Posts Tagged ‘disneyquest’

SATURDAY SIX: Six Ways Disney is Playing “Chicken” with Guests This Summer

by on July 4, 2015

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Ways Disney is Playing “Chicken” with Guests This Summer. We are little over a month away from the ultimate Disney fan event – the D23 Expo – where we will gain some insight into the future of the Walt Disney World parks. While the California parks have been blessed in recent years with a $1 Billion renovation to Disney California Adventure (bringing Cars Land, World of Color, and a new park entrance) along with upgrades to Disneyland for the park’s upcoming 60th anniversary (including the critically praised Paint the Night parade and Disneyland Forever, a new nighttime spectacular,) the Florida parks have been recipient of things less noticeable by your average guest like MagicBands, My Disney Experience, and Downtown Disney’s transition to Disney Springs. While additions like Animal Kingdom’s Wilderness Explorers and Winged Encounters have drawn rave reviews, they don’t have the pick-your-jaw-off-the-ground moment like seeing Radiator Springs Racer’s Cadillac Range mountains or walking into Universal’s Diagon Alley. 

Many expect us all to be wowed by what will be announced at the D23 Expo, some even speculating a $3 Billion overhaul to DHS (for the record, we here at the SATURDAY SIX don’t expect anything approaching that number, but even “just” a Billion dollars goes a long way baby.) One thing is for certain, whatever is coming isn’t coming soon, and today we’re going to look at how Disney is all but taunting guests to open their wallets starting with….

# 6 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios outright dares guests to go to the park

What a year for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In fact, DHS has removed so many things without replacement that Matt Hochberg – the park’s biggest defender – is rumored to be hiding in the same bunker Saddam Hussein was found in. The Sorcerer’s Hat, gone. Studio Backlot Tour, gone. American Idol Experience and The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow, gone. Recently it was announced that the Magic of Disney Animation will be closing on July 12th and those in the know report that One Man’s Dream is also on the chopping block. Every park loses stuff as its part of normal theme park operations, but the difference here is nothing has come in to replace anything. Well, to be fair, a recent Soundstage Lounge was installed at the Jack Sparrow location. Unfortunately it looks more like the filming location for a sequel in the Saw series of films than your usual WDI made ultra-detailed area. The park has a shrinking amount of attractions, and while Frozen Summer Fun will get us through the next couple months, then what?

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Need an attraction? Make us an offer! (photo by Michael Sheehy and Matt Cleary)

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DisneyQuest Will Close at Downtown Disney

by on June 30, 2015

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Bye bye Cyber Space Mountain. See you later Buzz Lightyear’s AstroBlasters. Sayonara Virtual Jungle Cruise. DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park will be officially closing its doors sometime in 2016. The extremely dated video and virtual game center which featured 5 floors of virtual worlds, 3D encounters, and classic video games will be making way for the recently announced NBA Experience.

NBA Experience will feature hands-on activities that put guests right in the middle of the NBA action, creating an immersive experience of both the game and its players. Guests will enjoy unique NBA video productions, a restaurant, and a store.

DisneyQuest opened in 1998 in Downtown Disney’s West Side and was originally supposed to become a chain, however, the idea didn’t take off like Disney had hoped.

There has been no official closing date announced, so I’ll make sure to keep you posted in the future.

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Selfie Sticks Now Banned Across Walt Disney World Property

by on June 26, 2015

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Due to safety concerns, selfie sticks (the extendable poles where you can attach a phone or a camera to the end) are now banned property-wide across the Walt Disney World Resort. This means you cannot use them at the theme parks, the water parks or DisneyQuest Interactive Theme Park. This new rule will go into effect on June 30.

Guests who attempt to bring selfie sticks into the park will be stopped at bag check and they will be escorted to Guest Relations where the device will be tagged and the Guest will be given a claim ticket to retrieve it upon exit. For those who get caught using a selfie stick in a park, a Cast Member will escort the guest to a regional Guest Relations area where the device will be tagged and a claim ticket will be given to the guest. Again, the Guest will be able to claim their selfie stick as they exit.

All guests must relinquish their selfie sticks, they cannot simply put them away if a Cast Member approaches them about it.

Recently, Disney banned selfie sticks on attractions, however, it seems that more drastic measures needed to be taken regarding these devices.

What are your thoughts on the ban? Do you think it’s a good idea or were you a fan of the selfie stick?

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Disney Dining: FoodQuest at DisneyQuest

by on April 1, 2015

Walt Disney World is filled with unique dining experiences and everyone has their favorite. The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at DHS offers a completely immersive atmosphere that simulates guests sitting in cars watching a movie at a drive-in in the 1950s. The Chef’s Table at Victoria & Alberts at the Grand Floridan takes elegance to the next level. Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom allows guests to step into the world of Beauty & the Beast. At Kidani Village, Sanaa is filled with elements of African culture and allows guests to look directly out into the savannah. Where else can you dine in front of 5.7 million gallon aquarium outside of Epcot’s Coral Reef?

We all have that special place. A venue that satisfies our craving for exotic food like Jiko…or where servers can have a bit of fun with guests like 50s Prime Time or Whispering Canyon… or where a couple can have an romantic evening out together like at Artist Point.

Take a moment and mentally picture YOUR favorite place to have meal at Walt Disney World.

Got it?

Now think of the exact opposite.

Welcome to FoodQuest at Downtown Disney’s DisneyQuest.

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DisneyQuest. (Photo by Brandon Glover)

 

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Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: March 12, 2015

by on March 12, 2015

Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World. Get ready because this week we’re visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Downtown Disney, Magic Kingdom and taking another look at the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. Wow, it was a busy week! Let’s get going! 

The weather has been very overcast for the past week or so, but that didn’t make the view below any less sweet! This was my first time seeing the Studios hat free in fifteen years and I made a special trip just to see it.  I vividly remember when I was a little girl that before the park would open Goofy would dance and play in front of the theater. I’d totally forgotten until I saw this again. I also remembered the Rocketeer “flying” from the roof with his jet pack. Anyone else remember these things? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to reminisce with you. :)

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Of course, since I was there I had to check out what else was new for you. Click to read more to see what other trouble we got into this week.

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DisneyQuest: Five Floors Of Fun!

by on September 20, 2014

IMG_3420Recently, I was asked to upgrade my Disney pass to help out with some extra stuff here at Touring Plans. I hadn’t bothered with a premium annual in years since it just meant access to DisneyQuest and the water parks. I’d remembered DisneyQuest as a let down with lots of broken machines and outdated technology. It was a couple months after upgrading that I decided to finally stop in and see if anything had changed. I don’t know if it was just because of the time that had passed or due to recent changes, but I had a great time and wondered why I’d written the place off so many years ago. So with a fresh perspective I thought I’d share what you can expect from the five floors of fun at DisneyQuest!

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Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: August 14, 2014

by on August 14, 2014

IMG_4904Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World! First, I owe you an apology. I had a family member go into the hospital for emergency surgery, so I’ve missed the last couple weeks. That not only took me away from my writing, but I also had to cancel my solo Disneyland trip. They are recovering well, and I’m back on duty bringing you all the best of Disney weekly! Boy, I missed you guys! But don’t worry, I have one epic update for you! :) This week we’re getting wild at Animal Kingdom, cooling off with a little Frozen at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios, seeing what’s new at Magic Kingdom, and finishing up at DisneyQuest.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve At Walt Disney World

by on December 9, 2013

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New Year’s Eve is just three short weeks away, and those lucky enough to be at Walt Disney World during this time are in for some amazing treats! Here is an idea of some of the fun you can expect to see at Walt Disney World for New Year’s Eve.

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Celebrate 2014 with a bang…literally…as the Magic Kingdom will show not one, but two fireworks spectaculars on two separate nights. On December 30 and 31, guests may take in Holiday Wishes:  Celebrate The Season at 9 p.m. and then Fantasy in the Skywhich is scheduled for 11:50 p.m.

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This year, World Showcase will feature a variety of DJs found situated throughout the different pavilions. Guests can dance in the New Year at the Future World Fountain Stage, near the Italy Stage, at the America Gardens Theatre, and by the United Kingdom Stage, among others. As we mentioned a few weeks back, many World Showcase restaurants are also offering special dining opportunities.

Two showings of IllumiNations will light up the sky on New Year’s Eve, ending with the Holiday Tag after the 6:30 p.m. show and the New Year’s Eve Countdown spectacular after the 11:40 p.m. show.

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The Disney World Water Park Fun & More Ticket Add-On: What’s Up With That?

by on April 4, 2012

In the triumvarate of Walt Disney World ticket modifications you have the Park Hopper, the No Expiration option, and the Water Park Fun & More option. The first two modifications are fairly straightforward, the Park Hopper allows you to visit more than one park per day, the No Expire allows your tickets to have no expiration date. But what’s that Water Park Fun one? Do I need it? Is it worth it? Why should I get it? Let’s figure this all out.

Lots of Fun at Blizzard Beach

The basic information is this:

  • Neither water park nor DisneyQuest admission is included in with the basic or Park Hopper theme park ticket.
  • To get into a water park or DisneyQuest you’ll need either a separate water park or DisneyQuest ticket, or you’ll need to purchase the Water Park Fun & More add-on for your basic or Park Hopper theme park ticket.
  • The Water Park Fun & More (heretofore known as WPF&M) add-on is purchased for a flat rate, regardless of the number of days you have on your basic ticket or Park Hopper.
  • Currently, the WPF&M option costs $55.00 per person, plus tax. The child and adult price is the same. Florida residents may pay a lower price.
  • For your flat fee, you get a variable number of “Fun” admissions, based on the number of days on your basic or Park Hopper ticket.
  • The number of Fun visits is commensurate with the number of theme park days on your ticket. For example, four day ticket with the WPF&M add-on will have four Fun visits. A five day ticket with the WPF&M add-on will have five Fun visits, and so on.
  • A Fun visit can be either: a one-day admission to one of the water parks, a one-day admission to DisneyQuest, a one-day admission to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (ESNPWWoS), or one round at Disney’s nine-hole Oak Trail golf course.
  • Your theme park visits and Fun visits do not have to be on the same day, or even consecutive days.
  • All theme park and Fun visits must be completed within 14 days of the first use of the ticket, unless you’ve purchased the No Expire option as well.

Given those parameters, let’s consider some of the ways you could use your ticket with the WPF&M add-on:

The Water Park Fun and More option includes admission to DisneyQuest

  • Visit Epcot – Use one theme park admission.
  • Visit Epcot in the morning and the Magic Kingdom in the afternoon – Use one theme park admission IF YOU HAVE A PARK HOPPER TICKET. This is not a possible scenario if you only have a basic theme park ticket.
  • Visit Blizzard Beach – Use one Fun admission.
  • Visit Epcot in the morning and Blizzard Beach in the afternoon – Use one theme park admission and one Fun admission.
  • Visit Blizzard Beach in the morning and DisneyQuest in the afternoon – Use two Fun admissions.
  • Visit Blizzard Beach in the morning, DisneyQuest in the afternoon, and Epcot in the evening – Use two Fun admissions and one theme park admission.
  • Visit Blizzard Beach in the morning and Typhoon Lagoon in the afternoon – Use two Fun admissions.
  • Visit Blizzard Beach in the morning, go to your hotel and take a nap, come back to Blizzard Beach later in the day – Use one Fun admission.

Now that you get the idea, you probably have some questions.

Is getting the WPF&M add-on worth it?

That depends on how much you’ll be visiting the water parks, DisneyQuest, ESPNWWoS, or the Oak Trail golf course. Currently, a single-day admission to a water park costs about $52 for adults (ages 10 and up) and about $44 for children (ages 3-9). A single day-day admission to DisneyQuest is currently about $46 for adults (ages 10 and up) and about $39 for children (ages 3-9). A round at the Oak Trail golf course is currently $38. Pricing ESPNWWoS is currently about $15 for adults (10 and up) and about $10 for children (ages 3-9).

It’s pretty easy to see that if you’re going to be visiting a Fun location only once during your trip, a single-day admission is most economical. If you’re going to be visiting more than once, the WPF&M add-on is the way to go.

You can go to ESPN WWoS with a Water Park Fun ticket, but there might not be much to do.

My family has six-day Park Hoppers. Can only one of us get the WPF&M add-on and share those six Fun admissions with the rest of the gang?

Nope, sorry. Each ticket can only be used by one person.

I think I want to go to the water parks, but I don’t know what the weather will be like during my trip. Should I buy the WPF&M add-on?

I generally advise guests to wait until they arrive to decide if they want the WPF&M add-on. Your base ticket or Park Hopper can be upgraded to the WPF&M add-on at any ticket window or guest relations office at WDW. This way you’ll have both a clearer picture of the weather situation during your travel and a better handle on what your actual schedule is going to be like.

If you do decide to purchase the WPF&M add-on prior to your arrival, be sure to select this option on the handy-dandy TouringPlans Disney World Ticket Calculator. Click the “Show Advanced Options” buttons for detail-level planning.

I have a six day Park Hopper and the WPF&M add-on. Does this mean I can be busy for twelve days?

Kinda, yeah. Personally, I think it would be tough to spend six full days at the water parks and DisneyQuest without going a little nuts. But if that’s your thing, then go for it. If you’re looking for economical ways to extend your vacation activities, the WPF&M option is a fantastic way to do this.

I have an eight day Park Hopper and eight fun admissions. I can’t possibly use them all. Are these admissions going to go to waste?

Probably. Of course, you do have the option of upgrading your ticket to the No Expire option. With the No Expire option, your remaining Fun visits are valid into perpetuity, until you use them. The kicker is that adding the No Expire option to an eight day ticket currently costs about $200. Obviously, that’s significantly more than the flat $55 fee to re-purchase the WPF&M option during your next visit. It’s also about the same price as four separate single-day water park tickets. This means it’s likely more economical to let unused WPF&M visits expire and go to waste rather than try to preserve them.

You can't share one Water Part Fun ticket with multiple people. Everyone will need their own.

I have an eight day Park Hopper and eight fun admissions. Can I get sixteen days of play out of them?

No. Tickets are only good for 14-days from first use. In your situation, if you do want to take advantage of all of your Fun admissions, you’ll have to use some of them on the same day that you use a regular theme park admission.

Can I go see a bunch of Atlanta Braves preseason games at ESPNWWoS using my WPF&M tickets?

No. The WPF&M admission basically just allows you to walk around the grounds and possibly see some children’s or amateur games being played. There are separate tickets with premium pricing required for premium events.

So that’s the scoop. What have your experiences been with Fun visit ticketing? Do you usually purchase the WPF&M option? Do you find that it’s worth it? Let us know in the comments below.

UPDATE JUNE 2012: The Water Park Fun & More add-on now includes the Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland miniature golf courses at Walt Disney World. Guests are limited to one round per day, prior to 4:00 p.m.

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