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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! December 2015 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on December 31, 2015

MMM positiveWelcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. In fact, with this edition of MMM Your Humble Author is completing the greatest month in the history of theme park blogging. In December we had the 25 Drinks of Christmas countdown (featuring the Nautilus at Grog Grotto, Deathly Hallows at WWOHP, Candy Apple Cotton-Tini at T-Rex Cafe and more), SATURDAY SIXES on the best souvenir cups at WDW along with Indiana Jones references in Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, our annual IN MEMORIAM – Six Things We Lost From the Theme Park World, and the inaugural 12 Days of a Theme Park Christmas. Of course readers of this fine column will enjoy Six Gifts Santa Can Bring BACK to the North Pole (AKA The Best of the Disney Outlet Stores 2015)

Now while all of you were out buying the wrong gift for your loved ones, Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo and I were hard at work to bring you the Outlet coverage you expect deserve!

Enough jibber jabber! Who is ready to hit the Outlets? Remember that clicking on any picture will open a full size version of it (don’t say we didn’t warn you)

We are going to start off this month’s report with a story so uplifting that, if it was made into a movie, it could only star Kirk Cameron. When the Disney Outlet Store off of International Drive was shut down in June for a “refurbishment,” we were told it would be closed for three months and reopen in September. Well, September came and went and it still wasn’t open. October came and went and it still wasn’t open. November came and went and it still wasn’t open

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I made many trips past this closed Outlet Store during the Summer and Fall, not unlike Ralphie Parker hoping to find his Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring in the mail.

A funny thing happened in early December. I had bought tickets to go to a private event in Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando Resort, which is close to the International Drive Outlets. I walked by the Disney Outlet, and found it still closed, but this time there was a sign on the door…

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Wait, is that a sign on the door?!

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Disneyland vs. Disney World: The Dole Whip Experience

by on September 6, 2015

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A Dole Whip Float

At both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort, guests are treated to castles, lovable characters, classic attractions, Mickey-shaped balloons, and…Dole Whips! One of the most popular treats on either coast is a Dole Whip, which is pineapple flavored soft-serve that is seriously addicting and an essential part of the Disney Park experience. Some Dole Whip Enthusiasts, like myself, prefer Dole Whip Floats where the soft-serve is served up in a cup of fresh pineapple juice. Others, however, believe the soft-serve alone is the only way to enjoy a Dole Whip.

[To learn how to make your own Dole Whip at home, and the way you like it, click here!]

Now Dole Whips have been popular in the parks for quite some time, but in recent years Dole Whips have become even more famous at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World — inspiring t-shirts and even home décor! Now that got me thinking; Which coast does Dole Whips the best? How is getting a Dole Whip at Disneyland different than at Walt Disney World? I plan to answer just that in Disneyland vs. Disney World: The Dole Whip Experience.

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The new location of Aloha Isle

Location: Once upon a time, the only two places to get a Dole Whip at Walt Disney World were Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland and Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Village Resort. That is now no longer the case: These days, Walt Disney World guests can get a Dole Whip at not just Aloha Isle, but also at the Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Village Resort, Tamu Tamu Refreshments at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, and at different booths during Epcot’s annual festivals, such as the Flower and Garden Festival each spring and the Food and Wine Festival each fall.

At Disneyland, however, there is still only one place to experience a Dole Whip and that’s at the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland, right in front of the Enchanted Tiki Room and near the land’s entrance. Clearly, Disney World has the most locations — and the Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Village gives guests and locals the ability to satisfy their Dole Whip cravings without park admission.

Winner: Disney World

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Where to Find Walt at Disney World

by on May 17, 2015

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Walt and Mickey

When comparing the Disneyland Resort to Walt Disney World, one of the biggest differences that always comes up is that Disneyland was Walt’s park while Walt never lived to see Disney World completed. While this is true, that doesn’t mean you still can’t find Walt’s attractions and touches on the East Coast. So keep reading to discover just a few of many places where to find Walt at Disney World!

The Hub: One of the most popular places to take a photo at the Magic Kingdom is in front of the statue of Walt and Mickey with Cinderella Castle in the background. Known as the Partners Statue, it’s appropriately positioned at the center of the park known as the Hub, where paths branch off towards the different lands of the Magic Kingdom. Just seeing the statue at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. and at the park center brings it all back to Walt and his most famous creation, Mickey Mouse.  The Hub has undergone some changes lately, but you can still find statuettes of other characters that contributed to Walt’s success, such as Goofy, Donald, Minnie, and more.

101_3519Main Street, USA: Did you know that you can find Walt even before you enter the Magic Kingdom? When approaching the park entrance, you will probably hear a train whistle and the clang of a bell from up above as a train pulls into Main Street Station. This is because Walt loved trains! The Main Street Train Station, along with Main Street, U.S.A, provides guests not just a look at what Walt’s creations, but what was in his heart. Trains were one of Walt’s hobbies and he spend his free time planning and constructing a miniature train that he and his guests could ride on in his backyard. He called it the Carolwood Pacific Railroad. Once you enter the park, you have to pass under the Main Street Train Station; but I encourage anyone who’s interested in learning about Walt to check it out. It’s filled with nods to railroad history and Walt’s passion for this vintage form of transportation. Main Street, USA was inspired after Walt’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri. Walt loved growing up in Marceline and wanted to recreate his memories of the town in his park. He even included a few odes to his family and Imagineers in the names found on the windows above the street. Fun Fact: Walt has two windows of his own. One of them is on the Main Street Train Station and faces out at the entrance while the other is above the Plaza Restaurant and faces Cinderella Castle!

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Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: March 26, 2015

by on March 26, 2015

Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World. This week we’re visiting the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, spending an evening at the Magic Kingdom, and stopping by Epcot. Who is ready for some special Easter fun?

If you’ve never visited during this time of year you might not know about a special display at the Grand Floridian. For just a few special weeks, incredible hand painted candy eggs are put out on display in the lobby of the hotel. Each of these eggs weigh between 9 and 12 pounds and stand anywhere from 16 to 20 inches tall. It’s pretty incredible to see! Starting with this special egg that’s on display in the lobby at the villas:

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Want to see more of this awesome Easter display? Be sure to click to read more! :)

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2014 THEA Awards announced for Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room and other Disney Attractions

by on November 26, 2013

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On Tuesday, November 19, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced the recipients of its 2014 THEA Awards, which honor the best achievements in amusements and attractions, at the annual IAAPA convention in Orlando. Several notable Disney attractions were singled out for recognition.

The THEA Classic award will go to Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Also honored were Enchanted Tales with Belle at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland.

Watch the entire 2014 THEA awards announcement from the floor of IAAPA in the following video. Awards will be officially handed out at the annual THEA awards dinner at the Disneyland Hotel on April 5, 2014.

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Celebrate the Tiki Room’s 50th Anniversary This Week at Disneyland

by on June 23, 2013

Happy birthday Jose, Fritz, Pierre, and Michael! Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, known as the first Audio-Animatronic theme park attraction, opened its doors 50 years ago this week in 1963. This spectacle of singing flowers, wisecracking birds, and chanting idols has gone through a few changes over the decades, but the playful Polynesian spirt Walt intended is still fully intact, at least in the Anaheim installation.

If you are visiting Disneyland this week, grab a Dole Whip and stop in for an air-conditioned show or two, not forgetting to arrive early enough for the outdoor preshow. Better yet, it you have the spare bucks, swing by the Disneyland Hotel on 6/28-29 for the Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Merchandise Event. The weekend features the opportunity to buy exclusive Vinylmation figures, posters, and other artwork, along with encounters with Disney Legends Rolly Crump and Bob Gurr, and artist SHAG.

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Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Event Tickets Now On Sale

by on April 8, 2013

Are you a devoted fan of Disneyland’s original Audio-Animatronics attraction, home to dozens of frolicking feathered friends (and the delectable Dole Whip)? Then you’re going to want to dig deep any pony up for passes to the Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Event, scheduled for June 28-29 at the Disneyland Hotel exhibit hall.

Event admission starts at $85 per person for the “Jose package,” which includes admission to the event store, silent auctions and trading opportunities, and a presentation featuring Disney Legends Rolly Crump and Bob Gurr. For an additional $185, you can meet popular retro artist SHAG at an evening cocktail reception.

The real reason people pay big bucks to attend these merchandise events is the opportunity to spend even more on exclusive and limited-edition souvenirs. A “random selection process” is used to distribute purchase opportunities among registrants for rare items, while other “open edition” artwork may be available online and in resort stores after the event.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased now online. If similar past events for the Haunted Mansion are any indication, you’ll want to order your tickets now if you plan on attending. Here is the complete event itinerary:

June 28, 2013 (5pm – 9pm)

  • Early Registration (including pick-up of Random Selection Process Merchandise)
  • Event Store
  • Trading Area

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