Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World. This week we’re visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot for some Flower and Garden Fun! Who is ready to take a beautiful stroll through the parks and do a little shopping? I know I am, so let’s go!
As you can see from the photo, the skies were bright and blue this week. Since we arrived in the evening it wasn’t too hot either! It was absolutely perfect.
Since there wasn’t a lot of breaking news this week I decided to find some new items for sales and just take some photos of the landscape. First up, I noticed this new Mickey figurine for $49.99. There is a switch on the bottom that makes the hat light up. It just adds a little color around the white shapes on Mickey’s hat. It’s very subtle, I bet it would look amazing in the dark! There were also some new Star Wars cook books. I’ve noticed lots more Star Wars goodies showing up – it looks like they are getting geared up for Star Wars Weekends.
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Over the past few years, Disney has been testing ways to get food to people faster and more efficiently. For example, they’ve been doing it with Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom, where guests can pre-order their breakfast or lunch up to 30 days prior to their trip. However, right now, there is currently a new test occurring, this time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
To take part in the test, guests must first download the Express Order app on the Apple or Android device. Guests will also need to make sure that they have checked to allow for location services and Bluetooth to be accessed.
The Frozen Summer Fun LIVE event will be returning this year, which means that also returning will be the Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package. Booking this package will allow guests to experience three of the most popular events during the Frozen Summer Fun LIVE day. If you are looking for the ultimate Frozen day, this is the way to experience it!
To start, guests will be able to watch Anna and Elsa’s Royal Processional, a fun mini-parade with your favorite characters from the movie, in a reserved viewing area, complete with regal refreshments, such as water, soft drinks, and ice cream!
Finally, guests will end their day with a special dessert party and private viewing area for the Frozen Fireworks spectacular. Guests will be able to enjoy Frozen-themed desserts as well as specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
The cost is $69 for adults (ages 10 and up), $39 for children age 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity are included). Reservations can be made online or by calling 407-939-3463. Do keep in mind that package availability is limited.
The package will be available for guests to experience from June 17 through September 7, with the exception of July 4 and 15.
Are you looking to take in the ultimate Star Wars Weekends day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Then you should certainly consider purchasing one of two Star Wars Weekends Premium Packages.
The first is known as the Feel the Force Premium Package. Here guests will get reserved viewing for the Legends of the Force Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade, complete with soft drinks, water, and snacks. Guests also get to take part in ONE of the Celebrity Talk Shows in Theater of the Stars. Your show time will be selected at check-in. Finally, to end the evening, guests get to experience the “Symphony in the Stars” Fireworks Dessert Party, where guests will enjoy Star Wars-themed desserts (like the delicious Darth Vader cupcake), as well as a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and a great view of the evening’s fireworks. The cost of the Feel the Force Premium Package is $69 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $39 per child (ages 3-9). Tax and gratuity are included.
One of the more popular activities for Disney’s Hollywood Studios‘ Star Wars Weekends is returning this year–the D-Tech Me experience. This unique opportunity allows guests to have their face cast on a mold of a Star Wars figurine.
This year, Disney is adding two new options into the mix; they are a Jedi Knight and a TIE-Fighter Pilot.
Do you have a little one who likes to watch Doc McStuffins? (Or do you secretly enjoy it yourself?) Well, soon you and your family will have the opportunity to get meet Doc in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. She will appear against a backdrop that’s reminiscent of her playhouse clinic and she will join fellow Disney Junior stars Sofia the First and Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates in this section of the park.
In addition, Guests looking for Doc McStuffins will also still be able to see her at Disney Junior Play n’ Dine for breakfast of lunch at Hollywood & Vine, as well as at Disney Junior – Live on Stage, also found in the Animation Courtyard.
While she’ll begin meeting guests in May, there is no official start date announced, as of yet, so stay tuned.
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.
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.
The day includes lots of special events to soak in all the Frozen goodness! They are:
The Frozen Procession – This special mini-parade down Hollywood Boulevard will include Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf, plus a regal cavalcade of Arendelle’s finest, including skaters, skiers, ice cutters, and the Arendelle Flag Corps.
Olaf’s Summer Cool Down – Olaf will appear on the event stage throughout the day to cool things down as the summer sun gets hotter.
Hot Frozen Nights DJ Dance Party – When the sun goes down, the party gets hot! DJ Chill will be on hand at the event stage spinning great tunes. Guests will be able to share song requests and photos through social media that will be featured onscreen during the party.
Frozen Fireworks – Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf will come together at the event stage for a fantastic fireworks spectacular, set to the soundtrack of Frozen!
For those looking to meet Anna and Elsa in person, there will be no meet and greet opportunities at the Frozen Fun event. To actually meet the sisters, you’ll need to head to Princess Fairytale Hall at the Magic Kingdom.
The Frozen Summer Fun event will take place from June 17 through September 7 and is included in your park admission.
Welcome back to this brand new edition of Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes! (Crowd cheers…ok…maybe not…but a girl can dream.) This week has been very fruitful with little tidbits to share with you all; I’ve got lots of refurbishment news, details on Be Our Guest Restaurant, new information on Avatarland, and more!
Wow! There are a lot of refurbishments that have been scheduled for Walt Disney World. Let’s start at the Magic Kingdom. First, for those traveling in the summer, you will unfortunately not get to experience Pirates of the Caribbean. The attraction, which has been riddled with problems lately, will be seeing a 4+ month refurbishment, from May 11 through September 25, reopening September 26. No word on what the refurbishment will entail, but it is certainly necessary. There will also be a two day refurbishment of Stitch’s Great Escape in early March, March 1 and 2. The attraction will reopen on March 3. For those visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom for barbeque, you’ll have to wait a little longer, because Flame Tree Barbeque’s refurbishment has been pushed back to last until April 22, reopening April 23. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it would appear that Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show will be closed for a refurbishment from April 20-24, reopening on April 25. Also, Voyage of the Little Mermaid will be closed September 7-10, reopening on September 11. You can always keep up with the latest refurbishments on our refurb page.
So I don’t usually share the videos that Disney posts, but I will if I find them particularly newsworthy…like today, where they posted one hyping up Avatar for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s nice to finally see some more information about the project. The new concept art shown in the video is quite gorgeous, but what really impressed me was when they finally showed some of the bioluminescent aspects. It almost reminds me of being under the sea, seeing a unique type of illuminated coral. These additions will certainly make Animal Kingdom a destination once the sun sets. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out the video:
First, check out this view from the entrance of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios! You can almost see what this will look like once the hat is completely removed. While it was sad to watch it come apart, in the end I’m glad it’s gone. I can’t wait to see the last pieces removed and this view restored. What do you think now that it’s coming together? Do you still miss the hat?
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