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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of December 16

by on December 14, 2017

This week brings you beautiful weather and Star Wars fun. Keep reading for more!

Special Events

  • Star Wars: Galactic Nights is Saturday, December 16 from 7:00 pm – midnight. If you’re attending, bring your ticket stub from Star Wars: The Last Jedi for a commemorative holiday ornament! (Valid for movie tickets used Dec. 14-17.)
  • Neil Patrick Harris is narrating the Candlelight Processional this week! You can see him from December 18–21.
  • Flights of Wonder, a bird show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, will be ending on December 31. Catch this show before it’s gone forever!

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New Details About the Disney Skyliner Gondola Transportation System

by on December 8, 2017

When it was announced at the D23 Expo that the Walt Disney World Resort was getting a gondola transportation system, called the Disney Skyliner, I was a little surprised. It was a cool idea, but the questions soon started coming to my mind. Today, Disney answered some of the questions I had, as well as some additional ones.



First things first, it was announced that Disney characters like the Fab Five, characters from Disney attractions, fan favorites from movies, and more would be a part of the fun. The exterior of the cabins will feature iconic beloved Disney characters incorporated into their design, like Belle and Beast, the Haunted Mansion ghosts, Mickey and Minnie, and more.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of December 9

by on December 7, 2017

Heading to Walt Disney World next week? Here’s your weekly preview!

Special Events

  • Ample Hills Creamery, located at Disney’s Boardwalk, is featuring Star Wars-themed ice cream flavors! These three flavors are inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi and can be purchased in store and online.
  • Will you be attending the Candlelight Processional? This week’s performances will be narrated by Disney Legend, Kurt Russell.
  • Hours have been extended for Christmas Tree Trail. To check out these Disney-inspired trees, visit Disney Springs through January 7. New hours below!
    • Monday – Thursday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Christmas Eve (12/24): 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Christmas Day (12/25): 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Walt Disney World Christmas Vlog: November 2017 + Video

by on November 28, 2017

Thanksgiving is over and the holidays are approaching!

I celebrated the start of the Christmas season earlier this month whilst visiting Walt Disney World.

Check out the vlog below to see what I did!

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Changes Made to Disney’s Magical Express Pick-Up Times

by on November 20, 2017

Disney's Magical Express

©Rikki Niblett

If you are someone who is going to be using Disney’s Magical Express when visiting Walt Disney World this holiday season, you are going to want to take notice of an important update.

Due to security enhancements from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Orlando International Airport (otherwise known as MCO) has updated their advisory times and is recommending that travelers arrive at the airport earlier than they previously were supposed to. Guests flying out of MCO are now supposed arrive at least three hours prior to their scheduled departure time.

This means that there is now a change in the departure times for Disney Magical Express resort motorcoaches. Disney’s Magical Express will now be scheduled to pick up Guests approximately four hours prior their scheduled flight departure time for both domestic and international flights. This means that Guests may have a motorcoach departure time ranging anywhere from 3 hours and 45 minutes prior to flight time, to 4 hours and 15 minutes prior to flight time. This change has been enacted so that it will ensure the Guest’s luggage arrives at the aircraft in time for their scheduled flight departure time.

In addition, Guests using the Resort Airline Check-in service must now check in for their flight at least four hours prior to their scheduled departure time. Also, the Resort Airline Check-in desks at Walt Disney World Resort hotels will operate 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. daily.

Keep in mind that this is currently only a temporary measure. The Walt Disney World Resort is working closely with Orlando International Airport. This process is currently expected to be in place through early January 2018.


Thanksgiving Options at Disney Parks

by on November 17, 2017


Wow! Can you believe that we are less than a week away from Thanksgiving?! If you’re going to be spending the holiday in the parks, you will have a number of places where you can choose to dine and grab a traditional (or even non-traditional) turkey meal.  They include:


Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe will offer turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and gravy


  • Sunshine Seasons will offer turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Biergarten
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of November 18

by on November 16, 2017

Can you believe the holiday season is right around the corner? Where has this year gone? The holidays mean lots of exciting events are coming your way at Walt Disney World.

Special Events

  • Disney Springs has a wide variety of holiday events going on, including the expanded Tree Trail, and select stores will also have Black Friday sales and special offerings. Although the full list hasn’t come out yet, you can see our review of last year’s Black Friday here.
  • It’s a holiday miracle! Choza de Margarita, the margarita stand at Epcot’s Mexico pavilion, is finally open. Check out our review of the drinks and food here.
  • More details are coming out about Star Wars Galactic Nights, a hard-ticket event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 16. If you want to attend, make sure to get your tickets right away as this event will sell out.


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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World with Even More Options

by on November 14, 2017

New Year's Eve


If you’re looking to bring in 2018 in style, celebrating New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World is a great way to do it. In addition to previously mentioned parties at both Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, there are two other options to choose from that were just announced.

First, Guests can spend the evening at the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk with a New Year’s Eve Bash. Here’s you’ll experience rockin’ music and tasty treats. Guest will be able to enjoy things like soft pretzels, churros, and other sweet and salty snacks. In addition, you can celebrate the new year with complimentary party hats and horns, a view of Epcot’s fantastic New Year’s Eve fireworks, as well as a champagne toast at midnight. The party begins at 9:00 p.m. and guests must be 21 years or older.

Or, say you’re looking for something a little more posh. Consider the Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk for Dinner and Dancing Under the Sea. Guests can enjoy a cocktail hour beginning at 7:00 p.m. with hor d’Oeurves and a gorgeous seafood display. Then you’ll be seated for a family-style dinner spread with sustainable seafood offerings and accompaniments. There will also be a complimentary character artist drawing throughout the night and you’ll have the opportunity to dance all night long to the tunes of a live 3-piece jazz band. At midnight, you’ll get to toast with champagne. Guests of this event will also have the opportunity to hop on over to the Atlantic Dance Hall to enjoy the Epcot fireworks and additional midnight festivities. Guests who attend this event must be 21 years or older.

For reservations, for either of these events, call (407) WDW-DINE.



Back to the Basics: MagicBands + Video

by on November 14, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve filmed a Back to the Basics episode, so here’s a new one!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with MagicBands and how they work, I hope this video gives you a proper overview.

…and if it doesn’t, than I’ll either have to step up my game or rethink my career choice. The pressure is on Angela. Don’t screw this up!


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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of November 11

by on November 9, 2017

A new holiday projection show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?! What else is new at Walt Disney World this week?

Special Events

  • Sunset Seasons Greetings is now at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! This show uses projections on billboards and the Hollywood Tower Hotel to share special holiday stories. This nighttime experience will take place now through December 31st.
  • Special discount for all of you Canadians! Receive 20% off park tickets purchased between November 1, 2017 and February 10, 2018. This applies to ticket packages of 4 days or longer.
  • Beginning November 10th, Disney Springs will look more like the North Pole than a shopping district. View 25 stunning holiday trees on the Christmas Tree Trail, bring your Christmas list (and check it twice!) to Santa’s Chalet, and take a picture with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear.

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