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Disney Springs Adds Another Sweet Seasonal Treat

Wed, 2018-04-18 01:36
Disney Springs has announced a special April treat:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Springs


Pucker up— Lemon Meringue cupcakes are back at Sprinkles and topped with sweet, fluffy clouds of toasted marshmallows! Available through April 30. Attached Images  
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Walt Disney Imagineering Files Patent For Interactive Hotel Rooms

Wed, 2018-04-18 01:32
Walt Disney Imagineering has recently filed a patent application that could be used in hotel rooms at its US Domestic Hotels:

Quote: Originally Posted by USPTO Patent Application 20180103287
Multimedia system for transforming any room into a show environment

Relevant Background

There are many settings where it is desirable to provide in-room entertainment to make people's stay in that room or space more enjoyable. These spaces may range from waiting areas (e.g., airport and other transportation staging areas, health and other service waiting rooms, and so on) to hotel rooms to a room in someone's home, and each of these spaces may be considered a “room” in this description. To date, the types of entertainment provided in these spaces or “in-room” has been quite limited.

For example, hotel rooms have long been rather generic environments distinguished from each other mainly by their furnishings, decor, the hotel's location, and out-of-room amenities provided in the hotel or its grounds. Conventional thinking in the hotel industry has been that it is desirable to make their guest very comfortable while they sleep but to otherwise encourage their guests to leave their room to partake in entertaining activities such as shopping and dining on-site or elsewhere in a resort or nearby city.

The idea of in-room entertainment generally has been to provide room service for dining and providing a television (and, in some cases, a media content player and game system) to entertain the guests. Specifically, in-room entertainment provided in hotel rooms has typically been limited to providing pay-per-view movies, television programming, and video games on a television in the hotel room. Nearly all in-room entertainment advances have been directed at making the television the single portal that the guest uses for their pleasure and business life.

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SUMMARY

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The in-room show system generally includes a controller for selectively operating a display device (e.g., a television or the like), a video projector, an audio system (e.g., one or more speakers), and other show components (e.g., one or more lights (which may include black lights), a fan, a mechanical device (e.g., mechanical props), electrical devices (e.g., illusionary props), and so on). Media content is predefined for the room or is provided in real time to suit the room, and the controller operates (such as in response to a triggering switch or remote control device that may take the form of a show prop activated by someone in the room) to serve the media content to tell a story and/or magically transform the space into a multidimensional and immersive entertainment space.

The operations of the in-room show system may, for example, involve the triggering device or remote control being operated to activate a particular show (or set of content). In response, the controller may operate the display device (or television) to display a first set of visual content (e.g., a still or video image) while the audio system is operated to provide a paired set of audio content. The controller may next act to cause the projector to project a second set of visual content (light from the projector projects still or video images) onto surfaces of the room next to or adjacent to the display device such that these images appear to originate from and be expanding outward from the display device. The audio content played by the audio system may be chosen to suit the new projected content as well as that provided by the display device.

At this point in operations, the display device and projector may both be providing video (or still) imagery that is synchronized and/or matched to tell a single story or set a single scene. The controller may next (or concurrently) operate the other show components to make the show presentation more rich and exciting such as by turning lights on or off, by changing the brightness of lights, by changing light colors, by turning a fan on or off or to a higher or lower setting to provide a wind effect, by activating a mechanical or electrical device in the room (e.g., a mechanical toy may start operating, a picture frame with lights may be turned), and so on. The activation of any of these show components may by synchronized with the projected or displayed content, e.g., to have a streak of light be projected, from an object or character displayed by the display device, by the projector to “strike” a lamp that is then illuminated (turned on) by the controller (e.g., a projected stream of stars from a wand could pass over a location of a lamp in the room causing it to be ignited or turned on at a particular color and brightness). In this way, the different types of media and show system components may appear to interact to provide the new in-room entertainment experience.

More particularly, an in-room show system is described for providing entertainment with multimedia content matched to a particular space (e.g., a room). The system includes a display device (e.g., a television or the like) positioned in a room and a projector (e.g., a video projector such as a microprojector) positioned in the room for projecting on one or more surfaces in the room. The system also includes an audio system for providing audio output into the room. Further, a show controller is included in the system for operating the system based on a show file defining display content, projector content, and audio content for a show (e.g., a multimedia show designed specifically for the room). For example, the controller controls the display device to display the display content, the projector to project the projector content onto the one or more surfaces in the room, and the audio system to output the audio content for the show into the room.

In some implementations, the display content, the projector content, and the audio content are time synchronized to each other based on a timeline for the show. Further, the projector content is mapped to the one or more surfaces in the room using projection mapping (e.g., video from the projector appears to match and/or originate the content displayed on the display device). In some cases, the display device is a television (e.g., a conventional flatscreen television) mounted on a wall of the room. The projector content may include video content matching the display content displayed on the television, and the display device and the projector are concurrently operated for at least a portion of the show. The projection mapping may include the television and the video content includes a blacked out area coinciding with an area of the wall where the television is mounted, whereby light output from the projector is projected on surfaces of the wall excluding the television.

To further enhance the show presentation in the room, the audio system includes speakers spaced around the room to provide surround sound, and the audio content includes a soundtrack matching both the display content and the projector content. To further the multimedia aspect of the experience, the show system may include a lighting system with lighting elements that are independently operable to turn on and off, to have a range of brightness, and to have two or more colors. Then, the show file may define lighting for the show, and the show controller operates each of the lighting elements to provide the lighting defined by the show file. The show system may also include a remote control device (e.g., a client device, a show prop, or the like) operable by a person in the room to transmit a show trigger signal to the show controller, and the show controller responds to receipt of the show trigger signal to initiate operation of the display device, the projector, and the audio system based on the show file.


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Walt Disney Imagineering Files Patent For Interactive Hotel Rooms

Wed, 2018-04-18 01:32
Walt Disney Imagineering has recently filed a patent application that could be used in hotel rooms at its US Domestic Hotels:

Quote: Originally Posted by USPTO Patent Application 20180103287
Multimedia system for transforming any room into a show environment

Relevant Background

There are many settings where it is desirable to provide in-room entertainment to make people's stay in that room or space more enjoyable. These spaces may range from waiting areas (e.g., airport and other transportation staging areas, health and other service waiting rooms, and so on) to hotel rooms to a room in someone's home, and each of these spaces may be considered a “room” in this description. To date, the types of entertainment provided in these spaces or “in-room” has been quite limited.

For example, hotel rooms have long been rather generic environments distinguished from each other mainly by their furnishings, decor, the hotel's location, and out-of-room amenities provided in the hotel or its grounds. Conventional thinking in the hotel industry has been that it is desirable to make their guest very comfortable while they sleep but to otherwise encourage their guests to leave their room to partake in entertaining activities such as shopping and dining on-site or elsewhere in a resort or nearby city.

The idea of in-room entertainment generally has been to provide room service for dining and providing a television (and, in some cases, a media content player and game system) to entertain the guests. Specifically, in-room entertainment provided in hotel rooms has typically been limited to providing pay-per-view movies, television programming, and video games on a television in the hotel room. Nearly all in-room entertainment advances have been directed at making the television the single portal that the guest uses for their pleasure and business life.



SUMMARY

...

The in-room show system generally includes a controller for selectively operating a display device (e.g., a television or the like), a video projector, an audio system (e.g., one or more speakers), and other show components (e.g., one or more lights (which may include black lights), a fan, a mechanical device (e.g., mechanical props), electrical devices (e.g., illusionary props), and so on). Media content is predefined for the room or is provided in real time to suit the room, and the controller operates (such as in response to a triggering switch or remote control device that may take the form of a show prop activated by someone in the room) to serve the media content to tell a story and/or magically transform the space into a multidimensional and immersive entertainment space.

The operations of the in-room show system may, for example, involve the triggering device or remote control being operated to activate a particular show (or set of content). In response, the controller may operate the display device (or television) to display a first set of visual content (e.g., a still or video image) while the audio system is operated to provide a paired set of audio content. The controller may next act to cause the projector to project a second set of visual content (light from the projector projects still or video images) onto surfaces of the room next to or adjacent to the display device such that these images appear to originate from and be expanding outward from the display device. The audio content played by the audio system may be chosen to suit the new projected content as well as that provided by the display device.

At this point in operations, the display device and projector may both be providing video (or still) imagery that is synchronized and/or matched to tell a single story or set a single scene. The controller may next (or concurrently) operate the other show components to make the show presentation more rich and exciting such as by turning lights on or off, by changing the brightness of lights, by changing light colors, by turning a fan on or off or to a higher or lower setting to provide a wind effect, by activating a mechanical or electrical device in the room (e.g., a mechanical toy may start operating, a picture frame with lights may be turned), and so on. The activation of any of these show components may by synchronized with the projected or displayed content, e.g., to have a streak of light be projected, from an object or character displayed by the display device, by the projector to “strike” a lamp that is then illuminated (turned on) by the controller (e.g., a projected stream of stars from a wand could pass over a location of a lamp in the room causing it to be ignited or turned on at a particular color and brightness). In this way, the different types of media and show system components may appear to interact to provide the new in-room entertainment experience.

More particularly, an in-room show system is described for providing entertainment with multimedia content matched to a particular space (e.g., a room). The system includes a display device (e.g., a television or the like) positioned in a room and a projector (e.g., a video projector such as a microprojector) positioned in the room for projecting on one or more surfaces in the room. The system also includes an audio system for providing audio output into the room. Further, a show controller is included in the system for operating the system based on a show file defining display content, projector content, and audio content for a show (e.g., a multimedia show designed specifically for the room). For example, the controller controls the display device to display the display content, the projector to project the projector content onto the one or more surfaces in the room, and the audio system to output the audio content for the show into the room.

In some implementations, the display content, the projector content, and the audio content are time synchronized to each other based on a timeline for the show. Further, the projector content is mapped to the one or more surfaces in the room using projection mapping (e.g., video from the projector appears to match and/or originate the content displayed on the display device). In some cases, the display device is a television (e.g., a conventional flatscreen television) mounted on a wall of the room. The projector content may include video content matching the display content displayed on the television, and the display device and the projector are concurrently operated for at least a portion of the show. The projection mapping may include the television and the video content includes a blacked out area coinciding with an area of the wall where the television is mounted, whereby light output from the projector is projected on surfaces of the wall excluding the television.

To further enhance the show presentation in the room, the audio system includes speakers spaced around the room to provide surround sound, and the audio content includes a soundtrack matching both the display content and the projector content. To further the multimedia aspect of the experience, the show system may include a lighting system with lighting elements that are independently operable to turn on and off, to have a range of brightness, and to have two or more colors. Then, the show file may define lighting for the show, and the show controller operates each of the lighting elements to provide the lighting defined by the show file. The show system may also include a remote control device (e.g., a client device, a show prop, or the like) operable by a person in the room to transmit a show trigger signal to the show controller, and the show controller responds to receipt of the show trigger signal to initiate operation of the display device, the projector, and the audio system based on the show file.
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Uber from mco to disney springs

Tue, 2018-04-17 18:53
Hi all!

Looking for information from those who have taken an Uber from MCO to go to WDW. How was it? How much was it? Where did you pick up the Uber?


Really would love input on this as I am researching the best way to get to a Disney Springs off site hotel that is fast and cheap.

Thanks

B
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Uber from mco to disney springs

Tue, 2018-04-17 18:53
Hi all!

Looking for information from those who have taken an Uber from MCO to go to WDW. How was it? How much was it? Where did you pick up the Uber?


Really would love input on this as I am researching the best way to get to a Disney Springs off site hotel that is fast and cheap.

Thanks

B
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Pre trip report May 2018

Tue, 2018-04-17 18:23
Wow! So I haven't done one of these in forever!! I figured "why not"???

It will be:
Myself
18 year old son, Collin - freshly graduated from high school! He decided to do this instead of a Sr. trip = happy mom!
16 year old son, Landon - my Disney kid who loves it all as much as his mom!
18 year old - Kelsey - Collin's girlfriend and has only been to Disney once, when she was around 6 or 7.
DH Kevin, was coming, then not coming, then might fly in for a few nights (for Ohana lol), so who knows. He is on our Poly resort reservation, but has no tickets, no FP, soooo....

We have three nights booked at All Star Sports to start the trip. I rented DVC points for the rest of the trip, but my friend didn't have enough points to cover the whole trip so we settled on a value because Disney prices have become crazy expensive even with the military discount. Not big fans of the values, but we will be fine. Then we end the trip on a high note with 5 nights at the Poly, our absolute favorite place to be in WDW.

We have 5 day hoppers and will likely add waterparks once we are there. The boys would love to do one day at Universal, but I am a mean momma and told them no, unless they all want to pay for their own tickets, which they are actually considering. Hmmm, wonder if I can get them to pay for my ticket as well. LOL.

We have plenty of dining booked/planned:
Lunch somewhere new in DTD on arrival
Whispering Canyon café dinner
Sci Fi lunch
Lunch along the flower and garden booths
Dinner at the new QS in Pandora
Breakfast at Grand Floridian Café
Hopefully a few lunches/snacks at the Oasis pool bar, one of our favorite spots
Dinner at Ohana
Dinner at Rose and Crown
Lunch at Be our Guest
Dinner at Skipper Cantina
Kona Isle sushi dinner with maybe a little monorail snacking and end at Trader Sam's outdoor patio
California Grill date night for Collin and Kelsey for Kelsey's birthday, he planned this one
Room service Ohana on our last night
Kona Café breakfast before we leave to head home

And a stop at the beach for a late lunch/early dinner on the drive home, and since no one has to be anywhere the next day maybe I can score a room and spend a night at the beach to break up the drive.

We got all the FPs we wanted, including two for FOP. One FOP in the evening so we can see Pandora at night, and one FOP in the morning so we can ride more than once.

Really looking forward to taking Kelsey who doesn't remember much from her one and only trip when she was young. She is super excited to be going. As a mom I am also happy with Collin's graduation trip choice. Instead of worrying about him all week, he will be with me all week! I know, I'll have to let go eventually..... Also really looking forward to spending another trip with my truest Disney fan, Landon. He gets Disney the same way I do. This trip was supposed to be a mother/son trip for Landon and I for Mardi Gras. When Collin and Kelsey (and hubby) expressed wanting to come we decided to move the trip back a bit to the start of our summer and all go. Landon didn't care who came as long as he went.

Hoping we have a fabulous trip because this is the last one for a while. We have no intentions of returning till late 2020, at the earliest. Too many other vacation plans already on the table!
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Pre trip report May 2018

Tue, 2018-04-17 18:23
Wow! So I haven't done one of these in forever!! I figured "why not"???

It will be:
Myself
18 year old son, Collin - freshly graduated from high school! He decided to do this instead of a Sr. trip = happy mom!
16 year old son, Landon - my Disney kid who loves it all as much as his mom!
18 year old - Kelsey - Collin's girlfriend and has only been to Disney once, when she was around 6 or 7.
DH Kevin, was coming, then not coming, then might fly in for a few nights (for Ohana lol), so who knows. He is on our Poly resort reservation, but has no tickets, no FP, soooo....

We have three nights booked at All Star Sports to start the trip. I rented DVC points for the rest of the trip, but my friend didn't have enough points to cover the whole trip so we settled on a value because Disney prices have become crazy expensive even with the military discount. Not big fans of the values, but we will be fine. Then we end the trip on a high note with 5 nights at the Poly, our absolute favorite place to be in WDW.

We have 5 day hoppers and will likely add waterparks once we are there. The boys would love to do one day at Universal, but I am a mean momma and told them no, unless they all want to pay for their own tickets, which they are actually considering. Hmmm, wonder if I can get them to pay for my ticket as well. LOL.

We have plenty of dining booked/planned:
Lunch somewhere new in DTD on arrival
Whispering Canyon café dinner
Sci Fi lunch
Lunch along the flower and garden booths
Dinner at the new QS in Pandora
Breakfast at Grand Floridian Café
Hopefully a few lunches/snacks at the Oasis pool bar, one of our favorite spots
Dinner at Ohana
Dinner at Rose and Crown
Lunch at Be our Guest
Dinner at Skipper Cantina
Kona Isle sushi dinner with maybe a little monorail snacking and end at Trader Sam's outdoor patio
California Grill date night for Collin and Kelsey for Kelsey's birthday, he planned this one
Room service Ohana on our last night
Kona Café breakfast before we leave to head home

And a stop at the beach for a late lunch/early dinner on the drive home, and since no one has to be anywhere the next day maybe I can score a room and spend a night at the beach to break up the drive.

We got all the FPs we wanted, including two for FOP. One FOP in the evening so we can see Pandora at night, and one FOP in the morning so we can ride more than once.

Really looking forward to taking Kelsey who doesn't remember much from her one and only trip when she was young. She is super excited to be going. As a mom I am also happy with Collin's graduation trip choice. Instead of worrying about him all week, he will be with me all week! I know, I'll have to let go eventually..... Also really looking forward to spending another trip with my truest Disney fan, Landon. He gets Disney the same way I do. This trip was supposed to be a mother/son trip for Landon and I for Mardi Gras. When Collin and Kelsey (and hubby) expressed wanting to come we decided to move the trip back a bit to the start of our summer and all go. Landon didn't care who came as long as he went.

Hoping we have a fabulous trip because this is the last one for a while. We have no intentions of returning till late 2020, at the earliest. Too many other vacation plans already on the table!
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Maya Grill

Tue, 2018-04-17 16:21
My husband and I are staying at Coronado Springs for the first 3 days of our trip in November. I would like to try Maya Grill. Has anyone eaten there?? My husband doesn't like that kind of food. Would he be able to get a plain steak with potatoes or something?? I'm looking forward to trying the margarita flight (but want to switch out the jalapeno one for a different kind).
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Maya Grill

Tue, 2018-04-17 16:21
My husband and I are staying at Coronado Springs for the first 3 days of our trip in November. I would like to try Maya Grill. Has anyone eaten there?? My husband doesn't like that kind of food. Would he be able to get a plain steak with potatoes or something?? I'm looking forward to trying the margarita flight (but want to switch out the jalapeno one for a different kind).
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Flower & Garden Solo Shot -- Pre-Trip musings

Tue, 2018-04-17 14:13
Doing the Single Digit Dance!!

Alrighty then!!!
Cast of characters: Me, myself, and I - 56, going on 15, and loving the solo trips!

9 short days until I am back in 'The World' and so looking forward to getting out of the "I can't make up my mind if it's Spring, Summer or Winter" April we are having. Friday and Saturday were in the mid-80's, but we are having snow flurries today! Go figure!

In any event, I will be (hopefully) riding the DME bus to Pop by this time in nine days, getting ready for a 'short' 6-day trip for Flower & Garden. Got all my FP+ options locked and loaded (including 2 for FoP) and have my daily schedule all laid out. Let's see how closely I can stick to the plan.

Thursday, April 26 - Arrival Day!
Wake up at (or as close as possible to) 2am to get this trip started. Have to leave the house by 3:30 to be in Baltimore for a 6:15am flight. Around 8:30am I arrive in Orlando and make my way to the DME bus terminal for my ride to Disney's Pop Century Resort!
Drop my backpack at the baggage handler at Pop and make my way to the buses.

First planned stop: EPCOT for a bite to eat, a Magner's Pear Cider and a pic or two at Gary's Column. This is becoming/has become my tradition.
Depending upon my timing, I may hit the EPCOT Character Stop for some pics, pick up my Minnie Passholder Magnet, and maybe a ride or two - crowds allowing....

Somewhere after 2pm, I need to make my way toward DHS for my FastPass+ selections. Due to the vagaries of the FP+ selection process, I ended up with Star Tours at 3:05, but a 3 hour break before Tower of Terror, followed quickly by Fantasmic! Never got FP+ seating for Fantasmic! before, so this could be interesting.
After Fantasmic! (if I can hold out even that long) it will be back to Pop to get some rest.

Friday, April 27
MK morning. Had this planned even before I saw that there was an EMH morning here today. Don't know that I'll get up early enough for that, but I already have FP+ options for Haunted Mansion, Tinker Bell Meet & Greet (may try to get Mickey while I'm there as well) and Perter Pan's Flight. Anything else will be 'walk-on' and that's fine by me.

EP afternoon/evening. May try to get a FP+ for Illuminations for later, but I'm just winging it here and hoping to get to see Blood, Sweat & Tears (featuring Bo Bice) this evening. If I can get Passholder entry bands, great, otherwise, I can stand in line or just enjoy from behind the seating area.

Saturday, April 28 (Dapper Day - MK)
AK morning. FP+ options for Na'vi River Journey, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Expedition Everest. Plenty of time between reservations to enjoy the park. I really like AK anyway, so the addition of Pandora gets me here 3 times on this trip.

MK evening. No, I'm not dressing the part, but I have never been down for Dapper Days, so I will be gawking around, checking out the 'festive' visitors. Hoping to be in the park before 3pm, so that I can see the Festival of Fantasy Parade, as I have missed this on my last 2 trips. Plan is to hang around and hit rides/shows/ etc. for the evening and catch Happily Ever After Fireworks this evening. Believe it or not, I missed these on my last trip as well. (What the heck DID I do on my last trip? LOL) Park is open until midnight, but I may turn into a pumpkin long before that. We shall see.....

Sunday, April 29 (Dapper Day - EP)
Uh oh....I had planned an EPCOT morning! This MAY change, but for right now, this is still the plan. My FP+ options are for AK later in the evening, so this is not etched in stone.

AK evening. As I said, my FP+ options are for Dinosaur, FoP and Rivers of Light. Last trip I was on FoP twice and I made sure to get at least two more rides on this for this trip. This is number one. Great ride and worth that use of a FP+ option, but I don't know about waiting in ANY queue for more than an hour. Did Rivers of Light on a whim on my last trip and really enjoyed the show. I was seated all the way back against the wall by the entrance across from Finding Nemo. Looking to see what FP+ seating is like...May bring my Gear 360 rig for this. I have a headband mount that works nicely if I want a 180 degree view. Not sure what I'm going to do after this show, as the park is open until 10:30pm.

Monday, April 30
AK morning. Yes, kill me now! Closing the park one night and opening it back up the next morning at 8am!! I must be crazy!! FP+ for Safaris, Festival of The Lion King, and FoP all before noon. I like the safari first thing in the morning as the animals seem to be more active, just getting their breakfast.

DHS evening. This is planned simply to get the chance to see the Disney Movie Magic projection show and the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks. I might not show up until later in the evening so that I can catch up on some rest after leaving AK around noon. (I am getting older, you know!!!!)

Tuesday, May 1 (May Day! May Day!!) - Departure Day ):
EP morning. Yes, I am doing a park on my departure day. Flight doesn't leave until 8pm, so I won't need to be back to Pop for my DME bus until around 4:30 - 5:00...FP+ options here are rather iffy, but I did get Frozen Ever After at 9am, Mission Space, and Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival (WHY? Because it was there and the lesser of the Tier 1 evils!! LOL) Should actually be finished up with these by 11:30am, so my last 4 hours or so are up for grabs. May hit another park, may go to Disney Springs (although I was sorely disappointed on my last visit) or may just go back to the resort and find a place to take a nap! LOL

Back to work bright and ugly Wednesday morning!!! I think I'm going to need a vacation to get over my vacation!! But, as always, it will be well worth it!
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Flower & Garden Solo Shot -- Pre-Trip musings

Tue, 2018-04-17 14:13
Doing the Single Digit Dance!!

Alrighty then!!!
Cast of characters: Me, myself, and I - 56, going on 15, and loving the solo trips!

9 short days until I am back in 'The World' and so looking forward to getting out of the "I can't make up my mind if it's Spring, Summer or Winter" April we are having. Friday and Saturday were in the mid-80's, but we are having snow flurries today! Go figure!

In any event, I will be (hopefully) riding the DME bus to Pop by this time in nine days, getting ready for a 'short' 6-day trip for Flower & Garden. Got all my FP+ options locked and loaded (including 2 for FoP) and have my daily schedule all laid out. Let's see how closely I can stick to the plan.

Thursday, April 26 - Arrival Day!
Wake up at (or as close as possible to) 2am to get this trip started. Have to leave the house by 3:30 to be in Baltimore for a 6:15am flight. Around 8:30am I arrive in Orlando and make my way to the DME bus terminal for my ride to Disney's Pop Century Resort!
Drop my backpack at the baggage handler at Pop and make my way to the buses.

First planned stop: EPCOT for a bite to eat, a Magner's Pear Cider and a pic or two at Gary's Column. This is becoming/has become my tradition.
Depending upon my timing, I may hit the EPCOT Character Stop for some pics, pick up my Minnie Passholder Magnet, and maybe a ride or two - crowds allowing....

Somewhere after 2pm, I need to make my way toward DHS for my FastPass+ selections. Due to the vagaries of the FP+ selection process, I ended up with Star Tours at 3:05, but a 3 hour break before Tower of Terror, followed quickly by Fantasmic! Never got FP+ seating for Fantasmic! before, so this could be interesting.
After Fantasmic! (if I can hold out even that long) it will be back to Pop to get some rest.

Friday, April 27
MK morning. Had this planned even before I saw that there was an EMH morning here today. Don't know that I'll get up early enough for that, but I already have FP+ options for Haunted Mansion, Tinker Bell Meet & Greet (may try to get Mickey while I'm there as well) and Perter Pan's Flight. Anything else will be 'walk-on' and that's fine by me.

EP afternoon/evening. May try to get a FP+ for Illuminations for later, but I'm just winging it here and hoping to get to see Blood, Sweat & Tears (featuring Bo Bice) this evening. If I can get Passholder entry bands, great, otherwise, I can stand in line or just enjoy from behind the seating area.

Saturday, April 28 (Dapper Day - MK)
AK morning. FP+ options for Na'vi River Journey, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Expedition Everest. Plenty of time between reservations to enjoy the park. I really like AK anyway, so the addition of Pandora gets me here 3 times on this trip.

MK evening. No, I'm not dressing the part, but I have never been down for Dapper Days, so I will be gawking around, checking out the 'festive' visitors. Hoping to be in the park before 3pm, so that I can see the Festival of Fantasy Parade, as I have missed this on my last 2 trips. Plan is to hang around and hit rides/shows/ etc. for the evening and catch Happily Ever After Fireworks this evening. Believe it or not, I missed these on my last trip as well. (What the heck DID I do on my last trip? LOL) Park is open until midnight, but I may turn into a pumpkin long before that. We shall see.....

Sunday, April 29 (Dapper Day - EP)
Uh oh....I had planned an EPCOT morning! This MAY change, but for right now, this is still the plan. My FP+ options are for AK later in the evening, so this is not etched in stone.

AK evening. As I said, my FP+ options are for Dinosaur, FoP and Rivers of Light. Last trip I was on FoP twice and I made sure to get at least two more rides on this for this trip. This is number one. Great ride and worth that use of a FP+ option, but I don't know about waiting in ANY queue for more than an hour. Did Rivers of Light on a whim on my last trip and really enjoyed the show. I was seated all the way back against the wall by the entrance across from Finding Nemo. Looking to see what FP+ seating is like...May bring my Gear 360 rig for this. I have a headband mount that works nicely if I want a 180 degree view. Not sure what I'm going to do after this show, as the park is open until 10:30pm.

Monday, April 30
AK morning. Yes, kill me now! Closing the park one night and opening it back up the next morning at 8am!! I must be crazy!! FP+ for Safaris, Festival of The Lion King, and FoP all before noon. I like the safari first thing in the morning as the animals seem to be more active, just getting their breakfast.

DHS evening. This is planned simply to get the chance to see the Disney Movie Magic projection show and the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks. I might not show up until later in the evening so that I can catch up on some rest after leaving AK around noon. (I am getting older, you know!!!!)

Tuesday, May 1 (May Day! May Day!!) - Departure Day ):
EP morning. Yes, I am doing a park on my departure day. Flight doesn't leave until 8pm, so I won't need to be back to Pop for my DME bus until around 4:30 - 5:00...FP+ options here are rather iffy, but I did get Frozen Ever After at 9am, Mission Space, and Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival (WHY? Because it was there and the lesser of the Tier 1 evils!! LOL) Should actually be finished up with these by 11:30am, so my last 4 hours or so are up for grabs. May hit another park, may go to Disney Springs (although I was sorely disappointed on my last visit) or may just go back to the resort and find a place to take a nap! LOL

Back to work bright and ugly Wednesday morning!!! I think I'm going to need a vacation to get over my vacation!! But, as always, it will be well worth it!
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DME after arriving question

Mon, 2018-04-16 21:13
I have planned a trip for DD (13) and me for mid May. When we arrive at MCO, we will be heading to visit my elderly father for a few days before heading to WDW. My question is...should we get to WDW from my dad's via Lyft or Uber or can we go back to MCO and take DME to our resort...is that even possible? TIA!
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DME after arriving question

Mon, 2018-04-16 21:13
I have planned a trip for DD (13) and me for mid May. When we arrive at MCO, we will be heading to visit my elderly father for a few days before heading to WDW. My question is...should we get to WDW from my dad's via Lyft or Uber or can we go back to MCO and take DME to our resort...is that even possible? TIA!
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More Monorail Rumours for Walt Disney World

Mon, 2018-04-16 13:56
Rumours are beginning to circulate that Walt Disney World is close to or has completed a deal for a new monorail fleet at Walt Disney World.

The rumoured fleet to replace the Mark VI's would be INNOVIA 300's:

Quote: Originally Posted by Bombardier
Mass Transit Capacity with Iconic Aesthetics




Bombardier’s INNOVIA Monorail 300 vehicles provide an efficient and cost-effective solution to growing cities. A passenger favourite, these award-winning vehicles offer comfortable mass transit capacity. INNOVIA Monorail 300 vehicles run on raised guideways, giving passengers a memorable view of their surroundings as they glide past the traffic below.

INNOVIA Monorail 300 vehicles feature:


spacious interiors with flexible seating arrangements
inter-car walkthrough for free passenger flow and enhanced safety
rubber tires for minimized noise and a smooth ride
designated spaces for passengers with restricted mobility
advanced communication technology for enhanced reliability
intelligent power management for increased energy efficiency


INNOVIA Monorail technology quick facts


Over 500 vehicles ordered or in operation
Mass transit capacity of more than 40,000 passengers per hour per direction
25 years’ of successful monorail design, build and operation
Speeds of up to 80 km/h

Completed Projects

INNOVIA Monorail – Newark, USA United States Newark INNOVIA Monorail 300 – São Paulo, Brazil Brazil São Paulo INNOVIA Monorail 300 – Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Riyadh INNOVIA Monorail 200 – Las Vegas, USA United States Las Vegas Attached Images  
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More Monorail Rumours for Walt Disney World

Mon, 2018-04-16 13:56
Rumours are beginning to circulate that Walt Disney World is close to or has completed a deal for a new monorail fleet at Walt Disney World.

The rumoured fleet to replace the Mark VI's would be INNOVIA 300's:

Quote: Originally Posted by Bombardier
Mass Transit Capacity with Iconic Aesthetics




Bombardier’s INNOVIA Monorail 300 vehicles provide an efficient and cost-effective solution to growing cities. A passenger favourite, these award-winning vehicles offer comfortable mass transit capacity. INNOVIA Monorail 300 vehicles run on raised guideways, giving passengers a memorable view of their surroundings as they glide past the traffic below.

INNOVIA Monorail 300 vehicles feature:


spacious interiors with flexible seating arrangements
inter-car walkthrough for free passenger flow and enhanced safety
rubber tires for minimized noise and a smooth ride
designated spaces for passengers with restricted mobility
advanced communication technology for enhanced reliability
intelligent power management for increased energy efficiency


INNOVIA Monorail technology quick facts


Over 500 vehicles ordered or in operation
Mass transit capacity of more than 40,000 passengers per hour per direction
25 years’ of successful monorail design, build and operation
Speeds of up to 80 km/h

Completed Projects

INNOVIA Monorail – Newark, USA United States Newark INNOVIA Monorail 300 – São Paulo, Brazil Brazil São Paulo INNOVIA Monorail 300 – Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Riyadh INNOVIA Monorail 200 – Las Vegas, USA United States Las Vegas Attached Images  
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Scat Cat Club question

Mon, 2018-04-16 13:45
If anyone has gone to hear some music at the Scat Cat club Port Orleans french Quarter, I see that it says geared for adults but is it adult only? I'm staying the first night in port orleans riverside to get an early start on our vacation the next day where we are staying at beach club, so my park tickets don't start until the next day. We are going to disney springs that afternoon but it sounds nice to hear some music that night, I have a well behaved 6 1/2 year old who loves music, so if anyone has gone and could advise me if he would blend in or stick out like a sore thumb or worse if he's not allowed there, I'd appreciate a heads up. Also if anyone has stayed at PO and has other suggestions for something fun for us to do that night I'd be glad to hear that. Thanks again if anyone has any advice!
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How our plans are shaping up

Mon, 2018-04-16 03:58
Group
Me - 4 year old disney lover stuck in a 46 year old body
DF (Dear Friend) -34 year old Disney neophyte (first Disney visit was Disneyland last Nov)
DF's DS - will be 6 about to be 7 when we go. Has never been to any Disney park
DF's DD - will be celebrating 5th bday during trip. Has never been to any Disney park
DS 28 - First trip back to Disney World since he went into the Navy
DS 28's DW - First trip to Disney World. Loves Disneyland
DS 26 - Is excited for his new bride to see Disney World
DS 26's DW - First trip to Disney World. Likes Disneyland
DD 24 - Frequently accuses her mother of acting like a 4 year old but then she acts like a 4 year old at Disney. Co-conspirator extraordinaire in all things Disney
DD 24's will be husband at time of trip - First trip to Disney World. Is most excited about seeing his 2 year old in Disney.
DGD 2 - First trip to Disney World. Started visiting Disneyland before her first birthday. Celebrating turning 3 during trip.

Sat. 9/29 - Arrival Day
Fly in and spend the afternoon at the resort, getting the young kids acquainted with everything.
Getting an in-room babysitter from Kids' Nite Out, so that the kids can rest from travelling all day while the adults relax on the Boardwalk.
Dinner at Flying fish at 8:20 pm.

9/30 - Epcot
Breakfast at Akershush at 0945.
I can't wait for some schoolbread! Planning an afternoon break, so the young ones can make it through Illuminations tonight.

10/1 DHS
Planning for a late start today as we adjust to the new time zone and the late night last night.
Hoping to get a reservation at Beaches N Cream some time today
Watch the Star Wars fireworks show

10/2 MK
Breakfast at Crystal Palace at 1020. With the benefit of walking along an empty Main Street gone, there isn't any reason for us to hurry and get out the door early for breakfast at Crystal Palace.
Getting my granddaughter's first haircut today
Hoping the kids aren't too scared of fireworks, so that we can watch Happily Ever AFter

10/3 Relaxation Day
Dinner at Hoop Dee Doo
DD says she wants to go horseback riding

10/4 AK
Lunch at Tusker House with the Rivers of Light dining package.
Everyone is pretty excited about seeing this new nighttime show at AK

10/5 MNSSHP
DF's DS has a 1:30 pm appointment at Pirate's League
DF's DD and my DGD both have 3 pm appointments at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe at 5:05 pm. DS26's DW LOVES ketchup, but she hates attention. I can't wait. :thedolls: I am hoping we are seated at the right place with the right timing to be in on the action.

10/6 Epcot
Dinner at Marrakesh at 4 pm. DD's fiance wanted to try this restaurant. None of us have ever been. We have to be up early the next day, so I doubt if we stay for Illuminations

10/7 MK prior to flying home
Breakfast at Be Our Guest at 8 am. Then squeeze in a few rides before we head to the airport.

Any thoughts, advice, ideas?
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Trouble getting Beaches N Cream ADR

Mon, 2018-04-16 03:36
So this is something I didn't foresee. I guess I should have with the small size of the restaurant. I can't get a reservation for all of us at any time during our trip in October. I remember there being a counter that people sat at. Is that for walk-ins? I'll keep trying, but I'm wondering if there are alternatives I should be considering. The kids really want the Kitchen Sink.
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Tidbits April 2018: Tommorrowland Changes, A New Treat Trend, Price Increases & More

Sun, 2018-04-15 22:31
Tidbits
April 2018



A View to an Increase

4/15/18
The Magic Kingdom has announced price increases for its two Fireworks Dessert Party options. Effective 5/28/2018, the Dessert Party with Tommorrowland Terrace viewing will increase to $84 for Guests Ages 10 and up and $50 for Guests Ages 3 – 9 and the Dessert Party with Plaza Gardens viewing will increase to $69 for Guests Ages 10 and Up and $41 for Guests Ages 3- 9.

Explorer’s Elixir

4/15/18
Jungle Juice (aka Liliko’i Juice at Polynesian Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort) is being served in a new cocktail at the Dawa bar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Ngumu Jungle Juice cocktail is Myers’s Dark Rum mixed with Jungle Juice and is priced at $10.75.

Transition of Tomorrow

4/15/18
Guests at the Magic Kingdom park may notice several aesthetic changes in Tommorowland well ahead of the opening of the new Tron lightcycle coaster. The land appears to have started transitioning to a new paint scheme dominated by blues and white. Additionally, the unintentionally popular photo spot, "The Purple Wall"; has been updated with a new geometric design (shown here). Finally, the Little Green Alien merchandise kiosk has closed and removed in what is reported to be the first of several changes to unify the land with the cleaner aesthetic shown in the Tron lightcycle concept art.

Character Change-Up

4/15/18
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is reducing its number of Character Greeting opportunities in April. On April 14th, the King Louie and Baloo Meet & Greet location at the Upcountry Landing ceased operation. On April 22nd, the Flik Meet & Greet location along the Discovery Trails is scheduled to cease operation.

Trendy Treats 2.0

4/15/18
After the Rose Gold craze struck Walt Disney World’s confectionery factory, it appears that Millennial Pink will be the next shade of signature sweet. The centerpiece appears to be the Millennial Pink Milkshake priced at $6.99 at Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies in the Magic Kingdom. This signature strawberry shake is topped with cotton candy and a house-made millennial pink Mickey Mouse marshmallow.



The Magic Kingdom isn’t the only theme park getting in on the craze, Epcot’s Fountain View café has also debuted the Millennial Pink Minnie Mouse Strawberry cupcake. The cupcake is comprised of a vanilla cupcake with strawberry filling and is topped with pink buttercream icing, edible pink crystals, and pink fondant Minnie Ears.

Several of the Walt Disney World resort hotels are also serving up their own variations of a Millennial Pink Minnie Mouse cupcake. A Guava filled vanilla cake version can be found at Capt. Cook's at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has, while a Raspberry filled chocolate cake version can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Both versions are topped with Millennial Pink Buttercream Icing and pink fondant Minnie Ears. A Chocolate Cake version with raspberry marshmallow filling and topped with raspberry buttercream and Chocolate Minnie Ears can be found at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort , all three of Disney’s All-Star Resorts.

Elsewhere around the resort, is a Millennial Pink Raspberry Cream Puff at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, a Millennial Pink Minnie Mouse Crispy Pop at Disney's Boardwalk, and a Millennial Pink Minnie Mouse 'Sweet Sip' at Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs.



With the Millennial Pink Minnie Mouse Chocolates released earlier this week at the The Ganachery, that's a total of 10 new treats to try on your next trip! Attached Images   
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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - 10 Years of Thrills

Sun, 2018-04-15 20:24
The Disneyland Paris Resort is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction at Walt Disney Studios park with a retrospective to the history of the attraction at their resort and around the world:

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