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EPCOT Food & Wine Festival 2017


August 31--November 13, 2017

Not a separate ticket event but park admission is required
Global Marketplaces


Recommendations in RED
(GF) = Gluten Free

Active Eats NEW
Food:
Loaded Mac n Cheese with Nueske's Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri (GF)
Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake and Tortilla Streusel

Beverages:
M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Cucumber & Lemon Lime Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FL
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling, Washington
Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Africa
Food:
Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapenos, Tomato and Pap (GF)
Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew with Vegan Yogurt and Quinoa
Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket with Mint Raita

Beverages:
Ernie Els Big Easy Chenin Blanc, Western Cape
Simonsig Pinotage, Stellenbosch
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape
Wine Flight also available

The Almond Orchard Hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze NEW
Food:
Cauliflower Risotto with Pulled Chicken, Artichokes, Spinach and Parmesan Cheese and Aged Balsamic
Fire-roasted Tomato Hummus topped with Blue Diamond Salt & Vinegar Almonds and served with Blue Diamond Nut Thins
Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae with Fresh Berries and Crunchy Chocolate Oats

Beverages:
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Yellow Label Brut Champagne
Dom Perignon Brut Champagne
Moet & Chandon Brut Rose Imperial Champagne
Strawberry Smoothie made with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk (Non-Alcoholic)

Australia
Food:
Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas (GF)
Grilled Lamb T-Bone with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies (GF)
Lamington: Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut

Beverages:
Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale
Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz
Hope Estate Wollombi Brook Semillon, Hunter Valley

Belgium
Food:
Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream

Beverages:
Hoegaarden Witbier
Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale
Stella Artois Hard Cidre
Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Beer Flight also available

Brazil
Food:
Escondidinho de Carne--Little Hidden One: Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca (GF)
Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Onions (GF)
Pao de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (GF)

Beverages:
M.I.A. Beer Company Barbosa Black Beer, Doral, FL
Lidio Carraro Chardonnay
Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaca

Brewer's Collection
Food:
Lebkuchenherz: Decorated Gingerbread Heart

Beverages:
Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Naturtrub
Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer
Beer Flight also available

Canada
Food:
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (GF)

Beverages:
Moosehead Radler: Lager infused with Grapefruit, Grape and Lemon Juices
Neige Premiere Apple Ice Wine, Quebec
Fielding Estate Red Conception, Niagara Peninsula

The Cheese Studio, Hosted by Boursin Cheese--NEW
Food:
Braised Beef Stroganoff with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom, and Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce
Savory Caramelized Onion Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Tart with Cold Arugula Salad and Aged Balsamic
Cheese Trio: Profiterole topped with Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese and Orange Apricot Jam; Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Boursin Shallot and Chive Cheese and Everything Seasoning; Strawberry Macaroon with Boursin Pepper Cheese

Beverages:
Leth Steinagrund Gruner Veltliner, Austria
Liberated Pinot Noir, California

China
Food:
Beijing Roasted Duck Bao Bun with Hoisin Sauce
Spicy Chicken Bao Bun
Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles
Chicken Potstickers

Beverages:
Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk (Non-Alcoholic)
Tsingtao Lager
Ritzy Lychee with Courvoisier Cognac VS and Smirnoff Vodka
Happy Peach with DeKuyper Peach Liqueur and Myers’s Dark Rum
BaiJoe Punch with Chinese Bai Jui Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice

The Chocolate Studio
Food:
Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel (GF)
Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Dust

Beverages:
Justin Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
Banfi Rosa Regale, Piedmont
Lenotti Recioto della Valpolicella, Italy
RL Buller Fine Muscat

Coastal Eats-- NEW
Food:
Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado Lemongrass Cream
Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette
Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-Chipotle Butter Sauce

Beverages:
Erath Pinot Gris, Oregon
Soter Planet Oregon Pinot Noir

Craft Beers
Food:
Chilled Scotch Egg wrapped in Sausage with Mustard Sauce
Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich
L'Orange Cotton Candy: A mixture of Lime and Orange Cotton Candy

Beverages:
M.I.A Beer Company 305 Golden Ale, Doral, FL
JDub's Passion Wheat, Sarasota, FL
Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale, DeBary, FL
Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale, Titusville, FL
Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, Cape Canaveral, FL
Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, Tampa, FL
Bright Horizons: Sprite with Multi-flavored Boba Pearls (Non-Alcoholic)

Eastern Florida Flight
M.I.A. Beer Company 305 Golden Ale, Doral, FL
Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale, Titusville, FL
Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, Cape Canaveral, FL

Western Florida Flight
JDub's Passion Wheat, Sarasota, FL
Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale, DeBary, FL
Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, Tampa, FL

Earth Eats, Inspired by The Chew
Food:
Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce
Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots, and Feta Cheese
Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle (GF)

Beverages:
Kurt Russell's Gogi Wines Chardonnay Goldie, California
Kurt Russell's Gogi Wines Pinot Noir, California
Redstone Meadery Black Raspberry Mead

Farm Fresh
Food:
Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy
Roasted Beet Salad with Green Beans, Feta Cheese, Minus 8 Vinaigrette and Toasted Walnuts (GF)

Beverages:
Gumption Citrus Freak Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT
Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT
Two Henrys Elderberry Cream Hard Cider, Plant City, FL
Florida Orange Groves Mango Mama Wine
Cider Flight also available

Flavors from Fire--NEW
Food:
Piggy Wings: Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds
Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso Romano and America Grana Cheeses
Sweet Pancake with Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sausage, Onion Jam and Maple Butter Syrup
Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder and Raspberry Dust

Beverages:
Orlando Brewery Smokin' Blackwater Porter
Ravenswood Zinfandel, Napa Valley
Swine Brine featuring Evan Williams Bourbon

France
Food:
Moelleux au Fromage de Chevre et Epinards: Warm Goat Cheese Pudding with Spinach (GF)
Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
Boeuf Bourguignon, Puree de Pommes de Terre: Cabernet Sauvignon Braised Beef with Mashed Potatoes
Creme Brulee a la Confiture de Framboises: Creme Brulee with Housemade Rasberry Jam (GF)

Beverages:
La Passion Martini Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice
Chardonnay, Bouchard Aine & Fils
Chateau les Graves de Barrau: Merlot and Cabernet Blend, Bordeaux
St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St-Germain Elderflower liqueur
Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 Pale Lager

Germany
Food:
Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese
Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce
Lebkuchenherz: Decorated Gingerbread Heart

Beverages:
Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel
Dr. Heyden Oppenheimer Sacträger Riesling Spätlese, Rheinhessen
Selbach Riesling Classic Dry, Mosel
Wine Flight also available

Greece
Food:
Loaded Greek Nachos: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles, and Vegan Tzatziki
Taste of Greece: Stuffed Grape Leaves with Lemon Dill Sauce, Grilled Octopus and Feta Cheese Dip with Warm Pita Spanakopita
Bougatsa: Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup and Cinnamon

Beverages:
Domaine Skouras Moscofilero, Peloponnese
Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko, Santorini
Argyros Atlantis Red Blend, Santorini

Hawai'i
Food:
Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad and Pickled Cucumbers and Wasabi Cream
Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash with Potatoes, Peppers and Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise
Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts

Beverages:
Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine
Mai Tai featuring Sammy's Beach Bar Rum

Hops & Barley
Food:
New England Lobster Roll
Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese served on Griddled Garlic Toast
Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing

Beverages:
New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire White Ale, Fort Collins, CO
Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale, San Francisco, CA
Orange Blossom Brewing Foxtail Cold Brew Coffee Pilsner, Orlando, FL
Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
Atalon Pauline's Cuvee Red Blend, Napa Valley
Beer Flight also available

India returning for the first time since 2009
Food:
Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips
Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice (GF)
Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread
Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake with Chocolate Coconut Mousse

Beverages:
Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
Sula Shiraz, Nashik
Kingfisher Lager
Mango Lassi (Non-Alcoholic)

Ireland
Food:
Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy
Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread
Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard

Beverages:
Twinings Pumpkin Chai Tea and Caramel Shake (Non-Alcoholic)
Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
Guinness Blonde American Lager
Twinings Pumpkin Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka

Islands of the Caribbean
Food:
Jamaican Beef Patty with Mango Salsa
Mojo Pork with Black Beans, Cilantro Rice, and Pickled Red Onions (GF)
Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce

Beverages:
Carib Lager
Caribbean White Sangria
Frozen Mojito

Italy
Food:
Crispy Calamari with Spicy Pomodoro Sauce
Spezzatino con Polenta: Beef Stew with Parmesan Creamy Polenta
Cannoli al Cioccolato: Chocolate-covered Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Fruit

Beverages:
Pinot Grigio
Chianti
Prosecco
Corbinello
Moscato
Frozen Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
Moretti Lager Beer
Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer

Japan
Food:
Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings
Salmon BLT Sushi Roll
Teriyaki Ginger Pork

Beverages:
Pom Pineapple Sake Cocktail
Kara Tamba Tarekuchi Dry Sake
Yukikage Snow Shadow Junmai Sake
Sapporo Lager

Light Lab-- NEW
Beverages:
T=CC2: Vanilla Tonic Water and Cotton Candy (Non-Alcoholic)
RGB: Citrus Apple Freeze (Non-Alcoholic)
Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvee Mousseux with Boba Pearls
Founders Brewing Company Green Zebra Watermelon Gose Ale, Grand Rapids, MI
Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA, Seattle, WA
Blue Point Brewing Company Hoptical Illusion IPA, Patchogue, NY
Sixpoint Brewery Mad Scientist Radiant Flux, Brooklyn, NY
Playalinda Brewing Company Robonaut Red Ale, Titusville, FL
Left Hand Brewing Company Polestar Pilsner, Longmont, Colorado

Space Flight
Left Hand Brewing Company Polestar Pilsner, Longmont, CO
Playalinda Brewing Company Robonaut Red Ale, Titusville, FL
Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA, Seattle, WA

Light Flight
Sixpoint Brewery Mad Scientist Radiant Flux, Brooklyn, NY
Founders Brewing Company Green Zebra Watermelon Gose Ale, Grand Rapids, MI
Blue Point Brewing Company Hoptical Illusion IPA, Patchogue, NY

Mexico
Food:
Rib Eye Taco: Marinated Rib Eye, Roasted Chipotle Sauce and Grilled Scallions on a Corn Tortilla
Tequila Chipotle Shrimp: Served on a Black Bean Huarache garnished with Red and Green Cabbage, Queso Fresco and Crema Mexicana
Cajeta Mousse served with Cajeta Sauce and White Chocolate Flakes

Beverages:
Spicy Apple Margarita
Classic Lime Margarita
Mexican-style Sangria
Corona Draft Beer with Floater
Mexican Mule

Morocco
Food:
Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket
Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce
Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce

Beverages:
Moroccan Sangria
Casa Pale Lager
Les Trois Domaines Guerrouane White Wine, Meknes
Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur

New Zealand
Food:
Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs
Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce and Kumara Puree
Mussels provided by Mark Foods

Beverages:
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir, Marlborough
Frozen Wine Cocktail featuring Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Patagonia
Food:
Beef Empanada
Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree (GF)

Beverages:
Verum Pinot Noir, Rio Negro
Bodega Noemia de Patagonia A Lisa Malbec, Rio Negro

Scotland
Food:
Traditional Scottish Lamb Stew with Neeps and Tatties
Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herbed Sour Cream
The Tipsy Laird: Whisky-soaked Cake with Lemon Cream and Toasted Oats

Beverages:
Citrus Thistle featuring Hendrick's Gin
Belhaven Brewery Scottish Ale

Spain returning for the first time since 2010
Food:
Charcuterie in a Cone with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, Olives and an Herb Vinaigrette
Traditional Spanish Paella with Shrimp, Mussels, Chicken and Crispy Chorizo (GF)
Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops and Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar and Smoked Paprika (GF)
Sweet Olive Oil Cake with Powdered Sugar and Lemon Curd

Beverages:
Rafael Palacios Bolo Godello, Valdeorras
Bodegas y Vinedos Artazu Garnacha Rosado, Navarra
Casa Castillo Monastrell, Jumilla
Wine Flight also available

Thailand returning for the first time since 2009
Food:
Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables
Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake with Cold Noodle Salad
Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice

Beverages:
Helfrich Gewurztraminer, Alsace
Singha Lager

The Wine & Dine Studio
Food:
Pulled Duck Confit with Cannellini Bean Ragout and Zinfandel Reduction
Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Puree, Brussel Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa's Produce
Trio of Artisan Cheese Fromager Affirois de Excellence served with toasted Baguette Point Reyes Original Blue served with Apricot Jam Point Reyes Toma served with Honey
Artist Palette of Cheese and Wine
Trio of Artisan Cheese paired with Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, St. Francis Chardonnay and Recuerdo Malbec

Beverages:
Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford
St. Francis Chardonnay, Sonoma County
Recuerdo Malbec, Argentina
Eden Canyon Jolie Red Blend, California
Meiomi Rose, California

Additional Festival Locations


Block & Hans
Beverages:
Mmmhops Pale Ale, Tulsa, OK
Frozen Spiked Tea with Orlando Orange Vodka
McKenzie's Seasonal Reserve Hard Cider, West Seneca, NY
Honor Warrior IPA, Chantilly, VA
JDub's Bell Cow Porter, Sarasota, FL
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lexington, KY
Victory Golden Monkey, Downingtown, PA
Killer Whale Cream Ale, Jacksonville, FL

Fife & Drum
Beverages:
Hanson Brother's Festive Ale Saison, Tulsa, OK

Intermissions Cafe
Food:
Asian Chicken Salad with Noodles
Southwest Chicken Wrap
Tuna Salad with a Croissant
Vegetable Wrap
Hummus with Carrots and Celery
Fruit and Cheese Plate
Grapes
Assorted Blue Diamond Almond Packs
Duda Farms Celery Snackers
Key Lime Pie
Brownie

Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company
Beverages:
The American Adventure: Frozen Strawberry-Lemon Sunset--layered frozen Strawberry and Lemon topped with Grey Goose Vodka

Canada: Kahlua-tini Iced Coffee --roasted coffee, chilled then topped with Kahlua, Grey Goose Vodka and rich, creamy Half & Half

Showcase Plaza: Passion-rita -- Frozen Passion Fruit thrills with juicy sweet flavors, a hint of tartness, blended with 1800 Tequila

Future World East: Spiked Chai Latte--Iced, Frozen or Hot Chai Tea Latte with Chai Spices, creamy Vanilla and blended with Baileys Irish Cream

Refreshment Cool Post
Food:
Spicy Hot Dog with Kimchi and Mustard Sauce

Beverages:
Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky & Frozen Coke

Refreshment Port
Food:
Croissant Doughnut with Cinnamon and Sugar
Fried Chicken Breast Nuggets with DOLE Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce
Pineapple Dole Whip Soft-Serve Ice Cream

Beverages:
Pineapple DOLE Whip Soft-Serve Ice Cream with Bacardi Coconut Rum
Dragon Berry Refresher featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum

The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar Hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
Beverages:
Ghirardelli Drinking Chocolate
Banfi Rosa Regale, Piedmont
Lasseter Chemin de Fer

Festival Extras:


Back to Basics
tips and tricks from the industry's top culinary pros

Book Signings and Meet & Greets

Bottle Signings

Seasons of the Vine
Behind the scenes look at the process from grapes to wine

Stockpot Shop
the official Festival Cookbook, apparel, artwork, home decor, trading pins and more

Festival Center Wine Shop

Intermissions Cafe

ABC The CHEW
Live Episodes from Epcot
Be part of the audience when The Chew broadcasts live episodes right from Epcot from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM October 4 to 6, 2017

The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar--Hosted by Ghirardelli
sights, smells and flavors of chocolate

Food & Wine Demonstrations


A Lesson from the Pros
guests can learn culianry tips and tricks
Event Details
Location: Festival Center, Chef's Showcase
Monday through Thursday at 2:30 PM; Friday through Sunday at 12:15 PM and 2:30 PM
$17 per Guest, plus tax

Put Pro Training on High Frappe
the art of mixology
General Event Details
Festival Center, Chef's Showcase
Mondays through Thursdays from 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM
$49 per Guest, plus tax

Eat, Drink and Ask Questions
guests enjoy breakfast prepared by celebrity chefs and learn tips and tricks
General Event Details
Festival Center, Chef's Showcase
Select Fridays and Sundays throughout the Festival
$129 per Guest--plus tax, gratuity included

Glass Is in Session
presentations from sommeliers and beverage experts, then guests will sample some adult beverages
General Event Details
Festival Center, Vineyard Stage
Daily throughout the Festival
$17 per Guest, plus tax

Become an International Cheese Whiz
Cheesemakers will explain the many aspects of favorite cheeses
General Event Details
Chef's Showcase at the Festival Center
Select Saturdays from 9:45 AM to 11:15 AM
$89 per Guest--plus tax, gratuity included

7 seminars:

French Cheeses and Wines
Hosted by Max McCalman
September 2, 2017

Italian Cheeses and Wines
Hosted by Tonda Corrente
September 16, 2017

Mediterranean Cheeses and Wines
Hosted by Erin Hedley
September 30, 2017

Old World Cheese Classic Cheese
Hosted by Max McCalman
October 7, 2017

The Great Cheese and Wines of the United States
Hosted by David Gremmels
October 14, 2017

Great British Cheeses and Aless
Hosted by Max McCalman
October 28, 2017

Season's Best Cheeses and Wines
Hosted by Max McCalman
November 11, 2017

To make a reservation call 407-939-3378. Spots do fill up quickly

Eat to the Beat Concert Series


Duration
35 minutes
General Event Details
World Showcase at Epcot America Gardens Theatre
Daily from August 31 to November 13, 2017 Showtimes at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM

Delta Rae
August 31 to September 1, 2017

The Hooters -- NEW!
September 2 to September 3, 2017

Baha Men-- NEW!
September 4 to September 5, 2017

Fuel
September 6 to September 7, 2017

STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
September 8 to September 10, 2017

Lauren Alaina --NEW!
September 11 to September 12, 2017

Plain White T's
September 13 to September 15, 2017

Sister Hazel
September 16 to September 17, 2017

Air Supply
September 18 to September 20, 2017

David Cook
September 21 to September 22, 2017

Everclear
September 23 to September 24, 2017

Sugar Ray
September 25 to September 27, 2017

38 Special
September 28 to September 29, 2017

Mark Wills-- NEW!
September 30 to October 1, 2017

American Authors --NEW!
October 2 to October 3, 2017

Christopher Cross
October 4 to October 5, 2017

The Devon Allman Band--NEW!
October 6 to October 8, 2017

Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX
October 9 to October 11, 2017

Taylor Dayne
October 12 to October 13, 2017

Jeffrey Osborne
October 14 to October 15, 2017

Postmodern Jukebox -- NEW!
October 16 to October 17, 2017

10,000 Maniacs -- NEW!
October 18 to October 20, 2017

Toad the Wet Sprocket
October 21 to October 22, 2017

Kenny G--NEW!
October 23 to October 24, 2017

Billy Ocean
October 25 to October 26, 2017

Tiffany
October 27 to October 29, 2017

Hanson
October 30 to November 1, 2017

Blue October--NEW!
November 2 to November 3, 2017

Living Colour
November 4 to November 5, 2017

Boyz II Men
November 6 to November 8, 2017

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
November 9 to November 11, 2017

Squeeze -- NEW!
November 12 to November 13, 2017

Eat To The Beat Dining Packages


Dining packages include an appetizer, entree and dessert--or one (1) full buffet or family-style dining, where applicable—along with a non-alcoholic beverage and one (1) guaranteed seat to the Eat to the Beat Concert held on the same day.

Restaurants

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $21 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $21 for kids

Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas Pavilion
Lunch: $66 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $66 for adults; $22 for kids

Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion
Lunch: $44 for adults; $25 for kids
Dinner: $51 for adults; $29 for kids

The Garden Grill Restaurant
The Land Pavilion
Breakfast $43 for adults; $27 for kids
Lunch: $57 for adults; $36 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $36 for kids

Nine Dragons Restaurant
China Pavilion
Lunch: $50 for adults; $16.99 for kids
Dinner: $58 for adults; $18.50 for kids

Restaurant Marrakesh
Morocco Pavilion
Lunch: $50 for adults; $21 for kids
Dinner: $58 for adults; $21 for kids

Spice Road Table
Morocco Pavilion
Lunch: $50 for adults; $21 for kids
Dinner: $58 for adults; $21 for kids

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Italy Pavilion
Lunch: $54 for adults; $20 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $24 for kids

Tutto Italia Ristorante
Italy Pavilion
Lunch: $64 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $70 for adults; $25 for kids

Chefs de France
France Pavilion
Lunch: $65.99 for adults; $17.99 for kids
Dinner: $75.99 for adults; $22.99 for kids

Tokyo Dining
Japan Pavilion
Lunch: $62 for adults; $16.99 for kids
Dinner: $74 for adults; $20.75 for kids

Teppan Edo
Japan Pavilion
Lunch: $62 for adults; $16.99 for kids
Dinner: $74 for adults; $20.75 for kids

San Angel Inn Restaurante
Mexico Pavilion
Lunch: $60 for adults; $15.50 for kids
Dinner: $74 for adults; $17.50 for kids

La Hacienda de San Angel
Mexico Pavilion
Dinner: $80 for adults; $17.50 for kids

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Norway Pavilion
Breakfast: $60 for adults; $36 for kids
Lunch: $70 for adults; $42 for kids
Dinner: $70 for adults; $42 for kids

TIPS


1. Snack dining credits can be used at the food booths
2. Snack your way around the world for lunch and dinner, no dining reservations needed
3. Passport
4. Remy's Ratatouille Hide n Squeak
A wonderful find Remy hide and seek game, after the game board is completed, return it for a prize
5. Prepaid food and wine card
Use Festival-themed Disney Gift Cards to taste your way around the world with ease! Mini Festival Gift Card
Activate with as little as $15
Swipe or scan to pay for food and more
Easy to reload
found at select merchandise locations throughout Epcot



Magic Kingdom Top Fastpasses

& Not To Be Missed


WDW Castle

Magic Kingdom Not To Be Missed Rides

& Attractions


FANTASYLAND

Peter Pan

Peter Pan's Flight

Small World

"it's a small world"

Dumbo

Dumbo

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

TOMORROWLAND

Carousel of Progress

Carousel of Progress

space mountain

Space Mountain

LIBERTY SQUARE

Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion

FRONTIERLAND

splash mountain

Splash Mountain

BTMRR

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

country bear

Country Bear Jamboree

ADVENTURELAND

pirates

Pirates of the Caribbean

jungle cruise

Jungle Cruise

Magic Kingdom Top Fastpasses


1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

2. Peter Pan's Flight

3. Splash Mountain or Space Mountain



Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

2017

Information & Tips


Christmas Castle

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a warm, wonderful and festive way to celebrate the holiday season. The party is a separate ticket event which means you do not need a park ticket, only a party ticket to enjoy the festivities.

The party takes place at the Magic Kingdom from 7pm to 12am.
However guests may enter the Magic Kingdom with a party ticket at 4pm.

For 2017 the dates of the party are:

November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28
December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22

Ticket prices vary depending on the day you plan on attending. Prices listed are listed without tax. Child price is age 3-9. Children under 3 are free.

November 9 -- $94 Adult/$89 Child
November 10 --$95 Adult/$90 Child
November 12, 14, 16 -- $89 Adult/$84 Child
November 17, 26, 28, December 1, 3, 5, 7 -- $95 Adult/$90 Child
December 8 -- $99 Adult/$94 Child
December 10, 12, 14 -- $95 Adult/$90 Child
December 15 -- $99 Adult/$94 Child
December 17 -- $95 Adult/$90 Child
December 19, 21, 22 -- $109 Adult/$104 Child

Christmas map

Party Happenings:
Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
Snow on Main Street
Lighting of the Castle
Special Character Meet and Greets
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show
Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration
Character Dance Parties (usually in Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe)
Select Attractions Will Be Open
Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade
Holiday Wishes

Complimentary Cookies and Cocoa
The free snacks of hot chocolate and cookies

Hot Chocolate and Snickerdoodle cookie, Tortuga Tavern, Adventureland
Eggnog and Gingersnap Molasses Cookie, Heritage House in Liberty Square
Snow Cone and Snowman Sugar Cookie, Friar's Nook in Fantasyland
Spiced Apple Cider and Snowman Sugar Cookie, Pete's Silly Sideshow Storybook Circus in Fantasyland
Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Bark Cookie, The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland

Snow on Main Street

Castle Dream Lights and A Frozen Holiday Wish
2016 TIMES: 8:15PM
Not only does the castle look different during the holidays, but there's a little ceremony that precedes the lighting of the castle. From early November to early January, Queen Elsa from Frozen appears twice each evening to get the Castle Dream Lights lit up for the night in a 7 minute show called A Frozen Holiday Wish.

Special Character Meet and Greets
Mickey Mouse
Location: Town Square Theater

Mary Poppins, Bert and a Penguin
Location: Town Square

Santa Claus
Location: next to City Hall

Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps from Zootopia
Location: Tomorrowland

Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws
Location: Fantasyland, Storybook Circus

7 Dwarfs
Location: Fantasyland, near Mine Train

Princesses with their Princes
Location: Fantasyland, Fairytale Hall

Minnie Mouse with Daisy Duck
Location: Fantasyland, Storybook Circus Area

Donald & Scrooge McDuck
Location: Fantasyland, Storybook Circus Area

Santa Goofy
Location: Fantasyland, Next to the Barnstormer

Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet
Location: Fantasyland, near the Winnie the Pooh ride

Peter Pan and Wendy
Location: Fantasyland, near Peter Pan's Flight

Captain Jack Sparrow
Location: Adventureland

Aladdin & Abu, Jasmine & Genie
Location: Adventureland

Tiana and Naveen
Location: Liberty Square gazebo

Christmas map

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show
Location: Tomorrowland, Rockettower Plaza Stage
2016 TIMES: 7:40PM, 8:30PM, 9:20PM, 10:45PM, 11:45PM
A musical review with Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and Stitch. The show appeals to the younger audience and even has a kids-only area at the front of the stage.

Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration
Location: Stage Show in front of Cinderella's Castle
2016 TIMES: 7:40PM, 9:25PM, 10:30PM, 12:00AM
Mickey is excited for the holidays so he throws a merry celebration, inviting some of his friends. With Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, Daisy, Peter Pan, Alice, Woody, Jessie and more making an appearance.

Club Tinsel
Location: Cosmic Ray's in Tomorrowland
Reindeer, Polar Bears and Elves are your hosts for this seasonal dance party.

List of attractions expected to be open during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parties for 2017:

Astro Orbiter
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station
Country Bear Jamboree
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Enchanted Tales With Belle
Haunted Mansion
"it's a small world"
Jingle Cruise
Mad Tea Party
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor
Peter Pan's Flight
Pirates of the Caribbean
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Princess Fairytale Hall
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
Swiss Family Treehouse
Stitch's Great Escape
The Barnstormer
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
Tomorrowland Speedway
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Under the Sea~Journey of the Little Mermaid

Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade
2016 TIMES: 8:30PM< 11:00PM
A special Holiday parade that occurs two times during the Christmas party. Enjoy dancing gingerbread men and reindeer, and Santa aboard his sleigh, plus all of your favorite Disney characters. The parade begins in Frontierland, through Liberty Square, crosses the Liberty Square Bridge, circles the hub in front of Cinderella Castle, heads down Main Street, circles Town Square in front of the Walt Disney World Railroad Station and ends next to Harmony Barbershop.

Holiday Wishes --Celebrate the Spirit of the Season Fireworks
2016 TIMES: 10:00PM
Holiday Wishes is a fantastic fireworks show that celebrates the holiday season. With amazing music and visual effects this show is not to be missed.

TIPS:
1. It's worth noting that after December 22, 2017, the standard daytime parade in the Magic Kingdom becomes Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and the Holiday Wishes fireworks are shown nightly.

2. The second Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade is less crowded than the first.

3. If you will be viewing the first parade, find a spot to watch approximately 30 minutes before parade time.

4. Guests may enter the Magic Kingdom at 4pm

5. If you do not have any fastpasses for the day, you may reserve fastpasses at the Magic Kingdom for between 4pm-7pm

6. Three table service restaurants will be open for dining, Be Out Guest, Cinderella's Royal Table and Crystal Palace, I recommend eating before the party, so you will enjoy more party time.

7. Fireworks Holiday Dessert Party is an option for Holiday Wishes, with the dessert package you will enjoy a dessert party with a reserved spot for Holiday Wishes. The Fireworks Holiday Dessert Party is located at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. The dessert party is $47 plus tax for kids (3-9 years old) and $79 plus tax for adults. For select nights November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28, 2017 December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22, 2017

8. Exclusive Merchandise:
The Emporium on Main Street--T-shirts & MagicBAnds
Mickey's Star Trader in Tomorrowland--T-shirts
Big Top Souvenirs in Fantasyland--T-shirts & Trading Pins

9. Exclusive Sorcerer of the Kingdom card
SOTK card





Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

2017

Information & Tips


Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event in Magic Kingdom. As in the name, the halloween party is not scary, filled with fun and is wonderful for everyone. With a lot of Halloween themed activities and low crowds, except for Halloween Night, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a great way to celebrate the season.

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Party Happenings:
Trick or Treating Trails
Character Meet and Greets
Spooky Entertainment
Halloween Photopass
Select Attractions Will Be Open
Boo To You Halloween Parade
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular Halloween themed stage show
Happy HalloWishes Fireworks

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates:
August 25 and 29, 2017
September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29, 2017
October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31, 2017
November 1, 2017

Ticket prices range from $74 to $115 for adults ( 10 and up) and $69 to $110 for children (3-9).

Ticket Prices
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August 25, 29, September 7, 10, 12, 17 and 24 - $74 Adult/$69 Child
September 19, 26 - $79 Adult/$74 Child
September 15, 22, 29, October 1 - $88 Adult/$83 Child
October 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24 ,26 and November 1 - $94 Adult/$89 Child
October 6, 13, 20, 27, 29 - $99 Adult/$94 Child
October 31 - $115 Adult/$110 Child

2016 Party Times Guide
Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular: 7:45pm, 9:15pm, 10:40pm, 12:00am
Mickey's Boo To You Parade: 8:15pm, 11:15pm
Celebrate The Magic: 10:00pm
Happy Hallowishes: 10:15pm

Trick-or-Treat Throughout the Park
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Treat Locations:
Main Street: Town Square Theater (Allergy Friendly)
Adventureland: Jungle Cruise, Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean
Frontierland: Dock to Tom Sawyer Island, Splash Mountain
Liberty Square: Heritage House(Allergy Friendly), Liberty Square Riverboat
Fantasyland: Pinocchio Village Haus, Peter Pan's Flight, Pete's Silly Sideshow
Tomorrowland: Stitch's Great Escape, Carousel of Progress, Space Mountain, Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies

You will find trick or treat trails in every land. From candy, snacks and allergy free options, your treat bag will be filled with goodies. Check the party map for the trails.

When you arrive for the Party, Cast Members will be handing out treat bags. If you or someone in our party has food allergies ask for the special teal treat bag. Or you may pick up a teal bag from the official Allergy-Friendly Centers at Town Square Theater and Heritage House.

Then, when you trick-or-treat with your teal bag, Cast Members will give you a teal token at each treat station. Later on, during the party, you can redeem your teal tokens at our Allergy-Friendly Centers to receive your special treats!

Character Meet and Greet
Seven Dwarfs
Location: Fantasyland, near the Circus Tent

Alice and Friends
Location: Fantasyland, near the Tea Cups

Winne the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet
Location: Fantasyland, to the left of the Winne the Pooh attraction

Minnie, Donald and Daisy in Halloween costumes
Location: Fantasyland, near the Circus Tent

Mickey Mouse
Location: Main Street, Town Square Theater

Tinker Bell
Location: Main Street, Town Square Theater

Captain Jack Sparrow
Location: Adventureland, across from Pirates of the Caribbean

Tarzan and Jane
Location: Adventureland, across from the Swiss Family Robinson tree house

Aladdin, Abu, Jasmine and Genie
Location: Adventureland, near the Magic Carpets

Jack Skellington and Sally
Location: Liberty Square, in the gazebo behind the Christmas Shop

Special Entertainment
Cadaver Dans
A spooky version of the Dapper Dans. The Cadaver Dans is a barbar shop quartet that perform haunting melodies.

Monster Dance Party
Located in Tomorrowland, on the stage near Space Mountain. While a DJ plays dance music, guests may join characters from the movie Monsters, as they dance the night away.

Halloween Photopass
At select spots, Photopass photographers will capture a memory with a twist. During the party, guests may receive special halloween themed magic shots and animated magic shots.

Locations for the Photopass Photographers:
Magic Kingdom Main Entrance
Haunted Mansion
Town Square
Main Street, U.S.A.
Liberty Square

Select Attractions Will Be Open
Adventureland
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Pirates of the Caribbean
Swiss Family Treehouse
A Pirate's Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas

Frontierland
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square
Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
"it's a small world"
Peter Pan's Flight
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mad Tea Party
Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
Storybook CircusDumbo the Flying Elephant
The Barnstormer
Tomorrowland
Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Space Mountain
Tomorrowland Speedway
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Please note: all attractions and experiences are subject to change without notice.

Boo-to-You Halloween Parade
Boo To You

The highlight of the Halloween Party is the Boo To You parade. The parade will occur two times during the party. The Headless Horseman begins the parade with a grand entrance. Enjoy the spectacular floats and characters such as the grave diggers, the hitch hiking ghosts, Jack Sparrow and his fellow pirates, classic Disney villians and Mickey and friends to name a few.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular Halloween themed stage show
Location: on the stage in front of Cinderella's Castle
Join the Sanderson Sisters, Winifred, Sarah and Mary, from the movie Hocus Pocus as they host a party for Disney villians.
Villians who make an appearance include Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Cruella DeVil and Maleficent. With fantastic music, dancers and special effects this is a not to be missed event at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Happy HalloWishes Fireworks
A perfect way to celebrate the Halloween season with a haunting soundtrack and beautiful fireworks. The Haunted Mansion's Ghost Host narrates the show as Disney villians such as Maleficent, Ursula, Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie add their own little charm.
Happy HalloWishes soundtrack includes:
Grim Grinning Ghosts, from the Haunted Mansion attraction
Poor Unfortunate Souls, from The Little Mermaid
Never Smile at a Crocodile, from Peter Pan
The Skeleton Dance, from Silly Symphony - The Skeleton Dance
Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? from The Three Little Pigs
Oogie Boogie's Song, from The Nightmare Before Christmas
Night on Bald Mountain, from Fantasia

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips:
1. Guests may enter the Magic Kingdom at 4pm

2. If you do not have any fastpasses for the day, you may reserve fastpasses at the Magic Kingdom for between 4pm-7pm

3. Three table service restaurants will be open for dining, Be Out Guest, Cinderella's Royal Table and Crystal Palace, I recommend eating before the party, so you will enjoy more party time.

4. Hallowishes Dessert Party is an option for Hallowishes, with the dessert package you will enjoy a dessert party with a reserved spot for Hallowishes. The Hallowishes Dessert Party is located at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant beginning at 9:15pm with Hallowishes beginning at 10:15pm. The dessert party is $47 plus tax for kids (3-9 years old) and $79 plus tax for adults.

5. Guests may wear costumes. I will list the costume guidelines below

6. I suggest if you are going to wear a costume, to either change at the resort or if you are going to another park during the day to change right before the party.

7. Exclusive Merchandise:
The Emporium on Main Street
Mickey's Star Trader in Tomorrowland
Big Top Souvenirs in Fantasyland

8. Exclusive Sorcerer of the Kingdom card
Boo To You

9. Special Treats:
Main Street Bakery
Plaza Ice Cream Parlour
Storybrook Treats
Sleepy Hollow

Costume Guidelines According To Walt Disney World
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GENERAL

Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or could detract from the experience of other Guests.

All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.

Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.

Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.

Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.

Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, the park unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

GUESTS AGES 13 AND UNDER
Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

GUESTS AGES 14 AND OLDER
Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.

Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g., full-length Princess dresses)

Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.

Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.

Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus.

Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.

Masks of any kind may not be worn.

Please note: all rules and regulations are subject to change without notice.



Father's Day Gift Guide | Disney


Father's Day is approaching and if you have a dad, husband, step father, any parental figure in your life who loves Disney then the following is a Father's Day Gift Guide, Disney style.
1. Coffee Mug


A Disney themed coffee mug is a great way to start the day and help a person's disposition (isn't that right Mary Poppins?)

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Disney World Nightime Shows & Tips


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Hollywood Studios


Fantasmic!

Mickey

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

The show is based on Mickey dreaming about a battle of good versus evil. Mickey joins forces with characters from Beauty and the Beast , Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Aladdin and The Lion King. As the dream progresses it turns into nightmare when the Evil Queen, Ursula, Cruella de Vil, Scar and Maleficent appear. Will Mickey save the day?

Special Effects Include:
Pyrotechnics, laser lights and one million gallons of dancing water

TIP:
Fantasmic Dining Package
Dine at one of three participating restaurants and receive seating in a reserved section for the show
***Mama Melrose's
***Hollywood & Vine, lunch only
***The Hollywood Brown Derby
Select Your Restaurant and Meal
***Standard dining packages are available for lunch or dinner and include one (1):
*Appetizer *Entree *Dessert *Non-alcoholic beverage *VIP seating voucher

PRICE
**Mama Melrose's
Adult-$45
Child-$18
2017 Quick-Service Dining Plan-Not Available
2017 Disney Dining Plan-1 Table-Service Meal entitlement
2017 Deluxe Dining Plan-1 Table-Service Meal entitlement

**Hollywood & Vine
Remember available for lunch only
Adult-$52
Child-$32
2017 Quick-Service Dining Plan- Not Available
2017 Disney Dining Plan-1 Table-Service Meal entitlement
2017 Deluxe Dining Plan-1 Table-Service Meal entitlement

NOTE: Beginning September 4, 2017, the lunchtime will be Minnie's Seasonal Dining at Hollywood & Vine
Adult-$57
Child-$35
2017 Quick-Service Dining Plan-Not Available
2017 Disney Dining Plan-1 Table-Service Meal entitlement
2017 Deluxe Dining Plan-1 Table-Service Meal entitlement

**The Hollywood Brown Derby
Adult-$65
Child-$22
2017 Quick-Service Dining Plan-Not Available
2017 Disney Dining Plan-2 Table-Service Meal entitlements
2017 Deluxe Dining Plan-2 Table-Service Meal entitlements

If you are not doing the Fantasmic Dining Package, plan to arrive during busy times of the year 45 minutes before show time. In the amphitheater area there are bathrooms and snack stands.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
Approximate Time: 14 minutes

Enjoy a show that could only be made for a galaxy far, far away. With projections, lighting and fireworks, you will enjoy scenes from Tatooine, an asteroid field and of course the Death Star plus many others.

TIP:
Very popular, plan to arrive to the area in front of the Chinese Theater, 45-30 minutes before show time. Another option is the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party. For the Star Wars Dessert Party Dessert is served inside Star Wars Launch Bay. Guests will then be escorted to an outdoor viewing section 15 minutes before the show.

Seating is not available and wheelchairs and ECVs can be accommodated

Guests will enjoy a selection of desserts and specialty drinks-including alcoholic beverage.

The menu includes Darth Vader and R2D2 cupcakes, Rice Crispy treats, panna cotta, mini chocolate cakes, sugar cookies, bread pudding, ice cream and more.

Specialty drinks include a Galactic Punch, a Light Speed Margarita and Swamp Milk. There are also non alcoholic drinks such as soda and water. And for a souvenir everyone receives a stein featuring Chewbacca.

The price is $69.00 per adult (age 10 and over) and $39.00 for children (ages 3 to 9); tax and gratuity are included. You can not use dining credits for any dessert party. My tip for the dessert party is to check in approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes before show time.

EPCOT


IllumiNations

Mickey

Approximate Time: 12 minutes

A fireworks show that takes place in the World Showcase Lagoon highlighting the story of our planet Earth. The show takes place in 3 parts, Part One is The Earth Is Born, Part Two is The Triumph of Life and Part Three is the Hope for the Future.

TIP:

IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party

Location of the dessert party is in World Showcase Plaza, directly next to Port of Entry and adjacent to the Mexico Pavilion. The venue is uncovered and seating is not available.

The menu is an over view of the World Showcase, with

*Baklava from Morocco
*Pistachio cannoli from Italy
*Chocolate ganache tarts from France
*Crisped rice puffs inspired by Asia
*Warm Chocolate Pudding from the United Kingdom
*Strawberry Shortcake Bowl from the United States
*Chocolate-laced brownies with Mickey confetti
*Hand-dipped popcorn gelato
*fresh fruit
*Warm, sundried tomato cheese fondue and
*Pretzel bread sticks and crackers
*Beverages include sparkling wine and non alocholic options as well.

The price of the party is $49 for adults and $29 for children ages 3 to 9, tax and gratuity included.
Check in for the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party is one hour before IllumiNations.

Animal Kingdom


Rivers of Light

Approximate Time: 15 minutes

A celebration of nature with a show combining water, sound and light. Live performers and floating sets bring this magical show to life.

TIPS:

If you are not planning on a fastpass or a dining package then plan to arrive to the theater approximately 45 minutes before the show.

Rivers of Light Dining Package:
*A meal from one of 2 participating restaurants, plus a non-alcoholic beverage
*Premium seating for Rivers of Light show
**Restaurants

***Tusker House Restaurant
*Plan on dining no later than 2 hours and thirty minutes prior to showtime.
*Buffet
*Rivers of Light Dining Package Prices (Dining Plan Eligible)
*Breakfast, starting at:
*$39.00 adults
*$24.00 children ages 3 to 9
*Lunch/Dinner, starting at:
*$52.00 adults
*$32.00 children ages 3 to 9

***Tiffins
*appetizer, entree and dessert from a menu
*While this dining package is available for both lunch and dinner periods, plan to arrive to dine no later than 3 hours prior to showtime.
Rivers of Light Dining Package Prices (Dining Plan Eligible( 2 Dining Credits)
*Lunch/Dinner starting at:
*$67.00 adults
*$26.00 children ages 3 to 9

DINING PACKAGE TIPS:
Plan to arrive to Rivers of Light 15 to 35 minutes prior to show time. Use the theater entrance located closest to DinoLand U.S.A.
Your seats are not assigned. Rather, you choose your seats within the reserved section on a first-come, first-served basis.

Magic Kingdom


Happily Ever After

Mickey

Approximate Time: 18 minutes

Debuted on May 12th, this projections and fireworks show brings Disney stories to life. From Aladdin, Big Hero 6, The Princess and the Frog, Frozen, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules to name a few.

TIPS:

If you are not doing a dessert party then plan to arrive early enough, 45 minutes or more before the show. It is very important to be able to view the entire front of Cinderella's castle to enjoy all of the projections.


There are 2 Dessert Parties for Happily Ever After:

Both dessert parties begin at the Tomorrrowland Terrace. You will enjoy desserts such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, Disney character-themed desserts, ice cream and create-your-own cookie. And beverages such as sparkling cider, hot chocolate, lemonade, coffee and tea.

Now this is where there are two dessert parties, if you reserve the Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace, as it becomes close to the show time you will be escorted to your reserved seating on the patio of Tomorrowland Terrace.

If you reserve the Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing, as the show time approaches you will be escorted to the Plaza Garden, the old Wishes fastpass section, to view the show.

The price of the Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace is $79 per adult and $47 per child (ages 3 to 9) including tax; gratuity not included or required.

For the Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing the price is $59 per adult and $35 per child (ages 3 to 9) including tax; gratuity not included or required.

You should plan on checking in for either dessert party 75 minutes before show time.


TIPS FOR DINING & DESSERT PACKAGES

Reservations should be made 180 days prior to your vacation

On rare occasions, evening fireworks may be rescheduled or canceled. Please consult the entertainment schedule or call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 at least 2 weeks prior to arrival to reconfirm showtime.

Park admission is required for all of the dessert parties.



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Shows Not To Be Missed


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Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

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Dinner Show
Location: Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Approximate Time: 2 hours
Show times: 4:00 PM, 6:15 PM or 8:30 PM
Wild West dancing, singing and vaudeville comedy
Dinner consists of:
all-you-care-to-eat fried chicken and smoked BBQ pork ribs salad, baked beans, cornbread and strawberry shortcake
Unlimited draft beer, wine and sangria are included for Guests 21 years of age and up (proper ID required).
Soft drinks are also included.

Important Information:
Arrive 30-40 minutes before the show time, show usually starts 20 minutes after the show time
Can accommodate most special dietary needs
Category 3 tables are located on the second floor, no elevators
Wheel chair accessible seating in Category 1 and 2

Hoop Dee Doo

Prepayment is required
2 Table Service credits for category 2 and 3 seating for the 4 and 6:15 shows and category 1 seating for the 8:30pm show
Make reservations online or call 407-WDW-DINE

How to get to the show:
From the Magic Kingdom: Ferry

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Magic Kingdom Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire

Mickey

Location: Stage in front of Cinderella's Castle
Approximate Time: 23 minutes
A festival is to take place and Mickey and his friends have set out to gather guests.
Guests can enjoy a song and dance show featuring Tiana, Rapunzel and Friends and of course everyone's favorite characters from Frozen
Check out the My Disney Experience or the park schedule for times

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Animal Kingdom Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King

Location: Africa
Approximate Time: 30 minutes
Broadway style show celebrating Simba with singing and dancing guests will enjoy a show like no other
Be sure to check the Times Guide at Disney's Animal Kingdom for schedule and showtimes, which are subject to change

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Animal Kingdom Finding Nemo - The Musical

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Location: Dinoland
Approximate Time: 40 minutes
Featuring original songs and puppetry, a musical version of the movies
Be sure to check the Times Guide at Disney's Animal Kingdom park for the schedule and showtimes, which are subject to change

Hollywood Studios For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

finding nemo

Location: Echo Lake
Approximate Time: 30 minutes
Laugh and Sing with this telling of the story Frozen by 2 royal historians

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EPCOT Voices of Liberty

finding nemo

Location: America Pavillion
Approximate Time: 15 minutes
A Cappella group in gorgeous costumes that perform American classics.
Be sure to check the Times Guide at Epcot for the schedule and showtimes, which are subject to change.
For the best possible experience, sit or stand as close to the rotunda circle as possible to get the full benefit of the astounding acoustics


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New to Walt Disney World For 2017


2017 is bringing a lot of magic to Walt Disney World. Whether you will be visiting the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom or maybe you will be visiting all four parks, new and exciting experiences and adventures will be available.

Number One

MagicBand 2

With the start of the new year came the release of the new MagicBand, the MagicBand 2. A slightly bigger model than the current MagicBand. The puck, which is the middle area with the Mickey head, will be removable. Accessories, such as pendants, will be sold separately for the puck so guests my customize their MagicBands.

Number Two

The Walt Disney World After Hours At The Magic Kingdom Returns January-March

The after hours event will take place in the Magic Kingdom on Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 2, 9, 16, March 2 and 9, 2017. This 3-hour event takes place after the park closes and is only open to a limited number of guests. The cost is $119 per adult or child (tax not included). Popcorn, ice cream novelties and some beverages are included.
Some of the attractions that will be available are:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Princess Meet and Greets at the Princess Fairytale Hall
Haunted Mansion
it's a small world
Jungle Cruise
Peter Pan's Flight
Pirates of the Caribbean
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
Official check-in for the event will take place at the Main Entrance beginning at 7:00 PM. The Magic Kingdom will close at 8pm for guests who will be in the Magic Kingdom on After Hours Event days but not attending the event. Walt Disney World Resort hotel Guests, including those staying at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel and Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, may use Walt Disney World Transportation for up to 2 hours after the event.

Number Three

New Welcome Show

Beginning January 9, 2017 a new welcome show will greet guests to the Magic Kingdom. The old welcome show took place in front of the train station with costumed performers and characters and a family of the day arriving by train to officially open the park. With the new show guests will be allowed to enter the park before the official opening time. Guests may shop, grab a bite to eat or coffee. The new opening show will take place in front of Cinderella's castle at park opening.

Number Four

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will debut on January 13, 2017. The festival will take place Fridays through Mondays from Jan. 13-Feb. 20, 2017.
Festival activities include:
Disney on Broadway Concert Series
Artist appearances
Workshops and seminars with visiting artists
Gallery exhibits and more
For the kids activities include:
Figment's Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt
World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered Tour
Kidcot Fun Stops
A new Dining Package has also been announced where guests can enjoy a delicious meal during breakfast, lunch, or dinner paired with a nighttime performance by a phenomenal Disney on Broadway artist. Participating restaurants are Akershus, Biergarten, Coral Reef, Garden Grill and Rose & Crown. The Dining package includes a three-course meal or full buffet as well as priority seating at the 8:00 p.m. concert at the America Gardens Theatre stage. Prices range from $39-$69 plus tax for adults ages 10 and up; $23-$41 plus tax for children ages 3-9.

Number Five

New Dining Packages to debut at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Garden Rocks, the concert series in front of the America Pavilion, will expand to four days each week. So three concerts Friday through Monday presenting musicians that span multiple genres over four decades. New Garden Rocks Dining Packages will be available on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants. Also new to the festival will be TWO new outdoor kitchens.

Number Six

Pandora

Pandora, The World of Avatar, will open at the Animal Kingdom in Summer 2017. Pandora is based off of the blockbuster movie Avatar. The new section of the Animal Kingdom will consists of two new attractions, the Na'vi River tour and the Banshee ride. A new restaurant will be in Pandora, Satu'li Canteen as well as a bar area, Pongu Pongu. The entry point to Pandora will be the bridge located near the restaurant Tiffins.

Number Seven

Star Wars

Rogue One will make an appearance in Hollywood Studios, with props on display in the Launch Bay. During the ride Star Tours, guests will experience more random missions and a scene based on the eighth film in the Star Wars series.

Number Eight

A New Raft Ride at Typhoon Lagoon

Debuting in the spring, guests may enjoy a family raft ride at Typhoon Lagoon. The attraction is being billed as the longest water park attraction at a Disney water park. Guests will enjoy a whitewater adventure in which they will follow the story of Captain Mary Oceaneer, a treasure hunter.

Number Nine

More Dining at Disney Springs

Set to open in 2017:
Planet Hollywood Observatory
Paddlefish
The Polite Pig
The Edison
and Wine Bar George


Number Ten

Anniversaries

On October 1, 2017 Epcot will celebrate its 35th Anniversary.
2017 also marks the 20th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Half Marathon.



Planning Your Travel Days

A travel day is the day you arrive and the day you leave Walt Disney World. There is a lot to consider when planning your travel days.
Will You Be Driving?

If you are driving, do you plan to drive straight through or spend the night along the way to break up your trip.

Will You Be Flying?

Magical Express

Will you be taking an early, mid-day or late flight? Do you have a lot of options? Where I live the flights are either early in the morning or late in the evening. Once you arrive in Orlando will you be using Magical Express For More Information on Magical Express
the complimentary transportation from the Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World, or renting a car?

The Parks

WDW Castle

Another thing to consider is would you like to visit on of the parks on your travel days? Or would you rather spend that time at your resort, visiting another resort or at Disney Springs?

Examples Of Travel Days

For the examples of travel days I am going to use my family's travel days from our last Walt Disney World vacation. When my family travels to Walt Disney World we prefer to fly. As I stated before our options are limited for flight times, if we would like to visit a park on our travel days. Although we live withing two hours of three major airports, direct flights to Orlando are either in the early morning or late afternoon/evening.

ARRIVAL DAY

Ohana

Flight: 8:05AM---10:30AM
Once we arrived at the Orlando International Airport, we boarded the Magical Express. I received a text on the Magical Express that our room was ready. Once we arrived at our resort, we dropped some things off at our room and caught the bus for the Magic Kingdom. By one o'clock we were walking down Main Street.
I had reserved three fastpasses for our arrival day. After the fastpasses we headed to Ohana for an early dinner then back to our resort to unpack and rest for the next day.

DEPARTURE DAY

Be Our Guest Rose

I booked a late flight for my family because we had planned to visit the Magic Kingdom on our last day. We started the day with breakfast at the Crystal Palace (8:05am). Because we had to leave the Magic Kingdom four hours before our flight (Magical Express will pick you up at your resort three hours before your flight time when flying domestic), I reserved our Fastpasses for the mid morning/early afternoon. After our Fastpasses we enjoyed a late lunch at Be Our Guest then headed to our resort.
Flight: 6:20pm--8:45pm


DIY Mr. Smee Halloween Costume

Pirates are a popular Halloween costume. Peter Pan is a beloved Walt Disney movie. So why not combine the two. With the popularity of Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee have made a comeback. For an easy Do It Yourself Halloween costume I choose Mr. Smee. My family will be attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party this year and we have a Peter Pan theme.

Items You Will Need:
1. a plain white t shirt (I bought one a JoAnn Fabrics for $5)
2. Santa hat
3. painter's tape
4. red spray paint that matches the Santa hat
5. light blue fabric paint
6. small paintbrush
7. light blue/jean shorts

Plain White T Shirt
A regular plain white t shirt is the best. Make sure it is baggy because Mr. Smee wears baggy clothes.
Plain White T Shirt With Painters Tape
Using Painters Tape I marked out the lines for the stripes on the front and back of the shirt and on the sleeves. I placed small pieces of the painters tape within the stripes that will be painted blue. I placed cardboard in the main part of the shirt and newspaper in the sleeves, so the paint would not leak through and transfer to the other side of the shirt.
By gently squeezing the light blue paint on small sections of the stripes and using a paint brush I worked my way across the strip areas. I completed the front side first, let it dry overnight (even though the paint said it would be completely dry in 4 hours) then I completed the backside and the sides of the stripes to connect the front and the back.
After 72 hours I washed the t shirt to soften the paint a little.
Next up was the Santa hat.
Santa Hat
First I cut down the white trim and the white ball to eliminate any excess fuzz. Then in stages I spray painted the hat with the red spray paint. I painted the whole hat, not just the white areas, so the color would be consistent.
The final product was an easy do it yourself Mr. Smee.
Santa Hat
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Fantastic Fall Favorites at Walt Disney World

The kids are back to school, football has begun and pumpkin spice is everywhere that could only mean one thing, its FALL. Fall is my favorite time of year, my birthday, the leaves change color, my birthday, Halloween, football, did I mention my birthday. Ok enough monkeying around let's talk Walt Disney World. Fall at Walt Disney World consists of music, wine, food and a party, actually any of these could be a party.
Night of Joy
Time: September
Night of Joy is a musical event featuring Christian bands and singer, songwriters. The event requires a separate ticket and takes place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This event is very popular with youth groups so if you are interested in attending next year, I suggest contacting a TA, like myself, or be on the look out for tickets, they go fast.

Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Time: November, usually in the beginning
Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend consists of three races, the half marathon, a 10K race and a 5K race. The runners in the half marathon will run through the parks. A post race party for the participants takes place at Epcot's Food & Wine Festival. RunDisney events are extremely popular and have been know to sell out on the first day of the sale. Honestly I am not a runner, the only time in my life when I can visualize myself running would be in a zombie apocalypse. I have heard, from clients, very good things. This race is not as crowded as the marathon in January. On a side note, participants love to dress up, tutus, wings, hats, so that would be something to consider.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Time: September---November
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, included with admission to Epcot, features food booths with cuisine from countries not found in the World Showcase. As a bonus the festival has culinary demonstrations, wine, beer and spirits seminars and cheese seminars, at an additional charge and reservations need to be made. At Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It you can learn food and drink techniques from experts. Also at the America pavillion the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, featuring once popular bands conducting three shows nightly. New to this year, the festival offered demonstrations at resorts like the Polynesian Trader Sam's. These demonstrations are an additional charge and require reservations.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Time: September---October 31st, select nights
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a hard ticket event, which means a separate ticket is required. On select nights the party takes place in the Magic Kingdom from 7:00pm to 12:00am. Party guests will be able to enter the Magic Kingdom at 4:00pm. Party guests may wear costumes, recently Disney changed the costume policy so please consult, for more information on Walt Disney World's costume policy. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party has entertainment that you will not find outside of the party. Treat or treating stations are set up around the park. A Monsters Inc. themed dance party takes place in Tomorrowland. Special character meet and greets like Jack Skellington and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas, can currently be found between the castle and Liberty Square, behind the Christmas Shop. The three main events of the party are the Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular Stage Show, on the stage in front of the castle. The show features the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus. The Boo To You Halloween Parade takes place two times during every party. And finally a special Celebrate the Magic projection show on the castle, with Happy HalloWishes following. My suggestion is to ride the Haunted Mansion during the party too. The ride is the same but it is the Halloween party. Special party merchandise can be found throughout the party, as well as Halloween themed treats.

Fall at Walt Disney World is a special time. The crowds and the temperature tend to be lower. September can see a little more rain than the rest of fall. A vacation to Walt Disney World is well worth it, if its just to see the decorations at the Magic Kingdom.


Top 5 Movies To Watch Before Your Disney Vacation

When I reviewed my massive Disney movie collection to determine which movies are a must watch before a Walt Disney World vacation, I am not going to lie it was difficult. Finally I decided on movies that have an impact on more than one park, well except for number five. The fifth movie was chosen because it currently has a big presence in the park it calls home and in the hopefully not to distant future, like before I have grandchildren, it will own the park (can you guess what it is). Disney has cornered the market on princesses so three out of the five are princess movies, my apologies. I will have a future post listing the honorable mentions.

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1. Beauty and the Beast

Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland

Enchanted Tales with Belle
Go back to the day Belle and Beast fell in love during this audience interactive play. After the play, for the participants there is a meet and greet with Belle. Adorable and a must if you have a princess in your group.

Be Our Guest in Fantasyland

Be Our Guest Rose
A restaurant themed after the movie. Enjoy your meal in one of three incredible designed rooms, the ballroom, the West Wing and the library. The restaurant is a quick service for breakfast and lunch and a table service for dinner. During dinner the Beast will walk through the ballroom and no matter where you sit after your dinner you may meet the Beast in his study. This reservation is highly sought after so it must be made at 180 days out.

Gaston's Tavern in Fantasyland

Gaston's Tavern
Whether you are ordering a La Fou's Brew or a cinnamon roll that I swear is as big as my head, you will love the atomosphere of the tavern.

Gaston Meet and Greet in Fantasyland

Gaston Meet and Greet
By far the best character interaction at Walt Disney World. Gaston is Gaston, it is as if he stepped right out of the movie. Located directly across from the tavern, he is must meet.


Epcot

Belle Meet and Greet in France

An outside meet and greet with Belle in her blue dress and apron.


Akershus in Norway

Belle
A restaurant with an "American" breakfast and Norwegian lunch and dinner. When you first walk in you and your family will meet Belle, in her yellow dress, before walking to your table.


Hollywood Studios

Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage in Sunset Boulevard

A broadway caliber show that retells the movie.


2. Toy Story

Magic Kingdom

Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin in Tomorrowland

Help Buzz fight the evil Emperor Zurg in this aim and shoot style ride. It is kinda like you are in the video game.


Buzz Meet and Greet in Tomorrowland

To the left of Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin is a Buzz Lightyear Meet and Greet.


Woody and Jessie Meet and Greet

Jessie and Woody
In Frontierland you can meet Woody and Jessie


Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Midway Mania in Pixar Place

A 4D ride/game starring your favorite Toy Story characters.


Buzz and Woody Meet and Greet in Pixar Place

Buzz and Woody
Directly across from Toy Story Midway Mania, meet Buzz and Woody.


3. Little Mermaid

Magic Kingdom

Ariel Meet and Greet in Fantasyland

Ariel
Meet Ariel as a mermaid


Cinderlla's Royal Table in Fantasyland

Ariel
The restaurant in Cinderella's castle, Ariel is one of the princesses usually in rotation.


Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid

Ariel castle
Enjoy a relaxing ride in a clamshell through an abbreviated version of the movie.


Prince Eric's Village Market in Fantasyland

King Triton
A nice spot for snacks, fresh fruit and veggies.


Hollywood Studios

Voyage of the Little Mermaid in Animation Courtyard

A fantastic show that focuses on the movie.


Epcot

Akershus in Norway

Ariel
Ariel is one of the princesses in rotation at this restaurant.


4. Cinderella

Magic Kingdom

Castle

castle
The Magic Kingdom's center is Cinderella's castle. With a restaurant and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique inside, a walk through the castle is a must. The murals are beautiful.


Cinderella's Royal Table in Fantasyland

Cinderella
The restaurant within the castle. Meet Cinderella in the foyer before you head upstairs for your meal.


Cinderella Meet and Greet in Fantasyland

Cinderella
Meet Cinderella and another princess in Princess Fairytale Hall.


Prince Charming Regal Carousel

carousel
Enjoy a relaxing ride on a majestic horse. Maybe you will ride Cinderella's horse, hint look for the gold ribbon.


1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort

Prince Charming Cinderella










Dinner at 1900 Park Fare is a must, the character interaction is incredible. Making an appearance at dinner are Cinderella, Prince Charming and stealing the show, Lady Tremaine and the step sisters, Drizella and Anastasia.

5. Star Wars

Hollywood Studios

Star Tours in Echo Lake

AT AT
A 3D motion simulated ride featuring multiple story combinations and your favorite Star Wars characters.


Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple in Echo Lake

Jedi Training
For children ages 4-12, two stages where they can battle either Darth Vader or the Seventh Sister.


Tatooine Traders in Echo Lake

Tatooine
Located at the exit of Star Tours, so be prepared you will walk through the store to exit the ride. A great store where you can build your own light saber or droid.


Star Wars Launch Bay in Animation Courtyard

A great display of movie props and memorabilia. Also the location of the Chewbacca and Kylo Ren meet and greets.


Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular in the Chinese Theater Location

An amazing projection and fireworks show.




Disney Store Outlet Haul

Recently, while visiting an amusement park who shall not be named in Pennsylvania, I stopped at a Disney Store Outlet, couldn't help myself. If I am an hour within a Disney store I have to just "check it out". Of course it is never just browsing and results in my family stopping me from buying things I don't need (Yea like that is true when it comes to Disney) and pulling me out of the store. I am actually not kidding. Any who, on this trip I was able to pick up a couple of things before my family was sick of the store. I found it interesting that all of the discounted merchandise was from Disneyland.

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Long Sleeve Shirt
The first thing I saw was an adorable t shirt, unfortunately the store did not have my size so I picked up the long sleeve version. I am happy that I saw this because I tend to be cold, 10 months out of the year, so the long sleeve shirt is prefect. I love the simple design. I bought a size medium, it fits, will not be able to go in the dryer. I find that Disney sizes tend to run small.

Halloween Sweatshirt
I browsed the super duper discount section and found a Disneyland Halloween sweatshirt from 2015. It was the only one the store had, I LOVE IT!! Halloween is my favorite holiday and the picture on the front is so cute. The sweatshirt is soft and comfortable.

Antenna Topper
Also in the discount section I found a bin of antenna toppers. The last antenna topper I had was a Mickey head. The poor thing lasted two weeks and lost an ear. This time I found a Madame Leota topper. If you don't already know I am a huge, huge fan of the Haunted Mansion. This topper will not go on my car and for a dollar I could not pass her up.

Tsums
Finally my children added two more Tsum Tsums to their collections. My daughter was torn between Ariel in her pink dress or Marie, she finally decided on Marie. My son knew who he wanted, he has been asking about the Beauty and the Beast Tsum Tsum series for a couple of weeks. They were released recently, so he received the Beast Tsum Tsum. Make no mistake the kids had to earn them by doing chores. Nothing like starting them early on my Disney obsession.


Haunted Mansion Subscription Box Gift

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The Haunted Mansion Subscription Box was a box filled with puzzles and goodies from the Haunted Mansion.
Haunted Mansion Box
The residents of the mansion needed help from "Foolish Mortals" to solve the mystery of why a fog had encased the mansion preventing the ghosts from going home with the mansion's visitors. By the end of box #3 the mystery was solved and the ghosts are free to come and go as they please. As a show of their appreciation the residents sent me a gift. The gift was "wrapped" in an envelope with a picture of the Haunted Mansion from Disneyland.

Envelope
On the inside of the envelope was a message,
Dearest Mortal,
I write you on behalf of all the ghosts, ghouls, spirits, shades and other ghostly residents of the Haunted Mansion.
We wish to express our deepest gratitude for your steadfast aid and resolute ingenuity in our time of crisis.
As a small specter of appreciation for your help with our chilling challenge, please accept this haunting portrait.
Spiritedly yours,
Sally Slater

The gift was a picture, that I had taken during box #1, when tilted transforms into a spirit photo.
Spirit Photo
When you visit the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, in Liberty Square by the Haunted Mansion ride is a shop, Memento Mori. At Memento Mori you can bring this same token of the Haunted Mansion home for $19.95 +tax (8x10). The spirit photo is a great personalized Disney souvenir. The spirit photo I received is a great quality and the effects are incredible. The picture will be displayed in my home throughout the year. My overall impression of the Haunted Mansion Subscription Box is each box was incredible and a must for any Haunted Mansion fan. If the box series is offered again, with a different story line, I will definitely be purchasing it.



Best Table Service Restaurants
for Adults & Kids in the Parks

Restaurants that offer great dinners in which both adults and kids will enjoy.
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Magic Kingdom

rose
Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest offers the best food for dinner in the Magic Kingdom. Adults may choose from steak, shrimp and lamb. While kids are given the options of chicken, meatloaf and grilled cheese. A wonderful bonus to this meal is the meet and greet with Beast himself.

Hollywood Studios

50s
50's Primetime Cafe
In a recreated 1950's-1960's house, enjoy a meal consisting of comfort food. Whether you order the meatloaf, fried chicken or the pot roast, you will not be disappointed. Included in the kid's choices are fried chicken, chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese and they can even decorate their own sundae. Just make sure you don't put your elbows on the table or you might not get dessert. But if you do, the peanut butter and jelly milkshake is amazing!!

Animal Kingdom

tree
Yak & Yeti
Not many options in the Animal Kingdom, Yak & Yeti combines Asia and India cuisine. I would describe it as above average Chinese food. From pot stickers and chicken wings to lo mein and sweet and sour chicken there is something for everyone on the menu, even a kobe burger.

EPCOT

epcot
Epcot is the opposite of Animal Kingdom, with a lot of choices. Almost anywhere in World Showcase is a good pick. Some restaurants provide a more adult menu. The two restaurants I chose, have proven time and time again to be a hit with the adults and kids.
Teppan Edo--Japan
A dinner at Teppan Edo will not only consist of yummy food but it will be entertaining as well. Options are from filet mignon, chicken, shrimp and swordfish for the adults. The kids have a menu consisting of shrimp, chicken and steak. For dessert the little ones have a lot of options including green tea soft serve, for the adventurous and vanilla soft serve for the not.

Rose & Crown--England
With two great areas to sit, inside where you may enjoy the pub sing along and music to outside, right on the water. Adults and children may choose from English favorites while kids also have standard choices of grilled chicken and meatballs.


5 Magical Immersive Rides/Attractions

Rather than rank the rides/attractions, I decided to just list them by park.


Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales With Belle

Belle
Go back to the day Belle and Beast fell in love as you walk through Maurice's cottage to Beast's castle. Kids (some adults too) get to volunteer for parts of the story. A fabulous way to meet Belle and make an amazing memory.


Haunted Mansion

haunted mansion
As soon as you enter the cemetery the story of the Haunted Mansion begins. (Enjoy interacting with the crypts as you move through the line) Once inside the mansion the magic of Disney storytelling unfolds and the residents of the mansion will delight and maybe fright you. Maybe you will want to be number 1000!


Pirates of the Caribbean

pirate
Board a boat as you travel past a ghost pirate ship, float in the middle of a cannonball battle and observe a village being plundered. Be on the lookout for Jack Sparrow. By the end of the ride you will be wondering if a pirate's life is for you.


Under the Sea--Journey of the Little Mermaid

Enjoy a scaled down version of the movie as you ride in a clamshell. Not only does this ride take place on land but also in the sea. As you reach the ocean floor you are entertained by Sebastian and all of his friends. Beware of the evil Ursula.


EPCOT

Mission Space

A centrifugal motion simulator ride in which you board a "rocket" and travel to Mars. The riders will receive a role, navigator, pilot, commander or engineer and each rider must perform a task to complete to make the mission successful.


Soarin

Feel as though you are flying over famous landmarks from around the world. You will be surrounded by not only the sights but also the smells.


Hollywood Studios

Star Tours

ATAT
Save a rebel spy from the empire on an unbelievable mission with C3PO. Enjoy scenes from the movies as you try to out run and out manuver the empire.


Animal Kingdom

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Elephant
A relaxing ride through the savannah, in which you are able to view animals in habitats that were built to be as close to the real thing as possible. From giraffes, elephants, hippos and lions this ride does not disappoint.


DINOSAUR

Dinosaur
Journey back to the Cretaceous period to save and bring back an Iguanodon. Dinosaurs seem to surround the vehicle and even lunge at you as you race to make it back to present day before the asteroid hits.




5 Magical Character Interactions

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1. GASTON

gaston
Location: Magic Kingdom--Fantasyland--next to Gaston's Tavern
Gaston is hiliarous. True to character is really great with females, just don't tell him you read.

2. TALKING MICKEY

talkingmickey
Location: Magic Kingdom--Town Square
Meeting Mickey Mouse is always spell binding but meeting talking Mickey Mouse takes it to a different level. Mickey's interaction is amazing, not only will he speak but he may sing or even play a game. The interaction differs everytime.

3. STEP SISTERS (FROM CINDERELLA)

stepsister
stepsister
Location: Grand Floridian Resort--1900 Park Fare Dinner
During this dinner you will meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Drizella and Anastasia. While it is great to meet Cinderella and Prince Charming, the step sisters steal the show. They are funny, witty and very engaging. It is like they stepped straight out of the movie.

4. PETER PAN

peterpan
Location: Magic Kingdom--Fantasyland--around the corner from the Peter Pan ride towards Liberty Square
Peter Pan is fantastic! VERY talkative, the interaction is incredible. Once in a while Wendy will appear also and tell the children a story. Make sure you ask Peter to crow.

5. BIG TOP CHARACTERS

bigtopdaisy
donaldo
donaldo
minnie
Location: Magic Kingdom--Fantasyland--Circus Area near Dumbo
Within the Big Top you may meet the Great Goofini, the Astounding Donaldo, Minnie Magnifique and Madame Daisy Fortuna. Dressed as circus performers, the characters and their scenery is adorable.


Top 5 Ways To Keep Your Cool This Summer
In The Disney Parks

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1. STAY HYDRATED

Water Bottle
It may seem like a simple tip, and it is, but staying hydrated while at Disney can be challenging. With so much to do and see, time can easily pass by. Whenever you can, standing in line, watching a show, during a bathroom break (just not in the bathroom) drink water. Sure you can have soda and Powerade throughout the day but try to drink at least 2 bottles of water. Kids too, I always make sure my kids have their own water bottles and I pester them all day to drink.

2. INDOOR ATTRACTIONS

PhilharMagic
Hit the indoor attractions during the hottest time of the day. Mickey's PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom), Festival of the Lion King (Animal Kingdom), the Great Movie Ride (Hollywood Studios) and Ellen's Energy Adventure (EPCOT) to name a few. A great way to get off your feet and enjoy the air conditioning.

3. ICE CREAM TIME

Mickey Bar
A great time for an ice cream treat is the afternoon. There are a lot of carts with the signature Mickey bar or head to an ice cream shop like the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor in the Magic Kingdom or Aloha Isle, also in the Magic Kingdom for a Pineapple Dole Whip. If you are in EPCOT there is a gelati stand in Italy and L'Artisan des Glaces in France. (Don't forget the napkins!!)

4. MISTERS

Mister
Whether you purchase them at home (which I recommend) or in the park, water misters are a great way to refresh yourself throughout the day.

5. WATER ATTRACTIONS/SPLASH PLAY AREAS

Splash Mountain
There are splash play areas or giant misters in every park. In the Magic Kingdom the splash play area is Casey jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station and in EPCOT there are small splash play areas in between Future World and World Showcase. The afternoon is a great time to ride the water rides. Kali River Rapids in the Animal Kingdom and Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom will add a cool off to your hot day.



Haunted Mansion Subscription Box #3 Review Part 2

Master Gracey
This review of part 2 of the third Haunted Mansion Box is the final review of the series. Upon discovering the Forgotten Room, the residents of the Haunted Mansion have come to the realization that they have forgotten many details about their lives. By remembering the particulars of the mansion could the fog be lifted and the ghosts receive their freedom? Let's find out, the contents that will be explored are the thaumatrope, the spirit board, the portal, the cards and the Grim Gazette.

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Watch Haunted Mansion Subscription Box #3 Card Game


Board
Spirit Board

The spirit board is a replica of a board that Madame Leota uses in her seances. The spirit board has the alphabet at the top and a spot for your phone at the bottom. The phone was placed with the screen on the board. Using the gold bat from the first box, I spelled out parts of the incantation on the board. The first part was discovered when the tea cup, from the first box, was placed on the saucer. The words "Grim Grinning Ghosts Come Out To Socialize" was visible. Each letter had to be added so Madame Leota could receive my message. After Grim, Grinning and Ghosts were spelled out, Madame Leota and the other ghosts were able to figure out the rest of the saucer's message. Next up was the thaumatrope. Supposedly the words were visible as the thaumatrope was spinning. This did not happen. I had to piece together the words to finish the incantation. On the Master Gracey portrait side,
Master Gracey
the words "restore, what, prize, and mortals" were written. Then on the Master Gracey death portrait side,
Master Gracey
the words "to, all spirits, spooks mobilize" were visible. This part of the incantation took a long time to enter on the spirit board. Madame Leota kept reading the letter M as Z. When the next letter was entered or if I tried to enter M again, a ghost would state that it was the wrong incantation and to start all over again. Sometimes I was able to start at this spot but then Z kept popping up. Other times I had to start from the beginning, making this part of the box last an hour. It was very frustrating. Once the incantation was finally received by Madame Leota, a message appeared on the spirit board in the dark. The message was "Haunting Restored". By the residents of the mansion remembering the song, "Grim Grinning Ghosts" the fog encasing the mansion disappeared.

Portal
Portal

The portal was the final item of the box pertaining to the mystery. By scanning the portal then placing my phone within the device, three of the ghosts appeared, Pepper Ghost trick and sang excerpts from "Grim Grinning Ghosts". This was the best part of the third box. The effect was spot on and a wonderful piece of Disney magic.

cards
Cards

Grim Gazette
The Grim Gazette

As a bonus a repica set of Madame Leota's cards were included in the box. At first glance the cards appear to be a set of playing cards. But once inspected it is revealed that the cards are numbered 2 to 13. All four suits are represented with a sort of filigree design, Haunted Mansion style. In the middle of the Grim Gazette was a section titles, Voince on Bridge, Postitional and Antipositional Approaches: A Theory of Numerology. Six sections for the cards are labeled, Past, Present, Future, Fate, Destiny and Inspiration. By following Madame Leota's instructions and placing the cards in the sections the end result is whether or not you have the gift of sight. To watch this card game in action please tune in to my YouTube channel, WDW Lovin Mama. The third box of the series was not a disappointment. The items in the box were engaging and just too cute. The saucer and the portal are the stand outs. All in all I loved the whole Haunted Mansion subscription box. Each box was fun to complete. With the Haunted Mansion being my favorite attraction, I loved having a touch of Disney magic in my home.



Haunted Mansion Subscription Box #3 Review Part 1

Haunted Mansion Box
The third installment of the Haunted Mansion Subscription Box arrived at my house. Hopefully the unanswered question, Are the residents of the Haunted Mansion able to break through the fog and leave the mansion?, will be answered. This box brought excitement and sadness. Excitement because the Haunted Mansion Subscription Box brought a little of Disney magic home, sadness because this is the last box in the series. For this review part 1, I will explore half of the box then continue the rest of the box in part 2. The contents that will reviewed are the letter from the Ghost Relations Department, the Grim Gazette, the saucer found in the forgotten room and the thaumatrope, a magical charm.

Watch Haunted Mansion Subscription Box #3 Part 1


Letter
Letter From the Ghost Relations Department

The letter lists the objects that arrived in box #3. As in the first two letters, at the bottom the letter states that the ghosts have added their own messages and mortals should dampen the letter with water to reveal the message. Once the letter was dampened the letter stated the ghosts are very happy to have talented mortals helping them through this tough time. The items retrieved from the Forgotten Room are of the utmost importance and by using these objects the ghosts will be able to travel beyond the mansion. Pertaining to the items the dampened letter hints at using the tea cup from the first box to read the tea leaves on the back of the Grim Gazette. The tea cup, when properly placed on the saucer will also be important. The thaumatrope must be winded up and let go to channel the spirit energies. The spirit board is wonderful to communicate and interrupt incantations. The portal, should everything else work, will allow the ghosts to travel to my home. Finally the cards are a bonus from Madame Leota.

Grim Gazette
The Grim Gazette

The Grim Gazette, as in the first two boxes, was an absolute delight to read. A couple of the articles, "The Forgotten Room Is Real", and an interview with the mansion's organist, Victor Geist, pertain to the mortals helping the ghosts. An article focuses on the use of the thaumatrope, "Metaphysics Demystified". And two articles, "Voince on Bridge" and "Today's Tea Leaves". Once again the advice column of Aunt Agony is adorable. The bride from the attic giving advice to the other spirits, amazing. The advertisements within the paper pertain to the current state of the residents, so they focus on leaving th mansion and welcoming back ghosts who were unable to enter. With the assistance of the tea cup, the tea leaves on the back page read complete incantation. What does this mean? Stay tuned... The Grim Gazette is a delight to read and I would love it even if it was not part of the box.

plate
A Saucer

The saucer was found in the Forgotten Room. It is the perfect companion to the tea cup, that was delivered in the first box. The saucer is porcelain, mainly white with a navy design around the edge, which turns out to be writing, and a beautiful drawing of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion in the center, also done in navy. After the tea cup was placed on the saucer the words Grim Grinning Ghosts Come Out To Socialize can be viewed. This incantation becomes important in the second half of the review. The saucer is functioning, hand wash only. It is a great souvenir from the Haunted Mansion. The saucer is something Disney could easily sell at Memento Mori.

Master Gracey
Master Gracey
Thaumatrope--Magical Charm

The thaumatrope has a portrait of Master Gracey on one side, in his living state, and on the other side a portrait in his departed state. The thaumatrope had to be wound up and spun supposedly to view the words. While the thaumatrope was spinning I could not read the words, so this part of the journey was pointless. On the living state side the words Restore What Prize And Mortals are visible. On the death side the words To All Spirits Spooks Mobilize are visible. These words come into play during the use of the spirit board in part two. The Thaumatrope is made out of thick paper and string and just a means of moving the game along. It could have been anything as long as those words were produced.

All in all the first part of the Haunted Mansion Box #3 was entertaining, which is the whole point. The saucer was the stand out hit and the thaumatrope was the dud. We have left the ghosts one step closer to leaving the mansion. Next week will be part 2 and we will find out if the ghosts are successful.



Top Character Dinners

1. 1900 Park Faire--Grand Floridian Resort

1900 Park Faire

Characters: Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Drizella and Anastasia.
This meal provides one of the best character interactions on property. The meal is served buffet style.
The food is hit or miss but the step sisters more than make up for it.
And it is a great alternative to Cinderella's Royal Table while still being close to the Magic Kingdom.

2. Akershus--EPCOT-Norway

Akershus

Characters: (may vary) Belle, Ariel, Snow White & Sleeping Beauty
A cheaper way to see the princesses than Cinderella's Royal Table.
The character interaction is great and the children are invited to participate in a parade with the princesses
The menu gives you a peek into Norwegian fare.

3. Mickey's Backyard BBQ--Fort Wilderness Resort

Characters: (may vary) Mickey, Minnie, Goofy & Chip 'n Dale
Not only do kids get to meet their favorite characters, they also have the opporunity to join them on the dance floor for line dancing.
The meal is an all you can eat of BBQ favorites, ribs, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and sides.

4. Cinderella's Royal Table--Magic Kingdom

CRT

Characters: (may vary) Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty
I will be completely honest, whether you are using the dining plan or paying out of pocket, this meal is expensive.
I think it is a once in a lifetime must. Because our daughter is still young we try to eat here every trip.
The character interaction is good. Each princess is introduced with a story.
You order from a menu and the food is better at dinner than breakfast.
The atomosphere is the selling point. To eat in Cinderella's castle is amazing.



Top 5 Character Breakfasts

1. Tusker House---Animal Kingdom

Mickey Mouse

*Great character interaction

*Good food--buffet--regular breakfast options as well as African inspired dishes

*Characters that may appear: Donald, Mickey, Goofy & Daisy


2. Crystal Palace---Magic Kingdom

Winnie the Pooh

*Great character interaction

*Good Buffet

*Omelettes made to order

*Characters that may appear: Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet & Tigger


3. Akershus---EPCOT--Norway

Akershus

*Great character interaction

*A cheaper alternative to Cinderella's Royal Table

*Princesses that may appear: Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty


4. Chef Mickey's---Contemporary Resort

Chef Mickey

*Great character interaction

*Good Buffet

*Great location--monorail ride or walk to the Magic Kingdom

*Characters that may appear: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy & Pluto


5. 'Ohana--Breakfast with Stitch and Friends
Polynesian Resort

Stitch

*Great character interaction

*Good food served family style

*Characters--Stitch, Lilo, Mickey Mouse & Pluto

*Great location--monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom




Haunted Mansion Subscription Box #3 Opening

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Haunted Mansion Box
The ghosts of the Haunted Mansion are trapped in the mansion because of a mysterious fog.
At the end of the second box a forgotten room had been discovered. What does this mean for the ghosts?


Letter
Letter From the Ghost Relations Department

Introducing the third box in the Haunted Mansion Subscription Box Series.
Enclosed Objects:
The Grim Gazette
A saucer
Thaumatrope---magical charm
Spirit Board
"Portal"
Cards


Grim Gazette
The Grim Gazette

With a headline, "The Forgotten Room Is Real", this edition of The Grim Gazette focuses on the mortal help the ghosts are receiving to break through the fog. In between the articles, interviews and advertisements there is a section on numerology and tea leaves.


plate
A Saucer

A white porcelain saucer with a blue design. In the middle is a drawing of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.
Around the rim is a pretty design with what looks like fance backward writing.


Master Gracey
Master Gracey
Thaumatrope--Magical Charm

On one side is the portrait of Master Gracey and on the other side is the death portrait of Master Gracey.
On both sides of the charm is string, maybe to spin.


Board
Spirit Board

A replica of one that Madame Leota uses in her seances. The board has letters on top and a place for cards at the bottom.


Portal
Portal

Three of the singing busts from the cemetery are in the foreground, while the cemetery and the mansion are in the background.
What will it be used for? Stay tuned...


cards
Cards

A set of playing cards replicated from Madame Leota's cards.
With a Foolish Mortal card as the joker, each suit is represented the Haunted Mansion way, numbered 2 to 13.



Haunted Mansion Subscription Box #2 Opening

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The Haunted Mansion Subscription Box is a three month subscription in which a box will be delivered to my house. Each box contains different pieces that I am suppose to use to help the ghosts figure out how to leave the mansion from the fog that is encasing the grounds. The Haunted Mansion Subscription Box #2 was delivered the contents were:

The Grim Gazette
Grim Gazette
This paper keeps you up to date on the latest happenings within the ghostly realm.

The Music Box
The Music Box
The music box is a replica of the famous Haunted Mansion organ.

The Scope
The Scope
The scope is a pinwheel that when viewed in a mirror, you can watch the dancers twirl.

The Picture of the Doors
The Picture of the Doors
A drawing of the hallway in the mansion with the doors and portraits.

The Blueprint of the Mansion
Blueprints
A blueprint of the mansion

Madame Leota's Cards
cards
Madame Leota's cards displaying the rooms of the Haunted Mansion.



Haunted Mansion Subscription Box #2 Part 1 Review

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Upon reading the letter from the Ghost Relations Department it is determined that the ghosts of the Haunted Mansion still need help from the mortal world. The first part of the Haunted Mansion Box #2 consists of the Grim Gazette, the Music Box and the Scope.
The Grim Gazette
Grim Gazette
By using the tea cup from the first Haunted Mansion Box, the tea leaves on the last page of the Grim Gazette revealed a message, Seek Forgotten Room. The next step was to scan the Grim Gazette with the Phantom Radio App. I heard the ghosts discuss the need for help and if the mortals will be able to provide that help. The main clue from the radio is measurements need to be taken of the mansion.

The Scope
The Scope
The Music Box was scanned and it was stated that the Scope shoud be scanned next. The reading from the Scope was to hold it up to a mirror and spin the Scope, watching the dancers dance. Then look at the clock side of the Scope and determine which dance steps matched up with the markings on the moth eaten strips. The moth eaten strips are from the Bloodmere and Brooms advertisement from the Haunted Mansion Box #1.

The Music Box
The Music Box
Once the markings were identified the strips were fed into the Music Box, the ghost, Victor, listened through the Phantom Radio. He exclaimed if the music was correct or not. Once the correct music was played, Victor received the correct measurements. He could not figure out what to do with the measurements so he asked Madame Leota for help.

REVIEW
Grim Gazette
A great addition to the box. The Grim Gazette contains articles, advertisements and just a little extra magic to the experience. Using the tea cup from the first box is a wonderful way of incorporating the boxes.
The Music Box
A small recreation of the organ from the Haunted Mansion, the Music Box is adorable. Great quality, made out of wood and it works! Once again by using elements from box #1 to further the story is a great addition.
The Scope
The Scope's slits were a little narrow, making it hard to watch the dancers dance in the mirror. Also matching up the dance steps on the clock side of the Scope with the markings on the strips of the Bloodmere advertisment was a little confusing.
The best part of the Haunted Mansion Box #2 Part 1 was the Music Box. It is a great keepsake from a fantastic ride.


Haunted Mansion Subscription Box #2 Part 2 Review

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The second part of the Haunted Mansion Box #2 consisted of the Drawing of the mansion doors, the Blueprint of the mansion and Madame Leota's Cards.
The Picture of the Doors
The Picture of the Doors
At the end of part one, Victor asked Madame Leota for help with analyzing the measurements. Madame Leota then directs my attention to the Picture of the Doors and asks me to scan it. After scanning the Picture, Madame Leota instructs me to gently tear the picture where it is perforated and rearrange the picture. Upon doing this an extra door is revealed.
The next task required the Grim Gazette, open to the bridge section, the Blueprints and Madame Leota's cards.

The Grim Gazette
Grim Gazette
The Blueprint of the Mansion
Blueprints
Madame Leota's Cards
cards
Once the blueprint was placed on top of the Grim Gazette and lined up properly, Madame Leota's cards were placed in their proper space.

Stretching Room
Foyer
Portrait Gallery
Attic
Great Hall
Endless Hall
Music Room
Library
Crypt
Using a talisman, a nickel in this case, Madame Leota guided me through the mansion and tried to figure out in which room I was located. In the end, she determined I was in the Great Hall and that the extra door must be in this room. With the mansion ghosts help the extra door was located.

The Music Box
The Music Box
By feeding the moth eaten strip that was used in part one throught the Music Box again, a tune was played on the extra door. The door opened and the ghosts encountered the lost room.

REVIEW
Part two of Box #2 was longer than part one.
The Picture of the Doors
An adorable picture of the mansion
Blueprints and Cards
The blueprint is cool and the cards are amazing. The downfall was the whole Madame Leota "reading". Moving the talisman around the Blueprint of the mansion was fine, Madame Leota seemed to be a little chatty. If for some reason you messed up this section you had to start from the beginning. The app could not be paused. I love how interactive the box is, I would like for the box to be a lot of little tasks rather than having a long one.



Top 5 Not To Be Missed In Hollywood Studios


Hollywood Studios

1. Toy Story Midway Mania
*Shrink down to the size of a toy, Disney style
*Play a 4D shooting style game
*Very immersive, feels like you are in the game
*Fastpass Available

2. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
*Board a "limo" for a wild ride throught L.A to an Aerosmith concert
*Enclosed launch roller coaster
*Intense thrill ride
*Fastpass Available

3. Tower of Terror
*Board an elevator that takes you into the Twlight Zone
*A modified free fall ride
*Every ride is different, the free falls are actually programmed for the ride
*Fastpass Available

4. Star Tours
*Be part of a mission to protect a Rebel spy
*Explore the different worlds of all of the Star Wars movies
*A 3D motion simulator
*Fastpass Available

5. Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage
*A condensed version of the movie
*A Broadway style musical show
* Fastpass Available



Top 5 Not To Be Missed In Animal Kingdom


Giraffes

1. Kilimanjaro Safaris
*Enjoy a relaxing ride in a safaris truck as you view lions, rhinos, elephants and a lot of other animals.
*Fastpass Available

2. Festival of the Lion King
*A spectacular Broadway style show with performers singing, dancing, fire twirling and acrobatics
*A telling of the Lion King
*Fastpass Available

3. Finding Nemo the Musical
*A musical show based on the animated movie
*Enjoy new songs, puppets and dancing
*Fastpass Available

4. Maharajah Jungle Trek
*A serene walk through a tropical paradise
*View tigers, deer, birds, Komodo dragons and more

5. Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
*Explore the paths as you see gorillas, birds, meerkats and zebras


Top 5 Not To Be Missed In EPCOT


1. Soarin
*Reopening June 17, 2016 *A motion flight simulator
*Enjoy the sights from around the world with Soarin Around The World
*Fastpass Available

EPCOT

2. Spaceship Earth
*Opened October 1, 1982
*Enjoy a slow and relaxing ride as Dame Judi Dench narrates the history of communication
*Fastpass Available

Nemo

3. Turtle Talk with Crush
*Opened November 16, 2004
*Located in the Livin Seas Pavillion
*In a small theater, children sit in front while adults sit on benches
*Crush from Finding Nemo interacts with the children
*Fastpass Available

4. American Adventure
*Located in the America Pavillion
*Audio animatronic show of American History

IllumiNations

5. IllumiNations
*A nightime show featuring firworks, lasers, fountains and fire
*The show focuses on Earth
*Fastpasses Available


Top 5 Rides Not To Be Missed In The Magic Kingdom


Peter Pan

1. Peter Pan's Flight
*Opened: 1971
*Board a pirate ship to travel through the animated movie
*Peter Pan's Flight is a Disney classic
*The ride is slow moving and gentle and a must for everyone
*Interactive queue
*Fastpass available

Splash Mountain

2. Splash Mountain
*Opened: 1992
*While riding a logflume follow Br'er Rabbit as he out runs and out wits Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear
*You may get wet on this ride. Splash Mountain consists of animatronics, music, small drops and finally onw big drop at the end.
*Splash Mountain is a long ride with lots of entertainment.
*Fastpass available

Haunted Mansion

3. Haunted Mansion
*Opened: 1971
*Enjoy a ride in a Doom Buggy through a magical and "haunted" mansion
*The Haunted Mansion is a non-scary haunted house.
*From moving portraits to a ballroom scene to a bride who murders her husbands and finally a musical graveyard scene
*Small children may find this ride to be scary
*Interactive queue
*Fastpass available

4. Carousel of Progress
*Opened: 1975
*Originally created for the 1964 World's Fair by Walt Disney
*The Carousel of Progress follows a family through time and technology
*Guests sit in a theater that circles a six section stage
*This ride is often overlooked but it is an important part of Disney history and is a must for every guest

Jungle Cruise

5. Jungle Cruise
*Opened: 1971
*A pun filled river cruise through the rivers of the world
*The Jungle Cruise is a relaxing boat ride with a skipper who tells punny jokes and views of animatronic animals
*Fastpass available


Haunted Mansion Subscription Box #1 Review


HM BOX1

I subscribed to the Disney Haunted Mansion box subscription. This subscription consists of three boxes being delivered to my house. The first box recently arrived and you may watch my review of the box on my YouTube Channel at WDW Lovin Mama. This blog is a summary of the review. The box contained nine components. The first was a letter from the Ghost Relations Department.

HM Letter
In this letter it was stated that the ghosts of the Haunted Mansion need the help of "Foolish Mortals". Apparently the mansion has been encased in a dense fog and the ghosts can not follow anyone home. I received a code that allowed me to download an app for my phone. With this app every item had to be scanned and a message was conveyed to me by the ghost of the mansion. The box also contained instructions and pieces to build a "radio" holder for my phone and a golden bat to be used as a dial.

HM radio
HM Bat
The first item I scanned was The Grim Gazette, a tabloid for the afterlife.

HM tabloid

The scan produced a result of the ghosts are entrapped in th mansion. The next item I scanned was the radio information card.
HM Radio Paper
From this scan I found out that a committee has been formed to determine the cause of the fogging. The next item was the divination cards.
HM Cards
All of the cards produced the same result, the ghosts found out that the Haunted Mansion boxes have been sent. The next item was wedding announcement, for the bride.
HM wed
This was INCREDIBLE!!! The wedding announcement changed into a funeral announcement in the freezer. Next up was the tea cup.
HM cup
From the tea cup I learned to beware either for or of the Madame Leota. And finally the advertisment for the redusting services was last.
HM AD
By placing the moth eaten ad on a certain part of the Grim Gazette a message was revealed.
The first box of the Haunted Mansion subscription was not a let down. For a true Haunted Mansion fan it was entertaining and I am looking forward to box number two!




Are Walt Disney World Vacations Too Expensive?

Many people believe that Walt Disney World is out of their price range. There are various aspects of the Disney vacation to consider, hotel, tickets, dining, flights/drive and souvenirs. If each group is separated then reviewed, you can determine what is the best way to go about your vacation.

HOTEL

The first question is staying off site (off of Disney property) or staying on site (within the Disney Resort).
Off Site
If you stay off site things to consider are transportation from the airport to the hotel, transportation from the hotel to the parks, time and cost. Sure a hotel might be cheaper off site but you should consider the time it will take to travel from the hotel to the park. You will have to pay for parking at the park as well.
On Site
By staying on Disney property, transportation is provided from Orlando International Airport to your Walt Disney World resort. Transportation (either by monorail, bus or boat) is provided from the hotel to each of the parks. Disney World hotels range from campgrounds ($52/night), value ($89/night), moderate ($166/night), deluxe ($289/night) and Deluxe Villas ($318/night). The prices listed are for the value season. Disney has listed their hotel prices according to seasons, value, regular, peak, fall and holidays. The prices during the value season are less than the prices during the regular season. Another bonus to staying on property, is anything you purchase in the parks can be delivered to the hotel, for free.

TICKETS

Walt Disney World tickets are pretty standard. You can purchase the tickets from an off site seller for a small discount. Depending on how many days you will be spending in the parks the total amount for tickets varies. The more days in the parks the less you will be spending per day. Especially starting at the five day mark. If you spend four days in the parks you are spending approximately $76.00 a day but if you spend five days in the parks you spend $63.00 a day. If you spend seven days in the parks you spend $47.00 a day. So the price does go down the more days you spend in the parks.

DINING

The dining at Walt Disney World can be subjective. Restaurants vary from quick service, which is a counter service restaurant like a fast food place, to table service restaurants, when you are seated and waited on by a cast member, and signature dining, which is the most up scale of restaurants at Disney World. Walt Disney World does offer a dining plan. The dining plan can be basic or contain more options. Obviously more options means costs more. You do not have to get the dining plan to enjoy the restaurants.

FLIGHTS/DRIVE

The decision is either fly or drive is up to the vacationer. If you are going to fly it is best to watch the airline's website and book the flights as soon as they are posted. Flights usually go up the closer to the date of the vacation. If you drive you might have to consider if you have to get a hotel room for a night, depending on how long the drive is.

SOUVENIRS

Souvenir money depends on the person. Some people set aside $1000 to spend, while others spend $50 a person.

The takeaway from this is while Disney is not cheap it is doable. You do not have to stay at the deluxe hotel with the highest dining plan. You can stay at a value hotel and eat at the quick service restaurants and have a magical vacation.