The Plaza Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park

Casual Eats in an Elegant Setting

As you stroll down the middle of Main Street U.S.A. at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Theme Park, right around the corner from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor is the Plaza Restaurant. The Plaza is a smaller table service restaurant that is often overlooked. However, it can be a great choice for a tasty lunch or dinner with reasonable prices.

plaza-restaurant-sign wdwThe inside of Plaza is decorated with Victorian touches with an Art Nouveau theme and comfortable seating. It is crisp, clean, cool and relaxing….a nice place to sit back and enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of your day at the park.

plaza-restaurant-wdwThe restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and the menu consists mainly of deli-style sandwiches and burgers. You can also select a delicious Strawberry Chicken Salad or a Meatloaf Meal, complete with garlic mashed potatoes, gravy and corn. They also have a wonderful Vegetarian Sandwich made with fresh mozzarella, hummus and veggies. While the dessert menu features sundaes and ice cream, I would strongly suggest a slice of New York Style Cheesecake served with strawberries. Yum! The Kids’ Meals are pretty standard with Chicken Strips, Cheeseburgers, and Grilled Cheese but the drink and dessert is included.

The Plaza is a very good choice when paying out-of-pocket for a table service meal but may not be the best selection if you are on a Disney Dining Plan since the prices are so reasonable. The prices for sandwiches and burger are not much more than what you would pay at a counter service dining location.

Consider making a reservation at the family-friendly Plaza Restaurant during your next Disney World vacation. You will enjoy a delightful meal in pleasant surroundings with a view of Cinderella’s Castle. You might even get a visit from the Mayor of Main Street U.S.A.! Who could ask for anything more?

Written by Sheri Morris, “Main Street Morris”   Sheri is a 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.

Disney World Frozen Summer Fun in 2015

Frozen Summer Fun Live Returns to Walt Disney World for Summer 2015

The Coolest Summer Ever kicks off with 24 hours at Magic Kingdom on May 22-23. Then you have a whole summer of fun, including the return of Frozen Summer of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Join friends from Frozen as they take the park by snowstorm!

From June 17 to September 7, 2015, you’re invited to Frozen Summer Fun: A live experience where you can discover fairytale entertainment and frosty décor inspired by the classic tale from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Don’t miss your chance to see Queen Elsa and Princess Anna as they head down Hollywood Boulevard during the coolest procession of the summer—complete with skates, skiers, ice cutters, Olaf and even Kristoff, the “official Arendelle Ice Master and Deliverer.”

In addition, be on the lookout for Olaf—everyone’s favorite summer-loving snowman—as he enjoys a warm and wonderful vacation!

You can even become part of the story during a music-filled, Frozen sing-along!

Finally, be sure to stick around after the sun goes down for DJ dance party and a Frozen fireworks display featuring cool Character appearances and an explosive soundtrack to cap off the night.

It’s a flurry of Frozen fun for everyone, taking place this summer from June 17 to September 7, 2015—only at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Walt Disney World News Update March 25, 2015

Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News, March 25, 2015

What’s New This Week?

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Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom Park

New! Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny Meeting Guests: Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will be greeting Guests in Town Square Courtyard March 22-April 5.

New! Reservations Open for New Wishes Dessert Party: Beginning July 5, 2015, the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park will transform into Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party. This popular offering will continue to provide Guests the opportunity to indulge in a decadent dessert experience while enjoying an exclusive view of the fireworks over Cinderella Castle. The Wishes Fireworks Dessert party has been enhanced to include new menu options including a variety of seasonal fruit and cheese, Disney character-themed cupcakes and more. New beverage offerings include a sparkling cider toast as well as hot drinking chocolate and signature lemonades. Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party is $49 for adults, $29 for children, tax included. Guests can make reservations beginning on March 20 by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dine, or calling 407-WDW-DINE.

New! U.S. Navy Blue Angels Performed Two Flyovers of the Theme Park: On March 19, Six F/A-18 Hornet jets that were traveling from their home base in Pensacola, FL, to an air show in the state, used the opportunity to entertain and inspire guests. Traveling more than 250 mph, these jets capable of super sonic speeds roared down Main Street U.S.A. holding the tradition Delta Formation on their first pass. After quickly turning around the jets returned and executed a Delta Break over Cinderella Castle.

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Reminder! Breakfast Starts March 20 at Be Our Guest: Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park will begin testing a prix fixe breakfast from 8-10 a.m. daily March 20 through June 18. Reservations will be available online via My Disney Experience beginning March 17 for reservation dates March 20 through June 18. The prix fixe breakfast menu includes a pastry basket for sharing, choice of entrée and selection of self-service beverages. Pricing is $19.99 plus tax for adults; $11.99 plus tax for children ages 3-9 years. Due to the popularity of Be Our Guest Restaurant, advance reservations are encouraged. As with all dining reservations, a credit card guarantee is required at the time of reservation and the standard cancellation policy applies. One quick-service meal entitlement will be redeemed for Guests with Disney Dining Plan (DPP) packages during the breakfast meal period. A fast-casual dining reservation expedites the Guest experience by providing Guests with priority entrance upon arrival. Be Our Guest Restaurant offers self-seating for the fast-casual dining experience during breakfast and lunch; tables are not reserved in advance

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New! Taste Track Food Location: Replacing Cool Wash Pizza, the new Taste Track serves soup, salad and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Taste Track is located near Test Track, across from Cool Wash.

New! Art in the Garden Returns to Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: This annual artist showcase will be held from March 27-29 in several areas throughout World Showcase. Here is a listing of which artists will be featured this year. Guests can meet David Doss and Greg McCullough on the World Showcase Promenade from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. David will release one of his newest images featuring Olaf enjoying summer, while Greg will have artwork featuring Winnie the Pooh and Friends. In the Puffin’s Roost at Norway Pavilion, guests can meet Larry Dotson from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. I love his artwork featuring the Stave Church from the World Showcase Pavilion. Artist Reinhard Herzog will be in Glas Und Porzellan at Germany Pavilion from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. Known for creating amazing glass-blown keepsakes, Reinhard will release two new ornaments that resemble a bride and groom. He will also have other glass-blown items available for personalization during the event.

Art in the Garden Flower and Garden 2015

Reminder! Egg-stravaganza Returns March 27: From March 27 – April 5, 2015, you’ll be able to search for special hidden eggs themed to Disney characters at some of your favorite theme parks. The hunt will be available through Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort. With a specially themed map in hand (available for purchase), Guests will have fun hunting for decorative eggs themed to Disney characters and placing the corresponding sticker on the map to represent that location. Maps and stickers can be purchased for $4.95, plus tax. Guests may return their maps (completed or uncompleted with stickers) to one of the designated locations to claim a surprise gift. Maps can be purchased at Epcot at Heritage Manor (American Adventure Pavilion), Pin Central, Plaza Towers (Port of Entry), and World Traveler (International Gateway).

Reminder! Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Underway: The 75-Day festival opened March 4 and continues through May 17, 2015. Here you can enjoy topiaries of Disney favorites, ten new gardens, play areas and more. You can rock out at the new Garden Rocks Concert Series, featuring artists from the 60’s through 90’s. Delight your taste buds at eleven Outdoor Kitchens, including the new, Latin-inspired Botanas Botanico. Explore Fun Fresh Weekends during the festival with themed special events!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New! New Menu to Debut at Studio Catering Company: The first new entrée is a braised pulled brisket sandwich with Munster cheese, arugula, and a creamy horseradish. If you are looking for a hearty sandwich to keep you full between attractions), try the Deli Sandwich with ham, salami, pepperoni, Provolone cheese, creamy pesto spread, pepper relish and Balsamic glaze. Guests looking for lighter fare will love the vegetable wrap with garlic herb spread. Sure to be a guest favorite is the Panini with turkey, Swiss, Provolone and honey mustard with tomato basil soup. There are also two new sides available, in addition to French fries and apple slices, guests will also have the choice of house-made chips and tomato basil soup.

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Reminder! Frozen Summer Fun Live Will Return: “Frozen” Summer Fun LIVE will bring Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf with citizens of Arendelle appearing daily at Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 17-Sept. 7. Like last year, the celebration includes the Frozen Procession, For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration (available now), Frozen Fireworks, Hot Frozen Nights DJ Dance Party, Frozen Merchandise and Food & Beverage (some available now), and Olaf’s Summer Cool Down. Just in time for this year’s “Frozen” Summer Fun LIVE event, this popular show moves into the beautiful Hyperion Theater (formerly Superstar Television Theater), located right in the heart of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

New! Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Set ‘Gold Standard’ for Animal Care: Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge were granted official accreditation once again by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The AZA accredits only those zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards in animal management and care. Late last year, Disney hosted an AZA inspection team who assessed everything from the enrichment our animals receive (that stimulates their natural behaviors and provides them variety in their daily routines), to their veterinary program, their conservation and research and education programs, as well as their safety policies and procedures, security, physical facilities, guest services and the experience and quality of the staff. They look at everything from each part of the operation not only in animal care but from food and beverage to merchandise. After this review, the AZA Accreditation Commission deliberated and shared their decision to accredit Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge this past Sunday.

Reminder! Flame Tree Barbecue Construction Extended: The construction timeline for Flame Tree Barbecue has been extended through April. This will include additional covered seating areas, covered walkways to some nearby pavilion seating areas and roof extensions over the main building to offer additional cover for Guests. As a reminder, most of the unique food offerings from the restaurant are available at food kiosks throughout the park. Please refer to the image below for a detailed list of where specific food offerings are being sold.

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Reminder! Additional Food and Beverage Offerings: Additional menu items will be available March 15-April 12 to Guests for the spring season. Isle of Java, Dino-Bites and Harambe Fruit Market will offer full meal options from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will return to their original menu offerings after 3 p.m. Isle of Java and Harambe Fruit Market will offer a smoked turkey sandwich, and Dino-Bites will offer a corn dog and chips. Everest kiosk and Bradley Falls will offer full meal options from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will return to their original menu offerings after 5 p.m. Everest kiosk will offer a hot dog and smoked turkey sandwich, and Bradley Falls will have a Thai pork sandwich. Drinkwallah will add a smoked turkey sandwich meal from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the cart near Creature Comforts will offer hot dogs from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additional breakfast options will also be available. Everest kiosk will offer a breakfast meal option until 10:30 a.m. and Harambe Fruit Market will have a breakfast sandwich until 11 a.m.

Updated! A New Sumatran Tiger at Maharajah Jungle Trek: Malosi, a new Sumatran tiger for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, will be introduced to his onstage exhibit on March 24. As the tiger is introduced to the new environment, he may not be on stage for the full span of the day.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

New! The Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Open April 1: The newest Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World Resort, is the Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. These 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom over-the-water accommodations offer sleeping room for eight, a private deck complete with an individual plunge pool, a full kitchen, gorgeous décor, views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom Park area, in-mirror television in the master bath, a washer and dryer in each unit, gated boardwalk access and other fun features.

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New! Turf Club Lounge at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort to Serve Food for Limited Time: Beginning March 22, appetizers will be served in the lounge area next to The Turf Club Bar & Grill on
Thursdays through Sundays.

Reminder! Easter Egg Displat at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: The Fourth Annual Easter Egg Display at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa takes place March 20–April 10. The bakery team has created a number of Easter eggs from edible material for Guests to view. Easter eggs will be on display throughout the first floor of the main lobby. Enjoy!

Reminder! Holiday Brunch Available at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian: Beginning March 29 through April 5, brunch will be offered at 1900 Park Fare from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. It will be a brunch buffet, serving breakfast and dinner items. The main entrance to this temporary new offering will be at Grand Floridian Cafe, not 1900 Park Fare. This will not be a character or entertainment dining experience. The price is $23.99 for adults (ages 10+) and $12.99 for children (ages 3-9).

Reminder! Breakfast Grab and Go Location Temporary Change at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Due to the floor refurbishment in Johari Treasures, our breakfast grab-and-go options will not be available in the shop from Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27. During this time, Guests can purchase these breakfast items at Sanaa from 7–11 a.m.

Walt Disney World Resort – General

New! Soccer Store to Close at Downtown Disney: As a temporary retail shop for FIFA World Cup soccer fans, United World Soccer will close on March 25 and transition into a new retail concept called Super Hero Headquarters. Super Hero Headquarters will open in early May and feature popular superhero-themed merchandise.

New! Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon Extend Hours: Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will be extending operating hours from 5:00pm to 6:00pm for Sunday, March 29 through Saturday, April 11, 2015.

New! Pedestrian Bridge Installed Above Buena Vista Drive Near Downtown Disney: As Downtown Disney continues to transform into Disney Springs, significant progress is being made on roadway and infrastructure work. We are in the process of installing two pedestrian bridges, which will provide a more convenient way for Guests and Cast Members to cross Buena Vista Drive. The first pedestrian bridge was just installed this week, and extends from the Downtown Disney Cast Services building / Team Disney area across to Downtown Disney. The bridge is expected to open later this spring.

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Merchandise Events

March 25 – 26: Are you a fan of Ridley Pearson? Be among the first to pick up two of his newest releases,Kingdom Keepers: The Return: Book 1: Disney Lands and The Syndrome: A Kingdom Keepers Adventure. Meet Ridley, March 25 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Once Upon A Toy at Downtown Disney Marketplace or March 26 from 9 – 11a.m. at Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Learn more. Tip: Wristbands will be distributed to Guests at store open on the day of the signing with each purchase of a book by Ridley Pearson. A wristband from the appearance location is required to meet Ridley Pearson and allows the guest to get two books signed. A limited number of wristbands will be available the day of the signing. Once the wristbands have been distributed, the line to meet Ridley Pearson will close.

March 27 – 29: Celebrate Art in the Garden with us and take part in special artist appearances and signings with David E. Doss and Greg McCullough from 11a.m. – 7p.m. throughout the weekend at the entrance to World Showcase. Watch DisneyParksMerchandise.com to learn more.

March 28: Add the limited edition hand-painted Ink & Paint cel ‘A Dapper Day in the Parks’ featuring Mickey Mouse looking his best aboard the Main Street Trolley! Ink & Paint artists will be on hand for a special signing from 10 a.m. – 1p.m. and 2p.m. – 5p.m. at Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Note: The cel will be available in a variety of formats including Unframed; Framed, Framed Cel with Postcard and Framed Cel with Postcard and Pin. Learn more.

Closures and Refurbishments

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

 

Save up to 30% with Summer 2015 WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort Room Discount

Experience the Magic with these Cool Summer Savings!

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It’s going to be the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort! From “Frozen” Summer Fun LIVE and Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® to new restaurants and shopping at Downtown Disney® and thrills and chills at four theme parks and two water parks, you can get your cool on all summer long during “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort.

And now when you choose to stay in the middle of the magic, you can save up to 30% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels. Offer valid for stays most nights June 16 through August 27, 2015. These cool summer savings can help you enjoy more time having fun and making memories. For example, book a 5-night stay at select Disney Moderate Resort hotels and it’s like getting the 5th night Free.* (Additional charges apply for more than 2 adults per room.) Book through June 12, 2015 to take advantage of this special offer.

Resort Category Resort Savings

Select Disney Deluxe Villa Resort Hotels

Save up to 30%
Jun 16 – Aug 27
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas 30%
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House 20%
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Select Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels

Save up to 30%
Jun 16 – Aug 27
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Standard/Pool View 30%
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Savanna View/Club Level Rooms 20%
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Select Disney Moderate Resort Hotels

Save up to 25%
Jun 16 – Aug 9 Aug 10 – Aug 27
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 20% 25%
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Select Disney Value Resort Hotels

Save up to 20%
Jun 16 – Aug 9 Aug 10 – Aug 27
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort 15% 20%
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort - Family Suites Only
Disney’s Pop Century Resort

 

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*Important Details: 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. Additional per-adult charges apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, and is not valid at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. 30% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resort hotels. Must book by June 12.

Save at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort with a 3-Night/2-Day Kid-Sized Package for Family of 3

Save with a 3-Night/2-Day Kid-Sized Package – $989 for a Family of 3

Kid-Sized Offer 2015

Give your little ones the Coolest Summer Ever with a great deal on perfectly-sized vacation packages at Walt Disney World Resort!

Enjoy a 3-night/2-day stay at select Disney’s All-Star Resorts in standard rooms and theme park tickets for a family of 3—for just $989*. Book through June 12, 2015 for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights June 16, 2015 to August 13, 2015.Explore savings for other select Disney Resorts below!

Resort Category Sample Package Prices
(Includes Room & Ticket)
Select Disney Value Resorts
Starting at $989
Select Disney Moderate Resorts
Starting at $1,133
Select Disney Deluxe Resorts
Starting at $1,405
Select Disney Deluxe Villas
Starting at $1,464

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*Important Details: Sample package price based on 2 adults and one child (ages 3-9) for a 3-night/2-day room and Magic Your Way Base Ticket. The number of packages available at these rates is limited. Tickets are valid for one theme park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Must book by June 12, 2015.

Experience Your Favorites from Film and TV in Orlando

Fans of the Big and Small Screens Find Exciting Attractions in Orlando

Is the love story of Rose and Jack on the world’s most famous ocean liner one of your favorites? Do you long to solve a case like Grissom? How would you like to have a photo op with one of your favorite stars? No need to travel to California to be immersed in the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Your dreams can come true right in the heart of Orlando, Florida.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Be transported back over 100 years to April 14, 1912 as you stroll through Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Actors, dressed in period customs will take you on a guided tour of full-scale Titanic recreations such as the Grand Staircase, a First Class Cabin and the Boiler. You are able to view over 400 artifacts, including “Little Big Piece” (the second largest piece of Titanic ever recovered). If that isn’t enough, you can reserve your seat at the Titanic Gala Dinner. Each Friday and Saturday night, guests can enjoy a scrumptious dinner as “Molly Brown”, Captain Smith and other passengers reenact the legendary ship and the night of it’s tragic demise. Call 407-248-1166 for tickets and reservations.

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CSI: The Experience

Is the drama of the lab and crime scene investigation more your style? Then head over to CSI: The Experience. This unique attraction, based on the “CSI” television shows, allows guests the chance to test their sleuthing and lab skills. You begin your investigation in one of three crime scenes. After you leave the crime scene you’ll visit the medical examiner and inspect evidence in the lab. Along the way you’ll be guided by videos featuring forensic scientists and TV show cast members. To complete the investigation you’ll be asked to submit a report on your findings. Your hard work will pay off in the end, you’ll be rewarded with a diploma.  Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 407-226-7220.

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Madame Tussauds Orlando

For the ultimate celebrity experience, you won’t want to miss a visit to Madam Tussauds (opens May 4, 2015). Come meet the stars! Everyone from historical figures and famous scientists, to today’s top celebrities of music, sports, tv and film. Okay, you’re not meeting the actual celebrities; Madam Tussauds showcases a brilliant collection of wax figures.  The detailed artistry that goes into creating these figures is amazing. So detailed in fact, that when you show that selfie you took with your favorite star, you’ll be the trending topic on social media!  Tickets can be purchased as part of an Orlando ticket package or standard tickets are sold as well.

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Be sure to include one or all of these experiences during your next visit to Orlando. With this much star power, you’ll be signing autographs before you know it!

Written by Kelly Barnes – As a travel agent Kelly combines her love of travel with her strengths in planning and organizing towards helping others. She specializes in Disney and Florida family vacations. As your dedicated vacation planner, Kelly will not only help you plan your vacation, but will help you create memories to last a lifetime. Book your next vacation with Kelly at 980-429-4499 or kellyb@destinationsinflorida.com

Stay on-site at Universal Orlando Resort from just $139, PLUS Kids Stay Free!

New Cabana Bay Beach Resort Discount at Universal Orlando Resort

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Stay in the heart of the action at Universal’s all-new Cabana Bay Beach Resort and enjoy endless family fun with two massive pools including a waterslide and a lazy river, 10-lane bowling alley (additional fee applies), complimentary fitness center and more. Rates are as low as $139* plus tax, per night. PLUS Kids Stay Free!**

As a Universal Orlando Cabana Bay Beach Resort guest, you’ll enjoy:

  • Exclusive theme park benefits^ to help you make the most of your getaway
  • Complimentary shuttle buses to both theme parks and Universal CityWalk®
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM, one hour before the theme park opens
  • Resort-Wide Charging Privileges with room key
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • and more!

Valid for travel SundayThursday, June 5-20, 2015 & August 2-15. Minimum 4 night stay.

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*Minimum four (4) night stay required. Promotional rates are per night plus tax based on a standard room at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort SundayThursday during Summer 1 Season for travel 6/5/15 – 6/20/15 and 8/2/15 – 8/15/15. The number of rooms available at these rates is limited and rates vary by hotel, room type, and length of stay at our on-site hotels. No group rates or other discounts apply. Rates are higher on Fri/Sat and holidays. Blockout dates and other restrictions may apply and are subject to change without notice. Reservations must be made in advance of arrival and are subject to availability. Maximum occupancies may require a rollaway where a fee will be charged to the guest. Additional charges apply for more than 2 adult guests per room. Daily parking fees apply.

**Valid for children 17 and under.

^Paid theme park admission required. Additional restrictions may apply.

†Requires theme park admission. Early Park Admission begins one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando. Valid at select attractions at each park. Universal Orlando Resort reserves the right to open alternative attractions in the event that a technical problem arises or an attraction opening is delayed.

Dinosaur at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Dinosaur wdwIf you are looking for thrills and chills during your visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World, Dinosaur may just be the perfect fit! You will find Dinosaur in the DinoLand U.S.A section of the park. It is a loud, frightening indoor attraction and riders must be at least 40 inches tall to ride.

As you enter The Dino Institute, you will find real fossils that date back to the Dinosaur age. There are exhibits with narration by Bill Nye (the Science Guy) and a huge skeleton of a Carnotaurus, one of the carnivorous dinosaurs. It’s a nice, cool place to cool off and let younger children and the faint of heart wait while the adventurous experience the scary attraction, Dinosaur!

After a brief introductory video, you will board the 12 seat CTX Time Rover which is your vehicle for the trip back in time to the Dinosaur Age.  As the story goes, you are recruited to rescue an Iguanodon dinosaur from extinction and return back to present time. The quest is to find the Iguanodon and return back to the present time before a giant meteor hits the earth.

Your Time Rover travels through a dark forest in search of the dinosaur. The ride is rough and bumpy with twists and hairpin turns along the way, not to mention the scary creatures around every corner! You might find yourself hiding your eyes as you speed by a creepy Alioramus, a frightful Velociraptor hunting for food and a Styracosaurus. Look out for the Cearadactylus looming overhead! Meteors are crashing about and the end of your mission is near. Hang on to your hat!

Dinosaur is not for anyone with back problems or those afraid of the dark but it is the ultimate blast to the past joyride for thrill-seekers. Will you dare to ride it during your next vacation to Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

Written by Sheri Morris, “Main Street Morris”   Sheri is a 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.

Disney Visa Summer Discount Room Only Offer

New Disney Visa 2015 Summer Discount Offer

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Disney Visa cardholders can now get Walt Disney World room discounts of up to 30% off at select resorts for stays most nights 6/16/15 – 8/27/15.  There is no minimum length of stay required for this offer.

Not a Disney Visa Cardholder? No problem! This offer is expected to become available to the general public on 3/23/15. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote so you can be ready to book when the public offer is available.

Sample discounts:

  • Up to 30% off most Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resort rooms, except:
    • Up to 20% off Animal Kingdom Lodge (Savanna View & Club Level), Beach Club Villas, Villas at Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Villas
    • Up to 10% off Deluxe Suites
  • Up to 20% off most Moderate resort rooms (25% for 8/10/15 – 8/27/15), except:
    • Up to 10% off Coronado Suites
  • Up to 15% off most Value resort rooms (20% for 8/10/15 – 8/27/15)

Offer excludes Villas at Grand Floridian, Bay Lake Tower, Polynesian Bungalows & Villas, Port Orleans French Quarter, Little Mermaid Standard rooms at Art of Animation Resort, All Star Movies, campsites and 3-bedroom Villas. As with all Disney promotional discounts, some resorts, room types and date combinations will not be available.

This is a room-only offer but it can also be booked as a package by adding tickets and a dining plan.

Must Book by 6/12/15.

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.

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Walt Disney World News Update March 18, 2015

Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News, March 18, 2015

What’s New This Week?

Be Our Guest Breakfast

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Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom Park

New! Breakfast Starts March 20 at Be Our Guest: Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park will begin testing a prix fixe breakfast from 8-10 a.m. daily March 20 through June 18. Reservations will be available online via My Disney Experience beginning March 17 for reservation dates March 20 through June 18. The prix fixe breakfast menu includes a pastry basket for sharing, choice of entrée and selection of self-service beverages. Pricing is $19.99 plus tax for adults; $11.99 plus tax for children ages 3-9 years. Due to the popularity of Be Our Guest Restaurant, advance reservations are encouraged. As with all dining reservations, a credit card guarantee is required at the time of reservation and the standard cancellation policy applies. One quick-service meal entitlement will be redeemed for Guests with Disney Dining Plan (DPP) packages during the breakfast meal period. A fast-casual dining reservation expedites the Guest experience by providing Guests with priority entrance upon arrival. Be Our Guest Restaurant offers self-seating for the fast-casual dining experience during breakfast and lunch; tables are not reserved in advance

New! Sweet Cinderella Treats Now Available: Debuting this month at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort is a Cinderella Coach inspired apple. The apple has been dipped in caramel as well as edible shimmering white chocolate and comes complete with carriage-looking wheels. Another fun way to celebrate the film’s release is with our Cinderella Coach krispy treat, sure to be a fan favorite for any movie-goer. At Walt Disney World, these treats are available at: Main Street Confectionery, Magic Kingdom Park; Big Top, Magic Kingdom Park; Goofy’s Candy Kitchen, Downtown Disney Marketplace; Candy Cauldron, Downtown Disney Marketplace and Sweet Spells, Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Cinderella candy apple

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New! Extra Day Parades March 15-21: Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will be performed twice daily, March 15-21, at noon and 3 p.m.

Epcot

New! Egg-stravaganza Returns March 27: From March 27 – April 5, 2015, you’ll be able to search for special hidden eggs themed to Disney characters at some of your favorite theme parks. The hunt will be available through Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort. With a specially themed map in hand (available for purchase), Guests will have fun hunting for decorative eggs themed to Disney characters and placing the corresponding sticker on the map to represent that location. Maps and stickers can be purchased for $4.95, plus tax. Guests may return their maps (completed or uncompleted with stickers) to one of the designated locations to claim a surprise gift. Maps can be purchased at Epcot at Heritage Manor (American Adventure Pavilion), Pin Central, Plaza Towers (Port of Entry), and World Traveler (International Gateway).

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Reminder! Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Underway: The 75-Day festival opened March 4 and continues through May 17, 2015. Here you can enjoy topiaries of Disney favorites, ten new gardens, play areas and more. You can rock out at the new Garden Rocks Concert Series, featuring artists from the 60’s through 90’s. Delight your taste buds at eleven Outdoor Kitchens, including the new, Latin-inspired Botanas Botanico. Explore Fun Fresh Weekends during the festival with themed special events!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New! St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Available:  Beginning March 13, Guests coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios can cure their sweet tooth and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a chocolate mint specialty cupcake. The St. Patrick’s Day cupcake will be available at the following quick service locations: FairFax Fare, Pizza Planet, Starring Rolls, Backlot Express, ABC Commissary, Studio Catering Co., Rosie’s All American Café, The Trolley Car Café. This item is included in Disney Dining Plan. The St. Patrick’s Day and Cinderella cupcake both will be available through March. 29.

Reminder! Frozen Summer Fun Live Will Return: “Frozen” Summer Fun LIVE will bring Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf with citizens of Arendelle appearing daily at Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 17-Sept. 7. Like last year, the celebration includes the Frozen Procession, For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration (available now), Frozen Fireworks, Hot Frozen Nights DJ Dance Party, Frozen Merchandise and Food & Beverage (some available now), and Olaf’s Summer Cool Down. Just in time for this year’s “Frozen” Summer Fun LIVE event, this popular show moves into the beautiful Hyperion Theater (formerly Superstar Television Theater), located right in the heart of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

New! Additional Food and Beverage Offerings: Additional menu items will be available March 15-April 12 to Guests for the spring season. Isle of Java, Dino-Bites and Harambe Fruit Market will offer full meal options from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will return to their original menu offerings after 3 p.m. Isle of Java and Harambe Fruit Market will offer a smoked turkey sandwich, and Dino-Bites will offer a corn dog and chips. Everest kiosk and Bradley Falls will offer full meal options from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will return to their original menu offerings after 5 p.m. Everest kiosk will offer a hot dog and smoked turkey sandwich, and Bradley Falls will have a Thai pork sandwich. Drinkwallah will add a smoked turkey sandwich meal from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the cart near Creature Comforts will offer hot dogs from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additional breakfast options will also be available. Everest kiosk will offer a breakfast meal option until 10:30 a.m. and Harambe Fruit Market will have a breakfast sandwich until 11 a.m.

Reminder! Winged Encounters Relocated: The landing perch for Winged Encounters-The Kingdom Takes Flight will be relocated in front of the Tree of Life starting March 10, 2015. All show times remain the same, but are subject to change.

Reminder! A New Sumatran Tiger at Maharajah Jungle Trek: Malosi, a new Sumatran tiger for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, will be introduced to his onstage exhibit on March 12. As the tiger is introduced to the new environment, he may not be on stage for the full span of the day.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

New! Easter Egg Display at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: The Fourth Annual Easter Egg Display at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa takes place March 20–April 10. The bakery team has created a number of Easter eggs from edible material for Guests to view. Easter eggs will be on display throughout the first floor of the main lobby. Enjoy!

GF Cinderella Easter Egg 2015

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New! Breakfast Grab and Go Location Temporary Change at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Due to the floor refurbishment in Johari Treasures, our breakfast grab-and-go options will not be available in the shop from Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27. During this time, Guests can purchase these breakfast items at Sanaa from 7–11 a.m.

Reminder! Holiday Brunch Available at 1900 Park Fare: Beginning March 29 through April 5, brunch will be offered at 1900 Park Fare from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. It will be a brunch buffet, serving breakfast and dinner items. The main entrance to this temporary new offering will be at Grand Floridian Cafe, not 1900 Park Fare. This will not be a character or entertainment dining experience. The price is $23.99 for adults (ages 10+) and $12.99 for children (ages 3-9).

Reminder! River Roost Lounge at Port Orleans Serving Breakfast for a Limited Time: River Roost Lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside will now be serving select breakfast items. Called “River Roast,” this pilot gives Guests the opportunity to experience a secondary location for breakfast. Available from 7 a.m. to noon daily, this new menu features select breakfast items including assorted pastries, breakfast sandwiches, cereals, oatmeal and an assortment of specialty coffees. This pilot will be running until May.

Reminder! “Fat Tuesdays” Party Test at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter: On March 31, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter will premiere a new Guest event, “Fat Tuesdays,” keeping the spirit of Mardi Gras alive. This outdoor experience, taking place in the Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter courtyard from 5-9 p.m., will feature festive fun including exciting activities, a DJ and special Food & Beverage offerings.

Reminder! Frozen Fridays Now at Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter: Wintery fun is flurrying over to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. Beginning March 3 and running through the end of the month, the resort will offer a new evening experience to Guests called “Frozen Fridays.” The experience will run each Friday starting at 4 p.m. This event will feature fun activities, a campfire with a “Frozen” singalong, special Food & Beverage offerings and a showing of Disney’s “Frozen” to end the night.

Walt Disney World Resort – General

New! ESPN Show to Broadcast Live from WWoS Complex: ESPN’s popular “Baseball Tonight” show, which airs nationally on ESPN and ESPN2, will broadcast live fromESPN Wide World of Sports Complex all week starting March 23. Guests are welcome to join hosts Karl Ravech, Aaron Boone and Tim Kurkjian for six shows over five days and be a part of the live audience outside Champion Stadium at the ESPN sports complex. The shows, which will include a variety of interactive experiences with the audience, will take place through March 27 during which the Braves will play the Phillies (March 24) and the Boston Red Sox (March 27) at Champion Stadium which is the team’s spring training home. Shows will take place Monday through Friday, 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m. And for you night owls: there’s a special broadcast on Thursday, 10 p.m.-11 p.m. The “Baseball Tonight” live broadcasts are free and open to the public. And if you want to make a full day of baseball out of it, you can also get tickets to the Phillies and Red Sox games at the ESPN sports complex box office or through Ticketmaster.

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Reminder! Monorail Hours Adjustment: Service on the Express monorail will be suspended on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11:30am – 6pm starting March 10. During these times, Guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park can use the Resort monorail or watercraft to reach their destination.

Reminder! Bus Service Tested Between Water Parks: During March 15-April 11, Disney will be conducting a park to park test between Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks. This test will coincide with the new park hopper ability that Guests now have when both water parks are open. The new route will be between Blizzard Beach > Typhoon Lagoon > Blizzard Beach from Noon-one hour after park close daily. Two buses will be operating every 30 minutes.

Merchandise Events

March 25 – 26: Are you a fan of Ridley Pearson? Be among the first to pick up two of his newest releases,Kingdom Keepers: The Return: Book 1: Disney Lands and The Syndrome: A Kingdom Keepers Adventure. Meet Ridley, March 25 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Once Upon A Toy at Downtown Disney Marketplace or March 26 from 9 – 11a.m. at Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Learn more. Tip: Wristbands will be distributed to Guests at store open on the day of the signing with each purchase of a book by Ridley Pearson. A wristband from the appearance location is required to meet Ridley Pearson and allows the guest to get two books signed. A limited number of wristbands will be available the day of the signing. Once the wristbands have been distributed, the line to meet Ridley Pearson will close.

March 27 – 29: Celebrate Art in the Garden with us and take part in special artist appearances and signings with David E. Doss and Greg McCullough from 11a.m. – 7p.m. throughout the weekend at the entrance to World Showcase. Watch DisneyParksMerchandise.com to learn more.

March 28: Add the limited edition hand-painted Ink & Paint cel ‘A Dapper Day in the Parks’ featuring Mickey Mouse looking his best aboard the Main Street Trolley! Ink & Paint artists will be on hand for a special signing from 10 a.m. – 1p.m. and 2p.m. – 5p.m. at Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Note: The cel will be available in a variety of formats including Unframed; Framed, Framed Cel with Postcard and Framed Cel with Postcard and Pin. Learn more.

Closures and Refurbishments

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