Recent News

New Year’s Eve Events at Walt Disney World

by on December 28, 2017

New Year's Eve

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Epcot ©Rikki Niblett

Wow! How did the end of this year get here already?! I know we say that all the time, but I really do feel that this year has just flown right by. It feels like just yesterday, I was bringing in 2017 at Epcot; now, I’ll be back at Epcot to bring in 2018. (With all the other crazies….and those are just my friends! 😉 )

So, what can I and everyone else expect when ringing in 2018 at the Walt Disney World Resort? Here’s this year’s lineup:

 

Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom will be open on December 30 and 31 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. During the evening on both nights, Guests will be able to see the Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks at both 6:30 p.m. and at 11:50 p.m. For those who like dance parties, you’ll want to head to either Frontierland and Tomorrowland for some awesome tunes.

 

Epcot

Epcot is open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on December 31. There will be a New Year’s Eve Countdown Fireworks spectacular that really is incredible. The show kicks off at 11:40 p.m. There will also be New Year’s Eve dance parties and other entertainment around World Showcase at the America Garden Stage, Future World Fountain Stage and the “Silent Groove” dance party that will take place at Future World Center. (Trust me….you have to see this one! Everyone is dancing to music that they hear, but you don’t.)

Read the rest of this entry »

Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Discounts Available for 2018

by on December 28, 2017

Annual Passholder

©Rikki Niblett

It was good while it lasted. For a little over a year, thanks to the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort, Annual Passholders were receiving a 20% discount at many Walt Disney World restaurants. I regret to inform everyone that the discount has gone back down to 10% once again. (Which is what the discount was prior to the anniversary.)

For 2018, Walt Disney World Annual Passholders will receive a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages at all Walt Disney World Resort owned and operated table-service restaurants, with the exception of Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, through December 31, 2018. One nice part about this discount is that there are no blockout dates, so that means if you’re eating at one of the participating resorts here on New Year’s Day or maybe on Easter, you’ll still be able to receive your discount. The discount is only valid for the Passholder and up to three additional Guests.

As a reminder, Guests should ask if an Annual Pass discount is available at restaurants when dining, as some locations which are managed by operating participants may not offer this discount for Passholders.

So, if you are an Annual Passholder, make sure you take advantage of this offer. While it isn’t as good as last year’s offer, a discount is a discount.

Select Walt Disney World Resort Restaurants Available on OpenTable

by on December 28, 2017

One of the news pieces that popped up all over Twitter over the holiday weekend was that select Walt Disney World Resort Restaurants are now going to be available for Guests to book via the popular reservation site, OpenTable. It seems that several Disney Springs and Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin dining establishments had been on the site for a while, but actual Walt Disney World owned and operated restaurants are now popping up for Guests to be able to make reservations.

OpenTable

 

 

Read the rest of this entry »

New Musical Acts Announced for Epcot This Winter

by on December 21, 2017

Epcot

©Disney

Epcot’s World Showcase is an authentic display of entertainment acts. Each one showcases different talents that pertain to something to do with that country. This winter, three authentic acts will take the stage, bringing great offerings.

First is Matboukha Groove. This band is a returning act that performs a unique and entertaining fusion of World Music styles. Guests will be able to catch Matboukha Groove at the Morocco stage from January 1- July 1.

Over in the Germany Pavilion, catch Groovin’ Alps. They are a high-energy German percussion band and brand new to Epcot. Groovin’ Alps brings the sounds of the mountains to Epcot with Bavarian folk tunes played on items found on a dairy farm and they will be performing from January 10 – March 27.

Finally, Bodh’aktan will be returning once again to rock out on the Canada Pavilion’s Mill Stage. Bodh’aktan mixes Quebecois, folk, and polka to make fantastic rock and dance music. They will be performing from January 12-28.

Which new act sounds most intriguing to you?

Garden Rocks Artists Announced for 2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

by on December 21, 2017

©Rikki Niblett

It may be the first day of winter, but I’m thinking about spring. Why? Because this week we learned which artists will be coming for the 2018 Garden Rocks Concert Series, part of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

The annual springtime event, the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, will run from February 28 through May 28. That’s 90 days of flowers, topiaries, food, demonstrations, seminars, and, yes, the Garden Rocks Concert Series!

The Garden Rocks Concert Series (which was formerly known as the Flower Power Concert Series) shows take place on Friday through Monday evenings at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion.

This year, many favorite performers will be returning, but there will also be quite a few new artists from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. They all are going to be ready to rock! Here is this year’s line up:

Read the rest of this entry »

Cirque du Soleil’s New Show in Development for Disney Springs

by on December 19, 2017

When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, it won’t just be the end of 2017; it will also be the end of an era as Cirque du Soleil La Nouba will see its last performance. La Nouba was performed for 20 years at the Walt Disney World Resort, but, we fans don’t have to say goodbye to a Cirque show at Disney Springs. A brand new, original show is currently being created by Cirque du Soleil and this new show will pay homage to Disney’s rich history of animation, of course, told in a way only Cirque du Soleil can do.

Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, said, “We are incredibly inspired by Disney’s immense creative universe. We are convinced that bringing Disney’s magic to life on stage will touch audiences and bring them back to their childhood.”

This new show doesn’t have an official opening date yet, but stay tuned to the blog for further details about this upcoming new spectacular coming to the West Side in Disney Springs.

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels To Receive Extra Perks

by on December 19, 2017

Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista ©Rikki Niblett

Did you know that there are hotels that are on Walt Disney World property, but they aren’t officially Disney resort hotels, with the Disney moniker? The Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels are located right near Disney Springs, but because they weren’t Disney owned and operated, they didn’t have the perks of being on-site hotels. That is until now.

Beginning with stays on January 1, 2018, and continuing throughout 2018, Guests of the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels will be able to participate in Extra Magic Hours at the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks. For those who maybe stay at these resorts but they don’t know what Extra Magic Hours are, Extra Magic Hours are when one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks opens early or stays open later for guests to enjoy select attractions.  To use this hotel benefit on a Disney vacation and staying at one of these Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, Guests will need a valid, official Extra Magic Hours voucher from the hotel, and a valid Walt Disney World theme park ticket.

In addition, Guests of these resorts will receive an additional perk. Those who are scheduled to begin their vacation starting on January 10, 2018, are Guests at the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, and have booked a Walt Disney Travel Company package including a stay at one of the hotels, and theme park admission, will be able to link their hotel reservation on MyDisneyExperience.com. This means that once you link your valid theme park ticket, Guests of these resorts will be able to make their FastPass+ reservations 60-days in advance, just like those staying at a Disney owned and operated resort.

Guests may take advantage of these new perks at the following Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels: 

Read the rest of this entry »

Hall of Presidents to Reopen After Refurbishment

by on December 18, 2017

©Rikki Niblett

After a lengthy refurbishment, the classic Walt Disney World attraction The Hall of Presidents will reopen on Tuesday, December 19. During the year-long transformation, enhancements were included that bring the story of the American presidency to life as never before.

In addition, during this update, as has happened before and is the tradition with every new president elected to the office since the attraction debuted, an Audio-Animatronics figure of President Donald J. Trump has been added to the show. President Trump personally recorded remarks exclusively for The Hall of Presidents, just as each sitting president has done for the attraction since the early 1990s.

The Hall of Presidents carries a legacy that has been part of Disney Parks for more than 50 years.

New Details About Terralina Crafted Italian Restaurant at Disney Springs

by on December 13, 2017

Well, it looks like the opening date for Terralina Crafted Italian which will be located in The Landing section of Disney Springs has been pushed back. Originally slated to open in the fall of this year, the Italian restaurant will now open in early 2018.

The backstory behind the newly refurbished restaurant (Terralina is replacing Portobello) is that a first-generation Italian family, from the Lake District, who built a home in Disney Springs, has been expanding their home over the years to welcome more friends and neighbors to enjoy their hospitality, and food.

Terralina Crafted Italian will feature an open rotunda that will welcome guests with a rustic stone fireplace. There will also be a new outdoor patio with a veranda bar that spills out into the Disney Springs promenade, and a two-story glass conservatory that showcases stunning views of Lake Buena Vista. Out front, there will be a herb garden just outside the doors.

Terralina Crafted Italian is being brought to life courtesy of James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and will be open for lunch and dinner. Dishes will include artisanal pizzas and fresh vegetable items fired up in a wood-burning oven. Two new signatures items will be added, mussels and a grilled pork chop, along with favorites from Portobello included too, such as the antipasti platter and signature pastas.

Stay tuned for more details about this upcoming dining experience.

The Edison Will Open at Disney Springs With a Dazzling New Year’s Eve Event

by on December 13, 2017

The Edison

©The Edison

It’s the date you’ve all been waiting for! The Edison, located in The Landing at Disney Springs has an opening date and they are going to celebrate the opening in style with a Grand Opening party on New Year’s Eve!

The event will showcasing The Edison’s lavish Industrial Gothic-style, crave-worthy food and exceptional cocktails. In addition, there will be a spectacular lineup of world-class entertainment for Guests to enjoy.  The Edison will be a fully immersive gastronomic experience and will feature multiple themed areas to exploreand also includes a waterfront patio that overlooks Lake Buena Vista.

The Edison will be an awe-inspiring place for families to come throughout the day for delicious contemporary American fare and drinks. At night, The Edison truly comes alive for the adult crowd and provides a sensory overload of entertainment that will include live musicians, dancers and aerialists – all of which will be on display during the New Year’s Eve Grand Opening.

Doors for the New Year’s Eve Grand Opening evening will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 and are available to the first 350 guests to purchase. The evening will include tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, live-action food stations and a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits from 8:00 p.m until midnight. In addition, there will be a selection of coffee, desserts and a celebratory midnight toast to ring in the new year.

Guests attending this event must be at least 21 years of age. Also, keep in mind that there will be a dress code, as men may wear slacks, jeans or dress shorts. No ball caps, sleeveless shirts or flip-flops are permitted.

Looks like this party will be a fun way to say welcome to the neighborhood to The Edison!