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AK Plan....thoughts

Mon, 2017-07-10 10:20
Here is my plan for AK. Any thoughts?

Attempt to get Fastpass+ for the evening of day two for FoP, Rivers of Light and Safari.

On day five use EMH to do EE, Dinosaur, Lion King, etc.. I am hoping that most of the EMH crowds gravitate towards Pandora area? When everyone is fighting it out on that side of the park we can ride the other rides. Then we have lunch at Sanaa and will go to another park.
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Three Fast Passes with DVC Tour?

Mon, 2017-07-10 10:05
I almost considered doing this until I read the fine print.

"Disney FastPass+ service given as part of this offer is not usable at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight, Frozen Ever After, Rivers of Light, Avatar Flight of Passage, Na'vi River Journey, Character greeting experiences, parade viewings or fireworks viewing"

So it is basically just for most rides that you could probably get day of Fastpass+ for anyway.

I guess these stipulations are to prevent people like me from doing the tour having no intention of buying into DVC.
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Three Fast Passes with DVC Tour?

Mon, 2017-07-10 10:05
I almost considered doing this until I read the fine print.

"Disney FastPass+ service given as part of this offer is not usable at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight, Frozen Ever After, Rivers of Light, Avatar Flight of Passage, Na'vi River Journey, Character greeting experiences, parade viewings or fireworks viewing"

So it is basically just for most rides that you could probably get day of Fastpass+ for anyway.

I guess these stipulations are to prevent people like me from doing the tour having no intention of buying into DVC.
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Disney California Adventure Adds New Colorful Confections

Mon, 2017-07-10 01:30
To celebrate Cars 3, Cars Land is adding some colorful confections this Summer:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
... a Cool Dinoco Blue Shake, a blue raspberry shake topped with glittering yellow sprinkles and sugar crystals.



... Across the street at Cozy Cone Motel, choose your ‘racing stripe’ with a Racer Churro. For a limited time, the churros at Cozy Cone Motel will be covered in red, blue or yellow colored sugar—with the cinnamon-sugar taste you know and love.

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Disney California Adventure Adds New Colorful Confections

Mon, 2017-07-10 01:30
To celebrate Cars 3, Cars Land is adding some colorful confections this Summer:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
... a Cool Dinoco Blue Shake, a blue raspberry shake topped with glittering yellow sprinkles and sugar crystals.



... Across the street at Cozy Cone Motel, choose your ‘racing stripe’ with a Racer Churro. For a limited time, the churros at Cozy Cone Motel will be covered in red, blue or yellow colored sugar—with the cinnamon-sugar taste you know and love.

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Last Minute Trip

Mon, 2017-07-10 00:47
Myself, husband and two twenty something kids may make a last minute trip to Disney August 16-22. We have not been to Disney since the magic bands and preplanning of fast passes began. My question is will all the fast passes for the major attractions be gone? Will we have a hard time booking a room so last minute? We usually plan 9-12 months in advance, have never planned so late. Our other option would be to go in early January while they are still on break from college.

Any input would be helpful!
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where to stay

Sun, 2017-07-09 21:03
I'm planning a stay end of may (after memorial day) for my 10 year old daughter and myself. My family normally stays at Poly but finances dictate something more affordable this time. I'm considering Port Orleans-FQ, All Star music or possibly stretching budget to Wilderness Lodge. My main concern is transportation between parks. Which is the best in your opinion. I don't want to be waiting forever for buses. Thanks
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EXTRA Extra Magic Hours for Pandora/WDW Resort Guests Only

Sat, 2017-07-08 16:58
Just received this in email for my upcoming trip. Sounds like they are trying to accommodate the resort guests....


Limited-time opportunity
As a Guest of a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel, you may explore Pandora—The World of Avatar beyond regular hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park during your visit! And there’s so much excitement surrounding this new world beyond belief, we’re giving you EXTRA Extra Magic Hours for two hours every night through August 19, 2017. Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required.

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Current Disney Springs Tenant Acquires Current Universal Orlando Act

Sat, 2017-07-08 14:46
After announcing that their current show & contract will be allowed to expire for La Nouba at the end of 2017, Cirque du Soleil has made a surprising announcement that it has acquired another entertainment company with a current Resident Show at Universal Orlando:

Quote: Originally Posted by Press Release
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ACQUIRES ENTERTAINMENT PHENOMENON
BLUE MAN GROUP



Montreal, Quebec, July 6th, 2017. Global entertainment leader Cirque du Soleil today announced the acquisition of New-York-based Blue Man Productions, a global live entertainment company best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. The acquisition of Blue Man Group considerably widens Cirque du Soleil’s audience pool, adding to their portfolio six resident productions established across the United States and Germany, as well as a North American and a World Tour.

The transaction is in line with Cirque du Soleil’s vision for the future, as the Montreal-based creative powerhouse looks to further expand globally and diversify its entertainment offering beyond circus arts. With its original aesthetics, award-winning musical talent and immersive experience know-how, the acquisition of Blue Man Group also represents an additional asset for Cirque du Soleil’s creative team and show offerings.

“We want to broaden our horizons, develop new forms of entertainment, reach out to new audiences and expand our own creative capabilities. Today, we are taking a decisive step towards materializing these ambitions”, said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil. “We are extremely excited to welcome the iconic Blue Man Group to our portfolio of shows. Their unbridled creativity makes them a perfect cultural fit for Cirque du Soleil. Our extensive marketing research also confirms that Blue Man Group is a strong ‘love brand’ with a solid fan base – something else our two brands have in common.”

For 25 years, Blue Man Group has earned an unrivaled reputation in the global entertainment industry. With a history and values ​​similar to that of Cirque, the company was born of a crazy dream in the creative minds of its three founders. Blending technology, music and comedy, they created boldly colored, playful and steadfastly interactive shows. The company currently operates resident shows in New York, Boston, Las Vegas, Chicago, Orlando and Berlin, as well as two touring productions.

Blue Man Group Co-Founder Phil Stanton explains, “When we began our Blue Man journey, we set our sights on creating theater that would bring people together in a celebration of human connection. We have been humbled, amazed and inspired by the audience responses we have received over the years.”

Co-Founder Chris Wink adds, “Now, we find ourselves on the brink of our next chapter, and we have big ideas for the future. Only a global creative powerhouse like Cirque du Soleil could help us achieve our vision. Their commitment to artistic quality and originality is unparalleled and their creative resources are vast. It is an honor to join forces with their organization.”

About Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group was created in 1991 by three long-time friends from New York City: Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman, who were determined they would achieve lives of meaning and purpose by following their own path. They created a ground-breaking performance centered on a bald and blue character they called Blue Man.

Blue Man Productions is now a global entertainment company best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, the show’s euphoric celebration of human connection has universal appeal for a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. Blue Man Group was owned by Co-Founders Chris Wink and Phil Stanton, and the GF Capital Private Equity Fund. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Blue Man Group.

About Cirque du Soleil

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has evolved from a world leading organization that reinvented circus arts to become a global live entertainment provider. From its international headquarters in Montreal, Canada, Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 180 million spectators in over 450 cities in 60 countries on six continents. In 2017 alone, 18 shows are being simultaneously presented around the world. Cirque du Soleil also brings the same energy and spirit that characterize each of its shows to other spheres of activity, while maintaining stringent standards of artistic quality and originality. The company now has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. The impact of this acquisition has lead to Rumours ranging from Cirque du Soleil leaving Disney Springs joining the Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando to a new Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs combining or in some way featuring the acquired Blue Man Group.
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Summer Crowds and Pandora

Sat, 2017-07-08 14:21
I thought 4th of July was supposed to have huge crowds, like a 10 on a Line App. Mine showed 7. This past week, 6's. In JULY? I've been to WDW in July and the crowds were huge, usually 8's. Is the app wrong, or are crowds down this year? I know Disney was hoping Pandora would draw crowds. Maybe not so much?
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New Fantasmic! Dining Package Options Open for Reservations

Sat, 2017-07-08 01:07
Disneyland has opened reservations for their New Fantasmic! Dining Package Options for when the show returns to Disneyland park on July 17, 2017 and beyond:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
Blue Bayou Restaurant

“Fantasmic!” Dining Package will include choice of starter, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage; cost is $65 for adults, $25 for children age 3-9.
Starters

New Orleans Gumbo
Blue Bayou House Salad
Louisiana Spiced Shrimp

Entrees

Blue Bayou Bouillabaisse with sustainable fish fillet, mussels, clams, shrimp and spiced sausage
Pan-seared Bone-in Pork Loin
Citrus-marinated Chicken Breast
Surf & Turf, featuring a petite lobster tail and broiled filet mignon
Portobello Mushroom and Louisana Popcorn Rice
Blue Bayou Bone-in Rib-eye
Pan-seared Salmon
Herb-crusted Rack of Lamb

Desserts

Sorcerer Mickey “Fantasmic!” Dessert, with milk chocolate mousse, bananas foster sauce, milk chocolate pound cake and a chocolate glaze
Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlèe with fresh berries
8-Layer Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

River Belle Terrace

“Fantasmic!” Dining Package will include choice of starter, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage; cost is $45 for adults, $25 for children age 3-9.
Starters

Corn Chowder
House Salad

Entrees
Pork Spare Ribs
BBQ Tofu
Oven-roasted Sausage Link Combo
Sustainable Catch of the Day
Oven-roasted Half BBQ Chicken
Fried Chicken Sandwich
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Beef Brisket Sandwich

Desserts

Maleficent Dragon “Fantasmic!” Dessert, with a milk chocolate crunchy base, spiced dark chocolate-blackberry ganache center, caramel mousse and orange-vanilla sauce
Strawberry Shortcake
Butterscotch Pudding

Hungry Bear Restaurant

Choice of entrée and natural soda; choice of entrée and bottled water, juice box or milk for children age 3-9; cost is $29.99 for adults, $19.99 for children.

Cedar Salt Roasted Salmon, with kale and garbanzo bean salad, cranberry-apricot grains and wild rice medley
BBQ Chicken, with kale and garbanzo bean salad, cranberry-apricot grains and wild rice medley
Blackberry BBQ Pork Ribblettes, with kale and garbanzo bean salad, cranberry-apricot grains and wild rice medley
Mushroom and Leek Frittata, with kale and garbanzo bean salad, cranberry-apricot grains and wild rice medley

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DVC Beverage Tasting Series

Fri, 2017-07-07 23:40
Sample delicious libations—like cocktails, wines, spirits or beers—as you take in sweeping views of the Magic Kingdom area! Members and special guests are invited to join in for this weekly Beverage Tasting Series at Top of the World Lounge.

Learn about some of your favorite beverages—or try something new! Each week, the Beverage Tasting Series will focus on a different type of beverage. You could sip on sumptuous wine varietals one week—and the next week, explore the art of mixology. Note: The first 4 sessions will focus on mixology.

Each tasting session also includes a small-plate food pairing that complements the beverage served.

When & Where
Dates: Every Thursday from Thursday, July 27 through Thursday, October 19, 2017
Times: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Top of the World Lounge within Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Tasting Schedule & Prices
  • Thursday, July 27, 2017: Mixology
  • Thursday, August 3, 2017: Mixology
  • Thursday, August 10, 2017: Mixology
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017: Mixology
  • Thursday, August 24, 2017: Disney Family Wine Tasting
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017: Beer Tasting
  • Thursday, September 7, 2017: Liquor Bourbon Flight
  • Thursday, September 14, 2017: Disney Family Wine Tasting
  • Thursday, September 21, 2017: Mixology
  • Thursday, September 28, 2017: Beer Tasting
  • Thursday, October 5, 2017: Liquor Bourbon Flight
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017: Disney Family Wine Tasting
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017: Mixology


Pricing
Each tasting session is $35 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity.

Reservations
Reservations are required. Members may book in advance by calling Member Services at (800) 800-9800†. Full payment is required at the time of booking, with a credit card guarantee.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to avoid surrendering the full payment. To cancel, call Member Services at (800) 800-9800.†

Important Information
Valid Disney Vacation Club Membership Card and photo I.D. required at check-in.
Guests must be 21 years of age with a photo I.D. to consume alcohol. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying participating parent or guardian.
Culinary Magic Experiences are not eligible for additional special offers or discounts, including the Disney Vacation Club Member 10% food and beverage discount.
Please allow up to 1.5 hours for travel to your destination.
Party size limit of 4 Guests, including the Member.
Menu items, pricing and hours are subject to change without notice.
Subject to restrictions and changes without notice.
Food allergies must be noted at time of booking.
The Top of the World Lounge and observation area are not part of Membership. Limited access is based upon availability and may be terminated without notice.
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Question about the Banshee puppets from Pnadora at Animal Kingdom

Fri, 2017-07-07 12:43
Could someone that has already purchase one post some dimensions of the puppet? I'm wondering how wide the body and the head are.
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Guest assistance pass

Fri, 2017-07-07 06:35
It has been 7 years since my family been to wdw
Do they still have guest assistance pass ? I have children with sp needs.
At that time it was not required to show proof. I always brought it in case.
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Local Florida Media Confirms End of Siemens Sponsorship for Walt Disney World

Fri, 2017-07-07 01:38
The local Florida media has confirmed that Siemens will allow its current Walt Disney World Resort sponsorship contract to expire:

Quote: Originally Posted by Orlando Sentinel After a 12-year run, Siemens and Walt Disney Company will end their sponsorship deal in October, according to spokespeople from both companies.

Siemens has sponsored several Disney attractions, including the “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” laser and fireworks night show at Epcot and the iconic Spaceship Earth ride.

... No announcements regarding any future sponsorship of or related impacts to the affected attractions has been made.
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flight question

Thu, 2017-07-06 22:08
I have a question for those of you who are frequent flyers. When is the best time to purchase plane tickets? We are going to WDW in mid December. When should we start looking for tickets to get the best price?
Thanks
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flight question

Thu, 2017-07-06 22:08
I have a question for those of you who are frequent flyers. When is the best time to purchase plane tickets? We are going to WDW in mid December. When should we start looking for tickets to get the best price?
Thanks
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1st visit button

Thu, 2017-07-06 19:00
Hello,

This coming December will be my DS first ever trip to WDW. I'm currently working on creating a package with various things (magic band, ears, t-shirt, autograph books/pens, etc...). My plan is to create a letter from 'Mickey' and send this to him as a surprise as we get closer to our trip date. Can anyone tell me if Disney will send out 1st visit buttons, or do I have to wait until go to pick one up?

I'd also welcome any other ideas for what I can include in this package, or what neat ideas people used for autographs. My DS will be just about 2 years old when we go.

I've never done Disney with a toddler!
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1st visit button

Thu, 2017-07-06 19:00
Hello,

This coming December will be my DS first ever trip to WDW. I'm currently working on creating a package with various things (magic band, ears, t-shirt, autograph books/pens, etc...). My plan is to create a letter from 'Mickey' and send this to him as a surprise as we get closer to our trip date. Can anyone tell me if Disney will send out 1st visit buttons, or do I have to wait until go to pick one up?

I'd also welcome any other ideas for what I can include in this package, or what neat ideas people used for autographs. My DS will be just about 2 years old when we go.

I've never done Disney with a toddler!
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New DVC ticket options

Thu, 2017-07-06 16:08
DVC has just released 2 new ticket options for members.

1) 7 day tickets for the price of 5. PLUS, the tickets are valid for 6 months from first use, not the usual 14 days.

2) the Platinum Plus Annual Pass for $559. That's the same price as the Gold Pass! No blackout dates and include the water parks.

Full details here:

http://disneyvacationclub.disney.go....t-tour/passes/

Steve
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