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World of Disney at Walt Disney World and at Disneyland to See Updates

by on January 10, 2018

World of Disney


Do you love shopping at World of Disney as much as I do? The large Disney-centric stores which are found in both Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort offer tons of souvenirs and I almost always end up taking something home when I visit. But soon, both of these locations will be receiving some love beginning mid-February 2018.

Work on the stores will be done in phases and the stores on both coasts will remain open during construction. When work on the interior is done, Guests will a dynamic and distinctly Disney retail environment.

A few shops will offer select merchandise while construction takes place. In Town Center at Disney Springs, Ever After Jewelry Co. and The Disney Corner, which opens in mid-February, will carry select merchandise while World of Disney undergoes renovations.

Over at Disneyland, at the Downtown Disney District, Guests can find some items in the recently opened Dream Boutique, as well as the Disney Home store which is opening in February in the former D-Street location.

I’m excited to share more details about what we Guests can experience once the refurbishment work is completed, so make sure to stay tuned to the blog for more!

Epcot International Festival of the Arts Overview + Video

by on January 9, 2018

It’s January, which means the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is just around the corner!

Click the video below to learn all about this aesthetic event.

Is it super obvious that I googled artistic synonyms” to come up with the word, aesthetic? Let me know in the comments…

Walt Disney World Preview — Week of January 6, 2018

by on January 5, 2018

I hope you’re all enjoying the start of 2018. If you’re celebrating with a trip to Walt Disney World, here’s what you have to look forward to this week.

Special Events

  • Friendly reminder that Disney Festival of Fantasy, the parade at Magic Kingdom park, is at 3:00pm for the foreseeable future.
  • Beginning January 11, Disney’s Magical Express will pick guests up 3 hours prior to their scheduled domestic flight. International flights will still pick up 4 hours before departure time.
  • Typhoon Lagoon will be closing for refurbishment January 7. Blizzard Beach will be re-opening the same day.

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Part 2 + Video

by on January 2, 2018

Happy New Year Friends!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and I wish you all the best for 2018.

Today’s video is Part 2 of my Disney’s Contemporary Resort overview. I’ll be talkin’ pools, dining, recreation and amenities.


Oh! and here’s Part 1 if you missed that!

I’m just now realizing that I used the EXACT same picture for both video thumbnails. *face palm*

Did you make any Disney resolutions for 2018? Mine is to take more photos. Leave yours below!

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 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.)

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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.




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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of December 30

by on December 28, 2017

Goodbye 2017! Read on to see how you can ring in the New Year at Walt Disney World.

Special Events

  • There are several places to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World. Click on Rikki’s article to check out your options.
  • Speaking of New Year’s Eve, the Disney Parks Blog will be live streaming from Magic Kingdom park on December 31. Don’t miss the Fantasy in the Sky New Year’s Eve Fireworks at 11:50pm Eastern Time.
  • The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna® is from January 3 – January 7. Which race will you be participating in? Let me know in the comments!
  • This is your last chance to experience Stitch’s Great Escape! This ride will close until further notice on January 7, 2018.

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The Teetotaler’s Guide to Drinking at Walt Disney World

by on December 26, 2017

There are a LOT of drinking guides for Disney out there.  I mean a LOT.  So just in case you fellow teetotalers were starting to feel left out, I thought you may like a guide of your own!  I can’t claim I’ve tried every non-alcoholic drink at Walt Disney World, but I’ve tried an awful lot.  While I tend to live on Coke Zero in everyday life, at Disney I like to branch out a little.  There are some great drinks out there, and here are 10 of my favorites.

Night Blossom

1. Night Blossom – The Night Blossom at Pongu Pongu in Pandora is my favorite drink! And really, calling it just a drink undersells it a bit—like Pandora itself, it’s really an experience. It’s just amazing.  It’s possible that I love it so much because I think it’s made of sugar mixed with sugar and topped with sugar—all in a crazemazing frozen concoction.  With a little bit of sugar added on top.  Not to mention that it’s gorgeous!  It’s actually a collection of several fruit flavors–limeade, apple, and dessert pear.  It’s topped off with passion fruit boba balls, though if you aren’t a fan of the boba ball craze, you could certainly have them left off.  I can’t say enough good things about it—well I guess I can…it only costs about $6.00!  You must try one next time you are visiting Pandora.

2. Dole Whip Float – Of course the Dole Whip ice cream is insanely popular, but to me you are missing out if you don’t make it a float. I don’t even really care for pineapple ice cream, but soak it in pineapple juice? It’s amazing!  Once it starts to melt a little so you can drink it through the straw–perfection in a cup.  It’s currently found at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom, and at the Pineapple Lanai in the Polynesian.

Dole Whip Float

3. Le Fou’s Brew – Le Fou’s has its lovers and it has its haters. I’m a lover! Le Fou’s is sold in Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland.  It’s basically frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow.  It’s topped off with a passion fruit, mango foam.  Sounds yummy, right?  Skip the souvenir cup unless you are a huge Gaston fan and save yourself some money.  I’ve heard comparisons to Butterbeer over at Universal, but they are definitely two distinct drinks.  I happen to be a fan of both.  Don’t make me choose one over the other!

4. POG – POG! I love me some POG. POG can be found a few places–Boma, ‘Ohana, and other random places like dessert parties to name a few.  POG is a delicious blend of pineapple, orange, and guava juices (get it?!).  It doesn’t matter if you don’t even like a single one of those juices alone, put them together and you’ve got magic.  You’re going to love it.  Seriously, it’s amazing.  Seek it out and try it!


5. Schweitzer Falls – For some reason, even as a lifelong teetotaler, I seem to end up in Disney bars on a regular basis. I’ll blame my friends on that one! One of those bars I’ve ended up in a few times is Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at the Polynesian.  Trader Sam’s has a few non-alcoholic drinks, or mocktails, to choose from, but I happen to love Schweitzer Falls.  If the name sounds familiar, you’ve probably ridden the Jungle Cruise and passed by those very falls, named after the famous African explorer–Dr. Albert Falls!  Or something along those lines, depending on your Jungle Cruise skipper.  I’m sure one of the main reasons I enjoy it so much is that one of the ingredients is the aforementioned POG!  Woohoo!  Schweitzer Falls is a combination of pineapple, orange, and guava juices, plus lemon juice, Sprite, and a flavored syrup called Falernum.  It’s garnished with a cherry, pineapple, and everyone’s favorite–a tiny umbrella!  I love it!

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How to Escape the Disney World Crowds During the Holiday Season

by on December 22, 2017

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… It was the holiday season at Walt Disney World. Yes, Walt Disney World during the holidays is one of the best times to visit due to the magical holiday décor, festive treats and merchandise, special entertainment, ticketed events, and more. But it’s also one of the busiest times of year with gridlocked paths and extra-long waits not only for attractions, but for restaurants, monorails, and even the restrooms! Many Disney World regulars avoid the parks around the holidays and understandably so. But with a little strategy, you and yours can still enjoy Walt Disney World during the most wonderful time of the year. Take a look at a few of my strategies for how to escape the crowds at Disney World during the holiday season.

Rope Drop Mornings

If you don’t start your day at a Disney Park with rope drop, you’re doing it wrong. This is my philosophy no matter what the season, but even more so at the holidays.

First of all, you can walk on almost any attraction without the need for FastPass+, meaning you can save those reservation slots for when the holiday crowds descend. Cast Members are usually out and welcoming guests into the park, and many areas of the park are largely empty and give you the sensation of having the place all to yourself.

Mornings at the Magic Kingdom are definitely the best time to visit as this is when the Main Street Vehicles and the Main Street Trolley Show are out and about, something you won’t see any other time of the day. I also have to note that Main Street, U.S.A. now opens a full hour before the park does, meaning you can get your shopping out of the way, grab a coffee at Starbucks, and take one of those coveted crowd-free photos for before the park even opens.

Note: While I recommend rope dropping all of the parks during your vacation, I should mention that rope dropping Animal Kingdom does NOT mean a crowd-free experience at Pandora – The World of Avatar. Flight of Passage is still incredibly popular and pretty much everyone rope dropping the park are heading in that direction. However, a crowd-free experience is still a possibility throughout the rest of the park!

Visit Disney Springs Early in the Day

Shopping shouldn’t be your only reason to visit Disney Springs as Walt Disney World’s ultimate shopping and dining destination also offers live entertainment, decorations, a meet and greet with Santa Claus, and the Christmas Tree Trail complete with a 100% chance of snow!

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