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Universal Orlando at Halloween

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-04-03 05:02
My family will be at both Universal Parks on October 30th, 2017.

Although I have been to Universal many times, I have never been during Halloween season. I know it's hugely popular - especially with locals.

But here is my question: We will have three young girls who scare EASILY. I'm worried that roaming Universal characters who are not there Year-round will be scaring guests. Is this the case?

We will avoid all of the temporary haunted houses they create - but do they try to scare park guests in regular park areas? The girls would be terrified if they experienced it or saw it happening to others. Should this be a concern? (Or do they do it only at night?) Any info is appreciated.
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Magic Kingdom security check changes start today

TheDisneyBlog.com - Mon, 2017-04-03 04:59

Today marks the first day the Magic Kingdom will implement new bag screening and security check locations. The goal is to clear up the congestion directly in front of the park, by extending the security envelope outward. For guests parking at the TTC parking lot, bag checks and security screenings...

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Roars to $876 million world wide box office

TheDisneyBlog.com - Mon, 2017-04-03 04:52

Although it was edged out by “The Boss Baby,” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” continued to waltz its way through the box office bringing in an estimated $47.5 Million in its third weekend. That brings domestic total to just shy of the $400M mark with $395.4M. Meanwhile international audiences added...

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Got the F+W Fest booked

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-04-03 02:27
Southwest airfare and DVC Kidani booked for the fall. YES!

Pandora here we come.

best,

............john
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Got the F+W Fest booked

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-04-03 02:27
Southwest airfare and DVC Kidani booked for the fall. YES!

Pandora here we come.

best,

............john
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Aerial Gondola transportation system one step closer to construction at Walt Disney World.

TheDisneyBlog.com - Mon, 2017-04-03 00:30

Disney World has moved a step closer to building the unannounced Aerial tramway (aka Gondola) system we discussed before. Last week permits were filed (dug up again by the folks on WDWMagic’s forums) for foundation and building infrastructure at the six main locations of the future transportation system. No official...

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Tidbits March/April 2017: Epcot Refurb, Dole Whip News, Disney Springs Updates & More

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-04-02 22:56
Tidbits
March/April 2017



Double the Dine

3/26/17 Disney’s Hollywood Studios has postponed the extension to Minnie’s Seasonal dining to Lunch seatings until later in the year. The park has announced that the Lunch Seatings will begin on September 4th with the start of the 2017 run of the Minnie’s Halloween Dine. With this change, Guests will continue to have only Dinner options for Minnie’s Springtime Dine (now through June 4, 2017) and Minnie’s Summertime Dine (June 5 – September 3, 2017).

2/23/17 Disney’s Hollywood Studios has recently announced an expansion to their popular seasonal character dining. The Spring seasonal Character Meal at Hollywood & Vine, Minnie’s Springtime Dine, will be offered for both lunch and dinner when it expands its seating on May 14th during its 2017 run.

Mission: Refurb

3/26/17 One half of Epcot’s thrill rides will be closed for the Peak Summer 2017 season. Mission: SPACE is currently scheduled to be closed for refurbishment from June 5th through July 31st, 2017. Although not confirmed, it is rumoured among attraction Cast that the ride may feature new missions or updates to the existing mission as part of the refurbishment.

A New Household

3/26/17 Heritage House in the Liberty Square section of the Magic Kingdom has been repurposed again after several changes from its retail roots. The once MyMagic+ Service Center and Meet & Greet spot is now the Liberty Square Ticket Office offering in-park Walt Disney World ticket sales and services.

Shuttering Stores

3/26/17
The Darkroom and Cover Story re-opened from their multi-month rehab with several changes. Due to internal renovations, Guests can now pass through The Darkroom, Cover Story, and Celebrity 5 & 10 to avoid potential crowds on Hollywood Blvd. (or have easier access to other shopping needs). Both stores received new layouts with new focuses on Magic Bands, Disney Phone Cases, and Disney Pins.

2/23/17 Two adjacent retail locations in the Hollywood Blvd section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios closed early last month for a multi-month refurbishment. The Darkroom and Cover Story retail locations closed for refurbishment on January 9th and are scheduled to re-open on March 24, 2017. Although no details were announced at the time of closure, Cast are expecting that the two locations will re-open with significant changes, if not as one new location.

Springing Up

4/2/17
The last original Pleasure Island venue has announced the beginning of its Disney Springs transformation. Portobello Country Italian Trattoria (opening as the Portobello Yacht Club in 1989) has announced it will close for refurbishment on April 24, 2017 for major renovations. The location is slated to re-open in Fall 2017 keeping the Italian cuisine, but enhancing the experience with a new family style menu, craft beers, and Italian wines developed by James Beard Award-winner Chef Tony Mantuano.

A Charming Refurbishment

4/2/17
One of Fantasyland's most iconic attractions will be closing for refurbishment after the Peak Spring Break crowds are gone. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is scheduled to be closed April 24 through May 18, 2017.

Whip it Good! or Where’s the Rum Gone?

4/2/17
Fans of Dole Whips and Rum have another reason to be happy at Walt Disney World as a popular hotel has combined these two into a new treat. Guests at Art of Animation Resort can now enjoy the Captain’s Pineapple cocktail at the Drop Off Pool Bar. The frozen concoction is simply described as a Dole Whip with Captain's Morgan and is priced at $10.00. The drink has been described as Seasonal, but no indication on its tenure has been reported.

Growing Garages

4/2/17
New stores and dining spots aren’t the only things still springing up at Disney Springs; there’s still more infrastructure work to come. Construction has begun for the Third Parking Garage for the shopping, dining, and entertainment area. The Walt Disney World Casting parking lot closed on April 1st as part of the project commencement. The third garage will be connected via a pedestrian bridge across Buena Vista Drive. The new garage will reportedly be mixed use for both Guests and Cast Members.
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Tidbits March/April 2017: Epcot Refurb, Dole Whip News, Disney Springs Updates & More

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-04-02 22:56
Tidbits
March/April 2017



Double the Dine

3/26/17 Disney’s Hollywood Studios has postponed the extension to Minnie’s Seasonal dining to Lunch seatings until later in the year. The park has announced that the Lunch Seatings will begin on September 4th with the start of the 2017 run of the Minnie’s Halloween Dine. With this change, Guests will continue to have only Dinner options for Minnie’s Springtime Dine (now through June 4, 2017) and Minnie’s Summertime Dine (June 5 – September 3, 2017).

2/23/17 Disney’s Hollywood Studios has recently announced an expansion to their popular seasonal character dining. The Spring seasonal Character Meal at Hollywood & Vine, Minnie’s Springtime Dine, will be offered for both lunch and dinner when it expands its seating on May 14th during its 2017 run.

Mission: Refurb

3/26/17 One half of Epcot’s thrill rides will be closed for the Peak Summer 2017 season. Mission: SPACE is currently scheduled to be closed for refurbishment from June 5th through July 31st, 2017. Although not confirmed, it is rumoured among attraction Cast that the ride may feature new missions or updates to the existing mission as part of the refurbishment.

A New Household

3/26/17 Heritage House in the Liberty Square section of the Magic Kingdom has been repurposed again after several changes from its retail roots. The once MyMagic+ Service Center and Meet & Greet spot is now the Liberty Square Ticket Office offering in-park Walt Disney World ticket sales and services.

Shuttering Stores

3/26/17
The Darkroom and Cover Story re-opened from their multi-month rehab with several changes. Due to internal renovations, Guests can now pass through The Darkroom, Cover Story, and Celebrity 5 & 10 to avoid potential crowds on Hollywood Blvd. (or have easier access to other shopping needs). Both stores received new layouts with new focuses on Magic Bands, Disney Phone Cases, and Disney Pins.

2/23/17 Two adjacent retail locations in the Hollywood Blvd section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios closed early last month for a multi-month refurbishment. The Darkroom and Cover Story retail locations closed for refurbishment on January 9th and are scheduled to re-open on March 24, 2017. Although no details were announced at the time of closure, Cast are expecting that the two locations will re-open with significant changes, if not as one new location.

Springing Up

4/2/17
The last original Pleasure Island venue has announced the beginning of its Disney Springs transformation. Portobello Country Italian Trattoria (opening as the Portobello Yacht Club in 1989) has announced it will close for refurbishment on April 24, 2017 for major renovations. The location is slated to re-open in Fall 2017 keeping the Italian cuisine, but enhancing the experience with a new family style menu, craft beers, and Italian wines developed by James Beard Award-winner Chef Tony Mantuano.

A Charming Refurbishment

4/2/17
One of Fantasyland's most iconic attractions will be closing for refurbishment after the Peak Spring Break crowds are gone. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is scheduled to be closed April 24 through May 18, 2017.

Whip it Good! or Where’s the Rum Gone?

4/2/17
Fans of Dole Whips and Rum have another reason to be happy at Walt Disney World as a popular hotel has combined these two into a new treat. Guests at Art of Animation Resort can now enjoy the Captain’s Pineapple cocktail at the Drop Off Pool Bar. The frozen concoction is simply described as a Dole Whip with Captain's Morgan and is priced at $10.00. The drink has been described as Seasonal, but no indication on its tenure has been reported.

Growing Garages

4/2/17
New stores and dining spots aren’t the only things still springing up at Disney Springs; there’s still more infrastructure work to come. Construction has begun for the Third Parking Garage for the shopping, dining, and entertainment area. The Walt Disney World Casting parking lot closed on April 1st as part of the project commencement. The third garage will be connected via a pedestrian bridge across Buena Vista Drive. The new garage will reportedly be mixed use for both Guests and Cast Members.
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He will only eat pizza and grilled cheese - please help me find it!

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-04-02 14:13
Hi,

Going in May with another family and their special needs son will only eat grilled cheese and pizza. Can anyone tell me if they know which quickserves in any park of the parks serve pizza or grilled cheese. I did see Pizzafari in AK but that was it.

Thanks!
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He will only eat pizza and grilled cheese - please help me find it!

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-04-02 14:13
Hi,

Going in May with another family and their special needs son will only eat grilled cheese and pizza. Can anyone tell me if they know which quickserves in any park of the parks serve pizza or grilled cheese. I did see Pizzafari in AK but that was it.

Thanks!
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April the Giraffe

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-04-02 12:48
Has anyone else been waiting and watching for April to give birth? :stork: I think I'm becoming obsessed :blush: And watching Oliver pacing in the pen next to her is exhausting!!

Animal Adventure Park Giraffe Cam
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April the Giraffe

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-04-02 12:48
Has anyone else been waiting and watching for April to give birth? :stork: I think I'm becoming obsessed :blush: And watching Oliver pacing in the pen next to her is exhausting!!

Animal Adventure Park Giraffe Cam
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Celebrity Spotting: Debra Messing has a smashing Walt Disney World Vacation

TheDisneyBlog.com - Sat, 2017-04-01 23:12

Actress Debra Messing had a smashing good time while on vacation at Walt Disney World with her family. She’s pictured here stealing a kiss from Disney’s own royalty Minnie Mouse. Messing says she hasn’t seen Minnie Mouse since she was a kid. I think we can all agree that’s way...

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Dates for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party?

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-04-01 20:29
Hey guys! I was wondering when the dates for MNSSHP are usually released? My family and I are heading to WDW Oct. 7-14 to celebrate my parents' 40th wedding anniversary, and it's our favorite special event.
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Dates for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party?

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-04-01 20:29
Hey guys! I was wondering when the dates for MNSSHP are usually released? My family and I are heading to WDW Oct. 7-14 to celebrate my parents' 40th wedding anniversary, and it's our favorite special event.
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PIN question

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-04-01 18:51
Does Disney still give out PIN numbers? I just realized I haven't heard anything about them for a while. Thanks!
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PIN question

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-04-01 18:51
Does Disney still give out PIN numbers? I just realized I haven't heard anything about them for a while. Thanks!
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Disneyland announces extension for Main Street Electrical Parade

TheDisneyBlog.com - Sat, 2017-04-01 18:49

Disneyland just announced that they are extending the Main Street Electrical Parade due to popular demand. I had to check to make sure this wasn’t an April Fools joke. It’s not. Originally scheduled to end on June 18, it is now extended through August 20. I am not surprised at...

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Disney food review: Salazar Sipper

TheDisneyBlog.com - Sat, 2017-04-01 18:41

In celebration of both the 50th anniversary of the original Pirates of the Caribbean dark ride and the upcoming film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, a special limited edition treat has washed ashore at Disneyland… the Salazar Sipper, inspired by the latest ghost pirate villain in...

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Spider-Man overlay coming to Haunted Mansion

TheDisneyBlog.com - Sat, 2017-04-01 15:56

They’re really going to do it. The need for more Marvel presence in the Disneyland Resort is glaring and was one of the things new Disney Parks President Bob Chapek put a high priority on fixing. The rumor was hard to believe, but in the end analysis actually made sense....

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