Disneyland Hotels Offering New Pixar Room Package


The Disneyland Resort has released a new Pixar-themed hotel package that includes some fun Pixar gifts and reserved viewing for a popular parade!

Guests must book a 2-day or longer package, including theme park tickets, at the Disneyland Hotel or Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, to be eligible for the Pixar Fest-themed package.


The room will come decorated with a Pixar-themed door banner, balloons, a Pixar blanket, and a limited-edition Pixar Fest print. Guests will also get reserved view for the Paint the Night Parade at Disney California Adventure.

This special offer is good select Sunday through Thursday nights from April 15th through June 14th. The offer is not good at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and the package must include a 2 to 5-day Disneyland Resort ticket for each registered guest. Other restrictions may apply as well.


Pixar Fest, featuring Pixar-themed entertainment in both theme parks, begins April 13th and continues all summer long!

For more information on a hotel package at the Disneyland Resort and a no-obligation quote, visit Dreams Unlimited Travel.

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Reservations Are Now Open for Pixar Play Zone at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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We shared the news last week of a new children’s experience that’s coming to Disney’s Contemporary Resort as part of a pilot program.

Pixar Play Zone is officially opening on April 13, but the reservation lines are open now!

This experience will take place nightly transporting kids ages 4-12 to an environment that’s full of excitement and adventure with their favorite characters from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story and The Incredibles!

Pixar Play Zone Bonnie's Play Room

The kids will find a mixture of toys to entertain them in Bonnie’s Play Room. The Living Room will act as the central hub for all the action. A Space Ranger will show kids the ropes of becoming a Jr. Space Ranger of Star Command including how to identify enemies like Zurg in Space Ranger Training. Kids will also learn the call of the Space Ranger, “To infinity and beyond!” Next, “Woody and Jessie will show them the ropes of the Wild West during Woody’s Roundup – complete with a sing-along for a rootin’ tootin’ good time!”

Pixar Play Zone Jessie

The Radiator Springs Racetrack is where the little ones will have the opportunity to build their own racecars then take turns with other children in sending them down a soapbox derby racetrack for Piston Cup Derby Races.

Lastly, kids can learn some awesome dance moves at the Incredible Dance Party starring Mr. Incredible and Mrs. Incredible – there’s a party host too!

The fun evening will also include arcade games, dinner, and dessert.

This getaway for kids will open its doors for check-in beginning at 5 p.m. “The experience will begin at the welcome desk, a stop at the Monsters, Inc. handwashing station, then Boo’s Closet Door, where youngsters will be able to store any belongings before taking a couple of steps into an action-packed evening of Pixar fun. Programming will run from 6-10:30 p.m. for a fee of $65 per child (plus tax). Children must be fully toilet-trained. Parents will be required to be physically present to check children in and out of the experience.”

Guests can reserve their spot at Pixar Play Zone now by calling (407) 824-KIDS.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

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Book Review: “Travels with Walt Disney” – Follows A Globe-trotting Walt Disney Through Pictures

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A Photographic Voyage Around the World

By Jeff Kurtti

152 pp. Disney Editions. $29.99

On Sale: April 3, 2018

One of the things that made Walt Disney a creative genius was his sense of adventure, wonder, and curiosity. Whether it was growing up in Marceline, Missouri, traveling through South America, or touring through Europe with his family, Walt was a passionate traveler.

There have been numerous photographs documenting virtually every aspect of Walt’s life, but a new book by Jeff Kurtti, Travels with Walt Disney: A Photographic Voyage Around the World, reveals seldom-and never-before-seen photographs, as well as familiar ones, documenting many important aspects in Walt’s life. The book, which will be released on April 3, 2018, is more of a travel journal or a scrapbook, rather than a chronological telling of Walt’s Adventures.

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Each chapter overs significant periods in Walt’s life, but unlike a traditional biographical-style book, these chapters cover long periods of time. For example, Chapter One – “Early Journeys,” follows Walt as he traveled to Chicago, IL, Marceline, MO, Kansas City, MO, Paris, France, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, Neufchateau, France, and Mount Rainer National Park. Subsequent chapters include: Riding the Rails, California Dreams, On the High Seas, Taking Wing, On Location, and Welcoming the World.

In addition to photographs, Kurtti includes images of sketches, movie posters, notes & memos, letter, documents, and other ephemera.

Fans of Walt Disney will love every page of this book especially the chapter entitled Taking Wing. “As air travel became more common, Walt certainly took advantage of its convenience and speed for business and personal travel.” Up until recently, guests at Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida were able to see the plane that Walt used to survey the land for his “Florida Project.” Kurtti talks about that plane, a G-I Grumman Gulfstream I, as well as the fleet of previous company planes and includes photographs of all the planes. Additionally, in Taking Wing, are images of Walt and Lillian in the planes and the official company logo used on the fleet.

The final chapter covers Walt and Disneyland. It’s a fitting end in illustrating a well-traveled life. Walt traveled the world and in the end, he created a place where people from around the world wanted to come to.

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I loved this book on all levels. It is beautifully written and designed and Kurtti manages to present a new look at Walt’s familiar and well-documented life and career. In addition to photographs of Walt and his family, Kurtti also includes amazing images of never-before-seen artifacts, such as Walt’s passport from 1918, his documentation from his 1935 return trip aboard the Italian luxury liner REX, the note Walt famously forged to join the Army, and many more. Appropriately, Kurtti chooses an image of Walt’s last passport for the last page of the book.

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Famous ‘Purple Wall’ in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland to Receive Enhancements


Walt Disney World knows how much their guests love the “Purple Wall” in Tomorrowland. In fact, earlier this month, Disney Parks announced that special MagicBands and Baseball Caps featuring the wall were created to honor the location.

The “Purple Wall” is an unofficial fan-favorite photo backdrop that’s located near the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.

The area is currently being updated with a fresh coat of the same purple paint and will debut later this spring, along with a newly enhanced section that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

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Overnight Parking Fees – What Is Really Happening With Disney’s Profit & Loss Statement?

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On March 14, 2018, Walt Disney World very quietly updated the parking information on their website; specifically, the Resort hotels section. There was no announcement made by the company publicly, but some Disney fan blogs got wind of the upcoming, we’ll call them “adjustments” for now, quite early in the morning and posted about them. We saw rumblings over on DISboards.com the afternoon prior and wondered if this rumor might really be happening this time.

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At some point between 11 and 11:30 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday, the information on the official Walt Disney World website changed from the screenshot above to what you see below, fueling a fierce rage in the online Disney community like one I’ve never seen before.

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What was once a benefit, and I say benefit loosely, of staying at an onsite Resort hotel is something guests will now have to fork out more money for if they drive to or rent a car at Walt Disney World. Disney has also now given themselves another fee that can (and likely will) be increased regularly. I don’t think I’d be surprising anyone by saying that we’ve been paying for parking and other amenities such as internet access all along, but the actual fees have simply been built into the room rates – hidden if you will. The fact that Disney thought it would be a good idea to basically pull those fees out of hiding and form them into an additional and visible charge is surprising. Remember the survey back in 2016 that asked a question about Resort fees that would include parking? Is Disney leaving themselves open to add a Resort fee eventually as well?

Look, I realize that the purpose of a business, any business, is to make money. We all know that you have to spend money to make money, but at what cost? I do not believe that the decisions Disney makes to charge for these things are done for the sole purpose of what some folks call a “money grab” on their part. I think that smart business people should always be looking for ways to make their bottom line look better, but most do it in a way that doesn’t create such an uproar.

Related: Disney is Money-Grubbing and it is Getting Awkward

We need to take a step back and really look at what’s going on here. Why would Disney think that adding overnight parking fees for Resort guests to an already pricey family vacation was a good idea?

I tried putting myself in their shoes and here is what I’ve come up with.

Disney Resorts are FULL; in fact, they are quite full most of the time. You cannot typically get a last-minute — and by last-minute, I mean within the next couple of months — reservation at any of the Value Resorts. It’s really hard and often requires lots of refreshing and checking back. Sometimes you can get one at one of the Moderates, but it really takes persistence and a little bit of luck. Disney Vacation Club Members can pretty much forget about trying to reserve a studio at any of the DVC Resorts for any night that’s less than six months away.

Disney’s theme parks are FULL. People incessantly complain about the crowds and the wait times. There are so many people in the parks and even what used to be considered slow times of the year are not so slow any longer.

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What is Disney supposed to do to relieve the crowd problem in their hotels and theme parks and put a stop to the continuous and endless complaints? They’re already building new resorts; i.e. Disney Riviera Resort and the Star Wars-themed hotel at Epcot, and making major new additions; i.e. Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. These major additions take time and a whole lot of money. The money has to come from somewhere and I have a feeling that at Disney, money goes out just as fast as it comes in, if not faster.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not too excited about these parking fees either. I am a Disney Vacation Club Member and if I want to go to Walt Disney World for a last-minute weekend getaway and stay in a non-DVC room that I pay cash for (because I want to use either my Florida Resident or Annual Pass discounts), I have no choice but to pay the parking fees too. The only way DVC Members can get around paying the fees is by staying at a DVC Resort or by using points for a Walt Disney World hotel room. This doesn’t make me happy at all because, as we are all very aware, those resorts are very expensive.

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On one hand, I don’t have any issue with Disney offering premium experiences and things like that to bring in additional cash. For those who see the benefits and don’t have a problem with paying extra for them, it ends up being a great way to plus their vacations. There have been a few of these experiences in the past year or so that have come and gone such as those cabanas in the middle of Tomorrowland and the Express Bus Transportation. It seemed like the Express Bus Transportation was pretty successful as people spoke highly of it and were real happy to pay extra for it, but the service was discontinued back in August of 2017.

Like I said, Disney wants to make more money however they can as things aren’t getting any less expensive for them to build. They continue to increase the prices on theme park tickets and resorts while seemingly cutting back on things like ride capacity, so you’d think costs versus expenses were balancing out. Don’t get me started again on the fact that we still don’t have a nighttime parade at Magic Kingdom.

On the other hand, I do think that all of the additional fees for this and that are making it harder and harder to focus on the positive things, but that is what I strive for so let’s see what I can do.

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First off, let’s not forget that Disney added its Memory Maker free of charge for Annual Passholders. That is a benefit that you used to only be able to get at a cost of $149 (at the time – it’s currently $169/$199 respectively). When you think about how many Annual Passholders there are and you multiply that by $149, that’s a pretty hefty chunk of money coming right off of Disney’s net profit.

The fact that I was still able to receive a 20% Annual Passholder discount on merchandise at Walt Disney World this past weekend works for me as I was pretty bummed out when that was only a 10% discount.

I get that these aren’t huge things. Like I said earlier, I’m not happy about having to begin paying additional money for something that was once included (or hidden) in the Resort rates.

Since the news broke, there has been a lot of discussion online about how much land Disney has in Florida and that they shouldn’t charge for overnight parking because they own plenty of land. The fact that Disneyland has charged for parking for years keeps coming up but I don’t feel like that should come into play at all. I’m not feeling like how much land they own should make a difference one way or the other. Either you charge for it or you don’t; income received from parking costs isn’t going to make the land Disneyland sits on any larger.

One thing about all of this that continues to make me scratch my head is that most hotels I’ve ever stayed in who charge a parking fee have a set amount for all guests. The fee does not vary depending on what type of room you are in like these new tiered overnight rates Disney has assigned with the most expensive parking fee being the ones at the Deluxe Resorts at a whopping $24 per night which will be added to your guest folio at the end of your stay.

I know I don’t need to ask what you think about these charges because none of us are happy. What I do want to know is, how will these additional fees change your next Walt Disney World vacation?

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Marvel Studios’ New ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer Has Arrived!


Check out the brand new trailer for Avengers: Infinity War that was just released minutes ago!

Along with the release of the new trailer, Fandango announced via their Twitter account that tickets are on sale today!

Let’s usher in the @Avengers stampede: https://t.co/BK6ORkgofi#InfinityWarpic.twitter.com/1B8yrxuYPD

— Fandango (@Fandango) March 16, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War opens in theaters everywhere April 27th, 2018!

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Easter Entertainment Coming to Magic Kingdom Beginning March 19

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Beginning March 19 at Magic Kingdom Park, Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be greeting guests in Town Square Courtyard. Guests can hop into spring by interacting with this dynamic duo and then experience the springtime offerings at the park listed below.

A special Easter pre-parade on March 31 and April 1 (Easter Sunday), will feature the Azalea Trail Maids, an assembly of 50 high school seniors from Mobile, Alabama, who dress in brightly colored antebellum-style gowns that are meant to look like brightly colored flowers. The special pre-parade will also include Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny, Daisy, Duck, Thumper & Ms. Bunny, White Rabbit, Yellow Rabbit, Clara Cluck, Hippos, Ostriches, and Dancing Chicks.

A spring-themed trolley show that takes place on Main Street, U.S.A.

Easter egg and baby chick cake pops and Easter Bunny caramel apples will be available at the Main Street Confectionery.

Visit our Easter page for additional information on Easter happenings around all of the Walt Disney World Resort!

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New DisneyStyle Shop to Open on West Side of Disney Springs This May


This May, a brand new shop, DisneyStyle, will open at Disney Springs West Side as the newest destination for fresh and fashionable apparel and accessories that were inspired by treasured attractions at Disney Parks and cherished Disney characters.

Magic Kingdom Themed Merch

Today’s Disney fashionistas will love the curated collection of fashion-forward merchandise that will be available at DisneyStyle. From Spirit Jerseys with hints of Disney Princesses to whimsical headwear with a Disney twist.

Little Mermaid Themed Merch

Guests will be able to easily create outfits by mixing and matching adorable shirts with a variety of accessories such as handbags, headbands, hats, socks, and much more. DisneyStyle will be located next to Star Wars Galactic Outpost on the West Side of Disney Springs.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

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Midnattsol Bakeri Opens in Norway Pavilion at Epcot

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Guests can satisfy their cravings for Norwegian fare at the new Midnattsol Bakeri kiosk located along the promenade in the Norway pavilion at Epcot.

School Bread

Popular treats such as the famous school bread, lefse, and sweet pretzels with chocolate can be found at this location while Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe is under refurbishment.

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Disneyland’s Dumbo Scheduled to Return April 27th


According to park hours and information released this morning by the Disneyland Resort, the Fantasyland classic, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, will reopen at Disneyland Park on April 27th.

The attraction has been closed since January 8th for a refurbishment that included a fresh coat of paint and a brand new relocated queue that includes a shade structure for those sunny California days.

The Main Street Vehicles, which also closed on January 8th due to construction on Main Street, were scheduled to reopen today, but it appears that has been pushed back a week to March 23rd.

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