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Disney confirmed today that Toy Story Midway Mania in Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be closing August 16th through the 28th. Rumors have persisted for a while that the attraction would shutter for a week or so after the summer rush, but Disney didn’t confirm until today.
Does this mean that Imagineers will add the much-anticipated holiday games for Halloween and December? Or is it simply to complete routine maintenance and repairs?
We’ll report back as soon as we know.
What a great week for Disney News! With the opening of World of Color at Disney California Adventure there has been so many news articles and videos to come out of the House of Mouse.
Here are a few articles from around the interwebs you might have missed talking about WOC:
- AJ from the Disney Food Blog shares with us the World of Color Picnic Booking Now Available Online
- In case you missed it DisZine has the Full World of Color Premier Videos
- Finally Stitch Kingdom share a Photo Gallery: ‘World of Color’ Blue Carpet Premiere and Show at Disneyland Resort
Here are a few non World of Color articles you may have missed from around the interwebs:
- Attractions Magazine shares More details on the new Star Tours ride – Multiple destinations confirmed
- WDW Daily News has
- Main Street Gazette takes a look back at the Contemporary Resort in an article called Top of the world. I love all the classic photos!
- Nancy one of our writers shares this weeks Travel Tuesday Tales, where she is documenting her experiences planning their next Disney World vacation. For the story thus far, check out the Prologue, where she described who is going on the trip and when we will be at Disney.
Finally here are a few articles from C&C this past week I thought was quite interesting
- Disney Confidential: Holiday Changes Coming for Toy Story Midway Mania?
- Marvel characters have a future in Disney parks
- Kids Sail Free on Select Disney Mexican Riviera Cruises
- What’s New & What’s Next at Disneyland Resort for 2011 and beyond!
- Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion Dining Update
- The Pros and Cons of Longer vs. Shorter Trips
- Driving to Walt Disney World: Five Tips for Making it a Magical Trip
Don’t forget this is the last day for the Pixar’s Toy Story 3 Facebook Comment Party Giveaway!
Have a great week!
Many of the Dads I know that are heading to Disney World for the first time have that very familiar first timer’s look of fear and worry. Well I’m here to tell ya, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Walt Disney World is the most family friendly tourist attraction on the planet. The saddest stories I hear are when the entire trip just flew by and was so stressful that they couldn’t wait to get home. What a tragedy. In order to prevent the Disney Dad Blues I have compiled a list of my Top Ten Must Do’s For the Disney Dad.
- Ride test track. This ride is a blast for the whole family. I would make sure you do this before you do the draft beers from around the world showcase challenge and take it from me take off your hat.(I miss That Hat)
- Draft beers from around the World Showcase challenge. I have successfully completed this one twice. Pace yourself if you’re a beginner. Start on the Canada side so you can get your significant other a glass of wine or a Grand Marnier slushy in France to get her more keen on your Draft Beer endeavor
- Illuminations. This is a must for all Disney Dads. Fire, explosions, liquid propane torches, lasers, argh argh argh (Tim Allen groans). Best viewed in my opinion in front of The Japan Pavilion. (Beer tap and bathroom at the top of the little hill, SHHHHH! Don’t tell anyone).
- Mission Space (Epcot) – Feel the sensation of blast off with the same technology that NASA uses to prepare their astronauts for flight. In the space vehicle, each person on the four person flight crew is assigned a task to make the mission successful. As your space craft “launches” into space, you feel the G forces push you back as your window to space shows your progress as you Race toward the heavens. (Another one to do before the Draft beer challenge)
- Expedition Everest (Disney’s Animal Kingdom) Enjoy a scenic train trek to the top of Mount Everest, which is at least until the infamous Yeti changes the plan. As your train emerges from a cave, riders catch a glimpse of the Yeti’s shadow and notice the train track ahead is ripped into two. Unable to proceed, the train starts going backwards, downhill into a dark cave and speeds over and around Mount Everest to escape the Yeti.
- Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) – Mickey Mouse’s dreams quickly turn in to a nightmare as the forces of good and evil battle for control of Mickey’s dreams in the spectacular show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Presented in the Hollywood Hills Theater, the memorizing show features all of your Disney friends, fireworks, music, floating stages, and patented water screen technology on which clips from classic Disney movies are shown. Beer and pretzels conveniently sold at the top of the amphitheater.
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Disney’s Hollywood Studio) – Find yourself in an episode of the classic TV show “The Twilight Zone.” From the moment you step in to the deserted Hollywood hotel, you know something’s not right. From the hotel’s boiler room, riders are whisked in to a service elevator for a journey to the top of the hotel… 13 stories up. Along the way, the elevator stops on different floors to reveal scenes straight out of the Twilight Zone. Then, without warning, the elevator plunges 13 stories straight down. Do this before the big lunch at the Brown Derby
- Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) – Aerosmith invite riders to be VIP’s at their concert .The only problem is that the show beings in just a few minutes and the limo has to take off like a rocket from 0-57mph in 2.8 seconds. From there, it’s a super-fast journey through the freeways of LA to get to the show on time. Along with plenty of ups, downs, and loops, riders rock out to an awesome speaker system in each “limo” playing some of Aerosmith’s greatest hits. Go ahead and get you 80’s on with this ride.
- Wishes. No not from Magic Kingdom. Take a ride over to Fort Wilderness Campground or the Wilderness Lodge and Order up a Cold one at the Outdoor bar while you await a great fireworks show followed by parade of light up boat floats with music. I’m not saying that Magic Kingdom is no good, but it is a dry park if you know what I mean. Also the beaches are less crowded and have hammocks so you can snuggle with your lady while the kids make sand castles in the dark.
- GIVE IN TO YOUR KIDS. 1-9 are for you but you must be sure that you let each one of your children have their special moment. Grant them a Disney Wish. Let them pick something to do, or lead the way, map in hand, to the next stop. Be their best friend. Be their age. Look through their eyes. BE A KID AGAIN. You’ll never forget it.
Most important of all, have FUN being a DAD!!!
Jerry comes to us from Disney 4 Dads, one of the coolest spots for Disney Dads on the planet! Get together with other Disney Dads and discuss manly things like grilling out, camping, and much more.
Planning an affordable Disney vacation involves, at some point, a decision about transportation. How are you going to get to Walt Disney World? And how are you going to get around once you get there? While it can be a challenge to travel economically, planning ahead and doing a bit of research can save you quite a bit of money on your trip.
Flying is probably the most popular choice for transportation, but getting the best price requires you to plan ahead and to be persistent about checking rates. You will probably get the lowest airfares 4 months out and then again possibly 6-8 weeks in advance. If you wait and book within the last 2 weeks, you will pay the most.
You may also save money if you can fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday when the fares are cheapest…and try to avoid Friday and Sunday nights when they are usually the most expensive. You should also register with the website of each airline that you are considering flying with, so that you are eligible for any email promotions that they send out. Another tip is to look at nearby airports such as Tampa, Jacksonville, and the smaller Sanford, for cheaper airfare. You can also see if you have choices for your home airport, as it is not unusual to be able to save money by flying from a different airport.
Folks along the East Coast may want to consider taking the train as a fun transportation option for an affordable Disney vacation. If you do this, you will have several options for both trains as well as seats/accommodations. On Amtrak’s basic trains, there will be a number of stops along the way, so be sure to look at the estimated travel time on the train schedule so you will know what to expect. You can also try the Amtrak Autotrain, which travels between Lorton, VA and Sanford, FL. On this train you can take your car with you, and arrive in Florida ready to drive away.
On every train, you will be able to choose whether you want to purchase just a seat…the least expensive option…or get an entire compartment, which may be a bit more comfortable, and can be very fun. If you get just a seat, you will want to make sure you are comfortable sleeping upright for the entire night. But don’t rule out a compartment at first, because it may be possible to get one for a very affordable price, if you plan ahead. Always at least check!
Most of the time, if you drive, you will probably save money, although with rising gas prices, make sure you compare the cost of several tanks of gas (and possibly a night in a motel along the way) with the cost of airfare to be sure. But if you choose to drive, you will also save money on other things as well. By driving, you won’t need a rental car. And having your car will allow you to pack things like food, snacks etc. Plus, if you are bringing little ones, bringing your own stroller will save you the cost of renting one while at Walt Disney World.
Now what about when you arrive in Disney World? If you plan to stay in a Walt Disney World resort property, you will be able to use their free Magical Express bus service from Orlando Airport to your hotel and back. And you will also be able to take advantage of Disney’s network of buses, boats, and monorails to get from your hotel to the parks.
However, if you are staying off property, or wish to travel away from Disney to other locations, you will probably want to rent a car. You will find several rental car companies at the Orlando Airport, and to get the best possible price you should expect to check their rates early and often. Be sure to register as a “preferred renter” on each website to get money-saving discounts. And when you find a good rate, book it. The nice thing is, if you find a better rate later on, there is no penalty for cancellation. When it comes to saving money on a rental car, persistence definitely will pay off.
Travel to Disney World can be much less expensive than you might expect, if you are able to do some research and planning. And by saving money on your transportation, you will find that you can actually have a far more affordable Disney vacation than you might expect. It is said that the journey is half the fun: why not make that journey fun, and affordable?
We put out a question on Facebook asking our Fans (I call them our family) forwhen they’re planning a Disney Vacation. All I can say my family delivered!
You guys really came through and offered up some really good suggestions.
If you are not a fan of us onyou are missing out on all the conversations we share. It’s really cool meeting our fans and getting to know them better. We are really blessed to have some of the smartest Disney fans on the planet.
Here are some helpful hints:
Do your homework and make res. for dining!
Don’t over-plan; there is no way you can experience everything in a week so just pick two or three things you really want to be sure to do and then let go and just have fun!
Look at a park map and have an idea what you want to see before you walk through the gates.
Go for at LEAST 3 days (Disneyland Resort) so you have an opportunity to see and do alot, although more is ALWAYS better!
It took me 5 pages to write my tips down for my friends first trip! Get there at opening is my number one.
My advice would be.. Don’t rush and have the time of your life!!!!!
When presented with a right or left option either in queues or general touring, always go left. Since the majority of the human race is right-handed, we go that way instinctively. Left will have the shorter line.
Take me with you and I’ll show you the ropes! LOL °O° I’m serious, though!
Plan ahead .. you will miss a lot if you don’t…
Get there at rope drop
Make your adr’s. Slow down and really enjoy the experiece!!
Enjoy every minute.
Just because you might not like a character or roller coaster, give it a try. A Disney ride is like an adventure. Can I offer two? Go to the nighttime entertainment (Fantasmic, Illuminations, Wish) they are amazing and like nothing you will ever see!!!
Make sure if you’re using the disney dining package or disney transportation you understand it very well before you go. Allow plenty of time for traveling to your hotel to your dining reservations if you use the buses. Look at the park maps and have an idea of what places you really want to stop at or rides you want to stop at. Don’t get overwhelmed
Bring lots of money. Just Kidding,,,,,My tip would be to breathe deeply now and then and soak it all in as much as possible. You can miss more than you could ever see.
plan, plan, plan!
Bring good walking shoes and drink plenty of water
Don’t over plan, go wih the attitude you are not going to see it all,so slow down & enjoy all that you are doing at the time, not what is next to do on the list (You can always go back) Oh & batteries, batteries, batteries, can you ever bring enough for the camera??! :0)
Take a stroller for your kids! On our trip in November, even our six year old sat in our double jogger part of the day. How much your kids enjoy the trip directly relates to how much mom & dad enjoy the trip!
Pace yourself, and take time to relax in between the park madness…
Stay on property at a Disney hotel. So worth it for many reasons!
Do your homework and have some kind of plan, but don’t stress if you have to change. Stay on property. Have fun fun fun and know when the little ones need rest.
Get to the park EARLY!!!!!
Research and plan ahead.Then realize you can’t do it all in one trip,which gives a reason to return next year.
take a break in the afternoon and relax by the pool at your hotel.
Plan but don’t over plan. Make some ADRs. Most importantly have fun
If you like a ride or attraction, do it twice, you will see so much more detail the second time that you missed the first time around. Have fun and dont expect to see/do everything in one trip.
don’t go on spring break!
stay on property…use the magical express at the airport..use the busses.. enjoy every minute and TAKE COMFORTABLE SHOES….go back to the resort to rest for an hr or so and then enjoy!!!
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