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Ears the News with Richard

Following this year's trend of adding premium experiences to nearly every Walt Disney World event, this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will debut "Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle." 
For an additional $99 per person, in addition to the ticket for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you will get to experience a character hosted dessert party inside Cinderella's Royal Table, along with preferred viewing for Boo-to-You parade and HalloWishes fireworks. To make a reservation, please call (407) 939-5262 From Disney. Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle Join Lady Tremaine and her villainous friends at the witching hour for the season’s most decadent dessert party. Taking place during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party, it’s the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle! Set within the majestic halls of Cinderella’s Royal Table, don’t miss your chance to meet a…

Magical Extras

Each year, Disney includes what they call "Magical Extras" with their Walt Disney World vacation packages. These are extra discounts or bonuses for items and experiences all over Disney property.
The list of Magical Extras for 2015 packages is very extensive, with several exciting new inclusions! Check out all of the great things you'll receive along with your package below:

These exclusive Magical Extras are included with Walt Disney Travel Company packages at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Walt Disney World Experiences Arcade Game Card - 100 points game play in arcades located in Disney Resort hotels. (One card per package).Basin: 10% off entire purchase at Basin White at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & SpaBass Fishing Excursions - 15% off the non-discounted price of a 2-hour Guided Bass Fishing Excursion or a Bass Nitro Fishing Excursion at select Walt Disney World marinas. Excursions include fishing equipment, rod, reel, shiners, artificial bait, nonalcoholi…

Agent Spotlight - Anna

Where do you call home? I live in Edison, New Jersey.  I am originally from Brooklyn, New York.
Are you married? I am married to my high school sweetheart - Michael (who is a Disney Fanatic also.)
Any children? Mike and I have been blessed with 4 children - 3 boys, and 1 girl.
Favorite vacation destination? Walt Disney World is our favorite vacation destination.
Favorite Walt Disney World Resort? My favorite Walt Disney Resort is Disney's Wilderness Lodge.
Favorite Walt Disney World attraction? That’s a tough one - Expedition Everest.
Favorite Disney restaurant? Another tough one - 'Ohana and Whispering Canyon.  Love the food and the atmosphere.
Favorite Disney snack? The Dole Whip Float!
Wishes, Fantasmic or IllumiNations? Wishes
Favorite Disney Souvenir? Christmas Ornaments
Earliest Disney vacation memory? October 6th, 1991 - Honeymoon
Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland or Walt Disney World? Have done all 3 but I think my favorite is Walt Disney World 
Disney experience that brings tears to…

Character Dining 101

Character dining at Walt Disney World is incredibly popular and for good reason.  The characters make their way around the room and stop at each table to mingle with the guests.  The whole family can take pictures with the characters, get an autograph or just chat it up with their favorite characters.  It’s a great way to meet characters without having to stand in line and you get to enjoy a meal while you do it!  Talk about an excellent use of multitasking!
Below is a list of all of the character dining restaurants, their locations, type of food offered, which meals offer a character dining experience, and which characters you can expect to see at the restaurant.  Please note that this list was accurate at the time of posting but character appearances are subject to change.




Magic Kingdom
The Crystal Palace
Type of Food: American, Buffet
Meals with characters: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Characters: Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore
Tip: Book a reservation before the Magic Kingdo…

Villains' Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle

This fall, the Grim Grinning Ghosts won't be the only ones socializing in the parks! Disney has just announced a new premium option during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties. The "Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle” Premium Dessert Party" is a brand new VIP experience that is sure to be a huge hit.  The cost is $99 per person age 3 and up, and includes preferred viewing for Mickey’s "Boo to You" Halloween Parade and Hallowishes Fireworks Spectacular, as well as a dessert party at Cinderella’s Royal Table hosted by Lady Tremaine and her villainous friends. Separate admission to the Not-So-Scary party is required, and not included in this price. 

Reservations are highly recommended; with the popularity of villains in the parks, this experience is likely to sell out! 

Here are the seating times for the Dessert Soiree:10:15PM and 11:45PM on 9/1, 9/9, 9/12, and 9/14/2014 and 10:15 PM on 9/16, 9/19, 9/21, 9/23, 9/26, 9/28, 10/2, 10/…

Meme Monday

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Ears the News with Richard

The final curtain call for the American Idol Experience closure has been brought forward from January 2015 to the end of this month. The final show will take place on August 30, 2014. Disney has not yet announced any plans for the theater, although there is speculation that a temporary show, such as the Frozen sing-along, may be staged until further plans the space are developed.

The Sunrise Safari tour at Disney's Animal Kingdom will be ending on December 28, 2014. The tour, which is offered to concierge guests staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, takes guests on an adventure through both Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park. The 2.5 hour tour costs $75 for adults and $40 for children, which includes a breakfast buffet at Pizzafari in the park.

If you are staying as a concierge level guest at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, you can book the tour through the converge desk. Rumor is that this closure might be temporary so work can be complet…

Disney's Contemporary Resort Review

There are many sophisticated resorts in the world, but how many of them have a magical monorail running through them transporting you to the Magic Kingdom? Disney's Contemporary Resort is where you can find modern elegance with a sprinkling of pixie dust, and an abundance of the classic Disney service, quality, and storytelling.

If you've never been to Walt Disney World, or simply aren't sure which one is the Contemporary Resort, I can almost guarantee you can recognize it. As a kid, this was always "the hotel that the monorail goes through" to me. As one of the two original resorts, the A-frame body of the tower is a classic icon representing WDW resorts. It is a wonderful place to stay, visit, shop, play, and eat (I prefer all of the above!).

LOCATION and TRANSPORTATION

The first thing you'll notice, besides the distinguishable shape of this resort, is its location. While it's impossible to pick the best feature of the Contemporary, the proximity to the M…

Top 10 Must Do's at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom park was the last of the four Florida parks to open in 1998 and offers, by far, the most unique park experience.  Although it may not have as many attractions as the other parks, Animal Kingdom's 500 acres are jam packed with exquisite details and theming!  The park is currently home to 6 lands: The Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Asia, DinoLand, U.S.A., and Rafiki's Planet Watch.  The seventh land, formerly Camp Minnie-Mickey, will re-open as a new AVATAR-inspired land in 2017.

While visiting Animal Kingdom, you can encounter exotic animals from all over the world and learn a little something while you do!  The park is dedicated to conservation and is committed to animal care, education and research.  There are plenty of things to see and do while visiting the Animal Kingdom but here are my top ten Must Do's that aren't to be missed!

10. Wilderness Explorers
If you are a kid or a kid at heart who loves the movie Up, then you are in luck!  …