Walt Disney World Resort Hotel News for the Week of Oct 15, 2014

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

New! Trattoria al Forno Opening Announced: Opening day is set for December 18 for Trattoria al Forno, the new restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk that will showcase classic Italian cuisine including handcrafted mozzarella made daily, fresh cavatelli pasta and pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens. Trattoria al Forno is open 7:30-11 a.m. for breakfast, 5-10 p.m. for dinner, and accepts the Disney Dining Plan.

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New! Bus Route Tested Between Magic Kingdom Resorts and Typhoon Lagoon: From Oct. 12-25, a new bus route will be tested between Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Epcot to give Guests traveling to and from Typhoon Lagoon an alternative to the monorail to and from Epcot. This route will only be in service daily from 2 p.m. until Typhoon Lagoon’s nightly closure.

Reminder! Monorail Service Hours Adjustment: Effective beginning the night of Sept. 27, the Walt Disney World daily monorail service will run:

  • on the Magic Kingdom Resort beam until 1 hour after park close and resume every morning beginning at 7 a.m.
  • on the Epcot beam until 1 hour after Magic Kingdom Park closes or 11 p.m. (whichever is earlier) and resume every morning at 8 a.m.
  • on the Magic Kingdom Express beam until 1 hour after park close and resume every morning at 8:30 a.m.

Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

Big Top Souvenirs in New Fantasyland

Big top tent dtpLadies and Gentlemen, step right up for some fun shopping and tasty treats during your next visit to Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park!  Big Top Souvenirs is located in the Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland, just a stone’s throw away from the Dumbo attraction. There is something fun for everyone at this huge, authentic-looking circus tent, themed after a grand circus of the 1940’s.Big Top lmp

 

As you take a look inside Big Top Souvenirs you will feel like you’ve just entered a real circus arena! There are lights, rope ladders, trapezes and tightropes. The floor looks to be made of hand-sewn canvas. Disney merchandise is displayed in old-fashioned circus train cars, complete with wheels! Even the friendly Cast Members are dressed in adorable circus attire!

big top treats dtpGoofy’s Glaciers, cold drinks, candy apples, cotton candy, cupcakes, caramel corn, fudge, cookies, cake pops, and other colorful bakery items are available along with a ton of Disney themed merchandise. Here are some other things you will find here:

  • Toys
  • Wide assortment of hats
  • Pre-packaged flavored popcorn and candy
  • Accessories
  • Children’s clothing
  • Personalized ear hats
  • Home decor

big top treats made lmpDisney Cast Members are always busy as they create incredible candy apples and decorate other tempting confections at the Big Top Treats open show kitchen in the center of the tent. During our recent visit, our young grandson was mesmerized as he watched a Cast Member  decorate cake pops and marshmallow treats with neon-colored sugar. As he looked on, the friendly Cast Member paused from her duties to create a little Disney “magic”.  She asked what color he liked best and then prepared a tiny marshamallow treat just for him! I’m not sure how often they do this but it was a magical moment for us!

So…Come one, come all and step right up for some great snacks and fantastic merchandise at Big Top Souvenirs! Be sure to make a stop during your next Walt Disney World vacation.

Written by Sheri Morris, “Main Street Morris”   Sheri is proud grandmother with a keen eye for detail. She specializes in Disney Travel for adults and RV travel.  Book your next vacation with Sheri at 804 405 5005 or at sheri@destinationsinflorida.com.

Walt Disney World Updates and Mousecellaneous News for the Week of October 15, 2014

Walt Disney World Updates and Mousecellaneous News for the Week of October 15, 2014

New! 2015-2016 runDisney Event Dates Released: The 2015-2016 runDisney event dates are now available. Much like past events, each runDisney event in 2015-2016 is expected to be in high demand and sell out quickly. For more information on upcoming races, visit www.runDisney.com. EVENT CALENDAR:

  • Expedition Everest Challenge Weekend ll May 1-2, 2015 ll On Sale – December 16, 2014
  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry ll May 7-10, 2015 ll SOLD OUT
  • Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna ll September 3-6, 2015 ll On Sale – February 10, 2015
  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend ll November 6-7, 2015 ll On Sale – March 17, 2015
  • Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend ll November 12-15, 2015 ll On Sale – April 7, 2015
  • Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna ll January 6-10, 2016 ll On Sale – April 28, 2015
  • Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation ll January 14-17, 2016 ll On Sale -June 16, 2015
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals ll February 18-21, 2016 ll On Sale – July 15, 2015
  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry ll May 5-8, 2016 ll On Sale – August 11, 2015

New! Hess Gas Station near BoardWalk Temporarily Closed: Due to maintenance and updating of equipment, the Hess gas station and convenience store near Disney’s BoardWalk Resort will be temporarily closed beginning at 7:00am on Monday, October 13. It is anticipated this project will take one to three weeks to complete.

New! Celebrate Halloween with New Disney Gift Card Designs: Join Mickey and Minnie for a spooky celebration with this new Halloween Disney Gift Card, available online and at select locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort. Load your Disney Gift Card with as little as $15 and use it to purchase Halloween merchandise, costumes, treats and more during your visit.

halloween gift cardsReminder!  Beautifully Disney The Haunted Mansion Collection Available: The Beautifully Disney boutique at the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney has a small staff of trained beauty advisors who provide complimentary tips and tricks for applying the cosmetics. Disney Parks Authors Darcy Clark and Steven Miller checked out their services in this video from Disney Parks Blog.

New! Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Fever at Bridal Fashion Week: Bridal fashion week took over Manhattan last week offering a chance for designers to preview their spring 2015 collections. This year was extra special for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings because they added a new dress to the traditional eight Disney princess-inspired gowns line up – Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen.” For a true modern day bride, the Elsa wedding dress is bold and daring while remaining regal and elegant. The Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings gowns will be available starting January 2015 in Alfred Angelo retail stores and are offered in signature colors in addition to white and ivory.

Merchandise Events

This year’s 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has wonderful merchandise, as always, but here are a few other special appearances you won’t want to miss.

  • Festival Center – Paola Gutierrez (October 3, 24 and November 7) and William Silvers (October 4, 18 and November 1)
  • Art of Disney – Rob Kaz (October 24 – 26) and Michelle St. Laurent (October 30 and November 1 – 2)
  • Coming in November! Tim Rogerson and The Beekman Boys.

October 10 – November 3: The latest releases from Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick, including her new Halloween collection are coming! Linda will appear throughout the day October 10 – 12 and again October 31 – November 1 at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

Weekly Walt Disney World Theme Park News, Oct 15, 2014

Walt Disney World Theme Park News – Oct 15, 2014

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Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom Park

New! More Nights Sold Out for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is officially sold out for Monday, October 13, Thursday, October 16,  Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31. Currently, tickets are still available for:  Oct 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, and 28.

Reminder! Single Day Memory Maker Add On in Testing: A test is being conducted at Magic Kingdom Sept. 26-Oct. 31 in which a new single-day Memory Maker addon is available for sale to Guests when  purchased with a one-day Magic Your Way ticket or a ticket to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This package is sold exclusively at Vacation Planning at the Transportation and Ticketing Center. It is not known if this offering will continue past Oct 31. The price is $39. And don’t worry … if you aren’t able to make it to this year’s party, no trick, we’ve got a special TREAT for you! Simply log into your My Disney Experience account and claim PhotoPass ID COMEJOINTHEPARTY to receive a unique Bonus shot of some of our favorite ghosts! HINT: “We’ve got 999 happy haunts here, but there’s room for a thousand ..!”

Reminder! Memento Mori Haunted Mansion-themed Shop Now Open: Memento Mori, the Haunted Mansion-themed merchandise shop, is officially open in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park. You may recall reading about this new location in early September. Once considered the abode of Madame Leota, this shop is the destination for a variety of Haunted Mansion Authentic merchandise created especially for Disney Parks. The Disney Parks online store will be carrying select items from the Haunted Mansion Authentic program. Visit http://www.DisneyStore.com/HauntedMansion.

Memento Mori

Epcot

 New! Canadian Lumberjacks Show Now Officially appearing as World Showcase Entertainment in Canada: Throughout Epcot, Walt Disney World presents world-class performers who immerse Guests in a unique cultural experience through a rich mix of live show atmosphere entertainment. The Canadian Lumberjacks show is one of several new World Showcase entertainment offerings coming to Epcot. Enjoy the excitement of axe throwing, chopping, sawing and lots more, as you cheer and applaud for the Canadian Lumberjacks. These lumbermen, representing Canada’s great timber and logging areas, demonstrate their skills in time-honored games of the great forest. The Canadian Lumberjacks hold competitions daily on the Mill Stage in Canada at Epcot.

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Reminder! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Under Way: From now until November 10, taste your way around the world at 28 International Marketplaces. Remember to check out  the Eat to the Beat Concert Series at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.. There are also many special festival experiences at the Festival Welcome Center hosted by Transitions® adaptive lenses™ – open daily 9 a.m. – park close including: Culinary demonstrations – daily at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. ($15 per person); Wine and beverage seminars – daily at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. ($15 per person); Mixology seminars – daily at 6 p.m. ($15 per person); The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar- Hosted by Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company – daily from 9 a.m. – park close (Free); Back to Basics (new this year!) – Sundays at 12:15, 2:15, 4:15 and 6:15 p.m.; Book, bottle signings and meet and greets; Seasons of the Vine film; Intermissions Cafe – 9 a.m. – park close; The Festival Center Wine Shop and The Stockpot Shop – 9 a.m. – park close. Check out of photos of the Festival here.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New! New Magical ‘Once Upon a Time’ Photo Opportunity to Celebrate the Arrival of ‘Frozen’ Characters to Storybrooke: On Sunday nights this fall you’ll find Elsa, Anna and Kristoff on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” series.  In celebration of their arrive in Storybrooke. Disney PhotoPass and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” have teamed up to provide you with an exclusive “Once Upon a Time” Magic Shot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A Disney PhotoPass Photographer will take your photo in front of a “Once Upon a Time” background, then when you visit MyDisneyPhotoPass.com and claim your photo you’ll find a magical surprise – Elsa and The Evil Queen have joined you! To make this celebration extra special, your “Once Upon a Time” Magic Shot is complimentary for a limited time! Just have your photo taken at the location at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, claim your photo atMyDisneyPhotoPass.com and download your “Once Upon a Time” Magic Shot for no charge*.

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Reminder! Frozen Holiday Premium Package Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios: A new Frozen Holiday Premium Package was announced this week!  Offered November 7 – 19, November 21 – December 9 and December 11 – January 4, 2015, this package includes reserved seating for a performance of “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at the Premiere Theatre, and reserved Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights viewing and Frozen-themed dessert party (which will feature mini Anna cupcakes and mini Elsa cupcake, among other delicious treats) in the evening, and a holiday themed lithograph and “Frozen” pin. The package costs $89 per adult and $59 per child (ages 3 – 9), plus tax (gratuity is included). Valid theme park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required and is not included in this package price.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

 New! Cotton-top Tamarins Return to Discovery Island: The cotton-top tamarins were not out for guest viewing while preparations for a new enclosure, located across from Creature Comforts were going on. The new home features a pair of cotton-top tamarins—Gemma and Draco. Cotton-top tamarins are a favorite at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park!

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Reminder! Affection Section Closed for Refurbishment: The Affection Section petting area at Rafiki’s Planet Watch is closed for refurbishment through Nov. 10. Although Affection Section is closed, Guests may still experience the animal encounters in and around Conservation Station. Other offerings at Rafiki’s, including Gi-Tar Dan, Out of the Wild merchandise location and Chip & Dale character greetings are still available during this time. The Affection Section will  reopen to Guests Nov. 11.

Reminder! Character Dining Times Extended at Tusker House: From Oct. 4 to Dec. 24, Tusker House will extend their character dining hours to 5 p.m. However, when park hours are until 7 p.m. or later, a dinner buffet without characters is offered from 6:15 p.m. to park close. During this time, the following character dining experiences will be offered: Breakfast: 8-10:55 a.m., Lunch: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., *Lunch extends to 5:30 p.m. if the park is open until 6 p.m.

Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

Mickey Mania on Disney Cruise Line

IMG_2652Disney Cruise Line offers many activities for families during every cruise. One of the game shows onboard is Mickey Mania. Families are invited to get the attention of the cruise staff in order to participate in the game show. The show has four teams of two people (usually a young cruiser and an adult). The teams are the Red Minnies, Blue Donalds, Purple Plutos, and Green Goofys. Mickey Mania has three rounds. Round One is It All Started with a Mouse. This round consists of trivia questions worth 50 points each. During round one the host asks a question to the participants then the audience. The audience member with the correct answer gets to pick which team they want to give their points to. Here are some sample questions from round one: What is Tiana saving her money to do in the movie, The Princess and the Frog? Or What is the name of Jafar’s sidekick? Round two is What Happens Next. During round two the host plays a clip from a popular Disney movie and then the contestants have 15 seconds to write down what happens next. After all the answers have been told to the audience, the host plays the rest of the clip to find out who had the right answer. Round three is “Name that Toon”. Pictures show up on the screen and transforms until one of the contestants is able to identify the character on the screen. After the end of round three the winner is announced and given a prize.

Written by Shante Carson — Shante is a Disney Cruise Expert with over ten cruises taken on the Disney Fantasy, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic, and Disney Fantasy.  Bon Voyage!  Shante is ready to help you plan your magical Disney Cruise vacation. Book your next vacation with Shante at 252-917-0497 or shante@destinationsinflorida.com.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotel News for the Week of Oct 8, 2014

Walt Disney World Resort Hotel News for the Week of Oct  8, 2014

New! Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Pony Ride Price Change: Effective immediately, pony rides at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will have a price change. Guests will now be charged $8 per pony ride. All pony riders must weigh under 80 pounds, be under 48 inches and be led by an adult guardian. No reservations are required. Cash and MagicBands are accepted. Rides are available daily from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

New! Halloween Treats Arrive at Disney’s BoardWalk Bakery: Take a look at the new specialty cupcakes from BoardWalk Bakery. Vanilla cake with caramel apple filling, topped with whipped cream—it’s like eating an apple pie inside of a cupcake. Whether you choose the bat or ghost cupcake, you can’t go wrong.

BoardWalk Bakery Halloween Cupcake Ghost

New! Halloween Treats Arrive at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge:  Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge pastry team has concocted creepy treats for Halloween. There’s something to please every palate—creamy pumpkin cheesecake and scones, spooky skeleton brownies, chocolate cupcakes with candy corn filling topped with buttercream and my favorite—a gooey chocolate-pecan torte.

AKL Skeleton Halloween Brownie

New! Halloween Treats Arrive at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Step off the monorail at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and check out the spooktacular sweets. At Contempo Café, you’ll find a creepy, crawly cupcake—white cake with marshmallow filling topped with buttercream frosting and an itsy bitsy sugar spider on a chocolate web. It also seems goblins have taken over Chef Mickey’s, garnishing everything from cookies and brownies to fruit tarts and cheesecakes.

Contempo Cafe Spider Halloween Cupcake

Reminder! Monorail Service Hours Adjustment: Effective beginning the night of Sept. 27, the Walt Disney World daily monorail service will run:

  • on the Magic Kingdom Resort beam until 1 hour after park close and resume every morning beginning at 7 a.m.
  • on the Epcot beam until 1 hour after Magic Kingdom Park closes or 11 p.m. (whichever is earlier) and resume every morning at 8 a.m.
  • on the Magic Kingdom Express beam until 1 hour after park close and resume every morning at 8:30 a.m.

Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

Five Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World® This Winter

Winter is a great time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort!

The first few months of the year offer several notable advantages over the rest of the year. We’ve put together a list of five reasons to visit during the wintertime.  Check them out!

1. The Weather!

Perhaps you have heard that Florida is “The Sunshine State”? Well, it’s true! Average highs in January through March are in the mid to upper 70’s F in the Orlando area. The sun shines daily and there are very few periods of rain. So while most of the country is having some of its worst winter weather, the Walt Disney World Resort is having some of it’s best weather! Spend a few days out of the ice and snow and enjoy blue skies and sunshine! And, if you are concerned about it being too cold to swim, you need not worry because the resort pool are heated!

2. Great Vacation Package Prices

The Walt Disney World Resort is currently offering a discount on every piece of your Disney vacation — resort room, theme park tickets and dining! We know people really get excited about the Free Dining offer that’s often made available in the fall, but with this deal you save on ALL the components of your vacation, not just dining! This can result in some really big discounts for families. You can read more about the Play, Stay, Dine and Save offer here.

WDW Dining Lifestyle Shoot. 2013. Photographer: Melanie Acevedo

3. Discounted Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Prices

If you are just looking for a few days away this winter, take a look at the great discounts at select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.  You can save up to 30% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for most nights January 5 – March 28, 2015. Remember that when you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you are surrounded by Disney magic day and night, plus you receive special guest benefits like Extra Magic Hours and early access to FastPass+ planning! Read more about the offer details here.

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4. Lower Crowd Levels

With the exception of a couple national holidays, January and February crowd levels are moderately lower than summer season travel. March crowds tend to increase around school Spring Break schedules, but it might still be a great time for your visit, especially with the mild weather. If just the thought of traveling during summer season crowds and heat make you sweat, winter season is definitely the time for you to come to Walt Disney World!

5. Something to Look Forward to After The Holiday Rush

Does the holiday season leave you feeling like you need a vacation? Well, then take one! Planning a getaway between January and March gives you something to look forward to after all the exhausting hard work of preparing for and executing a spectacular holiday season with your family and friends. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you have a winter escape planned with lovely weather, low crowds and money-saving discounts too! What are you waiting for?

Contact Us for a Free, No-Obligation Quote Today!

877-918-8941 or Request a Price Online

 

Play, Stay, Dine and Save at Walt Disney World® Resort in Early 2015

Save Big on a Walt Disney World Room, Ticket and Dining Plan Package

WDW Dining Lifestyle Shoot. 2013. Photographer: Melanie Acevedo

If you have been thinking about a Walt Disney World Resort vacation in 2015, it is time to book your trip!

You can Play, Stay, Dine and Save up to $600 on a 5-night/6-day Walt Disney World room, ticket and dining plan package for a family of four at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights Dec. 14-20, 2014 and Jan. 5-March 7, 2015 when you book now-Dec. 29, 2014.

Enjoy Early Access to Disney FastPass+ planning!

Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels get the opportunity to reserve some Disney’s FastPass+ attractions, shows and more — up to 60 days before they arrive!

Offer Details

Must book by Dec. 29, 2014. A minimum stay of 3 nights and a minimum 2 day tickets is required to book with the Play, Stay Dine and Save offer. Remember, only a $200.00 deposit is required to book, and the balance must be paid in full 45 days prior to arrival.

Contact Us for a Free, No-Obligation Quote Today!

877-918-8941 or Request a Price Online

Special Room Discount Offer This Winter at the Walt Disney World® Resort

Enjoy Special Savings on Hotel Rooms This Winter at the Walt Disney World Resort

jbIf you have been thinking about a Walt Disney World Resort getaway this winter, it’s time to book with this amazing offer. Start the new year with great savings on rooms! Stay in the middle of the magic and get the most fun out of every minute.

Save up to 30% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, valid for stays most nights January 5 through March 28, 2015. Book by December 29, 2014.

Explore savings for select Disney Resort hotels within each Resort Category.

Walt Disney World Room Discount Offer

Resort Category Hotel Savings for stays 1/5-3/28
Deluxe Villas Disney’s BoardWalk VillasDisney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Save 30%
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge—Jambo House and Kidani Village Save  20%
Deluxe Resorts Disney’s BoardWalk InnDisney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge—Standard View/Pool ViewDisney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Save 30%
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge—Savanna View/Club View Save 20%
Resort Category Hotel Savings for stays weekdays 1/5-3/28 Savings for stays weekends1/5-3/28
Moderate Resorts Disney’s Caribbean Beach ResortDisney’s Coronado Springs ResortDisney’s Port Orleans Resort—Riverside
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge Resort
Save 25% Save 20%
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—French Quarter Save 15% Save 10%
Value Resorts Disney’s All-Star Sports ResortDisney’s All-Star Music ResortDisney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—Family Suites Only
Save 20% Save 15%
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort Save 15% Save 10%

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length of stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room.

Contact Us for a Free, No-Obligation Quote Today!

877-918-8941 or Request a Price Online

 

Walt Disney World Updates and Mousecellaneous News for the Week of October 8, 2014

Walt Disney World Updates and Mousecellaneous News for the Week of October 8, 2014

New! Haunted Mansion-themed Dooney & Bourke Bags Released: The Haunted Mansion-themed Dooney & Bourke bags were released at select stores starting on Monday, Oct. 6. In Florida, this new collection will be sold at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park on Main Street, U.S.A.

New! runDisney 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Medals Revealed: All eight medals have been revealed for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, This year, runDisney is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge. Runners participate in the half marathon on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday, 39.3 miles over 2-days. Once they cross the finish line of the marathon, they not only receive a marathon medal, but they also earn the commemorative anniversary Goofy medal.

2015 marathon weekend medals just revealed

New! Raglan Road Offers New Weekend Brunch: Raglan Road, the Irish Pub at Downtown Disney, now presents The Rollicking Raglan Weekend Brunch. The brunch menu brimming with Irish taste treats, and the pub’s mixologists offer a selection of signature cocktails created just for The Rollicking Raglan Brunch. Brunch guests can tuck into the chef’s Full Irish Breakfast featuring sausage, black and white pudding, bacon, roasted tomato, mushrooms and fried eggs with potato “roasties.” Other brunch options include a Smoked Salmon Omelette, pancakes with crème fraiche, maple syrup and berry compote, as well as Chef Dundon’s “Host the Roast!” traditional family dining experience. “Host the Roast!” is reminiscent of an authentic Irish Sunday lunch with premium signature roasts ranging from rib of beef and pork loin to stuffed leg of lamb and lemon thyme chicken carved tableside by a Raglan Road chef and accompanied by family-style side dishes like glazed carrots, gratin potatoes, green beans and sauces.The Rollicking Raglan Brunch is available Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m – 3 p.m., with entertainment from noon – 4. Brunch entrees range from $8 to $26. Chef Dundon’s “Host the Roast!” must be booked 48 hours in advance and runs $35-$55 per person depending on the type of roast ordered.

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Reminder! Walt Disney World Park Rules Updated: In an effort to make park rules clearer and more consistent at Disney Parks worldwide, Disney has made some updates to existing rules. They have also made them easier to find on their websites and they have added some of the rules to new signs at the theme park entries. To review of Disney Parks Rules, visit www.disneyland.com/parkrules and www.disneyworld.com/parkrules.

Reminder! La Nouba “Dinner & A Show” package: On sale now, with shows starting on Tuesday, September 30, guests can purchase a special “Dinner & A Show” package that include a ticket to the 6:00 p.m. “La Nouba” show plus dinner – an entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage – at one of three Downtown Disney West Side restaurants: Wolfgang Puck Café, Planet Hollywood or Splitsville Luxury Lanes. With an option to dine by 4:30 p.m. before the show, or make it a later evening with a post-performance dinner after 8:00 p.m., there’s an option for everyone.

Merchandise Events

  • October 2 – 12: Artist David E. Doss returns to the Walt Disney World Resort. Look for special appearances by David, October 2 – 12 and 23 – 29 at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.
  • October 8 – 12: Artist Greg McCullough will make special appearances and signings this month at the Walt Disney World Resort. Meet Greg, October 8 – 12 at Art of Disney in Epcot or October 15 – 19 and October 30 – November 5 at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.
  • October 9 – 12: Meet artist Larry Dotson who will be making appearances throughout the month at the Walt Disney World Resort. Look for Larry to appear at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park, October 9 – 12 and 23 – 26 and at Art of Disney in Epcot, October 16 – 19.
  • October 10 – November 3: The latest releases from Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick, including her new Halloween collection are coming! Linda will appear throughout the day October 10 – 12 and again October 31 – November 1 at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.