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Ask It: Inexpensive Activities at Walt Disney World

by on February 8, 2017 4 Comments

Ask It. Best Inexpensive activity at Walt Disney World

It’s Wednesday, and time for another Ask It!

Last week, we asked you:

Which inexpensive activity is worth the time and money during your vacation?

This poll was our closest one yet!  With more than 600 votes cast, the final results were (in order from least to greatest):

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Plus My Vacation – Larger Room Options at Walt Disney World

by on February 8, 2017 24 Comments

Larger Rooms at Walt Disney World

We’re starting a series on ways you can “plus” your vacation at Walt Disney World. If you’re not familiar with the term, “plussing” is Disney-talk for taking something great and wowing the guest by making it even greater. Our first article talks about options for larger hotel rooms.

Walt Disney once said that Florida had something special …the blessing of size. It is called Walt Disney World, after all. But with all that space and elbow room at Walt Disney World, wouldn’t you want the same for your accommodations? Today we’re talking about where to find larger rooms at Walt Disney World. Fortunately, several Walt Disney World resorts offer options for large families or anyone looking for some extra space during their stay. I’m comparing the pros and cons of the Fort Wilderness Cabins, the Art of Animation and All-Star Music Family Suites, and 1-Bedroom DVC Villas in pursuit of the best option for your family when looking to plus your stay! Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars Land to Open in 2019 at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

by on February 7, 2017 1 Comment

Star Wars Land

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We are two years out from the official opening year of the Star Wars-themed lands for both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It was announced today that both will open at some point in the year 2019.

Star Wars Land on both coasts will be the largest ever, single-themed land expansions on each coast. The land will  have Guests transported to a never-before-seen planet that is going to be a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space.

Here’s what we know about the lands so far:

  • There will be two attractions, one centered around the Millennium Falcon where you will actually be able to pilot it; banking left, right and firing the laser cannons. You’ll be in complete control. The second one will find you in a battle between the resistance and the first order in a race against time.
  • In this new world, you’ll enter authentic locations and be able to meet droids and aliens.
  • You’ll be able to enter an other-worldly street market and taste local delicacies.
  • You can enjoy at meal at the best Star Wars themed-dinner club or you can choose to stop in at the local cantina.

You are most certainly going to want to stay tuned to the blog for more details about Star Wars Land as they get released!

Pandora – The World of Avatar to Open Memorial Day Weekend at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on February 7, 2017 6 Comments

Pandora - The World of Avatar Opening Date

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After YEARS of hype and build up, we officially have an opening date! Pandora – The World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27!

This new land will transport guests to the visually stunning world of Pandora, straight from the film Avatar. In Pandora, guests will wonder at floating mountains and bioluminescent plants as they make their way through the enchanting land.

Walt Disney Imagineering has collaborated with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment is bringing to life the mythical world of Pandora, inspired the film, Avatar, to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

Starring Rolls Now Closed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 7, 2017 2 Comments

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This one hurts just a little. According to reports, Starring Rolls Cafe located on Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now closed.

Starring Rolls was a fan favorite, serving up fresh-baked goods and pastries. They were known for their incredible cupcake creations, such as the Butterfinger Cupcake and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake.  Starring Rolls also offered unique to theme park lunch options, including fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads. Options included a Ham Sandwich, a Turkey Sandwich, and a Ruben. They also offered a Mixed Greens Salad and Tomato Bisque Soup.

With a semi-similar menu, Guests can now get many of the items sold at Starring Rolls at the Trolley Car Cafe (Starbucks) just across the way. This includes the Butterfinger Cupcake. (Now with the name of Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Cupcake). In addition, it seems as though Guests can also pick up things like the Fruit Tart and the Napoleon at Trolley Car Cafe.

It has been indicated that this move is a permanent one. No word on what will happen with the space going forward.

 

Wait, Who’s That? – Princess Elena of Avalor + Video

by on February 7, 2017

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Hooray for another new series!

Appropriately named, “Wait…who’s that?“, this series gives an overview of Disney characters who are either new or not as well-known. Read the rest of this entry »

The Cutest Food at Tokyo Disneyland

by on February 6, 2017

Food at Tokyo Disneyland

If you’re not following TouringPlans on YouTube, you’re missing out. Case in point – on a recent trip to Tokyo Disneyland, our own fearless eater, Guy Selga, made some great videos for you of some of the best (and most unusual) food at Tokyo Disneyland. From hamburgers on a chocolate bun with cream cheese and strawberry to all manner of churros – Guy tried it all with the help of our good friends at the Disney Tourist Blog. Read the rest of this entry »

New England Patriots Super Bowl Players Headed to Walt Disney World

by on February 6, 2017

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They’re going to Walt Disney World! With their incredible win, the New England Patriots’ James White is going to continue the tradition that started 30 years ago, in 1987. White is scheduled to take part in a celebration parade down Main Street U.S.A., this afternoon at the Magic Kingdom, before cheering fans and park guests. White, will be joined in the parade by Mickey Mouse and his pals and a sea of confetti.

During the game, White caught 14 passes for 110 yards and scored three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, in the team’s 34-28 win.

This marks the fourth time that a member of the New England Patriots has participated in the Super Bowl parade at Disney, dating to 2002. No NFL team has had a player appear more than four times in the iconic parade.

If you are in the Magic Kingdom today, make sure you stop and catch the Super Bowl parade.

The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Disney’s New Seven Hour STAR WARS Guided Tour

by on February 4, 2017 28 Comments

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Disney’s new Star Wars Guided Tour! One of the most underrated attractions at Walt Disney World are the guided tours available across property. Behind the Seeds at EPCOT is a true gem, Magic Kingdom’s Keys to the Kingdom is a must-do for hardcore Disney fans, and the Sanaa Cultural Tour at Animal Kingdom Lodge is a fascinating look at all the details in one of Disney’s best restaurants. In late 2016, Disney announced that a new seven hour tour based around Star Wars would be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at a price of $121.12 per person, not including cost of admission to the park.

Star Wars Guided Tour check-in. (photo by Meg Stump)

Star Wars Guided Tour credentials, where guests are separated into different planets. All theme park bloggers hail from “Mustafar.” (photo by Meg Stump)

To put seven hours into perspective, if you were to watch A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi consecutively it would take less than six and a half hours (although watching the prequels back to back would probably seem like 100 hours). The price is also one of the highest of any tour that WDW offers, would there be value to be found? Thanks to an in-depth investigation by SATURDAY SIX editor in chief Megan Stump, we’re happy to report back the answer is a resounding YESToday we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite parts of the new guided tour, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – March Behind the First Order

One common theme you see among many of our favorite shows that go to Walt Disney World – including Full House, Step By Step, and last year’s Blackish – is that characters from the show end up joining Disney parades or other shows in the parks. I think this because there is a subconscious, or maybe even conscious, feeling by many people that they want to be part of the show. Guests who take part in the Star Wars Guided Tour get to live out their theme park fantasy by being a part of Captain Phasma’s march of the First Order. Guests meet up up with Captain Phasma and the gang as soon as they come onstage and you travel directly behind the stormtroopers as they make their way down Hollywood Blvd.

Captain Phasma leads the First Order. (photo by Meg Stump)

Guests doing the Star Wars Guided Tour follow directly behind the First Order. (photo by Meg Stump)

Where else can you be this close to the action other than the Star Wars Guided Tour? (photo by Meg Stump)

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Walt Disney World Introduces New Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour

by on February 3, 2017 8 Comments

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Do you love the classic Magic Kingdom attractions? Is no trip complete without riding Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, and more? Well, now there is a new tour to help you with that fete.

Guests now have the option to purchase the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour. During the four hour tour, Guests will be able to experience up to 10 of the most beloved Magic Kingdom attractions. This includes Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise,Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, “it’s a small world,” Peter Pan’s Flight, meeting Mickey Mouse, and more attractions throughout the park. This tour is especially great for families with small kids since all of the attractions you will visit won’t have any height requirements.

The Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour costs $199 plus tax.  In addition, Magic Kingdom admission is required and is not included with the cost of the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour. Tours are offered on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays and begin at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

To book this tour, call (407) WDW-PLAY.