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WestJet’s New ‘Magic Plane’ Features Disney’s Sorcerer Mickey

WestJet airlines unveiled their newest custom-painted aircraft called the “Magic Plane” featuring Mickey Mouse in his famous role, Sorcerer Mickey.

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The custom-painted Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 series aircraft was unveiled in Calgary after teams worked around the clock for nearly a month adding 36 different colors to the outside of the “Magic Plane.” The actual design was created by WestJet and Disney Parks & Resorts (Canada) to tell a story from tail to nose.

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Sorcerer Mickey is on the tail of the “Magic Plane” with stars swirling around the fuselage and wings to images of fireworks over Cinderella Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort. The two sides of the aircraft are mirror images of each other in all aspects but one – and that’s for you to discover.

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Inside the “Magic Plane,” guests receive cookies in the shape of Disney characters on all flights and there are custom star-designed headrest covers to add to the magic inside the cabin.

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The “Magic Plane” will make its inaugural flight to Orlando, Fla., on December 3. Following the flight, it will travel throughout WestJet’s domestic, trans-border and international network.

Keep an eye to the sky for Sorcerer Mickey beginning December 3, you just might catch a glimpse of your favorite mouse…flying!

‘Disney’s Frozen’-Inspired Gallery Opens at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

A new gallery, Norsk Kultur, opened its doors in the Norway pavilion at Epcot. The gallery showcases a collection of artifacts and objects that inspired the world of Disney’s “Frozen.”

'Disney's Frozen'-Inspired Gallery Opens at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

 

'Disney's Frozen'-Inspired Gallery Opens at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

Norsk Kultur, meaning “Norweigan Culture,” will feature items such as: an authentic hand-made bunad, the traditional costume of Norway; A hardanger fiddle and other handmade instruments; Hand-carved artisan furniture; Examples of rosemaling (traditional Norse decorative painting) and more.

'Disney's Frozen'-Inspired Gallery Opens at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

 

'Disney's Frozen'-Inspired Gallery Opens at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

The collection will also feature a Southern Sami Man’s outfit – in the film, the character of Kristoff represents a blend of both Northern and Southern indigenous Sami culture. Some artifacts on display date back as early as the 1200s.

Don’t forget – Disney’s “Frozen” opens in theaters November 27.

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Kermit and Miss Piggy Topiaries Will Debut at 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Kermit and Miss Piggy Topiaries Will Debut at 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Kermit the Frog will find it is easy being green when his artfully-crafted character topiary debuts during the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV March 5 to May 18, 2014 at Walt Disney World Resort.  With flamboyance to spare, a floral Miss Piggy will join Kermit and his blooming banjo in the World Showcase topiary display.

Kermit and Miss Piggy Topiaries Will Debut at 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Nearly 100 topiaries will animate the landscape during the 75 days when Epcot transforms to a rainbow-hued wonderland of sweeping gardens and exhibits. Back for a second year: outdoor food-and-beverage marketplaces exclusive to this festival that feature sweet and savory bites worthy of indulgence.  After debuting at the 2013 festival, the marketplaces will return with new menu items like Piggylicious Bacon Cupcakes and a Barbecued Chicken Leg at the Smokehouse Barbecue marketplace.  Floral-flavored lemonades will feature rose and violet notes, and specialty cocktails, wines and beers will offer menu-pairing possibilities.  Last year’s top menu picks like the Watermelon Salad with local baby arugula, feta cheese, pickled red onions and balsamic reduction will be back for an encore at the Florida Fresh marketplace.

Kermit and Miss Piggy Topiaries Will Debut at 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

More Festival News . . .

  • Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck topiaries will appear in a new Epcot front entrance garden vignette celebrating spring with a butterfly hunt adventure.  The topiaries will have a new computer-generated look while telling an entertaining story.  Goofy’s butterfly net will prove useless as topiary butterflies light on the back of his floral garb.  A topiary bee buzzes on an exasperated Donald’s head.  The garden will feature a real waterfall and pond with water lilies.
  • A new Timon topiary will join Pumbaa near the park’s Outpost location between China and Germany.  Meanwhile, Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Croc return for a second year to the United Kingdom showcase.  Dozens of additional character topiaries, including Mickey Mouse, will surprise guests beyond the park’s iconic Spaceship Earth.
  • The Flower Power Concert Series welcomes two new acts this year:  Gary Lewis and the Playboys (“This Diamond Ring”) March 14-16, and The Alan Parsons Live Project (“Eye in the Sky”) May 16-18.  During opening weekend, the series kicks off at America Gardens Theatre with fan-favorite band The Guess Who (“American Woman”) March 7-9.  Other pop acts set to perform include Chubby Checker & the Wildcats, The Village People and Paul Revere & The Raiders. (Entertainment is subject to change).
  • Florida agriculture will be in the spotlight at a large World Showcase garden exhibiting fresh Florida crops to include citrus, sugar cane, berries and vegetables.
  • For the second year, illuminated gardens will cast a festive glow across the park when the sun sets each evening.
  • Back by demand, the Disney-Pixar “Cars” garden and playground will bring favorite movie characters to life.  Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House will be aflutter with hundreds of the winged beauties and fairy topiaries of Tinker Bell and Periwinkle.
  • At the Festival Center in the park’s Future World, twice-daily interactive gardening workshops will set the stage for outdoor do-it-yourself inspiration, and gardening guest speakers will appear daily.  Fridays through Sundays, HGTV design celebrities will host home, garden and design seminars.

As they sample from marketplace menus, guests can wander among multiple themed gardens and children’s play areas.  Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower towers,” herb gardens and beds of multi-colored blooms will add to the floral splendor of the park’s landscape.  Disney’s garden gurus estimate 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.  Several special weekend happenings, including the popular Art in the Garden Weekend, will be scheduled.

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Epcot’s Club Cool Debuts New Flavors To Sample

It was announced that Epcot‘s Club Cool will now offer seven new flavors of soda samples. Only one option from the previous selection will remain – Beverly, a common aperitif found in Italy.

Epcot's Club Cool Debuts New Flavors To Sample

New flavors added to the sample station are:

  • Fanta – Fanta debuted in Europe in the 1940s and was introduced in the U.S.A. in 1960s. It’s now available in more than 90 flavors.
  • VegitaBeta – This Japanese beverage combines apricot and passion fruit flavors.
  • Fanta (Melon Frosty) – This melon-flavored soda is number one in Thailand.
  • Bibo – This fruit-flavored juice drink originates from South Africa.
  • Sparberry – This raspberry cream-flavored soda has been a favorite in Africa since 1955.
  • Guarana Kuat – This drink, flavored after the guarana berry, is popular in Brazil.
  • Inca Kola – This Peruvian favorite offers a sweet, almost bubblegum-like taste.

Flavors of Club Cool at Epcot is only one of three locations in the entire country that serves these sodas. The others are Coca-Cola attractions in Atlanta and Las Vegas.

Epcot's Club Cool Debuts New Flavors To Sample

Have you sampled the international soda selection at Flavors of Club Cool at Epcot?

Visit Club Cool on Your Next Walt Disney World Vacation

Adventures by Disney Launches New ‘Frozen’ Itinerary to Norway

Recently we got a sneak peek at one of the new Adventures by Disney itinerary inspired by the film “Frozen.” Disney Parks Blog has officially announced the “Norway: Fjords, Bergen & Oslo” itinerary – a journey carefully crafted from a partnership between Adventures by Disney and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Adventures by Disney Launches New ‘Frozen’ Itinerary to Norway

The new itinerary guides families through an eight-day, seven-night epic adventure across the stunning lands of Norway, allowing them to follow the footsteps of the “Frozen” filmmakers by seeing the places, meeting the people and experiencing the beauty that inspired the setting and the look of the film. As with any Adventures by Disney trip, families can expect to partake in authentic activities that only Disney can provide, from discovering the fjord country by safari to learning Norwegian folk dancing.

Adventures by Disney Launches New ‘Frozen’ Itinerary to Norway

Families will bond as they explore the storybook village of Bergen (the real-life inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle) and also journey through Flåm, Geiranger and Norway’s capital, Oslo. The trip will be full of surprises like rafting down an exhilarating river, hiking across mystical terrains and even rainbow trout fishing.

Two expertly trained Adventure Guides will lead families to make sure that no detail – no matter how small – will be missed. Adventures by Disney allows families to fully immerse themselves in the culture without having to sweat the details of pre-planning anything.

Adventures by Disney Launches New ‘Frozen’ Itinerary to Norway
NORWAY FAMILY VACATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Begin your adventure with a visit to this storybook village which served as the inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle, home to Anna and her sister Elsa—in Disney’s epic animated-adventure, Frozen.

  • Discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of this dramatic Scandinavian region as you meet local storytellers, fisherman and farmers along the way.

  • Feel the exhilaration as your family floats along the waters of one of Norway’s breathtaking rivers as it carries you through the gorgeous Norwegian landscapes of natural beauty and wonder.

  • Take part in the rich history of one of the region’s most beloved pastimes—folk dancing—where you’ll feel like a local from Arendelle as you whirl around like Anna in Frozen.

  • Step into the glacial blue waters of Lake Loen for a net fishing experience to catch some of the native trout in this unique activity that will have you feeling like a true local.

  • Get a close-up look at these wooden masterpieces that remain an important part of Norway’s heritage as well as serving as the inspiration for much of the film’s architecture.

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Guest Assistance Card Updates for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

You may have heard or read about some changes coming  to one of Disney Parks programs to assist guests with disabilities at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

Guest Assistance Card Updates for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

Disney is modifying their current Guest Assistance Card program, which provides access to attractions for guests with disabilities, so Disney can continue to serve the guests who truly need it. Their new program is designed to provide the special experience guests have come to expect from Disney. They also hope it will enable them to help control abuse with the current program that was, unfortunately, widespread and growing at an alarming rate.

Guest Assistance Card Updates for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

The new Disability Access Service (DAS) Card will replace the Guest Assistance Card. Guests will be able to request a Disability Access Service Card at Guest Relations, and they will receive a return time for attractions based on the current wait time.

With that said, Disney Parks has long recognized and accommodated people with different needs. Guests can visit Guest Relations to discuss their individual situation, and Disney will continue to provide assistance that is responsive to their unique circumstances.

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Meg Crofton, president Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France, recently shared a letter of reassurance and continuing commitment to organizations representing the autism and disabled communities.

Guest Assistance Card Updates for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

Guest Assistance Card Updates for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

Here are some frequently asked questions from Disney Parks.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Disability Access Service Card and how does it work?
    • The DAS Card is designed to accommodate guests who aren’t able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to a disability (including non-apparent disabilities). A Disability Access Service Card will be issued at Guest Relations main entrance locations and will offer guests a return time for attractions based on the current wait time. As soon as the Guest finishes one attraction, they can receive a return time for another. This service can be used in addition to Disney’s FASTPASS Service and Disney FastPass+ service.
  • What will Disney Parks do if a Guest is concerned the DAS Card doesn’t meet their needs?
    • Disney Parks have long recognized and accommodated guests with varying needs and will continue to work individually with guests with disabilities to provide assistance that is responsive to their unique circumstances. Guests should visit Guest Relations to discuss their individual needs.
  • Who will be eligible for a Disability Access Service Card?
    • Disney Parks’ goal is to accommodate guests who aren’t able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to a disability (including non-apparent disabilities). Guests should visit Guest Relations to discuss their assistance needs.
  • How will guests get a Disability Access Service Card?
    • A Disability Access Service Card will be issued at Guest Relations main entrance locations. Guests will participate in a registration process, which also includes having their photo taken.
  • Why is Disney Parks doing this?
    • Disney Parks is modifying the current Guest Assistance Card program so it can continue to serve the guests who truly need it. The new program is designed to provide the special experience guests have come to expect from Disney. Disney Parks also hopes it will help control abuse that was, unfortunately, widespread and growing at an alarming rate.
  • Does the DAS Cardholder have to be present to obtain a return time at an attraction?
    • No. Another member of the DAS Cardholder’s travel party may obtain a return time but the DAS Cardholder must board the attraction with his or her party.
  • Where do DAS Cardholders go to receive return times?
    • At Disneyland Resort, guests will go to Guest Relations kiosks located throughout the parks to receive a return time. At Walt Disney World Resort, guests will go to the attraction to receive a return time.
  • Does a DAS Cardholder have to ride the attraction at the exact return time listed?
    • No. Return times are valid until redeemed by the DAS Cardholder.
  • How long is a DAS Card valid?
    • A DAS card is valid for up to 14 days depending on a guest’s ticket entitlement.
  • Is a DAS Card issued at one Disney theme park valid at other Disney theme parks?
    • Yes, the card will be valid throughout the resort at which it was issued.
  • Why doesn’t Disney Parks ask for proof of disability, such as a doctor’s note?
    • Disney Parks takes Guests at their word and there are legal restrictions around asking for proof.
  • Is this the only service available to Guests with disabilities?
    • Disney Parks offer a variety of services to guests with disabilities, such as Disney’s Handheld Device that offers assistive listening, captioning and audio description. Additionally, Disney Parks has developed a “Guide for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities.” This serves as a tool on how best to experience its theme parks and is expected to be available online by mid-October.Disney Parks will continue to provide excellent guest service and accessible experiences. Guests should visit Guest Relations at any park should they feel they need assistance due to a disability.
  • Does a Guest whose disability is based on the necessity to use a wheelchair or scooter need a DAS Card?
    • No, a Guest whose disability is based on the necessity to use a wheelchair or scooter does not need a DAS Card. Depending on the attraction, the Guest will either wait in the standard queue or receive a return time at the attraction based on the current wait time. For some attractions at Disneyland Resort, these guests will go directly to an alternate entrance. Guests with additional needs should discuss them with Guest Relations.
  • Will Disney Parks continue to provide a service to wish-granting organizations?
    • The change will not affect those who are visiting on trips organized by wish granting organizations. There is a separate program for children with life-threatening illnesses.

If you have any further questions, you can contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner for more information.

Disney Cruise Line Releases a Personal Navigator App for the Disney Fantasy

The Disney Fantasy on board Personal Navigator just went digital!

Disney Cruise Line Releases a Personal Navigator App for the Disney FantasyStarting with Disney Fantasy, there’s a brand new way to cruise. The Disney Fantasy Navigator app brings valuable Disney cruise information right to your mobile device.

Disney Cruise Line Releases a Personal Navigator App for the Disney FantasyTo use Disney Fantasy Navigator, download the app, and once on board, connect to the ship’s WiFi network—complimentary to app users only—and enjoy your cruise in an exciting new way.

Disney Cruise Line Releases a Personal Navigator App for the Disney FantasyWith the official cruise app Disney Fantasy Navigator, you’ll know everything that’s happening on the ship across your entire cruise. Explore the Disney Fantasy from bow to stern. Learn about the ports you’ll be visiting and check the weather for the day. With Disney Fantasy Navigator you can carry the entire cruise schedule with you and never miss a thing.

Disney Cruise Line Releases a Personal Navigator App for the Disney FantasyDisney Fantasy Navigator is only the first leg of your journey with the new Disney Cruise Line on board app. Soon the app will be available for Disney Dream, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder and we will be adding new features along the way.

Embark on your Disney cruise with Disney Fantasy Navigator!

Disney Cruise Line Releases a Personal Navigator App for the Disney FantasyPREPARE FOR YOUR CRUISE DAY

•Know what’s happening every day, from shows to shopping

•Review your ports of call and at-sea days

•Get daily special spa and shopping offers and never miss a deal

GET THE INFO YOU NEED TO HELP YOU PLAN

•View all on board activities across your entire voyage

•Know what’s happening next and where to go

•Read details about activities you’re interested in

•Find Disney Characters on board

•Save favorite activities in one convenient list

NAVIGATE THE SHIP

•Explore your ship deck by deck, from bow to stern

•Find locations of the activities you want to do

Disney Fantasy Navigator helps you make daily plans, navigate the ship and enjoy every cruise day to its fullest.

Download the app to get started!

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Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom ‘Hard Level’ Changes – The Villains Get Trickier

Disney Parks Blog shared some exciting updates for fans of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive card game – the game just got trickier.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom 'Hard Level'  Changes - The Villains Get Trickier

As you may know, in Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, guests become Merlin’s apprentice sorcerers and embark on a challenge to stop Disney villains from stealing one of the four shattered pieces of Merlin’s crystal ball. Guests search for villains’ hiding places throughout the park, and once there, use spell cards to stop the villains in their tracks.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom 'Hard Level'  Changes - The Villains Get Trickier

The game offers three levels – Easy, Medium and Hard – which can be accessed based on how often and how much a guest plays. Changes were recently made to the game’s existing “Hard” level and now each time a guest plays at this level, a villain’s weakness will change, making the game different and more challenging each time.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom 'Hard Level'  Changes - The Villains Get Trickier

Merlin the Magician just shared some hints as to how to beat villains at this level:

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom 'Hard Level'  Changes - The Villains Get Trickier

To figure out which spell types (Gross, Charming, Strong, Flying, Wishful, Quick or Energy) will defeat a villain, simultaneously cast several cards of differing spell types on the first turn of a battle. On that first turn, watch the power levels of the spells you’ve cast. If you watch carefully, you’ll learn which spell type worked best against the villain. When you see a spell hit the villain at full power, you’ll know that’s the type of spell you need to cast.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom 'Hard Level'  Changes - The Villains Get Trickier

No changes have been made to the Easy and Medium levels.

What do you think about the changes to the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game?

Disney Unveils Plans for AVATAR and New Nighttime Show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

At the first-ever D23 Expo in Japan, Disney Parks shared an early glimpse of the plans for AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and we wanted to share some of these breathtaking images and a short preview of what’s to come.

Disney Unveils Plans for  AVATAR and New Nighttime Show at Disney's Animal Kingdom

As these concept renderings show in epic scale, in the world of AVATAR guests will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound. Guests will also discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.

Disney Unveils Plans for  AVATAR and New Nighttime Show at Disney's Animal Kingdom

As the world of AVATAR becomes real at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the energy and passion shared by our Imagineers and the Lightstorm team for this monumental task continues to be remarkable.

Disney Unveils Plans for  AVATAR and New Nighttime Show at Disney's Animal Kingdom

And the new AVATAR-inspired land won’t be the only change coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Disney Unveils Plans for  AVATAR and New Nighttime Show at Disney's Animal Kingdom

As part of the largest expansion in the history of the park, Disney will be adding all-new entertainment experiences, including a new nighttime spectacular where live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery all combine to bring a show to Discovery River that will delight guests and truly cap off their day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The park will introduce more nighttime entertainment as well, including live performers on Discovery Island and a new nighttime version of the Kilimanjaro Safaris.

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and experience the new additions to Animal Kingdom.

It’s Time to Show Your Disney Side

We’ll be hearing a lot more about the idea of showing your Disney side – the side of you that says “yes” more often, laughs louder and lives life to the fullest. It’s the side of you that embraces fun and comes out to play the moment you step through the gates at Disney Parks.

It's Time to Show Your Disney Side

Everyone has a Disney side. And Disney Parks Blog recently premiered a new television spots featuring one family’s galactic Disney side.

Disney Parks also released a Lion King themed promo as well.

Along with these videos, Disney also just launched a new destination – DisneySide.com. At the site, Disney fans are able to share their own Disney side with the world and see what’s being posted and talked about online.

Fans can also share with the hashtag #DisneySide across their social Media channels, including Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Google+ and Facebook.

Disney Parks has also launched a Show Your Disney Side Vine contest.  Vine is a mobile app that enables its users to create and post short video clips.  Disney fans can upload their Disney Side Vines at Disney Vine Contest.

Here is great example of a Show Your Disney Side Vine..

So, what’s your Disney side? Let us know in the comments below and then share some magic at DisneySide.com

It Really Is Magic! – Guest Blog Post

The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

It may look similar to the James Bond Spy watch from 1965, but, it is oh so much more. The MagicBands are an all-in-one device and is a part of the New My Magic+

When you book your Walt Disney World package you will be given a link by your Travel Planner to log into Your My Disney Experience and associate your reservation. 60 Days prior to your arrival date you will be able to go into your planning center and Customize your MagicBand and it will be shipped directly to your home shortly after. The excitement already starts to build when you have your Magic Box show up at your door step!

The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

The MagicBands are worn on your wrist and can be sized for all wrist sizes. They can be customized by color and with your name or nickname placed on the back of the band. Be sure to order your band prior to 11 days before you travel so you can have it shipped to your home. If you do a last minute booking, no worries, your band will be sent to the resort for when you check in.

The MagicBands can also be decorated with special accessories — MagicBandits and MagicSliders. One accessory that we found very helpful was the CoverBands. Because the bands are made out of magic rubber, a hot day can prove to be a little sweaty, but, with the CoverBand your wrist will remain comfortable and less sweaty. We felt it was worth the $6.95 for one – or you can purchase a pack of three for $15.95.

 The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

The bands are water proof, even for that long soak in the hot tub! So you don’t have to worry about losing your room key when you set it on the chair with the towel! You are wearing it!

Just rolled out this past weekend you can now use your MagicBand for your PhotoPass photos. We loved this feature as well – no fumbling for the card while trying to keep track of the kids and all your belongings. Simply pose for your photo and tap your band.

The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

The MagicBand works with your FastPass+ choices that you will select before you arrive or once you get to the theme park. I highly recommend picking them prior to your arrival. We could not believe how much we loved this feature. We thought scheduling them ahead of time would be a pain, but, once you have used it and saw it in action we were sold! Remember the Fast Pass Dash? – Dad gathering all the Key to the World cards and running down Main Street to get the family their fast pass for Space Mountain? Well, now Dad can enjoy the stroll down Main Street with the rest of the family because you already know in advance that you WILL get on Space Mountain. Another really exciting feature with the FastPass+ is the Character Meet and Greet locations. If your daughter always wanted to meet Rapunzel, and you know that you cannot schedule a Character Meal with her, well you can schedule a FastPass + option for the Rapunzel Meet and Greet at the new Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom. You can leave home knowing your little one WILL meet Rapunzel.

The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

All in all, you will love the benefits of the MagicBands. They are convenient, easy to use, fun to get delivered to your doorstep and to accessorize once you arrive.


Laura Schiely, Kingdom Magic VacationsGuest Author – Laura Schiely I am a Certified Travel Agent specializing in Disney Destinations including Adventures by Disney, Disney Cruise , Disneyland and Disney World. I also specialize in Universal Orlando, Princess Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Sandals and Beaches.  As a Travel Planner, I work with my clients to develop a memorable vacation from the point of selecting a vacation destination, to planning the details and follow up when they arrive home. As a home based agent, I have the opportunity to be available for them when they need me. I value my clients time, budget and experience and treat each vacation as if it were my own. Contact me HERE.

‘Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Fantastic flavors from some of Downtown Disney’s signature restaurants will take center stage this fall and feature some of the restaurants’ most popular dishes during “Downtown Disney Foodtopia,” October 1-October 31.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Seven restaurants are rolling out three-course dinners for $30, with a $60 option at Fulton’s Crab House (tax and gratuity extra). The seven restaurants include Bongo’s Cuban Café, House of Blues, Paradiso 37, Planet Hollywood, Portobello, Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Wolfgang Puck Café.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Wolfgang Puck Cafe – Butternut Squash Soup

Each of the flavorful menu options include three full courses and a non-alcoholic beverage. For instance, at Wolfgang Puck Café, guests can start with garlic and white bean hummus, a Caesar salad or butternut squash soup. Entrees include pesto chicken, crispy pork loin or spaghetti Bolognese. Desserts are key lime pie, carrot cake or a brownie sundae.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Planet Hollywood – Sicilian Eggplant Fries

Paradiso 37 is offering blackened mahi sliders, a hearty beef burrito or chicken enchiladas paired with a starter and dessert, while Planet Hollywood has a choice of their Celebrity BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, lasagna or their gargantuan Southwest Salad for your entrée options. Splitsville lets guests choose from eight appetizers and 10 entrees, with a brownie with ice cream for dessert.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Fulton’s Crab House – Lobster

For guests craving savory seafood, the Fulton’s Crab House menu includes either shrimp cocktail, steamed clams and mussels or jumbo lump crab cake to start; a whole Rhode Island lobster, cioppino or filet mignon for an entrée, and a Tollhouse Cookie sundae, key lime pie or root beer float for dessert.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Planet Hollywood Southwest Salad

Walt Disney World guests can sample all that Foodtopia has to offer any day of the week between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.  Reservations and payment are required at least 48 hours in advance. Reservations can be made starting Sept. 28.

And for those wanting to make it a dinner-and-a-show evening, guests who make a Foodtopia reservation can save on tickets to Cirque du Soleil “La Nouba” with a 20 percent discount for everyone in their party.

To make dining reservations for Foodtopia, contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Agent today.

Adventures by Disney Travels to Norway in 2014

In 2014, Adventures by Disney will head to Norway on a new trip inspired by the soon-to-be released Walt Disney Pictures animated film, Frozen.

Adventures by Disney Travels to Norway in 2014

Guests will follow in the footsteps of the Frozen filmmakers as they explore the sights, meet the people and experience the breathtaking beauty of this magnificent country.

Adventures by Disney Travels to Norway in 2014

Reservations for the Adventures by Disney Norway itinerary will be available to book beginning on Oct. 15, 2013.

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Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The new character greeting location for Cinderella and Rapunzel (as well as their princess friends) officially opened its doors earlier this morning at the Magic Kingdom!  According to the hall’s storyline, Princess Fairytale Hall is a gift from the King to Cinderella, and acts as a place where she and other princesses can greet subjects.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Located in the New Fantasyland, guests can choose to meet either Cinderella and a visiting princess, or Rapunzel and a visiting princess.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The new hall is filled will small touches and details that pay honor to all the Disney princesses.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Cinderella has even graciously allowed Walt Disney World to display one prized slipper for guests to enjoy.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The New Fairytale Hall is open daily at the Magic Kingdom.  The easiest way to tell which princesses will appear at the hall on the day of your vacation is to check the My Disney Experience app or pick up a Times Guide on the way into the park.

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The New Princess Fairytale Hall Opens Its Doors September 18 at Magic Kingdom

While Walt Disney Imagineers are busy putting the finishing touches on Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom Park, they shared some news and a video with us. This exquisitely detailed Disney Princess character greeting location is the next to debut as a part of the New Fantasyland expansion – and Disney Parks Blog was happy to share that the Hall will officially open its doors on Sept. 18.

The New Princess Fairytale Hall Opens Its Doors September 18 at Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney Imagineering also shared a new sneak peek video with us in honor of today’s announcement. In it, Imagineers Pam Rawlins and Jason Grandt explain just how detailed this new character greeting area will be. In addition to a castle-like entrance, high ceilings and elegant wood-paneled rooms, the space will feature beautiful princess portraits, themed wallpaper, glittering stained glass windows and accessories that have been inspired by props seen in films like “Cinderella” and “Tangled.”

As a reminder, Princess Fairytale Hall will offer two separate character greeting experiences, which means there are two queues to choose from. You can choose to meet either Cinderella or Rapunzel, each of whom will be joined by one fellow Disney princess.

And yes, Princess Fairytale Hall will offer both traditional Disney FASTPASS and the new Disney FastPass+ options.

Source – Disney Parks Blog

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