New Nights at WDW plus Tidbits

Walt Disney World announced that the Nights Of Joy concerts will change venue for the concerts beginning in 2016.  Nights Of Joy has a history of selling out with large crowds, some too large to handle.  As a result, the Concert portion of Nights of Joy will be moved to the ESPN Wide World Of Sports ESPN WWOSComplex and be set up on indoor stages.  This will accommodate larger crowds, and allow the music to go on regardless of what the weather.

Admission to Nights Of Joy will INCLUDE access to The Magic Kingdom to allow attenders to enjoy some of their favorite attractions.  And, Disney Transport will provide dedicated transportation to and from ESPN for the event.

No dates, or artists, have been announced, as yet. I will pass that on when I have the information.

Other WDW Tidbits:

  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar opened this week at Disney Springs,
  • Official rebranding to Disney Springs this Tuesday, September 30
  • Dock to Port Orleans have opened at Disney Springs
  • A new special pricing program has been introduced for current U.S. Military check the Walt Disney World website for information.
  • Blizzard Beach announces lengthy closure of Summit Plummet and Slush Gusher due to technical issues for the remainder of the season.  The water park is scheduled for it’s annual refurb beginning on October 4, 2015.

Thanks for reading, my friends.  Have a Blessed and Magical day!!

WDW…We’re Going In!

MagicBand turnstiles
MagicBand turnstiles

Once you arrive at your resort, the next adventure is choosing which park to go to first.  So, I was thinking about what we go through to get it to the parks, once we decide.

Leaving from your resort is the first issue that must be decided upon.  If you drove, I would suggest driving to all of the parks except The Magic Kingdom.  It is quicker than the buses and parking is free if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort.  If you are going for Rope Drop, you should be able to walk to the gates in most cases.

No matter which park you choose to attend, the entry procedure is the same.  As you walk up toward the gates, there will be a security area for checking any bags you may be bringing in with you.  Security Cast Members will want to inspect your bags completely before clearing you into the queue area just ahead of the gates.  This is usually painless and, unless very crowded, only a minor delay.

When you are ready to queue the gates, make sure you have your Magicband, or Key Card, ready to scan.  It doesn’t really matter which media you use for Magicband-Boxentry, it’s more of a personal choice.  The bands add a bit of magic to the process, though.  As you enter, a Cast Member will direct you to hold the Mickey on your band up to the Mickey on the post.  Then put your finger on the scanner on top (make sure you use the same finger each time).  And, that’s all there is to getting into a park for the day.

Thanks for reading! Have a Blessed and Magical Day, my friends!

Welcome to the Sci-Fi Dine In for Breakfast

SCIFI

Beginning November 1 2015, breakfast will be served at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant.  There will be a variety of breakfast entrees available in an all-inclusive menu.  Entree offerings include:

  • Puff Pastry filled with Scrambled Eggs, Crab, Asparagus and Gruyère Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes
  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Baby Spinach, with Bacon and Cheddar Custard on a Roasted Tomato and Cheesy Horseradish Potatoes
  • Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Sausage Links and Breakfast Potatoes
  • Macadamia Crusted Brioche French Toast with Mascarpone and Fresh Berries

The cost for this breakfast will be $23.99 for adults and $12.99 for children ages 3 – 9. This cost does not include taxes and gratuities. And, if you are on the Disney Dining Plan it is a ONE Table Service Entitlement for this meal.

A pre-rope drop reservation is available beginning at 8:00am.

This meal is currently being offered through January 23, 2016.

Disney Legend…gone!

Dean Jones

This week was a sad week for those of us who grew up with movies like: That Darn Cat, Blackbeard’s Ghost, or The Love Bug.  Actor, and Disney Legend, Dean Jones passed away at the age of 84 from complications related to Parkinson’s Disease.

He was hand-picked by Walt Disney to come aboard and become an actor for Disney Studios.  I remember how much I enjoyed seeing him in each Disney film he was a part of.  And, I especially remember his role as Jim Douglas in Disney’s The Love Bug.  He appeared with Buddy Hackett, Michelle Lee, and of course Herbie, The Love Bug himself.  It was a fun movie with plenty of comedy and drama, and a clear message of right versus wrong.

The most important thing about Dean Jones, to me, was his faith.  He took roles in things like; The Visual Bible: Acts in which he played Luke, one of Jesus’ Disciples.  And, he played Abraham in a video entitled God Provides.  He was serious about his faith and he worked to find roles that had positive messages and would leave a legacy that his children and grandchildren would be proud to watch over and over.

Thank you, Dean Jones, for bringing us all many years of enjoyment and happiness!