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PREVIEW: The Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge Opening in Epcot June 6thPREVIEW: The Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge Opening in Epcot June 6th
May 26, 2016
Today I attended a preview of the new Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge. This lounge is in the Imagination Pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World and can be accessed through the pavilion's merchandise store.
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The lounge opens on June 6, 2016. It will remain open daily through the 25th Anniversary Celebration from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Disney Vacation Club Members will need their membership card as well as ID. A Cast Member will be at the bottom of the stairs (there is also an elevator) to check in you and your party. Read more....

 

Epcot DVC Lounge Opens in JuneEpcot DVC Lounge Opens in June
May 25, 2016
The Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge is scheduled to open on the second floor of the Imagination pavilion in Epcot on June 6. The lounge, which will be open daily, will offer casual seating, complimentary beverages (including Coca-Cola Freestyle machines), device-charging stations, Wi-Fi, computer stations with printers and mounted tablets pre-set to select Disney websites, including MyDisneyExperience.com. Member Services Advisors will be available in the lounge to assist with dining reservations, future resort stays and more, while an RCI advisor will be available in the lounge on weekdays to help navigate exchange options for upcoming vacations. You'll even find displays of the latest Member merchandise available in stores and online.

 

Preferred Parking Now Available at Hollywood StudiosPreferred Parking Now Available at Hollywood Studios
May 25, 2016
Several months ago, Walt Disney World began testing a "preferred parking" program that allows guests to obtain parking spots closer to theme park entrances for an extra fee. The test, which was in effect at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, has now been extended to Disney's Hollywood Studios. It requires guests to pay $35 per day for a preferred spot, $15 more than the current $20 per day fee. Disney resort guests or annual passholders, who do not have to pay for theme park parking, may pay $15 a day to park in the preferred parking areas.

 

Short Reprise for Original SoarinShort Reprise for Original Soarin
May 25, 2016
The original "Soarin'" attraction will reopen on May 27. It will run through June 16. The new "Soarin' Around the World" film will make its debut on June 17.

 

2016 Opening Dates/Reservations Announced for All 4 Parks!2016 Opening Dates/Reservations Announced for All 4 Parks!
May 20, 2016
Many dates now released for attraction openings, FP+s dates and dining reservations!

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Epcot's 2016 Flower and Garden Festival Info CenterEpcot's 2016 Flower and Garden Festival Info Center
May 16, 2016
Your complete guide to everything Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

 

2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Details!2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Details!
May 13, 2016
The annual Disney culinary tour of flavors from six continents will expand in 2016 with nine extra days of sipping and savoring at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Sept. 14-Nov. 14, 2016. The 2016 festival, presented by Chase at Walt Disney World Resort, will grow from 53 to 62 delicious days, add a new interactive culinary experience and debut new marketplace tastes from around the world.

 

2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Details2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Details
May 13, 2016
The annual Disney culinary tour of flavors from six continents will expand in 2016 with nine extra days of sipping and savoring at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Sept. 14-Nov. 14, 2016. The 2016 festival, presented by Chase at Walt Disney World Resort, will grow from 53 to 62 delicious days, add a new interactive culinary experience and debut new marketplace tastes from around the world.

 

Disney Dollars DiscontinuedDisney Dollars Discontinued
May 13, 2016
The Orange County Register confirmed Thursday that Disney Dollars will no longer be sold at Walt Disney World or Disneyland after today, May 13. The California newspaper cited a statement from a Disneyland spokesperson, although The Walt Disney Co. did not make an official announcement. There is no expiration date on Disney Dollars, so bills that already have been purchased still can be used.

NOTE: A cast member at Guest Relations at Disney Springs said that location will still sell Disney Dollars on Saturday, if they still have some.

 

New Stage Show Coming to Christmas PartyNew Stage Show Coming to Christmas Party
May 13, 2016
A new stage show will debut on the Castle Forecourt Stage during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Called "Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration," the new show will feature Mickey and many other characters, including Woody and Jessie from "Toy Story," and Fantasyland friends such as Peter Pan and Snow White, along with classic and contemporary holiday songs, special effects, and magical projections.
Discounts are available for advance purchase tickets, as well as Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders. Visit disneyworld.com or call 407-W-DISNEY for more info or to purchase tickets.

 

Beverage Prices Increased at Theme ParksBeverage Prices Increased at Theme Parks
May 12, 2016
The price of bottled water throughout the theme parks has increased to $3. In addition, soft drinks have gone up to $3.29 and $3.69 for regular and large sizes respectively. To keep up-to-date with Walt Disney World menu changes, be sure to visit our Dining and Menu Database often.

 

Stephen Twining Appearing at UK Tea CaddyStephen Twining Appearing at UK Tea Caddy
May 11, 2016
"Tea Guru" Stephen Twining, of Twinings of London, will be making appearances at the United Kingdom pavilion's Tea Caddy, May 25-29. Twining will be discussing the finer points of making and drinking tea. Select tea accessories will also be available to purchase for Twining to sign.

 

Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package Now BookingHappy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package Now Booking
May 11, 2016
The Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package is now available for booking as part of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World. The Package seems to be similar to last year when it made its debut, as participants will have access to a reserved location on Main Street U.S.A. to view Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween Parade once more. This will be followed by a private dessert party with a reserved viewing area at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant for the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular.

 

Force for Change Shirts Benefit UNICEFForce for Change Shirts Benefit UNICEF
May 07, 2016
The Star Wars: Force for Change program will return to Disney Parks on May 4, 2016, with T-shirts for adults and youth bearing the logo for the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (in theaters December 16, 2016). Twenty-five percent of the retail sale price of these shirts, created especially for Disney Parks, will be donated to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF Kid Power. The shirts will be released at the following locations: The Star Trader and Star Wars Launch Bay in Disneyland Park; D-Street and World of Disney at Downtown Disney District; Tatooine Traders and Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney's Hollywood Studios; Star Wars Galactic Outpost and Once Upon A Toy at Disney Springs; and Merchants of Venus in the Magic Kingdom. Note that these items will NOT be available in the Disney Parks online store or via the Shop Disney Parks mobile app.

 

Animal Kingdom Walk About 5/5/16Animal Kingdom Walk About 5/5/16
May 06, 2016
Deb walked around Disney's Animal Kingdom on May 5th and shares photos and updates.

 

Tickets on Sale for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas PartyTickets on Sale for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
May 05, 2016
Tickets went on sale today, May 5, 2016, for this year's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party nights. Advance ticket prices start at $86 for adults and $81 for children (3-9) (plus tax). Discounts for Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders are available. Visit disneyworld.com for prices and to purchase tickets, or call 407-W-DISNEY.

 

Tickets on Sale for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartyTickets on Sale for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
May 05, 2016
Tickets went on sale today, May 5, 2016, for this year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party nights. Prices start at $72 for adults and $67 for children (3-9) (plus tax). Discounts for Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders are available. Visit disneyworld.com for prices and to purchase tickets, or call 407-W-DISNEY.

 

Magic Kingdom Offers Customized in Park WeddingMagic Kingdom Offers Customized in Park Wedding
May 05, 2016
Couples can now exchange vows in the newly enhanced East Plaza Garden in the Magic Kingdom as part of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings. Ceremonies are staged in the morning hour just after the official "rope drop" at the park entrance. Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings at Magic Kingdom, with a completely customized ceremony and reception for 100 guests, start at $75,000.

 

DISCUSSION: Should Special-Event Merchandise Only Be Sold at the Event?DISCUSSION: Should Special-Event Merchandise Only Be Sold at the Event?
May 05, 2016
Special Disney events, such as the Halloween and Christmas parties and park anniversaries, usually mean a new line of commemorative products will be offered for a limited time at the place where the special event is taking place. There is some degree of exclusivity because these items can only be purchased at the events they represent. (Secondary-market sellers are another story.)

 

Tutto Italia 3-Course Summer LunchTutto Italia 3-Course Summer Lunch
May 05, 2016
Tutto Italia's Special 3 Course Summer Lunch has debuted and is available until August 31. The lunch includes one appetizer, one main course, one dessert and a soft drink (Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, ginger ale, iced tea).