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Explore Pandora – The World of Avatar with Nightly Extra Magic Hours!

March 23, 2017

Pandora Extra Magic Hours

 

For a limited time, May 27-July 4, 2017, Guests staying at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels can explore Pandora – The World of Avatar beyond regular Park hours.

Nightly Extra Magic Hours will take place from 11:00pm – 1:00am only in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. This offering will provide Guests with an additional opportunity to enjoy everything Pandora – The World of Avatar has to offer – including navigating a mystical river, flying on a back of a banshee and walking under floating mountains. Please note valid Theme Park admission and a Resort ID are required.

In addition, Guests staying at select Walt Disney Resort hotels can reserve Disney FastPass+ selections for attractions, including those in Pandora – The World of Avatar, up to 60 days prior to check-in beginning March 24, 2017. Disney FastPass+ service will be available at the two attractions within Pandora – The World of Avatar during regular Theme Park hours. Guests may select only one of these two attractions in their first set of Disney FastPass+ selections, subject to availability.

There’s so much excitement surrounding the debut of this world beyond belief that we here at MousePlanning suggest you take advantage of Nightly Extra Magic Hours to visit Pandora – The World of Avatar. Then, you can reserve Disney FastPass+ experiences to enjoy the rest of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park during regular hours.

Do you want to experience Pandora – The World of Avatar for yourself?  Call us at 855-434-9397 to start planning your vacation!  You can also request a quote online!

*Valid Theme Park admission required. FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences, the number of selections you can make and available arrival windows are limited. Certain features and benefits require online registration. 

Menu Items at Satu’li Canteen at Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

March 20, 2017

 

With an entire new land taking shape to open on May 27, 2017, Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will transport you to the visually stunning land of floating mountains and bioluminescent plants. And of course there’s a culinary chapter to the story of the Na’vi.

You can enjoy creative, flavorful dishes based on the healthful bounty of Pandora, with wholesome grains, fresh vegetables and hearty proteins at Satu’li Canteen, where an on-stage grill is a prominent feature in the colorful dining room.

The Satu’li Canteen was once the main mess hall of the Resources Development Administration (RDA) base located in the Valley of Mo’ara. Now the canteen is owned and operated by Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) tour company and has been redesigned into a beautiful museum-like dining room.

The interior has been transformed with colorful Na’vi items filling the walls and hanging from the ceiling — hand-woven tapestries, natural Pandoran elements and even cooking tools decorate the restaurant.

In this fast-casual restaurant, you can find familiar dishes with a twist, including bowls that allow diners to customize their lunch or dinner. Diners start with a base of quinoa and vegetable salad; red and sweet potato hash; mixed whole-grain and rice or romaine and kale salad. Next is either with wood-grilled chicken, slow-roasted beef, sustainable fish or chili-spiced fried tofu. And the bowl is finished with charred onion chimichurri, black bean vinaigrette or creamy herb dressing.

The menu also offers steamed “pods” – bao buns with either cheeseburger or vegetable curry and served with root vegetable chips and crunchy vegetable slaw.

For little ones, there’s an option of grilled chicken or beef, fish or tofu with greens or rice; a hot dog wrapped in Parker House dough; cheese quesadilla, or a steamed “pod” (cheeseburger bao bun).

The fast-casual restaurant will also be the first to offer Mobile Order, a new convenient option to order and pay for meals on-the-go within the My Disney Experience app, allowing you to bypass the queue to order when you arrive at the restaurant. Using the app, you can select menu items, customize your order and pre-pay for your meal. When you arrive at the restaurant you will tap an “I’m here” button in the app, which will notify the kitchen to prepare the meal. When ready, you will be alerted through the app to pick up your meal at a designated window. Additional fast-casual and quick-service restaurants will begin to offer Mobile Order later this year.

Disney Dining Plan will be accepted at Satu’li Canteen but, at this time, Mobile Order will only accept credit cards.

 

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The final performance of La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs

March 4, 2017

LaNouba

 

Yet another long-time Walt Disney World entertainment staple is coming to an end.

With over 8,500 performances to date, La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil® has been a Disney Springs™ staple for nearly twenty years. Since its inception in late 1998, the show has welcomed many new acts; the most recent additions include a duo of comedic clowns followed by a troupe of world-famous break dancers and a real-life couple skilled in the rarely-seen art of aerial bamboo. La Nouba has been seen by over 10 million Walt Disney World® Resort guests and will continue to dazzle audiences with its breathtaking blend of daring acrobatics and dazzling choreography through 2017, with a final performance scheduled to take place on December 31, 2017.

With ten months to take in a show, you still have plenty of time to be mesmerized by the artistry of the talented La Nouba team.  Call us at 855-434-9397 to book your Walt Disney World Vacation and see La Nouba before it is gone!

 

Goodbye Wishes, Hello “Happily Ever After!”

March 1, 2017

Happily Ever After fireworks

 

All good things must come to an end, and it looks like the Wishes nighttime spectacular is doing just that.  “Happily Ever After,” a new nighttime spectacular that will combine the magic of Disney storytelling, beloved Disney characters, fireworks and so much more, will debut at Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort on May 12, 2017.  Personally, I’m sad to see Wishes go away, but I’m very excited to see how Disney uses the projections in combination with pyrotechnics in the new show.  If they are taking pointers from what they did with “Disneyland Forever” for Disneyland’s Diamond Celebrations, this new show could blow Wishes out of the water.  (Just like Disneyland Forever did, in my opinion.)

The spectacular will inspire you to seek out and find your own “Happily Ever After” by showcasing some of the greatest adventures Disney characters have taken to achieve their dreams. The show will feature the latest fireworks and pyrotechnics and original animation, plus a heart-tugging original score. And thanks to the inclusion of state-of-the-art projection mapping technology, more Disney characters than ever before will be featured in the show, including moments from “Moana,” “Brave,” “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia,” “The Princess & The Frog,” “Aladdin” and many others.

The Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace will continue to offer up a scrumptious way to view the nighttime fun as “Happily Ever After” makes its debut.

Get a closer look at this new show in the video below!

 

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New Experiences & Dining Options Coming to Disney Moderate Resorts!

February 17, 2017

Coronada Tower

 

There are some great changes on the horizon at two of Disney’s Moderate Resorts over the next two years.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will be expanded to include a new 15-story tower that will add 500 rooms, featuring suites and concierge level services. The resort will also refurbish its current resort rooms and transform its landscape with floating gardens and an island oasis that connects the resort through a series of bridges.

The new tower overlooking Lago Dorado, the resort’s centerpiece lake, will allow you to experience something truly unique at a Moderate Resort — rooftop dining with panoramic views of popular nighttime fireworks from nearby Disney theme parks.

Also during this exciting time, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be reimagined with new additions to the resort’s current marketplace, Centertown, including new waterfront dining and retail shopping areas. This centralized location will offer the resort’s guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining.

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Pandora – The World of Avatar will open on May 27, 2017!

February 15, 2017

Pandora - The World of Avatar Floating Islands

 

Pandora – The World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort on May 27, 2017.

This new land will transport you to the visually stunning world of Pandora. Here, you will wonder at floating mountains and bioluminescent plants, and can join the Na’vi on two excursions that take adventure to the next level.

First, the family friendly Na’vi River Journey will send you through a bioluminescent rainforest. Your journey will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. And second, Avatar Flight of Passage will offer you the jaw-dropping experience of exploring the world of Pandora atop a Banshee.

You will also be able to dine at Satu’li Canteen, grab a drink at Pongu Pongu, or shop for Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more at Windtraders.

To book your Walt Disney World Vacation and experience Pandora – The World of Avatar, call 855-434-9397.

Check out this behind-the-scenes look at Pandora:

New Menu for Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

February 14, 2017

Jiko Menu

 

Next time you visit Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge you can enjoy an almost-all-new menu.

Jiko means “cooking place” in Swahili, and the restaurant’s menu pays homage to the African theme in a beautiful dining room inspired by Disney’s “The Lion King.” Wood-burning ovens scent the dining room with crisp flatbreads like the Mozambican chicken with sweet plaintains, Cape gooseberries, cashews and coconut mayonnaise. There are plenty of unusual names and ingredients in the subtly spiced dishes, but servers are happy to help you navigate the adventurous menu.

You will always find a filet on the menu, but the sides that accompany are seasonal and ever-changing. And, a version of maize-crusted fish in tomato-butter sauce has always been offered, but it now features perch from Lake Victoria in Africa. Durham Ranch elk loin and Mrouzia-style lamb tagine are new dishes, and buttery-sweet scallops are paired with Berkshire pork belly.

A guest favorite is “Taste of Africa,” all made in-house with pappadam, sesame fatir and flax seed naan, served with a variety of dips including hummus, green chermoula, goat butter and mango chutney. A brand-new starter is Manti Dumplings, filled with boar, bison and elk and served with spicy tomato sauce and saffron yogurt.

For sweet endings, the new Kilimanjaro is a favorite of chocolate fans with Tanzanian chocolate mousse, pistachio financier, pink peppercorn meringue, cacao nib crunch and pineapple flavored with ras el hanout, a Moroccan spice blend. Strawberry shortcake with local berries and sweet potato cheesecake with sweet apple chutney are also both on the menu.

Jiko has the largest offering of South African wines anywhere in the United States, with more than 125 of South Africa’s boutique wineries showcasing their vintages at the restaurant, and was awarded Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.

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New Walt Disney World VIP Tour at the Magic Kingdom

February 6, 2017

Disney World VIP Tour

 

There’s a new Walt Disney World VIP Tour available — the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour, a brand new tour designed to provide you with maximum fun while enjoying the quintessential Magic Kingdom® Park experiences and attractions.

The four-hour tour is led by Disney VIP Tour Guides who make navigating the park a breeze by providing you with the highest level of Disney’s world-renowned guest service while you enjoy many of the most beloved Magic Kingdom Park attractions carefree.

During the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour, you will be able to experience up to 10 of the most beloved Magic Kingdom Park attractions, including everything from Adventureland must-dos Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Cruise to Fantasyland favorites such as Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, “it’s a small world,” Peter Pan’s Flight, and more attractions throughout the park.

Plus, no Magic Kingdom Park would be complete without saying hello to the mouse that started it all. As part of your tour, you will also get to meet Mickey Mouse!

This tour is especially great for kids of all ages since the attractions visited do not have any height restrictions. If you are looking for the perfect introduction to the most Magical Place on Earth, or want to experience the classic Magic Kingdom attractions, this is the tour for you.

The Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour ($199 plus tax per person)* is offered Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and is subject to availability. Call 855-434-9397 to book this tour today. 

 

Cinderella Castle

 

*Magic Kingdom Park admission is required and is not included with the cost of the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour, or any Walt Disney World VIP Tour.  Attractions included in the tour are subject to change.

 

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New Character Breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk!

February 2, 2017

Rapunzel Character Dining

 

An all-new character dining experience will debut this spring at Disney’s BoardWalk, with appearances by adventurous royal couples from beloved Disney films! A delicious breakfast awaits you at Trattoria al Forno, as you get ready to set out for a day of endless magic at Walt Disney World® Resort. It’s a hearty “bon voyage” celebration, featuring popular characters from favorite Disney stories like “Tangled” or “The Little Mermaid.”

 

This unique, new character breakfast is slated to begin in late spring. Stay tuned for more details, including the opening date, when you can make reservations, and menu offerings!

 

This is an interesting development.  I always thought Trattoria Al Forno was an odd place for breakfast.  I’m partially of Italian descent, and I never thought breakfast was a strong point in the Italian dining repertoire.  Lunch?  Great.  Dinner?  The best!  But breakfast??  No.  An Italian restaurant does not inspire my confidence when breakfast is concerned.  But bringing character dining to Trattoria Al Forno makes breakfast there seem a lot more attractive.  (Particularly if it is Rapunzel character dining. You know how I love Rapunzel!)

 

Even more interesting to me is that the characters slated for this location are “royal couples,” which makes things a whole lot more interesting.  I like the dynamics involved when you’ve got pairs of characters together.  For example, meeting Cinderella’s step-sisters is perhaps my favorite meet & greet opportunity.  (And if you throw Lady Tremaine into that mix, it’s even better!)  So having royal pairs interacting at your table is a lot more appealing to me than the usual Princess Dining experience.

 

So I’m willing to see how this new Character Dining experience pans out, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Disney does with the menu.

 

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Gasparilla Island Grill has Reopened with a New Menu!

January 17, 2017

Gasparilla Island Grill New Menu

 

After a recent refurbishment, Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has reopened with a new menu. Elevated flavors, artisanal ingredients and great attention to detail can be found through each station – hot sandwiches and pizzas, the sandwich and salad bar and coffee and dessert.

At the Sandwich Bar, each sandwich is assembled per order, keeping the bread – which is baked fresh in house daily – perfectly crusty. You can enjoy fresh, high-quality ingredients including Tillamook Cheddar on the smoked ham sandwich, Florida orange vinaigrette on the roasted turkey, thick slices of Mozzarella on the grilled vegetable sandwich and roast beef with horseradish. And, each sandwich is served with house-made chips.

You can also create your own salad at the salad bar, topping it off with flank steak or marinated chicken. At breakfast, the salad bar becomes a yogurt bar allows you to build parfaits with toppings such as fresh fruits, granola and bananas in a decadent caramel sauce.

Pizzas are served on dough made in-house daily. You can choose from sausage and Mozzarella, fire-roasted tomatoes with basil pesto and a three-cheese blend, or the chicken and mushroom. For hot sandwiches you can indulge in the artisanal burger, featuring 7 ounces of a signature beef blend, bacon and Cheddar cheese on a freshly-baked Brioche bun. Other options include a Mahi Mahi “Ruben,” featuring house-made cabbage slaw on marble Rye bread, or the chicken and Brie, a delicious twist on Cordon Bleu – with ham, spinach, raspberry mustard on a Brioche bun.

Finally, you can enjoy specialty coffees and delicious baked goods, pastries and sweets including Coconut Pot de Crème, Almond Fruit Tart, Chocolate Mousse Pie, Mickey Brownie, Minnie Mouse Cupcake and assorted cookies and other sweet treats.

 

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