Thursday, October 20, 2011

Finding Characters at WDW

Trying to find out if your favorite characters are currently appearing at Disney World? If you've got young kids, chances are they will request that you find them their favorite characters in the parks. Of course, you don't want to disappoint them, so best to be prepared by doing your homework in advance (and/or while your at the parks!) to determine if and where certain characters can be found. It can take some skill to track down your favorites. Here's a great website resource that can help you plan where to find certain characters, including those rarely appearing, hard-to-find characters. The website lets you search by character, park and/or specific area within a selected park. Once you're in the parks, you can always ask a cast member where characters are located that day and at what times, and, if you are a Verizon wireless customer, you can utilize the free Disney Mobile Magic app.  

Disney Photography Blog Photo Spots: Capturing the Monorail at EPCOT

Check out these great strategies from the Disney Photography Blog on how to capture photos of the monorail at EPCOT. The monorail at EPCOT is one of our favorite Disney things to photograph and these tips provide you with some good ideas on where and how to capture this Walt Disney World icon.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Touring Plans: Trip Planning 101

Touring Plans has recently put together an excellent series of "Trip Planning 101" articles to help you kickoff your Disney planning. Topics include: (1) deciding when to visit; (2) choosing a hotel; (3) determining how long to stay at WDW; (4) transportation; (5) budgeting  for your trip; (6) dining; (7) packing; (8) planning your arrival day; (9) celebrating at Disney World; and (10) what to do after your trip. Click on the topics listed to access the articles.

To get the most out of these articles and the other great resources Touring Plans provides, be sure to join Touring Plans today!

Disney-themed Halloween Pumpkins

Want to create some Disney-themed pumpkins for Halloween like you see in the Disney Parks? Here's how:

Templates can be found on the Disney Parks Blog.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Grilling Tips from Jamie Deen

Check out these grilling tips from Jamie Deen (Paula's son), who's one of the featured chefs at this years EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. He'll be featured this Saturday, 10/22, prooting his and his brother's new book - The Deen Bros. Get Fired Up: Grilling, Tailgating, Picnicking and More.

Friday, October 14, 2011

EPCOT Illuminations Fireworks Viewing Locations

Trying to figure out the best spot from which to view the EPCOT Illuminations Fireworks? If so, I recommend this article from Touring Plans. It will give you a number of locations from which to view the show depending on your viewing preferences.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New ADR Policy for Character and Signature Dining Reservations

Important News on the Advanced Dining Reservations front: beginning October 26, 2011 guests wishing to book ADRs for signature dining locations and most character experiences will be required to put down a credit card guarantee.  Cancellations to reservations made less than one day in advance will result in a charge of $10 per person listed on the reservation. Disney has added a new phone number specifically to cancel dining reservations, 407-WDW-CNCL.

The following locations will require the new credit card guarantee:
  • 1900 Park Fare
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Artist Point
  • California Grill
  • Cape May Café
  • Chef Mickey’s
  • Cítricos
  • The Crystal Palace
  • Flying Fish Café
  • The Garden Grill
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Hollywood & Vine
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Narcoossee’s
  • ‘Ohana
  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • Victoria & Albert’s ($25 per person)
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse
For more details, visit the Disney Food Blog.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Refurbishment/Closing Dates for Major Magic Kingdom Attractions

Here's some big news regarding upcoming attraction refurbishment closings at the Magic Kingdom:

1). The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom will be closed for refurbishment from January 9th to March 31st, 2012.

2). Dumbo the Flying Elephant will be closed at the Magic Kingdom from January 9th to February 17th, 2012. This attraction will be closed so that it can be relocated from its current location to the new Storybook Circus area that is under construction as part of the Fantasyland expansion. That means, if you want to ride Dumbo one more time while it's in the original location, you'd better hurry on down to WDW!

Disney Parks Desktop Wallpapers for your Computer

Here are some fun Disney wallpapers to spice up your desktop courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog. Enjoy!

Disney Recipe: Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry

Disney Film News

Great News for Disney movie fans - thanks to the success of the re-release of The Lion King in 3D in theaters, Disney is planning to bring other classic Disney films back to the big screen over the next couple of years, including Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo. Find out more here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hollywood Studios Cupcake

Here's a fun, whimsical, Italian-inspired cupcake featured on the kids' menu of Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano. Want to make your own? Find out how here.

Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy 40th Birthday Walt Disney World!

If you're lucky enough to be at the Magic Kingdom today, be sure to pick-up one of these commemorative maps, being handed out today only:

If you're like us, and sitting at home, you can download a PDF copy from the Disney Parks Blog.