Walt Disney World

Dole Whips are back at the Polynesian Village Resort at the new and disappointing Pineapple Lanai

Dole Whips are back at the Polynesian Village Resort at the new and disappointing Pineapple Lanai

| September 1, 2014 | 2 Replies

Capt. Cook’s at the Polynesian Village Resort just recently reopened after a lengthy refurbishment and several big changes were made. The most insignificant was the new decor of the seating area, which now features posters of the Polynesian islands some of the longhouses are named after (some of the longhouses are expected to be renamed). [...]

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The Top 5 Underutilized Spaces at Walt Disney World

The Top 5 Underutilized Spaces at Walt Disney World

| August 29, 2014 | 29 Replies

Do you sometimes catch yourself walking by a venue at Walt Disney World wondering why it’s no longer used or what it is used for?  I know I do.  I’ve even gone up to Cast Members in the past and asked “Why is this space empty and what was inside?” With the price of admission [...]

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“Villains Unleashed” needs leashing up – Disney’s overcrowded hard ticket event leaves guests in long lines most of the night

“Villains Unleashed” needs leashing up – Disney’s overcrowded hard ticket event leaves guests in long lines most of the night

| August 24, 2014 | 46 Replies

After last year’s Limited Time Magic “Unleash The Villains” mess of an event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney decided to hold it again this year, rename it, and charge guests $70 a person to attend. One would hope that with these changes – especially the new price tag, the new Villains Unleashed hard ticket party [...]

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Disneyland

Disneyland Weekly Update – 09/01/14

Disneyland Weekly Update – 09/01/14

| September 1, 2014 | Reply

This weekly blog features Disneyland news and updates from The DIS, the DIS Unplugged and sometimes even the DISboards, plus helpful links to find what you’re looking for around the DIS family of sites. Enjoy! This week…..Magic Mountain announces the “sequel” to Colossus and the Legends of Frontierland will hang around awhile longer, plus Elsa [...]

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Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel – Cortona Inn & Suites

Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel – Cortona Inn & Suites

| August 26, 2014 | 1 Reply

This is part of a series of blogs and coordinating DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition podcast segments focusing on the off-property establishments near the Disneyland Resort collectively known as Good Neighbor Hotels. This time, I take a look at the Cortona Inn and Suites located at 2029 South Harbor Boulevard. I talk in detail about my [...]

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Disneyland Weekly Update – 08/25/14

Disneyland Weekly Update – 08/25/14

| August 25, 2014 | Reply

This weekly blog features Disneyland news and updates from The DIS, the DIS Unplugged and sometimes even the DISboards, plus helpful links to find what you’re looking for around the DIS family of sites. Enjoy! This week…..Elsa and Anna are taking over Studio Disney 365 and dates are already selling out for Mickey’s Halloween Party.

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Restaurants and Dining Experiences

Dole Whips are back at the Polynesian Village Resort at the new and disappointing Pineapple Lanai

Dole Whips are back at the Polynesian Village Resort at the new and disappointing Pineapple Lanai

| September 1, 2014 | 2 Replies

Capt. Cook’s at the Polynesian Village Resort just recently reopened after a lengthy refurbishment and several big changes were made. The most insignificant was the new decor of the seating area, which now features posters of the Polynesian islands some of the longhouses are named after (some of the longhouses are expected to be renamed). [...]

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New Golden Oak Outpost Menu is Waffle Fry Heaven

New Golden Oak Outpost Menu is Waffle Fry Heaven

and | August 15, 2014 | 2 Replies

Golden Oak Outpost has a relatively short history compared to other quick-service dining locations at the Magic Kingdom. Back in the ancient year of 2009, Golden Oak Outpost opened, replacing a frontier wagon-themed stand that sold McDonald’s french fries from 1997 to 2007 as part of an alliance between the two companies. Since opening, the [...]

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Polynesian Resort’s Capt. Cook’s quick service restaurant reopens after refurbishment

Polynesian Resort’s Capt. Cook’s quick service restaurant reopens after refurbishment

| August 14, 2014 | 5 Replies

Amid the expansive construction taking place at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, the first byproduct of the work has been revealed. Capt. Cook’s quick service restaurant, which has been operating out of a temporary location for the past several months, has now reopened in its original location. With a modified menu featuring a few new additions, brand [...]

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Universal Orlando

Like This at Walt Disney World? Try That at Universal Orlando.

Like This at Walt Disney World? Try That at Universal Orlando.

| July 10, 2014 | 24 Replies

A big criticism Disney fans have towards Universal is that the park down the street has nothing interesting enough to make them want to make the trip across town. Yes, Universal Orlando is known for thrill rides and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but there is a lot more happening at the resort than [...]

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Ride Technology and Storytelling Advance at Universal Creative

Ride Technology and Storytelling Advance at Universal Creative

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

There once was a day when Universal Studios Florida was just an ordinary movie theme park.  I still recall walking into what is now the back of Universal Studios Florida to enter the theme park.  Now we have Universal Orlando, which includes 2 theme parks and a shopping, dining, and entertainment district.  Let’s not forget [...]

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley preview at Universal Orlando brings film stars, reveals opening date, offers first look and more!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley preview at Universal Orlando brings film stars, reveals opening date, offers first look and more!

| June 18, 2014 | 4 Replies

This week, Universal Orlando Resort hosted a huge media preview and campaign to promote its brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. In addition to the preview for the travel media, Universal Orlando played host to NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as well as special segments filmed for The Today [...]

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Entertainment / Media

The Good and Bad of “Toy Story of TERROR!” on Blu-ray

The Good and Bad of “Toy Story of TERROR!” on Blu-ray

| August 31, 2014 | Reply

Toy Story of TERROR! is the first of two Pixar holiday specials reuniting everyone’s favorite toys and when it aired last October, it was seen as a success. Now that Halloween is quickly approaching, Disney is looking to cash in on those who didn’t take the time to DVR the half-hour special with a Blu-ray [...]

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The Good and Bad of the “Muppets Most Wanted” Blu-ray

The Good and Bad of the “Muppets Most Wanted” Blu-ray

| August 17, 2014 | Reply

Well, Muppets Most Wanted is finally out on Blu-ray after a not-so stellar run in theaters. 2011′s The Muppets was made for $45 million dollars and domestically grossed over $88 million, whereas Muppets Most Wanted only managed to pull in $51 million on a $50 million dollar budget. The sequel just didn’t have the heart [...]

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Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy” combines humor, action, and a stellar cast to become the perfect summer blockbuster

Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy” combines humor, action, and a stellar cast to become the perfect summer blockbuster

and | August 1, 2014 | 8 Replies

Guardians of the Galaxy is the first film produced by Marvel Studios to abandon the Avengers characters, which have become so incredibly popular, and expand upon the Marvel Universe. It would’ve been easy for Marvel and Disney to continue making hit movies based on Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the rest, but instead they decided [...]

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Recent DIS Blog Posts

Beyond Aulani

Beyond Aulani

| August 22, 2014 | 3 Replies

    For many, a visit to Hawaii is a dream vacation.  Cost and distance conspire to force many to leave that dream on the bucket list, but for those fortunate enough to make the journey, Hawaii rarely disappoints. I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune of visiting Hawaii twice over the last three years.  [...]

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New Tour Review: The Disney California Story

New Tour Review: The Disney California Story

| August 21, 2014 | Reply

A new guided tour called Disney California Story was first offered on July 17 at Disney California Adventure (DCA) park. My fiancé and I went on the tour on a Wednesday morning in late July. As the tour is still new and maybe because it was a weekday, we were the only two on the [...]

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Disneyland Weekly Update – 08/18/14

Disneyland Weekly Update – 08/18/14

| August 17, 2014 | Reply

This NEW weekly blog will feature Disneyland news and updates from The DIS, the DIS Unplugged and maybe even the DISboards, plus helpful links to find what you’re looking for around the DIS family of sites. Enjoy! This week…..SeaWorld announces new habitats for their killer whales and tickets for the D23 Expo are released.

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