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Ears the News: May 29, 2021 Edition

 Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com Disney unveils its first Walt Disney World 50th anniversary commercial Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com Disney unveiled its first commercial for the upcoming 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World beginning October 1, 2021.   Disney CEO Bob Chapek comments on capacity increases at Disney World Disney's CEO, Bob Chapek, spoke about increasing capacity at Walt Disney World.  According to the interview, we can expect to see "low double digit increases".   We should see changes around September.  He also mentions that the parks are still adhering to OSHA guidelines that adds some complexity to the process of scaling back restrictions.   There is also an opportunity to reconsider legacy processes and offering, including ticket pricing and annual pass sales.  Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com Disneyland Resort to allow guests from outside of California and expands the park reservation booking window Effective June 15, 2021,

Ears the News: May 22, 2021 Edition

 Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomes a new Hartmann's Mountain zebra foal to the herd at Kilimanjaro Safaris On May 17, 2021, a male Hartmann's Mountain zebra foal was born to mom, Heidi.  Guests on the Kilminjaro Safari attraction go to see the birth as the mom gave birth standing up on the savanna.  Hartmann's mountain zebras are found in the Sub-Saharan Africa and are a vulnerable species because of habitat loss and hunting. Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com Refurbished Monorail Orange returns to service at Walt Disney World After an interior and exterior refurbishment, the Monorail Orange returned to the WDW Monorail System.  On the exterior, you will see that the monorail was repainted.  Inside, the cabins have been refreshed and will include the orange coverings at each end of the cabin. Photo courtesy of  WDWMagic.com Disney unveils new Walt Disney World 50th anniversary Cast Member name tags Walt Disney World

MagicBands Step by Step Guide

In our MagicBands 101 article we covered what MagicBands are, what they do, how you use them, where you can purchase them and more. Today we're going to take it further and provide a step by step guide on how to order and manage your MagicBands on the My Disney Experience website.  If you haven't read our 101 article yet, here's a quick refresher on MagicBands: A MagicBand is an all-in-one device that can be used to board Disney's Magical Express (through December 2021), open the door to your Disney Resort hotel room, enter the theme parks, add PhotoPass pictures to your account and charge food and merchandise purchases to your Disney Resort hotel room. This colorful wristband is your key to just about everything on your Walt Disney World vacation!  Now that we've covered the basics, let's go through how to choose and manage your MagicBands.  Choosing Your MagicBands 1. There are a couple ways you can get to the MagicBands page to choose your MagicBands. One wa

World Showcase Spotlight: Canada

We continue our tour of World Showcase and head to the other end of the lagoon for Canada! The Canada Pavilion is home to one of the most popular restaurants on Walt Disney World property: Le Cellier Steakhouse.  The steakhouse is located in the cellar of the centerpiece of the Canada pavilion, the Hotel du Canada.  Le Cellier is a signature dining restaurant serving steaks, seafood, and regional cuisine inspired by the provinces of Canada.  Favorites include the “Le Cellier” Mushroom Filet Mignon and the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup.  Guests 21 years of age and older can enjoy Canadian wines and beers.  Click here to read a full review.  Reservations are strongly recommended at this restaurant and can be made 60 days in advance. On your way to the entrance of Le Cellier, make sure to take a moment to take some pictures of the Victoria Gardens along with the quaint little cottage.  It’s a beautiful spot filled with many great photo opportunities.  After you enjoy a meal at Le C

Why Are We NOT Talking About This Snack???

Hey there, Disney Fans!!! It's me, Jenn... back from quarantine! My Orlando-based family and I have spent the last 14 months in a pretty strict lock-down, due to my and my son's vulnerability to COVID. It's been a weird  year. That doesn't even cover it. It's been downright BIZARRE, but it is so nice to start to see a light at the end of the tunnel, as more of our country gets vaccinated.  We chose to give up our Disney Annual Passes back in May of 2020, because we knew we wouldn't feel safe being in the parks. Man, did we miss Disney, though! We would even occasionally drive onto property just to see those red, purple and teal directional signs, the naked monorail beam, or the still Tower of Terror billboard on World Drive.  So what was the first  thing we did when The Hubs and I were fully vaccinated??? Get our Annual Passes back, of course! We have been back in the parks and active for about the past 3 weeks and we have been having so much fun appreciating al

Ears the News: May 15, 2021 Edition

Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com Stage shows are back at Walt Disney World! Stage shows are back at Walt Disney World with the opening of 'A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King'. It is now playing at Disney's Animal Kingdom with showtimes available in My Disney Experience.  Most days, you will find 6 performances at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm. This is a big step forward towards reopening of Walt Disney World. Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com A look at the monorail station at the Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Work has continued on the monorail station at Disney's Polynesian Resort to meet the late July deadline.  The new arrival experience will have guests pull up to its Great Ceremonial House.  The design will feature color, four chandeliers inspired by glass floats, fishing nets and oversized bamboo elements mirroring the chandelier inside the lobby.   Photo courtesy of  WDWMagic.com Harmonious show programming beg