The turtles are popular now, but in the late ’80s and early ’90s they were a phenomenon. Cartoons, video games, movies, comic books, breakfast cereal, traveling stage shows, and enough merchandise that would make even Anna and Elsa jealous. Starting in 1990, TMNT performed a stage show in New York area of Disney-MGM, followed by a meet-and-greet. TMNT left Disney in ’96, but the Turtles have proven the test of time, connecting with each new generation of kids. While both Disney and Universal could score a coup by having the turtles in their parks, right now they can be seen at the Nickelodeon Hotel in Orlando
The heroes in a half shell with April O’Neil in the Streets of America. (photo by PopRewind)
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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Can you believe it? Easter is just a week and a half away! Wow has time flown.
With Easter upon us, I wanted to share a few things that those of you traveling down during the next couple of weeks may want to take advantage of!
First, for those visiting the Magic Kingdom, you’ll be able to meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny! The duo have hopped over to the Main Street U.S.A.’s Town Square Courtyard at the Bunny Lane Garden, located next to City Hall. They can be found meeting guests from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and guests will receive a pre-autographed card before they exit. Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be at the Magic Kingdom through April 5.
As I’ve previously mentioned, at Epcot, they will be holding the popular Disney Egg-stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt. Guests will be able to explore World Showcase with a specially-themed map in hand, searching for decorative eggs themed to Disney Characters. They should then place the corresponding egg sticker on the map to represent that location. Maps and stickers may be purchased for $4.95 (plus tax) and when guests are finished, they may return the map to claim a surprise gift. The fun kicks off on March 27 and lasts through April 5.
A few years ago, the Magic Kingdom rolled out the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party, which takes place at the Tomorrowland Terrace on select nights. The party offers Guests the opportunity to enjoy delicious treats and beverages in a buffet setting, as well as having a private viewing area to in which to catch Wishes. (Before the dessert party took over, this was always a favorite spot of mine to view Wishes from.)
Guess I’m not getting my favorite spot back any time soon because beginning July 5, Disney is revamping and enhancing this special dessert party, renaming it the Wishes Dessert Party. (Gotta make it simple.) The party will include desserts such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse, seasonal fruits and cheeses, Disney character-themed cupcakes, ice cream and more. Guests can also enjoy hot chocolate, signature lemonades, coffee, and tea. Then as the fireworks begin, there will be a sparkling cider toast.
Also changing…the cost. The price will double, with it now costing $49.00 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $29.00 per child (ages 3-9) and includes tax. (Previous cost of the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party was $25.99 for adults and $13.99 for kids.)
Reservations for the Wishes Dessert Party can begin to be made tomorrow, March 20 at DisneyWorld.com/Dine.
I normally try to put things in order, but this week I decided to start with this killer sunset instead! From all the way in Tomorrowland I had no idea the sky was lighting up until we breezed by on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. Luckily, I managed to snap this one shot! It seemed like the perfect way to start this week.
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Be Our Guest Restaurant has been seeing a lot of changes recently due to its extreme popularity. The first change for the New Fantasyland restaurant was that reservations became available to everyone during the lunchtime hours, and now there’s another addition — the restaurant will begin offering breakfast, as part of a test, beginning March 20. This test will take place daily from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. until June 18. (And I suspect that should this test go well – and let’s be honest, I don’t see why it wouldn’t – that the “end date” will be extended indefinitely.)
Breakfast will be served as a “fast casual,” prix fixe menu. For $19.99 plus tax for adults and $11.99 plus tax for children ages 3-9, guests at this counter service location will be able to enjoy a pastry basket for sharing, followed by a choice of entree and a self-service beverage.
I am back from another great trip to Walt Disney World, and I have some news that I learned that you need to know for your upcoming trips. There are lots of great tidbits that I think are of great interest, so let’s dive right into the fun!
Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the fantastic macaw show, Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight, will see a small change. The landing perch has been relocated in front of the Tree of Life. The show will continue to be performed at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Previous location of the Winged Encounters perch. And yes, the birds DO fly AT you!
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.
Who’s ready for the “Coolest Summer Ever”? The special event, which, of course, is themed after Frozen, is filled with a ton of fun. Starting it all is a 24-hour party on Memorial Day weekend at Walt Disney World.
The fun will take place at the Magic Kingdom from 6:00 a.m. on May 22 and will last until 6:00 a.m. on May 23. Guests will be able to dress up and show their Disney Sides, so get your best Disney Princess dress or your Disney Bounding outfit ready! (Do keep in mind that costumes must follow the same rules that apply during events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.) In addition, there will be special entertainment, merchandise, food and beverages during the day. The event will also feature Disney character greetings, dance parties and special surprises.
More details will be announced the closer we get to the event, and I’ll make sure to share those with you as soon as I can!
This is the fourth year for a 24-hour, all-night party for Walt Disney World, which started in 2012 with the “One More Disney Day” promotion.
Magic Kingdom’s Little Mermaid ride has reopened with new figures and improved lighting. (Photos and video by Seth Kubersky)
Ever since it originally opened in Disney California Adventure, and then again when it was cloned at Walt Disney World as the first new ride in the Magic Kingdom‘s New Fantasyland, the Little Mermaid dark ride has drawn mixed reviews. Known in Orlando as Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, and as The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure in Anaheim, this slow-moving Omnimover attraction is a family-friendly people-eater, but has been criticized as lacking in polish and pacing. Now the Florida attraction has been refurbished and upgraded, much as its older sibling had been months earlier, and we have brought you a full POV video of WDW’s Little Mermaid ride with additional figures and enhanced lighting, recorded on March 5, 2015.
As you’ll notice in the below video, the biggest improvement is in the centerpiece “Under the Sea” scene, whose lighting has been reimagined with blacklight. The results are still eye-popping, while better concealing the exposed ceilings, making for a much more immersive experience.