Author Archive: Nicole Mancini

Born and raised in New Jersey, Nicole is an avid Disney fan and frequents both Walt Disney World and Disneyland several times each year. Interests include Walt Disney Imagineering, merchandise, dining, backstage tours, and more. You can also find her on The DIS Unplugged forum on DISBoards.com. Be sure to check out Nicole's other articles here on the DIS Blog and follow her on Twitter @DISNikkiBell for regular updates about all things Disney!

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Bows, Polka Dots, & You: Minnie Merchandise for the Disney Fashionista

Bows, Polka Dots, & You: Minnie Merchandise for the Disney Fashionista

| February 14, 2014 | 1 Reply

Big bows, playful polka dots, and a whole lot of cute factor. Minnie Mouse sure knows how to sweeten up Mickey’s day. Themed to the “lady in charge,” new fashion options at Walt Disney World will help you add a bit of fun to your wardrobe. I took a stroll through Disney’s Hollywood Studios recently [...]

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Tips for Using Walt Disney World’s FastPass+

Tips for Using Walt Disney World’s FastPass+

| February 3, 2014 | 20 Replies

Walt Disney World has a new way for guests to customize their vacations: FastPass+. The system, which has been undergoing extensive testing and implementation since the fall of 2012, works with MagicBands, vinyl bracelets equipped with RFID chips that sync with guests’ accounts on MyMagic+ via Disney’s website or smartphone app. There, guests can schedule [...]

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Disney Infinity Update: News, Rumors, & What’s Next

Disney Infinity Update: News, Rumors, & What’s Next

| January 26, 2014 | 7 Replies

The world of Disney Infinity came crashing into stores late this summer after years of concept development, research, testing,and brilliant marketing both at high profile events and through social media. It is no surprise that Infinity has become Disney Interactive’s most successful franchise to date. Now that the game has been out for several months [...]

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MagicBands 2.0? New Style Surfaces & Excites Fans

MagicBands 2.0? New Style Surfaces & Excites Fans

| January 3, 2014 | 18 Replies

Back in March, I brought to you word of new styles for Disney’s MagicBands that began appearing all over the Net. This was just as the program began its official testing period involving the brightly-colored bracelets that allow guests to use them as their room key, park ticket, dining voucher, FastPass+ medium, and form of [...]

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Disney’s Magical Express Updates Video to DME TV

Disney’s Magical Express Updates Video to DME TV

| December 30, 2013 | 17 Replies

I absolutely love Disney’s Magical Express (DME). The service is complimentary to guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel and provides transportation from Orlando International Airport to your resort. Guests also have the option of tagging their luggage before leaving home and “magically” finding it in their rooms once in Florida. This saves [...]

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The Top 10 Christmas Ornaments at Walt Disney World

The Top 10 Christmas Ornaments at Walt Disney World

| December 16, 2013 | 8 Replies

Christmas is quickly approaching, and if you’re like me, you love finding a new special ornament to put on display. Walt Disney World is a great place to hunt for one that shows off your style, favorite character, or commemorates a special occasion. Over the weekend, I stopped by the best spot to find a [...]

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Brewing Now: Joffrey’s Disney Parks Collection of Coffees

Brewing Now: Joffrey’s Disney Parks Collection of Coffees

| December 2, 2013 | 4 Replies

Times are a’changing at Disney Parks. With the testing of FastPass+ and MagicBands, new ride overlays for Christmas, and expansion projects abound, guests are finding new ways to enjoy the theme parks. Coffee is one of those new additions. Now don’t get me wrong, coffee has regularly been served in the restaurants and food kiosks [...]

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Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom: Turnstile-Free!

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom: Turnstile-Free!

| November 27, 2013 | 3 Replies

Today marked a special day in Walt Disney World history: the final touch point entry system was unveiled and ready for guest use at Magic Kingdom. The significance of this moment was not lost by Disney cast members who celebrated yet another new step in advancing park technology. Guests no longer walk through the traditional [...]

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Disney’s MagicBands: The Hype, the Hysteria, & You

Disney’s MagicBands: The Hype, the Hysteria, & You

| November 6, 2013 | 161 Replies

I am thinking about canceling my trip to Walt Disney World because I am so worried that FastPass+ and MagicBands will ruin it. I don’t even like wearing something on my wrist! Disney MagicBands are too confusing. They make a vacation hard. They are rationing out how many rides you can go on now in [...]

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Artist Spotlight: Dave Avanzino at the Festival of Masters

Artist Spotlight: Dave Avanzino at the Festival of Masters

| November 4, 2013 | 2 Replies

For the past 37 years, Downtown Disney in Florida has been transformed into an artist lover’s paradise during the annual Festival of the Masters, and this year will be no exception. The prestigious open-air fine arts festival celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of painting, photography, glass, and more by hosting over 300 artists from around [...]

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