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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Adios Sorcerer Hat!

Disney World is an ever changing, ever evolving place – they are constantly introducing new rides, attractions, food, restaurants, characters, merchandise…the list goes on. Needless to say, I don’t think anyone can accuse them of not being innovative. Changes are being made every day all around the Disney Parks, and one of those changes I am personally pretty excited about is the removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In case you aren’t familiar with the hat, it’s that HUGE thing with Mickey ears you can see the minute you enter the park:

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It appeared in 2001 as a part of the “100 years of magic” celebration, and it originally housed interactive kiosks where you could learn about the career and life of the man himself – Walt Disney. Once the celebration ended in 2003, the kiosks were removed and the hat served as a special events venue as well as a pin trading/purchase site. Disney announced it would be removed in October 2014 as part of a Hollywood Studios makeover. Here’s a look at how the de-construction is going:

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No word on what will replace it, but I am sure it will be something awesome (stay tuned for more news on that right here!). And in the meantime, enjoy the awesome view of the Great Movie Ride that is now unobstructed! Yay!

TGIF

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Categories: Disney in Pictures, Disney News, Disney Rides/Attractions, Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breaking WDW News: Magic Bands Rollout Delayed

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Some Disney News for you all: Disney had been planning to fully roll out its new Magic Band program to all WDW Resorts this year – but it looks like this has changed, and has been delayed. It will likely be several months before the program is fully operative for all guests, according to Disney sources.

The Magic Band program is essentially an RFID bracelet that acts as your Resort room key and room charge account, and it also stores your reservation, Fastpass, and Disney ticket information for a more seamless guest experience. It sounds like a great idea, and I know it has been several years in the making for Disney, as a LOT of work and updates are needed to make this functional

Personally, I hope this doesn’t affect my chance to try out the Magic Bands – I already picked out the color (PINK!) and the My Disney Experience website asked me for my shipping address – so I will keep my fingers crossed that mine will arrive soon and I can have the chance to participate in the testing process for this new system

Check out more info here, and stay tuned – I will post more info as it becomes available!

Categories: Disney News, Disney Resorts, Disney Rides/Attractions, Disney Vacation Planning, Walt Disney World | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Starbucks Has Landed!

Last April, the news that Starbuck’s was coming to the Disney Parks caused quite a stir – some people were outraged that Starbuck’s would be replacing existing spots like the Main Street Bakery, while others were thrilled that they would finally be able to get a decent cup of coffee at the Disney Parks

Here is a peek at what the New Starbucks locations look like at Walt Disney World:

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The Main Street Bakery in the Magic Kingdom still has that old time charm inside

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The Main Street Bakery still sells baked goods, some are the typical Starbuck’s scones/cakes, but Disney originals are mixed in there too!

Fountain View at Epcot Reopens; Includes Starbucks Products

Fountainview Café in Epcot has been overhauled too – and now serves Starbuck’s beverages and snacks

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Obviously they can’t just have a regular old Starbuck’s cup, gotta incorporate the Mouse in there too somehow, right?

Looks pretty nice, right?

Personally, I am somewhere in the middle of loving and hating the idea of Starbucks invading Disney – I mean, they are everywhere else already, so why not at Disney, right? And I do love a good latte, so I think this is likely a good change, and I look forward to checking it out in person when I head to WDW this December!

TGIF

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