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Remaining Candlelight Narrators AnnouncedRemaining Candlelight Narrators Announced
October 13, 2017
Walt Disney World has announced the full slate of Candlelight narrators for 2017.

 

Ferrytale Fireworks Cruise Returns in DecemberFerrytale Fireworks Cruise Returns in December
October 12, 2017
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.

 

Star Wars: Galactic Nights Returns Dec. 16!Star Wars: Galactic Nights Returns Dec. 16!
October 10, 2017
Star Wars: Galactic Nights is returning Dec. 16 to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Among many thrills in store, guests will be treated Hollywood-style to a red carpet arrival, iconic attractions with little to no wait time, amazing fireworks and projections, and experts sharing details about the Star Wars expansion coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Callers to 407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529) will be able to sign on for premium offerings such as a Galactic Tasting Sampler (food and beverage items including lightsaber churros and a charcuterie with C3PO crackers). Park access and activities will be exclusive to Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket holders. Event hours on Dec. 16 are 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are priced at $129 adults, $124 ages 3-9 (discounts available for Annual Passholders and DVC Members). Purchase tickets at DisneyWorld.com or call 407-W-DISNEY (407-934-7639).

 

Remy PhotoPass Magic Shot Available at Food and Wine FestivalRemy PhotoPass Magic Shot Available at Food and Wine Festival
October 09, 2017
There's a limited-time PhotoPass magic shot with Remy at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This opportunity is part of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival and is only available at Epcot. Simply ask a PhotoPass photographer for the Remy magic shot, and you'll find an adorable, rodent surprise in your PhotoPass pics.

 

Rate and Review Your Dining Experiences at WDWRate and Review Your Dining Experiences at WDW
October 07, 2017
Share your recent dining experiences and help others decide where to dine!

 

Trees of the WorldTrees of the World
October 06, 2017
Disney Historian Jim Korkis takes a look at Trees of the World

 

WDW Passholders Offered Anniversary Inspired Dining DiscountWDW Passholders Offered Anniversary Inspired Dining Discount
October 05, 2017
From now through Dec. 23, 2017, Walt Disney World Passholders will receive a 20 percent discount at 45 select dining locations as part of WDW's 45th anniversary celebration. For a complete list of dining locations participating in this program, visit the Annual Passholders page. (Note you will need to log in as a passholder to view this page.)

 

Mobile Ordering Added to Five More RestaurantsMobile Ordering Added to Five More Restaurants
October 04, 2017
Mobile Ordering through the My Disney Experience app has expanded again. It is now available for Rosie's All-American and Fairfax Fare in Disney's Hollywood Studios, as well as The Lunching Pad, Casey's Corner and Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom.

 

Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Las Vegas Shooting Victims; DCA Cast Member Among Those KilledFlags at Half-Staff to Honor Las Vegas Shooting Victims; DCA Cast Member Among Those Killed
October 03, 2017
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the horrendous shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Words fail us.

Last night, Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger tweeted, "A senseless, horrific, act, and a terrible loss for so many. We mourn a wonderful member of the Disney family: Carrie Barnette. Tragic." Barnette was a 10-year member of the culinary team at Disney California Adventure. Another cast member, Jessica Milam, was also seriously injured in the shooting.

Note that to honor the victims of this tragedy all U.S. flags on Disney property will be flown at half-staff through sunset on Oct. 6 in accordance with a presidential proclamation.

 

VIDEO: Epcot35 IllumiNations FinaleVIDEO: Epcot35 IllumiNations Finale
October 03, 2017
Watch the Epcot35 Illuminations Finale from October 1, 2017!

 

Dooney and Bourke's Bambi Collection Celebrates AnniversaryDooney and Bourke's Bambi Collection Celebrates Anniversary
September 28, 2017
The next collection from Dooney and Bourke's "Dream Big, Princess" line of handbags and accessories will feature Snow White. It will be released this Saturday, Sept. 30, at Uptown Jewelers in the Magic Kingdom. There will also be a gift with purchase opportunity available to guests who purchase any Dooney and Bourke bag priced more than $200. Dooney and Bourke also recently released a collection of bags celebrating the 75th anniversary of the release of "Bambi."

 

Disney Launches New shopDisney E-Commerce DestinationDisney Launches New shopDisney E-Commerce Destination
September 27, 2017
Disney has launched shopDisney, a new e-commerce destination offering the best assortment of Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel products for fans of all ages across fashion, accessories, toys, home and more. In addition, a new prototype Disney store design is being tested in select locations around the world bringing the magic of Disney to retail through innovative technology, storytelling and cast member interaction.

 

Celebrate Epcot's 35th - October 1stCelebrate Epcot's 35th - October 1st
September 22, 2017
Epcot celebrates its 35th Birthday on October 1st. See what the park is doing for the celebration.

 

Hollywood Studios Offering New "Flurry of Fun"Hollywood Studios Offering New "Flurry of Fun"
September 21, 2017
There will be a "Flurry of Fun" at Disney's Hollywood Studios this holiday season. In addition to the new, previously announced "Sunset Seasons Greetings" projection show along Sunset Boulevard, the park will feature:

-- enhanced holiday decor around Echo Lake, with extra-large ornaments, colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centered on the water. Even Dinosaur Gertie will be dressed for the occasion with a dino-sized Santa hat.

-- the addition (just for the holiday season) of all-new songs from Disney's new animated short "Olaf's Frozen Adventure," to the show For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration at the Hyperion Theater.

-- a banquet filled with holiday cheer and the joy of the season from Nov. 6-Jan. 7 at Minnie's Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine. Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald and Goofy will be at lunch and dinner. To make a reservation, book online at disneyworld.com/dining or call (407) WDW-DINE.

-- Santa Claus at the Once Upon a Time shop, Nov. 9-Dec. 24. Santa will be at the shop daily to greet guests and listen to holiday wishes. Santa Goofy will step in Dec. 25-Dec. 31 after Old Saint Nick returns to the North Pole.

 

Post-Hurricane Updates for WDW Area and BeyondPost-Hurricane Updates for WDW Area and Beyond
September 20, 2017
After Hurricane Irma passed through the Walt Disney World area on September 10, all Disney theme parks and Disney Springs reopened on Tuesday, September 12. Most attractions and facilities are back up and running normally, with a few exceptions. Walt Disney World/My Disney Experience app/Park and Resort Notices are reporting the status of other areas as follows:

-- Fort Wilderness is expected to reopen tomorrow, Sept. 20.

-- Aerophile, the World Leader in Balloon Flight at Disney Springs is closed.

-- The Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom is closed until further notice.

-- Splash Mountain is closed for its scheduled refurbishment.

-- Disney's Hilton Head Resort reopened yesterday, Sept. 18.

-- The Disney Fantasy's September 23 and October 7 sailings in the Eastern Caribbean are being modified to include ports of call in the Western Caribbean. These two revised sailings will now visit Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Falmouth, Jamaica.

-- Disney Cruise Line's Western Caribbean sailings will continue as scheduled.

The Walt Disney Company announced a commitment of $2.5 million to aid those impacted by Hurricane Irma. The funds will help the response and recovery efforts of the American Red Cross, UNICEF, Save the Children, and other nonprofits. In addition, eligible Disney employee donations to qualified organizations involved in the Hurricane Irma relief effort are being matched dollar for dollar by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation. During Hurricane Irma, Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line donated meals, provided storage for supplies and power-utility vehicles, donated bedding to shelters, and made rooms available for first responders.

As the recovery from Hurricane Irma's effects continues, we are now keeping an eye on Hurricane Maria, which as of this writing is a Category 5 storm in the Caribbean. For the latest on severe weather, be sure to consult with the National Hurricane Center, The Weather Channel, and Orlando news outlets.

Our thoughts remain with those affected by the recent hurricanes, not only Irma, but also Harvey, Jose, Katia and Maria.

 

DVC Moonlight Madness at Animal KingdomDVC Moonlight Madness at Animal Kingdom
September 20, 2017
Disney Vacation Club is celebrating 25 years of magic this year and to thank the almost 200,000 families that like to call Disney "home", they have had a series of special events planned including Moonlight Magic; a members only in-park celebration with characters, rides, treats and more! Here's a report on the Animal Kingdom event.

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts Returns in 2018Epcot International Festival of the Arts Returns in 2018
September 20, 2017
The 2018 festival will be open 7 days a week! Dates and details slowly emerge.

 

Epcot's Holiday Celebrations Take ShapeEpcot's Holiday Celebrations Take Shape
September 18, 2017
Epcot's Holidays Around the World have now become Epcot International Festival of the Holidays! While the Candlelight Processional and Peace on Earth Holiday Illuminations will begin November 24th, the fifteen Holiday Kitchens will open November 19, 2017. Also new this year is "Chip and Dale's Christmas Tree Spree" scavenger hunt $6.99 for the map. Be on the look out for Chip and Dale as they collect ornaments for their Christmas Tree. This is very similar to Remy's Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt which operates during Epcot's Food and Wine Festival.

 

Walt Disney Presents OpensWalt Disney Presents Opens
September 17, 2017
Walt Disney Presents combines elements of the previous Walt Disney's One Man's Dream, the Baby Groot and Star Lord Meet and Greet, and What's Coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Photo Galleries of the models and photographs.

 

Imagineer Francis Xavier "X" Atencio Passes Away at Age 98Imagineer Francis Xavier "X" Atencio Passes Away at Age 98
September 14, 2017
Legendary Disney Animator and Imagineer Francis Xavier 'X' Atencio passed away on September 10 at age 98. He began his Disney career in 1938 as an animator, working on films such as Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Mary Poppins. In 1965 he moved to WED Enterprises, where he helped bring to life attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion, including co-writing the iconic "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" and "Grim Grinning Ghosts." He continued to consult with Walt Disney Imagineering after his retirement in 1984, and was named a Disney Legend in 1996. AllEars.Net joins X's family and the entire Disney community in mourning his passing.