Friday, March 7, 2014

Ears the News with Richard




Car Masters Weekend will once again take place on Father's Day this summer at Downtown Disney.
No specific details are available yet, but expect to see the classic car show, automotive celebrity appearances, special merchandise, and meet and greet opportunities with the starts of Cars. 
The dates this year's Car Masters Weekend are 6/14/2014 to 6/15/2014.

#140Characters- courtesy Disney Parks Blog
The Magic Kingdom will once again host a 24 hour party from 6:00 AM to 6:00 AM, 5/23/2014 to 5/24/2014. This will be the third Magic Kingdom 24 hour event following the One More Disney Day event in 2012, and the Monstrous Summer event in 2013.

From the Disney press release:

24 Hours of Disney Fun

Laugh bigger, scream louder and stay out all day and night at an enchanting summer kick-off celebration! No matter which coast you find yourself on, prepare to "Rock Your Disney Side" with a gang of pirates, princesses, villains and party animals, right inside select Disney Parks!

From 6:00 AM to 6:00 AM, May 23 to May 24, 2014, you and your family are invited to dress up for the occasion and join a gathering of Disney heroes and villains for 24 hours of fun and follies—along with a selection of beloved attractions, popular shows and classic entertainment only Disney can bring to life.

Whether you make your way to the Theme Parks of Disneyland Resort in California or find yourself at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, you're sure to enjoy a memory-making day and night that will go down in history as "wicked fun for everyone."

So come as a prince, princess or pirate; a monster, a mermaid or even a Mad Hatter—whatever rocks your Disney Side!

Know Before You Go

General Event Details:

Hours of operation for the event will take place from 6:00 AM, May 23, 2014 to 6:00 AM, May 24, 2014.
Only select attractions, entertainment and services will be available.
Valid theme park admission is required.
Event is subject to restrictions and change without notice.
Costume Details:

Costumes should be child-friendly and adhere to any guidelines determined by Disney.
Costumes should not be obstructive, offensive or violent; drag on the ground; contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest; contain any weapons or objects which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
Masks may be worn, but they must not obstruct vision, and eyes must be visible at all times.
Guests who dress like Disney characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs.
Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused admission.
Disney Side Summer Sweepstakes

Share the magic and show your Disney Side. You could win a trip to the Rock Your Disney Side: 24-Hours event!

To enter, just tweet how you plan to "Rock" your Disney Side all season long, tagged with #DisneySideSweepsEntry. It's that simple.*

If you win, get ready to enjoy a coast-to-coast, 7-day/6-night Disney Parks vacation for 4—with back-to-back stays at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida followed by the Disneyland Resort in California, where you can enjoy the Rock Your Disney Side: 24-Hours event… live and in person!

The Magic Kingdom's 'Swiss Family Treehouse' will be closing for a refurbishment later this month. The walk-through attraction closes on 3/17/2044 through to 3/28/2014. The Treehouse last went down for a refurbishment in late 2011.

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover refurbishment that was scheduled for earlier this year has now been rescheduled. It will now take place from 5/3/2014 to 6/30/2014, 

The Astro Orbiter is scheduled to close for a major refurbishment in the summer of 2014. The closure begins on 5/3/2014 through to 8/20/2014.

The full rollout of MyMagic+ for Annual Passholders, including both FastPass+ and MagicBands, is planned to take place within the next couple of weeks. Some passholders have already been included during random testing, but this next phase will bring all passholders on-board by mid-march 2014. Annual Passholders should soon see the option to customize and order MagicBands in their 'My Disney Experience' account on the website or mobile app. Delivery of the MagicBands is expected to take place in late March 2014. As expected, Annual Passholders will have the ability to make FastPass+ reservations in advance of their arrival in the park, in a similar way to resort guests staying at a Walt Disney World hotel.

Photo Courtesy WDWMagic
Disney this week put up some great concept art at Downtown Disney to give us a first look at what the Disney Springs West Side parking garage will look like. The structures are not the typical concrete boxes, but instead make use of perforated metal over metal fins. The design also calls for louver panels and planter boxes.
The first of the two huge parking garages is currently under construction as part of the Disney Springs redevelopment, and is expected to open in late 2014.
Photos from WDWMagic.


Photo Courtesy WDWMagic
Pollo Campero at Downtown Disney will be closing at the end of operations on 3/19/2014. The quick service restaurant opened back in November 2010 following the removal of McDonalds. The BabyCakes NYC bakery, located inside Pollo Campero will also close at the same time. The restaurant will be demolished to make way for the Disney Springs redevelopment of Downtown Disney. No word as of yet on what will replace it.

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