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Planning Your December 2017 Walt Disney World Vacation!

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Refurbishments #4 WDW Theme Parks

AS OF TODAY AUGUST 1, 2016 THESE ARE THE CURRENT UP TO DATE SCHEDULED REFURBISHMENTS AT THE WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT’S THEME PARKS. CHECK BACK FOR MORE POSTS AS MORE NEWS BECOMES AVAILABLE!

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Monorail: Now – Summer 2016: The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

Swiss Family Treehouse: July 6 – September 24, 2016

Liberty Square Riverboat: August 1 – 7, 2016

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: August 8 – November 18, 2016

“It’s a Small World”: August 22 – September 15, 2016

EPCOT

None

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Pizza Planet: January 19 – Late 2016

Muppet Vision 3D: August 15 – 22, 2016

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

DINOSAUR: July 25 – October 16, 2016

Dino Institute Shop: July 25 – October 16, 2016

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

NONE

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Annual Referbishment October 23 – December 24, 2016

Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood: January 5 – Fall 2016

Fulton’s Crab House – reopening as Paddlefish: April 4 – Fall 2016

Cookes of Dublin: August 1 – 8, 2016

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New Years Eve in Disney World

The week in between Christmas and New Years is by far the most crowded time in Walt Disney World. If you are not a crowd person then this time is NOT for you! I would advise you to go in September and October or the end of January and February. But if you are willing to take on the crowds and make the most of it then pay attention!

  • Arrive Early and Stay Late! During this time of year the parks open to guests staying on property very early and stay open very late to accommodate the heavy crowds. Get to the parks at least an hour to 30 minutes earlier than park open.

  • Take a Break Mid-Day! This goes hand in hand with Arrive Early and Stay Late. For the most party during this week you could see the Magic Kingdom opening as early as 7:00 am and closing at 3:00 am. There is absolutely no way that you could be there that whole time whether you are a party of all adults or adults and children. Plan to skip the middle part of the day, go back to your hotel and eat lunch and take a nap. Then head back late in the afternoon after the crowds have drowned out and enjoy the evening festivities at the parks!

  • Eat your Meals Off-Schedule! Your normal day-to-day schedule is likely to change while you’re in Disney, whether it’s a time change for you and your family or just the way that you schedule your park time. Let’s say if you are going to the parks super early you’re going more than likely going to eat breakfast early which is going to make your lunch early. This is a good thing because your lunch time will not be at the normal “lunch” time. Like I had said above, eating at your hotel or getting a reservation for lunch at an hotel would be your best bet. Even bringing or buying lunch items to eat in the hotel room would be a good way to avoid crowds and take a break from Disney.

  • Utilize your FastPass+! First of all make sure to get your FastPasses as soon as they become available at the 60-Days Out mark. Schedule your FastPasses for the busiest times of the day, which will be the middle of the day. So before you leave for your break for mid-day go ride all the rides! Plan on during the morning hours and evening hours either waiting in line or experiencing the other things that the parks have to offer besides the rides.

  • Do the Unpopular Rides! These rides you may have done once before, but they aren’t your “HAVE TO” rides every time you go to the parks. These rides are also the classics and will more than likely have little to no line. Imagine that! For example some rides at the Magic Kingdom are: Carousel of Progress, Tiki Room Shows, Country Bear Jamboree and the Hall of Presidents. And don’t forget a ride around on the Walt Disney World Railroad or the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. In EPCOT attractions like Living with the Land, American Adventure and Figment are classics but usually don’t hold a very long line. Any of the stage shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom are your best bet to ditch the crowds at those parks. 

The Magic Kingdom and EPCOT have specialty firework shows just for New Years. The Magic Kingdom actually presents their firework show, Fantasy in the Sky, on December 30 as well as New Years Eve. On each of these nights Holiday Wishes will go off followed by the New Year’s show, so don’t leave early! EPCOT presents Illuminations twice on New Years Eve. The first running includes the Peace on Earth segment and the second running will feature the New Year’s Eve version.

Plan to go to wherever you choose to watch the fireworks at least two hours in advance if not more. Get there and pick your spot and stay there! Dress warm and make sure you’ve gone to the bathroom and ate something before you pick your spot.

I can not stress enough to pack your patience. And just remember that not everything is going to go according to plan but it is essential to have a plan to go by! Have alternative choices and enjoy the little things and you should have a great time! After all you will be in the Happiest Place on Earth!

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Retail MagicBand on Demand opens in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World!

Ever wanted to customize your MagicBand? Well now you can in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World!

MagicBand on Demand is a new station inside the Tomorrowland Power & Light Co. located near Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park. This new offering is similar to the D-Tech on Demand boutique first introduced in June 2014 at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace.

At the Tomorrowland location, you can choose to create either a retail MagicBand or a D-Tech phone case.

When creating a retail MagicBand, you can choose from eight different MagicBand colors – including purple – as well as approximately 40 graphics. There will be a few MagicBand graphics that will only be found in this location that salute classic Magic Kingdom Park attractions and icons. In addition to artwork, the retail MagicBand can be personalized with a name printed on the outside.

Once designed, the retail MagicBand is printed in the location. The printers use UV ink which dries immediately and requires no cooling time. And, for the final step, the custom retail MagicBand can be either associated to your My Disney Experience account, or given to friends and family who plan to visit Walt Disney World Resort soon. You can see some of the examples in the picture above!

The cost for a custom retail MagicBand is $21.95, while a personalized retail MagicBand is $29.95.

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NEW MENU TO DEBUT AT PECOS BILL TALL TALE INN AND CAFÉ AT MAGIC KINGDOM PARK

Beginning, Oct. 2, 2015, a re-imagined menu, featuring tasty Tex-Mex cuisine, will debut at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.

New menu items include rice bowls and burritos with a choice of beef, chicken or veggies; sizzling fajitas with steak or chicken; traditional tortilla chips and Chicken Enchilada Soup. And, for a lighter option, Guests can try the Southwest Chicken Salad.

Plus, the fixin’s bar will be back and better than ever with tasty sauces, salsas, peppers, onions, cheese and more.

Finally, mini churros with dipping chocolate and Sopapillas (a crispy, puffy, fried pastry) make for perfectly sweet ending to any meal.

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New Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise Debuts Oct. 4 at Walt Disney World Resort!

The new Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise—the perfect way to take in a breathtaking view of the Magic Kingdom Park night time spectacular fireworks from an exclusive spot on Seven Seas Lagoon with dazzling desserts and drinks.

Imagine sailing off from the Ticket & Transportation Ferryboat Dock promptly one hour prior to “Wishes” Nighttime Spectacular, offered select nights weekly, on the iconic, double-stack ferryboat. Set a course for decks laden with delectable sweets such as “The Grand” key lime tart; pineapple upside down cake from the chefs at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort; spiced flourless chocolate cake from the pastry kitchen at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; “Main Street” Mickey Balloon Tarts; mini “fireworks” cupcakes with a pop; Cinderella’s Sugar Slipper with Orange Financier; no-sugar-added Florida mango panna cotta; and a fabulous fruit and cheese spread. Toast the evening with specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in souvenir glow glasses.

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Enjoy this sweet ending to your day, before watching the dazzling “Wishes” overhead, the largest fireworks spectacular ever at Walt Disney World Resort. The medley of famous Disney songs and the voices of Disney characters are piped through the boat’s sound system for this magical viewing. And you can bet there will be some special “magical moments” Disney style.

Ferrytale Wishes will first set sail on Oct. 5, 2015 with additional sailings offered on select dates. With limited guests per sailing, this is a very special ticket. Cost is $99, $69 ages 3 to 9, including tax and gratuity. Reservation times are 1 hour prior to fireworks, and Guests must check-in at the Ferryboat launch at the Transportation and Ticket Center at least 50 minutes prior to fireworks to ensure they are on the ferryboat before it sails. For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/DINE or call 407-WDW-DINE. Anchors Away!

Please note on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party nights, the fireworks display will be Happy HalloWishes or Holiday Wishes—Celebrate the Spirit of the Season, not “Wishes” Nighttime Spectacular.

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NEW HAPPY HALLOWISHES PREMIUM DESSERT PACKAGE AT “MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY”

This year, you and your family can add even more treats to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with the Happy HalloWishes Premium Dessert Package. Enjoy a unique Halloween Experience including viewing of Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade from a reserved location on Main Street, U.S.A. followed by sweet treats at festively decorated Tomorrowland Terrace and dazzling views of Cinderella Castle during the Happy HalloWishes Nighttime Spectacular.

You and your family can delight in themed desserts and a variety of seasonal fruits and cheeses. The bountiful buffet of tempting treats includes favorites such as: chocolate-dipped strawberries, Halloween themed cupcakes and desserts, chocolate mousse, ice cream, hot chocolate, Signature Lemonades and Halloween Specialties, coffee and tea. Share the experience with family and friends with a toast of sparkling cider and take home a skull mug filled with candy as a trick-or-treat takeaway.

Price is $69 per adult, $39 per child age 3 to 9 (tax included). 

Reservations are now available through 407-WDW-DINE or online at disneyworld.com/dine or through your local Disney Travel Agent. Admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is required and is not included in the price. Please note that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separate ticketed event and is not included in Magic Kingdom Park admission.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is held select nights from Sept. 15-Nov. 1, 2015.

If you have any additional questions about the Dessert Package or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, please don’t hesitate to Ask Me! 

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Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

Jungle Cruise fans can look forward to the brand-new Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen restaurant opening in Magic Kingdom Park late 2015. At the Jungle Skipper Canteen, Guests will be able to experience “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” in one of several unique dining rooms – including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The restaurant will also be staffed by Jungle Cruise Skippers.

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