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Extra, Extra Magic Hours

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Extra (additional), Extra Magic Hours are coming to Disney World this Fall!

Because of all the excitement surrounding Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney is opening adding more Extra Magic Hours to the calendar.

Extra Magic Hours are offered at a select Disney World park each day. They happen either before the park opens or after the park closes. They are available at no charge to Disney Resort Guests and other select hotel guests only. They typically last an hour or two and the park in which it is offered rotates.

Well now – With the addition of Extra, Extra Magic Hours, you will have way more options and a lot more time available to be in the parks. This is what they are offering now to Disney Resort and other Select Hotel Guests:

  • Hollywood Studios will open daily at 6am from September 1st – November 2nd.
  • Magic Kingdom will open daily at 7am from August 29th – November 2nd
  • Animal Kingdom will open daily at 7am from August 29th – November 2nd
  • Epcot will still have occasional Extra Magic Hours as it does now

This adds several hours of possible park touring time to your vacation. It also definitely has me rethinking how I will plan Fastpasses for my guests traveling in the fall as well as my own trips.

If you would like some guidance on how to take full advantage of these Extra, Extra Magic Hours or even if this just gets you so excited that you are now ready to book a trip, contact me today!

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New Toy Story Table Service Restaurant

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A new Rootin’ Tootin’ Table Service Restaurant is coming to Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World – Roundup Rodeo BBQ!

Guests will enter the restaurant and will suddenly realize they are now the size of a toy. Surrounded by other toys & game pieces inside Andy’s new home-made Rodeo arena, you will find the ultimate setting for a western BBQ.

In keeping with the Toy Story theme, guests will recognize many toys that they know and love along with several “Easter Eggs” hidden throughout the restaurant. Of course, images of your favorite Toy Story Characters will be scattered throughout the Rodeo Arena.

This is going to be a fun and fantastic family-friendly restaurant that is geared for kids and grownups alike! Check back for updates on when this restaurant will open and more details!

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Fancy Nancy Comes to Disney

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Calling all Disney Junior Fans! Fancy Nancy has made her way to Hollywood Studios!

Fancy Nancy, a sweet little 6 year old girl who loves everything French and Fancy has arrived for Meet and Greets as well as Hollywood & Dine for Character meals. She has been delighting little girls with her fashion, french language and fantastic tea parties. Nancy has a beautiful and fun outlook that little girls everywhere can admire & look up to.

Look for her today at Hollywood Studios!

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New Nighttime Spectacular for Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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Not only do they have this amazing new show coming, but it’s not replacing Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular or Fantasmic! Hooray for adding new things

Beginning today, May 1st, ‘Wonderful World of Animation’ will debut at Hollywood Studios. A beautiful display of projections, fireworks, and our favorite Disney Movies will be displayed on the Chinese Theater. Movies will range from Cars and other Pixar favorites to the classics like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. The spectacular will showcase over 90 years of animation at Disney Studios

This is definitely a new cinematic nighttime experience that you will not want to miss! This is a great video from the creators. I cannot wait!

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To visit Hollywood Studios & the rest of Walt Disney World or any Disney Destination, contact me for a no-obligation quote!

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Disney Skyliner: The Interior Revealed!

After many months of seeing the individual cars all shrink wrapped, Disney gave us a peek at what the inside will look like.

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Recently when I was there I saw them in operation. Those things move!! They will service Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and 4 of Disney’s Resorts:

  • Pop Century
  • Art of Animation
  • Riviera Resort
  • Caribbean Beach Resort

This new mode of transportation makes these four resorts even more desirable! Planning a fall trip to Disney World for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival? Get your group together and stay at one of these resorts – the Skyliner will drop you off right at the back of World Showcase. Hoping to take the kids during their fall break and enjoy all the new offerings? Staying at one of these resorts will be even more fun and exciting for them now that this is a form of transportation! Contact me to start putting a package together and Let’s turn your Dreams into Memories!

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#Adulting in Disney: Part 2

There may not be anything like seeing Walt Disney World through the eyes of a child. However, it can be an equally awesome place for adults. There are so many things that are easier when traveling without children and the biggest that comes to mind is getting through the Parks. No carriage to park & find, no littles stopping at every turn – it is amazing how much more I accomplished in the Parks when I did not have my littles with me. Oh MAN did I miss them, but the difference in the experience is totally worth it every once and a while.

#Adulting in Disney Parks

Just a few of the great things you can do while #Adulting in Disney Parks:

  • Rides that have height requirements – The thrill rides are a breeze when all in your party reach the minimum height.
  • After Hours – Disney’s After Hours is a great experience that I think all adults should try. There are so few guests in the park because it gets LATE. You can ride and re-ride your favorites with limited wait times, see your favorite characters with almost no wait times and get some awesome photos because the parks are very empty. Due to the hours of this even is not something my littles are old enough for – hello Disney meltdowns! (With littles I would do the Early Magic Hours.
  • “Adult” Dining Experiences – There are many restaurants in Disney Parks that are nicer & possibly more romantic when it is adults only. In addition, most kids won’t enjoy their menu or the atmosphere like adults will. Le Cellier & Tiffins are good examples.
  • H2O Glow Nites – The fantastic party at Typhoon Lagoon has an all adults area. “The Wharf” is a little spot just for us grown-ups! A must-do when this party is running in the summer.
  • Epcot Festivals – Sipping & Snacking around the world during one of Epcot’s many festivals is such a fun couples, group, or girls weekend event.
  • La Cava – A fantastic tequila bar inside the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot. It is on the darker side and really not very kid friendly. – Try the Avocado Margarita!
  • Disney Tours – There are a number of fun and different tours that have height and age requirements. The famous “Key’s to the Kingdom Tour” and “Epcot Seas Adventure Divequest” are among some of my favorites and will not permite children.
  • World Showcase Wine Walk – a great way to taste the wines of the different countries in Epcot. You get a great souvenir cup as well. Hint: If you don’t mine sharing, you can just purchase one glass and sample wines together.
  • Nomad Lounge – Tucked beside Tiffins, this is a great little lounge with a great view and they offer beverages from around the world and small plates.
  • Baseline Taphouse – New to Hollywood Studios, a corner pub serving up California based beverages.
  • The many shops in all the parks – It is much easier to walk around stores and enjoy yourself when you have no one in tow!

Disney World Parks are a great destination, even without kids! Get your friends or significant other together and let’s get a trip put together for you! We can add any/all of these to your itinerary!!

Next up: Epcot gets its own #Adulting page because it is very much my favorite park to adult at. Stay tuned!

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Updates

Disney has released a few bits of information about what you will be able to find in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. One of the first previews of merchandise was put out:

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This first set of merchandise is for the Resistance Supply and First Order Cargo. There are badges, pins, key chains, bags, cups, and more. It all looks so official, I cannot wait to see it in person.

While the merchandise looks fantastic, I may be even more excited about the theming around the restaurants and food. Lucasfilm Ltd., Coca-Cola, and Disney all got together to make these fantastic beverages –


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How incredibly fun!!??! I want one right now and my Son would flip over these. Being able to purchase and drink from these while in the land is just one of the many immersive ways Disney will have us feeling like we are right there at Batuu. They will be limited to Batuu so if you are looking for one, they will be available there starting this Summer at Disneyland and this August at Hollywood Studios.

Stay tuned for more details as they are released!