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The New Disney Springs Bus Loop is Now Open for Disney Resort Guests

With eighteen load zones, a picture-perfect drop off location, and centrally located access to Town Center, the new Disney Springs bus loop will soon be a favorite new addition for Disney guests.

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Starting last week, guests traveling to Disney Springs via complimentary Disney Resort bus transportation noticed some changes. Disney motorcoaches now have their own dedicated bus lanes, giving them more efficient access to the property. And once there, guests are dropped off at The Gateway, offering a stunning arrival into our newest neighborhood. It’s a grand entrance, indeed!

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With the opening of this new location, the former Marketplace bus loop will support other transportation needs including vehicles coming from nearby Good Neighbor Hotels, Hotel Plaza Boulevard and Shades of Green.

Whether you arrive via bus, boat or decide to drive yourself, we hope to see you soon at Disney Springs!


Putting the ‘Springs’ Into Disney Springs

Since the re-imagining of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort began back in 2013, we’ve shared the amazing transformation this area has gone through, including insights into the many new restaurants and shops that have debuted.

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DIsney has shared the story Walt Disney Imagineering created that immerses guests into the rich heritage and natural beauty of Florida through unique architecture, color schemes, horticulture and more. At the heart of Disney Springs is a bubbling spring located in Town Center that represents not only the power and beauty of nature, but optimism and possibilities. More than a century ago, this spring attracted the first settlers and over time, the town of “Disney Springs” grew around the spring, eventually creating three additional neighborhoods: The Landing, Marketplace and West Side – each with its own distinct charm.

 

But how do you build a representation of an authentic Florida spring? The answer: research, technology and artistry. In this video, you can see the level of detail the project team went to in recreating a natural Florida spring like the ones they visited on their many research trips. In it, you’ll see how Imagineers used various shades of bright glass pieces as accent colors to make the springs glitter; how nearby live oak and cypress trees were incorporated into the design of the spring’s bank; and how sculpting added even more depth to the area. Simply amazing.


5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot’s International Food And Wine Festival

Epcot’s premier food and wine event happens once a year from September 29 – November 11 and is one of our favorite events at Walt Disney World.  It can also be a little overwhelming.

5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot's International  Food And Wine Festival

With 29 booths of food and beverages from all over the world, plus Epcot itself, it can be hard to know how to even start enjoying the festivities.  Here are 5 simple tips to help you get the most out of this year’s festival:

1.   Take Your Time and Enjoy – Resign yourself to the fact that you cannot see and taste everything in one day.  It’s just not possible, nor would it be very enjoyable.  We suggest that you SLOW DOWN and take it in leisurely.  Start off at the Festival Welcome Center,  the cast members there will be able to give you all the information that you need and help you get acclimated and it is a great way to start your day!

2.  Stay On Budget – With so many opportunities to try new tastes from all over the world, it is easy to forget how much you spend from marketplace to marketplace.  And believe us, the worst thing is getting home from vacation and getting a seriously high credit card bill!  One of the things Disney does to help is the Food and Wine Festival gift card that you can wear on your wrist.  It’s small and is a GREAT way to budget how much money you spend at the festival.  You can load it up at any of the stores at Epcot, and after each purchase you can see how much is left on the card and you can stay on budget.

5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot's International  Food And Wine Festival

3.  Drink Lots of Water – It may be cooler in many parts of the United States, but in Florida, it’s still pretty hot, and after you’ve walked around the park all day and start to eat and drink your way around World Showcase, you may find that you no longer feel well.  Drinking lots of water can help keep you hydrated and also protect you from any unnecessary visits to the First Aid station.

4.  Share – The food and beverage items at the Festival are not meant to be meals in themselves, but samples of tastes from around the world.  It’s a good idea to share the food items you get to maximize the different flavors you can try as well and stretch your dollar…both will help you have a much more enjoyable Food and Wine experience!

5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot's International  Food And Wine Festival

5.  Call a Cab or Use Disney Transportation – Let’s be honest, sometimes we overdo it.  And if you enjoy a few too many adult beverages during the festival, driving is the one thing you DO NOT want to do at Disney.  It’s not safe for you, for guests, and you may create the type of memories you do not want to have at Walt Disney World.

5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot's International  Food And Wine Festival

Disney Transportation is always available if you are staying on property, but if you are off property, the best advice is to call a cab.  Using a cab FROM your resort also means that you don’t have to worry about your car at the end of the night.  We want you to have a great time and enjoy yourself, but we also want to keep you safe!

Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival can be a little overwhelming, but using these tips and a little common sense will help you have a great time, make some incredible memories, hopefully make you want to come back next year!

It’s not too late to book your trip to experience
Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival!
Contact Kingdom Magic Vacations Today!

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?

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