Archive for October, 2017

Details on Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort

by on October 26, 2017

Back during the D23 Expo, many things were announced for the various Disney Resorts, but one very small mention was made for something called Pixar Fest that would be occurring at Disneyland Resort next year. Today, we finally learned a few details about what this celebration will bring.

Pixar Fest will kick off on April 13, 2018 and it will be a limited-time event that will feature the debut of an all-new fireworks spectacular and the return of two favorite parades. Guests will also be able to experience new décor, atmosphere entertainment, themed food and beverage and new merchandise items. And yes, there will be Pixar characters too.

Pixar Fest

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The new fireworks spectacular will be called Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular. The show will take place at Disneyland park and it will feature dazzling pyrotechnics and memorable music, all tied together to celebrate the theme of friendship. Guests are invited to embark on an emotional journey that starts when unlikely Pixar characters first meet. The story then moves along as they set out on adventures and overcome obstacles together and celebrates the friendships forged by beloved Pixar pals. The story will come to life via projections on iconic park locations: Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens of the Rivers of America, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. Oh and you haven’t seen anything until you see Buzz Lightyear in a special flyover over Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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SpectacuLAB Coming to Innoventions at Epcot

by on October 26, 2017

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Wow….I kind of thought Innoventions was dead. I guess maybe it’s not because it was announced that SpectacuLAB is coming this November. SpectacuLAB will be an engaging new interactive show where Guests will be invited to join a group of real scientists, as well as their tech-savvy intern for a series of experiments that put scientific principles like ultrasonic pressure, barometric pressure, force and acceleration to the test.

SpectacuLAB is sponsored by Murata which is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of advanced electronic components, and Science from Scientists, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve STEM literacy at schools. The interactive and entertaining experiments will allow guests to discover how science and Murata technologies come together to create products such as consumer devices, healthcare equipment, and automotive electronics.

Throughout the exhibit, Guests will be able to participate in demonstrations including:

  • Guests playing ultrasonic sensor drums, simply with the wave of their hand
  • Changing the colors of barometric pressure cubes by only raising or lowering the cube
  • Accelerometer sensors measuring the guest’s force when using a hammer
  • Observing a scientist explain the principle of force by comfortably resting on a bed of nails

Currently the only other exhibits open in Innoventions are the Colortopia and Take a Nanooze Break.

New Hotel and Parking Improvements Coming for Disneyland Resort

by on October 26, 2017

Big changes are on the horizon for the Disneyland Resort. It was announced that a brand new Four Diamond hotel will be opening up in 2021. This new hotel will transform the west end of the Downtown Disney District and it will also anchor a new gateway to the Disneyland Resort.

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This new hotel will feature 700 rooms and a sophisticated style. There will be extensive landscaping and water elements that will help to create a sort of oasis. The hotel will include a dedicated platform inside for direct transport into Disneyland via the monorail. This resort will provide plenty of views of the Downtown Disney District. In addition, there will be an upper-level restaurant and lounge which will give Guests a view of Disneyland’s fireworks. Speaking of restaurants, there will be many restaurants and shops that open onto an expansive landscaped plaza complete with water features.

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of October 28

by on October 26, 2017

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Fall has come to Florida, it’s Halloween week – no tricks, just treats all around!!

Weekly Crowd Level

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of October 28

by on October 26, 2017

Happy Halloween week! Those heading to Walt Disney World will see lower crowds, beautiful weather, and THREE Halloween parties. What a treat!

Special Events

  • The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend begins Thursday, November 2nd. Will you be participating? Let us know in the comments!
  • Also starting November 2nd, Cirque du Soleil will perform twice a night (6:00pm & 9:00pm) Thursdays through December 31st. This show is found at Disney Springs.
  • Dining discounts have been extended for Annual Passholders. Through December 23rd, Passholders will continue to receive a 20% discount at 45 select Walt Disney World restaurants. For a list of participating restaurants, check out Rikki’s article.

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Daisy’s Best Week Ever, October 26, 2017: 46 Hours in California

by on October 26, 2017

Hello, friends! I’ve just returned from a wild adventure that I’m so excited to share with you. When new Halloween events were announced at Disney’s California Adventure, we started trying to make a trip to the west coast happen. Unfortunately, between other plans and work we just couldn’t find a time… Until we realized we had one glorious weekend to squeeze in just 46 hours at the happiest place on Earth! The Headless Horseman was our first hint that we’d make a good decision.

If I’m being honest, the entire reason we wanted to visit so much were the decorations in Cars Land. We’re huge fans of this area and really wanted to see the new changes. This sign greets guests as they enter to wish them a Happy Haul-O-Ween. I’m glad I snapped a photo first thing in the morning because this spot had a long Photopass line the entire rest of the day!

Want to see the rest of our trip? Click to read more.

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Celebrate Coco Family Celebration at Disney Springs

by on October 25, 2017

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Are you excited about the upcoming Pixar film, Coco? Well, if you’ll be visiting Walt Disney World from October 27 through November 26, you can celebrate with a family-friendly fiesta that will take place at Disney Springs West Side known as the Coco Family Celebration.

During the Coco Family Celebration, Guests will get a taste of the bright and vibrant world of Coco through a medley of themed music, food, and décor daily from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Guests will see colorful papel picados and décor depicting scenes from the movie. In addition, Exposition Park will feature lively family-friendly fun. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, there will also be face-painting and additional activities for kids. Also, the Springs’ Street Tacos Food Truck will serve up vanilla flan alongside their signature taco offerings.

Guests looking to learn more about Dia de Muertos, which is a main component of Coco, should visit the Mexico Pavilion with the Remember Me! La Celebración del Día de Muertos exhibit.

Coco hits theaters November 22.

The Epcot Festival of the Arts Returns and Includes Disney on Broadway Dining Packages

by on October 25, 2017

Epcot Festival of the Arts

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Last year, Walt Disney World introduced a new special event called the Epcot Festival of the Arts.  The festival has a  goal is to combine visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world. This year, the festival will take place from January 12 through February 19. Also a change from last year is that this year, the Epcot Festival of the Arts will occur 7 days a week.

During the festival,  Guests will be able to see some gorgeous works of art in person and they’ll be able to watch the creative process live. There are multiple food booths called Food Studios located around the World Showcase promenade which features dishes that are like works of art. Finally, through a collaboration with Disney Theatrical, favorite music and Broadway talent will perform at the America Gardens Theatre singing the award-winning music of Disney on Broadway.

Speaking of the Disney on Broadway Concert Series performances, this year, Disney is including a great way to see these concerts with the Disney on Broadway Dining Package. With this package, Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner and have guaranteed priority seating at the Disney on Broadway Concert Series.  With the package, Guests will receive a 3-course meal experience that includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage or one full buffet. Participating Restaurants include:

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Ask It: How Much Do You Tip Your Servers?

by on October 25, 2017

Happy Wednesday! It’s time for another Ask It. This week’s question was spurred into creation after our very own Len Testa shared a picture of suggested tip amounts for a restaurant in Brooklyn at 20%, 25%, and 30%. This got many of us thinking–how much do people tip their servers at Walt Disney World these days. Here’s this week’s Ask It:

On average, how much do you tip your servers at a Disney table service restaurant?

  • 20% (69%, 585 Votes)
  • 10-18% (25%, 213 Votes)
  • 25%+ (4%, 35 Votes)
  • Flat amount (1%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 843

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The poll is live here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week.

Ask It Results: A Stitch-y Question, What’s Best for Stitch in Tomorrowland?

by on October 25, 2017

All joking aside about how dated the Carousel of Progress is or how deep under your skin the song in it’s a small world can get, people genuinely like those attractions. If either of them were closed to make a meet and greet, there would be justifiable outrage from every corner of the Disney fanverse. But sometimes there are attractions that have earned a reputation for being irritating with a surprising amount of universality.

Mission to Mars is one of the attractions that I have distinct memories of on early trips to Walt Disney World. (Although technically it was Mission to Almost Mars, seeing as you never actually got there.) It was a solid enough attraction, but it was incredibly dated. I personally loved ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, except being nailed in the face one time with “blood”, but I do remember watching adults and children alike come out ashen-faced and clearly traumatized. Disney must have had at least decent hopes for it, putting the “part B” of the ride in DisneyQuest, and yet it really missed the mark in Magic Kingdom because of the high kid:adult ratio. Why they didn’t just move it over to the Studios is anyone’s guess–it would have been amazing there. But I remember the outright hate about the attraction going around while the ride was open, with the idea that something…ANYTHING….would be better than this. I can imagine that a boardroom discussion went something like this:

“Well, we’ve got this attraction where a scary alien comes out and eats people. Can we make that a little more kid friendly?”

“Stitch is an alien, but not scary.”

“Okay, but what about the eating bit?”

“We’ll have him eat a chili dog. People will love that. Just a scent, no blood and guts being splattered on people.”

And thus Stitch’s Great Escape was born. And….people generally didn’t like it. But how much did people not like it? Recently, Stitch’s Great Escape has moved to seasonal and now appears to have been replaced with a Stitch meet and greet. Was this an improvement or not? We asked you:

Which do you think is a better use of the Stitch attraction space in Tomorrowland?

Here’s your results.

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