28 December 2012

New Year's Eve Events at Walt Disney World

It's that time of year again and it will be a great night, no matter what you choose to do. But if you are brave enough and maybe crazy enough to go to the parks at the most busiest time of the year here is the 411 you will need. And don't forget about #LimitedTimeMagic coming soon ;-)

Magic Kingdom: For New Year’s Eve, The Fantasy in the Sky fireworks, a special holiday treat, at 11:50 p.m. The park’s Wishes fireworks take place at 8:30 p.m.

Epcot: 2 performances of “IllumiNations ~ Reflections of Earth, at 7 p.m. and 11:42 p.m. Throughout the night, Epcot guests can celebrate and dance to music spun by DJs who are positioned at select pavilions.

Epcot also holds a holiday dining experience inspired by Disney’s classic animated films “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000.” The buffet will take place at World Show Place pavilion. Reservations, when available, may be made from 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The buffet is priced at $68.67 for adults and $44.37 for children. Epcot theme-park admission is required.

Hollywood Studios:
DHS “lansdcapers” and musicians Mulch, Sweat, and Shears! again hit the stage this year with their “The Mulch, Sweat, and Shears New Years Eve Spectacular.” The group’s family-friendly, energetic sets will take place front of the Sorcerer Hat and provides a set list of contemporary rock, funk, and classic rock and roll favorites.

They are awesome, I love them, best band in the Parks.  
Four concert sets will feature pyrotechnics and special effects that keep you awake until midnight. Mulch, Sweat, and Shears will also usher in 2013 with sounds loud enough to match the fireworks.

Disney’s BoardWalk area: Atlantic Dance Hall will hold its annual special-ticket New Year’s Eve party. The party, held from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., features a video DJ, midnight countdown, and a limited viewing of Epcot’s Fireworks. OR

Dine in style with Chef Tim Keating at Flying Fish Café. Atlantic Dance fun kicks off a dressy evening at 8 p.m., with a DJ, party favors and Champagne at midnight. The fun goes ‘til 2 a.m. Admission is $37 and includes parking passes with advanced ticket sales. Or, for $80, book a spot in the VIP area with private access to the upstairs balcony with lots of desserts and viewing of Epcot fireworks. Guests must be 21 or older. For reservations, call 407-939-5100.

Flying Fish Café is offering a New Year’s Eve menu that showcases lots of beautiful Florida produce and seafood, such as local tomatoes and cucumbers from The Land Pavilion at Epcot and local day-boat fish. Fans of Chef Keating know to book early – the oak-grilled organic Scottish salmon with a truffled citrus and Vermont butter reduction sounds like a hit. The prixe fixe dinner is $79.88, $26.63 for ages 3 to 11.

Across the lake, Yachtsman Steakhouse at Yacht Club Resort has three courses for $75 – from chilled shellfish or lobster bisque to a 16-ounce boneless rib-eye. Vegetarians will love the black truffle tortelloni.
It is two table-service entitlements on the Disney Dining Plan for the special menus at World Showplace, Cítricos, Flying Fish Café, and Yachtsman Steakhouse. To make reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE.

Downtown Disney: DisneyQuest, the indoor theme park filled with video and virtual games, brings back its family fun from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event includes a DJ Dance Party, character meet and greets, unlimited access to its special games and attractions, which include Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters and CyberSpace Mountain. Families who’ve managed to stay up to midnight will be treated to a confetti drop and festive party favors. Partygoers will receive a coupon for a quick service entrée, side and drink. Tickets go on sale soon at 407-934-7639.

Cirque du Soleil, the avant-garde circus that performs “La Nouba,” will celebrate the New Year will with its Dec. 31 performances. All patrons will receive a limited-edition Walt Disney World/Cirque trading pin. Shows start at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. For pricing, call 407-WDW-SEAT.

Disney holiday dining:  Here is 1 example >>>

In the resorts, the chefs have kicked it up for New Year’s Eve. 
There are 3 hot spots at  Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Cítricos is offering four generous courses – we’re partial to the filet Sicilian with Spanish onions, peppadew and banana peppers, quattro formaggi potato puree and a flourish of rich glace de viande. Cost is $75.

Next door,  
Victoria & Albert’s is offering the most exclusive menu at Walt Disney World Resort, and Chef Scott Hunnel will make this a New Year’s Eve to remember, from Maine lobster and Siberian caviar to hand-cut pasta and crispy pork belly. Cost is $495 and includes wine pairings and gratuity. For reservations, call 407-939-3862.

Narcoossee’s is featuring a family-friendly evening with a balloon artist and special viewing for early fireworks. Our pick on the four-course menu is the Australian Kobe-stye Manhattan filet with butter-poached Maine lobster, or the Basque-style bouillabaisse. A sophisticated kids’ menu includes filet mignon and grilled Wild Atlantic shrimp. Cost is $161.85, $77.19 ages 3 to 11 (including tax and gratuity).

Call 407-WDW-DINE for more information about Disney holiday dining at the Walt Disney World parks and resorts.

AT the Disney resorts: Guests who want to ring in the New Year with a quieter evening or a special meal will be pleased to know select Disney resorts offer lower-key affairs marked by music and entertainment. Guests should contact their resort upon check-in.
Walt Disney World isn’t the option for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Disney style. 

Thanks for stopping By and a 
Very Happy New Year 2013 !!!

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26 December 2012

TIME to Celebrate ~ Disney's Mrs. Clause and more

Focused on the Magic

 Welcome to this week's HOLIDAY WORDLESS WEDNESDAY !!

These were all taken from the Disney Parks Christmas Parade

 A big thanks to Deb our host and don't forget to join our hop @ http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/

 Hope you had a great holiday and have a Happy and Healthy New Year !! 
And Lots of Disney Magic to come your way....

Here a game for the kids .....
If you're planning a New Year's Party for your friends and family, then might need to keep the kids busy with lots of games and activities! Try this 1!!!

New Year's Eve Scramble

  • Different Color Paper
  • Scissors
To Play
  • Write different words on pieces of paper that related to New Year's Eve.
  • Cut up the paper and scramble the letters.
  • Everyone has to make New Year’s Eve words out of the pieces of paper.
  • The person who guesses the most words correctly wins a prize.

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24 December 2012

The Disney Parks Christmas Parade ~ 2012

It was so exciting to get tickets to the taping of the Disney Parks Christmas Parade a few weeks ago, it was being taped by ABC over three days Nov 30-Dec 2. We arrived early as we were instructed to and dressed in our Disney Fashion best with everything Disney we could think of pins, hats, red, green and Disney shirts. There was a possibility we would be on TV after all and we wanted to show our Disney pride.

Here Are Some Pictures From That Day!!

When we arrived at the Magic Kingdom where the taping was going on, the crowd was not to bad. I would say average certainly I have seen worse like at the Passholder Preview for New Fantasyland. I rate the crowd as soon as I get the MK parking lot and depending how far back we are I know how many people are already here.

When we got to the entrance of MK, we went through a special entrance for people with tickets for the taping and then escorted them in the gates and we were instructed to head for the castle standing area. Main street was already lined up with people behind the ropes. The TV cameras were all at the front of Main Street, along with he stage, where Phil Phillips would be playing in a few hours.

When we arrived at 9 a.m. the taping was already happening because, as we got close to the Castle I could see a big crowd on the left and It was roped off so we couldn't get to close. As we watched and took pictures there wasn't many people around and we noticed Maria Menounos was taping her part of the show with spectators all around her. 

So now we picked our spot to wait for the parade to start. It would be about 3 hours before that would happen and the Flyover was at 11 a.m., that was so cool. It was  a lot of waiting on this day, TV does not move quickly.  But it was so much fun, this was one of the best parades I have seen at Disney and can't wait for Christmas Day to see it on TV. ;-)

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21 December 2012

Q & A with D23's Jeffrey Epstein

I recently had the pleasure of Interviewing D23's ~ Manager of Marketing, Jeffrey Epstein. He is a familiar face from the Disney Geek Series and was also on the Fanniversary tour as a moderator this year. That was where I had seen him back in May when the D23 Fanniversary tour was in NYC, but I didn't get to speak with him until a few weeks ago. Like many D23 members, I really love Disney and have a lot of questions about upcoming events/dates, Disney and other special members only things.

Q: Any new perks coming for D23's members next year in 2013?
      A: Yes, we will find out in January.

I have listed a few of our great member perks to give you a taste of some already included ones with a D23 Membership: Discounts with the Disney Store, Ghirardelli, ABC TV Store, SuperShuttle and many more.

For a complete list click here http://d23.disney.go.com/Discounts/

Q: Why were Chip 'n' Dale chosen as the Mascots for D23?
    A: They embody the characteristics of the D23 Members like with the great friendship they have, they love Disney, are very playful and one thing our members love to do is get together.


Q: Can I get any details of the what to expect on the next Fanniversary Tour in 2013?
A:   It will be similar, a 90 minute show of highlights of the upcoming anniversaries in the Disney Parks, movie anniversaries & fashion. After the success of this years Fanniversary Tour to the delight of many D23 members we will have a second Fanniversary in 2013. It will start in March and be hosted by Disney Archivists and D23 Team Members.  The event will be held in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and will revisit some of the most beloved theme park attractions, animated and live-action films, TV series, and nearly 90 years of Disney history.

One really big anniversary coming next year is the 90th Anniversary for the Walt Disney Company. This will be a lot of the focus of next year's show. 

Some of the Movie and Park Magical Milestones in 2013 are:
  • 50th Anniversary of the Tiki Room
  • 30th Anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland Resort
  • 30th Anniversary of Epcot's Horizons 
  • 15th Anniversary of Animal Kingdom Park
  • Peter Pan ~ 60th 
  • Alice In Wonderland ~ 55th
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas ~ 15th
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean (1st one) ~ 10th
Fanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission and surprises created especially for D23 Members in attendance.  

To celebrate the upcoming 50th Anniversary (in 2014) of the film Mary Poppins, there is a Fan Art Contest going on now. For more details and to download an application visit here http://d23.disney.go.com/d23-expo-2013-fan-art-contest/

A select number of finalists artwork will be displayed in the Fan Art Gallery at D23 Expo 2013, August 9-11, 2013, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

Q: Can you give me any details on the upcoming D23 Expo in Anaheim? And what impact  will the new acquisition of Lucasfilm have at the Expo? 

        A: Not at this time and Yes, I hope The Force will be with us!!!

It is tight lipped for now but, here is some Info on the upcoming D23 Expo in 2013. It will feature the Disney Legends Awards, a stirring biennial event that pays tribute to the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy; an all-new Fan Art Contest themed to the upcoming 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins; the 12,000 square-foot Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit featuring costumes, props, and set pieces from Disney’s rich history; plus amazing live events, celebrity appearances, panels and presentations, sneak peeks, and unique experiences that celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney.

I want to thank Jeffrey for a great Interview, I really appreciate his time and info.

PS ~ Coming In January, I will Have another awesome D23 Announcement - Right Here!!!

Thanks for stopping by and Have A Magical Day. Please feel free to ask any D23 questions below in the comments, I've been a member for almost 2 years and I love it. The quarterly magazine is spectacular and worth the membership alone. I did ask about the next cover who was on it, but I didn't get that 411. Have to wait and see.  

Winter 2012 Issue
Winter 2011 Issue

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20 December 2012

The Boardwalk Resort's Incredible Christmas Displays

One of the best times of Year to visit Walt Disney World is Christmas Time. My family and I are fortunate enough to live close by and visit often but, before that this time of year was our favorite time to plan our vacation. The decorations are amazing to say the least, the Cast Members do an amazing job with all the details. And we love looking for Hidden Mickey's even in the Holiday decorations.

 I Love this display, It's one of my Favorites and I wanted to share it!!
 The Boardwalk resort located near Hollywood Studios is one of my favorites for Spectacular Decorations and Lucky for us it is our DVC Home Resort ~ If you get the chance to go around to some of the deluxe resorts, check out there Holiday Decor..
 That is Donald Duck stuck in the chimney, we got a big laugh out of this display and coming to Disney stirs many feelings of joy, love and humor. Glad they can accomplish all that because, there are some days I just need a laugh.
Love this Giant Gingerbread House in the lobby of The Boardwalk. Inside they were selling a gingerbread kit to take home and make your own. Stitch was on top of this house in giant form and looking very mischievous.
Along with the gazebo at the Boardwalk Resort, there’s Stitch’s Bakery Storefront, an-8-foot-tall replica of the Boardwalk Bakery that Stitch has taken over (you’ll see Lilo too)

 Look here for the Hidden Mickeys - not to hard. lol. Love all these colorful presents ..

 The details courtesy of Disney ;-)

Fifty pounds of icing, 402 sugary flowers, 301 pounds of chocolate and 2,012 pieces of gingerbread – those are the ingredients for just one gingerbread display at Walt Disney World Resort: the life-size, edible,Yes Edible (can you imagine how long it would take to eat the whole thing)  holiday gazebo in the grand lobby of Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

Like Santa’s elves, the Disney chefs work many, many hours to create these spectacular sugary showpieces.  – also at the Boardwalk inside this giant Gingerbread House you can also buy miniature gingerbread houses, stollen bread, gingerbread shingles and a limited edition pin featuring Stitch.

 You can see the gazebo and bakery through January 5.

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19 December 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~Joy

Focused on the Magic

 Happy Holidays

 Thanks for stopping by and join our Joyful Hop @ http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/
 And a really Big Thanks to Deb ~ Our Hostess.....

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