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Why You Should Choose a Walt Disney World Resort, Part 1

We love Walt Disney World and chances are you do too.  But it can sometimes be a little overwhelming when it comes time to decide where to stay.  With 25 resort hotels on Disney Property, and dozens more surrounding Walt Disney World, the choice can be difficult to decide which one is right for you and your family.

So over the next few weeks, we’re going to take a deeper look into why you should choose a Walt Disney World Resort for your next vacation!

Why You Should Choose a Walt Disney World Resort, Part 1

Each Resort Has Its Own Unique Magic

Disney Resort hotels offer unique themed experiences, Character Dining and a variety of recreation choices. See how magical your vacation at a Disney Resort hotel can be:

Themed Experiences: Disney Resort hotels are famous for their elaborate theming. You can stroll a seaside Boardwalk, encounter wild animals of the savanna, discover the French Quarter of New Orleans, delight in 20th-century pop culture or much more.

Themed Pools: From sandy-bottomed lagoons and pirate galleons to guitar-shaped pools, splashing in the water is always an adventure at a Disney Resort hotel.

Character Dining: Dine with beloved Disney Characters in a variety of fanciful surroundings. Discover the many ways to meet Disney Characters.

Golf: Complement your Resort stay with a round of golf at one of our championship courses featuring lush green fairways and tournament-ready surfaces. Explore Disney Golf.

Why You Should Choose a Walt Disney World Resort, Part 1

Next time, we will see some of the differences that make Walt Disney World Resorts unique!

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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.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

Walt Disney World has officially reopened Fountain View at Epcot. And now, this Future World favorite is serving Starbucks drinks and menu items as well as your favorite house-made Disney treats.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

Fountain View will be offering items like Starbucks Artisan breakfast sandwiches along with Disney cookies, brownies and gourmet cupcakes at the bakery. Starbucks offerings also include coffee as well as espresso and Frappuccino blended beverages. And yes, Fountain View will accept Starbucks cards.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

Fountain View is the second location serving Starbucks at the Walt Disney World Resort. And like the Main Street Bakery, Fountain View in Future World at Epcot was designed to fit the current theme of its location.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

More locations are coming to Disney’s Hollywood StudiosDisney’s Animal Kingdom and, Downtown Disney so be sure and keep an eye open for updates.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

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Friday the 13th Mischief On Both Coasts During Unleash the Villains Event Sept. 13, 2013

Disney’s dastardly villains are ready to unleash some Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks on September 13 — Friday the 13th..

Friday the 13th Mischief Is Bi-Coastal at Disney Parks During Unleash the Villains Event Sept. 13, 2013

Both Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort will stay open until the 13th Hour (1 a.m.).  To celebrate the momentous evening, notorious Disney villains like Maleficent, Capt. Hook, Hades will host a wicked dance party, plus lots more spooky fun.

The hub of the villains’ festivities will be staged “dead” center of Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Hades’ Hangout – the hottest club north of the Underworld.

The “Lord of the dead,” Hades, will host spine-tingling fun while his henchmen, dancers, interactive DJ and hot house band keep the nighttime activities on fire.  Hades’ 13 devilish Disney brutes will be waiting in Villain Encounters surrounding Hades’ Hangout for greetings and autographs with guests.

To celebrate the imminent arrival of the midnight witching hour “Villainy in the Sky” will set the sky ablaze with spectacular fireworks, and keep the party going until the 13th hour.

Friday the 13th Mischief Is Bi-Coastal at Disney Parks During Unleash the Villains Event Sept. 13, 2013

It’s all happening for a limited time only from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013 as part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks.  Limited Time Magic features 52 weeks of magical experiences — big and small — ranging from park-wide events to special culinary treats to special moments of surprise and delight.

On this spooktacular evening, villains will take over Disneyland as well. Town Square is transformed for the party where guests may see villains like Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts, Judge Frollo and Lady Tremaine.  Cobwebs and vines, Halloween-themed projections, lighting effects and an eerie fog set the tone for the evening.  Witches and warlocks will get the dance party started, spinning a mix of upbeat Halloween tunes and Disney-friendly Top 40 hits.

Later in the evening, the twisted celebration spills over to New Orleans Square Train Station with lurking Disney villains ready for the Unleash the Villains Dance Party featuring a lit-up dance floor and raised platforms, spooky décor and lighting effects.  A mischievous station master DJ conducts this party — announcing the arrival of a different ghoulish Disney villain at the 13th minute after every hour.  Villains will be on the prowl after dusk for photo ops and character greetings, plus a few special surprises.

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Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Beginning Aug. 26, 2013, you can book reservations at the re-imagined California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which debuts Sept. 9, 2013.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Still featuring those spectacular views of the Walt Disney World Resort, the California Grill dining room has been transformed with a sleek, contemporary interpretation of mid-century modern California design.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

The new menu features seasonal ingredients and lighter fare.  Guests will enjoy updated versions of longtime favorites, such as flatbreads, grilled pork tenderloin and oak-fired filet of beef. Plus, the sushi bar will offer a new chef’s choice menu.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

With 250 options on the wine list, there are 80 by the glass, 10 varieties of sake and eight types of craft beers and ciders. And, California Grill will feature its own menu of signature cocktails that you won’t find at any other Walt Disney World Resort restaurant.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Two communal tables of 10 are positioned at the north end of the dining room for optimal fireworks viewing. For outdoor fireworks viewing there are now two areas – one on the northwest side and a new deck on the southwest side.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

The re-imagined California Grill opens daily at 5 p.m. beginning Sept. 9, 2013.

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Top Ten Things You May Not Know About Disney’s Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World Resort

Aloha! Disney’s Polynesian Resort opened in 1971 as one of the first on-site hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort. Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific at this tropical oasis of coconut palms and lush vegetation, all on the shores of beautiful Seven Seas Lagoon.

Here’s a look at the top ten things you might not know about Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

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Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney elves blend yuletide traditions and Christmas cheer to create a wintry wonderland ready for holiday revelers at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line as early as November 8.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Here are just a few of the highlights:

Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will have 19 magical nights from November 8-December 20. For a quarter century, Walt Disney World Resort guests have been mesmerized by this must-see event, a grandly festive tradition immersing families in the holiday spirit.

Dates for 2013:
Nov. 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22
Dec. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20

Beginning at 7 p.m. (after regular park hours), guests with special event tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy all the holiday splendor with lively stage shows, spectacular fireworks, a unique holiday parade and favorite holiday traditions including complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. Guests can enjoy new experiences and attractions at New Fantasyland. NOTE: this is a hard ticket special event after regular park hours; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.  Please let your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner know and they can add this to your trip!

Entertainment, Fireworks and More: Santa’s elves have transformed the Magic Kingdom into a winter wonderland with festive wreaths, bows, garland, sparkling lights, parades and towering Christmas trees. The fun includes the Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season nighttime fireworks spectacular, plus live entertainment with Disney characters all dressed up for the holidays.

Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle: Cinderella Castle transforms into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays — thanks to a special effects spectacle bathing the castle in 200,000 shimmering white lights. Magic Kingdom guests are treated nightly to the dramatic castle celebration and stage show.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Epcot

The Candlelight Processional is a timeless holiday offering at Epcot that combines seasonal music with the poignant reading of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a mass choir performing seasonal melodies, and a 50-piece live orchestra nightly November 29 – December 30, at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at America Gardens Theater stage on select nights.

Guests can purchase a Candlelight Dining Package, which combines lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants with guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional and VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. For more information and reservations, click here!

Holidays Around the World: Guests become immersed in the festivities, as they experience a celebration of the holidays from the various countries throughout World Showcase. The merriment continues with meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus the nightly “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” laser, light, fireworks display capped with a seasonal finale.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: This massive seasonal display features millions of dancing lights, plus animated displays and 3-D effects perfectly synchronized to electrifying holiday tunes amidst snowfall. The rich tradition takes place on the Streets of America, dazzling guests from Nov. 8, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Celebrate safari style as Disney’s Animal Kingdom is wilder than ever this winter season. Mickey and his pals rejoice in traditional holiday music with a world beat twist during the daily “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade” Nov. 7, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014.

Downtown Disney

Get all your Christmas shopping done at Downtown Disney during Festival of the Seasons. The shopping mecca is draped with yuletide cheer, plus live entertainment, holiday carolers, a lively street party, plus photo ops with Santa and Santa Goofy.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

The resorts are dressed up for the holidays with festive décor, gingerbread houses and more.  And guests can experience even more magic this season with great pricing. Contact Kingdom Magic to find out how you can experience all the magic and cheer of Walt Disney World during the holidays!

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Sail Away with Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line adds sparkle to each ship, beginning early November through the new year, with traditional “turkey day” fanfare, Christmas feasts, “snow flurries,” New Year’s Eve galas and Disney friends dressed for the occasion.

Special stem-to-stern holiday events include a nightly tree lighting in the atrium lobby, visits from Santa Claus and his elves, traditional holiday feasts, family holiday crafts, holiday storytellers and more. When the ships stop at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, during the holidays, the celebration continues with “snow flurries,” a decked-out Christmas tree, Disney character meet-and-greets and holiday island music.

Guests will enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving Day feast, with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends dressed in traditional Thanksgiving attire. On Christmas Eve, guests can leave milk and cookies for Santa when he visits the ship at midnight.

Christmas services will be held on Christmas Day with a midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and Hanukkah services will be held each day, Nov. 28 – Dec. 5.

To celebrate the new year, voyages include a special New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2014, complete with music, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes and a midnight countdown with balloon drops.

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Smart Refillable Mugs Introduced at Walt Disney World Resorts

Walt Disney World hotels will soon be implementing a refillable mug system that has recently been tested at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. The new program, called Rapid Fill, will begin this month at all hotels featuring self-serve beverage stations.

Smart Refillable Mugs Introduced at Walt Disney World Resorts

 

The three All-Star Resorts will be the first to roll out the new program, which will offer guests a refillable mug that contains an RFID chip that can be activated for a pre-selected number of days. The mugs can then be filled with drinks at any beverage station only during those designated days.

How Does It Work?

Guests can buy the Rapid Fill mugs at resort counter service locations and gift shops. Days are calculated by calendar date, not the time of day.

Currently the refillable mugs cost $15.49 at the resorts and can only be used at the same location (via the honor system) as long as you are a resort guest.

The mugs cannot be used during follow-up visits to Walt Disney World resorts and they may not be used at the water parks but may be filled at any resort with self-serve beverage stations. The new mugs will also be included with the Disney Dining Plan.

Smart Refillable Mugs Introduced at Walt Disney World Resorts

Here you are just some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) you may have about the “Rapid Fill” mugs (via Orlando Park News):

– What’s the difference between the current Resort Refillable mugs and the Rapid Fill mugs?
The Rapid Fill mugs offer Guests flexibility by allowing them to choose one, two, or three days of refills or for their entire length of stay. The RFID (radio frequency identification) chip installed in the mug alerts Guests as to how many days they have remaining on their mug. The program was tested in 2011 at Disney’s All Star Resorts and is similar to the technology currently used in mugs sold at Disney water parks.
– Can non-Walt Disney World Resort Guests purchase and use the mug? 
Yes. Anyone can purchase and use the Rapid Fill mugs at any resort self-service beverage station.
– Can the Rapid Fill mugs be used in multiple resort hotels? 
Yes. The Rapid Fill mugs may be enjoyed at any resort hotel self-service beverage station.
– Can I bring the same Rapid Fill mug each time I visit the Walt Disney World Resort?
No, past mugs cannot be activated for future visits. Guests who purchase the Length of Stay option for Rapid Fill program can use the mug for fourteen (14) consecutive days after activation. Guests can extend the mug beyond the 14-day Length of Stay option as long as it’s still within the current length of stay.
– If the mug is activated for first use at 5 p.m., will the one day count until 5 p.m. the next day?
No, the day will end at 11:59 p.m. that night. Each day is a calendar day (12:01 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.), not a 24-hour period. Whenever the mug is used for the first time, regardless of  time of day, the mug will expire for that day at midnight.
– Can the current water park mug be used in resorts? 
No. The current water park mug is only valid in water parks, with no resort add-on option. However, Guests soon  will be able to add a water park option for their mug.
– Can Guests purchase a Resort Rapid Fill mug anywhere at Walt Disney World Resort? 
Resort Rapid Fill mugs may only be purchased at Walt Disney World Resort hotels with self-service beverage  stations.
– If a Guest prefers not to purchase the Rapid Fill mug, can they purchase a regular mug instead?
The Rapid Fill mugs will be the only refillable mugs available at this time. Guests may choose to purchase
nonrefillable paper cups for their drinks if they prefer.
– Can mugs be microwaved?
No, the mug cannot be microwaved.
– What is the price of the Rapid Fill mug?
The prices of the mugs vary based on Guest preference for number of days for refills, as follows:
  • $8.99 for 1 day
  • $11.99 for 2 days
  • $14.99 for 3 days
  • $17.99 for length of stay (4+ days)

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Senses – A New Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort is Now Taking Reservations

Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort is now accepting reservations in preparation for the spa’s opening on July 25.

Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort is Now Taking Reservations
Even though it is still under construction, Senses Spa promises guests can experience world-class service in dedicated relaxation areas, new water therapy and steam rooms, and enjoy traditional and signature treatments, manicure and pedicure areas and more.

Senses - A Disney Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort is now accepting reservations in preparation for the spa's opening on July 25.

The theme of this spa is the serenity of nature. Branch-like fixtures and soft amber lighting, along with a trickling waterfall built into a rock wall, create a tranquil mood and inviting welcome. Native American artwork will adorn the walls of the two-story spa featuring 10 treatment rooms, a co-ed relaxation room and two lounges. A mosaic tile mural embedded with hummingbirds and trees is the centerpiece of the whirlpool and steam rooms.

This Senses spa carries on the theme of sister spa Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, which opened in December, with relax, renew or imagine – each of which will create a custom experience. Both spas offer delicious elixirs and miniature cupcakes as well.

One thing to remember: If you book a Magic Your Way Premium Package, you are entitled to a 15% discount on spa services.

To book a spa appointment, simply ask your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to add a spa treatment to your vacation package.

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How Can You Enjoy a Walt Disney World AND Universal Orlando Vacation?

Until now, when our clients wanted to include a stay at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando transportation took a little extra planning getting from one location to the next and then to the airport, and a little extra money.  Well now the answer is easy!  Universal Orlando introduces a brand new option – the “Meet and Greet Transfer”!

 Universal Orlando introduces a brand new option - the “Meet and Greet Transfer"Your  Kingdom Magic Travel Planner can now book an exclusive  “Meet and Greet Transfer” added on to their Universal Vacation Package,  that includes a transfer between Universal and Walt Disney World AND also Orlando International airport – MCO.   This is a perfect answer and at a great price – only $39.00 per person*.

Here is how it works!

Universal Orlando introduces a brand new option - the “Meet and Greet Transfer"!When you fly into Orlando International airport (MCO),  you can choose where you want to start your vacation either Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando.  If you begin with a Walt Disney World package your transfers would be; Disney’s Magical Express to your Disney Resort, then a Meet and Greet Universal transfer via Quick Transportation from your Disney Resort to one of Universal’s onsite Deluxe resorts then to the Orlando International Airport to complete your vacation.  It will work just the opposite if you begin at Universal Orlando!  Simple! Quick, Easy and exclusive!

How Can You Enjoy a Walt Disney World AND Universal Orlando Vacation?

Just a few things to remember:  You need to book a package at a Walt Disney World Resort Property and a Universal Orlando onsite hotel and using the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to be able to utilize the Meet and Greet Transfer.  And don’t forget – it doesn’t matter — Disney First or Universal First — it is up to you!

*Prices and terms subject to change without notice.

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New MagicBands T-Shirts Available at Walt Disney World

With the new MagicBands being released at Walt Disney World Resort, and the new decorative items like the MagicBandits, Disney is also releasing a series of T-Shirts to show your MagicBand love to all the world!

New MagicBands T-Shirts Available at Walt Disney World

 

This display is from Fantasia Gifts located on the main concourse of Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

New MagicBands T-Shirts Available at Walt Disney World

 

New MagicBands T-Shirts Available at Walt Disney World

 

New MagicBands T-Shirts Available at Walt Disney World

 

New MagicBands T-Shirts Available at Walt Disney World

 

See all the other MagicBand bling here.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Now Available at Walt Disney World Resort

The MagicBands are still in the testing phase at Walt Disney World, but that does not stop Disney from rolling out some bling for your MagicBand that allows you to decorate your MagicBand and make it your own.

We noticed in the Magic Kingdom a new MyMagic+ Service center next to Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. This is where you can customize your magic with your MagicBand.  Below are some photos to so you can get an idea of the merchandise at the service center.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

MagicBand accessories are also being sold at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House and the Contemporary Resort. You can find them at Fantasia gifts at the Contemporary Resort and Zawadi Marketplace at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

These fun accessories allow you to customize your MagicBand in an affordable way. This is the first batch to be released – and there are already several different designs to choose from – (Tinkerbell, The Muppets, gemstone Mickeys and more).  So you can really personalize your MagicBand. These are called MagicBandits – and they are priced by item. The MagicBandits with three in a box are $6.95 , packs of four are $8.95 , and packs of three or more are $12.95.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

CoverBands are $6.95 for one and $15.95 for 3.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

MagicSliders for the bands are available in a Mickey design for $12.95 and Minnie design for $14.95.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

See the New MagicBands T-Shirts Available at Walt Disney World

What do you think of the new MagicBands Merchandise?

Walt Disney World Resort’s Grand Floridian Resort Celebrates 25 Years

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has long been on of our favorite Disney Resorts.  Partially because it captures the essence of seaside resorts of the Victorian era – a playful blend of nostalgia and modernism.

Walt Disney World Resort’s Grand Floridian Resort Celebrates 25 Years

 

When the “Grand” first opened its doors 25 years ago today, the opulent resort made a dramatic first impression — a black tie gala with VIPs like Burt Reynolds, Governor Bob Martinez, the late Frank Wells and several of NASA’s original Mercury 7 astronauts in attendance.

Walt Disney World Resort’s Grand Floridian Resort Celebrates 25 Years

 

Walt Disney World Resort’s Grand Floridian Resort Celebrates 25 Years

 

With its snow white towers and red shingled roofs, Disney’s five-story Grand Floridian remains the crown jewel of Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney World Resort’s Grand Floridian Resort Celebrates 25 Years

 

Walt Disney World Resort’s Grand Floridian Resort Celebrates 25 Years

New Fantasylant Project Team Members Receive Key Piece of a New Attraction

According to the Disney Parks Blog, Walt Disney Imagineering just shared a photo of a very special delivery they received here the Walt Disney World Resort earlier this week.

New Fantasylant Project Team Members Receive Key Piece of a New Attraction

The very first mine train car was delivered at Walt Disney World this week for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction. The car, which can be seen above, will now be taken to a backstage area where it will receive a themed paint job and get ready for the 2014 debut in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

Does this get you excited for the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Attraction?

‘Limited Time Magic’ Independence Week Celebration at Disney Parks Begins Monday

It’s almost time to kick off our weeklong celebration of America’s birthday at Disney Parks. So, we thought we’d share a quick reminder of what’s planned beginning on Monday at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

Yes, next week is the week to see amazing fireworks on both coasts. Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will be saluting our nation’s birth with “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” — a fireworks spectacular that rockets into the air every night during Independence Week.

  • Magic Kingdom Park – The fireworks spectacular takes place at 9 p.m. on July 3 and 4, and 10 p.m. on July 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7.
  • Disneyland park – The fireworks spectacular will be held each night at 9:30 p.m. during Independence Week – July 1-7.

Every evening at the Disneyland Resort, you can also wear a pair of illuminated Mouse Ears and “Glow with the Show” during performances of “Celebrate America!” and the patriotic pre-show to “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park.

Also, expect to see plenty of patriotic merchandise available across the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, including red, white and blue Mickey T-shirts and plush, trading pins, light-up star necklaces and patriotic Duffy the Disney Bear costumes.

There is much more planned at the parks, and we included some of the details in our earlier Independence Week story.

Check back here later today to see a story featuring some of the treats on the menu from July 1-7.

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