Walt Disney World – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com Disney Theme Park & Movie News, Disney World & Disneyland Planning Tips, Disney Dining Reviews and More! Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:39:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 http://www.chipandco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/512-icon-54ced060v1_site_icon-32x32.png Walt Disney World – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com 32 32 7800472 Disney hosting special after hours Star Wars event in Epcot this Monday http://www.chipandco.com/disney-hosting-specials-hours-star-wars-event-epcot-monday-254833/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-hosting-specials-hours-star-wars-event-epcot-monday-254833/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:39:30 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254833 On December 5, 2016, Disney is celebrating Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with an invite-only meet-up that’ll feature Spaceship Earth magically transforming into the Death Star. The Disney Parks Blog hosted meet-up that is already filled, will be held after hours at Epcot in Florida on Monday, December 5, 2016. During their Star Wars celebration, Spaceship Earth will be […]

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On December 5, 2016, Disney is celebrating Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with an invite-only meet-up that’ll feature Spaceship Earth magically transforming into the Death Star.

The Disney Parks Blog hosted meet-up that is already filled, will be held after hours at Epcot in Florida on Monday, December 5, 2016.

During their Star Wars celebration, Spaceship Earth will be transformed into the Death Star through digital projections. And before the Death Star appears, they will be sharing updates on current and upcoming Star Wars experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

So if you didn’t get into this event don’t worry, Disney will be live streaming their event on the Disney Parks Blog!

So stay tuned for full details.

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New Express Bus Transportation Option at Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/new-express-bus-transportation-option-disney-world-254819/ http://www.chipandco.com/new-express-bus-transportation-option-disney-world-254819/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:36:09 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254819 A new “Express” bus transportation service will be offered between the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort beginning December 7, 2016. Guests are picked up backstage and driven directly to the next park of their choosing. Since the drop off location is backstage, they are able to bypass the line and security at park […]

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A new “Express” bus transportation service will be offered between the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort beginning December 7, 2016. Guests are picked up backstage and driven directly to the next park of their choosing. Since the drop off location is backstage, they are able to bypass the line and security at park entrance. Transportation to the resort hotels is not included at this time.

An express bus will be available backstage at the following pickup/dropoff locations every 30 minutes:

  • Magic Kingdom – Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin exit area
  • Hollywood Studios – Next to Rock n’ Roller Coaster Courtyard
  • Epcot – Near Spaceship Earth
  • Animal Kingdom – Near Kilimanjaro Safaris entrance

The express service costs $15 per person for one day or $24 per person for multiple days and will be offered from 10am to park closing. Only the one-day option is available to Annual Passholders and Disney Cast Members.

The express option can be added at the time of ticket purchase or upgraded at a later date by visiting Guest Relations. A park hopper ticket is required to take advantage of this service.

The new express bus transportation will initially be in a testing phase. Would you be willing to pay an extra fee for the added convenience if it is successful?

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Internal Shuttles Added at Port Orleans Resorts http://www.chipandco.com/internal-shuttles-added-port-orleans-resorts-254793/ http://www.chipandco.com/internal-shuttles-added-port-orleans-resorts-254793/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:39:32 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254793 Staying at Disney’s larger resorts can sometimes be a pain when it comes to waiting for buses, as I’ve heard many guests complain many times. One of the resorts that seems to have a bigger issue with overcrowded buses, multiple stops, and long wait times are the Port Orleans Resorts. We hear now from Orlando […]

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Staying at Disney’s larger resorts can sometimes be a pain when it comes to waiting for buses, as I’ve heard many guests complain many times. One of the resorts that seems to have a bigger issue with overcrowded buses, multiple stops, and long wait times are the Port Orleans Resorts. We hear now from Orlando Theme Park News that Disney is aiming to alleviate some of the issues by adding internal routes between Riverside and French Quarter, as well as adding another early morning Magic Kingdom bus at Riverside:

A dedicated internal shuttle is now available daily beginning at 6:30 a.m. The shuttle services all resort bus stops (which include the following: French Quarter and Riverside South, West, North, and East) until 12:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The bus service from Port Orleans Resort – Riverside to Magic Kingdom Park has been slightly modified for guest convenience as well. From approximately 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (peak morning hours), two separate buses will be sent to the Resort. One bus will pick up from the West, North, and East stops and head straight to the Magic Kingdom while the other bus will head to the South stop to pick those guests up.

Hopefully this should help guests get where they are trying to go a bit faster! What do you think of the new bus schedules?

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Disney World Refurbishment Schedule for December 2016 http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-refurbishment-schedule-december-2016-254778/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-refurbishment-schedule-december-2016-254778/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:06:16 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254778 The following is a comprehensive list of attractions, resorts and restaurants at Walt Disney World that are currently undergoing refurbishment during the month of December 2016 or will be during the months ahead: Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment through December 3, 2016 and may be on modified service and/or […]

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The following is a comprehensive list of attractions, resorts and restaurants at Walt Disney World that are currently undergoing refurbishment during the month of December 2016 or will be during the months ahead:

Monorail

The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment through December 3, 2016 and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

Magic Kingdom

  • Haunted Mansion – Reopening December 1, 2016
  • Splash Mountain – Closed on December 7, 2016
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – January 3 – 12, 2017
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – January 9 – February 16, 2017
  • Hall of Presidents – January 17 – June 29, 2017
  • The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour – January 1 – February 28, 2017

Hollywood Studios

  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular – November 14 – December 31, 2016
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party – November 14 – December 31, 2016

Epcot

Infrastructure Work – September 28 – December 17, 2016

Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids – January 3 – 29, 2017

Disney Springs

  • Planet Hollywood Observatory -Accepting reservations for dates beginning January 3, 2017 
  • Paddlefish – Opening in early 2017

Blizzard Beach

Annual Refurbishment October 16 – December 24, 2016

Typhoon Lagoon

Annual Refurbishment December 25 – March 11, 2017

Golf Courses/Miniature Golf

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Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Gasparilla island Grill – Reopening December 14, 2016
  • Yacht Club Resort: Room refurbishments beginning January 2017. Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. Work will be limited to 9:00am – 5:00pm in an attempt to minimize disruptions.
  • Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center – Expansion work until February 1, 2018. Work will be limited to 9:00am – 9:00pm in an attempt to minimize disruptions.
  • Pop Century Resort: Computer Pool reopening January 3, 2017. Hippy Dippy Pool closed January 13 – 20, 2017. Hard goods refurbishments from November 2 – March 26, 2018 between 10:00am and 4:00pm.
  • All Star Sports: Grand Slam Pool closed from October 10 – December 13, 2016. Guests may use the Surfboard Bay Pool, located near the main lobby during this time.
  • All Star Music: Piano Pool closed from December 12 – February 3, 2017. Guests may use the Calypso Pool located near Melody Hall during this time.
  • Coronado Springs: Hard Goods Refurbishment beginning November 2016. Guests may see or hear construction taking place, or encounter alternative paths of travel throughout the Resort hotel. All work with the most potential for noise will be limited each day between 9:00am and 5:00pm in order to minimize any possible disruptions.
  • Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Vallage: Soft goods refurbishment until January 2017
  • Old Key West: Sandcastle Pool closed from January 2 – February 24, 2017. The leisure pools located at Old Turtle Pond, South Point and Miller’s Road will remain available.
  • Wilderness Lodge & Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney Wilderness Lodge: General resort refurbishments through 2017. Hidden Springs leisure pool is reopening as Boulder Ridge Cove in summer 2017.

Contact me to start planning your Walt Disney World adventure. I’m a Travel Agent with MickeyTravels, along with a writer for Chip and Company, and would love to help book and plan your next magical vacation. Email lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit my Facebook page here.

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Discounted Club Villain Tickets Available for DVC and Annual Passholders http://www.chipandco.com/discounted-club-villain-tickets-available-dvc-annual-passholders-254730/ http://www.chipandco.com/discounted-club-villain-tickets-available-dvc-annual-passholders-254730/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:15:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254730 Tickets to Club Villain are currently available at a $30 discount for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. The discounted tickets are $99 rather than the usual price of $129 and are available for dates through January 28, 2017. Price includes tax and gratuity. Annual Passholders can take advantage of the special ticket price […]

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Tickets to Club Villain are currently available at a $30 discount for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. The discounted tickets are $99 rather than the usual price of $129 and are available for dates through January 28, 2017. Price includes tax and gratuity.

Annual Passholders can take advantage of the special ticket price by calling 407-WDW-DINE. DVC Members should call Member Services at 800-800-9800. The discount can even be applied to existing Club Villain reservations.

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Epcot Introduces International Holiday Treats Around the World Showcase http://www.chipandco.com/epcot-introduces-international-holiday-treats-around-world-showcase-254586/ http://www.chipandco.com/epcot-introduces-international-holiday-treats-around-world-showcase-254586/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:06:37 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254586 When we think of the holidays, often-times the first thing that comes to mind is the food.  Cultures around the world celebrate a variety of holidays, such as Christmas and New Year’s, with foods that may be slightly unfamiliar to many of us.  We are happy to announce that Epcot has introduced International Holiday Treats […]

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When we think of the holidays, often-times the first thing that comes to mind is the food.  Cultures around the world celebrate a variety of holidays, such as Christmas and New Year’s, with foods that may be slightly unfamiliar to many of us.  We are happy to announce that Epcot has introduced International Holiday Treats at food kiosks located around its World Showcase.

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You can pick up your 2016 Holiday Passport at the entrance to Epcot.  If you enter Epcot through the International Gateway, or just forget to pick one up at the front entrance, you can find your Holiday Passport at any food kiosk ordering station around the World Showcase.

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There are a number of kiosks around Epcot’s World Showcase that have been specifically designed to provide holiday food and drink.  New this year is the Seasonal Southern Delights.  It is located to left of the giant Christmas tree, just before you arrive in Mexico.  This food kiosk offers southern-style seasonal foods such as Hoppin’ John and Blackened Catfish.  For dessert you can try is their chocolate Pecan Tart.  If you are looking for something interesting to drink try the Frozen S’mores with, or without, alcohol.

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The Mexico food kiosk, while not new, offers some interesting choices.  From traditional Chicken Enchiladas to Sweet Tamales, you will be tempted to have a taste.  And what about a Mexican Coffee Margarita to balance out the food?

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The Prost! food kiosk in Germany is not new to the Holidays Around the World event.  However, the German Artisan Cheese Plate with a glass of Possmann Pure Hard Black Currant Apple Cider is tempting.  If you are looking for a snack then the Stollen, a Holiday Fruit Cake, makes a great option.  If you are interested in learing about different traditions, sampling International Holiday Treats is a great way to do this.

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New to the Holidays Around the World is the American Holiday Table.  Located on the grounds of the America Pavillion you can purchase seasonal favorites such as the Slow-roasted Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole.  As portions go, this is the largest one I saw and can easily be shared.  Try to wash it down with a glass of Firenog!

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The Alpine Haus, located between the U. K. and Canada Pavillions, is another new option.  This food kiosk was one of my favorites and is a must-try location.  The Duck Confit along with the Cheese Fondue is delicious.  Just looking for dessert?  No problem as they offer a beautiful Sachertorte, which is a type of chocolate cake.  If you enjoy shaking things up a bit then you should try the alcoholic, or non-alcoholic version, of the Chocolate Apple Shake.

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The Holiday Eats and Treats is yet another new theme to an already existing food kiosk.  This one is located just to the right of the giant Christmas Tree headed towards the Canada Pavillion.  The theme appears to be Holiday foods, however the hot dog on the menu threw me a little.  The Holiday Sandwich is pretty good as it is made with a nice cranberry bread.  I was not a fan of the mashed potatoes on my sandwich and would have much preferred the stuffing, that I am familiar with, on a popular sandwich at a Disney Springs vendor.  The Peppermint Sundae was basically chocolate soft-serve ice cream with whipped cream and crushed candy cane.  I will pass on this option next time.

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My absolute favorite International Holiday Treats food choice was the Three Kings Bread.  You can find this delectable treat at the Feast of the Three Kings food kiosk located just behind the Holiday Eats and Treats heading towards the Canada Pavillion. If you have never tried Coquito, then this drink option is a must and I plan to have that the next time I visit Epcot.

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The Joffrey’s food kiosks are not new to the World Showcase.  However, they are offering some really interesting seasonal drinks.  I admit that I did, in fact, turn into a Crazy Elf on this visit.  Of course, you can always keep things mellow with a lovely Holiday Latte as well.

Epcot’s Holidays Around the World is a popular event that is likely to become even more popular as word gets around about the additional seasonal food and drink options located around the World Showcase.  The Holidays Around the World kicked off on November 25th and will run through December 30th.  If you are visiting the Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season, be sure to plan a visit to Epcot.  You are sure to be please that Epcot has introduced a number of new International Holiday Treats at food kiosks around the World Showcase.

Which food and drink option are you most excited to try?  Please leave your comments in the box below.

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Behind the Scenes look at all new Starbright Holidays Drone Show in Disney Springs http://www.chipandco.com/behind-scenes-look-new-starbright-holidays-drone-show-disney-springs-254723/ http://www.chipandco.com/behind-scenes-look-new-starbright-holidays-drone-show-disney-springs-254723/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:57:22 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254723 Today we get a behind the scenes look at the all new “Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration” Drone Show in Disney Springs. The Starbright Holidays Drone show is a twice nightly show featuring 300 Intel Shooting Star Drones that can be seen from the West Side of Disney Springs. Lisette was on hand to share her experience […]

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Today we get a behind the scenes look at the all new “Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration” Drone Show in Disney Springs. The Starbright Holidays Drone show is a twice nightly show featuring 300 Intel Shooting Star Drones that can be seen from the West Side of Disney Springs. Lisette was on hand to share her experience when it first stared on November 20th.

Watch how Disney Imagineers and Walt Disney World Creative Entertainment worked with the experts at Intel to bring this experience to Disney Springs this holiday season:

You can wish upon a holiday star during “Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration” daily at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. until Jan 8.

Have you seen the Starbright Holidays Drone Show yet?

Tell us what you thought in the comment box below!

 

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Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is updating the Dolphin Resort lobby http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-swan-dolphin-resort-updating-dolphin-resort-lobby-254717/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-swan-dolphin-resort-updating-dolphin-resort-lobby-254717/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:23:53 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254717 The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s Dolphin lobby will undergo a $12 million re-design as the final stage of the largest makeover in the resort’s history. When finished in the fall of 2017, the new lobby will be completely transformed into a sleek contemporary space and feature new dining and beverage options. The […]

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s Dolphin lobby will undergo a $12 million re-design as the final stage of the largest makeover in the resort’s history. When finished in the fall of 2017, the new lobby will be completely transformed into a sleek contemporary space and feature new dining and beverage options.

The lobby re-design is the final stage of a total $140 million project which also includes the transformation of all 2,267 guest rooms, along with upgrades to the hotel’s meeting space.b50

“This lobby will mark the final piece of an exciting transformation for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort,” said General Manager Fred Sawyers. “This space is designed specifically to cater to today’s guests and offer an inviting place where they can come together to relax, network, and grab something to eat or drink.”

Renowned Manhattan design firm ICRAVE, designers of projects including Westin New York at Times Square, W Atlanta and STK restaurants, created the concept for the new lobby space, drawing on inspiration from the lobby’s iconic Dolphin fountain.

The centerpiece of the new lobby will be a dazzling custom crystal chandelier which will sparkle above the fountain and use the latest in color-changing lighting technology.

Other new features will include a new geometric ceiling, increased lighting, all new contemporary décor and furnishings and more than double the amount of seating.

Two new food and beverage options will be incorporated into the lobby, including a bar and lounge space seating up to 150.

A new quick service café and market offering coffee, sandwiches and snacks will provide guests a convenient way to energize during their day, whether it be filled with business meetings or exploring the theme parks.

The Dolphin Resort lobby will remain open throughout the renovation with minimal impact to resort guests. The project is currently scheduled to begin in spring 2017 for completion by fall 2017.

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New Details on 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival http://www.chipandco.com/new-details-2017-epcot-international-flower-garden-festival-254693/ http://www.chipandco.com/new-details-2017-epcot-international-flower-garden-festival-254693/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:15:50 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254693 The 24th annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will take place from March 1 – May 29, 2017 for a total of 90 days. The festival dates were extended last year and guests will continue to be able to enjoy the event for an additional two weekends in 2017. New character topiaries and outdoor […]

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The 24th annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will take place from March 1 – May 29, 2017 for a total of 90 days. The festival dates were extended last year and guests will continue to be able to enjoy the event for an additional two weekends in 2017.

New character topiaries and outdoor kitchens along with new entertainment will help jump-start the spring season at Walt Disney World. Below are some exciting new details about the 2017 Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot:

  • Fresh, farm-market food and beverage flavors will debut at two new Outdoor Kitchens that will join 13 returning Outdoor Kitchens. Guest can sip and savor their way around Epcot, enjoying chef-inspired
    noshes and refreshing libations with or without a kick.
  • The new generation of princess topiaries (Snow White, Anna and Elsa – the first to be designed and created with topiary facial features) will welcome a brand-new Belle topiary as fans remember her from the Oscar-winning Disney film, “Beauty and the Beast.” Located outside the France pavilion with the Beast topiary, Belle will come to life with sculpted facial features and her yellow ball gown created with golden blooming Joseph’s Coat plants.
  • Another festival first will be a 6-foot-tall topiary of Figment, the feisty dragon mascot of the park’s Imagination! pavilion, perched atop a 5-foot-diameter ball fashioned from yellow Joseph’s Coat.
  • The brand-new Epcot front-entrance topiary garden inspired by a vintage Walt Disney short film will spring to life with a floral-festooned maypole featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy and
    Pluto.
  • The popular Garden Rocks concert series will expand to four days each week, with three concerts each Friday through Monday presenting pop musicians that span multiple genres over four decades.
  • New Garden Rocks Dining Packages will be available on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants.
  • Reimagined interactive play gardens will include a new take on the “Cars”-themed garden introducing a new character topiary from the June 2017 release of the Disney•Pixar sequel, “Cars 3.”
  • Music Garden Melodies play area will return with new garden and topiary elements.
  • For the first time, the event’s Festival Center will extend operating hours from Wednesday, March 1 through Sunday, March 5. Throughout the rest of the festival, the center will be open each
    Friday through Sunday with an entertaining mix of gardening seminars and DIY workshops.

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One of the popular Outdoor Kitchen gardens, Urban Farm Eats, will return with savory bites, sweet treats and ideas for planting produce that can inspire growing numbers of guests who want to learn to grow their
own edibles.

“A lot of people, including young children, are serious foodies now, and they have lots of questions about gardening,” says Eric Darden, festival horticulture manager. “We’re getting more and more people in their
20’s and 30’s asking, ‘How can I grow this?’ I think we’ll be creating more gardeners because people can see what’s possible.”

The 2017 festival forecast will be sunny with colorful floral bursts by day and a nighttime landscape aglow with twinkling lights:

  • Topiaries of Donald Duck and nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie will share Future World space in front of Spaceship Earth with Chip and Dale for a “Fresh Epcot” selfie and family photo opportunity.
  • Anna and Elsa topiaries will return to the Norway pavilion festival landscape in celebration of the park’s new Frozen Ever After.
  • Nearly 100 festival topiaries in all will include up to 70 character
    creations such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lady and the Tramp, Simba, Timon and Tinker Bell.
  • Guests will encounter garden surprises and special appearances related to Earth Day and other spring activities.
  • The Butterflies on the Go garden will return with the story of the Monarch’s epic journey across the continent and featuring butterflies emerging from their chrysalises.
  • On the way to the new Soarin’ Around the World film at the Soarin’attraction in The Land pavilion, guests can discover gardens featuring edible flowers, plants that benefit health and healing, and
    a pollinator paradise.

Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower towers” and beds of multi-colored blooms will transform the park’s landscape. At least 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the
water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.

All gardening programs and exhibits at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival are included in regular Epcot admission.

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Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs Now Opening on January 3 http://www.chipandco.com/planet-hollywood-observatory-disney-springs-now-opening-january-3-254683/ http://www.chipandco.com/planet-hollywood-observatory-disney-springs-now-opening-january-3-254683/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:39:47 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254683 Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs will not be opening on December 15th as planned due to unexpected construction delays. They are however currently accepting reservations for dates beginning January 3, 2017. Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant directly at 407-827-7827. Guests with reservations between December 15 and January 2 should have been notified […]

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Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs will not be opening on December 15th as planned due to unexpected construction delays. They are however currently accepting reservations for dates beginning January 3, 2017.

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Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant directly at 407-827-7827. Guests with reservations between December 15 and January 2 should have been notified of cancellation.

Fingers crossed there won’t be any more delays and Plant Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs will open on January 3, 2017!

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New “Highway in the Sky Dine Around” Experience at Walt Disney World Begins December 2nd http://www.chipandco.com/new-highway-sky-dine-around-experience-walt-disney-world-begins-december-2nd-254664/ http://www.chipandco.com/new-highway-sky-dine-around-experience-walt-disney-world-begins-december-2nd-254664/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:57:12 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254664 Board the Walt Disney World Resort Monorail for a progressive dinner at 3 Disney Resort hotels beginning December 2, 2016. The new “Highway in the Sky Dine Around” experience includes stops for cocktails, appetizers, dinner and dessert along the way.  Guests will receive priority boarding on the monorail during their dining journey between Disney’s Contemporary […]

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Board the Walt Disney World Resort Monorail for a progressive dinner at 3 Disney Resort hotels beginning December 2, 2016. The new “Highway in the Sky Dine Around” experience includes stops for cocktails, appetizers, dinner and dessert along the way.  Guests will receive priority boarding on the monorail during their dining journey between Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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Your Dine Around adventure begins at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where you’ll check in at The Wave… of American Flavors restaurant. Relax and mingle with your fellow diners, enjoying a welcoming appetizer and specialty cocktail before setting off on your epicurean odyssey. Bon voyage and bon appétit!

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First stop: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort—where you’ll feel as if you’ve arrived in a far-flung tropical paradise. Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific and luxuriate in the charm of this exotic retreat, with an enticing variety of island-inspired libations and appetizers.

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Then it’s time for a change of scene and cuisine—as the monorail transports you a world away: to the opulent Victorian-style Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Step inside and step back into a bygone era of elegance and gracious hospitality. You’ll be escorted to the award-winning Cítricos restaurant where we invite you to settle in amid the refined ambience as you’re treated to a special Chef’s main course selection. Afterward, gather in the splendidly appointed lobby to sip champagne and savor a selection of artisanal cheeses.

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Board the monorail once more to return to Disney’s Contemporary Resort for the culmination of your evening. Here, you and your Dine Around companions will retire to a private patio to enjoy an indulgent assortment of desserts, cordials and coffee. From this exclusive location, watch in wonder as the Wishes nighttime spectacular fireworks light up the night over Cinderella Castle—a musical, magical grand finale to your one-of-a-kind dining adventure.

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The price of the “Highway in the Sky Dine Around” is $150 per person plus tax, gratuity included. It is offered on select Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:45pm beginning December 2, 2016. Check-in takes place at The Wave located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort 15 minutes ahead of your reservation time. The Disney Dining Plan may not be used for this event and any discounts or promotions are not valid.

Reservations open November 29th and can be made online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. There will be no dine-around between December 18 and January 3. Dates are currently available through March 31, 2017. Reservations must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance to avoid forfeiting the full price of the experience.

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Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away Temporarily Closed at Hollywood Studios http://www.chipandco.com/star-wars-galaxy-far-far-away-temporarily-closed-hollywood-studios-254640/ http://www.chipandco.com/star-wars-galaxy-far-far-away-temporarily-closed-hollywood-studios-254640/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:30:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254640 We hear from our friends at Orlando Theme Park News that Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away will be temporarily unavailable at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from November 29 until December 7, 2016. The show will begin to be performed as normal starting from December 8. A Cast Member and temporary signs will be located in […]

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We hear from our friends at Orlando Theme Park News that Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away will be temporarily unavailable at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from November 29 until December 7, 2016. The show will begin to be performed as normal starting from December 8. A Cast Member and temporary signs will be located in front of the Chinese Theatre to help communicate this downtime to Guests. No official statement was issued as to the reason behind the closing, but we’ll keep you updated if we learn more. For the time being, Star Wars fans should be sure to check out the Star Wars Launch Bay and Star Tours instead.

 

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Dole Whip Available at Disney Springs http://www.chipandco.com/dole-whip-available-disney-springs-254627/ http://www.chipandco.com/dole-whip-available-disney-springs-254627/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:29:10 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254627 Dole Whip lovers, rejoice! In addition to all your usual favorite spots to find this delicious pineapple treat, you can now add one more to your list! Marketplace Snacks in Disney Springs is now offering Dole Whip to guests.   The new location at Marketplace Snacks joins other locations throughout Disney’s Parks and Resorts: Pineapple […]

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Dole Whip lovers, rejoice! In addition to all your usual favorite spots to find this delicious pineapple treat, you can now add one more to your list! Marketplace Snacks in Disney Springs is now offering Dole Whip to guests.

 

The new location at Marketplace Snacks joins other locations throughout Disney’s Parks and Resorts:

  • Pineapple Lanai- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Aloha Aisle- Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
  • Tiki Juice Bar- Disneyland
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments- Animal Kingdom
  • Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

 

Who will be grabbing a Dole Whip on their next shopping venture at Disney Springs?

 

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Geyser Point Bar and Grill Opening at Wilderness Lodge Next Summer http://www.chipandco.com/geyser-point-bar-grill-opening-wilderness-lodge-next-summer-254604/ http://www.chipandco.com/geyser-point-bar-grill-opening-wilderness-lodge-next-summer-254604/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254604 Disney released details this week of Wilderness Lodge’s newest eatery slated to open sometime during the Summer of 2017.  The Geyser Point Bar and Grill is part of the recent expansion to the DVC Villas at Wilderness Lodge which have recently been renamed Boulder Ridge Villas. Geyser Point will be located in the heart of a […]

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Disney released details this week of Wilderness Lodge’s newest eatery slated to open sometime during the Summer of 2017.  The Geyser Point Bar and Grill is part of the recent expansion to the DVC Villas at Wilderness Lodge which have recently been renamed Boulder Ridge Villas.

Geyser Point will be located in the heart of a new feature pool area.  The open layout means that members and guests can grab a bite to eat as they lounge by the resort’s main pool.

Also, the pool (formerly known as the Hidden Springs) has gone through a complete re-imagining. The new pool area is slated to feature an expanded sun deck and a zero-entry pool while enhancing its Pacific Northwest theming. A “Boulder Ridge Railway and Mining Co” water tower will cast a prominent figure over the new pool area which has been modeled after a rock quarry.

Wilderness Lodge has also announced that in addition to the new amenities listed above there will also be an additional quick service restaurant though no further details regarding the eatery have been announced at this time.

Guests planning on visiting Wilderness Lodge in the months ahead are advised to check back for further details regarding the expansions and renovations taking place including the hotly anticipated lakefront cabins.

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As previous guests at the All Star Resorts could probably tell you, if you have a hankering for a slice of pizza after a long day at the parks, be prepared to wait in line.  Especially in the late hours of the evening, pizza lines at the All Star food courts can reach Peter Pan’s Flight like proportions. Thankfully, Disney has heeded the pizza-lover’s call and on November 23rd unveiled new quick service kiosks at both All Star Movies and Music that will offer pizzas curbside.

Having the kiosks near the bus stops means that families arriving back at the resort after visiting the theme parks can pick up pizza for the family without having to trek through the lobby or wait in long food court lines.

Anticipating the urge of late-night guests to have a slice, the kiosks will only be open between the hours of 7pm and 10pm.  The two locations dubbed “Intermission Express “at All-Star Music and “World Premier Express” at All Star Movies will offer a very simplified menu with cheese and pepperoni pizzas on offer. However, what it lacks in variety, it certainly makes up for in terms of convenience.

No further information has been given as of going to print regarding costs or whether or not the pizza can be purchased as part of the Disney Dining Plan.  Guests are encouraged to watch this space for further details.

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Disney World’s Atlantic Dance Hall to offer themed music nights http://www.chipandco.com/disney-worlds-atlantic-dance-hall-offer-themed-music-nights-254515/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-worlds-atlantic-dance-hall-offer-themed-music-nights-254515/#respond Sun, 27 Nov 2016 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254515 According to Orlando Theme Park News Disney is offering special themed nights every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night in the month of December at the Atlantic Dance Hall. The Atlantic Dance Hall will take you back with throwback music from the 90’s and 00’s along with a special drink menu and select draft beers for only […]

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According to Orlando Theme Park News Disney is offering special themed nights every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night in the month of December at the Atlantic Dance Hall.

The Atlantic Dance Hall will take you back with throwback music from the 90’s and 00’s along with a special drink menu and select draft beers for only $3!

There is no cover charge for these special events, but Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

 

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Starbright Holidays Drone Show Is A Must-See Work Of Art http://www.chipandco.com/starbright-holidays-drone-show-must-see-work-art-254240/ http://www.chipandco.com/starbright-holidays-drone-show-must-see-work-art-254240/#respond Sat, 26 Nov 2016 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254240 Disney Springs has stepped up to the plate in hosting new holiday experiences for the 2016 holiday season.  One of these new experiences is the Starbright Holidays-An Intel Collaboration Drone Show.  This must-see show encourages you to look toward the stars as 300 drones light up the night sky, accompanied by holiday music, to create an incredible […]

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Disney Springs has stepped up to the plate in hosting new holiday experiences for the 2016 holiday season.  One of these new experiences is the Starbright Holidays-An Intel Collaboration Drone Show.  This must-see show encourages you to look toward the stars as 300 drones light up the night sky, accompanied by holiday music, to create an incredible new Art form.

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The show presents a medley of holiday songs.  The opening song is “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” as the drones begin to illuminate the sky.  The music then changes to “Oh Christmas Tree” as a Christmas Tree begins to form and swirl.   The greens and reds are vibrant and pictures do not do justice to what this actually looks like when you see it in person.

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The next musical rendition  is “Have Yourself  A Merry Little Christmas” as Santa Claus’s voice joins in the song wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.  You will then likely recognize the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Carol of the Bells” as the lights from the drones magically dance to the music.  This particular segment is very colorful and you are sure to be amazed.

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The final segment of Starbright Holidays opens with “Oh Holy Night” and moves into “When You Wish Upon A Star.”  As the music plays an Angel forms in the sky.  I had goosebumps that had absolutely nothing to do with the cold weather we had that evening!  After the Angel has formed, the music medley ends with “Silent Night.”

Who knew that drones would take on a life of their own to create a whole new art form?  I am calling this “Drone-Art” as these displays are a bit of magic and creativity, combined with a whole lot of technology, to create a brand new form of Art.  When a friend of mine told me early this year that Disney was thinking beyond the traditional for Disney Springs this holiday season, I could never have imagined that I would be seeing drones as the stars of a new experience at the Walt Disney World Resort!

Starbright Holidays is a free show experience that can best be seen along Lake Buena Vista, behind Bongos Restaurant, at Disney Springs.  This show will appear at 7:00pm & 8:30pm nightly now through January 8, 2017.   Starbright Holidays-An Intel Collaboration Drone Show is a must-see for anyone who has the opportunity to visit Disney Springs this holiday season.

You can see our video from the November 20th 7:00pm show of Starbright Holidays Drone Show here:

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Holidays Around the World at Epcot 2016 Entertainment Schedule http://www.chipandco.com/holidays-around-world-epcot-2016-entertainment-schedule-254483/ http://www.chipandco.com/holidays-around-world-epcot-2016-entertainment-schedule-254483/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:20:59 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254483 Holidays Around the World at Epcot will be held from November 25 to December 30, 2016 and is included with valid theme park admission. Below is a schedule of daily performances but be sure to pick up a times guide when you enter the park for the most up to date information. IllumiNations: Reflections of […]

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Holidays Around the World at Epcot will be held from November 25 to December 30, 2016 and is included with valid theme park admission. Below is a schedule of daily performances but be sure to pick up a times guide when you enter the park for the most up to date information.

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

A special seasonal finale to IllumiNations will take place from November 25 to December 24 at 9:30pm and from December 24 to December 30 at 10:30pm. It will feature holiday greetings in native languages from the countries of World Showcase, along with the beloved sounds of the classice song “Let There be Peace on Earth.”

American Music Machine

Enjoy favorite songs of the season in the distinctive styling of the world renowned five person a capella group at Fountain Stage in Future World at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 6pm.

Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season

Rejoice in seasonal sounds that blend gospel with R&B, jazz and urban melodies to celebrate this glorious season with a contemporary flair. Performances are held at the Fountain Stage in Future World at 1:25pm, 2:25pm, 3:25pm and 4:25pm.

Candlelight Processional

Hear the stirring story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and several magnificent choirs at American Gardens Theatre in World Showcase. Candlelight Processional performances take place three times a day at 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 8:15pm.

Holidays Around the World Marketplaces 

Indulge in the flavors of the season with scrumptious bites, decadent desserts and merry libations around the world at the Holidays Around the World Marketplaces.

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Performances take place daily from November 25 to December 29 2016.

Canada – The Canadian Holiday Voyageurs
Explore holiday customs from the various regions of Canada on a musical tour of the Great White North. 12:25pm, 1:20pm, 2:15pm, 3:10pm, 4:25pm, 6pm

United Kingdom – Father Christmas
Join Father Christmas, as he rings in the season, with traditions of the United Kingdom and good cheer. 1:05pm, 2pm, 2:55pm, 4:30pm, 5:40pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

France – Père Noël
Discover the magic of Père Noël and the joy of the season through a Christmas letter from a child. 11:20am, 11:55am, 12:30pm, 1:20pm, 2:10pm, 3:40pm, 4:25pm, 5:40pm

Morocco – Morocco Holiday Entertainment
Take a journey through seasons of holidays in Morocco, where celebrations are “the spice of life!” 12:45pm, 2pm, 2:50pm, 3:25pm, 5:15pm, 6:10pm, 7:25pm.

Japan – Daruma
Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year! 12pm, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 6:10pm, 6:45pm.

Italy – La Befana
Meet the kind-hearted witch who arrives on the Eve of the Epiphany to grant gifts to good children. 1:40pm, 2:35pm, 3:30pm, 4:25pm, 5:45pm, 6:25pm, 7pm, 7:30pm.

Germany – Helga
Listen as Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree and the tale of her first Nutcracker. 1:40pm, 2:40pm, 3:40pm, 4:40pm, 5:25pm, 6:35pm, 7:35pm, 8:30pm.

China – Chinese Lion Dancers
The colorful Chinese Lion Dance brings good fortune and happiness to all during the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival. 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:40pm.

Norway – Sigrid and Julenissen
Enjoy the season of joy and fun with Sigrid and Julenissen, the mischievous Christmas gnome. 11:15am, 12pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm.

Mexico – Mariachis and Dancers
Celebrate a Feliz Navidad and join in the color and excitement of the music, dances and traditions of a Holiday Fiesta! 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm.

American Adventure – Santa and Mrs. Claus
Join Santa and Mrs. Clause at The American Adventure from November 25 to December 24 at 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

American Adventure – Hanukkah
Discover the traditions of Hanukkah, the story of the brave Maccabees and the miracle of the burning oil lamp. 12:15pm, 1pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 4pm, 4:45pm.

American Adventure – Kwanzaa
Experience the spirit of Kwanzaa, a celebration of unity, creativity and pride. 12pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm.

American Adventure – Voices of Liberty
Appearing in Dickens costumes, the Voices of Liberty a cappella group presents a special seasonal repertoire of holiday favorites. 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:15pm.

Ring in the holiday season with an assortment of food, music and celebrations from around the globe during Holidays Around the World at Epcot.

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Dates Announced for the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival http://www.chipandco.com/dates-announced-2017-epcot-food-wine-festival-254480/ http://www.chipandco.com/dates-announced-2017-epcot-food-wine-festival-254480/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:40:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254480 Mark your calendars. The 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival officially begins on August 31st through November 13th with a record breaking 75 days of global culinary creations, celebrity chefs, premium events, Eat to the Beat concerts, and more. Stay tuned to Chip and Co for full details in the coming months. Contact lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit […]

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The 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. runs 62 days from Sept. 14-Nov. 14, 2016. Guests can enjoy delicious flavors from around the world, food-and-beverage-tasting seminars, the "Eat to the Beat" concert series and more. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Mark your calendars.

The 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival officially begins on August 31st through November 13th with a record breaking 75 days of global culinary creations, celebrity chefs, premium events, Eat to the Beat concerts, and more.

Stay tuned to Chip and Co for full details in the coming months.

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All is Merry, Wreath-y, and Brightly Beautiful At Disney’s Hollywood Studios This Holiday Season http://www.chipandco.com/merry-wreath-y-brightly-beautiful-disneys-hollywood-studios-holiday-season-254451/ http://www.chipandco.com/merry-wreath-y-brightly-beautiful-disneys-hollywood-studios-holiday-season-254451/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:00:46 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254451 Walt Disney World is second to none in the holiday deco department.  Disney’s Hollywood Studios is simply magnificent at this time of year.  From the merry feeling you get when you see the giant Christmas tree, to the wreaths adorning every building throughout the park and the brightly lit Boulevards, we are happy to report […]

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Walt Disney World is second to none in the holiday deco department.  Disney’s Hollywood Studios is simply magnificent at this time of year.  From the merry feeling you get when you see the giant Christmas tree, to the wreaths adorning every building throughout the park and the brightly lit Boulevards, we are happy to report that all is merry, wreath-y, and brightly beautiful at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this holiday season.

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As you approach the entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you will notice that the buildings are merrily decorated with holiday garland, bows, and ornaments.  The centerpiece of it all is the festive giant Christmas Tree.  Here you will notice a movie reel surrounding the base of the tree and featuring a holiday train loaded with gifts and treats.

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When you enter the park, you will see the wreaths strung across Hollywood Boulevard with decorative garland.  Be sure to look at the garland along the archways of the buildings too.  Take a few moments to admire the Minnie Rockettes dancing in the store window.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios is feeling very wreath-y this year!  Take some time to admire the wreaths hanging in doorways and windows throughout the park.  They are simply magnificent.

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Before you exit the park, stop and turn onto Sunset Boulevard.  Take a stroll to enjoy the brightly star-lit Boulevard.  The Hollywood Tower of Terror appears to be slightly out-of-place as it graces the end of Sunset Boulevard with its menacing presence.

The holidays certainly seem to fill our schedules to capacity.  When we visit the Walt Disney World Parks we are excited to go from one ride, or show, to the next.  However, at this most festive time of the year, I suggest we all take some time to just relax and enjoy the beauty and magnificence around us.  I visit the Walt Disney World Parks all the time, with my most favorite time being during the months of November and December, simply because of the holiday decorations.  Family time is so important, particularly during the holidays.  When you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios this holiday season, I challenge you to put your phones away and meander along the Boulevards to admire all that is merry, wreath-y, and brightly beautiful.

Will you be checking out the holiday decorations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this year?  Please leave your comments in the box below.

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