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The Main Street Bakery is nearing its reopening and the Starbucks signs are now in-place on the exterior of the bakery. There are currently two signs, one double-sided hanging over the door and sidewalk, and one in place on the window. The Main Street Bakery is expected to reopen on 6/19/2013.
The Magic Kingdom debuted the new summer edition of Celebrate the Magic as part of its Monstrous Summer and Limited Time Magic. The new edition of the show features a summer themed segment and will play nightly throughout the summer - check it out in the video below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oGSZVXn-lvI video from WDWMagic.com
The Character Spot meet and greet location in Epcot's Future World will be reopening to guests on 6/3/2013. Character Spot closed back in October 2012, and was originally expected to reopen in January 2013. No word yet on which characters you will be able to meet, but Mickey is a sure bet.
The new 'Wilderness Explorers' adventure ga…

Did You Know?

Of the 183 characters in Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, 128 of them are found in the "Under the Sea" scene! Ursula the sea witch stands 7 1/2 feet tall and 12 feet wide!

Five Fabulous Quick Service Meals at Walt Disney World

When planning a Walt Disney World vacation, many guests (myself included) obsess over which restaurants to visit.  With so many fantastic options, Disney dining has become as much a part of the overall vacation experience as the rides and resorts.  Most of the attention goes to table service locations, as reservations can be made 180 days ahead of time and available tables quickly fill up. Today I am going to spend some time talking about their often overlooked little brother: quick service dining locations.  While they do not get as much attention as table service restaurants, they all have the trademark Disney attention to detail and theming, and a wide variety of delicious food options.
Starring Rolls Café, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Located near the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard, this is a fantastic place to grab a pastry and people watch.This is a small restaurant with no indoor seating that is easy to overlook, but don’t let its size fool you.  There is a lot of del…

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Possibly the best pot of Mac & Cheese anywhere.  Ever. At Napa Rose, Disneyland.

Freedom isn't Free

Kingdom Konsultants would like to thank those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Ears the News with Richard

Magic Kingdom's Monstrous Summer All-Nighter begins on Friday 5/24/2013. If you are planning on attending here is the schedule for the day. 
5/24/2013 – 5/25/2013, 6:00 AM to 6: 00 AM
Entertainment
Dance Party at the hub (2am to 5:45am)
Monsters Movie Night in Tomorrowland (11pm to 5am)
Monsters Dance Party in Tomorrowland (4pm to 9pm)
Monsters pre-parade (12:15pm, 2:45pm)
Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade (12:30pm, 3pm)
Main Street Electrical Parade (9pm and 1am)
Celebrate the Magic (9:45pm, 12:00am)
Wishes 10pm
Meet and Greets
Mike and Sulley: Intermittent from 11pm to 5am
Captain Jack Sparrow
Tinker Bell's Magical Nook
Ariel's Grotto
Town Square Theater
Mickey and Minnie in PJs 11pm to 6am Attractions Open 24 hours Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Town Square Theater
Jungle Cruise
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Swiss Family Treehouse
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Tinker Bell's Magical Nook
The Hall of Presidents
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Country Bear Jamboree
Ariel'…

Did You Know?

The Earffel Tower water tower at Disney's Hollywood Studios (back right of the above photo), would wear a hat size of 342 3/4!

Disneyland Paris.... Strangely Familiar But Very Different.


The Disneyland Paris (DLP) resort is about 4800 acres in total, though less than half is a developed vacation resort. The main area (parks and hotels) is best described as like Disneyland Resort in size and scope. 6 resort hotels, shopping village, two parks, golf, campsite and partner (non Disney) hotels. The main Disney area is compact enough to be walkable, but big enough not to be cramped. Unlike the American resorts DLP is quite remote for visitors, being about 40 minutes from Paris by Metro train and 30 minutes from Charles de Gaulle airport by coach. The hotels have their own parking lots, and the parks both share one huge surface lot that has covered moving sidewalks in lieu of parking trams for transport to the gates. It's also worth noting the Disney hotels are all a 10-30 minute stroll to the parks, or a free for guests shuttle bus service constantly serves each resort hotel to the bus station adjacent to the park entrances.

Looking at an aerial photo or map, three …

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya

Lucky for us, the Mayans were wrong in their prediction of the end of the world last year.However, they were extremely successful thousands of years ago in building amazing temples and other buildings that formed the basis for large cities throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.For those of you lucky enough to sail on a Western Caribbean Disney Cruise with a stop at Costa Maya, you can see for yourself just how amazing these cities were.
Most stops in Costa Maya last a short 4-5 hours, which is the perfect amount of time for an excursion to the Chacchoben Mayan City.The tour starts off with a 1 hour ride aboard an air conditioned coach bus from the port through the jungle and farmlands of the area.For many people, this is an eye opening bus ride through very poor and rural areas of Mexico.These villages and rural areas are much different from what we are used to seeing in the resort areas of Mexico.During the bus ride, your tour guide does an excellent job of providing background history o…

Did you know?

Did you know that the Seven Seas Lagoon in front of the Magic Kingdom is man made?  The Seven Seas Lagoon is also the main waterway for resort and Transportation and Ticket Center ferries.  It is also where the nightly Electrical Water Pageant takes place!  Guests can also rent watercraft from the surrounding resort marinas to use on the Seven Seas Lagoon, as well as Bay Lake.

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Do you know which Disney resort has pool tables in some of the rooms?

Ears the News with Richard

The opening of Adventurers Outpost at Disney's Animal Kingdom has been moved back a few days. Originally expected to open on 5/12/2013, it is now planned to open on 5/15/ 2013. The new indoor meet and greet will be home to Mickey and Minnie.
The first of the new construction walls for Disney Springs are now up on Pleasure Island. Entering from the West Side, most of the right side up to Curl is now completely walled off and ready for the first wave of Disney Springs construction, which is expected to include some demolition of the former Pleasure Island structures. 
The Pirates of the Caribbean refurbishment that was scheduled for 6/17/2013 to 6/20/2013 has been rescheduled. The new dates are 7/27/2013 to 7/30/2013.
The refurbishment of Prince Charming Regal Carrousel that was scheduled for 5/28/2013 to 6/10/2013 has been postponed. No word yet on when it will be rescheduled.
The Star Wars Weekend celebrity list looks to be complete.
Weekend 1 May 17 - 19 Ray Park - (Darth Maul - Star W…

Did you know?

Did you know that about 12% of Walt Disney World Resort property is made of up well managed landscaping and gardens?  The garden in the picture above can be found at the Canada Pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase.

Epcot Must-Do Experiences for a First Time Visitor!

One of Walt's biggest dreams for his Florida Project was the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, also known as Epcot.  Here dreams of the future have taken place and come true since it's opening day October 1, 1982.  Now, over 30 years later, Epcot is still delighting guests with its unique experiences and attractions.  Everyone who visits will find something they love, whether it be a high-speed attraction in Future World or a stroll through World Showcase.  Today I want to shed some light on some must-dos for guests visiting Epcot for the first time!

Travel in Time
When you hear the name Epcot, chances are the image of a giant, silver geosdesic sphere come to mind.  While many people refer to it as the giant golf ball, Spaceship Earth is the park's icon, and does it ever make itself present!  Standing tall and proud at the front of the park, it's unmissable.  Some people are surprised to find out that there is actually a ride inside of the sphere.  For a fir…

It’s All in the Disney Details

If you have ever been to a Disney Park, you have seen Disney’s impeccable attention to detail in every attraction, restaurant and gift shop.Those details are what sets them apart and adds that special magical quality to every Disney vacation.The details don’t stop at the theme parks but continue throughout each and every Disney Resort.
Last time we took a look at a seemingly ordinary object, the trash can, so it should be no surprise that today, we look at another often overlooked element of every Disney Resort…the carpet.You may think of a carpet as something you simply walk on to get to your room but it’s actually got a lot of character.
The carpet in the hallway at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort continues the boardwalk theme with a design that includes a Ferris wheel and a rollercoaster.If you look closely, you can see that Mickey is riding in the front car of the roller coaster!
The carpet at Disney’s Beach Club Resort includes elements from the beach and the sea.There’s a hidden Mic…

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Ears the News with Richard

Disney has confirmed that the Monsters Inc. character meet and greet at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be updated for the summer to incorporate the new Monsters University movie. The location will be re-themed as the Monsters University Student Union, including a view of the campus. Guests will continue to be able to meet both Mike and Sulley. The current location will close for the refurbishment from 5/14/2013 to 5/24/2013.
The Disney Parks blog is giving us a look inside the Princess Fairytale Hall construction site at the Magic Kingdom. As you can tell from the video, the new meet and greet location will be a fully immersive environment. The new Disney Princess meet and greet is expected to open later this year in Fantasyland. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sNkgTa-DYkA Video from the Disney Parks Blog
The Disney Parks blog it also giving us a behind-the-scenes tour of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train construction site in the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyla…