Drinking Around The Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World has announced that there will be four additional restaurants that will have beer and wine available inside The Magic Kingdom!  The restaurants adding the booze are: Tony’s Town Square, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Liberty Tree Tavern, and Skipper Canteen.

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I’m not sure how I feel about this!  But, I knew that once it was introduced at Be Our Guest, it was only a matter of time before the ability to consume alcohol came to other venues within Magic Kingdom Park!  And, while I am hoping that most will only consume a little to go with their meal, there is that possibility that a few may overindulge.

Personally, I am not a big drinker!  Maybe one or two a year.  So, at this point, I am taking a wait and see attitude about all of this.  I am sure it will generate a bit of revenue!  I am thinking it may bolster the guest experience at Tony’s Town Square.  And, I am sure that the prices will live up to WDW standards!

But, how popular will it really be?  Does the addition of alcohol at Magic Kingdom take something out of the feel of the park?  One can’t help but wonder!

Thank you for reading, my friends!

Let’s Keep The Magic Alive!!

WDW Fireworks New Year’s Eve

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Walt Disney World will be airing the “Fantasy In The Sky” fireworks show beginning at 11:45PM on December 31, 2016 (New Year’s Eve).  There will be a Blog Post from DisneyParksBlog.com when it is time to begin!  It may also show up on YouTube Live, but that’s not a certainty!

If you can’t be at The Magic Kingdom, this is a good way to feel like it!  I plan on watching, do you?

Happy New Year, my friends!

Keep the Magic Alive!

What’s News At WDW

Disney World ArchJungle Cruise gets an extension…Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto goes soft…Marvel to Disney Springs…and, Innoventions West is closing!

You may recall that Sunshine Tree Terrace and Aloha Isle swapped locations a few weeks back.  We now know that the reason is because of a refurbishment (of sorts) is taking place to bring in a new restaurant location at the Magic Kingdom.  The Jungle Cruise themed “Skipper’s Cantina”, will take over the old Adventureland Verandah.  It is expected to operate much like “Be Our Guest’ offering a counter service option for lunch and a table service experience at dinner time.  There has been no word on what type of food will be served, as yet.  Disney is aiming for a November 2015 opening.

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto will begin a soft opening (today), March 28 at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  This much anticipated addition to the Poly seats 50 guest inside, and 82 on the patio.  There are a number of drink offerings with some being exclusive to the Grog Grotto, and some being brought over from Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Room.  One thing to note is that souvenir mugs will not be made available until the OFFICIAL opening in April.

As the Disney Springs project continues to roll on, we have received word that there will be a Marvel “Super Heroes Headquarters” opening up in May.  It will be located in the former United World Soccer location on the West Side of Disney Springs.  Whether this is a permanent placement, or not, has not been released by Disney.  But, this seems like a good way to bring Marvel to the resort without infringing on the rights of the park up the street.

At EPCOT, it was announced this week that Innoventions West will be closing permanently beginning on April 30, 2015.  This old Communicore complex has seen many exhibits come and go through the years.  The recent pull out of IBM may have helped this decision to be made.  (Side note: Innoventions at Disneyland is also closing at the end of this month.)  And, in normal Disney style, there is no word on what is in store for the future of this space.  Will it be utilized, reimagined, demolished, or put in moth balls ala the Wonders of Life pavilion?  Only time will tell!

Thanks for reading, my friends.  I wish you all a Blessed and Magical weekend!  And, if you haven’t voted in our Battle of the WDW Podcasts poll, do it now by visiting WDW Podcasts Round 2 http://wp.me/p23hiG-lr

Dessert Party Changes for Magic Kingdom

There is a ‘new’ dessert party coming to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  Or, it may be better to say it’s a revamping of the old Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party.  Beginning, July 5, 2015, the Wishes! Fireworks Dessert Party debuts and will also be held at the Tomorrowland Terrace with an improved view of the fireworks over Cinderella Castle.

Wishes!
Wishes!

Desserts include chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse, ice cream, season fruit and cheese, and Disney character themed cupcakes.  Beverages include hot chocolate, a signature lemonade, coffee, and tea.

Now here’s the real change!  The cost for the party is $49 for adults, and $29 for children, including tax.  As of March 20, 2015, reservations are available by calling 407-WDW-DINE or at http://www.disneyworld.com.

Thanks for reading and….PARTY ON!

Disney Parks…Fun In A Day

Disney has announced two all day events with a different theme on each coast.  But, it will all occur on the same day.  Let’s look at how they will differ.

Disneyland Resort in California will launch their Diamond Celebration with a 24-hour event beginning at 6AM on May 22, 2015.  The event will include some special offerings and will include both Disneyland AND Disney California Adventure.  “Paint The Night” will be the first all LED lighted parade in a Disney Park.  It will have over 1.5 million twinkling lights, and resort guest coming to Disneyland Park will be among the first to see this new parade.

“Disneyland Forever” Fireworks will also be premiering during this 24-hour event, and will light the night, and there will be special effects on all of the Main Street buildings, the Matterhorn, and It’s A Small World.

“World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse.  This show will look at Walt Disney’s influence on animation and the dream of Disneyland Park.  This is also a new show debuting during this 24-hour celebration.

Meanwhile, the east coast will be celebrating the “Coolest Summer Ever” hosted by Olaf from Disney’s hit movie “Frozen”.   Beginning at 6AM on Friday, May 22, 2015.  Guests are encouraged to come in costume and be ready to enjoy some of the coolest attractions in the world!  There will be some special event merchandise, and there will be food and beverage available throughout the night. And, can I just way that I wish there would be a second park open during this 24 hours, also?  Afterall, California gets two parks.  I know they are closer together and not as big, but still it would be nice!

Park admission is required for both events.

Thanks for reading!  Please have a Blessed and Magical week, my friends!

Changes In Ticket Prices at WDW

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It has happened, my friends.  The annual, sometime semi-annual, ticket price increase has taken place overnight!  The biggest impact is to the one-day ticket price, but all prices have increased!  Here’s what it will cost you now.

One-day Adult Ticket to Magic Kingdom…………$105.00 plus tax for a total of $111.83 each.

One-day ages 3 – 9 Ticket to Magic Kingdom…….$99.00 plus tax for a total of $105.44 each.

One-day Adult Ticket to EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom  …………………….$97.00 plus tax for a total of $103.31 each.

One-Day ages 3 – 9 EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom………………..$91.00 plus tax for a total of $96.92 each.

3- day Adult Magic Your Way Tickets………………$275.00 plus tax for a total of $292.88 each.

3 – Day Age 3 – 9 MYW Tickets………………………..$256.00 plus tax for a total of $272.64 each.

You get the idea!  Most of the daily changes are only a few dollars, but those add up with larger families.  Multiple day tickets are still the best way to go as the daily average decreases considerably with the more days you plan to be in the parks.

If you want to add the Park Hopper Option, you will pay an extra $64.00 per ticket, and it doesn’t matter how many days are on your ticket!  So, let’s look at an example of the Adult Ticket portion of a vacation package.

A 5-day Magic Your Way ticket……………………$315.00

Park Hopper Add-On…………………………………….64.00

Tax………………………………………………………………24.64

Total…………………………………………………………$403.64

You can add Water Park and More for an additional $64.00, as well. Or, combine Park Hopper and Water Park and More for a combined package of $90.00.  And, Memory Maker can also be added for $169.00 if done at least 4 days ahead of your arrival.

Thanks for reading, my friends, and have a Blessed, Magical, and hopefully warm day, today!

News from around THE World of WDW

Hot off the presses!!!  Be Our Guest Restaurant will be accepting reservations for lunch beginning February 25, 2015.  There is also the option to pre-order your meal beginning at 30 days out up to 5 minutes prior to your arrival time. Lunch will be served from 10:30am – 2:30pm.  Call 407-WDW-DINE to make your reservation.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios welcomes Starbucks into the park under the banner of The Red Trolley Car Cafe located at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Sunset Blvd.  With this addition to the Starbucks locations, only Animal Kingdom has yet to open a location.  But, no worries, it’s on the way this summer!

From the Disney Blog
From the Disney Blog

Speaking of DHS, the Sorcerer’s Hat is nearly gone!  Latest pictures show only the naked base remained as of Friday, February 6.  Once completed, the view from the main entrance will be the facade of The Great Movie Ride.  A view I hope to see, soon!

There are only a few days left to save up to 30% on select Disney Resorts at Walt Disney World!  You need to book this deal before February 16, 2015 to get this savings!  And, it’s good for travel on most days between February 22 and June 15, 2015.  After that, the savings is ONLY 25% if booked before March 28, 2015!  AND, if you upgrade to as room and ticket package, you receive one more Disney Park ticket day FREE!

If you have any questions about any of these items, or anything else, feel free to contact me at: threestrandswdw@outlook.com.  I will be happy to refer you to one of the many Disney Travel Specialists I have become acquainted with over the past few years.

Thanks for reading and have a Magical and Blessed Weekend, my friends!!