Posts Tagged ‘Magic Kingdom’

2015 Jingle Cruise Now Sailing In Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (Including Full Video)

by on November 9, 2015

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Start celebrating the holidays at the Magic Kingdom with the 2015 Jingle Cruise (Photos/video by Seth Kubersky)

It seems like it was only last week that we were celebrating Halloween…oh wait, it was only last week. Well, never mind the 90 degree weather, the winter holidays have arrived at Walt Disney World! Only days after it was decked out with spirited All Hallows decor, the Magic Kingdom is already dressed for Christmas. And to start the season in safari style, the 2015 Jingle Cruise has docked in Adventureland, bringing holiday cheer to the world-famous Jungle Cruise attraction.

First, let’s take a stroll from the entrance’s poinsettia planter and up Main Street U.S.A., where a towering Christmas tree has made its annual appearance:

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Extend the Magic: Using Photo Books to Tell Your Story

by on November 6, 2015

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Photo books are a great way to extend the magic of your trip!

I’m sure you’ve all been there – your Disney vacation is over and the dreaded Disney blues set in and all you want to do is extend the magic from your trip. The end of a Disney trip can be depressing, but I’ve developed methods for extending the magic past the vacation so I can bask in the Disney happiness just a little bit longer. One of my main methods of doing this is through the creation of photo books.

Now I know what you might be thinking, “Photo books? Anyone can create photos books to document a vacation! What makes your method so special?” Well I’m glad you asked. I approach photo book creation for Disney trips from a unique angle. Rather than just documenting step-by-step the different events that take place on a trip, I attempt to find a new and different storytelling theme for every photo book I create. My desire is that the photo books not only transport us back to the wonderful memories from the trip, but also make us laugh at the way I chose to tell the story. Essentially, I’ve embraced the idea of being goofy. Let me break down my process step by step.

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A Visit to Magic Kingdom’s MagicBands on Demand Retail Location

by on November 4, 2015

On a recent visit to Magic Kingdom, I was thrilled to customize my own MagicBand at the new MagicBands on Demand retail location inside of Tomorrowland Light & Power Co., near the exit to Space Mountain. Not only was I able to get a purple MagicBand (a color hotly anticipated by Disney fans ever since MagicBands debuted) but I was able to complement it with my own choice of graphics. Rikki Niblett wrote about this new location where guests can create MagicBands on Demand when it opened in late October; in addition to MagicBands, it offers customized cell phone cases. Here are the details on my experience creating a MagicBand.

The storefront’s clock-and-gear-shaped Mickey and “Generating a Bright New Tomorrow” sign got me right in the mood to experience some technology.

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Guests are greeted by several banks of touchscreens used to customize MagicBands and phone cases.

© Sarah Graffam

© Sarah Graffam

A sign displays pricing for MagicBands on Demand with or without adding a name as well as for D-Tech on Demand options for customized phone cases with or without a name.

To start designing my MagicBand, I chose to work at one of the touchscreens at the front of the store. I arrived at the store around 9:30 AM, and there were plenty of open touchscreen stations. If all the stations at the front are in use, there are several more touchscreens located in the back of the store near the center where guests’ MagicBands and cases are printed.

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Trivia Tuesday: Walt Disney World + Video

by on October 27, 2015

Photo - Michael DahlgrenIt’s Trivia Tuesday!

Let’s jump right in and learn all about Walt Disney World.

 

Follow us on Youtube and Facebook for more TouringPlans videos and posts.

What Trivia Tuesday topic would you like me to cover next? Let me know in the comments!

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Guests Can Now Create MagicBands on Demand at the Magic Kingdom

by on October 23, 2015

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Disney’s D-Tech on Demand is great for customization of great tech products. Matter of fact, I actually own a couple of the customizable cell phone covers. However, now there will be one more item that you can get customized – MagicBands. Guests are now able to purchase personalized MagicBands at the MagicBand On Demand station found inside the Tomorrowland Power & Light Co. (Which is the former location of the Tomorrowland arcade and the store where Space Mountain exits.)

At this location, Guests will be able to choose to make either a cell phone cover, or now, a specialized MagicBand on one of eight colors – yellow, orange, red, blue, pink, green, gray, and PURPLE! (That’s right…this is not a drill…) There will be 40 different graphics that can be utilized for these custom bands. Once a Guest orders their band, it will be printed on-site and can either be connected to the Guest’s My Disney Experience account or given as a gift.

The cost for a personalized MagicBand will be $29.95.

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Adventure is Out There! (But I’d Prefer to Plan for It): Results of a Totally Spontaneous Day

by on October 21, 2015

Adventure is out there

How exactly do you unplan a day?

If you follow my articles, you know that over Labor Day Weekend I partook in a grand experiment in an unplanned day at Walt Disney World. Having now experienced that firsthand (and taking some time to mull it over) I’m ready to report back with this uber-planner’s perspective on completely making things up as I went along. What did I learn? Adventure is out there, but I’d prefer to plan for it.

For a quick review of my experiment, here are the rules that were applied to my unplanned day:

  • Votes were submitted via Twitter, Facebook, and the comments section of my All It Takes is Faith and Trust article regarding which park my husband and I would visit on Saturday, September 5th – we did not tally the votes until we were ready to walk out the door and go to the winning park.
  • We had to make our FastPass+ selections after we arrived at the park using one of the in-park kiosks (this was a rule change based upon a suggestion from a commenter on the original article – I was not allowed to use the MyDisneyExperience app on my phone).
  • We could not make a meal reservation for that day until after we arrived in the designated park, and we had to make that reservation by calling the reservation line (another rule change based on comments).
  • I would provide regular updates on Twitter and solicit feedback from people following along from home – they could make suggestions regarding what we would do once we were in the winning park and I would try to accommodate those requests.
  • I would be allowed to utilize the Touring Plans Lines app throughout the day.

If you aren’t interested in the play-by-play version of the day and you just want to know my reaction to it, scroll on down to the “So, What Do I Really Think?” section and enjoy!

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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever October 15, 2015: Magic Kingdom Premium VIP Tour

by on October 15, 2015

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The average Orlando visitor doesn’t have a bottomless budget for their vacation, so we here at Touring Plans are dedicated to helping you squeeze the most out of every buck. But every once in a while, it’s nice to get a taste of how the other 1% lives. Ever fantasized about a trip to Walt Disney World without worrying about dining reservations, FastPass+ bookings, or transportation to and from the parks? Welcome to the wonderful world of WDW Premium VIP tours, where the magic of plaid can make almost any Disney dilemma disappear. Usually, the Touring Plans team gets treated just like any other paying guest when we go to the parks. But for this very special Best Week Ever I was able to experience my first Magic Kingdom VIP tour…and I may never be able to go back to waiting in lines again!

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Creating a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Touring Plan: Planning and Party Tips

by on October 14, 2015

TouringPlans logoThis is the first year my family is going to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and once we get to the party, we want to focus on fun rather than figuring out how to navigate the party activities. The party offers a ton of stuff to do, which is a great thing but also means we need a plan to maximize our party time.

Here at TouringPlans.com, we offer three Premium Touring Plans specifically for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Party. A summary of these plans by TouringPlans’ Brian McNichols plus links to each of them can be found here. Using any of these plans will save you time and allow you to hit the highlights of the party. In addition, all of them are customizable, allowing you to add rides, meals, and other activities to suit your personal priorities. I went a step further and used the Personalized Touring Plan tool, which allowed me to build my family’s own Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Party Touring Plan from scratch.

In the rest of this article, I’ll run through the steps I took to create my family’s Personalized Touring Plan and then show the resulting plan. Also included are tips on specific party activities that helped me create our plan. In the course of planning, I learned several other excellent party tips and strategies that didn’t play so much into my planning. These are listed at the end of the article to help our readers planning for the party.

Step 1

My first step in party planning was to make a list of things to do at the party based on TouringPlans.com’s Premium Touring Plans as well as combing through discussion boards, various other articles and websites, the Disney World website, and of course TouringPlans.com’s excellent information on the party. (Links to specific party activities throughout this article will send you to more details on TouringPlans.com.)

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Tortuga Tavern at Magic Kingdom to See New Menu

by on October 13, 2015

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©Disney

Menus have been changing recently at the Magic Kingdom and now there is one more counter service restaurant that is seeing a change.

Since Pecos Bill’s recently switched to a Mexican-inspired menu, Tortuga Tavern needed to see a menu change. The Adventureland restaurant will be debuting an all new menu featuring barbecue treats.

Guests will be able to order one of three barbecue sandwiches choices – pulled pork, sliced beef brisket, or grilled chicken breast. Sandwiches will be served on Texas toast and sides will include beans and cole slaw. Guests can also choose to enjoy a delightful roasted corn and vegetable salad with a vinaigrette dressing. (Guests can choose to add the beef brisket or chicken to the salad, if they choose, as well.)

Tortuga Tavern’s new menu rolls out on October 14. The restaurant will remain as a seasonal offering.

 

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Style at Walt Disney World

by on October 6, 2015

New Year's Eve

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Are you ready to ring in the New Year? Ok, maybe not quite yet, but it is time to start planning for those who are considering a trip to Walt Disney World during the New Year’s holiday. I mean what better place to ring in the new year than in the ultimate party atmosphere with fireworks, entertainment, and great dining.  Here’s what you can expect to experience if you decide to head down to Florida to ring in 2016.

Entertainment:

Magic Kingdom – Guests can welcome 2016 on not one night, but two. The Magic Kingdom will present the incredible Fantasy in the Sky fireworks on both December 30, and December 31 at 11:50 p.m.

Epcot – Guests can celebrate all night long as DJs and live music will take place around World Showcase. Of course, there will be a fireworks spectacular courtesy of two showings of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth–one at 6:00 p.m. featuring the holiday tag and one at 11:40 p.m., which will be followed by a countdown and pyrotechnic salute to the New Year.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Rock ’n’ roll into the New Year with a brilliant fireworks spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The show will be presented on December 31 near the Hyperion Theater at midnight.

Dining:

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