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Parks Pavilion Themed as "A Galaxy of Stories" at D23 ExpoParks Pavilion Themed as "A Galaxy of Stories" at D23 Expo
June 27, 2017
The Force is strong at D23 Expo 2017 thanks to an entire pavilion dedicated to the Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland park and Disney's Hollywood Studios. The pavilion for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts: A Galaxy of Stories will feature a glimpse of the locations, starships, creatures and droids that will populate a remote village on the Outer Rim, and you will be able to experience the world premiere of a detailed model showcasing the immersive 14-acre lands coming to Disney Parks in 2019.

 

Olaf's Frozen Adventure Featurette to Debut in NovemberOlaf's Frozen Adventure Featurette to Debut in November
June 27, 2017
Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) and Pixar Animation Studios are teaming up this holiday season when WDAS' new featurette "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" opens in front of Disney Pixar's original feature film "Coco" on November 22, 2017. The new trailer for the featurette will run in front of Disney Pixar's "Cars 3," beginning this Friday, June 16, when Lightning McQueen's new big-screen adventure opens in theaters nationwide.

 

Cruz Ramirez Greeting at DCA's Cars LandCruz Ramirez Greeting at DCA's Cars Land
June 27, 2017
One of the newest stars from Disney-Pixar's "Cars 3," Cruz Ramirez, has joined Lightning McQueen and Mater in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.

 

Disney Store Launching New Collections at D23 ExpoDisney Store Launching New Collections at D23 Expo
June 27, 2017
Disney Store today announced the new collections and Limited Edition sets to launch at this year's D23 Expo 2017, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center July 14-16. The never-before-seen collections celebrate milestone anniversaries and everyone's favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars characters.

 

Two WDW Chefs Named "Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America"Two WDW Chefs Named "Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America"
June 26, 2017
Two Walt Disney World chefs are among Dessert Professional Magazine's "Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America." Stefan Riemer, executive pastry chef on the Culinary Development team for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, was classically trained in Europe and joined the Disney Culinary team in 1999. In his current role he develops and implements pastry menus and new pastry brands such as Amorette's Patisserie and The Ganachery at Disney Springs. Olivier Saintemarie, executive pastry chef for Chefs de France restaurant in the France pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, was also classically trained in Europe. He joined Disney Cruise Line in 1999 and moved to Epcot in 2014. He oversees bread and pastry production for Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, Les Chefs de France, Monsieur Paul and L'Artisan des Glaces.

 

Morning Yoga Now Available for Guests of Boardwalk Inn and VillasMorning Yoga Now Available for Guests of Boardwalk Inn and Villas
June 26, 2017
Guests of the BoardWalk Inn and Villas can now participate in a 30-minute morning yoga session on the resort's Village Green from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m on Mondays and Wednesdays. Participation is limited to the first 20 guests. The yoga session is complimentary; towels and mats are provided.

 

Morimoto Asia Forbidden Lounge Late Night OfferingsMorimoto Asia Forbidden Lounge Late Night Offerings
June 26, 2017
Morimoto Asia recently debuted its new summer additions to the Forbidden Lounge late-night menu. Deb and Linda were able to sample the new cocktails and also the late-night food offerings.

 

Fourth of July Around the "World"Fourth of July Around the "World"
June 25, 2017
Walt Disney World has announced its entertainment schedule for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday:
-- Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky: Magic Kingdom Park commemorates the Fourth with brilliant fireworks choreographed to patriotic music on both July 3 and July 4 at 9 p.m.
-- IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth: This nightly Epcot favorite adds a patriotic twist to the show, with a special laser light finale celebrating America at 9 p.m. on July 4.
-- "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular" at Disney's Hollywood Studios takes to the sky at 9:30 p.m.
-- Rivers of Light: Disney's Animal Kingdom's newest nighttime show has two showings, 9:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Other Independence Day fun and entertainment includes:
-- The Voices of Liberty a cappella group will perform traditional Americana tunes during a 4th of July Concert on the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. The American Music Machine will perform pop hits at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 3:50 p.m.
-- Disney Characters all dressed up to celebrate America's birthday will be meeting visitors throughout the day at the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot.
-- The Muppets Present... Great Moments in History: Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie Bear and friends reenact famous moments in American history in a whimsical way. The live show is performed daily in Liberty Square.

 

2018 Dining Plan Includes Alcoholic Beverages2018 Dining Plan Includes Alcoholic Beverages
June 25, 2017
Walt Disney World 2018 vacation packages went on sale today, June 20. Along with that, Disney has released updated information for its 2018 Dining Plans. One of the biggest changes to next year's dining plans is the inclusion of certain alcoholic beverages. Other specialty beverages have also been included in the plans. For guests with a vacation package that includes a Disney Dining Plan:
-- Those over the age of 21 can choose either one single serving non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine. A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as: artisanal milkshakes; fresh smoothies; premium hot chocolates; soda, coffee, or tea. A single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as: beer or cider; wine or sangria; mixed drinks and specialty cocktails (some exceptions apply).
-- Those under the age of 21 can choose a single serving non-alcoholic beverage as described above.
These beverages are included with a table-service or quick-service meal entitlement, not individually.
In addition, prices for the 2018 dining plans are as follows:
-- Quick-Service Dining Plan is $52.49 per night per adult; $21.75 per night per child age 3-9
-- Basic Dining Plan is $75.49 per night per adult; $25.80 per night per child age 3-9
-- Deluxe Dining Plan is $116.24 per night per adult; $39.90 per night per child age 3-9

 

Vera Bradley "Painting the Roses Red" Alice in Wonderland BagsVera Bradley "Painting the Roses Red" Alice in Wonderland Bags
June 24, 2017
Monday, June 26 is a big day for collectors of Disney designer purses and bags. Both Harvey's Seatbeltbags and Vera Bradley will release new collections online. However, if you're in the right place at the right time, you may be able to purchase pieces this weekend.

Vera Bradley has released a new Alice in Wonderland pattern "Painting the Roses Red" in various locations at Walt Disney World. The collection includes a tote ($175), tote ($165), small backpack ($140), crossbody ($130), mini hipster ($99), small leather wallet ($90), large wallet ($70) and scarf ($40).

 

Character Meet and Greets at Disney's Hollywood StudiosCharacter Meet and Greets at Disney's Hollywood Studios
June 24, 2017
One of the fun things about Disney's Hollywood Studios is the unique character meet-and-greet opportunities. Some of the characters are regulars (like Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, Buzz and Woody), but others are around for a very limited time. Recently we headed to the Studios and the first order of business were the special characters!

 

D23 Expo - ABC Television Stars Meet and Greets at ExpoD23 Expo - ABC Television Stars Meet and Greets at Expo
June 23, 2017
We've got the latest announcements from D23 regarding July's Expo. Check back as more information is released

 

2017 Eat to the Beat Concerts Announced!2017 Eat to the Beat Concerts Announced!
June 22, 2017
The full schedule of musical acts performing during the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival has been released. The concerts, known as the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, will be performed nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot's World Showcase at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. The concerts are included with your theme park admission.

 

PhotoPass Capturing On-Ride Photos at Pirates of the CaribbeanPhotoPass Capturing On-Ride Photos at Pirates of the Caribbean
June 21, 2017
As of yesterday, June 19, Disney PhotoPass Service is taking photos of guests at Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom. As you prepare to exit a haunted grotto, a Disney PhotoPass camera will capture your image, which will be automatically associated to your My Disney Experience account if you are wearing an active MagicBand. Your photo can be viewed at MyDisneyPhotoPass.com and in the My Disney Experience mobile app, where you can download or purchase it.

 

Preview Copper Creek Waterfront CabinsPreview Copper Creek Waterfront Cabins
June 21, 2017
We're now just about a month out from the grand opening of the new Copper Creek Villas and Cabins, the 14th Disney Vacation Club development -- and the second at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. AllEars Editor Deb Koma gives a sneak preview of the area's new waterfront cabins.

 

Park Maps, Guides for Guests with DisabilitiesPark Maps, Guides for Guests with Disabilities
June 21, 2017
Here are the latest Walt Disney World theme park guide maps, as well as the guides for guests with disabilities.

 

Noshing Around Disney SpringsNoshing Around Disney Springs
June 21, 2017
Follow Deb and Linda as they nosh around Disney Springs.

 

Classics Return to Disneyland This SummerClassics Return to Disneyland This Summer
June 19, 2017
This summer, iconic Disneyland park attractions make their return with the reopening of "Fantasmic!," the Rivers of America attractions and the Disneyland Railroad. We know these classic attractions - many of which have delighted guests since the park's opening day - are very special to Disneyland park fans, and we are excited to celebrate their return.

 

PHOTOS: New Guest Rooms at Pop Century!PHOTOS: New Guest Rooms at Pop Century!
June 19, 2017
POP Century is slowly rolling out brand new renovated rooms. Here's a glimpse of the new digs.

 

Groot Bread Now Available at DCAGroot Bread Now Available at DCA
June 16, 2017
A savory snack, Groot Bread, is available in two spots at Disney California Adventure. If you like it spicy, try the cheddar and jalapeno version at Cosmic Canteen ($8.50), while a plain sourdough version is available at Fairfax Market.