Posts Tagged ‘Magic Kingdom’

Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour

by on October 12, 2016

Immediately to the right as you enter the park, this is where you check in for the tour

Immediately to the right as you enter the park, this is where you check in for the tour

I just returned from another amazing trip to Walt Disney World, and while there, I did something I’ve never done during any of my prior trips – a tour! Having heard about how magical tours like Wild Africa Trek and Backstage Magic are, I always assumed any tours that I would be interested in seeing would be beyond my price range. But as it turns out, there are a few of them under $50/person. For this trip, I decided to try out one of those less expensive tours, Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom.

Unlike reservations for hotels, dining, and FastPass+, tours cannot be booked online. So less than a week before the trip, I called the tour reservations line (407-939-8687) hoping that they still had availability. Fortunately, they had room in the 8:00AM tour. The cast member on the other line then provided me with basic information about the tour. I will discuss some of these in detail later and whether they were true, but here is a summary of the information she provided:

Topic: How Walt Disney’s childhood and later life influenced the development of Magic Kingdom

Cost: $35-$49 due at time of booking (Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts may be available)

Length & Location: Three-hour walking tour around Magic Kingdom

Cancellation Policy: Must cancel three or more days beforehand to receive a full refund

Wheelchair accessibility: Yes, but in order to experience attractions, must be able to transfer

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Attractions to Ride During Magic Kingdom Fireworks

by on September 27, 2016

Disney World’s Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom is a show that I can watch over and over again. I’ve had a perfect view at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. just behind the Hub. I’ve had great views from other various spots along Main Street, U.S.A. and from the upper balcony of the Walt Disney Railroad Main Street U.S.A. Station. I’ve watched it from Fantasyland near Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and at assorted spots on the path leading to Beast’s Castle with the fireworks exploding in all directions.

I’ve watched the fireworks bursting above me near Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and have seen them from the Tomorrowland bridge. I’ve also watched from parts of the park that afford only glimpses of the action but where the fireworks still give me that feeling of magic.

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Wishes near Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid

 

To be sure, there are many spots with a view of Wishes in Magic Kingdom. But there is another memorable way to watch the show from inside the park that doesn’t involve finding one great spot. Rather, how about experiencing Wishes from a different perspective by riding an attraction with a view.

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The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History Will Open in October

by on September 23, 2016

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The Muppets are coming! The Muppets are coming!

Are you ready for stories retelling famous historical moments courtesy of The Muppets? (I mean how could you not be ready?) Beginning October 2 at the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square, Guests will be able to catch some of your favorite characters, such as Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, and Gonzo, and yes Sam Eagle in “The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History.”

The eccentric new show that was announced back in July will be hosted by James “J.J” Jefferson who is the Liberty Square town crier, as well as the patriotic, Sam Eagle. Throughout the day, J.J. and the Muppets will share their own unique spin on the founding fathers. They will recount the tale of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, and more. There will be a unique song and one thing is for sure–this show will include plenty of humor.

“The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History” will take place several times a day outside the Hall of Presidents.

 

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Magic Kingdom to Celebrate 45 Anniversary

by on September 23, 2016

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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom  ©Rikki Niblett

October 1 is an important day in Disney history. It is the anniversary of the Magic Kingdom’s opening day,and this year, the park is celebrating 45 years of delivering magic to Guests. To celebrate, Disney will be featuring a few special offerings honoring the momentous day.

First, a special presentation will occur on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage at 9:30 a.m. The day will also include musical performances, appearances by Disney characters, and guest speakers.

Guests will also be able to pick up a limited release “I Was There” trading pin or t-shirt at the Emporium on Main Street USA. Also, Disney is releasing additional 45th anniversary commemorative products to celebrate the occasion.

Of course, it isn’t an anniversary at Walt Disney World without themed treats. (One would expect a special cupcake!) You can pick up these treats at both the Main Street Bakery and Gaston’s Tavern.

I’ve been at the Magic Kingdom on several of these anniversaries and they are a fun day. The Magic Kingdom’s atmosphere is incredibly fun and I like to spend the day visiting opening day attractions to celebrate. If you are able to visit this year for the celebration, I hope you have a great time too.

 

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Top 6 Overlooked Restaurants

by on September 23, 2016

One of the toughest choices to make regarding a Walt Disney World vacation is deciding where to eat. With all the options available at this amazing resort, it’s overwhelming for anyone planning their trip, whether they’re first-time visitors, or seasoned annual passholders. If you’ve done your research, you’ll see the pattern of some of the same names coming up over and over again in reviews and recommendations (Be Our Guest, Chef Mickey’s, Le Cellier, etc).

Disney Dining DonaldBut hopefully, after reading this article, I can introduce to some of Walt Disney World’s unsung restaurant heroes. I have selected my own top six overlooked restaurants at Walt Disney World. Each of these offers great food, value, and even atmosphere but somehow seem to get left out of the top popular recommendations. The plus side, is that because these are often overlooked, that means they are often less crowded and have open reservation availability. These aren’t ranked in any particular order, and range between table service and quick service, but you’ll find one selection from each park, a resort, and Disney Springs.

 

 

Animal Kingdom

First up, the overlooked restaurant in Animal Kingdom, Yak and Yeti. With all of the publicity of the newly opened Tiffin’s and the standing popularity of Rainforest Café, Yak and Yeti often gets forgotten as a wonderful table service option. As far as atmosphere, there are two levels to the restaurant with multiple rooms on each level, and each room is adorned with unique, ornate decorations. Every detail leaving the guest of an experience of actually eating in a quaint restaurant in Asia.

As for the menu, it definitely offers some unique Asian fusion options that you find everywhere. Some guests may pass by Yak and Yeti because the menu seems too ethnic or daunting for their taste buds. Any guest who does venture in will be richly rewarded.  I can honestly account that the Kobe Beef Burger I had here was the best burger I’ve had anywhere. So, if you’re in Animal Kingdom, or looking for a fun and rewarding dining experience, be sure to not to overlook Yak and Yeti.

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Stitch’s Great Escape to Go Seasonal at Magic Kingdom

by on September 21, 2016

Stitch's Great Escape

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Seasonal…it’s a word you don’t hear very often lately at Disney, but according to the Orlando Sentinel Stitch’s Great Escape will be going seasonal beginning October 2.

The much maligned attraction found in Tomorrowland opened back in 2004 with Stitch toilet papering Cinderella Castle to announce his arrival. Starting October 2, it will be only be open as Magic Kingdom attendance demands.

The attraction is scheduled to open during the busy Thanksgiving holiday season, beginning on November 19, but will close again on November 27. It will then open again during the holidays from December 17 through January 2.

Part of the disdain for Stitch’s Great Escape is the fact that it replaced the beloved (yet terrifying) Alien Encounter. Another part of it is that even though Disney attempted to scale down the scariness of the attraction, due to the harnesses that come down over Guests to properly showcase the effects of the attraction, it still scares Guests. Part of it is due to the fact that the story is not great. And well, part of it is that chili dog burp smell.

It has been years since an attraction has gone seasonal at Walt Disney World. Some attractions come back from seasonal status, such as Carousel of Progress, and some have not, such as Timekeeper (which turned into Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor). Giving more credence to the fact that Stitch’s Great Escape may be on its way out is that it has been rumored that the attraction will be closing soon to make way for an attraction based on Wreck-It Ralph according to The Disney Dish Podcast and our friend Jim Hill.

Only time will tell on this one. Make sure to stay tuned, as you know I’ll have all the info for you if/when more news gets released.

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In-Park Ticket Sales Test Occurring at Tomorrowland Light & Power Co

by on September 19, 2016

Guests can visit the Tomorrowland Light and Power Co. shop located near Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom as part of a test where they will be able to make changes to their park tickets.

ticket-sales

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Guests will not only be able to upgrade their tickets by adding additional days, as well as the Park Hopper and the Water Park Fun and More options, upgrade tickets to an Annual Pass, purchase tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and replace lost tickets. Additional services available by these Guest Relations Cast Members include making dining reservations, as well as booking other events.

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Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package Coming to the Magic Kingdom

by on September 13, 2016

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©Disney

Beginning on October 10, a brand new dining package will be introduced in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package at the Magic Kingdom. Guests will be able to receive a prix fixe lunch at Tony’s Town Square, then at the end of their meal, they will receive a voucher to experience the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade in a a reserved viewing location right in front of the flagpole on Main Street U.S.A.

Guests choosing this option can enjoy a three-course meal (appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage) from the standard lunch menu at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant as part of this package. The dining package is $45 for adults and $17 for children (ages 3-9), plus tax and gratuity. For those on the Disney Dining Plan, this option will cost one table-service entitlement.

This dining option is replacing the recently introduced Main Street Electrical Parade Dining Package, since this parade will be leaving the park in October. The last day Guests can book the Main Street Electrical Parade Dining Package through October 9.

Guests can book this option by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

 

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TouringPlansTV: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party + Video

by on September 2, 2016

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©Rikki Niblett

Welcome back to TouringPlansTV!

Halloween is my favorite time of year, so I’m extra excited to share today’s video with you all. It’s just in time too, since today–September 2–is the first 2016 Halloween party at the Magic Kingdom!

Check out below to learn all about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, found at Walt Disney World.

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New Costume Guidelines for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

by on August 31, 2016

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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Wow! It’s already here! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicks off on Friday event. It is a fun hard-ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom that invites Guests of all ages to experience the fun of Halloween with the fantastic Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade (my favorite), an impressive fireworks spectacular in Hallowishes (also my favorite), trick or treating, dance parties, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show, and more. Of course, one of the most fun aspects of the party is the fact that you can dress up in costume.

A while back, Disney had claimed that Guests would not be able to dress up any longer for the parties, but that appears to have been rolled back, as Disney has now released there new costume guidelines that Guests will need to adhere to. Here are the guidelines that you now need to keep in mind:

 

General

  • Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.

 

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