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National Cupcake Day & Christmas Combine in Confections Around Walt Disney World

intercot.com - 8 hours 44 min ago
Walt Disney World is celebrating National Cupcake Day 2017 by putting a sweet spotlight on several of its Christmas confections and other tEARiffic Treats:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
National Cupcake Day is today, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate here at Walt Disney World Resort!

Epcot has several wonderful cupcakes for you to enjoy this holiday season. At Sunshine Seasons, you can find ... a new holiday cinnamon vanilla swirl cupcake with vanilla buttercream icicles.

At Magic Kingdom Park, you can find a few cupcakes at the Main Street Bakery. The first is a red velvet cupcake filled with peppermint mousse and topped with cream cheese buttercream, peppermint sprinkles and peppermint bark, a perfect treat for the holiday season! There is also a chocolate cupcake filled with peanut butter mousse and topped with mocha buttercream, chocolate curls and a white chocolate Lightning McQueen, as well as a yummy yellow cupcake with strawberry mousse filling and topped with raspberry buttercream, strawberry crispy pearls and a white chocolate Mickey and Minnie heart.

If you’re on safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, stop by Creature Comforts on Discovery Island to try the Rivers of Light Cupcake, a vanilla cupcake topped with a buttercream lotus flower, or the Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake, a chocolate cupcake topped with chocolate buttercream icing, chocolate shells and a dark and white chocolate Cotton Top Tamarin pop!

At Sprinkles at Disney Springs, you’ll find cupcakes galore in nearly every flavor you can imagine! For the month of December, you can find special holiday flavors like red velvet, chocolate peppermint and gingerbread. You can even order a spirited JOY box filled with their holiday cupcakes adorned with Sprinkles JOY sugar decorations. And for an on-the-go dessert, visit the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM right in front of the store, where you can order any cupcake available. Attached Images      
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There's Still Time to Have a Sweet Epcot 35th Celebration

intercot.com - 9 hours 15 min ago
In honor of National Cupcake Day, Epcot is showcasing their confections that celebrate the park's 35th Anniversary:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts ... Epcot has several wonderful cupcakes for you to enjoy ... At Sunshine Seasons, you can find {a} cupcake {that} celebrates Epcot’s 35th anniversary and is a vanilla cupcake with peanut butter and jelly filling topped with edible flowers from The Land pavilion.

... You can find another 35th Anniversary cupcake at Fountain View – the Spaceship Earth Cupcake consists of yellow cake with strawberry pastry cream filling, silver fondant and sprinkles!

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Boulder Ridge (Wilderness Lodge Villas) room service?

intercot.com - 10 hours 44 min ago
We are arriving somewhat late Wednesday night and would love to just relax and get room service if available
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi rises to $45M for Thursday Preview

TheDisneyBlog.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 18:47

The suits in Burbank have to be happy with the box office performance of Star Wars: The Last Jedi which has already posted an estimated $45 million in Thursday evening previews. This ranks as the second highest domestic preview gross of all time, coming in 55 percent ahead of Rogue...

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First time at Universal - what are your tips??

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 13:46
We are headed to the "dark side" at the end of April! Just Husband and me, no kids to cramp our style, two full days and park-to-park tickets. Staying at Royal Pacific so will take advantage of early entry at least one of the days and using the Express Pass. We are very much looking forward to Harry Potter, Springfield, Minions, Spiderman, and roller coasters! What are your best tips for maximizing time? Where are the good places to eat? What should we avoid?

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Marvel’s Scarlet Witch is the key to more Mutants in the MCU

TheDisneyBlog.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 12:54

Mutants Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) and her twin brother Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver) were briefly introduced into the MCU in Captain America: The Winter Solidier but had more prominent roles in Marvel’s 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron. I believe the Scarlet Witch is Marvel’s Key to introducing other mutants and...

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Vote for the Best Restaurants in Orlando

TheDisneyBlog.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 12:45

There are a lot of great restaurants in Central Florida. One of the rewards of living here and dealing with the heat and humidity all the time is all the great dining that’s available at our finger tips. Orlando food critic-at-large Scott Joseph is having a popular poll on his...

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intercot.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 12:38
We will be spending Christmas in Destin this year, we have never been. Any suggestions on what to do in that area. Are there any good brunch places? Christmas events or lights to see? TIA
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Wake up on Christmas to the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration on ABC

TheDisneyBlog.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 12:27

Wake up early and get those presents open because Disney has a treat for you on Christmas morning. The “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” promises a celebrity filled showcase of seasonal sights, performances, and traditions, including the beloved Christmas day parade from Disney’s beloved theme parks. Tune in December 25...

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New Year’s Eve events at Walt Disney World to ring in a magical New Year

TheDisneyBlog.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 04:42

If you’re looking to ring in the New Year in the most magial way possible, you can’t go wrong at Walt Disney World. From special dinners to sparkling toasts, from ear shattering fireworks to rocking New Year’s Eve parties, the vacation kingdom has something for everyone. If you want to...

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Walt Disney World Releases Entertainment Schedule for New Years Eve 2018

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 01:24
The Walt Disney World resort has released a detailed schedule of 3 Nighttime Shows to ring-in New Years Eve 2018:

Magic Kingdom

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks
December 30 and 31, 2017
6:30 pm & 11:50 pm


New Year’s Countdown Fireworks
December 31, 2017
11:40 pm

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular--New Years Eve Edition
December 31, 2017
12:00 am (Midnight)
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intercot.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 00:34
I hate Starbucks.
What other coffee is available in parks and resorts?
I cannot stand dark roasts. Looking for decent medium roasted coffee.
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ECVs and dining

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 00:25
DW and I are both ECV owner/users. Sometimes we can do minimal walking, but most of the time I ride. I had a stroke last year and my knees never came back.
Can I ride my ECV to the buffets, or will I have problems in ANY restaurant?
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Mickey K-cups

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 21:56
Where in the parks can I buy the Mickey K-cups and how much are they? People are selling them for $25 on ebay!!!
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The Walt Disney Company is buying most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 17:30
The Walt Disney Company has finished recently suspected negotiations with 21st Century Fox for most of their assets.

Although this deal will be most impactful for the media content/library; it will be interesting to see what effect it may have on the content Walt Disney Parks & Resorts chooses to add as the deal includes such properties as Avatar and (coincidentally) a few films featured in the recently closed Great Movie Ride.

While Theme Parks rights may be already sold in some specific cases (see Marvel and Universal), this deal could certainty be motivation to continue working with Light Storm Entertainment to expand the World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom and potentially add attractions for other movie proprieties at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Quote: Originally Posted by CNN Money
Disney is buying most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion

by Hadas Gold and Charles Riley
CNNMoney London
14 December 2017

Disney is buying a huge chunk of 21st Century Fox in a deal that promises to reshape the media industry and help the entertainment giant fend off digital rivals such as Netflix.

The $52.4 billion deal will combine two of the biggest players in Hollywood.
The sale represents a remarkable turn in the career of octogenarian mogul Rupert Murdoch, who is cashing out after building a major media empire. For its part, Disney (DIS) is adding even more prime entertainment assets to an already swollen portfolio as it battles upstart streaming services that have undercut the traditional cable subscription model.

In addition to 21st Century Fox's movie studio and regional sports networks, Disney is buying cable channels FX and National Geographic. Disney will also get Fox's stakes in Hulu and European pay-TV provider Sky (SKYAY).

Prior to the deal closing, 21st Century Fox (FOX) will separate the Fox broadcasting network, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, and some national sports networks into a new company that will be spun off to its shareholders. The remaining properties would ideally in the coming years merge with News Corp., from which they split in 2013, Murdoch said on Fox Business Thursday morning.

Disney, which counts ESPN among its crown jewels, has suffered as consumers switch off their TVs and spend more hours watching streaming services such as Netflix (NFLX) that are distributed directly to consumers.

The deal allows Disney to expand its content, especially for streaming services. In addition to a majority stake in Hulu that it will have once the deal closes, Disney is preparing to launch two separate streaming services, one for sports and another focusing on entertainment. And it is pulling its content from Netflix in preparation for the launch. Adding Fox's television and movie studios and the content they own means adding to the stable of must-watch content it can offer directly to consumers -- and that streaming competitors can not.

There are also important international assets involved. Fox is in the midst of a lengthy regulatory review in the United Kingdom to take over the rest of the satellite broadcaster Sky it does not already own. In the announcement, Disney and Fox said "21st Century Fox remains fully committed to completing the current Sky offer and anticipates that, subject to the necessary regulatory consents, the transaction will close by June 30, 2018." Disney would then assume full ownership of Sky as long as Fox's transaction is completed before Disney's.

If the deal doesn't close, then Disney will retain Fox's current 39 percent stake of Sky "and we imagine they'll make their own bid for the rest of it," Murdoch said on Fox Business on Thursday.

The deal will needs to undergo regulatory review and will likely take at least a year to close. The Justice Department, which last month sued to block AT&T's purchase of CNN parent company Time Warner, will consider to what extent the new company could dominate the market, using its increased leverage to force cable companies and distributors to pay higher rates to carry Disney and Fox content.

News of a possible deal first came to light in early November when CNBC reported that Disney had approached 21 Century Fox about a deal to acquire the movie and television assets. That led to other companies, like Comcast, to explore an acquisition as well. But on Monday Comcast said in statements to media outlets that it "never got the level of engagement needed to make a definitive offer" and was withdrawing from the discussions.

As the two companies work to complete the deal and Disney works to integrate its new assets, Bob Iger, who had been expected to retire, will remain as chairman and CEO of Disney through 2021.

Speaking on Fox Business Thursday morning, Murdoch said he made it a condition of the deal that Iger would stay on.

"The acquisition of this stellar collection of businesses from 21st Century Fox reflects the increasing consumer demand for a rich diversity of entertainment experiences that are more compelling, accessible and convenient than ever before," Iger said in a statement. "We're honored and grateful that Rupert Murdoch has entrusted us with the future of businesses he spent a lifetime building."

There had been some reporting that Murdoch's son James, currently CEO of 21st Century Fox, would move over to Disney in a high level role and as a possible successor to Iger. But in a conference call with investors on Thursday morning, Iger said there are no immediate plans for James Murdoch.

"James and I have had a lot of conversations about the future of these companies," Iger said. "He will be integral to helping us integrate these companies over the next number of months and during that period of time we will continue to discuss whether there is a role for him here or not."

In a statement of his own, Murdoch said, "I'm convinced that this combination, under Bob Iger's leadership, will be one of the greatest companies in the world. I'm grateful and encouraged that Bob has agreed to stay on, and is committed to succeeding with a combined team that is second to none."
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Touring The Edison and neighboring new restaurants at Disney Springs

TheDisneyBlog.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 13:17

Yesterday we had the opportunity to explore four big new dining concepts coming to Disney Springs in the near future. Only The Edison has announced an opening date so far, it’s Grand Opening party on New Year’s Eve, but the rest look very close to opening as well. Unfortunately, we...

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Disney and Fox close to announcing acquisition deal say reports

TheDisneyBlog.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 08:02

21st Century Fox is down to one suitor, The Walt Disney Company, to purchase the majority of its assets as the Murdoch family looks to offload much of their media ownership. The expected $60 Billion deal in cash and stock could be announced as soon as today. Any deal this...

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New Disney Movies on Netflix beginning in January

TheDisneyBlog.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 03:15

Are you a cord cutter looking forward to a Disney streaming service similar to Netflix? I hope you’re patient, Disney’s new streaming service won’t begin until 2019. In the meantime we’re happy that these Disney movies are making their way on to the Netflix service for our on-demand viewing pleasure:...

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The tiger cubs are on show at DAK

intercot.com - Wed, 2017-12-13 23:09
Two Sumatran tiger cubs, Anala and Jeda, are now part of Animal Kingdom's Maharajah Jungle Trek.The cubs were born in August as part of the international Species Survival Plan. Sumatran tigers are a critically endangered species with fewer than 500 left in the wild.
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Help - Christmas gift ideas

intercot.com - Wed, 2017-12-13 22:34
Hello All,

I am looking for help :confused: with a Christmas gift idea for my aunt - I'm thinking of a small collection of "practical" but still "gifty" items she can use while she's in Florida for a couple of months. She's renting a house, but money is tight. She likes to be pampered, so I was thinking of a spa or relaxation basket, but that is sooo not my thing that I can't come up with any ideas for it besides a box of specialty tea bags, lotion, and maybe a candle. HELP!!!!! I'm not locked into this idea, so if anyone has another suggestion, I'd love to hear it.

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