Archive for June, 2013

New Packages Available for Princess and Pirates at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and The Pirates League

by on June 30, 2013

Getting the special dusting that’s done at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and The Pirates League can help to make an already special Walt Disney World vacation even more unique. Now this is especially true for any Sofia the First or Jake and the Neverland Pirates fans, as some new options have become available in both these locations.



First off, over at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in World of Disney, found in Downtown Disney, guests who are fans of the Disney Channel hit show, Sofia the First, will be able to get a special makeover themed to the new princess. The makeover includes hairstyling, shimmering makeup, nail polish, and an assortment of accessories including a crown and hair bow. To book the Sofia the First package (or any of the other Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique packages) call the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at World of Disney at 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895).

To learn more about the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, click here.

For the pirate-lovers in the family, head over to The Pirates League in the Magic Kingdom’s Adevntureland, where two new package upgrades have been added. Guests have previously been able to take advantage of some Jake and the Neverland Pirates makeovers, but some new additions, in the form of Deluxe Packages, are helping to round out the choices.

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THE SATURDAY SIX: Top Six Reasons To Love Transformers: The Ride-3D

by on June 29, 2013

TPSS_LogoThe Saturday Six is a weekly look at the most interesting, most fun, and sometimes even the most outrageous things within the theme park world we all love so much. Whether it’s the top six food options at Springfield’s Fast Food Boulevard, the top six signature drinks at Universal Studios, or even the top six “secrets” of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the Saturday Six will be your personal guide to experiencing the very best Orlando has to offer.

SaturdaySix_TF_logoThis week’s Saturday Six includes the Top Six Reasons to Love Transformers: The Ride-3D, the latest attraction at Universal Studios Florida.

#6 – The Meet-and-Greet – As meet-and-greets have become a bigger presence within the theme parks (including Disney this week announcing a fan vote to decide which “long lost” character will return for Limited Time Magic), Universal has taken them to the next level with some of the most insanely detailed costumes to date. Rumored to cost over $20,000 a piece, Megatron, Optimus Prime, and Bumblebee will take pictures with guests at the new Photo Connect station located directly next to Transformers: The Ride-3D.


Megatron. (photo by Brandon Glover)


Pictures of these suits do not do them justice. The first time I saw Optimus Prime walking to the meet-and-greet I was reminded of the introduction scene of Robocop back in 1987. That was special effects. This was happening right in front of me, and I felt like my eyes were deceiving me. It was awe-inspiring. Not only are ultra detailed characters great for pictures, but they actually will interact with the guests. Hearing Megatron say, “I don’t smile,” while taking a picture is something that separates theme parks from amusement parks.

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This week on TouringPlans YouTube Channel: Disney Shoes, Legend of Jack Sparrow Update and More!

by on June 28, 2013

Every Friday on the TouringPlans blog we bring you the week’s newest videos from our YouTube channel. Let’s get started!

This week we review some of the shoes from the Vans X Disney OG Authentic LX line. These shoes were originally sold in Disneyland and Magic Kingdom in the late 80s.

The Legend of Jack Sparrow at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been updated and we have video of the full attraction. Nothing was added but it was mercifully made shorter.

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Limited Time Magic For Disneyland Resort – Disney Independence Week Celebration

by on June 28, 2013



At Disneyland Resort this Fourth of July, they are pulling out all the stops to help celebrate America’s Birthday!

First, at Disneyland, they will salute our nation with the special fireworks spectacular, “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” The show, which is scheduled to take place all week long, from July 1 – 7, will begin at 9:30 pm.

For guests who will be over at Disney California Adventure, make sure to check out the special patriotic pre-show to World of Color. For both nighttime extravaganzas, guests are invited to wear the Glow With the Show ears, to make the evening even more colorful!

In addition, at Disneyland, guests will get the opportunity to meet Mickey and more sporting their All-American finest in the evening over on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Town Square area. Make sure to check the Times Guide for actually greeting times.

Disneyland will also offer special treats to celebrate the occasion. Guests will be able to pick up red, white and blue mason jar desserts at over at Carnation Cafe. In addition, patriotic cotton candy, apple pie pockets and Fourth of July cupcakes, will be sold in the shops all along Main Street, U.S.A.

Patriotic merchandise will be available in the shops and include including red, white and blue Mickey T-shirts, plush, trading pins, light-up star necklaces, and patriotic Duffy the Disney Bear costumes.

Happy Birthday, America!

Limited Time Magic For Walt Disney World – Celebrate Independence Week

by on June 28, 2013



Happy Birthday America!  Independence Week is here!

Earlier, I posted all about the special happenings at Walt Disney World for this year’s Fourth of July Celebration, including this week’s Limited Time Magic event, where guests will be able to celebrate not just on the Fourth of July, but all week, from July 1 – 7, over at the Magic Kingdom!

First off, there is a special pre-parade that will take place before the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade featuring Disney Characters, the Citizens of Main Street, and the Main Street Philharmonic.

Then, each night, prepare to be dazzled as the Magic Kingdom lights up with the patriotic fireworks show, “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.”  The fireworks are scheduled to take place at 9 pm on July 3 and 4, and at 10 pm on July 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7.

Of course, with the celebration, you know that there has to be some special food offerings specifically for the occasion.  Treats inspired by the festivities include a red, white, and blue strawberry shortcake at Storybook Treats at the Magic Kingdom, featuring red strawberries, blue blueberries, and white shortcake; a Fourth of July Cupcake with apple pie filling, caramel buttercream icing, and apple crisp topping, which can be found at select Disney’s Hollywood Studios locations, such as ABC Commissary, Pizza Planet, Backlot Express, Studios Catering Co., Starring Rolls, Rosie’s All-American Cafe, and Fairfax Fare; and in Epcot, a  baked peach cobbler with vanilla whipped cream will be found at Garden Grill,  while a Baked Alaska mousse featuring raspberry, white chocolate, and blueberry mousse dipped in meringue can be found at Sunshine Seasons .

In addition, special holiday merchandise will be available, featuring red, white, and blue Mickey t-shirts, plush, pins, light up star necklaces, and patriotic Duffy costumes.

Get ready to celebrate the Red, White, and Blue in style at Walt Disney World!

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 23 to feature Cabin in the Woods house!

by on June 28, 2013

The first of eight houses to be announced for the returning extra ticket event, Halloween Horror Nights, Cabin in the Woods will be joining the year’s lineup of heavily themed, scream-inducing haunts at Universal Studios Florida. Included in the twenty third year of the extremely popular offering running on select nights this year between September 20 and November 2, 2013, additional houses and entertainment offerings (such as the staple Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure) are expected to be announced in the coming weeks and months leading up to the event. Universal Orlando has put out an official press release in addition to several seeds from their growing viral efforts building hype for this year’s event.

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Disney Dining Plan Increase 2013

by on June 27, 2013

It really is one of the most popular questions around the Disney community: Are the Walt Disney World Dining Plans worth it?

Unfortunately, that is a question that only you can answer by sitting down and doing the math for your group. When price increases occur, many folks reconsider the economics of the Disney Dining Plans.

Recently, Disney quietly increased all three Disney Dining Plan prices for the rest of 2013, which means that anyone who books a package from this point on will be paying these increased prices. It also seems that the “seasonal pricing” during peak seasons now no longer applies: prices are the same year-round.

Here is a look at what you can expect when purchasing the Disney Dining Plans as we move forward with the rest of 2013.

Quick-Service Plan
Adult 10+: $39.64
Child 3-9: $15.75

(Increased from $37.58 for Adults and $14.32 for Children)

The Quick Service Dining Plan allows each guest to get 2 Quick Service Meals per day. For Breakfast you’ll receive an entrée or combo meal and a non-alcoholic beverage. For Lunch and Dinner you’ll receive an entrée or a complete combo meal, dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage. You’ll also get 1 Snack Option per day, and 1 Refillable Mug per person for the length of your stay.

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Introducing the Podcast Network!

by on June 27, 2013

It’s time to get this party started!

We would like to officially announce the Podcast Network (TPN). Over on our official network feed,, you will find an introductory special where we explain what in the name of Walt a podcast network is, as well as talk to all the amazing podcasts that you are going to be able to hear.NetworkLogo

That’s right, each and every day Sunday through Friday that feed will bring you some of the best in Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Universal Orlando news, rumors, and helpful information. Just like a television network, you can subscribe to our single feed and download at least one theme park podcast every day.

Right now on you will find an introductory special that will familiarize you with our network and all the wonderful partner podcasts. Since I’m sure you are wondering, the podcasts you will hear on TPN starting Sunday, June 30 are:

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Get to Know the Disney World Baby Care Centers

by on June 27, 2013

IMG_2430-001If you’re visiting Walt Disney World with a child under the age of five, your new best friend is the Baby Care Center. This is a place in each park where you can find supplies, quiet, air-conditioning, and peace of mind, all for Disney’s youngest guests and their families.

So where are these baby oases?

There is one in each theme park. The locations are noted on the park maps, but just in case you need help finding them …

  • Magic Kingdom: Go to the end of Main Street and hang a left past Casey’s Corner hot dogs. The Baby Care Center is between Casey’s and the Crystal Palace.
  • Epcot: The Baby Care Center is in the Odyssey building. Technically this is in Future World, but it’s really quite close to the Mexico pavilion. Find the path just past Test Track that looks like it’s heading to Mexico and you’ll see the long brown Odyssey building.
  • Animal Kingdom: It’s in the building next to Pizzafari. Bear left around the Tree of Life, pass Pizzafari, and it’s on the left.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: The Baby Care Center is immediately inside the front entrance to the park. Walk in, turn left and hug the turnstiles. It’s in the same building as Guest Relations.

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Observations from Disney’s Hollywood Studios: June 24, 2013

by on June 25, 2013

111Yesterday I headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to check out a couple of new things and try the new menu at Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner. The first thing I noticed before I even got to bag check was the big Monsters University topiary display from Epcot‘s Flower & Garden Festival was now in front of Hollywood Studios. It moved there shortly after the festival ended to continue the promotion of the movie which came out last weekend. They also added some posters with information about the different fraternities and sororities in the film along the back of the display so guests can learn more about the characters before going to see the movie.

Once inside the park I headed straight for The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow. Even though this attraction is fairly new, it already underwent a refurbishment and got a few changes. In the preshow area the skull that talks to you now really doesn’t say much of anything except to fill all available space basically…not much of a preshow at all. Then in the actual show they cut out the part featuring the Kraken and made some other small changes. You can see the full video here:

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