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In celebration of Shark Awareness Day on July 14, guests at Discovery Cove can now take part in exclusive new animal experiences at the park. Discovery Cove has always been known for its memorable dolphin interactions, and now guests can enhance their visit with one of-a-kind, hands-on encounters with sharks and stingrays.
The awe-inspiring Shark Swim program provides closer-than-ever encounters with legendary predators. While guests have always been able to view park’s sharks, the new program takes them on a daring next step – swimming freely among five species: Pacific blacktip, reef whitetip, nurse shark, zebra shark, and a spotted wobbegong.
The immersive session is divided into two unique interactions and begins as guests meet with the park’s shark team and head into the water. Through hands-on interaction, guests learn about shark anatomy and the threats the animals face in the wild. Guests can also join the sharks in the deeper part of their habitat and embark on an exhilarating snorkel experience.
Discovery Cove works to dispel myths about sharks and to inspire guests to learn more about these mysterious creatures. As top predators, sharks play an essential role in maintaining the balance of ocean ecosystems worldwide by monitoring fish populations. Sadly, shark finning and overfishing threaten many shark species and disrupt that natural balance. Guests who take part in the new Shark Swim program will walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for these fascinating ocean ambassadors.
The Shark Swim experience is available to Discovery Cove guests ages 10 and older. The cost is $85 per person. For every shark swim package purchased, SeaWorld will donate 5% of the proceeds to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) in support of shark conservation and research.
In addition to the Shark Swim program, Discovery Cove has launched a new Ray Feeding experience. This exclusive opportunity gives guests the chance to feed the stingrays during a private tour of the Grand Reef. Guided by one of the park’s aquarists, guests ages 6 and older spend their session in the Grand Reef learning all about the species of rays as they hand-feed the incredible creatures. The Ray Feeding program is $50 per person.
The new interaction programs require a Dolphin Swim or Day Resort reservation at Discovery Cove to participate. Space for each program is limited and guests are encouraged to book in advance.
Beginning August 1, Florida residents who book a day at Discovery Cove will also receive unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park, through January 2018 – including SeaWorld’s special holiday events.
The Disney Streaming Service has a name and to the surprise of almost no one, it is Disney+, which follows the format of ESPN’s streaming service, ESPN+. This direct-to-consumer over-the-top platform will deliver Disney content, which includes popular Disney films as well as its family friendly other titles like Star Wars, Marvel, and surely some of the new content from 21st Century Fox (like National Geographic).
Disney already has a number of original series and movies in production that will skip television and theatrical distribution and go right to the streaming service. We’ve been keeping our eyes on The Mandelorian, which will be the first Star Wars series for Disney+, but today we learned a second series is in development.
The series will follow the adventures of Rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Diego Luna will reprise the role of Andor, which he originated in the 2016 film.
“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”
The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire. A release date for the series will be announced at a later date.
Disney+ is also assembling a live-action series centered around a fan-favorite character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iger today confirmed that Marvel Studios is developing a series based on Loki, the god of mischief, to star Tom Hiddleston.
There was some confusion about the potential name for the service when a app icon for the Play Disney Parks app was confused for a leak of the streaming service. There’s also a bit of confusion about the name Disney+ since the ‘+’ symbol cannot be used in a domain or URL. It’s also a search operator, which means you can’t use it when searching on Google or even within many Disney owned apps. Looks like for those purposes, it will be spelled out as Disney Plus.
Disney+ is expected to debut in 2019 with a price Disney CEO Bob Iger promises will be reasonable. Visit DisneyPlus.com to register your email and be kept up to date on the service.
The holiday season at Disneyland kicks off today and unforgettable entertainment, special attractions, festive decor, and holiday dining and shopping awaits you on your next visit. While you’re at the park you’ll be able to celebrate your favorite holiday traditions and make new memories as the park combines holiday merriment with Disney’s own blend of magic to create wondrous experiences.
Finally, more than 150 new holiday themed items are available for shoppers at Disneyland’s many stores. Don’t miss the new ‘ugly sweater’-themed apparel and headwear.
Will you be visiting Disneyland to enjoy some holiday fun at the most Magical Place on Earth?
Magic Kingdom Live Castle Lighting – #DisneyParksLIVE to Stream the First Castle Lighting During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on November 8
We’re happy to share with all of you that the Disney Parks Blog will officially kick off the holiday season by streaming this year’s first “A Frozen Holiday Wish” castle lighting during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, live from Magic Kingdom Park, right here on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6:10 p.m. EST.
Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6:10 p.m. EST
In the park’s nightly castle lighting show, “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” royal sisters Anna and Elsa join their friends Olaf and Kristoff for some holiday fun. Queen Elsa decides to use her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom by transforming Cinderella Castle into a shimmering ice palace, perfect for the holiday season. Trust me, this must-see show will give you chills!
During our broadcast, we’d love to share some of your best Disney holiday vacation photos. Share them with us now on Twitter with the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE.
To tune in, simply bookmark this page or visit the Disney Parks Blog at 6:10 p.m. EST, on Nov. 8. The live stream will be at the top of the site.
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Craig and Ryno head to Toy Story Land to try out the new seasonal holiday tarts at Woody’s LunchBox. Watch and see if the Cinnamon Cran-Apple and the Chocolate Hazelnut tart are worthy of your your holiday time at Walt Disney World. What’s your favorite holiday treat this season? Let us know in the comments below!
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Your vacation time is precious. Unfortunately it seems like our vacation days are too few and far between. When you choose a destination like Disney World for your vacation, with so many different things to see, do and experience, you want to make sure that you are able to maximize your time. Here are my top 9 timesaver hacks when visiting Disney World.
#9 Stay at a Disney Resort Hotel
You will save a ton of commuting time by simply staying onsite at one of Disney Resort. The transportation comes on a regular basis (average 15-25 minutes) and you are just closer to the parks than off-site options. You can even select a Disney Deluxe Resort (Disney’s Contemporary Resort) that allow you to walk right into Magic Kingdom. There a lot of advantages to staying on site, but the convenience of location is high on the list.
#8 Online Check-In
I don’t always recommend this, particularly if you have specific requests that you want honored by the resort, but it can save you a little time when you arrive. By checking in online everything is ready to go for you once you arrive at the resort. During the day, you may be greeted at the front entrance of the resort by a Disney Cast Member to just get your room number. You will then go right to your room.
If it is after hours, there is a separate line for online check-ins that moves a little faster and everything should be set when you get to the counter.
#7 Make Dining Reservations
You should always book your sit down reservations, before arriving to Disney World. This will save you hours waiting for a table! In addition, you want to make sure you pre-book your favorites. You do not want to show up to Disney World to find out your favorite restaurant is booked up. Book your dining reservations as far in advance as possible.
Another new dining tip is the advance ordering on your My Disney Experience app. This is another great idea to save time for the counter service restaurants.
#6 Eat Breakfast in Your Room
This is a big time saver! While one person is in the shower, someone else can eat their Cheerios (or muffin, Danish, etc.) It maximizes time and minimizes waiting in line for a Disney breakfast. I highly recommend packing some breakfast items if you can or having a grocery delivery. You can also pick up cereal and other breakfast items in most resort food courts, but they are just a little more expensive than a “normal” grocery store.
#5 Ask for Your Check Early
If you are dining at an all-you-care-to-eat buffet or set-price table service restaurant, this is particularly convenient. When we attend a character buffet, I always ask for the check as we order our drinks. This way I can have that taken care of and as soon as we finish eating or see our last character we are ready to leave.
#4 Minimize your Park Bags
There is a security bag check at the entry to every park. While they normally move fairly quickly, if you show up at a peak time at Epcot and the monorail and tram just let out a swarm of guests you may have to wait longer than you would like. There are a few things you can do here. If you can travel lightly, just don’t take a bag. If you only need a few things, try to put them in your pockets (and those of other family members) along with a folded up drawstring style backpack. Once you’re in the park you can unload their pockets into the bag. These two options allow you to bypass the bag check line. If you must carry a bag, have all of the compartments open as you approach the security guard and try to carry as few bags as possible.
#3 Drive or Walk
Although the Disney transportation system is more convenient than most, it can still be frustrating when you are in a hurry. If you drive to WDW or if you rent a car once you arrive, you can drive to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The parking is convenient and you don’t have to wait on a bus to arrive. Magic Kingdom is easier to do on a bus, since the parking lot still requires a ferry or monorail ride to get over to the entrance.
If you are able to stay in a location where you can walk to a park that is even better. My family loves Epcot, so Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club top our list of resorts because it is so easy to walk over to Epcot and even Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Boardwalk and the Swan and Dolphin are in the same location. The Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower have a path to Magic Kingdom if you spend most of your time there. Of course, being on the monorail is super convenient when it is operating at full hours.
#2 Arrive to the Parks at Opening
The amount of time you will save waiting in line from opening to 11 AM is amazing. That is the very best time to be in the park, before the lines start to form. There are some exceptions with the particularly popular rides where the queues build quickly, but just use #1 for that and arrive early for the other stuff.
#1 Use FastPass+
Everyone with tickets to Disney World, now has the privilege of FastPass+. It is free, and everyone should take advantage of it. Being able to skip some of the crazy standby lines at attractions like the new 7 Dwarfs Mine Train in the Magic Kingdom or Soarin at Epcot will save you a ton of time.
Planning a visit to Universal Orlando while you are in Orlando. Check out some Universal Orlando hacks! What are your favorite time saving strategies for your Disney World vacation?
The holidays at Walt Disney World are known for the extra dusting of magical theming that festoon the parks and resorts. It’s very photographic and Disney’s Photopass photographers are always there to assist you with a selfie or family portrait. At this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party you’ll be able to find a few extra tidings of joy in exclusive merry photo opportunities.
This year you’ll encounter Toy Soldiers from Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, Tinker Bell, Olaf, gingerbread man, and more.
There are also ‘magic shot’ opportunities featuring holly-jolly props like Tinker Bell in the lamp located near Beast’s castle in Fantasyland.
We also love the ‘magic shot’ animated videos, which are perfect for adding to your facebook page or other social media accounts. Don’t forget to visit old saint Nick for a special animated magic shot.
For Annual Passholders its included with your pass, but day visitors can also purchase Memory Maker pass. If you’re just attending the party, purchase Memory Maker One Day and apply the entitlement for the day you attend the party. You’ll also need the My Disney Experience app to see and download your photopass moments.
Hint: Although MVMCP, and all the fun, starts at 7pm, remember your ticket gets you in at 4pm.
We hope you find plenty of holiday joy at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
(Photos courtesy Disney)
The 7,000 sq. ft. family-friendly eatery will house Downtown Disney District’s first-ever on-site brewery, tasting room, kitchen and outdoor beer garden. The high-quality, award-winning beers complement its extensive selection of local, sustainable and seasonal fare – salads, small plates, flatbreads and entrees. The menu will feature its most popular dishes, such as Baja-style fish tacos and a house-made pretzel with a beer mustard, along with items exclusive to the Downtown Disney District location. Entrees can be paired with specialty beers from the extensive beer portfolio. In addition, gluten-free options, vegetarian dishes and a children’s menu will be available.
We recently visited the experts at Ballast Point in their San Diego headquarters to learn more about the art and science of their craft, as well as its quintessential Southern Californian cuisine. Take a look at what’s in store for guests of Downtown Disney District!
It’s an exciting time at the Downtown Disney District. The promenade continues to transform with the recent opening of Salt & Straw scoop shop, the newly-renovated upper level of Naples Ristorante e Bar and the reimagination of the World of Disney flagship store!