Walt Disney World Construction Lawsuit Dismissed

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Jacksonville subcontractor Allstate Steel, who in 2015 helped with the construction of the Magic Kingdom’sJungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen restaurant, has dismissed its lawsuit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Orange County Comptroller records show the subcontractor was suing Disney for almost $80,000 after they claimed Disney had not paid the full bill of the construction project.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, on October 9, 2017 the lawsuit was dismissed voluntarily. The Orlando Sentinel reached out to both Allstate Steel, who declined to comment, and Disney, who did not return their message.

At this time, it is not known what prompted Allstate Steel to drop the lawsuit.

Credit: Orlando Sentinel

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Sexual Battery Charges Dropped Against Disney Cruise Line Magician

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Charges against Canadian citizen Andrew Pogson, who performs as a magician under the name “Freddy Fusion”, have been dropped by prosecutors. According to the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office the sexual battery case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Pogson was charged in February of 2016 after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her while she was too inebriated to provide consent.

The alleged event took place in a room shared by the two at the Marriott Hotel on Augusta National Drive in Orlando on February 13th, 2016. The woman stated that although the room was shared and they had slept in the same bed on the previous night, she had made clear to him that their relationship was strictly friendship. After spending the next day drinking at Epcot she became “extremely intoxicated”; the two returned to the hotel and she fell asleep after ordering room service. She claims that she awoke to find Pogson sexually assaulting her. He was charged with sexual battery of someone who was physically helpless to resist and taken to Orange County Jail.

Pogson denied the charges and claims the intercourse was consensual.

Pogson has performed as a stage magician at a number of venues, one of those being for Disney Cruise Line. At the time of his charging, Disney Cruise Line suspended their relationship with him pending the case’s outcome.

Source: The Orlando Sentinel

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets Sold Out on Oct. 15th and 31st

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August 25 – November 1, 2017

Halloween Events around Walt Disney World:

Related Articles:

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

2017 Dates / Times:

August 25 and 29

September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, and 29

October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, and 31

November 1



Hours:
7:00 p.m. – midnight

SOLD OUT DATES

October 31

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Links:

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Overview

This Halloween, join Mickey and his friends at the Magic Kingdom for 32 nights of “not so scary” fun at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The Magic Kingdom is transformed into a kid-friendly “Spooky” Party.

PHOTO TOUR of 2017 Halloween Decorations at Magic Kingdom Park!

There will be Halloween fireworks and a specially themed parade starring your favorite Disney characters all decked out in their Halloween costumes!

MNSSHP Ticket Prices – 2017

Tickets can be ordered by calling (407) W-DISNEY or through your Dreams Unlimited Travel Specialist as part of your package/room reservation.

TIP: Even though Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party doesn’t officially begin until 7:00 p.m., ticketholders can enter the park starting at 4:00 pm with their MNSSHP ticket. Once the ticket is swiped, you’re issued a wristband. (If you’re already in the park, you can go back to the main entrance to have your ticket processed or look for the ticket stations that will be set up within the Magic Kingdom.)

General Pricing

August 2017

August 25, 29

  • Advance Purchase:

    Adult: $74 + tax, Child: $69 + tax

September 2017

September 1, 7, 10, 12, 17, 24

  • Advance Purchase:

    Adult: $74 + tax, Child: $69 + tax


September 19, 26

  • Advance Purchase:

    Adult: $79 + tax, Child: $74 + tax

September 15, 22, 29

  • Advance Purchase:

    Adult: $88 + tax, Child: $83 + tax

October 2017

October 1

  • Advance Purchase:

Adult: $88 + tax, Child: $83 + tax

October 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26

  • Advance Purchase:

Adult: $94 + tax, Child: $89 + tax


October 6, 13, 20, 27, 29

  • Advance Purchase:

Adult: $99 + tax, Child: $94 + tax

October 31

  • Advance Purchase:

    Adult: $115 + tax, Child: $110 + tax

November 2017

November 1

  • Advance Purchase:

    Adult: $94 + tax, Child: $89 + tax

2017 Annual Passholder Pricing

August 25, 29

  • Adult: $69 + tax, Child: $64 + tax

September 1, 7, 10, 12, 17, 24

  • Adult: $69 + tax, Child: $64 + tax


September 19, 26

  • Adult: $73 + tax, Child: $68 + tax

September 15, 22, 29

  • Adult: $79 + tax, Child: $74 + tax

October 1

  • Adult: $79 + tax, Child: $74 + tax

October 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19

  • Adult: $89 + tax, Child: $84 + tax

2017 Disney Vacation Club Member Pricing

August 25, 29

  • Adult: $69 + tax, Child: $64 + tax

September 1, 7, 10, 12, 17, 24

  • Adult: $69 + tax, Child: $64 + tax


September 19, 26

  • Adult: $73 + tax, Child: $68 + tax

September 15, 22, 29

  • Adult: $79 + tax, Child: $74 + tax

October 1

  • Adult: $79 + tax, Child: $74 + tax

October 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19

  • Adult: $89 + tax, Child: $84 + tax

Tickets can be ordered online, by calling (407) W-DISNEY, or through your Dreams Unlimited Travel Specialist as part of your package/room reservation.


MNSSHP Schedule of Events – 2017


Trick-or-Treating – 2017


Guests are given Trick or Treat Bags to be used at the candy stations found throughout the Magic Kingdom. Locations are indicated on the map. Some cast members will give more than others, but there’s no limit to how many times you can go back to the same location for more.

Trick or Treat Stations

  • Main Street, U.S.A.
    • Town Square (Allergy-Friendly Center)
  • Adventureland
    • Jungle Cruise
    • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Frontierland
    • Splash Mountain
    • Dock to Tom Sawyer Island
  • Liberty Square
    • Liberty Square Riverboat
    • Heritage House (Allergy-Friendly Center)
  • Fantasyland
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    • Pinocchio Village Haus
    • Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • Tomorrowland
    • Space Mountain
    • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
    • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

Food Allergy Info:

Guests with food allergies can get a special teal treat bag that will designate them as having an allergy (teal is the color that represents food allergy awareness). These bags can be picked up at any of the trick-or-treat locations as well as at the allergy-friendly centers located at Heritage House and Town Square.

When you trick-or-treat with your teal bag, Cast Members will give you a teal token at each treat station. Later on, you can redeem your teal tokens at the allergy-friendly centers to receive your special treats!

City Hall no longer passes out allergy-friendly candy as they have done in the past.


Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade” – 2017

Come see your favorite characters dressed up in their Halloween costumes! The floats feature Disney Villains as well as your beloved Disney friends. The parade begins with an entrance from the Headless Horseman! The Haunted Mansion float is incredible. Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck It Ralph will bring in the candy at the end of the parade with her squad of dancers. This parade is a must see!

Times: 9:15 pm and 11:15 pm (begins in Frontierland)

Tip: The second parade is often much less crowded.

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This party in the sky is one of the best fireworks shows that Disney offers throughout the year. The Haunted Mansion’s Ghost Host welcomes guests to the show where the Disney Villains fill the sky with fireworks and remixes of their theme songs. It’s definitely a do-not-miss attraction!

Happy HalloWishes Photo Gallery


HalloWishes Dessert Party – 2017


This package will include desserts at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant and viewing for the Happy HalloWishes Nighttime Spectacular. Desserts will include a delicious assortment of sweets with items such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse, cupcakes, ice cream, seasonal fruits, cheeses, and other ghoulish goodies that will be created daily. Specialty drinks, signature lemonades, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will also be served.

Price is $79 per adult and $49 per child (ages 3-9), tax included. Make reservations by calling (407) WDW-DINE or online by clicking here. Admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is required and not included in the package price. Check in is anytime from 4:00-7:00pm; guests will meet at the parade viewing area in Town Square at 7:30pm.

Dessert package is available on the following nights:

August: 25, 29

September: 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, and 29

October: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, and 31

November: 1

IMPORTANT: To make dining or dessert party reservations that take place during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you must have a valid event ticket for that night.


Halloween Dance Parties – 2017


Dance the night away with your favorite Disney characters!

  • Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.

Halloween Dance Parties


Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – 2017

The Sanderson Sisters (Winifred, Mary and Sarah) from Disney’s film Hocus Pocus, return to the mortal world each Halloween season for 1 night. The sisters take over the Magic Kingdom to throw the “best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard.” The Disney villains help create the Hocus Pocus Party Potion to cast a spell on all the partygoers. Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and other villains will be in attendance. The show will also feature dancers, projections and other special effects.

Times for party dates August 25 – September 29: 8:15pm, 10:45pm, 12:00am


Times for party dates Oct. 1 – Nov. 1: 7:40 pm, 8:35pm, 10:45pm, and 12:00am

Disney Villains Mix & Mingle


Cadaver Dans – 2017

The Dapper Cadaver Dans will show their dark side with these performances in Frontierland. They will perform spooky songs such as Cruella DeVil and Grim Grinning Ghosts.

Performance times are: 7:15, 8:00, 8:50, 9:55, and 10:50pm


Character Meet and Greets – 2016

Note: This section will be updated as soon as the 2017 meet and greet location information is available.

Tip: Characters are in their Halloween costumes, so be sure to wear yours!


Meet characters all around the park, up until 11:30 pm. You’ll even have a special opportunity to meet ALL seven dwarfs in Fantasyland!

*Guests, especially children, are invited to wear costumes. However, guests are asked to choose costumes that are not obstructive to the child’s view or that may be offensive to other park guests.

  • Main Street U.S.A. – Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell, Snow White

  • Adventureland – Friends from Aladdin, friends from Tarzan, Captain Jack Sparrow

  • Liberty Square – Friends from The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Fantasyland – Princess Aurora, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Merida, Princess Tiana, friends from Beauty and the Beast, friends from Alice in Wonderland, friends from Winnie the Pooh, the Seven Dwarfs, Cruella DeVil, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Minnie Mouse, Goofy

  • Tomorrowland – Buzz Lightyear and Lotso


2017 Party-exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card


The photo above is of “The Country Bears’ Moonlight Jamboree” card that will be available exclusively to guests attending the 2017 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Guests must show their party ticket and event wristband to receive their card. Regular card packs will also be available to pick up during the event.


Attractions, Dining, and Merchandise Information – 2017



Rides and attractions –
Most attractions are open. Open rides are indicated on the party map.

Dining Locations Open During Party:

  • Main Street, U.S.A.
    • Casey’s Corner
    • Main Street Bakery
    • Plaza Inn Ice Cream Parlor
    • The Crystal Palace (table service)*
  • Adventureland
    • Aloha Isle
  • Frontierland
    • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Liberty Square
    • Columbia Harbor House
    • Liberty Square Market
    • Sleepy Hollow
  • Fantasyland
    • Be Our Guest Restaurant (table service)*
    • Cinderella’s Royal Table (table service)*
    • Gaston’s Tavern
    • Storybook Treats
    • The Friar’s Nook
  • Tomorrowland
    • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
    • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
    • The Lunching Pad

*Table Service dining reservations can be made by visiting the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dining page on Disney’s site or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

IMPORTANT: To make dining or dessert party reservations that take place during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you must have a valid event ticket for that night.

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Specialty Spooktacular Treats available during party nights:

  • Sleepy Hollow – Pumpkin Mickey Waffle with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles, and caramel sauce and Vanilla Panna Cotta, chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream, white chocolate and dark chocolate crisp pearls, dark chocolate curls, and topped with a white chocolate Jack Skellington decoration
  • Aloha Isle – chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with Oreo panna cotta and a white chocolate Haunted Mansion-inspired portrait
  • Aunty Gravity’s Galactic Goodies – chocolate tart filled with raspberry compote and topped with white chocolate mousse and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait
  • Liberty Square Market – chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with peanut butter icing and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait
  • Storybook Treats – chocolate tart filled with lemon curd, strawberry compote and topped with strawberry mousse and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait
  • Main Street Bakery and Gaston’s Tavern – Pumpkin Cheesecake Dome with a graham cracker streusel base, orange white chocolate glaze and a white chocolate Mickey
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café – Worms and Dirt treat – a chocolate gravestone with chocolate cake and chocolate mousse with a chocolate glaze topped with Oreo crumbs, and gummy candy
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies – Candy Corn Ice Cream
  • Main Street Bakery – Mickey Halloween Cupcake – chocolate cake filled with purple marshmallow fluff topped with orange vanilla buttercream, sprinkles and a white chocolate scarecrow Mickey and the famous Mickey-shaped Cinnamon Roll will have a Halloween theme with orange icing and a chocolate spider web
  • Outdoor carts – Chocolate Crisped Rice Treats and Vampire Mickey Brownies

Event Merchandise:

  • Emporium, Main Street, U.S.A. – Event Apparel, Ornaments, Tote, Trading Pins, and MagicBands
  • Big Top Souvenirs, Fantasyland – Event Apparel, Ornaments, Tote, Trading Pins, and MagicBands
  • Frontier Trading Post, Frontierland – Trading Pins and MagicBands
  • Mickey’s Star Traders, Tomorrowland – Event Apparel, Ornament, and Trading Logo Pin

PHOTO TOUR of 2017 Halloween Merchandise at Walt Disney World!

Please note that all times, prices, and events included are subject to change.


PhotoPass Magic Shots – 2017

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Even the PhotoPass photographers have a ghoulish surprise for partygoers! Guests can get a few different “Magic Shots” taken of themselves! Only available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the PhotoPass photographers will pose you with a Grim Grinning Ghost in front of The Haunted Mansion, with the Headless Horseman at the Main Entrance to the park, an Animated Magic Shot in a Pumpkin Patch near the park entrance, and an Animated Magic Shot with a couple of the ghosts in front of the Castle. When you view your photos, the apparitions will appear!


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Costume Guidelines – 2017
  • For all Guests:
    • 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.
  • For 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.
  • For 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.

Halloween at Disney Springs


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Throughout October, guests will find seasonal decorations, entertainment, and treats around Disney Springs, as well as fall menu items in select restaurants.

While trick-or-treating is not offered, there are many other ways to enjoy the spooktacular Halloween season at Disney Springs!

Costumes: From superheroes to villains and pirates to princesses, you can always find a costume for everyone at World of Disney, Super Hero Headquarters, and Star Wars Galactic Outpost, but be sure to shop early!

If costumes are not your thing, check out the thread entitled, “Do you DisneyBound?” on our Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies forum at DISboards.com and research some of the Disneybound designs our posters have shared. These fun looks are a great way to add your own style with Disney Character-inspired accessories or even by just choosing specific colors.

The Dress Shop at Cherry Tree Lane inside Marketplace Co-Op has plenty of beautiful dresses including “Pirates,” “Cinderella,” Minnie Mouse,” and “Haunted Mansion” options that are cuter than ever! Take a look at this story for photos of some of the dresses.

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Fall-Themed Photo Backdrops: Four Halloween-themed backdrops are located throughout Disney Springs. The huge “Mickey Mouse” pumpkin is iconic, but check out the new “Shopped ‘Til I Dropped” background! PhotoPass photographers will also be wandering around with fun fall-themed props, so be on the lookout for those.

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Special Entertainment: Halloween music will linger throughout the Disney Springs promenade and continue with a nightly family-friendly DJ Dance Party near Once Upon a Toy. Later this month, spirited stilt walkers will have daily appearances from October 20-31st.

Seasonal Treats: Check out this list of some of the treats you can look forward to at Disney Springs:

Halloween Shopping: This month, The Haunted Mansion takes center stage at Centerpiece at Marketplace Co-Op. Check out this gorgeous dining room display that features Haunted Mansion-inspired napkins, plates, and glassware.

Closeby at Disney’s Days of Christmas, guests can pick out a spooky ornament from The Haunted Mansion or Nightmare Before Christmas then have it personalized.

If you are looking for a new Halloween-themed piece of art, stop by the Art of Disney where you’ll find seasonal pieces available all month. Also, check out the “Terribly Odd” collection at Pop Gallery – a special Halloween release with the artist will take place 5-9pm on Tuesday, October 31st.

Face Painting and Makeovers: You can even get your face painted by an ‘Enjoy Your Face’ painting expert! They can do a subtle or an over-the-top makeover and everything in-between; just stop by their shop in the Marketplace. Theatrical Halloween looks are available at MAC Cosmetics for $60 and include a free mascara of your choice throughout the month of October.

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The Top 5 Very First Things to Do with a First-Timer at Walt Disney World

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As a Walt Disney World vacation veteran, you may have already built your own traditions to start your trip in style; either a first night meal at the resort restaurant your family loves, or you head straight to ride your number one park attraction. However, if you’re new to Disney, or even better, bringing someone on their first visit, what should be the very first thing you do to show them that this will be a vacation like no other? You’ve been telling them that Walt Disney World is a place like no other, they’ve seen all the photographs from your previous trips. Now you need to show them why, from the moment they cross under that famous welcome sign. If the first thing you do is take them on Stitch’s Great Escape at Magic Kingdom, or if you’re hungry and you grab food at Electric Umbrella, it’s not going to make a great first impression. So, depending on time of arrival or where you’re staying (walking into the lobby at Animal Kingdom Lodge is enough to give anyone the wow factor), how do you start your visit proving you really are at the most magical place on earth?

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5 –Illuminations: Reflections of Earth – If you’re arriving after dark and can make your way to Epcot, then start your vacation with a bang! Many people would want to experience the nighttime fireworks at Magic Kingdom first, but I find the feelings I get from “Happily Ever After” (and it’s predecessor “Wishes”) are more appropriate to a last night activity. So how about taking their breath away at this stunning pyrotechnic show that’s been lighting up the World Showcase lagoon since 1999. Illuminations never fails to play with my emotions, from the dazzling fireworks to the moving musical score, and wherever you watch from, it will make the start of your time at Walt Disney World feel like New Year’s Eve. An epic start to any vacation!

4 –Tusker House at Animal Kingdom – One of the first things people want to do is meet their favorite Disney characters. But rather than starting your vacation in a queue to meet them, you can get to say “hi” to the big 5 while enjoying buffet food and experiencing cuisine you may not have tried before. While some prefer Chef Mickey’s, I find it can be rather too busy and loud, and might put off a first-timer. So, meet the gang in their safari suits, get your autographs and photographs, and tuck in to a famous Micky Waffle along with some tasty African delights. It’s also a great way to prove to more cynical first-timers that Disney isn’t just bland theme park food and queues!

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3 –Festival of Fantasy Parade – Most people will want to head straight away to Magic Kingdom; for someone who hasn’t visited before, that is Disney to them. So, why not plan your visit to arrive in time to stand on Main Street U.S.A. and catch the daytime parade. With so many characters passing by on fabulous floats with the castle in the background, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed, and they’ll be standing on actual Main Street USA (hopefully with a Micky ice-cream)!

2 –Fantasmic – Another great idea if you arrive late afternoon is to head over to Hollywood Studios for its epic nighttime production. Classic movie music, water effects, pyrotechnics, and almost every Disney character you can think of floating past you is a perfect introduction of what’s to come on a Walt Disney World vacation. Even though the story-line is somewhat sketchy, I like to embrace the magic of Fantasmic, and love to watch the expressions on people’s faces as they watch the show for the first time. You’ll know you’re doing a great job if you can get a little tear from them!

1 –Let the Magic Begin – The Magic Kingdom welcome show is perfectly designed to start your day in the park, so this is also a wonderful way start your entire vacation (especially if you’re arriving late the previous day). Set your alarm early, walk down Main Street USA while it’s not too crowded, and be prepared to be officially welcomed by Mickey Mouse himself with his friends. Although I preferred the old rope-drop show by the park entrance, and still miss the arrival of the train, this is a great touch of anticipation in front of Cinderella Castle to kick off your vacation. In addition to seeing the show, you’ll then also be first in line for many of the rides before the park starts to get busy.

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Getting the Most out of a Short Trip to Walt Disney World

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There is plenty to see and do at Walt Disney World. Enough that guests visiting for seven days won’t see it all. That can make planning difficult if you and your family are only visiting for a short trip, like a long weekend. Don’t be discouraged, there is still hope. In fact, some Disney Parks veterans will tell you they enjoy shorter stays.

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Get up early. Yes, you’re on vacation, but if you want to fully take advantage of the short amount of time you do have, it is important to be in the theme parks as early as possible. The morning is an opportune time to get in short lines and conquer the attractions that you’d typically have to wait over an hour for. An attraction like Space Mountain, for example, can easily have over an hour wait time, but if you are there for the rope drop (park opening), then you’ll walk right on. On the flip side of things, staying out late is another option in optimizing a short trip to Walt Disney World.

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Save the shopping for the end of the night. The stores along Main Street U.S.A., as well as many of the stores near the front of each theme park, stay open an hour past the park closing. This means you don’t have to waste your time shopping during the middle of the day, when you could be riding rides and watching shows.

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When eating a quick service meal, try eating at odd times of the day. I know this sounds strange, but hear me out. Trying to grab a quick burger around noon at Cosmic Ray’s in the Magic Kingdom will result in long lines, no seating, and an overall frustrating dining experience. Instead, try going early at 11 a.m., or later around 2:45 p.m. You’ll find eating at these odd times will make your quick service dining experience a lot less exasperating. This suggestion isn’t for everyone, but if you can make this change you can save yourself a lot of time.

Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to do everything. You aren’t going to ride every ride, see every show, and watch every park’s nighttime spectacular, so take it easy and enjoy what you can. Trying to do everything will result in you needing mid-afternoon naps, which on a short trip you just don’t have time for (unless you have small children with you). Additionally, if you do feel the need for a nap but don’t want to waste your precious time heading all the way back to your resort hotel, then try finding a quiet, cool, and dark slow moving attraction to sleep on like Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.

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Vox Populi: Thoughts From the DISBoards On Allowing Dogs at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

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You may have heard the big news on Friday afternoon that beginning yesterday, October 15, Walt Disney World kicked off a pilot program that would allow guests who are staying at either Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, or Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, to bring up to two of their dogs to join them in their hotel rooms. You can read more details on the pilot by clicking the link above.

In the meantime, we thought we’d share some of the comments we’re seeing from our posters over on DISBoards.com and honestly, we’re a bit surprised by what some dog-lovers have had to say about the matter!

First things first; at the top of the thread, you’ll find a quick poll that poses the question, “Do you think dogs should be allowed in guests’ rooms?” and, as of the time of this article being written, has over 720 votes with more than 85% of the answers being a resounding “no!”

From the concerns of hearing barking at 5:00 a.m. to fleas possibly contaminating the room, the original poster of the thread, ‘Lisann‘ says:

“I’m an A-1 super duper dog fan….but not at my resort.”

Poster ‘megs1313‘ says:

“I could not hate this more. And I LOVE dogs. I foster dogs. I’m pro-dog.”

dwdeb‘ brings up one of the biggest issues that has been on my mind since I first heard this announcement by saying:

“My biggest concern (and I own two Pembroke welsh corgis; love all dogs) is that idiot dog owners won’t follow the rules, and, won’t clean up after their dogs.”

Poster ‘jhaig‘ says:

“For what it’s worth, I like dogs but –

NO NO NO NO NO AND NO!!!!

I am at Disney for a vacation, to relax and enjoy down time with my family. The absolute last thing I want to worry about is someone’s yapping dog waking me up at 2am. It’s bad enough to worry about noisy humans, and now you’re going to throw dogs into the mix?

Disney, you are officially out of your minds. The only way this works is to make one separate resort for dogs. This way other guests. WHO DONT HAVE DOGS, don’t have to worry about noise, odors, fleas, and most importantly, allergies.

I hope Disney has beefed up the staffing at their complaint department, because they’re about to be overwhelmed with a virtual tsunami of angry paying customers.”

It appears that even the biggest of dog lovers are not in favor of this trial. We did manage to find just a couple of posters who are in favor of the trial:

Poster ‘LSUmiss‘ says:

“Since it’s only certain resorts, I don’t see the big deal. If you don’t like dogs or are allergic or whatever the issue is, don’t stay there. I will not bring my dog every trip, but I like the option.”

While poster ‘Mom loves Disney‘ says:

“I’m happy. I just switched to Port Orleans Riverside in hopes of getting a pet friendly room.”

As of now, the official Disney sites say, “This dog-friendly option will be available to Guests with reservations October 15, 2017 through October 15, 2018” so, this is a year-long trial at this point. Of course, that is always subject to change at any time.

Below is a more detailed list of the rules for this trial run:

  • Designated Rooms only in designated section of specific resorts
  • Only dogs will be allowed in Guest rooms, and there is a limit of two dogs per Guest room.
  • Guests are responsible for the proper care, behavior and waste maintenance of their dogs throughout the Resort.
  • Dogs must be well-behaved and are not allowed on furniture in public areas.
  • Dogs should be supervised at all times while staying on Resort property and should not be left unattended in your Guest room for more than 7 hours.
  • Dogs should remain silent if left unattended in your Guest room. If noise is heard, you will be called to address the noise within 30 minutes.
  • Please display the provided “Do Not Disturb” door hanger outside your room to alert Cast Members that dogs are present.

    Housekeeping service in Guest rooms with dogs is only available when Guests are present. Please dial the Housekeeping button on your in-room telephone to schedule a cleaning time at your convenience.
  • Please leash or restrain your dogs at all times while in public spaces on Resort property.
  • Only licensed service animals are allowed in Food & Beverage locations, the Club Lounge, Pool Areas, Fitness Centers, and other public Guest areas.
  • Guests with dogs are allowed to use some Resort transportation services, including Disney’s Magical Express® and Minnie Van™. In order to use Resort transportation, dogs must remain in pet carriers for the duration of transit. All other Resort transportation and public transportation, including Walt Disney World® Monorails and Friendship Boats, are available to Guests with licensed service animals only.
  • Dogs are not permitted in Theme Parks and Disney Springs®. Only licensed service animals are allowed in these Guest areas.
  • Up-to-date vaccination records must be available upon request.

As you can see, the vast majority of our posters hate the idea. What are your thoughts on the new pilot program? Head over to the Disney Resorts forum and look for the thread entitled “Trial Run for Dogs in Resort Rooms” to weigh in and don’t forget to take the poll!

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Buena Vista Suites – 2 Room Suites from $95 per night!

Exclusive – Shipboard Credit up to $1000!

Make your Disney Cruise Line reservation with Dreams Unlimited Travel you’ll some incredible shipboard credits!

Combinable – Disney VISA Shipboard Credit Offer!

This offer CAN be combined with the Dreams Unlimited Travel shipboard credit offer for up to $600 in addition!!

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Walt Disney World Announces New “Ultimate Disney Christmas Package”

Ultimate Disney Christmas Package

This holiday season, you can celebrate the magic of Disney with the “Ultimate Disney Christmas Package” at Walt Disney World Resort. This festive vacation package has guests arriving on December 21 and departing on December 26, 2017 and enjoying an itinerary full of exclusive experiences! Here’s a look at all the unique offerings included:

This special holiday offer also includes a 5-night stay at select Disney Moderate, Deluxe, or Deluxe Villa Resort hotels plus 4-day Theme Park tickets with Park Hopper® Option! Starting at $139 per person, per night, for a family of four in a standard room at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Guests can wrap up this offer for a total package price of $2,775*. The offer can be booked through December 10, 2017.

*Price based on 2 adults, 1 junior and 1 child. The number of rooms allocated to this offer is limited. The number of packages available for purchase is limited. Valid Theme Park admission required to attend Theme Park events included with this offer. Theme Park Tickets with Park Hopper Option must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be by December 31, 2018. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Offer excludes 3-bedroom Villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. One holiday gift per room.

Visit us at Dreams Unlimited Travel for your free, no-obligation quote!

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Disney Introduces Internal Resort Shuttle Bus Between Jambo House and Kidani at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge Shuttle

Guests will be thrilled to learn that a brand new internal resort shuttle bus has been introduced at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge! The shuttle runs between Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani and will be available to transport guests between the two locations.

As some of you may know, there are several fantastic dining locations at Jambo House, including Jiko – The Cooking Place and Boma, and there is also Sanaa over at Kidani. The new shuttle bus will make it very convenient for those guests wanting to dine at the opposite resort and to explore the different savannahs as well.

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Sweet New Magic Shots Celebrate Disney Treats

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Disney is now giving guests the opportunity to share their love of the Magic Kingdom‘s sweet and scrumptious snacks with two new Magic Shots.

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  • Dole Whip® Magic Shot: If you want this picture of pineapple perfection, just head over to select PhotoPass locations in Adventureland.

Magic shots are available through the Disney PhotoPass Service, so just ask a PhotoPass photographer at these locations for the Magic Shot you’d like. All four parks offer a selection of Magic Shots; to find out what each park is currently offering go to the Disney PhotoPass Service Facebook page.

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