Sunday, February 22, 2015

Starbucks to open in Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom later this year

Source: Orlando Weekly

Starbucks' march into (Disney) world domination looks to be continuing, with Disney now confirming that its final Orlando park without a Starbucks, Animal Kingdom, will get one later this year. The Creature Comforts store on Discovery Island closed late last year to make way for the new Starbucks. The retail footage lost will be replaced by an enlarged store just across the street. It’s believed that the Animal Kingdom Starbucks will be open by early to mid-summer.

It has been nearly two and half years since Disney first announced that the four Orlando parks would be have their own Starbucks. The first one, which opened in June 2013, replaced the Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom. The second, which opened in September 2013, took over the Fountain View cafĂ© space in Epcot’s Future World. A Hollywood Studios Starbucks opened earlier this month in the former L.A. Prop Cinema Storage retail space at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset boulevards.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Disney World ticket price to top $100, insiders say

Source: Tampa Bay Times

You knew this would happen sooner or later, Mouseketeers: A one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom could very soon top the $100 mark — $105, if the buzz is true — with the other three major parks in Lake Buena Vista coming close at $99, according to theme park industry insiders.

This would also mean that, since 2003, the price of a one-day ticket has just about doubled.

Disney officials would not confirm the increase, saying they have nothing to announce at this juncture. But the rumors, and the timing, certainly makes sense.

Prices at Florida's Disney parks were raised around the same time last year, with the Magic Kingdom, the most expensive of the four main parks, going from $95 to $99 for a one-day pass.

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Fire sparked by pyrotechnics closes down Disney World ride

Source: Chicago Tribune

A fire caused by debris from a firework display at the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom in Florida forced a ride to close for about an hour Saturday, injuring no one, a spokeswoman for the park said.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. an ember set one of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train's decorative structures on fire. Fire crews quickly extinguished it and the ride started again a short time later, the spokeswoman said.

Several videos and descriptions of the fire were posted to social media.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Seven sensations at the new Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World

Source: The Palm Beach Post

Paradise has arrived on Disney property, a few miles from the Magic Kingdom.

And once you experience the new Four Seasons Orlando, you may never want to leave to go to the theme parks again.

It’s a self-contained wonderland of nature, glamour, great food — and even a signature blond ale crafted especially for the resort from Due South brewery in Boynton Beach.

With 443 rooms — the most spacious in Orlando — and 26.5 acres of gardens, a lake, nature areas and a golf course, the Four Seasons now challenges Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, the Ritz-Carlton in Grande Lakes and the Waldorf Astoria as this area’s top resort.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Walt Disney World announces $125 million Swan and Dolphin makeover, redesigning all rooms by 2016

Source: Inside the Magic



Walt Disney World announced the Swan and Dolphin Hotel is getting the largest makeover in its history in a multi-phase, multi-year, $125 million redesign project. Every guest room will receive a new design in the 758-room Swan Hotel and the 1,509-room Dolphin Hotel.

The new room design is inspired by the resort’s water-themed architecture. The goal was to create a serene and sophisticated atmosphere.

The new guest rooms will feature upgraded furniture and technology, including large HDTVs and more power outlets. They’ll include Westin Heavenly Bed with a pillow-top mattress set and down blanket.

The new bathroom will include a back-lit mirror mounted on iridescent glass tiles.

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