Sunday, September 18, 2016

Walt Disney World Guidebooks for 2017

For those looking for guidebook recommendations, here are a few of my favorites.

Birnbaum's 2017 Walt Disney World: The Official Guide - This is the officially sanctioned guidebook that Birnbaum's releases every year. It has lots of great information for those looking to visit the Walt Disney World resort. Information comes directly from the source.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2017 - The Unofficial Guide is my personal favorite. This is the guidebook I use when planning my trips to Walt Disney World. It's full of lots of great information and step-by-step details on how to get those most out of your vacation.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2017 - Similar to The Unofficial Guide but with a focus on making the most of your vacation for both you and your children.

These are just a few of the various guidebooks out there to aid in your vacation planning. For a search of other guidebooks, please click here.

Doctor Strange Will Be Coming To Disney World

Source: /Film

It looks like Doctor Strange will be appearing at Walt Disney World Resort later this Fall. While Universal Studios owns the rights to most Marvel characters west of the Mississippi, Marvel is allowed to have particular characters for a limited time in conjunction with movie promotion (this is how they were able to have Gamora and Starlord from Guardians of the Galaxy appear in the Florida parks). Looks like the Sorcerer Supreme will be making an appearance in Orlando this Fall.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Monorail goes down at Walt Disney World, stranding passengers

Source: New York Daily News

Service on the Yellow Rail Express monorail system at Walt Disney World went down on Saturday, stranding passengers and heavily affecting traffic in the area.

People stuck on monorail cars were being evacuated with a scissor lift after the line halted between the Contemporary Resort and Magic Kingdom at the Lake Buena Vista, Fla., resort complex, witness James Krick told the Daily News.

Traffic heading into the Magic Kingdom park was snarled, people reported on social media.

There were no reports of injury, but firefighters were on the scene investigating what looked like a section of the monorail's windows missing.

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Friday, October 09, 2015

Why Disney fans hate the parks' price hikes

Source: Fortune

The house the mouse built is raising admission at its theme parks, but the faithful aren’t feeling the magic.

The Internet is having a Donald Duck-like tantrum after hearing news that Disney’s popular theme park annual passes jumped by up to 35%, crossing the psychologically important $1,000-a-year-mark.

“This was the last straw for us,” exclaimed LoveBWVVBR, a member of the popular Disney forum DISBoard.

“Sad day,” noted a commenter on the highly-regarded Theme Park Insider blog. “This price increase is just ridiculous and like others have commented, Disney is truly pricing regular folks out.”

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Disney World’s Swan hotel completes renovations

Source: Travel Weekly

Disney World’s Swan hotel has completed the largest renovation in its 25-year history.

All 758 guestrooms were upgraded with high-definition TVs, more power outlets, glass-topped desks on wheels and Westin Heavenly Beds.

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Monday, October 05, 2015

Walt Disney World raises prices, adds PhotoPass to Annual Passholder Program

Source: WESH Orlando

Each year, Disney guests await (dread) the inevitable price hike of park tickets, and more specifically, of the Annual Passholder Program. Beginning this week, Walt Disney World will introduce its new system, which includes PhotoPass and, you guessed it, increased prices.

Platinum Plus Pass - $729 (Must be a Florida resident or DVC member)

This option grants guests unlimited admission for 365 days from the activation date to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon), Disney's Oak Trail golf course and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The pass includes theme park parking, complimentary MagicBand, park hopping privileges and Disney PhotoPass with unlimited downloads. The pass does not include admission to separately-ticketed activities and events.

Tourist Platinum Plus Pass - For non-Florida residents - $829

Platinum Pass - $649 (Must be a Florida resident or DVC member)

This option grants guests unlimited admission for 365 days from the activation date to all four parks. The pass includes theme park parking, complimentary MagicBand, park hopping privileges and Disney PhotoPass with unlimited downloads. The pass does not include admission to separately-ticketed activities and events.

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Walt Disney World updates annual pass options and prices

Source: Attractions Magazine

Walt Disney World has updated their Annual Pass program with increased prices, new benefits and a new selection of passes to choose among. New benefits include unlimited PhotoPass downloads for the top three pass levels and free parking for all levels.

Below we have listed all the updated Annual Pass options, prices for Florida residents and benefits listed:

• Platinum Plus Pass ($729 full/$55.37 monthly) – entitles guest to unlimited admission for 365 days from the activation date (except activities/events separately priced) to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Oak Trail golf course and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex It also includes theme park parking, a complimentary MagicBand, park hopping privileges and unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads.

• Platinum Pass ($649 full/$48.27 monthly) – entitles guest to unlimited admission for 365 days from the activation date (except activities/events separately priced) to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It also includes theme park parking, a complimentary MagicBand, park hopping privileges and and unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads.

• Gold Pass ($549 full/$39.40 monthly) – entitles guest to admission to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom except for “blackout” dates around Christmas/New Years and Easter/spring break. It also includes theme park parking, a complimentary MagicBand, park hopping privileges and unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads.

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Disney World Loses the Burgers at the Magic Kingdom's Pecos Bill Cafe

Source: Theme Park Insider

Walt Disney World is changing the menu at one of the Magic Kingdom's most popular quick-service restaurants.

Starting Thursday October 1st, the burgers and barbecue will have gone away at the Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, to be replaced by a Tex-Mex-inspired menu of fajitas and rice bowls. Entree prices now will range from $9.99-$14.49.

The new menu:

Beef Fajita Platter, with Cilantro Rice, Beans, and Tortilla - $14.49
Chicken Fajita Platter, with Cilantro Rice, Beans, and Tortilla - $13.49
Beef Rice Bowl - $12.99
Chicken Rice Bowl - $12.99
Beef Burrito, with Cilantro Rice and Beans - $11.99
Chicken Burrito, with Cilantro Rice and Beans - $11.99

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Site that finds Disney World dining reservations for a fee shuts down

Source: Bay News 9

A website that checks for dining reservations at popular Walt Disney World websites has shut down following a request from Disney to do so.

For a fee, Disney Dining Buddy alerted customers when something would open up at popular restaurants like Be Our Guest and Chef Mickey’s.

Now, their website says they will be issuing refunds after Disney’s request to close up shop.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Disney World plans to end Osborne Family Christmas lights

Source: WXIA-TV

Walt Disney World on Friday announced this will be the last year of the Osborne family's Christmas lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights has been a Christmas tradition at Disney World for the past 20 years.

Disney officials say the theme park is unable to put on the lights after this year because of plans to use the space for new Stars Wars and Toy Story themed areas.

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