Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Initial Reactions to MyMagic+ and Disney FastPass+ Service

I was recently selected for one of these MyMagic+ tests at Walt Disney World for my upcoming October visit to Disney's Contemporary Resort. Now that I've spent the last couple days messing around with the new system, I have gathered some initial thoughts on this all. It's important to remember that my thoughts on this are very preliminary and I did not go into this "unfamiliar" with the system.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Final details announced for 'Unleash the Villains' event at Disney Parks

Courtesy of Vinylmation Kingdom

Over the course of the last couple weeks, Disney has been slowly releasing details on its 'Unleash the Villains' event at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Park on September 13.

The event was announced last October as part of the Limited Time Magic announcement, as this event has been advertised as a Limited Time Magic event.

'Unleash the Villains' will celebrate the infamous Friday the Thirteenth by keeping Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Park open until 1am (the thirteenth hour). From 8pm until 1am, the Disney Villains will take over in a series of exclusive dance parties, character greetings, and street experiences.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Parade & Firework Viewing at Walt Disney World

The best part of Walt Disney World is definitely the various parades and fireworks. In fact, almost every night of the year, three of the four theme parks present a nighttime spectacular combing pyrotechnics with an outstanding soundtrack and of course classic Disney characters. These include Wishes at Magic Kingdom Park, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot, and Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Additionally, there are two parades at Magic Kingdom Park: Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade and Main Street Electrical Parade. Finally, Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade is also presented at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

While these shows are certainly a lot of fun, they present an interesting challenge: finding that ideal spot. I have put together a series of infographics that will help you find the best spots to view these shows. Mind you, occasionally, some of these spots are "reserved" for special events or FastPass+ users, but at this point, the majority of the time, these spots will be available. Considering these are some of the best spots, it's recommended that you arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to showtime. Also, these same graphics apply for special holiday entertainment, such as HalloWishes and Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Disney Eats - Table-Service Restaurants - 'Ohana

Overview of 'Ohana

'Ohana (not O'hana or Ohana's) is a table-serivce restaurant inside Disney's Polynesian Resort that specializes in family style Hawaiian cuisine. It "costs" one Disney Dining Plan credit on Disney Dining Plans (with the exception of the quick-service one of course) and is considered a great value for the amount of food that you are given. It is open for breakfast and dinner.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Summer Crowds, MyMagic+ and FastPass+ Updates, Tinker Bell's Magical Nook, Jungle Cruise, Guest Assistance Cards, Wait Times, Giant Soda Price Increases, Magic Kingdom Park - July 4

As I seem to always say, this time of year is the busiest for me. While many Disney fans are willingly(?) subjecting themselves to the hell that is known as Walt Disney World in late August/September, I have been working on "real life stuff" and in the process of redesigning this blog's site navigation; I'm hoping to move away from the constraining "labels", so I can stop fighting and starting fixing. (NO LABELS LOL!). Okay, bad joke. Anyways, this is proving to be a bit difficult, but none-the-less, it's almost done. Over the summer, I did get some great walkabouts including a day at Disneyland after a work conference, so we'll get to that, but for now, we're back to July 4 at Magic Kingdom Park.

Limited Time Magic to celebrate end of summer next week

Courtesy of the Walt Disney Co.
On Friday, Disney Parks announced next week's "Dog Days of Summer" at Magic Kingdom Park and "End of Summer Party at the Pier" at Disney California Adventure events.

The "Dog Days of Summer" event will feature popular Disney character dogs, such as Pluto, Dug, and Bolt, dancing to the latest summer hits at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park. Lilo's "pet" Stitch from Disney's Lilo & Stitch may also appear. Mixing these tunes will be DJ-K9. 

In addition the dance party, special games and food will also be available. "Drip the Fire Hydrant", an interactive fire hydrant, is expected to provide guests with humorous but refreshing cool zones.