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Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail Extends Weekend and Holiday Hours

Posted by: PassPorter News   12/04/2017

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The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail features 25 uniquely-themed Disney holiday trees. Based on the popularity of this event, hours have been extended an additional hour every Friday and Saturday and also on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Tree Trail will run through January 7, 2018. The updated operating hours are as follows:
Monday – Thursday: 12 pm to 10 pm
Friday – Saturday: 10 am to 11 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 10 pm
Christmas Eve, 12/24: 10 am to 11 pm
Christmas Day, 12/25: 10 am to 11 pm


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New Podcast: Taking the Memories Home - Photography at Walt Disney World

Posted by: Jennifer Marx   12/01/2017

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The best thing you bring home from a Disney trip is the memories you made. Looking back at the pictures helps keep the magic alive! This week Jennifer and Sara are discussing the different photography options at Walt Disney World - PhotoPass, Disney Fine Photography, and their favorite photo ops. Plus an update from AllEars.Net, a sneak peek at PassPorter News, listener celebrations, and more! 

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Adventures by Disney Now Operating Many Backstage Tours at Walt Disney World

Posted by: PassPorter News   11/28/2017

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Adventures by Disney is now running some of the VIP Tours at Walt Disney World, including the Backstage Magic Tour, Gardens of the World Tour, and Holiday D-Lights Tour. Backstage Magic is a 7-hour tour that gives guests a peek behind the curtain at some of Disney's theme parks. The tour varies but can includes stops like costuming, animatronics, or backstage at some attractions. Tours can be booked by calling 407-WDW-Tour.

This news updates page 272 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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More Details Announced NBA Experience in Disney Springs

Posted by: PassPorter News   11/28/2017

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The NBA Experience will open in the old DisneyQuest space at Disney Springs in Summer 2019. In addition to the restaurant and retail space which are open to the public, there will be exhibits, movies, and interactive games that require admission.

This news updates page 209 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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Black Panther Character Meet Coming to Disney California Adventure

Posted by: PassPorter News   11/28/2017

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The new Marvel release, "Black Panther" will open on February 16, 2018. Beginning early in 2018, guests at Disney California Adventure will have the chance to meet Black Panther himself. No official date or location has been announced.


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New Podcast: The Tokyo Disneyland Resort with Sharla Manglass

Posted by: Jennifer Marx   11/24/2017

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Happy Thanksgiving! This week Jennifer and Sara are joined by Sharla Manglass, a Travel Planner affiliated with MEI-Travel and Mouse Fan Travel. Sharla recently had to chance to travel to the Tokyo Disneyland Resort in Japan with her family! She will be telling us all about their adventures, including tips for traveling with young children. Plus an update from AllEars.Net, a sneak peek at PassPorter News, listener celebrations, and more! 

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Lunar New Year Festival Returns to Disney California Adventure in January

Posted by: PassPorter News   11/21/2017

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Good news Pluto! Lunar New Year will kick off the "Year of the Dog" in style at Disney California Adventure in Disneyland beginning January 26 through February 18, 2018. The Lunar New Year Festival will feature a nighttime water show, "Hurry Home" on Paradise Bay, Character Meets with characters in their New Year's best, specialty Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese foods at Paradise Gardens Grill, and commemorative merchandise.


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Disney Springs Offers 'Hands Free' Shopping for Holiday Season

Posted by: PassPorter News   11/21/2017

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Guests shopping at Disney Springs can now have their purchases held for pick-up later in the day. So no need to bring your giant stuffed Mickey to lunch with you! Guests can request this service at participating locations at the time of purchase.


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Toy Story Land Welcomes First Two Larger Than Life Icons

Posted by: PassPorter News   11/20/2017

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Jessie and Rex from Toy Story have taken their spots atop the Slinky Dog Dash coaster in Toy Story Land, opening in Summer 2018 at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The characters were placed by crane and will be joined in the coming months by other favorites from the popular Pixar franchise.

This news updates page 180 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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Disney Announces Name of Planet for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Posted by: PassPorter News   11/20/2017

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Guests riding Star Tours - The Adventure Continues this weekend were the first to visit Batuu - a planet on the edge of the Star Wars Galaxy. Batuu is the site of the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land coming to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019. According to Lucasfilm creative executive Pablo Hidalgo, "This used to be a vibrant trading port back in the old sub-lightspeed days, but now with advent of hyperspace, its prominence has kind of fallen and faded a little bit which has made it a great spot for those who didn't want to be on that kind of mainstream path...The smugglers, the bounty hunters, the rogue adventurers looking to crew up, the people who don't want to be found — basically all the interesting people.”

This news updates page 179 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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