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Showing posts from September, 2012

Ears the News with Richard

There is not a lot going on in the wonderful world of refurbs this week. Disney's Polynesian Resort is now getting the RFID lock upgrade on guest room doors.  The work is currently in progress and is set to be completed by the end of the month.
The fitness center at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort has been temporarily relocated to an air-conditioned tent in the convention center parking lot. The temporary location is open daily from 6:30am to 10:00pm daily, and is expected to be in use until early November.
New costumes debuted for the entire cast at Epcot's American Adventure pavilion.
The Magic Kingdom parking plaza entrance is getting a new paint job. The Pepto-Bismol pink is out and attractive shades of blue are in.

The 'Alice in Wonderland' themed kids splash playground at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort is now open to guests.
The new area features a central play zone with two slides and several interactive waterfalls, all surrounded by a shallow splash area.  …

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Radiator Springs Racers!  Who's been on this awesome ride?

World Showcase Spotlight: Mexico!

As a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World, there are many things I look forward to each and every trip.Attractions, shows, dining – the list goes on and on.At the top of this list is visiting World Showcase at Epcot.World Showcase is a cultural and culinary adventure through eleven different countries without needing a passport or racking up lots of frequent flyer miles.Over the next several months, I want to feature a spotlight on each of the pavilions that make up World Showcase.Naturally, I’m going to start with the country we always visit first when we begin our around-the-world trek – the Mexico pavilion.
As you enter World Showcase from Future World, Mexico is on your left.It’s hard to miss the beautiful Aztec-inspired pyramid that towers over the rest of the pavilion. When you get closer, the sounds of trumpets and guitars from a live 12-piece Mexican Mariachi band grab your attention.And while we’re discussing the atmosphere, it’s hard to ignore the smell of the tempting Mexi…

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It's a Build a Bear at Downtown Disney!  What's your favorite store at Downtown Disney?

Ears the News with Richard

The refurbs for this week are a little on the light side. The locks on guest rooms at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort are now in the process of being upgraded. Also going on at the Grand Floridian, the main courtyard pool is now walled off for work to begin on a major refurbishment. The pool is expected to reopen in late December of this year after being completely rebuilt and featuring a new zero entry sloped side. The Courtyard pool bar is also closed during the work. The resort's Beach pool remains open during the work.

The Boneyard playground at Disney's Animal Kingdom is closing for a short refurbishment this month, from 9/18/2012 to 9/19/2012,

Work started this week on the Cinderella Castle Dream lights that make up the spectacular Cinderella’s Holiday Wish show, which transforms CinderellaCastle after dark with 200,000 sparkling white LED lights. The crane is expected to be onsite through the rest of September.

The pieces of coaster track spotted last month at the o…

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Does anybody know where you can find this scene at Disney?

Remy: Perfection at Sea

Most will agree that the Disney Cruise Line experience is fantastic, and many will include a visit to Palo to enhance their cruise.I have discovered that to reach the pinnacle of enjoyment on your Disney Cruise you need to dine at Remy. Remy is one of the adult-only restaurants available on both the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy.The menu for Remy was created by Chef Arnaud Lallement from l’Assiette Champenoise and Chef Scott Hunnel from Victoria & Albert's.My mouth waters just thinking about this menu!
I was fortunate enough to dine at Remy on the Disney Fantasy, and I must admit that the excitement starts to build even before you check in at the podium (used for both Palo and Remy).Prior to your reservation time, you will receive an invitation to meet with the Chef Sommelier to peruse the Wine Room for a rare wine to accompany your meal.Although we did not accept this invitation, it really sets the tone for the evening.Once you have checked in and are waiting for your tab…

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Boarding Group 10!  Not so great!  What's the worst boarding group number you've had on a Disney Cruise?

Three Must See 3-D Attractions!

We all know that Walt Disney World offers a wide variety of entertainment, from thrill rides and onstage performances, to 3-D attractions.You will never be bored on Disney property!While most 3-D movies at your hometown theaters can be impressive or leave you wanting more, Disney’s offerings of 3-D isn’t just a visual experience!

Narrowing it down to just three must see 3-D attractions is hard for me.I’m always amazed at what Disney brings next and while 3-D has been around for a long time, there is always something new to make you jump out of your seat cheering for more.So what are my personal three must see 3-D attractions?
3.It’s Tough to be a Bug - Located in the Tree of Life in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, It’s Tough to be a Bug is full of spiders, beetles, butterflies and many other creepy-crawlies.No, not the real ones!Put on your Bug-Eye glasses and join Flick as he hosts the show.The audience members are now “honorary bugs” and get treated to meeting some of Flick’s friends.During …

Ears the News with Richard

Disney has launched a new Fantasyland teaser site.  The website provides some new artwork, a map, and an email sign-up form to register for updates.  The new site can be viewed here.

Work on "The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow," currently under construction at Disney's Hollywood Studios has spilled over to the outside of the building. A construction wall has gone where the queue was located for the former attraction. According to Disney, this new attraction will be a first-of-its-kind sensory experience in which Guests will have the chance to be enveloped by the world of the Pirates of the Caribbean as seen in the four feature films.  It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2012 in the former Narnia meet and greet location on Mickey Avenue.

According to a recently filed construction permit, Epcot will be receiving a new meet and greet location. The new meet and greet is described in the permit as "Epcot - Front of Park meet and greet." The location will most li…

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It's Mickey!  Where at Disney can you find this Mickey?

Flame Tree BBQ: BBQ with a View!

If you’ve been following our blog then you know that there are many restaurants at Walt Disney World that our agents adore.So far we have been highlighting table-service locations, but today I want to share with you my favorite counter service location in all of Walt Disney World—Flame Tree BBQ! I’m a Southern gal, so naturally I love, love, LOVE some good BBQ!Whenever anyone asks for advice on what counter service location to dine at, top of my list is always Flame Tree BBQ.As a matter of fact, on the last day of our honeymoon my husband and I made a quick jaunt to Animal Kingdom for the sole purpose of grabbing lunch at Flame Tree BBQ and riding Expedition Everest one last time before the Magical Express picked us up.It’s that yummy! Flame Tree BBQ is in Discovery Island, just before the entrance to Dinoland.  Just follow your nose.You can smell the savory, smoked meats from afar.This is a popular restaurant and during busy hours you might see people lined up since this is an outdoor …

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It's a Cars-o-rail!  Monorail overlays - are you a fan?  Yay or Nay?

My 10 Favorite Things About Aulani!

The 10 Things I Love About Aulani
Aloha, cousins!  Some of you lovely blog followers might recall that I (Agent Heather, that is!), was so lucky to have traveled to Disney’s newest resort, Aulani, this summer.  If I had to sum Aulani up in one word, I think it would most likely be this: Perfection.  But, one word doesn’t really do it justice, since I could talk for days and days about how amazing this place is, so I’ll be a bit more eloquent (and I’ll try to refrain from writing a mini-novella).  Also, since they say a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll throw in a bunch of them, too!
We spent 7 nights and 8 days in paradise.  If you are thinking of a trip here, and you can swing the length of time, I’d absolutely recommend a trip of equal length - if not longer!  I live on the East Coast so the flight was quite the haul, and you need a nice long stay in Hawaii to recover from jet-lag and enjoy your time there.  While we were there I knew I’d be blogging about Aulani, and I was alre…

Ears the News with Richard

Enchanted Tales with Belle is now in limited previews. A limited number of invited guests were taken through the attraction.  This does not change the official start of previews beginning on 11/19/2012.
FASTPASS+ will be testing with a limited number of pre-selected guests from September 18 to September 24, 2012.  Guests will be contacted to take part in the test before arrival.  FASTPASS+ has already seen preliminary testing, but with recent implementations of in-park Wi-Fi and the introduction of the 'My Disney Experience App', this next round of testing should be a lot closer to the final product.
Periwinkle from the upcoming Disney Fairies movie "Secret of the Wings" will be coming to the Magic Kingdom in on 9/9/2012. She will be inside Tinker Bell's Magic Nook in Adventureland.

'Phineas and Ferb & YOU: A Brand New Reality' opened 9/1/2012 at Downtown Disney West Side. The augmented reality activity allows you to interact with characters Phineas, Ferb…