Aug 18, 2015
New Frozen Ever After, Royal Summerhus Details & Renderings Released
New details were released at the D23 Expo on the Frozen Ever After attraction and neighboring Royal Summerhus that are currently being constructed at Epcot.
The Frozen Ever After attraction will transport guests to Arendelle just in time for the “Winter in Summer” celebration. According to Portfolio Creative Executive Kathy Mangum, the attraction’s project team is currently partnering with many of the talented individuals at Walt Disney Animation who helped bring the original “Frozen” film to life, as well as award-winning composers Bobby and Kristen-Anderson Lopez.
“We’re also expanding the Norway pavilion with the addition of the Royal Summerhus – a charming cabin where guests will be able to meet Anna and Elsa,” Kathy said. “This cabin is based on an actual historic log cabin in Norway. In fact, in order to make sure we get the character and detailing right, we just sent our project team to Norway on a research trip to study the country and its cultural arts and crafts in person, just as the film team did.
“We’re confident that this attraction will bring more guests to the Norway pavilion and increase their interest and knowledge of Scandinavian culture, just as the World Showcase was intended to do.”
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Add Some Fa La La to Your Holidays with a Sleigh Ride at Walt Disney World Resort
It may still be on the warm side in Central Florida, but it’s never too early to be thinking about the holidays! So when you make your seasonal to-do list, check it twice. And make sure a horse-drawn holiday sleigh ride at Disney’s Fort Wilderness & Campground is on it.
The sleighs—festively festooned with lights, garland and bows, and brimming with cheerful holiday music—take you on a 25-minute trek that glides you through the woodsy landscape and past the campsites of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground all decked out in their holiday finery. Well, you don’t exactly “glide,” as Jay Sanderson, Assistant Animal Operations Manager, Tri-Circle-D Ranch, explains. But that doesn’t make it any less magical.
“Our sleighs are different from our horse-drawn carriages. They are specifically designed to cut through the thick layers of ice and snow that hit Central Florida in December. Okay, scratch the ice and snow part. But they are indeed sleighs that are retrofitted with wheels for our guests’ and horses’ comfort and convenience.”
Brought to you by the same folks who provide the horse-drawn carriage rides the rest of the year, these memorable outings are perfect for a snuggle-up-close romantic rendezvous or an adventure for the whole family. Each sleigh fits four adults or two adults and three children. Larger parties can book more than one sleigh. This fun, distinctive experience replaces carriage rides at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground for the month of December.
You’ll be presented with a special limited-edition pin created specifically for this event at the conclusion of your ride. Then you can stroll through the barn to check out where the horses live and get up close and personal with these gentle giants that can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. Discover what they eat, how they travel from place to place throughout Walt Disney World Resort and other fun facts. Just keep in mind that the sleighs do go out in a light rain, but your ride may be canceled during inclement weather.
So why not make it a season of joy and memories with a horse-drawn holiday sleigh ride? These magical encounters tend to sell out quickly, so an early reservation is highly recommended.
Holiday sleigh rides run from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and are open to all (in other words, you don’t have to be a registered guest of a Disney Resort hotel), with no minimum age requirement.
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Toy Story Land To Come To Life At Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek just unveiled plans for Toy Story Land, to be built at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The new land, inspired by the “Toy Story” film franchise, will allow guests to shrink to the size of a toy and explore the world of Andy’s backyard.
According to Imagineer Kathy Mangum, Toy Story Land was inspired by the overwhelming guest response to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort.
“As all of you know, here in Anaheim, we’ve been quite successful with taking immersive experiences to a whole new level as we did with Cars Land. In fact, one of our favorite stories from opening day is that we overheard a little boy asking his mom, ‘Is this where they filmed the Cars movie?’” Kathy said. “That’s exactly how we want people to feel – like they’ve stepped onto the set of their favorite film … like the quaint town of Radiator Springs or, in the case of ‘Toy Story,’ the wild and adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard.”
When Toy Story Land opens at the park, guests will be able to play with some of their favorite toys at two new attractions that will be unique to the Walt Disney World Resort, plus one expanded favorite:
Family-friendly roller coaster – Guests board Slinky Dog’s back for a thrilling toy-filled coaster adventure that’s ideal for the entire family.
Alien saucers attraction – The famous little green aliens from the movie will take guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers – but beware The Claw!
Toy Story Mania! – This current guest-favorite attraction, which allows guests to take aim at 3D objects in into the Toy Story Midway Games Play Set, will expand with more midway track that takes you into the world under Andy’s bed where he’s built a carnival-style midway.
Aug 16, 2015
Jungle Cruise Restaurant — Skipper Canteen — Officially Coming to Disney World!
Thanks to our friends at DisneyFoodBlog for breaking the news the Skipper Canteen is coming to Walt Disney World. “Here’s what we know: offering “World Famous Jungle Cuisine,” the Skipper Canteen will feature several different dining rooms such as a Crew Mess Hall, and even a “once-hidden secret meeting room” of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.
The Skippers themselves will serve the meals, meaning the atmosphere will be fun, fun! More details to come as this new dining option is scheduled to open late 2015.
Aug 10, 2015
MINNIE’S HOLIDAY DINE AT HOLLYWOOD & VINE DINNER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT
Your family can celebrate the holiday season with Minnie and her friends during a festive dinner at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine Dinner, which takes place select nights Nov.7, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016, features Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Santa Goofy. (Characters are subject to change). With holiday-themed décor, food, music and activities this offering is the perfect spot for your Clients to deck the halls with family and friends.
Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine Dinner is $46.99 for adults and $27.99 for children and is included on the Disney Dining Plan as one table-service entitlement.
Your Clients can enjoy reserved seating at Fantasmic! when they book Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine as part of the Fantasmic! Dining Package. The cost for the Fantasmic! Dining Package is $52.99 for adults and $31.99 for children, plus tax and gratuity.
Reservations for Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine are now available
Please note Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine will still take place during breakfast and lunch at Hollywood & Vine.
BREAKFAST AT BE OUR GUEST RESTAURANT IN MAGIC KINGDOM PARK
The Walt Disney World® Resort announced breakfast in Be Our Guest will be a permanent offering.
The prix fixe French-inspired breakfast menu includes pastries, cured meats and cheeses, eggs Florentine, vegetable quiche, and more. Plus, your family can indulge in the Croissant Doughnut, a fried doughnut topped with banana caramel sauce, chocolate ganache and whipped cream. Younger Guests under age 10 can enjoy brioche French toast, scrambled eggs, fruit crepes, as well as cereal and oatmeal.
Breakfast will be served 8-10 a.m. daily. Pricing will be $21.99 plus tax for adults, $13.99 plus tax for children ages 3-9 years. Reservations are now available for dates Oct. 4, 2015 and beyond via My Disney Experience, or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Advance reservations are encouraged. The Disney Dining Plan will be accepted as a Quick Service Credit This is a unique quick-service dining experience – order from a touch-screen terminal and the and food magically appears at your table of choice. This is not a buffet dining experience.
Please note menu items, prices and hours are subject to change without notice.
July 21, 2015
NEW EXPERIENCES DURING THE 20TH EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL SEPT. 25-NOV. 16
Posted on July 17, 2015 by Disney Destinations
The Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, celebrating it’s 20th year, returns to the Walt Disney World® Resort Sept. 25-Nov. 16, 2015 with more than 30 global marketplaces to explore.
For the first time ever, the festival is stretching into the park’s Future World with four new food and beverage marketplaces.
Along the walkway toward Future World West, your Family can enjoy the new Artistry of Wine & Cheese festival area, which will feature the Cheese Studio (offering a cheese sampler served on an artist’s palette to pair with wines) and the Wine Studio with premium wines on tap.
Near the Epcot Character Spot, your Family can discover the new Next Eats area, featuring the Sustainable Chew and Chew Lab marketplaces inspired by ABC’s Emmy-Award® winning lifestyle series “The Chew,” starring co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz. Sustainable Chew will offer three dishes, and Chew Lab will show off hot culinary tech trends like a Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel.
While many festival events are included in regular theme park admission, including the new Back to Basics series, special book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discover Passport, as well as attractions and park entertainment, your Family can also look forward to over-the-top premium events, including:
Rockin’ Burger Block Party – Your Clients can get a glimpse of the cast of ABC TV’s “The Chew” at this new premium event on Oct. 8 in World ShowPlace. They’ll enjoy specialty burgers and sliders inspired by top names in the music industry such as Dave Matthews and his Dreaming Tree Wines and Carlos Santana’s Casa Noble Tequila. (Two additional Burger Block Parties are set for Sept. 25 and Nov. 6.) This event includes VIP seating with a specialty cocktail toast, premium bar and more.
Yelloween Masquerade Party for the Senses – This first-time event on Oct. 31 will be one in a series of popular Party for the Senses premium events. Your Family can experience an elegant, dance-the-night-away, gourmet tasting party with Champagne, wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails paired with food.
Another Party for the Senses your Family won’t want to miss takes place Oct. 24, and features Disney chefs from the United States, Europe and Asia cooking their favorite cuisine that represents their cultures as well as the Disney Parks and Resorts they call home.
Additional Party for the Senses dates are Oct. 3, 10 and 17, and each evening starts with a reserved seat at the Eat to the Beat concert series at the America Gardens Theatre. Following the show, your Clients will head to World ShowPlace for a sensational evening with more than 50 tasting stations, and performances by Cirque du Soleil
What’s Cookin’ With …Your Clients can begin the morning with a delightful plated brunch and sparkling wine toast. Culinary celebs will demo a favorite dish and then sit down with the emcee to answer questions from the audience and share secrets of their successes. The brunch happens every Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. during the festival.
Sept. 27: Andrew Zimmern
Oct. 2: Amanda Freitag presented by Mylan
Oct. 4: Bryan Voltaggio
Oct.9: Jamie Deen
Oct.11: Carla Hall
Oct.16: Gale Gand
Oct. 18: Cat Cora
Oct.23: Allen Susser
Oct. 25: John Ash presented by Verlasso
Oct. 30: Robert Irvine
Nov. 1: Erika Davis
Nov. 6: Buddy Valastro
Nov. 8: David Guas
Nov. 13: Alex Guarnaschelli
Nov. 15: Sarah Fioroni
Others premium events include the Mexican Tequila Lunch, Japanese Craft Beer Tasting and the new French Family Meal Traditions.
Get ready to book reservations for these premium events for your Family when the phone lines open at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 30: 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378). And, while some favorites fill up fast, there are lots of new events to celebrate the festival’s 20 years at Walt Disney World® Resort. Some events can be booked at epcotfoodfestival.com: culinary demos, beverage seminars, mixology seminars, general admission for Party for the Senses and general admission for the Rockin’ Burger Block Party.
Please note these experiences are non-commissionable. Entertainment and Events are subject to change without notice.
August 13, 2014
MyMagic+ Update: New Disney Photopass Service Includes “Terror-Fying” Video
Beginning August 12, 2014, Guests with both a MagicBand and a linked Memory Maker entitlement who ride The Twighlight Zone Tower of Terror™ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will find a video memento of their 13-story drop automatically associated to their My Disney Experience account.
The Attraction video will be available only to Guests who have purchased Memory Maker and have linked their Memory Maker entitlement and MagicBand to their My Disney Experience account.
Guests with a linked Memory Maker entitlement also will be able to view and download the videos of their linked Family & Friends and Managed Guests that also have MagicBands.
Get a glimpse of what your family will receive in this sample video!
July 31, 2014
2015 Disney Destination Package Pricing is Available!
Plan your 2015 Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani or Adventures by Disney vacation today and take advantage of early pricing, the best availability and longer to pay our your vacation. Request a quote to start writing your family’s story and create memories that live happily ever after in your heart!