New Dining Package Available for Tony’s Town Square Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom

Reservations are now available for the new Main Street Electrical Dining Package at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, which includes reserved viewing for the popular nighttime parade.

You can now make reservations to indulge in a delicious three-course lunch, including their choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert and a beverage at Tony’s. You can choose from favorites like Chicken Parmigiana, Spaghetti with meatballs or Margherita Pizza. And for dessert, there’s the classic Tiramisú or a decadent chocolate cake layered with a chocolate-hazelnut filling.

During your lunch, you’ll receive a voucher for your reserved viewing of the Main Street Electrical Parade.

The cost is $45 for adults, $17 for children plus tax and gratuity. It is one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.

So what are my thoughts?

First off I have ate at Tony’s for lunch and it was amazing! I am a very big fan of Italian food and I chose to get the Chicken Parmigiana. We reserved a table for a late lunch and afterwards staked us out a spot to see the Festival of Fantasy’s Parade, which in my opinion is the better parade. Also, in my opinion the best place to view the Electrical Parade is in the newly widened hub in front of the castle or in Frontierland. Personally I would pick to try and view the parade in the hub because then you can stay in the same spot and watch Celebrate the Magic and Wishes. But this is all my personal opinion. As far as the cost goes, if you have a dining plan I would use it as a table service credit and do the package. If you don’t have the dining plan I would suggest doing a little thinking about it. Also, be mindful that this meal is very filling! We were so tired after having nearly a full day at the parks and eating this heavy meal and that we left to go take a nap after watching the Festival of Fantasy’s Parade!

New Information about Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire!

The all new Cinderella Castle Stage Show Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire begins June 17, 2016! “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” celebrates the unique stories of the citizens who make up this magical kingdom and the wonderful things that can happen when we try new things, go to new places and get to know new friends.

“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” brings to life beloved Disney stories both classic and contemporary in a spectacular performance featuring an original song, memorable music, lively dancing, delightful costumes and special effects magic. Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers have invited friends from other lands to join them in a grand celebration. So in addition to favorites like Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy, the show also brings together a wonderful cast of characters from some of Disney’s newest classics: “Frozen,” “Tangled” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

The New ‘Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular’ Fireworks will debut June 17

As you may know there are some major changes and updates coming soon to Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Several new Star Wars experiences have debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort over the past year, from the opening of Star Wars Launch Bay in December to the most recent additions of the Star Wars stage show “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” and the daily march of Captain Phasma and her fleet of Stormtroopers earlier this spring. Today we’re happy to share an update on the next exciting Star Wars experience that’s set to delight fans at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – the new Star Wars fireworks show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.”

This new nighttime show, which will be the most elaborate fireworks display in this park’s history, will begin nightly performances on June 17, 2016. This elaborate show will combine fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections that will turn the park’s Chinese Theater and other buildings into the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other Star Wars destinations. And the show, which will feature music from throughout the film franchise, will be punctuated with a tower of fire and spotlight beams, creating a massive lightsaber in the sky.

Night Experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom begin May 27!

Beginning May 27, 2016, you and your family will be able to experience the magic of nature on display at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at night – for the first time ever.  The park will awaken at night with new rich experiences under the stars and, on May 28,The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic live show will debut at the park.

One of the all new experiences coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park after the sun sets, including nightly awakenings of the park’s iconic Tree of Life.  Beginning May 27, animal spirits will be brought to life each night by magical fireflies that reveal colorful stories of wonder and enchantment along with other amazing sights at the tree.

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Also after the sun sets, you and your family also will be able to explore Kilimanjaro Safaris and see the nighttime behavior of the wildlife and better tune in to the unique vocalization of the animals like never before.  Among the new experiences, the village of Harambe in Africa will become the place to enjoy “Wildlife Parti” and the spirited community of Discovery Island will come together to celebrate their love of the natural world with the Discover Island Carnivale.

And the park’s Discovery River will awaken at night and become a stunning stage for performances of the limited-engagement show The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic, inspired by the hit live-action film Disney’s The Jungle Book.  Shows will feature memorable moments from the film, including the iconic Shere Khan, and will be filled with music and special effects that celebrate the movie and classic songs, infused with an Indian influence.

The “Rivers of Light” show still does not have an offical opening date. Please stay tuned for more updates!

Frozen Ever After Ride & Royal Summerhus to Open June 21 at EPCOT!

The Norway Pavilion at EPCOT will be opening it’s attraction, Frozen Ever After on June 21, 2016! Frozen Ever After is replacing the Malestrom ride in Norway’s Pavilion. The Norway Pavilion is also receiving a new meet and greet, Royal Summerhus, where you can meet Princess Anna and Queen Elsa! The Royal Summerhus also opens on June 21!

The Frozen Ever After attraction allows you and your family to set off on an adventurous boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle. First, you’ll be transported to the “Winter in Summer” Celebration where Queen Elsa embraces her magical powers to create a beautiful “winter-in-summer” day for the entire kingdom. Next, you will pass Troll Valley on their way up to the icy North Mountain to Queen Elsa’s Ice Palace before their return trip to the Bay of Arendelle. FastPass+ is now available for this ride! You can select your FastPasses on the Walt Disney World website or on your My Disney Experience App!

Over at the nearby Royal Summerhus, Anna and Elsa’s summer home, the royal sisters will be available for will for greeting opportunities.

The Norway Pavilion opens at 9am along with the Future World Area at EPCOT!

 

After Hours at the Magic Kingdom?

First off, let me just explain to  you how much more amazing the park is at night. The amazing lights showcase all of the attractions and really transport you into the world of yesterday, today and tomorrow! Visiting the Magic Kingdom at night is always on my to-do list when I visit the Walt Disney World Resort! And now there is a even more unique way to experience the Magic Kingdom at night!

Disney is introducing a new nighttime experience called “Disney After Hours”. This will be a special ticketed event, kind of like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Guests will be able to enjoy exclusive time in the park with quicker than typical access to popular attractions like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Guests will also get to experience one of a kind character greetings at Town Square and Princess Fairytale Hall. Ice cream novelties and bottled beverages will be available for guests during the three-hour event.

Disney After Hours will only take place on certain nights in April and May of 2016. Those nights are April 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 8, 12, 19. Guests must purchase a separate ticket to take part in this event. Tickets cost $149 for adults and children. Guests can check-in starting at 7pm each night and the park will close to all guests without tickets at 11pm. Disney After Hours will take place from 11pm to 2am each night. Admission is limited!

Now for my Opinion on the Matter

At first I thought that is an awesome idea! You get to pay a little extra to come into the park after hours! I’ve been to the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and I loved the fact that there are only a certain amount of people in the park while you are there. Disney After Hours would be the same thing, only a certain amount of tickets will be sold so you pretty much would have the park with less than half the normal crowd level.

During the “Party” nights, only ticket guests are allowed in the park from 7pm to 12pm. Special Event ticket guests are also allowed to check-in at 4pm, giving you a total of 8 hours in the park for about $80 a person. You are also given certain snacks and beverages at these parties as well. With the Disney After Hours you are getting 7 hours of park time with your ticket, complimentary ice cream novelties and bottled drinks. But you are paying more! Why are we paying more to come into the park for less time than the parties? I mean I know it’s only one more hour but that’s a  $70 difference in ticket price! AND with the parties there is a child’s price difference but with the Disney After Hours each person pays the same amount!

I get it, you’re paying to have the feeling like you have the park to yourself. Believe me, I loved that feeling during the Christmas Party but I’m not going to pay an extra $70 for less time. Why do we need to pay extra? Drinks and ice cream novelties can’t be that expensive? If you plan your trip out accordingly you will be able to accomplish everything on your to-do list and the best part about that is YOU WOULDN’T HAVE TO PAY MORE MONEY!

Remember, this is my personal opinion! Also, if you do spend this ridiculous amount of money for Disney After Hours I would really like to know how it goes! Also, I would love to hear anyone else’s opinion about Disney After Hours!

**If you want to find out more about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, click here. If you want to find out more about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, click here.**