The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Walt Disney World's newest ride, is debuting soon. How soon? Disney hasn't given out an official date just yet, but speculation seems to indicate that it could be as soon as the beginning of May, which is next week. However, if you're like me and just can't wait that long, here are three videos showing a sneak peek of the new New Fantasyland ride.
Frozen, Disney's mega-hit in the movie theaters, has proven to also be a mega-hit in the parks. Anna, Elsa, and Olaf are featured prominently in the new Festival of Fantasy parade at Magic Kingdom, Let It Go is one of the highlights of the "Celebrate the Magic" projection show on Cinderella Castle, and Frozen shirts and plush line many of the gift shops at WDW. The now sold out set of Frozen Vinylmations are selling up to six times their retail value on eBay. (Sure, I'd love to add Anna and Elsa to my collection, but not for $150). Frozen is deservedly a cultural phenomenon, and fans are connecting with the film and the characters again at Walt Disney World.
Up until yesterday, Disney World guests would meet Anna and Elsa at Epcot's Norway pavilion. This made sense, of course, as Frozen is set in Norway. However, like the other Disney Princesses, Anna and Elsa have now found a new home at Magic Kingdom.
After spending the winter mired in a polar vortex, I began looking forward to my annual trip to Disney World during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival even more. The weeks of bundling up under blanket after blanket somehow made the idea of being surrounded by beautiful flowers under the warm Orlando sun even more appealing. Well, after my most recent trip, I can say that Disney's Symphony to Spring was worth the wintry wait.
Ah, summer vacation. School is out, the sun is shining, and fun and relaxation is the first thing on your agenda. If you're planning on visiting Walt Disney World, summer just got a little sweeter. For most nights between June 15 and August 28, 2014, guests can save up to 30% on a Walt Disney Resort hotel for stays up to 5 nights. Staying 6 or more nights? Well, you can save up to 35%, and the savings only increase if you add park tickets to your vacation package.
If you can't wait to jump on this deal, our friends at Kingdom Magic Vacations can help. They are Authorized Disney Vacation Planners, so they have a lot of experience planning Disney World vacations for their clients. Plus, their services as a travel agent come at no additional cost to you.
This is a situation I've found myself in a couple of times: After claiming the perfect spot for IllumiNations and enjoying Epcot's spectacular fireworks, I realize that I'm a bit peckish and could go for a bite to eat. However, as I search, I realize that the park is closed and so are Epcot's best dining options. This is when I go from peckish to full-out hangry. *Cue grainy black and white infomercial footage of me dejectedly eating a hot dog on the Boardwalk.*
There has to be a better way.
With Easter just over a week away, Walt Disney World is giving guests many ways to celebrate the holiday. We've highlighted four of our favorite Easter events and activities, all of which are fun Disney twists on classic Easter traditions. So, where should you hop to get in the Easter spirit?
When we visited Walt Disney World last Fall, we were able to take part of a widespread beta test of MyMagic+, Disney's vision of the next generation theme park experience. MyMagic+ allows guests to pre-book Fastpass+ reservations, pay for meals or souvenirs, add pictures to their Photopass, and more, all through a unified system. The beta test is officially over, and now MyMagic+ and Fastpass+ are available to all Disney World guests. Whether you are staying on property or off property, you are an annual passholder or a day guest, you'll be able to take advantage of MyMagic+.
With the official debut of MyMagic+, Disney announced some key improvements to the system that should make things a better experience for everyone.
Our calendars tell us that Spring has officially begun, but we could already tell from the rising temperatures in Orlando. While refreshing treats are essential during any day at Disney World, they're especially vital to survive the 1.2 mile walk around the World Showcase. Ice cream is healthy for you when it's hot out, right?
Anyway, here are our three favorite treats that we find necessary on a hot Epcot day.
Mark Hamill to make first appearance at Star Wars Weekends. Search your feelings- you know it to be true.
The Force is very strong with this update: Mark Hamill will be making an appearance at Star Wars Weekends for the first time. That's right, the man who played Luke Skywalker in Episodes IV, V, and VI (and who will alledgedly play him in J.J. Abrams' Episode VII) will be joining the Star Wars celebration at Hollywood Studios this June. Continue reading to find out how you can see Mark Hamill at Walt Disney World, plus the latest on Star Wars Weekends.
A great time to visit Walt Disney World just got better. If you are visiting Orlando any time from April 26 through May 23, you can get a free night from our friends at All Star Vacation Homes. We've stayed at All Star Vacation Homes for many of our Disney World vacations, and the experience has always been great. All the accomidations of a fully furnished home within driving distance of the parks. This is a great option for larger groups, or families who want a great place to relax after a day at the parks. Check out All Star Vacation Homes official website, or read on for more details.