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Meme Monday

You don't have to be a kid to enjoy meeting characters! Who is your favorite?

Ears the News with Richard

Ears the News is brought to you courtesy of our friends at WDWMagic.com.


--Epcot's Living with the Land boat ride will be closing for a short refurbishment in September 2015. The closure begins on September 8 and runs through to September 17 2015.
Walt Disney World Resort will once again be celebrating Independence Day with special firework displays, patriotic character meet and greets, and music concerts on July 3 and July 4 2015.
Magic Kingdom “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” will be performed at 9:00 PM on both July 3 and July 4. Park hours are July 3 – 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM, with Extra Magic Hours 1:00 AM to 3:00 AM. July 4 – 8:00 AM to 1: AM.
Disney's Hollywood Studios “Rockin’ Fourth of July Celebration” fireworks show at 10:15 PM on July 4. Park hours are 9:00 AM to midnight, with morning Extra Magic Hours from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.
Epcot “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” with July 4 finale at 10pm on July 4. Park hours are 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, wit…

Meme Monday

Bon voyage!

Today, several Kingdom Konsultant agents are setting sail on the Disney Dream for the First Annual Kingdom Konsultant and WDWMagic Family Cruise!

Follow Kingdom Konsultants on Instagram to see photos posted live from our adventures at sea.

2015 Family Cruise with Kingdom Konsultants and WDWMAGIC

On June 22, we will be boarding the Disney Dream for the first ever Kingdom Konsultants & WDWMagic Family Cruise.  We'll be spending 4 fun filled nights on our Bahamian cruise that will feature 2 stops at Disney's beautiful private island, Castaway Cay!  Tomorrow, several Kingdom Konsultant agents and members of WDWMagic.com will be on their way to Walt Disney World for a weekend of pre-cruise fun. 

Follow Kingdom Konsultants on Instagram to see photos posted live from our adventures.

Let's go cruising!

Ears the News with Richard

Ears the News is brought to you courtesy of our friends at WDWMagic.com.
At Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, the Casitas leisure pool, the La Vida Health Club, and the Case de Belleza Salon are all closing for a lengthy refurbishment. The closure begins on July 5 2015, through to October 12, with a planned reopening to guests on October 13 2015. During the refurbishment the resort's other pools will remain open as normal.
Splash Mountain has been added to the Magic Kingdom evening Extra Magic Hours line-up. Although the EMH line-up has varied over the years, Splash Mountain has not been in the line-up for several years now. Splash Mountain still remains unavailable during morning EMH.
The refurbishment of the Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney's Animal Kingdom has been extended yet again. Originally planned to open in April 2015 - and then several other later dates, the refurbishment is now set to be complete on June 29.
Following its closure on January 5 2015, the remodel is expected…

What To Do While You Wait

It’s happened to all of us.  You’re two Fastpass+ selections into your day at a Disney park and you have a while until you can use your next one.  Maybe it’s not meal time, or parade time, or you don’t feel like getting in the back of that 200 minute wait standby line for Soarin’ (I’m not making this up, guys!), so what do you do?  What attractions are accessible during those heavy crowd times, or what else can you do during that lull?

Magic Kingdom
There is so much to do at the Magic Kingdom, I don’t know that you can ever consider any of these things “killing time”!  My go-to’s when I’m looking for something with a short line are:

Mickey’s PhilharMagic - SUCH a fun show, and something that’s always on my list of to do’s anyway!
Swiss Family Treehouse - This is pure Disney nostalgia to me.  It dates back to not only the opening of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, but had roots before that at Disneyland.  Since the Disneyland original has been re-themed to Tarzan, this is the one an…

Agent Spotlight - Marla

Get to know Agent Marla in this week's edition of Agent Spotlight.

Name:​   Marla Duffy
Kingdom Konsultant Travel
Beyond the Kingdom Travel

Find me on
Facebook: @MarlaKingdomKonsultants
Instagram:  @vacationwithMarla

I specialize in… Disney, Universal, Hawaii, family vacations

Where do you call home? Connecticut

What was your dream job when you were 10 years old? I wanted to work on a movie set

Why did you become a travel agent? I loved advising my friends on their Disney vacations and my sister suggested I look into doing it as a profession.  It seemed like a great idea so I looked in it and met Pam on a message board – it was one of the best decisions I have made joining Kingdom Konsultant Travel!

Favorite vacation destination? Disney World with Hawaii a close second

This or that:
Walt Disney World or Disneyland: Disney WorldCaribbean cruise or Mediterranean cruise: Caribbean CruiseMickey or Minnie: MickeyMonorail or Skyliner: MonorailMickey pretzel or Mickey ice cream: Mickey ice creamSt…

Meme Monday

How do you describe that perfect moment when you're walking down Main Street USA?

Ears the News with Richard

Ears the News is brought to you courtesy of our friends at WDWMagic.com.

The fourth and final in-park Starbucks at Walt Disney World will be opening on June 18 2015.  Located at Disney's Animal Kingdom in the former Creature Comforts gift shop on Discovery Island, the new Starbucks will offer all the beverages, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches served by the other three in-park locations.  Coinciding with the opening of the Animal Kingdom Starbucks, Pizzafari will be discontinuing breakfast service from June 17, 2015 onward.  The quick service restaurant currently serves a bounty platter, breakfast burrito, and a breakfast croissant from park opening through to 10:30am.  Pizzafari will continue to serve lunch and dinner as normal.

A new rendering of STK Orlando has been released today that gives a first look at the new upscale restaurant and lounge coming to Disney Springs later this year.  STK Orlando will be the largest STK location yet at 14,000 sq. ft. and will feature the on…

Raglan Road Review

Nestled right in the middle of Downtown Disney's Pleasure Island district (soon to be Disney Springs), you will find one of the most authentic Irish pubs this side of the Atlantic; Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant!
When I say authentic, I MEAN authentic folks! Most of the Pub was actually built in Ireland and shipped to Disney! The stage and all four bars (yep, you read that right FOUR bars) are well over 100 years old.
The original Raglan Road is actually located on the south side of Dublin, Ireland. The bronze statue outside of the gent sitting on a bench, (which we ALL have taken pics with!) is a tribute to Patrick Kavanagh, considered to be one of the foremost poets of the 20th century, whose poem, Raglan Road, is how this wonderful establishment got its name. (The poem was later set to music by Irish singer Luke Kelly, of the Dubliners.)
Raglan Road's Master Chef, Kevin Dundon (I personally recommend checking out his cook books) was celebrated for creating traditional Ir…

Meme Monday

How many of you are brave enough to face the Yeti?!

Ears the News with Richard 6/5/15

The Walt Disney Company and the National Basketball Association have announced that 'The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort' will be coming to Disney Springs. According to Disney, the expansive, one-of-a-kind destination will feature hands-on activities that put families and guests of all ages right in the middle of NBA game action. Guests will enjoy immersive NBA video productions and numerous interactive experiences, as well as a restaurant and a retail store. “We’re thrilled to work with the NBA to take our guests inside the world of professional basketball with an extraordinary entertainment experience,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer, The Walt Disney Company. “We’ve had a long and successful partnership with the NBA through ESPN, and we will continue to build on that foundation as we bring the Disney and NBA brands together for the first time in this exciting and innovative way.” “We look forward to uniting the passionate, global fan bases …