Jungle Cruise sees the Skippers who are clearly homesick during the festive holiday season, so they decided to create their own festive fun with homemade decorations, gifts, and more.

The Jingle Cruise began last year and has grown exponentially this year. In addition to the dock area being decorated and the boats being renamed with fun holiday themes, this year, many of the show scenes have been decorated too, like the gorilla camp, the temple, and even Ginger and Smiley. (It would appear some supplies didn’t quite make it to their correct locations.) Of course, the jokes are just as corny, with fun, holiday-inspired laughs included too.

The fun Jingle Cruise overlay will last through the holiday season. (Now…if we could only get a few other fun holiday overlays at Walt Disney World too…that would be great.)

Meet the Characters from Big Hero 6 Beginning This Weekend

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Hiro and Baymax

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Yay! It’s here! Big Hero 6 arrives in theaters today! (And you can bet I’ll be seeing it tonight.) I’ve heard such great things about this movie, so you can bet that the next time I’m down in Walt Disney World, I’ll want to give Baymax a huge hug. (Look how squishy he looks!)

The good news is that I won’t have to wait long to meet both Baymax and Hiro Hamada and neither will you! You see, beginning today, guests will have the opportunity to meet the pair at Walt Disney World.

To meet the two, you’ll need to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where inside The Magic of Disney Animation, you’ll be able to tour the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology’s lab. Guests will meet the two in Hiro’s garage workshop.  (The two are located where the former Wreck-It Ralph meet and greet was.)

At Disneyland, guests should also begin to be able to meet Hiro and Baymax by simply heading to to Tomorrowland’s Starcade, where you’ll be able to visit Hiro’s robotics workshop. In addition, The Magic Eye Theater will be showing an extended sneak peek of the Big Hero 6. (Where Captain EO was previously shown.)

Who else will be lining up like me to meet these two?

Planning a High School Field Trip to Walt Disney World

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Mickey’s excited to meet his new high school friends!

In high school, I went on two school trips to Walt Disney World. I had an amazing time with my friends, and the memories have stayed with me to this day. Looking back on the entire experience as an adult, I have endless praise for my teachers, who planned the entire trip from start to finish. They chose to spend their entire Spring Break with 60 high school students. They deserve a medal.

I have spent this past week researching and speaking with different educators on how to organize a school trip to Walt Disney World. Although it’s impossible to fit in every detail, here are some highlights to consider when planning your own Walt Disney World field trip.

First Steps

Planning a school trip to Walt Disney World should begin at least a year in advance. While it would be much easier to hire a touring company to plan and execute the vacation, it might be very expensive. Planning your own trip is not only more cost effective, but gives you complete control over the vacation as a whole. Look into the events you want to attend and the places you want to go. Estimate expenses to determine the total cost for each student. From there, secure a total group number by requesting a small deposit from each student. In addition, have each student fill out field trip and medical request forms. Dot those i’s and cross those t’s!

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Travel Warnings Issued for Nassau

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The U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas has issued a Security Awareness memo for the holiday season 2014, advising U.S. citizens traveling to the Bahamas to “be aware of their surroundings and remain on heightened alert to avoid being the victims of crime.” This is the fourth memo on this topic issued during calendar 2014. The Canadian government posted similar warnings earlier this fall.

Nassau Harbor

Nassau Harbor

Other than Castaway Cay, Nassau is the most visited port for Disney Cruise Line.

The Embassy memo goes on to state, “Three armed robberies of U.S. citizens have occurred in daylight hours in heavily frequented tourist areas.” Other reports include notes about sexual assaults perpetrated by unregulated jet ski operators on Paradise Island. The advisory mentions monitoring local news stations for updates and maintaining a high level of vigilance when out and about.

The Nassau Guardian newspaper denies the credibility of the Embassy reports, claiming that the local police were unaware of some of the alleged crimes.

The Atlantis resort, site of many of the DCL Nassau port adventures, has increased their security in recent weeks.

We’ve never had any problems in Nassau, but as with any travel, caution is recommended. If you’re on a three or four night cruise and relaxation is a key vacation component for you, you may want to consider remaining on board your ship during the Nassau port stop. (We’ve recommended this prior to any warnings.) The ship’s amenities cannot all be experienced during a brief sailing. Staying on the ship may allow you to more time to visit the spa, participate in the children’s programming, or stuff yourself at the buffet. Remember that many activities on board are included in the cost of your sailing, so staying on board can be an easy way to economize.

If you plan to explore Nassau, be cognizant of your surroundings and interact with only reputable excursion operators. You may also want to consider letting family remaining on board or guest relations cast members know of your on shore plans.

Christmas Shopping at Walt Disney World

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1Hello, my dears! Who is ready for some Christmas shopping at Walt Disney World? As promised, I’m here to take you on a tour of some of the beautiful Christmas merchandise currently for sale around the parks. For starters, there is no way I could ever feature everything here. But if you have any questions or something specific you’d like me to research please let me know in the comments. You know I’m always happy to go hunting for you! :)

Our tour begins at Disney’s Days of Christmas in Downtown Disney. This spot still proves to be the absolute best spot to find everything for the holidays. With the exception of Christmas clothing this is the place to go! Want to see what they had? Click to read more! Read the rest of this entry »

Disneyland Attractions to Skip

by on November 6, 2014 7 Comments

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Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle

 

“How much will it cost?” “When is the best time visit?” “Where am I going to stay?” “Which attractions should I experience?” These are the four most important questions you must answer before venturing on your Disneyland vacation. For me, the first three questions have always been easy to answer, but the last one has always been a bit of a challenge. That is because it all depends on who will be joining you on your Disneyland trip. It’s important to find a balance with a list of attractions that everyone can enjoy together. One method that has always worked for me is to skip Disneyland attractions that will take up more of my time.

I am on the same boat as our other TouringPlans’ writer - Tom Bricker - who believes that everyone should experience every attraction once. But what about those moments when you are strapped for time or only going to be at the park for one day? Even if you create your own touring plans - which is a must – it can still be unclear which attractions should be added to your touring plans. This is why I am here to help you determine which attractions to skip and which attractions will maximize your time at the park. Let us begin. Read the rest of this entry »

Epcot’s Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro Full Show Video

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Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro Full Show Video

New Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro show in Epcot's Italy (photos & video by Seth Kubersky).

Welcome to Italy, fabled home of the Roman empire, pasta and pizza,…and flag tossing? Following the firing of numerous fan-favorite entertainment acts around World Showcase, Epcot has been debuting new shows, with Italy's Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro being among the most recent additions to the park's lineup. Daisy Lauren recently shared a brief preview of the show in her recent Best Week Ever, and I caught up with them during the Food and Wine Festival's final week to capture this Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro full show video:

Unfortunately, this new flag-waving act didn't fare any better in my estimation than it did in Daisy's. As a fan of drum and flag corps, I was really looking forward to this show. But while there were a few impressive tricks, overall I was deeply disappointed with this troupe's poor performance quality.

While the lead performer (who executes an amazing foot-juggling solo) was excellent, the rest of the group was sloppy, unenthusiastic, and shockingly unprofessional, chatting casually with each other during the show.

While the show I witnessed gathered and retained a slightly larger audience than when Daisy saw them, it seemed singnficantly smaller than what the Ziti Sisters used to attract. Without some serious improvements to show quality, I can't see it lasting very long.

 

A Frozen Holiday Wish Debuts at Magic Kingdom (With Video)

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Cinderella Castle with Holiday Lights. Photo - Laurel Stewart

Cinderella Castle with Holiday Lights. Photo – Laurel Stewart

This holiday season (and by “holiday season,” we, and Disney, mean the last two months of the year as soon as the Halloween decorations come down), the ceremony that illuminates Cinderella Castle’s “Dream Lights” has been reworked as A Frozen Holiday Wish. In prior years Cinderella and Fairy Godmother lit the castle in a show called, “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish.” The beautifully lit castle is a spectacle that makes seeing a huge crane in all your photos from the early fall and mid-winter mostly worth it.

This year the honors are done by Frozen‘s Elsa, with assistance from her sister Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf the Snowman. Lest you think Elsa just goes around lighting random castles, she does ask permission (from the crowd) first. SPOILER: The crowd says, “Yes”. The gist of the new show is that everyone wishes for snow at Christmas starting November 5. If only there were someone around who could create snow on demand….

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