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Spider-Man at Disneyland!

October 13, 2015

Spider-Man at Disneyland

 

I love when I’m right, and I am loving the Marvel Super Heroes at Disneyland! As I mentioned in my blog post when Innoventions closed earlier this year, I had a feeling they would keep Marvel characters in that area. And today Disney confirmed that I was correct in my assumptions when they announced that Spider-Man in Disneyland is happening beginning on November 16th.

 

Not only that, but they have apparently officially transformed the Innoventions building into Super Hero HQ! Which means you’ll still be able to meet Thor or check out the Iron Man tech. But what about Captain America?

 

According to the Disney Parks Blog, Cap won’t be present at Disneyland this fall. But the Super Hero HQ meet & greet location is designed to host different super heroes from time to time, so I’m taking this to mean that Spider-Man man leave at some point, and Captain America could easily return, along with any number of other heroes.

 

The big question I have right now is: When are the Super Villains going to make an appearance?!?

 

Here’s the official info on Spider-Man at Disneyland and Superhero Headquarters

When the reimagined Super Hero HQ opens this fall at Disneyland® Park, everyone’s favorite web slinger is swinging in for the occasion. That’s right! Spider-Man will be making his Disneyland Resort debut in a heroic new character greeting location, where your Clients can snap a photo, grab an autograph or just thank him for keeping everyone safe from the likes of Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin!

Super Hero HQ is the West Coast home base of some of the greatest heroes in the universe. It’s the place to go, not only to meet some of those heroes, but to discover the super hero within. Your Clients can tour Treasures of Asgard and cross the Bifrost to come face-to-face with the mighty Avenger, Thor. They can also virtually suit up as Iron Man and check out the Hall of Armor at Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries, play some of the latest games in the Game Center and pick up some Super Hero gear to take with them on their journey home.

Super Hero HQ opens Nov.16, 2015 in the Tomorrowland Expo Center at Disneyland Park.

 

 

New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World

December 23, 2014

New Year's Eve at Disney World

 

Here are some of the celebrations going on for New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World!

Countdown at Magic Kingdom® Park

The new year kicks off with fireworks galore at Magic Kingdom Park. Along with “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” you can enjoy “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks, capped off with a breathtaking musical show. This special fireworks display will be presented on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31, 2014 at 11:50 p.m.

New Year’s Around the Globe at Epcot®

All across World Showcase at Epcot, you can explore each countries’ traditions at participating pavilions – including Morocco, Italy, China, France, the United Kingdom and the USA – as you soak up the sounds of favorite bands and DJs.

Plus, World Showcase promenade is the place to be as IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth lights up the sky with a message of peace and goodwill. Two showings of this nighttime spectacular will take place on New Year’s Eve, at 6 p.m. and 11:40 p.m.

Celebrate at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Guests of all ages will enjoy the fabulous family-style fun and entertainment that New Year’s Eve unreels at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Come nightfall on Dec. 31, 2014, the “rake and roll” cover band Mulch, Sweat and Shears takes the stage for a set of iconic songs.

And, as midnight approaches, the evening ignites into an amazing shower of shimmering light. You can watch in wonder as majestic fireworks glitter, glisten and inspire awe in one and all.

Dining and Entertainment at Downtown Disney®

If you wish to enjoy New Year’s Eve at Downtown Disney, please remember that, as in previous years, there are no fireworks displays.  However, there are a variety of exciting offerings to enjoy this year at Downtown Disney, including special New Year’s Eve food and beverage tents, merchandise stands and entertainment. You can also enjoy dining experiences, movies, bowling, Cirque du Soleil, shopping and more. Or, you can explore some of the newest offerings including the Food Trucks at Exposition Park and the flagship Starbucks location at Downtown Disney West Side, as well as the Marketplace Co-Op at the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Star Wars Weekends 2015

December 3, 2014

Star Wars Weekends 2015

 

Disney has announced the dates for Star Wars Weekends in 2015!

Star Wars Weekends will be held every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from May 15-June 14, 2015.  The special events of Star Wars Weekends take place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World as follows:

  • Weekend I: May 15-17, 2015
  • Weekend II: May 22-24, 2015
  • Weekend III: May 29-31, 2015
  • Weekend IV: June 5-7, 2015
  • Weekend V: June 12-14, 2015

Traditionally, Star Wars Weekends offers many unique experiences, including:

  • Official Star Wars characters meet & greets
  • Meetings with Star Wars celebrities
  • A Star Wars motorcade
  • Special Star Wars merchandise, including limited edition collectibles and art
  • Special live shows featuring Star Wars celebrities
  • Star Wars Character Dining
  • Special Star Wars food items

 

 

Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast

This cosmic breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant features favorite Characters from a galaxy far, far away, including Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Greedo, Jawas and Stormtroopers.

This experience will take place daily May 4-June 14, 2015 8 a.m.-11 a.m. The price for the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast is $49.99 per adult and $31.99 per child ages 3-9. Prices include tax, but not gratuity.

SWW Character Breakfast 1

Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine, Including Fantasmic! Dining Package

This unique dining experience allows you to celebrate the Star Wars saga with special décor, themed menu options and stirring music – followed by the evening’s first Fantasmic! show. This intergalactic feast includes appearances by favorite Disney pals dressed as popular Characters from the Star Wars universe, including Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Vader Goofy, Storm Trooper Donald and Ewoks Chip ‘n’ Dale.

This experience will take place daily May 4-June 14, 2015 from 4:15 p.m.-8 p.m. The price for the Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine, including Fantasmic! Dining Package is $57.99 per adult and $34.99 per child ages 3-9. Prices include tax, but not gratuity.

Advanced reservations for both of these dining experiences are highly recommended. Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required. Entertainment and Character appearances are subject to change.

 

While there is no official information yet on which Star Wars celebrities will be there on any given weekend, I’m hoping we’ll see more classic Star Wars actors, such as Mark Hamill.  I’m also curious if the cast of the Clone Wars animated series will be featured as much as they have been in the past, considering the series is over and Star Wars: Rebels is the hot new thing.

 

Do you want to visit Disney World for a Star Wars Weekend in 2015?

Contact me for a free, no-obligation quote!

 

Retro EPCOT Center Merchandise!

October 10, 2014
Retro EPCOT Center Merchandise!

Retro EPCOT Center Merchandise!

 

You know I’m an old school, EPCOT Center guy.  My first visit to EPCOT Center was in 1983 and I bought into Walt Disney’s vision of the future in a big way.

 

Yeah, I’m one of those people who mourns the loss of Horizons, World of Motion, and The Dreamfinder & Figment.  (I’m talking about the Figment with a dash of childish delight, not the current one with the heavy helping of annoying self-centeredness.)  So any time I see retro Epcot items, I go out of my mind!

 

When Disney put out the retro artwork in 2012 for the 30th Anniversary of Epcot, I shelled out the cash to get some.  I plan to do the same with this stuff.  My wife thinks I have enough Disney clothing, but I tell her a Disney Vacation Planner can never have too much Disney clothing! MouseGear, here I come!!

 

Disney Frozen 8-Bit Cinema

October 8, 2014

Frozen 8Bit

You probably know that I’m an old-school gamer.  I grew up in the 80’s, after all.  So when I saw this telling of Disney’s Frozen in 8-bit video game format, I just had to share it!

 

Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle

August 25, 2014

Lady Tremaine

Villains’ Sinister Soiree:

A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle

at the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle is the perfect way to add even more treats to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. Each Guest who has purchased both a ticket to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle will receive:

 

Preferred Viewing for Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade

Enjoy preferred viewing for the 8:15PM Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade. Watch the Headless Horseman lead off the parade on a hair-raising ride, followed by a collection of frightful floats and some of your favorite Disney Characters in Halloween Costumes.

Preferred Viewing for HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular

The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion and some of the most notorious Disney Villains light up the sky to wicked remixes of their favorite songs.

Dessert Soiree at Cinderella’s Royal Table

Lady Tremaine has taken over Cinderella Castle and has invited some of her villainous friends to join her. Lady Tremaine will then share her musical talents while you enjoy themed desserts, specialty non-alcoholic drinks, entertainment, and visits from some of your favorite Disney Villains. Plus, each Guest will receive an autograph card and souvenir Maleficent dragon cup.

 

Purchase the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle for

 

$99 per person*

(for anyone age 3 and older), plus tax (Gratuity included).

 

*Admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is required and is not included in the price. Please note that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separate ticketed event and is not included in Magic Kingdom Park Admission. Entertainment is subject to change or cancellation without notice. Reserved viewing is for the 8:15PM Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade only. Wristbands are non-transferable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Please be advised that seating is not provided at the preferred parade or fireworks viewing. Wheelchairs and ECVs can be accommodated in the viewing areas and at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Disney dining plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this event. May not be combined with any other discounts or promotions. There are a limited number of tickets available for this event.

Walt Disney World Closures & Refurbishments – August 2014

July 28, 2014

Here are the closures and refurbishments going on at Walt Disney World as of August 1, 2014

 

Magic Kingdom® Park

Tomorrowland Transit Authority – Peoplemover
Astro Orbiter
The Yankee Trader
Liberty Square Riverboat
Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Carousel of Progress
Walt Disney World Railroad
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Monorail – Monorail service will be adjusted on the Magic Kingdom Park andEpcot beams in order to accommodate the installation of a new state-of-the art train control system. As a result, monorail service will run from:

  • 8:30 a.m.- midnight on the Magic Kingdom Resort beam

  • 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 p.m. on the Magic Kingdom Express beam

  • 9 a.m. -11 p.m. on the Epcot beam

Jun. 2 – Aug. 4, 2014
Jun. 2 – Sep. 19, 2014
Jul. 28 – Sep. 30, 2014
Aug. 4 – 8, 2014
Sep. 8 – 19, 2014
Sep. 22 – 27, 2014
Sep. 29 – Nov. 7, 2014
Nov. 10 – 21, 2014
Jan. 5 – Mar. 6, 2015
Jun. 22, 2014 – TBD
(through full summer)

Epcot®

Dolphins at The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Dolphins will be off stage, Dolphins in Depth Tour unavailable

Monorail
Monorail service will be adjusted on the
 Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot beams in order to accommodate the installation of a new state-of-the art train control system. As a result, monorail service will run from:

  • 8:30 a.m.- midnight on the Magic Kingdom Resort beam

  • 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 p.m. on the Magic Kingdom Express beam

  • 9 a.m. -11 p.m. on the Epcot beam

Jul. 7 – Aug. 7, 2014

Jun. 22, 2014 – TBD
(through full summer)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Fantasmic!

Nov. 19 – 21, 2014

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

It’s Tough to be a Bug
Wild by Design Tour – Discontinuation of Tour

Jul. 7 – Aug. 10, 2014
Sep. 26, 2014

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Closed for Annual Refurbishment

Oct. 26, 2014 – Jan. 3, 2015

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Closed for Annual Refurbishment

Jan. 4 – Mar. 14, 2015

Disney’s All Star Music Resort

Intermission Food Court
Note’able Games Arcade will serve as a temporary location for grab-and-go meals such as sandwiches, salads, and bakery items. Transportation will be provided for Guests who wish to dine at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort or Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. Pizza and other items available for in-room delivery daily from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Aug. 1 – Dec. 20, 2014

Note’able Games Arcade
Guests may visit the arcades available at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort and Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort.

Jul. 26 – Dec. 20, 2014

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

Room Refurbishments

Through Sep. 5, 2014

Kouzzina by Cat Cora
Location Closing

Sep. 30, 2014

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Monorail
Monorail service will be adjusted on the
 Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot beams in order to accommodate the installation of a new state-of-the art train control system. As a result, monorail service will run from:

  • 8:30 a.m.- midnight on the Magic Kingdom Resort beam

  • 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 p.m. on the Magic Kingdom Express beam

  • 9 a.m. -11 p.m. on the Epcot beam

Jun. 22, 2014 – TBD
(through full summer)

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Garden View Tea Room
Perfectly Princess Tea Party will take place at Cítricos

Jun. 30 – Aug. 29, 2014

Monorail
Monorail service will be adjusted on the
 Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot beams in order to accommodate the installation of a new state-of-the art train control system. As a result, monorail service will run from:

  • 8:30 a.m.- midnight on the Magic Kingdom Resort beam

  • 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 p.m. on the Magic Kingdom Express beam

  • 9 a.m. -11 p.m. on the Epcot beam

Jun. 22, 2014 – TBD
(through full summer)

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

General Construction
The east portion of the beach (near the Transportation and Ticket Center) and Sunset Point are being refurbished and are unavailable. Guests may see or hear work in progress.

Dec. 2013 – Mar. 2015

Great Ceremonial House – Lobby
The atrium is being reimagined to highlight the cultural elements of Polynesia and provide more expansive views. At certain times of day, there may be some noise and alternative paths of travel may be needed throughout the Great Ceremonial House. To enhance the check-in experience, Guests are encouraged to participate in Online Check-In.

Mar. – Dec. 2014

Capt. Cook’s
Capt. Cook’s will be relocated to a temporary location in the Great Ceremonial House with modified operating hours and menu items.

Apr. 9 – Aug. 2014

Trader Jacks
Merchandise Location Closure.

Jun. 16, 2014 – TBD

Nanea Volcano Pool and Slide
The main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements. Guests who stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort while the main pool is closed will receive one complimentary ticket for each member of their party to visit Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park during their stay.

Jul. 28, 2014 – early 2015

Monorail
Monorail service will be adjusted on the
 Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot beams in order to accommodate the installation of a new state-of-the art train control system. As a result, monorail service will run from:

  • 8:30 a.m.- midnight on the Magic Kingdom Resort beam

  • 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 p.m. on the Magic Kingdom Express beam

  • 9 a.m. -11 p.m. on the Epcot beam

Jun. 22, 2014 – TBD
(through full summer)

Kona Island

Aug. 8 – Sep. 30, 2014

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Silver Creek Springs Pool
The main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements. During this time, the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will remain open. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit either the Main Pool at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Complimentary transportation will be provided to both of these neighboring resorts.

Sep. 3 – Nov. 27, 2014

Trout Pass Pool Bar

Sep. 3 – Nov. 27, 2014

Downtown Disney® Area

Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive
Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary 
Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.

Through Mar. 2016

Forty Thirst Street

Jun. 9 – Aug. 11, 2014

Pearl Factory

Jul. 7 – 27, 2014

Golf Courses/Miniature Golf

Magnolia
Oak Trail
Lake Buena Vista
Palm
Magnolia
Lake Buena Vista
Oak Trail
Palm

Aug. 4 – 8, 2014
Aug. 11 – 13, 2014
Aug. 11 – 15, 2014
Aug. 18 – 22, 2014
Oct. 20 – 26, 2014
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, 2014
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, 2014
Nov. 3 – 9, 2014

Information and dates subject to change without notice.

Disney’s “Recreate the Magic” Contest!

July 21, 2014

You gotta love this!

Disney's Recreate the Magic Contest

 

Disney has a great contest going on right now! “Recreate the Magic” invites entrants to recall magical memories made during a previous Disney World trip for chances to win a future trip to Walt Disney World.  The Grand Prize is pretty sweet, and includes an 8-day, 7-night vacation package for six people to the Walt Disney World Resort, round-trip airfare for six people (the winner and five guests), round-trip airport transfers to and from the Walt Disney World Resort (via Disney’s Magical Express service), accommodations at a 2-bedroom suite or villa at a Walt Disney World hotel, Magic Your Way tickets, and more!

All entries must include a photo of people having a great time at Walt Disney World (“preferably” between 1971 and 1990, but not limited to that time) along with a brief description (no longer than 1,500 words) of the magical memory experienced in the photo. Entrants can submit their photos and memories until 11:59 p.m. on August 11 and judging should end on August 11, 2014, according to the contest’s official rules.

Enter the contest today, and please let us know if you win!

Walt Disney World Closures & Refurbishments – June 2014

June 5, 2014

 

 

Here are the closures and refurbishments going on at Walt Disney World as of June 1, 2014.

Magic Kingdom® Park
Tomorrowland Transit Authority – Peoplemover
Astro Orbiter
Liberty Square Riverboat
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Carousel of Progress
Jun. 2 – Aug. 4, 2014
Jun. 2 – Sep. 19, 2014
Aug. 4 – 8, 2014
Sep. 8 – 19, 2014
Sep. 22 – 27, 2014
Epcot®
Glaskunst Kiosk Jun. 2 – 15, 2014
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
None  
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Festival of the Lion King
It’s Tough to be a Bug
Jan. 6 – May 31, 2014
Jul. 7 – Aug. 11, 2014
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Closed for Annual Refurbishment Oct. 26, 2014 – Jan. 3, 2015
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
None  
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
Kouzzina by Cat Cora
Location Closing
‘Sep 30, 2014
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Garden View Tea Room
Perfectly Princess Tea Party will take place at Cítricos
Jun. 30 – Aug. 29, 2014
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
General Construction
The east portion of the beach (near the Transportation and Ticket Center) and Sunset Point are being refurbished and are unavailable. Guests may see or hear work in progress.
Dec. 2013 – Mar. 2015
Club Disney
Children’s Activity Centers at four other locations are available: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Beach Club Resort and the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel.
Jan. 28 – Jun. 14, 2014
Great Ceremonial House – Lobby
The atrium is being reimagined to highlight the cultural elements of Polynesia and provide more expansive views. At certain times of day, there may be some noise and alternative paths of travel may be needed throughout the Great Ceremonial House. To enhance the check-in experience, Guests are encouraged to participate in Online Check-In.
Mar. – Dec. 2014
Capt. Cook’s
Capt. Cook’s will be relocated to a temporary location in the Great Ceremonial House with modified operating hours and menu items.
Apr. 9 – Aug. 2014
Trader Jacks
Merchandise Location Closure.
Jun. 16, 2014 – TBD
Nanea Volcano Pool and Slide
The main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements. Guests who stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort while the main pool is closed will receive one complimentary ticket for each member of their party to visit Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park during their stay.
Jul. 26, 2014 – early 2015
Downtown Disney® Area
Team Mickey Athletic Club Jan. 27 – Jun. 13, 2014
Parking Lots E, F, G
Location Closing
Mar. 18, 2014′
Forty Thirst Street Jun. 9 – Aug. 11, 2014
Pearl Factory Jun. 16 – Jul. 11, 2014
Golf Courses/Miniature Golf
Oak Trail
Magnolia
Oak Trail
Lake Buena Vista
Palm
Magnolia
Lake Buena Vista
Oak Trail
Palm
May 21 – Jun. 4, 2014
Aug. 4 – 8, 2014
Aug. 11 – 13, 2014
Aug. 11 – 15, 2014
Aug. 18 – 22, 2014
Oct. 20 – 26, 2014
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, 2014
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, 2014
Nov. 3 – 9, 2014
Information and dates subject to change without notice.

Tasty Tuesday – Desserts at Star Wars Weekends

May 27, 2014

Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios also means desserts themed to Star Wars! Here are three of them:

Yoda Cupcake

 

Blue Milk Milkshake

 

 

Yoda Dessert

 

In case you were wondering, you just saw a chocolate-hazelnut cupcake, a “blue milk” milkshake, and Key Lime Pie.