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!

A “New” Welcome at WDW

Walt Disney World announced a new way to enter Magic Kingdom Park.  Beginning January 9, 2017, guests will be able to enter Main Street U.S.A. prior to actual opening.  Some shopping and food will be available as you wander into the park.

A new ‘welcome’ show will be presented on the Castle Forecourt Stage to begin you ‘magic’!  There is no word on whether the current Welcome Show at the entrance of the park will continue, but I would guess No!

Keep the magic alive, my friends!!

Mickey Has A Birthday!

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Our favorite Mouse is having a birthday!  Mickey Mouse will be celebrating his birthday at Disney Parks around the world, this Friday!  He will be 88 years old!

The Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! parade in The Magic Kingdom, at WDW, will have a special tribute to Walt Disney’s beloved creation and everyone is invited to attend.

So, let’s all wish a very Happy Birthday to the Mouse that started it all!!

Happy Birthday, Mickey!

Four Parks, One Ticket

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In case you haven’t seen the new commercials, or posts online, Walt Disney World has begun a new promotion based on the Endless Magic theme.  As a part of this theme, there is a new ticket offering for those traveling between November 15, 2016 and May 26, 2017.  What is it, you ask?  Introducing the 4 Park Magic Ticket!  

This ticket can be used for a total of four days at the Walt Disney World theme parks. The cost is $70 per day.  There are, big surprise, some restrictions to the use of this ticket.  Those restrictions are:

  • One Day admissions each to Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom on four separate days.  You can’t enter the same Park more than once!
  • Tickets must be used within 14 days of first use, or by May 26, 2017.
  • Black-out days apply for 12/17/2016 – 1/2/2017 and 4/10 – 4/21/2017.

Hotel packages are available, even at some off-property resorts.  So, contact your favorite Disney Travel Specialist to book these packages!

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

New Year’s Eve At WDW

 

 

Walt Disney World will be offering several Experiences to bring in the New Year 2017, this year.  Booking is NOW AVAILABLE for these December 31, 2016 special events!

From the Disney Parks Blog…

California Grill New Year’s Eve Dinner – With spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom® Park, this dine-around style gala features cooking stations throughout the restaurant. Plus, a host of favorite Disney Characters will make appearances.

The event takes place from 7:30 p.m.-midnight. The price is $650 per person.

Victoria & Albert’s New Year’s Eve Dinner – A luxurious evening in this AAA Five Diamond restaurant features gracious “butler-style” service, live harp music and personalized menus to remember the special evening. Seatings are available between 6-7:45 p.m. The price is $600 per person.

New Year’s Eve at Epcot World ShowPlace –This all-you-care-to-eat extravaganza is a real family affair featuring photo ops with fun vignettes for posing (but no Disney Characters) and Disney tunes. Seatings are available from 3-9 p.m. The cost is $72.90 for adults and $44.38 for children (ages 3-11). And, later in the evening, your Clients can head out to the promenade for fireworks over World Showcase Lagoon to welcome 2017.

Monsieur Paul New Year’s Eve Dinner – In the elegant upstairs dining room at the France pavilion at Epcot, your Clients can feast on a four-course, prix fixe menu of classical French cuisine. Six seatings are available on New Year’s Eve: 11:45 a.m., Noon, 2:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. The price is $110.81. Plus, a special late-night dinner with two seatings are available at 8:45p.m. and 9:45p.m. The price is $305.03.

Narcoossee’s New Year’s Eve Dinner – Located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, this generous four-course menu is offered with seatings between 5 and 5:45 p.m. A five-course menu is offered with seating from 8:30-9:25 p.m. for a late-night celebration with live music. The first seating $150 for adults and $70 for children ages 3-9. The second seating is $255 for adults and $95 for children ages 3-9.

Changes At Magic Kingdom…

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I want to start this out by stating that I really love Walt Disney World!  I have been a fan for over 30 years.  However, much of what is coming out these days makes me wonder where Walt’s dream ends, and the Disney Company greed begins!

It has been revealed that the Fastpass Plus system is no longer offering the parades and fireworks as a selection.  I don’t know if that means that the roped off areas will be treated like open season, or if there is something else in the works.  My guess, get ready to pay cold hard cash for this privilege!

Recently Disney announced that there will be a premium event offered called Disney After Hours. For a mere $150 each, plus applicable tax, you can enjoy The Magic Kingdom with fewer people and shorter waits.

Currently, the dates for this are:

  • April 28 and May 5, 2016 from 10pm to 1am
  • April 14 and 21, and May 8, 12 and 19, 2016 from 11pm to 2am

Many of the attractions and Meet and Greets are expected to be available during this ‘special’ event.  But, it makes one wonder if this is spelling the end to Extra Magic Hours!  Time will tell!

Change For WDW

You know how you keep putting your loose change in that jar to help save for your trip to Walt Disney World?  Well, start saving more!  It looks like the new theme is make money however we can, as WDW begins charging for things that were previously complimentary.

A $15 a day resort fee is being considered to help ‘defray’ the cost of using the pools, Magical Express, and other amenities.  So, the question I have is: Is it better to just increase the resort cost to cover these expenses, OR do we prefer the resort fee structure?  I’m not sold either way, at this time.

It looks like there may be a Preferred Parking structure at the parks beginning with The Magic Kingdom.  I have heard the initial cost will start at and additional $10.  I prefer using Disney Transport for this particular park.  Now, as it may move to the other parks, I guess it depends on how far from the entrance, and how frequent the trams are running.

The next thing we know, there will be a cost to FastPass Plus, meals won’t include soft drinks, or even the use of Disney Transport may cost an extra fee to use!

Let me be clear!  I LOVE WALT DISNEY WORLD! But, I am having to continually put off the next trip as I try to save all the money I will need to go!  I am hoping that the ladies and gentlemen making these decisions will consider how this might impact the overall Guest Experience.

Thanks for reading!  Please let me know your thoughts, as well! Have a Blessed and Magical day!