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Tips for Finding Donald Duck at Disney

If your favorite Disney character is Donald Duck, and you’re determined to meet him at Disney, this article will give you all the tips on where to find him! You can find Donald Duck in a few different Disney attractions such as Mickey’s PhilharMagic, and The Gran Fiesta Tour, and also in stage shows like Dream Along With Mickey! If you want a more personal interaction, you get go to a few locations to meed Donald Duck such as Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort, Cape May Cafe, and Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Read the full story here :: Where to find Donald Duck at Walt Disney World

Disney’s Crowd Report for July

If you’re thinking of doing a trip to Disney this summer, here are the projected crowd reports for July, the busiest month of the year. It doesn’t have the extreme crowds you see in late December and the peak wait times aren’t as high as Easter or Spring Break, but the overall 31 days of July have the largest crowds that they see for any one month of the year. Touringplans.com has a Disney World Crowd Calendar which shows no July day less than a 6 out of 10 on its scale of crowdedness.

Part of the reason why July draws such large crowds is because school is out, so kids are able to go on vacation, and what better place to go than to Disney? The golden rules for theme park touring still hold true in July though – get there early, have a plan, take an afternoon break to avoid the hottest and most crowded part of the day, then return refreshed in the evening. Also remember that the parks are open earlier and close later in July than in any other month.

Also don’t forget that July 4th draws a large crowd, and that the Magic Kingdom (and sometimes Epcot) will close due to capacity. So if you want to experience the fireworks celebration, be sure to arrive early and plan on staying there all day. If you want to try to avoid the possibility of reaching capacity, the same show is offered on July 3rd and usually a little less likely to reach capacity.

Read the full story here :: How Crowded Will Disney World Be in July?

Check Out Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

If you’re looking for a fun character meal while you’re visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom, be sure to check out Tusker House! It’s one of the favorites and often thought of as “off the radar” for some people, but its delicious food and incredible theming rivals many of the more “popular” character meals. Tucker house is located in the Africa section at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and really is sort of tucked out of the way.

You’ll see the check-in area outside and also a nice waiting area for the restaurant. The theme of Tusker House is amazing. Guests are seating in areas that are themes as a safari company, complete with signs for safari drivers and their assignments, tour departure signs, and more! The buffet area is designed to look like an open air market, with incredible details like the food carts which have been designed to appear as though they were made from random items by the “villagers”.

It also isn’t your typical buffet that requires you to pass along in a single moving line. The characters and cast members at Tusker House will remind guests that they are free to wander to each station, and that you don’t have to stay in one spot in line. You wont’ just see safari characters either, Mickey, Goofy, and Donald Duck all make appearances in their safari gear!

Read the full story here :: Enjoy a Delicious Meal with Character at Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney Character Meet and Greet Relocations

Mickey and Minnie along with several other of their Disney pals will move to other areas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 18th. It’s expected that Mickey Mouse will be moving to the area near Studio Catering, which has previously been used as a meet and greet location for Darth Vader during Star Wars Weekends.  It will just be a temporary location until a new meet and greet is ready at Disney Junior. Minnie will be moving to Center Stage, in front of The Great Movie Ride.

Read the full story here :: Mickey and Minnie to move to other areas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and a goodbye to Hiro and Baymax?

“Disneybounding” – Dress-Up for Grown-Ups

There’s a new fashion trend called “Disneybounding” which allows older Disney fans to display their devotion without actually dressing up in a Cinderella gown or full on Buzz Lightyear spacesuit. The styles are more subtle, yet still very colorful, and aim to represent and salute Disney characters. For example, a Disneybounder might wear a yellow skirt, blue top, red bow, and apple pin as a quiet shout-out to Snow White, or go all-green with a feathered fedora to represent Peter Pan.

Read the full story here :: Dressing like Disney isn’t just for kids

Disneyland Gears up for the Fourth!

Disneyland will celebrate not only the Fourth of July this year, but also the park’s 60th anniversary with a special fireworks show and musical performances during the week! However guests who come to celebrate and enjoy the fireworks won’t be able to take a selfie with them, unless of course, they do it the traditional way with an extended arm. Disney has implemented a ban on selfie sticks that is company-wide this week, something that many big parks and festivals have started doing. But, Annual Passholders will get an early chance to ride the new and improved Peter Pan’s Flight ride this week, before it officially opens on Wednesday!

Read the full story here :: Disneyland Bans Selfie Sticks as Summer Heats Up the Diamond Celebration

Celebrate 4th Of July At Walt Disney World Resort

Independence Day is coming up, and the parks at Walt Disney World Resort are planning to celebrate our nation’s 239th birthday with some star-spangled salutes to America!

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If you’re visiting Walt Disney World Resort for the 4th of July, here are some highlights of the special entertainment planned for that day:

Magic Kingdom Park – “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” rockets into the air above Cinderella Castle. This special, fireworks spectacular will be presented two nights in a row, at 9 p.m. on both July 3 and 4.

Epcot – On July 4, enjoy a special concert of great American songs by Voices of Liberty at America Gardens Theater, where they’ll be performing at 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3 p.m. You can also meet Chip ‘n’ Dale in patriotic attire outside The American Adventure, and at 10 p.m. that evening “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” joins the celebration with the addition of a heart-pounding, all-American grand finale.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios –The “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party leads up to a “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration,” as the sky above Disney’s Hollywood Studios ignites in a shower of shimmering light for a pyrotechnic, rock ‘n roll road trip across America. The DJ kicks things off at 5:45 p.m. and keeps the party going until fireworks time at 10:15 p.m.

It looks like the 4th of July is going to be a blast all across Walt Disney World Resort!


Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” Pre-Parade Debuts At Disney California Adventure

In celebration of Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out”, a new pre-parade brings the movie’s main characters and their colorful, curious world right in to the heart of Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort.

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Arriving just ahead of daily performances of the Pixar Play Parade, this new pre-parade features the five Emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness as they experience the sights, sounds, smells and excitement of a day in a Disney park.

Guests can enjoy the “Inside Out” pre-parade at Disney California Adventure Park daily throughout the summer.


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Opens Zuri’s Sweets Shop

Zuri’s Sweets Shop recently opened its doors in Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to showcase a bevy of new animal-inspired treats.

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The location features 80 new items, including decorative candy apples, uniquely flavored chocolate bars, African-spiced popcorn, animal-shaped lollipops, animal crackers, chocolate mini crocodiles and other treats.

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Zuri’s Sweets Shop will also offer African spice rubs, a gourmet cocoa set and Flame Tree Barbeque sauce.

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Which item are you most excited to try?


Royal Caribbean Building The World’s Largest Ship

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship is still under construction but its already making waves as the world’s largest cruise ship.

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The Harmony of the Seas is currently being built at the STX shipyards in France near St. Nazaire. With the initial phase of exterior construction finished, the ship was floated out to the dry dock over the weekend to begin work on the interior.

When it’s done, it will have 16 decks, encompass 227,000 gross registered tons and measure over 1,187 feet—164 feet longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower.

According to Royal Caribbean, the ship will have seven neighborhoods, including Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone and and Youth Zone, with the capacity to carry over 5,400 and 2,747 staterooms.

Currently, Allure of the Seas, another Royal Caribbean cruise ship is the largest with a gross registered tons of 225,282.

Some 2500 people are at work building the ship, which will require 970,000 square feet of carpet and 132,000 gallons of paint.

Royal Caribbean is outfitting Harmony of the Seas with something for everyone, with 20 dining stations, the Bionic Bar with robot bartenders, multi-story water slides, two rock-climbing walls, zip lines, an ice skating rink, a full-size basketball court and a miniature golf course.

Harmony of the Seas will be based in Fort Lauderdale but the ship is scheduled to sail from Barcelona through the Western Mediterranean during the inaugural season. Starting November 2016, the ship will sail throughout the Caribbean.


Starbucks is Now Open At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

Guests can enjoy Starbucks beverages at Creature Comforts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom while supporting conservation efforts for the cotton-top tamarin – a critically endangered species of monkey that resides in South America.

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The menu will include regular Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages, Frappuccino blended beverages, breakfast sandwiches and pastries, as well as treats crafted by Disney chefs. A portion of the sale of each Starbucks Flat White Latte at the reopened Creature Comforts will benefit conservation programs already underway to help preserve the cotton-top tamarin in Colombia. This drink was specifically selected from other menu choices because of the cotton-top tamarin’s fluffy white crests that appear on their heads.

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Located on Discovery Island area of the park, Creature Comforts will reflect the theming of the park with African design elements such as geometric designs and carvings, warm colors, African maasai shield designs and hand-painted coffee beans.

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A Day At Universal Studios Orlando At Universal Orlando Resort

Travel With Rick takes us all around the incredible Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort to visit Minions, the Simpsons, Transformers, and even The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley!


“Frozen” Summer Fun Cools Down Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Are you headed to the Walt Disney World Resort this summer? Don’t forget, they can chill out as the fun heats up during “Frozen” Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios now-Sept. 7, 2015.

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“Frozen” Summer Fun highlights include:

“Frozen” Royal Welcome

You can watch and wave as Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf make their way through Disney’s Hollywood Studios twice daily in a festive cavalcade, accompanied by the Royal Arendelle Flag Corps and a flurry of skaters, skiers and ice cutters. Anna leads the procession in a horse-drawn sleigh, as Elsa glides by on a stunning ice palace float.

For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration

Just in time for “Frozen” Summer Fun, this popular show moves into the beautiful Hyperion Theater (formerly Superstar Television Theater), located right in the heart of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here, guests can join the Royal Historians of Arendelle as they host this fun and comedic retelling of the unique story of their kingdom, filled with delightful, sing-along moments from “Frozen,” plus all-new theater effects and special appearances by Anna, Elsa and Kristoff.

Olaf’s Summer Cool Down

As the temperature heats up, you can cool off with Olaf who happily shares a burst of flurries from his personal snow cloud.

“Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party

When the sun goes down, DJ Chill and some favorite Disney Characters take to the stage for the “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party where you can rock out to a medley of the hottest “Frozen” hits!

“Frozen” Fireworks Spectacular

As the night comes to a close, park guests can celebrate the coolest day ever as Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf come together at the Event Stage for a grand finale to the day’s festivities – an awe-inspiring “Frozen” Fireworks display set to the music of “Frozen” and, of course, a flurry of snow.

If you are looking for something extra special to do, they can enjoy a day fit for Arendelle royalty with the “Frozen” Summer Fun Premium Package, which includes royal viewing access to a trio of these experiences. Each package includes:

  • Reserved viewing for “Frozen” Royal Welcome – complete with regal refreshments, including soft drinks and ice cream.
  • Reserved seating for a choice of one show time of For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration.”
  • “Frozen” Fireworks Spectacular viewing with dessert party, featuring Frozen-themed desserts, as well as specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

The cost for the package is $69 for adults, $39 for children ages 3-9. Tax and gratuity are included. Reservations can be made by calling your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner or by visiting Disneyworld.com. Package availability is limited.


Try A New Twist On An Old Favorite At ‘Taste Track’ Now Open At Epcot

Taste Track, a new food and beverage location at Epcot, is serving up a few new twists on the favorite sandwich. These specialty grilled cheese sandwiches are as creative as the cars you can design at nearby Test Track.

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For a deliciously grown-up version of the grilled cheese sandwich, try the Gruyere and Applewood smoked bacon. Elevate your sandwich with the Fontina and tomato basil version. For a sweet take on the classic sandwich, try the Canadian cheddar and apples grilled cheese sandwich on cinnamon raisin bread. The crisp apple slices perfectly complement the melty cheese.

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Each sandwich comes with your choice of tomato bisque soup or a side salad. Other menu items include roasted chicken salad and a kid’s grilled cheese sandwich.

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Which grilled cheese sandwich are you excited to try? Let us know in the comments below!


Goo Goo Dolls Rock the Stage This Weekend for the 25th Anniversary Concert Series

Orlando, Fla. (June 15, 2015) – Universal Orlando Resort’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series will conclude this weekend with a live concert by the chart-topping band Goo Goo Dolls on Saturday, June 20 at 9:00 PM.

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With four Grammy nominations, more than 10 million albums sold and 14 Top Ten hits including, “Name,” “Slide” and “Black Balloon,” Goo Goo Dolls has become a globally recognized and influential force in pop-rock music history. Their smash hit, “Iris,” from the “City Of Angels” movie soundtrack spent nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and held the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks.


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