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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Opens Up In New Fantasyland

Disney has been working hard on the Fantasyland Expansion for quite some time now, but it seems that the end is finally in sight! One of the final pieces of the puzzle in the works is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Roller Coaster – which is set to open this Spring!

This “family coaster” experience takes you through the mines where you can visit Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs hard at work! The queue for the ride will be interactive, and the combination of “dark” parts and thrill ride is perfect for those of all ages!

Here’s an idea of some of the work that has gone into creating the ride:

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More news to come as we learn when it will officially open to the public – at this point there has been testing and “soft openings” (aka allowing limited numbers of guests to experience the attractions), but no grand opening yet. Stay tuned!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Feeling “Spring-y” Thanks To The Epcot Flower And Garden Festival!

It’s almost April, it’s officially been Spring for almost a week now – and to me, this is a big deal. Not because I love spring (I actually don’t, oddly enough), but because this winter has been BRUTAL for the Northeast US – and I am SO over it. All of the signs of spring give me hope – including the signs that are popping up at WDW – like the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival – a sure sign of Spring, this annual festival runs from March 5th -May 18th, and features beautiful topiaries, thousands of flowers, amazing landscaping, presentations by your favorite HGTV stars, and tons of great food too! The food part is relatively new, as the festival has started to add more “food booths” – featuring fresh and locally grown produce delivered in new and delicious ways!

Here is just some of what you can expect to see at this year’s festival:

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Flowers, characters made of flowers, delicious food, rum spiked dole whips – what a way to celebrate spring!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Muppets Most Wanted Hits Theaters TODAY!

I recently wrote about how excited I am for the new Muppets: Most Wanted movie to come out, and luckily for me and all you Muppets fans out there, the wait is finally over! The movie hits theaters today, and I can’t wait for the singing, dancing, joking, and general hilarity that comes along with the Muppet crowd

What can you expect from this sequel to the hit 2011 Muppets Movie? Well, here’s a few hints…

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Dancing frogs, singing stars, mystery, intrigue, yep – this movie has it all!

Oh, and I also stumbled across this “Which Muppet Are You?” Quiz – I am Scooter. What about you? Check it out!

If you decide to check out the new movie, I hope you enjoy it (I know I will!) TGIF!

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Which WDW Special Event Is Right For Me?

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Going to Walt Disney World is the most fun vacation ever (well, at least I think so!) – and I love everything about it. Having been several times, I am always looking forward to what new and exciting things await me on my next trip – and sometimes I like to check out some of the special events offered at Disney – here are some of the most popular ones, which will hopefully help you choose if any of them would be right for you and your family:

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: Runs from March-May each year, and features brilliant displays of flowers, topiaries, and special dining options that offer dishes created from the fresh, local produce showcased in the festival. It’s hosted by HGTV, so there are tons of workshops, demonstrations, and shows offered too that feature your favorite HGTV stars. This one is a must-do for all of you with green thumbs out there – and for those of you who aren’t so inclined (like me!), don’t worry, you can still enjoy the beautiful landscaping and delicious dining options available!

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival: This fall event delivers big on flavor (as its name promises!), and features dozens of different food booths that showcase cuisine from all over the globe. You can literally spend all day grazing through Epcot and trying new and different dishes paired with exotic wines – and you can also check out the cooking demonstrations by famous chefs – now if that’s not a foodies dream come true than I don’t know what is!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Held on various nights in September and October in the Magic Kingdom, the party features characters in costume, a special parade, and of course trick-or-treating and candy! Guests are encouraged to dress in appropriate (aka not too scary or revealing) costumes to help get them in the Halloween Spirit! And of course the Magic Kingdom is all decked out in fall finery – with leaves and pumpkins everywhere! Characters you don’t normally get to see come out for this event too, and many of them even dress in costume as well!

Run Disney Events: Disney hosts a variety of half marathon, 5k, and fun run events throughout the year – a great excuse to get a team together and train, and what a perfect reason to get in shape, a trip to Disney! It’s a fun time with plenty of characters, and some really cool medals too! I personally have considered taking up running just so I could run in the Princess half marathon and wear a tutu while running around beautiful WDW! But then I remember how long a half marathon is…and I change my mind ha

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: This special party is held during November and December at the Magic Kingdom, and it features characters (and the man himself – SANTA!), a festive parade, free cookies and cocoa, live entertainment, and best of all – they make it SNOW on Main Street! Ok, so its not real and its made of soap – but still, snow?! In DISNEY!! We attended this party in 2011, and I really enjoyed it – the atmosphere was great, and the parade was really well done. Oh, and did I mention there were cookies? Mmm….cookie…

These events usually require some planning – you will want to make hotel reservations far in advance, and grab your special event tickets as soon as possible too so that you can ensure that you will be enjoying all that these events have to offer!

Personally? I LOVE LOVE Disney at Christmas time – there is nothing better than the décor, the food, and the atmosphere – and to me its worth braving the LARGE crowds to enjoy it all. What about you – what events would you love to check out at WDW?

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Counting Down To “Muppets – Most Wanted”

I don’t know about you, but I am a HUGE fan of the Muppets – have been for as long as I can remember. So when The Muppets movie came out in 2011, I was thrilled to see they were getting a 21st century revival – and I especially loved their new Muppet sidekick – Walter!

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Lucky for me and all you other Muppet fans out there – Walter (and all the other Muppet characters!) are back with a new movie – “Muppets – Most Wanted” on March 21!

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The story involves good guys and bad guys that look like the good guys (a Kermit look alike to be specific!) – I don’t want to give too much away, but you can check out the trailers and official info here

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Oh, and we can’t forget about all the merchandise that comes along with a new movie release – like these awesome OPI Muppet-themed nail polishes! I can’t wait to see what else pops up at the Disney Parks and in stores!

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I will definitely be heading to the movie theater to check out the new movie as SOON as it comes out – but I have to say – as much as I love the new movies, there’s definitely something to be said about 80’s Muppets – and my personal favorite – the Muppets Take Manhattan!

What about you – will you check out the new Muppet flick?

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Run For Fun At Disney!

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There are TONS of fun activities to do at Walt Disney World and Disneyland – so many in fact that there really is something for everyone – including those athletes out there! Disney sponsors several annual running events that range in length from 10k up to half and full marathons. Not sure you can do such a long distance? Fear not – as most of the events also have 5k races included in the lineup too!

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Oh yeah – and you can even get special Run Disney New Balance sneakers!

 

What better excuse to take up running, get in shape, and plan a trip to Disney?!

Check out the official Run Disney Site for more details – including tips on how to get started with training, and nutrition info too

TGIF!

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