• 01May

    The stylish Poolside Collection offers tumblers, goblets, drink pitchers, bowls and a serving tray. Perfect for outdoor entertainment, the new dishware collection for your picnic table is made of strong, durable acrylic and melamine and features a vintage Mickey in a playful pose. With the Disney Poolside Collection, available at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts , you’re bound to make a splash this summer! Disney Parks ‘Quick Hits’ – April 24th, 2010 … Quiz: Is the Disney Dining Plan for You

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  • 26Apr

    One small change by Walt Disney World Cast Members has the potential to save enough electricity to power more than one thousand homes for a year. Disney Cast Members are retrofitting more than 1000 theatrical spotlights and floodlights around the resort with more efficient and longer-lasting light fixtures. Some of the fixtures include LED (light emitting diode) lights which can be 330% more efficient than other lights

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  • 23Apr

    We’ve got kumquats this weekend at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival . The fruit is part of a special Florida Farmer’s Market celebration “Fresh from Florida” at Garden Town that begins today and runs through April 25.

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  • 20Apr

    Once Upon A Time…as every good story starts, the Disneyland Resort opened its doors to reveal a magical boutique where every little girl’s dream of becoming a Disney princess can come true. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opened April 17, 2009, and in the past year, many magical moments have occurred in this enchanting location that’s nestled inside the corridors of Sleeping Beauty Castle. On a walk through Fantasyland one day, I had the chance to meet up with Store Operations Complex Manager, Stacey Gentz, who shared some of the stories from our cast and guests. Every now and then, it’s so nice to hear our guests say that no matter the age, it made them feel like a princess, says one of Fairy Godmothers-in-Training, who has been on hand since the opening. It’s why we’re here, and it’s what we do, every day, we create magical memories for our guests during their stay. Another cast member recalls, “Today when giving a Princess her big reveal, she was so happy that she shouted ‘I guess dreams really can come true.’” Click here to keep reading this article from the Disney Park Blog Photo credit disneyparks.disney.go.com The Inaugural Blog Carnival is now Live! … How to Spread the Disney Addiction … ‘Disney Premier Passport’ Unveiled … Disney Quick Hits – Mini News Feed for March 5th … Share this on del.icio.us Digg this! Buzz up! Stumble upon something good? Share it on StumbleUpon Share this on Technorati Post this to MySpace Share this on Facebook Tweet This! Email this to a friend? Subscribe to the comments for this post? Add this to Google Bookmarks Add this to Google Reader Post on Google Buzz Ping this on Ping.fm Blog this on Blogger Share this on Reddit Share this on Mixx Share this on PFBuzz

    Excerpt from: The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique — One Year Later

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  • 19Apr

    Quiz: Is the Disney Dining Plan for You? “Save up to 30% on Walt Disney World dining costs with the Disney Dining Plan .” That’s how Disney advertises one of its dining plans. With the dining plans accepted at over 100 different restaurants at Walt Disney World, how can you go wrong?  In my case, it can be summed up in two words. Marital Harmony. Disney Dining Plan Basics Purchase dining credits to use at Walt Disney World restaurants, character dining, dinner shows, and even private in-room dining through one of Disney’s dining plans. Depending on the plan you purchase the dining credits will be for a combination of snacks (think water, Mickey ice cream bars, or even cupcakes), table-service restaurants, and quick-service (counter-service) locations; you’ll receive credits for every day of your Magic Your Way Package stay. The Disney dining plans offer significant savings on the cost of food provided. Notable restrictions on dining plans are gratuities and alcohol. My favorite feature of the dining plans is the ability to use credits in any order and combination that suits you. If you go hog wild and use all your snack credits on the first day, no one will say no though you may wish they had. Here’s a summary of the three most common plans. The plan that fits my family best, Disney Dining Plan, offers one table-service meal, one quick-service meal, and one snack per person per day. Table-service and quick-service meals include an entrée, dessert (for lunch/dinner), and non-alcoholic beverage or a full buffet. The Quick-Service Dining Plan provides guests with two quick-service credits and two snack credits per day. The Disney Deluxe Dining Plan is truly deluxe. Enjoy two table-service meals, one quick-service meal, and two snacks each day. With the Deluxe Dining Plan, table-service meals add an appetizer. Quiz Here’s a little quiz (based on the Disney Dining Plan) to help you decide if you should skip the Disney dining plans*. Each question has the same answer bank: Always Never Sometimes, but not on vacation You’re at a local buffet and have had your fill but want to make sure you get your money’s worth. Do you mosey back up for a third plate? One of the most frequent complaints I hear about the dining plans is that there is too much food. Generally, Disney World offers well-portioned entrees – you won’t leave feeling hungry. Add a dessert to lunch and dinner, plus a daily snack item that may be substantial, and well, I feel ready to burst toward the end of the trip. Sure, I could forego a dessert or two, but if it comes with my dining plan meal, who am I to say no? Think about how you normally dine at home. Odds are you’ll save money with the dining plans if you normally order a dessert, drink soda instead of water, and prefer a filet over a salad or light pasta dish. But, if using the Disney dining plans means you’re paying for food you normally wouldn’t eat, you may not be saving as much as you think. A new restaurant has opened in town! While reading the local paper, you notice an advertisement for the restaurant – save 20% off a promotional menu. You’re really in the mood for your favorite burger joint. Do you try the new place instead? This quiz question focuses on flexibility. We make Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) for dinner every night but breakfast is usually a pastry and coffee in our room and lunch plans are flexible. Take the basic Disney Dining Plan. With a table-service ADR every evening and breakfast on the go, we pretty much have to use our quick-service for lunch. If that’s what’s required to save 30% on our dining, I’m game. My husband is not. He’ll tell you straight-up, “I’m on vacation.” Translation: I don’t care if we have a credit for a quick-service meal. If I want to have lunch at a table-service location, I want to have lunch at a table-service location. If you’re willing to give up a little dining flexibility, by all means consider the dining plans. Also, the dining plan is a plus if you want to try new restaurants that may not have fit your budget before. You decide to try the new place in town but your first choice for the entrée isn’t on the promotional menu. Do you go to Plan B and order something that qualifies for the discount? My husband is an appetizer man. It doesn’t matter what the appetizer is, one must be ordered. Go figure. We also rarely eat dessert right after dinner. If we do get a dessert at Walt Disney World, we like to try something from one of the bakeries a couple of hours after dinner. According to the Disney Dining Plan’s “terms and conditions,” appetizers are not included; desserts are. Most people would skip the appetizer and settle on a gorgeous dessert. Is this…

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  • 15Apr

    Dara and Steven did a great job of letting us know what to expect at tomorrow’s D-Street Grand Opening. But we have another surprise to share — world-renowned speed painter Rock Demarco will be painting his interpretation of Mickey Mouse at the event. Rock has also been commissioned to design some Vinylmation figures on Friday. Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will “ Party for the Planet ” during a park-wide Earth Day celebration on April 22. There will be special entertainment throughout the park on Earth Day: Main Entrance: Jiminy Cricket (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) Rafiki’s Planet Watch: PIPA the talking recycling bin (11:20 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:50 p.m. and 2:40 p.m.), Jiminy Cricket (2-5 p.m.) Gi-Tar Dan at Rafiki’s Planet Watch and Camp Minnie-Mickey (Sets run between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, and between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Camp Minnie-Mickey) Also this week, the Walt Disney World Resort is hosting an online job fair ! Apply now through April 18. And we recently announced this year’s official lineup for Night of Joy at Walt Disney World. Here’s the updated schedule. Friday, Sept. 10 Chris Tomlin David Crowder Casting Crowns BarlowGirl Francesca Battistelli Group 1 Crew 10th Avenue North Saturday, Sept. 11 Mercyme Third Day Family Force 5 Smokie Norful Red Lecrae Day of Fire Sidewalk Prophets Here are a few other items that didn’t make it to the blog this week: Where To Start? — The Walt Disney World Moms Panel answers the question, “In which order should we visit the theme parks?” Backstage Safari Tour — The Backstage Safari tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom gives you a 3-hour insider’s look at the ways the park’s animal inhabitants are cared for. Disney’s Animal Kingdom — Did you know? The first permanent resident of Disney’s Animal Kingdom was a 1.5-year-old male giraffe named Miles. “Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival 2010″ Pin — This limited release pin commemorates the 2010 Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival. Must-Sees at Disney’s California Adventure Park — Check out this list of must-see attractions at Disney’s California Adventure.

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    Disney Parks ‘Quick Hits’ – April 15th, 2010

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  • 12Apr

    Welcome to first Disneyland vs Disneyworld Dining Faceoff. Here Disney restaurants will fight it out to determine which one is the best. Who will decide which restaurant is better? You do! After you hear about each restaurant it will be up to you to decide which Disney Dining Experience is better. If you have dined at both restaurants GREAT, but it is not necessary. So lets get started. Round 1 – Disneyland Plaza Inn Restaurant Food Type: American/Buffet Meal Type: Minnie & Friends Character Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Location: Disneyland Specialty Food Items: Breakfast – Breakfast Buffet with Omelet Station Lunch – Cobb Salad, Broasted Chicken, and Pot Roast Dinner – Fried Chicken Dinner, Pasta, Roast Beef Desserts – Various, Strawberry Shortcake Full Menu can be found here . Comments: The Fried Chicken Dinner seems to be the highlight of the Plaza Inn. VS. Round 2 – Disneyworld Crystal Palace Restaurant Food Type: American/Buffet Meal Type: Winnie the Pooh & Friends Character Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Location: Disneyworld Specialty Food Items: Breakfast – Breakfast Buffet with Breaskfast Lasagna Lunch – Various Salads, Rotisserie Chicken, and Flank Steak Dinner – Fire Roasted Prime Rib, Herb Roasted Turkey, Slow Roasted Adobo Pork Desserts – Various, Red Velvet Cheesecake Full Menu can be found here . Comments: The Breakfast Lasagna & Dessert Bar seems to be the highlight of the Crystal Palace. Round 3 – Vote & Comment Share with us about your Disney Dining experiences in the comment section below. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Disney Parks ‘Quick Hits’ – April 3rd, 2010 … The Inaugural Blog Carnival is now Live! … How to make your own Dole Whip desserts … Captain EO dances his way to DisneyWorld Florida … Share the Magic:

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