Can you believe that New Fantasyland has been open for a year now? Or that the new Grand Floridian DVC Villas have been open for more than a month? Disney Imagineers have been busy adding new magic to the parks and resorts, and there have been quite a few rumors about new changes to come, such as Star Wars Land, Avatar Land, Cars Land, and even a possible purchase of the Lord of the Rings Franchise?
Even with all the new additions, there are still a few things we would like to see at the parks and resorts, so here is our Imagineering Wish List!
5. More Disney Films in the Park-We were so happy that Disney Imagineers finally brought The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast into the parks. There were so many possibilities for great attractions and restaurants out of those popular, classic films, and we think they have done a great job! I mean, if you have been to the Be Our Guest Restaurant, you understand. We were also glad that Disney has brought more characters and films into the resorts with the Art of Animation. We have always thought All-Star Movies could've done better. I mean, Herbie the Love Bug and the Mighty Ducks when you have dozens upon dozens of great Disney movies to choose from? But now, with the Art of Animation, it appears that they are getting it right! But yet, we think there could be more! If we were Imagineers, we would like to bring the presence of other classic films to the parks and resorts. For example, wouldn't a Jungle Book or Pocahontas attraction be a great fit for Animal Kingdom? Also, there is so much more that could be done with Aladdin besides the little flying carpet ride at Adventureland, don't you think?
4. More Indiana Jones in the Park-Have you heard the latest news? Disney has purchased the rights to Indiana Jones from Paramount! We are guessing this means more Indy films, or possibly more Indy at the parks? That would be fine with us! While we like the Indian Jones Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios, once you have seen it a time or two, you don't really care to see it again. Disneyland has a super successful and high thrill Indy attraction, and we Disney World fans wouldn't complain one bit if a version were to show up at one of the Florida parks.
3. The Hunger Games Franchise-With Universal implementing Harry Potter, we think Disney would do well to add some new, popular franchises to their parks as well; and there are few franchises more successful right now than the Hunger Games. Now would the Hunger Games work in a theme park? After all, the content is pretty serious stuff; but if there is a way, we think Disney could pull it off. After all, the fan base is huge, the story has a powerful message, and Katniss is great role model for girls who are in between Disney princesses and adulthood.
2. Implement Frozen into the Parks-Have you heard the news? Disney's Frozen is a huge success! With its soaring popularity, we would really like to see Frozen become a permanent presence at the parks. I'm always up for a new castle, and an ice castle would be cool, don't you think?
1.The Lord of the Rings Franchise-We really really think it would be awesome if Disney could bring Lord of the Rings to the parks. Could you imagine something like Tolkien Weekends or Hobbit Days at WDW? How about being able to walk through a Hobbit Hole or visit Rivendell? The merchandise options would be limitless too. We think the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit would be a perfect fit for Disney, what do you think?
So the Christmas Season is officially in full swing and we trust you are busy browsing the stores and marking off names on your Christmas shopping list, or at least meaning to anyway...
Well, if you happen to be at WDW during this festive time of year, you should keep an eye open for a few gift ideas to add a little magic to your holiday. Need a little inspiration? Check out just a few possible Christmas gifts we've stumbled across at WDW!
What would you buy? Would you like to put a little Disney under your tree this year? Let us know!
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Our December Calendar Shot! Merry Christmas!
This year has brought a lot of changes and additions to the Walt Disney World parks, giving us new magical things to see and experience! Let's take a look back at a few of WDW's new arrivals!
Have you been able to experience the WDW's new additions this past year? Which one is your favorite? What would you like to see come to the parks and resorts in 2014?
Christmastime at Walt Disney World is absolutely magical! In addition to all of the amazing rides, restaurants, and characters, the parks and resorts truly deck the halls and offer unique holiday experiences. WDW's signature Christmas event, however, is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom.
This special party offers extra festive experiences for guests in the evening hours on select nights at the park; but a purchased ticket is required to participate in the festivities.
There is a lot of debate over whether the party is worth it; and while we always enjoy it, we have learned that there are other ways to enjoy the special Very Merry Christmas Party magic without paying for an event ticket.
How? Read on!
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
This parade is one of our favorite parts of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! If you are familiar with the traditional three o'clock Magic Kingdom parade, you will notice that this festive version is totally different and unique! Oh! Did we mention that Santa Claus makes an appearance too?
We prefer to watch Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade on Main Street as the illuminated castle is the perfect backdrop and fake snow actually rains down from the top of the buildings during the parade. It's absolutely magical!
But there is a way to see this parade without splurging on Christmas Party tickets! In mid to late December, the Magic Kingdom uses this parade in place of the three o'clock parade! Is it as cool during the day as opposed to at night? Not as much. But the festive air is still alive and well, the characters dressed in the Christmas dress are present, and you're getting to see the fantastic parade without the cost of party tickets!
Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
So if you don't partake in Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, how do you get to experience the snow on Main Street?
Well... We have good news! You can at Hollywood Studios during their Christmas event which comes free with the cost of admission, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights!
This holiday display takes place on the park's Streets of America which are completely covered with hundreds of lights synchronized to classic Christmas songs. After sunset, all of the lights come on for the most amazing lights display you have ever seen! Plus, it snows here too! Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season and experience snow in Florida for FREE without springing for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets.
A big draw at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is the characters. All throughout the Magic Kingdom, characters are dressed in holiday wear and rare characters make an appearance, such as all seven of the seven dwarfs at one time! There are also special Christmas character dance parties scattered through out the park too.
So can you enjoy meeting with characters if you don't partake in Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party?
Yes, you can! You can often find Disney characters dressed in their holiday wear throughout the parks during this time of year, as well as at the resorts! Now while you may not get to meet with rare characters or all of the seven dwarfs at one time, you can meet with Santa Mickey, Mickey and Minnie in elegant Christmas apparel, Donald in his lumberjack gear, and even Lilo and Stich in holiday sweaters at the parks and deluxe resorts.
Want to know when and where to find them? Some resorts have a schedule for when these characters make an appearance, so just ask!
Now what about the dance parties? Well, character dance parties aren't as unique as you might think. In fact, characters make appearances at dance parties in the Magic Kingdom (primarily in Tomorrowland) all year long! While you don't get to enjoy a variety of dance parties, you still get show off your moves with a few faves during regular nights of the year.
A big perk of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is the FREE cookies and hot chocolate which are served at select locations throughout the park; but on occasion, you can get free refreshments at certain deluxe Disney resorts from time to time during the holiday season!
Wilderness Lodge has had tables of hot chocolate and apple cider for guests in the lobby during the holidays in years past, and we are sure other resorts have done the same, especially when the mild Florida weather takes a downward dip.
But while something free is always great, there are lots of special holiday treats to be found throughout the parks and resorts during Christmastime which, in our opinion, we would rather splurge on than cookies and cocoa.
Almost every bakery throughout the park has special treats for sale, ranging from some amazing holiday cupcakes, snowman-themed candied apples, gingerbread cookies, festive fudge and candy, and so much more!
So while we do enjoy Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, we know that not everyone may have the chance to enjoy it for themselves; but hopefully you now know that you can partake in some of the party's experiences without the splurging on tickets!
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Happy Thanksgiving! Who can guess where they can enjoy this Thanksgiving-style meal year around at WDW?
The only thing better than a great Disney attraction is a Disney attraction that offers more than one way to experience its magic! There are quite a few WDW attractions that do just that, and probably more than you might think! So go ahead and take a look at our list of WDW Attractions With More Than One Experience!
This Animal Kingdom attraction is truly different each time you ride because you never know what animals might be out, what they might do, or where they might be! All you can do is have your camera ready and enjoy the spontaneity because with living, breathing scenery, Kilimanjaro Safaris can never get old.
The Magic Kingdom's popular Splash Mountain is known for its trademark drop and excellent storytelling; but for a whole new ride experience, we recommend that you give this ride a shot at night! Why? Quite a bit of this attraction takes place outdoors, so floating after dark is sure to give your ride a different feel. Plus, if you time it right, you can catch a few glimpses of the Main Street Electrical Parade moving through the nearby lands as your log floats by; and that illuminated view of the park right before the drop is pretty cool too!
The Great Movie Ride
If you're a movie fan, you are sure to like this ride. But did you know that there's more than one way to experience it? In fact, there are two different routes that this attraction offers: the mobster scene and the western scene. In both scenes, your tram driver disappears and a villain takes his place; but whether this happens on a shady, 1920s street or the dusty streets of the Wild West, just depends.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Hollywood Studios' Tower of Terror is thrilling no matter what, but it's especially chilling when you ride it at night! Plus, when the elevator doors open up, an illuminated park is always really cool to see and so different than the view during the day.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Who doesn't enjoy this ride? It's so much fun! But we prefer to ride it at night. In fact, we purposely save this attraction for after dark just because new details come to light after sunset, it feels faster, and the dark only ups the thrill factor! We always encourage guests to try to ride it during Wishes because it offers a great, unique view!
This ride is one of our favorites! We would seriously make the long trek over to Animal Kingdom just for this ride. Now this ride doesn't offer an alternative routes; but like Splash and Big Thunder, it's a whole new ride at night. Now Animal Kingdom often closes earlier than most parks, usually before dark; but on occasion, it will offer extra late magic hours letting you see this mountain all lit up, the glowing lanterns, and the extra edge of mystery and suspense that comes with zipping through the mountain after dark!
Like many of the attractions at WDW, the Jungle Cruise takes place outdoors and therefore offers a different experience after sun goes down. Plus, this is when the lines are shorter too! The dark actually adds a bit of thrill to this classic ride; and sometimes you get an extra-interesting cruise. As one Jungle Cruise Skipper told us, "Welcome to the night cruises!"
The new, updated Star Tours is all about a diverse riding experience as you never know which Star Wars character you might meet, where you might go, and just who might be the rebel spy! As the attraction's cast and locales span from all six Star Wars films, there are a lot of possibilities which keeps this attraction fresh and people coming back for more and more rides!
So which one is your favorite? Expedition Everest and Jungle Cruise are pretty high up on our list, how about you?
Let's talk a minute to talk about the most anticipated part of a meal at Walt Disney World which is dessert! Disney specializes in creating deliciously, sweet confections that serve as happily ever after to your meal; but, of course, we have a few favorites! Take a look at a few of our favorite Table Service Desserts and just try not to get hungry!
Are any of our sweet favorites yours too?