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New Podcast: Creating the Magic with Lee Cockerell

Posted by: Jennifer Marx   04/06/2016

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This week Jennifer and Sara are joined by Lee Cockerell, former Executive VP of Operations for Walt Disney World, and author of "Creating Magic... 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney." Plus an update from AllEars.net, the latest Disney news, answers to your questions, and more! 

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Rivers of Light and Night Time Activities at Animal Kingdom Delayed

Posted by: PassPorter News   04/05/2016

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As part of the expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Rivers of Light and other night-time activities were expected to debut on April 22. Disney announced today that this date has been delayed until further notice. Disney has said they will have an update in mid- to late-May.

This news updates page 187 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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Disney Vacation Club Will No Longer Offer Member Perks for Resale Buyers

Posted by: PassPorter News   04/05/2016

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Effective April 4, 2016, new buyers purchasing Disney Vacation Club (DVC) membership through the resale market, rather than directly from DVC, will no longer get access to membership perks such as discounts on merchandise, dining and annual passes. They will also not have access to the membership lounge opening in Epcot this year, Members Cruises on Disney Cruise Line, and more. Current owners who purchased their membership via resale prior to April 4, 2016 will continue to receive Membership Extras.

This news updates page 300 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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New 'Sense of Africa' Tour To Be Offered at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Posted by: PassPorter News   04/04/2016

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Beginning on April 9, on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, guests at Walt Disney World Resort will be able to enjoy a new tour - Sense of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. This 3.5-hour tour includes breakfast and is designed to use all five senses - touch, taste, hearing, smell, and sight - to immerse guests in the culture and history of Africa. Guests will also get a backstage peek at the care, feeding, well-being and social interactions of the resident animals. Reservations are available starting April 5; call 407-WDW-TOUR (939-8687). The cost is $249, and staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is not required. Experiences may vary.

This news updates page 273 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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'Sounds Like Summer' Concert Series Line-up Announced

Posted by: PassPorter News   04/04/2016

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The "Sounds Like Summer" Concert Series is held nightly in the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot. Concerts feature tribute bands and performers. Showtimes are 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 pm. The current line-up (subject to change):

June 5-11: Don’t Look Back – A Tribute to Boston
June 12-18: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles
June 19-24: Rumours – A Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
June 25-July 1: Simply Tina – A Tribute to Tina Turner
July 2-9: Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
July 10-16: Bruce in the USA – A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen
July 17-23: DSB – A Tribute to Journey

This news updates page 288 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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New Podcast: The Top 5 Things at Disney Springs

Posted by: Jennifer Marx   03/30/2016

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This week Jennifer and Sara are sharing what they are most looking forward to trying at Disney Springs - food, shopping, and fun. Plus an update from AllEars.Net, listener questions and celebrations, and more! 

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New Disney LEGO Minifigures to Debut in May

Posted by: PassPorter News   03/29/2016

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Debuting in May 2016, a series of 18 LEGO minifigures depicting iconic Disney characters will be sold in LEGO stores, including World of Disney and The LEGO Store in Disney Springs. The minifigures will retail for $3.99 each.


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April 2 is Last Day for Some Hollywood Studios Attractions and Shops

Posted by: PassPorter News   03/29/2016

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April 2, 2016 is the last day for "Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show", the "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" Movie Set Adventure, the Studio Catering Co. and "some" merchandise shops. (For now, the popular "Writer's Stop" cafe has been saved.) These closures will make way for construction on Star Wars Land and Pixar Place to begin.

This news updates page 176 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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D23 Expo To Be Held July 14-16, 2017

Posted by: PassPorter News   03/28/2016

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The D23 Expo will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, July 14 - 16, 2017. Advance ticket sales begin July 14, 2016. D23 is Disney's official Fan Community. The D23 Expo features highlights such as the Disney Legends ceremony, the Walt Disney Archives exhibit, and presentations from Walt Disney Studios, Parks & Resorts, and more.


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Dates Announced for Halloween and Christmas Parties

Posted by: PassPorter News   03/24/2016

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Walt Disney World has announced the dates for the 2016 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! Disney has revised the costume guidelines for the Halloween Party for guests over 14 - Costumes may be worn, however, Guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon. Ticket prices and a sale sate have not been announced.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Sept. 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29 and 30
Oct. 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 and 31

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29
December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22

This news updates page 288 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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