Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review of Character Dining Experiences

Wondering what character dining experience is best for your family? If so, Touring Plans has put together a very informative series of blog posts detailing each of the character meals. For more information on a particular location/experience, click on the link below. Each particular character dining location features a different assortment of characters, food and atmosphere. Our family has found character dining to be a fun way to meet characters that allows you to enjoy a meal in the air-conditioning and not waste valuable park time standing in line (often out in the heat). While some experiences are expensive (Cinderella's Royal Table and Chef Mickey's to name a couple of examples), we've found them to be worth the splurge. Note that many of these experience fill-up quickly, so be sure to make your advanced dining reservation (ADR) well in advance of your trip (up to 180 days out).

Magic Kingdom - Crystal Palace

Beach Club Resort - Cape May

Epcot - Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway) 

Epcot - Garden Grill

Contemporary Resort - Chef Mickey's

Hollywood Studios - Disney Junior Play 'n Dine at Holllywood & Vine

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella's Royal Table

Animal Kingdom - Tusker House

Planning WDW is happy to provide information on our own experience at Chef Mickey's character breakfast, as well as Garden Grove, located at the Swan Resort, which as not yet been a focus of Touring Plans' series.  

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Participating in WDW Parades and Shows

Want to find out how you can star in a Disney Parks parade or show? Touring Plans has a great article about the options available for you and your family to add some extra magic to your Disney vacation by partaking in a live performance, parade, or other interactive experience. Find out more on the Touring Plans blog. Whether it's dressing as a pirate or princess; being the lucky family selected to lead a parade, or a veteran being honored in the flag retreat ceremony on Main Street USA, there is something for everyone who wants to play an extra part in the daily Disney magic.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New Captain Jack Sparrow Attraction Coming to Hollywood Studios in the Fall

The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow will open at Hollywood Studios this fall, in the space formerly housing the Narnia attraction.  Find out more here.

Tickets for WDW Halloween and Christmas Events On-Sale Now

Tickets went on sale today for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Find out more information from the Official Disney Blog. Purchase your tickets online in advance to save up to $10 per ticket.

Dates Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:
  •  September 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 and 30
  • October 4, 5, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31
  • November 2

Dates for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party:

  • November 9, 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29 and 30
  • December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21