Saturday, April 19, 2014

Video: Big Thunder Mtn. at Disneyland - Time Lapse Refurbishment


Check out this time lapse video of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment project at Disneyland Resort.


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Darren Wittko is the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sneak Peek: Inside Seven Dwarf's Mine Train Coaster

Walt Disney Imagineers added props throughout the interior of Seven Dwarf's Mine Train Coaster that resemble those found in the animated feature. 











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Sneak Peek: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - "The Big Drop"

Here's a sneak peek at the big drop on Seven Dwarf's Mine Train Coaster. As guests exit the mine, they will be able to catch a glimpse of New Fantasyland from a totally new perspective.

This week we also learned an important backstory element: guests will assume the role of the Seven Dwarfs as they journey though the mine.

The big drop on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster is nearly compelte.

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Darren Wittko is the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel.


Limited Time Event Coming to Epcot

For a limited time, you are invited to relax, unwind and enjoy exclusive access to one of four favorite lounges around World Showcase during the new Epcot After Hours Wind Down.

Guests enjoy the After Hours Wind Down at Epcot
Beginning April 17 through Sept. 15, 2014, you can take your pick from select locations and enjoy cuisine created by award-winning Epcot Chefs and Sommeliers. Each location will feature small bites paired with the perfect adult beverage. Additional beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets can be reserved for the Epcot After Hours Wind Down in advance for one of the following locations around World Showcase:

  • La Cava del Tequila – Mexico
  • Rose & Crown Pub – United Kingdom
  • Spice Road Table – Morocco
  • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar – Italy
This celebration will take place Thursday through Sunday evenings at each of the four locations beginning after Illuminations: Reflections of Earth and continuing until 11 p.m. The event cost is $35 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Epcot park admission is required.

To book this event contact your Disney Destinations Specialist or call 407-WDW-DINE. 

Darren Wittko is the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Getting Started with My Magic Plus

What do FastPass+ and MagicBands, and My Disney Experience all have in common? They are all part of a new program at Walt Disney World Resort called MyMagic+ that gives guests tools to plan the best vacation possible.


What is MyMagic+?

MyMagic+ takes a Walt Disney World visit to an all-new level, unlocking a new dimension of magic and giving you more opportunities to customize and personalize your vacation. FastPass+, My Disney Experience, and MagicBands are all part of MyMagic+.


What is My Disney Experience?

You can start the fun of your vacation before you even leave home with your Disney Destinations Specialist and the My Disney Experience website as your guide to the magic. From your home computer you can reserve access to select attractions and shows with Disney FastPass+ service, book dining reservations and more. Offering everything from maps to videos to itinerary tools, My Disney Experience puts all your information in one place.
  • If you booked a vacation yourself, go to www.disneyworld.com.  Once there, locate "My Disney Experience" found in the upper right corner of the webpage. Click on My Disney Experience and set up your account. 
My Disney Experience App

There's a My Disney Experience app that allows you to update your plans - at home or during your visit. Make sure you download it to your smartphone or tablet so you can stay connected to your resort plans while at the resort. Take advantage of Disney's free wi-fi in the parks and at your resort too. 

What is FastPass+ Service?

In the past Disney FastPass Service has allowed you to experience attractions with little or no wait. Now you can use Disney FastPass+ to reserve access to select attraction and entertainment experiences on the My Disney Experience website or mobile app 60 days before your check in date. 

You can choose from more attractions than before as well as select fireworks and parade viewing areas, shows, Disney Character meet and greets and more. Tip: book your trip early to unlock the ability to select FastPass+ experiences before arrival.

Off property guests will be able to make FastPass+ selections 30 days in advance. 

What are MagicBands?

Disney World resort guests can use their MagicBand to enter their hotel room, enter the parks, access FastPass+ selections and buy food and merchandise at most locations. If you're staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel you can customize your MagicBands on the My Disney Experience website, allowing each member of your group to select his or her own color preferences. 

Off property guests have the option of purchasing MagicBands (at the time of this article Disney charges $13 each). You'll get some of the same benefits as Disney World Resort guests such as park entry and FastPass+ access using a MagicBand. Purchasing a MagicBand is not required, you'll be able to use a card with the same features at no additional cost. 

As Disney continues to roll out My Magic+ new features are being introduced all the time. Stay tuned to the blog for updates. 

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