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Guests Enjoy New Dining and After Hours Experiences on the Re-Imagined Disney Magic

Guests on board the newly re-imagined Disney Magic will enjoy new dining experiences as well as new Adult lounge areas called After Hours.  It’s all part of the complete re-imagining of the Disney Magic taking place this summer, and we are very excited about the new changes coming to this amazing ship!

First, if food is always a favorite part of your Disney cruise, you’re going to love the magical makeover coming to dining experiences on the Disney Magic this October. Hear all about it in this video!

And finally, we hear all about the big city-style fun just for adults in After Hours, the new nighttime entertainment district coming to the reimagined Disney Magic cruise ship.

And, if all this magic sounds too good to pass up, special rates have been extended on select fall sailings! Book through Aug. 31, 2013.

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Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs Discusses MagicBands at All Things Digital Conference

Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, showed off its new high-tech system at the 11th D: All Things Digital conference. This is the most information we’ve seen released on the new MagicBands.

Mr. Staggs discussed the many possibilities that come with the MagicBands, including customized “Happy Birthday” messages for guests and interactive attractions.

(This video is 29 mnutes)

A few of Mr. Staggs Major Points: 

  • Disney’s park characters, including talking Mickey Mouse, will be able to know visitors names in advance of meeting them, even setting up specific meet-and-greet times for personalized encounters.

  • Restaurants, beginning with Be Our Guest in New Fantasyland, will allow advance ordering of food, ready upon arrival.

  • Guests will be able to design an It’s a Small World doll online at home, which will appear in the ride, popping up from behind decorations, while passing by, appearing along with a special message if guests are celebrating an occasion, like a birthday.

  • Ride times, fireworks and parade seating, and other attractions will be able to be reserved from home in advance using the My Disney Experience online system.

  • MagicBands will integrate with FastPass and PhotoPass systems.

  • Staggs hinted that the upcoming Disney Infinity console video game will interact with the MagicBand, though he noted he isn’t ready to make any official announcements.

  • Staggs emphasized the overall goal is not to convert all attractions to digital experiences,noting Disney’s parks are a 360-5 experience, meaning 360-degrees around guests using all five senses. He also said It’s a Small World as a digital ride would not be appealing, but attractions like that can be enhanced digitally.

What do you think about the new Magic Bands? Leave us a comment, we’d love to know what you think.

Springfield Eateries Now Open at Universal Studios Florida

Moe’s Tavern, Krusty Burger and more iconic Springfield eateries are now open at Universal Studios Florida – and these guests were among the first to chow down on some of the unique dishes from The Simpsons.

Doh! JUST OPENED: MoeÕs Tavern, Krusty Burger and more iconic Springfield eateries are now open at Universal Studios Florida Ð and these guests were among the first to chow down on some of the unique dishes from The Simpsons. For the first time ever, guests can visit some of the eateries located on SpringfieldÕs famed Fast Food Boulevard, including Krusty Burger, MoeÕs Tavern, CletusÕ Chicken Shack, LisaÕs Teahouse of Horror, LuigiÕs Pizza, Frying Dutchman, and Flaming MoeÕs.   Later this summer, Springfield will also feature additional landmarks and experiences inspired by The Simpsons, including the all-new attraction, Kang & KodosÕ Twirl ÔnÕ Hurl. For more information, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

For the first time ever, guests can visit some of the eateries located on Springfield’s famed Fast Food Boulevard, including Krusty Burger, Moe’s Tavern, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Lisa’s Teahouse of Horror, Luigi’s Pizza, Frying Dutchman, and Flaming Moe’s.

Doh! JUST OPENED: MoeÕs Tavern, Krusty Burger and more iconic Springfield eateries are now open at Universal Studios Florida Ð and these guests were among the first to chow down on some of the unique dishes from The Simpsons. For the first time ever, guests can visit some of the eateries located on SpringfieldÕs famed Fast Food Boulevard, including Krusty Burger, MoeÕs Tavern, CletusÕ Chicken Shack, LisaÕs Teahouse of Horror, LuigiÕs Pizza, Frying Dutchman, and Flaming MoeÕs.   Later this summer, Springfield will also feature additional landmarks and experiences inspired by The Simpsons, including the all-new attraction, Kang & KodosÕ Twirl ÔnÕ Hurl. For more information, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

Later this summer, Springfield will also feature additional landmarks and experiences inspired by The Simpsons, including the all-new attraction, Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl.

First Look at New Fantasyland Pins Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

First Look at New Fantasyland Pins Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

With the opening of New Fantasyland only a few months away, I’m beginning a series of articles to reveal merchandise we’ve created for this exciting area. I figured I’d start with Disney pins, which have been a part of major openings since the introduction of Disney Pin Trading in 1999. For New Fantasyland, the pin team created a variety of pins to collect, including open and limited edition pins, boxed sets, multi-pin sets, and some pins designed especially for Annual Passholders. Today, I’m highlighting just a handful of favorites.

New Fantasyland will officially open on December 6 at Magic Kingdom Park. On that day, we will release several limited edition pins that commemorate the grand openings of different experiences. The image above also shows the awesome opening day “I Was There” pin, featuring Belle.

 collect all the pins in a particular mystery set

People have often asked me which pins they should collect. I recommend pins that have a special meaning to the collector. I also suggest mystery sets, as they are a collection with an ending. Once you collect all the pins in a particular mystery set, you can focus on a different collection.

We are releasing a few different mystery sets for New Fantasyland. One set is a limited release and will feature pins inspired by the “Beauty and the Beast” experiences. Another is a limited release “reveal / conceal” set with 10 known pins featuring images from New Fantasyland. This set will also have 10 mystery pins. Each box contains one pin you can see, while the other pin is a mystery. Also look for a similar “reveal/conceal” set for The Barnstormer.

 pins created for Storybook Circus

I like some of the pins created for Storybook Circus. The Dumbo-themed set contains one of my favorite images from the film – storks flying over Florida. Five of the eight Dumbo pins in this set will be sold individually, but the boxed set contains the complete collection. I was also happy to see Humphrey the Bear included in the five-pin character set (more Humphrey merchandise, please!).

 super jumbo pin that will measure approximately six inches by five inches

Finally, to celebrate one of the largest expansions in Magic Kingdom Park’s history, we will have a super jumbo pin that will measure approximately six inches by five inches. Now that’s a pin!

 

Children Customize Their Cruise Experience with More Choices than Ever on Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line, the leader in family cruising, has once again reinvented onboard children’s experiences. Through an entirely new approach to youth activities, kids can let their imaginations set sail by customizing their cruise vacation. Dedicated children’s spaces and more youth activities than ever before are available and children choose experiences based on individual interests.

“Disney Cruise Line youth activities allow children the freedom to create a customized experience onboard our ships,” said Disney Cruise Line Vice President of Entertainment Jim Urry. “Children can select their own adventures and immersive experiences for a truly personalized, memorable cruise vacation.”

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Customized Experiences
On Disney Cruise Line, children can personalize their cruise vacation by selecting activities and events, regardless of age. Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab are open to children ages three to 12.

While Disney Cruise Line continues to recommend activities that appeal to specific maturity levels and ages, the entire menu of offerings is open to every child. With this evolutionary approach to shipboard youth activities, children choose programs based on their specific interests to create a customized and very personalized experience. Best of all, children ages 3 to 12 – siblings, extended family and friends – can participate in youth activities together throughout their cruise.

The majority of children’s events and free-time activities occur within dedicated youth spaces on the ship and on Castaway Cay. As always, Disney Cruise Line youth activities are supervised by specially trained, experienced counselors.

Specific program information is available to guests on the day of check-in at the Youth Activities registration desk located in the Disney cruise ship terminal building prior to boarding, or onboard in the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab.

A World of Youth Activities
With more than 100 activities, events and programs, and with all youth activities open to ages 3 to 12, children have more choices than ever before on Disney Cruise Line.

Clubhouse Series – focus on movement and appeals to younger children.

  • Tots take part in training exercises to make them a Mouseketeer, and then prove to a very special guest that they’ve earned their ears during Mouseketeers In Training.
  • Little Einsteins activities are inspired by the talents of favorite Little Einstein characters. Kids play instruments like Quincy, sing like Annie, dance like June and conduct like Leo.
  • During Nemo’s Coral Reef Adventure puppet show, children help Dory find Nemo and encounter whimsical sea life along the way as they “swim” along through the ocean.
  • Puzzle Playtime with Mickey and Friends (Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream) – Mickey Mouse and his pals stop by the Club to play some of their favorite games with the youngest cruisers.

Storybook Series – draw inspiration from classic Disney stories and popular Disney characters.

  • During Cinderella’s Royal Ball, young guests can feel like royalty as Cinderella shows them how to be a prince or princess.
  • So You Want to be a Pirate offers adventurous tales of the high seas, pirate training for young buccaneers, swashbuckling fun and a special appearance by Captain Hook.
  • A special moment with a Disney princess comes to life when children share a story and a dance with Snow White at Do Si Do With Snow White.
  • Disney’s Once Upon a Time (Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream) – Bartleby the Bookmaker surprises children with his very special talent – when he reads the books that he creates, the characters magically come to life!

Jump Up! Series – include group games and movement-orientated activities.

  • Children are immersed in the world of Disney●Pixar’s “Toy Story” during Toy Story Boot Camp. Led by Corporal Green, toy recruits participate in a series of interactive activities.
  • It’s party time, Hawaiian style at the Aloha Luau where children learn how to dance the hula and surf the waves like Lilo and Stitch.
  • Magic PlayFloor (Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream) – A variety of games to get kids moving, including leaping over lasers with Stitch, scrambling around the perimeter of the floor to control the tilt of a virtual maze and using movement to control race cars that speed around a track.

Create & Invent Series – Hands-on activities appeal to children’s sense of creativity and invention.

  • In Flubber, one of the most popular youth activities on Disney Cruise Line, children join Professor Goo in creating magical green goo and other interesting concoctions.
  • The next great celebrity chef could be discovered at Ratatouille Cooking School, where children work together to bake tasty chocolate chip cookies.
  • A race car made of soap is the good clean fun of the Piston Cup Challenge, where kids make mini race cars out of soap and other materials, then race them to find the fastest in the fleet.
  • Super Sloppy Science (Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream) – Professor Make-O-Mess guides kids as they conduct some of the most extreme and sloppiest science experiments around.

In the Spotlight Series – focus on stage presence with activities and enthusiasm.

  • In All For One: A High School Musical Mad Cap Caper, kids search the ship to find “props,” then star in a “High School Musical”-themed karaoke and talent show.
  • Monsters, Inc. Open “Mike” Night (Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream) – Kids help Mike Wazowski save Monstropolis from doom by putting on a comedy show for parents to collect loads of laughter.
  • Tinker Bell’s Talent Show (Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream) – Tinker Bell helps youngsters discover their Fairy Talents, as they shine in a show for their families.

Solve It Series – challenge children with problem- and solution-based activities.

  • During Detective School, Detective Goofy guides children as they seek out clues to solve an onboard mystery.
  • In Stitch’s Great Adventure, kids help Stitch capture several lost experiments before they cause havoc on the ship. Together, they locate and contain the experiments in Oceaneer Lab.
  • In Animation Antics and Animation Cels, kids learn how to draw and paint popular Disney characters.
  • Get the Hook! (Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream) – Kids search ship-wide for clues to solve the mystery of Captain Hook’s missing hook. The adventure culminates with a reward from the Captain himself!

Castaway Cay – youth activities on Disney’s private island.

  • During Tracking Sense, children discover that conservation can be fun as they learn about endangered animals and locate (plush) cotton-top tamarin monkeys using telemetry tracking – just like real scientists.
  • The Dig at Monstro Point leads kids to discover the skeleton of a giant whale, shark teeth and other fun artifacts.
  • Search for Atlantis is a quest around Castaway Cay in search of special crystals that are the life source of the mystical city – the only catch is that the directions on the ancient map are written in a lost language that must be decoded.

The Most Family-Friendly Cruise
Along with this evolution in youth activities, Disney Cruise Line continues to provide the most family-friendly cruise experience available.
While children are enjoying the most extensive youth activity areas at sea, parents can enjoy the ship “worry-free,” thanks to an onboard mobile phone service that allows kids and counselors to contact parents anytime and anywhere on the ship. Plus, Disney Cruise Line has the industry’s longest operating hours for children’s activities, providing greater flexibility for parents and even more fun for kids.

Dine and Play allows families to enjoy dinner together, then gives kids more time to enjoy youth activities while parents relax at the end of the meal. With Dine and Play, parents may check their children into evening youth activities during second seating in all of the main dining rooms. Families enjoy dinner together, then youth counselors whisk children away to play so the grown-ups can savor some time together in the adult-exclusive areas of the ship.

Disney stage productions, family activities, special events, first-run films in digital 3-D, poolside movies, deck parties, a family club and the Castaway Cay Family Beach provide even more opportunities for families to experience a memorable cruise vacation together.

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VIP Tour of Lasseter Family Winery with Disney Cruise Line

I told you about the special Lasseter Family Winery Port Adventure Disney Cruise Line guests can do on the California Coastal voyages this fall, but now you can hear about it straight from the Lasseter family!

Take a look at this video with John and Nancy Lasseter as they give you a glimpse of their beautiful Sonoma Valley property and tell you about the unique experiences guests will have on this private VIP tour offered exclusively for Disney cruisers.

VIDEO: Imagineers Add Character to Belle’s Village in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

This week, we’ve got a video twist thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering, who recently installed the centerpiece of Belle’s Village – an elaborate bronze statue of Gaston and his sidekick, Lefou.

As Imagineers Ted Robledo and Chris Kelly explain here, the statue’s design of Gaston and Lefou juggling leaky barrels and mugs was inspired by both Gaston’s boisterous temperament and the fountain Belle visits early in the film as she is reading. Ted and Chris also walk us through the detailed process it takes to create such an elaborate bronze statue – from building a clay maquette to choosing specific shades of bronze for the piece.

For reference, the fountain sits in the center of Belle’s Village in New Fantasyland. The building that appears behind the fountain is Gaston’s Tavern, while the structure directly across is Bonjour! Village Gifts.

And as we shared last week, each of these experiences will grand open December 6 (with general previews beginning November 19).

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