Walt Disney World

Do You Own the Space Above You in a Theme Park?

Do You Own the Space Above You in a Theme Park?

| January 26, 2015 | 27 Replies

A while back we took a look at parade viewing etiquette.  At the time it seemed to be a topic which needed to be discussed and critiqued.  Even today there are still common-sense rules which are broken by guests who view a parade or even a show.   During a recent visit to Walt Disney World and [...]

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INTERVIEW – Billy Magnussen: The ‘Other Prince’ in Into The Woods

INTERVIEW – Billy Magnussen: The ‘Other Prince’ in Into The Woods

| January 25, 2015 | 1 Reply

If Disney ever decided to do a live action version of Winnie the Pooh, Billy Magnussen would be a great Tigger. His natural enthusiasm and boundless amounts of energy is infectious and was perfect for his role as The Other Prince in Disney’s latest film, Into the Woods. Like the movie, you don’t always get [...]

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Construction Update

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Construction Update

| January 22, 2015 | 22 Replies

It seems everywhere you go at Walt Disney World these days you will find construction walls. Walt Disney’s philosophy was that his theme parks would never be finished. He said that they will “continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” Walt Disney World is changing daily with some new [...]

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Disneyland

Disneyland announces Diamond Celebration details

Disneyland announces Diamond Celebration details

| January 29, 2015 | 2 Replies

The Disneyland Resort has finally released some details of its upcoming Diamond Celebration.  The celebration will be resort wide, including some new offerings and some updates to existing offerings and is scheduled to begin on May 22, 2015. At Disney California Adventure, Carthay Circle Restaurant will receive a diamond makeover. Over on Paradise Pier, World [...]

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Disney & Starbucks Bring New Mug Collection to Stores

Disney & Starbucks Bring New Mug Collection to Stores

| January 19, 2015 | 57 Replies

It’s difficult to believe that the very first East Coast Disney Park Starbucks location opened a few years ago in the Magic Kingdom. Despite the controversy surrounding its replacing the Main Street Bakery, guests have welcomed the cafe as noted by busy crowds at all hours of the day. Now, Disney and Starbucks are launching [...]

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Disney asks Court to Dismiss “Absurd” Frozen Copyright Lawsuit

Disney asks Court to Dismiss “Absurd” Frozen Copyright Lawsuit

| January 17, 2015 | 1 Reply

To no one’s surprise, Disney responded to the Frozen copyright lawsuit by asking it to be dismissed. To recap, in September, Amy Gonzalez, (who writes under the pen name of Isabella Tanikumi, or TaniKumi, she isn’t consistent in the capitalization) filed a lawsuit alleging Disney’s movie “Frozen” plagiarized her book which currently goes by the [...]

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Restaurants and Dining Experiences

“Grand New” Gingerbread House at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

“Grand New” Gingerbread House at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

| November 28, 2014 | Reply

The Disneyland Resort has hosted the tradition of making holiday gingerbread sculptures in the past, ranging from the small creations that were displayed in Storytellers Cafe to the larger piece done last year at the entrance to the Disneyland Hotel.  This year, however, the tide of size and scope has turned and the newest sculpture [...]

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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 | 11 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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Universal Orlando

The Tales of Beedle the Bard: ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune’ Show

The Tales of Beedle the Bard: ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune’ Show

| September 28, 2014 | Reply

After months of going through re-writes, The Fountain of Fair Fortune puppet show finally debuted in early September at Diagon Alley. The Tale of the Three Brothers puppet show proved to be extremely popular from opening day and Universal wanted to absolutely nail the other Beedle the Bard tale featured in the new Wizarding World. [...]

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Universal Orlando expanding again with the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Universal Orlando expanding again with the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

| September 10, 2014 | 3 Replies

A few months ago, we reported that Universal Orlando was looking to add potentially three new Loews hotels in an effort to increase the capacity at the resort. The obvious space for a new hotel was the plot of land between Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Rumors circulated around a [...]

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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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Entertainment / Media

INTERVIEW – Billy Magnussen: The ‘Other Prince’ in Into The Woods

INTERVIEW – Billy Magnussen: The ‘Other Prince’ in Into The Woods

| January 25, 2015 | 1 Reply

If Disney ever decided to do a live action version of Winnie the Pooh, Billy Magnussen would be a great Tigger. His natural enthusiasm and boundless amounts of energy is infectious and was perfect for his role as The Other Prince in Disney’s latest film, Into the Woods. Like the movie, you don’t always get [...]

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Disney asks Court to Dismiss “Absurd” Frozen Copyright Lawsuit

Disney asks Court to Dismiss “Absurd” Frozen Copyright Lawsuit

| January 17, 2015 | 1 Reply

To no one’s surprise, Disney responded to the Frozen copyright lawsuit by asking it to be dismissed. To recap, in September, Amy Gonzalez, (who writes under the pen name of Isabella Tanikumi, or TaniKumi, she isn’t consistent in the capitalization) filed a lawsuit alleging Disney’s movie “Frozen” plagiarized her book which currently goes by the [...]

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Disney’s Best Christmas Movies, TV Specials and Shorts – Part 3

Disney’s Best Christmas Movies, TV Specials and Shorts – Part 3

| December 25, 2014 | 1 Reply

Christmas truly is a special time of year no matter how you celebrate it. Every person and family has different traditions, but one of the most popular is sitting down to watch holiday movies and TV specials. There is something about having classic Christmas programs playing in the background while decorating the house or wrapping [...]

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Disney Cruise Line

Looking for something to do before your cruise? Visit the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral

Looking for something to do before your cruise? Visit the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral

| September 18, 2014 | Reply

I get asked this question quite often from friends and clients. Is there something I can visit before or after my cruise from Port Canaveral? I will be doing a series of blogs about places you can visit if you only have a short time or if you want to spend a day by the [...]

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Essay of a Single Mom: Being Single on a Boat Full of Couples

Essay of a Single Mom: Being Single on a Boat Full of Couples

| September 4, 2014 | 12 Replies

In terms of a cruise, the first thing anyone thinks after “relaxation” is “romance.” We have visions of dressing up, attending fancy dinners, and kissing on a ship’s deck under a million twinkling stars. This inspires hundreds of thousands to embark on cruises; however, it is not the case for me. My love boat recently [...]

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The Perfect Time to Cruise: Choosing to Cruise Even When Life Gets in the Way

The Perfect Time to Cruise: Choosing to Cruise Even When Life Gets in the Way

| August 27, 2014 | 23 Replies

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Recent DIS Blog Posts

1/14/15: Magic Kingdom Hub Construction Update

1/14/15: Magic Kingdom Hub Construction Update

| January 14, 2015 | 38 Replies

Almost a year ago, in February 2014, Disney announced some major changes coming to the Hub area near Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom.  The expansion will add larger viewing locations to accommodate more guests for fireworks and other entertainment, and also add landscaping and gardens that are reminiscent of the European castles’ grounds.  When [...]

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Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel – Hotel Menage

Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel – Hotel Menage

| January 7, 2015 | 2 Replies

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 Hotel Menage located at 1221 South Harbor Boulevard. I talk in detail about my stay there [...]

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Sunglass Hut Opening in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland

Sunglass Hut Opening in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland

| January 6, 2015 | 16 Replies

Let me preface this by saying that I own a pair of designer sunglasses, Coach to be specific. I’d also like to mention that I have been known to ogle outside high-end stores in Vegas wondering just how I could purchase that exquisite Gucci bag. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’d know [...]

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