River’s of Light Open for Cast Member Previews

Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom at NightThe opening Rivers of Light appears as though it may actually happen in the not so distant future. This past weekend Disney World previewed the show to their own cast members, which is most typically the first step in the opening of a new attraction or show. No further information is known at this time, but everything points to the opening of Rivers of Light happening pretty quickly. Let us know your thoughts below!

Disney Offering Private Cabanas for Rental in the Magic Kingdom

15181481_10102959759420369_7049671399896229526_nDisney has been coming up with many new and unique ways to increase their profit margins in the past couple of years, but is a new trend starting? Disney World is now offering private cabana rentals in the Magic Kingdom in an area in Tomorrowland between Space Mountain and Carousel of Progress. The “Kingdom Cabanas” are available for daily rental and come with a price tag of $649 for the day.

The Cabanas can be used by up to eight guests and included the following:

  • cold beverages
  • private/shaded seating
  • sunscreen, hand sanitizer, & insect repellant
  • cold beverages & snacks
  • lockable storage cabinet
  • electronic device charging station
  • a small refrigerator
  • one fruit basket
  • one time delivery of ice cream treats, desserts, and Mickey bars
  • personalized Mickey ears
  • reserved viewing location for parades and fireworks

Guests can book these cabanas by calling 407-WDW-PLAY or by visiting guests services in the park or in your resort hotel. Let us know your thoughts below or on Facebook.

Pandora – The World of Avatar Confirmed Opening in Summer 2017

avatar-landDisney World has just announced something we have all been waiting for, Pandora – The World of Avatar will open sometime in the summer of 2017. Of course that could me May or it could mean August, but at least we have a target time of year as we eagerly await this new land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Disney announced this during a recent D23 event and even said the scaffolding has been removed from the bridge that connects Pandora to Discovering Island and the rest of the Animal Kingdom Park.

Disney also announced some of the details on the story behind this land:

According to the storyline developed by Walt Disney Imagineering and Lightstorm Entertainment, this bridge was built during a time when a destructive company called the RDA came to Pandora. Now that they’re long gone, nature is breaking down evidence of their presence. This bridge will soon serve as an entry into the base camp of Alpha Centauri Expeditions, the eco-tour group that is preparing Pandora for future explorers and adventure seekers.

The entire Pandora – The World of Avatar land is set to open in 2017, and will transport guests to a visually stunning world complete with floating mountains and bioluminescent plants. Here, guests will be able to experience two excursions that will truly push adventure to the next level. First, the family friendly Na’vi River Journey will send guests down a sacred river hidden within a bioluminescent rainforest. Their journey will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. And second, the Avatar Flight of Passage excursion will offer the jaw-dropping experience of riding on a Banshee over the world of Pandora.

Let us know your thoughts below on the opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar.

New “4 Park Magic Ticket” Announced at Disney World For Limited Time

Annual PassesDisney World has been making changes to its theme park ticket structure over the last year since they announced tiered pricing on one day tickets. Now, Disney appears to be testing a new ticket type for a limited time called the “4 Park Magic Ticket”.

This new ticket gives guests a chance to go to each of the four Disney theme parks one time as it can be used for one day at Magic Kingdom, one day at Epcot, one day at Hollywood Studios, and one day at Animal Kingdom. It appears as though the ticket will work like a normal ticket in that you can enter and exit the same park, but it does not provide park hopping privileges. Also, like other Disney World tickets this ticket must be used within 14 days of first use.

One very unique part of this ticket is that Disney is marketing it as allowing guests to visit the parks for four days for just $70 per day, or a total ticket cost of $279 for adults and even less, $259, for children ages 3-9. Also unique is that the ticket is only going to be valid from now until May 26, 2017, even if you have days left on the ticket they will expire on that date. Another restriction is that these special tickets are only going to be sold through March 2, 2017, so if you want them make sure you get them by that date. A final restriction on this ticket is that they do include blackout dates from December 17 through January 2 and from April 10 to April 21. You can currently book the tickets at DisneyWorld.com/tickets. Let us know your thoughts on this new ticket type below.

New Enhancements Soon to Be Rolled Out Aboard the Disney Wonder

The Disney Wonder embodies the Disney Cruise Line tradition of blending the elegant grace of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners with contemporary design to create a stylish and spectacular cruise ship. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

The Disney Wonder, one of the classic Disney Cruise Line ships, is fresh out of its latest dry dock and will very soon be setting sail from Galveston, TX. Here are a few of the new enhancements that were recently released by the Disney Parks Blog.

Super hero sightings, a New Orleans-style street party celebration and “Frozen” fractals all around are just a few of the things that will wow your family aboard the transformed Disney Wonder. This week we are debuting an incredible lineup of enhancements, with something exciting for every member of the family.

Tiana's PlaceOne of the biggest enhancements came in the kids area of the ship as they have added the Marvel Super Hero Academy similar to the Disney Magic after its renovation. Here kids can meet Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and other super heroes from Marvel. We will also seeing the opening of a new restaurant on board, Tiana’s Place. Here you will get to enjoy dinner in the charm of the Louisiana bayou itself. The southern-style cuisine will lead the way for the great atmosphere and your dinner will even include a live jazz band, a parade, and performances by Tiana herself.

Frozen Adventures - OlafGuests will also get to enjoy a new stage musical, “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular”. In this new show guests will feel as if they’ve stepped in to the middle of snowy Arendelle and will get to hear all of their favorite songs and see all of their favorite characters from the Frozen movie. Another first of its kind addition to Disney Cruise Line will be the ability for kids to be dropped off at Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post for a special show featuring their “Frozen” friends. After watching the show the kids can play in the Frozen Adventures area in the youth club including hands-on activities as well as interactions with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. A final new addition for the adults aboard is the Crown and Fin Pub. This authentic British tavern will gives adults time to grab a drink and relax after the long and busy day onboard.

These are not the only enhancements aboard the re-designed Disney Wonder. Once the ship officially opens we will outline any other changes, additions, or modifications. Let us know your thoughts on the new Disney Wonder below by commenting here or on Facebook.

Disney to Debut New Holiday Light Show at Disney Springs

Just last week the FAA granted Disney World the right to fly small drones over their property for entertainment purposes. Disney has wasted no time putting that to use as they have given us a sneak peak at one of the ways those drones are going to be used in an all new and super innovative nighttime holiday light show at Disney Springs. The Disney Parks Blog stated the following:

This holiday season, the idea of “wishing upon a star” will take on an even more magical meaning in the skies of Disney Springs.

They also released this video of a behind the scenes look at the show. Be sure and watch and let us know what you think by commenting below or on Facebook.

Festival of the Holiday’s Menus Released for Disney California Adventure

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Earlier this year Disneyland announced the addition of Festival of the Holiday’s to this years holiday festivities. This new event at Disney’s California Adventure park will celebrate the cultural diversity present in holiday celebrations around the world. It will feature musical presentations from around the globe as well as internationally inspired food dishes for everyone to enjoy. Just this week Disneyland has released the menus associated with this event. Here is what we know about the different dining options at this point according to the Disney Parks Blog.

Heritage Cottage

  • Braised Beef Short Rib with smashed potatoes and sauerbraten sauce
  • Weisswurst Sausage & Sauerkraut with stone ground mustard and pretzel crumble
  • Vanilla Rice Pudding with apple compote and cinnamon streusel crunch

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Making Spirits Bright

  • Wines by the glass and tasting flights
  • Warm Holiday Spiced Wine
  • Sparkling Apple-pomegranate Juice

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Nosh & Nibbles

  • Brisket Potato Croquette with horseradish crème
  • Sweet Spiced Noodle Kugel
  • Reuben Potato Smash with Russian dressing and Rye toast

Good Fortune’s Feast

  • Adobo Pork Bao with shaved red onion and crispy garlic chicharron
  • Smoked Duck & Vegetable Spring Roll with cabbage and sweet plum sauce
  • Chilled Papaya Shrimp Salad with chili-garlic vinaigrette and crispy noodles
  • Winter Mint Milk Tea

Spice Salutations

  • Chicken & Potato Curry with Kefir cream and grilled naan
  • Carrot & Chickpea Fritters with coriander-almond sauce
  • Cardamom & Saffron Sweet Cheese Tart with mulled fruit
  • Mango Lassi

Brews & Bites

  • Local, Seasonal & International Beers and tasting flights
  • Holiday Cheese Ball with crackers & pretzels

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Mistletoe Morsels

  • Holiday Swedish Meatballs with creamy gravy and Lingonberry sauce
  • Classic Crab Cake with lemon tartar sauce
  • Shrimp Cocktail Martini with chili sauce and jalapeño olive
  • Holiday Eggnog Cocktail with whipped cream and nutmeg dusting
  • Merry Berry Sherbet Punch

Southern Home Holidays

  • Grilled Spicy Chicken Sausage with red beans and rice
  • Southern Mac & Cheese with jalapeño cornbread crumble
  • Sweet Potato Pie with candied pecans
  • Cranberry Sweet Tea topped with berry foam

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Winter Sliderland

  • Roasted Turkey Slider with cranberry sauce and gravy
  • Kalua Pork Slider with pineapple jam and cider slaw
  • Praline & Bourbon Whoopie Pie
  • Sparkling Apple-cranberry Juice

Fiesta en Familia

  • Green Chile Pozole with Vegetables
  • Red Chile Pozole with Pork
  • Fresh Fish Ceviche with chili-lime tortilla chips
  • Guava Agua Fresca

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Yuletide Yummies

  • Mini Turkey Pot Pie with cranberry drizzle
  • Pesto Puff Pastry Twist
  • Gingerbread Bundt Cake with orange-vanilla sauce
  • Eggnog Cheesecake with spiced whipped cream
  • Mocha Yule Log with candied chestnuts
  • Raspberry Linzer Tart
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding with Brandied Cream
  • Frozen Chocolate Milk with whipped cream and sprinkles
  • Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate with house-made cinnamon marshmallows
  • Inspired wine and beer selections

Mosaic Delights

  • Roasted Lamb with masala spice Basmati rice and poached raisins
  • Mini Falafel donuts with pickled vegetables and Tahini drizzle
  • Baklava with walnuts, pistachios and honey
  • Iced Moroccan Mint Tea

Abuelita’s Kitchen

  • Chicken Cilantro Tamale with roasted Tomatillo salsa verde
  • Beef and Cheese Tamale with red chili sauce
  • Chorizo Bean Sopes with Cotija cheese and fresh crèma
  • Spiced Peanut Brittle
  • Pomegranate Margarita

Treats for Santafoh-12

  • Mickey Snowman Cookie Decorating Kit
  • Harvest Puff Pastry
  • Assorted Cookies
  • Classic Panettone
  • Candied Chestnut Panettone
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Pumpkin Seed Brittle
  • Walnut Fudge
  • Warm Bourbon Cider
  • White Hot Chocolate with house-made peppermint marshmallows
  • Holiday Fruit Punch

As you can see, the list is actually very extensive, probably much more extensive than most people had imagined when this event was announced. Let us know your thoughts below on this event and even specific menu items you would like to try.

PizzeRizzo Opening November 18 at Hollywood Studios

PizzaRizzoDisney has just announced that PizzeRizzo at Hollywood Studios is officially opening to guests on November 18. Disney guests have long wanted a larger presence of the Muppets in the theme parks and now they are getting a new themed restaurant in that genre. The Disney Parks Blog also included the following about the new restaurant:

I also have mouthwatering menu details to share! Entrees are served with a side Caesar salad, and include personal-sized Pizza Pies, available in four varieties—vegetable, pepperoni, meat lovers and cheese, as well as a Meatball Sub. If you’re looking for a lighter option, the Antipasto Salad features a bed of Romaine lettuce piled high with tomatoes, Mozzarella, Kalamata olives, ham, pepperoni, salami and Balsamic Vinaigrette.

For dessert, indulge in traditional Italian sweets like Cannoli and Tiramisu. Specialty drinks will also be available, including a non-alcoholic Peach Bellini, and a Wildberry-Basil Lemonade Limoncello in addition to beer and wine for adults.

This restaurant is of course replacing the former Pizza Planet restaurant that was in this location and in most people’s minds anything is a step up from the food that was served during those days. What on the menu are you most looking forward to? Be sure to comment below or let us know how you feel about this new restaurant on Facebook.

‘Once Upon a Time’ Projection Show Coming to Magic Kingdom

once-upon-a-time-showDisney World will be home to a new castle projection show, ‘Once Upon a Time’, beginning on November 4, 2016. The show will replace the current show, “Celebrate the Magic”, and will play in it’s predecessor’s spot prior to and after the fireworks show most nights.

‘Once Upon a Time’ will be hosted by Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast as she will be sharing bedtime stories with Chip. As the stories are told the guests will be able to go along with them on a magical trip that will visit some of Disney’s greatest films like “Peter Pan”, “Cinderella”, “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”, and “Alice in Wonderland”. Disney has announced that some very famous scenes from those movies will be included including Peter Pan’s flight from London to Neverland, a tea party with the Mad Hatter, and a dual between Gaston and Beast.

once-upon-a-time-show-bThis show was inspired by a new show that has debuted at Tokyo Disneyland Park which has a similar name and uses projection mapping technology to complete cover Cinderella Castle in the images. Let us know your thoughts on this upcoming show by posting a comment below or visiting us on Facebook.

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Disney Cruise Line Brings Home Readers’ Choice Award as Top Cruise Line

Disney Dream from Castaway CayConde Nast Traveler, one of the leading travel magazines and blogs in the world, has announced the results of their annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Conde Nast announced that over 300,000 readers participated in the award voting as they named the top airlines, hotels, cities, resorts, cruise lines, and other travel theme destinations around the world. Disney Cruise Line, who has been in the top spot in the Conde Nast voting for quite some time, has once again been voted the top cruise line in the world according to readers in the large cruise ship category.

Karl Holz, the president of Disney Cruise Line said this:

“These kinds of awards are among my favorite. “The input is unfiltered and genuine, and comes directly from readers and our guests. It speaks volumes about our Cast and Crew Members who deliver the most amazing cruise vacations.”

The large cruise ship category, where Disney won, was due to the Disney Dream and Fantasy ships. Disney also placed second in the medium ship category behind Crystal Cruises based on the Disney Wonder and Magic ships. The awards will be officially announced when the November edition of the Conde Nast Traveler magazine comes out on October 25, 2016.

Be sure and visit our friends at Big Dreams Travel if you are interested in traveling on the fantastic Disney Cruise Line. They can advise you and help you plan the best cruise vacation for your family.