Welcome to the re-designed Disney News Round Up, we hope you enjoy what we have been putting together for the past eight years! This week has been busy with Disney news. Starbucks has opened to mixed reviews in Walt Disney World after a six month refurbishment. The Disney fan Club, D23, now has a free option, and the masses are flocking to get access to the new web site which is only available to members. Finally, we have great detailed dive into the Disney Dining Plan and if it is worth signing up for on your upcoming vacation!
Is the Disney Dining Plan right for you?
Time and time again, whether I’m planning vacations for clients, friends, or family, as soon as we decide on a resort, the very next question is almost always “Is the Disney Dining Plan worth it?” The answer to this question varies for every traveler, so here are a few things to consider when pondering the Disney Dining Plan at Walt Disney World.
Visiting Walt Disney World during the “Off Season”
Visiting WDW in the off season is a great way to save time and money! Most folks visit in the summer months because that is when the kids are out of school. While Disney ramps up extra entertainment and services for summer visitors, it is also VERY hot and humid and the extra crowds mean everything is more expensive and more stressful too!
If you can, visit in the off season, when the weather is nicer and the crowds are smaller.
The last two weeks of November to the first two weeks of December (Minus the week of Thanksgiving) are generally a great time to visit. The weather is usually cool but pleasant, the Christmas decorations are up or being put up, and the attendance is usually very manageable.
Second week of January through the first two weeks of February. This time of the year is much cooler and can even be cold! Don’t worry though, this can be the least busiest time of the year and hotel prices are lower. However, Disney does take advantage of lower crowd levels to pull rides offline for refurbishments after the busy holiday season.
The last week of April to the first three weeks of May is by far is my favorite time to go. The weather is warm in May, but usually not unbearably so. Crowds are moderate to low and hotels are priced to sell. The only time that could be busy is Memorial Day weekend, but often not as bad as you might expect.
This week we celebrate one year since the historic makeover of DCA’s entry and the addition of Radiator Springs, 25 years since we were introduced to a certain rabbit named Roger, and a report from the first party celebrating 50 years of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room ~ Aladdin
A lot of news coming forth this week in the Walt Disney World universe. Rumblings about announcements coming for the D23 Expo a setting expectations high, a series of fascinating articles about the Country Bears, and some honeymoon suggestions are just a tip of the iceberg in the forum. Take some time to check out what is in there – I bet you’ll find something interesting! ~ yoyoflamingo
Help on upcoming trip to WDW greenkai3000 and family are returning to Walt Disney World after a 3 year absence and have some specific questions about what’s new. Take a look and offer some suggestions and help!
Article: The Music of the Country Bear Jamboree
A fantastic Disney Blog, Passport 2 Dreams, has a fantastic history of the Country Bear Jamboree. If you’ve ever wondered why the songs that were chosen were included, and which songs were cut, this is a must read. Even if you’re a casual fan or want to know why people love this show so much, read this article. It’s wonderfully insightful. A must read.
Cars Land, Star Wars Land confirmed for DHS?
This is it: the rumor that seems to have burst the rumor mill for Walt Disney World. As reported on Theme Park Insider, it seems BOTH lands are coming to Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Could this be the beginning of a major shift for the parks, if it happens? Read the info and see for yourself.
Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Timber Mountain Log Ride, WARP, Atlantis, Emperors New Groove, and Bud Hurlbut! DISNEY HISTORY! – Sometimes we branch out a bit to talk about other theme parks. This is one of those times! Learn all about Knott’s Log Ride, Timber Mountain, in this week’s History segment! BOOK OF THE WEEK! – George and Jeff travel through time with the first novel in Eoin Coifer’s latest series, WARP, for the Book of the Week! 60 SECOND REVIEW – Jeff and George review the Atlantis and Emperors New Groove Blu Rays in the 60 Second Review! FIVE LEGGED GOAT – And finally, the Timber Mountain Log Ride hides this week’s Five Legged Goat!
Here, also, is a brand new MiceChatter.
Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast takes a dive into San Diego’s new Aquatica park and discusses the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration of SeaWorld parks.
August 9th through 11th at the Anaheim Convention Center . We’ll have a magical booth in the Collector’s Forum area. Meet MiceChat staff, special guests and Disney legends whom we have scheduled throughout the three day Expo. We will also be giving away lots of great prizes, including hotel stays and an iPad Mini.
We invite you to join us on a very special MiceChat voyage to the Eastern Caribbean on the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Fantasy.
SeaWorld San Diego Welcomes Summer
Welcome to this week’s SeaWorld San Diego update! We’ve got quite a lengthy update this week, covering the new entrance, Cirque ’13, and much more! Let’s dive right into it! New Entrance / Explorer’s Reef.
Knotts Your Typical Summer Fun
Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, is a park in transition. Since the Knott family sold the park to Cedar Fair in 1997, the focus had moved steadily from family attractions to high thrills.
Spring Blooms at Disneyland Paris
Here’s a spring update from Disneyland Paris brought to us by Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog. Alain tells the story of how the Big Thunder Mountain trains almost lost their locomotives during.
Disney Blu-ray Bonanza
George: Disney has released four Blu-ray sets this past week. We reviewed Oz the Great and Powerful last week so that leaves us three films to cover this week! Disney has released combo packs for.
Disneyland Summer Swarm
The Disneyland Resort is in the middle of an average summer season. The crowds are swelling, schools are shuttering for the season, and the parks are becoming packed with locals and visitors alike. There is.
Ben Hair & Dial M for Muscle
Walk up to the window at Ben Hair, an Epic Salon. The artwork on the glass shows a Roman soldier with the most amazing pompadour…
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