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D23 Sip and Scream Event Tickets on Sale SoonD23 Sip and Scream Event Tickets on Sale Soon
June 30, 2016
Tickets for D23's Sip and Scream event on October 5, 2016, at Walt Disney World will go on sale Monday, July 11 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets cost $125, plus a $5 processing fee. As part of the event, D23 Members will celebrate Halloween and the 21st Epcot International Food and Wine Festival by experiencing delectable dining, spooky entertainment, and a special taping of ABC's Emmy Award-winning series The Chew. D23 Members will also attend an exclusive presentation in World Showcase, then will proceed to reserved seating at the Eat to the Beat concert at the America Gardens Theatre. The event culminates in a Halloween spooktacular-themed dessert reception at Epcot's Isle de France with VIP viewing of the nighttime spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Each Sip and Scream guest will receive a copy of The Chew cookbook, a $25 Disney Gift Card to taste some of the delicious offerings at the Food and Wine Festival, and of course, unforgettable memories of a frightfully fabulous day. For more details, visit D23.com.

 

Countdown to Midnight New Year's Eve Party Begins Booking July 4Countdown to Midnight New Year's Eve Party Begins Booking July 4
June 30, 2016
"Disney Countdown to Midnight - A New Year's Eve Celebration" will take place Dec. 31, 2016, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Contemporary Resort's Convention Center in the Fantasia Ballroom. There will be music and dancing, along with food and wine pairings from California Grill, Flying Fish, Citricos and Narcoossee's. The event will be highlighted with Magic Kingdom fireworks viewing and a champagne toast. Complimentary transportation will be provided for select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Tickets for this all-ages special evening are extremely limited and cost $225 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Reservations will open on July 4. To purchase or for more information, visit DisneyWorld.com or call 407-939-3463.

 

Dooney and Bourke Release PartyDooney and Bourke Release Party
June 30, 2016
On July 23 starting at 10 a.m., there will be a special Dooney and Bourke release party at Cherry Tree Lane inside the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs. At this event, two new collections will go on sale. One group of handbags is inspired by "it's a small world" and will include a Shopper Tote, a Pouchette, a Wallet and a Wristlet. The second collection, called "Lovebirds," will include a Shopper Tote and a Letter Carrier. Also, for the first time, four limited-edition retail MagicBands containing Dooney and Bourke-inspired designs will be released. Each MagicBand will have an edition size of 1,500, and will come with a specially designed slider with the Dooney and Bourke logo. Guests attending the release party will have the chance to meet Ian Ray, Creative Director for Dooney and Bourke, who will be appearing from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Disneyland Resort will have the "it's a small world" and "Lovebirds" collections in select merchandise locations after this event. You will also find select items on the Disney Parks online store or using the Shop Disney Parks mobile app.

 

Enter To Win Trip with Adventures by DisneyEnter To Win Trip with Adventures by Disney
June 30, 2016
If you have a Facebook account, don't forget to "like" "Disney's The BFG" Facebook page to enter for a chance to win a trip for four to England and France with Adventures by Disney. Be sure to read the complete rules for other ways to enter the contest. All entries must be received by 9:59:59 a.m. PT on July 11, 2016, to be eligible for the Sweepstakes.

 

Port Orleans Riverside Alligator Bayou Room Photo GalleryPort Orleans Riverside Alligator Bayou Room Photo Gallery
June 30, 2016
The last section of our total redo of the Port Orleans Riverside photo gallery is now completed. We had added photos of the Alligator Bayou rooms.

 

Dave Smith Signing Book on July 9thDave Smith Signing Book on July 9th
June 30, 2016
Dave Smith, Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus of The Walt Disney Archives, will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his book, "Disney Facts Revealed: Answers to Fans' Curious Questions," at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. from 9 to 11 a.m. on July 9. Dave will also appear at the World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District later that same day, from 1 to 3 p.m.

 

Candlelight Processional Packages Booking NOW!Candlelight Processional Packages Booking NOW!
June 30, 2016
Details for the 2016 Candlelight Processional at Epcot, the traditional telling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator with accompanying choir and orchestra, have been announced. A tentative list of narrators has been released, along with information about special Candlelight Processional Dining Packages.

 

Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party Changing LocationGalactic Spectacular Dessert Party Changing Location
June 30, 2016
The location of A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party is moving beginning July 10, 2016. The dessert party, which includes a selection of Star Wars-themed desserts and specialty drinks -- including alcoholic beverage options -- along with a reserved viewing area for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectactular fireworks show and a souvenir Chewbacca stein, is currently held outdoors in an area to the left of the Chinese Theatre. Beginning July 10, check-in for the party will be outside of Star Wars Launch Bay, while the party itself will be held inside the Launch Bay. Party-goers will be escorted to an outdoor VIP viewing are for the nighttime show 15 minutes before it begins. Price for the dessert party: Adult (age 10 and over): $69; Child (ages 3 to 9): $39. (Disney dining plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this event, and there are no discounts available.) Tax and gratuity are included; theme park admission is not. There is no seating available for this party, but wheelchairs and ECVs can be accommodated.

 

Breakfast Now Served at La Cantina de San AngelBreakfast Now Served at La Cantina de San Angel
June 29, 2016
Now that neighboring Norway pavilion opens at 9 a.m. to accommodate all the Frozen-lovers, the Mexico pavilion in Epcot has followed suit. The pavilion opens at 9 a.m., with its quick-service La Cantina de San Angel open for breakfast.

 

Special Flag Retreat Ceremony on July 4thSpecial Flag Retreat Ceremony on July 4th
June 29, 2016
On July 4, the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band will participate in a special 4th of July Flag Retreat Ceremony on Main Street. They will also perform an evening concert at the Fantasyland Theater.

 

Preview of Pete's Dragon Screened in ParksPreview of Pete's Dragon Screened in Parks
June 29, 2016
Beginning July 1, 2016, a sneak preview of scenes from Disney's all-new "Pete's Dragon" will be screened at Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.
At Disney's Hollywood Studios, the preview of "Pete's Dragon" will be presented as part of the One Man's Dream attraction.
At Disney California Adventure will get to see this advance look at clips from the film in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land.
"Pete's Dragon" is the reimagining of the Disney film adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon. "Pete's Dragon" opens in theaters in 3D on August 12, 2016.

 

Book HalloWishes Premium Package Now!Book HalloWishes Premium Package Now!
June 29, 2016
The HalloWishes Fireworks Dessert Premium Package, available during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on select nights from September 2 to October 31, is now available for booking. The package includes reserved viewing of Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade on Main Street U.S.A. and is followed by a private fireworks dessert party at Tomorrowland Terrace. The Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package costs $79 for adults or $47 for children (ages 3 to 9), plus tax. This Package does NOT include admission to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, which must be purchased separately.

 

Frontera Cocina Restaurant Opens in Town CenterFrontera Cocina Restaurant Opens in Town Center
June 29, 2016
Frontera Cocina, by Chef Rick Bayless, opened June 27 in Disney Springs. The restaurant features authentic Mexican specialties, such as hand-crafted tortas, tacos, salads, fresh-made guacamole and classic Mexican braised meat entrees, all prepared with natural, locally sourced ingredients. Frontera Cocina also will serve an extensive selection of margaritas, cocktails and craft beers and wine. Located in Town Center, the nearly 6,000-square-foot venue will seat 200 guests, and also features a take-out window. It is now taking reservations through OpenTable.com.

 

4th of July Celebrations Around the World!4th of July Celebrations Around the World!
June 28, 2016
Independence Day will be celebrated all around Walt Disney World this July 4 (and even on July 3 in some places), with fireworks, specially dressed characters, patriotic music and merchandise.

 

2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Details2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Details
June 27, 2016
Details for the 2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which runs September 14 through November 14, 2016, were announced at a special Tables in Wonderland Sneak Preview on June 26. We have photos and all the information on our Food and Wine Festival pages here.

        Related Links:
         -- Festival Preview Photos
         -- Global Marketplaces to Date
         -- Cast of ABC's "The Chew" Returns October 5-7!
         -- Special Dining Experiences Offered, Some at Disney Resorts
         -- Eat to the Beat Packages Return; Include Breakfasts!

 

Art of Animation Little Mermaid VideoArt of Animation Little Mermaid Video
June 23, 2016
Tour the Art of Animation Little Mermaid section. Check out the huge sculptures and the themed pool

 

Kiddie Pool to Close Permanently at the FortKiddie Pool to Close Permanently at the Fort
June 22, 2016
The Meadow Kiddie Pool at Fort Wilderness will close permanently on June 27, 2016.

 

Flying Fish Renovation Shorter Than Previously AnnouncedFlying Fish Renovation Shorter Than Previously Announced
June 22, 2016
The renovation of Flying Fish on Disney's BoardWalk has changed its end date from September 30 to "through summer 2016.

 

French Quarter Food Court Faces RefurbishmentFrench Quarter Food Court Faces Refurbishment
June 22, 2016
The Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Port Orleans French Quarter will close for refurbishment on July 11. During this time, the Scat Cat Lounge adjacent to the resort lobby will feature some beloved dishes, like jambalaya, gumbo, po' boys, and beignets. There will also be a selection of grab 'n' go meals available for purchase. For guests wishing for more selection, bus transportation will be provided from 7 a.m. to midnight to Port Orleans Riverside. In addition, the resort will continue to offer its in-room pizza delivery service from 4 p.m. to midnight daily. The menu includes pizza, hot and cold sandwiches and pasta. The quick service food court will reopen sometime in the fall, but no specific date has been announced.

 

Frozen - Live at the Hyperion Disney California AdventureFrozen - Live at the Hyperion Disney California Adventure
June 22, 2016