Category Archives: Walt Disney World

Save up to 25% On Rooms at Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Enjoy Fall Saving at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
Enjoy Fall Savings at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Take advantage of this offer and book now to reserve your room for your Walt Disney World vacation this fall. Confused?? I can help you with your options. Contact me to book before September 18, 2015.

For Oct. 4-10, Oct. 16-17, Oct. 23-31 and Nov. 8-21, 2015:

  • Save up to 10% at Select Value Resorts
  • Save up to 15% at Select Moderate Resorts
  • Save up to 20% at Select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts

For Oct. 11-15, Oct 18-22, Nov. 1-7, Nov 22-24 and Nov. 28 – Dec. 23, 2015:

  • Save up to 15% at Select Value Resorts
  • Save up to 20% at Select Moderate Resorts
  • Save up to 25% at Select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts

New Snacks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Included on Disney Dining Plans

Farmer's Salad snack now available at available at  Gardens Kiosk, located on Discovery Island at  Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Farmer’s Salad snack now available at Gardens Kiosk, located on Discovery Island at
Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

New snack options are available at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. These new snacks are amazing and available at the newly revamped Gardens Kiosk, located on Discovery Island. The best thing is these snacks are snack options on the Disney Dining Plans! Which ones are your favorites? Let me know! Bon Appetit!

Disneys Animal Kingdom - Lobster Mac & Cheese
Lobster Mac and Cheese also available at
Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Disneys Animal Kingdom -Trek Power Salad
Enjoy the Trek Power Salad snack at
Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

 

All Photos ©Disney

Disney Vacation Tips #2

Shanis Disney Vacation Tip of the Week number 2

DISNEY VACATION TIPS #2

Going to Walt Disney World? Learn about MagicBands, how they work, and become familiar with the  My Disney Experience app BEFORE you get there!

You may be wondering, “What are MagicBands?” These amazing, colorful wristbands are an all-in-one device that you wear on your wrist during your vacation. There is a computer chip inside it which links all of your vacation information into one place.

Get your personalized MagicBands with any Walt Disney World Resort stay.
Get your personalized MagicBands with any Walt Disney World Resort stay.

For example, it becomes your room key, park admission ticket, FastPass+ tickets, hotel room key plus you can use it to buy food and merchandise and keep track of your Memory Maker Photos. Think of all the time you will save not looking for everyone’s admission ticket, FastPass tickets, and room keys. And, your MagicBand is waterproof, so you can go to the pool without any worries!

MagicBands are free with any Walt Disney Resort stay. They work with the website and app called My Disney Experience. This is how you access your resort information, tickets, FastPass choices, dining reservations, and so much more!

Here is a screenshot of the Magic Kingdom map on the My Disney Experience app.
Here is a screenshot of the Magic Kingdom map on the My Disney Experience app.

My tip is once you have your reservations and tickets, you can go online before your vacation and start planning. Also, download the app and become familiar on how it works. Here, you can change FastPass times, add tickets, or just use it to personalize your daily schedule! It even has attraction wait times, showtimes, character times, and maps of all the Disney parks! Need to find the nearest bathroom? Check the app!

MagicBands and My Disney Experience website and app can be overwhelming which is why I’m here for you! Contact me with any questions and I’m happy to help!

As a former Disney Cast Member and current travel consultant specializing in Disney destinations, I have learned many vacation and travel tips over the years. I’m excited to share some of those tips with you here on our blog. Each week, I will post a new Disney Vacation Tip. Sign up for my Email Updates and never miss one. Also, email me if you have any questions about Disney vacations. I’m happy to help!!!

Book 2015 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages at Epcot

Packages now available for 2015 Candlelight Processional at Epcot in Walt Disney World.
Packages now available for 2015 Candlelight Processional at Epcot in Walt Disney World.

Enjoy the rich sounds of a full orchestra and choir fill the America Gardens Theatre, and a special celebrity narrator takes the stage for a stirring retelling of the Christmas story as Candlelight Processional returns to Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort Nov 27-Dec. 30, 2015.

Enjoy guaranteed seating for this holiday tradition, as well as a delicious meal at an Epcot restaurant with Candlelight Processional Dining Packages – starting $35 for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults (plus tax and gratuity). Packages include an appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage per person (or one full buffet where applicable).

Here’s a look at a few of the Celebrity Narrators scheduled to make appearances this year (subject to change without notice):

  • TBD Nov. 27-29, 2015
  • Neil Patrick Harris Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2015
  • Whoopi Goldberg Dec. 4-5, 2015
  • Joe Morton Dec. 6-8, 2015
  • TBD Dec. 9-11, 2015
  • Meredith Vieira Dec. 12-14, 2015
  • TBD Dec.15-23, 2015
  • Edward James Olmos Dec. 24-26, 2015
  • TBD Dec. 27-28, 2015
  • Amy Grant Dec. 29-30

Showtimes are 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m and 8:15 p.m. nightly. Showtimes on Dec. 6 are 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Availability is limited. Please note Park admission is required and is not included in the price of the dining package.
Contact me with questions, to book, or get a free quote.

RIP Disney Legend Blaine Gibson

Blaine Gibson, Shani Wolf, Scott Wolf and Harriet Burns
Blaine Gibson, Shani Wolf,
Scott Wolf and Harriet Burns

by Scott Wolf

It saddens me to tell you that Blaine Gibson passed away yesterday at the age of 97. Blaine was a true Disney Legend in every sense of the word. Beginning as an inbetweener on the Pluto cartoon short, “Bone Trouble,” and then on “Fantasia” and “Pinocchio,” an as an assistant animator on “Bambi.” Blaine then sculpted for Disney. He did the carousel horse heads in “Mary Poppins,” the pirates and ghosts for Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean respectively, the dolls for it’s a small world and even the Partners statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.

This is a photo of Shani and me with Blaine and another Disney Legend, Harriet Burns at the Disney Studios. Blaine and Harriet were dear friends who both lived near each other in Northern California until Harriet’s passing in 2008.

Blaine was so kind and maybe the most humble person I’ve ever met! It was great fun talking with Blaine about his Disney days, and I’m so grateful he let me record some of those conversations! It is my pleasure to share this conversation with you: http://blog.mouseclubhouse.com/interview-blaine-gibson-haunted-mansion-pirates-if-you-had-wings/

 

Cook with a Disney chef at Walt Disney World

Cook with Disney chefs in the new Culinary Adventure now at Walt Disney World Resort
Cook with Disney chefs in the new Culinary Adventure now at Walt Disney World Resort

Love Disney? Love cooking? Why not experience both at the same time in the new “Disney Family Culinary Adventure!” Beginning July 8, 2015, the new “Disney Family Culinary Adventure” begins at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World. Go backstage for a fun, interactive evening that includes time with Disney chefs, hands-on cooking and a festive, five-course dinner!

This 3 ½ hour interactive experience is available twice a week and costs $175 per adult and $125 per child (ages 9-12), plus tax. Each experience is limited to 30 Guests. Beer and wine are included for Guests 21 years and over. Upon arrival in the kitchen, you party will be broken into groups and assigned a portion of the meal, which they’ll prepare with the aid of a Chef. Teams will regroup to introduce their menu item before sitting down to a group dinner. At the conclusion of the adventure, everyone will be presented with a cookbook signed by the Chefs and a white Chef’s hat.

Contact me to book your culinary adventure and your Walt Disney World vacation.

Cranium Command throwback photo

Cranium Command at Epcot
Cranium Command at Epcot

 

 

Here’s a Throwback Thursday back to 1993. With the popularity of the Disney-Pixar film, “Inside Out,” I was inspired to share this photo.

That’s me in the Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World next to a sign for the Cranium Command attraction. That sign depicts General Knowledge, who is looking to commandeer someone into piloting the brain of a small child.

Be sure to see Scott’s recent post about Cranium Command HERE.

Cranium Command at Epcot

Cranium Command at Epcot
Inside Cranium Command in the Wonders of Life Pavilion at Epcot

by Scott Wolf

With the release of the new Disney-Pixar film, “Inside Out,” which focuses on the “voices inside your head,” for some of us, it is bringing back memories of a former Epcot attraction with a similar concept, so I thought I’d post a couple of my photos from it.

Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot
Inside the Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World

Cranium Command was housed inside the Wonders of Life Pavilion at Epcot at Walt Disney World. The pavilion celebrated life and, through entertainment, educated about the human experience. Other attractions within the pavilion included The Making of Me, a short live film starring Martin Short which delicately tells the story of human creation, including hilarious animated segments of the inner body workings of conception, and Body Wars, a flight simulator, like Star Tours, which brought guests on a journey through a human body, rather than outer space, to find and destroy a splinter.

In Cranium Command, guests would enter the brain control room where a young Audio Animatronic boy named Buzzy, helmed the controls. His mission was to keep another young boy out of trouble.

In the photo above, you can see Buzzy within the boy’s head, and through boy’s eyes when he first meets a beautiful girl.
Cranium Command featured an all-star cast with Charles Grodin as Left Brain, Jon Lovitz as Right Brain, George Wendt (Norm from “Cheers”) was the Stomach, Bobcat Goldthwait portrayed the Adrenal Gland, and Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon were the heart’s Right and Left Ventricles (reminiscent of their characters, Hans and Franz, from Saturday Night Live).

Interview: Jack Gladish (His career; Walt Disney; Disneyland and World’s Fair attractions)

Jack Gladish worked as an engineer, responsible for submarines, dinosaurs, railroad locomotives and much more. Attractions include the “Carousel of Progress,” “Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room” and much more.  During his career he headed the plastics and fiberglass shops at the MAPO department of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Jack Gladish works on a caveman for Disney's Magic Skyway attraction for the World's Fair, working Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and a 2014 visit to Walt Disney World
Jack Gladish works on a caveman for Disney’s Magic Skyway attraction for the World’s Fair (left), working Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (middle), and a 2014 visit to Walt Disney World (right)

I just posted my interview with Jack Gladish on my Mouse Clubhouse website.  In this conversation, Jack discusses his career, helping to create attractions such as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln for Disneyland the 1964/’65 New York World’s Fair.  CLICK HERE for the interview