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Speakers, Book Signings, Trivia and 25 Disney Vendors ~ Disney Event December 3, 2017

Published July 10, 2017 by Disneyways.com

Confirmed speakers so far include Ron Schneider, Tom Nabbe, William “Sully” Sullivan! Come to the Florida Disney Collector Show on December 3rd 2017 from 9am to 4pm! Just $6.00 for adults – payable at the door. Twenty five vendors, pin trading, and so much more! Check out the graphic above or visit the facebook event page for more info!

 

Magical Dining!! Disney Dinners for $35

Published July 10, 2017 by Disneyways.com

Originally posted July 10, 2017

Can you believe you can get a THREE COURSE meal on Disney property for $35??? Is this even possible? Why yes – it is!! Read on out find out how!

This year, an unprecedented number of Disney restaurants are participating in Magical Dining…several of them Disney owned and operated!!! Among them are The Turf Club, Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Grand Floridian Cafe, Jiko, Olivia’s Cafe, and The Wave… of American Flavors. We have the full list for you below!

Available to anyone no matter where you live –  Magical Dining Month begins August 25th during a special preview week, and continues through October 1st.  Over 100 Orlando area restaurants will offer prix fixe dinners for just $35. What do you get for your $35?

A three-course dinner includes the choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert from the restaurant’s Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month menu. Tax and gratuity is not included.

One dollar from each meal will benefit Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Here is how you do it!! To participate in Magical Dining – just go to the Restaurants & Menus page to select your favorite restaurant, then click on the restaurant’s online reservations button. While most restaurants offer online reservations, if they do not, then call the restaurant directly. Advance reservations are encouraged as some will fill up quickly! You can also arrive at the restaurant as a walk-in guest or with advance reservations. Then –  simply ask your server for the Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month menu. No vouchers, coupons or flyers are needed.

This program is available Every night, from August 25 – October 1, 2017, during the restaurant’s normal dinner hours. Call the restaurants directly for days and hours of operation.

Check out the FULL Disney LIST including menus and more for the Disney and Lake Buena Vista area restaurants HERE

Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Grand Floridian Cafe, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Il Mulino at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs
Olivia’s Cafe at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Paddlefish at Disney Springs
Ravello at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando
STK at Disney Springs
The Turf Club at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Todd English’s bluezoo at the Walt Disney World Dolphin

Frequently asked questions and answers can be found HERE.

Three New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for 2017

Published July 10, 2017 by Disneyways.com

New Year’s Eve is typically the MOST crowded night of the year at Disney Parks, and as a native to Orlando who is still living here, normally you wouldn’t catch me anywhere near the Disney Parks on that night! But I think if you are planning your Disney vacation during this time – it might be worthwhile to book an event like this – so that your night is still AT Disney…but you will likely get a nice, upscale experience without being in the crowded parks!

Originally posted on The Disney Parks Blog 

Reservations open July 11 2017 for three ways to ring in the New Year at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, part of the Enchanting Extras Collection, which gives guests “can’t-miss” experiences that enhance the Walt Disney World Resort experience.

For an evening of dining and dancing, “Disney Countdown to Midnight” includes delightful dining, live music, libations and more. An interactive band and DJ will fill the dance floor (and we hear that Mickey and Minnie may make a special appearance). Then welcome in 2018 with a flute of bubbly and a viewing of those legendary New Year’s Eve fireworks in Magic Kingdom Park.

Hours are 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. in the Fantasia Ballroom. This party is designed for guests 18 and older.

“Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration” is for children of all ages, a family-friendly way to ring in the New Year with a Disney•Pixar-inspired dinner.

Sarge welcomes you to the Ballroom of the Americas that features vignettes of beloved Pixar movies. From Andy’s Room in “Toy Story” to and Metro City with The Incredibles, the immersive celebration will include theatrical backdrops, dramatic set pieces and fun props that re-create the fantastic worlds of the Pixar films. And, of course, favorite characters will be on hand from “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles” and “Up.”

Kids can have fun at Pixar face painting, a balloon artist and a boot camp with Sarge, while an interactive DJ will spin hits from Radio Disney (he’s going to be in a “Cars”-inspired DJ rig from Radiator Springs). Dinner is buffet style.

At midnight, head outdoors to ring in the New Year with a viewing of the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. Hours are 8 p.m.-12:15 a.m.

Fine dining is the theme of the third party, “Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience” in the Grand Republic Ballroom. Inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog,” the room is beautifully decorated French Quarter style to transport you to the Big Easy.

Actions stations will feature flavors such as oyster beignets, smoked salmon mousse cones with caviar, Kobe beef tartare and sheep’s milk ricotta gnocchi. Signature dishes will include herb-crusted Louisiana redfish, crayfish etouffee, Black Angus beef cooked two ways, braised short ribs and filet of beef with truffled celery root silk.

Toward the end of the evening an amazing vocalist, reminiscent of Tiana, joins the band to bring the Academy Award winning classics of the legendary composer, Randy Newman, to life. Then slip outside with a glass of bubbly just before midnight to ring in 2018 with a private viewing area for the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. Hours are 7 p.m.-12:15 a.m.

For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE.

 

A Summer SALE on Disney tickets?! WHAT?! Here is the 4-Park Magic Ticket Explained ~ and a link to get yours!

Published July 2, 2017 by Disneyways.com

 

Limited offer through July 2017! A Summer SALE on Disney tickets?! WHAT?! Here is the 4-Park Magic Ticket Explained ~ and a link to get yours!

Normally, a standard four-day ticket with admission to one park (Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot or Magic Kingdom) per day will set you back $350 per person over the age of 10. But because Disney is a place where dreams come true, it has created a 4-Park Magic Ticket — it has “magic” in the title because it lets you experience all four theme parks on four separate days for just $79 per day, per ticket for guests 10 and up ($74 for kids 3-9!). That means each member of your family gets four days of Disney fun for $316. A savings that can really add up.

Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. You can purchase these tickets until July 30, so GO GO GO — just click on the “4-Park Magic Ticket for All Guests” button and Disney’s site will take you through checkout.

Quoted from Disney: “The 4-Park Magic Ticket is the best way to experience Walt Disney World theme parks, with one admission to each of the 4 theme parks for 4 days. Tickets may not be used to enter the same park more than once. Tickets are valid for admission beginning April 30, 2017 and must be used within 14 days of first use or by September 30, 2017, whichever occurs first.*”

 

Dance The World

Published July 2, 2017 by Disneyways.com

Dance The World is a unique opportunity for dancers to perform in front of thousands of people from around the world at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida. This event is a performance festival, not a competition, and allows families to make this ‘the’ family vacation, with the added benefit of watching their son or daughter perform in America’s Number One Destination. This international event has included fun offerings such as:

Professionally choreographed parades at Magic Kingdom® Park and Epcot®
Stage Shows at Epcot® in World ShowPlace
Farewell Gala Dinner Celebration at Epcot® in World ShowPlace… plus much more!

An ALL NEW  Performance Festival is coming to Orlando, Florida. This one-of-a-kind dance festival takes place at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Competition takes place in Epcot® in one 75 – 90 minute time block, enjoy the parks the rest of the day! Parade/ Rehearsal and Master Classes only take a couple hours each day, allowing plenty of time to explore all 43 square miles of the Walt Disney World® Resort! The Event concludes with a spectacular Gala Dinner/Dance & Awards Celebration in Epcot® at World ShowPlace! Here’s a link to details and more for 2018 offerings.
LIKE them on facebook HERE.

 

If you are part of a dance team or school – Click this link to be taken to a form you can fill out for more information on this event! 

Epcot Summer Concert Series Featuring Stayin’ Alive Canada

Published July 2, 2017 by Disneyways.com

Concerts in the Epcot Summer Concert Series are are free to attend with paid Epcot admission. I’m a big fan of Stayin’ Alive Canada – they do a tribute to the Bee Gees!! Want to see them outside of Disney?? You can!! Check out the full tour schedule for this band HERE.

You can also follow them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StayinAliveCanada/

 

 

D23 Expo 2017 Announcements

Published June 14, 2017 by Disneyways.com

WHOOPI GOLDBERG, MARK HAMILL, LEONARD MALTIN, JOHN STAMOS, LESLEY ANN WARREN, THE STARS OF HERCULES, AND MANY MORE JOIN D23 EXPO’S ROSTER OF EXCITING ENTERTAINMENT AND PRESENTATIONS

And, for the first time ever at D23 Expo, fans will get to enjoy a daily street party, featuring celebrities, Disney characters, and live music on the show floor.

BURBANK, Calif. (June 13, 2017) – The excitement is ramping up from “zero to hero” for D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event. During the three-day spectacular, which takes place July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, guests will have the chance to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hercules with members of the cast and creative team; hear from Disney Legends, including 2017 inductee Mark Hamill, during a panel hosted by Leonard Maltin; and enjoy the music of Walt Disney’s classic live-action musicals in a remarkable stage production featuring Lesley Ann Warren and hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. John Stamos will host a chat with Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering. Plus, theWalt Disney Archives will host three days of presentations on its own stage. And, for the first time, guests will be able to enjoy a daily “Ultimate Fan Street Party” right on the show floor.

Just-announced panels:

Mousequerade

Friday, July 14, 11 a.m., Stage 28

Mousequerade, the fan-favorite costume competition that invitesparticipants to create their own Disney-inspired designs, returns to D23 Expo 2017. Join judges Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars Rebels), Kara Saun (costume designer for Descendants 2), Yvette Nicole Brown (ABC’s The Mayor), and the contest’s host, Disney’s Jim Babcock, to watch dozens of finalistscompete in five excitingcategories for the $2,300 grand prize!

The Golden Girls: A Celebration of Friendship, Laughter, and Cheesecake

Friday, July 14, 2:30 p.m., Stage 28

In the 25 years since the final episode of The Golden Girls aired in 1992, the television series has become an enduring fan favorite that continuesto be watched throughout the world. Celebrate with us as we bring together the show’s creators and other special guests for this unforgettable event.

Disney Legends 30th Anniversary

Friday, July 14, 4:15 p.m., Stage 28

Join film historian Leonard Maltin as he celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends program with a remarkable lineup of individuals who have each left an indelible mark on the Disney legacy, including Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy and Pluto), Imagineering Legend Bob Gurr, Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, and 2017 inductee Mark Hamill.

Melodies in Walt’s Time: The Music of Disney Live-Action Films

Friday, July 14, 6 p.m., D23 Expo Arena

In the 1960s, Walt Disney sought to expand his filmmaking style beyond animation and bring music to a variety of new live-action film projects. D23 Expo will celebrate these magical, musical movies in a live stage extravaganza—hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and featuring Lesley Ann Warren, Karen Dotrice, and other renowned guest stars, joined by live musical performers and a 20-voice chorus—to showcase Summer Magic, Mary Poppins, The Happiest Millionaire, and The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, as well as others.

Zero to Hero: The Making of Hercules

Sunday, July 16, 12:30 p.m., D23 Expo Arena

From the heights of Mount Olympus to the depths of the Underworld, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Disney classic that put the “glad” in gladiator! Join a group of legendary artists and filmmakers who brought Hercules to life, including directors John Musker and Ron Clements, animators Eric Goldberg (“Phil”) and Ken Duncan (“Megara”), as well as Megara and Hercules themselves—Susan Egan and Tate Donovan—as they recount stories of making one of the most epic animated features of all time.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: 80th Anniversary Screening

Sunday, July 16, 3:15 p.m., D23 Expo Arena

For eight decades, Disney fans have whistled “Heigh Ho” while they worked. Now, in honor of the 80th anniversary of Walt Disney’s first-ever animated feature, D23 Expo is proud to presenta special screening of the film that startedit all: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering

Sunday, July 16, 6 p.m., D23 Expo Arena

Join a fascinating conversation, hosted by John Stamos, with three Imagineering Legends—Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter, and 2017 Disney Legend inductee Wayne Jackson—as they recount true-life anecdotes and share personalstories about the celebrated artists, designers, and technical wizards who established the foundation and guidingprinciples for groundbreaking Disney experiences around the globe.

Also coming to D23 Expo…

Walt Disney Archives Stage

The popular Walt Disney Archives Stage returns, more than doubling its capacity, as it hosts 17 panels and presentations throughout the weekend. Disney notables, such as director Pete Docter, Disney Legend Jim Cora, producer Don Hahn, Bret Iwan (the voice of Mickey Mouse), Imagineers Diana Brost, Jason Grandt, and Chris Merritt, plus many more, will participate in panels throughout the weekend. Fans will enjoy exploring many of Disney’s worlds, from the incredible work of Marc Davis and the original characters of the Disney Parks (such as Figment and the Country Bears) to the women of Disney animation and an incredible virtual walk-through of the Walt Disney Studios on Hyperon Avenue. Visit D23expo.com for the complete schedule.

Center Stage

Located in the center of the D23 Expo show floor, Center Stage will be the heartbeat of the Expo and a hub of activitythroughout the weekend. AimeeCarrero, the voice of Disney’s Elena of Avalor, will perform live for the first time, and will be joined by special guests including Lou DiamondPhillips who voices series’ villain, Victor Delgado. Also performing on Center Stage will be TemeculaRoad, Tomasina, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, nerd-rock group Kirby Krackle, and Susan Egan, who will sing favorites from Beautyand the Beast. Disney animators, including Eric Goldberg and Mark Henn, will show aspiringartists “how to draw” throughout the weekend. Marvel’s Brian Crosby will show fans how to draw Spider-Man and Groot. And BillRogers, the “voice of Disneyland,” will be on-hand each day to record fans’ outgoing voicemail messages in his signature dulcet tones. The comletelineup will be availablein the coming weeks on the D23 Expo app.

D23 Expo’s Ultimate Fan Street Party

For the first time at D23 Expo, guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind street party—right on the D23 Expo show floor. Twice each day the cavalcade will travel down Mickey Avenue, with a live band, beloved Disney characters, high-energy dancers, and celebrity grand marshals! Stan Lee and Mark Hamill will grand marshal the first cavalcade on Friday, July 14, and members of the cast of Descendants 2 will lead the second that day. Additional talent and times to be announced in the coming weeks and will be available on the D23 Expo app.

Talent subject to change. Additional details are available at D23expo.com.

Ticketsfor D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23expo.com.

About D23 Expo 2017

D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2017 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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