Skip to main content

Ears the News with Richard


'Disney Junior - Live on Stage!' has been closed for a refurbishment and is set to officially reopen on Friday, February 15th.  Cast Member only previews are scheduled for this Sunday and Monday, with guest soft openings then expected ahead of the official reopening on Friday.  As always, plans are subject to change, especially with soft opens, but if you are in the park and want to see the new show, keep a look out mid-week.  The show has been updated to include new characters 'Sofia the First' and 'Doc McStuffins.'


The final component of the NextGen MyMagic+ experience is set to begin testing in the parks late next week.

MagicBands will be given to a limited number of guests during a small trial period, where the full spectrum of MyMagic+ will be tested in real-world use for the first time. Wearing the MagicBands allows the guest to 'Touch to Enter' at the parks main entrance, 'Touch to Pay' at shops and quick service restaurants, touch for FASTPASS+ access to attractions, and 'Touch to Enter' room access.  Test Track will become the first attraction where the MagicBands can be used as part of the experience, in place of the white cards that are currently used in the design studio. 

The standard MagicBands are expected to be available in a range of colors, red, black, blue, green, pink, orange and yellow.  Disney has also said that special designer MagicBands will be available at an additional cost.

It is expected that once this initial MagicBand test is complete, the rollout will continue in phases to a full deployment of MyMagic+ during the remainder of 2013.


The Bay Lake Tower pool is scheduled to be closed for a short refurbishment from 2/14/2013 to 2/15/2013.  The main pool at the Contemporary Resort will remain available during the closure.


The new Tangled themed restroom area being built in Fantasyland is expected to open later this month.  It appears that the work on the buildings is now largely complete, and crews are busy on the ground working on the rest and relaxation area.


Disney has today opened the registration for the 2013 'The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend.'  The nighttime race takes place on 5/10/2013 at 10:00 PM at Disney's Hollywood Studios and ESPN Wide World of Sport, and is the only 10 mile event at Walt Disney World.

Visit the official runDisney website to register and to find out more about the event.

 
Entry Fees and Deadlines:


The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler

$135 by March 26, 2013
$150 between March 27 and May 21, 2013
$165 on or after May 22, 2013

Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run

$50 per participant 

runDisney Kids Races

$15 per Kids Dash participant
$30 per 1-Mile Run participant
 
Disney Villains Hollywood Bash

$54 by May 21, 2013
$64 between May 22 and September 4, 2013
$74 on or after September 5, 2013


Monorail Red is now back in service after being restored to its usual colors following its time as The Avengers Monorail for most of 2012.

 
Video from WDWMagic.com
 
Photo from WDWMagic
The Magic Kingdom Express Monorail wait time sign is now operational. When leaving the Magic Kingdom guests can check on the overhead sign at the entrance to the monorail to see the expected wait time for the monorail. A similar sign has also been installed on the other side of entrance area for the Magic Kingdom Ferry Boat, although this is not yet operating.

 

 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Villas at the Disneyland Hotel Review

I love staying at the Disneyland Hotel so when I got the opportunity to stay at the new Villas at the Disneyland Hotel during opening weekend, I couldn’t pass it up. Because it was opening weekend, we were greeted in the entrance way of the lobby with balloons and many photo opportunities. When we arrived, there was a mural of the Haunted Mansion. I love how the seats in the main lobby were designed like the teacups in the parks. You can check in using the Disneyland app, drop your bags with bell services and head into the parks or use the amenities why you wait until your room is ready. When your room is ready, the resort will send you a text and you can use the Disneyland app on your mobile device to unlock the room. We dropped off our bags and went straight to the parks. We received a text around 1PM that our room was ready. In the new Discovery Tower (the Villas), you'll find that the lobby is very spacious with many places to sit while you read or wait for your family. Th

Universal's Volcano Bay Private Cabana Review

On a recent training in Universal Orlando Resort, agents Maci, Ashley, Aubrey and Yaritza and I rented a private cabana for the day at Universal's Volcano Bay. There are multiple locations around the park along with the option to have an upper or lower level, all of which reflect in various pricing. Agent Ashley received an email the day before informing her of where to check-in the next morning. While we were personally escorted to the cabana shortly after check in, the line at the check in location is the same as those getting towels, meaning it was not short. As expressed by an additional guest checking into a different cabana, we would have greatly appreciated a separate line, since this caused our group about a half hour wait. We're all adults and made great use of our time getting some fun pictures before the park was filled with guests, but this is important to be aware of if you are traveling with children.  We had an upper level Cabana which came with a splendid view!

Remy Brunch Review

On a recent Disney Cruise with a dear friend, we treated ourselves to a brunch at Remy. At the time of writing, this adult only dining option starts at $75 per person. There is a dress code and even at brunch guests definitely dress up for this dining experience. We got all gussied up after rolling out of the oh so comfortable beds on the Disney Fantasy, and went upstairs.  We were quickly escorted to our seat while being given a brief synopsis of the history of the restaurant. Our table had a lovely water view and if one looked hard enough, a small amount of the AquaDuck! We were given a water menu and asked what kind we would like. Simply put, if I am going to indulge in a beverage during an already expensive meal, it's going to be an adult libation nine times out of ten. For that reason, I told our server that I would be happy with tap and so did my dining companion who whispered in my ear she could not justify $15 on breakfast water. We were quickly served complimentary champag