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2015 Food and Wine Festival to Expand Into Future World for First Time
Posted by: PassPorter News on 07/14/2015



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The 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be held September 25 - November 16, 2015. This year, a new "Artistry of Wine & Cheese" area will span the bridge between the World Showcase and Future World. Near the Character Spot in Future World, a "Next Eats" area will will feature marketplaces inspired by the ABC show, "The Chew," - Sustainable Chew and The Chew Lab.

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Disney's Wilderness Lodge to Undergo Construction Starting October 26
Posted by: PassPorter News on 07/14/2015



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From Disney: "Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will undergo multiple refurbishment projects through 2017. Work will begin as early as Oct. 26, 2015 on the Hidden Springs pool, the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, as well as the resort beach, playground and recreation fire pit." Rumor has it this construction is to add water-front Disney Vacation Club Villas, similar to those added to the Polynesian.

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New Podcast: Disney Cruise Line 101 - Choosing When & Where to Cruise
Posted by: Jennifer Marx on 07/08/2015

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This week Jennifer and Sara kick off a series of podcasts about Disney Cruise Line. This week they start at the very beginning - choosing when and where to cruise! Plus an update from our sponsor AllEars.Net, listener celebrations, and more. 

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Extra Magic Hours Discontinued at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista for 2016
Posted by: PassPorter News on 07/07/2015



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Effective January 1, 2016, guests staying at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista will no longer have access to Extra Magic Hours at Walt Disney World theme parks.

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Disney Parks Ban Selfie Sticks
Posted by: PassPorter News on 07/07/2015



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Walt Disney World (as well as Disneyland in California, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disney parks) has banned selfie sticks from all theme parks, water parks and DisneyQuest. (Selfie Sticks are sticks or poles to which a smartphone or camera can be attached, to allow the user to take a "selfie.") Cast Members will be searching for selfie sticks during bag check at the park entrances, and guests who are found with them will have the option to check the item for pick up later or to return the item to their car or resort room.

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2015 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages Now Available
Posted by: PassPorter News on 07/07/2015



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The 2015 Candlelight Processional will be held nightly in Epcot's America Gardens Theatre from November 27 through December 30, 2015. This re-telling of the Christmas Story features a celebrity narrator accompanied by a full orchestra and choir. First-come, first-served seating is free to all Epcot guests, and dining packages that include guaranteed seating are now available to book by calling 407-WDW-DINE or visiting disneyworld.com/dining. The 2015 participating restaurants are: Biergarten, Coral Reef, Garden Grill (dinner only), La Hacienda de San Angel (dinner only), Les Chefs de France, Nine Dragons, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose and Crown, San Angel Inn, Teppan Edo, Tokyo Dining, Tutto Italia, and Via Napoli. A partial list of narrators has been announced (subject to change):


11/27-11/29:TBD
11/30-12/3: Neil Patrick Harris
12/4-12/5: Whoopi Goldberg
12/6-12/8: Joe Morton
12/9-12/11: TBD
12/12-12/14: Meredith Vieira
12/-12/23: TBD
12/24-12/26: Edward James Olmos
12/29-12/20: Amy Grant

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New Podcast: Frozen Summer Fun and Fourth of July with Deb Koma from AllEars.Net
Posted by: Jennifer Marx on 07/01/2015

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This week, Deb Koma from AllEars.Net joins Jennifer and Sara with information on Frozen Summer Fun as well as an update on the 4th of July celebrations at Walt Disney World. Plus listener celebrations, a newsletter update, and more! 

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Fourth of July Celebrations at Walt Disney World
Posted by: PassPorter News on 06/30/2015



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Planning to be at Walt Disney World this weekend? Here is where you can celebrate Independence day (from Disney Parks Blog):

Magic Kingdom - “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” rockets into the air above Cinderella Castle. This special, fireworks spectacular will be presented two nights in a row, at 9 pm on both July 3 and 4.

Epcot – On July 4, enjoy a special concert of great American songs by Voices of Liberty at America Gardens Theater, where they’ll be performing at 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm, and 3 pm. You can also meet Chip ‘n’ Dale in patriotic attire outside The American Adventure, and at 10 p.m. that evening “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” joins the celebration with the addition of a heart-pounding, all-American grand finale.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios –The “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party leads up to a "Rockin' 4th of July Celebration," as the sky above Disney’s Hollywood Studios ignites in a shower of shimmering light for a pyrotechnic, rock 'n roll road trip across America. The DJ kicks things off at 5:45 pm and keeps the party going until fireworks time at 10:15 pm.

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The Magic of Disney Animation at Hollywood Studios Closing
Posted by: PassPorter News on 06/30/2015



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The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney's Hollywood Studios will close on July 12, 2015. The Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse character meets will be moved to new locations. (The Big Hero 6 character meet is being discontinued.) No official word on what will be replacing The Magic of Disney Animation.

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DisneyQuest Closing in Early 2016
Posted by: PassPorter News on 06/30/2015



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According to the Orlando Sentinel, DisneyQuest will be closing in early 2016 and will be replaced by the NBA Experience. The NBA Experience will feature interactive games, a store, and restaurant.

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