Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Walt Disney World News You Can Use 2.5.14


There is SO much going on at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida!  Keep checking back for the latest and greatest WDW updates!

Seattle Seahawks Linebacker & MVP Malcolm Smith 'Going to Disney World' to Celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII Victory

source: Destinations in Florida

Malcolm Smith of the Seattle Seahawks continued a magical tradition Sunday night following his team's 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. During the post game, on-field celebrations, Smith beamed into the cameras and shouted those five words that for decades have become synonymous with Super Bowl victory celebrations: "I'm Going to Disney World!" He appeared the following day, Feb 3, 2014 in the Disney Super Bowl Parade at Magic Kingdom.

New! Special "Valentine's Day" Items on Walt Disney World Resort Menus

source: Destinations in Florida
Though completely unadvertised, you may find there to be special Valentine's items on some Walt Disney World Resort menus. When you call 407-WDW-DINE, they will have no information on these items. They appear to be at the complete discretion of the restaurant. One that we have come to know and love in recent years is found at Kona Cafe. It's Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Topping, Choice of Bacon or Sausage! The price in the past was $9.99. Destinations in Florida will be checking them out on Thursday, Feb 6th! Items such as this may appear or disappear from the menu at any time.

New! Update Coming to My Disney Experience App 

A new, significant update of My Disney Experience will be available soon for Apple devices. (The corresponding update for Android devices will be released this spring.) With this update, the app’s performance will be improved significantly, and the ease of navigation will be enhanced. Additional enhancements in this update to the Apple app include the following.

  • A new home screen immediately displays the Guest’s plans and includes a quick-access menu that features streamlined navigation to information about attractions, characters, dining, restrooms, entertainment, shopping and more.
  • The Attractions tab on the quick-access menu tells users what the closest attractions are (as well as their current wait times) and pinpoints them on the map. There’s even a button that takes Guests right to the FastPass+ selection screen for that attraction, if applicable.
  • The Characters tab lists Disney characters alphabetically and tells Guests where they can meet them.
  • The Dining tab lists restaurants nearby and includes links to view menus and make reservations.
  • The Restrooms tab helps Guests quickly find the nearest facilities.
  • Using the Entertainment tab, Guests can find offerings throughout the day and add it to their itinerary to generate a reminder prior to show time. (This is not a reservation.)

New! Rosetta joins Tinker Bell in Tinker Bell's Magical Nook

source: Google Search
Rosetta joins Tinker Bell in Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook on Feb. 4. At this time, Periwinkle will fly back home and will no longer be available for meet and greets.

New! Epcot's Ziti Sisters Final Performance

source: flickr

Effective Sunday, February 23, the Ziti Sisters atmosphere entertainment group that performs in World Showcase/Italy will be closing. The last day of performance will be Saturday, February 22. Epcot continues to have a rich mix of atmosphere entertainment throughout the World Showcase pavilions.

New! Flower Power Concert Series Lineup Announced

source: Google Search
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is just about one month away and today we’re happy to share this year’s Flower Power Concert Series lineup with you. concerts taking place Friday – Monday at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the America Gardens Theatre.

  • March 7-9 - The Guess Who
  • March 14-16 – Gary Lewis and the Playboys NEW
  • March 21-23 – The Orchestra Starring Former Members of ELO
  • March 28-30 – The Lovin’ Spoonful
  • April 4-6 – Paul Revere & The Raiders
  • April 11-13 – Village People
  • April 18-20 – The Grass Roots
  • April 25-27 – Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
  • May 2-4 - STARSHIP Starring Mickey Thomas
  • May 9-11 – Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
  • May 16-18 – Alan Parsons Live Project NEW

New! Mechanical Kingdoms ~ Steam-Driven Visions of a Victorian Future Art to Debut at Disney Parks

Steampunk and Disney fans alike, this one’s for you! On February 22, The Disney Gallery at Disneyland park will unveil a new exhibit titled Mechanical Kingdoms ~ Steam-Driven Visions of a Victorian Future. Steampunk, a subgenre of science fiction loosely built around retro-futuristic visions of a steam-powered society, has been gaining popularity over the past several years. If you are a fan of Steampunk then mark your calendar now, because as part of the Steampunk launch, we will host artist signings at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Design Group artists, Costa Alavezos, Alex Maher and Mike Sullivan will appear from 2-5 p.m. at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace on Feb 22.

New! Portable Mobile Phone Chargers Sold at Walt Disney World

If your cell phone or tablet is in need of a charge, you can now purchase portable chargers in various Merchandise stores in the theme parks and resorts. As we become more reliant on our mobile devices for MyMagic+, it's a good idea to pick one of these chargers up.

New! Disney Vacation Club launches Membership Magic

source: Disney Parks Blog
Disney Vacation Club is giving Members even more to love with the launch of Membership Magic on Jan. 29. The new program offers Membership enhancements, exclusive experiences and special offers just for Members and their Guests.  Initial offerings as part of the program launch include:

  • Recreation Magic featuring Magic Kingdom Fireworks Cruises and weekly largemouth bass tournaments on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon
  • Culinary Magic with special dining experiences at some of the top Disney restaurants
  • Weekly Member Night at Splitsville Luxury Lanes
  • "Me Time" Magic that gives Members and their Guests exclusive access to Senses - A Disney Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Limited time Annual Pass offers for Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort
  • And much more! Contact Member Services for details.

Reminder: Guest Room Refurbishments at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort


Guest rooms and buildings throughout Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be refurbished through August. The current building under refurbishment is Boca Chica. Work began Feb. 2.


New! Merchandise Events:

  • February 7 – 9: Heather Swanepoel from Rinse Bath and Body Co. will be at Port of Entry in Epcot each day throughout the weekend as she showcases the latest skin moisturizers, facial masks and scented soaps, among other items. A guest favorite: The flavored lip balm.
  • On Feb. 8, Rosemary Begley will be at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park to sign some of her latest pieces from 1-3 p.m. at Disney Outfitters, located on Discovery Island. Rosemary has four deluxe prints that were inspired by Kilimanjaro Safaris including lions, zebras, elephants and a giraffe.
  • February 12 – 16: Artist Greg McCullough will be on hand for a special artist showcase at Art of Disney in Epcot. Greg will also be available February 26 – March 2 at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

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