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New fireworks readied for Magic Kingdom – preview title song

TheDisneyBlog.com - Fri, 2017-03-24 11:53

We’re getting our first listen at the theme song for Magic Kingdom’s new fireworks show – Happily Ever After. As most of Disney’s new shows, it will involve much more than just fireworks. There will be lasers, lighting effects, digital projections, and more. The soundtrack will be more contemporary too....

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Cars 3 – Road to the Races tour from Pixar takes green flag at Disney Springs

TheDisneyBlog.com - Fri, 2017-03-24 05:17

A new traveling tour “Road to the Races” promotes the upcoming Pixar film “Cars 3.” It took the green flag this weekend at Disney Springs. Located near the Once Upon A Toy store, there are booths with games and activities for kids toddler age up to those who are just...

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 promotion goes into high gear

TheDisneyBlog.com - Fri, 2017-03-24 03:01

Were closing in on the return of the band of misfits we all fell in love with in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. They’re back with volume 2 of the mixtape and a whole new adventure that will require them to save the galaxy again. According to Chris Pratt, who...

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Camping without any KIDS

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 20:35
Hubby & I just realized that it has been 10 years since we have camped at FW!
Have any of you stayed there, with NO kids or grandkids???
We think it may be fun to use FW as our base camp for all the Orlando activities, restaurants, etc.
May or may not even go to the parks......anyone have any experience with this????
(No kids, but will be bringing the dog)
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Camping without any KIDS

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 20:35
Hubby & I just realized that it has been 10 years since we have camped at FW!
Have any of you stayed there, with NO kids or grandkids???
We think it may be fun to use FW as our base camp for all the Orlando activities, restaurants, etc.
May or may not even go to the parks......anyone have any experience with this????
(No kids, but will be bringing the dog)
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Last-minute and Low-key March 14-19 Trip Report

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 20:21
Last-minute and Low-key—March 2017 Trip Report
Who: Me—45, WDW obsessed; DH—46, not obsessed but always happy to tag along
When: Tuesday, 3/14- Sunday, 3/19
Where: All-Star Music (first stay here)

Pre-Trip

DH and I had been debating for some time about whether or not we wanted to go somewhere for my spring break (I teach at our local community college). I hemmed and hawed, debated and declined, finally deciding that I did not want to spend the money, and I would rather just stay home and relax for the week.
Well, you all know how insistent that Disney bug can be, so five weeks before my spring break, I just thought, “I want to go to Disney World!” I called my DH to get started on our airline reservations, and I got the ball rolling with Melissa at Magical Journeys.

Since it was so last-minute, there were slim pickings for hotels, so we decided to try an All-Star since we wanted to keep costs down and had never stayed at one before. We had some frequent flyer miles to use, so that helped keep airfare reasonable, and I had about 275 Disney Reward Dollars to go toward food.

Everything was squared away quickly, and now we had a trip to look forward to in just five short weeks!

One problem I did run into was booking dining and fastpasses. I had tried to get into Be Our Guest for our June trip last summer, booking 180 days out, with no success. I knew there would be no way I would get in this time on such short notice, so we decided that our one sit-down meal would be at the Liberty Tree Tavern, which I booked pretty easily. I kept checking on dining openings, though, just in case. Lo and behold a very late (9:30p) dinner opened up at Be Our Guest, so I switched to that. I had really wanted a lunch ressie, but this would work. Late, but, who cares? We always seem to eat at off times when we are there anyway.

Just because I like to put my Type-A, obsessive personality to good use, I kept checking out dining options over the next couple of weeks. To my great surprise one day, an 11:00a Be Our Guest lunch ressie came up, so I was able to get what I wanted after all!

Fastpasses also worked out surprisingly well, considering I made them at about the 30-day mark, rather than the 60-day. I was able to get everything I really wanted except for Frozen and SDMT, but with some luck and good timing, we were able to enjoy both without a FP.

I decided to take a bit of a gamble this trip regarding how I booked our FP+. We are really disciplined about getting to the parks early and planned to park hop this trip (if you read my last June trip report, you will know that I really regretted not having park hoppers!), so I booked most of our fastpasses for our late afternoon/evening park. This worked beautifully for us! We were able to experience many rides and shows before 11a with short waits, take a break back at our hotel in early afternoon, and then use our fastpasses later in the day. I was even able to book a 4th or 5th one after the first 3 were used.

Thankfully, the five weeks went by relatively quickly as we finished things at work and prepared to leave on Monday, 3/13 for Denver to spend the night with my parents and then fly out early in the morning. I didn’t take notes or keep very good track of the specifics, but I do have some overall observations and stories to share in Part 2 of my report. Stay tuned! :mickey:
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Last-minute and Low-key March 14-19 Trip Report

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 20:21
Last-minute and Low-key—March 2017 Trip Report
Who: Me—45, WDW obsessed; DH—46, not obsessed but always happy to tag along
When: Tuesday, 3/14- Sunday, 3/19
Where: All-Star Music (first stay here)

Pre-Trip

DH and I had been debating for some time about whether or not we wanted to go somewhere for my spring break (I teach at our local community college). I hemmed and hawed, debated and declined, finally deciding that I did not want to spend the money, and I would rather just stay home and relax for the week.
Well, you all know how insistent that Disney bug can be, so five weeks before my spring break, I just thought, “I want to go to Disney World!” I called my DH to get started on our airline reservations, and I got the ball rolling with Melissa at Magical Journeys.

Since it was so last-minute, there were slim pickings for hotels, so we decided to try an All-Star since we wanted to keep costs down and had never stayed at one before. We had some frequent flyer miles to use, so that helped keep airfare reasonable, and I had about 275 Disney Reward Dollars to go toward food.

Everything was squared away quickly, and now we had a trip to look forward to in just five short weeks!

One problem I did run into was booking dining and fastpasses. I had tried to get into Be Our Guest for our June trip last summer, booking 180 days out, with no success. I knew there would be no way I would get in this time on such short notice, so we decided that our one sit-down meal would be at the Liberty Tree Tavern, which I booked pretty easily. I kept checking on dining openings, though, just in case. Lo and behold a very late (9:30p) dinner opened up at Be Our Guest, so I switched to that. I had really wanted a lunch ressie, but this would work. Late, but, who cares? We always seem to eat at off times when we are there anyway.

Just because I like to put my Type-A, obsessive personality to good use, I kept checking out dining options over the next couple of weeks. To my great surprise one day, an 11:00a Be Our Guest lunch ressie came up, so I was able to get what I wanted after all!

Fastpasses also worked out surprisingly well, considering I made them at about the 30-day mark, rather than the 60-day. I was able to get everything I really wanted except for Frozen and SDMT, but with some luck and good timing, we were able to enjoy both without a FP.

I decided to take a bit of a gamble this trip regarding how I booked our FP+. We are really disciplined about getting to the parks early and planned to park hop this trip (if you read my last June trip report, you will know that I really regretted not having park hoppers!), so I booked most of our fastpasses for our late afternoon/evening park. This worked beautifully for us! We were able to experience many rides and shows before 11a with short waits, take a break back at our hotel in early afternoon, and then use our fastpasses later in the day. I was even able to book a 4th or 5th one after the first 3 were used.

Thankfully, the five weeks went by relatively quickly as we finished things at work and prepared to leave on Monday, 3/13 for Denver to spend the night with my parents and then fly out early in the morning. I didn’t take notes or keep very good track of the specifics, but I do have some overall observations and stories to share in Part 2 of my report. Stay tuned! :mickey:
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fast pass plus 60 day time?

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 16:28
Does booking opening at midnight or 7am at the 60 day window?
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fast pass plus 60 day time?

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 16:28
Does booking opening at midnight or 7am at the 60 day window?
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Explore Pandora – The World of Avatar with Nightly Extra Magic Hours

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 15:42
Explore Pandora – The World of Avatar with Nightly Extra Magic Hours

For a limited time, May 27-July 4, 2017, Guests staying at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels can explore Pandora – The World of Avatar beyond regular Park hours.
Nightly Extra Magic Hours will take place from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. only in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

This offering will provide Guests with an additional opportunity to enjoy everything Pandora – The World of Avatar has to offer – including navigating a mystical river, flying on a back of a banshee and walking under floating mountains. Please note valid Theme Park admission and a Resort ID are required.

In addition, Guests staying at select Walt Disney Resort hotels can reserve Disney FastPass+ selections for attractions, including those in Pandora – The World of Avatar, up to 60 days prior to check-in beginning March 24, 2017. Disney FastPass+ service will be available at the two attractions within Pandora – The World of Avatar during regular Theme Park hours. Guests may select only one of these two attractions in their first set of Disney FastPass+ selections, subject to availability.
If you have an existing reservation at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you will receive communication notifying them of the Nightly Extra Magic Hours.

*Valid Theme Park admission required. FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences, the number of selections you can make and available arrival windows are limited. Certain features and benefits require online registration.

As with Extra Magic Hours, Nightly Magic Hours will be available to Guests staying in Walt Disney World Resorts which are owned and operated by Disney, as well as Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. Attached Images  
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Explore Pandora – The World of Avatar with Nightly Extra Magic Hours

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 15:42
Explore Pandora – The World of Avatar with Nightly Extra Magic Hours

For a limited time, May 27-July 4, 2017, Guests staying at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels can explore Pandora – The World of Avatar beyond regular Park hours.
Nightly Extra Magic Hours will take place from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. only in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

This offering will provide Guests with an additional opportunity to enjoy everything Pandora – The World of Avatar has to offer – including navigating a mystical river, flying on a back of a banshee and walking under floating mountains. Please note valid Theme Park admission and a Resort ID are required.

In addition, Guests staying at select Walt Disney Resort hotels can reserve Disney FastPass+ selections for attractions, including those in Pandora – The World of Avatar, up to 60 days prior to check-in beginning March 24, 2017. Disney FastPass+ service will be available at the two attractions within Pandora – The World of Avatar during regular Theme Park hours. Guests may select only one of these two attractions in their first set of Disney FastPass+ selections, subject to availability.
If you have an existing reservation at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you will receive communication notifying them of the Nightly Extra Magic Hours.

*Valid Theme Park admission required. FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences, the number of selections you can make and available arrival windows are limited. Certain features and benefits require online registration.

As with Extra Magic Hours, Nightly Magic Hours will be available to Guests staying in Walt Disney World Resorts which are owned and operated by Disney, as well as Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. Attached Images  
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Mmeory Maker

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 14:08
The last time we were in WDW was in 2014. At that time the only person who's band could be scanned when a picture was taken was the person in the party who purchased Memory Maker. Is that still the case?

:mickey:
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Mmeory Maker

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 14:08
The last time we were in WDW was in 2014. At that time the only person who's band could be scanned when a picture was taken was the person in the party who purchased Memory Maker. Is that still the case?

:mickey:
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Music of Pixar LIVE coming to DHS

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 13:47
Quote: ‘The Music of Pixar Live!’ Will Debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios This Summer


This summer, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present “The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters.” This limited-time concert event will showcase memorable music from Pixar Animation Studios films, complete with a live orchestra and appearances by beloved Disney•Pixar characters.

Starting May 26, “The Music of Pixar LIVE!” will be presented three times nightly at Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (following the regular daily performances of “Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage”). The show will also feature highlights from some of Pixar’s greatest scores, from films like “Toy Story” to “Cars 3.” Guests can also expect appearances by Woody, Jessie, Mike and Sulley, the Incredibles and more. Sounds really interesting. Hope it goes over well and stays around.

(Moderator: Please move to correct thread category. Didn't know if this was for "News, Rumors & Imaginearing" or "Theme Parks")
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Music of Pixar LIVE coming to DHS

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 13:47
Quote: ‘The Music of Pixar Live!’ Will Debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios This Summer


This summer, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present “The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters.” This limited-time concert event will showcase memorable music from Pixar Animation Studios films, complete with a live orchestra and appearances by beloved Disney•Pixar characters.

Starting May 26, “The Music of Pixar LIVE!” will be presented three times nightly at Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (following the regular daily performances of “Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage”). The show will also feature highlights from some of Pixar’s greatest scores, from films like “Toy Story” to “Cars 3.” Guests can also expect appearances by Woody, Jessie, Mike and Sulley, the Incredibles and more. Sounds really interesting. Hope it goes over well and stays around.

(Moderator: Please move to correct thread category. Didn't know if this was for "News, Rumors & Imaginearing" or "Theme Parks")
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D23 EXPO will return to Japan in 2018

TheDisneyBlog.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 12:11

The love of Mickey Mouse and all things Disney knows no national boundaries. It’s probably safe to say that fans in Japan might even hold claim to some of the most involved and committed Disney fans on the planet. So it makes sense that the D23 official Disney fan club...

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Planet Hollywood Observatory ribbon cutting ceremony with Reese Witherspoon and Mickey Mouse

TheDisneyBlog.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 11:58

The remodeled Planet Hollywood location at Disney Springs brought out the star power to make its official re-opening as Planet Hollywood Observatory. The new look resembles a 1940s observatory and includes three levels of indoor dining and two levels of outside dining. On Friday, March 17th, Academy Award-Winning Actress, Reese...

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Lindsey Stirling’s “Beauty and the Beast” video takes Belle on concert tour

TheDisneyBlog.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 11:49

Lindsey Stirling’s amazing choreographed violin play features complicated spinning and twirling dance moves while playing a variety of music in her unique style. The artist found her initial success as a YouTube star, but has added commercial success in the form of record sales and tours. Stirling recently released a...

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Disney Springs Dining

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 02:33
We haven't been to Disney since they re-did Disney Springs, what are some good new restaurants to try that are apart of the disney dining plan and 1 credit?
:mickey:
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Disney Springs Dining

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 02:33
We haven't been to Disney since they re-did Disney Springs, what are some good new restaurants to try that are apart of the disney dining plan and 1 credit?
:mickey:
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