Archive for January, 2017

Paddlefish at Disney Springs Gets Official Opening Date

by on January 25, 2017


After months and months of refurbishment work, I can officially tell you that Paddlefish is reopening on February 4!

The Disney Springs restaurant, which is formerly known as Fulton’s Crab House, has been seeing a massive bow to stern transformation. When the seafood-centric restaurant reopens, it will be themed more now after a modern, luxurious yacht and will be an inviting and opulent atmosphere for guests. Paddlefish will offer Guests multiple dining experiences and private event spaces.

While Paddlefish’s main focus will be on seafood, there will also be beef, chicken, vegetarian, and vegan options for Guests to enjoy. Specialties will include oyster shucking bar, Florida stone crab and Alaskan king crab, steaks and chops, as well as classic and curated cocktails. Paddlefish will feature separate lunch and dinner menus.

Here’s a look at some of the dishes you’ll be able to enjoy at Paddlefish:

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Ask It: What Park To Skip?

by on January 25, 2017

What park to skip?

This week, we’re introducing a new feature on Twitter and the blog–Ask It! Every Wednesday, we’ll put a poll on the TouringPlans Twitter account. Voting will be open until midday on Sunday, and the results (with commentary) will appear here on the blog.

This week, we asked you:

If you had three days at Walt Disney World and no park hopper, what park would you skip?

With more than 1400 votes cast, the final results were (in order from least to greatest):

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Walt Disney World February 2017 Preview

by on January 25, 2017


Walt Disney World 2017 Preview

Welcome to TouringPlans’ Walt Disney World February 2017 preview – how are your resolutions going? I still have a few in the running and I bet you do too. Maybe they even include a trip to Walt Disney World. Way to go, us! Who’s ready to jump into February with both feet? Read on.

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Disney Springs to Offer Personal Shopping Services

by on January 24, 2017

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Today, we’re going to add to the list of “exclusive” high-end experiences you can experience at Walt Disney World. Guests will now have the option to take advantage of a personal shopping service.

Melanie Pace, who is a distinguished fashion advisor and has been featured in “Women’s Health,” “Shape Magazine,” and “E! News” is now available for clients and is accepting appointments for those looking to shop at Disney Springs. It is said that she can create looks on with any budget.

The Personal Shopping Session provides one-on-one consulting, fashion recommendations, beauty advice, and special access to Disney Springs retailers.

The Personal Shopping Sessions are $250 per hour and can be booked by visiting or call 321-377-1337 and ask for a “Disney Springs Style Session”. Small group experiences can also be booked. Appointments will be available on a first come, first-served basis during normal Disney Springs operating hours.

TPTV: Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom – Overview and Highlights + Video

by on January 24, 2017

Arrrrrggghhh me hearties! Welcome back to another TouringPlansTV episode.

Today, I will give ye an overview of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.

The footage featured in this video was recorded at Magic Kingdom park in Walt Disney World.

Enjoy Matey’s!


What attraction should I cover next? Let me know in the comments!

Your Top-Rated Epcot Restaurants

by on January 24, 2017

Top-rated Epcot restaurants

Today we’re looking at your top-rated Epcot restaurants, based on the 122,000 Disney World dining surveys we received in 2016.

Dining is an integral part of any visit to Epcot. Epcot has around 30 quick-service and table-service restaurants – the most of any Disney World theme park. Epcot also has some of the best bars in the area, specializing in everything from tequila to sake to sweet, sweet German wines. And if you’re asking whether the Disney Dining Plan is worth buying for your next Disney World trip, this article should help you find the best places to use those dining plan credits.

Save room for dessert!
Photo courtesy of Disney (c)

We’ll also add a “Best Epcot Treats” section to include places like Germany’s Karamel Kuche sweets shop and France’s L’Artisan des Glaces ice cream parlor. Our editors point out that some people don’t consider caramel or sugar cones a proper meal. We’ll exclude (for now) small kiosks without seats or tables, like Taste Track.

The Best Quick-Service Epcot Restaurants

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The Best Disney Phone Wallpaper Images

by on January 23, 2017

As you may have guessed, we’re really focused on helping you plan your vacations. Plan is in our name after all. And we share a lot with our readers and subscribers. But we love it when you share with us too! Over the weekend we sent out one simple tweet asking you to share your favorite Disney images that you use as your phone’s wallpaper or background. Soon the responses came flooding in.

It’s hard to imagine not having our phones at our sides so naturally we dress our phones up with images that make us smile. We wanted to share some of our favorites and some of the best Disney phone wallpapers sent in by our followers.

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10 Tips for Visiting Disney World with a Large Group

by on January 23, 2017

I was recently lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World with two different sides of my family on the same trip. It was my first Disney vacation with a large group in quite a few years, and I learned some valuable lessons. First, few experiences can top sharing in the magic of Disney with the ones you love. We laughed. We cried. We had a wonderful time. But the next most important thing I learned was that planning a trip for a large group of family and friends can be a logistical nightmare. So I am here to present you with some tips to keep your mind, wallet, and relationships intact as you plan and experience your next Walt Disney World vacation.

#1 Communicate beforehand

First and foremost before any official planning takes place, groups should discuss their expectations for the vacation. While you don’t all need to be on the same page as far as likes, dislikes, goals, and budget, you should use this to guide the planning. Will it be a quick weekend trip or a two-week long extravaganza? An expensive retreat or budget friendly vacation? What are the must do’s, and what are the deal breakers? Remember that it’s okay if you’re not all on the same page as long as you can find some common ground. For example, if everyone can agree on a weekend, but a few people want to stay for a full week, then those people can just tack on extra days before or after the rest of the trip.

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Disney World Crowd Calendar Changes

by on January 23, 2017

Happy New Year!

Back in June and July, we mentioned that there will be tweaks to the Crowd Calendar in 2017. The changes are minor and are intended to better differentiate the crowd levels on different days. Looking back at the 2016 data, the crowd levels were skewed. We want the distribution to be a “normal” or bell-shaped curve. Having half the days in a year a 8, 9, or 10, is not good. We are not re-writing history; we are re-defining what the crowd levels mean. For example, an average wait time of 100 minutes at Space Mountain was a “10,” but with the 2017 adjustment it will be an “8.” It will now take an average wait time at Space Mountain to be above 127 minutes to be considered a 10. Wait times have increased, so an adjustment is needed.

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2017 Pro Bowl Week Schedule

by on January 22, 2017

The Pro Bowl Week is a week-long celebration that unites and inspires the entire football community – players, coaches, families, and fans for a full week of activities, challenges, and true football spirit.

During Pro Bowl Week, everyone has the opportunity to participate in or watch a variety of events, including youth football clinics, the NFL Flag Championships, Pro Bowl player practices, skill challenges, sessions for coaches, the Women’s World Football Championships, and a host of other festivities with the best players of the past, present and future.

Many events are taking place at Walt Disney World, and are free to attend. Practices are free and open to the public but fans can register for priority access here. Some events require a Fan Mobile Pass (FMP). 


NFL Pro Bowl Practices


Pro Bowl Practices at ESPN Wide World of Sports are not only a chance to see NFC and AFC teams in action, but also the epicenter of a three-day football festival. Practice combined with various fan competitions and activities will be open to the public beginning Wednesday, January 25 and concludes on Saturday, January 28.

AFC Team Practice Schedule

  • Wednesday, January 25: 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Thursday, January 26: 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
  • Friday, January 27: 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Saturday, January 28: 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM


NFC Team Practice Schedule

  • Wednesday, January 25: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 26: 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Friday, January 27: 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
  • Saturday, January 28: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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