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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Disney Cruise Line Dreams a Little Bigger with Enhancements to the Disney Dream This Fall

Exciting new experiences await Disney Dream guests after spaces throughout the Disney Cruise Line vessel are transformed this fall. Headlining the enhancements are two new interactive youth areas, one themed to Star Wars and another to Disney Infinity. Also a whimsical sweet shop serving handmade gelato and the ever-popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will debut after the Disney Dream undergoes dry dock Oct. 4-24, 2015, in Freeport, Bahamas.
 
Here is a glimpse at what is in store for guests of all ages:
Star Wars Area Brings Force-filled Fun for Children
A newly themed area in Disney’s Oceaneer Club, open to ages three to 12, will delight children with an out-of-this-galaxy experience inspired by the Star Wars saga.
 
Kids will be transported to a far away galaxy at Star Wars: Millennium Falcon, a Force-filled play area inspired by the spacecraft from the legendary saga. Upon entering the spaceship, younglings will join the Rebel Alliance in the epic battle of good versus evil by assisting with the navigation of this powerful space vehicle. Sitting in the cockpit, children can pilot this super-cool spaceship through hyperspace and trigger lightspeed jumps to different locations around the galaxy.
 
In Millennium Falcon, children can express their creativity through Star Wars-themed crafts, games and activities. They can also watch episodes from the new Disney XD animated series, “Star Wars Rebels,” on a large screen or virtually join the rebellion at gaming stations featuring the series’ action-packed adventures.
 
The excitement continues during a shipboard version of the popular Jedi Training Academy experience that invites young Jedi hopefuls – known as “Padawans” – to learn lightsaber moves from a Jedi Master. They can then use the Force and face off in a final test against the evil Darth Vader.
 
High-Tech Disney Infinity Space Adds Adventure for Kids
Also in the Oceaneer Club, a high-tech interactive space based on the Disney Infinity video game offers more fun for kids.
 
In the Disney Infinity Toy Box area, children can experience a whole new way of playing together with exciting virtual experiences and immersive activities. Customized, on-screen adventures will bring to life characters and stories from across The Walt Disney Company.
 
The complete set of Disney Infinity character figures will be on display for creative inspiration and available for gameplay. Kids visiting this special room – found only on the Disney Dream – will be able to unlock exclusive Disney Cruise Line content that they can continue to enjoy when playing Disney Infinity at home.
 
Special activities will bring the virtual gameplay experience to life in the real world. For example, a life-sized Disney Infinity Base sets the stage where children take the place of character figures for a group gaming experience unlike any other. Lighting up in response to gameplay on a large screen, this interactive floor will allow kids to be immersed in the Toy Box.
 
Specialty Sweet Shop for Families
Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats will satisfy the sweet tooth of cruisers of all ages, with handmade gelato and ice cream, an assortment of candy, and delectable novelty treats for purchase. New to Deck 11, the smell of freshly baked waffle cones and candy will linger from the specialty store’s two entrances, inside Cabana’s restaurant and outside by the pool deck.
 
Resembling the whimsical candy land of the Sugar Rush race car game in “Wreck-It Ralph,” the sweet shop’s d├ęcor features nods to the film, including a race track and checkerboard patterned floor, gas pump-style gumball dispensers, Vanellope’s race car and King Candy’s throne.
 
Magical Makeover Salon for Princesses and Pirates
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, coming to Deck 5 midship, will bring to life the storybook fantasies of young guests with pixie-dusted and piratical makeovers. This very special salon will offer aspiring princesses and knights ages three to 12 the chance to transform into royalty with the help of a fairy godmother-in-training. On pirate party night this boutique becomes The Pirates League where swashbuckling pirates of all ages will have the opportunity to unleash their inner buccaneer.
 
Cool and Comfortable Retreat for Adults
Exclusively for adults, Deck 13 forward will include a new water feature, Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain that provides cool comfort. Around this upper deck, adult guests can soak up the sun in loungers or relax in the shade under a canopy.
This wave of enhancements to the Disney Dream debuts on the Oct. 26 four-night voyage from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. The Disney Dream will continue to sail three- and four-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas throughout 2015 and into 2016.
 
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Amphicar Rides at The Boathouse Restaurant in Downtown Disney

Amphicar rides are available at the new restaurant, The Boathouse in Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida. This land and sea tour in a vintage car is about 20 minutes long and costs $125 for three guests. The three people may ride in the car (along with the Car Captain driver). Tours take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot

Epcot theme park in Orlando, Florida will be having a Sounds Like Summer Concert Series on certain nights in June and July. Admission to the performances in the America Gardens Theater in Epcot is free with admission to Epcot.

The cover bands include:


  • DSB (doing a tribute to Journey) June 7 - June 13, 2015
  • 2U (doing a tribute to U2) June 14 - June 20, 2015
  • Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot (doing a tribute to Billy Joel) June 21 - June 26, 2015
  • Don't Look Back (tribute to Boston) June 27 - July 4, 2015
  • Fire & Ice (tribute to Pat Benatar) July 5 - July 11, 2015
  • Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees tribute) July 12 - 18
  • Hotel California (Eagles tribute) July 19 - July 25
Performances will be 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 p.m. except for July 4th when the times are 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dockside Margaritas in Downtown Disney

Enjoy drinks on the water at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Dockside Margaritas is opening Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Downtown Disney. Live performers take the stage from 2:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. This 1960s fruit stand-esque establishment will serve tropical margaritas, craft beer, and Florida wine.

Big Names Playing at Disney World's Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Have you heard of the Gin Blossoms? En Vogue? Village People? If you listened to pop top 40 music from the '90s, you most likely know their songs. What do they all have in common? They are just a few of the music groups that have played at the 22nd Ecpot International Flower & Garden Festival so far this year. The Garden Rocks Concert Series has more.

April 17-19: Jon Secada “Just Another Day” 

April 24-26: The Guess Who “These Eyes”

May 1-3: Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”

May 8-10: Little River Band “Reminiscing”

May 15-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”

Visit the America Gardens Theatre (inside Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida) at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., or 8:00 p.m. to enjoy the shows. Admission to the above concerts are free with admission to Epcot theme park.

Sneak Peak of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: Episode VII will be out in theaters this December. Watch the new trailer of The Force Awakens here.

Discover Disney Ticket Gives Florida Residents Discount at Walt Disney World Resort

From Frozen fun, to exploring the mine “where a million diamonds shine,” to blooms abounding, Florida residents can take advantage of all that Walt Disney World Resort has to offer with the Discover Disney Ticket.

Guests can enjoy three days of new and classic attractions and experience the Walt Disney World theme parks for $139 per person plus tax until June 5, 2015. Add a fourth day for just $20 more.

Enjoy a weekend or spread out the magic, as the Discover Disney Ticket can be used on non-consecutive days. Disney FastPass+ is included at no extra charge with valid theme park admission. With FastPass+, guests can reserve their favorite must-do attractions right from home, with the flexibility to change plans on the go.

Hop on the rollicking, family-fun Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom. Explore the new Africa Marketplace at Disney’s Animal Kingdom opening this spring. Delight in whimsical topiaries and fresh bites during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival until May 17, 2015. Channel your inner Jedi during Star Wars Weekends May 15-June 14, 2015 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There’s something for everyone eager to show off their Disney Side.

More information about the Discover Disney Ticket is available on Disneyworld.com/3days and by calling 407-939-7886. Proof of Florida residency is required.