IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth to Be Replaced by All-New Show in 2019!

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Walt Disney World has announced that after nearly 20 years, "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" will end its run in the second half of next year. "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" is planned to run until the end of summer 2019. It debuted in October 1999 as part of the Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration. The Disney Parks Live Entertainment team is currently creating a new show that will debut immediately following the conclusion of "IllumiNations," to continue the tradition of nightly entertainment on World Showcase Lagoon.
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Sept. 3 Marks the End of Pixar Fest and “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular”

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Pixar Fest concludes on September 3 at the Disneyland Resort, which means there are just three more weeks that you’ll be able to see “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular.” This show depicts iconic Pixar characters meeting for the first time, setting out on adventures, overcoming adversities, and forging lasting bonds. And while the … Continue reading "Sept. 3 Marks the End of Pixar Fest and “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular”"
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Disney Summer Doldrums

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I am in the middle of a long time between visits to Walt Disney World. While I love photographing at WDW, most of the time I unable to be there. What does a Disney photographer do while counting down to the next Disney trip? In my case, I like to explore other aspects of photography … Continue reading "Disney Summer Doldrums"
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Fireworks and Monorails at Epcot

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A monorail passes Journey into Imagination’s Reverse Waterfall as Illuminations fireworks explode overhead.Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 15.7s, f/9, ISO 400, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Tripod. Scott is taking this week off to enjoy Fourth of July festivities which will include fireworks. It reminded him of this photo of a monorail passing Journey into Imagination’s Reverse … Continue reading "Fireworks and Monorails at Epcot"
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After Fireworks Dessert Party Coming to Magic Kingdom

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Starting May 28, the Magic Kingdom will offer a new After Fireworks Dessert Party, held at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant immediately following the Happily Ever After Fireworks. The new offering, which is $69 for adults and $41 for children, includes fireworks viewing in a special area in the Plaza Garden, and an array of all-you-care-to-enjoy desserts and savory snacks.
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Photographing Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom

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The new Happily Ever After Fireworks and Castle Projection Show in the Magic Kingdom is wonderful, beautiful, uplifting, emotional and a visual and musical delight. But, for a still photographer, like myself, it is extremely challenging. I like my firework photographs to have colorful long streams and bursts. For the previous fireworks show, Wishes, the … Continue reading "Photographing Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom"
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Savor, Sip and Sparkle at California Grill

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We attended the Celebration at the Top – Savor, Sip and Sparkle event at California Grill on Sunday, October 1. This was a MNSSHP night at Magic Kingdom, so we started at 9:15PM with fireworks at 10:15. Times vary with the MK fireworks schedule. We arrived and checked in at the California Grill podium on … Continue reading "Savor, Sip and Sparkle at California Grill"
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Ferrytale Fireworks Cruise Returns in December

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After a hiatus due in part to the closing of the Magic Kingdom's Wishes fireworks, Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise returns beginning Dec. 1. The floating dessert party will be held aboard the General Joe Potter ferryboat on December 1, 3, 8, 10 and 15, nights that coincide with Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. The holiday cruise will feature the fireworks spectacular and special seasonal desserts, such as holiday cookies and peppermint cheesecake, as well as hot cocoa with a variety of toppings. In addition to desserts and drinks, this event also offers activities such as a Glow-in-the-Dark Scavenger Hunt, where you'll search for Hidden Mickeys throughout the Ferryboat. When the fireworks begin, you'll receive a special pair of "Mickey Vision" viewing lenses. After December, Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise will then be held on Fridays and Sundays through January 28, 2018. The event will begin one hour and 15 minutes prior to each evening's fireworks at Magic Kingdom, leaving from the Transportation and Ticket Center. Price is $99 for adults and $69 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included). There are Annual Passholders discounts for the holiday cruises available by calling 407-WDW-DINE; Disney Vacation Club Members can receive a discount by calling Member Services. Ferrytale Fireworks can be booked by calling 407-WDW-DINE or online.
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Disneyland’s Fantasmic! Dining Packages Now Booking

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Reservations can now be made for three new dining packages with reserved viewing areas for "Fantasmic!", which will return to Disneyland park on July 17. The Blue Bayou Restaurant "Fantasmic!" Dining Package will include choice of starter, entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. The cost is $65 for adults, $25 for children age 3-9. The River Belle Terrace "Fantasmic!" Dining Package will also include a three-course meal: choice of starter, entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. The cost is $45 for adults, $25 for children age 3-9. Hungry Bear Restaurant will offer a more "on-the-go" dining package, with choice of entree and natural soda or choice of entree and bottled water, juice box or milk for children age 3-9. The cost is $29.99 for adults, $19.99 for children. Make reservations for a "Fantasmic!" Dining Package at Disneyland.com or by calling 718-714-DINE.
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