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Ears the News: April 10, 2021 Edition

 Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com Head salesman first to be removed from the Jungle Cruise as rework gets underway Work is underway at Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise.  The "head salesman" Trader Sam is seen as the first to go.  The changes and additions will be added in phases over the next couple of months.  Imagineers do not anticipate the closure of the ride. Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com Construction walls up in the Morocco pavilion as Disney moves to modify a social media photo spot Last week, construction walls went up at EPCOT's Morocco pavilion. Access to the area is blocked from the other side of the marketplace.  The remainder of the pavilion walkways are open to guests. Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com Orange County Mayor comments on timelines for mask mandate expiring Mayor Jerry Demings commented on the mask mandate during a briefing.  Demings replied that the mask mandate would likely end when about 50% of the population is vacc
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10 Tips for a Great Universal Orlando Vacation

Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure are much more than just theme parks. The Universal Orlando Resort has some amazing attractions, gorgeous hotel properties and superb restaurants! With the new   Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure ride now open and Jurassic World's VelociCoaster scheduled to open June 10, 2021, Universal Orlando is the hottest vacation destination for families this summer. I have compiled a list of 10 must-do tips on how to maximize your Universal Orlando vacation. Top 10 Tips 10. Express Pass - Universal's Express Pass let's you skip the regular line for many attractions. It comes in two forms, Unlimited, or once per ride. Universal parks have been reaching capacity lately so this is a must! You can add the Express Pass Unlimited right to your ticket purchase. If you stay on-site at one of Universal's 3 Premier Hotels, you get the Universal Express Unlimited Pass free with your stay! These hotels include Hard Rock Ho

50's Prime Time Café

Transport yourself back to the booming 50s right here in Walt Disney World! In Disney's Hollywood Studios, right off of Echo Lake, you can step back in time as you enter an old-school suburban home. Don’t let the word “café” throw you off, this is a full table-service restaurant that is styled to be like a family dinner at your mom’s house, back in the day. Yes, there’s a backstory to this place! When you first walk in, you’re greeted by a full bar that appears to be in a retro living/family room (this is the Tune-In Lounge). I’m talking funky wall décor, shiny linoleum, bright leather-clad furniture, the works. The tables you dine at are set up like an old kitchen, complete with CRT TVs showcasing popular black-and-white sitcom classics. As a young adult, I love this setting, as I never got to experience this style growing up myself.  It doesn’t stop at the looks, though. Our mother knows how to craft a hearty meal! Any fan of classic American comfort food will love 50's Pri

Disney MagicMobile Service

Disney is constantly coming out with new technology to enhance the guest experience at the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney MagicMobile Pass is the newest enhancement option that provides guests with a convenient and contactless way to enter the theme parks, unlock their Resort Hotel door and more!  What is the MagicMobile Pass, you ask? It's a new, easy-to-use pass on your smart device that is linked to your My Disney Experience account. You can create a customized digital pass through the My Disney Experience app and then add it to the Wallet app on iPhone or the digital wallet on other smart devices.  You can choose from several Disney-themed designs that animate upon use. There are designs themed for each theme park, Mickey Mouse and the rest of the Fab Five, and there's even special designs just for Annual Passholders and DVC Members! For added ease, you can store multiple passes on a single device which is a great option for families! I already know that I'll be the d

Ears the News: April 3, 2021 Edition

Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com Main Street Confectionery opens in temporary location at Main Street Cinema The Main Street Confectionery at the Magic Kingdom closed at the end of March to begin a large scale refurbishment project.  The Main Street Confectionery will now be located at the Main Street Cinema until the refurbishment is complete.  One will find mostly pre-packaged items, candy apples, and rice crispy treats.  Unfortunately, food items like cupcakes and fudge will not be sold.  A reopening date is still to be determined but it is expected to run into at least June.   Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com Florida Governor moves to prevent the use of vaccine passports in the state of Florida including at theme parks Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, stated that he hinted to block the use of COVID-19 vaccine passports in Florida because of privacy concerns.  He states, "It is completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to im

10 Things Carnival Has Over Royal Caribbean

Carnival and Royal docked in Nassau Both Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines are known for their exciting, family-friendly vacations, popularity, and affordability. I am a loyal Carnival passenger, but when Royal Caribbean's Perfect Day at CocoCay opened, I just had to check it out.  Royal Caribbean is an amazing cruise line, with some of the best on-board sports activities and technology, but these are the differences that I only realized after cruising on both cruise lines last year. Carnival Sunrise in Brooklyn We sailed on a 4-Night Bahamian cruise on Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas in February 2020 (right before the shutdown). It departed from Port Canaveral with two stops at Perfect Day at CocoCay, and one stop in Nassau. RC's Navigator and Mariner of the Seas   10 reasons Carnival wins me over: 1. The Staterooms:  On the Mariner, I had a standard inside stateroom. There was a mirror on every wall, including behind the bed. The décor looked outdated with d