This is my son's graduation trip and his GF's first trip. We are booked at the Poly with the intentions of having a slow paced, pool filled week. Nothing we can do about the current weather situation, but I sure am growing more and more disappointed at the possibility of a rained out week.
Pool & Pool Bar
Uzima Springs Pool and Uzima Springs Pool Bar are scheduled to be closed for refurbishment. During this time, Samawati Springs Pool and Maji Pool Bar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village will be available. No set timeline on this other than closing September 3 through winter.
Room refurbishments will be taking place. It is possible that guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 a.m. Timeline is mid-August 2018 through Fall 2019.
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As day turns to night at Pandora The World of Avatar, the breathtaking landscape transforms into a bioluminescent wonderland that is truly a sight to see. This brightly glowing forest in Disneys Animal Kingdoms newest land inspired a limited release interactive banshee that flies into The Rookery at Windtraders on May 27.
The bioluminescent landscape-inspired banshee will be packaged with a display perch and a Certificate of Authenticity. It contains authentic sounds and includes three ranges of motion mouth, head, and wings that are controlled by hand.
Windtraders currently offers 11 colors of banshees, including one created for the 20th Anniversary of Disneys Animal Kingdom. This limited release banshee was inspired by a moss-covered wall found at Pandora thats become an Instagram sensation. It appears that the "bioluminescent" Banshee is mostly in namesake and coloring and will not glow much like its inspiration. Attached Images
The Fireworks Dessert Party at the Magic Kingdom is a very popular option for families who want to feel less rushed at the end of the night but still take in Disney’s famous nighttime spectacular. The park will now offer a third option for viewing fireworks. Taking inspiration from the...
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Lucasfilm’s fan favorite movie “Willow” premiered 30 years ago this week and now we’re hearing what might the strongest signals that a sequel could be on the way. Willow is now part of the Disney library since the Mouse bought the company George Lucas started. The news came during the...
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At the end of last week The Disney Blog was invited to a media preview for Wine Bar George in Disney Springs. The two-story, 200 seat wine bar resembles a vintner’s residence. You can find it in The Landing district across from Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and behind Raglan Road....
Me - 3 out of 5 stars
We had this breakfast early in the week. Check - in was quick and easy. The only area they had available to wait inside was in the bar. We were called pretty quickly and seated in an area where we could see the characters enter. There was a big announcement over the intercom each time one of the characters came in. The room itself didn't feel very Disneyish to me, and the seating seemed a bit awkward without a lot of room for the servers to move around.
Zee ordered King Triton's Shipwreck al Forno. I had the Tangled Eggs. First they brought some yummy pastries out for us. There were two cookies shaped like the suns in Tangled, and maybe 4 small muffins. The pastries were delicious. Zee rates his food as 4.5 out of 5 stars minus the sauce. He wishes he could have kept the triton that came in his food though. My food was a 3 out of 5 stars. It was pretty tasty initially- very bold flavors in the eggs. After a while though, the same taste got boring. I think I would have liked it better if they cut down the serving size (it was huge) and added a side item. I wasn't a fan of the Sunday Gravy either.
The character interaction was very good. I had my stuffed dog there, and there characters got into a discussion about how Rapunzel wanted a dog and Flynn Rider wouldn't agree to it. Of course, Ariel and Eric were all for them getting a dog like Max. I did laugh a bit when Flynn Rider did the "smolder" at the camera.
The service was good. We never had to wait for drink refills or anything, and our server kept track of which characters we still needed to see.
All in all, I think the restaurant was ok. If someone said "hey, let's go to the Bon Voyage Breakfast," or if someone I was with really wanted to see Ariel, Eric, Rapunzel or Flynn Rider, I wouldn't be opposed to returning. There are places on property that I enjoy a lot more though.
Are you looking to get an almost unheard of reservation during Food and Wine, Halloween and The Wine and Dine? We have a confirmed Poly Garden View, Deluxe studio, checking in October 27th and checking out November 5th that we need to rent.
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The TEA has released their list of the Top 25 Theme Parks in the World for 2017:
Quote: Originally Posted by Themed Entertainment Association # Theme Park % Change 2017 2016 1 MAGIC KINGDOM AT WALT DISNEY WORLD, LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL, U.S. 0.30% 20,450,000 20,395,000 2 DISNEYLAND, ANAHEIM, CA, U.S. 2.00% 18,300,000 17,943,000 3 TOKYO DISNEYLAND, TOKYO, JAPAN 0.40% 16,600,000 16,540,000 4 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN, OSAKA, JAPAN 3.00% 14,935,000 14,500,000 5 TOKYO DISNEYSEA, TOKYO, JAPAN 0.30% 13,500,000 13,460,000 6 DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM AT WALT DISNEY WORLD, LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL, U.S. 15.30% 12,500,000 10,844,000 7 EPCOT AT WALT DISNEY WORLD, LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL 4.20% 12,200,000 11,712,000 8 SHANGHAI DISNEYLAND, SHANGHAI, CHINA 96.40% 11,000,000 5,600,000 9 DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD, LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL, U.S. -0.50% 10,722,000 10,776,000 10 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO, FL, U.S. 2.00% 10,198,000 9,998,000 11 CHIMELONG OCEAN KINGDOM, HENGQIN, CHINA 15.50% 9,788,000 8,474,000 12 DISNEYLAND PARK AT DISNEYLAND PARIS, MARNE-LA-VALLEE, FRANCE 15.00% 9,660,000 8,400,000 13 DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE, ANAHEIM, CA, U.S. 3.00% 9,574,000 9,295,000 14 ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO, FL, U.S. 2.00% 9,549,000 9,362,000 15 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD, UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, U.S. 12.00% 9,056,000 8,086,000 16 LOTTE WORLD, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA -17.60% 6,714,000 8,150,000 17 EVERLAND, GYEONGGI-DO, SOUTH KOREA -9.50% 6,310,000 6,970,000 18 HONG KONG DISNEYLAND, HONG KONG SAR 1.60% 6,200,000 6,100,000 19 NAGASHIMA SPA LAND, KUWANA, JAPAN 1.40% 5,930,000 5,850,000 20 OCEAN PARK, HONG KONG SAR -3.30% 5,800,000 5,996,000 21 EUROPA-PARK, RUST, GERMANY 1.80% 5,700,000 5,600,000 22 WALT DISNEY STUDIOS PARK AT DISNEYLAND PARIS, MARNE-LA-VALLEE, FRANCE 4.60% 5,200,000 4,970,000 23 DE EFTELING, KAATSHEUVEL, NETHERLANDS 8.70% 5,180,000 4,764,000 24 TIVOLI GARDENS, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK 0.00% 4,640,000 4,640,000 25 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE 2.90% 4,220,000 4,100,000 Of note this year, Disney's Animal Kingdom and Epcot has switched order for the first time.
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Disney Cruise Line Debuts Diverse Lineup of Itineraries and Home Ports for Fall 2019
Family fun awaits during departures from New York, California, Texas and Florida
Disney Cruise Line Press Release
May 17, 2018
CELEBRATION, Fla. In fall 2019, Disney Cruise Line will return to favorite destinations and home ports on a variety of itineraries, including adventures to Bermuda, Bahamas, Baja, Canada and the Caribbean. With cruises ranging from two-night getaways to weeklong vacations and beyond, this season of sailings offers countless opportunities for families to delight in Disney magic, explore exotic locales and make lifelong memories together.
Bookings open to the public on May 24, 2018. More details on 2019 itineraries can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2019 page of disneycruise.com.
Sailings to Bermuda, Bahamas and Canada from New York .
The Disney Magic returns to New York in September for a selection of departures to a diverse collection of destinations, including luxurious Bermuda, sun-kissed Bahamas and historic New Brunswick, Canada.
Three special five-night cruises feature two days in Bermuda, allowing extra time for guests to indulge in the island nations famous pink-sand beaches, world-class shopping, abundant water activities and distinctive blend of British and Caribbean culture.
During two seven-night sailings from New York to the Bahamas, cruisers are treated to a double-dose of pixie dust. A stop at Disneys private island, Castaway Cay, is paired with a day at Port Canaveral, Florida, where every guest receives a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and round-trip transportation to the theme parks in nearby Orlando.
A single five-night cruise to Canada transports guests from New York to charming Saint John, New Brunswick with a stop in Bar Harbor, Maine. Saint John is the home of majestic natural phenomena like the renowned Reversing Falls and the worlds highest tides, located where the Saint John River meets the Bay of Fundy.
Baja and Mexican Riviera Voyages from California
In September, the Disney Wonder sets sail for a limited engagement in San Diego, where guests embark on adventures to Baja and the Mexican Riviera. Baja itineraries highlight the regions famous beaches and exciting water activities with calls on Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico. Two exclusive seven-night Mexican Riviera sailings feature the snorkeling and scuba diving hot spots Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.
Disney Cruise Line guests can enrich their experience by combining select San Diego-based cruises with a pre-cruise package from Adventures by Disney, a leader in family guided group vacations. During this three-night itinerary, guests embark on a rare behind-the-magic visit to The Walt Disney Studios and Disney Archives, a private tour of Walt Disney Imagineering and a visit to the place where it all began the Disneyland Resort.
Vacations to Bahamas and Caribbean from Texas
Beginning late November, the Disney Wonder will make Galveston its home port for a special series of sailings to the Caribbean and Bahamas, with options at four, six and seven nights. Caribbean cruises include stops in Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Falmouth, Jamaica. Bahamian itineraries feature stops in Castaway Cay and Key West, Florida. Two of the Bahamian sailings also take guests to Nassau, Bahamas, while another includes an exclusive second day on Disneys private island.
Tropical Escapes from Florida
In fall 2019, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy continue sailing guest-favorite itineraries to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Port Canaveral, while the Disney Magic returns to Miami in November with a variety of cruise lengths and itineraries.
The Disney Magics diverse lineup includes three-, four- and five-night Bahamian sailings and five- and six-night Western Caribbean cruises, and most itineraries feature a day ashore at Castaway Cay. Other ports of call on Bahamian voyages include Nassau and Key West, while stops in Grand Cayman and Cozumel headline the Western Caribbean itineraries.
The Disney Dream sails three- and four-night cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay. These itineraries make for the perfect family getaway, combining the magic of Disney with the ease and enjoyment of a tropical cruise vacation.
The Disney Fantasy sails seven-night Caribbean voyages, and every cruise includes a stop at Castaway Cay. Eastern Caribbean itineraries visit the Virgin Islands of Tortola and St. Thomas, and Western Caribbean cruises call on Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Falmouth. These weeklong experiences allow for even more family fun as guests make memories aboard their Disney cruise ship and at port in renowned tropical destinations.
The Disney Fantasy will also sail a selection of special itineraries. In October, an eight-night voyage transports guests south to St. Kitts, Antigua and San Juan, Puerto Rico, while a six-night Western Caribbean itinerary includes calls on Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. Both itineraries are capped off with a day at Castaway Cay. In December, two unique seven-night itineraries include one cruise to San Juan, Tortola and Castaway Cay, and another voyage featuring two days on Disneys private island after visits to Cozumel and Grand Cayman.
Disney Vacation Club Charter Cruises for 2019
Today, Disney Vacation Club announced the dates for two special members-only Disney Cruise Line charter cruises: a five-night Pacific Coast sailing aboard the Disney Wonder on May 15 and a seven-night cruise to Bermuda aboard the Disney Magic on Oct. 5. Bookings for both cruises open to Disney Vacation Club members on June 23, 2018.
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Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is returning ... September 7 through October 31...
Oogie Boogie will once again take over Disney California Adventure park with stylish Halloween decor along Buena Vista Street and a swarm of bats encircling Carthay Circle Theatre. Cars Land will celebrate Haul-O-Ween as Radiator Springs turns into Radiator Screams! For the occasion, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree will transform into Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree while Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters changes into Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. In Hollywood Land, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will transform nightly into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark.
Over at Disneyland park, the Pumpkin Festival will greet guests as they make their way down Main Street, U.S.A. Fan-favorite attractions will also return, including the eerily delightful Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.
Additionally, the highly anticipated Mickey’s Halloween Party will host 15 nights of fun. This separate-ticket, after hours event gives you the chance to make your Halloween Time experience even more fun with some exclusive entertainment, Disney characters in their Halloween attire and trick-or-treating throughout Disneyland park!
Be sure to purchase your Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets* early and mark your calendars for the dates below. Tickets may be purchased online at Disneyland.com/party (until the day before the event), at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781-4400.
-June 5: Tickets on sale to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa card holders and Disney Vacation Club members
-June 12: Tickets on sale to general public
-Mickey’s Halloween Party 2018 dates: Sept. 19, Sept. 21, Sept. 24, Sept. 26, Sept. 28, Oct. 2, Oct. 5, Oct. 9, Oct. 12, Oct. 16, Oct. 19, Oct. 23, Oct. 26, Oct. 29, Oct. 31
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... Due to the popularity of the Fireworks Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park, there will now be an additional option the After Fireworks Dessert Party starting on May 28.
Now you can experience the legendary fireworks over Cinderella Castle from a special viewing area in the Plaza Garden, and afterwards, head on over to Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant and indulge in a delicious array of all-you-care-to-enjoy desserts!
On the menu for this sweet experience are treats inspired by each of the lands of Magic Kingdom Park. Among the offerings are the Smores Action Station (Frontierland), Pineapple Delights (Adventureland), Ooey Gooey Toffee Cakes (Liberty Square), Macarons (Fantasyland), a Cookie Table (Tomorrowland), and Strawberry Tarts (Main Street U.S.A.).
But theres more than just desserts! Savory snacks include cheese cubes, spinach dip with crackers, and house-made mini eggrolls. Fresh fruit is also available along with refreshing beverages such as sparkling apple juice, coffee, tea, and milk.
In addition, on July 3-4 and select nights during Mickeys Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party, guests can enjoy special themed holiday treats as well as holiday fireworks.
Guests can begin making reservations for the After Fireworks Dessert Party on May 17 via phone by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Pricing is $69 for adults and $41 for children. Online reservations will be available starting on May 24.
For more information and to make reservations for all other dessert party experiences, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463). Currently, the After Fireworks Dessert Party is planned to be offered along with the two existing "pre-fireworks" dessert party options.