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The Plaza Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom to Offer More Walk-Up Availability

by on June 10, 2016

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Guests will soon be able to have an easier time getting a walk-up at The Plaza Restaurant located on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom.

Starting on July 17, Advance Dining Reservations will only be offered for one hour, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. For those wishing to dine at any other time throughout the day, they will need to visit the restaurant’s podium to inquire if there is any availability for walk-ups. This will allow for more Guests without reservations to have more opportunities to enjoy dining at a table service location on the fly.

For those who have already pre-booked their reservations, those will continue to be honored, however new reservations not within that one hour window will not be able to be made.

The Plaza Restaurant is a casual table service dining establishment that specializes in sandwiches, soups, salads, and ice cream treats.

This news comes on the heels that Jungle Skipper Canteen, which previously was offering walk-ups and day of reservations only, has now been added to the regular 180- day Advance Dining Reservations system.

 

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Disney Hacks #4: Magic Kingdom Shortcuts

by on June 10, 2016

disney-hacksDid you know that when you first walk into the Magic Kingdom, you’re actually closer to parts of the Jungle Cruise than you are to Casey’s Corner at the end of Main Street U.S.A.? Seems crazy, because from that point in the park, it would take you several minutes to walk to the queue of that attraction. The reality, however, is that if you were to walk through the large doors by the Harmony Barber Shop where the parades enter and exit and walk to the west, you’d find yourself at the backside of the Jungle Cruise (which also houses the backside of water!) within a few steps; as the crow flies, you are very, very close to the Jungle Cruise the moment you walk into the park.  

 

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a shortcut that would zip you backstage and directly where you wanted to go?  Heck yeah, it would!  Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to save the general public the trouble of walking all the way around to the Jungle Cruise, but there ARE several shortcuts or alternative routes within the park that will help those in the know move around much more quickly — sometimes because they are less congested, and sometimes because they are just more direct. Read on to learn more about Magic Kingdom shortcuts!

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Tony’s Town Square at the Magic Kingdom to Offer Dining Package

by on June 6, 2016

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Recently, I feel like Disney is handing out dining packages the way Oprah gave away cars. You get a dining package, and you get a dining package, everybody gets a dining package!!!

The newest restaurant on the block to receive a dining package option is Tony’s Town Square located at the Magic Kingdom. Beginning June 9, Guests can experience a prix fixe lunch. At the end of their meal, they will receive a voucher to experience the Main Street Electrical Parade in a a reserved viewing location right in front of the flagpole on Main Street U.S.A.

Guests participating in this package will be able to enjoy a three-course meal (appetizer, entree, and dessert) for $45 for adults and $17 for children (ages 3-9). Do keep in mind tax and gratuity are extra. For those on the Disney Dining Plan, this option will cost one table service credit.

Guests can begin to book the dining package for Tony’s Town Square beginning tomorrow, June 7, by calling (407)WDW-DINE.

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Advance Dining Reservations Available Soon for Skipper Canteen

by on June 3, 2016

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©Rikki Niblett

Since its opening, the table service dining location Jungle Skipper Canteen at the Magic Kingdom has been offering accommodations for walk-up reservations. Then, they went to being able to make same day reservations. Now, it appears as though there has been another change, as Guests will be able to make Advance Dining Reservations for both lunch and dinner at the Adventureland restaurant.

The restaurant features the crew of the World Famous Jungle Cruise who are on hand to serve up a side of signature jungle skipper humor with every meal in one of three fantastic dining rooms. Dishes include grilled steak, head-on shrimp, curried vegetable stew, and a rice noodle bowl. For dessert guests can choose from things like a coconut bar and a dessert called Kungaloosh.

For those looking to make reservations for the newest restaurant at the Magic Kingdom, you can call 407-WDW-DINE. A credit card guarantee is required at the time you make the reservation and the cancellation policy now applies.

 

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Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire Debuts at the Magic Kingdom on June 17

by on May 20, 2016

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Recently, Disney announced that the upcoming Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage show would take place in June. Now, we have an exact premiere date for the Magic Kingdom show – June 17.

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire will bring to life classic Disney tales in a spectacular performance featuring memorable music, dancing, incredible costumes, and special effects. There will also be a brand new original song called “On This Day” that was written by songwriters Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda who also wrote songs for Toy Story: The Musical and Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings.

The show features Mickey’s troupe of Merry Makers and beloved characters from Frozen, The Princess and the Frog, and Tangled. It is slated to celebrate the unique stories of the inhabitants of the Magic Kingdom, as well as all the wonderful things that can happen when new things are experienced, such as meeting new friends, trying new things or visiting new places.

Show times are not yet scheduled for Mickeys’ Royal Friendship Faire and they could vary day to day, however the show is expected to be performed several times a day from mid-morning until late afternoon.

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New Stage Show for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on May 5, 2016

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This year, during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a brand new stage show will be replacing the Celebrate the Season stage show. Called Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, Mickey and his pals will celebrate with an unforgettable Christmas party filled with music, dancing, color and fun. Friends are invited for the fun, including, Woody and Jessie from Toy Story, Peter Pan, Alice, Pinocchio, Snow White, and many more!

According to the official synopsis:

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Tickets On Sale For Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on May 5, 2016

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Disney has previously released the dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and I can officially tell you that tickets are now on sale for this fun-filled holiday event!  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held in November and December at the Magic Kingdom.

As with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket prices, tickets did jump quite a bit in pricing over the previous year.

Party dates and pricing for this year is as follows:

  • November 10, 13: $86 plus tax (ages 10+), $81 plus tax (ages 3-9) for advance purchase
  • November 7, 8, 11, 15, December 1: $91 plus tax (ages 10+), $86 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • November 18, 27, 29, December 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13: $92 plus tax (ages 10+), $87 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • December 9, 15: $96 plus tax (ages 10+), $91 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • December 16, 18, 22: $99 plus tax (ages 10+), $94 plus tax (ages 3-9)

Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts are available on select dates.

This year’s event will include Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, Holiday Wishes fireworks spectacular, cookies and hot cocoa, the Castle Dream Lights, and the Celebrate the Season castle stage show.

What a great way to celebrate the Holidays than in the Magic Kingdom with Mickey and the gang.

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Let’s Do it Again!!! – Dapper Day at Magic Kingdom

by on May 2, 2016

This piece is a follow up to an introductory article about Spring Dapper Day at the Magic Kingdom.  To read it first please visit the following link:  Spring Dapper Day at Walt Disney World.

 

I am happy to report that we have returned from our short trip “home”, are now well rested, and I am ready to tell you all about the dashing good time we had at Dapper Day.  It was so fun to see everyone else in their dapper attire.  Men, women, children:  people of all ages partook in the fun.  I was very surprised at how many people were dressed up.  It seemed like almost everyone!  I felt sorry for those poor souls who were merely wearing their normal vacation clothes.  We did have a few stop us and ask why everyone was so well dressed;  and some of them said they wished they had know so they could have done it as well.

In my last article I had left you all hanging as to what we were going to wear.  It really was a hard decision.  We debated styles from the 1920’s, the 1950’s, and even theming our outfits based on Disney characters.  My husband’s attire was easier to plan and it sort of just fell into place.  For our anniversary earlier last year I had bought him a Mickey Mouse bowtie (with no clue as to when he would ever wear it), and around Christmas time he began growing out his normally very short cut facial hair.  I had fallen in love with the handlebar moustache look and had convinced him that he needed to have one for Dapper Day.  He lovingly obliged.   Also around Christmas last year, while shopping in Target, I had made him try on a hat which I was convinced he would be super cute in.  He was.  I bought it.

He had first thought he wanted to look like a dapper Walt Disney with knickers and a dress shirt that we had scene in a photograph.  That changed when we had a very hard time locating a vintage styled pair of knickers that were in our “wear it once” budget.   Instead he found a very nice pair of dress pants at a local thrift store that went with the shirt he wanted to wear.  The last part of the outfit was leather suspenders.  That was the third piece to his outfit that I insisted on.  I am really lucky that his taste in clothing is pretty much in sync with mine.

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Dining Review: Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch

by on April 27, 2016

A mainstay of dining in Magic Kingdom, Liberty Tree Tavern has always been a favorite for my family and friends for a filling mid-day meal. Recently, the kitchen underwent a few improvements in connection to the construction of nearby Skipper Canteen, so I thought it was about time to head back to the Tavern to see if this spot was still worthy of a stop. The lunch menu features slightly elevated versions of American classics like burgers and sandwiches, pot roast, and an individual portion of the popular Pilgrim’s Feast (Thanksgiving turkey dinner) offered as an all-you-care-to-enjoy dinner here. After a little investigating, I realized the pot roast entrée on the lunch menu is pretty much the same as what I sampled a few weeks ago at Diamond Horseshoe next door (the two share many similar menu items, so if it sounds the same, it probably is). I knew that a few items looked new to me, and after talking with my very friendly server, I decided I’d give the three newest dishes on the menu a shot: sweet corn fritters for my appetizer, the updated Liberty Boys Sandwich for my entree, and the Boston Cream Pie for dessert.

First to arrive were the sweet corn fritters ($7), five fritters served alongside a pepper jelly made in-house and atop a schmear of creamed corn (a nice plating touch, but altogether unnecessary – I appreciated the effort, though!). The fritters had a crispy fried coating sprinkled with a bit of salt, and a creamy and sweet corn flavor inside. Some of the fritters were more like hushpuppies in texture, with one or two a bit softer (I got the sense these weren’t quite cooked long enough, and the cornbread/hushpuppy texture was meant to be the real deal). Overall, I found these fritters sweet and savory, with a touch of warmth from the jalapenos inside the batter. The sweet and slightly spicy pepper jelly served on the side cut through the dense flavors of the fritters, but was a bit tough to use as a dip, practically speaking. I should also note that spicy-food-averse people shouldn’t necessarily write this dish off altogether, as the flavors from the fritters overall are relatively innocuous. I’d probably suggest these to anyone on the deluxe dining plan in search of a different kind of appetizer compared to other restaurants, but unless you’re absolutely starving, I’d probably skip appetizers altogether here and save room for dessert (you’ll see why shortly).

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Disney After Hours Discounts for Annual Passholders and DVC Members

by on April 26, 2016

Disney After Hours Event Guide

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The Disney After Hours event is a fun late-night experience where you can enjoy the Magic Kingdom with little to no wait. The event lasts for 3 hours after the park closes for the evening. Also during the event, Guests will receive ice cream treats and bottled beverages. This special evening will occur on select nights throughout the months of April and May.

Well, going forward, Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members will be able to get a discount on this special event. The regular price for the event is $149, however AP holders and DVC Members will be able to get their tickets for $75 each. Guests can purchase their discounted tickets by calling (407) 560-PASS or by visiting any Walt Disney World ticket window.

The following nights are available for the discounted event:

  • April 28
  • May 5
  • May 8
  • May 12
  • May 19

If you are curious as to whether or not the event is worth it, Laurel recently experienced one of these evenings, so make sure to check out her post.

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