Archive for June, 2017

The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! JUNE 2017 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on June 30, 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo – when she wasn’t sailing on the newly refurbished Disney Fantasy –  and I found a whole bunch of neat things this month including a bunch of new Tsum Tsums, crazy hats, and the first piece of Moana merchandise to hit the Outlets.

Ready to see what we else found? Alright, let’s go!

More themed Mickey Ears came to the Outlets this month including this cute one featuring Dumbo. This was originally $21.95 but reduced all the way down to $1.99. For that price I picked one up. Side note, every single time I see or hear the word “Dumbo” I  immediately think of Jim Gaffigan’s bit on ‘Going To Disney.’

Dumbo Ears.

Whole bunch of new Tsum Tsums arrived as well, including this one featuring MR. TOAD. There are very few Tsums I would even consider buying at full retail price, but he was one of them. The few I have actually doled out the “big bucks” for are the Little Orange Bird, and some of the characters from Splash Mountain. The rest all come from the Outlets or when Target or Wal-Mart has a sale.

Mr. Toad.

Mr. Toad was part of the “Fantasyland” set, and so was this Mexican Boy from it’s a small world.

Mexican Boy.

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Candlelight Processional Dining Packages Now on Sale for 2017 Holiday Season

by on June 30, 2017

Candlelight Processional


For those of you who are anxiously awaiting being able to book Candlelight Processional dining packages, guess what? You can now book these packages!

So what exactly is Candlelight Processional? It’s an incredible moving show that takes place during the holiday season in the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot. Candlelight Processional includes a celebrity narrator, a mass choir, and an orchestra who are there to perform a re-telling of the Christmas Story. The best way to ensure that you get to see this extremely popular show, is by booking a dining package.

This year’s Candlelight Processional takes place from November 24 through December 30. Show times are at 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. nightly.

The full celebrity narrator list hasn’t fully been announced for this year, but we do have the start of a partial list. (Yes, our favorite Disney fan will be there again this year-Neil Patrick Harris! This year, I’m going to miss him by a DAY! Ugh!) Guests can expect to see:

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of June 30, 2017

by on June 30, 2017

In Case You Missed ItWho is seeing Despicable Me 3 this weekend? I can’t wait to see what Gru, the girls, and the Minions are up to this time!

This week, we have a bunch of patents that have been filed, we say our fond farewell to a dated attraction, and much more! Let’s get to it!

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors


Could there be a new hotel in the works for the Walt Disney World Resort? New rumors indicate that it could be the case, but Disney may not be the one who’s building it.

Speaking of rumors, is a Ratatouille ride actually coming to Epcot? Permits indicate that it really could be possible. What do you think of this potential new addition?

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Pirates of the Caribbean to See Updated Auction Scene

by on June 29, 2017

Today, the Disney Parks Blog was discussing the new changes at Disneyland Paris’ Pirates of the Caribbean, but they also shared a tiny tidbit of information about the status of one particular scene at both U.S. versions of the attraction.

The famous auction scene will be seeing an update. Currently, the scene showcases the auctioneer pirate who is attempting to auction off a bride, however soon all that will be changing. Instead, Guests will see the redhead touting a gun, as she has joined the pirates ranks. In addition, now the townspeople will be seen unloading valuables and auctioning those off instead.


Pirates of the Caribbean Auction Scene



Both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland‘s versions will be going under the knife to receive this particular change. While no date has officially been announced for when these changes will actually be occurring, Disney did mention in the article that the updates would be done during scheduled refurbishments that are set to take place in 2018.


Julia’s Best Week Ever, June 29, 2017: One Fantasy-tastic Week!

by on June 29, 2017

If I could have a Groundhog Day experience of repeating a portion of time over and over again, I would like to choose the past 11 nights on the Disney Fantasy for my repeat time. This year, my husband, daughter, and I are scrimping, saving, and working our tail feathers off to live out a bucket list dream come true of sailing on all four Disney Cruise Line ships in one year. Although we still have two more to go, this trip on the Fantasy is the signature cruise for us–eleven nights exploring completely new to us ports in the Southern Caribbean.

I’ll let you know right now, it would be impossible to squeeze everything in about this amazing vacation. If you have the opportunity to sail on it next year, I highly recommend it! In the meantime, here’s the whirlwind summary of the experience in this supersized Best Week Ever.

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Crowd Calendar Updates For Summer 2017 And Beyond

by on June 29, 2017

Summer 2017 is in full swing, and it is time to refresh the the Disney World Crowd Calendar. We now know a little about the popularity of Pandora at Animal Kingdom and how the crowds at that park are affected by the new land. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is affected, too, as Animal Kingdom draws more than its usual share of guests visiting a third park after Magic Kingdom and Epcot. We have completed a full review of 2017-2018 school schedules, as well, so we have more accurate forecasts for Fall 2017 and Winter 2018. But first, let’s take a look at how the calendar has been doing lately.

Error Rates for Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar so far in 2017

After some atypical crowds in 2016, the Disney World Crowd Calendar appears to be performing better thanks to some reworking of our models. In June the average error at Magic Kingdom is one index point, and for 11 of the last 14 days the calendar has been bang-on. Predictions at the other three parks also did well, with average errors less than 1.5 index points since June 1. Animal Kingdom remains as the most volatile park, as expected. Not only does it have the newest attractions on property, but the park has the fewest attractions of the four parks, so swings in the wait times there have a greater effect on the crowd calendar than at the other parks. In 2017 about 90% of the time the crowd calendar figures are correct within two index points, and about two-thirds of the time they are within one. That is an improvement of 4-5 percentage points over what we saw last year. As a guest using a touring plan, a difference of one index point is virtually unnoticeable, and a difference of two index points represents just 2-3 minutes of wait time per attraction. The error rates are nicely balanced, as well, with as many days overestimated as underestimated. So, if the calendar is off by two points, it is just as likely that you will wait 2-3 minutes less per attraction than 2-3 minutes more.

There are still odd days when we see crowds drastically different than what was predicted, but they are less frequent in 2017 compared to 2016. If you arrive in a park that appears to be much more crowded than predicted, don’t panic – stick to the plan and make sure to refresh it so that it can re-optimize using the latest wait times observed during the day.

So, now on to the update. This batch of changes is mostly minor, with movement of a point or two on some days. Most days will not change. When a day does change as a result of this update, it is most likely due to updated information about the summer schedule, the schedule for Halloween and Christmas parties in the fall, or new school schedule data. Let’s take a look by month.

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#AskIt Results: Best Disney World Water Park

by on June 28, 2017

Last week, we took a ride on the lazy river of your thoughts and asked “Which Walt Disney World water park is best?” This week the results are in and fairly decisive.

The votes are in!

Blizzard Beach – 39%

Typhoon Lagoon – 61%

The Disney water parks have a lot in common. Both are highly themed with slides and raft rides, kids areas, wave pools, and lazy rivers.

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#AskIt: Disney Dining Plan – Now With Alcohol!

by on June 28, 2017

Last week, the trip-planning world was abuzz with the news that Disney has made some changes to its dining plan options for 2018. Usually the news this time of year is just another price hike (though we did see that too), but the big news was that dining plan meal credits now include specialty beverages. Yes, even alcoholic ones.

You can read up on the ins and outs here, but we have one question:

Are you more or less likely to purchase the Disney Dining Plan now that it includes specialty beverages?

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Duffy the Disney Bear + Video

by on June 27, 2017

photo - Angela DahlgrenLet’s see…we’ve got Winnie the Pooh, Lotso from Toy Story 3 and even Merida’s mom from Brave, but Duffy the Bear?

…I’m drawing a blank…

I had to do a little research to find out who Duffy is and why he’s such a big deal at the Disney parks…especially Tokyo Disney Resort!

Watch below to find out more!

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Disney World Date Night Ideas

by on June 26, 2017

When most people think of romantic vacation getaways, Walt Disney World probably isn’t very high on the list. But for those who know it well, the family vacation destination has some incredible and unique opportunities for a date night. So, whether you’re visiting Disney World for an adult only trip or ditching the kiddos for some fun on your own for a night, we’ve got some ideas for a date night at Disney World that you won’t soon forget.

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