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Joanne’s Stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite

Published December 4, 2013 by Disneyways.com

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There is only one hotel room INSIDE all of The Magic Kingdom…the Cinderella Castle Suite. The Cinderella Castle Suite has become the dream experience for a few very lucky Disney fans and celebrities. In just a few short years, it has attained the cult-like status of exclusive Club 33 restaurant or Walt’s Apartment in Disneyland, and rightfully so, as it’s arguably more exclusive than either of those locations. Recently we had a very special guest on our show who was able to stay in the castle suite during the month of September 2013 and we know you will be super excited to hear about her experience just like we are! Click the photo below to be taken to this episode of the Disney Parks Podcast! Our thanks to Joanne for this wonderful interview!

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Disney World Night of Joy Schedule 2013

Published August 13, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Make a joyful noise at Disney World Night of Joy 2013

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Each fall, Disney brings us encouragement and joy through the acts booked for Night of Joy.  Remember this event is not included in your regular price of admission for Magic Kingdom or even annual passes. It costs extra – so be prepared to leave the park by 7PM on these dates if you don’t have Night of Joy tickets. This is a can’t miss event if you love your Christian music sandwiched between rides on the Teacups and Space Mountain!

I think Disney works pretty hard to make sure there is a balance of high energy music and softer stuff for people like me…here’s the lineup if you want to mark you calender.

Purchase tickets while they last, by clicking HERE.

For dates and pricing on more special events coming to Disney – clicke HERE.

Friday, September 6

Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage

  • 7:40 p.m. – Steven Curtis Chapman/Michael W. Smith
  • 9:50 p.m. – MercyMe
  • 11:55 p.m. – Skillet

Galaxy Stage

  • 7:30 p.m. – Audio Adrenaline
  • 8:50 p.m. – Audio Adrenaline
  • 10:25 p.m. – Mandisa
  • 12:10 a.m. – For King and Country

Rockettower Plaza Stage

  • 8:15 p.m. – City
  • 9:40 p.m. – We As
  • 11:20 p.m. – Moriah Peters

Saturday, September 7

Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage

  • 7:40 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
  • 9:30 p.m. – Gospel Music Association Winner Steven Musso
  • 9:50 p.m. – TobyMac
  • 11:55 p.m. – Newsboys

Galaxy Stage

  • 7:30 p.m. – Matthew West
  • 8:50 p.m. – Matthew West
  • 10:25 p.m. – Group 1 Crew
  • 12:10 a.m. – Building 429

Rockettower Plaza Stage

  • 8:15 p.m. – Jamie Grace
  • 9:40 p.m. – Jamie Grace
  • 11:20 p.m. – Plumb

Magical Makeovers at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Published May 28, 2013 by Disneyways.com

A magical beauty salon where any little girl can make her dream of becoming a princess come true.

A Fairy Tale Come to Life

With her magic wand—plus a few fashion tricks— a Fairy Godmother-in-training can transform girls (aged 3-12) into  princesses!  Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is owned by Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and operated by her skilled apprentices. Appointments typically last 30 minutes to an  hour depending on what package you choose.

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Select a hairstyle

Then select your package:

  • The Coach Package (starting at $54.95, plus tax)Hairstyling
    Shimmering make-up, face gem
    Princess sash and tote
  • The Crown Package (starting at $59.95, plus tax)Hairstyling
    Shimmering make-up, face gem
    Princess sash and tote
    Nail polish
  • The Courtyard Package (starting at $89.95, plus tax)Exclusive Courtyard hairstyling
    Shimmering make-up, face gem
    Princess sash and tote
    Nail polish
    Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique T-shirt
    Trendy tutu
  • The Castle Package (starting at $189.95, plus tax)Hairstyling
    Shimmering make-up, face gem
    Princess sash and tote
    Nail polish
    Complete costume of your choice plus accessories
    One 6″ x 8″ and four 4″ x 6″ photos in a princess-themed holder

Disneyways would like to thank BigFatPanda.com for this awesome video!

      • Makeovers at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique are very popular, so reservations are strongly recommended. Call (407) WDW-STYLE or (407) 939-7895 to book your appointment with a Fairy Godmother-in-training today!

Our thanks to Leah Taylor for these photos!

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Boys can join in on the fun too, as Fairy Godmothers-in-training can transform them into heroic knights!

The Knight Package ($15.95 plus tax)

  • Hairstyling with colorful gel
  • Mighty sword and shield
  • Confetti

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Two Boutiques to Choose from:
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has 2 locations: inside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom park and at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Downtown Disney

Hours are subject to change but are typically 9:00AM-7:29PM

Costume choices may include: Ariel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), Belle, Jasmine, and Cinderella as well as Tinker Bell, Minnie Mouse, Rapunzel and Princess Tiana. The knight package for boys is also available.

The World of Disney location offers a wide variety of beautiful accessories, including ponytail hairpieces and tiaras.

Self-parking and admission to Downtown Disney are complimentary.

Magic Kingdom

Hours are subject to change but are typically 8:00AM-7:00PM

Costume choices may include Ariel, Snow White, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella, Tinker Bell and Tiana

The Magic Kingdom location offers a wide variety of beautiful accessories, including ponytail hairpieces and tiaras.

Have you experienced the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique? Please leave me your thoughts and comments below!

 

Solving the Mystery Surrounding the Rapunzel Tower in New Fantasyland: April 2013 Edition

Published April 12, 2013 by Disneyways.com

The beautiful new Rapunzel tower and restrooms have been revealed to us in New Fantasyland. It sounds crazy to say it but this facility is really a great new addition to the park and is becoming an attraction in itself.

If you aren’t familiar with the subject, please click HERE to read archived Disneyways posts. You’ll want to scroll all the way down and begin with the last post to read them in chronological order.

Recently I stumbled across some new information and thought you might be interested in reading it. I would love to hear your thoughts.

The following has been re-posted from JimHillMedia.com, and the opinions expressed belong soley to Jim Hill.

My Disney Experience delays are having a domino effect on several Magic Kingdom projects

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.” This oft-quoted line from Robert Burns’ 1785 poem applies to an awful lot of aspects of modern day life. But none more so than the work that’s recently been done in & around WDW’s Magic Kingdom Park.

Take — for example — that “Tangled” -themed rest area that recently came online in Fantasyland. Even before this elaborately themed set of bathrooms were officially open to the public, some of the Mouse’s more vocal online critics were using this pair of potties as an excuse to once again go after Team Disney Orlando. Complaining about how ridiculous / wasteful it was for The Walt Disney Company to devote this much time, money and effort to theming a set of restrooms.

But here’s the thing: You know that area off to the left of the Rapunzel restrooms? Just past the “D-Zone” with its 6 charging stations where WDW Guests can now recharge their Droids, iPhones and other electronic devices for free? Did you notice that walkway alongside the garden that kind of leads to nowhere?

Which features this beauty spot where Rapunzel’s tower is in the background and a small waterfall is in the foreground?

Doesn’t it strike you odd that the Imagineers would go to all the trouble of creating such a pleasing visual in a part of the Magic Kingdom where few Guests would ever venture? If you spent all of this time & money creating such a beautiful “Tangled” -themed backdrop, wouldn’t you then at some point actually want to use it?

Well, that was the original plan, folks. This exact spot was where WDW visitors were supposed to go if they wanted to have their pictures taken with Rapunzel & Flynn Rider. Until Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom became too popular and then the My Disney Experience program fell behind schedule. Which is what causes the Imagineers to deviate from their original plans for this portion of that theme park.

Because — make no mistake, people — The Walt Disney Company knows all too well how popular the “Tangled” characters are with the public these days. Going strictly by retail sales, Rapunzel is the most popular Disney Princess to be introduced in decades (She’s right up there — from a merch point of view — with The Little Mermaid . And Ariel dolls been consistent sellers with little girls for almost a quarter of a century now). Which is why — in the late Summer / early Fall of 2011 — when word came down from Disney’s corporate headquarters that Rapunzel & Flynn Rider were going to have to vacate Fairytale Garden (You know? That elaborately themed character meet-and-greet area located just to the right of Cinderella Castle) so that Princess Merida of Pixar’s “Brave ” could then move in in the Spring of 2012 … Well, that caused some real consternation both at WDI as well as inside of WDW’s Character Department.

Interesting side note: That whole Scottish Highlands-retheming of the Fairytale Garden area (along with those three Audio Animatronic bear cubs) was paid for by Walt Disney Studios as part of the Company’s worldwide effort to promote the June 2012 theatrical release of Pixar’s “Brave.”

Anyway … Getting back to today’s story now … Given how popular Rapunzel & Flynn Rider were with Disney World visitors (More importantly, given that a family bathroom was already in the works for that quiet corner of the Magic Kingdom which the long defunct Fantasyland Skyway Station had been previously operated out of), a plan was put in motion to create WDW’s first-ever character-based restroom with an appropriately themed meet-and-greet area just off to the side. Blueprints were drawn up. Budgets were approved. Contracts were signed. Everything was good to go …

Meanwhile, the people who were prepping the My Disney Experience / MagicBands program for the theme parks realized that there were going to be a certain number of Guests every day in the Parks who weren’t going to have their Smart Phones or Droids with them OR were going to leave these electronic devices at home or back in their hotel rooms. Which meant that if these WDW visitors were looking to modify any of the ride times and/or dining reservations that they’d previously made, these people were then going to have to have access to some sort of My Disney Experience kiosk which would allow them to then make modifications to these reservations.

So the plan (at least far as the Magic Kingdom was concerned) was that there’d be initially be two sets of these kiosks built. One would be located towards the front of that theme park in the Town Square area of Main Street, U.S.A. While the other would be built deep inside of that theme park. To be specific, inside of the then-vacant Crow’s Nest storefront that Kodak used to operate in Adventureland just past Pirates of the Caribbean.

But then Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom debuted in February of 2012. And given how wildly popular this new interactive role-playing game quickly proved to be with WDW visitors, the managers of that theme park immediately decided that they needed a second interactive role-playing game to take some of the heat off of Sorcerers (More to the point, cut down on the number of 5-and-10-person-deep lines which were popping up all around the Park. Where Guests were patiently standing with their Sorcerer Key Card & Spell Cards in hand, waiting for their chance to do battle with various Disney Villains).

Which is why the “A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas” interactive role-playing game was brought online. The only problem with this MK-based project was … Well, just as Disney World Guests needed a specific place inside of that theme park to go in order to sign up to play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, get issued their first set of Spell Cards and their Sorcerer Key (which — in this case — was inside of the Old Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A. as well as behind the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square), “A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas” was also going to need a headquarters / base-of-operations. Which Magic Kingdom managers eventually decided would be built inside of the Crow’s Nest.

And once that decision was made, the dominos began to fall all over that theme park. Since the Crow’s Nest was no longer available to house those My Disney Experience kiosks that WDW felt had to be located deep inside of that theme park … Given that an area where people could line up had already been designed into the site plan for the “Tangled” rest area, Magic Kingdom managers decided to move the location of those deep-in-the-park My Disney Experience kiosks over to this corner of Fantasyland. So they ordered that the necessary electrical & interactive terminal changes be made to the Rapunzel restrooms construction plans.

The only problem with doing that was now Magic Kingdom managers were concerned that if they had two lines going back in this corner of that theme park (i.e. one for Guests looking to change ride times & dinner reservations, while the other line was for people looking to get their photographs taken with Rapunzel & Flynn Rider), someone might then get confused and accidentally get on the wrong line. Which might then lead to a bad Guest experience. Which is something that Disney World always tries to avoid at all costs.

So — to prevent this from happening — Magic Kingdom managers decided to put the idea of having a Rapunzel & Flynn Rider meet-n-greet as part of this theme park’s “Tangled” -themed rest area on hold for a while. At least until the My Disney Experience program was up & running and WDW Officials could then gauge how many Guests were actually going to need access to interactive kiosks in order to make changes to their previously booked ride times and/or dining reservations.

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Now never mind that the Imagineers had already planned to plant a colorful garden alongside the area where WDW Guests were supposed to stand & wait for their chance to meet-n-greet with Rapunzel & Flynn Rider. Or that — in order to help people pass the time as they stood in line — WDI had plans to hide Pascal statues all over that garden so these Disney World visitors could then search for this tiny chameleon while they waited.

Mind you, even though the Rapunzel & Flynn Rider meet-n-greet was now on hold, the Imagineers still went ahead with the construction of that garden and its “Hidden Pascal” decorative program. All with the hope that Magic Kingdom managers might eventually change their minds about this planned character greeting area for Fantasyland. And if they did, then all of the necessary supporting elements for a successful queue area for the Rapunzel & Flynn Rider meet-n-greet would already be in place.

Confused yet? Wait. It gets better. Because the in-park launch of My Disney Experience is now running months behind schedule, Magic Kingdom managers have now decided to put off their plans to install any of those interactive kiosks where Guests could then go to change their ride times and/or dinner reservations. But since this corner of Fantasyland is now wired to support computers and other electrical devices … Well, they didn’t want all of that wiring to go to waste. Which is why WDW officials turned this portion of the “Tangled” rest area into a “D-Zone.” Where — thanks to the 6 charging stations — Disney World visitors can now recharge their electronic devices for free.

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Now please keep in mind that this “D-Zone” will only remain in place until the My Disney Experience program finally gets in gear again. And once that happens, these free charging stations will then be replaced by those now-delayed interactive kiosks.

And speaking of delays … Since My Disney Experience / MagicBands is now running behind schedule, WDW officials have now decided to push back the construction of some of those new Scene Ones which were supposed to be installed around the Magic Kingdom to help handle all of the Guests who will now waiting in longer lines for their chance to experience these newly enhanced Fast Pass Plus attractions. Which is why those bathrooms next to Peter Pan’s Flight (which were supposed to be demolished just as soon as the Rapunzel rest area opened to then make room for a newly expanded queue for this super-popular Fantasyland dark ride) are still standing. Mouse House managers just don’t want to proceed with this particular construction project until My Disney Experience / MagicBands is officially up and running.

Which — given that ” … the best-laid schemes o’ mice an ‘men gang aft agley” (FYI: That’s the way Burns — the proud Scott — originally wrote this line in his poem. The “often go astray” translation only came about when this poem was eventually Anglicized) — could be a while yet.

Limited Time Magic: Photos from Day Two of True Love Week

Published February 16, 2013 by Disneyways.com

February 11 to February 17, 2013 is True Love Week as part of Disney’s Limited Time Magic Promotion.

True love was in the air on day one at Walt Disney World Resort – as fairytale princesses united with their princes, Cinderella Castle got a romantic nighttime makeover and “happily ever after” became reality.

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Limited Time Magic: Photos from Day one of True Love Week

Published February 12, 2013 by Disneyways.com

February 11 to February 17, 2013 is True Love Week as part of Disney’s Limited Time Magic Promotion.

True love was in the air on day one at Walt Disney World Resort – as fairytale princesses united with their princes, Cinderella Castle got a romantic nighttime makeover and “happily ever after” became reality.

Ramon Rodriguez of Theme Park Concierges was our on-scene reporter today, and he captured some fantastic, exclusive, Prince and Princess photos. Ramon is great at taking pictures, but his true passion is providing guests with personalized, private and exclusive VIP concierge vacation services for all of Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Universal Studios and Sea World Theme Parks. Thank you for the great photos Ramon!

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What a great way to kick off the week!

Here is more of what we can expect:

Romantic Setting: Feel the romance at every turn, with banners proclaiming True Love, heart-shaped signage and sweetheart-themed décor.

Blushing Castle: At dusk, Cinderella Castle will blush hues of pink, red, lavender and blue with themed lighting that’s paired with musical melodies.

Valentine’s-themed Takeaways: Limited-edition pins, plushes, newly designed apparel and Vinylmations will be available for purchase at select merchandise locations.

Carriage Awaits: New Fantasyland invites lovers to create memories alongside Cinderella’s Glass Coach.

Wishes Come True: Hearts and flowers enhance Cinderella’s Wishing Well, offering a picturesque backdrop for your photos.

Rose Walk: The Rose Garden in Central Plaza will be enhanced with enchanting décor.

Disneyways is headed to the parks again this week for more photos.  Please let us know what are you most interested in seeing. It would be “lovely” to hear from you!

Holiday Highlights at Walt Disney World!

Published November 7, 2012 by Disneyways.com

Disney elves blend yuletide traditions and Christmas cheer to create a wintry wonderland ready for holiday revelers at Walt Disney World Resort as early as November 9.  There’s an extra night of merry at the Magic Kingdom with 20 nights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party; and at Epcot, Candlelight Processional.

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Highlights:

Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will have its longest-ever run with 20 magical nights from November 9-December 21. For a quarter century, Walt Disney World guests have been mesmerized by this must-see event, a grandly festive tradition immersing families in the holiday spirit.

Dates for 2012:

Nov. 9, 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30

Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21

Beginning at 7 p.m. (after regular park hours), guests with special event tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy all the holiday splendor with lively stage shows, spectacular fireworks, a unique holiday parade and favorite holiday traditions including complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. For more information, visit http://www.Disneyworld.com/Christmasparty.  NOTE: this is a hard ticket special event after regular park hours; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Entertainment, Fireworks and More: Santa’s elves have transformed the Magic Kingdom into a winter wonderland with festive wreaths, bows, garland, sparkling lights, parades and towering Christmas trees.  The fun includes the Holiday Wishes nighttime spectacular: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks, plus live entertainment with Disney characters all dressed up for the holidays.

Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle: Cinderella Castle transforms into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays — thanks to a special effects spectacle bathing the castle in 200,000 shimmering white lights. Magic Kingdom guests are treated nightly to the dramatic castle celebration and stage show.

Epcot

Candlelight Processional is a timeless holiday offering at Epcot that combines seasonal music with the poignant reading of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a mass choir performing seasonal melodies, and a 50-piece live orchestra nightly November 23 – December 30, at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. Crowd favorites Neil Patrick Harris and Gary Sinise return to America Gardens Theater stage on select nights.  Guests can purchase a Candlelight Dining Package, which combines lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants with guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional and VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.  For more information and reservations: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/candlelight-dinners/

Holidays Around the World: Storytellers from around the world share traditions and lore from their homeland throughout World Showcase.  The merriment continues with meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus the nightly “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” laser, light, fireworks display capped with a seasonal finale.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: This massive seasonal display features millions of dancing lights, plus animated displays and 3-D effects perfectly synchronized to electrifying holiday tunes amidst snowfall.  The rich tradition takes place on the Streets of America, dazzling guests from Nov. 9, 2012 to Jan. 6, 2013.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Celebrate safari style as Disney’s Animal Kingdom is wilder than ever this winter season. Mickey and his pals rejoice in traditional holiday music with a world beat twist during the daily “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade.”

Downtown Disney

Get all your Christmas shopping done at Downtown Disney during Festival of the Seasons. The shopping mecca is draped with yuletide cheer, plus live entertainment, holiday carolers, a lively street party, plus photo ops with Santa and Santa Goofy.

Walt Disney World Resorts

The resorts are dressed up for the holidays with festive décor, gingerbread houses and more.

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