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D23, the Official Disney Fan Community, will be hosting events across the country in 2012. Beginning in January with the Smoke Tree Ranch Round-Up in Palm Springs, then Journey to Marceline in Walt's hometown, Marceline, MO in March, the year continues with events across the country, from Boston to Los Angeles. Get more details on the D23 site.| - 2011-11-21 19:11:10 [update] |7|| On Saturday, October 1, 2011, fans will have the opportunity to meet members of the current Walt Disney World Moms Panel. The Second Annual "Walt Disney World Moms Panel Fan Meet" will be held from Noon to 2:30 pm at the Yacht Club and will include light hors d'oeuvres and a chance to chat with members of the Panel. To sign up for a chance to attend this event, register online.
| - 2011-09-20 12:09:06 [update] |7||Disney, along with many other companies who use the e-mail provider Epsilon, had their database of e-mail addresses hacked last week. Millions of guest names and e-mails were accessed. Epsilon, on behalf of Disney, sent e-mails to the guests who were affected warning them to be careful of suspicious spam or "phishing" e-mails. No financial or personal information was accessed, other than names and e-mail addresses.| - 2011-04-05 11:04:05 [update] |21||In the early morning hours of February 14, 2011 a collision between a Disney's Magical Express bus and a semi-tractor trailer shut down the northbound side of Boggy Creek Road, near Orlando International Airport. Five people including one of the drivers sustained injuries and were transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center. No life-threatening injuries were reported.| - 2011-02-14 13:02:17 [update] |27||Disney's Contemporary Resort will now feature health and wellness suites with bamboo flooring, 100% cotton sheets, non-allergenic wrapped mattresses, bathrooms with rainwater showers and tea tree oils, and in-room cardio equipment. The suites have views of the Magic Kingdom or Bay Lake. The suites include access to the Concierge Lounge and classes at the newly renovated wellness studio. Disney's Port Orleans will be adding 512 Royal Guest Rooms beginning in March 2012. The royally-appointed rooms feature ornate beds with fiber-optic-enhanced headboards and gold and crystal accents. The artwork and mementos in the rooms have been specially chosen by the Disney Princesses.| - 2011-04-26 09:04:31 [update] |32||We state on page 32 ("Choosing a Package") of PassPorter's Walt Disney World 2011 guidebook that the 2011 (Basic) Magic Your Way Dining Plan includes a refillable mug. This is incorrect -- only the Deluxe and Quick Service Dining Plans include a refillable mug. The information about the dining plans is correct on page 219 ("Disney Dining Plan"), however, where we discuss the dining plans in depth. We apologize for this error, and for any inconvenience this may cause -- every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of information in our guidebook, but mistakes can happen. Please always check on package details and facts, as they can and do change, at http://www.disneyworld.com.| - 2011-03-03 15:03:28 [update] |32||2012 Walt Disney World room rates and packages are now available for booking. Changes to the 2012 Dining Plan include; one less snack credit per person for the Quick Service Dining Plan, and the addition of a resort refillable mug per person to the basic Disney Dining Plan (the mug was already a feature of the Quick Service and Deluxe Dining Plans).| - 2011-06-14 13:06:23 [update] |36|| The All Star Resorts will be testing a new refillable mug that contains an RFID chip. The drink station reads the chip and will only dispense drinks for mugs that have active chips. If you have experienced the test system, we would love to hear your opinions! Contact us at email@example.com.
| - 2011-07-27 08:07:42 [update] |42||Disney Cruise Line has announced the itineraries for 2013 for both the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Reservations can now be made for both ships. The 2013 itineraries for the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder have not been announced.| - 2011-10-17 19:10:10 [update] |49||Disney Cruise Line has cancelled the following 2012 Mexican Riviera cruises departing from Los Angeles on the Disney Wonder: Dec. 9, Dec. 16, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30, 2012. No word on why these itineraries have been cancelled or where the Wonder will be going instead!| - 2011-12-19 17:12:34 [update] |59||The Pepper Market at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is currently testing a buffet meal at breakfast and lunch, in place of the usual food court offerings. Dinner is a la carte. The price is $14.99 for breakfast, $8.99 ages 3 to 11, and $16.99 for lunch, $9.99 ages 3 to 11. Non-alcoholic drink and dessert included.
| - 2011-12-19 15:12:23 [update] |88|| The newly renovated Paddock Pool complex at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa has opened and features a zero-entry pool, fun water slide, a splash area for toddlers, and a horseshoe-shaped hot tub. The Paddock Grill offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
| - 2011-07-12 09:07:53 [update] |93||"Ranger Stan" Moore, 83, former greeter and tour guide at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, lost his battle with leukemia on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. He will be missed. | - 2011-08-01 21:08:11 [update] |101||The Dolphin hotel at Walt Disney World will be showing the Royal Wedding live on April 29, 2011, beginning at 5:00 am. There will be a complimentary, English-style breakfast served and sugar replicas of the royal engagement ring and tiara on display.| - 2011-04-12 12:04:32 [update] |101||The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel will host its first ever Stars and Stripes Celebration on July 2, 2011 from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Fantasia Gardens Pavilion. The family-friendly event will feature live music, carnival games and games as well as a cookout. Tickets are $45 per adult and $25 per child (ages 3 - 9). There also will be a cash bar.| - 2011-06-07 09:06:37 [update] |116||Tom Skaggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, recently announced the development of new technology that will allow guests to reserve times to ride their favorite attractions as well as reserve seats at their favorite shows and spectaculars, prior to their arrival at the theme park. Guests will also have the ability to bypass resort check-in completely upon arrival and go directly to their room or to a theme park. No time frame has been announced for implementing the new processes. | - 2011-02-21 10:02:08 [update] |118||As of June 12, 2011, ticket prices for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland have increased across the board. At Walt Disney World, one-day, one-park tickets have increased $3 per adult and $5 per child (age 3-9). The Park Hopper and Water Park fun & More options have each increased by $1. At Disneyland, one-day, one-park tickets have increased $4 per adult and $6 per child (ages 3-9).| - 2011-06-14 12:06:36 [update] |120|| Walt Disney World monorail service to the evening Extra Magic Hours park (Magic Kingdom or Epcot) will no longer operate during the last two hours of evening Extra Magic Hours. Monorail service will end at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot one hour after each park's regularly scheduled close. This change has already taken place for Epcot and will begin at the Magic Kingdom on August 1, 2011. The extra time will be used to conduct maintenance on the monorail system and to allow the trains more down-time. Bus and/or boat service will be provided in lieu of the monorail.| - 2011-07-12 09:07:28 [update] |120|| A new peach-colored monorail will join the fleet at Walt Disney World this fall, upping the number of trains to 12. The new monorail replaces the train that was damaged in the accident that killed a monorail pilot in July 2009.| - 2011-08-16 13:08:17 [update] |120||The Magic Kingdom parking lot has been split into two sections to accommodate a second Tram stop. The parking lot is now divided into Heroes and Villains. Heroes sections include Woody, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Simba, Mulan and Rapunzel. The Villains half includes sections such as Zurg, Jafar, Hook, Scar, Cruella, and Ursula. There is one tram stop in each half.
| - 2011-09-28 08:09:55 [update] |125||Beginning July 28, 2011, Tinker Bell and her Fairy Friends will be back in the Magic Kingdom greetings guests in Adventureland at the Adventureland Veranda.| - 2011-07-12 09:07:17 [update] |129||The Magic Kingdom is currently testing FASTPASSes for a special viewing area for the Celebrate A Dream Come True parade. No word on how these Fastpasses are being distributed but the rumored location of the viewing is the Castle Forecourt area. | - 2011-10-25 11:10:08 [update] |130||Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, a long-rumored interactive game to be played by guests at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, was officially announced on September 6. Scheduled to debut in early 2012, the game follows in the tradition of the Kim Possible Adventure at Epcot, and Mickey's Midship Detective Agency on the Disney Dream cruise ship. While many details have yet to be revealed, Disney promises an interactive role-playing experience featuring Merlin that will take guests on a quest around the park. The experience will be available to any park guest, at no additional charge.| - 2011-09-08 11:09:50 [update] |130||Beginning May 20, 2011, through July 2, 2011, girls can choose the 'Mermaid Transformation Package' at The Pirates League in the Magic Kingdom. The package includes make-up application including facial gem, a full-sized bottle of OPI Pirates of the Caribbean: Mermaid's Tears nail polish, a hair accessory and style, a special Pirates League Sheath and the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Mini Nail Lacquer Set. The price for this package is $29.95 plus tax. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-CREW.| - 2011-05-17 11:05:16 [update] |133||Beginning this spring (no official date yet), Walt Disney World guests will be able to get a FASTPASS for some face time with the Main Mouse himself. At Mickey's new meet and greet area, Town Square Theater, in the Exposition Hall on Main Street USA, guests will be able to utilize the FASTPASS system to get a ticket that allows them to return during a specified one-hour period and bypass the standby queue.| - 2011-02-22 11:02:16 [update] |134||Walt Disney World's newly renamed and refurbished Enchanted Tiki Room is set to open on Monday, August 15, 2011. "Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room" as it is now known, will pay tribute to the original Disneyland version.| - 2011-08-09 10:08:30 [update] |134||Angelica, a new character from "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," will be making appearances in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom beginning April 15, 2011. Angelica is the daughter of the legendary pirate, Blackbeard, and she's played by Penelope Cruz in the upcoming film.| - 2011-04-05 11:04:52 [update] |134||The Enchanted Tiki Room at the Magic Kingdom was recently closed after a small fire. The re-opening has been delayed until August 16, 2011, fueling speculation that changes may be made to the structure or to the show itself. | - 2011-04-12 12:04:11 [update] |134||The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) Attraction in Walt Disney World is currently undergoing renovations that bring the attraction closer to the original version. The new version will not be exactly like the original attraction but is expected to be pretty close when it reopens later this summer.| - 2011-05-17 11:05:28 [update] |135||Beginning May 20, 2011, Captain Blackbeard will replace Davy Jones in the waterfall scene in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Davy Jones will return later this year.
| - 2011-05-10 10:05:25 [update] |137||Visitors to Walt Disney World can check out a new, interactive queue at Haunted Mansion. While you can choose to bypass the interactive queue in favor of the "no fun" queue in the interest of speed, playing with the numerous interactive features and viewing the many delightful visual details might make the longer, slower line the more attractive choice. Like any attraction in preview, the interactive queue may not be available at all times. Disney expects to open the new queue on a full-time basis around the end of this month.| - 2011-03-16 15:03:33 [update] |138||Beginning July 1, 2011, Rapunzel will no longer be accompanied by Flynn Rider at the Tangled Meet & Greet at the Magic Kingdom's Fairytale Garden.| - 2011-06-28 11:06:57 [update] |140||A round-up of some of the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts announcements from the D23 Expo, held August 19 - 21, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center:|
There was not much in the way of "new" information, but the Carousel of Projects was very cool, offering the first look at the ride vehicles for the Cars Land attractions at Disneyland as well as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. The Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Presentation featured the Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disneyland, which will be the largest castle at any Disney theme park. The multi-level castle will house a walk-through attraction, boat ride, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and more. A new statue of Walt and Mickey will be featured on Buena Vista Street when it is unveiled at Disney California Adventure in 2012. The Carnation Plaza Gardens Stage is being reimagined to create Fantasy Faire - a Princess-focused village with meet and greet areas, as well as the evening entertainment that's a tradition at Carnation Plaza Gardens.
- 2011-08-23 11:08:55 [update] |142||On Sunday, October 9, 2011 at Walt Disney World, a light on an Astro Orbiter vehicle shorted-out causing a small fire and power outage. As a precaution, Tomorrowland was evacuated temporarily. The issue has been addressed and Astro Orbiter was open for business the next day.| - 2011-10-11 11:10:22 [update] |145||Guests at Epcot have recently begun testing a new turnstile-free entrance to the park. Guests scan their park admission at a bar code reader, then scan their finger and are waved into the park by a cast member. Up to four people at a time can use the system, allowing families to stay together. No word on when or if this system will become permanent.| - 2011-03-14 14:03:01 [update] |154||
Walt Disney World and General Motors have renewed the long-standing sponsorship of Epcot's Test Track. Test Track will close in April and reopen in Fall 2012 as "Test Track Presented by Chevrolet," with a brand-new look and a brand-new "Chevrolet Design Center," which will give guests the opportunity to design custom concept cars.| - 2012-01-10 11:01:07 [update] |167||Beginning May 1, 2011 at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Phineas and Ferb will have a "play and greet" area outside the exit from Muppet Vision 3-D. The premise is Phineas and Ferb are filming a movie about what they're "gonna do today," and they need your help.| - 2011-02-14 13:02:59 [update] |167||The previously announced opening of the Phineas and Ferb character "play 'n' greet" experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios has been delayed from its originally-announced mid-May opening, for "a few more weeks." The explanation offered by the Disney Blog? The boys have to wait until the start of school vacation. Also at Studios, the new Winnie the Pooh character meet at The Magic of Disney Animation has also been pushed back. No reason was given for the delay, but we suspect he's out hunting for hunny.| - 2011-05-12 16:05:09 [update] |167||The previously announced Phineas & Ferb and Winnie the Pooh Meet & Greets at Disney's Hollywood Studios have been pushed back at least two weeks. No official new date has been announced.| - 2011-05-17 11:05:24 [update] |167||The Phineas and Ferb play-and-greet opened at Disney's Hollywood Sudios on Sunday, May 29, 2011. This interactive character experience involves a director recruiting "actors" from among the waiting guests to help Phineas and Ferb make a movie about their adventures.
| - 2011-05-31 11:05:28 [update] |169||Fantasmic!, at Disney's Hollywood Studios, will be shown nightly from July 2 through September 26, 2011.| - 2011-06-21 11:06:55 [update] |173||At Disney’s Hollywood Studios from December 25 - 31, 2011, “The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” will present improvisational comedy shows featuring performers – including alumni from the Comedy Warehouse on Pleasure Island – who take suggestions from Guests and create holiday-themed skits. Show times (subject to change) are 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. daily in the ABC Sound Studio (normally the site of "Sounds Dangerous).| - 2011-12-13 09:12:14 [update] |174||This summer, Lightning McQueen, the star of Cars and Cars 2, is joining the cast at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Lightning and his buddy, Mater, will both feature in the updated show, and will be available for meet-and-greet outside the attraction in The Winners Circle (formerly Luigi's Garage). Does this mean Herbie the Love Bug is retiring?
| - 2011-06-16 11:06:45 [update] |175||Jennings Osborne, 67, philanthropist and creator of the Osborne Spectacle of Lights, died of a heart condition on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. His legacy lives on at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the holidays.
| - 2011-08-01 20:08:56 [update] |176||Beginning May 15, 2011, Lotso, from "Toy Story 2," s being replaced at the Magic of Disney Animation meet and greet area by Winnie The Pooh. In addition to meeting Winnie, guests can get a look at the making of the upcoming film, "Disney's Winnie The Pooh," coming out July 15, 2011.| - 2011-04-05 11:04:31 [update] |179||A bouncing baby boy elephant was born last week at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The bay has since been named "Jabali" which means "strong as a rock" in Swahili.
| - 2011-08-31 11:08:27 [update] |179||Russell Sherry Roscoe, the Cast Member who sustained injuries last week while working on Primeval Whirl, passed away from those injuries on March 14, 2011. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the accident.| - 2011-03-22 10:03:08 [update] |180||Disney has announced a new partnership with James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the fantasy world of AVATAR to Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Construction is expected to begin in 2013 on an AVATAR-themed land. No information was released regarding the individual attractions.| - 2011-09-20 14:09:39 [update] |192||The ongoing refurbishment of Primeval Whirl, in Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama at Disney's Animal Kingdom, has been extended. The ride is now scheduled to re-open on September 14, 2011.| - 2011-05-31 11:05:31 [update] |201||Splitsville, a national chain featuring "bowling... billiards, dining, music, and nightlife," will open a new location at Downtown Disney West Side, in the space formerly occupied by the Virgin Megastore. RIDEMAKERZ, which is currently in that spot, will move to Downtown Disney Marketplace. Construction on the 50,000 sq. ft. facility will begin in fall 2011.| - 2011-07-14 00:07:50 [update] |201||The Benefit Sale to support The United Way will be held at Downtown Disney from 5:30 - 9:30 am on Saturday, November 5, 2011. $5 buys you admission to this sale which discounts on most merchandise (exclusions apply) at participating stores. Visit thebenefitsale.com for details and to purchase an admission voucher.| - 2011-10-25 11:10:37 [update] |201||The renovated LEGO Imagination Center has re-opened at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney. In addition to the original LEGO sculptures of a family walking their dogs and Brickley the Sea Serpent in the Lake, new characters and scenes from Sleeping Beauty, Toy Story, Snow White and Bambi can be found. The outdoor playground has been removed but play tables stocked with LEGOs can now be found indoors.| - 2011-04-26 13:04:20 [update] |201||Beginning May 16, 2011, the six theatres at the 24-screen AMC Downtown Disney Multiplex will offer Fork & Screen service. This experience includes reserved seating and seat-side service. The menu includes casual dining options such as burgers, pizza and panini as well as beer, wine, cocktails, and soft drinks. Guests much be 18 and over or accompanied by a parent or guardian.| - 2011-05-10 13:05:12 [update] |201||On Saturday, May 23, 2011, World of Disney in Downtown Disney will be open from 6:30 am-9:30 am exclusively for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders. Guests must have photo ID and active annual pass for entrance to the store and to make their purchases. Sales include special "doorbuster" deals, up to 75% off select merchandise, and other surprise discounts.
| - 2011-05-10 13:05:21 [update] |204||'La Nouba', the Cirque du Soleil production at Downtown Disney's West Side, has increased ticket prices for all performances, starting September 27, 2011. Adult admission has increased by up to $4 per person, depending on category, and children's admission (ages 3 - 9) has increased up to $3 per person, depending on category.
| - 2011-09-06 10:09:02 [update] |209|| October 1, 2011 marks Walt Disney World's 40th Anniversary. Nothing official has been announced but the official Disney Parks Twitter account (@DisneyParks) tweeted the other day: "We can't reveal all the details, but guests at the Magic Kingdom can expect special surprises on Oct. 1."| - 2011-09-13 11:09:45 [update] |209||This Saturday, October 1, 2011, Walt Disney World turns the Big 4-0! There will be a special presentation at 10:00 am on the Magic Kingdom's Castle Forecourt Stage as well as exclusive merchandise, character appearances, and a special evening fireworks celebration!
| - 2011-09-28 08:09:05 [update] |210|| Walt Disney World is handing operation of its five golf courses at Walt Disney World to Arnold Palmer Golf Management, as of September 25. As part of the agreement, Arnold Palmer will lead the redesign of Disney's Palm course, which will be designated an Arnold Palmer designed course. The long-term goals include an improved profile for golf at Walt Disney World, and marketing of Disney golf vacations to members of "Palmer Advantage," which features reciprocal golfing privileges at over 250 golf courses and resorts worldwide. Current golf discounts for DVC and Annual Passholders will continue.| - 2011-08-24 23:08:57 [update] |211||The Spa at the Grand Floridian is planning to close for 18 months, beginning on September 19, 2011. While Disney did not give a detailed explanation, it may have to do with the rumored Disney Vacation Club development at the Grand Floridian. The Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort will remain opened.
| - 2011-08-09 10:08:04 [update] |211||The Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World is offering teens, ages 14 -19, a chance to do a free three-lap ride along when accompanied by an adult who has purchased any drive or ride program that same day. An adult that purchases a "ride" can be accompanied by one teen free, an adult that purchases a "drive" program can be accompanied by up to two teens free!| - 2011-04-12 11:04:25 [update] |212||ESPN the Weekend, an annual event held at Disney's Hollywood Studios which began in 2004, will no longer be held (it most recently took place in March 2011). ESPN has chosen to focus on hosting and creating events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.| - 2011-07-25 08:07:26 [update] |212||Runners can now register for all events of the 2012 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, being held January 5-8, 2012. A new event -- the Walt Disney World Marathon Relay -- is being added to the line-up. This event teams two runners, who each run a half-marathon. The first runner begins the race at the starting line and runs to the mid-way point at the Magic Kingdom. The second runner takes over there and runs to the finish line back at Epcot. For details, check out the Disney web site.| - 2011-03-22 10:03:45 [update] |213||Tune in to Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve on ABC or Univision on December 31, 2011 for a special announcment from Disney Parks & Resorts!| - 2011-12-28 15:12:11 [update] |216||The Twilight Zone Tower of Terro 10-miler Race will be held at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Septemer 29, 2012. The race will be followed by a party that includes live music, access to certain attractions, and characters. The party goes until 3:00 am. The 2012 Wine & Dine Half Marathon has been moved to November 9 & 10 to accomodate the new race. Registration and details can be found at RunDisney.com| - 2011-12-28 15:12:57 [update] |219||The Disney Food Blog reports that the following restaurants have been added to the 2012 Disney Dining Plan. Two Table Service Credits: Bistro de Paris, Fulton's Crab House, Wolfgang Puck - Dining Room. One Table Service Credit: Rainforest Cafe (both locations), T-Rex Cafe, Bongos Cuban Cafe, Crossroads at House of Blues, Portobello, Paradiso 37. Counter Service Credit: Beastly Kiosk, Mr. Kamal’s, Katsura Grill (replaces Yakitori House), Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner, Diamond Horseshoe, Friar’s Nook, Golden Oak Outpost, Tortuga Tavern (replaces El Pirata y el Perico), Bongo’s Cuban Cafe Sandwich Window, Marketplace Snacks, Trails End Takeaway, Turtle Shack, Paddock Grill, Art of Animation Resort’s Landscapes Cafe (Phase 1 Scheduled to open Summer 2012), Cooling Hut, Lowtide Lou’s, Snack Shack, Surf Doggies.| - 2011-12-19 15:12:57 [update] |222||The online dining reservation system at www.disneyworld.com/dining will no longer allow guests to have conflicting reservations. You will not be able to proceed with your reservation without canceling either the existing reservation or the new one you are making.| - 2011-05-31 13:05:32 [update] |225||Save 25% off select Walt Disney World counter service dining locations at off-peak hours between April 17-23, 2011. The 25% discount (excluding alcohol) is good for dining before 11:30 a.m. and between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. at select restaurants in all four theme parks. To be eligible for the dining discount, guests must present a voucher for the 25% off. At Walt Disney World, the vouchers can be found on the Times Guide available at theme parks and resorts or on the bottom of select receipts for merchandise or quick-service locations. You can also download the 25% voucher online here.| - 2011-04-15 08:04:44 [update] |229||Mickey Mouse-shaped pretzels, currently available in Disneyland, are being tested in the Magic Kingdom. They are currently available at the Frontierland Pretzel Wagon. (Editor's Note: I tried one of these in Disneyland last week and they are delicious!)| - 2011-08-31 11:08:04 [update] |232||Dinner at Le Cellier is now a signature dining experience, which means grander (and more expensive) menu items, as well as requiring two table-service credits on the Disney Dining Plan. And yesterday the Disney Parks Blog announced the line-up of new menu items, including a black and blue beef steak tartar appetizer, Canadian-raised beef with filet mignon with wild mushroom risotto and white truffle butter sauce, and Woolrich goat Brie from Ontario, Canada for "dessert." The cheese soup, pretzel bread, and maple creme brulee stay on the menu. | - 2011-03-03 10:03:18 [update] |232||On March 1, 2011 Epcot's Le Cellier became a Signature Dining restaurant and is now two table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan (dinner only). Chef Al Youngman is the new executive chef and has updated the dinner menu to include Canadian-raised beef, as well as new dishes such as artisan spicy chicken, and seared cod with braised oxtail ravioli.| - 2011-03-08 10:03:56 [update] |237||The Kakigori (shaved ice) cart in the Japan pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase has expanded. The new Kabuki Cafe serves Kakigori as well as other snacks such as edamame, miso soup, smoothies, and ice cream. | - 2011-08-02 19:08:58 [update] |239||Disney's Hollywood Studios has added a new Fantasmic Dining Option for December 18 - 31, 2011. Guests who wish to take advantage of reserved seating for Fantasmic now have the option to reserve a picnic meal at Min & Bill's Dockside Diner that includes reserved seating for Fantasmic. When you make the reservation by calling (407) WDW-DINE, you can choose your show time and your meal. Pick up the meal on the selected day between 11:00 and 90 minutes before your showtime. You will be given your meal and a ticket that guarantees a seat in the reserved seating section provided you arrive by the time indicated on the ticket. The price is $14.99 plus tax per adult, $5.49 plus tax per child. Guests on a Disney Dining Plan can also use a counter service credit. Credit card guarantee is required when booking.| - 2011-12-06 11:12:23 [update] |242||Donald's Dining Safari at Tusker House in Disney's Animal Kingdom is now available for lunch as well as breakfast beginning December 4, 2011. Donald, Daisy and a few of their friends will join guests at breakfast and lunch for this buffet meal. (Dinner is still character-free.)
| - 2011-09-13 10:09:39 [update] |249||Sanaa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village, is testing a "Dine with an Animal Specialist" lunch every Wednesday at 11:30 am. The cost is $49 per adult and $29 per child (ages 3 - 9) and includes a four-course meal, an animal expert on hand to answer questions, a chance to meet a reticulated tortoise up close, tax and gratuity as well as a $5 donation to Disney's Wildlife Conservation Fund. This experience is open to anyone and can be booked by calling 407-938-4755.| - 2011-05-24 12:05:23 [update] |251||The Wave... of American Flavors at Disney's Contemporary Resort now offers a daily breakfast buffet option in addition to the a la carte menu.| - 2011-03-14 13:03:33 [update] |253||Executive Chef Scott Hunnel, of Victoria & Albert's restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, has been name as a Semi-Finalist for the James Beard Foundation's 2011 Restaurant & Chef awards in the Best Chef - South category. The list of finalists will be announced on March 21, 2011 and the awards will be given on May 9, 2011 in New York City. Chef Scott is also co-creator of the menu at Remy, the French restaurant on the new Disney Dream cruise ship.| - 2011-02-21 10:02:35 [update] |260|| Beginning November 13, 2011, the Hoop Dee Doo Revue at Pioneer Hall in Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort will test new show times; 4:00 pm, 6:15 pm, and 8:30 pm. Pending further notice, show times will return to the previous schedule of 5:00 pm, 7:15 pm, and 9:30 pm on February 12, 2012.
| - 2011-06-28 10:06:47 [update] |270||Three cooking classes for children ages 6-12 will be held on June 24, 2011 from Noon to 3:00 pm at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney. Kids can be registered for any or all of the classes offered. The cost of $30 per child for all three lessons or $12 for each individual class includes a chef hat and apron. A chef from Wolfgang Puck Cafe will be demonstrating how to make the Crispy Chicken Finger Roll, a chef from Portobello Restaurant will be demonstrating how to make the Ravioli Gigante, and a chef from Fulton's Crab House will be demonstrating how to make the Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae. To register, call (407) 828-8996.| - 2011-04-26 13:04:29 [update] |275||You can now put that screaming photo captured during your Tower of Terror descent right onto your PhotoPass card. Immediate prints are also still available.| - 2011-08-16 13:08:56 [update] |276||Disney Parks is offering a new $1000 Disney Parks Shopping Card for use on merchandise at Disney Parks, Resorts and Disney Vacation Club properties. (The card cannot be used online or at the Disney Store. More importantly, the gift card can be used for merchandise only! It cannot be used for food, park admission, resort costs or at any store that is not owned by Disney, such as Mituskoshi.) The purchase of this card includes a framed castle pin set with up to 60 pins that are arranged to form an image of Cinderella's Castle. The framed set 24 inches high by 20 inches wide. The card also cannot be combined with any discounts such as Annual Passholder or Disney Visa merchandise discounts.| - 2011-10-25 11:10:28 [update] |282|| Walt Disney World's Disney Floral and Gifts will be offering a new "A Pirate's Adventure" in-room celebration package later this year. What's the story? Captain Jack Sparrow had to hide his treasure to protect it from other pirates and he hid it in your room! Luckily he left clues and if you can find the treasure, it's yours to keep!| - 2011-07-05 13:07:50 [update] |284||Hoping to run in the Walt Disney World Marathon or the Princess Half Marathon in 2012? Registration is now open at rundisney.com| - 2011-08-16 13:08:03 [update] |284||The 19th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be held March 7 - May 20, 2012. The Disney film Fantasia provides the inspiration for the show's centerpiece - an eight-foot tall Sorcerer Mickey atop a 12-foot tall mountain.| - 2011-11-21 19:11:42 [update] |284||Walt Disney World announced that the 2011 Grad Nites will be the last ones held at the Walt Disney World Resort due to an increase in spring attendance and the difficulties with scheduling after hours events. Grad Nite at Disneyland will continue as normal.| - 2011-03-09 14:03:24 [update] |284||The Disney Honors, a bi-ennial non-competitive music festival for young musicians, is being held at the Walt Disney World Resort March 24 - 27, 2011. The festival showcases high school bands, orchestras and choral groups from across the United States.| - 2011-03-22 10:03:59 [update] |284||2012 is a Leap Year and with one extra day on February 29, 2012, Disney is hoping you will spend it with them! "One More Disney Day" will see Disneyland Park and the Magic Kingdom open for 24 hours straight, beginning at 6:00 am on February 29, 2012. Along with the event's announcement, Disney unveiled a new vacation offer: book a 3-night package that includes 3-day park passes by January 31, 2012 for travel between February 26, 2012 and March 10, 2012, and get an additional night and day of admission, free! You can also enter to win one of 60 vacation packages at the One More Disney Day web page.| - 2012-01-03 13:01:55 [update] |284||The 2012 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is this week, January 5-8, 2012. For more information or to track runner results, visit runDisney.com. Historically speaking, the Magic Kingdom is very busy on Monday, the day following the Marathon. Non-runners may wish to visit other parks! Good luck to all the PassPorter community members who are running!
| - 2012-01-03 13:01:39 [update] |284||The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series kicks off at Epcot this year on June 12, 2011. This Series features "tribute bands" and happens nightly at 5:45, 7:00 and 8:15 pm in the America Gardens Theatre. |
June 12-18: Hotel California (A Salute to the Eagles)
June 19-25: Stayin' Alive (A Tribute to the Bee Gees)
June 26-July 2: Slipperry When Wet (The Ulitmate Bon Jovi Tribute)
July 3-9: Little Queen (The Music of Heart)
July 10-16: Frontiers (A Tribute to Journey)
July 17-23: Karin Lawson (A Tribute to Janet Jackson)
July 24-30: 2U (A Tribute to U2)
- 2011-03-29 13:03:33 [update] |284||The 2011 Star Wars Weekends take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 20 - June 12, 2011 at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Celebrity Hosts this year are James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars).
Celebrity Guest Schedule (subject to change):
Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
The Clone Wars Special Guest: Dave Filoni (Supervising Director)
Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
Bruce Spence (Tion Medon)
The Clone Wars Voice Talent Guest: Dee Bradley Baker (Captain Rex)
Ray Park (Darth Maul)
Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett)
The Clone Wars Voice Talent Guest: Matt Lanter (Anakin)
Ray Park (Darth Maul)
Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)
The Clone Wars Voice Talent Guest: Tom Kane (Yoda)
- 2011-05-03 11:05:47 [update] |284||Festival Disney is a Disney Youth-hosted annual competitive music festival held at the Walt Disney World Resort. Festival Disney will take place on select weekends March 9 - May 5, 2012 and June 1 - 2, 2012.| - 2011-06-07 10:06:07 [update] |284||This year's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be held September 30 - November 13, 2011. The theme will be "Passport to a World of Flavors." Beginning at 7:00 am eastern on August 16, 2011, guests can book the following special events by calling 407-WDW-FEST.
- First Bites Opening Reception ( Sept 29, 6:30-9:00 p.m.)
- “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery (Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11)
- Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French Grand Marnier Tasting and Interactive Experience (Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5)
- Epcot Wine Schools (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 5)
- Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining (Oct. 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 27, 30, Nov. 1, 2, 3, 7, 10)
- Kitchen Memories, formerly Celebrating Family & Friends in the Kitchen (Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11)
- Cheese Seminars (Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12)
- Party for the Senses (Oct. 8, 15, 22, Nov. 5 and 12 at new times: 7:30-10:00 p.m.)
- Food & Wine Pairings (Mondays, Tuesdays)
- Sweet Sundays (Oct. 2, 9, 16, 223, 30, Nov. 6, 13)
Events require park admission and are an additional cost. For pricing and details, visit disneyworld.com/foodandwine.
- 2011-06-21 11:06:53 [update] |285||In years past, Downtown Disney has hosted Trick or Treating for children in costume on Halloween. This event will not be held in 2011. Other "enhanced entertainment" is currently scheduled.| - 2011-09-20 12:09:56 [update] |285||Chef Cat Cora (Iron Chef and creator of Kouzzina at Disney's Boardwalk) will not be appearing at the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival due to a scheduling conflict. Her scheduled appearances at Kouzzina have been cancelled. The Kitchen Memories event scheduled for October 28 will now be hosted by "The Poor Chef" Charles Mattocks. The new price for this event is $110 per person plus tax. Guests who had pre-paid reservations for these events are eligible to receive full refunds.
| - 2011-09-28 08:09:25 [update] |285||Whoopi Goldberg was originally scheduled to narrate the December 2 and 3, 2001 performances of the Candlelight Processional at Epcot. She has been replaced by Geena Davis.| - 2011-10-11 11:10:33 [update] |285||Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, the Muppets, and Cee Lo Green were all at the Magic Kingdom to tape performances for the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. The parade will air on Christmas Day on ABC at 10:00 am eastern.| - 2011-12-06 11:12:00 [update] |285||Chef Kevin Dundon will be at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney for a Master Class Luncheon on March 14, 2011 and a Tables in Wonderland Signature Dinner on March 15, 2011. The lunch begins at 2:00 pm on March 14 and costs $55 plus tax and gratuity. Book by calling 407-938-0030. Dinner is exclusively for members of Tables In Wonderland and costs $145 plus tax (gratuity included in this case). Dinner can be booked by e-mailing WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com.| - 2011-03-08 10:03:12 [update] |285||Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way! The Easter Bunny (and Mrs. Bunny) are meeting and greeting guests in the Tour Guide Gardens (beside City Hall) at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom daily from April 17-23, 2011. You'll also spot the Easter Bunny at 2:45 pm before the Easter Sunday parade on Sunday, April 24. In addition to the Easter Bunny visits, you can attend Easter Services on Sunday, April 24 in the Fantasia Ballroom at the Contemporary Resort--a Catholic Mass will be held at 8:00 am and 10:15 am, and a Protestant Service will be at 9:00 am. The Swan & Dolphin hotels are also offering several Easter activities from April 21-24, including an Easter Bunny meet and greet on 4/22 from 7:00-9:00 pm, a Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt also on 4/22 at 8:00 pm, and Easter Egg Hunts on Sunday, 4/24 at noon and 4:30 pm. | - 2011-04-15 07:04:05 [update] |285||Tickets are now on sale for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP). These after-hour events at the Magic Kingdom include access to exclusive shows and fireworks, and select attractions are open during the events. Characters wearing special holiday costumes are available for meet and greets. At the Halloween Party children can trick or treat, and at the Christmas Party you can meet Santa and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
September 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
October 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 & 31
Premium Pricing Dates: October 7, 13, 21, 28, 30, 31
Advance Purchase Price for September Parties: $57.46/adult, $51.07 per child
Advance Purchase Price for October & November Parties: $60.66/adult, $55.33 per child
Gate Price: $63.85/adult, $54.46 per child
Premium Date Price: $67.05/adult, $61.72 per child
Premium Pricing for October 28 & 31 Parties: $72.37/adult, $67.05 per child
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
November 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29 & 30
December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16 & 18
Premium Pricing Dates: November 18, 27 and December 2, 9, 16 & 18
Advance Purchase Price: $60.66/adult, $55.33 per child
Premium Date/Gate Price: $67.05/adult, $61.72 per child
Annual Passholder and DVC discounts also available for select dates.
Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 407-WDW-PLAY.
- 2011-05-03 11:05:02 [update] |285||The celebrity narrators for Epcot's Candlelight Processional, a Christmastime tradition, have been announced for the upcoming holiday season. (As always, TBD makes multiple appearances, but will undoubtedly be replaced by more recognizable celebrities as the year progresses.)|
Mira Sorvino Nov. 25-27
Michael W. Smith Nov. 28-Dec. 1
Whoopi Goldberg Dec. 2-3
TBD Nov. 4-6
Isabella Rossellini Dec. 7-9
Neil Patrick Harris Dec. 10-12
TBD Dec. 13-14
TBD Dec. 16-18
Trace Adkins Dec. 19-21
Susan Lucci Dec. 22-24
Blair Underwood Dec. 25-27
Marlee Matlin Dec. 28-30
- 2011-06-22 22:06:03 [update] |285||Disney's Hollywood Studios will host an all-new "Rockin' 4th of July Celebration" on July 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm. Mulch, Sweat, and Shears will perform a tribute to Rock & Roll from around the USA. The concert will feature fireworks, and special lighting and effects! The Magic Kingdom will feature "Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky" at 9:00 pm on July 3rd and 4th, 2011. Over at Epcot, "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth" will feature a special finale,"The Heartbeat of Freedom" at 10:00 pm on July 4, 2011. All these are included with regular park admission, if you can manage to be admitted to the heavily-crowded parks.| - 2011-06-28 11:06:42 [update] |286||Adventures by Disney announced two completely new itineraires for 2012 as well as enhancements and adjustments to existing itineraries. The "Greek Odyssey" itinerary will travel to Athens, Santorini and Crete. The "Esprit de France" itinerary will travel to Paris, Normandy, and the Loire Valley. For more information, visit Adventures by Disney.| - 2011-08-31 11:08:48 [update] |286||LEGOLAND Florida's Grand Opening is October 15 (watch for in-depth reporting on LEGOLAND's opening from PassPorter!) and you can get free tickets for admission between October 24-30. To get the free tickets, you need a coupon and a free membership to the LEGO VIP program. Free tickets are limited to 2 per household, but you can get up to six more at $10 off the normal price. Watch for more details on LEGOLAND Florida at PassPorter.| - 2011-09-22 19:09:01 [update] |286||While no official announcement has been made by LEGOLAND Florida regarding the exact opening date of its new park (other than just "October 2011"), a search of the Winter Haven, FL public records reveals some information. The city planning commission noted at a meeting last year that the opening date would be October 15, 2011. Nothing is official until LEGOLAND makes a more formal announcement, but this information (and source) appear solid. In other news, LEGOLAND Florida now has a Construction Cam, and is posting progress photos on their Facebook page.| - 2011-03-03 10:03:17 [update] |286||LEGOLAND Florida announced a new water park for children ages 2 - 12, to open in summer 2012. Single day ticket holders to LEGOLAND Florida can purchase the water park option for an additional $12 per person ($3 per child under age 3).
| - 2011-11-29 13:11:29 [update] |286||Universal Parks and Resorts and Warner Bros. Entertainment have announced plans for a "significant expansion" of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. No further details were revealed. The companies also announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be coming to Universal Studios, Hollywood. Again, no details were forthcoming.| - 2011-12-07 21:12:40 [update] |286||LEGOLAND® Florida opens October 15, 2011 and will be a 150-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. For more information, visit www.legolandfloridaresort.com| - 2011-05-24 12:05:38 [update] |287||When you book a new stay of at least 4 nights at Aulani, Disney's new Resort & Spa in Hawaii, between now and December 16, 2011, you get a 5th night free! This offer is available for most stays November 27 - December 16, 2011; January 4 - 12, 2012; and January 16 - 25, 2012. For details, check out the Disney Parks Blog.
| - 2011-10-17 19:10:36 [update] |287||The Tokyo Disney Resort, which, like much of that area of Japan, was affected by the recent earthquake, will reopen to the public on April 15. Tokyo Disneyland park, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, and Disney's Ambassador Hotel will all be open to the public, with the park operating only during daylight hours to conserve electricity. Tokyo DisneySea park will remain closed for now. Disney will donate �300 from each admission ticket to the Japanese Red Cross from now through May 14.| - 2011-04-13 23:04:25 [update] |287||On April 8, the Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group (a Chinese government-owned consortium) broke ground for the Shanghai Disney Resort. The new resort, which will initially cover 963 acres, is due to open in about five years. Initial investment by Disney and Shanghai Shendi will be $4.4 billion dollars, with Disney holding 43% ownership and Shanghai Shendi holding 57%. Each will contribute to the project in proportion to their ownership stake. While Shanghai Shendi will hold the majority financial stake, management of the park will be under Disney's control, with the Walt Disney Company holding 70% ownership of the joint venture management company. Breaking with tradition, this Magic Kingdom-style park will have an 11-acre green space at its entrance, rather than Main Street, to emphasize nature and sustainability.| - 2011-04-13 23:04:56 [update] |999||The popular (at least among the Disney community) HGTV show 'My Yard Goes Disney,' which features families getting a Disney makeover for their backyards, is now accepting applications for a potential new season. (The show has not been definitely confirmed for a new season yet.) Apply online at JayTV.net.| - 2011-07-27 08:07:50 [update] |999||All Grand Gathering Events (events exclusively for parties of 8 or more people) including the Safari Celebration, Good Morning Breakfast at Tony's Town Square, and International Dinner & Illuminations Dessert Party, will be held for the last time on January 28, 2012.
| - 2011-08-09 10:08:24 [update] |999||They are no longer just Mickey Ears! A new line of character ears will be debuting at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts in mid-September and online at the Disney Parks Online Store in October. Characters such as Dumbo, Tinker Bell, Woody, Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Fab Five have been immortalized with their own character "ears." Check them out on the Disney Parks Blog.
| - 2011-08-23 11:08:03 [update] |999||The price of the Disney Mobile Magic app, a navigation and planning tool for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and available only to Verizon Wireless customers, is now available at no charge. The application is available for phones and other mobile devices that run the Android operating system. The good news for Apple iPhone fans is that an Apple version of the application is in the works, again to be available only to Verizon Wireless customers.| - 2011-08-24 23:08:59 [update] |999||Walt Disney World Resort has been named to "The BCA 10: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America for 2011" list. BCA is the Business Committee for the Arts, part of Americans for the Arts. Walt Disney World was recognized for their support of the arts in Central Florida.
| - 2011-09-13 11:09:17 [update] |999||Beginning May 2, 2011, all Disney owned-and-operated stores at Walt Disney World and Disneyland will change their merchandise return time frame from 90 days to 30 days from date of purchase.| - 2011-04-19 10:04:36 [update] |999|| The 2012 Disney World Moms Panel will be accepting applications beginning at 9:00 am eastern on September 12, 2011. For more details, check out the web site!
| - 2011-07-05 13:07:00 [update] |999|| The new Four Seasons Hotel at Walt Disney World, originally scheduled to open in 2010, is now scheduled to open in 2014. The 445-room luxury hotel plus golf course is being built on 298 acres sold to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts by Disney, in Disney's new Golden Oak development. Golden Oak is just to the east of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, in the northeast corner of Walt Disney World property, and features Disney-sold luxury, private residences as well as the hotel and golf course.
| - 2011-07-05 13:07:52 [update]