Posts Tagged ‘Magic Kingdom’

Guests May Make Same-Day Reservations at Jungle Skipper Canteen

by on February 8, 2016

Skipper Canteen

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The Magic Kingdom’s most recent restaurant, Jungle Skipper Canteen has, in the past, not allowed for advance reservations. Instead, Guests were able to walk up to the restaurant, put down their name, and they would be notified that their table was ready via text.

Well, as part of a test, from February 12-27, Guests will have the opportunity to make same-day reservations for either lunch or dinner at the Adventureland table service location. To do so, Guests can visit jungleskippercanteen.com or call 407-939-1933 on the day of their visit. A credit card will be required at the time of the reservation and the standard cancellation policies still apply.

Guests who do not wish to made advance reservations will still have the opportunity to inquire about the restaurant availability at the restaurant’s podium.

 

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 1/26/16

by on January 26, 2016

I’m back again! Looks like we have quite a few small nuggets for you all today that can help you with you next trip. These nuggets range from all four parks, as well as a few of the resorts too.

  • Habit Heroes at Epcot’s Innoventions has officially closed.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom will be closed for a lengthy refurbishment, from April 4 through sometime in July 2016.
  • The Writer’s Stop is officially on the chopping block for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Flights of Wonder at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is closed for two months, until March 17. The attraction will be gaining the addition of a permanent roof over the seating area.

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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever January 21, 2016: Magic Kingdom Martin Luther King Weekend Crowd Observations

by on January 21, 2016

Here at Walt Disney World, it sometimes seems like we just barely survive one holiday peak season before another wave of tourists arrive. After the overwhelming crowds of Christmas and New Year, Orlando’s parks saw a brief respite before Martin Luther King weekend came around and packed the parks again. For this edition of Best Week Ever, we’re going to brave the happy hordes and enjoy a Magic Kingdom Martin Luther King weekend visit.

The Sunday before Martin Luther King Day dawned overcast and blustery in the low 50s (what we locals call “Florida Cold”). But by the time I arrived at the Magic Kingdom’s parking lot, the weather was beginning to clear up into a gorgeous day.

 

Magic Kingdom Martin Luther King weekend

Grey skies, sweatshirts, and shorts: yup, it’s winter in Orlando!

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Disney Vacation Club Members Can Celebrate 25 Years of DVC With 25 and Beyond Bash

by on January 14, 2016

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Disney Vacation Club is celebrating 25 years and DVC members will get to enjoy quite a few exciting events to commemorate the occasion. The fun will kick off with the Disney Vacation Club 25 and Beyond Bash at the Magic Kingdom on two nights – February 25 and March 3. The party will kick off at 9:30 p.m. and last until midnight.

Event highlights will include access to select attractions in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, as well as The Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square. There will also be a DJ dance party for Guests to groove to in Tomorrowland and complimentary refreshments available. Other items will be available for purchase.

Members and their Guests will be able to enter the park as early as 7:00 p.m., however to enter the park at 7:00 p.m., Guests must have valid theme park admission. Guests will be able to check in for the event at either the Magic Kingdom or at the lobbies of the Disney Vacation Club Resorts. Membership Card and a photo ID will be required at check-in. Attendees will be given a wristband to wear during the event.

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Disney Park Strengths and Weaknesses: The Magic Kingdom

by on January 10, 2016

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Are you a Disney Park critic? I know, it’s hard to be critical of anything Disney (at least I think so), but even I have to admit that I’ve experienced a few things that some parks don’t do as well as others. Of course, there’s also a number of things that each park does very well! Today, I’m breaking down Disney Park Strengths and Weaknesses with a focus on the most magical park of them all: the Magic Kingdom.

The Magic Kingdom Park first opened on October 1st of 1971. While inspired by the original Disneyland Park, the Magic Kingdom was bigger, featured a whole new land known as Liberty Square, had a much larger castle as its centerpiece, and was only the start of the ultimate vacation kingdom which is Walt Disney World.

The Magic Kingdom is home to six themed lands: Adventureland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Main Street, U.S.A. In 2012, New Fantasyland opened at the Magic Kingdom and, in addition to the classic Fantasyland offerings, now has areas themed after the Beauty and the Beast film, a Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster, Storybook Circus with two Dumbo the Flying Elephants, and the Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction housed in Prince Eric’s Castle!

So let’s start with the Magic Kingdom’s best points, shall we…

Strengths:

USA_MainStreetUsa_KendraIconic Attractions – When you think of Walt Disney World, attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, the Mad Tea Party, Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, and “it’s a small world” is usually what comes to mind. They are synonymous with the Walt Disney World experience and an expression of that Disney magic. Therefore, there’s rarely ever a question about whether or not visit the Magic Kingdom because its iconic attractions make it a must-do, a luxury that other Disney Parks have never been quite able to equal.

Timeless Appeal – While Walt Disney never saw the completion of the Magic Kingdom, his fingerprints are all over the park. It was inspired off of the original Disneyland Park in regards to the general layout, the number of similar attractions, a castle at its center, and the Main Street, U.S.A. entry. In short, so much of what makes up the Magic Kingdom came from the mind of Walt and his ideas and projects had that timeless appeal, meaning that they transcend time and generation and fads. It truly is a rare thing in today’s rapidly modernizing world for attractions thirty years old or more to still fill queues, such as Peter Pan’s Flight and the Jungle Cruise and Space Mountain. It’s also rare for characters who are decades old to still have merchandise on the shelves and lengthy lines for autographs, but that is certainly reality at the Magic Kingdom. Basically, this park never gets old! That fact is one of the Magic Kingdom’s greatest strengths and it’s why people will keep passing through the turnstiles, year after year, and bringing their kids and then their grandkids to relive it for themselves and to introduce it to the next generation.

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Skipper Canteen Soft Opening Review

by on January 4, 2016

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The World Famous Skipper Canteen!

If you’ve ever felt hunger pangs while trekking through a tropical jungle outpost or while traveling niles and niles and niles down a dangerous river, then you know what it’s like to be a skipper in need of sustenance. Luckily for you, I’ve got just the place for you to visit the next time you’re in need – the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen!  The Skipper Canteen is a new table-service restaurant at the Magic Kingdom inspired by (and thematically connected to) the Jungle Cruise attraction.  The skippers who traverse the wild leading guided excursions through the jungle have to have a place to eat, right?

One of the biggest victories from my latest trip to Disney World was the fact that we managed to catch the soft opening of the Skipper Canteen, and I’ve got lots to share! As of the writing of this article, advanced reservations are not yet being accepted for the canteen, but it is expected that they should be available in the near future. We learned of the soft opening simply by walking by the restaurant. Skippers were outside letting people know that the Skipper Canteen was open and they were taking walk-ups. 

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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever December 31, 2015: Surviving Magic Kingdom Holiday Week Crowds

by on December 31, 2015

Do you love ginormous crowds of people, endless seas of strollers, and triple-digit wait times? If so, you’ve picked the Best Week Ever to visit Walt Disney World. But even if you are allergic to all of the above, it is actually possible survive the madness of Magic Kingdom holiday week crowds, and even enjoy a visit to America’s most popular theme park during the busiest week of the year, with the proper preparation.

In contrast to my relatively calm Christmas Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, my December 29 visit to the Magic Kingdom came smack in the center of 2015’s winter peak season psychosis. I braved the Magic Kingdom holiday week crowds in order to share with you a first-person perspective on navigating Disney when attendance is at its most extreme.

Without that professional motivation, I’d normally avoid Walt Disney World on days when our Crowd Calendar hits 10 out of 10, but many visitors don’t have another option due to work and school schedules. If the busy holiday week is the only time your family can visit WDW, I hope my experiences will help educate you about the perks and pitfalls of a peak season vacation.

 

Magic Kingdom Holiday Week Parking

As any Magic Kingdom veteran knows, simply arriving at the park is an adventure in itself; that’s doubly true during peak holiday weeks. My day of queuing began around 9 a.m., many yards before the Magic Kingdom parking toll booths.

Magic kingdom holiday week crowds parking

 

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Additional Details About New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World

by on December 30, 2015

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New Year’s Eve is rapidly approaching and as we say goodbye to 2015, there are a few things you should know about celebrating at the theme parks of Walt Disney World. Disney is the ultimate party atmosphere on New Year’s Eve, so you want to make sure to get the most out of your experience. Here’s what you should know, both in general and park by park:

General Tips:

  • If possible, eat at off-peak times. Avoid dining from noon-2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Stay in the parks after midnight to avoid the rush to the parking lot.

Magic Kingdom:

  • There will be two fireworks show on December 30 and 31: Holiday Wishes New Year Celebration – 6:30 p.m. and Fantasy in the Sky – 11:50 p.m.
  • Guests will be able to experience special dance parties on both December 30 and 31. One in Frontierland from 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. and one at the Castle Stage from 9:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
  • Complimentary cookies and cocoa will be available for Guests on December 31 from midnight until 1:00 a.m. at Columbia Harbour House and at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.
  • Hats and Horns will be distributed on December 31 beginning at 4 p.m. in the following locations, while supplies last:
    • Near Splash Mountain
    • Near Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
    • Tomorrowland Speedway
    • East FastPass+ viewing lawn

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Walt Disney World Holiday Newsworthy Notes – 12/16/15

by on December 16, 2015

©Rikki Niblett

©Rikki Niblett

The holiday season is rapidly approaching! If you’ll be visiting Walt Disney World this holiday season, because there will be large crowds, the resort has made (and will be adding more as we get closer) quite a few changes that you should be aware of to make your holiday season better in Florida. So, if you’ll be like me and be one of the crazy people visiting the parks and resorts during these last few weeks of there year, here’s what you need to know.

  • Additional Food and Beverage offerings will be available for Guests at the Magic Kingdom from December 19 through January 2.
    • Diamond Horseshoe: Offering Quick Service lunch (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and Table Service dinner (starting at 4:30 p.m.) daily
    • Market Street Sandwich Cart:  Offering Italian-themed sandwiches and salads
    • Storybook Circus Sandwich Cart: Offering Sandwiches and salads
    • Tomorrowland Terrace: Offering burgers
    • Prince Eric’s Village Market: Offering prepackaged sandwiches, caprese cups and salads
    • Aunt Polly’s: Offering prepackaged sandwiches and salads
    • Westward Ho: Offering corn dogs
    • Turkey Legs: Cool Ship, Frontierland Turkey Leg Wagon, Tomorrowland Turkey Leg Cart, Liberty Square Turkey Leg Cart, Heritage House Turkey Leg Cart
    • Peco’s Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe: Offering southwest burger

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25 Drinks of Christmas – Day Fourteen: Schweitzer Slush at Skipper Canteen

by on December 14, 2015

We’re back with everyone’s favorite theme park advent calendar: a daily countdown of our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld building anticipation to the Big Day. 

Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on property. Bonus points awarded for atmosphere where the drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!

DAY FOURTEEN: at Schweitzer Slush Skipper Canteen (Magic Kingdom)

First concocted by the noted explorer and humanitarian, Albert Slush.

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Sweitzer Slush at Skipper Canteen. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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Fresh off the opening of Thirsty River Bar late last week, Walt Disney World saw a new table service restaurant soft open yesterday with the Jungle Navigation Co LTD Skipper Canteen. The first new table service at the Magic Kingdom since Be Our Guest Restaurant, Skipper Canteen continues the trend of being magnificently themed inside with a ton of references for Disney fans. Skipper Canteen does not feature any alcohol, but it does have two signature drinks, including the one we are going to spotlight today: Schweitzer Slush. Cleverly referencing one of the longtime gags in the Jungle Cruise (Schweitzer Falls), the Schweitzer Slush is visually interesting as it is one of the only drinks featuring boba balls that puts the balls on top of the drink. Most drinks featuring boba balls have them at the bottom, such as Fishy Green Ale in Diagon Alley.

As big fans of good Disney souvenir cups, we recommend getting the Schweitzer Slush served in the great Jungle Skipper Canteen souvenir mug. While not technically a Moscow Mule mug (because – while metal – it is not made out of copper), it has the look and feel of one and includes the Skipper Canteen logo and Adventureland. It’s the little things we love.

Ingredients: Frozen apple juice and passion fruit topping with bursting green apple boba balls.

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Schweitzer Slush and #StoryCoasters at Skipper Canteen. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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Jungle Navigation Co. LTD. Skipper Canteen. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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