Up, Up, And Away at WDW

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Well, here we go again!  Walt Disney World has raised the prices for tickets in what seems to be an almost semi-annual event.  And, while there are price changes to ALL levels of admission, the biggest is by far the introduction of Tiered Ticket Prices for the One-Day Magic Your Way ticket.  That means that your One-Day admission can vary depending on the time of year, or even the day of any given week!

I can’t say for sure, but this may be where some potential visitors begin to question whether it’s a good idea to visit WDW or not.  But, maybe that’s the goal?  I’m sure that one of the primary goals is to drive folks to the Multi-Day tickets.  All of which have a 14-day limit after first use.  And, rumor has it that there may soon be a limit on how long you can hold onto an unused ticket.  So, if you are pre-purchasing tickets for a future visit, you may want to check for an expiration date for usage.

Will these changes keep hardcore fans from visiting?  I seriously doubt it!  But, for those who may be marginal about making the trip, it may be enough to send them to other destination.  How about you?

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

New Deal for WDW…or Is It?

A new “Special Offer” was launched this week for Summer 2016 travel to Walt Disney World.  It is the Catch A Tasty Offer package!  Let’s take a look at the details, shall we?

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Toluca Legs Turkey Company Sunset Blvd. Disney’s Hollywood Studio

This offer is good, most nights, for packages booked between May 29 and June 30, 2016, and July 5 through August 13, 2016.  You must book your package by February 29, 2016 to qualify.  And, there is a minimum 3-night stay with the purchase of a 2-day Magic Your Way base ticket.  What do you get?  By booking as described, you will get One (1) Quick-Service Meal per person, per night that can be redeemed at most of the Quick-Service Restaurants throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.  Keep in mind that Disney’s Fort Wilderness campsites and Disney’s Art of Animation Little Mermaid rooms are NOT INCLUDED in this offer.

What do you think?  Is this a good offer that would entice you to consider a summer vacation?  Please don’t get me wrong, I think that many of the Quick-Service offerings around WDW are excellent!  And, you can eat quite well, if there is something that tickles your tongue!  But, is one meal a day worth the money?  Is it worth the crowds?

I think this may be a test to see how little Disney can get away with when offering incentives to visit the resort.  We have seen reduced offerings of Free Dining over the past few years.  Could it be that Disney is wanting to see if we, the guest, can survive on one meal per person, per night?  Only time will tell!

Contact Disney Travel or your favorite Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, whoever that may be, for more details and booking!

Until next time, my friends, have a Blessed and Magical Day!

Eat To The Beat Changes At EPCOT F&W Fest

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As usual, the entertainment for this year’s EPCOT Food and Wine Festival looks really good.  There are a few changes to keep in mind.  First, The Eat To The Beat Concert Series has been designated as a Tier 1 Fastpass+.  There will be a separate queue line at the American Garden’s Theater that will open up 20 minutes before each concert.

Here is this year’s line up:

  • David Cook – September 25-27, 2015
  • Wilson Phillips – September 28-29, 2015
  • Christopher Cross – September 30-October 1, 2015
  • Starship – October 2-4, 2015
  • Smash Mouth – October 5-7, 2015
  • The Pointer Sisters – October 8-9, 2015
  • 38 Special – October 10-11, 2015
  • Rick Springfield – October 12-13, 2015
  • Sugar Ray – October 14-16, 2015
  • The S.O.S. Band – October 17-18, 2015
  • Air Supply – October 19-21, 2015
  • Fuel – October 22-23, 2015
  • Tiffany (NEW!) – October 24-25, 2015
  • Dennis DeYoung – October 26-28, 2015
  • Jo Dee Messina – October 29-30, 2015
  • Everclear (NEW!) – October 31-November 1, 2015
  • Boyz II Men – November 2-4, 2015
  • Sister Hazel – November 5-6, 2015
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – November 7-9, 2015
  • Hanson – November 10-12, 2015
  • Maxi Priest (NEW!) – November 13-14, 2015
  • Chaka Khan (NEW!) – November 15-16, 2015

With three shows daily,at  5:30p, 6:45p, and 8;00p, there should be ample time to see your favorites!

For now, I’d like to wish you all a Blessed and Magical rest of your weekend! Bye, now!

Star Wars Addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars experiences were announced for Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, Florida at the D23 Expo this weekend.  Here are a few of the highlights…

Star-Wars-Launch-BayStar Wars Launch Bay will open later this year and allow you to experience exhibits, behind-the-scenes action, visit some new characters, food, and new merchandise from the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  This experience will be located in the current Animation Courtyard portion of DHS.

Season Of The Force will debut in early 2016 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This will be a new fireworks show set to the score penned by the brilliant composer, John Williams.  This will be a seasonal event and will take place on the weekends.  Dates have not been announced, as yet.  And, I’m not sure if this is a replacement for Star Wars Weekends, or in addition to SWW.

Star-Tours-TACStar Tours – the Adventure Continues will be getting an update.  But, it doesn’t seem like there will be a need for much refurb time.  There will be new scenes added to the current ride from the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  This should ad a bit more variety to this random experiential attraction.

Disney VISA Cardholders will be able to order new cards with Star Wars characters on them.  And, there will be the Star Wars Imperial Meet and Greet for Disney VISA holders, as well.

The Star Wars Land experience will take us to a new, never before seen planet near the outer rim.  It will include two new ride experiences, and the much anticipated Cantina will be quite a draw. This 14 acre additions is being considered the MOST ambitious undertaking in Disney Company History.  There will be a mirrored experience built at Disneyland Park in California, too.  No time line has been announced for completion of these projects, but I hope progress will be seen quickly!

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

Changes in AOA Rooms Status at WDW

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Disney has decided that the Finding Nemo Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are now Preferred Rooms!  This means that you will pay a premium to reserve these accommodations.  The amount of this premium will depend on the time of year.  In low season, the premium may be worth the up tick, if you want the closest location to Animation Hall where you have the Ink and Paint Shop, Landscape of Flavors Dining, and Bus Stops to all of the parks.

As an option, while a little farther away, both the Cars Family Suites and Lion King Family Suites are really not that bad.  We stayed Lion King our last trip, and found the distance manageable.  The only real concern is that none of the parking lots are CLOSE to any of the buildings.

Simba by Day! Art of Animation Resort
Simba by Day!
Art of Animation Resort

I truly hope you all have a Blessed and Magical Sunday!

Recent News Events at WDW

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Let’s start with the news that is circling the globe at record speed!  If you own a Selfie Stick, and plan to use it at Walt Disney World, don’t bother.  Beginning on June 30, 2015, Selfie Sticks will not be allowed in any Walt Disney World parks or DisneyQuest.  Due to several guest complaints involving safety concerns, WDW felt it was safer to ban the sticks completely.  I find this news to be amazing because every news source I come across is talking about this decision.  It is expected that this move will ripple it’s way around ALL Disney Parks Worldwide in the next few months.

Disney World Arch2016 Walt Disney World Packages

Vacation packages for Walt Disney World in 2016 have been released and are available up to 499 days prior to your arrival.  That means that you can currently book through mid-November.  There are no special discounts, so far, but if you know you are going, book now and apply the discounts later!

There are several changes to the packages.

Additions

* First, you can now book and pay for a trip with as little as ONE DAY either online or by phone.  This applies to the remaining 2015 and all of 2016 packages.

*Payment due dates have changed.  You can now apply a $200 deposit up to 31 days prior to arrival.  Full Payment is due 30 days prior.  The previous was 45 days.

*Enhanced Miniature Golf with four (4) vouchers per package for use at Disney’s Fantasia Gardens or Disney’s Winter Summerland miniature golf courses.

*Four passes per package to visit ESPN Wide World Of Sports, good for admission for one day per guest.

Subtractions

*Splitsville discounts have been cut from 20% to 10%, but there are no restrictions.

*Removed are the Arcade Game Cards, Bongo’s Cuban Cafe Discount, Children’s Activity Center discount, Disney Tours discount, DisneyQuest Discount vouchers, Fulton’s Crab House discount, Horseback Trail Rides Discount, Guided Bass Fishing Excursion or Bass Nitro Fishing Excursion discount, Paradiso 37 discount, Spa Treatments and Salon Services discount, and Walt Disney World marinas discount.

The courtesy hold on packages booked through Vacation Planners has been reduced from 7 days to 3 days.  If you book through a planner, you will have to make a decision a little quicker or loose the reservation.

Also, keep in mind that the deposit/changes guidelines are for the Disney Travel portion of your vacation.  Any fees governed by third parties may have other guidelines, so make sure you are aware of those, also!

Looking to the Future

With the D23 Expo rapidly approaching, I wanted to take a moment to just speculate a little about news that may, or may not, come out of this year’s event.  Let me just say how much I wish I could be there, myself!

We are probably all tired of rumor and guessing on the fate of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  I am hoping that there will be several rumors put to rest at this year’s D23.  Here is my wishlist…

1. The new name for Disney’s Hollywood Studios?  Disney’s Hollywood Adventure

2. Placement of anything having to do with Star Wars?   Echo Lake to New York Street

3. Expanded Pixar Presence?  Pixar Playground

Keep in mind that these are just guesses on my part.  What about you?  What are you hoping for out of D23?  Let us know in the comments below!  Until next time, have a Blessed and Magical day!

Changes Soarin’ at WDW

The Man who Started it ALL!
The Man who Started it ALL!

Walt Disney always said that things in the parks would continue to evolve and change as imagineers came up with new ideas and technologies.  Well, this week saw a completed refurb and a few announcements of new enhancements at Walt Disney World.

First, Under The Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid recently completed a short refurbishment that saw enhancements to the scenes.  Most notably, some added fish and the use of additional black lighting to bring out the glow of this dark ride.  I can’t wait to see this one in person!

Walt Disney World announced two rides would be getting a little more space to help with crowds.  These changes have been rumored for sometime, but we now know that a third track is being added to Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This additional track will hopefully help shorten wait times in the stand-by line.  We shall see!

Soarin'And, at EPCOT, Soarin’ will have a third theater added to help swallow larger crowds.  The new theater will have a new screen and an upgraded movie system. I am assuming that it will be going digital, but that hasn’t been confirmed at this point!  Once this third theater opens, the other two will be upgraded with new screens and the upgraded movie system.  A completion date hasn’t been released, but most guesses are in the fall of 2016.

Cinderella’s Royal Table reopened in THE Castle!  I can’t wait to see the new pictures, but at this point, no word on any improvements to the menu.  Stay tuned!

Have a Blessed and Magical Day, my friends!!

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